If you have ever had a vacation in Florida, no doubt you will have gazed upon the beachside properties and wished that you could own one yourself. Due to the current economy, more and more of us are making this dream a reality.

At the minute, there are literally hundreds of homes for sale in and around Miami, of all sizes, shapes and prices. You will no doubt be able to pick up a bargain.

Unfortunately, due to the vast quantity of homes available, it may take quite a while to find that bargain. There are a few things you can do to make your search easier and in turn, find your dream home quicker. 
These are tips I've picked up over the years to make house hunting much quicker and less stressful, for your estate agent as well as you!

Deciding on the size and style of the property is the first step you need to take. Talk to your estate agent and tell them the purpose of the home and how many occupants there will be. That huge condo maybe fantastic, but if there is only one or two of you going to live there, you will have of space you don't need and will have paid more for it.

Location, location, location! Once you know the kind of home you are looking for, you have to decide where you want it to be. Miami is a huge, sprawling city with many suburbs and communities around the outskirts which are quieter but still within easy reach. Then again you many thrive on bustling city life and want to be right in the thick of it.

This may seem like common sense, but buy a house within the price range that you can easily afford. You want to be able to enjoy your new home in Florida, not have the enjoyment spoiled by money worries. Decide on an affordable budget and stick to it.

Home hunting should be really enjoyable, and knowing what you are looking for and where will mean you only look at suitable properties and don't waste your time looking round duds. You and your estate agent will work together as a team to find you your ideal property in Miami.