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New Home for First Time Home Buyers

Orlando, Florida has excellent deals on brand new homes, in ideal neighborhoods for first time home buyers. The distressed property market caused an in flux of inventory that will take years to absorb. How does this impact you as the first time home buyer? Purchasing a home below market value will put you in a high equity position as the real estate market rally’s back.

The first time home buyer tax credit was an excellent incentive and stimulated sales, however it’s hard to say if the government will ever re-institute the program. There are still first time home buyer programs available to assist with financing and your down payment. Credit plays huge role with purchasing a home, the better your credit, the lower your interest rate. As a first time home buyer expert, I provide resources to help clean up, repair and improve negative credit.

Two great tools to help you with your home search are the (1) First Time Home Buyer Guide which answers many questions typically asked about buying your first home. (2) The First Time Home Buyer Alert which provides automated updates of properties that match your personal criteria with location, size, price range and any other personal preferences you may have with buying your first home.

It really is a great time to buy Orlando real estate or property any where in Florida. Prices are still at an all time low, interest rates are low, although there is movement upwards and qualifying guidelines have eased up. Take advantage of the buyers market with Florida real estate, it won’t last for ever.

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First Time Home Buyers in Florida

The home buying process can be quite complex, even for those who have been through it a few times. For the first time home buyer, the process can seem impossible.

For people willing to do a bit of homework, the foreclosure market offers the best opportunities available in real estate today. Real estate and financial experts point toward significant growth in available foreclosure properties, so there’s never been a better time to line up your resources and educate yourself about buying in a distressed market. It’s not unusual to save from 20 to 50 percent of the market value on a foreclosure property, and certain bank owned foreclosures offer savings of 60 percent or more! You simply have to save for a down payment, get qualified for financing and research properties available in a price range you can afford. A Realtor can set you up with automatic property updates that match your preferences of location, size and price range.

Need help to begin the research with buying your first home? Request the Questions and Answers Guide which will give you the necessary information to navigate the entire process – from deciding whether you’re ready to buy, all the way to that final proud step, getting the keys to your new home.

Two Resources First Time Home Buyers:
1. Questions Answered Guide for First Time Home Buyers

2. First Time Home Buyers Property Alerts

Are More Snow Storms ‘Driving’ You Crazy?

News reports predict, the northeast will be hit with snow storms again. If you didn’t think Florida Snowbird last snow storm, being stuck inside, maybe now you’re ready to perooz Florida winter retreats.

Just going to the grocery store requires scrapping and warming up the car. Or better yet shoveling it out because it’s buried in a couple feet of snow. Ice becomes a severe hazard and sub zero temperatures aren’t the best conditions to take a stroll.

Florida, which hasn’t exactly been sun tanning weather, is at least snowless. Mid afternoon generally warms up making it nice to take a walk and get some sunshine vitamin D. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

So if your searching for your place in the sun  for the cold weather months your timing is perfect. Real estate bargains are every where across the sunshine state. Short Sales and foreclosures have drastically reduced prices making it realistic to buy a winter retreat.

Just click here to receive more info about properties for snowbirds in Florida.

Only State in the Union with NO SNOW!! Hello Snowbirds!

While the temps may be dipping below the 40’s in the sunshine state, it’s official — there is NO SNOW in Florida. News reports show the north east getting hammered again, predicting more than 2 feet of snow in various locations. The snow can be quite beautiful but treacherous at the same time. Icy conditions cause fatal problems for elderly folks, not to mention being trapped inside for prolonged periods of time. It’s why we yanked my mother-in-law out of Illinois years ago to become a Snowbird. Here in Florida, she gets plenty of sunshine, keeps active and remains in excellent health.  At nearly 82 years old, she can walk 3 miles, with just a little sit down at the half way point.

The 64 thousand dollar question is, how many seniors will take advantage of the phenomenally low real estate prices to grab a winter retreat in Florida. The sunshine state is chock full of distressed properties just waiting to get scooped up for a steal!! In Brevard County, FL alone there are more than 700 properties for sale $60k or lower. Here’s just one I found, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and just over 1200 sq. feet for $50k — and that’s the asking price! There were more than 50 others also available for sale with the same criteria in various locations throughout the county.

Florida caters to Snowbirds with all kinds of businesses and services designed to assist while your here and when you go back to your primary home.  Like Property Watch, who offer  peace of mind to their clients in Brevard County, FL by providing a personal approach to the monitoring of their home while they are away.

If your buried in piles of snow, trapped inside and craving some warm sunshine, give some serious thought about life as a Florida Snowbird. Just so happens, I am connected to an incredible real estate network throughout the entire state of Florida. My mission is to be an expert with not only every ideal place to live, but to eat, play, stay and enjoy in the sunshine state. You can follow FloridaEpicure (fabulous places to dine on and off the water) and FLFunVacations for Twitter updates! Plus you can click to LIKE Loving Life in Florida on Facebook.

Here’s a way to start investigating the possibilities with no cost and no obligation. You can do a property watch and receive automated updates with properties all over the state of Florida that match size, price and all of your preferred preferences, just click here to learn how.