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Old 01-10-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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After much consideration, we decided that we will settle in Cooper City. Family of 3, 12 year old in middle school, husband working in Hollywood.

My husband already there, and soon will be starting house hunting. I have the following questions:

Buying a house - we can afford a house around 300s and I've seen a few available in good communities such as Embassy Creek, Rock Creek, etc. Our hesitation to buy - recent news indicate that real estate in So. Fl will get even lower this year. Also, many properties are listed as foreclosure and short sale - are there any hidden tricks behind those? We are first home buyers..

Renting a house - how easy is it? Are thouse houses currently listed for sale possible to rent?

What is the best way to go about finding a real estate agent? I can see them on different sites such as realtors - is it safe to contact them? Or is it better to ask friends and family?

I will be coming to CC in April for 10 days and we want to settle on the house then.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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I will be coming to CC in April for 10 days and we want to settle on the house then.
Why limit yourself to CC? How about Pembroke Pines, Miramar or Davie?
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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Why limit yourself to CC? How about Pembroke Pines, Miramar or Davie?
CC has very good middle and high school.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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CC has very good middle and high school.
So does Davie. Ever heard of the nationally ranked NOVA middle and high?
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:41 AM
 
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CC and Davie (west side) both are very nice and have good schools. I personally chose Davie since has better access to highways, airport etc... but love CC. I think you won't go wrong with either.

About the home buying/renting... short sales can be a real pain, and I would avoid them as much as possible since you can be in contract for months and still not get the bank (happens a lot). Foreclosed properties on the other hand are much simple, and operate like a regular sale for most part. The biggest down side is that often that are distressed and need some work (5K - 15K in average).
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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So does Davie. Ever heard of the nationally ranked NOVA middle and high?
I haven't heard, thank you for mentioning - I will do some research on it.
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:19 AM
 
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CC and Davie (west side) both are very nice and have good schools. I personally chose Davie since has better access to highways, airport etc... but love CC. I think you won't go wrong with either.

About the home buying/renting... short sales can be a real pain, and I would avoid them as much as possible since you can be in contract for months and still not get the bank (happens a lot). Foreclosed properties on the other hand are much simple, and operate like a regular sale for most part. The biggest down side is that often that are distressed and need some work (5K - 15K in average).
If schools are comparable then I'd look at both. Thanks for your advice.
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