Tips on Finding Your Ideal Florida Home

by Janice Litke 03/22/2020

With few exceptions, Florida could be considered a state that's all things to all people. However, that statement comes with a few caveats. Specific cities, communities, and neighborhoods, for example, tend to cater to different lifestyles, age groups, and income levels.

In order to find the specific location that would best suit your needs, a two-step approach is recommended. First, you need to clarify in your own mind the type of lifestyle and environment that would make you happy. For instance, if pursuing a beachside lifestyle is your goal in buying a Florida home, you probably would not find it satisfying to live more than a few blocks from the ocean. Some people -- especially singles and young couples -- enjoy living within walking distance to restaurants, bars, and retail stores. Others gravitate to a quieter, more suburban setting.

Step Two: Whether you're interested in living in the heart of a bustling city or adopting a more sedate lifestyle, a little research will guide you in the right direction and help you narrow down the possibilities. Once you get to the point of choosing a real estate agent to assist you in your quest, you should have a pretty clear idea of the type of community you're looking for. Based on your budget, your interests, and your desired lifestyle, an experienced buyers' agent can provide you with the guidance you need to find your ideal Florida home.

The life stage you're at will also play a major role in helping you and your agent navigate the varied and diverse real estate market in Florida. Since everyone's priorities change over time, the needs of a young family would be drastically different than that of a childless couple or one approaching retirement age.

A few factors worth keeping in mind as you search for a desirable Florida home would include the character of the neighborhoods you're considering, their proximity to recreational areas, and the availability of nearby shopping, entertainment, and medical care. Picking a location that provides convenient access to highways, airports, and other modes of transportation is another priority for many people.

It's also nice to be reasonably close to fun places to take your kids or grandchildren, such as Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios Orlando, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Epcot Center, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica (SeaWorld's waterpark), Disney's Animal Kingdom, Discovery Cove, Silver Springs State Park, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Kennedy Space Center, the Florida Keys, and Daytona International Speedway.

Livability, a website that ranks places to live, says the following cities, are among the most desirable in Florida: Miami Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville, Coral Gables, St. Petersburg, Naples, Port St. Lucie, The Villages, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee. Although each of the cities has its own unique set of characteristics (pluses and minuses) and may not be a perfect match for everyone's needs, the list comprises a helpful starting point for anyone interested in learning more about living in Florida and possibly buying a home here.

About the Author

Janice Litke

Janice Litke has Your Key to Sarasota! A consistent top producer, Janice brings to the Sarasota market the same unwavering drive and commitment to customer care that has earned her awards, respect and loyalty among her colleagues and clientele.Janice’s many years in the corporate world as District Vice President, Area Sales Manager, Corporate Trainer and Recruiter, and Director of Corporate Relocation has sharpened her negotiation and sales skills. These traits have proved invaluable in her work as a real estate agent. Her move into the field came, she says, because she sought something more than just a successful career. “I wanted to contribute to something greater,” she explains. “In real estate I have the opportunity to help people achieve their goals, and to add value to every transaction I represent”.Early on, Janice cultivated a niche, regularly representing clients in the sales and purchases of fine homes. Her dynamic, high-energy approach, coupled with the experience and knowledge necessary to represent real estate clientele, have proven the ideal foundation upon which to build her thriving business. Janice understands the unique needs of her real estate clientele. As such, she offers a concierge level of service that is designed to maximize each client’s time, and enhance the experience of buying or selling a home.As a listing agent, Janice utilizes a comprehensive marketing and advertising plan tailored to each home she represents, ensuring high visibility for all of her listings. As the President ad member of the Sarasota’s Women’s Council of Realtors, a strong networking strategy has enabled her to forge alliances with some of the nation’s top real estate professionals, who help market her properties to prospective buyers around the country.Janice’s dedication to her clientele is matched by her commitment to remaining at the top of her profession. Her designations, she says, are of significant worth to her business and her clientele. “I value my time and only pursue professional development where I feel that there will be a benefit to me and my clients,” she notes. Her performance speaks for itself.Understanding the value of incorporating technology into her fast-paced business, Janice is tapped into the latest tools and marketing techniques to ensure that she is readily available to her clientele and colleagues, and her properties are kept in high visibility.A busy professional, Janice holds strong family values and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She’s attended the University of London and earned her MBA from the University of South Florida. Always tapped into the local market, Janice is an active member of the Women’s Council of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, The Florida Association of Realtors, Sarasota Association of Realtors® Women’s Initiative, Community Bible Study, The Shore Church and the Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys Sarasota’s cultural arts, fine architecture and glorious beaches, and appreciates the opportunity to sell the area’s enviable lifestyle. As a resident of Lido Beach, Janice's experience, strong communication skills and her attention to details, benefits her clients with superior personalized service.“I love it here, there is a wonderful diversity in real estate, culture and people, and it’s exciting to be a part of this community.”