When you are beginning your home search, a strategy is one of the best tools you can have. Organization is key and your realtor will this as well, since it will keep you focused towards your goals, and keep you on the right financial track. There are a number of items to outline before you meet with your realtor as well, and we recommend a checklist. Identify your budget, list your non-negotiables, your timeframe for the purchase, preferred location, and items that are necessary for the future as well. Organize all of these items in a binder or file system, once you start to go on showings you can organize the listings here, as well as refer back to what you originally set out to achieve if you lose focus.
If you are financing a home, we recommend that you obtain pre-qualification letter from your preferred lender. This will outline your budget. Further, when you communicate this to your realtor, they will not lead you in directions that are outside your budget. Within your file or binder, keep all your documents together, so you have access to them when you have come to a decision. When you are deciding on location, make sure you plan for the future. If you are looking to start a family, make sure you know about the school system. If you are downsizing or purchasing a vacation property, check the resources around the area, should you choose to have a car. There are areas in Fort Lauderdale that are perfectly walkable without a car. The time frame is also a vital element. If you are looking to purchase a distressed property, you will have to allow for extra time, since the banks are slow to release properties, whereas, if you buy in cash the transactions run much faster. Having this criteria organized helps us find you the perfect property. Fort Lauderdale has incredible single family homes as well as condominiums, whether you are beginning a family or looking for a beach home, contact either Peter Barkin at 954.675.6656, or Mark Gilman at 954.557.8777.