Fort Lauderdale is also called ‘’Venice of America” because of its expansive canal system. The city is named after three  forts that were built during the Second Seminole War .They took their name from Major William Lauderdale ,who was the commander of soldiers who built the first fort ( was the fort of the New River).
                The city sits 23 miles North of Miami and began its population growth after Florida’s Land boom in the 1920’s . As of 2011 census,the city had a population of over 168 thousand.It is popular tourist destination with over 10 million visitors each year. The city is a major yachting center with 42,000 resident yachts and it offers many off shore fishing opportunities. Originally, Fort Lauderdale was inhabited by the Tequesta Indians.By 1763 only a few were left in Florida and most of them were evacuated to Cuba .The area of the city was known as the „the New River Settlement”. During WWII Fort Lauderdale was established navy base to train pilots ,radar pilots, fire control operators. A Coast Guard base at Port Everglades was also formed.
                 After WWII  city population grew in numbers and became a popular tourist destination.After 1970’s the city experienced shift of population to surburbs to the West .Coral Springs,Miramar and Pembroke Pines became major area of settlement .Population shrank by almost 4,000 but noticed slight rebound after 2000 census.

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Despite being located two degrees North of Tropic of Cancer Fort Lauderdale has a tropical rainforest climate with slight variations in temperature .The city does not have typical dry season.This  attracts constant beach goers to enjoy summer weather all year round.

Fort Lauderdale’s economy relies heavily on tourism and attracts both college crowd as well as more sophisticated and affluent visitors.Companies that have their base in Fort Lauderdale are:Auto Nation,Citrix Systems,DHL Express ,Nation Beverage Corporation.

DECIDE TO BUY A HOUSEStep 1: Decide to Buy

The decision to purchase your first home is one of the biggest and best choices you could ever make. After all, a home is the largest – and most emotional – investment most people will      face in their lifetime. So, how do you know if it’s the right time for you to buy?

There is never a wrong time to buy the right home. The key is finding the right buy and taking the time to carefully evaluate your finances.

A home purchase is an important step that can provide many advantages. Purchasing your own home is a great investment that can deliver several financial benefits – equity build up, value appreciation, automatic savings plan – not to mention a new sense of pride!

Start looking at your options today. You don’t have to know everything. We are ready to help you through every step of the process.

Step 2: Hire Your Agent

When you’re looking for a real estate professional to help you, know that above all else, good agents put their clients first. This is your dream, and your agent is your advocate to help you make your dream come true.

A great real estate agent will:

  1. Educate you about the current conditions of the market.
  2. Analyze what you want and what you need in your next home.
  3. Co-ordinate the work of other needed professionals throughout the process.
  4. Guide you to homes that fit your criteria and budget.
  5. Negotiate on your behalf to get you the best deal possible.
  6. Check and double-check paperwork and deadlines.
  7. Inform and discuss with you, and suggest solutions to solve any problems that may arise.

imagesStep 3: Secure Financing

To make the financing process as painless as possible, ask your agent to introduce you to the preferred financing consultant. This professional   will work with you and your agent to make sure the
financial aspect of your home purchase is stress free.

What will the consultant do for you?

  1. Review your current financials.
  2. Discuss the options available to you during the home purchasing process.
  3. Guide you to an appropriate price point.
  4. Negotiate on your behalf to get you the best deal – price, interest rates, loan approval.
  5. Keep you informed and updated of the entire financial process throughout your purchase.

Step 4: Find Your Home

So you’ve met with your trusted advisors, and now you’re ready to begin your search. But how or where do you start? There are a lot of homes out there, and diving in without a guide can become overwhelming and confusing. We will help you more accurately pinpoint homes that fit your criteria. The right home will meet all your important needs, and as many of your additional wants as possible.

Some questions you might ask yourself include:

  1. What amenities are crucial for you and your family?
  2. How much space do you need and why?
  3. Which is more critical: location or size?
  4. Would you be interested in a fixer-upper?
  5. How important is home value appreciation?
  6. Is neighborhood stability a priority?
  7. Is accessibility to main routes a priority?
  8. What features are not negotiable in your new property?

You’ll learn as you look at homes, your priorities will probably adjust along the way.