Choosing a Home in Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton Real Estate
Once you've settled on a couple of neighborhoods for your search, it's time to pick out a few homes to view. Your wish list can remind you which features are absolute requirements and which amenities you'd like to have if possible. When narrowing down your home search, consider:
Types of homes
In addition to single family homes (one home per lot), there are other forms of home ownership:
Multifamily homes: Some buyers, particularly first-timers, start with multiple family dwellings, so they'll have Boca Raton Florida rental income to help with their costs. Many mortgage plans, including VA and FHA loans, can be used for buildings with up to four units, if the buyer intends to occupy one of them.
Condominiums: With a condo, you own "from the plaster in" just as you would a single house. You also own a certain percentage of the "common elements" -- staircases, sidewalks, roofs and the like. Monthly charges pay your share of taxes and insurance on those elements, as well as repairs and maintenance. A homeowners association administers the development.
Co-ops: In a few cities, cooperative Florida apartments are common. With those, you purchase shares in a corporation that owns the whole building, and you receive a lease to your own apartment. A board of directors supervises management. Monthly charges include your share of an overall mortgage on the building.
Home purchase considerations
Most buyers' first consideration, after neighborhoods are chosen, is the number of bedrooms. As you begin to view homes, keep the following purchase and resale considerations in mind:
Home comparison chart
While house-hunting, it's a good idea to make notes about what you see because viewing several houses at a time can be confusing. Use our home comparison chart to help you keep track of your search, organize your thoughts and record your impressions.
When youíve found the right home
Before you begin the home buying process, resolve to act promptly when you find the right house. Every Boca Raton Florida REALTORģ has stories to tell about a couple who looked far and wide for their dream home, finally found it, and then revealed that "we always promised my Dad we'd sleep on it, so we'll make an offer tomorrow." Many times the story has a sad ending -- someone else came in that evening with an offer that was accepted.
Resolve at this point that you will act decisively when you find the house thatís clearly right for you. This is particularly important after a long search or if the house is newly listed and/or under-priced.
Purchasing a home without the services of a licensed Realtor can lead to delays and contractual misrepresentations.
These pages are not intended to replace the services of your realtor.