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Home Buying in Sarasota County : Real Estate Advice

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Blossomberko…, Renter in 78753
Tue Dec 27, 2016
Blossomberkofsky answered:
I have the same question!
Often I look at home and it is for sale
Then a few months later it says public record. It seems that it's part of the process of foreclosure. Obviously you can go into the public records for any property and get info. So why do some listings that are simply for sale- change and say public record? ... more
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Julie Anne L…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Tue Dec 20, 2016
Julie Anne Larson answered:
Susan,

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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Joeplayer123, Home Buyer in North Port, FL
Sat Dec 10, 2016
Joeplayer123 answered:
I may not know real estate but I know coins, been collecting and dealing in them for 40 years and I can tell you without a shadow of doubt these people are con men.They regularly represent copys , metals and bullion coins as the real thing.They sell gold in carrots insted of grams to inflate the price...They will show you a copy and quote the price of the real coin from redbook..Im sure the same business practices apply to all there dealings,,I wouldnt buy a newspaper from these con men ... more
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Thomas Martin, Real Estate Pro in Hollywood, FL
Wed Nov 30, 2016
Thomas Martin answered:
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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http://www.fhamortgageprograms.com/
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Maricris A, Other/Just Looking in Seattle, WA
Tue Nov 29, 2016
Maricris A answered:
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Scott Godzyk, Real Estate Pro in Manchester, NH
Tue Nov 29, 2016
Scott Godzyk answered:
It is something a lot of us have been asking for since the inception of Trulia. The problem is Trulia may never see your post here in Q and A. you can scroll to the bottom left and submit it under help center ... more
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Neil Roxas, Home Buyer in Seattle, WA
Mon Nov 28, 2016
Neil Roxas answered:
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Thomas Martin, Real Estate Pro in Hollywood, FL
Fri Nov 25, 2016
Thomas Martin answered:
Most of the major banks are very strict on loan approvals. I suggest you work with a broker that makes FHA loan approvals based on a common sense approach to lending instead of the credit score driven model. 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
http://www.florida-mortgage-lenders.com/
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Marshall, Home Buyer in Charlotte, NC
Thu Nov 24, 2016
Marshall answered:
Basically all the statements here are true. I am a private investor who does "Owner Financing" deals. We do charge around 8-10 percent interest. We DO NOT increase the price of the home. I feel it is either a higher rate or higher price. If your doing both of them look for something else. You are being taken advantage of, they are greedy sharks.

We understand people get into credit issues (We have personally). We look at the buyers ability to pay. Past rental history and rental amount. We then get the payment at a price they have shown they can afford. It is usually around what they are currently paying.

The payment will include Principal, interest, taxes, home owners insurance and loan servicing with escrow. We adjust the term and the rate to achieve this affordable amount. We do a full closing including promissory note or deed of trust (depending on state). Do not do Owner financing unless they are deeding the property to you or an entity you control.

Our loan servicer reports to the credit bureaus, we send you to the local United Way-they do credit counseling and charge a sliding scale-usually very reasonable. We also set you up with a mortgage broker who will tell you what you need to do to your credit so you can qualify. They can even tell you when they can get you a loan if you follow the instructions. All of these are up to you the buyer. We give you the tools and information so you can refinance the loan at a lower rate. It up to you to do it.
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Dan.sullivan…, Home Buyer in Nokomis, FL
Mon Nov 14, 2016
Dan.sullivan1951 asked:
Trying to to decide whether to build or buy an existing home
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Rscialdone, Home Buyer in Fort Myers Beach, FL
Mon Oct 31, 2016
Rscialdone asked:
Diane Christ…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Thu Oct 27, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
It depends on how things were worded in your purchase agreement. Most builders have something to the effect that if there are cosmetic issues you must still close and cannot force the builder to escrow money for the repairs. The roof is a different topic. My suggestion is to contact a local FL real estate attorney to review your contract and tell you what options you have open to you. ... more
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Diane Christ…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
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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Diane Christ…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Sun Sep 18, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
Try searching the public version of our local MLS at www.myfloridahomesmls.com for properties that appeal to you first, see which locations/properties appeal to you. Then contact 2 or 3 agents working in those specific areas and see who's a good fit for you.

Most agents won't work the entire Sarasota - Venice - Englewood area, it is a rather large area of homes to cover. You'll most likely be better to find 2 agents -- one that specializes in Sarasota, a 2nd that specializes in the Venice - Englewood - North Port area.

I personally specialize in the Bradenton - Sarasota - Venice area.

You'll want an agent (or agents) that are familiar not only with the area you are searching but also the price range, specific neighborhoods. For example, if you want a $150,000 home it's better to find an agent that frequently lists/sells home in that price range instead of an agent that normally sells $300,000 homes.

Good luck with your search.
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Mariyaluci, Home Buyer in South Miami, FL
Sat Sep 10, 2016
Mariyaluci answered:
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Oplonti, Home Buyer in Los Angeles, CA
Thu Sep 8, 2016
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John Woodward, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Fri Sep 2, 2016
John Woodward answered:
Not the most current but this may help answer your question.

http://www.sarasotaone.com/sarasota-county-homes/venice-homes/venice-golf-and-county-club-real-estate-fl-homes-sale/

John Woodward
Broker
Sarasota Real Estate Group
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Diane Christ…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Thu Aug 25, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
What type of bills are you asking about?
Utilities?
Insurance?
Other?

Utilities and insurance will vary widely, depending on age and size of the home. Location can also be a factor, such as being located within a flood or wind zone (or both). ... more
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Sally Grenier, Real Estate Pro in Boulder, CO
Wed Aug 17, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
Sounds like a standard, "general" disclosure that applies to virtually every home out there. And I think you might be referring to "Chinese Drywall". The seller's property disclosure is similar to a "Mold Disclosure" and the "Square Footage Disclosure" and many many other types of disclosures. These are really just "CYA" (cover your A&%) documents. If a seller knows of any issues, then they "should" disclose them. (But honestly....it's hard to prove that a seller purposely covered something up). And yes, most home owners really do not know. That is why every buyer should do a home inspection. A general home inspection can cost anywhere from $250-$500. Your inspector should be able to identify a house with a potential drywall issue.

I just googled "Chinese Drywall" and found this helpful website:
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Drywall-Information-Center/How-can-I-tell-if-my-home-has-problem-drywall/

Good luck to you!
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