Buyer's Guide

Buying & Relocating

South Florida is one of the most desirable locations to purchase real estate anywhere in the world. We realize navigating the process is often emotional, exhausting and exciting.

From deciding between neighborhoods, type of property, to buying or renting, traffic and several other factors that may affect your personal situation.

We provide guidance and advice throughout the buying process to help you find the ideal home for your lifestyle, needs and budget.

Relocating to South Florida

Relocating to South Florida can be exciting, overwhelming and challenging all at the same time.

Whether you are moving from outside of Florida or outside of the country, you need a reliable and trustworthy real estate professional that can be your eyes and ears on the ground. We have been helping families and individuals relocate to South Florida for years and understand that it’s not just about renting or buying a property. Ultimately, what makes all the difference is knowing the right neighborhoods, the best schools, proximity to work and more.

We will be able to recommend reliable contractors, moving companies and everything in between. Contact us today to start planning your move to South Florida.


IDX Website

Designed Specifically For Buyers

Finding your dream home or condo depends on a number factors. From understanding the make-up of different neighborhoods that could potentially meet your needs, to having access to new property listings and price reductions as they hit the market.

With this in mind, we’ve developed this website with the latest IDX MLS technologies for better search functionalities and the most complete “Specialty Search Categories” in the market. The same IDX MLS technologies like Zillow and Trulia use to power their website search. Whether you are looking for new construction, homes with large lots, direct ocean, penthouses and anything in between – this website has it all.


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Website Features


Available Properties


One-Click Searches


Filter Options Per Search


Different Ways of Searching

We have painstakingly created thousands of pre-saved searches using the most accurate filters to make it easy to find properties by condo name, community name, luxury properties, etc. You will find these links in each section and once you click in each pre-saved search, additional filter options will be available to narrow further.

Searching for homes or condos is not sufficient, with so much inventory available finding suitable properties becomes somewhat overwhelming. Understanding this challenge, we created special search categories to easily find properties that are remodeled, with a pool, pet-friendly, large lots, new construction, penthouses, etc. We realize that the more specific we can help you get with your searches, the easier it is for you to find the most suitable properties and best deals for your specific needs.

Looking for properties in specific pockets of a neighborhood or near your preferred schools? Our map search search tool allows you to draw your map boundaries and discover properties at the hyper-local level. And if you need to narrow down further, you can use the advanced filters to focus your search on specific parameters such as lot size, days on the market and several other options to have you searching like a pro!

As demand for properties in South Florida increases, it is important to stay informed with the newest properties listed, what is selling, pending or under contract. This information is useful in helping you make informed decisions when presenting offers or get more aggressive in your search as prices continue to go up. An easy way to stay informed is to sign-up for our Property Alerts that will send you timely notifications of market trends.

With so many properties in the market and prices fluctuating, it’s difficult to find great deals. Realizing this challenge, we developed a Motivated Seller feature that provides lists for search results displaying potential deals based on a number of factors.

One of the most popular features in our website are the on-demand Market Insights found in all the pre-saved (one-click) searches. Each report provides an insight on the latest sales, negotiated price, biggest price changes of the day and the latest properties to go under contract.


Step By Step

Typical Buying Process

The Right Buyer’s Agent Matters

Working with a buyer’s agent specializing in your areas of interest, gives you with the upper hand during the entire buying process. Providing reliable insight into the pricing trends for the current market, and effectiveness throughout the negotiation stage.

Setting Goals

There are many reasons you may be interested in buying a property or moving to a different home including additional space, living closer to work, income and vacation properties, tired of renting, better location, and better school district. The sooner you are able to identify the main reasons to purchase, the better your chances of easily identifying the right property that suits your specific needs by focusing on that specific criteria.

There are other factors you also need to consider. Does your current home need to be sold prior to purchasing a new home? Do you intend to make upgrades to your new home prior to moving in? Does your home need to be purchased in time for your children to be registered for a new school? How long do you want to live in your home? Are you interested in a house, townhouse or condo?

Getting Pre-Qualified

Determining how much you can afford is critical when purchasing a home. Realistically assess what you can afford to purchase. Every buyer wants the best and the largest, but most are unable to afford their dream home. Understanding the reality of your buying power will help eliminate disappointments and failure in the future.

Your bottom line is the amount you can afford to spend on a home, and still be able to pay your monthly mortgage payments, insurance, property tax, living expenses and utilities.

Finding the Right Property

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Visiting the Properties

Your experience will be a lot more enjoyable if you have realistic expectations. Your decision will be affected by your individual requirements including your budget, available homes (inventory), the size of the lot and home, the number of beds and beds, and the school district. Understanding everything earlier in the process enables you to find the best condo or home for your needs, without missing out on your potential dream home.

Making An Offer

Once you have found a home you like, put an offer. This agreement is non-binding, but enables you to pay a specific amount for the home. If your offer is less than the price listed, you will most likely receive a counteroffer price from the seller. You can accept, make another offer or reject the offer. You should make a competitive offer according to the current market.

Applying For A Mortgage

Unless you are paying in cash, you will need to apply for a mortgage loan (if you are already pre-approved, good for you). If you’re not pre-approved, meet with at least two or three lenders and compare their loan options. Be prepared to ask questions, and be completely open with the lenders about your finances.

Inspection Period + HOA Approval (if necessary)

Once the seller has accepted your offer, and you have received a fully executed contract, you can ask your lender for written approval. At this time you will need to schedule and pay for a home inspection, property survey, and request insurance quotes. A professional appraisal will also be required by the lender to determine the estimated value of the property.

If you are buying a condo, townhouse, or house that are part of a Home Owner’s Association (HOA) you will be required to apply and get approval before you schedule a closing.

Final Walk-Through

The final walk-through with your buyer’s agent is your final opportunity to review the home before you take possession. It should be scheduled as close to closing as possible, usually within 48 hours. The walk-through ensures that the property’s condition hasn’t changed since your last visit and serves as final confirmation that any negotiated repairs have been completed and no damage was done by the sellers while moving out.


The Closing is the final step in a real estate transaction. On the closing date, the seller signs the deed over to the buyer and officially transfers ownership and delivers keys to the home.

The buyer (or the buyer’s bank) delivers payment for the balance owed on the purchase plus closing costs which include; title search services, title insurance, prorated property taxes, mortgage insurance, homeowner’s insurance, HOA and condo fees if applicable. Closing costs are paid by the buyer at the time of closing which vary per transaction.

Refer My Services to Your Friends & Family

As we get to know each other, you will know that referrals from great clients like you are a key part of my business. By the time we get to this stage, I will do everything possible to make sure you have a smooth and successful transaction and have earned your trust to recommend me to your friends and family looking to buy or sell a property in Miami.


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