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What To Consider Before Getting A Florida Beach Condo

by Hector Zapata PA 08/17/2019

Florida is one of the best places in the country to buy a beach condo. Whether you’re looking to become a permanent resident or want to use the home as a vacation rental, there is plenty of opportunity for you. Condo living is advisable for those people who don’t want a ton of maintenance to deal with and wish to have a simpler way of life. Before you dive in, you’ll need to be sure that you do the proper research to make the condo purchase that much easier to manage in the future. 


Condos can be lower maintenance living for you as a homeowner, but you’ll need to consider the costs involved in owning a condo in Florida. There are different fees involved with owning a condo than that of a traditional home. Most condos require you to belong to the HOA (homeowner’s association) which has a monthly fee that covers maintenance and upkeep of the property. The fee also covers any amenities that may be present on the property like a pool or fitness center. The HOA fees vary based on the type of property you choose and the complex that it resides in.   


Look At The Style Of The Complex


This may seem slightly obvious when you’re searching for a condo, but there’s a special reason behind it. The less intricate the style of building that you’ll be living in, the easier the maintenance will be. A garden style complex is a lot lower on the maintenance scale than an ornate building with high ceilings. Tower condos with elevators will also always have a bit more maintenance involved due to the mechanical nature of the working parts of the building.


Know What The HOA Fees Cover


An important thing to consider when buying a Florida condo is that of what the HOA fees cover. You’ll most likely need to pay your own taxes and homeowner’s insurance. The HOA fees will take care of the upkeep of the property and some maintenance tasks around your condo itself. You may need to cover additional maintenance costs in your unit yourself.          


Know The Rules


Every Homeowner’s association has its own set of rules and regulations. You’ll want to know exactly what the layout of these terms are before you buy a Florida condominium. Does the association allow pets? will you be allowed to rent out the property? Are you allowed to plant and decorate as you wish, or are there restrictions? 


Whether you’re looking to be a seasonal resident in Florida, or be in the state the whole year through, buying a beach condo can be a great investment for you to get some much needed oceanside enjoyment.     



About the Author
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Hector Zapata PA

Hector was born in Colombia, and has called South Florida home for more than 18 years. He is an Industrial Engineer by trade specialized in Cost Control, Production Planning, and Plant Design. Prior to moving to South Florida, Hector worked for 13 years as a Plant and General Manager in the Graphics and Publishing Industries in Bogota, Colombia. When Hector moved to the United States in 2001, he decided to become a PGA Golf Pro, and created his own business in the Golf Industry as a competitive player, and teaching pro. He was the founder and director of Bonaventure Golf Academy. In his nearly 15 years of experience as a Golf professional and Instructor in South Florida, he has been asked by many customers looking to purchase a home on a golf course his opinion about the best Golf Communities in South Florida. He became a full time realtor in order to better serve his customers, and help them as well as all golf enthusiasts find the home of their dreams. Hector is highly recognized for his personalized service, ethics and professionalism in the Golf industry, and his goal is to provide extraordinary service to his Real Estate customers and friends too! Hector is specializing in Golf communities and Luxury properties in South Florida.

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