West Palm Beach is a city in and the county seat of Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. It is located immediately to the west of the adjacent Palm Beach, which is situated on a barrier island across the Lake Worth Lagoon. The population was 117,415 at the 2020 census. West Palm Beach is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to 6,138,333 people in 2020. It is the oldest incorporated municipality in the South Florida area, incorporated as a city two years before Miami in November 1894. West Palm Beach is located approximately 68 miles (109 km) north of Downtown Miami.
The area that was to become West Palm Beach was settled in the late 1870s and 1880s by a few hundred settlers who called the vicinity “Lake Worth Country.” These settlers were a diverse community from different parts of the United States and the world. They included founding families such as the Potters and the Lainharts, who would go on to become leading members of the business community in the fledgling city. The first white settlers in Palm Beach County lived around Lake Worth, which at the time was an enclosed freshwater lake, named after Colonel William Jenkins Worth, who had fought in the Second Seminole War in Florida in 1842. Most settlers engaged in the growing of tropical fruits and vegetables for shipment to the north via Lake Worth and the Indian River. By 1890, the U.S. Census counted over 200 people settled along Lake Worth in the vicinity of what would become West Palm Beach. The area at this time also boasted a hotel, the “Cocoanut House”, a church, and a post office. The city was platted by Henry Flagler as a community to house the servants working in the two grand hotels on the neighboring island of Palm Beach, across Lake Worth in 1893, coinciding with the arrival of the Florida East Coast railroad. Flagler paid two area settlers, Captain Porter and Louie Hillhouse, a combined sum of $45,000 for the original town’s site, stretching from Clear Lake to Lake Worth.
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Interview licensed real estate professionals and sign with one. If selected, we will work as your advocate and trusted advisor from the start of our search all the way through closing – and beyond, as needed.
We will look at a range of areas and property types, per your real estate goals. Now is the time to determine your must-haves, nice-to-haves, and negotiables. During showings and open houses we will point out pros and cons of all properties, so that you can make informed decisions.
Once you have seen a home you like, we submit an offer, which outlines the price, terms, and conditions of the purchase. We will provide advice on pricing and offer strategy, leading you through the process.
The inspector will show you how the home works, what is not working and how to maintain the systems. He or she will also provide a comprehensive report for future reference.
In Colorado, your earnest money deposit is usually between 1-3%, determined by the seller. Once you are under contract, you will send the EMD to the title company. These funds are cashed, held in escrow, and applied to your down payment at closing.
We walk through the property just before closing to confirm that it is in the physical condition negotiated through the Sales Contract and possibly the Inspection Resolution.
Congratulations, you are now a homeowner!
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