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MLS# U7829346

This home has been tastefully remodeled and updated with a modern feel. The open floor plan allows for a clear site to both living areas from the heart of the home. From the 45yr tile roof (2012), hurricane rated vinyl windows (2012), 9 camera...
Visit this property in ST PETERSBURG: 1201 45TH AVE N, ST PETERSBURG

MLS# T2898284

Gorgeous newly renovated 2 bedroom 2 bathroom MOVE IN READY home. Kitchen showcases new cabinets, premium counter tops, tile plank flooring, and stainless steel appliances. In a wonderful location and just minutes from the Salt Spring State Park,...
Visit this property in PORT RICHEY: 8145 FOX HOLLOW DR, PORT RICHEY

MLS# W7632097

Head on out to the large screened Florida Room for more entertaining space. Large gates for boat or jet ski storage. Close to shopping and schools. Call now for more information.
Visit this property in HOLIDAY: 5945 DELLA DR, HOLIDAY

MLS# U7829434

Spectacular intra-coastal views and the surrounding area sets this 2BR/2BA , 7th floor beach condo "above" the rest. This beach complex overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and the Redington Long Pier. Convenient location boasts banking ,shopping and...


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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