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Why Do We Only Work With Vendors We Trust?

Being in the real estate business means being intricately involved in people’s lives when they decide to buy or sell a home.

With that in mind, several years ago we established an approved vendors list. Our goal in creating this list is to provide you with referrals to companies that align with our core values and our mission statement, which is to give great service to our customers. No matter what your needs are as a homeowner, we have the resources you can lean on. The vendors on our list are companies we’ve referred thousands of people to, so we know they’ll take care of you.

Working with someone you trust is especially important for anyone who’s moving to a new area or buying or selling a home for the first time. People come to us looking to see who we trust, and we can put them in touch with the people who are most important to us.

For most of our providers, we prefer to have one company per niche. This way, we know that if there’s a problem, it can be more easily solved because of the exclusive relationship we’ve established with that company. Our customers always have the option of getting quotes from other people, but the vendors on our list are the ones we know and trust.

The vendors on our list are the ones we know and trust.

We’ve spent years building our brand and selling thousands of homes, and we’ve worked with some companies for many years. Not only does this kind of relationship allow for problems to get resolved more easily, but it also allows us to work better together to hit certain goals. We’ve been in working relationships with these companies for so long that our own agents use them. Once you’ve worked with these companies on your own and have had great experiences doing so, it’s easier to recommend them.

If you’d like to see our full list of approved vendors, you can check it out on our website. If you’re a vendor and you’d like to join that list, you can apply on our website as well.

As always, if you have any real estate questions or you’re looking to buy or sell a home, don’t hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email. We’d love to help you.

Can You Buy After Your Short Sale or Foreclosure?

Robert Johnson, the president of The Duncan Duo Team, joins me today to talk to you about something that may surprise you. If you had a short sale or foreclosure a few years ago, you may think that you cannot buy a home or you may hesitate to buy a new home because you are concerned about your credit.

Well, we have some news for you: You may be able to buy again!

Different mortgage lenders have different time frames, and every investor is a little bit different in terms of how that process works and when those events fall off. In fact, we are helping people every single week get into a home that had a short sale, foreclosure, or delinquency situation.

So, if you are someone who bought and sold and then had a problem, do not be discouraged because there is an option out there for you.

Also, since the economic crash happened so long ago, we started helping more and more people through those issues over the years. With the short sale they had to wait two or three years and three to four years for foreclosures, and that time has passed. Now we are seeing people who have foreclosures buying and selling.

Even if enough time has passed since your foreclosure or short sale, you can have someone purchase the home you want and rent it from them until you are ready to purchase.

There are a lot of programs out there that can help you, and oftentimes lenders will know about those programs that can help you buy. Many people are now considered first-time homebuyers again and are unaware of this because they have not talked to a real estate professional. Our team knows all about these opportunities and programs that are out there. We can educate and guide you the right way.

If you're a buyer and not enough time has passed or your credit still isn't high enough, there are programs out there that allow you to pick the home you want, we have somebody else buy it, and then you rent it until your credit is where it needs to be for you to purchase it yourself. You can start buying it now without an actual mortgage.

No matter what, you need a second opinion. There are companies out there that may be able to give you a loan in a great industry and if that is not possible, we can introduce you to one of the lease-to-own programs.

Too often we see people who think that they cannot look at homes for sale when they can. It is about knowing your options and talking to a professional. If you are one of these many people who needs to know the options, feel free to reach out to us. We would love to help you make your owning goals a reality.

May 2018 Tampa Real Estate Stats Statistics about home sales, inventory, luxury market


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Andrew Duncan, #1 RE/MAX Agent in Florida, together with Robert Johnson, President of The Duncan Duo team, Mike Yates of Atlantic Mortgage, and Aaron Davie from Florida Agency Network, Hillsborough Title and Strategic Title, talk about May stats and how the real estate market in Tampa is doing.

Currently, there is 2.1 months of inventory which is a drastic seller's market. What it means is that homes are selling fast. There are not as many options as there used to be. There are bidding wars. There are more buyers than there are sellers.

According to GTAR, 3,670 home sales is the most number of home sales in a month that has been recorded for more than a decade. It beat last May's 3524 home sales which was the 2nd best month last year. May of 2018 has been the best month we have seen in a long time. May's sales is up from 2900 in April and has an average sale price of $265k.

Homes in the mid to upper average price points are selling fast. Buyers need to be prepared as there are not a lot of options for buyers as there used to be. This can also be seen trickling down to the higher end market, too, as there are more sales than there are inventory.    

Tampa is still considered one of the most affordable housing market.

To get more Tampa Bay Real Estate news and advice from Tampa Bay's #1 Realtor, tune in to The Duncan Duo Real Estate Show on 970 WFLA - Tampa Bay every Sunday at 10 am.