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Thu Jan 19, 2017
Brettdip asked:
Thu Oct 27, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
What type of contract was used? In Florida there should have been a condominium addendum added to the contract. In that addendum you should have had the option to mark you wanted a copy of all of the condo docs AND latest budget (which should include reserves info). Did you get the docs? Did you read them? Ask questions? You would have had 3 days in which to review the condo docs and cancel the contract if you didn't like what you read.

Did you use an attorney as your closing agent? If so, did YOU pay for the title work or the seller? If seller, the attorney represented the seller. If you paid, then the attorney represented you. However, it would have been up to you to ask the attorney questions about the condo docs, it is not his/her duty to read them for you.

All this being said, your real estate agent, unless they were not providing any representation, should have given you a heads up to review the condo docs and budget within the required time period.

Buyers of condos, always read the condo docs, budget, Question & Answer sheet and ask questions if you don't understand what you are reading.
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Sun Feb 15, 2015
rah21252 answered:
We live in Wildwood Springs. Some of the largest square footage you will find in this area. Some very nice, with walled in private courtyards, carports, and gorgeous landscaping!
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Mon Oct 27, 2014
Armindo Gonzalez answered:
Hi and thank you for your service! There only 6 condos in Bradenton that are VA approved:


Please feel free to contact me anytime and ill be more than happy to help.Also I have a local lender who can also help as well.


Armindo Gonzalez
EXIT King Realty
8728 State Rd 70 E
Bradenton FL 34202
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Mon Oct 27, 2014
Diane Christner answered:

The rental inventory in your price range is very tight right now, and having 2 cats will make it more difficult. It seems a lot of landlords are ok with tenants having a small dog but say no to cats.

If you would like to search the local MLS rental listings, the website is:

There are a lot of rental sites out there that may have Bradenton listings, you will have to do a search and then check each one.

Another spot to check is the Bradenton Herald newspaper's website for on line ads.

Hopefully one of these options will turn up a rental for you. If you have other, general questions about the area I am a long time resident of Sarasota - Bradenton and would be happy to provide info about my home town.


Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
Sarasota, FL
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Sat Apr 13, 2013
Chris Luis answered:
If you are still looking, check our site for al the info you need,
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Sat Apr 13, 2013
Chris Luis answered:
This advice on local lenders is misplaced if they don't have the loan programs that fits your needs. You just want a mortgage with your source of income.

The DTI for most is 31/43, and can go as high as 45/50 depending on your credit score

Whether you use our firm or not, visit our site at and we answer all your questions

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Fri Dec 21, 2012
Leslie Wollard answered:
There have been five sales reported in MLS for Harbor Pines condos, since July, 2012. Recorded prices range from $40,000 to $44,900.

Leslie Wollard
Keller Williams On the Water
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Fri Dec 21, 2012
wgwilly asked:
Fri Oct 26, 2012
Don Tepper answered:
You'll have to provide a link to a specific property, or its address.
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Sun Apr 15, 2012
Robin Cronk answered:
I've always encouraged buyers and sellers to each have an attorney, or firm to look out for each parties best interest. It's especially true when working on a land contract/contract for deed, or investment property. My first time home buying experience was a disaster, and I quickly learned that had I gotten an attorney, I would not have lost a small fortune on the deal. Even if you never plan to purchase another home, make sure you have a real estate attorney, and keep yourself well informed thru the'll thank yourself later. ... more
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Fri Feb 10, 2012
Jim Sweat answered:
Lower prices and higher interest rates will only help if you are paying cash.

If you are getting a mortgage, a small uptick in rates significantly reduces the amount of home you can buy.

Prices may drop some, but what really drops is your purchasing power!

All the Best,
Jim Sweat
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Fri Feb 10, 2012
Deborah Capobianco answered:
Good morning Brian,
Are you looking to purchase a vacation rental for investment, that has a tenant in it? Or are looking for a rental for yourself? There are some very good properties in a lower range that you can use for rental purposes. Please let me know and I would be more then happy to help you. Thank you. Have a good day.
Debbie Capobianco
Michael Saunders & Co
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Mon Jul 4, 2011
Karen Schwartz answered:
All good answers. I will add the website for Manatee County Public Schools for you to assisst in your research. There is a great tool on the home page at the top left called SCHOOL LOCATOR. You just type in the address of any home you are interested in and it will pull up the assigned schools for that address. There is also "school choice" in Manatee County, but there are some quirks about that so it is best to discuss with school district office staff about that. I hope your transition will go smoothly and that you will be very happy here!

Have a safe and happy July 4th Holiday!

Karen Schwartz, Broker
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Tue Feb 1, 2011
Mark LeMenager answered:
Well of course it was Karen. The questions was asked a year ago. Welcome to Trulia Q&A.
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Sun Nov 28, 2010
Pat & Steve Pribisko answered:
There are several places you can check. Start with your City Hall. If the City Hall doesn't have it, check with your County Recorder's Office, as many have "Map Rooms" with records relating back many years. ... more
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Thu Apr 1, 2010
Debbie Smith answered:
Vizcaya is located on 34th St which I lovingly call condo Row. There are some great associations up and down that road that I have taken buyers to and sold over the years. On one end of 34th is IMG Academy which is a international scoccer and tennis training facility. On the other end is El Conquistador Country Club which in recent years sold their golf course to IMG and it is now a PGA course. In the middle of all of this is a State College. Used to be a community college with an huge nursing school amoung other things. I have seen people walking, jogging and biking in that area for years. I have placed clients in that area who love it. It is 15 minutes to the causeway and Gulf beaches and less than 10 minutes from the Bradenton/Sarasota Airport. Vizcaya is a gated community with over the top community appeal -looks more like high end Sarasota. And like everywhere else right now there are some great bargins available.
If I can help you in any way give me a call or e-mail.
Debbie Smith
Remax Alliance Group
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Tue Jun 9, 2009
Dana Schuster answered:

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Mon Jan 19, 2009
Bill Eckler answered:

Thank you for your question about the Sarasota/Bradenton area. There are currently 5 homes listed for sale in Highland Lakes being offered in the $169,000 to $250,000 price range. These are in the 1,500 to 1,900 sq. ft. size and were all constructed in 1990-1991. One of them is described as a Rutenberg construction which is one of the area's premier builders.

There is a $580 HOA fee paid quarterly that covers lawn, cable, and the community clubhouse.

We would be happy to provide you with additional information on these or other homes in the area and would like to hear from you.

Best regards,
Susan & Bill Eckler

Michael Saunders & Company
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Wed May 14, 2008
Betsie Taber answered:
according to the Manatee MLS, one unit sold in 2004, 2 sold in 2005 and none sold since 11/18/05
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