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Home Buying in Naples : Real Estate Advice

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Thu May 18, 2017
Procraw answered:
i would like to write a review on a property that is for sale to warn others about the potential of being taken advantage of by the sellers
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Tue Apr 4, 2017
Mary answered:
Hi,

I have emailed you regarding this concern.

Thank you for using Trulia!

Mary
Consumer Care Advocate
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Sat Mar 4, 2017
Paul Carraro answered:
Hello Andrea. Living in a homeowners association or condo community is absolutely not for everyone. All the same many new developments have such an association and will have such rules enforced, but you are by no means limited in your search to these popular communities.
A top local licensed real estate agent in the Naples area can assist you and sort through all the information online for you. Having lived in Florida myself, I can share also that a top local agent can make a world of difference in your search for your new home. Much as you have discovered, often overlooked is information about the homeowners association including restrictions and assessments. Our licensed real estate company specializes in helping clients to connect with top agents in any market, including in Florida, and there is no charge for our service. Go to my website http://www.parkplaceconnects.com/pcarraro for more details, and please let me know for any questions.
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Tue Feb 21, 2017
Paul Carraro answered:
Hello Dkuhl1. A top local real estate agent in the Naples area can assist you and sort through all the information online for you. Having lived in Florida myself, I can share also that a top local agent can make a world of difference in your search for your new home. Often overlooked but also important is to research about the homeowners association, and in your case also with regards to club membership, including all restrictions and assessments. Our licensed real estate company specializes in helping clients to connect with top agents in any market, including in Florida, and there is no charge for our service. Go to my website http://www.parkplaceconnects.com/pcarraro for more details, and please let me know for any questions. ... more
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Wed Feb 15, 2017
Paul Carraro answered:
Hello OneSmallChild. A top local real estate agent in the Naples area can assist you and sort through all the information online for you. Having lived in Florida myself, I can share also that a top local agent can make a world of difference in your search for vacant land for a new home. Often overlooked, but also important, is to research about the homeowners association including restrictions and assessments. Our licensed real estate company specializes in helping clients to connect with top agents in any market, including in Florida where I am licensed, and there is no charge for our service. Go to my website http://www.parkplaceconnects.com/pcarraro for more details, and please let me know for any questions. In addition, for anyone who goes to my website, there is a great article on the subject of buying vacant land as well on my Facebook site that I can share with you or anyone also interested: https://www.facebook.com/paul.carraro.75 ... more
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Sat Feb 11, 2017
JoAnne Portanova answered:
I am from NY. I came down to Florida in Oct 2016 to buy a home. I found nd chose my townhome ( new construction ) was told in the sales office it would be ready to close January 2017. The building was already up and next to the model's. I said if it's going to be ready it's a deal breaker. I don't want to stay in NY all winter. I was assured it would be fine. I chose not to go with any of their flooring I'd do my own. I sold my home in NY a year ago and was renting. I paid for the home in full. STUPID me. I gave the apt complex my notice, of two months. I got here January 1st. With my husband and two daughters. We got a text, the closing is pushed to February 28. We had to find a rental furnish that has two bedrooms, the girls are both in one, they're 23 and 24 yrs old. It's costing us $3000.00 a month...pluse all our things are in storage. I went to the home several times and it only needs a few things, yet nothing is done. They are "working on permits" then, the Model's are dry...no water, and my unit is next to them so that's another story, when they get back to you over the phone, you literally have to go there. No one really cares. My husband is on a fixed income so the money is going out. I can not get a job because what I do requires a vaild drivers license, which needs an address not a PO box. I was just informed, hopefully....March 30th for the permits and CO. They have my money and don't care. No one from the accual company has called me after several emails. I am at their mercy. I will however take my time during the walk threw, after hearing some horrendous stories from other owners in other area's check consumer reports. This is just my experience. No offers of helping with my rent, throwing things in extra. The construction manager there thinks everything is funny. If I could do it over I'd already have a home that I could have closed on in 30 days.. the web site is stating they have quick move in homes available there and the truth is they don't. It's an unfished delevopment with only my unit and the models almost ready. There are two other buidings up, but that's all nothing done inside. How they get away with this is beyond me. Last week, the bathroom just needed tiles around the bathtub and shower floor in the master. This week there are four floor tiles in the base of the shower. Is it me being from NY that things are fast? I'm at a loss, we're displaced, and dissatified. ... more
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Wed Feb 1, 2017
Paul Carraro answered:
Hello Michael. A top local real estate agent who works in the Naples market can assist you and sort through all the information online for you. Having lived in Florida myself, I can share also that a top local agent can make a world of difference in your search for your new home. Our licensed real estate company specializes in helping clients connect with top agents in any market, including in Florida, and there is no charge for our service. Go to my website http://www.parkplaceconnects.com/pcarraro for more details, and please let me know for any questions. ... more
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Thu Jan 26, 2017
Jonathan Klurfeld, Esq. answered:
The biggest problem is accuracy of the info. Monthly assessment amounts can change plus special assessments billed. Zillow/Trulia are not substitutes for the MLS information (the agent must put in the monthly amount manually) nor going to see the property and asking those questions. ... more
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Tue Jan 24, 2017
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Thu Jan 19, 2017
UpNest answered:
I would recommend consulting with a realtor who understands the Falling Water - Naples area. Have you tried www.UpNest.com? You can ask local realtors questions for free and compare services, fees and more before signing a contract. Hope this helps! ... more
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Wed Jan 18, 2017
Mcbob74 answered:
Stay the hell away from Twin Eagle. Some communities in there are okay. Some are horrible. Lawns so swampy mowers get stuck. Actually stinks from rotting vegetation. Ankle deep water between houses. Even in the dry "winter" season. Many homeowners had to have there homesite regraded and underground drainage installed. "Kinross" and "Dundee" are an absolute nightmare. Stay away! If you want to spend a half million dollars and have a crappy swampy yard and neighbors so close the can hear you fart if your bathroom window is open, then go for it. I recommend otherwise. Sure, the golf course and clubhouse might be nice, but unless you buy in "Hollybrook", "Wicklow", "Bramble Point", "Hedgestone" or other originally established communities, BEWARE. The place is a swampy nightmare. Palm trees and many types of plants are dying due to poor soil quality. That's a big reason the yards are so swampy. The nasty mucky sludge-like dirt they dredged out of the ponds is what they build your house on. You can find a way better home closer to town for the same price. Inspect closely before you sign ... more
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Mon Dec 19, 2016
Lisa Klepek asked:
Sat Dec 17, 2016
Bjm7304 answered:
I bought a Pulte home recently and came to realize that Pulte bought the Divosta name. They have "Divosta" all over everything, including their shirts. Divosta had a good reputation before they were bought out by Pulte. So any problems we are experiencing are caused by Pulte and their subcontractors.
My experience is that they do not plan; they do not supervise the subcontractors. They simply leave Vero Beach and go back to West Palm Beach(maybe they never come). An example-Thanksgiving Day the roofers worked all day. There are subs hear 7,8,9 at night. It is a gated community but they do not use the gates-so it is not a gated community. They are clearing land that should have been cleared before they sold homes. So as a result we have large construction vehicles coming down the road next to our homes at 6AM. This morning (Saturday) I had high beam head lights shining into my bedroom at 6AM. They have been working until 7PM in the dark. They burn the brush and trees they bulldozed without considering the wind. Often we have smoke in our homes. We did not have mail delivery, internet and cable for the first 6 weeks. I could go on and on. I am just waiting for the construction problems to start.

I think that in order to be hired by Pulte, conscience and ethical/moral principles are not a requiremen but rather qualities they avoid.
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Tue Nov 29, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
The costs are negotiable, it depends on how your contract is written.

That being said, in some counties it is traditional for buyers to pay the title work, in others the seller traditionally pays it (exception being the buyer's lender title insurance & related endorsements, which is typically paid by the buyer).

Doc stamps on the transfer of title are traditionally paid for by the seller -- however, on bank owned sales they often specify that buyer will pay the doc stamps.

If a buyer is getting a mortgage, there will be doc stamps and intangible taxes on the note and mortgage, which are considered a buyer expense.

If your real estate agent is using the FAR-BAR contract form, these expenses are addressed in the contract.
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Sat Nov 19, 2016
Thomas Martin answered:
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Thu Oct 20, 2016
326stuart answered:
Stay far away from Positano Place, the management is corrupt, HOA fees are rising yet services are cut. Trash compacted replaced with a open dumpster garbage is all over & rats are now present. The head of security is also a board member who is vile vindictive and frequently causes renters to be evicted based on her made up false allegations. The manager Jack is a putz and simply takes her word instead of researching the allegations. Your personal information in the managers (Jack) is NOT protected and he frequently gives this board member access to all residents files.
HOA fees are going up yet they are penny pinching in all aspects.
Also there are over a dozen hidden cameras throughout the property and your privacy is compromised. The psycho board member impersonates being a Collier County sheriff's officer when in fact she is a civilian employee. Watch your back if you dare look at her wrong because she can & will make your life miserable. A radar gun is used on the property to illegally fine residents for supposedly going over the 10mph speed limit. I could go on but the list of "wrongs" that go on here is very lengthy.
There are much nicer larger units reasonably priced at several other developments in Naples. Please do the research and cross Positano OFF your list.
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Sat Oct 1, 2016
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