Word to the wise about buying in Sun City

Discussion in 'Non Sun City Related Discussions' started by Emily Litella, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    No, I'm not a real estate broker. I'm just a browser. (Yeah, I don't look like a browser, lol.)

    Always ask for an SPDS before you fall in love with a property. Ask questions. Check to see if permits were pulled for major work. Check for any possible assessments, liens, etc. Walk around the neighborhood and notice who the neighbors are and if they're friendly. (Most are friendly in.Sun City.)

    Most of all ask questions. At some of the open houses that I have dropped by, the agent knows less about the property and community than they should.

    Beware of open houses where the agent has a mortgage broker on site with them.

    I have had at least two agents tell me at an open house that they're expecting an offer by other folks who just left, only to see the property still available a week later.

    Do your due diligence.

    That is all.
  2. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    I would also add that if you're buying a condo, ask to meet with a member of the board, and ask to see the bylaws and cc&rs. Inquire about any long range plans and schedule for maintaining the association property and grounds, as well as any future increases in monthly fees and/or assessments. I think the vast majority of condo associations are well managed, but it's good to know what you're getting into.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2017
  3. Cynthia

    Cynthia Well-Known Member

    Or make an offer after seeing it online and Google driving the streets. Haha. It happens.*
  4. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    Lol. Yeah, I know several people who did just that. That's where having an agent you can really trust is crucial.
  5. Cynthia

    Cynthia Well-Known Member

    Raising my hand. Yep. I did it. Because I had a great agent.
  6. BPearson

    BPearson Well-Known Member

    Old thread, but worth the revisit. Strongly suggest you find a good realtor. These days the good ones have a list of clients and often they send texts to them before the house ever hits the market.
  7. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    Beware of self-proclaimed #1 advertisements and those folks who only have five star Zillow ratings. Zillow reviews are a joke. Also, you want someone who lives here year round.
    I was very fortunate to find someone who is on top of everything, shared our values and is ethical, and who looked out for our interests.
    I now know someone who I would be proud to recommend in a PM. I don't feel comfortable posting names anymore.
    Word of mouth is everything here in Sun City.
  8. aggie

    aggie Active Member

    A very informative site to get information about living in Sun City Arizona is the RCSC FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions) site. Great for prospective buyers and some that just want more information: http://suncityaz.org/rcsc/faqs/
  9. GCotten

    GCotten Member

    Most consumers do not understand that Zillow along with several other real estate search sites are mainly and foremost advertising sites for real estate agents. Advertising fees paid by real estate agents is how these sites generate income. The lure is that the sites have decent search engines for the consumer to get information on properties. Ratings of real estate agents mean nothing other than the amount of money the agent has paid to get their name in front of you. We are not talking about small change here. I know of one agent alone that in years past paid close to a million dollars in one year here in the Phoenix area. There is other potential misleading features of the sites that create problems for the unsuspecting consumer but we'll save that info for a future date.
  10. Adam560

    Adam560 New Member

    Just for fun, I checked the valuation of my own home here in Sun City.

    Zillow = 241.818

    Realtor.com = 227,200

    Redfin = 236,785

    I sure wish we could get the reverse mortgage issue settled here in Sun City. Might come in handy some day.
  11. GCotten

    GCotten Member

    Redfin appears in most cases to be the most accurate. Redfin is an actual national full service real estate firm that is high tech and has the best search engine currently available.
  12. Dlanor

    Dlanor New Member

    Yes....get a realtor that KNOWS Sun City !
    I used Re-Max out of Phoenix and its ended up costing me in the near future (not the family trust) an extra $3500 impact fees when the Condo goes solely into my name....YIKES !
    It could have easily been worked around with just a simple Joint Tenancy Deed at the time of closing if they simply had known the ropes here.
    So now my newer Car I need so badly has to wait , and SC has an extra $3500 coming that shouldn't really be theirs.
  13. pegmih

    pegmih Active Member

    Actually, after looking at many, many houses/condos/apartments with or without an agent,
    YOU WILL KNOW when you find the right place. Probably as soon as you walk in the door.
    That's what happened to me and I couldn't be happier.
    Emily Litella likes this.
  14. Emily Litella

    Emily Litella Well-Known Member

    I hope you will always he happy here, Peg. You have done a lot for the community.

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