When looking to purchasing a home in South Florida there are so many factors that go into your final decision. But this ONE THING is by far, the most important. Without this, you may find yourself in a house you refuse to call home. This one key factor is not to be taken lightly or overlooked in any way.
It is Location. (Or shall we say… location, location, location.)
Why is location so important? For one, your home is quite a long-term investment and once you’ve chosen the location… you’re stuck with it. Now, by location we’re not necessarily referring to which city you’ve chosen – Though our highest recommendation is Jupiter, Florida. The importance of location is in its proximity to the things you do most frequently, its personality, and of course safety. So important, in fact, that it is better to buy a “bad” home in a “great” neighborhood, than it is to buy a “great” home in a “bad” neighborhood. A fixer-upper in a great location can actually be an ideal investment.
How close are you to the things that matter most? There are so many things you may take for granite until you are too far away to visit them frequently. The obvious consideration is to be sure you are close to work and school. If you are willing to travel a little farther than average to these locations, just be sure you’ve thought through your prospective daily routine. All of your usual lifestyle pleasures such as entertainment, shopping, and dining should be a comfortable distance. For home owners with children, it can be a huge benefit to remain close to family and friends so there is a support system there for you children. This can be as simple as dropping of the kids to grandma’s date night, or having a family member pick them up from school for you. And of course during holidays and birthdays and every special moment in between having loved ones nearby is a great asset.
What is the personality of the neighborhood? Be sure the neighborhood is one you feel comfortable in. In many cases neighbors can become good friends when the personality of the community is positive. Many communities feature clubhouses or fully featured club memberships that allow you to engage socially in the community restaurant, clubhouse, or gym on a regular basis.
You also want to ensure your property has the features you desire. Popular property features in Florida include waterfront or Intracoastal views, golf course homes, and equestrian properties.
Feeling safe in your neighborhood is of the utmost importance. When residents feel safe they are comfortable when walking or enjoying their entire community outdoors. In many cases, there is a neighborhood watch association which meets frequently to discuss safety measures. None the less checking out the crime rate and related statistics would be beneficial before moving in.
When choosing the ideal location, it is inevitable that your financing will do some of the choosing for your, but with a
good great realtor you will be able to get the most for your money. Don’t be afraid to set your sights on a location that meets your specific needs. If you love baseball and you simply must be near Roger Dean Stadium, that’s possible. If the school grade within the area is your deciding factor we can cater to those needs also. Whatever your preference, be sure to take your time with your realtor and to ensure you find the perfect home.