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onyx-777, Home Buyer in Fair Lawn, NJ

Hi! I'm considering relocating to FL. I have lived in NY & NJ for the 10 yrs. Which are the best places? and would it be better a condo or

Asked by onyx-777, Fair Lawn, NJ Fri Jan 13, 2012

a home? I'm a single female in the mid 30s, no kids. I take care of my mother who is in her 80s and I also have a small dog. It's important for us to be close to good hospitals and shopping areas. Before relocating to NYC, I lived most of my life in PR, so I'm quite used to the hot weather, although people have told me is more humid in FL. But I also experienced a couple of hurricanes in PR, so I'm interested in knowing which places in FL are a bit more "safer" or where the impact is not as bad. I'm also looking for a nice environment, low in crime, and where commuting wont be as bad as over here. People have advised me to get a condo and others tell me I'm better off buying a home. I know its about preferences but I don't know much about Florida at all, so I'm not quite clear on what should I be investing. I was thinking of renting first and then decide, but where? It's a starting over process for me. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated! Thank you! :)

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Irina Karan’s answer
They say Sarasota has never had hurricanes...
Personally, I live in South East Florida, and I would not live anywhere else - the energy, the vibe is what I love about Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
For a single woman in mid 30s safety is very important, of course.
I suggest either a pet-friendly condo (small dogs are allowed in some, but not all condos), a townhouse (in a pet friendly community), better yet gated community. However, I would not
go for a house. Houses are a lot of maintenance, high insurance payments, and frankly are not
as safe, unless in a gated community (but those are more money).
I feel that what your mother and you'll love is the new people you meet in more urban areas,
especially in the areas with good infrastructure.
I would recommend Aventura, Sunny Isles Beach, Hallandale and Hollywood areas, Miami Beach, N. Bay Village, Coral Gables, Weston, Coral Springs, Plantation, Miramar,
Pembroke Pines.

Good luck with your move!

Irina Karan/Beachfront Realty, Inc. 305-904-2355 IrinaKaran@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 19, 2012
Been from Puerto Rico and going trough Hugo and here in Orlando, Florida since 1992 and going trough 3 Hurricanes in 2003 pretty much at the same time was an incredible experience but we did survive I think the farther your are from the coast like here in Orlando the better. Let me know if you need any help I can help you with your loan as well.

Marvin Colon
Realtor - Mortgage Lender
NMLS# 336662
407-496-3555
Hablo Espanol
Web Reference: http://www.marvincolon.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 15, 2012
It is important to have employment first, then look for a place to meet your needs near there. Here are some job search sites if you want to see what is available based on your job experience. The west coast of Florida and smaller cities have less traffic.
http://www.employflorida.com, http://www.indeed.com, http://www.simplyhired.com, http://www.jobfocus.com, http://www.yoursun.net, http://www.craigslist.com, http://www.careerbuilder.com.

Then you can decide on a price range that will fit within your budget. That will determine whether you can afford a home or a condo. Each have their own benefits, depending on the lifestyle you are looking for.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
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The decision on what type of real estate to purchase usually depends on price and location (i.e. where you will be working). We have an abundance of condos but this may not be your best investment. We also have 1-story villas with a garage which might be better for you and of course homes. The safest and newest areas are in the west part of Broward county. There are so many factors in the decision that I would have to consult with you on your specific needs. You might find some articles I wrote on my website useful. Go to http://www.garylisa.com and look under Hitchcocks column.

Gary Hitchcock
Keyes Realty
954-905-1141
Web Reference: http://www.garylisa.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 15, 2012
Onyx, my advice for those under 60 who move to Florida is simple. Where can you find a job? You can then narrow your home search based on that.

No area of Florida is completely safe from Hurricanes... then again, neither is anywhere in New Jersey, they just don't happen as frequently there.

If it happens that you're a software programmer who can work anywhere she wants, I would suggest the west coast. Low crime rates, good medical care, etc. Very popular with retirees. Unfortunately, for you it could be a bit sleepy, so try to be by a bigger city like Sarasota, Tampa or Fort Myers, so you can at least hit the town occasionally. I highly recommend the dog beach at Venice... much as though my dog is afraid of the waves.
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