How lucky were you in finding your home?

How lucky were you in finding your home?


» Site Navigation
Home Page The Villages Maps The Villages Activities The Villages Clubs The Villages Book Healthcare Rentals Real Estate Section Classified Section The Villages Directory Home Improvement Site Guidelines Advertising Info Register Now Video Tutorials Frequently Asked Questions
» Newsletter Signup
» Premium Tower
» Advertisements
» Trending News
» Tower Sponsors

» Premium Sponsors
» Banner Sponsors
» Advertisements
Thread Tools
How lucky were you in finding your home?
Old 11-01-2019, 01:30 AM
Toymeister's Avatar
Toymeister Toymeister is offline
Veteran member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 571
Thanks: 1
Thanked 31 Times in 21 Posts
Default How lucky were you in finding your home?

What is your story on how you found your special home?

I'll go first, we were the third in line offer. First was accepted and backed out after a few weeks. The agent did not reach out to the other offerors. We located it again on the web and purchased it for less than our first offer.

Bottom line: sloppy agent = buyer's opportunities
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Toymeister For This Useful Post:

Old 11-01-2019, 05:40 AM
Nucky's Avatar
Nucky Nucky is offline
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 9,027
Thanks: 357
Thanked 194 Times in 143 Posts

It was a little luck, a little work and the Sale of The Century.

Our Villages Agent went away for the weekend and we made an appointment with an MLS man that I had been speaking to from NJ for about a year. On the first day with each agent, they tried to upsell us. I gave the MLS agent a list of four houses and we bought the second one we looked at. We have had some thoughts about moving but for now, we have the Primo set up and are perfectly happy. Our neighborhood is just about perfect.

So after New Appliances, New A/C, New Hot Water Heater, Paint inside and out by Steve Kling and a New Roof. We also put in a New Garage Door and an Opener and feel good about our living quarters. It's a Manufactured Home. This is not what we came here to buy. Funny how things work out When The Price Is Right!

Lots of studying and the website of Lyle Gant were helpful. Lyle will be the next Agent we use for certain. Should have used him the first time but I felt some loyalty to the MLS Dirty Mutt that we used. I will never publically say his name.

The only way we will move is into a 2BR/2BA - 1-1/2 or 2 car CYV. Time will tell. On any basis, we love it here!

Oh yeah, a really great bunch of people but one who is very knowledgeable helped me with a Generator Decision. It just makes us a little more Comfortable. Thanks to the OP, a good egg!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Nucky For This Useful Post:
Sponsored Links
Old 11-01-2019, 06:18 AM
Bay Kid's Avatar
Bay Kid Bay Kid is offline
Soaring Eagle member
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Northern Neck/Chesapeake Bay, Winifred
Posts: 2,296
Thanks: 40
Thanked 52 Times in 26 Posts

6 years ago I decided to buy. Made a cash offer on a property thru TVs. 3 days later still no reply.

Went for a cart ride and saw a seller putting a FSBO sign. Loved it and wrote a contract on a paper bag!

Point is I was lucky to have a bad agent or I would of owned something I could never like as much as what I bought. Agent did call back the next day. He was so sad.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Bay Kid For This Useful Post:
Old 11-01-2019, 06:54 AM
zmarkp zmarkp is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 132
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

I've been involved in real estate since the 70s so I've been around the block, so to speak. What is most important to me is always location. My sister was visiting in 2017 and found a CYV within walking distance of a town square. It had been languishing on the market for many weeks so I thought: "Ah hah! I'll get a deal!" Unfortunately, two other parties discovered the deal and I got into a bidding war. I made a preemptive bid and got what I wanted.

Since then my home has appreciated well over what I paid. Plus, I cannot imagine ever moving again.

I know some people value neighborhoods because of the great neighbors, but I chose TV because of the 130,000~ population, plus the incredible array of clubs and activities. I have great neighbors myself, and I wave to them everyday as I head out the door for another day packed with fun somewhere in the Bubble.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2019, 07:04 AM
Chatbrat Chatbrat is online now
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 3,799
Thanks: 0
Thanked 99 Times in 63 Posts

Back in 2010 we were living in Cary,NC--decided to get away for a few months during the winter and rented an ocean front condo in Palm Coast, while we were there a top floor end unit (8 fl) became available and during the financial crisis it was a bargain 60% off--we bought it --everything great-till spring break- then short term renters descended and the pool & rec areas turned into a zoo

The admiral saw a notice of a polo match in TV and we went--bought our house the next day after looking @ 3 houses, major low maintenance lots of tile, ripped out all the carpeting and put in wood floors before we moved in -3 weeks later -sold the Palm Coast Condo to a young female doctor for what we paid-

Life is to short to endure mistakes--TV is OK for our lifestyle-- we've had better and we've had worse--

The absolute best was when we lived and cruised on our own boat for 6 years--the worst was when we lived in a community controlled by an out of control, corrupt POA--lots of animosity--neighbor vs neighbor

Last edited by Chatbrat; 11-01-2019 at 07:41 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Chatbrat For This Useful Post:
Old 11-01-2019, 07:17 AM
Topspinmo's Avatar
Topspinmo Topspinmo is offline
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Oregon Mo. St Joesph mo, ft worth tx, Omaha neb., upper heyford UK, Clovis NM, OKC.
Posts: 4,438
Thanks: 62
Thanked 40 Times in 30 Posts

Originally Posted by Toymeister View Post
What is your story on how you found your special home?

I'll go first, we were the third in line offer. First was accepted and backed out after a few weeks. The agent did not reach out to the other offerors. We located it again on the web and purchased it for less than our first offer.

Bottom line: sloppy agent = buyer's opportunities
Maybe, they didn’t take the other two offer’s and you’re offer was lookin good after the two lowballs?
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2019, 07:35 AM
Tom C's Avatar
Tom C Tom C is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: We are now here in Pine Hills, recently arrived from Alaska!
Posts: 284
Thanks: 4
Thanked 30 Times in 15 Posts

We were very educated buyers (more than 18 months of research and “looking” on line at VLS, MLS and FSBO homes). Visited The Villages for 10 days this past early summer (rented a house), spent 5 long days looking at all 3 types of homes... found nothing that met our Needs and most of our Wants.

One night we simply went for a walk through a couple neighborhoods, spotted a home for sale (sign on the garage door). Discovered (on line that night) that it met all our Needs and 95% of our Wants. Also learned the owner was a motivated seller.

The Bond was paid off (although the home was just 2 years old). Offered and owner accepted 74% of the asking price in less than 2 hours.

Lucky? - Yes to find the home without help of any realtor amid the many many homes for sale. Well educated in the market allowing us to make the right choice and not rushing or being pressured into the wrong decision - NOT LUCK.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2019, 09:11 AM
John_W's Avatar
John_W John_W is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,162
Thanks: 11
Thanked 54 Times in 37 Posts

I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and also had lived in Pensacola for a few years and Savannah, Georgia, so I was familiar with the south and Florida but was living in Maryland in 2003 when I first heard of TV. One night I saw an infomercial on the Golf Channel and called and got the packet which came with a VHS tape at that time. Every couple of years I would call and get an updated packet and finally by 2010 I had called and talked to an agent.

In 2011 all was right with a move back to Florida, so we took the Autotrain from Washington to Sanford, Florida and a seven day LSV in April 2011 and our agent Tony Trussler showed us patio villas in Buttonwood, CYV's in Pennecamp and cottages in Tamarind Grove. These were the newest areas all along St. Charles Way and were in our budget of $190K.

We returned to Abingdon, Maryland and 3 weeks later listed our home one night and sold it by lunch time the next day to the new manager of Wegman's, they had a built a new store across the street which opened August 2011, the third one in Maryland.

I called Tony and said I wanted to buy a new patio villa and pay the bond off in Buttonwood. It was a Cabot Cove with vaulted ceilings and white cabinets.

Tony said just for your information, the CYV community that he showed us in Pennecamp have sold out (Amberjack) and they are selling just as fast in the next two CYV communities, and one of them is almost sold out. Tony said the CYV is a greater value for resale when compared to the patio villa. Tony said in Tamarind Grove the Southern Star villa community was masonry CYV's and only 4 were left out of 80. He said he had a Woodlawn that had been reduced twice and the name was being changed to a Durham and would have a higher price in the future. He showed me the unit on the website and it was only $17,000 more than the vinyl sided Cabot Cove patio villa and bond was only $4,000 more. The next villa community across St. Charles (Montbrook) the homes were being sold under the new name of Durham and the same model was $20,000 higher. We decided on the masonry CYV with a fenced yard in Southern Star and put $2500 down on the credit card to hold right then. The homes were sellilng so quick, they hadn't even had time to put photos on the website, so Tony and his wife drove over that night and took photos of the inside of the home and the backyard and emailed them to me. We've been here now 8 years last July.

Current photo after Oscar has repainted the home from pale yellow to green

The Villages Florida

Last edited by John_W; 11-03-2019 at 09:30 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to John_W For This Useful Post:
Old 11-01-2019, 09:28 AM
Blessed2BNTV Blessed2BNTV is offline
Veteran member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Hadley
Posts: 793
Thanks: 19
Thanked 6 Times in 2 Posts

Hubby wanted a pool, I wanted to stay in same village.

Went knocking on doors (in our Village) to see if homeowner was planning to sell in the next 6-12 months. The first door we knocked on were packing and planning to put house on the market within the next three months. We had a contract signed within 3 days and helped them pack and move.

We sold our previous home to a gentleman that worked with my mom 30 years ago and didn’t know till we closed on the sale.

My TOTV name fits me very blessed!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2019, 10:26 AM
vintageogauge vintageogauge is offline
Gold member
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: village of Fenney, Ford City, Pa., and Hudson, Ohio
Posts: 1,452
Thanks: 0
Thanked 29 Times in 20 Posts

We came down to look at re-sales that had 4 bedrooms and were on water. TV had only a few available and the MLS had only one. They all needed too much work and we felt the asking prices were too high. The next day our agent drove us to Fenney, it only took about 30 minutes for us to find the almost perfect home, it had almost everything we wanted and more, the only thing we gave up was a east facing lanai, ours is northwest which ended up being okay as we don't usually go out there in the afternoons. There were less than 30 homes sold down here when we bought ours and the deals they were giving were unbelievable. Not only did we get a great home on a great lot in a great community with great neighbors, we got a really great price compared to the re-sales that we looked at. No regrets.
Reply With Quote

offer, home, offerors, reach, agent

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:31 PM.