What are the advantages and disadvantages of being in an unincorporated area?

Asked by Kbcmomof4, Punta Gorda, FL Sat Mar 5, 2011

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Phyllis Koch, , Punta Gorda, FL
Sat Jun 4, 2011
Certain towns, cities, counties, "deed-restricted" neighborhoods, home-owner associations, condos, and co-ops have ordinances or rules for the homes in their communities. They might regulate the color you can paint your home, whether you can park your boat or camper in your driveway, the type of fence you can install, etc.

Some folks like the rules and select a home in the community. They feel that the rules keep the neigborhood looking good and help keep home values relatively higher.

Other folks do not like the rules -- they might want to park their boat in their side yard!

Your Realtor and you should make sure that you understand the rules before you make an offer for a home in one of these areas.

If you have other questions or need help in selecting a home, you may email me at PHYLLJK@KW.com. You may search for homes at SEARCHFLORIDAREALESTATE.INFO.


Phyllis Koch
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Sandra Rubin…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Sun Mar 6, 2011
An incorporated town in the United States is an incorporated municipality, that is, one with a charter received from the state, similar to a city. An incorporated town will have elected officials, as differentiated from an unincorporated community, which exists only by tradition and does not have elected officials at the town level. In some states, especially in midwestern and western states, civil townships may sometimes be called towns, but are generally not incorporated municipalities, but are administrative subdivisions and derive their authority from statute rather than from a charter.
Punta Gorda is the only Incorporated town in Charlotte County.
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