FINDING A NEW-BUILD HOME IN FLORIDA
Deciding on the floor plan, décor, thinking about buying new furniture, and adding the “finishing touches” to make it your own is a tremendously enjoyable experience for most people.
Before getting to that stage, however, you will probably have to visit a few different developments to pick the one that’s right for you. But how do you go about finding the right one in the first place?
- Decide on the general area in Florida: do you want to be close to the Florida coast or is a location close to the Disney theme parks more attractive?
- Should you do Research on-line? a huge amount of information is available but take care – much of it is out of date. However, try the builders’ web sites for maps showing new home developments, base prices and property specifications. Vacation homeowners web sites (e.g. http://www.top-forums.com), local newspapers (e.g. http://www.orlandosentinel.com) and UK property exhibitions are additional resources. We are happy to help you zero in on which builders have the best reputation, as well as which ones have new communities in the works that my not have hit the internet yet.
- Decide if you want to work with a Realtor or go it alone: you may find it simpler to use the services of a Realtor located in the area you plan to buy in. We’ve listed several advantages to using a Realtor (click here), but make sure that you find one who is prepared to understand and respect your requirements, and that has at least 5 years experience as a buyer’s agent. There is a huge benefit to someone that has worked with buyers rather than sellers. We can explain more when we chat. Some buyers prefer the independent approach, although there are risks in making the wrong decisions due to inadequate knowledge or experience.
- Visit the Florida new build sites and decide which development is best for you. Looking at the show homes is great fun as not only will you be able to see different floor plans, but you will also get some ideas for decorating your own home.
Click here: New Construction for information about buying new homes in Florida.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:
Very excited by our new purchase and cannot thank you enough. You were such a help through very unfamiliar territory. Would be more than happy to act as a reference any time.
G.K., Kent, UK
You helped us from start to finish and beyond . . . from finding and choosing the plot through to furnishing the house and helping to set up the utilities once we had closed on the home – a “one-stop shop”. You made it all so smooth and trouble free for us. We were so far away in the U.K. . . . I don’t know how anyone does this without your help.
B.R., Derby, UK
Chris helped me to build my real estate holding from 0 to 5 homes worth almost $1 million dollars in just over 3 years, including 3 Disney Orlando Vacation homes. All were sold for a profit, which I give credit to Chris, who knows the Florida Real Estate market so well.
Anne S. Orlando
It looks so easy from the Internet sites. And some other Realtors play down exactly what is involved. What Colin showed us and what he did meant that we were kept informed at every stage. He made sure that we knew what we needed at each stage, from buying through to setting up the home and managing it the most effectively. We want to thank him for everything.
V.B., Exeter, UK
We just want to say how much we value the work that Colin did for us. His advice helped us to avoid what could have been some big mistakes and he showed us how to find the place we were looking for – or rather, the home that best fitted our plans both now and in the future. It’s amazing, looking back, how much Colin’s challenge to our preconceptions changed our thinking. I’m delighted both that we were referred to him and that he continues to give us support when we require it.
R.H., Oxford, UK