"Too many people think only of their profit. [But] no customer ever goes to a store merely to please the storekeeper." – Kazuo Inamori, Japanese philanthropist and founder of Kyocera
FREE HOW-TO GUIDE: BUYING AND SELLING FLORIDA REAL ESTATE
The process of buying and selling Florida real estate differs substantially from real estate transactions in many other countries, and in many aspects also from those in other US states.
As a brief introduction, Tobias Kaiser has written a short guide "Buying and Selling Florida Real Estate" with many tips on how to navigate a real estate transaction. This brochure, based on 20 years of practice, is in its 16th edition and available as a free PDF in English or German. It covers topics such as:
Property Types: Residential, Commercial, Business Opportunities
Chronologicalsequence of a typical US real estate deal
Agents, Brokers and Realtors®: how to select a real estate agent, what service should you expect, how one Realtor can introduce you to every available property
Representation: watch out if you want your interests covered
From offer to contract: who writes the offer, when is a contract in effect, where do your payments go
Foreclosures, Short Sales and Auctions: chances and risks
Financing: how to choose a lender (or lately: how to find a lender)
Building- and other Inspections
Immigration: which purchases may qualify for a visa or a Green Card
Taxes: the benefits of advanced tax planning
Closings: what can you do to ensure a smooth transfer of ownership
Broker or not: are there advantages of working with a Realtor®? Better work with several or just one?
If you would like to receive the Guide as a PDF in English or German, please contact Tobias; he will gladly email it to you. Below is a short summary.
In the increasingly competitive housing market, you are already ahead of other buyers if you heed these rules:
Be totally honest: explain what you expect from your real estate agent.
Honesty also includes your time frame and your financial situation. Be prepared to document your finances before you start looking.
Be loyal to your agent if you want to see results. Work with only one agent at a time and do not "shop" around, a mistake especially Europeans tend to do. There is no reason for that - every Realtor has access to every regional property for sale, cooperation is the norm.
Never contact a seller or his agent if you work with a Buyer's Broker.
Utilize recommended professional advisors, such as attorneys or tax advisors for all major questions.
When in Rome, please do as the Romans do: customs in other states or countries do not count in Florida transactions.
If you would like to read more valuable tips regarding Florida real estate transactions, just click here to request your free no-obligation copy of the guide.