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NEW PORT RICHEY, FL

11517 OXCROFT  CT, NEW PORT RICHEY listing
  • $224,000
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,054 Sq.Ft.

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MLS# D5906129

408 PARK TRACE  BLVD, OSPREY listing
  • $405,000
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1840 Sq.Ft.

Abundant curb appeal, a tranquil setting overlooking Oscar Scherer State Park, and upscale amenities abound in this meticulously maintained courtyard pool home located just minutes from ...

MLS# U7742421

1702 SWEETSPIRE  DR, TRINITY listing
  • $249,900
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3108 Sq.Ft.

This stunning 4 bedroom 3 bath home is situated in a prime location inside the community of Thousand Oaks. The interior was freshly painted as well as new carpet in the bedrooms lets you ...

MLS# T2766346

754 TREMONT GREENS  LN # 124, SUN CITY CENTER listing
  • $138,000
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1464 Sq.Ft.

Original homeowners have replaced the windows with double pane windows. Decorative glass front door floods the home with wonderful light. Commodes and bathroom sinks ...

MLS# T2766493

66 LEXINGTON  DR, DUNEDIN listing
  • $185,000
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1796 Sq.Ft.

Wonderful 3Bedroom, with possible 4th Bedroom/office 2 Bath Pool home with circular driveway in the Heart of Dunedin FL. The home features a formal eat in dining room area, the 2nd bath ...

MLS# U7741917

725 116TH  AVE, TREASURE ISLAND listing
  • $720,000
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2327 Sq.Ft.

Expanded master suite includes his and hers walk-in closets and a stunning master bath with whirlpool tub and large walk-in shower. The formal separate dining room is ideal for family ...


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Step 2: Prioritize. Review each of your three lists and number your ideas in order of importance to you. While all the factors you've brainstormed may play some role in your decision, it's unlikely that any school will have every single characteristic you're looking for. The goal of this exercise is to clarify which components you can't do without.

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