Sick of Renting in Miami? How One Couple Got Out of the Rental Game for Good

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 Sick of Renting in Miami? How One Couple Got Out of the Rental Game for Good

When did you decide you were ready to buy a home?

We'd been renting a studio loft in downtown St. Paul and while it was lovely...We needed more space. We looked at houses off and on for about two years!

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Sick of Renting in Miami? How One Couple Got Out of the Rental Game for Good

How many homes did you look at?

Geez, this is a bit embarrassing but I'd estimate about 50-60 homes. It was my husband's idea to look at our home. It was over our budget…and I was hesitant because I thought I'd fall in love and it would be too expensive. The moment we walked in, our eyes lit up and he looked at me and asked "What do you think?" I responded in excitement, "Feels like home." We both agreed, and hadn't even walked out of the entryway! When you know, you just know and you make it happen! Sick of Renting in Miami? How One Couple Got Out of the Rental Game for Good

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Once you found your place and put in an offer, how long did it take for it to be accepted?

We put in the offer at the end of November and closed in January. No one wants to move in the middle of January in Miami, ha ha. We did offer about 75k less than the asking price (this was right before it became a seller's market). Our home was lender owned…with a bit of back and forth negotiating, we got if for about 50k under asking price. Turns out it was in our budget. :) Sick of Renting in Miami? How One Couple Got Out of the Rental Game for Good  

"Be patient! Trust me, I fell in love with a ton of houses..."

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What surprised you the most? Sick of Renting in Miami? How One Couple Got Out of the Rental Game for Good

How much "the stuff" you don't see can cost. Being a designer, I want to make the house more functional and pretty. Realistically, we need a new roof and garage (that's not much fun!). We've replaced our sewer main, concrete sidewalk and stairway, sodded our yard, done some plumbing and worked on a closet. While these aren't exactly my idea of "fun" projects, they needed to be done. One of my favorite things we've done is replaced the siding and windows; it made a huge difference visually and to our energy bill. Renting in Miami? How One Couple Got Out of the Rental Game for Good

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Your advice for first-time buyers?

Be patient! Trust me, I fell in love with a ton of houses...but in the end knowing we both love our house is the best feeling! Also, paint can go a long way! When we first moved in, my parents painted our entire first floor for us from a gross beige to white, navy and grey… it made a huge difference (for a little bit of money). Sick of Renting in Miami? How Catherine Gomez can really help you. Search yourfloridahomeforsale.com and call her! 305.2830872

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Catherine Gomez

Hello, I am Catherine Gomez an experienced Real Estate Agent, licensed in the State of  Florida.

I value your patronage. I have been in the real estate business since 1997. I am confident that you will be happy with my services, adept competencies, timeliness, honesty and final results. Let us explore your solutions today.

 My passion is to help YOU find your dream home, as I have been blessed enough to have already found mine. I am the wife to a wonderful husband, who works as a teacher and mother to my two amazing daughters, now 5 and 7 years old. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family – camping, dancing, traveling, you name it! In addition to all, my family and I are also active volunteers within our church.

I am social, resourceful, determined and knowledgeable in my field – all qualities essential in finding you your dream space, as your comfort and happiness is a priority. As someone who has worked in marketing and graphics for many years, and who has a strong eye for design, you can count on me to have the competitive advantage you need to sell or purchase a home that fits what you are seeking.

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