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Mon Apr 24, 2017
Luka2901 asked:
The question that I asked was about crime stats you have listed. NOT ANYTHING ELSE..
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Mon Apr 24, 2017
Luka2901 asked:
I have gone to and the Sarasota sheriffs web site. There was one instance in a gated community nearby called the Oaks and 2 instances 2 miles away since 1-1-17. 3 of three…
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Sun Jan 22, 2017
Ursula Adams asked:
We are the owners of this home. It was listed for sale by an agent but it now sale pending. We are requesting that you please remove this from your website immediately. Thank you
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Wed Feb 17, 2016
MCM_STL answered:
Unless your house is for sale, any information here is based on your local tax records. That doesn't mean Trulia is wrong though.

The difference between "real brick" and brick veneer is structural. If your house is a normal brick house, it has a wood frame that actually supports the weight of the roof and a layer of brick on the exterior that serves no structural purpose. That IS brick veneer. It doesn't mean the bricks are plastic or something. ... more
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Fri Aug 22, 2014
Diane Christner answered:

There are 7 active listings, which isn't really that many for a community such as Park Trace Estates. People sell for a variety of reasons -- moving out of the area, downsizing, death, divorce, etc.

If you have specific questions about Park Trace, here's the contact information for the Board and also the property management company:


Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
Sarasota, FL
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Fri Jan 24, 2014
Mark Borg PA answered:
Hi Babs,

Well thank you for the address correction, yes this home has been on and off the market for some time, I have a full history and owners report on the home from when it was last purchased.

With the right address it was easy. Ha,

Chat soon. Oh let me know if you want me to represent you in obtaining more information on the house and perhaps get you inside for a better look.


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Tue Jan 7, 2014
Tammy Hayes answered:
The current listing in the MLS indicates $521 per month for HOA fees in Lake Vista condo at 294 HIDDEN BAY DR # 201, OSPREY.
The listing at 231 HIDDEN BAY DR # 103, OSPREY says $2,001 quarterly.

You can contact the Property management company to get the exact current amount:
Progressive Community Mgmt -(941) 921-5393 Ext 122

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Re/Max Palm Realty
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Tue Jan 7, 2014
Ronald Gerdes answered:
I found a property at 452 South Creek Drive that has an HOA fee of $675 Annually. I found another property at 203 Sea Anchor Drive in the Southbay Y & R that has an HOA fee of $357 per quarter.

The better answer you would get is in contacting the president of the Home Owners Association (HOA). It is not necessarily what you pay for an HOA fee, but what they do for you with the money you pay. Most people want to enjoy their home and not spend every week-end, mowing grass, blowing leaves and clippings from their walks and driveways, trimming palm trees and not spending many hours of labor in landscaping their property. Most HOA's are contracted with firms that take care of all those things for the price of your HOA fees.

Ron Gerdes, Realtor
Exit King Realty
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Mon Jan 6, 2014
Mark Borg PA answered:
Single family home median prices up 20.6 percent
Please find below a short synapses of the Sarasota general real estate market. It is so exciting to see that there was an upturn in late 2013 which show’s us it is an important time to buy and great exciting time to sell ……

Median sale prices for single family homes sold in Sarasota County in November 2013 were up 20.6 percent over last November, a clear sign that recent price appreciation in the single family home market is continuing unabated. Single family home prices were at $187,000 this November compared to only $155,000 last November. The rolling median sale price for single family for the past 12 months was $181,700, up 23 percent over last year at this time ($147,000).
Comparing November to October, prices were up slightly for single family ($185,776 last month).
Condo prices were slightly down this November compared to last year at this time - $157,750 compared to $160,000 in November 2012. But the 12-month rolling median for condos was $163,000, up 10.1 percent over last year at this time. Condo prices were down 10.9 percent from October’s
figure of $175,000.

Total property sales in Sarasota County continued to moderate in November 2013. Overall property
sales stood at 760 (531 single family homes and 229 condos), compared to 818 in October 2013 (582 and 236, respectively). In November 2012, 552 single family homes and 278 condos
were sold (830 total).

“The November 2013 statistics indicate that the local market has leveled off at a high sales rate,” said
SAR President Roger Piro. “Word of mouth continues to indicate strong attendance at open houses, and we seem to be experiencing the traditional increase in seasonal residents and visitors. Judging from past trends, we should anticipate a busy market in the
mid-winter and early spring months.”
The declining inventory trend appears to have reversed, as there are now 4,288 properties on the
market, up from 4,032 last month.
Last November, the inventory stood at 4,188 total properties on the market.
Overall, November 2013 pending sales (properties that went under contract during the month) were
at 758, down 7.7 percent from the October pending sales of 820 and about the same differencd from last November’s 815 total.
“Despite some of the moderating numbers we are seeing, I am still confident in our current market
dynamics and Sarasota County’s future real estate direction,” said Piro. “I consider this period a lull following dynamic growth in sales and prices for almost the entire 2013. Once we get into the early 2014 period, I wouldn’t be surprised if this market expanded once again to record levels.”
The November 2013 months of inventory in Sarasota County stood at 5.4 months for single family and
6.1 months for condos. A figure of 6 months is considered a balanced market between buyers and sellers. Months of inventory represents the time it would take to deplete the current inventory at the current sales rate. Last November there were 4.8 months of inventory for single family homes and 5.4 months of inventory for condos. In October 2013, the figures were 4.8 and 5.5, respectively.
Currently, 567 properties listed for sale in Sarasota County in the MLS are short sales or foreclosures, compared to 596 properties in October. This represents 13.2 percent of available properties, down slightly from last month’s figure of 14.1 percent, due to the rise in inventory. Last November,
the figure was 15.7 percent.

Sales of distressed properties represented 29.3 percent of the overall sales November 2013, up from the October 2013 figure of 25.5 percent. In November 2012, the figure was 27.7 percent.
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Mon Jan 6, 2014
Mark Borg PA answered:
Hi Rudy,

Thank you for your question in regards to The Meridian Towers At The Oaks in Osprey Florida.
The Fees vary from unit to unit because the Floor plans vary in size, I can let you know a close estimated example, I hope this helps.
There is a Quarterly HOA Fee of $750 and there is also Condo Fee of $2639. Additionally you will have local taxes and this will depend on local property appraisers valuation of the property you purchase in Florida, for this example we can say the Taxes on a unit are $3189.
Additionally at a Club that is as private and prestigious as The Oaks Club there will be a restaurant minimum along with a Club Membership purchase fee.
For this information you can go to for full club information.

I hope this helped you and I am always available to answer your questions personally or show you one of the available units.
Mark Borg 941-350-5606
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Mon Sep 9, 2013
Teresa M. Fellows answered:
Hi Bobby,

The homeowners are required to join the club when they purchase the property. The tenant should not have to join but ask your rental agent or landlord to be sure.

My best,

Teresa M. Fellows
ERA Waterside Realty
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Sun Jul 14, 2013
Albert Wooster answered:
Hi Hilljcjc,
There are $150K properties that might be suitable - how far is too far to walk for you.
Also I would steer you to Sarasota or South to Venice Or further South, most of the Osprey / Casey Key properties close to the beach are single family or motels.
Age and updates in Sarasota will be less appealing vs. Venice or further South.
Feel free to contact me if you would like me to email you some listings.
Best regards,
Albert Wooster, P.A.
Cell: 941-350-1220
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Sun Jul 14, 2013
Albert Wooster answered:
Hi John,
A lot of Rivendel homes have had the supply line replumbed (up and over with CPVC mainly) this is a bonus if you find a house that has already had it done. Typically this cost about $3800 - $5K, it used to cost more but they got it down to a science now and all the plumbing companies seem to do it.
Just keep that price in mind when evaluating homes for sale, OR when negotiating you deal.
If you are looking for an agent I would be glad to help you buy.
Feel free to contact me.
Albert Wooster, P.A.
Cell: 350-1220
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Thu Jul 11, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
You can go to the Sarasota County Sherrifs Department to get crime statistics. Here is the link:

If I can answer any questions or help with anything else, let me know. You can search for additional properties on my web site at:

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
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Tue Feb 5, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
Check some of these rental sites:
Ebay Classifieds –
Florida Rental Ads –
Real Rentals – –
Rent Range –
Sarasota Herald Tribune -
Sun Herald –

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Green Lion Realty
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Thu Oct 28, 2010
Ken Ipox answered:

It does sound as if you may be asking about a property within the Oaks Country Club. Though there are other clubs just door that like Stoneybrook Country Club. The fees vary a great deal. If you can contact me, I would be happy to explain the different fees associated with each of our country clubs in the area and the different fees each form of home ownership may have within each club. Many clubs have Homes, Villas, and Condos and each will have its own fees as well.

You will also find some information about the Oak and Stoneybrook on my website at under my services tab.

Thank you and have a Great Day.

Ken Ipox, Realtor
Office 941-993-7279
Fax 941-923-0834
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Sun Aug 15, 2010
Larry Brzostek answered:
With all the choices that are available, I would like to know what other criteria you are looking for in a property.
Then I can set up a search for you where you can pick properties that are of interest and we can discuss and refine your property search from there.

Larry Brzostek - RE/MAX Alliance Group
For more information :
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Sun Oct 25, 2009
A Gonz answered:
Sherrie, you may also want to ask a competent attorney for legal advise then contact your lender. Best to you!
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