What I Own: Influencer Alexa who bought a $525,000 property in Florida
18th May 2021

For this week’s What I Own, we are heading over to sunny Florida to meet a social media influencer.

Alexa has more than 1.5 million followers on Instagram and has put the money she’s made through social media towards her first house.

She lives in a four-bedroom property just minutes from the beach.

Here’s what Alexa had to saying about her buying experience over in the US…

Tell us about yourself…

I’m 25 years old and I’m based in Florida. I’ve been a social media influencer for about six years now and it’s what I do full time. I travel a lot for it and get to work with amazing people. 

Where is your property?

The property is in Fort Lauderdale. I love the area – we are five minutes away from the beach. 

When did you move in? 

My boyfriend and I moved in September 2020. 

How much does your property cost? 

$525,000 (£372,776).

How much was your deposit? 

$50,000 (£35,502).

What is the monthly cost of living here now; both mortgage and bills? 

Around $6500 (£4,615).

How did you save up for your deposit? 

Working hard and not spending money on foolish, unnecessary things.

What was the process of getting a mortgage like for you?

I feel like getting a mortgage is always challenging. It took a few months to go through the process but, at the end, it’s worth it. 

Has your success as a social media influencer contributed to you saving for your house? 

Absolutely. That’s how I got to be where I am today. I found my passion, took a risk and it worked.

And how have you found that?

Having this job has allowed me to save money and put it away/invest. 

Where did you live before this – were you renting or living with family? 

I rented an apartment in Fort Lauderdale, downtown. 

What made you want to buy rather than renting? 

Owning something that’s ours.

How did you find this property? What made you choose it? 

My boyfriend and I found it online and went to go see it. We let it sit on our minds for a while and then we thought about it more. We ended up falling in love. 

How have you made the property feel like home? 

We decorated it using some of my favourite art brands and furniture brands. Our space feels cosy, yet modern.  

Do you feel like you have enough space? 

Absolutely. We always have people over to hang out by the pool, or even stay the weekend. 

Do you have plans to change the property? 

Not at all since the pool remodelling. It’s been smooth and we’re happy. 

Are there any problems with the property that you have to deal with? 

Not really, we had a plumbing issue recently but nothing too crazy. That always comes with home ownership. 

What do you want people to know about buying a home? 

Make sure to have a good home inspector to come in and check things out prior to buying it. The inspection period is super important. Make sure to find any issues that may change your mind about buying the property. 

What are your plans for the future, in terms of housing? Do you plan to stay here long term? 

That’s undecided as of right now. We love it here, but maybe one day when we have a family we can upgrade into a bigger spot. Until then, we’re very happy.

Shall we have a look around?












How to get involved in What I Own:

What I Own is a Metro.co.uk series that takes you inside people’s properties, to take an honest look at what it’s like to buy a home in the UK. If you own your home and would be up for sharing your story, please email [email protected] 

You’ll also need to be okay with sharing how much you’ve paid to live there and how you afforded the deposit, as that’s pretty important. 

If you’re renting, you can take part too! What I Own runs alongside What I Rent, which is the same series but all about renting. Again, if you’d like to get involved just email [email protected]

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