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Longboat Key : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Sep 1, 2017
Mary C answered:

We display property information on Trulia to provide consumers with transparent real estate information. We receive this information from public records gathered by a third-party data collector from your county. Our mission is to empower consumers with information and tools to make smart decisions about homes, real estate and mortgages. For this reason, we do not remove public record property information from Trulia. Please be assured your property is currently off the market right now, meaning it does not appear in the results for active listings.

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Sat Nov 5, 2016
Scott Godzyk answered:
This is q and a, and very unlikely customer service will see your post. Go to your listings here in Trulia and click edit, you can change pictures your self
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Thu Aug 18, 2016
Joseph.kreitz asked:
Thu Aug 6, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
Sites such as Trulia gather data from a variety of sources, including tax records from the county assessors offices, Core Logic, MLS services and various syndicators. Obviously, not all information is accurate or up to date.

I have 2 suggestions to your problem. You can claim your home on Trulia and update the property information under the "owner information" section to display the correct data. Or you can email Trulia at and ask them to block the public record data on your property record.

Trulia Support does not generally monitor these forums, the questions are usually answered by real estate agents.


Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
Sarasota, FL
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Thu Jun 18, 2015
Dan Tabit answered:
If I were a Phoenix area agent I might say, YES. Where I'm not one and know nothing about you, I'd suggest you talk with someone who can put your financial picture into the proper context and advise you from there. On one hand, you can't take it with you and the time to live your dreams is while your alive. On the other, if you are living in a dream home and eating pork & beans because your broke, it may become a nightmare. ... more
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Fri Jun 12, 2015
Jackson Willis answered:
I think the biggest difference is maintenance. When you own a home you're responsible for everything, which means you're more free to customize it and you can hire whoever you want to do repairs, landscaping work, or anything else. With a condo though, you generally have to deal with a condo association which requires things to be a certain way, that means that they'll be maintained more regularly which is helpful for a vacation home, but it also takes away a lot of your customization rights, and you don't get to choose who to hire. Those are really the biggest differences though.
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Fri May 22, 2015
Kathleen Comerford answered:
Hello Chip,
My background in real estate spans over 20 years including real estate investment banking and as a buyers agent. Please check my site
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Thu Mar 26, 2015
Annette Lawrence answered:
92 % of asking price? You are not getting good information.

If you are looking to spend $350,000 or less on a beach centric (not beach front) with short term rent options you should focus your efforts on Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Dunedin Isles (SFH) in Dunedin FL, Fairway Estates in Dunedin FL, Royal Oaks community, Dunedin FL.

Here is an example of the analysis I provide for serious buyers. (Fairway Estates, Dunedin, Fl)

Better deals are everywhere. But you must begin with good data and expert analysis. I keep a full index of trends for select communities in Palm Harbor, Clearwater and Dunedin. From this data, the communities of greatest potential can be identified.

Then, the challenge is you must be the first to know about the property. That is where "First Look" comes into play.

The reality regarding gulf centric homes are:
1. Over 50% of Pinellas County homes are sold for CASH.
2. These homes sell for average 96% of list price but homes like what you ....and everyone else want will sell over list price...unless you are FIRST.
3. The Florida real estate fire sale ship left the dock 3 years ago. Look at the charts.
4. If you are serious, decisive, able to move quickly and with authority, you will be able to get a better deal.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
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Sat Nov 15, 2014
Diana Kryszak answered:
Do you like rolling the dice???????????? The Colony is still shuttered, so if you own a unit, you cannot use it. It is likely that the Colony will never reopen. As previous principals battle it out, Islanders are hoping for a speedy resolution ending with a new a property that will add to the ambiance of Longboat Key, an Oasis on the Gulf of Mexico. Oh....please bring back the Monkey Room............

Looking for a condo-tel type property on Longboat, Yes, there are some available: And, there are tennis properties available both on and off Longboat Key many with close proximity to the Bolletieri program at IMG!

Diana Kryszak
330 John Ringling Blvde
St Armands Circle
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Sat Nov 15, 2014
Diana Kryszak answered:
Short sales and foreclosures were never a factor on Longboat Key because most of the buyers paid cash and were not subject to the "strange" mortgage practices of the boom era.
There is another boom in the making, however, this area is more stable and the lenders have better prepared themselves and their clients for the next era of mortgages.

While is seems there is a wave of Baby Boomers in and on their way to Sarasota, they are not abusing the mortgage market and most do not seem to be interested in the reverse mortgage product.

There are always "good values" available, but you have to recognize them!

Still thinking about Longboat, Lido, Bird Key or Sarasota? Call me:

Diana Kryszak
St Armands Circle
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Thu Aug 7, 2014
Melanie Russell answered:
Hi Joan,
i would be very pleased to help you and send you a list of all available listings in your price range including our own.
please email me at
please include all your requirements including number of bed, baths, price, pool,condo or single family home, date when you wish lease to start, pets etc

i look forward to hearing from you

warm regards

Melanie Russell
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Mon Jun 16, 2014
Diana Kryszak answered:
If your question relates to Longboat Key or Sarasota County, you may alway want to know that there is a tourist tax for rentals of less than 6 months. Which can add about 12% to your lease. Additionally, almost all condominiums have rental restrictions regarding the length of the lease, the number of people who can occupy the property and generally, no pets for tenants.

Condo-tels have more liberal policies since they have hotelier licenses. Local knowlege make the difference when making choices! Use my local knowlege to make your visit more fun, easy and comfortable!

Diana Kryszak
Michael Saunders & Company
St Armands Circle
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Fri Jun 6, 2014
Diana Kryszak answered:
HOA....even more important than "how much" is what does it cover? If the association fees cover exterior maintenance, consider that you will not be saving for roof replacement. If the fees cover building insurance, that will be a significant impact on your personal budget and you will also be benefiting from commercial insurance rates. Many associations include water, landscaping and pool maintenance...again something you will not have to budget for and you will have the benefit of a "group discount" Another major consideration is whether the association funds reserves. If you are not familiar with that concept, call me and I will explain it to you!

As a condo owner and veteran of several years on a condo board and as president, I can give you the realtors' perspective as well as the owner/board member perspective.

Diana Kryszak
Michael Saunders & Company
330 John Ringling Blvd
St Armands Circle
Sarasota, Fl
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Wed Apr 23, 2014
Stephen McRory answered:

Not 1 mil to 3 mil or 5 mil to 7 mil, but 2 mil to 7 mil? That's a pretty big swing between from 2 mil and 7 mil! Are you sure you have a "real" buyer and not someone with nothing better to do than to act like they're wealthy from the living room of a $600 mo. apartment or worse, like I get occasionally, from someone incarcerated?

Don't take offense, it's just I get this kinda contact from time to time. In fact, a few years back, I had someone working me on a 14 mil purchase. This guy strung me a long for a two weeks, having me jump thru hoops, before I got a call from the FBI telling me he was full of what comes out the south end of a north bound bull! Basically, they told me he was a scam artist and they were tracking his activities.

So my question is, have you done any due diligence to check this buyer out or is everything you know about him only what he's told you? Has he cooperated in getting pre approved recently thru a lender you know or can verify?

"No Steve...He's a CASH BUYER!" Okay, then he should have no problem obtaining a Bank letter, on Bank Letterhead with the phone number and contact person on the letter stating he has at least 2 mil in the bank right? If he is a cash buyer, have you obtained such a Bank letter?

Not saying you don't have a legit buyer as this guy may have 20 mil in his checking account, its just from my experience over the years, when I hear a 5 mil stretch between 2 mil and 7 mil, it immediately sends up red flags in my mind!

What say you?......
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Wed Apr 23, 2014
Fred Herman answered:
well one approach is to let the buyer find his/her own home warranty company (so they can't blame you if the company turns out to be unresponsive in fulfill their responsibility to make repairs). just agree to reimburse the buyer up to a pre-determined amount, payable when a purchase receipt for the warranty is submitted to you. ... more
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Wed Feb 26, 2014
Nelle Dreyer answered:
Hello Rich,

The other agents have already answered this question but I thought I would add an Urgent Care to the list.

Longboat Key Family Practice & Urgent Care

Please feel free to contact me with any further questions you may have.


Nelle Dreyer
(941) 567-8091
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Wed Oct 9, 2013
Richard Perlman answered:
NOPE. Sands Point does not allow dogs, only a cat or a bird!
You are far more likely to find lesser pet restrictions in properties on the bay side of the island than on the gulf side since dogs are not permitted on the beaches of Longboat Key.
Windward Bay is quite affordable and allows dogs!
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Tue Sep 24, 2013
Jen and Mark Bowman answered:
No, Longboat Key Towers is not pet friendly. This particular unit also sold a few months ago. If you'd like current listings that show pet friendly communities, please let us know. We are here to help.

Jen and Mark Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water
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