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April 1, 2019

Buying a Home As-Is

Buying A Florida Home As-IsBuying a Florida Home "As-is"

Buying on the “As-Is” contract is a popular way many homes are sold as opposed to, for a lack of a better term, the standard contract. Both contracts, the Florida Association of Realtors makes available to its members.

Knowing some of the major differences between the two contracts can help guide you towards which contract serves you best for the situation. My concern has always been that the "as-is" contract is overused and doesn't always serve the buying public in a way they expect. There is a way to get the best of both contracts that may not be in the best interest of the brokers involved in the contract.

Agents Want You To Think "As-Is" Protects You

The As-Is Contract is a Popular Contract The reason I understand the “as-is” is viewed with so much favor is because it gives you, the buyer, an unconditional out for just about any reason during inspection period. This can be a good thing but remember, you are going to spend both time and money having an inspection and there are no requirements for the seller to fix anything.

In practice, the general approach is that once an inspection is done, then there is a second negotiation for repairs. Now, depending on how the as-is was presented to the seller during the negotiation, you may or may not be able to get repairs or concessions from the seller.  If the seller refuses to negotiate the repair request, you are out the inspection fee as the seller is not obligated to do anything.

I think there is second reason why brokerages like as-is contracts that I’ll circle back to in a bit. You might be surprised, their reason has nothing to do with protecting your interests!

The "Standard" Contract Has Advantages

The standard contract allows for a repair limit up front. Hopefully, you and your agent have gone through the home a couple of times before...

Be Sure to Check Out our "Buying As-Is" Episode

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March 21, 2019

Selling Your Home As Is

Selling Your Home As-Is

Is it Really a Good Idea?

Selling your home as-is can actually cost you.There is a belief that selling your Florida home “AS-IS” somehow relieves you, the owner,  from the obligation to disclose any known defects. Nothing could be further from the truth!  Regardless of selling “as-is” or not, as the seller you are required to disclose any known defects about the property which also includes any liens or other issues that

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Feb. 25, 2019

Open Permits Can Cause Issues

Make Sure that Permit is Closed

When you have work done around the house

John Woodward talks Building PermitsHaving significant work done around the house for things like roofs, AC replacement or other significant repairs is probably going require a permit. Your contractor will know what is needed.  Just be sure that when the work is done, the final inspection passes and the permit is closed. It is really an easy thing to do as most counties, cities and local jurisdictions have some sort of on-line permit look up. 

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Jan. 14, 2019

Why a Buyer Agent

Florida Buyer Agent

...and Why you probably don't really have one

How an agent is working with (or for) you starts very early in the process and Florida has only two ways you can be represented. 

By default, agents work as transaction brokers which in terms of representation is an inferior form of agency. Single agency is the highest form or representation but there are some things that need to happen before you go out looking. There needs to be a formal buyer agent agreement signed along with a single agent disclosure prior to looking at a home. Its much like what sellers do when listing their home but there is a lot less paperwork.

Be Sure to See Our Buyer Agency Discussion

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Nov. 29, 2018

Bayfront Sarasota Home for Sale

Sarasota Waterfront Opportunity on The Bay

514 Pine Cone Lane, Nokomis, FL

514 Pine Cone Ln, Nokomis FL has panoramic bay views

Every once and while a property comes on the market that you wished you made a move on. After all, life in Sarasota is a bit different. Powder white sandy beaches and endless azure waters make this the place to be! Of course, they only made so much waterfront so it is one special commodity that is in demand. Beyond the high cost, there is a lifestyle to be enjoyed and memories to be made  514 Pine Cone Ln in Nokomis could be that special property that you could call home. With 150 feet of top-shelf panoramic views of Lyons Bay that you might expect to be into the seven-figure price range. The possibilities are truly endless.

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Oct. 9, 2018

Sold in Turtle Rock

Sold (again) in Turtle Rock

8207 Nice Way, Sarasota

8207 Nice Way Sold by John Woodward of Sarasota Real Estate GroupJohn Woodward of Sarasota Real Estate Group just sold 8207 Nice Way in the Turtle Rock subdivision in Palmer Ranch. Listed for $469,000 and sold for $439,000 representing almost 7% off asking or $30,000. The Turtle Rock market is averaging 4% off asking price. Once again, John Woodward's team was able to beat the market average for these buyers by 3% or about $

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Sept. 12, 2018

Just Listed Pool Home in Venice

Just Listed - Venice Pool Home

1007 River Oaks Ct, Venice FL

What a rare find within the Jacaranda West golf community of Venice Gardens. A double master suite home with a beautiful large pool. Located 10 minutes to downtown Venice shopping, dining, boating, fishing and of course the world class beaches Sarasota County is known for. Amenities like these are just part of the daily lifestyle we all enjoy.  This home is located in

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Aug. 21, 2018

Just Listed in Greenbrook Village

Reduced in Greenbrook Village!

This home is no longer available

14124 Nighthawk Terrace, Lakewood Ranch, FL
MLS A4411952

Wonderful lakefront four bedroom, two full bath split-plan model with stunning direct lake views14124 Nighthawk Terrace, Lakewood Ranch FL from just about every room in the home with nearly 2,100 sq.ft. Meticulously maintained for the next owners to move right in. Fresh paint, bedroom carpet, and stylish tile and wood floors throughout. Featuring a formal living and dining room, there will be many happy times spent in the

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June 20, 2018

Sold on Siesta Key

John Woodward Sells Another
Siesta Key Home

Sea Village on Siesta Key

Sold on Siesta Key by John Woodward of Sarasota Real Estate GroupSiesta Key condos are all about the view and the new owners are thrilled with their new Sea Village condo. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Big pass, there is just something soothing about watching the ships pass by and the breaking waves from the upper floor balcony. A rare commodity to be found is the spaciousness and green space between the low-rise buildings. Even with the sprawling space found at Sea Village, it is just a five minute walk to all the activities that can be found at Siesta Key Village.

I finally decided we needed a buyer’s agent and contacted John. Best decision I ever made. John is so professional, organized and thorough.  With his help we found the perfect property for us and made the process of buying a breeze

Siesta Key Beach is known for endless white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. It is no wonder it ranks as one ofThe Sea Village Pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on Siesta Key, FL the top beaches in the US year after year. There are opportunities for investment properties as well seasonal or full time residents. They aren’t making beaches like this anymore which continues to make Siesta Key a solid choice for real estate. We know how to make it happen for you and can help finding that special place to call home!

Sarasota is just a few minutes away across one of the two bridges and has been ranked as one of the top 10 destinations to live, retire, and vacation. There are enough theater, restaurant, and cultural choices that can fill a lifetime. From the top rated John & Mable Ringling Museum, Marie Sable Botanical Gardens, to golf, boating and beach opportunities, it is hard to go wrong in Sarasota.

Sitting here overlooking the beautiful waters of Siesta Key probably would not have happened without John’s real estate knowledge and expertise

John Woodward sells Siesta Key FL

If it is time, we offer expertise with the Sarasota and surrounding real estate market. Over 30 years of experience makes and difference. We offer true buyer representation vs. the limited representation of transactional brokerage most office offer. We see the results every day and your bottom line will love it!

See you on Siesta!

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March 26, 2018

Prestancia Villa

Palmer Ranch Maintenance Free Villa

Meticulously Maintained Sarasota Home in Mara Villa II

Home in Prestancia and the renowned TPC Prestancia golf course. Located in Mara Villa in Sarasota Florida, style and elegance flow from wall to wall in this rarely offered double master suite maintenance free villa.  Tucked behind the secure gates of Prestancia , the community of Mara Villa II is set between open fairways and soothing lakes.  Here you will find tile roofs, lush landscaping, and impeccable design afforded all residents a tropical resort like surroundings. This is a special place you can call home today! 

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