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Buying

Congratulations! You have decided to purchase a home, or are thinking about buying one. You'll be joining the ranks of hundreds of families who realize that home ownership offers a number of benefits including building equity, saving for the future, and creating an environment for your family. When you own your own home, your hard-earned dollars contribute to your mortgage. The equity you earn is yours. Over time, your home will increase in value.

In the following reports, you'll find the information you need to make a wise buying decision. We'll take you through the planning process step-by-step , to help you determine which home is right for you. You'll find a host of informative articles on mortgages, viewing homes, the offer, closing details and moving.

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Please contact us if you have any questions about buying a home in Brevard County or elsewhere in Florida.


For Buyers

Consider this your home buyer’s toolkit. Open it up, take a look around, and if you like, start equipping yourself with the tools necessary to make your best purchase. In most businesses, knowledge equals power, and real estate is certainly no exception.

We hope you enjoy the free reports we’ve provided, and we hope you learn a little more about what it takes to make your important purchase a great one.

The real estate market in Brevard County is certainly volatile, and all of the information about buying a home can be overwhelming. We can help.

When you're ready to act, contact us.

We fight on the behalf of my buyers. We negotiate the absolute best price. We protect you. We simplify your transaction for you as much as possible.

Call us to make it happen!!!

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Relocating

Planning is key!

The logistics of relocating can be crazy, in order to help keep things straight it is good to have a "Plan". Having a plan in place can assist in preventing unexpected problems from arising and to reduce the overall stress of moving. There are many items to consider in the move from departure to destination. For example, you may need to find a job for your partner, arrange local housing, schooling, medical and banking facilities, transportation and much more.


Information/Utilities

VOTER REGISTRATION

To register to vote, you must fill out a Florida Voter Registration Application Form. These are available at www.brevardelections.org, by mail, or at the registration locations. You can use this form to register to vote, to notify of a change of address, name, or party affiliation, and to request a replacement voter ID card.

Voter Registration

CAR REGISTRATION

New residents must apply for Florida tags and car titles within 10 days after they begin working, apply for a homestead tax exemption, or enroll children in school. Proof of Florida insurance is required before tags can be issued.

Vehicles are registered at the Brevard County Tax Collector's Office.

Brevard Tax Collector

DRIVER'S LICENSE

A Florida driver license must be obtained within 30 days after they begin working, apply for a homestead tax exemption, establish residency, register to vote, or enroll children in school. A replacement license is required at a cost of $10 within 10 days of changing a name or address.

New residents who have a valid out-of-state license will be required to take the vision examination. Prior to receiving a license on any vehicle they own in the state, the vehicles must be registered in the state of Florida and the registration certificate must be presented to the driver license agency.

For people without a vehicle, their driver license, plus an additional form of identification must be presented. The license costs $20 for six years. Renewals are $15.

Appointments for driver licenses, driving tests, and identification cards may be made at http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ or by calling 321-383-2762 in Titusville, 321-984-4930 in Melbourne, 321-752-3160 in North Melbourne, or 321-449-5000 in Merritt Island.

HOMESTEAD TAX EXEMPTION

Eligible Florida residents may apply for the year-round homestead exemption of $50,000 on or before March 1 of the year they seek the exemption. Applications are taken all year-round. Residents 65 or older may be eligible for an additional exemption up to an additional $50,000. Check the Website for qualifications. https://www.bcpao.us/Home.aspx. Exemptions are also available for widows, widowers, the disabled and the veterans.

To apply for a homestead exemption you will need the following documents for all owners living on the property:

  • Florida driver's license or Florida ID card if you do not drive
  • Florida vehicle registration
  • Florida voter's registration
  • Social Security card, if not a US citizen, a Permanent Resident Alien Card
  • Copy of recorded deed or tax bill
  • Copy of trust agreement if one exists

Brevard Property Appraiser

HOUSING AND HUMAN SERVICES

Eligible Florida residents may apply for housing programs that may help them to own their next home. There are programs from affordable housing information to First-time homebuyer Program to Housing Rehabilitation and Repair Program.

For more information, call the Housing and Human Services:

Brevard County Housing & Human Services Department

Phone: 321-633-2007

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

Building B, Suite 106

Viera, FL 32940

Brevard County Housing and Human Services

A Florida driver license must be obtained within 30 days after they begin working, apply for a homestead tax exemption, establish residency, register to vote, or enroll children in school. A replacement license is required at a cost of $10 within 10 days of changing a name or address.

New residents who have a valid out-of-state license will be required to take the vision examination. Prior to receiving a license on any vehicle they own in the state, the vehicles must be registered in the state of Florida and the registration certificate must be presented to the driver license agency.

For people without a vehicle, their driver license, plus an additional form of identification must be presented. The license costs $20 for six years. Renewals are $15.

Appointments for driver licenses, driving tests, and identification cards may be made at http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ or by calling 321-383-2762 in Titusville, 321-984-4930 in Melbourne, 321-752-3160 in North Melbourne, or 321-449-5000 in Merritt Island.

US POSTAL SERVICE

The U.S. Postal Service helps take the stress out of moving. Change your address with the US Postal Service ONLINE.

Go to Moversguide for the USPS and enter the correct information.

BREVARD COUNTY SCHOOLS

Go to Brevard County schools website to get more information about schools in Brevard County.

ELECTRICITY

Florida Power & Light Co. is the company that provides electricity in Brevard County.

Deposit: according to a customer's credit rating and location of your residence. An initial service charge is included on the first bill.

To receive FPL service, call (321) 723-7795 at any hour. One-day notification is required to provide service.

Florida Power & Light

GAS

Florida City Gas supplies natural gas to most of Brevard.

Deposit for a meter: according to the amount of monthly gas usage. Start-up deposit: $50. The meter deposit is refunded with interest after 12 months to customers with good payment records.

To begin gas service, call (800) 993-7546; for new homes, call (321) 632-1734.

Florida City Gas

TELEPHONE

AT&T is one of the companies that provide phone services in most Brevard county.

Deposit: according to customer's credit report. Customers need to provide SSN, address, and driver's license.

Contact AT&T at (888) 757-6500 to set up service.

AT&T

WATER

Charges for sewer, water and deposit rates vary in Brevard. Deposits are refunded when service is disconnected.

Brevard County Water Resources

  • Melbourne supplies water to its residents and those of Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, and Palm Shores. Wholesale water service is provided to Patrick Air Force Base, Palm Bay and West Melbourne.

Deposit for mainland residents and customers on city water: $120. Deposit for beachside residents on county sewer: $103

Melbourne City Hall, 900 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or call (321) 727-2900.

Melbourne Water Resources

  • For West Melbourne, water and sewer deposit covers water, sewage, and collection of garbage, recycling and yard trash.

Deposit: $100; $10 service fee. Deposit is refunded when service is disconnected.

West Melbourne City Hall, 2285 Minton Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or call (321) 727-7700.

West Melbourne Water Resources

  • Palm Bay and Malabar residents can contact Palm Bay Utilities Corp., 120 Malabar Road S.E. (321) 952-3420.

Deposit: $100 for sewer; $100 for city water; $16.23 for administrative fee.

For an additional $5, the city will perform a credit check. If an owner's credit check is favorable, the deposit may be waived. If a renter's credit check is favorable, the renter will only be responsible for half of the deposit.

Deposits will be returned after three years of excellent credit.

Palm Bay Water Resources

  • Cocoa provides service for most Central Brevard, including Rockledge, Cocoa Beach, Port St. John, Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, Suntree, Viera and a large portion of unincorporated central Brevard County. Charges vary.

Cocoa Deposit: $40 for water; $50 for sewer (inside city limits); $60 for sewer (outside city limits); $20 for administration fee. For customer with septick tanks, deposit is $40 water deposit.

Rockledge Deposit: $40 for sewer; $20 administration fee. Contact Rockledge City Hall at 321-690-3978.

Cocoa Beach: up to $95 for sewer; $20 administration fee.

Suntree/Viera Deposit: $60 for county sewer; $40 for city water; $20 administration fee.

Cocoa City Hall, 603 Brevard Ave., between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. (321) 639-7500. Service can start also online: https://www.cocoafl.org/ or email customerservice@cocoafl.org.

Cocoa Water Resources

  • Titusville deposit covers water, sewer and trash pickup.

Deposit: $114 for sewer, water, and garbage pickup; $15 administrative fee. Deposits refunded after 3 years of good credit.

Titusville City Hall, 555 Washington Ave., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. (321) 383-5791.

Titusville Water Resources

  • Brevard residents in the Mims and Scottsmoor areas, outside Titusville city limits, use county water and sewer service.

Deposit: $30 for water service; $90 for water and sewer service.

Brevard County Utilities Finance Office, 2262 High Drive, Mims, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. (321) 264-5130.

  • Barefoot Bay & Snug Harbor residents can contact the Brevard County Water Resources Department for service at 772-664-5916.

Deposit: $100 for water and sewer; set-up charge: $15 (non-refundable).

Please contact your different utility companies to confirm deposit/amount dues to each of them. Remember these are a general overview of the utilities available in Brevard County.

CABLE

  • Spectrum in Brevard County -- SPECTRUM

Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach

210 Center St.

Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Cable Customer Care: (321) 254-3300

Lobby hours: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Melbourne

720 Magnolia Ave.

Melbourne , FL 32935

Cable Customer Care: (321) 254-3300

Lobby hours: Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. & Drive Thru: Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m

Titusville

3550 S. Washington Ave.

Suite 5

Titusville, FL 32780

Cable Customer Care: (321) 631-3707

Lobby hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • DIRECTV in Brevard County -- DIRECTV

For existing DIRECTV® service

Hearing impaired customers (TTY): 1-800-779-4388

Hotel/dorm/hospital service: 1-800-388-2505

Home service: 1-888-777-2454

For new DIRECTV service

Home service: 1-888-777-2454

At your business:=1-888-388-4249

By Mail:

Customer Service

DIRECTV, Inc.

Greenwood Village, CO 80155-6550

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Curbside Garbage Collection

Residents in the unincorporated areas of Brevard County have twice a week collection of garbage. Brevard County contract with Waste Management Incorporated for curbside collection, excluding Rockledge and Titusville.

For information about trash collection and to request a recycling bin in Rockledge, call the Public Works Department at 321-690-3961; for Titusville, 321-383-5755; for all other parts, 321-636-6894.

Brevard County Solid Waste Management provides a recycling hot line to answer questions about how and where to dispose of specific items, 321-633-2043.

Brevard County Garbage Disposal

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