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Old 09-30-2015, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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I copied this from the Ocala thread.

Some time ago when the issue of sinkholes came up on City-Data, someone kindly provided this map. It's a keeper.

Your Environment | Locate Hazardous Events Near You

Yes, I have posted this elsewhere.

There are other maps which are historical. This is useful as you look at the history of the land where you home is being built. You can see how your land was used in the past. Many are former agricultural properties.

If you are serious about buying in central Florida, please get an inspector (not one recommended by a realtor, but one recommended by an insurance agency) who is well educated on these potential issues. Do an in-depth research before signing on the dotted line. Also, if the price of the house is almost too good to be true, make that inspector go over it with a fine tooth comb. Look for shoddy plumbing, get a soil inspection (go down at least 3 ft - most will say it's not necessary, but IT IS), look for hairline cracks/settling cracks (this happens with any home) which do not mimic typical settling cracks. Yes, I know it is an extreme measure and most will say that I am being overly cautious (maybe nuts), but it will be the best thing you could ever do.

Another issue which won't appear on the map concerns the land your house is being built on. I take my neighborhood as an example. I live west of downtown Fort Lauderdale - specifically the Bonaventure section of Weston. They recently converted a section of the golf course into $1m home sites. So far not a single home has gone up, but that's not my point. The very land that these homes are being built on was considered unusable as it was contaminated. Money talks. The bulldozers came in removed the top layer or so and brought in more dirt and the multi layering process began. Ok, did this make it safe to live on? There are only a handful of people who have lived here long enough to know this history.

I could go on about other housing projects where people were conned into believing they were living at the base of a beautifully designed park which is nothing more than a retired landfill. It is a beautiful park well repurposed and deemed safe, but do you want to pay close to $1m for a home that is at the base of a landfill?

And even after all this, yes I love Florida and all of its quirkiness. All I am saying is be careful people. Do your homework so that you can enjoy all that is really wonderful about this state.
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