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Old 03-22-2014, 04:26 PM
 
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If you think you can stop in front of a house that "looks nice" and then have to call the per son who's name is on the sign - hope to get an answer- and then find out the price is way out of your range in the first place or its already sold.....why do that?
Not sure if you are aware but there is relatively up-to-date MLS type sites for local Treasure Coast offered by local realtors on their web sites. Just google "port st lucie mls" and you will find a few. I've found the listing there to be way more up-to-date than zillow/trulia/driving around???(is this the 80s?) Then you just need to take the time to make a spreadsheet of the various properties you are interested in and start scheduling blocks of appointments on weekends to go out and look. It's not impossible. I also had a scenario where a listing agent gave me the combo to a lockbox because he was tied up with something.

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As far as who I work for? The SELLER pays us. But if you pay attention to reality -- we dont get paid at all if we don't find YOU a home that you like. That means I pay attention to your wants and needs and who you are first!
I notice how you have not commented on signing a buyers agent agreement versus not signing one

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oh.. and blacking out the approval amount...are you kidding me?? We HAVE to know you have been approved to pay for the house - end of story.
Yeah, and I revealed the proper amount as soon as the offer was accepted. You can knock the method all you want but it worked great for me and might work for others. Does that mean it will work with everybody? Obviously not -- but in business it's best to reveal as little as possible until absolutely necessary.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Port Saint Lucie, FL
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Good Luck with buying a home here. They don't do things like they do up North. I found a house the first week of January and first closing was set for Jan 21. Around 3 pm the day before I was asked to do an extension, because the title company never did anything and they asked for 2 weeks. Feb 7 they asked for a 2 week extension again as title company still didn't do their job. Feb 21 I was asked to sign another extension as the title company found some things on the loan. March 7 they got the bank to pay off on one of the problems with the title but still is an outstanding amount of 8,000 that is owed to PSL for grass cutting and other fines from the city. We have a closing date now set for March 28 for closing and hope this time I get into the house that I fell in love with. My agent Keith finally turned this over to his boss to see if they can get the title company and owner to pay this fine so that I can close on the house and move in. Since the first closing was canceled I have paid out over 3,000 in living expenses and for 2 storage Units. I just retained an attorney because my agent lied to me as he said he was a buyers agent and found out this past week that he is actually a sellers agent.
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Just how did you "find out" he wasn't a buyers agent and is a sellers agent? Did you sign a Buyers Agent Agreement? If you didn't, he is a Transaction Agent by Florida law.

And, it sounds like a bank owned property since the city has fines on it - is it?
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Not sure if you are aware but there is relatively up-to-date MLS type sites for local Treasure Coast offered by local realtors on their web sites. Just google "port st lucie mls" and you will find a few. I've found the listing there to be way more up-to-date than zillow/trulia/driving around???(is this the 80s?) Then you just need to take the time to make a spreadsheet of the various properties you are interested in and start scheduling blocks of appointments on weekends to go out and look. It's not impossible. I also had a scenario where a listing agent gave me the combo to a lockbox because he was tied up with something.


I notice how you have not commented on signing a buyers agent agreement versus not signing one



Yeah, and I revealed the proper amount as soon as the offer was accepted. You can knock the method all you want but it worked great for me and might work for others. Does that mean it will work with everybody? Obviously not -- but in business it's best to reveal as little as possible until absolutely necessary.


Giving you the combo to a lockbox is UNETHICAL and strictly forbidden. The owner could SUE the Realtor that did that and I have taken one to the board for doing that myself. I walked in to one of my own listings to find a STRANGER IN THE HOUSE by himself. How does anyone know who is on the other end of a phone line? You can end up finding a house destroyed, everything stolen, or somebody moved in by doing that!

Signing a Buyers Agreement is a good thing. It keeps both sides on target more. I don't always remember to do it, and not doing it has bitten me in the butt more than once.

and what you found PSLWater is a Realtors WEB SITE - I have one too
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:48 AM
 
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Thanks for the help. What is a Buyer's Agreement, in a nutshell?

David
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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nutshell version -- its says I am representing ONLY YOU and YOU are working ONLY with me
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:24 AM
 
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Thanks, Barbara (FlaLadyB) for your usual helpful response.

Sorry, but I'm a little confused by one of your replies, and assume I am not understanding this in the correct context:

"Oh .. and a SINGLE AGENT- dont even go there. That restricts SO much of what that agent can show or not show you would not believe!!!"

Because you are in favor of buyers entering into a Buyer Agreement with a single agent, IIUC.

David
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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A single agency agreement restricts what we can show -- for example we cant show any listings in our own office . We don't use it - our Brokers won't allow us to use it. It's not in anyones best interest.

Using one agent is not the same as a Single Agent Agreement. Is that better?
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:19 AM
 
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Yes, I figured I was thinking about two different things.

Thanks, again!

David
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