Category: Communities

Popular Tampa Communities for MacDill AFB Off-Base Housing

Are you looking for MacDill AFB off-base housing? Let us help you find the Tampa home that you want for you and your family. Whether your priority is less travel to the base, good schools for your children, recreational facilities or community amenities, we can find the home that match your criteria. We can help you find your home in…

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Popular Tampa Bay Master-Planned Communities

Looking for a home in Tampa Bay? Find one in these popular Tampa Bay master-planned communities. A true master-planned community has all the amenities that most people and families are looking for — parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, clubhouses, swimming pools, jogging paths, nature trails, schools, retail stores, health services, beauty shops. And if some of these amenities are not within…

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Helpful Websites for Tampa Residents

Each of the following websites can help you find services that you and your family need. Tampa residents, homeowners or renters alike, can use these as sources of relevant information. 1. City of Tampa www.tampagov.net The city’s official website is among your top sources of helpful information as you enjoy life in Tampa. It’s user-friendly. You can easily find what service…

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Home Equity Can Boost Retirement Security

Here’s another benefit of home ownership — it improves retirement security. As home owners make their monthly mortgage payments and increase their home equity, they increase the amount that they can cash out later on if they decide to sell. There are even homeowners who will be able to fully pay their mortgages before their retirement, and thereby be able…

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HUD-Approved HomeBuyer Counseling Agencies in Tampa Bay

If you want to avail of Florida Housing Finance Corp.’s mortgage loan and down payment assistance programs, you need to attend home buyer education classes and get a certificate of completion that you will submit to your lender. Here listed below are homebuyer counseling agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide pre-purchase counseling and…

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Top Schools in Pinellas County, based on Florida School Grades

Here are the Top 57 Schools in Pinellas County, based on the school grades and total points published by the Florida Department of Education in July 2016. The department published school grades for more than 3,000 elementary, high, middle and combination schools across the state, using a grading system based on the Florida Standards Assessment. The Florida school grading system…

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Ruskin and Riverview Among 14 Best Places in Florida to Raise a Family

RUSKIN and RIVERVIEW, just 12 miles apart, are among the 100 best cities in Florida to raise a family, according to Niche.com, a website that focuses on rankings and reviews of cities, neighborhoods, colleges and K-12 schools. Niche.com was formerly called College Prowler, founded by an entrepreneurship student of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. To rank places, Niche.com…

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Westchase and FishHawk Top List of Best Places to Raise a Family in Florida

The Westchase and FishHawk masterplanned communities in the Tampa Bay area have topped Niche.com’s List of Best Places to Raise a Family in Florida for 2016. Niche.com, founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students, used metrics that include: cost of living family amenities higher education institutions diversity crime and safety public schools real estate grade   Here are the Tampa…

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Greater Tampa is the Third Most Cost-Friendly Business Location in the U.S.

Among the 31 largest metro areas in the U.S., the Tampa metro area is the third most cost-friendly business location, according to the 2016 Competitive Alternatives study by tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP. These 31 metro areas have populations of 2 million or more. Greater TAMPA has a cost index of 94.6, more than five points below the baseline…

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South Tampa and Clearwater Luxury Homes Are the Most Popular Tampa Bay Million Dollar Homes

Luxury homes in South Tampa, Clearwater Beach, other Gulf of Mexico beach communities and in downtown St. Pete were the top-selling million-dollar and multimillion-dollar homes over the 11-month period from January to November 2015, based on sales data that can be searched on the My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service portal. The top Tampa Bay luxury real estate markets in…

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Florida Continues to be Top Migration Destination

FLORIDA continues to be among the top US states in attracting people from other states, based on reports from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and top moving companies Atlas Van Lines Inc. and United Van Lines in 2014 and over the past years. In 2014, based on the American Community Survey, a total of 546,501 out-of-state residents moved to…

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Prices Paid to Tampa Hotels Show City’s Popularity Among Travelers

TAMPA is among the 50 Most Popular Cities for both American and foreign travelers in 2014, based on Hotels.com’s report on actual hotel bookings and actual prices paid by travelers per night in the first half of 2014. It ranked 24th in average price paid by American travelers for hotel accommodation and it ranked 31st in average price paid by…

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15 Reasons for Choosing FishHawk Ranch in Tampa Bay

If you’re looking for a home in the Tampa Bay area, take a look at the FishHawk Ranch master planned community located in Lithia, about 16 miles east of downtown Tampa. Why is FishHawk Ranch much recommended? Here are 15 reasons: 1. Children in FishHawk Ranch are served by highly-rated schools: three elementary schools, two middle schools and one high…

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Tampa’s Park System Is Ranked 1st in Florida, 34th in the Nation

The city of TAMPA is among the best city in the nation in developing and maintaining parks for its residents and guests. It is the best in the state of Florida, surpassing the more populated cities of Miami and Jacksonville. In a ranking made by the nonprofit The Trust for Public Land (TPL), TAMPA ranked 34th among the 75 largest…

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