Tips For Buying a Florida Home on the Beach

by Team Murphy 11/13/2019

While there are a lot of variables to consider when searching for a Florida beach house, it's reassuring to know that the experience of living on the beach will most likely meet or exceed your expectations! More often than not, beach living IS everything it's cracked up to be! It's generally a goal that's well worth pursuing.

Naturally, you need to consider things like affordability, the amount of privacy you require, and proximity to stores and other conveniences. However, with a little persistence and the help of a seasoned real estate agent, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the variety of quality oceanfront properties that are available on the market.

The magnificence of the Atlantic Ocean is one of the main reasons thousands of home buyers are drawn to the Florida coastline, every year. Being able to look out at the rolling waves and sandy beach is a luxury many people aspire to. While there are plenty of multi-million dollar mansions situated on the Florida coast, you don't necessarily have to be wealthy to afford a nice home with beachfront access.

Although the element of luck sometimes plays a role in the success of real estate searches, it's much more important to have a clear mental picture of what you're looking for. When you've identified your requirements, a realistic price range, and your "wish list" items, your search will be much more focused, streamlined, and fruitful.

Besides the beautiful scenery and easy access to long walks on the beach, the allure of surfside living stems from a desire for luxury, comfort, and relaxation. When you combine the balmy ocean breezes and the laidback lifestyle that's often associated with living on or near the beach, it's easy to see why these features are on people's minds -- if not on their wish lists.

To make sure your beach home has all the attributes you need to be happy and comfortable, it's helpful to have a home buyer's checklist on hand when starting your search. As is the case with any real estate search, you need to be comfortable with the neighborhood, the monthly mortgage (and other) payments, the layout of the home, its architectural style, and the number of bathrooms and bedrooms. The size and functionality of the kitchen can also impact your satisfaction with the house. Other things to consider include commute times, local traffic conditions, and the availability of entertainment, recreation, and cultural attractions. If you're approaching retirement age, you might also want to be on the lookout for activities, services, and groups that cater to your interests, needs, and lifestyle goals.

Even when you do find your ideal Florida home, it's crucial to have the property inspected by a certified home inspector. It's important to make sure the "home of your dreams" does not turn out to be a proverbial "money pit" that can deprive you of the pleasure of home ownership. Knowing what you're buying can help you accurately plan your finances, anticipate home maintenance costs, and stay within the constraints of your household budget.

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Team Murphy

Hi, we're Team Murphy and we'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having real estate professionals by your side. We'd be honored to put our real estate experiences to work for you.