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Home Buying in Sarasota : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Sep 2, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
The city of Sarasota and the county of Sarasota each have their own regulations regarding home based businesses, which are similar.

Here is the information from the city of Sarasota regarding a home based business:

General Use Limitations. Home occupations shall be subject to all use limitations applicable in the zone district in which they are located, the following additional limitations, and such limitations which may be imposed by the Director of Building, Zoning & Code Compliance.
i. The principal person or persons conducting the home occupation shall reside in the dwelling and all employees of the home occupation shall be inhabitants of the dwelling.
ii. The home occupation shall be located within the dwelling or an accessory building thereto, and does not exceed twenty-five (25) percent of the total gross combined floor area of the buildings or five hundred (500) square feet, whichever is less.
iii. The occupation shall not alter the outside appearance of the dwelling unit.
iv. There shall be no displays, or sale of merchandise on the premises.
v. There shall be no signs other than the address and name of the resident.
vi. There shall be no use or storage of material or mechanical equipment not recognized as being part of a normal household use.
vii. Activities conducted and equipment or material shall not change the fire safety or occupancy classifications of the premises.
viii. No traffic is generated by such home occupation on greater volume than would normally be generated by the dwelling unit without such home occupation.
ix. No traffic is generated by such home occupation so as to require any additional on-site parking spaces other than those spaces normally utilized by the dwelling unit without the home occupation.

If in doubt, contact the city or county (depending on location of the property) building department's zoning office for clarification.
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Fri Apr 7, 2017
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Fri Feb 24, 2017
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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 Dec 20, 2016
Julie 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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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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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 CALL NOW 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:
Hi my name is jori seaberry and am try in to pay cash for a home u have located in Cleveland ms please call me back at 9016078177
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