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Popular Places to Buy a Home in Florida

by Doris Arnold 12/04/2018

Buying a house in Florida can be an exciting journey, especially if you take the time to find a choice location and a price that suits your budget. Whether your main objective is to live close to the ocean or simply adopt a laid-back lifestyle, the options are as varied as the people who live here.

For those who can afford it, living next to or close to the beach is an incomparable experience that provides opportunities for both relaxation and physical activity. In addition to having access to cooling ocean breezes and a panorama of scenic views, the water's edge is one of the most enjoyable places to go for leisurely walks. When you're watching the waves roll in, searching the shoreline for interesting seashells, or reading a good book by the water, it becomes a lot easier to manage stress and put life's problems in their proper perspective.

Keep in mind that a Florida home near the ocean may be much more affordable than you expect. There are a lot of variables which affect the price point, but with the help of a seasoned real estate agent, you're sure to find a nice Florida property that meets your requirements.

If you're wondering if a beachfront cottage, house, or condo in Florida might be within your price range, there are two ways to quickly find out. You can test the waters, so to speak, by doing an online search for Florida beach homes for sale. You can also substitute the word "oceanfront" or "waterfront" for "beach" in your Internet searches. As you'll discover, there are many ways to effectively search online for nice Florida homes with the features, the beach access, and the ambiance you're looking for.

You can refine your search by typing in the city, beach community, or section of Florida that appeals to you most. Some of the more popular locations that homebuyers are considering, these days, include Naples, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Venice, The Florida Keys, Destin, Gainesville, Jackson, The Villages, Sarasota, Clearwater, Celebration, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Jupiter, Kissimmee, and Pensacola. St. Augustine, Boca Raton, Port Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Lakeland, Port St. Lucie, Bradenton, Ocala, Englewood, Palm Harbor, Parkland, Vero Beach, and Melbourne also belong on that list.

In narrowing your search for the ideal Florida home, keep in mind important factors like the character of neighborhoods you're considering, proximity to theme parks, traffic congestion (or the lack, thereof), nearness to shopping and restaurants, and easy access to amenities. It's always beneficial to develop both a "wish list" and a priority list of things you absolutely must have in a new home. With that list in hand, and a couple preferred communities or cities in mind, your real estate agent can help you find Florida properties that are a good match to your needs and expectations.

About the Author

Doris Arnold
Real Estate is, if nothing else a people business. For me as a leading real estate professional, my work is not so much about buildings, contracts and inspections; it's about people, their dreams, aspirations and the most important place in their world- their home. I am a people person through and through. Simply put, people fascinate me... spend a few minutes with me and you can sense this unique attribute. I listen intently to you and most importantly, I have a genuine interest in what you have to say. Follow me around for a day and you will witness the powerful and positive effect I have on the people around me, whether it's my family, close friends, or a community acquaintance. Undoubtedly, you will see a caring and committed woman who makes a difference in people's lives. If you ask my past clients what they liked about working with me, some would say it was my business savvy and real estate expertise that impressed them, but most of them would comment on how much I cared about them. I really listen to what my clients want and do what I can to anticipate their needs. I always try to stay one step ahead and keep in constant contact. My clients know I am always working for them to keep them informed and up-to-date, and I have a highly organized way of walking my clients throughout the process of buying or selling their home that makes them feel confident nothing will slip through the cracks. I absolutely love what I do and I can tell you "I'm in The Business of People." What that means to me is that I have the privilege of helping my clients achieve their dreams. What that means to you is that you can count on me to care about what matters most to you because I make your real estate needs my top priority.