Stephanie LeFew's (tampahomebuyteam) Blog

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Real Estate Agent - Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL - BK3029088



My husband and I are building an insulated concrete form home on a lot that we purchased 12 years ago in Wesley Chapel, Florida.  What used to be out in the sticks is now in the middle of everything.We actually pulled our own building permits and are self building.With the market being somewhat s...
I have heard time and again from home buyers that when they mention a house that is a shortsale, their realtor talks it down saying things like "the bank won't approve a shortsale; the offer is going to be turned down; it will be forever till we hear anything; you don't want a short sale." Instea...
Interested in purchasing a brand new home?  Ever thought about choosing everything you want in a home from the ground up?  That is an exciting dream.  Many people do it every day.  Purchasing a Builder Inventory home is also an exciting concept. When a builder has homes in their inventory, that u...
Once you find a realtor that you like and are satisfied with, it is really best to stick with that one realtor.  When you drive around in neighborhoods and some homes spark your interest, simply write down the address and the realty office's information down, but don't call the phone number on th...
Town-homes or townhouses offer carefree living similar to a condo. Townhomes are typically 2 stories, sometimes 3 stories.  If you find stairs elegant, this may be for you. Some have wood burning fireplaces. Typically you have a small front yard as well as a back yard, that, if allowed by your as...
Many people love the "maintenance free" living associated with condo living. The exterior of condo and all the common areas are taken care of by the condo association.  There is no lawn maintenance required, you don't have to hire contractors to replace your roof.  The pool is maintained by a com...
A home buyer can get a really good deal purchasing a pre-foreclosure home by shortsale. When you purchase a pre-foreclosure you should be able to get a really great deal!  A seller who is in foreclosure should be able to sell their house for a lot less than a normal home seller.  Why would the ba...
Bank owned homes are usually an awesome deal.  These are homes that have already gone thru foreclosure and the bank now owns them.  The Bank had to pay a tremendous amount of money to foreclose on the house as well as they have all the mounting expenses and headaches associated with a portfolio o...
When a home owner is behind in payments, or if the house values have dropped where the homeowner is now upside down, one possible solution is a short sale. A short sale is when the seller's bank accepts less for the house than what is owed in order to expedite the sale of the house. My commission...

Stephanie LeFew

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