Category: Home Buying

Post Occupancy in Florida – Pitfalls Buyers Should Know About

After closing, you start moving your stuff in and getting ready to spend the first night in your new home…right? Not always. Sometimes sellers need to stay in their home for a bit longer after closing. This is called post-occupancy. A post-occupancy agreement might be part of the initial contract, or it’s negotiated after the…

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Final Walk-Through When Sellers Haven’t Moved Out

Should I Perform a Final Walk-Through When the Sellers Haven’t Moved Out Yet? Final walk-throughs are a must, regardless of whether the seller has moved out yet or not. You need to confirm that the home is in the same condition as it was when you made your offer. And, you need to confirm that…

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Earnest Money Deposit vs Down Payment

When buying a home, you’re sure to hear a number of new terms from your lender and your realtor. Two important ones to make note of are the down payment and earnest money deposit. Both involve cash that you’ve saved up to put toward the purchase of your home. You can think of a down…

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What is a Seller’s Property Disclosure?

In Florida, sellers must disclose any conditions or facts about the house or property they are selling that impact its value or desirability. The seller’s property disclosure is a form used for sellers to disclose all material information about the home they are selling. In Florida, sellers must disclose any conditions or facts about the…

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Home Buying Etiquette – 13 Rules to Follow

Having good home buying etiquette is critical for buyers.  You do not want to be in a situation where you love a home, but the sellers did not love the way you behaved in their home. When looking at homes to buy, here are a few rules that you should follow to show respect to…

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HOA Fees in Florida

When evaluating your budget for purchasing a home in Florida, you need to account for more than just a monthly mortgage payment. Florida homeowners incur other expenses too, like utilities, real estate taxes, and, in many cases, HOA fees. Below, we’re going to look at exactly what homeowner association fees are, what they cover, and…

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Moving to Palm Beach County in South Florida? What You Should Know

Palm Beach County is the third-most populous county in Florida and the 25th most populous county in the United States. It’s home to gorgeous beaches, exciting nightlife, captivating nature sights, excellent schools, and ample job opportunities. So, it’s no surprise if you’re thinking of moving here. Of course, before you do, there are a few…

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Florida Homestead Exemption – What You Should Know

Buying a house in Florida has more perks than just the sunny weather. In fact, many people who retire to Florida do so for lower property tax rates and the homestead exemption. Both of which make owning a Floridian home a lot more affordable. Below, we’ll take a look at the Florida homestead exemption and…

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What is a 55+ Community?

55+ communities are established communities where the majority of homes have at least one resident who is 55 years of age or older. Many communities feature collections of smaller homes, apartments, and condos with shared community spaces like golf courses, clubhouses, fitness centers, walking paths, and dining areas. All home features and amenities are designed…

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Why Do People Retire to Florida?

In 2022, Florida took the top spot on RetirementLiving’s Best States for Retirement. All because of its abundance of recreational opportunities, senior communities, and residents over age 65. Retirees love it here, citing the low taxes, lower cost of living, and excellent golf weather as reasons for retiring in the Sunshine State. Of course, those…

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