The process of buying properties for sale in Florida is similar to the stages in buying a home in the UK. The pitfalls are also similar. It is important not to over-stretch yourself financially, and to ensure that you can afford the deposit and subsequent mortgage. Having said that, we have been amazed at how efficient the builders, pool companies, furniture dealers and mortgage providers are at making it all happen in a short space of time. In our experience, most are keen to help.