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Sam Nicholson, Home Buyer in Outside U.S.

Hi, My partner and I are planning to relocate to Tampa next year and we're in need of some guidance to help us narrow down our search.

Asked by Sam Nicholson, Outside U.S. Fri Aug 9, 2013

We live in Sydney, Australia and met in Hawaii. We've been spoilt as we live 20 minutes drive from the city and walk or take a short drive to a handful of beaches. We are surrounded by shops and cafes and would like a similar 30 something community if possible. The only place we've pin pointed as a potential is South Tampa. Help please!!!!

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Your options open up if you do not need to be in the city of Tampa for work. I would recommend Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs. You have the walk to restaurants closer to beaches and not as high of a price tag. You are also on the Gulf of Mexico and closer to incredible beaches. South Tampa is nice but PInellas County offers a lot of what you are looking for too.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 10, 2013
It sounds like you need a condo in Soho!
Margaret Hassani
Broker, Lightning Realty
Innovation and Experience
(813) 766-1501
Fax (813) 443-0118
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 12, 2013
First you did not mention if you are looking to purchase or rent once that has been decided then I would be happy to discuss with you, but that is a major part of the equation in making your decision.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 11, 2013
If you want to be close to the beaches then Safety Harbor is the better choice. I live in Tampa close to the Hard rock casino and it is ok but not close to the beaches at all. I drive 28 miles from my home to the beach in heavy traffic ends up to be about an hour drive. If you like night life and places to walk Clearwater has a lot of things going on, Largo is laid back and quiet for the most part but you can still find things to do. If you want to live in a city with lots of things to do then there is also Channel Side in Tampa, although it is a bit pricy it is very active with concerts in the park and a nice city walk along the bay and a lot of museums and art galleries to visit, there is also an aquarium at Channel Side. You can also catch a cruse from the port of Tampa. From Channel Side a beach drive will take about 30 minutes to do in traffic. Ybor city is in the heart of Tampa and it has a lot of night life, colorful people, it is a Latin quarter that has old cigar shops and ethnic food a lot of parades, Friday and Saturday nights this is a fun place to go. I hope this helps, best of luck to you and your partner.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 11, 2013
If you would like to get pre-approved for your loan, it will speed up you home buying process and give you a better chance of securing the home you want. I live in South Tampa and can reccomend some great Realtors. We do have an agressive Foriegn National Program Loan.
Please give me a call, 727-365-3133

Don Blockel
Bridgeview Bank http://www.mybbmc.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 11, 2013
Sam Nicholson, Overall Florida is not high on the walkability meter. Most areas require a car.

There are neighborhoods that might provide you with the drive time to the beaches, which could be either the east coast or west coast of Florida. The west coast of Florida, runs along the beaches, but, south Tampa is not near the beach. Hillsborough is landlocked. Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota all have beaches.

There are several websites that you might find informational while searching for a location:

Relocating to Florida: http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=40

Overview of City or Neighborhood (anywhere in USA) by public forums: http://www.city-data.com/city/Tampa-Florida.html Watch the dates of comments, for example if comment posted in 2006, may or may not be relevant in 2013.

Each county has a crime map: hillsborough sheriff's crime map, manatee crime map, pinellas crime map, sarasota crime map. here is one for quick reference: http://gis.hcso.tampa.fl.us/crimemapping/

Tampa Bay times: http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/

Florida Trends: http://www.floridatrend.com/

There are so many more resources that you can discover online. Florida offers so many communities through the state. Hopefully you will select the Tampa area as right for you.

Another item to consider, Florida is seasonal. The influx of snowbirds predominately in January through Easter, sparks many festivals, events, concerts, spring training, "happenings". Some areas in Summertime offer shorter hours of operation, more limited "whatever" as compared with the "Season".

If you were to visit Florida in February and again in August you would notice a difference in density of population. For example, Sarasota's 2010 population was approximately 52,000. In season, the population grows to nearly 400,000.

Enjoy your research.

Best regards,

Lynn Brock
Brock Realty Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 10, 2013
Good Day Sam!

I am Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and presently have buyers from Scotland, Ghana, and Hungary. In the recent past I have sold clients from Australia, German, Indonesia, Cayman Islands, Venezuela, Italy to name a few. I understand the global buyer and can assist you in your transition to the "States". I presently serve on both the Pinellas County and Greater Tampa Realty Boards' International Councils. So contact me through my website and we can discuss your search either via email or Skype. Just bring your Vegemite, I can handle the rest. Thanks.


Phil Riek
Broker Realtor
Future Home Realty
priek @prodigy.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 10, 2013

I have worked with many Foreign Buyers and First Time Buyers. I would be happy to help answer your questions and give you some insight into the Tampa area. I agree with Mary that Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor and Tarpon Springs might be what you are looking for. Along with South Tampa you my also want to consider Westchase. Are you relocating for employment? The Tampa traffic can sometimes be a bear so make sure to ask whoever you work with about possible routes to the area you consider.

Please review my profile and send me a message or call if I can be of assistance. I can be reached at Thoyt@prutropical.com or 813-352-6219. I can also be reached at 1-800 273-7173.

Tracy Hoyt
Prudential Tropical Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 10, 2013
What is your price range? Are you paying CASH? South Tampa is one of the most expensive areas to live in Tampa Bay and condos have difficulty getting a lender willing to finance without having a substantial downpayment.

You might also want to consider St. Petersburg near the pier.

All the best,

Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 10, 2013
Good Morning,

South Tampa is an awesome place to be. I was born and raised in South Tampa and still currently live here. It brings in the highest demand as well as the highest appreciation. You are surrounded by the bay here in South Tampa only a 30-40 minutes drive from the gulf beaches. However, there are plenty of awesome areas of Tampa as well. It all depends on your budget and what you are looking for. Please call or email me and I will be happy to help you. My cell is 813-624-3679 and my email is kennethallen78@yahoo.com. We look forward to you and your partner moving to Tampa.


Ken Allen
The Toni Everett Company
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 10, 2013

Go on my site and regsiter for free of course. I will get in touch with you and get some more specifics to make sure this works out for you.


Jim Myers
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 9, 2013
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