I was recntly working with a buyer who was looking for a condo 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in Sarasota and I was able to find quite a few great bargains in very nice area. They are now making a bid on a short sale condo and they should get it for less than 100K. That's the type of opportunities that presently exist in our market. There is no doubt that I could find you a great deal under 160K.
Your Canadian Realtor in Sarasota
To answer your last question, there is evidence that Sarasota has bottomed out of the real estate slump that we had been experiencing. This seems to indicate that the prices might have reached bottom and that the recent increase in sales activity is bound to continue. This is another reason why many of us firmly believe that now is more than ever the time to buy.
One of the reasons I love Sarasota is that I am almost certain to find something for anybody's budget. There is no doubt that I could find you a 2 bedrooms/2baths under 160K. Just read the latest testimonial on my website and you'll see how someone ended up with a 2 bedrooms/2baths/2car garage in a safe, clean maintenance free community for just over 150K. And in my search for that gem I encountered many others that I keep in mind for my next buyer. It sounds like it could be you. Let me know how I can help you find that property you have been dreaming of. You can contact me thru my website.
The Leventhal Team
Your best bet is to pick an area you want to live in, contact a realtor, then focus on that area. Be prepared when you are ready to look, if you are not paying cash get prequalified by a lender. If you need additional information, or want to register for the auction, contact me at email@example.com.
With an email address we would be happy to put you on our mailing list for your review.
There is no better time than the present to consider buying-there is a large inventory of homes available and sellers are "motivated."
Check out our website that has a direct link to the MLS.
The "Eckler Team"
Century 21 Almar & Associates
100 W.Venice Ave.
Venice, Fl 34285
Your quest is not impossible but will take some dedicated searching. I say this because the Sarasota/Manatee areas are prime second home/vacation destinations and thusly garner a higher dollar for decent properties such as you looking for. I would say that more realistically you should be looking in the $175 plus range to ensure finding a decent property.
Contact me or any professional Realtor for further information and assistance.
William Gregory, Realtor