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Shopping & Local Amenities in Sarasota : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Dec 4, 2013
Ronald Gerdes answered:
HOA Fees, also known as Homeowner Association Fees, are funds that are collected from homeowners within some type of residential association. It works like this: Each homeowner pays his or her share of the total expenses. This money is then pooled together and used to pay for all of the services that the HOA provides.

What do HOA Fees Cover?

HOA Fees (Homeowner Association Fees) vary greatly by association. The logical approach works best for a quick consideration: The higher the HOA Fees, the more services that the HOA probably provides. However, there are quite a few poorly managed HOAs, so it is always best to thoroughly review the HOA documentation provided by that specific HOA.

Below is a list of the most common services/expenses that HOAs have:
• Master Insurance
•Security Services
•Exterior Maintenance (painting, repairs, shared roof…if applicable, etc.)
•Garbage Costs
•Repaving Costs
•Pool Maintenance Costs
•Shared Lighting
•Common Areas Upkeep (mailboxes, tennis courts, clubhouse, etc.)
•Pest Control
•Legal and Licensing Fees
•Accounting Fees

As mentioned above, if the HOA Fees are $50, you should not expect to have a gated community with a 24 hr. security guard at the entrance. The amount of HOA fees and services also depends on the size of the community. As the size of the Homeowners Association increases, so do the benefits of economies of scale. A more influential economies of scale leads to greater efficiencies and much lower HOA Fees per homeowner.
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Mon Oct 7, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
You can determine how far any property is to the beach by using Google Maps and driving directions. Type in the address of the property you are interested in and then type in the address of the beach you want to go to.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Re/Max Palm Realty
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Mon Sep 9, 2013
Lynn Brock answered:
Cherstercat, The condo fee is $1610/quarter and covers:

Bldg Exter, Cable, Comm Pool, Escrow Resrv, Ground Mtnce, Bldg Insur, Mtnce/Repr, Pest Control, Private Road, Public Insur, Rec Facility

The property taxes associated with this property are $3009.

Best regards,

Lynn Brock
Brock Realty Inc

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Wed Aug 7, 2013
Poetrosie55 answered:
Thank you so much to everyone who replied to my question. I really appreciate the information
I will look into those areas that were suggested. I have been looking at Craig's List, but have heard that you can't trust the information on there.

Thank again.

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Tue Apr 23, 2013
wsjrb answered:
Gulf Gate, South Gate, Colonial Oaks, McClellan Park, Cherokee Park, any of the Keys, Palmer Ranch, Tamaron, The Meadows, Arlington Park, Ringling Park. There are many other nice, safe neighborhoods as well. ... more
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Wed Apr 3, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
You can always use Google Maps to get directions for any area. Type in the address of where you want to start and then where you want to go. It will give you the driving directions step by step, how much time and how many miles. It shows written directions and a map. You can also use Yahoo Maps.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
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