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Home Buying in Ruskin : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jun 10, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
How long they last depends on a number of factors, especially the type of roof. Generally, shingle roofs will last 15 - 20 years, depending on the grade of shingle. That being said, many insurance companies will charge you more once the roof is more than 15 years of age.

Depending on when specifically the roof was replaced in 2002, you may want to have a Wind Mitigation inspection done on the roof as it could potentially result in some discounts on your insurance rate.

Ask your FL insurance agent for additional information.
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Wed Mar 23, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
Would not count on travel times based on sites such as mapquest as there are often accidents on the major commuter routes that slow down travel times, sometimes significantly.

Looking in the Palmetto area means a daily commute to St. Pete over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Are you afraid of heights? If so, that may not be one of your best options.

You may find yourself on the Tampa side for work, which would make a Ruskin, Palmetto, Plant City or Brandon area living option more likely.

Would suggest visiting the area to get a feel for what areas appeal to you, then look into employment nearer to those selected areas.

Are you planning to get financing to pay for your home? If that is the case, talk to a local mortgage broker or lender first as you may have to wait awhile before you have sufficient work history to qualify for financing.
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Fri Apr 10, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
If the review was 100% accurate, shouldn't you want to let other potential customers know why you were unhappy with that agent? Does an apology erase the behavior?
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Thu Feb 26, 2015
Craig Margelowsky answered:
Wellington North's Contact Information is located on their website at Rampart no longer manages the community.
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Mon Feb 23, 2015
Robert Williams answered:
Lennar has probably the best builders incentives for Ruskin. Currently they are paying nearly all closing costs which can equate up to $11,000, using their preferred lender.
You can also take a FHA / VA loan with them on that. ... more
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Tue Feb 17, 2015
Robert Williams answered:
Hi if your interested in Colville Chase Drive in Ruskin, I can send you the homes that are currently available in that road and also in that subdivision.

Rob Williams - 813-230-7511 ... more
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Sun Jan 18, 2015
Cesar Rodriguez answered:
On a short sale do I really need a lawyer
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Mon Jul 28, 2014
Michael Joseph answered:
If you are still in the inspection period as per your contract back out of it. You do not want a home with this, it can cause serious health problems!
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Wed Jun 18, 2014
Terry McCarley answered:
ActiveRain is an excellent site to locate experienced real estate agents.
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Thu Nov 7, 2013
Kathleen Long answered:
Hey there and your question is a good one and to help you with accurate data the price of a market is not determined at all by agents rather it is what buyers are willing to pay and what sellers are wiling to sell for.

A property is priced by recent sales in the area, the similar square footage of property, condition of the property, inspections and appraisal of the property. Then the financial factors of what the sellers need to get from the sale, what they owe on the property. In addition, if the property is distressed and becomes a bank owned property - the bank then controls or dictates what the price will be. Also liens and judgments on distressed properties are factored in and buyers often get stuck with paying them unless the bank has priced the property to absorb the liens. The there are short sales where multiple offers come in from buyers and the bank may or may not approve. These are just a few factors affecting what homes are priced at and the market is what the buyers of the market are willing to pay. In addition Sun City is a very unique area with a high rate of turnover of properties due to relocation of the owners, downsizing and so forth. There is no "agent low ball" conspiracy going on here in Sun City and in a handful of offices are here and in fact the market is showing a nice recovery after a depressed market. Most recent news reports and price reports show the market has gone up 14%. See this most recent article in fact at
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Sun Oct 20, 2013
Tracy Hoyt answered:
Yes they are. You must just remember the sound ordinances for certain times of the day.

Tracy Hoyt
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Mon Oct 7, 2013
Alma Kee answered:
See below... 20% of the residents may be under 55... the community may have already reached that percentage and may not allow you buy or rent...

Federal Register 24 CFR Part 100; section 760.24-760.37 (4a), Florida Statutes

For a community to be considered "housing for older persons" as a 55+ community, the housing must be intended and operated for occupancy by persons 55 years of age or older and meet the following requirements:

1.At least 80% of the occupied units are occupied by at least one person 55 years of age or older.

2.The facility or community publishes and adheres to policies and procedures that demonstrate its intent to in fact be a provider of housing for older persons.
3.The facility or community complies with rules established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for verification of occupancy.
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Sun Sep 1, 2013
Jenny Bennett answered:
The amount of time it will take to sell will depend on a number of factors, One of the first steps to take is to choose a Realtor who can show you what the sales have been in the past 3-6 months in Sun City that are either in your neighborhood or most closely resemble the characteristics of your condo to assist you in pricing it to market conditions. There are a number of other considerations that would then follow. Looking at single family homes can be a concurrent process to establish neighborhoods, your criteria, etc. to fine tune the search. I worked with a client who was selling their primary home out of state, we found a home about 2 weeks before in Sun City and the timing was exceptional.
If I can answer any more questions, please feel free to contact me at 813-784-6085 or My office is about 15 minutes away.
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Fri Aug 30, 2013
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Sun Jun 30, 2013
Cathy Griggs answered:
There are still homes available in Ruskin and Sun City Center for $140,000 and also vacant lots available in affordable ranges but building for $140,000 or under would probably be challenging and you need to talk to a building contractor to get a better feel for those costs. There are still loan programs for 10-20% down depending on the property and your qualifications but for a construction loan you would have to contact a qualified lender. I have lived in Ruskin since 1985 and would be happy to help you find your dream home.

Cathy Griggs
Keller Williams South Shore
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Thu May 23, 2013
Phil Fowler answered:
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Phil Fowler, Agent, Apollo Beach, FL
I sold a home to my son in Hawks Point nearly two years ago. They absolutley love it!! At that time Lennar had not bought up the vacant lots and started building. The community gets together and does cook outs. I visit my son and his family often and have gotten to meet their neighbors.
If you are not working with a Realtor and would be interested in taking a tour or meeting some of the residents, please don't hesitate to call me.

Kind regards,
Phil Fowler
Home Express Realty Inc
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
Stephen McRory answered:
What sales price, rate, closing costs and post of pocket money have you been quoted so far?

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Mon Apr 8, 2013
Bruce Raymond answered:
I'm from the Uk, and a cash buyer, are there any problems with me buying for cash? And do I pay tax on renting it out in the high season? As I would only use it in the low season? Many thanks ... more
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Fri Jan 11, 2013
Tracy Hoyt answered:

I agree with the comments made by Dan of WA. Many agents will claim to be experts in all types of areas but those that have closed the deals and stayed steadfast throughout the difficult process of the short sale purchases are the agents you want on your side. Asking how often an agent works that area is also important. Tampa Bay area is vast and the communitees in Ruskin and Apollo Beach are very different from say South Tampa or Westchase.

Have a list of questions and speak with a few agents in the Ruskin and Apollo Beach area before making your choice. It is important to find someone who you will work well with, due to the process being lengthy and difficult at times.

Very Respectfully,

Tracy Hoyt, Realtor

Prudential Tropical Realty

3228 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Suite 102

Valrico, Florida 33596

Cell (813) 352-6219

Office (813) 643-9977 x1358

Fax (813) 643-9970

Delivering a World Class Experience...

One Client at a Time
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Thu Dec 27, 2012
Julie Rosenthal answered:
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Your Jupiter "go-to" Realtor Julie Rosenthal, Broker, ABR, GRI, TRC, EcoBroker
Mobile Phone (561)827-6789
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