If Florida is good enough for Beckham...

Monday, February 10, 2014

If Florida is good enough for Beckham...

Since the announcement that David Beckham has chosen Florida as the location to launch his Major League Soccer team, rumours are rife that the family may buy Matt Damon's luxury seven bedroom home on the Biscayne Bay area of Miami to base themselves in when on the other side of the pond, despite still owning their $22 million home in Beverly Hills, California.

It's not hard to see why the footballing hero has chosen the sunshine state as the place to set-up his team, with legions of British and latino soccer fans, year-round sun and easy access from the UK - not to mention that property there still costs substantially less than it did prior to 2008 - even multi-millionaires can still have an eye for value.

Whilst the Florida property market has undoubtedly improved since the crash, with property values increasing by 12% over the past eighteen months - a trend that is expected to continue albeit at a slower pace, the reduced access to credit and increase in mortgage rates means that foreign buyers with finance in place are now in an ideal situation to be able to snap properties that locals may find tough to finance.

The production team of A Place in the Sun TV show visited Florida for the second time in just over a year recently to film the latest series of A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun. Presenter Jonnie Irwin noted that although some of the almost unbelievable deals that the early-bird such as house-hunters David and Shelley Warner may have bagged might not still be on the cards, but property, especially in some parts of the state, still looks great value.

At A Place in the Sun Live there are over 20 exhibitors selling property in Florida, conveniently located around a dedicated seminar theatre featuring free-to-attend seminar and Q&A style sessions where visitors can find out everything they need know about buying a property in Florida, from the role of realtors, the process of buying to meeting the visa requirements.

Some examples of properties for sale in The Florida Pavilion at A Place in the Sun Live


Halcyon Palms, Kissimmee, $22,500
Fractional ownership opportunities in four bedroom, four bathroom villa minutes from Disney and other theme parks.
Barrasford & Bird


Venice, Sarasota County £194,607
Gorgeous light, bright and airy pool home in wonderful location with very low fees in Stonecastle community.
Re/Max Platinum Realty


North Port, Sarasota County £97,548
Three bedroom open-plan detached house with a large enclosed pool and lanai which backs up to a private wooded area.
Re/Max Platinum Realty

Poinciana Blvd, Kissimmee €82,000Two bedroom condo on community zoned for short term rentals with communal pool, jacuzzi, tennis, ball games and club house.
JC Penny Realty

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