Sign In, Take a Number, and Wait, and Wait, and Wait, Why?

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Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

Most Real Estate associates will spend a good deal of time at the local and county building departments for any number of reasons. This has been the way we gathered basic information about our listings, houses we plan to buy, information which our customers want and today's heated topics of permit violation or failure to apply for them. You can also find much of the information on-line as well. Note that I am not a fan of foreclosed property where lenders pass the buck onto unsuspecting Buyers or otherwise use disclaimers in the listings to thwart responsibility.

What I have been observing is the number of contractors who attempt to pull permits, order inspections or simply try to avert the necessity of permit application by using inaccuracies within the scope of work they are planning to do. That's the bulk of inquiries which reach the ears of trained and knowledgeable staff who are trying to help you get your projects and permits out the door.

There is a fine line of information that can assist both parties when trying to begin your governmental interaction with a building department. It's basic stuff, and begins with the property address where the work is being done. KNOW THAT and your success rate increases dramatically. Out of every 100 people needing the assistance of the building department staff at the front line (aka the counter) half of the contractors had no clue what the address was and they wonder why it's taking so long to process each of them through. I thought about that for a second and wondered how could I make a deposit into my bank account without giving the teller my name or account number? Would my deposit magically get there somehow, probably not!

You've passed muster by knowing the address of the property where you're going to work and it's  likely the source of where your compensation is being derived but there's more. If you do a swing by to the building department to check on the status of your permit it only makes sense that you would also know the permit number. I know, I know, I'm getting out of line with this ridiculous amount of necessary information. An address and the PERMIT NUMBER, who can remember all of that. Guess what, each site is required to post the permit right at the construction site. The number and address are righ there. I know, amazing isn't it! WRITE THESE TWO THINGS DOWN and keep them handy. It affects your livelihood and SAVES TIME for everybody. If you really want to impress the staff, an owner's name will literally knock them off their seats. On line, via phone or in person I give you all an attaboy for listening. You CAN do this!

 

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
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Kevin- you'd think that having gone through this several times, they would know to get this information and take it with them. 

Jun 16, 2015 06:35 AM #1
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Kathy, I have the beginnings of a little bald spot where I scratch my head!

Jun 16, 2015 06:50 AM #2
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Michael Dagner
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Hi Kevin, there's a lot of good information here.  These are the reasons the largest builders often have permit specialists who know the ropes.

Jun 16, 2015 12:40 PM #3
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Debbie Reynolds
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The process is tedious but those that stick with it will come out with the information and show their clients they know what they are doing.

Jun 16, 2015 12:54 PM #4
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Noah Seidenberg
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Very amusing and true Kevin. Red tape is really part of this game. Excellent post. 

Jun 16, 2015 01:11 PM #5
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Permit runners are great until there's a question from staff then you're immediately back to square one Michael.

Debbie, I urge anyone to go on-line and find their answers. Most municipalities break down information explicitly and provide links to assist if needed. The smaller they are the more informed about the processes the contractor must be.

Red Tape saves lives in many instances despite the headache that's perceived Noah. A number and an address are not insurmountable requests.  

Jun 16, 2015 01:39 PM #6
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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Being social is a really important component to getting things done in so many walks of life.

Jun 16, 2015 03:47 PM #7
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Laura Cerrano
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Noah Seidenberg has a good word to say about this type of thing a lot of the time. I would trust what he says.

Jun 16, 2015 03:48 PM #8
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Laura, such a brief comment that holds multitudes of connections, "being social" should be effortless for us. Noah's comments and input are always taken to heart. 

Jun 16, 2015 09:02 PM #9
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Kevin. Believe me, I understand. It is unfortunate, but all this can be very tedious.

Personally, we know the process first hand as we flip houses all the time, some of the town just don't get it and don't care either.

Jun 17, 2015 02:32 AM #10
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's definitely quite a challenge to get a building permit without an address or owner's name, Kevin.  

Jun 17, 2015 09:04 PM #11
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Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
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Kevin J. May 

I worked the backside of this with a national property managment company behind the scenes its chaos. I remember thinking they closed this property at a title company and filled out about 1000 peices of paper and now they can't find a single one of them with an address. What black hole does the paperwork go into after a foreclosure????

Jun 18, 2015 07:56 AM #12
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I'm always amazed when I have to go to my local planning and zoning too. It makes me wonder who is really working behind the scenes and do they know what they are doing? Who are all these builders and contractors and whose hands are in whose pockets anyways? This can't be a good ol' boy club, could it?

Jun 18, 2015 10:17 AM #13
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Joe, you understand that time is money and why some don't get that is beyond me.

Gabe, in some municipalities it means go to the back of the line or don't come back iuntil you have them. Once should be enough to learn that but it isn't.

Alan, it must be a wormhole and not a black hole, in the former at least they could say the worm ate it and know that it will show up eventually.

Patricia, the department I'm most familiar with has twice the workload and 1/3 the staff they had 10 years ago. When a sub or contractor approaches without this basic information it's a sign of disrespect to all. Get out, come back when you can provide that minimum of information. Please don't waste MY time! 

Jun 18, 2015 11:01 PM #14
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I had HVAc installed last year and said I would get the permit myself . It saved me some money and I could get it done quicker.

Jun 18, 2015 11:39 PM #15
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

And I'm taking a wild guess that you could provide the name and address of the owner. The fees are going to be left for another post. Well done on both counts Gita

Jun 19, 2015 12:08 AM #16
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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L.A. city just removed this issue. We have an access to any records and permits online. I hope, eventually no one needs to go and wait, wait, wait. Simple things like this can be done online.

Jun 24, 2015 04:43 PM #17
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Inna, it's happening in the next few months in Jupiter, FL. It will be very interesting to see how the contractors embrace it. I have been ready for some time now.

Jun 27, 2015 11:16 AM #18
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
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Hi Kevin J. May ,  Debbie Reynolds has the right idea.  If things are done right, it will be done faster and you will be praised for a job well done.

Jun 27, 2015 11:22 AM #19
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I agree Larry, too many times I see the municipality being made the scapegoat but when owners track the delays it comes back to the one doing the work, their contractor.

Jun 27, 2015 11:30 AM #20
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