Loan Programs to Suit your Needs
If you are planning to finance the purchase of your new home, your very first step is to find out what is available to you in terms of loan programs that best fit your unique needs, how much of a loan you will be able to obtain based upon your household income and expenses, the percentage of cash required for down payment and the additional money needed for closing costs, renovations, furnishings, etc. Under the Financing category below, you will find some reputable local lenders or perhaps you have a strong relationship with your own lender. Whomever you choose, this is your first step before beginning your search. Our Financing page is a good place to start.
Buyer’s Disclosure Form
Time Frame: Review, initial, sign and date upon your decision to work with Kent and Regan in finding your new home.
The Buyer’s Disclosure clarifies important information regulations and programs related to home ownership in Monroe County. It describes your relationship to your agent as a transaction broker (the default agency in Florida) or as a buyer’s or seller’s broker. It is chocked full of information to help the buyer understand the home buying process and much of what it entails. Download and review or print Buyer’s Disclosure Form
“AS IS” Residential Contract For Sale and Purchase
All contracts used by Truman & Co. are created by attorneys for Florida Realtors to ensure that all parties are treated equitably. Here is a copy of the Florida Realtors sale and purchase agreement for residential real estate. Please take your time reviewing and ask Kent and Regan any questions that arise. We are here to help make the home buying process as easy and painless as possible. Download and review or print Purchase Contract
Time Frame: Initiate immediately after property is under contract. Inspection period is a fixed time stipulated in the contract (usually 10-15 days after the Effective Date of the contract). Inspections, requests for repair, and/or contract cancellation must be completed within this time frame.
Required for insurance: 4 Point Letter (covers Electrical, Plumbing, Roof, & A/C-Heat) and Mitigation Forms for Windstorm Insurance Discounts.
Highly Recommended: Full Home Inspection
May be Required (if full home inspection warrants further investigation): Mold, Roofing, Wood-eating insects, Swimming Pool, and/or any other inspection that may be necessary or desired.
Associated Home Inspectors—Rick Gegorick 305-745-3411 email@example.com
Island Life Inspections—Bob Branchau 305-912-4640 firstname.lastname@example.org
Orkin 305-294-2583 email@example.com
Hammerhead 305-515-2800 firstname.lastname@example.org
Seller’s Disclosure Form
Time Frame: Review, initial, sign and date early in the inspection period.
To protect all parties, the Seller must complete, initial and sign the Seller’s Disclosure form. This multi-page form discloses everything that the seller knows about the house and that which conveys with the house. Obviously, the seller cannot disclose what they do not know, but by disclosing what they do know, any current issues can be addressed in the inspection and in negotiations and/or the buyer can accept the property “as is.” By signing the seller’s disclosure, the buyer is simply acknowledging that they have reviewed the document. Download and review or print Seller’s Disclosure
Time Frame: Application is to be made immediately upon acceptance of offer. The contract default is within 5 days. A “strong” offer will be accompanied with a prequalification letter and funds verification for buyer’s cash responsibility. Written loan commitment is due within the time frame per the terms of the contract. If you have not already, visit our Financing page.
First State Bank*–Kurt Lewin 305-296-8535
Energy Efficiency Brochure and Lead Based Paint Pamphlet
As your Realtor, we are required by the purchase agreement to provide to you the Energy Efficiency Brochure and Lead Based Paint Pamphlet (if the home was built prior to 1978). Download and review or print the Energy Efficiency Brochure and the Lead Based Paint Pamphlet.
Time Frame: Contact upon completion of inspection period.
United Atlantic Insurance*, 305-748-2134
Key West Insurance*, 305-294-1096
Porter Allen*, 305-294-2542
Questions for Insurance Agents:
What deductibles are available and what are the premiums for each? (Some lenders set lower limits on the deductible)
What credits are available for windstorm insurance on the home?
Is there a current flood policy of this property that can be transferred at closing?
Is an Elevation Certificate recommended or necessary in order to get the discounted flood insurance rate?
What is the insured value of the home that the agent is quoting?
Surveyors & Elevation Certificates
Time Frame: Closing Agent should call for the survey upon completion of inspection period in order to ensure a timely closing. If a fairly recent survey is available, a new survey may not be required. Consult with closing agent and lender for requirements. If a previous survey is available, contacting the same surveyor may result in cost savings.
J Lynn O’Flynn, Inc.* 305-296-7422
Reese & White Land Surveying*, 305-872-1348
Island Surveying, Inc.*, 305-293-0466
DRN Moving, Inc.*, 305-295-6683
Sunset Moving & Storage*, 305-398-4357
Tropical Movers*, 305-290-0560
Time Frame: Contact after all contingencies are met and prior to closing. As a courtesy to the buyer, it is customary for the seller to extend utilities one day past closing so that there is a seamless transition for the buyer.
Electric: Keys Energy Services*, 1001 James St. 305-295-1000
Solar: Benson Green Technologies*, Jolly Benson, 305-296-3940
Water : Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority*, 1100 Kennedy Dr. 305-296-2454
Cable Internet/TV/Phone Options :
Comcast*, 1010 Kennedy Dr. 888-220-6780
AT&T*, 1113 Key Plaza 305-296-5007
Suburban Propane*, 726 Catherine St., KW 305-296-2411
Amerigas*, 6301 3rd St., Stock Island 305-295-7724
Como Keys Gas*, 1109 Eaton Street, Key West 305-296-2848
Ask closing agent for the method of forwarding funds.
Get wiring instructions to forward funds to closing agent
Closing agent will order survey and elevation certificate if needed, which is customarily at the buyer’s expense
Review mortgage documents with lender
Review HUD statement for accuracy
Do a final walk-through of the property on the day of closing or as soon as possible
Have photo ID readily available at closing
Architects and Engineers
Time Frame: as needed
Haven Burkee & David Salay of Bender & Associates*, 305-296-1347
William Rowan Architecture*, 305-296-3784
M Stratton Architecture*, 305-923-9670
Rob Delaune Architect, PA*, 305-293-0364
Artibus Design*, 305-304-3512
Time Frame: as needed
Bird Construction*—Rick Bird 305-296-4687
Holtkamp Construction*—Jordan Holtkamp 305-797-9339 or 305-294-5399
J J Fairbank Construction*—Jay Fairbank 305-292-6584
Furnishings and Accessories
Debra Butler Design Studio*, 305-393-2942
Half Buck Freddie’s*, 726 Caroline Street, 305-294-1304
Restaurant Store*, 1111 Eaton Street, 305-294-7994
Royal Furniture*, 3326 N Roosevelt Blvd, 305-204-5509
Your House History
Now that you have settled into your wonderful new home, let local historian, artist and long-time Key West resident, Sharon Wells, create your house history. Each Gingerbread Biography pulls together Wells’ expertise in history, archival research, art and architectural photography. Each individual commission, is exclusively compiled for the Homeowner. Combining historic & contemporary photographs, deeds, wills, maps and plats, genealogy, with archival research focused on one individual Historic House, Each Gingerbread Biography represents over 100 hours of work.
Swimming Pool Maintenance
The Pool Man*—Danny & Paulette Rezendes 305-240-1463
Aqua Doc*—Steve Prior 305-293-9200
Keys Pool Service*—305-731-4448
Kenny Weschler* –305-304-2886
Native Landscape Design*—Scott Montgomery 305-393-5028
*We know these contractors and vendors to be reputable from our past experience; this does not constitute any guarantees, warranties, or promises on our part for their future products or services.
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