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MLS# T3130833

The slip number is 7A-6, end slip on fresh water canal that leads out to Old Tampa Bay navigational waters. The slips have electric and water. Must reside in the Master Development of Villages of Bayport in order to purchase slip. Must be a cash...
Visit this property in TAMPA: 00000 SAINT TROPEZ, TAMPA

MLS# U8072372

The private screened patio overlooking the beautiful Isla Del Sol golf course will be your favorite place to start the day and enjoy your morning coffee. The resort-like heated pool and spa overlooking the sparkling Bay is perfect for gathering...
Visit this property in ST PETERSBURG: 6180 SUN BLVD #111, ST PETERSBURG

MLS# T3125840

There are 6 parcels that are contiguous to one another offering approximately 5. Ideally being sold together for a large development, although they can independently be acquired, with some exceptions to a few combined parcels, please read realtor...
Visit this property in TAMPA: 1107 90TH ST S, TAMPA

MLS# U8016990

Looks out on to Boca Ciega Bay with spectacular waterfront views. House is currently a 5 bedroom and 4 and 1/2 bath home. The water view from the whole house is spectacular. Does need some updates as it is being sold as-is.
Visit this property in ST PETE BEACH: 5950 BAHIA HONDA WAY N, ST PETE BEACH


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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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