Who to help find existing homes?

Who to help find existing homes?

Notices

» 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
Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #11  
Old 08-18-2019, 11:15 AM
Carla B Carla B is offline
Platinum member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South of 466
Posts: 1,829
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by manaboutown View Post
Just be sure your Villages rep is willing to show you existing homes. Mine, who was highly referred, essentially refused to do so after I repeatedly asked. He only showed me a few new spec homes and told me to drive myself around and call him if I found an existing one. In other words he wanted me to do the work and himself collect the sales commission.
Essentially our experience also. Villages agent said "You don't want to look at preowned homes. They are asking more for those than new homes."
Reply With Quote

  #12  
Old 08-18-2019, 12:28 PM
manaboutown's Avatar
manaboutown manaboutown is offline
Sage
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NJ, NY, SC, PA, DC, MD, VA, NM, CA, ID and finally FL.
Posts: 4,112
Thanks: 2
Thanked 9 Times in 7 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carla B View Post
Essentially our experience also. Villages agent said "You don't want to look at preowned homes. They are asking more for those than new homes."
As I understand it Villages agents are “encouraged” by the developer to move the new product. They are paid higher commissions as an incentive and/or otherwise compensated. For example trips on a company jet, meals at the developers private club and no doubt otherwise. Selling existing units is a lucrative adjunct business that satisfies a need and brings in more dough but building and selling new homes is the primary objective.
__________________
"No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth." Plato

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” Thomas Paine
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #13  
Old 08-18-2019, 12:53 PM
Midnight Cowgirl Midnight Cowgirl is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 405
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by manaboutown View Post
Just be sure your Villages rep is willing to show you existing homes. Mine, who was highly referred, essentially refused to do so after I repeatedly asked. He only showed me a few new spec homes and told me to drive myself around and call him if I found an existing one. In other words he wanted me to do the work and himself collect the sales commission.

Someone like that discredits all other real estate professionals and shouldn't be working as an agent.

I would have reported him to his broker. That kind of behavior is unacceptable.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 08-18-2019, 12:57 PM
Midnight Cowgirl Midnight Cowgirl is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 405
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carla B View Post
Essentially our experience also. Villages agent said "You don't want to look at preowned homes. They are asking more for those than new homes."

That's interesting -- actually very funny because it's precisely a Villages agent who has priced the homes that are resales!
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 08-18-2019, 01:55 PM
Cobh521's Avatar
Cobh521 Cobh521 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Village of Hillsborough. (Past) Gilbertsvile, PA and Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 439
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

If you find a home that is listed on the Multiple Listing Service, you will need to use a Realtor who has access to the MLS. I highly recommend Katy Kelly, from ReMAx Premier Realty. She can be reached at 352-355-7982 or katypkelly@gmail.com
__________________
Anne.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 08-18-2019, 01:58 PM
manaboutown's Avatar
manaboutown manaboutown is offline
Sage
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NJ, NY, SC, PA, DC, MD, VA, NM, CA, ID and finally FL.
Posts: 4,112
Thanks: 2
Thanked 9 Times in 7 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Midnight Cowgirl View Post
Someone like that discredits all other real estate professionals and shouldn't be working as an agent.

I would have reported him to his broker. That kind of behavior is unacceptable.
He is no doubt looked on with great favor by his broker as he sells so many new homes which benefits the business far more than resales do. From what he disclosed to me about his “awards” he is the Villages equivalent of a “top producer” in Realtor-speak.
__________________
"No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth." Plato

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” Thomas Paine
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 08-18-2019, 02:10 PM
villagetinker's Avatar
villagetinker villagetinker is offline
Sage
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Village of Pinellas
Posts: 5,246
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Default

OP, you state your window is 3 years off, so IMHO, you may be jumping the gun, unless you plan on buying and renting the house out. With all of the recently announced building plans (over 60,000 homes south of 44), The Villages will be somewhat different in 3 years. Your plan to come down for a lifestyle visit is excellent, as you will get a sense of the area, etc. You can keep an eye on houses for sale as mentioned above, and make up your mind on a location and house when you are getting ready to actually move. I have seen tremendous changes in just the 6 years that we have lived here. When we bought, we were at the southern end of TV, we are now in the center!!
__________________
Pennsylvania, for 60+ years, most recently, Allentown, now TV.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 08-18-2019, 02:25 PM
eweissenbach's Avatar
eweissenbach eweissenbach is offline
Sage
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Smithville (Kansas City) Mo./ Megan Villas, Sanibel TV
Posts: 4,200
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Default

If you don't know what style of home or what village/area you wish to eventually live in, I would suggest you go to open houses while on your LSP. You will get a copy of the Daily Sun each day and there are two pages of Villages pre-owned open houses and numerous MLS open houses daily. There are also three pages of Villages new open houses daily so you can see all manner of home styles in all the areas, giving you a good idea of the market - now! The market is likely to be dramatically different in three years. We had our LSP in 2010 and did what I suggest, then rented for eight years, always looking at open houses, and bought in 2018. By then we knew exactly what we wanted and how much to pay.
__________________
Oldcoach Ed
"You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails" "Be yourself - everyone else is taken"
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 08-18-2019, 03:01 PM
graciegirl's Avatar
graciegirl graciegirl is offline
Sage
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: From Ohio, now happily live in Laurel Valley
Posts: 36,365
Thanks: 17
Thanked 31 Times in 25 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by manaboutown View Post
As I understand it Villages agents are “encouraged” by the developer to move the new product. They are paid higher commissions as an incentive and/or otherwise compensated. For example trips on a company jet, meals at the developers private club and no doubt otherwise. Selling existing units is a lucrative adjunct business that satisfies a need and brings in more dough but building and selling new homes is the primary objective.
In the realtor business I imagine there are sales contests and incentives.

The Villages doesn't have to "drum up business" to sell homes or reward people to get sales. People are standing in line to buy homes here, new and used. If a home is used and not selling it is because it is priced too high, dirty, smelly, or needs staged I would think.

People are easily selling used homes by themselves and using a closing service to close if those who are selling them aren't trying to hit a home run.

I see that Manabouttown's former occupation was intellectual property attorney. I apologize for confusing his prior job with real estate.
__________________
I have to be myself, everyone else is taken.

Last edited by graciegirl; 08-19-2019 at 07:37 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 08-18-2019, 10:10 PM
Moderator's Avatar
Moderator Moderator is offline
TOTV Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Villages Florida
Posts: 17,490
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

OP asked for help in being able to find pre-owned homes for sale.

This is not an argument about Villages realtors.

Please stay on topic.

Moderator
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
homes, existing, year, estate, timeline

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 09:49 PM.