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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Buying a House in Florida: Houses, Like People, Do Not Age the Same.

One of the first questions I ask prospective buyers considering moving to Brevard County, Florida is the characteristic of the house they hope to find.  By knowing the size, room count/types, age, construction, water and budget I can pretty well identify the areas they should consider initially.

A couple of the primary considerations, after the budget, include the structure's age and construction. 

Here in Florida we always have the potential for hurricanes although none have hit Brevard County since 2004.  But that hurricane potential influences insurance rates and survive-ability when a storm comes based on when a house was built.

Thus it seems most of my clients want concrete block construction.   There are some areas of the county and subdivisions where wood frame construction is the dominant construction.  These are primarily the older subdivisions.

New and newer construction are almost always concrete block, poured concrete and the like.  This is especially true in the Viera area which is probably the newest development in the area (as well as Bayside Lakes in Palm Bay).

One of my recent customers was a research fanatic and advised me that the 2004 building code update was the most recent major hurricane code update so he wanted only 2005 and later construction.  Another potential issue with wood frame is the potential for termites although the concrete home is not exempt.

But there are concrete block older homes everywhere as well.  And some of these older homes may have been built in 1964 but walk inside and you find 2015!

Updating, energy efficient systems, new roofs (including retro-updates to the structural components) happen.    Kitchens are frequently rebuilt.  Bathrooms are renovated.  (Remember, to home buyers  the kitchen and bathrooms are the most important rooms in a house.)

Recent pool installs.  Docks and boat house/covers are updated with hardie board/synthetic decking.  Even some of the older wood frame homes have these synthetic sidings.

So, while the age of the home is usually a consideration when shopping for your new home remember, like people, houses do not age the same.  Its all about how you maintain it...

Considering buying a home in Viera, Florida?  Give me a call (or text me) at 321-693-3850 if I can help in any way.

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