making an offer on a property in Florida without a realtor

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Hi BP Community,

Can any one tell me which of the contracts In the BP Resources File Place  I should use to make an offer on a property (non mls)  in Florida?  Also, do I send the deposit directly to the title/closing company of the seller?  I have only purchased  property through realtors in the past and given them the deposit with the contract that they had prepared.

Thanks in advance for your help BP Community!

@Lisa Mauritis  Most counties have a board of realtors standard purchase and sale contract. Contact your title company or closing attorney and ask for a copy. Or ask another investor. You'll need to learn how to fill it out, too. 

In Broward county, if that's where the property is, the buyer customarily pays for for title insurance, and picks the title co.  Independence Title in Fort Lauderdale does a lot of investor transactions.

Lisa, 

If you Google "Florida as is real estate contract" you will find multiple links with the standard form. I don't want to copy and paste any links in here because most of them are directly from a company's website and I don't want to seem like I am promoting any of them. They all use the standard form. This is the easiest form to use that lays out all of the things you need to negotiate between yourself and the seller, and will come up in Adobe Acrobat so you could fill it out online instead of hand-writing it. Technically you could really just use your own format, offer price, time to close, etc, handwritten or typed up in Word and that could be accepted as an official contract, but the standard as-is is the easiest way to make sure all i's are dottted and t's are crossed. 

In terms of title company you can either add in a title company you have used in the past or ask if the seller has someone specific they would like to use. Because the property isn't listed it is possible the seller has not picked out a title company to use yet, but it would be a good thing to ask them before submitting the offer. 

@Lisa Mauritis  

You're looking for the "Florida Far Bar" contract, and as Brandon mentions, just google it and you can download a fillable PDF.  

@Larry T. @Wayne Brooks  @Chad Urbshott @Brandon M. Thanks guys! The info you gave is very useful!   I believe the the Florida Far Bar contract is posted under the BP File Place.  I thought that this contract was for short sales only.  This is the contract I have to used when I bought a short sale property.   

Wayne, I live in Broward but will be buying rentals in Miami Dade.  Can I still use the Independence Title Company in Fort Lauderdale?

Once again, thank you guys for all the help!

Yes, and the splitting of closing costs is similar.  The FARBAR As Is 2013 is  the same, just no short sale addendum.

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