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Wed May 31, 2017
Admin answered:
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Mon Sep 26, 2016
A. Skaff asked:
sold it! My home address is 21228 Bella Terra Blvd, Estero, FL. Did someone hijack my account???
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Fri Jun 24, 2016
Lockmach answered:
Can anyone tell me why so many people are leaving Bella Largo? There are at least 14 homes for sales in the Estates area alone. Is this typical for Florida communities? Do the Lee County schools have something to do with it? Or is there something else going on? ... more
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Mon Feb 15, 2016
joseg answered:
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Fri Feb 5, 2016
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Fri Aug 7, 2015
UpNest Top Realtors answered:

The only way to get your home listed on Trulia is to have it listed on the MLS. Only agents have access, so hiring an agent is the easiest way, but you could also pay for what's called a flat fee listing service if you want to sell by owner (generally not a good idea).

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Tue Jul 7, 2015
My NC Homes Team answered:
Posting request in this question area is pointless, no one at Trulia reads them. They are here for other Realtors to read. Your agent is the person who can modify your listing.
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Tue Apr 28, 2015
paulthegrizzly1 answered:
Make sure you separate pavers with something besides grass, if you use them. Mowing, edged, and line-trimming them by hand is a labor of love, so you had better love them a lot. Putting gravel in between them looks good, and it is easier to care for. ... more
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Mon Mar 2, 2015
Beverly Howe answered:
If you look at the closed sales and current listings in your condominium development you might see the prices seem to be going down. There are a couple of pending sales at higher prices than the current closed sales or active listings.

There are still foreclosures and short sales which are impacting the overall property values. Perhaps because of panic selling by some owners who may not have been able to handle the assessment for repairs.

If you could get your neighbors to stop short selling, the foreclosures would probably stop. And your property values would increase. All the resent foreclosure sales have been from failed short sales.

You have a property in a well established and popular community in Estero. The community appeals to all ages and offers many amenities with some of the lowest fees in the area. You have a good investment if you can hang on thru the repairs and foreclosures. There are very few communities which are still clearing out via short sales and foreclosures. Yours happens to be one them, probably because of the repair assessments. At least your not dealing with Chinese Drywall which is a problem for several Estero condominium communities.

It looks like someone is getting ready to put a 2 bedroom on the market for $100,000. Because I am a REALTOR® I can see there is currently a property in the MLS which is withdrawn. The comments say they are waiting for photos. The property may not appraise for a buyer getting a loan, because of the short sales which became foreclosures. However, there are plenty of cash buyers in Southwest Florida and not very many decent properties in good locations in a $100,000 price range.

It is my opinion that condominium associations should have to keep a reserve to help homeowner's who can not handle larger assessments. It is heart breaking to see an older person or someone temporarily unemployed loose a property because work needs to be done which there are no reserves to cover the cost. If the association could finance the assessments for senior owners or temporarily finance the assessment for unemployed owners every ones properties values would be more secure and there would be less distress sales.

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Thu Feb 26, 2015
Benjamin Dona answered:
There are 1,086 single family homes; 260 attached villas; 217 townhomes; and 336 condominiums, with a total of 1,899 residences in Bella Terra. Fees vary for all four types of housing, depending on what is provided. The 2015 Bella Terra master association fee is $1,447 annually but collected quarterly in the amount of $361.75. When you "break out" the $361.75, $148.75 per quarter is for the basic cable TV every resident receives and $213 for maintenance. The maintenance is for the gates and security, the community center and its amenities, and future reserve requirements for repair and replacements. Hope this helps! Sincerely, Benjamin Dona, Broker/Owner ... more
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Sat Jan 24, 2015
Nickydiamonds1 answered:
Looking to relocate from ny would like prime area good high school new development low hoas. Please give your feedback
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Mon Jan 12, 2015
Jackson Willis answered:
You'll have to look into the homeowner's association's rules. If they do let you install a fence, it will likely have to be installed professionally, and look good. You should research some companies and get information about them. If you present them with a plan, rather than an idea, they'll be more likely to approve of the change.
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Sat Jan 10, 2015
Clay Bresnan answered:
Tabar, I don't understand what you mean by area check?.. Also, check out my rental listing right next to this unit in coconut point.. This will be available end of this month:

The area is the newest and most up and coming area around. Very safe, centrally located, dozens of great amenities, and a very unique way of living. Let me know if I can help!
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Thu Jan 8, 2015
Calvin James answered:
I would look them up online. That you can compare prices and reviews at the same time. After that you can go and the agencies that look best and pick which one you feel most comfortable with. You don't want to trust just anybody with your rental property! ... more
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Sat Dec 27, 2014
Double D answered:
We pay three HOA fees. The master neighborhood fee covers the landscaping, beach club, the main community pool, road maintenance and guards/guardhouse. We also pay a master fee for the condominium development the live in, which is within the larger community. That fee covers things like the pool and spa which are shared by all residents of the condos, as well as trash service and the building manager. Then we also pay a fee for the specific building we live in, which covers common area interior maintenance, water, and basic cable. ... more
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Wed Oct 1, 2014
Stephanie Leon answered:
It will matter is you are bidding in a auction where the bank has foreclosed and has placed the home in an auction or are you bidding at the court house foreclosure auction?

If bidding at the court house it is a whole different thing and you can be responsible for the back HOA fees.

The Florida statue mentioned below only pertains to the bank/mortgagee who foreclosed so they are not accountable for the owners default with the HOA and the bank is protected.

If you are bidding in an auction that the bank has already foreclosed and is the current owner of record who listed the home for sale in an auction then the seller will be responsible and this cost should not be the buyers unless the contract stated otherwise.
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Tue Sep 23, 2014
Randy and Vicki Biehl answered:
I can say that I've never had anyone looking for a home to purchase with the criteria of natural gas. Some may take it or leave it, but most see it as a negative.
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Thu Sep 11, 2014

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Mon Aug 25, 2014
David Lang answered:
I can not answer the question about the Open Houses, but I will try the others.
Most of the listing data that is found on Trulia (for non-for-sale-by-owner homes) is listing data that is migrated over to Trulia from the MLS. Because your property does not show up in the MLS (as well as many other places) your property was not considered when the agent wrote the description of the property for sale. About 99% of the information Trulia has, comes from real estate agents and from the local MLS.
Keep this in mind also: as other potential buyers search for homes similar to yours, they are not only looking at Trulia. There are soooo many places for people to look at property on-line that it is imperative that a seller has as much advertising exposure as possible. With ANY product (including real estate) there is a direct correlation to sales price and time frame, by the amount of advertising exposure that product gets. All things being equal, more exposure equals higher sales price in a shorter period of time. You may not like it, but full-time Realtors can still do that better than anyone else.

David Lang
Keller Williams Realty
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