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Old 06-17-2007, 08:23 PM
 
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I keep seeing "CBS home" in real estate ads, and I have no idea what this means. Can anyone explain this to me?
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Default Cbs

concrete block system (as opposed to the wood frame that you might be used to if you're from up north).
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:37 PM
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Location: Miami
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Anyone buying a home in Florida should make sure it is CBS, if not move on and find one that is CBS even if you are in Ocala or Orlando.
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:44 PM
 
Location: arrlando, flarida
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concrete block and stucco.
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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It has always been called "concrete block stuco". Personally while CBS is an improvement, it's still mostly a wood house sitting on concrete exterior walls. In Florida the less wood you use the better your home will be. Unfortunately builders here tend to cover everything with stucco and often disguise wood fram construction as "cbs". The trick is to look at the wildows, if they are close to, or flush with the outside walls, it's a wood frame house. Windows set back from the wall indicate "cbs" construction.
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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Default This is really helpful info

Is there anything else that I should know before buying a home in Florida? I am relocating from the north. Thanks.
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:18 PM
 
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It would seem to me that if you are completely new to Florida you should rent for a year first. Honestly, if you are starting from scratch and need to learn even the basics like what CBS is...why on earth would you buy in this crazy market? You would be setting yourself up to make a bad purchase and get taken advantage of. For goodness sakes, rent first and learn as much as you can about Florida real estate in that year before you buy.
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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My house is concrete block covered with stucco, the interior wall supports are made of metal but of course the supports of the roof are wood AND the strips of wood used to apply the dry wall to the cinder block exterior walls are wood as well.

Its hell to hang a picture but I have less to worry about with termites I guess.
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Where in Fla would you like to relocate to? Do you have an area in mind?
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:51 PM
 
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I've been renting in Palm Beach Gardens since December, when I sold me home in NJ. I'm just starting to look, but I can stay put until I find the right situation. I like Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, but I'm open to other areas as well.

Now, I need to find a Realtor who is willing to help educate me and also willing to help me get a great price on a home. I'm a cash buyer, so I'm planning to search for a situation where I can get a home at 2005 prices.
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