You just got married and life is full of exciting, new possibilities—such as finding a love nest where you can start creating your future together! But navigating the unchartered waters of home-buying can be challenging—just figuring out how much house you can afford is often unclear. To ensure smooth sailing, here are three handy tips to keep top of mind as you consider one of the most significant purchases you’ll ever make.
1. Get pre-qualified.
Unless you’re buying a home cash, speaking to a good mortgage broker is the most important first step. After all, you don’t want to fall in love with a home only to discover that it’s outside of your budget, or that further building your credit is necessary for qualifying! A mortgage broker will also acquaint you with various financing options so that you can weigh the relative advantages of each.
At the Welcome Home Centers in Lennar communities, our in-house lender can pre-qualify you on site, enabling you to shop for your dream home with confidence.
2. Determine the kind of space you need.
Based on your pre-qualification and your needs as a couple, you can determine the type of home that would be best suited. As you start your lives together, a condo or townhome may offer all the space you need. Consider, for example, Lennar’s Urbana in downtown Doral, a uniquely cosmopolitan and architecturally striking community within walking distance of world-class restaurants, shops, and entertainment.
Another Lennar’s community, urban-chic Landmark, also offers coveted condos and townhomes. An innovative concept in housing, Lennar’s twin homes, available in Campo Bello, mean that you only have neighbors on one side, and their expansive backyards comfortably accommodate a pool, barbeque pit, and more.
If you’re thinking of soon growing your family, have step-children, or other family that will be living with you, a single-family home may be the way to go. Depending on the type of community and architectural style that appeal to you, your choices range from Zen-inspired Satori in Miami Lakes to the Mediterranean flavored AquaBella, and many more.
Our friendly and knowledgeable New Home Consultants can help with any questions you may have about choosing your perfect space. They will also provide support in customizing your love nest, helping you with design selections, including paint, carpeting, and cabinet colors.
3. Choose the right community for your lifestyle
Some people love a fast-paced, dynamic lifestyle, enjoying vacation activities on a daily basis. Others prefer living in quaint and tranquil hubs, where a bird’s sweet song or lakeside sunsets provide all the stimulation they need. Whichever your preference—or something in between––Lennar has the perfect community for you!
Our resort-style communities, some of which include Satori, Landmark, and Fresno at the Vineyards, have spectacular swimming pools and clubhouses, kids’ aqua parks, sports complexes, fitness centers, and more. Truly, at these communities, there is something for everyone and in some cases, double the something! Consider spectacular AquaBella where residents have not one but two clubhouses, pools, and kids’ splash parks! For newlyweds seeking a very active lifestyle, in these communities the fun never stops.
But if your druthers for a community run to a more relaxed, easy-going home setting, Via Ventura near Aventura may be a great choice for you. Ideally situated near some of Miami’s finest dining, entertainment and shopping destinations, this community will feature a splendid lake teeming with fish, turtles, and ducks, as well as a swimming pool and lush tropical landscaping. Enjoy the surrounding, world-class entertainment, then come home to an oasis of tranquil relaxation.
A second consideration in picking the right community is proximity to work. Once again, how close you need to be to your place of employment is a very personal decision. Some buyers don’t mind going a little further, recognizing that property values are more accessible in outlying areas, while others prioritize an easy commute. However, regardless of the locations you zero in on, you will find that Lennar communities are strategically situated near major thoroughfares, schools, shops and restaurants.
Armed with these three handy tips—getting pre-approved and choosing the right space and community—we are confident you will find the ideal love nest for you and your significant other! Good luck and congratulations!