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Tips for Buying Real Estate in Florida: Research and Inspect

Aug 17, 2007
Florida real estate is a rewarding investment option, but a buyer ought to follow some basic guidelines to avoid any problems. Some tips and suggestions are offered below:

. Decide your budget.

. Find out about the available finance options, the fixed rate, floating rate, adjustable rate and mortgage contract.

. Fixed rate of interest- the rate of interest remains fixed over the term of loan.

. Adjustable rate of interest- rate of interest changes at the end of an adjustable period.

. Seller financing- is a mortgage contract between the seller and the buyer.

. It is advised not to approve payment of private mortgage insurance. Private mortgage insurance is an insurance amount to be paid every month. This is less than 20% of the amount of down payment.

. Get the approval of a bank for mortgage.

. Put forth your preferences and research the options. There are various types of investment properties in Florida, like single-family homes, condominiums, penthouses and pre-construction properties. Decide on your requirements and make a choice.

. Research over the net to compare the properties available. Compare their rates to reach the one that matches the budget.

. Study the trend of cost of the properties in and around the chosen area.

. Reach out to the residents in the area for their opinion on educational facilities, crime rate and other important issues. All the relevant and important information could be got from the neighbors.

. Always consider the prospects of re-sale of the property chosen before striking a deal.

. Get a thorough inspection of the property done.

. Professional contractors can be hired to inspect the property better.

. It is advised to accompany the professional contractors during the inspection. Carry a notebook and a pen to jot down important points, if any. You may need to discuss serious concerns with the seller.

. Get all your doubts cleared. Enquire about the materials used in construction. If it is a second-hand property, question everything on the durability, quality and reason for sale.

. Make sure there are no pests, rodents or insects present on or in the property.

. Chose a real estate agent to handle details.

. Learn all the legal clauses involved in buying a property. It is better to hire an attorney to understand the contract and help you with the deal.

- Some common contract terms are: approvals, earnest money deposits, tax-pro rations and contingencies.

- Approvals- means the period of contract. It is during this period that buyers and sellers approve or cancel a contract.

- Earnest money deposits- money given to the seller as a token of good luck when two parties sign a deal.

- Tax-pro rations- credit issued for property taxes that are not paid.

- Contingencies- a legal term that refers to the completion of certain activities during contract period.

It is advisable to discuss everything in detail with the seller of the property and try to negotiate as much as possible. Leave no room for doubts.
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