Connie Belmont, Sarasota real estate agent
Connie Belmont, Sarasota Realtor
For Sarasota Florida Real Estate Excellence
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Sarasota realtor, Connie Belmont
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Are You Ready To Buy A Home

How does buying a Sarasota Home Compare with Renting ?

    The two aren't really comparable. The advantage of renting is being free of most maintenance responsibilities and costs. But by renting, you lose the chance to build equity in a Sarasota real estate property, take advantage of tax benefits, and protect against rent increases.You may not be free to decorate a rental without permission or like having your neighbor live "on the other side of the wall."

    Owning a Sarasota Florida home, especially a luxury home, has many benefits. When you make a mortgage payment, you are building equity. And that's an investment. Owning a piece of Sarasota real estate also provides income tax deductions for interest and property taxes that help you handle the added financial responsibilities; homeowner insurance, real estate taxes, and upkeep. But given the freedom, stability, and security of owning your own home, most families agree that it is worth it.

Are you ready to own a home ?

    Start by asking yourself some questions:

  • Do you have a steady source of income (usually a job)?
  • Have you been employed on a regular basis for the last 2-3 years? Is your current income reliable?
  • Do you have a good record of paying our bills and paying them on time ?
  • Do you have relatively few outstanding long-term debts, like car payments or college loans ?
  • If this your first home, have you saved money for a down payment or will someone give it to you as a "gift"?
  • Do you have the ability and the commitment to make a mortgage payment every month and cover the additional costs of home ownership ?

    If you can answer "yes" to all of these questions, you are probably ready to consider buying a home of your own.

How do we get started ?

    Then, there are some more questions to ask yourself and some priorities you need to establish:

  • How much can home we really afford ?   A bank or Sarasota mortgage company can help you answer this question.
  • How much space do we need (or want)?
  • Are there specific areas of Sarasota that we prefer ?
  • Remember that there's a relationship beween an area's attractiveness and it's affordability
  • How many bedrooms and baths do you really need vs. want ?
  • What other amenities are important to you ?
  • How big a lot of land would you like ?
  • Should your home be close to schools, your job(s), or public transportation ?

    Answer these questions at two levels - a minimum set of requirements and a second "wish list"

    Your minimum requirements are those things that a house must have for you to consider it, while your "wish list" covers things that you'd like to have but aren't really "essential."

    After you've answered these questions, start doing some casual research. Talk to friends and family, drive through Sarasota neighborhoods, check the "arasota real esrate for sale section of the newspaper. And the ooner the better, find a Realtor® you feel comfortable delaing with. He will be an important part of your home search.

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    OK, it's time to start looking for your Sarsota home. Be prepared to see homes that look appealing outside but inside you really don't like them at all.. There is the perfect home on the Sarasota real estate market for you and your family out there. If you're persistent and working with a Realtor, you'll find it. And, it will be worth the effort as you fulfill the "American Dream" of owning a Sarasota home of your own.

Information in this article has been drawn from various sources and while it is thought to be accurate and timely, it is not warranted.
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Connie Belmont,  Sarasota Real Estate Agent

Rampart Homes of Sarasota Florida
4401-E Ashton Road,  Sarasota, Florida  34233
Cell Phone  941.228.9682       E-Mail:
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