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Old 02-25-2010, 10:34 AM
 
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I am a Canadian looking to invest in real estate in the Tampa area. I'm looking for a good agent who can help me find the right properties and has some experience with sellling properties to Canadians.

thanks!
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:34 AM
 
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Whoever you choose, make sure that the agent is willing and able to show you short sales and foreclosure inventory. Since a majority of available properties fall into these categories, you are doing yourself a great disservice if you ignore them.

The downside/difficulty is that these types of deals can drag on for many months, but the savings you the buyer are worth it. That's why agents hate them -- they want their commission NOW.
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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We have some very good agents who post here. You can tell them by the house next to their name.
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:29 AM
 
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Hey Canuck76, welcome! I've basically learned what I needed to know to move to Tampa (South Tampa, specifically) from this very forum. While here, I've seen a lot of great posts by a realtor who posts by the name of TampaKaren. Might want to send her a PM.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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I am a Canadian looking to invest in real estate in the Tampa area. I'm looking for a good agent who can help me find the right properties and has some experience with sellling properties to Canadians.

thanks!
Not sure about a good realtor. The one we're using is fine. But I do recommend the best real estate site I ever used, tampa4u. Updated immediately, map searches, short sale/forclosure searches. Just about any kind of search you can imagine from the map perspective. Just a great, great site.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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Federal program to speed up short sales launched - Bay News 9 (http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2010/4/11/606064.html?title=Federal+program+to+speed+up+shor t+sales+launched - broken link)

not sure how this will help with shortsales - I do find that the simple history of shortsales in a neighborhood/condo development whatever, keep the regular sale prices lower, or at least make sellers amenable to lowering their asking prices. However poster is correct you do need to look at short sales too. You didn't say where you were looking, but my experience with out of country (therefore non resident) buyers is that they are looking for a bit of seaside paradise or proximity at least. Give a bit more info for advice, ie location/price/type of property etc.
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