Bachelorette Guide To Buying
I have many single girlfriends that own their own home, and they love it! After talking with some of them on how their experiences were with searching and buying a home I found that there were some areas of the home buying process that could be more personalized for single women. This guide was created to provide a deeper conversation on the wants and needs of bachelorettes. Here are some tips and steps to help you ladies out with buying your house in the beautiful, fun, and lively area of Central Florida.
1. House, Condo, or Townhome?
There are many housing options to choose from in Central Florida, so which option is the best fit for you? Here are some facts to keep in mind when considering housing types:
*Townhomes and Condos are very similar. A key difference usually relates to responsibility for exterior maintenance.
Housing Types Pros and Cons:
Pros: no shared walls, private parking, no shared decisions on
home colors, no rules on pets (unless city/county/HOA rules are different)
Cons: responsible for all maintenance inside and outside, sometimes higher in utility costs due to larger space.
Pros: less maintenance required outside, usually better amenities, more located within walkable areas.
Cons: sometimes higher association fees, more rules/regulations within associations, shared walls, more parking restrictions.
More information on HOA’s can be found in our: First Time Home Buyers “How To” Guide
2. What Fits Your Personality/Lifestyle?
Do you enjoy spending your nights with a warm cup of coffee reading at the local coffee shop, exploring the local art exhibits, or touring around town and trying the local cuisine? Find a neighborhood that fits your personality and passions in life. If you don’t know which areas speak to you best, take a couple nights out on the town and explore with some of your friends! Do you enjoy having walkability to specific places or would you rather live a little bit outside of the major city? Use our County/City pages for more information to get started. These questions can help guide you to selecting a specific area in which to look for houses.
The median home price varies from Orlando to Clermont and in-between, but what can you comfortably afford while paying for other fixed expenses? Purchasing a home with a single income stream brings more caution to the table when looking at a budget for a house. Prepare a budget on what you could afford on a monthly basis while including some “fluff room” for unforeseen expenses that may occur. Keep in mind that other expenses come into play when owning a home such as repairs, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, maintenance, and utilities. A qualified and experienced Realtor will be able to find you a home that includes most of your wants and needs, in your price range, and in the location that you prefer.
4. Safety Comes First
Feeling safe and secure in your own home, and neighborhood, is a must. Some ways to secure your home include security systems, drive in garages, window placements high off the ground, and if you’re in a condo a front desk/concierge. When looking at a specific neighborhood take a walk/drive around during the day AND night time, see how friendly the neighbors are, how the lighting is, etc. These actions will ensure that you can feel at ease inside of your own home and neighborhood.
5. Place the “What if’s?” Behind You!
Many people, single women included, put off buying a home due to the “what if’s”. What if I find a spouse? What if I have to move for my job? What if I can’t fix certain things on my house? All of these “what ifs” have easy solutions. If you meet someone, they can move in, you can rent your place out, or sell your home and move into another home together. Don’t be afraid to talk to your Realtor and ask some of these questions (we love these questions). This is a chance for you to call a home your own and to start building equity and making memories at the same time.
6. Involve Family and Friends
If you feel more comfortable with a family member or friend looking at homes with you and exploring the neighborhoods, bring them along. They might bring up questions or see things that you may have missed or glanced over. Plus, this is an exciting time and purchase for you, the more support you have the better!
Buying a home that will build equity and bring you joy is the number one mission. If you are thinking of buying a house or condo and would like some more information don’t hesitate to give us a text/call or shoot us an email.