I am not sure how high these gas prices will go but they sure have not slowed down any lately. From the looks of the market today they probably won't anytime soon, if ever!
How many miles does a person drive to find the right home? I am not talking about the long drive from out of the area but rather the miles once you arrive at the new city or town. Once you have gotten the scoop on the new area how many miles to that perfect home is found? [FYI, Brevard County is about 75 miles north to south...]
I don't have the answer to that question. I do have a few suggestions that may help save some gas though.
Number 1 petro saver? Use the Internet! The ability to see digital photos, research neighborhoods, check out schools, mapping services such as www.google.com. access to Florida sexual predator information, email communications with real estate agents, local newspapers, local healthcare information, and other resources makes using the web the best way to save money!
Know your new surroundings. If you are relocating due to an employment change, how far are you willing to commute? Are you going to drive the children to school or will they ride the school bus? If you will be driving to the school a couple of times each day, check the distances.
Back about 5 years ago I remember the days of driving mile after mile trying to show clients the area. Today I prefer to provide maps, information on the area, and be available for the questions. I prefer to let the prospective homebuyer (or renter) locate the areas of real interest and then we proceed from that point.
Besides, there is a little bit of adventure and excitement when exploring a new town!
So, if you are considering a move to Brevard County Florida, save some gas...use some of the resources listed above. And, I am available by phone or email to provide any assistance I may!
Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Melbourne, Florida.