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Old 10-14-2008, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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What would you choose if you had the choice.

1. Average size home with small/average backyard, maybe a finished basement, up North (New York/Long Island) in need of updates.

or

2. A beautiful oversized home in South Florida (Ft. Myers/Cape Coral area), with many bedrooms and bathrooms, fireplace, Large courtyard pool and spa, on a wide canal with a dock that has access to the ocean?

Both places have their pros and cons. But what would you choose and why?? Can't wait to hear your answers.
Neither. Choice A is too cold. Choice B is too large.

I had a website for tiny homes, but I'm not sure it works anymore.
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Exit 14C
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My daughter is looking at a house on LI listed at $275,000 with $6,000 in taxes. We paid $285,000 with $4,500 taxes, not counting HOA fees, in Naples.
What's the comparison in terms of square footage, lot size, etc.? How far is the Long Island property from Manhattan? And do you have pictures of both so we can compare the houses? Also, did you buy your house when the market was inflated? You'd really have to compare what your house is worth now if your daughter's price is what she'd pay now.

When I do a search for what one can get in Nassau County, NY, say, for that amount of money compared to what one can get in Collier County, FL for that money, the Collier County houses are better, imo--regardless of where they are (that is, if we imagined taking those houses and lots and putting them anywhere in the world we might like to be, I prefer the houses you can get in Collier County for that money).
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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What's the comparison in terms of square footage, lot size, etc.? How far is the Long Island property from Manhattan? And do you have pictures of both so we can compare the houses? Also, did you buy your house when the market was inflated? You'd really have to compare what your house is worth now if your daughter's price is what she'd pay now.

When I do a search for what one can get in Nassau County, NY, say, for that amount of money compared to what one can get in Collier County, FL for that money, the Collier County houses are better, imo--regardless of where they are (that is, if we imagined taking those houses and lots and putting them anywhere in the world we might like to be, I prefer the houses you can get in Collier County for that money).

The house I'm looking at is in East meadow , just 10 miles outside of Queens. It's in excellent condition. The highest bid so far is 260k. It's a short sale. People make it seem like it's impossible to find houses in expensive areas, but not if you look.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:47 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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What's the comparison in terms of square footage, lot size, etc.? How far is the Long Island property from Manhattan? And do you have pictures of both so we can compare the houses? Also, did you buy your house when the market was inflated? You'd really have to compare what your house is worth now if your daughter's price is what she'd pay now.

When I do a search for what one can get in Nassau County, NY, say, for that amount of money compared to what one can get in Collier County, FL for that money, the Collier County houses are better, imo--regardless of where they are (that is, if we imagined taking those houses and lots and putting them anywhere in the world we might like to be, I prefer the houses you can get in Collier County for that money).
It is 2100 sq ft. It was an estate sale. She listed originally at $430,000 in 2006 and went down to $375,000 August 2007. We made the offer at $275,000 and said we could close in ONE WEEK. Take it or leave it. Yes, we were prepared to leave it. I walked out of so many over priced homes I couldn't even count them. A few I had to contain myself from laughing at the ridiculous prices they were asking for CLOSETS. Ah, must be for the priviledge of living in paradise.

My neighbor next door (feet away actually) sold in June 2008 for $430,000. NOT WORTH anything over $300,000. My house on LI would have fit inside this one, plus it was over half an acre.

As PT Barnum said, There's a sucker born every minute. Most of them are Snowbirds too.
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Exit 14C
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It is 2100 sq ft . . .
What about the rest of the comparison stats?
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:48 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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What about the rest of the comparison stats?
because my house on Long Island had MULTIPLE floors. There was the main level. You went down stairs to the family room. Then down more stairs to the basement. You went upstairs from the main level to the bedrooms. They called it a split level house.

Just calculating sq. footage just on the main level would no way give an accurate description of how big it really was. That would actually make it seem very TINY.
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Exit 14C
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because my house on Long Island had MULTIPLE floors. There was the main level. You went down stairs to the family room. Then down more stairs to the basement. You went upstairs from the main level to the bedrooms. They called it a split level house.

Just calculating sq. footage just on the main level would no way give an accurate description of how big it really was. That would actually make it seem very TINY.
Whaaa?

You were talking about a house your daughter was going to buy in comparison to your present house. That's what I was talking about, too.

If you gave just the square footage on the bathroom, it wouldn't give an accurate description of how big it is, either, because that's not how you give square footage. You give the square footage for the whole "living area" of the house--which means everything minus the garage, patios, etc. The stuff I asked for really wasn't very difficult.
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