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How to Buy a Home in Florida?

Sep 12, 2008
Florida is one of the most prime locations to buy a property, commercial or residential. More and more people are relocating to Florida because of the awesome weather and great people.

Since buying a home in Florida can be quite pricey because of the prime location, it's best to get all the help you can get in to make sure that you will get your money's worth.

Here are some methods you have to remember when it comes to buying a home in Florida:

1. Buying from an owner board

This is not advisable if you are not a resident a Florida and not well-acquainted with the neighborhood where the house is. The owners of the property might jack up the price once they find out that you are not familiar with their area. They also might not tell you if there are pitfalls in buying a property in their area.

2. Buying straight from the developer

Remember one thing: real estate agents represent the developer of the property, and they are not exactly the one to trust regarding your best interests. So make sure that you get a reputable one. Before buying a home in Florida, it will help if you ask your friends in the area for recommendations.

3. Consulting a guide book

Guide books can be helpful when it comes to finding a great piece of property, but there might be pitfalls. Make sure that the guide book you're holding is updated; there are some that are not revised regularly, so some information can be already outdated or inaccurate.

4. Buying based on newspaper or magazine advertisements

Buying a home in Florida based on advertisements may be easy. Ads look good, but you can't guarantee if the property will look as good in real life compared to the picture in the glossy ad. Again, choose your publication. Make sure that the newspaper or magazine you're holding is reputable. Even then, you should ask for a professional's advice regarding the market value of the property.

5. Choosing on property exhibitions

Expect that developers will put their best foot forward during exhibitions: colorful stands, stylish booths, smartly-dressed salespeople. Every offer can be enticing, so be mindful when browsing through the properties that they offer. Make sure that the salespeople are licensed agents in the State of Florida. Take note of the marketing strategies of the salespeople - are they just all talk or they do know what they are talking about? There are some salespeople who will talk a great deal about the area and the properties that they sell, but they actually haven't been to Florida.

6. DIY

You might think, "With all the potential pitfalls on the methods above, why not do the hunting myself?" It's not exactly a good idea. Setting off on your own when it comes to buying a home in Florida, especially if you're a foreigner, is like walking on the road with blindfolds. Buying without the advice of a reputable agent may prove costly in the future.
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The article is written by A.Wichai. You can visit the following website for more useful information at Florida Vacation Home .: http://www.HomeVacationFlorida.com
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