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MLS# U8005738

Known for it's kid friendly, dog friendly, art friendly, eclectic vibe, Kenwood is just a short stroll to happening Grand Central District, Tropicana baseball field, and countless local shops, parks and restaurants. As you pull into the driveway,...
Visit this property in ST PETERSBURG: 2855 10TH AVE N, ST PETERSBURG

MLS# W7801593

10,000 sq ft under roof; 6877 sq ft heated/air-conditioned. Large professional kitchen with a walk-in shelved pantry and oversized gas cooktop and two electric ovens. Ground floor 5-car garage approx 1655 sq ft of heated/air-conditioned...
Visit this property in APOLLO BEACH: [R_I], APOLLO BEACH

MLS# T3109671

This charming cottage 3 bedroom, 2 bath, PLUS Office/Den home located in the highly popular area of SEMINOLE HEIGHTS is sure to delight. Almost everything has been UPDATED or RENOVATED all within the few years with new carpet last month. Living...
Visit this property in TAMPA: 4104 N SEMINOLE AVE, TAMPA

MLS# H2400244

The well-appointed color scheme will draw you into the tasteful 1-bedroom, 1-bath spacious home, located in Caliente, Pasco County's premier clothing-optional community. Imagine morning coffee while enjoying the view from your screened lanai,...
Visit this property in LAND O LAKES: 21032 PICASSO CT #K202, LAND O LAKES


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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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