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Research Your Options When Buying a Florida Home

by Olga Rodriguez 09/10/2018

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about living in Florida? Everyone has a different perception of the Sunshine State, but there are a few common themes which are often bandied about when the topic of living, visiting, or vacationing in Florida comes up.

Florida's many golf courses -- 1,042, at last count -- is one of the reasons people are attracted to the area. It has more golf courses than any other state, with top destinations located in Naples, The Villages, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Delray Beach, Bradenton, Bonita Springs, Vero Beach, and other cities around the state. If you like the idea of playing golf year round, you can't beat Florida for access to sunny weather and a wide selection of scenic golf courses -- some of which were designed by golf legends like Jack Nicklaus.

Living in Florida also affords you access to many other attractions -- not the least of which is the 600 miles or so of sandy beaches. Pretty much wherever you go in the state, you're just a short drive from the Atlantic Ocean. Some people are fortunate enough to live within walking distance. If you're thinking of buying a house in Florida (and your finances allow it), a beachfront property will provide you with unmatched luxury, beach access, and beautiful ocean vistas you can enjoy from your windows and front porch.

In addition to the availability of renowned Florida attractions, such as Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, Daytona International Speedway, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and NASA Kennedy Space Center, there's an abundance of other things to see, do, and experience. Whether you're vacationing in Florida or making it your permanent home, the opportunities for recreation and entertainment are almost unlimited.

Staying active as a Florida resident can run the gamut from bicycling, hiking, and rollerblading to swimming, boating, and fishing. If you don't own your own watercraft, there are plenty of boat tours, rentals, and sightseeing excursions offered in coastal areas -- many of which are reasonably priced.

A few words of advice: If Florida is your destination for either a year-round or seasonal home, it is absolutely essential to do some thorough research, weigh your options carefully, and choose a location based on your interests, budget, and climate preferences. If you plan to travel a lot or entertain out-of-state visitors, it would also be to your benefit to be near one of the major airports in the state.

Fortunately, there are about 20 primary, commercial service airports from which to choose. Many of Florida's major cities offer airport service, including Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando/Sanford, Panama City Beach, Pensacola, Punta Gorda, Sarasota/Bradenton, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg/ Clearwater, Tallahassee, Tampa, Valparaiso, and West Palm Beach.

If living in Florida is on your "bucket list," one of the most valuable resources in your property search will be a knowledgeable real estate agent who can help you match your lifestyle goals and budget with desirable neighborhoods and homes in your preferred area.

About the Author

Olga Rodriguez

Olga L. Rodriguez, Realtor I am a customer-service-oriented real estate agent who helps home buyers and sellers in Florida, in the cities of Miami, Kendall, Coral Gables, Hialeah, Palmetto Bay and Miami Beach. If you're looking for an agent with patience, perseverance, and a passion for helping people, you've just found her! My working experience I received my real estate license in 1986. Since that time I have worked in the real estate field both part time and full time. When raising my children I worked as a teacher and part time real estate agent. I have also worked as a real estate paralegal, and appraiser. Working as a teacher I learned the skills of patience, perseverance, and being organized. My paralegal experience allows me to efficiently explain legal documents to my clients. The knowledge that I gained from working as an appraiser allows me accurately price the homes of my sellers and advice my buyers on the price of their purchases. My love for math, negotiating, business and my passion for helping people has led to choose real estate as my preferred profession. As a realtor I can truly say, "I love my job”. What Makes Me Different from Other Agents Service: I strive to exceed my clients' expectations in all aspects of the real estate process by providing excellent customer service and effective negotiating practices. Education: Success in real estate starts with education. You have to understand the nuances of the local market, the dynamics of supply and demand, and how these things affect buyers and sellers. I make sure that my buyers and sellers are well informed at every step of the process, so they can make smart decisions. Contact: Buyers, sellers and renters have a lot of questions during their real estate transaction. I let them know what is happening every step of the way during their real estate transaction. I am available at all times and can be reached by phone, text, or email. A Smoother, Less Stressful Real Estate Experience Buying, selling or renting a home can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. That's why I work extra hard to keep my clients informed, and to make the process as smooth as possible. In my free time I enjoy traveling, visiting new cities, states and countries. I also enjoy swimming, cycling, and boating.