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Home Buying in South Padre Island : Real Estate Advice

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Mon May 30, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
HOA fees vary greatly from place to place. Are you looking at a condo or townhome? Or a single family home? Are you looking for a community with nice common amenities like a pool, clubhouse, healthclub, etc.??? Way too many variables. Your best bet is to get in touch with a great local REALTOR who can work for you as a Buyer's Agent. ... more
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Karen Moore answered:
Yes, indeed, special assessments, if known, should be disclosed in the listing info. It can be a negotiated item depending on what it is for, the amount, how motivated the Buyer/Seller is, etc. Having as much information as possible is always positive! ... more
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Tue Sep 23, 2014
Linda Zuniga answered:
Although I agree with checking what the Condo Decs say regarding pets, it's been my experience that Owner can have a pet, but not renters. There is only one complex on the Island that does not allow any pets whatsoever. All condos are different. They differ from not having any restrictions, to restricting the number and size of the pets. One thing is true of owners have to keep their pets on Leash, clean up behind them, and be respectful of others. I, myself, find it hard to believe, but not everyone loves other peoples pets. ... more
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Tue Sep 23, 2014
Linda Zuniga answered:
mselizabeth66 - any chance you're still looking for a fixer-upper on South Padre Island?
New Listing:
Please let me know if you have any questions. ... more
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Wed Jul 24, 2013
Linda Zuniga answered:
Yes, Laguna Del Sol, #402 is for sale - follow this link:

This is not a rental unit. Yes, it is a Penthouse Unit. Please let me know if you'd like to see it.
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Wed Jul 17, 2013
Linda Grey answered:
There does not seem to be a question here perhaps that is why you do not have any replies. There are not examples for the above items with the property address you can call any insurance company and get a quote for yourself and the tax assessors office will provide the taxes, all properties are different on both items.

Hope that helps.
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Sat Sep 29, 2012
Connie Mitchell answered:
Ooops Lrsangon13 your question did not have the property in question attached to it.
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Sat May 5, 2012
H. Therese Eaton, Broker/Owner answered:
Anytime you have multiple owners contributing to the expenses for commonly owned areas, you will have an HOA, or Homeowners Association. This can be for a condo complex or single family homes in a community with amenities. It will be the responsibilty of the HOA to maintain and insure such features as a clubhouse, pool/spa, tennis courts, gated entry, boat docks, parks... any feature that the community collectively owns. This can also include services such as water, trash removal, pest control or cable that is shared by the owners. Each property owner in the community also possesses a percentage of these common areas, therefore, is part of the HOA. Along with contributing to the costs, each owner will have a vote in determining how the community and its features are maintained.

In the case of condominiums, the shell of the building, itself, is also deemed "common" area, and is maintained by the HOA. The entity's responsibilities will also cover purchasing insurance on the building, including flood and windstorm insurance for our coastal properties in South Texas. Some HOA's choose to incorporate this expense in with the other maintenance/operating fees for the community for simplicity. Some, however, will bill the insurance expense separately. Therefore, when purchasing a property that does exist in an association, it is important to know what the fees cover and when they are billed (monthly, quarterly or annually). More often, if the HOA fee is a low one, the insurance is a separate cost, which will need to be included when calculating finances for a loan.

It all seems very complex, so some HOA's hire outside management companies to handle all the particulars... especially for large communities or condo complexes. However it is handled, the extra HOA fee will ensure you have additional amenities to your property and peace of mind to enjoy them! For more details on this topic or additional assistance with real estate dealings in South Texas, contact:
H. Therese Eaton, broker/owner
Rio Isla Properties
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Tue Feb 7, 2012
Lisa Schwangler answered:
I was curious about the general tax situation there as well and google'd "calculate property taxes for 78578" . Not too hard to do.. The links I followed showed the tax burden to be apx. 1.69% to 1.74% (lower to higher price ranges) . Then are you applying a homestead discount or do you have another primary residence, etc.
And I have to agree with Ron in as much as you've given no info on a stacked question and seem to expect something with what seems to be no personal due diligence whatsoever .. Sooo, good luck to you on that..

Prospective property buyer...
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Thu Jan 7, 2010
James P. (Jim) Knight answered:
I would have to say from my experience that the Taxing inities will not raise the value for remodeling as the square feet of the unit has not been changed/increased. I have remodeleed a number of units in various complexes and never experienced any increase higher than the other units in the complex! When I have increased the square feet (even a patio), they have been ALL OVER IT!
As for selling, I really feel such improvements will NOT increase the value enough to cover the expense at this time but with such improvements, it will most likely be the first to go under contract.
There is one recent example where a unit sold that was in horrible condition for "say" "150k" and another unit sold for "165k" with major upgrades. I doubt that the horrible unit could come up to the level of the other for 25k!!! The horrible unit went under contract before the great unit came on the market otherwise I am sure it would still be available!
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