David, Home Buyer in UK


Asked by David, UK Thu Nov 8, 2007


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I would recomend central Florida. It is still sought after and centrally located to all the tourist areas and beaches but not living among the tourists. The weather is much nicer very little chance of Hurricanes and even if they get this far inland they end up being nothing more than a storm. Home owners insurance is much less expensive once you get off the coast. You can still boat and fish via "the harris chain of lakes" which leads all the way to the gulf. There are many gated golfing communities to choose from as well as some with tennis and boating. And, right now is the time to buy for this area. The market here is picking up and prices seem to have stopped dropping. What is currently on the market is some amazing values. If you need to be at the beach and east coast oceans you are 1 hour away. So to sum this up.....cost effective, convient, boating, tennis, golf, 1 hour to beaches, 1 hour to Orlando, Real Estate is active.....seems like something you should check into.

Best of Luck,
Linda J Sears
3 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 8, 2007
Why do you prefer to stay around Fort Lauderdale? Will you be living there in the furture? Are you open to other states? Is this specifically for investing?
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 8, 2007
I too live in the U.K. and have owned a vacation condo in Fort lauderdale for 4 years. check out : http://www.realtor.com and enter the following zip codes: 33322, 33324 or 33315. These are the most upscale residential communities in the area. Beware of non resident property taxes though. They are the most expensive in the whole of the U.S. Charlie Grist the governor, has promised to take action on taxes, but as yet hasn't! Also beware of Home insurance costs, it is now not possible for non full time residents to get property insurance.
Web Reference: http://www.realtor.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 14, 2007
First, full disclosure, I am a seller, but I am going to try and answer your question rather than pitch my property to you.
Fort Lauderdale is otherwise known as the Venice of America, for its spectacular web of canals, so if waterfront property, on a canal with a dock and place for a boat, and ability to get out to the ocean is your thing, in addition to 4 bedrooms, then Fort Lauderdale is highly desirable, and certainly the east side of town is the most preferable. Fort Lauderdale is a pristine and special city, with true urban benefits without the mega problems of bigger cities. it is also ideally located between Miami to the South and Palm Beach to the North.
3 and 4 bedrooms are quite common, and if water is not your thing, then western Broward county offers very large homes for less than those closer to the Atlantic. (Although enjoying the water, having a pool are really what great living is all about in Florida, IMHO).
Without knowing more about your preferences it is hard to make further suggestions. Good luck with your search, and below is our pool home, on wide private water with a dock, and with the fairly rare attached two car garage. And an extra room that could easily be a 4th bedroom.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 12, 2007

There is no "best area" as all parts of South Florida have something unique to offer. I specialize in Hollywood, Florida. It is a small town atmosphere nestled between Ft. Lauderdale to the North and Miami to the South. Our beaches are vast and the downtown area has been going through a revitalization process in the last few years making it a dynamic place to be for the young and old.

What I like most about Hollywood is how easy it is to travel between places and how friendly the residents are. We have an amazing sunrise and mild temperature all year long. I am a real estate broker and real estate attorney so please call upon me with any further questions.


Michael Lyons, Esq.
Lyons Realty Group, Inc.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 11, 2007
Try looking in the Norther part of Palm Beach County....such as Juno, Palm Beach Gardens and also beautiful town called Jupiter. Good luck....
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 11, 2007
Hi David,
I have several customers from the Uk that have purchased property in Boca raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach all three communities border each other just north of Ft.Lauderdale within 20 minutes driving distance from the Ft.lauderdale Int'l airport and the West Palm Beach Int'l aiport, of course when flying from England you will be landing at the Miami Int'l airport which is 45minutes to 1 hour away driving time. Boca Raton is world known for its upscale style of living, shopping and beautiful beaches only 10 minutes away and hardly any traffic, we have numerous gated communities which I would highly recomend being that you will probably be an absentee owner. If you would like to get additional information with regards to our area and my services I can put you in contact with a client of mine
that lives in Bristol and visits regularly.
Good luck mate!!
Manny Reynaldo, PA
Certified International Property Specialist
Prudential Florida WCI Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 11, 2007
I'm guessing you have kids?
I am a big fan of Coral Springs.
Please check out info on the area on my website http://www.CoralSpringsJamie.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 8, 2007
It depends on what you like. Do you like to be near the water, golf, tennis? There are many places right now that you can get a great deal on a 4 bedroom home. Let me know so I can narrow your search down a bit.
Web Reference: http://www.neerpat.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 8, 2007
Hi David,

Can you tell me what price range you are looking in? Also, are you looking for a single family home, a townhouse or condo (hard to find a 4 br. condo)? It's really hard to answer this question without knowing these things.

I am an REO and Short Sale specialist! I look forward to hearing from you.

laura graves
Real Estate Pro
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 23, 2008
Hi David! As an ex-pat Brit I work with many overseas clients, especially from the UK - I originally hail from London - and Europe.

There's no simple answer to your question - there are so many super locations in the greater Fort Lauderdale area, I would have more questions for you before I give you an answer. Do you plan to live in the property yourself, if so, for how many months of the year. Do you have children, how old are they? Will they be going to school here? Do you want to be near the beach? Would it matter if you were 15-20 minutes west of the beach? Do you plan to rent the property? Do you want something on or near a golf course? Will you have a boat? What do you plan to spend on this home? How long do you plan to hold on to the property before selling? etc. etc.

I told you I had questions! There's no "canned" answer to this very common area and the way we work is to really tailor the properties we send you to the likes, dislikes and personality of the Buyer(s).

Feel free to give me a call or drop me a line and I'd love to chat and send you properties that would work for you and match your personal criteria.

Fort Lauderdale is a perfect place, we feel it has everything to offer and is far less cramped and crowded than Miami! There is some fantastic shopping for all budgets and an amazing selection of restaurants. Of course, the beaches speak for themselves and there is a great selection of cultural events, concerts and theatre. You're a couple of hours from Naples and the west coast, 3-1/2 hours from Disney and 4 hours from Key West. I couldn't think of anywhere better to invest and the time is perfect right now, with our reduced property prices coupled with the pound/dollar exchange rate being very much to your advantage.

Hope this helps and when you come over.... bring teabags!!!

Best regards,

Villa G Realty - 954-816-7996
Web Reference: http://www.villagrealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 19, 2008

There is no way to tell you what the "Best Area" for a 4 bedroom would be without knowing your price range. Fort Lauderdale has some great neighborhoods, Las Olas, Coral Ridge, Harbor Beach, The Landings, Imperial Point. The only way to know which area to recommend to you would be to know your price range and how often you plan on using the property.

I will be glad to discuss the areas of Fort Lauderdale with you in more depth. Feel free to call me or drop me an email with specific questions. Also, I have just posted a very funny, very long, very EXTENSIVE Blog with an update on the current market here in Fort Lauderdale. The link below should take you to it.


Best of luck!
Barry Dunn
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 14, 2008
Not sure if you have searched further on your desire for a 4 bedroom property near fort lauderdale?
There are plenty of beautiful areas in the fort lauderdael and surrounding areas. will this be a vacation home for you or an investment? would you prefer a single family home or a condominium (flat)
the upscale areas out east (by the Water include the Harbor beach, Coral Ridge, Fort Lauderdale by the Sea, Victoria park, Las Olas all in and around the intracoastal waterways area. And west in the areas of Southwest Ranches, Weston, Davie and Plantation where you will find most the Pro Sports residents.

Of Course the most popular spot for vacation homes is the Miami Beach and South Areas of Miami-Dade County which i also work in.

You can visit my web site to find out more, to search the local listings in the south florida area and to contact me.
Web Reference: http://www.JoseSellsFl.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 14, 2007
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