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MLS# A4206885

Adorable bungalow located west of the trail in a peaceful neighborhood. Don't miss out on this Affordable home. So close to shopping, downtown and our beautiful beaches. Excellent rental potential as well with colleges close by.
Visit this property in SARASOTA: 902 32ND ST, SARASOTA

MLS# N5915902

One of the lowest maintenance fees in Venice. Home is also lightly furnished. you don't need to bring anything, we even left the 50 inch TV in the bedroom. There is also brand new plantation shutters in all the main living area windows, costs us...
Visit this property in VENICE: 790 BAVENO DR, VENICE

MLS# D5922331

Master Bedroom Suite offers a WALK-IN-CLOSET, TWO SINKS, HUGE WALK-IN-SHOWER, and LARGE BATH TUB with entrance to the Lanai. , breakfast bar, breakfast nook with aquarium windows, corian countertops, tasteful back-splash, dual sink, huge pantry...
Visit this property in NORTH PORT: 5720 WHITE JASMINE WAY, NORTH PORT

MLS# T2923330

Spacious open floorplan with hardwood floors in living room, upgraded kitchen cabinets with crown, tray ceilings in master and living room, master bath has both garden tub and separate shower, and large dining area off kitchen. Maintenance free...
Visit this property in RIVERVIEW: 4517 PAPER MULBERRY PL, RIVERVIEW


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Finding the Right Home

If you want to follow the old adage, “location, location, location” you will want to carefully choose the community first. So what should you look for in the community?

First, you will want to take notice of the pride of ownership in the community, as well as the homes themselves. You will want to look at how well the homes and the yards are maintained in the neighborhood, and you will also want to find a city that overall demonstrates a community pride for their town.

Even if you do not have children, you will want to pay attention to how well the local school system is rated. This will help when it comes to selling your home. Many potential buyers will be concerned about the strength of the school district and what type of schools their children will attend. If you are looking for a house within a great school district, people will often pay a premium to get into a better school district.

When looking at the neighborhood in terms a value, you will want to make sure that you are buying a house that is not too expensive or too large for the value of the surrounding homes. A good strategy is to look for the smallest or worst home on the best street in the neighborhood. This will often equal to a good price for that neighborhood and a chance for the homeowner to makes improvements, bringing up the value. Homes in a particular neighborhood should also be about the same size and style so that property values are about equal as well.

Look for homes that are not adjacent to a busy street. This will often cut the value of the property by as much as 10%. And if you are buying a single family home, you want to look for a place that is not next to apartments, businesses, schools, or parks. Another situation to avoid is being on a street that is used as a shortcut between two busy streets.

If you have children, you will want to stay away from corner lots. They attract more traffic and are not safe for children playing in the yard. And ideal spot is in the center of the neighborhood or tucked away on a cul-de-sac.

Considering these tips when buying a home will help you to find not only the best home, but the best neighborhood.

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