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Looking for assistance with relocating from Chicago to Ft. Lauderdale. Would like to buy. Where do I start?

I am beginning my foot work to relocate from the Chicagoland area to Ft. Lauderdale within the next 6-12 months. I would like to see what my options are to buy a 3+ bedroom home. I have always rented and need someone with knowledge of steps to take to make this happen. Also will be looking for work, movers, etc...
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It will depend on personal preference and economic circumstances. Please consider if you have a family, what type of schooling preference you'll have or if you'll be continuing education. Also keep in mind when it comes to buying verses renting all the cost will be yours in maintenance & whether or not you own a home or a condo, town-home, villa or any other kind of home in a development community with association dues. Not to mention taxes...check with the county about telling you about the taxes. Also I think an important variable that a buyer verse renter doesn't consider is that it there is sometimes grant money certain communities(cities) offer depending on how long you plan to living within the area, after all you being there saves a home from not being up-kept (most of the time). The most major thing to remember when buying is inspecting the home for hidden cost, such as liens and damages (and experienced eye can see- things like mold, plumbing, heat/cooling problems) that can lead to additional cost to find comfort or even make the home up to city code standards or live able. If you are not working and it is your coming looking for work make sure you have a small savings or some form of dependable resource of income to sustain your seeking work in your particular field or making source of your own revenue from some other business or investment. It will depend on your industry or field of occupation right now how suitable Fort Lauderdale employment climate will be for you. What do you do? Look up on jobs in Florida for that and on the department of labor website how favorable are positions in those field having been doing over the last 2-3 years. As far as buying, remember the golden rule and be aware. "Good timing and opportunity", beat luck every time, so best regards in that. A formula is don't buy what you can not afford in rent for 30 years & 3% down payment qualifies you only with fair credit and should be the least you can do, so put it away now.
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Hi keisha,

I like your reply to Kalyanie. I am currently in Fort Lauderdale to investigate purchasing rental properties (either SFR or 6-10 units) If you are a Realtor and are active, please make contact with me at: ok_me_3@yahoo.com or my Cell is: 903-217-8850 Thank you Dennis
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Hello Kalyanie:

I recommend to my clients to go to Craigslist.com. They have the most accurate information out of any real estate website. They put listings from the local MLS the day they come on the market and remove them as soon as the properties are closed. The other real estate websites have properties that are uploaded by the individual agents. If you have any questions or would like more information please give me a call at 843-267-9232. I have lived in Ft. Lauderdale for 20 years and now spend my time between Ft. Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Barbara Easton-Irvin
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Hello Kalynie,
First step you have to have pre-qualification letter or proof of funds
Second you have to pick the realtor.
Third you have to be lucky.
Good Luck
Boris Russanov
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Hi Kalyanie,

A great place to start is looking at what is available in Fort Lauderdale that fits your needs. You can get an idea of what amenities you are looking for in a particular home and where those are available. You should also do some research on the various areas of Fort Lauderdale to determine which neighborhoods are most suited to your needs and desires.

Once you have an idea of what you are looking for and where you want to live, you can start setting up times to tour!

Here's a link to our housing search in Fort Lauderdale to get you started. I've narrowed your results down to only 3+ bedrooms:

http://hotpads.com/search#lat=26.1404727272727&lon=-80.1498045454545&zoom=20&listingTypes=sale,newHome,foreclosure,auction&bedrooms=3,4,5,6,7,8plus&includeVaguePricing=false&pricingFrequency=once

Good luck!
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Hi there Kalynie,

I'd be pleased to help you.
You can search the MLS on my site at www.NaomiPrestonRealtor.com
We'll be in touch! 954.397.2057
Naomi Preston
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Hi Kaynie,
I am just a resident of FLL not a realtor (I do have friends) I have lived all over Ft Laud for years and I may be able to answer quetions the professionals might not think of. Don't hesitate to contact me. I live a block from the IWC [Intercoastal Waterway] That means I am within walking distance of the beach or 10 min/
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Hello Kalyanie,
I'm a realtor from Fort Lauderdale, FL and I think that first you need to contact me to help you. Let me know where is your new relocation job going to be and we will go from there, then we will see the areas that you may like to live to buy and then, we need to see your price range and your credit. So call me or e-mail me if you need real help relocating. My e-mail is julie@jehmke.com and my cell is 954-560-7069, you can take a look at my website at www.jehmke.com
Julie Ehmke
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