Tips For Buying A Home in Florida From A Distance

Dated: September 30 2021

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Chances are, if you’re looking for a new home, you’re ready for a change of scenery. While that might mean just a new property or a new neighborhood, for many potential homebuyers, that often means a completely new city! If you are considering buying a home in Florida, you probably have a lot of questions about the process. Will you have to fly to your new city every weekend to look at properties? Will you miss out on hot properties? Is it even possible to buy a home in Florida without physically being in your city?

Buying a home from a distance presents its own set of unique challenges, but by no means is it impossible. Here are four tips for buying a home in Florida from a distance to make the process easier, faster, and less stressful for you and your family:

1. Gather Information

When you’re buying property in something unfamilar, the first thing you need to do is educate yourself. Gather information on the neighborhoods, the cost of living, and taxes is essential to help you make an informed decision. Without it, you’ll likely waste time and energy exploring homes that ultimately aren’t the right fit for you.

For example, you might see a home that matches all of your criteria and think “Great! I should look at this home!” But once you do your research, you might learn that while the home is great, it’s in an undesirable area or doesn’t have the walkability you’re looking for.

Thoroughly researching your new neighborhood will help you save time by only viewing properties that fall within the neighborhoods you want to live in. Do research on the internet and, if possible, connect with residents to get their take on where to live.

2. Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

The key to successfully buying a new home in Florida from a distance is choosing the right real estate agent. You want to work with someone you can trust to check out properties on your behalf when you’re not around.

Since you’re not in town to pop by and view properties, you only want to spend time on properties that check all of your boxes and that could be a serious contender for purchase. Ideally, your real estate agent will act as your eyes and ears, going to see properties, eliminating ones that aren’t the right fit for you, and only bringing your attention to the ones they feel hit the mark.

It's Florida Real Estate. You need a real estate agent that is both resourceful and has a sense of urgency. The Florida real estate market is moving very quickly, and since you’re at a distance, you need to trust that your agent is working for you and making sure you don’t miss any opportunities.

3. Decide your Boundaries and Parameters Up Front

Once you find your agent, it’s important that you set your boundaries and parameters up front. How often will you fly in to view properties? If the perfect home came along, would you purchase it sight unseen? Do you want a virtual tour of every home your real estate agent finds?

By setting proper expectations up front, you’ll avoid any miscommunications or misunderstandings during the purchase process, which could otherwise be exacerbated by the distance between you and your agent.

4. Leverage Rechnology

Thanks to technology, there’s never been a better time to search for properties from afar. Your real estate agent can help with the easiest, fastest, and most positive experience with distance homebuying. 

When exploring neighborhoods, use sites like WalkScore to get an idea of how easy it is to navigate your new neighborhood.  Have your real estate agent use video conferencing technology for a virtual tour of the homes you like and so that you can get a sense of the layout and flow of properties. When you are ready to buy, your real estate agent should use a program like DocuSign to get all the necessary documents signed and delivered (without you ever having to leave your computer).

Trying to find and buy a home in Florida at a distance can be a challenge. But when you do your research, know what you want, find the right agent, and make technology work in your favor, finding your dream home in the sunshine state is not as difficult as you might think.

Get started on your search.

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