How To Choose The Right Property For The Florida Property Market

 By: Justin Trapp
It is more important than ever for you to choose the right property if you want to get in on the Florida property market. While the market is beginning to recover nationwide the fact is that the real estate market in Florida is still struggling to recover. There are a number of factors for this, one being tighter lending conditions. Even though some counties are suffering more of a slump than they are elsewhere in the state it is still worthwhile to get into the real estate market in Florida. Here is what you need to know in order to choose the right property.

Condo sales are up

While house sales and commercial real estate sales may be down, existing condominium sales are actually up. In the last month existing condo sales are up by 17% in the state of Florida. What this means for buyers is that condominium properties may be a better choice for anyone who wants to get into developing residential properties.

It also means that you may have more luck selling an existing condominium property rather than choosing a new build project to get involved with.

Pricing is also important

It is also important to check out the prices that are being put on the properties that are selling. The last thing you want as a property developer is to choose properties that are so far above the median selling price that they are out of reach to the average buyer. In Florida, the existing condo median price is $98,200 and the existing median home price is $135,000. . If you compare the median home price in Florida to that of the national average of $166,500 you will see that properties are still much lower in Florida than they are elsewhere in the country. Choosing properties that are priced in that neighborhood may help you guarantee a sale.

Get your finances in line before you start shopping

It is even more important for you to get your finances in order before you begin looking. Financial conditions have changed and it is now much more difficult for some lenders to secure financing. A higher down payment is often needed and an investor's credit rating now needs to be higher in order to qualify for a mortgage. Taking the time to find out how much you can borrow before you look at properties is a good idea. The last thing you want is to find out that you cannot afford the property that you want to buy.

Put together an experienced investment team

It is more important than ever for you to put together and work with an experienced real estate team. It should be made up of three key people or teams. One is an experienced real estate professional. Because market conditions are so different in various areas of Florida it is important to choose someone that not only is familiar with the conditions where you are buying but also how they compare to national real estate performance

You also need to work with a finance company that is willing to lend you the money you need to secure the properties you want to purchase. The final component of your team is a licensed contractor who can help evaluate properties so that you choose the ones that can give you a great return on your investment.
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