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MLS# U8167080

This spacious Furnished 1 bedroom,1 bath, in this open and airy condo with views to the intercoastal waterway and marina. Walk to delightful downtown Dunedin or relax in resort-like pool which is cooled in the summer and heated in the winter....
Visit this property in DUNEDIN: 632 EDGEWATER DRIVE # 736, DUNEDIN FL 34698

MLS# T3381518

Cash only. Seller has NO KNOWLEDGE of the condition of this home and Buyer is encouraged to do all their appropriate due diligence before submitting an offer. The two homes behind this property are new construction and other homes in the...
Visit this property in TAMPA: 1205 E BOUGAINVILLEA AVENUE, TAMPA FL 33612

MLS# U8167102

Tastefully remodeled 3 bedroom/1 bathroom ready to be called home. Upon entering the front door, you’ll notice the light and bright living room/dining room combination complete with a updated galley kitchen; down the hall are 2 bedrooms and a...
Visit this property in PINELLAS PARK: 5251 94TH AVENUE N, PINELLAS PARK FL 33782

MLS# T3381945

You’ll love the large fully fenced backyard that’s waiting for barbeques and playtime. Updates include a NEW ROOF, newer HVAC and much more. Easy access to the beaches, Macdill AFB, downtown Tampa, shopping and restaurants. Don’t delay.
Visit this property in TAMPA: 3703 E MCBERRY STREET, TAMPA FL 33610


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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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