“Nothing is certain but death and taxes,” is a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin. What he didn’t know at that period of time, was that he could of added “homes for sale” to the end, because it is true. There are always an abundance of homes for sale, no matter what neighborhood.
In South Florida, it is most certainly true. Whether you are looking for a retirement condo near the beach, or a family home in the suburbs, there are so many homes for sale in south Florida. Now, there may not be a yellow house with the white picket fence in front on the block you want, but with a little ingenuity and forethought, you can find the potential home of your dreams.
Even though our economic times are still tough and you may have less than perfect credit, home ownership is still possible. Someone experienced in the field can help guide you and help you find what you can afford and that suits you and your family.
Once you decide where your home should be, in West Palm Beach or Ft. Lauderdale and what neighborhood is right for your family, then you and your realtor can get to work. You will need to know what you can afford on an ongoing basis to keep up with your mortgage and other living expenses.
When you find something in your neighborhood, see not only how it is now, but its potential. Perhaps it has two bedrooms, but you are thinking of starting a family. Think about whether there is room to add on. If it is not the color you like, it can always be painted. In other words, think outside of the box. If it is where you want, what you can afford and something that fits you now, then think about its potential for the future, too.
Location is the number one word in real estate. Not only do you need to find a good location for you, but in general, a safe neighborhood with good schools and good city services is important. And, although you may hope this will be your home to stay for years to come, you must always consider whether it would be easy to resell. If you buy it, and for some reason have to sell in a few years or later, does it have basic resale features. It is in a good location, but some other basics include more than one bath, a good long-life roof, and a good air conditioning in South Florida are all important.
Investing in a home is one of, if not the largest investment you may have in your lifetime. You should not take it lightly. You want to purchase a good, well-built home in the right neighborhood, that suits you and your family for several years to come. With so many homes for sale, work with the right professional that has the time to spend with you shopping around for just the right home of your choice.