Owning your own home has been the “American Dream” of most families since the beginning of our nation. Today this dream still exists but in a more liberal sense. You see, many individuals and families are turning to alternative housing options that are more suited to them financially or otherwise. In Florida, apartments are one of these options.
In fact, upon relocation to any state it is advisable to rent for the first 6 months. This will give you time to decide weather Florida is the state you want to stick with. After that time, you can decide weather to continue with your Florida apartments or to purchase something more permanent.
For some time there has been a shift in the amount of apartment rentals to condominiums. This has been largely due to the interest rates and the equity of owning Florida condominiums as apposed to renting Florida apartments.
Either way it may be beneficial to find a real estate agent. If you do decide to go with an agent you should definitely make sure they are licensed by the state of Florida. These agents will have taken many classroom hours and have passed the standard exam. They will be able to help you find Florida apartments, condos, or other types of housing.
Even with a real estate agent, and especially without one, you should always inspect the dwelling prior to signing any agreements. With any location you want to test the indoor plumbing by turning on both the hot water and cold water, flushing toilets, and turning on the shower. It is also a good idea to check for electrical outlets because some older apartments may not handle as many modern electrical appliances.
Lease agreements for most Florida apartments will be yearly agreements. As the cost of living goes up annually so does the amount of rent. This means you may be paying a higher amount to renew your agreement. However, if you would like a shorter agreement length, you may want to look for an apartment close to a university.