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MLS# U7823341

Charming updated 3/2 in West Tampa central to everything Tampa has to offer… downtown, Soho, dining, shopping, Raymond James, International Mall, I-275 and all Dale Mabry has to offer. The best part is this home comes with a brand new roof- buyer...
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MLS# T2888839

On a corner lot and has a storage shed. HUD will accept the best offer if it meets acceptable requirements with no counter to all offers reviewed in the system. Sold "as-is" Any lender repair requirements would need to be done after closing. IN...
Visit this property in DADE CITY: 36150 LODGEPOLE PINE DR, DADE CITY

MLS# A4189197

This spacious villa has an open floor plan with 2 bedrooms AND a den. There is also tile on the diagonal in main living areas, crown molding, and an extended lanai with a gorgeous water view. The social membership entitles you to free use of both...
Visit this property in BRADENTON: 6529 CANDLESTICK DR, BRADENTON

MLS# H2203684

Upgrades include tile on the diagonal throughout entire first floor, granite counters, upgraded cabinets, stainless appliances, large closet pantry and more. The master bathroom features dual sinks, separate tub and shower and all bathrooms...
Visit this property in LUTZ: 2858 MAPLE BROOK LOOP, LUTZ


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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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