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MLS# U8005740

Private END unit. This town home features wood laminate flooring in the living/dining area, top of the line tile look Armstrong linoleum in the kitchen, & carpeted bedrooms. In 2012, the owner installed double pained windows and slider throughout...
Visit this property in CLEARWATER: 2935 LICHEN LN #B, CLEARWATER

MLS# W7801585

Move in ready perfection. The gourmet kitchen features upgraded granite counter tops, 42 inch wood cabinets, convection oven and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom boasts tray ceilings and the master bath has a relaxing garden tub....
Visit this property in SPRING HILL: 18718 CORTES CREEK BLVD, SPRING HILL

MLS# U8005755

Country kitchen model features a spacious split plan, large kitchen with eating space, covered patio including storage closet, assigned parking space and being sold fully furnished. Convenient location close to gulf beaches, Ft. DeSoto Park,...
Visit this property in ST PETERSBURG: 6151 BAHIA DEL MAR BLVD #119, ST PETERSBURG

MLS# T3109646

The lush landscaping, mature trees and inviting walkway will lead you to the covered front porch which is perfect for those summer nights. Inside you will be greeted with a layout that is perfect for your busy lifestyle with a separate formal...
Visit this property in BRANDON: 2812 BELL SHOALS RD, BRANDON


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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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