We are ready to reveal the marketing secrets of how we can help you sell your home. From setting the price to creating marketing campaigns for traditional media and the Web, we’ve got a proven plan that will match your home with the right buyers for the right price. We are committed to fast, professional, and courteous personal service to help you understand and feel at ease throughout the home selling process. We specialize in the Key West real estate market and are prepared to sell your home to the right buyer for the best price.
All contracts used by Truman & Co. are created by attorneys for Florida Realtors to ensure that all parties are treated equitably. Please take your time reviewing and ask us any questions that arise. We are here to help make the home selling process as easy and painless as possible. Download and review or print the Listing Agreement and Purchase Agreement.
Time Frame: Review, initial, sign and date no later than 10 days after the effective date of the listing agreement.
Time Frame: It is never too early to close open permits. Start the process as soon as you are finished reading this post.
First, open this webpage, type in your address and click on “search.” Any past permits on the property will be listed by year and permit number. If the “permit status” says “Adm Closed,” “Closed,” “Finaled,” or “Completed,” then the permits are officially closed. All other status’ such as “permit printed” or “permit issued” is an open permit. To have the permit file resolved and to remove the open or expired permits, go to the building department at 1300 White Street (rear entrance at parking lot) with your printed list in hand to determine what steps must be taken to close the permit/s. Some permits may be closed administratively if there are no safety issues involved. Others require the contractor of record to open the permit and to physically call for inspections and pay additional permit fees and/or inspection fees. In some cases the contractor may not be in business any longer or will simply stonewall in order to avoid helping the owner. In these cases, owners do have the ability to close the permits directly with the City. Speak with them about the process when you are at the building dept. To avert 11th hour issues just prior to closing which could possibly jeopardize the transfer of ownership, the seller needs to be proactive. This post should help.
The same City website for building permits only has Tree Commission permits processed after August 2018, so there is an additional step that owners need to take to ensure that there are no other past open tree permits. All older Tree Commission permits from 2010 to August 2018 are still in a database in Karen DeMaria’s office (the urban forester for the City of Key West). Call Karen at 305-809-3768 in order to receive all of the proper information regarding open tree permits, if any, on your property.
Time Frame: Have documents readily available for when the house goes under contract.
The purchase agreement specifies that the seller is to provide to the buyer a number of documents within 5 days after the effective date of the contract. The effective date is the date that all parties have completed signing and initialing the purchase agreement and the date from which the timeline of the contract originates. Documents include Owner’s Policy of Title Insurance, the Deed, Lease/s (if applicable) and Survey & Elevation Certificate (if available). If provided, these documents may provide a cost savings to all parties at closing. Any other pertinent documents should also be included such as contracts with vendors (fumigation, pool & landscape services, etc.) or evidence from the City of Key West that all past building and tree permits are closed.
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