Florida Homes, A New Residents Guide

If you’re new to Florida, then you’ve probably already realized how diverse culture is in the Sunshine State. The cost of living, schools, and people will vary from the Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama connections of life in the Panhandle, to Latino influences in the most southern tip. The good news about getting adjusted to life in Florida is that you’re not alone. Most of the people who live there have relocated from another state; therefore, you are surrounded by millions who know exactly what it feels like to be a newbie. Besides contacting the Chamber of Commerce in whichever community you end up in to get all of their new resident information, you can count on the following to be consistent throughout most parts of Florida.

Big tax breaks on property and personal income tax are some of the big bonuses to living in Florida. Be sure to file for the Homestead Exception to see if you qualify for further cuts. Unlike getting a driver’s license, filing for the Homestead Exception, registering to vote, or filling out a declaration of domicile, will establish your residency in Florida. A driver’s license will only establish your intent to reside in Florida.
Various permits, forms, and licenses are also necessary for boats, the use of beaches and coastal areas, docks, burning, vehicles and fishing. These will often vary according to county. StateofFlorida.com offers information specific to each of these needs and breaks them down into categories. It also has links to Florida State agencies to help relocating individuals or businesses.

Getting the right insurance for your Tampa Bay Florida real estate property and belongings while you live in Florida is a necessity. The recent rash of hurricanes has inspired the Office of Insurance Regulation to reorganize themselves to serve this important aspect of Florida living. Crosscheck some of their links to make sure that your insurance covers all of the possibilities.

Be sure to call or visit the website for the Florida Department of Education to find out how local schools rate in your area. In fact, selecting your property according to school districts may be a good idea if you have, or expect to start, a family in Florida. Each school also has a report on it done by the School Advisory Council Report which rates schools on performance, attendance and various features.

Afternoon thunderstorms are a part of life almost everyday for Floridians during the summertime. This is just one of the features of Florida’s weather that relocators should know about. Being prepared for Florida’s weather will make the transition of relocating much easier. Be sure to ask your neighbors how they prepare for hurricanes and heavy rain. Make sure that you have supplies on hand throughout the year. Also, ask your local authorities about what you should have on hand, what to expect, and who to contact for help.

Expect to see a lot more of your friends and families now that you live in Florida. Visiting you will become a vacation for many of them. It may save you money in the long run to buy year passes to some of the attractions in or around your town or city. It also wouldn’t hurt to collect some brochures from the local Chamber of Commerce, so you have a mini-library of resources at your fingertips for day trips and exciting attractions. Remember that Florida relies on tourism for one of its biggest economies. Your loved ones will still consider Florida one of the top vacation spots long after you have become accustomed to living in the Sunshine State. Be sure to keep any welcome packages you receive from your real estate agent or home owner’s association at finger’s reach for yourself, and for visitors.

How Will Hillsborough County’s One-Penny Transportation Referendum Affect Commercial Real Estate?

Attendees: Eric Odum and Brian Willis, Esq. Becker & Poliakoff

Date: September 27, 2010

Subject: Hillsborough County Transit Referendum: Additional One Cent Tax. What’s its Purpose? What does it mean to YOU!

EO: Good afternoon and welcome to the Market Minute. This is Eric Odum, I’m the broker for Net Lease Commercial Advisory. Today we have with us Brian Willis who is the attorney with Becker and Poliakoff, and also a member of the Citizens Advisory Board for TBARTA. Welcome Brian.

BW: Thanks for having me, Eric.

EO: Absolutely. This video is going to be the first of two parts. The first part of our discussion is going to be based primarily on the initiative…..what it entails, where the routes are and what-not. The second part, there’s obviously a penny sales tax that’s involved and some controversy behind the penny tax,…..So what we’re going to try to do in the second part, is talk about some of those issues with the penny tax and also the transportation initiative to help explore how much this makes sense for our area. The penny tax is a sales tax, correct?

BW: Yes, it’s a sales tax. It would be one cent additional, right now we’re paying 7%, it would bring it up to 8%, but it’s really an investment that goes to fund improvements and rail is what everybody really associates this with. But a large portion of the funds are also going to go to fund improvements to the bus system through out the county, as well as road improvements and places that aren’t necessarily in middle of the city, but also the outside regions of the county.

EO: Now, when is this vote coming up?

BW: Vote is going to take place on the ballot in November. I think it’s November 2nd or November 3rd, right around there. Of course now there is early voting, so vote on it a couple weeks before hand.

EO: Ok, so let’s talk a little bit about light rail versus high speed rail. Light rail is part of this initiative, is high speed also? How does the high speed rail…

BW: Yes, it’s a frequent question that I get. High speed rail is NOT part of this initiative. It’s not part of what the one cent would go to. High speed rail is a done deal. It’s being funded by stimulus dollars. The Federal Government is coming in (to help fund it) and that’s going to connect Tampa to Orlando at speeds over 160 mph. Light rail which is what a portion of the one cent investment would go to is going to be local. It’s going to connect…..the initial stages at least, will connect the airport, West Shore to downtown, and downtown North up to USF, beyond to the Cross Creek area, and eventually be part of this regional system that is going to be operated by TBARTA in the long run.

EO: So the high speed rail is coming, it has nothing to do with the penny tax, its coming regardless of the outcome of the penny tax vote in November. The penny tax vote in November is going to include rubber on road transportation initiatives as well as the light rail. Is that a good description?

BW: Yeah, yeah, that is absolutely correct.

EO: Ok.

BW: And it’s important to clarify how they work together. The one cent will not go to the high speed rail. They all work together because the high speed rail is going to come in and we’re going to have a transit center in downtown Tampa…..so the idea is that the downtown station for light rail will be part of this multi-modal transit station. There’s high speed rail, there’s light rail, and it’s going to be right across the street from where the Marion bus station is, so you’re going to have an integrated transit platform in North downtown. It’s going to let people come in from Orlando, from across the region, and connect.

EO: SO its going to be in-between the Marion, so its right around the old jail site, correct?….. The Northeast part downtown.

BW: Yeah, the Northeast part of downtown.

EO: By the ENCORE! Project.

BW: Just a little bit ways from the ENCORE! Project, so they’re taking advantage of that and they’re doing a mixed use walk able neighborhood that buys into these transit oriented development principles. So, that’s going to be a big part of this.

EO: Now, you’ve talked about TBARTA, you’ve talked about Hart, and I hear this name tossed around “Moving Hillsborough Forward,” what is that?

BW: ‘Moving Hillsborough Forward’ is a group that was formed by the Tampa Bay Partnership, and they are essentially, a political group that’s helping run the campaign for this one cent investment tax and I think the Tampa Bay Partnership is really important to the initiative because it shows that business recognizes the importance of this one cent investment. What we’ve seen is that we’re losing our competitive edge to people around the country when their looking at where to locate their businesses. People at the Tampa Bay Partnership are putting the dollars to invest in this campaign so that we have this modern transit system.

EO: So, I’m hoping that there are a number of people involved in the process here that there’s some sort of greater initiatives, that there’s cooperation. Frequently when you see a government agency, sometimes they don’t always play nice in the sandbox together, so hopefully there’s some sort of greater plan here, right?

BW: Yeah, there is. You’ve got TBARTA’s master plan that you can find on the TBARTA website, which is TBARTA.com, and that involves both this regional system which is made up of HART’s alternatives analysis study that’s going to take place and be funded by the one cent. You’ve also got a Sarasota/Bradenton rail link that’s part of the TBARTA system. Pinellas County is undergoing their own alternatives analysis study to look at how they could connect Clearwater to the Gateway area, to downtown St. Pete, as well as going over the bridge to link up and create an integrated system with Hillsborough County. And there are similar projects underway in Pasco with the rail line around the State Road 54/56 corridor and going North up to Citrus/Hernando counties. What we see is that there’s a lot of demand for getting people in and out of Hillsborough County, and we’re here, talking about this Hillsborough project, we’re focused on it because we’re in Hillsborough, it is a part of a greater regional system, and not just TBARTA. It’s going to tie in the high speed rail, and then you have Sun rail in Orlando.

EO: How’s Pinellas doing?

BW: Pinellas is a couple years behind us. Hillsborough is ahead. They’ve got the funding in place to start what’s called their alternative analysis study, which is a process that Hillsborough started two years ago and is just about to complete, and that looks at the different possible rail alignments. They set the corridor; the corridor is Clearwater, Gateway and St. Pete. Then they look at what specific roads and what pathways within that corridor would be the most economically efficient pathways to go through. And that’s the process that’s being wrapped up in Hillsborough right now.

EO: Now, let’s talk a little bit about the real estate side of it, because most of the people watching this are going to be real estate folks or real estate investors, and they’re going to want to know ‘what’s in it for me’ and how can they take advantage of some of the opportunities that might be coming down the pipeline. You talked a little bit with me before we had this interview about a quarter of a mile ring, and half a mile ring, what is all that about?

BW: At TBARTA we’re spending a lot of our time on land use issues, because what we’ve shown time and time again, is that transit initiatives like what we’ve got going on in Hillsborough County don’t succeed without land use changes to support the transit. And those land use changes help preserve single family(residences), the existing structure of the community, but you have changes within a quarter mile of the station, which is your core area. Then you have a ring that’s a quarter to a half mile out from the stop. The core area within a quarter mile is your core walking distance to the station. It’s designed to be high density mixed use development, so, shops, Starbucks, CVS, restaurants…

EO: Condos

BW: Condos… absolutely…. in a dense development….. So places you can stay 24 hours and live, work and play.

EO: Typically, what does this do to property values that’s in around this inner dense core?

BW: There have been numerous studies on this and most of them find that you’re finding anywhere between four upwards of 15% increase in property values around the core. There’s a lot of demand for this type of living. It saves people money on their overall transit bill because they don’t necessarily have to have a two car household, and so people are willing to pay more to get into these areas, and businesses are willing to pay more to be there because of the presence of people and the ability to get workers to your shops.

EO: Ok. These rail lines – there’s been some discussion about the first line running up to USF and then there was some outcry that we need to be out to the airport first. Where are we now? What is the general consensus about where the first line is going to be laid?

BW: With the initial plans everybody was thinking it was just going to go from West Shore to Downtown. There was some great public feedback, and it did a great thing because it got HART to reconsider, and now the first line includes Tampa Airport, West Shore. In fact, the airport has devoted land over that is going to allow them to accelerate their build up process. So, high speed rail we talked about earlier is going to be complete in around 2015, and they’re now looking at a time frame in 2015 to complete the Tampa Airport to Downtown leg of the transit project if the one cent passes.

EO: If the one cent passes…So, it sounds like its pretty much set then, that seems to be the most logical route and then later we’re going to continue up to USF.

BW: The idea is that you build them pretty consistently, it wouldn’t be that much later, but the idea is you do one phase at a time, first phase being the airport, second phase connecting Downtown, USF on to the Bruce B. Downs area.

EO: Terrific. Thank you again, Brian, I really appreciate your time in coming down and explaining some of this to us, it’s important that not just the folks that area associated with Net Lease Advisory know what’s going on, but also the general citizenry knows what’s happening so that we make the right decisions.

BW: Thanks for having me here.

EO: Appreciate it!

Who Is Looking For A New Tampa Rental Home?

The slow Real Estate market has led many would be sellers to consider turning their New Tampa home into a rental unit. There are many challenges owning and managing rental homes, but before understanding all of the complexities about property management and being a landlord, finding a tenant is the first order of business. The days of placing an ad in the local paper and finding a tenant right away are gone, so knowing who is looking for a rental home and how to find them is very important.

There are all many different types of people searching for a rental home. Sometimes there seems to be as many reasons for renting as there are homes for rent. This is typically overlooked by those that had not planned on renting their home. The needs of these tenants vary significantly and one must demonstrate the ability to meet the needs of any tenant prospect in order to have them submit an application. A closer look at the types of people looking for a rental home in New Tampa will better prepare the owner for the reality of the New Tampa rental market.

Most of the tenant prospects will fit into one or more of these categories:

  • Moving to the area, want to rent before buying and are real candidates to buy a home. Most state a desire to know the area prior to purchasing and many will purchase within the first year.
  • Moving to area and need to rent before buying because their home is under construction. Many of these would be tenants are looking for shorter term and flexible leases where they can leave early if their home is finished.
  • Moving to the area and need to rent and are not necessarily potential buyers. These tenants could stay much longer then one year if the home, community and service live up to expectations.
  • Sold their home and need to rent for financial or other reasons. Sometimes owning is just too expensive and equity from the sale of a home can ease the burden of other debts. These tenants will sometimes pay as much as a years rent in advance.
  • Don’t like their current New Tampa rental home and want a better place to rent. This could be an issue with their current landlord, neighbors or community.
  • Need a bigger rental unit then the one they currently reside in. This could be a recent addition to the family or just natural expansion over time.
  • Forced to move because Landlord sold or is planning to sell the home. This happened in many of the condo conversion projects in New Tampa the past few years.
  • USF Students that need housing in the area but away from campus. New Tampa is not really in high demand for university housing due to cost, but some prefer and can afford the extra expense to live in a nice home and community.
  • Separation and those in the middle of a divorce that need to stay locally. In many of these cases, the tenant prospect has not rented in years.
  • Credit issues limit some tenant prospects from being able to buy. These tenants could be the type to always pay rent on time, but get carried away with other things like vehicles and credit cards.
  • Temporary transplants for a local job. This is usually more common in areas with more high tech jobs, but there are still plenty coming to the area for 1 or 2 year contracts that do not want to purchase, specially in this market.
  • Military transplants that are willing to commute. While MacDill is a bit of a drive for some, others are still drawn to the New Tampa community.
  • Just prefer renting. There are some people out there that are fully capable and qualified to purchase, but just do not want to.

It will be important for the person responsible for finding and placing the tenant to know how to react to the needs of each tenant prospect. Remember, these are people looking for a place to call home, so any level of insecurity could cause them to go elsewhere. Many times the homeowners get to caught up in personal needs that they forget this simple fact.

It is also worth noting that some of the tenant prospects could be candidates for a rent to own or lease purchase option. Many just want to know that if they like the place, they will have the opportunity to purchase it at a later date. Granting this option is not necessary to secure the tenant, but being able to clearly identify their fears and addressing that fear will go a long way.
If you are considering turning your home into a rental, be sure to talk to a few professionals prior to placing that first ad or hiring an agent to put the listing in the MLS. New Tampa is still a market in transition and more agents are starting to look more closely at the rental market and providing tenant placement services to owners that could not sell their homes. That being said, very few tenant prospects will be found using the MLS in New Tampa, so it is important to know what other resources are available and will be used to find a tenant for your home.

Senior Photographs Help Bring Back Good Memories

Capturing the brightest moments in the lives of Tampa’s youth is what Tampa senior pictures is all about. Tampa is full of very special young people with very bright futures ahead of them, but there is something magical about that transition between innocence and responsibility that comes along with graduation from high school. One day they are riding to school with friends or even taking a bus, and the next day they are studying late and pulling night shifts to pay for college classes. When that transition hits, no matter what socio-economic group any particular teen belongs to, they can always look back at their Tampa senior photos and take a trip down memory lane.

The child that goes on to pursue a lengthy education in order to become a true professional in a respected field such as medicine or law may feel incredible pressures. These pressures drive people to do crazy things like decide to quit school, change majors, or worse. Having a great set of Tampa senior photos nearby could help them escape the pressures of school and the loneliness for a while, as memory lane is always open and always inviting. These memories can stir passions and reignite the flames of desire that once caused that student to want to be a doctor, lawyer, or other dedicated and respected professional. These trips down memory lane may be brief, but they can be incredibly helpful for anyone looking for a little guidance in a storm of loneliness that is commonly experienced when people go from a semi-carefree life to one dedicated to a pursuit.

Similarly, those Tampa graduates who go on to take jobs while struggling to get an education may also be in dire need of a little positive memory to help them get back on track. This can be doubly true of young parents who struggle more than most in a city that can be a little expensive to raise a family in.

Even those students that do go on to be happy and successful can benefit from an amazing set of Tampa senior pictures. Tampa senior photos are a great reminder of where people have been, where they are going, and what they have yet to accomplish. This is true no matter who the recipient is or what they have accomplished on their journey in life, even if that journey has taken some seriously strange twists and turns.

The Benefits of Condo Living in the 21st Century

You may have reached a point in your own life at which you are considering selling your current home and are contemplating the possibility of moving into a condominium. In this regard, you may be debating over the pros and cons of living in a condo, debating over whether or not a condominium is the right choice for you. The reality is that there are some wonderful benefits that can be found through living in a condo in this day and age. By coming to a better appreciation of these positive elements of condo life, you will be able to better assess whether a move from a single family residence into a condo is the correct transition for you.

One of the primary benefits that can be realized through condo living is convenience. Unlike a detached single family home, when living in a condominium, you do not have all of the maintenance, landscaping and related responsibilities that can be very time consuming. If you are like many people in this day and age, you maintain a very full schedule and you barely have time to eat and sleep let alone tend to all of the requirements of living in a single family detached residence.

Another benefit that can be realized through living in a condominium is security. In many instances, the typical condominium community today has private and oftentimes around the clock security. Additionally, many condo communities are also gated. With crime being an ever present concern in the 21st century, the added security associated with a condo complex can give you much needed piece of mind.

Beyond these benefits, the typical condo community also allows you the chance to enjoy, very simply, a sense of… community. The 21st century is becoming known as a period in history when most people have no idea who their neighbors are – have no idea of who lives right next door. This is the typical situation in neighborhoods consisting of single family homes. However, when it comes to condo complexes, a great deal of effort is spend on developing a sense of community between the residents. For example, most condo communities sponsor regular social events throughout the month which gives you as a resident a wonderful opportunity to get to know your own neighbors far better.

In this day and age, most condominium communities now come complete with significant amenities like recreation and fitness centers, business centers, swimming pools, clubhouses and a wide range of other facilities and options. Indeed, there are now even condo communities that offer concierge services for residents.

With these benefits in mind, you will want to take the time to closely take a look at what different condominium communities have to offer. By spending some time doing your homework, you will be able to ensure that you select a condominium community that has the facilities and amenities that will best meet your needs and desires, not only today but into the future as well.

How to Find the Right Moving Company for You

There is a great number of moving companies out there but it is very important to find the right one. A careful research needs to be done to be able to do this. Once you were able to select the right one, this will result to lower cost, careful attention to your unique relocation needs and better service. So for first time movers, what do you need to know in finding the right moving company? Here are some important things you should look for in a moving company:

The Company must be able to give you free estimate when they visit you so make sure you show them everything especially the large furniture and appliances.

Know the physical address of the company so you can visit them and learn about their facilities.

Make sure that their employees are professionals and know how to protect your furniture while in transit.

Insurance is also an important thing to consider so you must learn about their insurance policies and know their transaction procedures if there will be damaged or lost items.

Know if the company also offers packing services because this will help you a lot in moving out.

Know if they have other affordable services or if they offer discounts because some companies charge higher during Fridays or end of the month so you can avoid these dates in order to save more.

Knowing the above factors will surely guarantee that you are getting your money’s worth by hiring a reliable moving company. The idea here is for you to find a moving company that has a satisfactory record from the beginning up to the end of their service. Ask those who had experience relocation and they will tell you that packing and unpacking are very stressful things to do. Because of this, the moving company should be able to help you through the whole moving process guaranteeing safe transportation and delivery.

The Moving and Storage Companies must guarantees all of the above and more. It is a full service moving and storage company with more than a year of moving experience. All their employees must be skilled and professionals so they know how to take care and protect your furniture.

Moving companies should offer competitive rates and superior service. Not only do they help you in moving but they also offer portable storage to accommodate your storing requirements. The company must assures that your belongings will be safe and complete when you receive them and proves that their words and services are trustworthy.

Moving doesn’t need to be stressful at all and doesn’t need to be the work of an individual. Hire professional movers to help you make everything as stress-free and hassle-free as possible.

Customer satisfaction must be their number one priority. From the moment you make deals with one of their customer service, they must begin to prioritize your accurate moving demands to make sure your move is completed exactly as you have requested.

Top Tampa Airport Transportation Choices

There are a few Tampa Airport transportation choices to pick from when flying into the Tampa International Airport. Some options are more common than others, although they may be more expensive.

You have to decide on the most important factors regarding transportation during your stay. Do you want convenience, a cost effective option, or a combination of both?

Your options for airport transportation basically boil down to about 5 choices. Those choices are:

  1. Car Rental
  2. Pickup by Associate
  3. Shuttles
  4. Taxis
  5. Public Transportation

It is no coincidence that the most convenient options of transportation are also the most common options. These would include renting a car and being picked up by an associate.

Having someone pick you up from the airport and drive you around wherever you need to go is of course the best means of getting around since it is free and convenient. However, since many people do not have this obvious option I will move on to the next best choice.

Renting a car would be my suggested means of transportation if you have the funds to do so. Why is that, you may ask? Well, that is because getting around Tampa without a car is quite the challenge.

Tampa is working to improve its public transportation system but until then you definitely need a car to get around.

Your car rental choices on-site include

  • Avis
  • Hertz
  • Dollar
  • Budget
  • Enterprise
  • Thrifty

Dollar, Thrifty and Enterprise are usually the cheapest out of the bunch. However, since they all are located close to one another in the Red Baggage Claim Area you can easily quote them all.

The cheapest option out of all the transit choices from the airport, not including someone picking you up would be the shuttles, if you are staying in a nearby hotel. Many of the hotels near the airport offer complimentary shuttles to and from the airport. Some even provide transportation to the malls and restaurants in the Westshore area not far from the airport.

You definitely want to take advantage of this if cost efficiency is the most important to you. Just keep in mind that if you need to go somewhere out of the area that you are staying you would need to catch the bus or a cab.

Public transportation is usually the least utilized option for getting to and from the Tampa airport. This is of course because of the inconvenience factor.

So the bottom line is if you have the money rent a car. However, if you are pinching pennies then use the shuttle at the hotel if they have one available.

Save Money by Renting an Apartment for Living

Many people are shifting from one place to another due to their job requirements, job transfers, medical problems, higher studies etc. If you are also among those who are living away from their native place, you must also be on a look out for a proper accommodation to live in Tampa.

Initially, you have to decide that you want to purchase or rent an apartment. If you are shifting for a short period of time to Tampa then owning an apartment can prove to be a wrong investment as there are many taxes and maintenance jobs attached with it. Hence, choosing an apartment on rent in Tampa is an economical decision. But, if you are still unaware of the expenses and botheration involved with an owned apartment, then read on to know the major reasons that can change your thinking and decision too.

There are many benefits that an apartment authority offers like maintenance provisions like plumbing, HVAC services and other activities which can spoil your whole day. Other than that, lot of amenities like swimming pools, gym, spas and sports club memberships are available within their premises. You can also check whether they will allow you to bring your four-legged friends along with your family or not.

Moreover, you do not have to worry about the increase and decrease in the value of their apartments and you can also change your apartment whenever you want without getting into the complex procedure of finding a buyer for your owned apartment.

As far as risk is involved, there is minimum risk involved in getting out of the lease agreement in comparison of mortgage payments that are taken for obtaining a new apartment.
Such convenient apartments are available on rent at affordable prices which makes it a cost-effective decision for anyone who has limited budget. Apart from that, these apartments are built close to public transit for tenant’s convenience which will help in saving car gas expenses.

If the above benefits have changed your preference for owned apartments, then you can start searching for a comfortable and affordable apartment on rent in Tampa. A right decision will help you to save a lot of monthly expenses to help you plan something more for your weekends!

Ways to Find Your Dream Home at Tampa Real Estate

All of us want to have their very own home. Yes, it is the biggest purchase one can ever make, so it really takes a lot of planning to achieve such goal.

If you desire to find your dream home at Tampa real estate, you need to plan carefully to make sure that you will be having the best out of your money. You have to bear in mind that people who had the best out of their money are those who spent some time to do their homework. Those people made their researched and gave a lot of their time and effort. So in order for you to be like them, you have to plan and to your own homework.

Yes, you may have the money, but you need to think and do a lot of things before actually purchasing a home for you to make sure you’ll be having the perfect home you ever dreamed of. The first thing you need to do is to make lists of the things you need and want in a home. In doing the lists, you have to be reasonable enough, just think of the important and necessary things that you need, like how many bedrooms you need, how many bathrooms, do you need a big yard or a small yard will do. These are just few of the things that you need to think about in planning to purchase a home in Tampa real estate.

Next, you can think about the amenities that you need and will be pleasant enough to have in your very own home in Tampa real estate. But in thinking about amenities, you have to be reasonable as well, make sure that the amenities that come in your mind are affordable.

Working with a real estate agent is an option; it is really up to you if you want to. But as a first time buyer of a home in Tampa real estate, it would be wiser on your part to hire one. As a piece an advice, in hiring a real estate agent, you have give some of our time in order to find the best one that can help you out with your quest of finding the best home for you in Tampa real estate.

The perfect way to find the best real estate agent is by asking for recommendation from family and friends. Then try to contact at least three real estate agents and schedule them for interview. Just make sure to make separate schedules to avoid uncomfortable situations. Take time to interview each real estate agent. Make sure to choose the one that you will be comfortable to work with for few months.

Give the lists of the features you like in a home to the real estate agent that you hired. Then this real estate agent will go to Tampa real estate and look or homes that match your criteria. The real estate agent will give you limited lists of homes that suits your needs and wants. The real estate agent will make some schedules for you to visit few of the homes.

Now, in choosing a home in Tampa real estate, there are few factors that you need to consider. Like if you have kids, you have to look if the home is near the school. But you have to know that in Tampa, you do not have to worry about the education of your kids, because Tampa is known for having excellent schools and universities.

In choosing a home, distance is very important. You have to find out the distance between your home and your office, make sure that it has access to transit, to avoid any inconveniences and problems.

Considering all these and with the help of our real estate agent, you will definitely find the best home your desire at Tampa real estate.

Eliza Maledevic Ayson

Tampa Real Estate [http://www.tampa-realestate.biz/]

Ways to Find the Best Home in Tampa Real Estate

A home in Tampa real estate that you can call your own is the biggest purchase you can make in your life.

In buying a home, planning is very important. You have to do careful calculation before giving out your money. In doing so, you can find he best home for you in Tampa real estate.

Most of the people who get the best value out of their money are those people who did their homework. They researched and gave their time and effort. So in order to get the best out of your money and to have the perfect home, you have to carefully plan your buying process.

Making lists of the things you need and want is a good way of finding the best home in Tampa real estate. But bear in mind that in making the lists; you have to be practical and reasonable. You have to think about the important things like how many bedrooms to you need, bathrooms, if you want or need a large yard or you prepare to have a small yard to have lower maintenance, especially because you are a busy person and the likes. All these things should be thought about in planning for your buying process in Tampa real estate.

The next thing to do is to think about things that are pleasant enough to have in your home. Like for instance, amenities. But make sure that you have to still consider that these amenities are practically affordable. By looking on your realtor’s website, you can find amenities that are good but affordable. In searching, you could also see the amenities that are available and how much these amenities will cost you.

You can work with real estate agent if you wish to, but it is wiser to hire a real estate agent especially if it’s your first time to purchase a home in Tampa real estate. Just make sure that you will hire someone that is professional and comfortable to work with. You can give some time interviewing some real estate agent, so to come up with the best one.

The real estate agent list look for homes in Tampa real estate that matches you lists. Then take time to visits the homes. But there are a lot of things to consider before choosing one. If you have children, you have to take into consideration if the home is near the school. But, you do not have to worry about your kids in having fine education, since Tampa is an excellent and popular place of having great schools. Distance is important factor you have to consider in finding your home. You also have to look at the distance between your home and office. You have to make sure that the home will have better access to transit.

Talking with neighbors will be helpful; you can gain information through them.

Definitely, this is the biggest purchase you will make, so you want o make sure that you will have the best out of your money, so give your time and effort in order to find the best home you deserve in Tampa real estate. Do not hurry things out, be patient. Soon you will find the best home in Tampa real estate.