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Block Or Frame Homes
In my humble opinion there is no comparison and you will find that a home constructed of concrete block will cost more than a similar frame home. Insurance companies do not like framed (stick built) constructed homes and windstorm policies will cost more, significantly more in many instances.
That being said there are older frame constructed homes that have either a quality stucco finish, or a concrete based siding material like a "Hardie Board" along with a highly rated roof complete with tie downs up to the current code and impact windows that will survive a storm better than an older CBS home without proper storm protection.
Always get a termite inspection for any home, whether block or frame---Termites, if not discovered in your purchase, may be discovered in your sale---and then the costs just skyrocket.
There are far more homes built with concrete block in Sarasota/SW Florida, and you will not find too many frame homes on the market; maybe 15%+/- of the entire market.
Good builders are producing newly constructed multi-million dollars homes on the intracoastal and Gulf/Bays, but builders are still framing the 2nd level.
FYI--- but if I were the buyer, I would look at block to 2nd and third floor and a good builder. Resale and insurance is your friend or enemy based upon your purchase.
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