So you want to live on the beach?
Having knowledge about real estate is a plus, especially if you are buying a home on the beach for the first time. Buying property is not as easy as it seems. You need to understand certain tax laws and purchase insurance with different provisions. HOWEVER, finding a quality agent is definitely the hardest part.
I guess the first decision you have to make is… Do you want to live in Florida or California? They both have their pros and cons, but I personally prefer Florida– specifically the Tampa/Dunedin areas.
How to figure out which area is right for you:
Finding top property takes a certain level of experience and knowledge about an area. Here are some tips that may help you find nice homes:
- Scan the area for nearby restaurants, malls, convenience stores, bus or train stations, and other commercial establishments. If an area has plenty of commercial establishments surrounding it, chances are that area is prime property. The value of property in an area that has plenty of commercial establishments is higher compared to others.
- You can also find top quality property by searching online. Nowadays, one can easily post property on sale online. You can browse the Internet to get more details about the property you are planning on buying. You can also easily compare prices to get the best deal based on your needs.
- You can find quality property by checking a map. If property is near or along a busy area, it has higher value, especially if you are planning to open a business whether it is a restaurant or clothing store. The more people see your store or restaurant, you will have a higher chance of turning a passersby into a paying customer.
- With the help of an realtor, finding the right real estate is faster and easier. An agent has all of the information you need to find great places to live. They have studied several markets and know the market value of property no matter where it is. Property brokers can also help you with property taxes, insurance, and other paperwork you may need to purchase or sell property.
These are a few tips that can help you successfully find quality property. But it is better to get help from a professional agent. A top quality property broker is knowledgeable about the market and provides you with the pros and cons of the property you are eyeing. A professional realtor also has a license to prove that he or she can sell property. You can find a top quality property agent by searching online. The Internet has made it easier for you to find an agent that has the qualifications and experience to help you buy or sell property.
Here’s a pro tip when trying to find a broker:
Do you know anyone in either of these beach areas? If so, just ask them for a referral. Chances are that they know someone who is in the real estate business that they trust. It’s an easy way to skip the frustration and find someone you like right away. Whatever method you choose to take, make sure to thoroughly “interview” the potential agents. Have a chat with them, maybe have lunch… it’s just important to figure out if you’re compatible together since you’ll be spending a lot of time working together.
Not sure yet? Watch this video to explain the process better: