I just added a new page on my site for Sarasota FL homes with boat docks for sale: davidbarrhomes.com/sarasota_boat_dock_homes
Boaters may have a hard time finding only homes for sale with boat docks or boat lifts on the public MLS sites. Make sure you bookmark this page if you are looking for a Sarasota home for sale with a boat dock.
If you're planning a trip to Sarasota to look at homes (and buy!), I realize your time here is valuable. Here's some tips to make sure we maximize your time viewing homes and condos:
- Allow at least 24 hours notice for showings. Please let me know where you are staying, which days you would like to see properties, and what times of the day you plan on being available before you arrive;
- Narrow down your price range. There are 272 single family homes for sale as of this writing between $150-$200,000 in Sarasota County;
- Tell me your preferred area. If you've never been to Sarasota, Venice, Englewood, or Bradenton, your first visit probably is better spent experiencing the different towns and neighborhoods we have to offer;
- Have your source of funds ready to go. If you are a cash buyer, you'll need to have proof of funds to accompany your offer. If you are getting a mortgage, you'll need a pre-qualification letter from your lender;
- Forget about Zillow. Everything you think you know about Sarasota real estate (or any other city or town) from Zillow is wrong. Read why here: www.davidbarrhomes.com/debunking_zillow.
Some agents blog about St. Armand's Circle events. I blog about real estate.
Flood insurance is in the news with changes in federal legislation affecting FEMA.
Starting October 2013, for single family homes where the buyer is obtaining a mortgage, a buyer must have a flood elevation certificate to determine the property flood zone classification. These can be obtained through a local property surveyor. This will be conducted during the escrow process along with home inspections and other contingencies.
Properties in the SFHA (Special Flood Hazard Area) designed with an A or V will experience large increases in annual premiums and flood insurance will be mandatory to obtain financing. Buyers should be aware that flood insurance policies can no longer be transferred from the previous owner.
Here's the link to the FEMA site for flood zone designations: http://www.fema.gov/floodplain-management/flood-zones
Cash buyers of single family homes are not required to carry flood insurance. The new regulations do not pertain to condos, as of this writing.
To assist you in your property search, I have included flood zone designations on the property summaries of each of my over 50 neighborhood listings pages.