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Old 07-20-2007, 01:08 PM
 
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I am hoping to purchase a winter retreat in SW Florida, I have traveled from Tampa south to Naples then back, looking for a nice place to call home for the winter, I'm not sure if I should be looking for a Condo or a Single family home. Not sure what to make of the housing market, looked two years ago and everyone was so hyped up decided to wait, now not sure what to make of the market, decided Venice area appeared to fit with what we were looking for. We are married couple late 40's looking for a winter retreat, I like the idea of condo living because of the absentee owner situation, don't know much about condo associations, good or bad. With prices dropping wondered if I could now afford to live close to the Gulf. Can you find much in the 150-200 range? What should be my main focus when looking? Kids are basically grown and not a concern.
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Old 07-21-2007, 09:49 AM
 
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Don't plan on coming to Naples with only 150-200 k. You need to realistically spend 375k to get something decent. I don't know much about Tampa, but comparing any city on the west coast of Florida to Naples is like comparing apples to oranges. I have a second home in Naples on the gulf, and there is no other place in the world like it.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:03 AM
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I am hoping to purchase a winter retreat in SW Florida, I have traveled from Tampa south to Naples then back, looking for a nice place to call home for the winter, I'm not sure if I should be looking for a Condo or a Single family home. Not sure what to make of the housing market, looked two years ago and everyone was so hyped up decided to wait, now not sure what to make of the market, decided Venice area appeared to fit with what we were looking for. We are married couple late 40's looking for a winter retreat, I like the idea of condo living because of the absentee owner situation, don't know much about condo associations, good or bad. With prices dropping wondered if I could now afford to live close to the Gulf. Can you find much in the 150-200 range? What should be my main focus when looking? Kids are basically grown and not a concern.

Keep waiting and while you are waiting start reading this site:

http://thehousingbubbleblog.com/
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:10 AM
 
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Wait on buying in the Sarasota County area. $150,000-200,000 will get you a fixer upper or a condo in an over 55 community.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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When my father lived in Ft Myers, I was surprised at the number of wealthy snowbirds from the midwest that lived in the Orange Park trailer and RV park. Cost is much less than a condo, and maybe their frugality is how they kept their money.
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:46 PM
 
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Default Are you still looking to buy a cando ?

Are you still looking to buy a cando in Sarasota area ?
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:18 AM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Yes, you can get a condo in Naples for that price range. No, you probably won't get a single family, or a villa, in that range. No, you won't get it on the beach or on the golf course.

We are asking the lower range of those prices for our condo. The two sticking points we are having is that there is a no pets HOA restriction and a 6 month rental limit. It sounds like the HOA actually WANTS snowbirds, or retirees, living there. Very, very few families live there.
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Old 10-05-2008, 05:22 PM
 
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Hi,
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