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Things to consider when buying property in Palm Coast

Hammock Beach Villas Palm Coast

Buying Property in Flagler County, Florida

I get many inquiries on my website from people who are unfamiliar with the area but like what they see and read online.  The beauty in Palm Coast and Flagler County is unsurpassed in my humble opinion.  There have been many times when we have gone on vacation only to come home to Palm Coast and realize we are on permanent vacation in paradise.

All communities are not equal and Palm Coast property buyers must decide what their present and future use will be.  Important details must be considered should be asked before investing in Real Estate whether a Palm Coast Condo, Flagler Beach Condo or a home in Flagler Beach or Palm Coast.

Things to consider:

1. Location in Flagler County

Palm Coast and Flagler Beach are located in Flagler County and situated between and West of the Intracoastal Waterway and running along the Atlantic Ocean to the East. If golf is your lifestyle there are many golf course communities  in the area communities such as Cypress Knoll and Grand Haven offer a myriad of housing options.  If boating is of interest communities such as Palm Harbor, Yacht Harbor Village and Palm Coast Plantation offer boating facilities. The Atlantic Ocean is a big draw and communities such as Surf Club, Cinnamon Beach, Hammock Beach and Hammock Dunes offer residents the chance to walk to the beach. Health care and schools are very important to people and you may want to consider looking at properties close to The Florida Hospital Flagler or any of the Flagler County Schools.

2. What will your Palm Coast or Flagler Beach property be used for?

Will this be a second home, full time residence or vacation / investment property?  Certain communities in Flagler County allow short term rental, this can be desirable for vacation and investment property owners.  Communities such as Hammock Beach, Cinnamon Beach and many of the Flagler Beach Condos allow short term rentals allowing the owner to offset ownership costs on the property. Full time residents may prefer not to reside in a community with short term rentals. Communities such as Hammock Dunes and Grand Haven restrict rental length and frequency.

3. Homeowner Associations and Fees

The old saying that “you get what you pay for” applies here.  There are plenty of communities in Palm Coast and Flagler Beach that do not require membership in an HOA (homeowner association). Pine Lakes and Indian Trails for example. On the flip side the community of Palm Coast Plantation offers residents: lake access with launch, fitness center, lagoon style pool, RV and boat storage, bocce ball and more. There is requirement in Palm Coast Plantation to be a member in the HOA and a fee for doing so.  

4. Sense of community

this can be very important to some people and not important at all to others. Communities such as Grand Haven and Hammock Beach offer many member events such as pasta night, happy hours, excursions, comedy nights etc.  Even if you choose a community that does not have a specific membership opportunity there are many clubs and organizations in the area.

5. Flagler County Community Restrictions

Many condominiums restrict the size and amount of family pets for example, this could be a tough thing to learn after a purchase when it’s too late. Some communities enforce a time frame to build giving a specific time frame when a home must be constructed on a vacant lot. As I mentioned above rental restrictions are quite important and vary greatly from no restrictions to minimum rental periods of 3-6 months. This can make a big difference to buyers depending on their use.

As always choosing the right Real Estate Agent in Palm Coast is ultra important.  The Orak Team is very familiar with the many condo communities and neighborhoods in Flagler County and we are able to track down the important information to assist you in the purchase of a property in Flagler County. Contact The Orak Team your Flagler County Real Estate Experts today.


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