Relocation: How To Buy A Home In Davenport, FL When You Don’t Know The Area

Oscar W. Fonseca
Oscar W. Fonseca
Published on October 17, 2017

Moving from one home to another is a life-disrupter, but moving from one town to another is a major upheaval. Watching that moving van drive down the street, fearful that it’s the last time you’ll see your belongings, is just one of the moments of angst you’ll face when relocating.

Between then and now you’ll need to find a real estate agent and a neighborhood and, finally, a home – all in a town that may be thousands of miles away.

Relocating doesn’t have to be a ghastly process. Let’s make a plan and get you into your Davenport, neighborhood and home, without many of the hassles.

Your Ideal Davenport, FL  Home

Knowing exactly what type of home you want is the first step in your relocation to Central Florida. From single-family to multi-family homes to condos and townhomes, get clear on exactly what you want.

Then, decide on how much room you need – both in living space and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.

And, don’t forget the exterior. With a condo, you may not have much of a choice about outdoor areas, but if you’re in the market for other home styles, determine what you require outdoors.

  • Do you need a garage? If so, how big?
  • Is a backyard important?
  • Do you need outbuildings?
  • Is a swimming pool on your wish list?
  • If you garden, how important is an existing irrigation system?

Choosing Your New Davenport, FL Neighborhood

Your preferred home style may help narrow down your choice of neighborhoods.

If you’re in the market for a luxury home, you may find them only in certain parts of town like Providence, ChampionsGate, Solterra, West Haven. If you’re bringing the passion for golf, some will even accommodate the golf clubs and cart.

In general, however, you’ll need to answer some questions to figure out where you want to live:

  • What is your priority? Is it a quick commute to work, being located in close to a quality school, to public transportation or recreational amenities?
  • Do you crave urban living or are the suburbs more to your taste? Rural living has a lot to offer as well.
  • Do you love the sound of kids playing outside our window or does it grate on your nerves?

Research Is Your Friend

If you don’t know yet how much you can afford to spend on your new home in Davenport, FL please see a local lender.

When you have a handle on your budget you’ll find the homebuying process immensely more manageable.

But, you must also take into account that the cost of living where you are now may not look at all like the cost of living in Davenport FL.

Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Davenport, Florida is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Davenport, Florida is more expensive. (Sperling’s BestPlaces)

Davenport, Florida cost of living is 97.50.

Let’s Find A Neighborhood

Now you have an idea of how much you can afford to pay for a mortgage every month so it’s time to check out what’s available in your affordability range.

If you’re moving for a new job, go to a Google map of the area surrounding your new workplace and find the neighborhoods with a tolerable commute. Then, do some research on each one.

A good place to start is City-Data – the folks who hang out in the forums there have lots of good information.

Let’s assume you’re moving to Davenport, FL and you want to live within 30 minutes of your new job, which is in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You’ve checked out a Google map of the area and determined that Legacy Park, Highlands Reserve and Florida Pines look like cool neighborhoods to explore.

It’s Time To Get Help

That help will come in the form of a real estate agent. If you are selling a home in your current city, ask your listing agent for a referral to an agent in Davenport, FL.

If you won’t be selling, ask friends, family and colleagues for a referral to a local agent who will then help you find your home in Davenport, FL.

You can also contact a local Davenport, FL Real Estate Experts like:

The “Fons” Team


Whether you are Buying, Selling or Renting

“We Got You Covered”

From finding a home, matching you with adequate financing, negotiating the contract and closing the deal,  Our numerous duties and responsibilities reflect the often-esoteric nature of home buying. Ultimately, you can expect us at JEMCO Realty & Property Management to guide and assist you through this home-buying adventure. We will help you avoid potential pitfalls, and in the end, hand you the keys to your new home.



One final tip:

Don’t rely on the information about homes that you find on the big real estate portal sites because much of it is unreliable.

Although they would like you to think that they have all of the active listings in any given area, they don’t.

The only accurate listing of homes available is in a region’s Multiple Listing Service database, which can only be accessed by licensed real estate agents.

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