There are many things to consider when a non-resident buys property in the States. Buying the property is the easy part. Survivorship, estate taxes, income taxes, and liability when you rent are just some of the things you need to consider before you take ownership. There is also a way you can lock in a favorable exchange rate for your British Pounds for up to six months which could save you thousand$$ when you purchase. I'll gladly share some helpful resources on buying real estate in the states.
Finally, here are two things about buying real estate here that are different than in the UK:
1) I can work exclusively as your agent, so you don't need to look on every brokers website. I have access to all of them and I can send you the same access so you can search on your own. Send me an email or give me a call and I can explain your options.
2) There is no "chain" of ownership in the states. When you are ready to buy, we make an offer, and if it is accepted you can own the home within a few weeks.
Send me an email and I will reply with the listings in my Top Ten list for you. I have to do some research on the condo fees to put a list together.
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John R. Fee
Keller Williams Elite Realty
24851 S. Tamiami Tr. Suite 1
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
If you are looking for a Golf Community, Lely is just great. Lely is offering new pre construction condos for sale in your price range. Some other amenities include Three golf courses are available, one of which is private, resort style Club House and many more amenities This Community is also in an area of U.S. 41 that is currently undergoing new development. Lely is conveniently located with a short 15 min ride to Naples Beach or Marco Island .If you need any more:
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Feel free to send me an e-mail (Guru@GolfHomeGuru.com) or give me a call (239/438-6426) for answers to your questions about SWFL golf communities!
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I live in a quiet bundled golf community that is in town, far from the interstate and much closer to the beach, ~2.5 miles to the beach and 2 miles to 5th avenue. I walk to the beach each week, but most folks probably would drive it instead. It's called Glades Country club. It's approx 35 years old. I wouldn't describe it as rich & elegant, but there are purchase options available for all levels of income. Some of the homes 3bdrm/2bath with garages, some are 2bd/2ba single-story, and some are 2/2 apartment-style. There are 9 swimming pools (the main one at the clubhouse is larger), plus tennis courts, bocci ball, and 2 bundled golf courses. They do activities during the week such as water aerobics, crafts, bingo, movies, card games, oil painting, golf tournaments, seasonal dinners and parties, yoga... I can't attend most of them because I have a day job. This association really thrives in the winter when all the golf fanatics come to party. The huge majority of owners here are retired, so most of the activities occur in the daytime.
I bought my condo sight unseen when my job transferred me to Naples, and I feel so lucky about my choice. There's a 24/7 drugstore a quarter-mile away, plus grocery / gas / restaurants / Walmart / numerous other stores less than a mile away. All within walking distance, even for old folks. It's perfect for me. There are 2 things I DON'T like: no gym in the clubhouse, and no garage with my condo. My neighbors are great -- everyone here seems to know each other, although I don't know most of them because I work 60+ hours a week and have to travel for my job. Anyway, I feel really lucky I got into this financially stable community (the reserves are fully-funded), and just thought you would like to hear a non-realtor's perspective.
HOA fees are $500 a month. That covers unlimited golf, your structure insurance, water, sewer, garbage, cable & satellite TV, landscaping, half of my internet bill, and access to all the amenities: clubhouse, restaurant, golfing, swimming, tennis, bocce, library, and social activities. The association handles everything which is good since my lifestyle is too busy to pay all those bills.
A year ago you could've purchased some of the places in this association for dirt-cheap, but now there's only a limited selection in your price range. Anyway, good luck, feel free to respond if you have any questions about things around town. You really can't go too wrong living in Naples... it's very clean and very safe here. The two biggies are golf and the beach... try to get a place that has convenient access to both.
You need some straight forward help with honest in your face answers than feel free to email or call so we can go over a few things before you get some "hand picked" listings sent your way.
Southwest Florida has been my home for the last 26 years. I have grown up entrenched in construction and real estate since 1983, and have a bachelors degree in Finance & Real Estate. Please allow a professional expert in Southwest Florida Real Estate help you today!
Sand Castle Realty
If you want a nice club house and available golf I think Lely Resort is unbeatable. I am partial as I live in Lely but the ammenities relative to the fees are great and there are public and private golf options.
If you send little more detail of the size condo, amount of rental flexability you would like etc, I can send you listings to review via email.
I believe your timing is right. Our market appears to have turned the corner. Activity is up and inventory is down which in my opinion indicates market stabilization.
Ken Lowe - Realtor
Prudential Florida Realty