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Home Buying in Sarasota : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Mar 6, 2012
David Leventhal answered:
hello there
1st and foremost go to a lender and get approved for your loan 1st so you have a pre-approval ready in hand to present with offer, this will also givbe you an idea of what your monthly payments will be ,etc....
if not you will not know what you can afford. really helps you out and agents out, no sense in looking at a home you can not afford, so make sure you see 1st what you can borrow and then based on that info look in areas that you can afford
2. drive around areas and see what areas you like and do not like, all people want a deal and as i tell people i could show you a wonderful home in an area you do not want to be in, so 1st. get approved and then find the area you like that fits your loan amount, the rest will fall into place
pretty simple but there is a method
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Sun Mar 4, 2012
Werner Untrieser answered:
Actually everything is negotiable. In some counties it is common that the buyer pays title insurance, in others the seller. But again everything can be negotiated.

Please contact me at 941-356-6580 or via e-mail info@2Sarasota. for further questions.

Kind Regards

Broker Associate, CRS, GRI, TRC, CIPS, SFR
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Sun Mar 4, 2012
William True answered:
Many of us in the real estate arena have heard horror stories from first-time buyers. One of my colleagues tells me that she discovered, AFTER buying her first home in Northern New Jersey, that there was no heat on the second floor. She simply made the assumption that a New Jersey house would be fully heated, and her real estate agent (who also worked for the seller) didn't report it.

As an Exclusive Buyers Agents in Sarasota, Florida, I make it my job to prevent surprises. Since we don't list properties, we have no allegiance to sellers, and therefore, we can be totally frank to buyers about the pros and cons of properties. We want our buyers to be fully informed so they can make a solid and educated choice.

As far as surprises during the home buying process, we find that first-time buyers are often surprised by the amount of down payment needed, the insurance costs and HOA fees which need to be considered for a monthly budget.

Buying your first home is a huge milestone in your life, and we encourage everyone to hire (in Florida it's free) an exclusive buyers agent to help them successfully navigate the process.
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Sun Mar 4, 2012
Cindy Taliaferro answered:
Of those you listed, I prefer Plaza de Flores. It is located in Palmer Ranch and most properties have great views. There are many that fit into your pricepoint.
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Tue Feb 28, 2012
Elisa Dewees answered:
A Broker is the licensed person who owns/operates the Real Estate Agency. An Agent is a Real Estate Salesperson who works under the licensed Broker. Very often the Broker does not work with clients, they hire agents they manage to work with you as the client.
You can look up local agents who service your area by going online. There are many great websites such as "Incredible Agents" where there are testimonials and ratings for agents. You can call and conduct phone interviews with agents and meet several in person to see whom you can build a relationship with to become your Buyers' Agent.
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Mon Feb 27, 2012
Teresa M. Fellows answered:

A house is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. If someone will pay $350,000 then that is where a builder will price it. Demand for housing was much higher a few years ago and people were willing to pay higher prices. Today the builder can buy land a lot cheaper and find labor at more reasonable rates. They can pass those savings along to the buyer. Make sure the materials and quality of construction in your comparisons are equal as well.

My best,

Teresa M. Fellows
Waterside Realty
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Sun Oct 21, 2012
Alain Picard answered:
It really just depends on how the new construction is priced. There are a lot of resales right now that are selling at record lows.
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Fri Feb 24, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
In order to determine a fair offer, review comps with your agent, recently sold similar properties in the immediate area; see what the data suggests and go from there....
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Sat Feb 25, 2012
michael beninato answered:
you must define reasonable and how much you want to spend this is to open call me and we could dicuss your search Michael re/Max 941-479-2777
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Mon Feb 27, 2012
Bill Perin, ABR, SFR answered:
Hi Melissa,

There are a number of great deals on 3 Bedroom homes in Sarasota. Depending upon the location a 2 Bedroom may take a little longer to sell later. If you would give me more specifics such as price range, location, etc., I can find and email you several properties to review. As a Buyer Agent, I represent YOUR interests in the transaction, at no cost to you. You can reach me at 356-8947 (direct), or by email at: . ... more
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Sun Sep 30, 2012
Lee Rugh answered:
Thanks for your inquiry. There are so many wonderful aspects of the Sarasota area in terms of culture and great activities for a family notwithstanding a safe community. Sarasota is also within 1:15-1:20 minutes in either direction to TPA or Ft. Myers so you would have not two but three different airports as choices to plan your flights in and out. I just sent out approximately 7 properties with canal/boat capability to a customer of mine and they do fit your criteria in which you are looking. I would be happy to assist you with your search when you come to the area and share all the benefits of living in this area!

Lee Rugh
941.320.0677 Direct
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Fri Jan 20, 2012
Hi Katrina,

Depending om where you want buy/live in Sarasota County, you maybe eligible for a no money down USDA mortgage.

You click the link below to see what areas are eligible:

Please feel free to contact me for more help or information.
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Sun Feb 26, 2012
M answered:
Hi Bonnie
There are many great areas that are close to the beach -It would be a pleasure to assist youin your search. I can set up an account for you to review properties and areas. To pinpoint areas of interest it would be good to know if you have children, hobies, etc...
Feel free to call me direct 941-735-8825

Marc Kaufman
Andrews & Associates Realty Inc.
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Tue Jan 3, 2012
Raffie Hamilton answered:
I would be happy to send you places to look at..a condo or a mobile home?
Raffie Hamilton
Good Life Realty
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Mon Dec 19, 2011
LaRosa Team answered:
Hi Mike,

There are some wonderful communities west of 41 perfect for families. Would you be relocating here ? What type of community are you intersted in? Amenities, gated, golf? What price range are you looking to be in? Is this a rental or purchase? Of course lots of questions, so I can help you with the best advice.

My partner and I would love to assist you in answering any questions you may have regarding our local market. Lets talk directly.

We look forward to working with you!

Stacey LaRosa 941-539-1596
Millicent LaRosa 941-809-3310
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Tue Jan 17, 2012
Raffie Hamilton answered:
I have two girls that are 6 & 9, too!
We love Lakeview Elementary. There's several nice family neighborhoods in Sarasota!
Twin Lakes has football , baseball , and soccer fields. The only ice-hockey I know of is in Ellenton, which is just 20 min. north on 75. Give me a ring, we can talk further....

Raffie Hamilton
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Tue Nov 15, 2011
Gaby Gadah answered:
depending on your debt to income i could possible put you in touch with an individual that i do business with who can help you. please email me at or call me at 941-376-4229 and i will be more than happy to discuss options with you

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Sun Oct 23, 2011
Tammy Hayes answered:
No, in a short sale situation if there are two lenders, then either one can approve before the other. One might be a first mortgage with one lender and a second mortgage with another lender. There could be two loans with the same lender. One might have been the original loan and another could be a home equity loan. There are several different scenarios. It could also mean that the lender approved but the investor didn't approve yet. You need to check to see if the loan had PMI. Every short sale situation is different. Ask your agent or someone handling the short sale to explain where you are in the process.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Green Lion Reatly
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Thu Oct 20, 2011
Tim Moore answered:
Often, yes. The 2nd usually does not have as much invested and might be a smaller company that reacts faster.
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
The bank can re-review the file at the last moment and go back on their verbal acceptance of the offer. This is always the worst case scenario because there is almost no way to get around a last minute rejection. ... more
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