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Home Buying in Dunedin : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Apr 28, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
There are two possibilities. One, unresolved settlement issues could refer to foundation issues. Is the property located in a sinkhole prone area? Two, they could also be referring to a legal issue regarding the sale of the property -- perhaps it's an estate, or a divorce situation where there are conflicts over the sale of the property due to division over ownership rights.

Either way, the property has been flagged that it will not be an easy transaction for a buyer. You may want to move on to other properties with less issues.
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Thu Mar 23, 2017
Abuj answered:
The Cedars Group Inc. Consulting Engineers 732 826-4500 located in Woodbridge, NJ . Established in 1996 they can provide foundation and structural damage assessment reports and evaluations as well as foundation and structural engineering design and inspection services for commercial, residential and institutional faciltites and structures. (Flood, fire, collapse, snow etc...) ... more
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Fri Jan 20, 2017
Carver33 asked:
I only ask for FSBO Mobile Homes, but Karen Dillard listings keep showing up. Please be sure not to send the ones by an agent.
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Wed Nov 9, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
Land Lease or Leasehold Condominiums are when someone owns the land and either creates a number of leasehold condominiums or grants a lease to a developer who creates those entities.

Each condo owner does not own in fee simple; instead, they only have a lease, for the number of years spelled out in the developer’s lease. At the end of the lease you may be forced as a group to purchase the land under your buildings or move.

You will want to know the specific expiration date of the land lease and the terms.

Think carefully before getting involved in a condo purchase where a land lease is involved.
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Wed Nov 2, 2016
Luzmavelez answered:
How do I get a copy of the initial and final reports of a repared sink hole of a house I want to buy?
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Thu Oct 6, 2016
Paul answered:
Yes absolutely, but good news is that can help you learn about, understand and navigate ALL the real costs of homeownership, including mortgage financing, so you can make educated section as to financial worthiness of your home purchase. will help you analyze purchase price, downpayment $ amount, closing costs like title fees, mortgage financing, RE Taxes + Homeowner Insurance. It's simple + easy-to-use and very educational. An invaluable tool for all homebuyers- houses, condo/co-ops, investment properties. Make sure you can calculate whether is better to Buy or Rent with ... more
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Thu Aug 11, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
Yes, your "search engine" is called a REALTOR. These sites (Trulia, Zillow,, etc.) are just marketing sites and don't have the most up to date listings, nor the best search functionality. The best source of info is going to be a local Realtor who can search the local MLS for listings that fit your search criteria, include VA eligibility. Good luck to you! ... more
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Thu Nov 19, 2015
Dan Tabit answered:
Income is income. As long as you have been receiving it for a while and it's projected to continue, you may qualify for a mortgage. Down payments depend on the loan program. There are some 0 down, VA and USDA, but those programs are very limited and you or the property may not qualify.
3.5% down is common for FHA, Conventional loans start with 3% down, but anything less than 20% will contain mortgage insurance, an added cost required to obtain the mortgage.
Talk to a local mortgage lender to explore your options and get preapproved.
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Wed Nov 11, 2015
scott asked:
I would like to find an agent that lives in the area and familiar with Dunedin that could assist. Thanks, Scott
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Thu Sep 17, 2015
Mary Revell answered:
"Active a with a contract" means the property is UNDER CONTRACT or in the process of being sold. However, there are contingencies in ALL realestate contracts, that may prevent the sale. ie: The contract is contingent upon buyer getting a mortgage or contingent unpon the home passing an inspection or being appraised at the appropriate value.

In resent years, banks and lenders ( and thier underwritters) have been very strict in lending. The seller(s) want to keep the home on the Market...In case the "pre approved buyer" is suddenly denied the mortgage for some (often arbitary) reason!!! Back up offer(s) can be obtained. Often weeks go by before both buyer and seller find the sale will not work.... as the lenders drag the process out. ( Very fustrating and costly to both parties. But that is another story!)

Traditionally (and in some states it was illlegal) to continue to show a home undercontract. and what would have been the point? But with today's the finacial system in flux; This now very common. All parties are made aware of this "status". If you are a buyer and want to look at "active with contract", a Realtor could show you.... But you offer may never be considered if the original contract is honored. It is your decision.
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Mon Jun 29, 2015
Sue Duffy answered:
We have a dog who weighs 52 lbs and an indoor cat - we are having a heck of a time finding a 2/2 condo as a result - we do like the Dunedin/Clearwater, etc. area. FYI, On Top of the World, a huge 55+ community in Clearwater, does allow large dogs, but only one building out of over 90 has balconies and those units are larger than we need, and we definitely want a balcony or a ground floor unit, so our prospects at OTOW are limited. Will try to check out the condos complexes offered here and would appreciate any help on those communities that allow what is officially a "medium" (35-60)dog, but is often considered a large dog. We have trouble understanding... what's the difference between small dogs and large? In fact, small dogs are often much noisier than large dogs. They would be better off limiting breeds on larger dogs if that is their real concern. Even though we've asked, no one ever seems to be able to answer that question. ... more
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Fri Jun 12, 2015
Annette Lawrence answered:
The HOA or monthly maintenance is directly related to the community and size of the condo.

Waterfront communities such as Edgewater Arms or Royal Stewart Arms have dramatically higher monthly maintenance fees than inland communities.

Communities like Patrician Oalk and Heater Hill, are inland and constructed 1970 or older. Anticipate a monthly fee around $300 for inland communities also variable by the size of the condo.

Annette Lawrewnce, Broker/Associate
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Sat Jun 6, 2015
Mike Blue answered:
First i must say what a small world.....I am originally from COram Long Island. Grew up in the "W" section off route 112.....I would love to help you with whatever you need down here in the Dunedin area, or tampa bay area for that matter. Don't hesitate to email me or contact me with all your real estate needs!
Mike Blue
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Thu Nov 6, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
This question posted Jul 2012.

There is no report of sink hole activity at the location mentioned.according to the official City of Dunedin map that tracks such events.

Remediation events have occurred in other location within that corridor which seems to end at Michigan the north and Beltrees to the south.

The hole in the ground at New York and Main St was not a reported sinkhole.

Homes, villas and condos have been sold while active sinkhole remediation was in progress.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Palm Harbor FL
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Wed Oct 29, 2014
Alma Kee answered:

Do you still need help finding an all age condo?

Let us know and we can help.

All the best,
Alma and Teresa Kee
Sold On Tampa Team
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Thu May 29, 2014
John Reeves - YOUR HOME SOLD GUARANTEED answered:
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Thu May 8, 2014
Katholeen Kampfe answered:
I mean the homeowner has no maintenance to do. The roof, building maintenance, lawn care, pool, clubhouse, nc wall maintenance are included. Considering that all insurance including flood, water and trash, and basic cable are included in the monthly fee, it is low. Depending on the size of the condo, fees range from the 300's to the 400's. In some buildings gas for heat, hot water and cooking is also included. ... more
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Thu Apr 17, 2014
ndougherty1007 answered:
I have contacted our land lease company and asked them to explain what labor statics they use to calculate our land lease yearly. I sent them a copy of our contract from 1970 when our condominiums were built. I also inquired how i can find out if I have over or underpaid my land lease. I did this is February 2014; made 3 more requests; sent a letter return receipt requested and have not heard from them. who in Florida can help me get this information?
Nancy Dunedin FL
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Wed Apr 16, 2014
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