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Relocating to Broward County the Easy Way

So, you've chosen to relocate and create your new life in Broward County...It's easy to see why! With the warm Florida climate, white sandy beaches, growing business community, and terrific suburbs to live in, your decision to choose Broward County is a great one. To help make your move and transition a little easier, we have a few tips before you start your migration to South Florida.

Get to Know the Local Communities

There are several great communities in Broward County, with many making it to the top of the lists for Best Places to Live in Florida. From the Everglades to the beaches, Broward’s thriving communities all have something unique to offer their residents.  Whether you’re looking for a home in the suburbs or a more secluded area to settle down in, you’re sure to find a community that you’ll love. Take a look at these Broward County communities including what to see and do and places to eat and drink to help see which ones will best fit your lifestyle.

Coconut Creek, FL 

Located in northern Broward county, this city is known as the Butterfly Capital of the World. It is a well-planned city with a unique focus on environmental consciousness.  This city supports a diverse & growing business community as well as upscale shopping and dining at the Promenade.  When you’re ready to unwind, take a stroll around one of Coconut Creek’s pristinely landscaped parks and greenways. 

Coral Springs, FL 

Coral Springs is known for its suburban atmosphere, recreational facilities & parks, thriving businesses, and top-rated schools. Located 20 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, this city puts you in the perfect place for a friendly suburban lifestyle while still having great access to major highways to venture to the city or beaches. 

Cooper City, FL

Founded by Morris Cooper in 1969, Cooper City is a close-knit community located only 15 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale. With its lush parks, excellent schools, low crime rates, and recreational facilities and programs for all ages, this city has long been known as a terrific place to live. It’s truly Someplace Special! 

Davie, FL 

The town of Davie stands out from surrounding cities in Broward County with its unique mix of a western-themed district, sprawling NSU and Broward College campuses, and prestigious gated communities.  Explore its many parks or hike along the equestrian-friendly trails. 

With special areas zoned for nurseries, small farms, and equestrian facilities, it’s hard to believe that it’s located just 12 miles from Fort Lauderdale and home to Costco, Whole Foods, Sephora, and other popular shopping & dining options. 

Plantation, FL 

Just 6 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, Plantation offers the tradition and charm of a hometown while offering the amenities of a larger city. Home to Aetna, Motorola, DHL, and FP&L, its central location near I595, the Florida Turnpike, and I95 offer easy access for commuters. It boasts a diverse blend of atmospheres for its residents to enjoy: from high-rise living in Midtown, suburban living in Plantation Gardens and Plantation Park to equestrian estates in Plantation Acres. Shopping, dining, and parks are right around the corner no matter where you choose to call home.  

Sunrise, FL 

Situated only 6 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, the city of Sunrise is home to the Sawgrass Mills Mall, the BB&T Center, and Ikea.  Sunrise residents enjoy the many parks, recreational facilities for swimming, tennis, and soccer, shopping, dining, and concerts and shows hosted at the arena. There’s truly something for everyone in the city of Sunrise. With easy access to the Sawgrass Expressway and I595, it’s easy to explore the surrounding cities. 

Know What You're Looking For

Having a good idea of the type of house you're looking for may seem obvious, but in reality, it can often be hard to know exactly what you need in a new home. Are you looking for a larger piece of land along with the house, or are you okay being on a smaller lot with less maintenance? How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need, and will you need a bedroom on the main level? Do you want to live in a quiet atmosphere or be near the nightlife?  These questions, along with others, are essential to consider in your home buying journey as they'll help guide you in the right direction in finding a home that meets your needs.

Be sure to visit the neighborhood at different times of the day. A place that may look quiet and welcoming in the daytime might have a very different feel once the sun does down, and you'll want to know that before you commit to buying a house there. It’s a good idea to check out the atmosphere during the morning, afternoon, and night. You also might want to drive around a bit to get a sense of the traffic in the area, which is essential, if you'll be commuting. For instance, a particular neighborhood may appear to be 15 minutes away from your office, but if the traffic is heavy during your commute times, it could turn into 30 minutes. 

Sometimes, we have a long list of the features we'd like to see in a potential home. Take the time to divide your list into needs versus wants. Needs can be things like having the house close to your office, in a good school district, having a certain number of bedrooms, or having a separate office space. Wants are usually items like an updated laundry room, bonus room, or a pool in the backyard. By making a list, you'll be able to prioritize your wants and needs so that you know what is absolutely essential in your next home and which items are just “nice to have”. 

Hire a Good Realtor

Once you've decided what you're looking for in a new home, hiring a reputable and experienced Realtor to guide you will be the next critical step in your home buying experience. The right Realtor is knowledgeable about the housing market and has the inside scoop on all the local communities, will always look out for your best interests, will help answer all of your questions and will guide you on the best communities and homes to tour - virtually or in-person. 

Your Realtor will also have reliable professionals to recommend to you like mortgage lenders, home inspectors, appraisers, lawyers, and any other professionals you may need during the buying process. Having the right Realtor on your side is a truly invaluable resource and critical to ensuring that you have a smooth home buying experience.

Why Erika Anderson?

As a Florida native, she knows first hand what it’s like to be a resident of the Sunshine State, including all the great places to live, work, and play! Erika’s commitment to client-centered service has allowed her to build a thriving real estate practice receiving over 80% of her business from repeat and referral clients.  She ensures that her clients are equipped and empowered with the information they need to choose the best community and home for their move to Broward County. 

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What to do after moving to Broward County?

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