Anna Maria Island real estate is very complicated. Three cities with different zoning as well as rules and regulations is a strong start. Not to mention vacation rental registration requirements vary in each city as well as their inspection criteria. Follow that up with Coastal Construction lines to be concerned with, riparian rights as well as rentability and it creates an equation for a disaster if a buyer tries to go it alone. An Anna Maria Island property is too large of an asset to risk not finding the right real estate professional to help with your once in a lifetime purchase. Of course this is where I would provide a “plug” for Island Real Estate sales professionals as we only have full time sales professionals in our office. While the rest of Anna Maria Island in recent years has doubled their sales staff. Over the last decade Island Real Estate has only added two full time sales professionals that combined have sold real estate ON Anna Maria Island for more than 40 years. I have heard too many horror stories of buyers using a friend or friend of a friend that truly is a weekend warrior. A Sarasota or Tampa real estate professional will be hard pressed to understand the zoning and rentability requirements for Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach as well as Bradenton Beach. It is just next to impossible to keep up with multiple areas and city rules and regulations. I do however recognize there are great real estate professionals in other organizations on Anna Maria Island. For real estate professionals outside of Island Real Estate be sure to use my supplied questions below to help you make sure you have found one of the “good one’s.” Check out below.
A) Is their office located on Anna Maria Island? If the answer is “no” then move on and there are no further questions to be asked. There are way too many changes occuring and the office HAS to be local to keep up with all three cities.
B) How many Anna Maria Island listings does the individual have currently or in the past? If in the last two-three years you cannot find at least 10 listings ON Anna Maria Island then MOVE ON.
C) Use some of the zoning information I have provided in my Holmes Beach or Anna Maria City rental posts and ask the real estate sales professional specific questions on rentability of zones in the City you plan to purchase in. All FULL TIME local sales professionals should be aware of at least two of the three zones you ask about.
D) Ask if there are any occupancy restrictions in Anna Maria or Holmes Beach? If you wanted to rent out to 16 people is that allowed? If the sales person answers “no problem” without caveats then RUN and run FAST, that is away.
I am always happy to help answer questions you may have about Anna Maria Island real estate. Feel free to email or give me a call on my direct line. (Larry@IslandReal.com) or (941) 345-1288. I pre-apologize it can sometimes take 48 hours to return calls as well as emails but I am happy to help with questions you may have.
I hope the questions above help to find the right sales professional for your Anna Maria Island real estate search. Anna Maria Island real property can be extremely complicated and don’t leave your large asset purchase up for chance. Good luck and happy hunting!