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Questions to ask when buying a condo

Posted 12-28-2009 at 10:07 PM by SoFLGal
Updated 03-07-2010 at 11:54 AM by SoFLGal

High levels of foreclosures are causing all sorts of problems for condo associations, which are having to slash costs and amenities and often impose assessments on solvent owners to maintain deteriorating infrastructure.

Condo buyers need to find out as much as they can about complexes before they plunk down cash.

I suggested asking the following questions:
• How much money has the complex put into reserves to deal with future infrastructure needs?
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Siesta, Longboat, Lido and Manasota Keys from a natives view

Posted 12-09-2009 at 12:27 PM by SoFLGal

Most of the keys in the area are pretty neat and everyone has a different feel.

In my opinion, Siesta Key has the youngest vibe. Probably due to the handful of bars and several restaurants in the village that seem to draw the younger crowd. Most of the bands that play out at the Siesta bars seemed to be geared more for the younger crowd as well.

Longboat always had more of an old money feel to me. There really is no downtown area on Longboat either, unless you consider...
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Sarasota and Charlotte county Florida flood zones

Posted 12-09-2009 at 12:25 PM by SoFLGal

The flood zones change throughout Sarasota. Generally speaking, the closer you are to water the more likely you are to be in a flood zone. Here's a link to the FEMA flood maps. You can just punch in an address and come up with the flood zone. FEMA Map Service Center -

I always like to double check the zones with the insurance companies but I've had some that aren't experienced in quoting flood rates give me incorrect info. The above website is where they would be pulling their info...
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Sarasota County Homes in the $300K-$400K range

Posted 12-09-2009 at 12:24 PM by SoFLGal

Did a quick search of Manatee and Sarasota counties and used this criteria, 300K-350K, 3 beds/2 baths or more, 2005 or newer, single family homes. 42 homes in Sarasota county and 47 in Manatee county. Restricting the age narrows the list down a lot. I'll list some of the neighborhoods in the list so you have an idea of what neighborhoods to search:

Villages at Pinetree Marsh
Sarasota Springs
The Enclave

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Florida Hurricane strike probabilities

Posted 12-09-2009 at 12:23 PM by SoFLGal

Really a hurricane can hit anywhere in Florida. I think that the Miami and Key West have the highest possibility of a hurricane strike. You need to be prepared where ever you live. I am a native Floridian and have lived in or close by Sarasota county my whole life and have never evacuated, not to say that I wouldn't but I've never felt the need to.

Anywhere you live in the world you will be faced with some kind of natural disaster-tornadoes, typhoons, tidal waves, earthquakes,...
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