Buying a home in New Smyrna Beach

 

Home to approximately 20,000 full and part-time residents, New Smyrna Beach occupies 19.5 square miles including its world-famous 13.2-mile white sands beach. An additional 22 miles of beach is located at the nearby Canaveral National Seashore.

 

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Property Taxes (ugh)

 

The State of Florida does not have state income tax.  In order to generate revenue, the state depends highly upon property taxes. Some states with income tax have higher property taxes than Florida, but relative to most states, Florida property taxes are high. If you make your homestead in Florida, (this is your legal address), you will receive a Homestead Exemption and your value for tax purposes is capped in the amount it can increase in a one year period.  

 

Real Estate Property Taxes are payable to the Volusia County Revenue Office. Your home’s property tax is based upon an assessment made by the Volusia County Property Appraiser, an elected official, who determines the market value of your home.

 

Property Taxes are paid in arrears, and are due and payable on the first day of November each year, and become delinquent on the first day of April of the following year.

 

Property Tax payments are subject to the following discount schedule:

  • 4% discount for payments postmarked or received during the month of November, or within 30 days after the mailing of the original or corrected tax notice.
  • 3% discount for payments received in December.
  • 2% discount for payments received in January.

  • 1% discount for payments received in February.

  • No discount for payments received in March.

Interest and penalties begin to accrue after April 1 of the following year.

 

All Florida Property Tax Payers are protected by the Florida Property Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights.


Property Insurance

If your home ha a mortgage, you will be required by your lender to purchase property insurance including, most likely, a wind hazards policy. Depending upon your home’s location, you may also be required to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

 

Bert Fish Medical Center 

The Bert Fish Medical Center is the areas premier hospital and outpatient treatment center serving New Smyrna Beach and the nearby cities of Edgewater and Oak Hill and some of the nearby unincorporated areas of Volusia County. This 112-bed not-for-profit hospital is a recognized and accredited acute care center offering basic and advanced medical services including ICU, PCU, surgery, radiology, oncology center, and a state-of-the-art emergency department. The hospital employs over 700 staff members and more than 300 volunteers. It is the only Florida hospital designated as a Plantree™ partner due to its holistic approach to treating patients and their illnesses.

 

Daytona Community College

Daytona State College (DSC) formerly know as DBCC, offers a variety of two-year programs culminating AAS or AS degrees, as well as a number of certificate-granting courses. Graduating students are eligible to go on to complete four-year programs offered by DSC.

 

Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce

Serving Southeast Volusia County since 1926, the Chamber operates five committees and divisions dedicated to serving the needs of the area businesses and attractions. The Chamber’s calendar lists upcoming events and happenings throughout the year including golf tournaments, performing arts events, technology seminars, local business tours and more.

 

Visitor Center of New Smyrna Beach Florida

Operated by the New Smyrna Beach Visitor’s Bureau, the Visitor’s Center is located at 2238 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach, Fl 32168 and can be reached by telephone at 1-800-541-9621. The Bureau is a wonderful source of information for visitors and new residents on what to do, where to stay and where to eat along with plenty of pet-friendly information as well. The online event calendar usually overflows with local happenings, and their newsletter subscription is free. 


Eco Tourism

 

New Smyrna Beach’s location near tidal estuaries, wet lands and, of course, its breathtaking beach makes it a natural draw for people wishing to explore the area’s ecological attractions. Some of the best known attractions include:

 

Marine Discovery Center:  Focused on the historic Indian River Lagoon, the Center offers Ecotours, Twilight & Sunset Cruises on its own 36-seat all-weather pontoon boat as well as hiking, camping and environment-related educational programs.  Visitors are welcome and membership programs are available. Be sure to check on volunteer opportunities if you have some time to spare.

 

Marineland: Known as “Florida’s original Marine Attraction”, it was originally used as an underwater filming location for the movie industry. Today it is widely known for its Swim with the Dolphins opportunities. It is also a very popular wedding ceremony destination for locals and tourists alike.

 

Spruce Creek Preserve: Relax among 2000 acres of County-owned preserve lands centered around the natural black-water stream that forms the Spruce Creek Basin. Bring your binoculars and comfortable hiking shoes so you can catch a glimpse of the preserve’s endangered animal and plant life.