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Fri Jun 23, 2017
Cmckiernan212 answered:
Sat Apr 8, 2017 asked:
there must be a 1000 or more Residential Properties for rent during season in Sarasota City for less than 7 days but someone just told me there is a law with a minimum 7 Nights. Does anyone…
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Fri Jan 20, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
You might try looking into Serenade at Palmer Ranch, Pinestone and Plaza de Flores.

Bella Villino is experiencing issues with stucco and leaking around windows. Owners are having to pay special assessments for repairs and there have been some reports of mold issues. Vintage Grand has also been reported to have issues with the stucco over frame construction.

Pinestone and Plaza de Flores were built as condominium communities, Serenade started out as an apartment complex that was later converted to condos. Vintage Grand and Bella Villino were also apartments converted to condos. The conversions generally lead to more noise issues as not as much soundproofing was used in construction.

Palmer Ranch is very popular with both buyers and renters, but there are other options close to Palmer Ranch that might provide a little more for your money by not being within Palmer Ranch.
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Mon Aug 8, 2016
Dgould497 answered:
Up the Trail a few miles. We creatives live and work in the Village of the Arts in downtown Bradenton. Affordable living with a commercial overlay allowing us to work at home and have our studios and galleries open to the public. We even have a FB page and a web site. Try or VOTA, our new nickname. ... more
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Wed Aug 3, 2016
Regina answered:

All kinds of useful info!
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Mon May 30, 2016
Writeforyou answered:
Would he be interested in having a live-in housesitter? I have references :-)
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Sat Mar 5, 2016
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Wed Mar 2, 2016
Mfarnsworth49 answered:
Rosana, I am also a former Realtor looking to moce to the sarasota area soon. I was wndering how you made out in your search. Regards, Mike
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Tue Nov 24, 2015
Landell31 answered:
"What is safe? No one has the answer"
Here's my answer: safe is safe [ sayf ]
not dangerous: unlikely to cause or result in harm, injury, or damage
not in danger: in a position or situation that offers protection, so that harm, damage, loss, or unwanted tampering is unlikely
unharmed or undamaged: in an unharmed, uninjured, or undamaged condition

Safe would be somewhere with low crime - low rapes low murders probably low burglary/mugging as well.. Safe would be somewhere with good schools and low gang activity. Safe would be somewhere that you don't have to sleep with a gun under your pillow, gun in your pocket when walking the dog at night, worrying about your wife at home alone at night while you work. Just saying.
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Thu Jul 9, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
Hi Dor,

As agents we cannot comment on the safe portion of your post, as that may put us in violation of fair housing laws. There are a number of sites that offer crime statistics by zip codes.

What is your definition of friendly? A community with social activities? Group interests?

When it comes to condos, there are apartment-style condos, villas and townhomes. Some have covered parking (carport or garage) and others just assigned, uncovered parking spaces. You'll find condos built in the 1960's, 70's, 80's, etc. The older ones are often in need of some sort of updating, would you be ok with that or not? Some communities have lower monthly maintenance fees but no real amenities, others offer more amenities at a somewhat higher monthly cost. Do you have pets? Some condo communities allow pets, some do not. Those that do generally have restrictions on the number of pets and weight.

What about location? Is it important to be close to downtown Sarasota, or perhaps the beaches, golf courses, biking trails, shopping, or public transportation?

You'll find Sarasota offers condos in a wide range of prices, from under $75,000 to over $1 million, and there are quite a few quite lovely communities. Which ones would meet your specific needs would really require more information from you as to likes, dislikes, requirements, etc.

I've listed and sold a number of condos over the years and am quite familiar with many of the more popular condo communities in our area. If you need more assistance, please feel free to contact me via my web site below.


Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
Sarasota, FL
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Thu Jul 9, 2015
Anna M Brocco answered:
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local authorities with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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Thu Mar 5, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
As Suzanne mentioned, Trulia gets properties listed on other sites. Some of those sites include all properties where Lis Pendens have been filed, meaning the lender has started the process to foreclose. They usually incude all Lis Pendens filings -- including those on 2nd mortgages or home equity lines that the home owner has stopped paying, which gives people such as yourself a wrong impression as to what is actually owed on a property. For example: if an owner has a $200,000 1st mortgage & a $50,000 2nd mortgage, the 2nd mortgage holder may file a Lis Pendens and you see the home is in foreclosure over a $50,000 mortgage, which sounds like a great deal from your perspective. However, the total owed is $250,000 + all late charges and legal fees that have been tacked on. Let's say homes in that are are now selling for $225,000. The homeowner would have to bring an additional $25,000+ to closing in order to pay off the 2 mortgages and additional fees, which most homeowners in foreclosure do not have.

Foreclosures in FL in general take 2 years or more to complete, some even longer. I know of one property in a neighborhood near me that the Lis Pendens was filed 5 years ago but the bank is having difficulty foreclosing because of documentation issues, the owners are fighting the foreclosure.

However, it's often the case that the owner of record has already moved out of the home and is renting it out until the bank completes foreclosure. the owners have basically abandoned any attempt to sell the home.

Because the owner in foreclosure is usually "upside down" on the mortgage, they cannot just sell the home to a buyer such as yourself. They either must request a short sale through a licensed real estate agent or possibly file bankruptcy and have the mortgage issue taken care of through the bankruptcy courts.

When a property has gone through the entire foreclosure process and title has transferred back to the lender, it is typically listed for sale through a local real estate agent in the MLS as a REO (real estate owned). Some lenders prefer to list the properties through on line auction sites, looking for the highest bid. Some lenders use both - list it in the MLS through an agent but the buyer's agent has to submit bids to an on line site.

My suggestion would be to find a local agent that is experienced in REOs to assist you in your home search.


Diane Christner,Realtor, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
Sarasota, FL
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Mon Mar 2, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
If you will provide the address of the property you are asking about, I can check the status for you.


Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
Sarasota, FL
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Wed Feb 18, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
Honestly, I would not consider it a convenient commute from Sarasota to Raymond James stadium area of Tampa, especially during major traffic hours in the AM and PM.

You may find it better to look for a rental in St. Pete rather than Sarasota - Bradenton. That puts your wife within a more reasonable commute time to work and, since you would be commuting to Sarasota from St. Pete when most commuters are going the opposite direction (into St. Pete), your commute would be manageable.

I suggest renting for at least 6-12 months vs buying, until you know the area better and work out the commute situation to the satisfaction of both of you.


Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
Sarasota, FL
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Thu Dec 18, 2014
fosterkicks99 answered:
Having a fenced yard is a concern for a lot of buyers these days. It would depend on how much of a deal breaker having a fence or not would be. If you find something that doesn't have a fence, you could always get one installed. There are a lot of fencing companies out there to do the job.
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Tue Dec 16, 2014
Josh Barnett answered:
Every landlord is different, keep checking the classifieds and completing applications.
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Fri Nov 14, 2014
Jinger Knox answered:
Brevard is also excellent :) I have a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo still available for your time period. $1200 per month includes utilities. Feel free to call me if you want to try the east coast :)

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Mon May 26, 2014
Dave Shaw answered:
There are a couple reasons i would stay away from that area for Seniors, yes one is higher crime and two is the traffic can get a little crazy in the down town area. There are many great 55plus neighborhoods in Sarasota that are a little more off the beaten path sort of say.
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Tue May 13, 2014
Sandra LaFlamme answered:
Hi Samira!

Sometimes it's easier to get around quickly on bike. It makes everything close because we have a growing number of bike lanes.

On any given Sunday -- you'll see folks coming to our open houses on their bikes spanning from Lido and riding to Siesta. Make the ride fun, easy, and energetic.

From Captain Curt (Stickney Point Bridge) to Siesta Key University (Village)-- takes me 7 minutes. This area is also approximately the span of Crescent Beach. From Sunrise to 10am, I always see runners and walkers at the waters edge -- covering the same distance.

Some of the communities are 13 acres on the bay side. And another 12 acres on the gulf side. With the lushness of the landscape -- distance seems to be covered fast.

Lots of folks will agree with what you've probably already found out -- sometimes a $150.00 bike can give you access to the beach without spending the extra $500,000 to be "right ON " the beach. :-)

Sunny Regards,
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Wed Apr 23, 2014
Elodie Flocard Biondi answered:
I can see that The Sarasota Airport is not far from this house, what about the noise of the airport, planes trafic....
Thank you very much
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