There are a few options for furnished housing. Since we deal with a lot of military and International clients we have a few resources for short term housing. Ranging from apartment complexes in South Tampa that include temporary housing to some independent companies like Nika or Avalon have contracts with condominium owners and apartments to do short term rentals. I have worked with a number of relocating military, professionals and physicians who have no time to visit and I have not only sent pictures - but computer generated floor plans with room measurements. I love technology!
Brandon, Valrico and Lithia are great areas too. Valrico and Lithia both have great High Schools - Bloomingdale High School and Newsome. Lithia has some great new shopping plazas but the only close mall is Brandon Mall. Valrico is also surrounded by little shopping centers but the restaurants would be in Brandon by I-75. Both areas are closer to 35-40 minutes to Central Tampa.
Lastly - I do have plenty of experience with short sales on the Buyer and Listing side. My only concern would be to have your children settled by School time and this could be a hinderance if the wrong house is picked. In the areas that have been recommended - there is a definite stabilization of prices that are occuring. Which means more regular sales and fewer distressed. But you can still find good deals. I am available tomorrow to speak further if you would like to send me an email through my profile page. I look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your home search.
I wouldn't move to New Tampa, if they would give me a free house, that's pretty much what they're worth; check the depreciation and if you plan to resale any time soon.........
Shall we talk about commute, gas prices and beaches proximity?
Definetely S. Tampa, there're new construction too, and I may add...... Westchase holding up pretty well.
Talking about S-Sale, I negotiate my own without lawyers junk fee and get them going within 3 weeks, not months.
I'm also an REO agent and investor, I'll be glad to provide you my certifications, and clients feedback.
one last note........we should first prioritize your most important needs, define a price range, and spot the best bang for the buck!
The first area I would pick is Westchase. Currently sits in the boundary for Alonso High School which has had an A in 08 and a B in 09. This is a master plan community and so all the retail, businesses and homes are very nice and less than 25 years old. Little mini subdivisions of homes within a larger community. Cute town center area with Starbucks, retail and fountain area.
Right next door is Citrus Park area and the edge of Odessa. There are smaller subdivisions but a newer mall and I travel to this are to go to Olive Garden and other restaurants not in S. Tampa. Sickles High School also had A last year and A and Be the years before. A lot more newer construction.
Carrollwood is just on the otherside of Citrus Park and it is an older area - the first subdivision of Tampa. Gaither High School has maintained A's and B's. The subdivisions are not as restrictive as the newer ones but great shopping and restaurants. Easy to commute to Veterans Expressway or Dale Mabry.
Most subdivisions are very vigilant about crime and we have great legislations for housing of sexual preditors. Florida has enacted some great new legislation to protect children.
One area that has almost everything you have listed is South Tampa. It has the top schools including Plant High School. it has great shopping - Westshore Plaza, International Plaza, and Old Hyde Park. It has great Restaurants including many local establishments. It is right next to downtown. It has many areas that are very beautiful including, Hyde Park, Beach Park, New Suburb Beautiful, Harbour Island, and Davis Islands. However it is an older area and includes the Historical District. There is more of a mix to the homes and has the exact opposite of the suburb feel. But its really great and you need to take a look at it too.
Some areas that are really nice and new such as New Tampa I would recommend however the high schools have had a C here and there. Areas like Lithia may just be outside of your 25 minute commute request but have shopping and great schools.
I hope this information will help you with your search. I am happy to answer any questions you might have and send you the grade reports for the schools I have mentioned above.
You have to be very careful in New Tampa (33647) because many of the communities pay high extra CDD Taxes. Arbor Greene for example will cost you about $2,500 extra on top of normal taxes to live in that community. It may be worth it if you value their amenities, clay tennis courts, resort style community pool, workout rooms, party room for rental and a manned, gated entrance.
All the best,
Do you have a closing date for the sale of your home in Connecticut?
What is your price range? Your price range will dictate the areas available to fit your criteria. Above $400k is South Tampa, $250k-$700k Westchase (although middle school is not in the top 3), $800k and above Davis Islands, $200k-$2 million Cheval (city of Lutz). Take a look at a $300k short sale listing I have in Lutz, it's maxed out with gorgeous upgrades throughout, marble floors downstairs, hardwood floors throughout upstairs, granite, cherry cabinets, built in hardwood cabinets in gigantic master closet, etc.:
If you want to consider buying a Pre-Foreclosure, Short Sale you will need to rent first because there is no certainty when or if it will ever close. It may take 30 days to close or it could drag out 6 months before it can close. Once a short sale is approved, you normally MUST close no later than 45 days. So make sure your lease will allow you to cancel by paying a penalty.
Also if you want to consider a bank owned bargain, you also must rent because you need to get out to see the proerty the same day it is listed for sale and also write your offer the same day or you will miss out on the best deals. Some of the asset managers are lazy and will not even wait a week before accepting an offer. Also oftentimes the bank owned listings are price well below market and they attract mutliple offers. It may be as long as two weeks before you'll know if you have the winning bid.
Really the only way you can just move here without renting is if you only look at "normal" listings by the few sellers that still have equity. i don't recommend that you limit yourself but it is your decision.
If you would like to "browse" properties "like a Realtor", sign up for a free Listingbook account:
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
Please feel free to contact us to that we can help you in your search.
Bill and Lois Szydlowski
The Szydlowski Team
Future Home Realty, Inc.
If you review the community as a whole and the demographics, many of these families choose the home and it's neighborhood and opt for application for their children in one of the IB or Magnet schools nearby.Â
Also, please know that I work in all of our Tampa Bay communities, South Tampa, Westchase, Cheval, Carrollwood, New Tampa, Fish Hawk...etc..I'm proud of all the choices and personalities each community offers. But as you know, my first task is to help you identify from this large area, which community will truly be the closest match. Of course we can also visit more than one area together to know with certainty which community is
It isn't that common for Realtors to team up when they work for two different Brokerages. Basically what we would do is both Lisa and I would be available to show you properties and help you with getting settled as a team. Lisa is a specialist in the South Tampa area and my expertise is Westchase, Lutz, Odessa, Oldsmar, New Tampa and Palm Harbor. We both would be able to help you in all of these areas. The good thing is you would have twice the service and although Lisa and I will earn half of our normal commiossion we are both willing to do this because you will likely purchase at least a $300k property. We couldn't afford to split the eventual commission on a $100k property but in your price range it is feasible for us and you can expect to get stellar service from two very experienced Tampa Bay agents.
I look forward to working with you and Lisa!
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
I looked at the 30 homes for sale in Tampa Palms. They are lovely. I like that they are older construction and not cookie cutter looking (from the 30 I saw anyway).
But the schools aren't very good. Freedom High School only has 3 stars on Schooldigger.com I believe - pretty mediocre. I've purposely overlooked every home I saw that belonged to Freedom, Gaither, Chamberlin, Wharton and others based on the current high school ratings.
I didn't realize sharing is commonplace in Florida. I've never worked like that before - realtors here make us sign "exclusive" buyer's-agent contracts for a home search. What would each of you do? Take different areas, or???
I still think you should take advantage of the expertise of two Realtors. I've spoke with Lisa Reeves and she is comfortable working together as a team to help you get relocated, settled and find your new home!
All the best,
I welcome you to look into the age of home, size of home and the upgrades you can get in Tampa Palms and then compare to South Tampa.Â
South Tampa is a fabulous area but as you mentioned, the prices, size of homes and the lot that you want may not be found there. The other area you may like is the Westchase/Citrus park area...again, without knowing exactly where in central Tampa you are commuting to, this would be my initial thought.Â
-Lisa Prisco KW
In New Tampa, Wharton High is actually "A" rated, (it was C in 2009). The schools with consistently good ratings in the past few years are:
NEWSOME HIGH A A A B B
RIVERVIEW HIGH A B A A C
PLANT HIGH A B A A A
SICKLES HIGH A A A B A
Steinbrenner High in Lutz is new and has not yet been rated but it expected to score exceptionally high due to the demographics.
We also have 4 International Baccalaureate High Schools. Admission is highly competitive and only the top students will get in. We also have fantastic Charter Schools for elementary through 8th grade. There is a lottery process to get into one of these schools, though so you will not have any assurance your child will get to attend. For that reason it's important for you to identify the area of town you will ultimately buy so you can be within the school boundary lines of the school(s) you want your children to attend.
And there is the Pepin Academy Charter School that is geared to helping children with certain learning disabilities. http://www.theacademies.us/acad/
Lisa is correct about South Tampa not having the typical cookie cutter homes but of course in your price range it will be difficult to find a new home as you will find in Westchase, Waterchase, Cheval, Valrico and New Tampa.
I have experience with representing buyers on Short Sales and bank owned listings and know certain tactics and contractual provisions to help expedite the short sale process. I have also enable my buyers to be the lucky winner in multiple offer situations on bank owned bargains--and they were competing with ALL CASH buyers.
So I have a proposition for you (and Lisa Reeves)..why not hire both of us! We can all work together to make your transition to Tampa as smooth as possible.
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
13045 Linebaugh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33626
I have been giving your criteria some thought and feel that your commute time requirement of less than 25 minutes to Central Tampa is a big factor on where to start us out. Where in Central Tampa will you need to commute to? It may be possible depending on your answer to look at a community called Tampa Palms, with great access to I-75, I-275 and other major roadways that could potentially meet your commuting needs. Tampa Palms certainly meets all of your other criteria and I know you'd be quite excited to see what is available there in terms of housing, schools & shopping.
Please feel free to call me as your Tampa Palms/New Tampa expert:
Lisa Prisco Keller Williams Realty New Tampa 813-766-8734. Thank you again for your consideration. I look forward to having the opportunity to be your Realtor. Have a great day!
$300 - 500K
3 Car Garage
A circle centered in Carrollwood, stretching N/S/E/W approximately 10 miles.
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This list is only for homes listed as Active in the Multiple listing Service, there are a similar number of Expired, Withdrawn and FSBO homes that may fit your needs which are not included.
As you will see, there is quite a variety of home styles and neighborhoods to look at on the list. Once I have a better idea of your wants and needs in your next home, we can narrow down the area and whether the commute and schools fit your needs.
Let me know if I can help you further!
Steven J. Pahl e-PRO
Keller Williams Tampa Properties
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Do you want to be in a newer subdivision, an older established area of the Tampa Bay Area or do you want to be on the water, etc. I would need to know the answers to those and many other questions before I could intelligently recommend an area.
My credentials are in my resume so go to http://www.RealEstateTom.com/resume.htm to see my involvement in the community as an architectural design, as a building contractor, as a land developer and as a REALTOR(r). You can reach me by email at Tom@RealEstateTom.com if you have any direct questions.
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Tampa has many great areas, after reviewing your request. I think Wesley Chapel would be a perfect fit, newer construction, brand new outside mall shopping, new hospital under construction, Gated communities with plenty amenities for big and small. Great restaurants, away from the ghetto...and great education..can verify schools rating on county web-site.Here are a few links that might help.
Second I would say Soho area of South Tampa,Older homes and very over priced at times.You would most likely battle cash buyers in this area in order to get the home you want.But if you don't mind the dog and paddle show..than it can work for you.Just being honest..for every home in this area get about 5 + offers..so do the math..Great food...I must say in this area..and near to downtown..very desirable..
WestChase,Palm Harbour, are also great areas..
If you have kids I would say look into Wesley Chapel and West Chase areas..kid friendly..YMCA...and plenty for kids entertainment..
Hope this helps..
Great answers! No, we don't know our closing date. Yes, we will need short-term (furnished) housing. Yes, you picked the best areas and the areas I was considering. I was also considering Brandon, Valrico and Bloomingdale because of the proximity to Tampa and Bloomindale schools. Are these not amazing areas? Yes, you are right on - we will want to look at all the options (short sales, bank owned). Would one of you be able to help us from start to finish? Are you experienced in short sales (since half the houses in FL seem to be short sales)? Would you find us short term housing in a fantastic area (email me pics) and then help us find a house and make offers? Will you help us with other relocation needs like finding storage? There will be no opportunity for us to come to Florida until it's time to MOVE to Florida. All of this would have to be done with you as our rep.
About us: 20% down, perfect credit (780 & 800 median), pre-approved financing via Countrywide, need a pool, HATE communities, hate cookie-cutter houses, price TBD but probably < 500K.
Let me know!
We moved here 9 months ago from Ft. Myers and specifically looked in the greater Brandon area for all of the aforementioned reasons that are important to you as well. Fishhawk Ranch was the last place we looked... the moment we drove into the community and learned about the schools we were sold and never looked anywhere else. 9 months into we love this place. So much so, I started a new website http://www.FishhawkRanchCommunity.com - check it out.
You can also find information at http://www.FishhawkRanch.com
If Fishhawk Ranch doesn't fit, anywhere in the eastern part of Brandon has neighborhoods and schools that match your criteria. Check out Valrico, Lithia, Brandon and parts of Riverview.
I'd love the opportunity to help you with financing the purchase of your home. You can get more information on our website at http://www.CityFirstLoans.com - I beat the banks everyday and you'll experience none of the hassle that people and real estate agents deal with when using the banks. We are a direct lender.
My direct business line is: 813-438-2428
S. Tampa 33611,33609,33629,33606 depending on your budget.
Area keeps their value, best schools, easy commute to everywhere!
and it comes with all the bells and whistles you mentioned.