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J.p., Home Buyer in Kitchener, ON, Canada

Where is the best place in Florida to buy vaction/investment property for the family ?

Asked by J.p., Kitchener, ON, Canada Mon Mar 9, 2009

I am a Canadian resident looking for a vacation home in the winter. We would like to be close to the beach, near golf courses, and be within a very safe area.

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This is a very broad question. Florida is a great place to vacation and own investment property. The best way to determine the answer to your question is to take some time and drive to your favorite cities and beaches in Florida. When you've found a few area you love, contact a Realtor in each area and weigh your options. Try to find a Realtor that owns investment properties and can advise you from experience.

Good luck!

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
Not an easy question. I would discard every response from the bloodsucking agents with something to gain from answering your question. The fact is that nearly every region in Florida has something to offer in terms of good, quality investment properties. The key is education. No book exists that helps consumers learn about the nuances and distinct reputation of Florida's cities. For reasons having to do with the expanded business plans concerning the Panama Canal I think the area of Jacksonville is a good bet. It really depends on how much you want to spend. If you can afford to spend more than 150 thousand dollars on a place, then that places you out of the range of the hedge funds who have set a range between 70k or so and 150k. Over 200k anything is probably good but again it depends on the area. Best advise I could give is to go to Florida in person and tour around with a friend or spouse. Have an agent bring you around in central Florida (metro Olrando) and metro Tampa, and then take a look up north at Jacksonville. South Florida has beautiful areas but is also prone to get hit big time by hurricanes. As a fellow seeker I wish you good luck and a fair warning about listening to Real Estate agents who have the morals of a Mother Stork (they eat their young).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
My Property In Florida has a great search engine that you can search if you are looking to buy fl homes. They also provide a guide on how to buy Florida property. They offer free consultations to help you locate a home. Their blog is worth visiting weekly as they keep you up to date on mortgage rates and other pertinent real estate news. They specialize in helping vacation home owners from overseas, interstate to make money from their property via various channels such as rental, tax breaks etc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 10, 2010

Without a doubt, there are many areas that will meet your needs in Florida. If you are seeking a slower pace and less traffic congestion during the season (Jan-April). We would recommend the southwest coast between Sarasota and Cape coral.

The beaches in this area are terrific and and the quality of life there is excellent.

We would be happy to put you in touch with some of our very satisfies recent Canadian buyers who will be able to provide you with the accurate impartial opinion you are seeking.

Our recommendaton is to plan a vacation for the purpose of collecting information about this area not for the purpose of buying a home. Making this move in multiple stages will reward your efforts and find you in the location that matches your particular needs perfectly.

Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 28, 2009
Naples, Florida fits your description perfecrly. Would love to hear from you.

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