My home was built in 1920 so you won't hear me warning you not to buy anything older than 2004. My house has been standing for almost 100 years because it's built like a fortress. If your really concerned about the older codes and quality of the structure then perhaps having a structural inspection performed on the house you want to buy would help.
Teresa M. Fellows
ERA Waterside Realty
If you think the Ringling Mansion is unsound, definitely do not buy it.
If you think the Ford/Edison house is unsound. don't buy that either.
It is more likely a home built before 1940 contains greater building craftmanship than any home built with the tract building boom started. That INCLUDES homes built since 2004.
By the way, many, many, many homes were built well above the codes in existence at that time. One home for sale on Dolphin Street in Maderia Beach is on such example.
Seriously, buy what allows you to sleep at night. That is all that really matters.
Newer homes may have lower insurance and utility costs, but that doesn't mean older homes don't sell well.
Florida is one of the top 3 states in the USA for population growth in the past few years. I guess someone forgot to tell them not to move to Florida.
If you see a home that suits your needs and it was built prior to 2004....Buy it! Have your proper inspections and all of the necessary requirements met.
If you need further assistance..I will be delighted to help!
.....and "Enjoy" your time in Paradise.
Bright Realty of Florida
Email: rhondalifestyles@comcast .net
Sarasota Home Realty
2100 Constitution Blvd.
Homeowner insurance â€“ Insurance rates vary by age of home, size of home,
conditions of home, and location of home. Insurance is more expensive if you live
near any type of water â€“ pond, lake, river, Gulf. Insurance is more expensive if
home was not built to current hurricane standards. You can get discounts the home
qualifies for by having a wind mitigation inspection done at the same time as your
home inspection. Discounts are available for building features that reduce damage
during high wind events. Overall discounts include things such as age of home, style
of roof, how close the home is to a body of water, how close to a fire hydrant, how
the roof is tied down, if the home has hurricane shutters or impact resistant
windows, frame or block home, etc. If the home is in a flood zone, the insurance
company will require a flood elevation certificate. That can be obtained by paying a
survey company to prepare it. To check Flood Zones go to http://www.floodsmart.gov and
type in the address of the property. It will give you the flood zone, rates, and
Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Re/Max Palm Realty
It is true that codes have changed and newer homes are stronger and insurance rates are lower for newer. However, newer homes are far more expensive and you can find a lovely, well constructed home built in the 80's or 90's and save A LOT OF MONEY.
Please feel free to give us a call to discuss. I'm so curious now.
Keller Williams on the Water
Hope this helps!