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Deciphering the Lenders Lingo on Home Buying

March 7th, 2018 by Diane Christner

Lenders, lenders everywhere.  So how does a home buyer select a lender?  My basic suggestions to buyers when loan shopping are: Limit your rate shopping to a 30 day time span because credit bureaus generally won’t ding your credit scores if you keep within that window. Check multiple sources for quotes — retail banks, mortgage […]

Upgrades & New Construction: the devil is in the details….

March 7th, 2018 by Diane Christner

The freedom to choose finishes and design details that please you is what draws many people to new construction homes. But at the same time, anyone who has stepped foot into a design center knows how overwhelming (and expensive) it can be. When it comes time to decide on the upgrades and options, it’s important […]

Mid Century Modern Charmer in Sarasota

July 20th, 2017 by Diane Christner

1705 Andrea PL, Sarasota, FL  34235. I just listed a charming Mid Century Modern home that offers buyers features unique to this style of home:  uncluttered sleek lines, A-frame design with vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan centering around a living – dining entertaining space.  1705 Andrea offers you an updated kitchen with breakfast […]

Big changes may be coming (again) to the National Flood Insurance Program

July 12th, 2017 by Diane Christner

Flood Insurance.  Not a popular topic, but with Florida leading the other states with approximately 1.8 million flood insurance policies, residents need to be aware that the current flood insurance program is set to expire on September 30, 2017. The last time the National Flood Insurance Program expired, Congress let the program lapse 4 times, made […]

Special assessment? What special assessment & other surprises when buying a condo.

May 8th, 2017 by Diane Christner

Since this has come up twice in recent real estate transactions here in Sarasota, I thought it a topic worth mentioning to buyers.  Special assessments.   Special assessments are those assessments imposed by a condominium association against the unit owners, other than those regular assessments required by the annual budget.   Special assessments come about […]

My agent says there are multiple offers on the home I want to buy….

May 8th, 2016 by Diane Christner

You’ve been house hunting for weeks, even months.  A new listing comes on the market and you love it, you go with your agent and immediately write an offer.  Your agent calls hours later to tell you there are multiple offers on “your” home.  Now what? Sellers have several ways to deal with multiple offers. […]

Sarasota/Manatee real estate market on track to break all-time sales record in 2015

January 13th, 2016 by Diane Christner

As the title states, our local Sarasota/Manatee association of Realtors has announced that sales are on track to set a new record for 2015.  The final statistics will be out soon.   A total of 19,389 properties were sold in 2014, sales numbers for 2015 reached 19,020 by the end of November.  That means the […]

Central Park at Lakewood Ranch – Offering a Special Property

September 23rd, 2015 by Diane Christner

I recently listed a very unique property in the Piedmont Park neighborhood of Central Park at Lakewood Ranch.  It is an impeccable Neal built home with a very unique, premium homesite – no neighbors to the north, no neighbors behind and the pie shaped lot gives additional space between homes on the south as well. […]

Deed Restrictions and Mandatory HOAs (and why you should always read the deed restrictions BEFORE you write that offer)

August 3rd, 2015 by Diane Christner

You’re looking through homes listed on some real estate web site on the Internet. A home catches your eye. The information states it’s in a “mandatory HOA” neighborhood. So what does that mean and how can it impact you if you do indeed buy that home? Deed restrictions are essentially limitations written into a deed […]

Does a Buyer’s Letter Help in a Multiple Offer Situation?

August 3rd, 2015 by Diane Christner

Some real estate advice columns suggest that when buyers are trying to purchase a home in a market where the inventory of homes is low, such as the Sarasota market is currently experiencing, the buyers should write a personal letter to the seller to attach with the offer in hopes that it will make their […]

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