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Home Buying in Apollo Beach : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jul 18, 2017
Japatel3 asked:
The tax statement has the property listed as Canal Front Class 22 what does this mean?
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Sat May 9, 2015
Robert Williams answered:
Good Afternoon Thomas, I hope you are well. There doesn't appear to be any rent to own waterfront homes in Apollo Beach having looked through the MLS. However I would be more than happy to contact the listings and see if that is a potential option.
If you would like to discuss your requirements with me, then I can start searching for you.

Many Thanks, Rob Williams - Exit Realty Excel
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Mon Oct 13, 2014
Mike Lintro answered:
Large master suites belong in every home. I rented a home for 2 years that had a master suit with only a half bathroom. Needless to say, I enjoyed my living more so when I was on vacation. ... more
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Fri Jan 17, 2014
Bago answered:
Tue Dec 10, 2013
Linda Grey answered:
Just about any contractor who works in the area provided the lot is buildable.
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Mon Dec 9, 2013
Alma Kee answered:

Did you buy this house? I see you posted this back in 2010.

All the best,
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Thu Sep 5, 2013
Mark Fagoh answered:
FYI Hope you Enjoy,,
September 2013
Buyin' or Sellin'....Call Bonnie Helen! (Fagoh)
(813) 390-7606

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Pricing Your Home to Sell

How much your home is worth to you and how much it is considered to be worth in the real estate market can be two very different numbers. If you're planning to put your home up for sale, one of the most important factors in making a quick sale is pricing the property correctly.
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Thu Aug 1, 2013
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
Tracy Hoyt answered:
Shawn and Britany,

Just wanted to touch base with you since you should be headed down to FL soon. Hope your trip is a fun and exciting as planned. Please feel free to contact me if you have any quesitons on the Apollo Beach, Valrico, Fishhawk or Brandon area. I understand you grew up here in Brandon and are thinking to relocate back to the area.

Please review my profile on Trulia and send me a message. Or give me a call directly at 813-352-6219. My businees partner Terry Conrad and I would be more than happy to answer your questions, show you homes or represent you if you need help. Remember, even with a new home you should get representation.

No pressure, just help.

Tracy Hoyt
Prudential Tropical Realty
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Sun Mar 17, 2013
Lisa Reeves answered:
Foreclosures and short sales are both considered to be distressed sales. To buy both you will want to have either strong real estate knowledge and previous homeownership experience or a good real estate team to help you. Both can be great for you to get a home at a great price - but they also can have many hidden issues.

Short sales - are homes that are being sold because the homeowner is currently having issues and had a previous issue that they cannot recover from. The homeowner and buyer agree to a contrac price and the homeowners lender approves the price based upon market comparables and any deferred maintenance on the property.

Foreclosure properties or REO's are the ones that the bank has already gotten through court action from homeowners. The bank then markets the property to sell to recoup their loss.

Both properties have to be marketed through local real estate agents. Ask a local realtor to set-up a search for properties like this for you to see in the areas that you have picked. Good-luck.
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Sat Jan 26, 2013
Lesley Fisher answered:
The Homeowners Association is $235 a month.
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Thu Apr 19, 2012
Wanda Johnson answered:
Hello there,

We have many active/available primary and/or investment properties in our beautiful Apollo Beach area. I would be happy to assist you with your property search and the purchase of your new property with the addresses you have on hand. You are welcome to call me @ 813 900-7237, text me or email me at I can also add you to my listing book account so you can view the properties just like an agent utilizing MLS. You can also view listing on my website.

Please contact me and I will help you gather the information.

Thank you for your interest in our area,

Wanda Johnson, Realtor
Century 21 Beggins Enterprises
Apollo Beach, Fla
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Sat Oct 15, 2011
Dan Mitchell answered:
You will usually pay more the further south you go. Also, you will pay less for property on the intercoastal waterways and on the many bays in the state. There are lots of places around Tampa and up in the panhandle is Destin which has gulf and bay views and access. Destin has beautiful beaches and the area is very nice. I know an agent in that area if you want to check it out. Good luck.

Dan Mitchell
Keller Williams
713 208 3202
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Mon Jul 18, 2011
Alma Kee answered:
Hi Rebecca,

Yes, I can suggest Dunedin and Palm Harbor. These areas are next to Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island. Caladesi has acclaim as being named one of the best beaches in the US.

The homes are older but they do have the advantage of not being restrictive as far as rentals.

We also have Condotels in Clearwater Beach (another great beach close to Tampa) and there is actually an onsite management that will rent the condos on a daily or weekly basis for you.

So depending on your price range, there are quite a few opportunties to get a great deal on a vacation home that can pay for itself in rental income.

If you would like to browse, you're welcome to sign up for a free ListingBook account on my website:

All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty, Inc.
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Wed Apr 13, 2011
Bill Eckler answered:

You have been provided with accurate information. I would like to add that this may also depend largely upon the type of home you are seeking: condo, villa, townhome, single family etc. There are many desirable and affordable location in the Sarasota area.

Keep in mind that a rule of thumb is, west of route 41 and closer to the beaches, you can expect higher prices.

With additional information, we may be able to provide you with some options and samples.

Best regards,

Bill Eckler

Michael Saunders & Company
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Sun Aug 8, 2010
Carol Garvin answered:
Hi Sue,

Since you are retired, there are many options available to you, I would be happy to help you , I have experience from Apollo Beach south to Venice and all the spots in between.

Please check out our website and when you are ready to speak to a realtor, please remember me.

Remember::::::Experience is not expensive.....It's Priceless!
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Mon Sep 28, 2009
Phil Fowler answered:
You are aware that there are CDD fees in Mira Bay? Your taxes will be higher on waterfront property too.

Hope this helps.

Phil Fowler
Keller Williams Realty
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Fri Aug 7, 2009
Margaret answered:
Hi Larry -

Both places are nice communities and have different offerings to appeal to the resident. Mirabay does enforce a minimum 7 month rental policy on the homeowners. So renting for less than 7 months can be a problem for you in Mirabay.

There are plenty of rentals in the area and I would be happy to provide you any further information you may need. The rental market changes rapidly and as you get closer to deciding you may want a current rental report.

Hope this information helped you -
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Thu Jul 2, 2009
Dav answered:
I was trying to purchase a short sale home in Apollo Beach Mira Bay. I made an offer and it was accepted and signed by the sellers. My agent was in contact with the listing agent and was informed by the listing agent that my offer was the best. However, after 3 months of waiting I was informed the house was sold to another person at the "last minute" for the same price I offered because that person offered "cash". The bottom line on a short sale is it isn't your house until the closing is final and you have no legal recourse as you do with a conventional sale. The seller can reject your offer at any time in the process even for a lower bid. On the other hand you (the buyer) can walk away from the deal at any time with no penalty.(not sure if you can get your earnest money back) As the above posters have mentioned you need patience and the ability to deal with disappointment if you want to pursue a short sale. In hind sight I should have decided to walk away because the listing agent never removed the house from the listings. In other words they were looking for better offers even after they accepted my offer. ... more
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