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MLS# D5920552

Call now. Gorgeous kitchen with GRANITE COUNTER-TOPS and EXQUISITE MATCHING BACKSLASH, ABUNDANT MAPLE CABINETRY, gas stove, and under cabinet lighting, with breakfast nook, and HUGE PANTRY. This Gorgeous home has been upgraded and renovated inside...
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MLS# T2908941

Completely renovated, beautiful townhome on a conservation lot with garage. This townhome features new maple cabinets (2017) with soft close drawers, granite countertops, and new stainless steel appliances (2017). Take sanctuary in your screened...
Visit this property in TAMPA: 5848 RED CEDAR LN, TAMPA

MLS# T2908615

A brand new dimensional shingle roof was just installed in 2017. Looking for a large lot with space to roam in your backyard. Step outside onto your 24ft x 16ft covered lanai and enjoy fantastic backyard views. Don’t delay – make this...
Visit this property in TAMPA: 3712 W IOWA AVE, TAMPA

MLS# T2908934

Come see this great home featuring 4 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and 1,738 square feet. With its private, fenced backyard and screened lanai, this home will provide a great retreat for entertaining or just relaxing. The sellers have taken pride in...
Visit this property in TAMPA: 9827 SIR FREDERICK ST, TAMPA


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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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