It seems like everyone in South Florida comes from somewhere else. Recently, the tri-county area eclipsed 6 million residents with many of these people coming from other parts of the country or the world. We are proud that our home is a bustling, burgeoning place. Many people need advice on how to buy a home, which is where we step in. Check out these tips on how to purchase a home down here.
You Are Probably Going to Need a Realtor
The internet is useful for many wonderful things. A surge of reality based websites have come onto the scene in a big way, with Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com leading the pack. We understand the temptation to go it alone, but that might not be the best choice. Realtors are more knowledgeable about the neighborhoods and suburbs of the city, and prices you might be able to get. They can be your point men on tax and insurance information, as well as the legal side of the purchase.
When you get a realtor, it is important to keep a few things in mind. People say that they want a bulldog who can lower the price or a whiz who knows all the facts. A realtor should listen more than they talk, and knows what they do not know. If someone claims to have all the answers, they are probably not telling the whole truth.
Prices May Shock You
We understand that there are many parts of the country where the cost of property and homes have not risen substantially since the Louisiana Purchase. You will find that this is not the case in South Florida. Miami is an incredibly desirable location, and you may have to look for a home that is slightly smaller than you would otherwise be able to get.
The elements of South Florida are fairly unique. There is a very good shot that the conditions down here are not like where you are from. Since this is the case, you might need to look for different possible defects. You will need to do a roof inspection, a build to code inspection, a wind mitigation inspection, and a check for termites should be completed. Air conditioning is an absolute must in this neck of the woods, and moisture gets absolutely everywhere. You ought to be prepared for this.
Miami Hurricanes Are Not Just a Football Team
We are right in the middle of the crosshairs for many different storms, and you should be prepared for that. If a house has storm shutters or the doors are reinforced, you are in a better place. Should this not be the case, read up on how to protect yourself and your family when the worst befalls you.
Check the Schools
If you have kids, this is an absolute must. Certain areas of the city have schools which are safe, good, and will prepare your kids for the future. Others do not provide the same learning environment. Miami has quite a few magnet schools, and it may be worth looking into to see if you can get your child into one of those. In any case, check the zoning of where you will be moving to.
If you have any questions about moving to Miami, do not hesitate to contact us. We have been in Miami for a very long time. You will be grooving with Joe’s Moving.