Joyce Molloy, Home Buyer in Phoenix, AZ

looking for a Ft.L. condo w/3 bedrm and 2 bth really nice maybe furnished rent to own waterfront, not old bldg

Asked by Joyce Molloy, Phoenix, AZ Thu Dec 18, 2008

near Las Olas, AlA. we want value at least 1800-2000 sq ft, maybe more, 2300 sq ft would be ideal. should we rent first, we don['t want any surprises. we are in arizona now but have lived in ft lauderdale before for many years. we are in early 60's want restaurants nearby, security and concierge if poss

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Hi Joyce,

Fort Lauderdale is certainly in a unique position with the housing market as it is - some have said that in 10 years, people will look back at this time as point it out as an incredible time to have bought/ or when they should have bought.

The Las Olas area is a great location, and many options are available to you. First decision would be the water - ocean views will put you on AIA - many excellent hotels are opening in the near future and bringing restaurants with them. The river will put you closer to the pedestrian area of Las Olas with its current offerings of restaurants, shops and amenities.

In the late 1990's through to the mid-2000's, the skyline of Fort Lauderdale was transformed with a large selection of condos. The only limit here is price - and you will get more for your money today than at any time before. Some buildings will look better on paper than they are - so some caution is necessary if the price seems to good to be true.

Hendricks Isle is a good go-between - midway through to the ocean from the Las Olas Shoppes district. If you have a boat, then the length of your boat and its ability to get under a fixed bridge is a determining factor to where you will be.

Its a good time to look - prices have dropped greatly, interest rates are at historical lows (try to lock in at the high fours to low fives), and the inventory is new or only a few years old.

I understand the sensibility with which you are approaching this purchase - my out-of-town buyers/clients depend on an objective eye and an ability to really look properties over closely. If I can help you in any way, let me know. The links below are Las Olas area related, and contacting me is as easy as following the Web Reference link.
Las Olas Shoppes

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Good luck with this and a Happy New Year!

Attila Laczko
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 2, 2009
Hi Joyce:

I specialize in oceanfront condos in South Florida. It would be my pleasure to discuss with you the various options that fit your criteria. If you visit my blog you will be able to read about the different condos
Susan Reiter
(954) 632 3266
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 19, 2008
Dear Joyce: There are several options available to you, depending on your budget. When are you planning this move? You obviously know Fort Lauderdale pretty well. If you were to buy you could take advantage of the incredible bargain prices that are out there right now as well as the new low interest rates. Newer buildings tend to have higher monthly maintenance fees, so that's worth thinking about. Several of the older buildings have undergone complete renovations including hurricane impact windows. When you say waterfront, are you OK with Intracoastal view (which I personally think is so much nicer than ocean view - far more to see at night with the beautiful lights and luxury homes)?

I would be delighted to work with you and could send you some properties that would match your criteria. Often I find that the feedback I get from people at this early stage, particularly with what they don't like, tells me more about their preferences than they realize.

I don't know when you were last here, but there are now SO many fantastic restaurants to choose from, you'll never want to eat at home!

Call or drop me a line and we can discuss this in more details, especially with regard to price and timing.

Best regards from sunny South Florida

Villa G Realty, Inc.
Tel: 954-816-7996
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