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Home Buying in Sarasota : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Dec 17, 2017
Joan Winters answered:
Contact the pest control company who conducted the original inspection. You may want to contact the licensing board as well for recourse. Drywood termites don't suddenly appear; they multiply slowly but relentlessly over the course of years. I recently sold a home in which there were drywood termites. It is far easier to tent prior to moving in, and the sellers paid for it of course prior to closing. As you said, the wings and droppings are readily apparent...unless they were cleaned up prior to showings. But by the time we had the inspections, there was plenty of evidence. The inspector noticed as soon as he walked in the door and said that he basically didn't need to see any more. (He of course still continued to check for subterranean of course and other WDO.)

Call your agent too. This should NOT have happened.
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Sun Dec 3, 2017
Rick answered:
There are a lot of good answers here.
BUT the answers bring a few more questions.

Let's say that a listing says a home was built in the late 1980's, and was replumbed in 1996. From the posts that have already been made, I think we can assume that PVC was used in 1996, rather than PEX. Now that the replumb is over 20 years old, will the PVC be subject to leaking? Years ago, we actually requested copper plumbing in new homes because it was thought to last as long as the house. What about PVC? Those pipes in the attics are exposed to a wide variance in temperature, as well as by hot water flowing through them. What about the PVC joints? Are they as strong as the PVC pipes themselves, or are they subject to failure?

I guess what I'm asking is whether PVC has, in effect, solved one issue (pinhole leaks in copper) but is subject to its own type of failures?

Most importantly, have any of the agents out there seen where PVC plumbing has failed in a home? If so, after how many years?
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Mon Nov 6, 2017
Barbara Lopez asked:
The property address is 3422 Highlands Bridge Road, Sarasota, FL 3423. We had the property listed for sale with our realtor weeks ago, but we took down the "for sale" listing…
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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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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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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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