Buying a House in Miami? Follow These 4 Tips - To vacationers, Miami is known as a culturally-diverse city that parties until 5:00 a.m. It's home to world-famous restaurants, and it’s a place where you can drink and dance in the same nightclubs where celebrities, supermodels, movie stars, and famous athletes hang out. But South Beach isn't all Miami has to offer! In fact, it's probably the last place you want consider if you're looking to move to Miami to raise a family or to make a career change. So, if you are thinking about moving to Miami, but don't know much about it, here are 4 tips that will help you find the perfect home here:
1. Live near work
Miami is known for having some of the worst traffic and rudest drivers in America, so don't expect a quick commute to work in the morning – especially if you live in one part of town and work in another. Now, we aren't saying you have to limit your search for a home to within a couple of miles of your place of employment, we just mean know if there's a quick highway route from home to work. For example, if you buy a home in Kendall, but work in Coral Gables, you should probably drive State Road 826 or 836/Dolphin Expressway in the morning, instead of fighting the traffic on U.S. Highway 1.
2. Live Near Your Needs
This tip goes hand-in-hand with the previous one. Your lifestyle should play a key role in deciding which part of Miami you want to live in. If you have kids, find a home located near a good school. If you enjoy taking your dog to the park, see if there are any located within walking distance from the homes you are considering. In the suburbs, there are plenty of supermarkets, pharmacies, chain restaurants, and shopping malls. But in the cultural hot spots like South Beach and parts of Coconut Grove, you'll struggle to find any of those types of stores. Another thing to remember is that many communities in Miami were built around people from a specific nationality or culture. For example, Little Havana is home to mostly Cuban Americans, so many of the shops, restaurants, stores, and other businesses were designed with that portion of the population in mind. In other words, don't go looking for a T.G.I. Fridays in Little Havana. But if it's Cuban food you crave, you'll find plenty of choices and options!
3. Consider the size of your household
In many of the suburbs of metropolitan Miami (places like Kendall, Coral Gables, Hialeah, and Doral), a majority of the housing is single family homes. However, in Downtown, Key Biscayne, South Pointe, and North Bay Village, it's mostly condos and apartments. This is important to remember as you start to look for a home. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but typically speaking, homes large enough for a family are located in the suburbs.
4. Shop in your price range
Make sure you are looking at homes in your price range! After all, there's no point in taking a tour of a $4.5 million home on Star Island if you can't afford it! Luckily, though, the great thing about Miami is that there are homes available in everyone's price range, so shop around, and find one that fits you and your family's needs. So take your time, be patient, and don't settle until you find the perfect home! Now is the time to buy, and if you look hard enough, you can find exactly what you need in Miami.
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