Accessible Homes: What to Look for and How to Prepare for the Move

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Accessible homes make things much easier for disabled individuals and seniors, but it can often be tricky to find the right one. There are so many factors to consider: location, price, and the home’s ability to take on changes if it doesn’t meet your needs as-is are just a few. There’s also your budget to think about, as well as finding a great mortgage lender who will work with you. When it’s time to look for a new home, it’s absolutely crucial that you start with a great plan, so you won’t be faced with any nasty surprises down the line.

You can get started by making a list of all the things you want in a home. Does it need wide doorways and open spaces for ease of movement in a wheelchair or other mobility equipment? Lowered counter-tops? Bathroom safety features? Think about your specific needs and which ones will be most important to you, both now and in the future.

Here are a few more things to think about when it’s time to look for an accessible home.

Check Your Credit Score

In order to get the best deal on the right home for your needs, it’s imperative that you check your credit score before you do anything else. There are several details that go into financing a home, including your debt-to-income  ratio, how much credit you have, and your down payment amount (some loans, like an FHA loan, offer low down payments and less stringent qualification requirements).

Having a great score isn’t enough these days to secure a loan; you also need to have built up enough credit to show the lenders. Do a little research online and get familiar with the requirements — and myths — that come with securing a home loan. Getting a copy of your credit report  will help you figure out what you need to concentrate on as far as taking care of outstanding debts. Try to be patient; it can take some time to raise your score.

Location Is Important

When it comes to buying a home, location is always important; the school district, proximity to doctors, friends, and family, and neighborhood  are all things you’ll want to look at before making a decision. Every person living with a disability has different needs, so consider the things that will make your life easier. If you don’t drive, for instance, you may want to look for something that is within walking distance to the places you frequent.

Look for Modification Possibilities

 There are many homes out there that have been made accessible for various abilities, but you may find a home you love that doesn’t already have those changes. If it’s within your budget, you might be able to make the modifications yourself, but it’s important to do a little homework first. Find out whether the sellers will be willing to lower the price and get an estimate of the amount it will take to add the things you need. Bigger changes might include widening doorways, adding a walk-in shower, or pulling up the carpet and adding hardwood or laminate flooring to prevent falls. Smaller modifications might involve painting, changing out knobs for handles or easy-to-grasp levers, or installing grab bars in the bathroom.

Prep for the Move

Moving is always a big job, but with the right preparations, you can ensure that everything goes smoothly. Declutter your home before you start packing and keep everything organized and neat once you start boxing things up, so you don’t risk an injury. Finding and securing the right movers will also be helpful during this time, and you should also check to see if you qualify for  financial assistance for home modifications.

Finding the right home for your accessibility needs may take some time, so give yourself plenty of breathing room. Start planning early in order to reduce stress during the process and ask for help from friends and family when it’s time to move. Staying safe is a priority, and with some assistance, you can make the process an easy one.

Need help finding a home that is either can adapt to the needs of  person living with a disability or wheel chair friendly? Give us a call we are ready to help you. Eileen and Bill Kedersha One Sotheby’s International Realty, Fort Lauderdale and Weston FL 954-561-4100 or Ekedersha@OneSothebysRealty.com

Recession Fears may be Exaggerated

The Housing and Mortgage Market Review (HaMMR) by Arch Mortgage Insurance Company has found that Housing Market Trends are now nearly the complete opposite of conditions in the months prior to the Great Recession, according to Dr. Ralph G. DeFranco, global chief economist for Arch Capital Services.

Research on how past recessions affected home values shows current conditions will have a less severe impact on housing than the recession in 2008 did. DeFranco says “A recession is inevitable at some point, but it’s likely to be far less severe for the housing market than the Great Recession,” He goes on to say that “We estimate that the current market is underbuilt by 1 million or more homes, buyers are more cautious and loan quality is far higher. In 2007, conditions were completely flipped: housing was hugely overbuilt, speculative demand was off the charts and the market was awash with high-risk loan products.”

Franco further states, that the quarterly Arch MI Risk Index, a statistical model based on nine indicators of the health of local housing markets, suggests that the probability U.S. home prices will be lower in two years is 9 percent, an increase from 6 percent in the previous study.

In Florida, an Arch index infographic suggests that Florida home values have only a 6 percent chance of declining in two years. However, a higher risk (25 percent) in Miami suggests the chances are even lower in the rest of the state.

Nationally, the overall risk of a decline in home prices remains better than the historic average of 17 percent. Every state is expected to have positive home price growth over the next two years, continuing recent trends.                                                                                          © 2019 Florida Realtors®

Eileen Kedersha, Broker Associate One Sotheby’s International Realty – Kedersha Group 954-561-4100 EKedersha@OneSothebysRealty.com

 

Fort Lauderdale Cruising
and Dining

Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America. It is truly a waterfront paradise. As you explore the cities many canals you begin to realize the unique status it holds. To see the center of Greater Fort Lauderdale from an completely new perspective, including the fabulous mansions and mega-yachts of Millionaires’ Row, cruise the New River around Tarpon Bend on one of the charted cruises  available. The handsome marinas of the Intracoastal Waterway are in full view and give boaters stunning views in all directions.

If you follow the water west, the meandering Middle River gives you the chance to take in the area at your own pace using perhaps a kayak or on a paddleboard. You can take your pick of scenic waters to explore.

If you want to explore at a faster pace rent a jet ski and power your way around the waterways to find your own favorite spot.

If you would like to dine on the water front Fort Lauderdale most assuredly can accommodate you wishes.

15 Street Fisheries is one of South Florida’s most popular waterfront restaurants for nearly forty years offering 2 types of dining. Its award-winning cuisine upstairs, served in a charming suite of nautical-themed dining rooms, and the ever popular casual family fun found downstairs featuring lunch, dinner and drinks in an open-air, dockside setting, the Fisheries is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. Adults and children alike enjoy walking the boardwalk and feeding the fish. 
1900 SE 15th St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-763-2777

Blue Moon Fish Company is Chic waterfront restaurant located on the Intracoastal Waterway serving creative fresh Florida cuisine. Deco-inspired exterior, contemporary American menu. Gospel brunch on Sundays 11:30am every Sunday $30, includes one bloody mary, mimosa, or champagne.
4405 W Tradewind Ave. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308 954-267-9888

 

Eileen Kedersha, Broker Associate One Sotheby’s International Realty – Kedersha Group 954-561-4100 EKedersha@OneSothebysRealty.com

Louie Bossi’s Italian Ristorante Fort Lauderdale 

Restaurant Hot Spots

Spent a fabulous Sunday afternoon eating Brunch in the garden of Louie Bossi’s Italian Ristorante, Bar and Pizzeria Fort Lauderdale.

Bossi’s is known for excellent Italian cuisine. You can choose from varied homemade pastas, Neapolitan style Pizzas and home cooked Sicilian Comfort food and the Chef’s House cured salumi. Seating accommodations are either inside or outdoor patio seating facing the famous Las Olas Blvd and my favorite, the back yard garden with Bocce court. Parking on Las Olas or behind the restaurant or valet park.

Address: 1032 E Las Olas Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

954-356-6699

More information: https://www.louiebossi.com/ft-lauderdale

Eileen Kedersha

One Sotheby’s International Realty 954-561-4100 www.sfloridaluxuryhomes.com/ email: EKedersha@OneSothebysRealty.com

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