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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Home Buyer Tips: Accept the things you can't change

The Serenity Prayer goes something like "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change to the things I can."

A very similar sentiment can be applied to the home buying search.

The home buying process, regardless of who you are, begins pretty much the same.  A decision to buy, the financial decision (mortgage approval or cash), location, select your Realtor®, identify needs (must have, can't have), and the search.

And then you find the perfect house!

The truth is perfect rarely comes in any house unless it is a custom build.  There will be some things you can change and some you can't.

Walls can be painted.  Flooring can be changed. Old appliances can go. Exterior paint color can be changed.  The landscaping can be modified. Even bahrooms and kitchens can be modified/updated.

These above items are all possible if a buyer can accept the things they can't change.

What can a buyer not change?   Primarily location and all that is associated with location (home owner association membership, neighborhood, school district, zoning, taxes).

In Brevard County, Florida I often get buyers who want the newness of Viera but don't want the restrictions of an association?  There is no way around it.  If you want to buy a home in Viera, Suntree and most new neighborhoods, there will be an association and restrictions.

In Brevard County, Florida buyers may want a home in Cocoa Beach or even Merritt Island.  The home owner insurance rates will be higher because of the exact reason they want to be there - proximity to water!

You may want your children to attend Viera High School or any other high school.  You are going to have to purchase a home in the appropriate school assignment area.

You may be an animal lover, especially horses.  In Brevard County you will likely end up in one of the rural areas like Canaveral Groves or in northern Brevard near Mims.

Could that be why it is often said "real estate is all about location, location and location?"

If you are moving to Brevard County, Florida give me a call at 321-693-3850 or send me an email if I can help in any way.


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