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Old 02-27-2015, 10:45 AM
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So you would be looking for a delayed close. Depending on the situation with the seller that can be tough. We have not listed let alone sold our house in WA yet so were looking for a closing on Sept 1. We instead ended up with a closing in mid March for less money. A delayed close even if it isn't contingent on selling another property makes people nervous. It might be cheaper to break your current lease. You need to find out what that would cost so you are prepared in the negotiation faze.
We used Nanette Tolleson Nanette.Tolleson@TheVillages.com, she was a broker and a manager with the villages real estate but missed working with clients and stepped back into sales. She has an assistant so you can always get in touch with someone when handling the paperwork and little stuff no problem. We liked that she was very honest and upfront with her opinion and didn't argue with my number crunching only pointed out a couple of estimate errors. When we wanted to offer less than the list on a resale she did not give us the properties in the villages are moving fast grab it song and dance which most do. Very Professional and personable.
Wise counsel, Trudy. That's one of my questions for a realtor or agent. How far in advance of the time I want to close should I do the house-hunting? There has to be a "sweet spot" on the timing......which may end up channeling my choice in purchase. And I could close there while still paying some rent here......or break the lease with a penalty. I will arrange for my lease to end at the time I want to move to TV. Will there be another renter waiting to move in right at that time? Who knows. Might I end up paying a bit on rent even after purchasing a home in TV? Also a question mark. I'm a cash buyer for the home in TV and have some flexibility. But it only makes sense to try and time things the best I can. What else can I do?
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:47 AM
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Thanks. But I'm not just going to visit open houses. Well in advance of my visit, I will identify a number of homes that fit my preferences using the online sites......both TV and MLS sites. Prices and "value" vary dramatically in this market. That is already obvious to me, so homework is important. In addition to my homework and advance planning, I expect MLS and TV realtors to arrange showings on additional homes (that I couldn't find online) that fit my preferences and are "value" priced. That's why I want quality agents......to do great work on the hunt in a team effort with me. As you may have guessed......I'm a real planner. But this approach to "big events" in life (like house hunting) has generally paid off for me. OK......OCD.....go ahead and say it.....LOL

This was our approach too for the many homes we built and bought before. And we pored over The Villages homes online and I had a notebook and copious notes. We knew exactly what we wanted and where we wanted it. And twice bought a different model in a different village.

Somehow impulse and timing and serendipity come into the equation of The Villages when the right buyer and the right house meet. We are extremely happy with our choice.
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:49 AM
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I plan to house hunt a few months in advance of the mid November time frame and when I make an offer I will target that time frame to close. I'm in a rental home currently in the Fla. panhandle, so must time things carefully. Could be a bit challenging on the timing.....and that's another reason I want a great TV agent.
Keep in mind that if you purchase a new home, they only give you 30 days to close. That is in their contract and they will not modify it. I believe that if you purchase a lot they will give you 90 days to start construction, and they build houses VERY quickly.
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You are clearly a planner and doing your homework, OP. That should pay off!
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:26 AM
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Jim McLaughlin......(800) 346-4556 Jim is a no pressure, accommodating, fact based sales person that did a wonderful job helping my wife find the property and guide us through the process. I'm sure everyone that bought here loves their guy (or lady) so not sure you can go wrong, but Jim is our guy.
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Jason Kranz he is the best.
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I'll be moving there mid November. In advance of that I want to identify a really great TV Agent ......not an MLS realtor. I'm looking for someone who is professional, hard working, customer-focused, honest, responsive and knowledgeable.

I am hoping to get referrals from locals based on their experience. Please folks.....no recommendations on someone who you are just trying to help or 'cos it's a buddy. This is really important to me.

I'm wondering if this Thread will be scrubbed. Am I not supposed to ask this? I've learned a lot about TV, but hard to know the "rules" on this forum.

Thanks in advance!
Justin Wilson - Honest - fair and knowledgeable!!!!
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:42 PM
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I used Roy Robertson and he was the best. His wife Sue is his assistant at she is just a wonderful person. He can be called at 352-408-4480.
They are the best in TV.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:28 PM
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Have dealt with many an agent in my time, and our experience with Tony Trussler was tops, for all the reasons cited by others here. If/when we ever move within TV, he'll be our first contact. Wife/teammate Geralynn only adds to the value.

Best of success!
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:26 PM
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You may also want to look at villagesfsbo. Now or when you are ready. Also lots of nice homes listed there.
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:47 AM
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Tony Trussler is your guy. He is extremely informative and thorough in giving you all your options but he truly listens to what you want. Very laid back and not pushy. We've referred him several times and no one has ever been disappointed. He and his assistant, Geralynn, will help you and make it a pleasant experience.
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Have dealt with many an agent in my time, and our experience with Tony Trussler was tops, for all the reasons cited by others here. If/when we ever move within TV, he'll be our first contact. Wife/teammate Geralynn only adds to the value.
We also had Tony Trussler in 2011 when we visited on our lifestyle trip. I said I wanted to see new patio villas, masonry CYV and cottages. He took us out for over two days to see models both furnished and unfurnished of every floorplan I asked.

When we sold our home three weeks later, I called from Maryland and said I'm interested in buying a new CYV that I saw online. It was so new it didn't have photos posted yet. The home had been discounted $7,000 and while talking with Tony on the phone, it dropped another $5,000. We couldn't resist buying the home sight-unseen. However, Tony and his wife drove over to the home that night took photos and he emailed them to us 9pm that night. We bought the home and Tony handled all the transactions over the phone and fax so when we arrived, all we had to do was perform closing.

Just this past December when I told him I was interested in buying a new designer home but hadn't yet sold our villa. He immediately recommended a 'bridge mortgage' and made an appointment for me the next day at Citizens Bank with the specialist of those loans.

We have been invited four years in a row to Tony & Geralynn's Christmas Party held at one of the rec centers. He's a great guy and even speaks with a British accent having moved from there to New York in the late 70's.
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:15 AM
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Another vote for Tony Trussler as he was a great help to us with our purchase of a home in the Villages last year.

As brothers sometimes do, my brother used another village salesperson he met at a showing this year to purchase his new house down the street from me. So, there are many good people to work with on the Villages sales staff.
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:07 PM
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Another vote for Jim McLaughlin. Low key and knowledgeable. Also a Villager. Phone: 352-753-2270. If he was good enough for Gracie, he was good enough for me. (Did not care for the 1st agent we were "assigned" to.)
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Old 02-28-2015, 03:35 PM
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Sara Godleski was our agent and she knew what we wanted before we did!
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:23 PM
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John Cramer and his wife are the best realtors I have ever met. I highly recommend them. Nice, hard working, go above and beyond.
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