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Home Buying in Sarasota : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Jan 25, 2017
Kevin Wagstaff answered:
I agree with the others, especially the part about creating resources that realtors would value and be able to pass along to clients. It's important to not skimp on a website where this content will be hosted as well. Agents and clients increasingly check out an inspector's online presence.

If you were to email agents, it should be right before or after an office visit (where you'd visit, shake hands, ask to present to young/new realtors) and be personalized. We get tons of bulk emails, but something with personal details I'd be more willing to look at. Oh and you may have to discount at first to get your foot in the door and wow them with your skills and professionalism!
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Tue Jan 17, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
It depends. It would be helpful if you provided more information as to what your goals are in purchasing a property -- investment income? Future retirement home?

There are other options as well on this coast for potential rental potential, such as Bradenton, Venice or Englewood.

There are a number of forums and blogs out there that can provide more specific information about each area. I would also recommend visiting your top choices at least twice to gather info first hand before making any decisions. Sometimes what looks good on paper does not pan out in reality.

As an absentee owner you should factor in costs such as property taxes, insurance, maintenance and a property manager if you will not be living in the area.

Good luck with your search.
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Tue Dec 20, 2016
Julie Anne Larson answered:

My husband and I recently purchased a villa in Village Green and had it re-plumbed.

It was built in 1968 and the plumbing ran under the slab. Right after we purchased it, and prior to moving in, I was painting one of the bedrooms and noticed there was clean water spurting up from a crack in the terrazzo floor. After shutting off the main supply line, I had a plumber come out and had all the water supply lines replaced with flexible tubing lines that run up the walls and through the attic.

Although having to re-plumb was unexpected, I'm glad it happened prior to moving in and now it's one more thing we don't have to fix!

Julie Larson, Realtor®

Phone: 941-882-0322
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Tue Nov 29, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
$500 a month is more realistic on a condo rental in the 34235 area code. As already mentioned, A typical 2 bdrm/2 bath condo in say The Meadows rents on an annual basis for say $1250 per month. Monthly condo fees can easily run between $300 and $400 per month. Property taxes and insurance can easily run another $200 - $250 per month. Once you factor in for reserve funds for maintenance of your unit and for income taxes, a net return of less than $500 a month is likely.


Diane Christner, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
Sarasota, FL
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Mon Nov 28, 2016
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Thu Oct 27, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
As real estate agents we cannot comment on the safety of an area, as that is considered subjective but also because answering could potentially violate Fair Housing laws. So the best suggestion I can make is to check one of the several crime statistics sites or contact the city of Sarasota police department for the info you seek. ... more
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Wed Oct 5, 2016
Linasofiag answered:
Where you able to solve the problem? I´m having the same situation now! Please help!
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Thu Sep 8, 2016
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Tue Aug 9, 2016
Lawrence Shoot asked:
for a 3/2 needing under 10k to be move in ready. If a single family is out of reach which neighborhoods are best for a single 31 year old male not overly concerned about security issues.…
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Tue Aug 2, 2016
Markzjordanz answered:
600 total credit repair

credit repair n new car.

3500 credit repair and 40 k

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Sat Jun 18, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
How do you define nice -- condo amenities, newer construction, location, gated community? The choices are many, so knowing a little more about the details of what you are looking for and possible price range would make it easier to suggest communities.

You also should be aware that several condo communities in our area that were apartment buildings converted to condos in the early 2000s are now having serious issues with windows leaking, stucco damage. As an agent that frequently lists/sells condos, I do my best to keep on top of what is going on with the various communities.

Monthly fees vary greatly. Probably some of the lowest monthly fees can be found in some of the 1980's built communities in The Meadows. Many of the newer communities with extensive amenities charge more. Some of the most expensive condo fees can be found on the Keys, where insurance can be quite expensive.

You'll want to ask about more than just the monthly fees. As a buyer/owner in a condo community, you'll also want to ask for a copy of the association's most current budget. The reserves section is very important information as it tells you whether the association is fully funding for future major repairs and renovations. If they are not, you can expect special assessments down the road.

Getting copies of the past 2 or 3 months board meeting minutes is also helpful as it will show you what concerns are coming before the board.

If you have questions about individual condo communities, please feel free to contact me for additional information.


Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
Sarasota, FL
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Sat Jun 18, 2016
Mark Perry GRI,ABR answered:
we see a lot seeling main home up north and moving south for the winter spring fall moths and vacationing up north in summer better to buy now renta are way to high and rising
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Tue Jun 7, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
What is your specific question?
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Thu Jun 2, 2016
Reggie.hurt answered:
Delores it seems as there are no standards of operating procedures in Florida but many ways Realtors can try to extract money from those less informed so I suggest you shop around and walk away from those with hidden or excessive fees ... more
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Thu May 12, 2016
Jorizakia answered:
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