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David Barr, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
David Barr answered:
Looking to buy a 2br condo or single family to possibly rent annually or monthly in the Sarasota area. My maximum price is 175,000. Any listings??)
You will have some good choices in your price range. Here is a link to a few listings in one of the best areas in Sarasota/Bradenton for rental demand and potential property appreciati ... more
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Tracy Hoyt, Real Estate Pro in Valrico, FL
Tracy Hoyt answered:
Thinking of relocating from NY to Sarasota in the near future. How is the job market in the area?
Cher,

What career field are you in? To better answer that question, we might need a bit more information. Several areas of Florida are having a rebound with new jobs and many oppor ... more
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David Barr, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
David Barr answered:
What is happening to development in Gillespie Park. In 2004, the area seemed ripe for gentrification ... Then the housing bust. I want to look again.
Nothing much is happening there right now. From a developer standpoint, there's other more profitable areas to build in.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 11, 2013 Home Buying in Gillespie Park
Stephen Webb…, Home Owner in California
Stephen Webber answered:
is 7753 hawkins rd 34241 available looking for a fixer upper with ac.?
Hey Leo, just noticed your question. Did you know you can buy a fixer with an FHA loan, 3.5% down and fixing costs included in the loan? It works. I have used it. Loan officers told me ... more
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Terri Fellows…, Real Estate Pro in Siesta Key, FL
Terri Fellows | Sarasota, Fl answered:
Recommend condos in the Sarasota area that would be quiet between the units, have a direct view of the bay, well maintained and potential to rent.
Hi Patty,

I'm sure you will get may opinions from well intentioned people on their personal preferences. In Sarasota, there are many, many condo complexes that might fit the bill. If ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 14, 2013 Home Buying in Sarasota
Tammy Hayes, Real Estate Pro in Port Charlotte, FL
Tammy Hayes answered:
Hi - we are looking for a larger older home in Sarasota - 1920s vintage - is any one neighborhood a good place to look or are they scattered ? Thanks
It really depends on your price range. Whitfield Estates has some homes built in the 1920's. Sapphire Shores is another place to look. You can search for properties on my MLS site at ... more
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David Barr, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
David Barr answered:
How is the population of children around 10 to 14 yrs old in Venice we are thinking of moving there from NJ and looking for some input?
You should check the US Census for population and demographic info.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 9, 2013 Home Buying in Sarasota
Michael Beni…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Michael Beninato answered:
Does The Landings allow pets? If yes, 1 or 2 dogs?
They allow one dog or 2 cats with a 25 lb maximum very nice area and lovely units upscale living. There are docks there as well just off the IWC. for more info please call me drect be h ... more
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Frank Lauber, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Frank Lauber answered:
I am interested in a propoerty in Mediterranean Circle in Sarasota. Are there any townhouses or single family homes available?
Mediterranea is directly across the street from my office. There's nothing currently listed, however I'd be glad to look further into finding you a property in the community, if you'd l ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 3, 2013 Home Buying in Sarasota
Julie Rosent…, Real Estate Pro in 33477
Julie Rosenthal answered:
I like a fire-resistant home (I think it is called brick stucco in Florida) as apposed to wood-frame. What are the pros & cons & costs ?
Hi,
Often you will find it called CBS (Concrete Block with Stucco exterior). I am told by builders the cost to build CBS is approx 20% to 30 % higher than frame construction, all ot ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 29, 2012 Home Buying in Sarasota
John Woodward, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
John Woodward answered:
In HOA fees, what should it include ???
It varies from subdivision to subdivision. We try to list what the features of the community and what the fees are for on every listing.

John Woodward
Broker/Owner
Sarasota Real E ... more
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Charles Offer, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Charles Offer answered:
What are the association fees at Heronmere at the Meadows. This is for the unit at 5106 Marshfield Road. Thanks
The listing indicates that the condo association fee is $925 per quarter, and there is also a Meadows community association fee of $300 per year. There currently is a $189 per quarter s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 5, 2013 Home Buying in Sarasota
Steve (888)…, Real Estate Pro in 33480
Steve (888) 662-4404 answered:
Looking for hard money mortgage after a short sale. Have some money down and excellent monthly income.
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0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 14, 2012 Home Buying in Sarasota
Tammy Hayes, Real Estate Pro in Port Charlotte, FL
Tammy Hayes answered:
The home I am in appraises at 180k/ owe 88k ...would like to either build or purchase newer home & rent current home. Options or requirements?
Contact a local lender to see how much you qualify for. Then determine what your needs and wants are in a home. Then start searching for a home based on the dollar amount you qualify ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 7, 2012 Home Buying in Sarasota
Terri Fellows…, Real Estate Pro in Siesta Key, FL
Terri Fellows | Sarasota, Fl answered:
hello! we need to find a property manager/realtor to find us good income producing units in Gillespie Park area. 2-4 units for $30K/unit. Thanks!
Dear J.

Though I could help you with the purchases, I do not do property management of rental units and I do not speak Spanish. A word of advice when hiring an agent to help you, mak ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 5, 2013 Home Buying in Gillespie Park
Michael Beni…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Michael Beninato answered:
Do certain real estate agents have an inside track to Short Sales and/or bank foreclosures?
Short sales right now are the best deals but they are very difficult and can take a long time, sometimes they do not get approved as well so it can be a lot of work with no return. But ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 25, 2012 Home Buying in Sarasota
Tammy Hayes, Real Estate Pro in Port Charlotte, FL
Tammy Hayes answered:
Are there any hotels within walking distance of Deer Trial Boulevard, Deer Creek, Sarasota?
The closest hotels are about 4 miles away on Clark Rd. Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Holiday Express.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Green Lion Realty
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 19, 2013 Home Buying in Sarasota
Nadine Mauro, Real Estate Pro in Boca Raton, FL
Nadine Mauro answered:
What bad things to look out for on flipped foreclosures that were once abandoned??
Walk away. Sounds like it could turn out to be a moneypit.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 20, 2012 Home Buying in Sarasota
Raffie Hamil…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Raffie Hamilton answered:
Does anyone know what Sarasota neighborhoods/streets with homes designed by Art Twitchell? Or is there a resource online that would provide that info?
http://scg.co.sarasota.fl.us/historical_resources/School_of_architecture/list.asp
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 5, 2012 Home Buying in Sarasota
Michael Beni…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Michael Beninato answered:
I am researching Sarasota for a possible move for my husband and I. My father grew up in Sarasota and the artist vibe intrigues me. We would be
BASED ON YOUR WANTS I SUGGEST DOWNTOWN AREA IT HAS A LOT OF PLAYHOUSES MUSIC VENUES AND ARTISTIC SHOPS. IT IS CLOSE TO THE BEACH AND QUITE AFFORDABLE BASED ON YOUR PRICE RANGE. I WILL N ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 22, 2014 Home Buying in Sarasota
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