UK Buyer Experience
UK nationals love Florida. And they love the current exchange rate even more. In the last 10 days, we completed two property purchase transactions for UK clients. One client lives south of London. The other is from northern Ireland. Both purchased beautiful waterfront vacation homes in Cape Coral.
Their parting words before heading back: “It was so much easier than we thought it would be! Thank You.”
The thought of purchasing property in another country is daunting, but the process is much smoother and faster than most non-US residents think. Our London client said that what took him just a few days in Cape Coral would have taken him months to do in the UK. We completed all the critical steps in the purchase transaction, from seeing many properties and choosing the best of the best, to writing the contracts and completing negotiations, to getting the home inspection done (equivalent to a survey in the UK), to getting all of the paper work and wire transfers completed.
Now that the key steps are done, we facilitate the remaining activities required for closing and communicate progress and status with the clients on a regular basis. The actual closing will occur via overnight mail. The buyers do not need to return to Florida to close the transaction and take possession of the property.
The keen efficiency of the process boils down to three key elements. The first is that the SageRealtor Group does a lot of proactive work to prepare for the client’s visit, the objectives, and the properties that will be of interest. This preparation includes educating our client on the process, the contracts, what to expect at each step of the way, and how best to protect their interests. The second is that the Florida’s real estate contracts and processes are wonderfully standardized and highly regulated by the state. The third is that there are no government hurdles to jump through and no special requirements of European buyers. The process is the same as it is for us.
Outside of the real estate purchase itself, both clients were quite impressed with other services they received. While at a local bank, both clients were delighted with how friendly the bank personnel were and how little time it took to set up local accounts with online bill pay features. Both could not believe the speed and thoroughness of the inspection team and how quickly we could get the inspection scheduled. And of course, both enjoyed lovely weather, savored relaxing boat cruises on our ’31 Tiara (there is nothing like seeing SouthWest Florida from the water), and are thrilled with the purchases they made (our Irish client is 6 foot 5 inches tall and a strong man; he picked Dave up off the ground when he heard the news that he got the house he wanted at the price he wanted… I guess he was, as he’d say, a wee bit happy.)
From our side, we too were impressed and our now fortunate to call them our friends. Thoughtful and courteous, funny and warm, fair and honest, and full of life. We’ve been very lucky these last few days to have the opportunity to get to know them and look forward to their speedy return when they vacation for the first time in their new waterfront homes.
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