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Wed Jul 19, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
Greyhawk Landing is a gated community with some great outdoor amenities. The clubhouse is used for various community functions, but there are not as many activities/groups/functions as found in communities that have on site activities directors (such as Esplanade in Lakewood Ranch). The community has both a HOA and CDD (community development district).

If you are looking in that area, have you considered Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbour? Or perhaps River Strand? Stoneybrook has a lot of community activities throughout the year, nice clubhouse with amenities and you have the option of playing the Stoneybrook golf course.

There are a number of new communities within Lakewood Ranch that have clubhouses, but not all clubhouses offer the same level of access to interaction to meet others.

Your real estate agent should be able to provide additional information to you on the various options in the Lakewood Ranch - Heritage Harbour area of Manatee county.
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Mon Jul 17, 2017
Manager asked:
How can I edit my posting here on Trulia? I created an account with the same email address hoping it would link to my ad but it did not as far as I can tell? Can you help with this?>…
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Sun Jul 9, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
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Sat Jul 8, 2017
Rvhab3 answered:
My grandson ,just out of the military, purchased a foreclosed hole. That was about a year ago.

Now he is having so much trouble with the kitchen drain pipes. It was checked out and the snake
only goes so far. There is a HUGE tree by the back of the house.
He is not knowing what to do, because he is the homeowner, but cannot pay for tree removal.
Is there any help from the government when you have served your country and now are
needing assistance to continue living in this house?

Please answer
Thank you
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Wed Jun 21, 2017
P.giroux answered:
I have lived in the 34205 zip code for 30 years. this zip code is part of the NW part of town, the most sought after in Manatee County for its central location, the best schools, no crime, mansions along the river (take a drive down Riverview Blvd.), close to the beaches, the better restaurants, etc. the west side of town is all built out, so for years all the growth has been to the east--sooooo far away from everything and lots of traffic. ... more
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Tue Jun 6, 2017
Gscott331 answered:
Hello Atmiller1121,

I read your question and the reply below but I was curious how things turned out for you? I'm in the same position, withheld adjudication felony assault arrest. I had no intentions of this happening but former roommate caused/provoked the situation and I don't understand why I was arrested. Nevertheless, it happened I completed all conditions and I'm on good standing since 2013.

I've been looking for a place to rent but this record is haunting me and now I feel that there isn't anywhere I'm able to get approved. I'm looking into having this record removed but not sure it can be done from what I understand it it stays with you until the end of time according to information I discovered in Florida.....

I Need Help and Advice, Thanks!
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Sun May 21, 2017
matchproductions asked:
listings 4 you' Zip codes help you find a location and is more recognizable than a random street name. Interestingly you ask for zip code on this 'Ask a question' form.…
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Tue May 16, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
As soon as title transfers, so you need to find a place to live today.
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Wed May 10, 2017
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Thu Mar 9, 2017
grehk2 asked:
It is great because it stays cool but gets very dirty quickly if people are swimming. Other than power washing it all the time, any suggestions to keep it clean.
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Mon Mar 6, 2017
Meghan Brandon answered:
How you hold title.
They are on the title they have a vested interest. There are various ways to hold title to a property and be vested in it.
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Sun Feb 12, 2017
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Wed Feb 1, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
First, when buying in Lakewood Ranch you will find the homes are located within either a CDD (community development district) or a Stewardship district. Esplanade is a Stewardship district. These are independent, local governing authorities that have special taxing authority. The annual taxing district fees show up on the property tax bill each year.

There are generally two separate parts to each of these types of fees. The first portion is a one time capital assessment or infrastructure bond. This can be paid off, and a payoff can be ordered and disbursed at closing when the property is purchased, or anytime thereafter. Keep in mind however that this is generally a sizeable payoff, as the bond typically runs for 20 - 30 years time period. The other portion of the fee is for general operating and maintenance and cannot be paid off immediately upon purchase. This portion of the fee is subject to change annually in accordance with an annually adopted budget, similar to that of a homeowner's association.

Be sure to get clarification from the sales staff on the stewardship district fees BEFORE you enter into a contract to purchase.

The originally built section of Esplanade was constructed before the golf course was added, so the fee structures for those residents are different (no golf fees) than those of current buyers in the community. I would suggest going over the annual fee structure with the sales rep carefully so that you fully understand what you will be paying for. Sometimes they gloss over the details.

The community itself has, as you are probably aware, a well appointed clubhouse with great amenities, activities and a full time activities director (called a lifestyle director).

It all comes down to whether you want to pay extra annually for the access to a community golf course.

As to Taylor Morrison the builder, no builder is going to have a perfect track record with all buyers. That being said, TM has a good track record for building in our area.

Like many local builders, they offer "base" prices for the various models. However, I have never met a single buyer that has actually bought a base home without any upgrades. Typically buyers will spend $30,000 - $55,000 in upgrades. Lots are come in base and upgraded. Upgraded lots are any lot on water, a preserve (ie wooded behind) lot, golf course lot, larger corner lot, cul de sac lot, etc. Lot premiums can run as little as $5000 and as much as over $100k, but generally fall into the $35k - $45k range.

When you add it up, that $360,000 base model home can quickly tally up to a $450,000 home. If you want new construction but don't need to pick out every detail of your new home, you might get a slightly better deal if you purchase a builder spec home that's already under construction.

One last thing. Your real estate agent may have access to builder incentives that are not advertised to the public. Before actively engaging any of the sales reps at the builder models, you'll want to have your agent contact them first. Although many builders suspend incentives during the winter season here, there are actually some builder incentives being offered right now on new construction in a number of new construction communities, including some in Lakewood Ranch.

The more knowledge you have, the better decisions you can make regarding your next home.


Diane Christner, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
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