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First-Time Homebuyer Tips: Locate the Perfect Florida Home

by Hector Zapata PA 08/27/2019

For those who want to enjoy beautiful weather year-round, Florida is an ideal place to call home. Lucky for you, there are many wonderful houses available in the Sunshine State – you just need to know where to look.

So what does it take to streamline the process of acquiring a Florida residence? Here are three tips that every Florida homebuyer needs to know.

1. Study the Florida Housing Market Closely

The Florida housing market has its ups and downs. As such, a first-time homebuyer should analyze the Sunshine State real estate sector closely to identify both opportunities and challenges.

For example, a homebuyer who notices an abundance of Florida homes and a shortage of homebuyers may be preparing to operate in a buyer's market. And in a buyer's market, a homebuyer may be better equipped than ever before to acquire a top-notch Florida residence at a budget-friendly price.

On the other hand, a Florida homebuyer who finds that houses are selling quickly should be prepared to act fast to acquire his or her dream house. If a Florida homebuyer discover the perfect house in this market, he or she should not wait to submit a competitive offer; otherwise, this property buyer could miss out on the opportunity to acquire his or her ideal residence.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

When it comes to pursuing a Florida residence for the first time, it certainly won't hurt to get pre-approved for a mortgage.

With a mortgage in hand, a homebuyer will understand how much money that he or she can spend on a house. Then, this property buyer can narrow his or her Florida home search accordingly.

Furthermore, it usually doesn't take long to get pre-approved for a mortgage.

To gain pre-approval for a mortgage, a homebuyer should meet with a variety of banks and credit unions. That way, this homebuyer can evaluate a wide range of mortgage options and select a mortgage that matches or exceeds his or expectations.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a housing market expert, and as a result, is happy to help a first-time homebuyer discover the perfect Florida home in no time at all.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings, keep a homebuyer informed about new residences as they become available and provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will negotiate with a home seller on a buyer's behalf, guaranteeing a buyer can minimize stress as he or she navigates the property buying journey.

Let's not forget about a real estate agent's industry experience, either. A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market and can provide immediate answers to any Florida homebuying questions, at any time.

Take the guesswork out of buying a Florida residence – use the aforementioned tips, and a first-time home seller can move one step closer to acquiring a stellar Florida residence at an unbeatable price.

About the Author

Hector Zapata PA

Hector was born in Colombia, and has called South Florida home for 18 years. He is an Industrial Engineer by trade specialized in Cost Control, Production Planning, and Plant Design. Prior to moving to South Florida, Hector worked for 13 years as a Plant and General Manager in the Graphics and Publishing Industries in Bogota, Colombia. When Hector moved to the United States in 2001, he decided to become a PGA Golf Pro, and created his own business in the Golf Industry as a competitive player, and teaching pro. He was the founder and director of Bonaventure Golf Academy for ten years. In his nearly 15 years of experience as a Golf professional and Instructor in South Florida, he has been asked by many customers looking to purchase a home on a golf course his opinion about the best Golf Communities in South Florida. He became a full time realtor in order to better serve his customers, and help them as well as all golf enthusiasts find the home of their dreams. Hector is highly recognized for his personalized service, ethics and professionalism in the Golf industry, and his goal is to provide extraordinary service to his Real Estate customers and friends too! Hector is specializing in Golf communities and Luxury properties in South Florida. 

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