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Longboat Key Early Years

by Roger Pettingell

Beginnings from Indians to Depression

The Longboat Key formation by early settlements of migrating northerners

Shell mounds in Sarasota and Longboat Key
Early Shell Mound - This mound in Sarasota is evidence that Indians once inhabited Longboat Key

As in today, Longboat Key was used as a vacation destination long before the European explorers landed on the island. As comical as that may sound, there is evidence that native Indians came to Longboat Key to escape persecution or as we do in modern times, travel to a warmer climate. Studies of bone, pottery, with hunting and fishing artifacts lead archaeologists to believe that these early settlers were living on Longboat Key anywhere from 1,000 BC to 800 AD.

There is even evidence they vacationed here. But not from the north, but from the neighboring mainland areas that surround Longboat Key. It may have been paradise to them then just as it is now. Most of this evidence has been gathered from the area around what is now known as Bay Isles. This includes the area of Queens Harbour, Corey’s Landing and Grand Bay.

The skeletons that have been found depict a tribe of very large people. The remains of Indians as tall as 7 to 8 feet have been uncovered. Of the five tribes in the area, anthropologists suggest that either the Timucan or Calusa tribes were most likely these early settlers. Their diet consisted of mostly seafood as you might expect, but I read one account that indicated tiger and deer bones have been unearthed.

It is suggested that any remaining Indians were forced out when European settlers discovered the island and began inhabiting it around the time of Hernando de Soto. The two tribes either fled or were wiped out by small pox and other diseases. Although no official historical records were kept, de Soto’s chief scout Juan Anasco may have been the first. He was commissioned by de Soto to explore the area of Tampa Bay and the surrounding islands.

There is no confirmation but wrecked vessel parts found in the area of Whitney Beach on the Manatee County northern end were believed to belong to Anasco. A current Longboat Key road was named for the scout, Juan Anasco Drive is on a canal that opens to Bishops Bayou. It is even suggested that de Soto himself explored Longboat Key with Anasco in 1539 but moved north to the Palma Sola area when they could not find fresh water.

Thomas Mann home
First settler Thomas Mann and his thatched roof house

Although some locals from the mainland traveled to Longboat Key in the years after, it wasn’t until 1888 when Thomas Mann acquired 144 acres through a homestead claim that Longboat Key had its first full-time settler in recorded history. A few years earlier, Colin Witt was granted 7 acres on the north end and Rolin Witt claimed 57 acres on the south end. Their settlement on the island was postponed. Elizabeth Mann, the wife of son James Mann, was granted land in 1892 and along with others, Longboat Key had its first population growth. The Mann’s meager survival came from farming the land on Longboat Key.

Communities were seeing their first formations. Longbeach on the north end was platted on old maps. Other plats were named Long Beach, Long Boat Beach, Long Boat Key and Longboat Key. They converged and is now considered one town Longboat Key, celebrating its 63rd anniversary as an incorporated town on November 13. The island town is divided into two counties, Manatee and Sarasota. It is one of three cities in Florida with this distinction.

The beginnings of Corey’s Landing, now behind the gates of Bay Isles was forming its growth in 1904. Corey’s Pier was a stopover of the first regular steamer to frequent the island, the Mistletoe. Byron Corey was operator of the pier and the location of the island’s first post office in 1907, with Corey as its first postmaster. His regular trips to Sarasota for mail was on his own boat the Vilas. Corey was also a produce farmer and shipping entrepreneur. Today Byron Lane in Corey’s Landing offers exclusive views of the bay and flows through a stretch of Harbourside Golf Course, one of two championship courses of the Resort at Longboat Key Club. Named for the steamship, Mistletoe Lane runs parallel to Byron Lane.

At the turn of the century Longboat Key experienced more growth and was becoming known for its resorts and winter homes. The fertile soil made for tropical fruit growth which was transported by steamship for sail on the mainland. Boat was the only transportation for tourists to visit Longboat Key but had limited room accommodations. The Jordan Hotel on Broadway began its operation in 1913 and had become the place to stay on the island. Named for its first owner, Rufus Jordan, the hotel was renamed the Longbeach Hotel after its 1925 sale.

Soon after, famed circus promoter and real estate magnate John Ringling put his eye on Longboat Key and sought to create a destination for the rich to come and play. His first bridge to Lido Key was built in 1925 so his target audience could find their way to the key. The bridge was replaced two times after the initial bridge, the most current is a Sarasota landmark 60-foot segmental bridge completed in 2003. Ringling started his grand endeavor in 1927 to build the best destination hotel in the world, and market it under the Ritz-Carlton trademark. But the great depression plunged the country into economic chaos and the project was abandoned months after its start. Its shell was demolished in the 1960s and a new wave of development started for the next chapter of Longboat Key.

The Legacy of John Ringling was covered in my 2016 REALTALKplus™ article and the iconic bridge in this 2018 REALTALKplus™ article. A light and lively poem in 2016 on the History of Longboat Key was penned by our own Mary Kay Ryan, director of customer care.

Much of the history of Longboat Key has been preserved by the Longboat Key Historical Society. The organization has been looking for a new home and is hoping to receive enough funding to purchase the land at the intersection of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street. There they have moved a displaced cottage that once belonged to the historic Whitney Beach Resort. This was one of 13 cottages built in the 1930s by Gordon and Lora Whitney.

1710 Kenilworth Street
West of Trail - 1710 Kenilworth Street, Sarasota

I listed three new homes for sale on Longboat Key and Sarasota last week. The first is a rarely-available 3BR townhouse residence located directly on Longboat Key’s Gulf shores at 260 N. Shore Rd, #4, offering stunning modern upgrades. Begin your dream home or a renovation project in my second listing at this waterfront site in Country Club Shores. Just a stone’s throw away from Sarasota’s open bay waters, this 3BR/3BA is located at 570 Yardarm Lane. In my third listing immediately enjoy a luxurious lifestyle West of the Trail! This newer, 4BR home at 1710 Kenilworth Street is in a sought-after, centrally-located neighborhood. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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260 N. Shore Rd, #4 $1,899,000   Photo Slideshow
570 Yardarm Lane $899,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1710 Kenilworth Street $889,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Southern Keys of Sarasota County

by Roger Pettingell

Three keys with distinct personalities

Siesta, Casey and Manasota keys provide different means of relaxation

Siesta Key Beach pavilion
The Siesta Key Beach pavilion, one of many renovations with $21.6 million completed in 2016

The barrier islands of Sarasota County are a series of six keys that begin with Longboat Key to the north and stretch to the south where Manasota Key finishes the tour of the islands in the south. Longboat Key is a part of Manatee County too, only one of three municipalities in Florida that is split among two counties. There is movement to change county boundary lines so the entire island is in Sarasota County.

There is a seventh inhabited key that does not receive much attention. Tourists typically bypass Coon Key as it is a small plot of land between Lido and Bird keys. But residences of the area know it for its landmark building, the 25-story Plymouth Harbor with special services for aging retirees. Coon Key is also home of the Sarasota Yacht Club and a few resident communities on the north side of the island.

You might think that you would be able to drive from north to south without interruption but passage to Siesta Key from Longboat Key requires a trip through downtown Sarasota, by way of Lido, Coon and Bird keys. Our journey begins in Siesta Key for the three southern keys of Sarasota County.

Siesta Key, world famous for its white sand beaches that reflect the light with its 99 percent composition of quartz. Tourists love it because the sand is pleasurable on the feet, even on the warmest of summer days. Hundreds flock to the beach on Sunday nights to participate in the drum circles, a spontaneous group of drummers that are entertaining and fun to watch as dancers break out for further entertainment.

This uninhabited island in the 1800s went through a series of name changes originally referred to as Clam Island. It advanced to names such as Little Sarasota Island and Sarasota Key. It wasn’t until the year 1914 the name was changed to Siesta Key following the popularity of the Siesta Inn. A bridge to the mainland was constructed three years later, a second in 1927.

The beach was purchased by the county in 1954, setting the stage for large tourist spurts. The beach was comfortable and the sunsets were spectacular. In February of 2016 over $21 million of renovations revitalized the beach with more parking, concessions and lifeguard main station.

Today it continues as one of the top beaches in the world as anointed by groups designating the top tourist attractions. Siesta Beach is home to two sand sculpting competitions, The Siesta Key Crystal Classic for professionals from around the world the weekend of November 9 and the annual Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest each May. Beach volleyball is popular with some of the best competition tournaments in the country. It was a part of the USA National Beach Tour in July.

The town of Siesta Key flourishes as well with its festivals and occasional pub crawls. As famous as the beach is, tourists also visit Siesta Key for the nightlife in places such as Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Crescent Club, Daiquiri Deck and the Beach Club. The young scene is so popular that MTV created a reality show around it, appropriately named Siesta Key. More episodes were ordered by the network of this scandalous group of adults involved in their own set of love affairs.

Map showing Siesta Key, Casey Key and Manasota Key
Three keys of Sarasota, from Siesta to Manasota Key

Travel south on Midnight Pass Road from Siesta Key to encounter a land of high-profile luxury estates with a mix of historic landmark homes on Casey Key. An occasional cultural star from TV, movies and literature find the island relaxing for its segregation from the mainland. Like Longboat Key with its main road Gulf of Mexico Drive, Casey Key is fed by Casey Key Road. This eight-mile thoroughfare is lined with wonderful views, homes and trees that create a canopy of shade over the road pavement.

The northern part is reserved for the islanders while a few restaurants and hotels on the southern end attract tourists who visit for the beach bathing, fishing and dining. A wildlife sanctuary was created in 1970 through the Casey Key Conservation Act. Bird watching is particularly popular here on the key. The sphere of wildlife conservation continues on the mainland with the Oscar Sherer State Park and its 15 miles of nature trails. Accessible on the north end of Casey Key through Blackburn Point Road, this park has plenty of canoe water on South Creek and a lake shared by swimmers and fishermen. The much larger Myakka River State Park is further to the east. Venice to the south separates Casey Key from Manasota Key.

On the southern end of Casey Key take Albee Road West to 41 (South Tamiami Trail) and head south. Turn right to 776 where you will pick up Englewood Road, through a series of side roads to Manasota Beach Road and your final destination key in Sarasota County. Manasota Key Beach rests on the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the beach road. Manasota Key is north and south of this beach.

Manasota Key is home to the largest population of endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle nests on the Gulf of Mexico coast. The island is splattered with homes in a relaxing atmosphere with a few quaint hotels for visitors who look for the enjoyment of a good sunset view. If your mood is to mingle with the locals then visit the White Elephant Pub or the Flounder’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar. The Stump Pass Beach State Park offers a relaxing nature hike on the south end of Manasota Key.

8220 Manasota Key Road
Englewood - 8220 Manasota Key Road

I have two listings on Manasota Key, one in which I previously presented in this series of articles located at 6155 Manasota Key Road. Just south of Manasota Key Beach is my newer listing at 8220 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. Offered at $2,095,000, this Gulf-front estate is in an ideal location, situated on more than a half-acre with 100 feet of direct beach frontage. It is waiting for you to appreciate it as is, renovate or begin your dream home with its four bedrooms and six full baths and over 4,100 square feet of truly wonderful living space. Captivating sunset views stretch on forever from the various tiled terraces and the west-facing guest residence.

I haven’t forgotten about Otter Key, an uninhabited island in Sarasota Bay southeast of St. Armands Circle. In 1959 the Arvida Corporation purchased the southern part of Longboat and Lido keys, and all of Bird, Coon and Otter keys from the Ringling estate. The Arvida Corporation went on to develop many of the prominent communities in that purchase but did not touch Otter Key, although its purpose was for single-family homes with an east-end park. It now serves the county as a natural area and nature center with plenty of wildlife to see.

See my new listings last week below, including one in downtown Sarasota overlooking the bay at the Savoy on Palm residences. There are two on Longboat Key, a single-family residence in Country Club Shores and a residence in the very special Grand Bay community. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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401 South Palm, #402 $2,295,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1055 Bogey Lane $899,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3080 Grand Bay Blvd, #515 $529,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Wide range of pricing in single family homes

by Roger Pettingell

Home Showcase XXVIII - Good variety

Inventory is growing with something for most in price and home type

675 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key, Sarasota
Bird Key - 675 Mourning Dove Drive

Last week I discussed new listings that met the criteria set for the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand in my Home Showcase XXVII article. This week I highlight three communities and single-family home new listings that show the range of prices, from $779,000 to $6,795,000, and from Sarasota to Longboat Key. Our inventory is swelling to include a wide range of prices, locations and home types.

The paradise centrally located between downtown Sarasota and the beaches

There was a master plan when land fill was used to start the formation of Bird Key and the first home was built. Canals were formed so most homes on this 250 acres of island would have boating access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Arvida Corporation, developers of many area communities, purchased Bird Key and began its process of building over 500 homes on the island in 1959.

Automobile access to downtown Sarasota and the beaches was possible by traveling over the John Ringling Causeway and bridge, the second of three bridges that would span the two land masses. The most current bridge that is a landmark for Sarasota was built in 2003. The roads that wind through the community are named after popular Florida birds. Many of the original homes on Bird Key have been replaced with modern mansions. Others have been updated so today Bird Key remains an exclusive luxury neighborhood, complete with a park and yacht club.

Fabulous features abound throughout this designer residence. Ideally situated just three homes in from Sarasota Bay is the home for sale at 675 Mourning Dove Drive, on one of the widest waterways in Bird Key. Offering unobstructed access to the Gulf of Mexico, the avid boater will appreciate the 100’ of bay frontage on sailboat-deep waters, newer seawall and dock with shore power, plus a 16,000-pound lift. Built in 2006, this specially-designed estate of 4,000 SqFt will impress you at every turn, featuring custom, imported finishes inside and out and priced at $6,795,000.


Over 285 homes, most with Sarasota Bay boat access on Longboat Key

592 Ranger Lane in Country Club Shores on Longboat Key
Country Club Shores - 592 Ranger Lane

The same Arvida Corporation that developed Bird Key also was responsible for the beginning of over 285 homes in Country Club Shores. While Bird Key roads are name after birds, Country Club Shores roads are named for nautical and golf terms. Many of the original homes in in this community were constructed as single level, ranch style buildings in the 1960s through five phases of development. On the south end of Longboat Key, this community is popular for its proximity to St. Armands Circle and the Publix shopping center to the north. Across Gulf of Mexico Drive is the Links on Longboat, the very popular championship golf course of the Longboat Key Club. With the exception of Bogey Lane that runs parallel to Gulf of Mexico Drive, the neighborhood is unique in that canals were formed off each street so that nearly every home has boating access to Sarasota Bay.

Wonderful waterfront value! This charming three bedroom, pool home in Country Club Shores is primed and ready to enjoy, rent or renovate at 592 Ranger Lane. Just a stone’s throw away from Sarasota’s open bay, offering deep-water dock and beach access only a sunny bike ride away. Recent updates include a brand-new seawall in 2017, adding great value to this home listed at $895,000.


Privacy and large parcel of land in Hidden Forest near shopping and recreation

4646 Hidden Forest Drive, Hidden Forest community of Sarasota
Hidden Forest - 4646 Hidden Forest Drive

Hidden Forest is a quaint community with lush foliage and larger homes in Sarasota heading toward Interstate 75. Buyer interest increased in this area, first with the building of the Mall at University Town Center just three miles away and then the many shopping plazas that line University Parkway. Homes are close enough to enjoy the many benefits of this shopping mecca, but secluded to avoid the hustle and bustle. Nathan Benderson Park, now a world-class venue for rowing championships is near the mall, and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium have plans to move most of its activities to this site. The very fine and public, Groves Golf Course, is also nearby.

The private residence at 4646 Hidden Forest Drive is perfectly situated on a one-acre parcel, surrounded by lush vegetation. Completely upgraded, inside and out, this beautiful, custom-built four-bedroom ranch home with nearly 3,500 SqFt of living space priced at $779,000 in Hidden Forest is immediately ready for the entire family to enjoy. It has a three-car attached garage and pool with a screen enclosure for relaxing or entertaining.

Please check my website often in October as I will be bringing on more new listings. Contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of these properties or if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

 

Home Showcase XXVII - New luxury listings

by Roger Pettingell

Homes deserving the luxury brand

Good range of new quality listings as we approach peak season

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo

I presented a strategy for new listings in the fall season in REALTALK™ #182 and in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune over the weekend. Now that we are approaching the “shoulder” season in which we carry more listings on the market, we are kicking into high gear. That includes four listings in the past couple of weeks that qualify as Global Luxury listings. These high quality properties appear on the Global Luxury website based on their listing price and features.


Sixth-floor listing in the luxury community of L'Ambiance

L'Ambiance #C604
415 L'Ambiance Dr, #C604, Longboat Key

On this list are three residences and one home, the first of which is L’Ambiance on the southern end of Longboat Key behind the gates of the Longboat Club Resort. This community is on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, is close to St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota, and offers high-end amenities that are relished by privileged owners. There is a full concierge service and 24 hour security with manned guard gates. Many of the 190 residences here offer striking sunrise and sunset views at every turn.

That is the case in this sixth-floor residence at 415 L'Ambiance Dr, #C604. With its nearly 3,000 SF of interior, the 3BR Sabal floor plan offers beach-to-bay living. East and west-facing terraces overlook the Gulf of Mexico, Links on Longboat golf course at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota Bay and downtown, with stunning vistas that stretch on forever. You can take advantage of the community pool, Har-Tru tennis courts or become a member of the Longboat Key Club and expand a golf membership to two championship golf course, one of which is a short walk from the L’Ambiance lobby. Call us today for this listing at $2,395,000.


Open bay access with newer boat dock in San Remo Estates

1363 Tangier Way
1363 Tangier Way in San Remo Estates

A project started in the boom years of Sarasota with John Ringling and Owen Burns at the forefront, San Remo Estates began a significant growth spurt over 30 years later in the 1950s. The 50 acres of previously submerged land would see its first development and San Remo Estates grew into an exclusive location with many waterfront homes overlooking Sarasota Bay or the harbor with direct boating access to bay. The community is conveniently located on the mainland with access to Siesta Key over the North Bridge or Sarasota a short drive to the north.

Delight in the coveted location of this 3BR waterfront home at 1363 Tangier Way in San Remo on more than a quarter-acre of lush, manicured property. This home offers views that stretch out to Sarasota Bay and is listed at $2,395,000. Originally built during the land development boom in 1956, recent upgrades include newer brick pavers, air-conditioned garage, crown molding, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, custom built-ins, master bath and hardwood flooring. it was updated with new seawall, deep-water dock and lift in 2014.


Spectacular beach and bay views at the Sanctuary on Longboat Key

535 Sanctuary Dr, #B705
535 Sanctuary Dr, #B705 on Longboat Key

Back to Longboat Key and the Sanctuary community, another set of residences behind the Longboat Key Club Resort gates with its own manned guard gates for additional security. This is a wonderful community on the sandy white beaches of the gulf with direct access to the Longboat Key Club and its fine membership amenities of fine food, golf, tennis and swimming. This community of 181 homes in five buildings has its own high-quality amenities including fitness center and clubhouse. Private elevators which you to your residence from the assigned under-building parking spaces provided below.

Enjoy spectacular sunset-to-sunrise views in this 7th-floor Sanctuary residence, offered furnished and ready for you to make it your own. The nearly 2,600 SF of this residence’s interior lives like a single-family home, with east and west-facing terraces. The open floor plan, with its living/dining room that flows to the eat-in kitchen is a wonderful entertaining space. The master and guest bedroom suites are adorned with beautiful hardwood flooring, as well as walls of glass that open to the west and east terraces. This residence at 535 Sanctuary Dr, #B705 is offered at $1,499,000.


Central location of Longboat Key, on the beach close to shopping at Veinte

Veinte 501
2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501 at Veinte

Looking for it all, consider the Veinte community. With its direct beach access and Publix shopping within a short walk, residents here enjoy many fine amenities this community built in 1979 has to offer. Veinte is close to St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota, where you can find fine dining and boutique shopping. Comprised of 20 beach homes, Veinte owners appreciate the on-site management, Gulf-side swimming pool, updated tennis courts, pickleball, under-building parking and additional storage space.

Here is your opportunity to enjoy living here in this three-bedroom, direct beachfront getaway. A few steps from the pristine shores of the Gulf of Mexico, this 5th-floor penthouse residence at Veinte is a unique chance to enjoy a beach home in a central location. This home at 2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501 is offered furnished for the value price of $1,250,000.


Wide range of price selection in more listings

Below I have included three other homes listed last week as part of 21 new listings that includes over $40 million of premium real estate. Consider the range of these luxury homes, starting at $549,000. Soon to be listed is a magnificent Bird Key home that will be available at $6.795 million. There will be something for everyone that would like to live in this special area of paradise. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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6941 Bayside Drive $995,000   Photo Slideshow
4646 Hidden Forest Drive $779,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4825 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #C503 $699,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Florida As-is and Repair Limit Contracts

by Roger Pettingell

Comparing two popular contract types

Alternatives to standard Florida home purchase and sale contracts

As-is contracts in REALTALK™ #30
REALTALK™ #30 - As-is contracts

You find a home that you want to make an offer on but notice that the seller will only accept As-Is contracts. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Or, the seller has a concept of using a repair limit. I discussed the As-is contract in my REALTALK™ #30 video and repair limit contracts last week in my REALTALK™ #181 video. These are contract tools that have advantages for the seller and the buyer.

The scenario in the as-is contract is that the seller feels the home shouldn’t require any repairs. If the seller is aware there may be required repairs that is noted on the disclosure form they may have made allowance for the repairs in the listing price. In the Longboat Key and Sarasota markets homes for sale may be a second home for a couple with their primary residence in the Midwest. In this situation they may want to sell the home as-is because they don’t want to deal with the repairs.

Lending institutions that are offering short sale or foreclosed homes for sale will often have the requirement that all offers have an As-is clause in the contract. They are not in the business of making home repairs. In any case the As-is requirement is usually noted in the realtor comments section of the listing.

Should the buyer hesitate to purchase a home As-is? To the contrary, they should accept it knowing they can decide later not to purchase the home if they find repairs they are not willing to fix themselves. A buyer will often schedule a home inspection soon after the contract is signed. This period of 10 to 15 days for the home inspection will determine if the repairs will be too costly. This can happen if the roof needs replacing, for instance.

The buyer may love the home they want to purchase. They may want to renegotiate the contract for a lower price that will cover the costs of a new home. This is where you have to check your emotions at the door. If the seller senses you are buying the home no matter what, they can hold strong on their initial contract price. If the home is a tear-down roof repairs are inconsequential. I have had home inspections in these situations for any number of reasons, maybe the buyer wants to have a good working knowledge of the utilities on the property. Some say an As-is contract offers more benefits to the buyer in that it is an easy contract to get out of before the inspection period ends.

The Midwest couple that hasn’t seen their southern home in months may want to exercise their right to place a repair limit in the contract. This is a protection from unforeseen repairs. The seller is basically stating that they are willing to make repairs up to the limit established in the contract.

Repair limit contracts
Repair limit contracts in REALTALK™ #181.

Repair limits are typically set up to one-and-a-half percent of the purchase price. The repair limit on a $500,000 home purchase contract will be set between zero and $7,500. The seller is obligated to repair a water heater that costs $500 since it is below the repair limit. However, there is no obligation for a roof replacement that is estimated to cost $30,000. This is where the fun begins.

The buyers are aware of the poor roof condition and know that it has to be repaired, if not replaced. If the roof had been leaking for a period of time there may also be a mold issue too. If the seller is unwilling to replace the roof, the buyer can walk away. The seller is going to have to fix the roof if he wants to continue listing the home, knowing the roof condition. It will certainly come up on the next inspection report, and the next one after that. The seller can issue a credit to the buyer at closing to cover the costs of a new roof. If I am representing the buyer I would also recommend a mold inspection.

We offer a pre-inspection when we list a home for sale. A certified inspector will come into the home for sale and note any conditions that will require repairs. This is a great time to be made aware of any unsatisfactory conditions. It is a great time to repair these problems before the home goes into contract. In a perfect world you would think all problems would be fixed. If all the repairs are made you may decide on an As-is contract or one with repair limits to protect yourself. Maybe the pool heater breaks in between the time of the first inspection and the inspection by the potential buyer.

We like to have a smooth process in all of our home sale transactions. As I discuss in REALTALK™ #181, I typically do not sell new homes. Older homes have a lot of appliances with limited life spans and at any time these can break down. You are not going to sell a home that does not have a working oven so it is fair to have it fixed for a smooth closing.

2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501
Veinte community - 2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501

Last week I listed a wonderful fifth-floor penthouse in the Veinte community on Longboat Key at 2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501. This three-bedroom, three bath residence is in a great location on the Gulf beach and within walking distance to the Publix Shopping Plaza. St. Armands Circle and Sarasota is a short drive where the night life is fun and the cultural arts scene is world renown. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501 $1,250,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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