The holiday season has begun on Miami Beach with home-buyers flocking to luxury waterfront neighborhoods like Palm Island, Sunset Islands, Fisher Island and many other Miami Beach real estate hotspots to buy first, second-vacation homes and investment properties. During the winter months Miami Beach real estate is set ablaze by buyers ready to purchase summer homes. The season of gift-giving is the perfect time to sell your Miami Beach home to a family looking to start the New Year off in a brand new Miami Beach Island home. Speaking of gifts, in some ways, finding the perfect holiday gift is similar to finding the right Miami Beach luxury home. Buyers may spend a lot of time researching and thinking about the new home purchase in regards to location, size, price and many more just as they would the perfect gift for a loved one. They’ll probably even seek the advice of an expert Miami Beach Real estate Agent as you test out the many styles and sizes, and in the end, they’ll make the connections of what fits their best needs and wants. Just like a gift, satisfaction from choosing the right home will enable the buyer to happily settle in their brand new Miami Beach home.
Miami Beach home-Buyers will likely find some surprises along the way to closing on a desired luxury or waterfront home. Miami Beach Buyers are often perplexed at the time and process involved with a Miami island home purchase and having a knowledgeable real estate agent is a key to moving quickly in any home sale.
Another even more important aspect is knowing what you want as a home buyer, whether its a luxury home, a waterfront home with private dock, ample square footage, corner lot or dry lot, these decisions must be considered in the buying process. If you can map out the must haves and wants and communicate those to your Miami Beach home agent, you will not spend needless time surveying properties that are of no interest to you and will find your luxury home much sooner.
No Representation – While it’s true that you can search CraigsList, websites, and visit open houses on your own, you as a consumer are not near as schooled in the local housing market as a local real estate agent would be. Smart shoppers often ask for advice and read reviews before making a gift purchase, and shopping for your home is much the same. Another benefit to having a knowledgeable real estate agent is in the power of negotiation. There is an art to buying and selling real estate and a true professional can often negotiate offers, terms and pricing that will win you your home.
Lack of Vision – Look beyond the initial home tour and study the “bones” of the house. Consider how different paint and flooring could transform any waterfront home, and trust your real estate agent to advise you on whether or not the property is a diamond in the rough. A little maintenance, redecorating, and repairs can really update your home and seeing through rose colored glasses could win you a better deal on your home, too. Do, however, get an inspection on any property to make sure that the repairs are not more than you can manage. Gift shoppers go through this step, as well, when making discounted purchases.
Understand Your Non-negotiable – Don’t compromise on items you think are essential. If you need waterfront with private dock, do not settle for a home that is lacking it. If you feel like you need a swimming pool, only look at homes with pools or space to build a pool (which many Miami Beach homes have). Big changes such as these will be hard to make at a later date and may undermine your overall home satisfaction. It is acceptable to wait to find a home that can better accommodate your needs. And, with gifts, buy something that truly “fits” the recipient.
Look Ahead – Buy your Miami Beach home (and holiday gifts) to meet current needs, but also contemplate possibilities lurking in the near future. If a need for a nursery and quiet cul-de-sac loom in the future or a potential new job requires a lot of entertaining, it may be wise to consider those plans in your home purchase.