The Quick Guide to Moving to Florida
Florida is home to some of the worlds nicest beaches, warmest weather, and popular theme parks. In fact Delray Beach has been nicknamed "Village By The Sea". It’s no wonder that so many people are choosing to move here. If you’re thinking about making Florida your new home, here are a few tips to consider.
1) Decide Where in Florida You'd Like to Live
First of all, you have to realize that Florida covers 67,755 square miles, so you'll have to decide where in the state you would like to live. You can choose to live on the East Coast, enjoy the beaches on the Gulf Coast or you might prefer to live further inland. Do your research so that you can choose the area that appeals to you the most.
2) Look at All of Your Housing Options
Even though the average cost of rent is higher in Florida than in many states, moving to Florida doesn't have to be exorbitantly expensive. In fact, there are housing options for just about every budget. Also don't forget that the higher rents come with extra selling points, such as prime location, newer units and more modern and expansive amenities.
You can choose to live in the city or you can look for a home that is near the beach. You might want a single-family home or a nice condo, which would allow you to enjoy Florida living without all of the home maintenance responsibilities of owning a single-family home. There are also nice 55+ communities that have tons of activities and services; these are particularly popular among retirees who like to have things to do but who are also looking for affordable housing.
Along with looking for the right housing option, make sure that you are aware of all of the programs that can help you make it possible to purchase your home. For example, you may want to look into VA loans or first-time homebuyer programs. According to one VA loan provider, you can save around $165 per month on a Florida home if you qualify for a VA loan.
3) Be Prepared for the Weather
Of course, Florida is known as the Sunshine State, so you shouldn't be surprised to know that temperatures are pretty hot for much of the year. As a result the windy rain storms are also pretty crazy, often a person can get soaked just walking steps to their car, and that is WITH an umbrella! What might surprise you, however, is the humidity, so make sure that you are prepared for sticky summers. Additionally, it's smart to learn a little more about hurricanes and how they have affected Florida over the years so that you will be as prepared as possible to deal with the tropical weather. Most people who have lived in Florida for awhile are used to the weather swings, in fact a popular saying in South Florida is "if you don't like the weather, wait a minute".
Wherever you choose to live the best way to find the right home is to speak to a local Realtor. The population has grown so much and so rapidly that there are many housing options and an experienced real estate agent will guide you through, saving you lots of time, money and frustrations.
If you are looking for Boca Raton Condo, a Delray Beach single family home, or your dream beach condo, I can help. Contact me today at 561.251.2120, or start your search by checking out my MLS search page.
Welcome to the Sunshine State!