Tips To Help You Avoid Buying The Wrong Florida Home
Buying a home can be an exciting and sometimes stressful time. You may find a Florida home you absolutely love but the price is too high. Or perhaps it’s in a not so great neighborhood or is in a bad school district. It’s easy to let your emotions get the better of you.
What you need to remember is that there will always be other homes. And many times you’ll find an even better home than the one you thought you just couldn’t live without! The best way to avoid buying a money pit or a home that really doesn’t suit all your needs or your budget is to keep your emotions out of the equation. Below are a few things you can do to help avoid making a home buying mistake.
1. Visit the Florida home at different times of the day. You may find that the nice quiet home you found is extremely noisy during the morning and evening rush hours. Additionally, the traffic during those time may not allow you to easily get across a busy street or intersection. You may also find that the school across the street seems like a great thing; however, the noise throughout the day from the playground may be more than you bargained for.
2. Check the Florida local newspaper archives and talk with as many neighbors as you can to determine how safe the neighborhood is and if there are any zoning issues, etc. You want to make sure it’s the type of place you want to raise your family. Additionally, it may be a neighborhood full of singles or seniors and if you have children, that may not be an ideal living environment.
3. Ask the seller to provide you with receipts of any work that has been completed. If they tell you the home was recently painted and then show you a receipt for $800, then you’ll know that cheap materials were probably used and a repaint will more than likely be needed sooner than you expected.
4. Have the seller provide you with a year’s worth of utility bills. If the home has lots of windows and high ceilings, etc. the monthly utility bill may push you way over what you can afford to pay each month.
5. Make sure you drive through not only your proposed neighborhood but everything within a three mile radius. Your proposed neighborhood and the surrounding streets may be absolutely perfect but there may be a dilapidated or not so great neighborhood just a few miles away that could potentially pose a problem for your neighborhood. And what if you have to drive through that not so great area on a daily basis to get where you need to go?
Talk with Bold Real Estate Group and experienced Real Estate Agents about the home and neighborhood you’re considering. A Real Estate Agent knows the local neighborhoods very well and will be able to guide you in the right direction. He will also be able to make recommendations based on his experience. The only thing you need to remember is to never buy a house based on your emotions and to use your Real Estate Agent’s knowledge and experience to help you make the right decision.
If you’re thinking about moving to Florida, contact Bold Real Estate Group currently servicing the neighborhoods of Port St Lucie, Palm City, Stuart, Vero Beach, Palm Beach. Give us your list of “must haves” and anything else you’d like in your new home. Bold Real Estate Group and experienced team of Real Estate Agents are very familiar with the local neighborhoods and will be able to help you find a suitable home for you and your family. He will also provide you with a complimentary comparative market analysis of your neighborhood and a list of available homes that meet your criteria.
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About the Author: Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida. Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group in Stuart. A boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties. Millie is fluent in English and Spanish with a strong network of real estate professionals worldwide. Other post by Millie Gil
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