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Accommodation in Miami

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As an expat in Miami, you will need to look for a house or an apartment. Find useful tips to help you finding accommodation.

If you have just arrived in Miami, you can temporarily live in an apartment or in a hotel before finding a suitable place to accommodate you in the long run. You can then decide whether you want to buy or rent a house or if you prefer having roommates. Take your time to plan your budget and choose the area in which you feel most comfortable.

How to find housing

You can read classified ads in newspapers and housing websites. You can also hire a real estate agent who will find you a home according to your preferences and your budget. Note that you do not have to pay him a commission, the homeowner being the one to take that in charge.

Here are some websites that may help you in your search:

Realtor www.realtor.com

Condo www.condo.com

Zillow www.zillow.com

Miami Condo Investments www.miamicondoinvestments.com

Types of accommodation

In Miami, you can find different types of housing, including the condominium which is an independent home, the cooperative which is a real estate company whose shareholders tenants are jointly and severally liable, the townhouse which is a detached house in a complex property, and individual houses. The most popular residential areas are Miami Beach, South Miami, Aventura and Coconut Grove.

You need to consider the cities and neighborhoods before choosing your accommodation. Make sure that the number of rooms, bathrooms, and features such as swimming pool, garden and garage suit you. It would also be advantageous to find a home close to schools and shopping centers to avoid long journeys from your neighborhood to another city.

Rent

If you choose to rent a house or an apartment, you can negotiate a lower price with the owner. You will need to pay a provisional advance equal to three months' rental which covers the first month, the last month and a security deposit. Generally, owners insist to check the credit history of the tenants. If you are a new expat, you won’t have credit history. You will then need to produce a statement of your bank accounts for the last three months to prove that you have sufficient funds to pay your rent, or ask your employer to act as a guarantor.

Generally, leases have a renewable period of one year. The lease states the rental price as well as the maintenance of the pool and garden if you have one of these features. The owner is also responsible for housing while you are responsible for insuring your personal property.

Buying a house

If you intend to settle permanently in Miami, you can purchase a home with the help of a real estate agent. The latter will inform you about the real estate market, the property tax, insurance, condo fees if necessary as well as the tax that applies on resale. You are advised to seek advice from a lawyer as well.

If you do not yet have sufficient funds to buy a home, you can take a loan, commonly known mortage in the United States. This is possible even if you do not yet have a credit history. Once you buy the property, make sure to insure it against accidents and natural disasters.

  Good to know:

Water distribution in Miami is managed by the Miami Date Water and Sewer Department.

Gas is distributed by Nui Citygaz Company of Florida. It is mostly used for water heaters.

Electricity is provided by Florida Power & Light (FPL). Electricity supply in the United States is at 110 volts.

Garbage is collected twice a week for non-recyclable waste, once a week for recyclables. For organic waste, you must contact your local municipal authorities.

Most houses have septic tanks for disposal of sewage.

You are legally required to maintain your garden if you have one. You can either hire a gardener on your own or negotiate with your landlord to include this service in the rental.

We do our best to provide accurate and up to date information. However, if you have noticed any inaccuracies in this article, please let us know in the comments section below.
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