Have you heard this commercial?
It starts with two women talking to one another about one's new home,
- Female 1: "How can you afford this? You make the same salary as I do! You're only 30 years old!"
- Female 2: "I know! I called BNI for a list of foreclosed properties and now I have this 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home for less than $300 a month!"
- Female 1: "That's less than I pay in rent!"
- Female 2: "Call BNI - and you can find a house just like mine"
That's the general gist, not the exact verbiage. So, I called BNI (Bargain Network) to see what the deal was, more out of curiosity than anything else. They ask for my zip code, and then pull up a list of 9,000 properties for sale, in my area, which include foreclosures, for sale by owners, agent listings - pretty much the soup to nuts of everything for sale in my area. Ok, so basically, the current Multiple Listing Service plus for sale by owner. Something I can access for FREE, as well as my customers.
The cost? For the first 30 days, I only pay for the shipping and handling which is $1.95. Every week thereafter, if I do not cancel, I'm charged $9.95 a week.
Ok, so let's do the math: $9.95 a week x 4 weeks =$39.80 a month.
Save yourself the money, and work with a Realtor - Realtors are experts in the neighborhoods you are interested in, and can help you make a solid investment. As a buyer, you do not pay for a Realtor to work with you, other than a mutual commitment. Realtors are paid by the property sellers in our area of Northeast Florida.
Realtors experience and guidance = PRICELESS
Carol Zingone is a Broker Associate with a 100% Customer Satisfaction Rating in Jacksonville Beach, FL with Vanguard GMAC. She helps buyers and sellers throughout the Beaches, Intracoastal West and Greater Jacksonville, FL areas. She can be reached at 904/993-9048 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org