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Home Buying in Estero : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jun 24, 2016
Lockmach answered:
Can anyone tell me why so many people are leaving Bella Largo? There are at least 14 homes for sales in the Estates area alone. Is this typical for Florida communities? Do the Lee County schools have something to do with it? Or is there something else going on? ... more
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Mon Feb 15, 2016
joseg answered:
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Fri Feb 5, 2016
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Thu Feb 26, 2015
Benjamin Dona answered:
There are 1,086 single family homes; 260 attached villas; 217 townhomes; and 336 condominiums, with a total of 1,899 residences in Bella Terra. Fees vary for all four types of housing, depending on what is provided. The 2015 Bella Terra master association fee is $1,447 annually but collected quarterly in the amount of $361.75. When you "break out" the $361.75, $148.75 per quarter is for the basic cable TV every resident receives and $213 for maintenance. The maintenance is for the gates and security, the community center and its amenities, and future reserve requirements for repair and replacements. Hope this helps! Sincerely, Benjamin Dona, Broker/Owner ... more
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Sat Jan 24, 2015
Nickydiamonds1 answered:
Looking to relocate from ny would like prime area good high school new development low hoas. Please give your feedback
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Sat Dec 27, 2014
Double D answered:
We pay three HOA fees. The master neighborhood fee covers the landscaping, beach club, the main community pool, road maintenance and guards/guardhouse. We also pay a master fee for the condominium development the live in, which is within the larger community. That fee covers things like the pool and spa which are shared by all residents of the condos, as well as trash service and the building manager. Then we also pay a fee for the specific building we live in, which covers common area interior maintenance, water, and basic cable. ... more
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Tue Sep 23, 2014
Randy and Vicki Biehl answered:
I can say that I've never had anyone looking for a home to purchase with the criteria of natural gas. Some may take it or leave it, but most see it as a negative.
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Mon Aug 25, 2014
David Lang answered:
I can not answer the question about the Open Houses, but I will try the others.
Most of the listing data that is found on Trulia (for non-for-sale-by-owner homes) is listing data that is migrated over to Trulia from the MLS. Because your property does not show up in the MLS (as well as many other places) your property was not considered when the agent wrote the description of the property for sale. About 99% of the information Trulia has, comes from real estate agents and from the local MLS.
Keep this in mind also: as other potential buyers search for homes similar to yours, they are not only looking at Trulia. There are soooo many places for people to look at property on-line that it is imperative that a seller has as much advertising exposure as possible. With ANY product (including real estate) there is a direct correlation to sales price and time frame, by the amount of advertising exposure that product gets. All things being equal, more exposure equals higher sales price in a shorter period of time. You may not like it, but full-time Realtors can still do that better than anyone else.

David Lang
Keller Williams Realty
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Mon Aug 25, 2014
Patrick O'Connor answered:
I specialize in Estero and specifically Grandezza and communities in close proximity to FGCU would be more than happy to send you listings as they come up on the market.
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Thu Aug 14, 2014
Susan Granger answered:
I have a listing at the Villagio. I am very familiar with properties there. Please contact me for more information.
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Thu Jan 30, 2014
Marc Comisar answered:

John....please provide some detail to question....
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Tue Nov 12, 2013
LLoyd Nichols answered:
Email me with the name of the community and I'll let you know. Also, I can email communities in Estero that do allow pets. Email:

Lloyd Nichols

Premier Florida Realty of SWFL
cell: (239) 810-2980
work: (239) 463 5217
skype: lloyd . nichols
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Sun Nov 10, 2013
Marc Comisar answered:

Well you will need a non gated single family home with no HOA restrictions......only way to get that sort of rental.
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Mon Oct 7, 2013
Marc Comisar answered:
If you would like I can get you a full list out. When would be a good time to speak?
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Sun Sep 29, 2013
Debra McAlister-Brown, P.A answered:

There are two types of ad valorem, or property taxes collected by the Lee County Tax Collector's office -- real estate property taxes and tangible personal property taxes.

Florida property taxes are relatively unique because:
They are levied annually.
Taxes have to be paid in full and at one time (unless the property owner has filed for the installment program or for homestead tax deferrals).
Substantial discounts are extended for early payment.
Five months elapse before real property owners can be penalized for non-payment of taxes.

Taxes vary in Estero and there are many variables.

Here is a link to a great resource

or you can call me at 239-898-9933 and we can discuss further.

Tax Exemptions

Florida Statute 196 allows for various exemptions for property taxes such as homestead, widow/widower, and agricultural exemptions. January 29, 2008 constitutional Amendment 1 was passed that increased the homestead exemption amount, provided for portability of Save Our Homes benefit, established a $25,000 exemption for Tangible Personal Property accounts and provided a 10% annual assessment limitation for non homestead property. These exemptions are handled though the Lee County Property Appraiser's office and are included in the certified tax roll passed to the Tax Collector's office.

CDD's must also be considered.

Debra McAlister-Brown, P.A.

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Thu Sep 19, 2013
Elaine Zacka answered:
Feel free to attend the community meeting about this situation October.

If you need more help feel free to call me.

Best Wishes,
Elaine Zacka
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Sat Aug 31, 2013
Marc Comisar answered:

We are working with several Hertz families now. We also have a database of over 30k buyers....I would not try to search out just one particular need to be working with the market as a whole. You need a great Realtor in order to maximize what you are looking for.
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Mon Aug 26, 2013
David Lang answered:
I know you already have several answers, but a great Board Certified real estate attorney I have worked with many times is:

Eric M. Borgia, Esq.
Borgia Law
Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate Attorney
11930 Fairway Lakes Drive, Suite 2
Fort Myers, FL 33913
Phone: 239-768-0144
Cell: 239-398-7216
Fax: 239-768-2833
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Thu Jul 25, 2013
Zach Rosen answered:
Given that you are using FHA financing you will most likely have to pay a year of mortgage insurance premiums up front. Additionally, with FHA financing you will have certain fees that need to be paid up front and held in escrow. If you would like I can put you in touch with a title agent who can draw up a preliminary HUD.

Hope this Helps

Zach Rosen
Florida Platinum Realty
239 240 8442
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Thu Apr 25, 2013
Marc Comisar answered:
You should find a Realtor to work with....these sites will not provide you with the info that a Realtor can provide. There is misleading information and outdated homes on these sites. We would love to get up to date info out to you....let us know of we can help. We also just listed a coach home in Marsh Landing.....167k. Let us know if you are interested.
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