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Old 12-27-2010, 09:14 AM
 
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Hi! I did some searching about this topic but some of the responses are a little dated hence my post. I am considering Naples/SW Fl to purchase a condo to live in 7-9 months/ yr. I a, looking at short sales/ foreclosures with prices 179,000 or less 2bed/2 bath min. I would like a community atmosphere( semi retired but active) but not too restrictive b/c I want the grandkids to visit. Any suggestions; I've seen a lot online but that doesn't always indicate the developments fiscal status-. If any realtors respond, I am not ready to purchase now looking to purchase in 6-7 months. Thanks again.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL/Swainton NJ
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We purchased a 2 bedroom/2 bath ground floor condo in Lakeside (N. Naples on Airport) and are very happy with the unit and the community. I am 61 and retired 18 months ago. Lakeside is an older community but is well maintained. That have condos, townhouses, attached houses and stand alone homes. I am sure there are resales in all catagories.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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TMozer, the above poster, has chosen a great location as far as convenience to all of Naples. There are so many nice communities in Naples you would need at least 6 months to visit them all! And, depending what part of town and which realty office you search in, along with their own personal agendas, you'll find that each realtor will steer you somewhere different and tell you that's the best for you. At least that was our experience 10 years ago. So, if I were you I'd spend a day or so with one and then try an entirely different office and realtor in another location of Naples and go out another day with him/her. Trying a third will probably produce different results entirely. And, hopefully they'll all be good. Have fun, but it's hard work!

And, by the way, the condo complex we wound up in (a very solvent complex) offered their financials for us to read once we were seriously interested in buying there and right before we went to contract. I would be suspicious of any complex that declined to do that for you. There are A LOT of complexes in trouble right now! Again, good luck and enjoy the process when you begin it.
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