"Too many people think only of their profit. But business opportunity seldom knocks on the door of self-centered people. No customer ever goes to a store merely to please the storekeeper." – Kazuo Inamori, Japanese philantropist and founder of Kyocera
HOW-TO GUIDE: BUYING AND SELLING REAL ESTATE
The process of buying and selling Florida real estate differs drastically from real estate transactions in many other countries, and in several 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". This brochure, based on 20 years of practice, is in its 15th edition and available as a free PDF in English and German. It covers
Property Types: Residential, Commercial, Business Opportunities
Thesequence of a typical US real estate purchase or sale
Agents, Brokers and Realtors: how to select a real estate agent, what service to expect, how one Realtor can introduce you to every available property
Representation: what to watch out for if you want your interests represented
From offer to contract: who writes the offer, where do down 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 a buyer for a visa or permanent residency
Taxes: 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 multiple or with one agent?
If you would like to receive the unabbreviated version of the Guide as a PDF in English or German, please contact Tobias; he will gladly send it to you.
In case you don't feel like reading the free information, it will still help if you follow these rules:
If you expect results, be loyal. Work with only one broker at a time and don't shop around. You don't have to; one broker has access to every property for sale.
Put your cards on the table: say what you want and what you expect.
Never contact a seller or his broker on your own if you work with a Buyer's Broker.
Utilize professional advisors such as attorneys or tax advisors for all major questions.
Please remember: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do".
If you would like to read about buying and selling Florida real estate in more detail, please click here to request your free unabbreviated copy of the guide.