Should I worry about sinkholes?

When you read about real estate in Florida, there are lots of things that make you well up in fear. Alligators, Bugs, Hurricanes, and Sinkholes, oh my!. One of the good things about the Sarasota/Bradenton Area is that you don't have much to worry about. Below is a map of the sinkholes in Florida. Notice how few there are below Tampa. Feel better? Regarding Hurricanes, Harold Bubil writes in the Bradenton

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Typical Closing Costs for Buyers

There are a lot of fees that will be assessed before and during a closing.  These fees could be paid by either the Buyer or Seller, depending on prior negotiations or state law requirements, but typically most of it is paid by the Buyer.  Following is a representation of most of the fees charged in connection with purchasing property, but it is not a meant to be considered a comprehensive

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Property Taxes

Property Tax Information Provided by Dianne Johns, Remax Agent with “Team Richard Capps”  What is ad valorem taxation? Ad valorem means according to value. Ad valorem taxation is a tax based on the value of your property and is governed by Florida Law. The tax is determined by multiplying your property's taxable value by a tax rate (millage), which is set by the taxing authorities. The revenues generated are used to

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SAD – When moving might save your life

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year. You may have SAD if you felt depressed during the last two winters but felt much better in spring and summer. Anyone can get SAD, but it’s more common in: Women. People who live far from the equator, where winter daylight hours are very short. People between the ages of 15 and 55. The

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I made the move

My wife and I vacationed in Florida for many years. In fact, it seemed a necessity because every year the winters would get longer in New York, and the dread of the dark and cold days, the winter storms, and the inability to live outside would wreak havoc on my wife's immune system and mental well-being. So year after year we would plan a getaway to the warmth of the

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