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MLS# T2939028

Features 374' MOL on the Little Manatee River shore line. All bedrooms have a beautiful view of the river with large porch's upstairs and downstairs overlooking the river. There is large utility room, plus a large three car garage, with 8 ft high...
Visit this property in RUSKIN: 1222 SWEENEY DR, RUSKIN

MLS# U8023079

The exterior constructed of reinforced concrete w/ the strength of a fortress and interior finishes are of a castle. This Mediterranean style design offers an Elevator, three car garage w/ built-in storage, paver circular drive, 12' ceilings,...
Visit this property in ST PETERSBURG: 125 LAMARA WAY NE, ST PETERSBURG

MLS# W7631389

This beautifully waterfront property has expansive open water views of the serene Saint Joseph Sound and top rated Caladesi and Honeymoon islands. 4 of the 5 bedrooms have a private bath. Magnificent water views from all rooms except 2. The...
Visit this property in PALM HARBOR: 121 AUGUSTA AVE, PALM HARBOR

MLS# U8026190

Brand new windows being installed. Engineered hard wood and tile floors. Open side room can be either dining room or den. Slips are for sale/rent upon availability.
Visit this property in CLEARWATER: 2741 VIA CIPRIANI #920A, CLEARWATER


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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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