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Home Buying in Sarasota County : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Sep 21, 2017
Roseanncpa answered:
Buyer beware. Villas equipped with Sylvania circuit breakers that may cause fires. The circuit breakers are red/blue/or red/green and were installed around the time that the faulty breaker design was being sold - 1979 through early 80's. Have electrician look into if you are serious about buying....And keep in mind you are attached on both sides with residents who have similar breakers. ... more
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Mon Sep 18, 2017
Gcross44 answered:
At Lakeside plantation, what are the restrictions for pets for owners ?
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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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Wed Jul 12, 2017
FHA MORTGAGE LENDERS- Min 3.5% down payment minimum 580 fico or 10% down with a 550 fico. Seller paid closing cost up to 6%. Gift from family OK! Florida FHA mortgage lenders have the ability to approve you to purchase a home 3 years after a foreclosure, 2 years after a chapter 7 bankruptcy and 1 year after a chapter 13 bankruptcy. Please Note- The 3 year waiting period after a foreclosure starts when the title/deed is transferred out of your name. ... more
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Thu Jun 22, 2017
Eric And Sabrina answered:
I'm not a realtor however we retired in Florida and although a pool is a nice bonus we have found that being retired, it was not a plus. The upkeep, maintenance and additional costs like electric, water. .. We decided against it. It depends on where you live and who the area caters to. Unless you have money to burn, it adds little. .. The pool homes here where we looked were cheaper. ... more
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Thu May 25, 2017
Fitzgeraldmary22 answered:
I put a contract to purchase a condo in Lake Worth 10 days later I went back in to the unit to get a copy of the condo docs. The smell of the unit had me on the floor. The condo docs read
no money in reserves, it is on rented land & referred to condo as apartments. I immediately went home, the smell lingered on my clothes and car. I could still smell it once in my home. I just could not buy this unit. I am having a difficult time getting my deposit back. It has been 6 days. If I do not have my deposit back first of next week. I will contact DBR. Division of Realtors.
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Sun May 21, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
What is your definition of decent? Three bedroom/2 bath homes in the metro Sarasota area in the more popular school districts tend to start in the upper $100's and go up from there. Very few short sales/foreclosures for sale at this time in that price range for single family homes of any kind. ... more
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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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Sat Apr 22, 2017
Marcrazy5150 answered:
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Mon Apr 10, 2017
Rannagley answered:
They state at the begining of every show properties are free of all leans and incumbents. Your property obviously is not. Any lawyer will note this and problem solved.
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Fri Apr 7, 2017
Rocketjsquirrel asked:
Fri Mar 31, 2017
Hello, I'm a mortgage professional.

We have a program that allows a higher debt to income ratio than a lot of other banks. That may allow you to borrower a higher loan amount.

You only need a 580 credit score to qualify and 3.5% down payment. You are even allowed to roll closing costs into the loan

If you have any other questions or would like help with this you are welcome to get in touch with me.
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Fri Feb 24, 2017
Darryl Saffer asked:
Sun Jan 29, 2017
We provide bad credit mortgage in every city and county in Florida
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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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Wed Nov 30, 2016
We provide FHA/VA loans all the way down to a 580 fico. As a licensed real estate broker and mortgage broker over 10 years i can answer any questions you have throughout the process.

US Mortgage Lenders - Thomas Martin
Min FICO 580 FHA/VA Loan Approvals 7 days a week
PH: 954-667-9110
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