There’s no downside to buying a home in the state of Florida. In fact, there are even incentives.

There’s no state income tax. Property taxes remain surprisingly low in Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties. And there’s even a Florida Homestead Exemption for property owners:

“When someone owns the property and makes it his or her permanent residence or the permanent residence of his or her dependent, the property owner may be eligible to receive a homestead exemption up to $50,000. The first $25,000 applies to all property taxes, including school district taxes. The additional exemption up to $25,000 applies to the assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000 and only to non-school taxes,” according to state law.

If you choose to buy in a…

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Even if you choose a house or condo that’s inland, you’ll just be a few miles from the beach.

Beach season is year-round for seasonal residents and tourists. But the traditional start for locals is when south Florida’s cooler temps reach the 80s. About late April or early May.

Most beaches are free in Florida, but they’re not just stretches of sand. West Palm Beach and Delray Beach are famous for beachfront eateries. Others are pristine, like Boca Raton’s lined with hi-rises, and John D. MacArthur Beach State Park’s 1.6 miles of beachfront a few miles from Palm Beach Gardens.

These beaches are cleaned daily, have lifeguards on duty, and some even offer vendors with umbrellas and lounge chairs for a small fee. So, you won’t have to bring…

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For first-time buyers looking for a good investment or to relocate to Palm Beach County south Florida, here’s what to know about buying a foreclosed house.

A foreclosed home means the buyer is no longer making mortgage payments in a time frame that meets the legal lending requirements. So, the lender – usually a bank – wants to recoup the amount owed on a defaulted loan by selling the property.  

An owner who has defaulted on the mortgage loan has forfeited the right to own the residence. That can be an opportunity for potential buyers.

Mortgage lenders are not in the real estate business. So, they are often willing to negotiate a payoff that’s less than the market value of the foreclosed home.

This is a legal process that varies from…

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Nestled within the prestigious gated community of Santa Barbara lies a residence that epitomizes luxury living at its finest. Welcome to a meticulously remodeled single-family home that seamlessly blends sophistication, comfort, and convenience, offering an unparalleled living experience in the heart of Boca Raton.

As you approach this exquisite residence, the elegant curb appeal captures your attention with new landscaping and uplighting adorning the exterior. Step through the custom-designed front door into an open and spacious living-dinning area, featuring modern porcelain tile illuminated by LED recessed lighting. Natural light pours…

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If you’re moving here to live on the beach, not just near the beach, you came to the right place.

With 47 miles of coastline in Palm Beach County alone, buyers have their choice of a luxury estate, a beachfront home or a condo with concierge services, private beach access and a pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

What more could you ask than a walk down the beach after breakfast? But even before you start your search, if you’re asking “is a beach house a good investment” the answer is always an emphatic “yes.” Real estate with a view of the ocean and even an inlet enroute is considered the crème de la crème here.  

The best places to buy a beach house or a condo are in Palm Beach, Jupiter, Delray Beach, Highland Beach and Boca Raton. These…

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If you’re in the market for a new house or condo and you heard the south Palm Beach County market is built out, that’s just not true. There’s more new construction than you think in cities and suburbs from Boca Raton to Boynton Beach and north to Port St. Lucie.

Established regional builders, and developers with a national reputation have opened brand new private family-friendly and 55+ communities with stylish amenities. The advantage to getting in on the ground floor is that house-hunters can tour and choose a model home and even their own lot. Some come with a nature preserve or lakefront view.

Modern single-family homes are under construction in sought-after established private communities, too, as builders cater to potential buyers in the…

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April is National Pickleball Month, and if access to courts is a priority before you choose where to relocate, you’re in luck.

USA Pickleball, the governing body for pickleball in the U.S.A., calls the game the fastest-growing sport. And pickleball is thriving in south Palm Beach County Florida.

This isn’t your grandmother’s newer version of shuffleboard. Both private companies and public pickleball sites offer instruction, leagues, clinics, clubs, camps and pro shops for kids to adults. Every community served by Lang Realty has pickleball courts and programs.

Established residential country clubs like Hunters Run have added pickleball courts to their racquet sports lineup. Hunters Run has 12. And new construction, like luxury private…

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If you’ve completed all the steps to closing on a house or condo in South Florida, the real estate closing is the big finale. Most buyers consider this transaction the deal of a lifetime, so make sure you know what happens at a house closing before you go. Always consult your Lang Realty agent, who’s a pro at this.

Here’s a summary of a South Florida real estate closing checklist

  • How long should this take? Set aside two hours to sign all the documents required, have them explained in advance, and answer any questions.
  • What to bring: Your photo ID and a cashier’s or certified check only (not just a personal check) to cover the down payment and closing costs.
  • Who will be there with you and your real estate agent? At this point, your agent…

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If you’re a novice at home buying, rely on an experienced real estate agent. Like any first-time purchase, never risk going it alone to avoid the biggest mistakes when buying a home.

Your agent will know the market and every detail of the home-buying transaction, from pre-qualifying for a mortgage to the cost of property tax and other expenses to factor into your decisions.   

Home buying tips for first-time buyers

Calculate how much you can comfortably afford and how much you’re likely to need for a down payment.

You’re not done yet: Most communities in South Florida are part of a state-regulated homeowner or condo association that covers the cost of amenities and routine maintenance like landscaping. So factor an expected association…

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If you’re finished with ice and snow, you’re not alone. You may want to know why people are moving to Florida.  

It’s not just the weather or the tax-free state. Florida, particularly South Florida, is no longer a sleepy enclave. Now the active, out-and-about lifestyle appeals to young families and retirees. In Boca Raton alone, the average age has dipped from the 60s to the 40s.

So not surprisingly, the U.S. Census Bureau cites Florida as “home to four of the nation’s top five fastest-growing metropolitan statistical areas and three of the top 10 that gained the largest number of people from 2022 to 2023.”

That said, here’s a few things to know before moving to Florida. Narrow down where to look and choose a real estate pro who knows the…

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