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When you move to a new town, it is sometimes hard to narrow your choices to a community or subdivision in the area that really fits your lifestyle needs and desires. St. Augustine offers a wide variety of choices from posh gated luxury neighborhoods to the simplicity of a beach cottage. Whether you are searching for a primary residence, a second home or investment property you will have an opportunity to select the perfect place to call home in St. Augustine.
The first step in the home buying process is to determine needs and desires. Start by asking yourself two questions:
- What do I want in a home?
- What do I need in a home?
Sometimes the answers get confused. For instance, you need heat, air conditioning, a laundry room and bathroom. You want a formal dining room, covered patio, pool and a three car garage. Be prepared to distinguish needs from wants. Start with your ideal home that includes everything on the list that you want. Then work backwards and while taking off items that you do not have to have, put them on another list.
The next step in the process is to choose where you want your ideal home to be located. For instance what do you picture your lifestyle to be like? Do you want to live in a gated neighborhood, do you want to be within walking distance to the beach, is quick access to golfing important? With a clear picture of what you envision you can start your research with the following resources: Selecting Your Community, Purchasing Condos and Market Watch. With our innovative Market Watch Report, see how areas you’re interested in compare with today’s market. Let me help you find current prices, listings or trends in the St. Augustine market area.
The most important step in the home buying process is choosing the right REALTOR for you. Your home purchase is a very personal experience and you need a REALTOR who works for you. Your realtor should listen to your needs and wants and show you property that meets your criteria. Your REALTOR should be flexible enough to help guide you through the process.
I am a single agent. My brokerage and I believe this is important to a home buyer. Being a single agent means I work for YOU, the buyer. I represent you in the transaction and I have a fiduciary responsibility to you. There is a huge difference in working with a single agent vs. the more common type of relationship as a transaction broker. Please choose wisely. Read more about Single Agency.