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Old 09-11-2016, 08:15 AM
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When you are buying a house here hire an inspector, and then do a total inspection yourself. Our inspector did not notice the dishwasher didn't work at all. In fact it was rusted. We just went by the report, and the answer from the Villages realtor now is that we could have looked in the dishwasher ourselves, so they won't do anything.

If possible, get to the villages to close. We were away, and when we got here the mailbox keys didn't work. At that point the villages realtor said it was our mailbox that we couldn't get to, so there again, was nothing they could do about it. If we were here the day of closing we could have checked all the keys before signing the final paper.

I think if I were to buy another home in the villages I will first try the MLS realtors. Perhaps they do less volume, and can give me the service I've come to expect. The villages realtors do a lot of business, so they are very busy, and often don't have the bandwidth to check details.
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Old 09-11-2016, 03:42 PM
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can anyone recommend a company to remodel a manufactured home kitchen flooring etc
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:25 PM
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Blinds or Plantation Shutters? The blind person is saying that the shutters keep out more of the heat. Our bedrooms are on the west side. Closing in a couple of weeks but not moving in till November. We want the blinds or shutters in before we come. Also on the shutters inside or outside mount? All opinions welcome.
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:17 PM
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Thank you all for the great tips. We plan to buy our first home in the Villages soon, so these will come in handy. Does anyone know whether or not the Villages Real Estate will negotiate on the price of their brand new homes? On their website, many have been marked down with "sale" prices. Wondering if anyone has been able to negotiate a purchase price even lower than those advertised discounts.
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:35 PM
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Thank you all for the great tips. We plan to buy our first home in the Villages soon, so these will come in handy. Does anyone know whether or not the Villages Real Estate will negotiate on the price of their brand new homes? On their website, many have been marked down with "sale" prices. Wondering if anyone has been able to negotiate a purchase price even lower than those advertised discounts.
TV Real Estate may discount some homes but the price is never negotiable. Only pre-owned home prices can be negotiated.
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:36 PM
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...One Villager yesterday suggested I call Channel 6 news and shame her into doing something about it. If I do that, I am pretty much drawing a line in the sand with her and I didn't move here to fight with my neighbors. Any suggestions?
How about landscaping. There are a lot of homeowners in TV that have utlity boxes, big electrical transformers, and other objects sticking in the ground on their property or adjacent land and you don't even see them. They have been hidden behind hedges, palm trees, bushes, etc. That's what I would do if I didn't want to see something in the yard. In our CYV's, every other villa has a utility post sticking up right in the middle of the front yard next to their lampost where they hang their name. You don't see them for the most part, they've been landscaped away.

There are dozens and dozens of these throughout TV.

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Old 09-19-2016, 01:32 PM
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Hi Janice,

Although it's been several years since you closed, perhaps you can help me out. We are selling our home in upstate NY at the end of October and plan to rent for a month while we search for our new (or pre-owned home). What did you decide about hiring an independent inspector? Do you feel it is necessary on a brand new home? Also, did you hire an attorney to review your sales contract and represent you at the closing?

We've visited TV for vacations for several years, and now that we've retired, are anxious to get there. Any advice you can offer would be much appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old 09-21-2016, 11:45 AM
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The door knockers are the WORST. Do not buy from them.

When I moved in we were hit by lawn guys, water treatment, shutters, windows, every home service possible.

I waited 3 months before I started shopping and very glad I did. The companies that I went with, I was able to research and understand the product and services. You also can research the best value for those products as well!
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:46 PM
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The door knockers are the WORST. Do not buy from them.

When I moved in we were hit by lawn guys, water treatment, shutters, windows, every home service possible.

I waited 3 months before I started shopping and very glad I did. The companies that I went with, I was able to research and understand the product and services. You also can research the best value for those products as well!
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:42 PM
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Let's do a thread with some advice for newbies, things to do and NOT to do when you first move here.

First I will say not to buy from the door pounders who come to you in the weeks right after you move in. Not because they are all unworthy contractors, but some of them are, and nothing, NOTHING has to be done at once. Take your time and wait for changes to water supply, adding pest treatments, painting driveways or even if you will add downspouts to the back of your home. Wait to see who your neighbors use for lawn maintainance.

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Do not believe or take to heart anyone in these forums as many do not live here and just hang out for the posts and some are trouble makers. There are other forums not here who check address and the people are normal because they have something invested.
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Do not believe or take to heart anyone in these forums as many do not live here and just hang out for the posts and some are trouble makers. There are other forums not here who check address and the people are normal because they have something invested.
Wow! I've found the majority of people here go out of their way to help others. They find names and phone numbers for folks, provide helpful links, offer comfort and support. For someone who just moved to TV and is relatively new to TOTV, I'm sorry you've had such miserable experiences. Every site has its trolls, just like there's always one mean kid at school. Nature of their beasts. Put the trolls on ignore, follow those people you've found to be knowledgeable and helpful, ignore the rest.

Now, the one advice I would give any newbie is go slow. If buying new, make sure any renovations won't void your one-year warranty. Wait on landscaping until you know what plants thrive here. Don't try to do everything at once. Put at least one day week aside to just have fun. The boxes will still be there tomorrow.
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Old 01-29-2017, 11:16 AM
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just moved in last monday and i am amazed how many solicitors are ringing our bell
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Wow! I've found the majority of people here go out of their way to help others. They find names and phone numbers for folks, provide helpful links, offer comfort and support. For someone who just moved to TV and is relatively new to TOTV, I'm sorry you've had such miserable experiences. Every site has its trolls, just like there's always one mean kid at school. Nature of their beasts. Put the trolls on ignore, follow those people you've found to be knowledgeable and helpful, ignore the rest.

Now, the one advice I would give any newbie is go slow. If buying new, make sure any renovations won't void your one-year warranty. Wait on landscaping until you know what plants thrive here. Don't try to do everything at once. Put at least one day week aside to just have fun. The boxes will still be there tomorrow.
I'm very surprised that The Dude hasn't found this website helpful.
I'm still learning things on TOTV, e.g., the Thread on 2017 Yamaha QuieTech technology.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:03 PM
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Anyone moving to The Villages should be made aware that we are NOT a gated secured community. The Villages has traffic gates on public roads. Even gates with gate attendants cannot stop any car or even ask you questions about your destination. These are fine hard working gate attendants but they are NOT security guards.

But at least give credit to The Villages that most gates have camera recording devices which when needed can see who is coming and going.

These are public roads...not private roads.
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