Buyer information and links

What stage are you at in the buying process?

For SELLER information, click here

Thinking about buying?

Getting to know the area

Actively looking for homes and making offers...

Pinellas County links of interest to real estate buyers

Now that you've got a contract on a home...

  • Homeowner's Insurance: You can call any insurance agency that sells homeowners insurance for Florida properties. One particular insurance agent you might call Anthony Borruso's Allstate office 727-535-7444. [Tip: If you will be closing during Florida's hurricane season, you might want to get your insurance paid before closing. If a hurricane or named-storm comes into the area a few days prior to your closing, the insurance companies will not write policies until after the hurricane passes. This could delay your closing day. You will want it to be a "done deal" before your closing day.]
  • Mortgage brokers and Loan Consultants. Make sure to get some comparison quotes from a few sources.
  • Welcome Home Relocation, a moving solutions company. Offers coordinating, floor planning, sorting, packing, unpacking and other services related to getting you moved.
  • Home and termite inspections
    • Form: For your protection: Get a home inspection
    • Tom Tafelski of Thomas Inspection Services, Inc. 727-535-5576 (website) He's also a certified roofing inspector. Very professional. Very thorough.
    • Dan Brave, Detailed Inspection Services, Inc. 727-321-9296 (website)
    • Mike Oberacker, Property Inspector (website)
    • Certified Inspection, Inc. Professional Home Inspections. (brochure) (website)
    • The Home Team Inspection Service (brochure) (website) Wow! Came with 3-4 guys at the same time. Checked everything!
    • Chuck Bellish of Home Facts Inspections, Inc. 727-525-7945 (website)
    • Larry Norquest (aka "Larry the Bug Guy") Termite inspector, All-Pro Team Pest Management, Inc. (727) 585-2185 (727) 409-4136
    • Doug Smithwick, Terminix, 727-423-0373. Low price for termite inspections if you tell him I referred you. I get no money for the referral, only "brownie points". You get the discount.
  • Energy-efficiency brochure
  • Information about Radon Gas: Includes a phone number where you can order a brochure on radon by leaving your name and address or view a brochure online or print it out.
  • EPA brochure: "Protect your family from lead in your home"

Getting ready to close on your new purchase...

Listed below are numbers to arrange services before closing. Traditionally, seller must provide service through the day of closing for Water/ Sewer/ Trash Removal and Gas/Electric.

Disclaimer: This list is not intended to represent all services. Phone numbers are subject to change at any time.

Sellers: It is advisable to schedule the cancellation of your hazard/homeowners insurance for the day following closing.

Closing Day!

  • Picture identification is required for closing (i.e., Drivers License or Passport).
  • All checks payable to the title company must be Certified Checks. Telephone your title company or place of closing to see what sort of funds they need and the correct spelling of their company name.
  • Get lots of rest the night before and eat before your closing.
  • Buyers: Usually you'll do a "walk-thru" inspection just before the closing.
  • Sellers: Bring the keys and all warranty or instruction papers you want to pass on to the buyers.
  • Arrive on time at the title company or place of closing.

Now that you've closed on your new home...

Miscellaneous and For the realtors...

Boating and Marina information

General referral fee policies

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