Now that you’ve prepared yourself for home ownership, it is time to find one. Searching for a home can be a very time consuming task. At the time of this article’s publication there were 1,866 active listings in the St. Johns County Multiple Listing Service. Many buyers visit online real estate search sites like “Realtor.com,” “Zillow” or “Trulia” for hours a day looking at homes for sale in St. Augustine. Others rely on their real estate agent to search. Before either you or your real estate agent begin the search you need narrow down your criteria. This article gives helpful advice about the process of looking for a home for sale in St. Augustine, Florida that will be a perfect fit for you.
Choose the Type of Home
The first thing to consider is what type of home you would like to buy. In addition to single family homes (one home per lot), there are other forms of home ownership:
Single Family Homes: A single family home is what most people think of when they are looking for a home. It is a single home located on one lot.
Multifamily homes: Some buyers, particularly first-timers, start with multiple family dwellings, such as a duplex. This allows them to have rental income to help with the mortgage costs or upgrades to the home. Many mortgage plans, including VA and FHA loans, can be used for buildings with up to four units, if the buyer intends to occupy one of them.
Condominiums: With a condo, you own "from the plaster in" unlike what you would with a single family house, where you own from the ground up . You also own a certain percentage of the "common elements" -- staircases, sidewalks, roofs and the like. Monthly charges pay your share of taxes and insurance on those elements, as well as repairs and maintenance. A condominium association administers the development.
Townhomes: Townhomes are similar to a condo with the exception that you own the property underneath your dwelling with a townhouse. Instead of a condominium association you would have a homeowner’s association. The term “townhome” is sometimes used to describe a style of condominium that is 2 stories. You will want to do some research and be sure you know which one you are buying.
Choose a Neighborhood
When evaluating a neighborhood you should investigate local conditions. Depending on your own particular needs and tastes, some of the following factors may be more important considerations than others:
*quality of schools
*proximity to schools, employment, hospitals, shops, public transportation, prisons, freeways, airports, beaches, parks, stadiums and cultural activities such as museums, concerts and theaters.
This is an area you will want to research for yourself by driving the neighborhoods. Your real estate agent will have information on various neighborhoods in the St. Augustine area that you can use to help make your decision. You can also get information from the local police department on crime in the areas and find information on the schools your children will attend at the St Johns County school board website.
Put Together Your Wants vs. Needs
Every potential home buyer has a list of items they are looking for that is at the top of their priority list and feel every house must absolutely have. For example, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, fenced yard, etc. There are also items that would be nice but are not absolutely necessary. You will want to work with your real estate agent creating a list of priorities you desire as that will narrow the search allowing your agent to find homes that fit your needs and most of your wants.
Once you have decided the type of home, the neighborhood, your specific wants and needs in a home, you will want to visit our website to make use of our MLS Search Tool. This tool allows you to set up a search for homes that come on the market according to your criteria of price, location, number of bedrooms & bathroom, along with additional criteria such as waterfront, gated community, golf course community. The tool is easy to use, but if you find that you need help setting up your search, just give us a call at 904-217-3711 and we will set it up for you.
Now that you have a good idea of what you’re looking for, talk with your agent and start viewing houses. TEAM JOHNSON has many tools that will help make this process fun. Any of our team members would be more than happy to help you find your new home. Give us a call at 904-217-3711 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org