Best method to shop for new home when staying with Florida fsmily

Best method to shop for new home when staying with Florida fsmily

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Old 10-02-2019, 08:30 AM
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Default Best method to shop for new home when staying with Florida fsmily

Is there a suggested method to shop for a new home when staying with family in Florida on a visit? Do you need to contact a realtor or is it possible to gain entrance to visit the Villages sales office? Or can one gain access to just drive around to get an overall first impression?
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Old 10-02-2019, 08:53 AM
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Is there a suggested method to shop for a new home when staying with family in Florida on a visit? Do you need to contact a realtor or is it possible to gain entrance to visit the Villages sales office? Or can one gain access to just drive around to get an overall first impression?
You can contact a Realtor, contact a Villages salesperson, walk into any Villages sales office, or simply drive around. Nothing different here than most anywhere.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:03 AM
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There is one difference in that The Villages Real Estate office is not part of the MLS realtor's network, so they can only show you listings with the Villages. To see other listings you'll need an outside realtor. On the other hand, if you're just trying to get a sense of the place, grab a Daily Sun newspaper...there are tons of open houses every day and you can just drive to the ones that interest you. As for access...the Villages really isn't a gated community. At every gate is a red button and if the gate is unmanned, just press the button and bingo you're in. Good luck. It will seem a bit overwhelming with choices but all are good and something will strike you as right. It really is a great place to live.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:07 AM
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Pick up a Daily Sun and go to open houses. Both new and resales. Visit Rec centers near the open houses. Visit a town center. Make a list of what you must have, would like to have, and how much you can spend. It will all come together.
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You can come and go freely. The Villages has gates, and a photo will be taken of your license plate, but access is not restricted. When we were shopping, we felt welcome at the rec centers and squares, even though we were not yet residents.

We rented a home here for a month, and visited other communities. The Villages was vibrant, and felt like home.
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I shop online. When I find a house I want to see, I call that salesperson, and have always bought the house. The pictures online are so beautiful now, and I just map out an area and only check houses in that area.
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:31 AM
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Fortunately, many new retirees are technically savvy. Zillow is the best way to expedite your new home search. Good luck!
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If you plan to live in TV full time, you might want to see it in different seasons too. You are smart to check in here for help, I did the same and so far I’ve gotten great advice (most of the time). Also if you follow TOTV for awhile you get to see what the local concerns and solutions are. You also get a sense of the kind of people you might meet.
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Fortunately, many new retirees are technically savvy. Zillow is the best way to expedite your new home search. Good luck!
Remember though, that ZILLOW will not show houses that are listed by The Villages sales group. To see those houses, go to The Villages web site (THEVILLAGESdotCOM) and click on OUR HOMES. You can see both new and resales, plus you can search by Village, Style, or Model.

Finally, in most, if not all, neighborhoods there will NOT be a "For Sale" sign easily seen so it is difficult to look for homes by just driving around. The best is to drive around to find an area of The Villages that you might like, and then use Zillow, TheVillages, or the Daily Sun to find houses in that area.
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If its brand new house, get in touch with a Villages sales person, if its a resale give Sally Love a shout
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