Looking for that perfect neighborhood in South Florida?
Whether you are looking to make South Florida your permanent home, or are planning a seasonal residency; tourists and snowbirds tend to scout via the web before they relocate to our coastal communities in St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties.
In an article written by Patricia-Anne Tom, published on REALTOR®.com, “Choosing a home in an unfamiliar neighborhood can be nerve-racking, but it is almost inevitable when moving to a new city—or even across town. There is a lot at stake: the wrong decision can cost you money and peace of mind.”
Here are just a couple of their tips to help guide you in your search.
“Mission: Neighborhood reconnaissance
As with any house hunt, you should first figure out your budget and what you would need, want, and like to have in a house and in a neighborhood. But if you are relocating across the country, your biggest challenge will be doing long-distance recon on your new hometown.”
Moreover, Tom adds, “AreaVibes can help you narrow down a search; after you type a ZIP code or city in which you would like to live, you can adjust metrics such as amenities, crime, cost of living, and housing prices to compile a list of neighborhoods that match your “livability” needs.”
“Draw on a professional’s expertise
If there is one time above all when you would really benefit from working with a real estate agent with deep knowledge of an area, it’s when moving to a new town.”
Hence, we at Water Pointe Realty Group recommend that your out-of-area reconnaissance include one of these mobile applications (“apps”) to help you with your house hunt.
REALTOR®.com: Another home search site, REALTOR®.com includes anything for sale that is listed with a real estate agent, excluding homes for sale by owner. It is easy to use and allows you to create your own search parameters for future use.
Zillow®: One of the older apps, Zillow® has been around since 2006. It lists homes for sale by broker and owner to provide expanded options. It is easy to use, with numerous parameters to help you narrow your search.
Trulia®: The longtime competitor to Zillow®, Trulia® is similar to the other apps in that it displays a map and list view. It also allows you to draw on the map to find homes within a certain area. In addition to using the basic map, you can look at nearby amenities and schools along with boundaries for neighborhood, county, or zip code.
Also make sure to make good use of the new tools available to pick out specific neighborhoods or school districts. You can get the mobile downloads by clicking here.
We hope you find one of these useful, happy hunting!
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Article by: Jeannie M. Ferrara