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Old 11-09-2011, 04:19 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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I'm planning to move to Sarasota in March, and I've been exploring this forum for the last few months. I realized that I'm under the 6-month mark, so it's time to really start working on this thing!

I work at Lowe's, and will be transferring within the company. It looks like there's one store in Sarasota and two in Bradenton. Obviously, I'll be trying for the Sarasota store, but if I have to take a job in Bradenton just to get to Florida, I'll be okay with that.

I'm hoping to live within about 15 minutes of the beach and still have a reasonable (under 20 minute) commute to work. If I'm living in Sarasota, will this be possible if I have to work in Bradenton?

I've been checking out various apartment communities, and my budget is about $750/month. I can go over that if the apartment includes a washer & dryer or all utilities or something like that. I do have two cats. Do you guys have any specific apartments that you would recommend, that will be within that price range and close to both work and the beach?

I've loved reading through these message boards and hearing about how much you guys love it in Sarasota. I cannot WAIT to join you there!
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Venice, North Port and Port Charlotte have a Lowe's too. They are all not far from Sarasota or the beach if you can't get into Sarasota or Bradenton.

apartmentguide.com is a good place to look for apartments. Another option might be to rent a condo. There are a lot of those around too. A rental specialist in the area might be able to help you find something once you know where you are going to work.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Hi,

I know the locations of both of the Lowe's in Bradenton, the one on SR70 by I75 is a better location if you get a choice.

Since you have 2 cats, now is not too soon to start researching rentals. Most condos have rules about tenants not having pets, so your best option will probably be an apartment or a small rental home. I am not an expert by any means on apartment complexes, but I do know the neighborhoods around Bradenton and Sarasota well.


Since there's not a go to, one stop shopping for rentals, here's a list of sites where you may find rental homes in your price range:

Rentals.com http://www.rentals.com/Florida/Sarasota/ (easy to use search engines)

Real Rentals http://www.realrentals.com/houses_for_rent/?city=Sarasota&state=Florida+FL


RentalHomesPlus.com http://florida.rentalhomesplus.com/Sarasota

RentalHouses.com http://www.rentalhouses.com/find/FL/SouthwestFlorida/SARASOTA-BRADENTON

Rent Range www.rentrange.com


FlipKey http://www.flipkey.com/search/l/34618/?featured=true&gclid=CLql6oiwtqsCFY125QodFhQwiw

SarasotaRent.net http://www.sarasotarent.net/

Trulia www.trulia.com/FL/Sarasota/

Ebay classified http://sarasota.ebayclassifieds.com/homes-for-rent/?catId=100043



You might try the classified of the local newspapers:

Sarasota Herald Tribune http://www.heraldtribune.com/


Bradenton Herald http://www.bradenton.com/



Here are also a couple of the better known property management companies in our area that handle rentals in both Sarasota and Bradenton:

Stringer Management
Sarasota, FL
941-922-4959
http://www.stringermanagement.com/


Sarasota Management
Sarasota, FL
941-377-8400
http://www.sarasotamanagement.com/owners_choose.html?gclid=COiWw9qvtqsCFYlM4AodaE9Ze g


I'd like to offer some additional information for you and others looking to rent in our area. There are still homes and condos in foreclosure that the owners are renting out, since the foreclosure process can literally take years to complete. These are often offered at prices slightly below the average for the area. They also frequently allow tenants to have pets, including dogs. You do have to take some precautions if renting a property in foreclosure.

First, they probably aren't paying for insurance, so the lender may be paying for coverage ... for them. Be sure to have your own rental insurance.

Second, if something breaks down like AC, leaking roof, plumbing, appliances, it's doubtful your landlord is going to put any money into repairs on a home he/she knows is going back to the bank.

Third is regarding leases and tenants renting a home in foreclosure. There have been significant changes to the federal law as of 2009 that are of benefit to tenants of homes in foreclosure that you should be aware of. Before May of 2009, most renters lost their leases upon foreclosure. The rule in most states was that if the mortgage was recorded before the lease was signed, a foreclosure wiped out the lease.

These rules changed on May 20, 2009 with the "Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009." This legislation provided that leases would survive a foreclosure -- meaning the tenant could stay at least until the end of the lease, and that month-to-month tenants would be entitled to 90 days notice before having to move out.

An exception was made for the buyer who intends to live on the property (owner occupy). This buyer may terminate a lease by giving the tenant 90 days notice.

If you rent a property that is in foreclosure, it might be a good idea to contact the attorney listed on the foreclosure documents and forward a copy of your lease to him/her so the owner's lender is aware that a tenant is residing in the property. You wouldn't want to come home one day and find the bank sent an asset management company over to change the locks because they thought the home was vacant.

One other thing - most landlords in foreclosure are also neglecting to pay the mandatory HOA or condo fees on the property. FL recently passed a law that states that a community association is entitled to recover the monthly rent amount from a tenant when the owner who is renting the property is delinquent in the payment of association assessments. So in a case such as that, the monthly rent would be paid to the HOA instead of the landlord until back due fees are recovered. There is a specific process in place for HOAs to follow in order to do so.


To see if a property you are looking to rent is in foreclosure, you can go to the Clerk of Court web site in the county where the property is located and look up the owner's name. If you see a Lis Pendens filing, the foreclosure process has been started.

For Sarasota county, the clerk's web site is:
SARASOTA : Clerk of Circuit Court & County Comptroller (click on "online services" & then "official records")

For Manatee county, the site is: Home



Good luck with your search.


PS: Regarding the commute - if you are located in south Sarasota it would be difficult to get to Bradenton to either Lowe's within 20 minutes. If you are going to work in Bradenton, it would help to know which store as soon as they could tell you. If it's the Cortez Road Lowe's, you'll probably want to find a rental in west Bradenton. If the Lowe's on SR70, then you'll probably want to be in either south Manatee county or somewhere in north or central Sarasota. Closer to the interstate would work better as you could just pop on I75 and get to work much quicker than attempting to go through the 35 mph and traffic lights in town.

Bradenton is about a 20 minute drive to Bradenton Beach/ Coquina Beach and Anna Maria Island. All great choices and beautiful beaches. The north end of Longboat Key also a one of the larger public parking lots with public access to the beach (be sure to stay below the high tide line as that portion of the beaches on Longboat are private).

If you end up in north or central Sarasota, then Lido Key off St. Armands Circle is a good beach with lots of parking.

Last edited by Sunshine Rules; 11-09-2011 at 08:22 PM..
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Old 11-12-2011, 10:13 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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Thanks for the info on the stores and commutes! That's very helpful.

Even though there are probably some great options out there, I don't think I'm going to risk a private rental. Since I'm going in blind, I'll feel more comfortable renting in an apartment complex for the first year.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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If it's of interest to you there are also nice mobile homes — double wides — for rent in high quality moblie home parks at great monthly rent discounts and some without leases. Most all allow pets.
Be careful of the quality of the park — there are some trailer parks that are a constant problem.

Sorry I can't provide links to help, but perhaps someone else on here has an idea about looking up quality Sarasota mobile home parks. Mondos are a lot cheaper than Condos
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:48 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I'm planning to move to Sarasota in March, and I've been exploring this forum for the last few months. I realized that I'm under the 6-month mark, so it's time to really start working on this thing!

I work at Lowe's, and will be transferring within the company. It looks like there's one store in Sarasota and two in Bradenton. Obviously, I'll be trying for the Sarasota store, but if I have to take a job in Bradenton just to get to Florida, I'll be okay with that.

I'm hoping to live within about 15 minutes of the beach and still have a reasonable (under 20 minute) commute to work. If I'm living in Sarasota, will this be possible if I have to work in Bradenton?

I've been checking out various apartment communities, and my budget is about $750/month. I can go over that if the apartment includes a washer & dryer or all utilities or something like that. I do have two cats. Do you guys have any specific apartments that you would recommend, that will be within that price range and close to both work and the beach?

I've loved reading through these message boards and hearing about how much you guys love it in Sarasota. I cannot WAIT to join you there!
As mentioned above, the Bradenton Lowe's closer to I-75 is in a nicer area, but the Cortez location is closer to the beach. And if you're working closer to the beach, then you'll probably be living closer to the beach. My Mom lives in West Bradenton (near 75th & Cortez) and it can take quite a long time, in high season, to get to Lowe's (on Cortez) because of all the lights and traffic. I wouldn't count on <20 mins. if you're coming from Sarasota. It can also take >15 mins. to get to the beach in high season, due again to traffic and limited access routes to the beach. So my point being, try to get as close to the beach as possible! :-) Sorry I don't have any specific apartment complexes to recommend.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:42 AM
 
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As mentioned above, the Bradenton Lowe's closer to I-75 is in a nicer area, but the Cortez location is closer to the beach. And if you're working closer to the beach, then you'll probably be living closer to the beach. My Mom lives in West Bradenton (near 75th & Cortez) and it can take quite a long time, in high season, to get to Lowe's (on Cortez) because of all the lights and traffic. I wouldn't count on <20 mins. if you're coming from Sarasota. It can also take >15 mins. to get to the beach in high season, due again to traffic and limited access routes to the beach. So my point being, try to get as close to the beach as possible! :-) Sorry I don't have any specific apartment complexes to recommend.
Yes, I was going to mention this, but Avalon beat me to it. I would pick this location. You can then live nearer to the beaches which is what you want. If you went to the other Lowes it would be a very long drive to the beach, especially in season.

I don't have any apartments to recommend, either, but the closer you get to the beaches, the better the area generally speaking.

Good luck!
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