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Home Buying in Sarasota : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Apr 14, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
Do you have your house for sale by owner and are looking for an investor to buy it and you want a cash buyer that can put down 7%? If so, have you posted on for sale by owner web sites? Or are you looking for a Realtor to help you sell your home?

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
941-276-6185
http://www.tammyhayes.remax-florida.com/
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Wed Apr 3, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
It depends how the contract is written up. Sometimes the seller pays for title insurance, title searc and doc stamps on need and other times the buyer pays for it. Here are some of the possible expenses.

Attorney Fees (if required)
Owners Title Insurance Policy
Preparation of Deed
State Doc Stamps on Deed (.70 for each $100)
FRIPTA Foreign Investor 10% (when applicable)
Realtor Fee
Termite Damage Treatment (when applicable)
Structural Damage Treatment/Repairs (when applicable)
Proration of Real Property Taxes
Proration of Maintenance Fees
Existing Mortgage Balance

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
941-276-6185
http://www.tammyhayes.remaxagent.com/
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
I can send you some listings in the Sarasota area. What is your maximum HOA fees that you want to pay? Are there other amenities you may be looking for such as pool, clubhouse, tennis, fitness, etc? Some options are Lido Surf and Sand, Lido Towers, Sandy Cove and Castaway Cove. You can also search for properties on my web site at:
http://www.tammyhayes.remax-florida.com/

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
941-276-6185
http://www.tammyhayes.remax-florida.com/
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
michael beninato answered:
This an ok area but you have to remember they are older smaller home. Many not in the best condition in need of updating and replacement of a/c roofs ect. This is why you are seeing lower priced homes. When I first came here I heard a few times I was asked why are you showing me old homes, they were about 20 years old. Where I came from there were homes 100 to 300 years old, in N.J. It is a different climate here. a lot of new construction. and so on. Here they take an area and build 100 to 300 homes and call it a subdivision. Up north they just say your from the north side or you live on the south side. Call me any time for specific's, Michael B.

Michael Beninato
RE/MAX Alliance Group
cell: 908-578-0886
email: michaelb1@remax.net
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Fri Mar 22, 2013
Marge Bennett answered:
Haven't seen any sinkholes in the Ft Myers area. I love living here. Great school system, even have Florida Gulf Coast University, plus the beaches, etc.... Plus we are more affordable than many areas.
Let me know if I can help.
Marge Bennett
RE/MAX Realty Group
239-560-4159
Marge@MargeBennett.com
www.MargeBennett.com
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Tracy Hoyt answered:
Olafmarg,


I have a lender who works the foreign buyers. Please review my profile on Trulia and send me a message with your contact information. I can then forward you her information.

Respectfully,
Tracy Hoyt
Realtor
Prudential Tropical Realty
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Mon Mar 18, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
There are some communities where the builder used Chinese/Defective drywall and individual homes in non-deed restricted areas. This includes both single family homes and condos. Most of the homes with this defective drywall have been repaired, but there are a few still on the market or some homes that are waiting to go into foreclosure that may have it.

If no one is living in the home, then you probably won't get a disclosure that the home has defective drywall. It it is known, then it must be disclosed. A home inspector can test this for you and if it is believed to have defective drywall, the inspector will recommend a professional that is licensed to test for it do the inspection. With any offer on a home you have the right to have it inspected. If it is found to have defective drywall, you can cancel the contract and get your escrow deposit back.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
941-276-6185
http://www.tammyhayes.remaxagent.com/
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Fri Mar 15, 2013
michael beninato answered:
Your in great shape there will be plenty of options here in the Sarasota area. When it comes to the money side of a deal I would introduce you to our in house mortgage person Ian McKennon call him direct 727-459-4646 CTC Lending he can help you with any questions you may have and let you know what programs are avalable. If you want me to send ytou some properties to look at contact me as well and I will put a search together for you. Hope to hear from you in the future.

Michael Beninato
RE/MAX Alliance Group
cell: 908-578-0886
email: michaelb1@remax.net
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Mon Mar 11, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
There are a lot of non-deed restricted non-HOA communities where you could purchase a home and have your pets. You can search on my web site at: http://www.tammyhayes.remaxagent.com/. If you could send me your search criteria other than price, I can set you up to receive listings automatically. If I can answer any questions or help in any way, please contact me.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
941-276-6185
http://www.tammyhayes.remaxagent.com/
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Sat Apr 13, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
You can search my MLS web site for income property. http://tammyhayesre.mfr.mlxchange.com/
I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
941-276-6185
http://www.tammyhayes.remax-florida.com/
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Mon Mar 11, 2013
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
The three best places I have found to find for sale by owners is Forsalebyowner.com (also FSBO.com), Zillow, and Craig's list.
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Tue Mar 5, 2013
Ingrid Kozak answered:
There are a number of communities that allow pets with mature trees. One is pine run 1 and 2 or 3 bedrooms 600 to 1400 SF carport under 200,000 and 2 town homes available in Blackburn point woods over 2700 SF $300,000+. Both communities are west of 41 with public access to ICW. waterway in osprey. You can view them and everything on the market at www.propertybyingrid.com. ... more
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Sat Feb 23, 2013
michael beninato answered:
I really do not think so unless you have a good contact in that bank. They have a system in place and it is changing. Banks use to put properties on the market just the way they left them. That is over now they are going in and sprucing them up new paint new rugs and even new applaiances as well. And while they use to sell low they are now getting retail pricing. Very seldom do you see a beat up Bank owned this has been a good year now that they are doing this. Feel free to contact me about any homes,

Michael Beninato
RE/MAX Alliance Group
cell: 908-578-0886
local 941-479-2777
email: michaelb1@remax.net
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Tue Feb 26, 2013
David B. Leventhal answered:
1st and foremost each area is TOTALLY DIFFERENT jamie
as far as crime, etc... your best bet is to go to each counties website and go to crime states, and all, culture again you have to see it to get a feel for it, gulf prices vary also fyi direct gulf front is still doing well. But your question is really to vague , you are looking at 100-150 miles and 3 hours drive between Clearwater and Ft. Myers
and you know how many towns and city in between
suggest google ft. myers welcome center, same with clearwater, tampa, bradenton, palmetto, st. pete, sarasota , north port, venice, pt. charlotte, do you want me to conitnue
you need to come down here and drive through the area 1st and look and see what works for you
what you like , dislike,etc....
once you get more focused let me know and then i can help, but in that 150 miles difference only looking at about 20-30,000 if not more homes for sale and we need to try and get that down to a realistic number to discuss
heck even the beach feel is different between Clearwater and Longboat and Ft. Myers and all in between
hope this helps
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Thu Feb 21, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
Parkridge is a gated community with a pool and is close to shopping, restaurants, movie theatre and downtown. There have been some short sales and bank foreclosures in that community. Right now I only show one Active listing in the MLS for Parkridge.

I show 10 Active listings in Renaissance. The HOA fees are quite high in there, but they have a lot of amenities such as gym, spa, yoga & message rooms, movie theater and more. The community is on Sarasota Bay. The Renaissance is located in the heart of Downtown Sarasota and theater district. Just walk across the street to the Van Wezel Concert Hall and bay front. Marina Jacks, Bay Front Park, Whole Foods Market, Selby Library, Saturday Farmers Market and a large variety of restaurants and shops are only an easy stroll away. Sarasota lifestyle, culture and marvelous sunsets are included in this location.

You can search my web site for properties at http://www.tammyhayes.remaxagent.com/.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
941-276-6185
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Sun Jun 9, 2013
Thomas Perkins answered:
This is condo conversion project; currently six of the ten listings are either short sales or bank owned. The location is good but I would advise you to study the financials fo the assocation carefully. I would be happy to help you with this or any other area where you have interest ... more
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Tue Feb 26, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
A Realtor can provide you with a neighborhood report. You can also search the Sarasota County Sherrif's Department web site for crime statistics. You can use Google maps to view the property as an aerial view and see up and down the streets with the street view map. You need to visit the area and drive around the neighborhood during different times such as day, night, and the weekend to see what activity is going on in the neighborhood.

This home is in the gated community of Sonoma. It is currenlty listed as Active with Contract, which means they have an accepted offer with a closing date of 2/26/13. They are taking back up offers just in case the deal falls through. You can use my web site to search for properties in the MLS that are still Active - http://www.tammyhayes.remaxagent.com/

I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
941-276-6185
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Mon Jun 10, 2013
michael beninato answered:
Bayshore is a very good location in terms of all points the beach, airport, highways and shopping there are some really good deals in that area as well. small units as low as 20k if you would like to have me set up a search call me and we can discuss it further.

Michael Beninato
RE/MAX Alliance Group
cell: 908-578-0886
local 941-479-2777
email: michaelb1@remax.net
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Tue Jul 9, 2013
David B. Leventhal answered:
yes Rent Before because the question you ask could be about 100 different places in our community
also, ideally what is your price range and how many bedrooms, bath, sq. ft. , do you have pets or not,
are kids involved and if so , is there a specific school district or other needs
We have areas like Main St. and you can join a tennis Club, or lakewood ranch, Burns court area, Hillview area, The landings, Cedars, Meadows, the list goes on and on
help me help you but for sure rent 1st for at least 3-6 months and truly get to know the area,
call me if you want to discuss more options to you
David
Leventhal Team
TheLeventhalTeam.com
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Sat Feb 6, 2016
Tim Moore answered:
Mobile homes do not go up in value and just go down in value so in 5-10 years you have little or nothing. A condo can go up in value.
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