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Mz. Nic, Home Buyer in Tallahassee, FL

My husband and I would really like to relocate. Right now its a toss up between Tampa, FL and Atlanta, GA,

Asked by Mz. Nic, Tallahassee, FL Thu Jan 17, 2008

but leaning more towards Tampa. My question is, what is the best way to go about our search a home? This would be our first so we don't know the best way to tackle this huge task....moving out of town!

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I would take a vacation to each of the areas that you think you would like to live in. While you are there look around on your own, talk to residents, find out if the area fits your interests and then interview a few realtors. If you do your due diligence you will figure out which state fits you best. Good Luck and if you need help finding a few realtors to interview let us know and I am sure one of us will be able to help you.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2008

To expedite your search for a home in Atlanta and Tampa my advice would be to contact a REALTOR in each of these areas and request a search that is based on your requirements. Spend some time with the REALTOR on the phone and try to recognize if this is an agent you would want to work with. You can spend countless hours on websites searching yourself but if you request a search from a REALTOR the properties that you are specifically looking for will be sent to you with the information your require. I would love to be your connection in the Tampa Bay area and as you have seen below there are plenty of activities in this area. Please contact me at 813-699-1386 for property information in Tampa, FL

Thank you and Happy Hunting!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2008
Hello Nic,

I agree with the previous answer ,so that you can get a "feel" for both cities. Obviously Atlanta is larger, so keep in mind, your commuting time, traffic congestion would be greater than in Tampa. My family and I relocated from Australia to Tampa 20 years ago and just love it. Temperature wise, it's great year round and we only have a few weeks of truly cold weather, unlike Atlanta. Plus of course, there are the gulf beaches, tourist attractions e.g. Busch Gardens, Orlando with Disney, Epcot etc. is approx. 70 mins. away., Daytona and the Keys are easily accessible too.
We go to Atlanta twice a year, and although it is probably a little more "cosmopolitan" than Tampa, fighting the traffic is no fun, especially with the price of gas these days.
There are great deals on waterfront property in the Tampa Bay Area, which you are not going to find in Atlanta, and there is still plenty of land here if you want to build your custom home.
Take a look at some of the aerial shots on my website to give you a better view. Hope this helps! O.K. so I am bias to Tampa, because there's no place like home!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2008
I have lived in Tampa for 15 yrs. and I grew up very close to Atlanta. Tampa and Atlanta are two completely different areas. I personally think Tampa is a much nicer place to live. Like Atlanta, Tampa offers a wide array of restaurants, shopping and cultural arts but Tampa has something Atlanta doesn't..............beaches!! The beautiful gulf beaches in St. Petersburg and Sarasota are a 30 minute drive from Tampa and they are some of the best in the nation.

Everything you need is at your fingertips in Tampa without having to fight the hideous traffic in Atlanta!

Feel free to look at all properties available in Tampa and St. Petersburg at my website below.

Sheila Calistri
Keller Williams
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 20, 2008
Dear Mz. Nic,

We've lived in Tampa for almost 14 years. Don't know Atlanta but I can tell you we have everything here (and minimal history of hurricane trouble), including beautiful shell laden beaches with dolphins. You will not get that in Atlanta.

Move to Tampa. We have exceptional bargains on homes right now but Forbes Magazine's analysts predict that when the RE Market turns, Tampa prices will move up quicker than any part of the US, so you may not want to wait to buy.

As you can see, I'm Sold On Tampa!

Alma Rose Kee, P.A.
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 1, 2008
I live in Tampa and am very unhappy. The market is horrible - job and real estate. Go to GA
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 30, 2008
Mz. Nic, what are you looking for in a community? City/ towm? Do you have kids? Have you visited both towns before? I really could ask a ton of questions. To get started, your best way is to visit my website,, where you can do an MLS search of all the homes currently on the market in the Tampa Bay area, as well as another great feature, "New Construction Search" which will allow you to search what the builders currently have in their inventory and to-be-builts. Both of these features allow you to adjust your search criteria anytime for all your wants and needs, and it will save the info for you and update you daily, if you choose. Or you can contact me direct and I will set it up for you and answer any questions you may have. You can also check school grades from my site as well. As a Buyer, all these services are FREE to you. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
Michael Ceparano
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 13, 2008
If you are still considering the Tampa move, it is important that you begin collecting information on the area. To be able to make an important decision like this you need to have a good feel for the overall community and what it has to offer.

Our suggestion is to find an agent that is willing to work with you by emailing you property samples that match your criteria. Through this process you will learn a lot about the local housing market.

A visit to the area is an important piece. This will be much more meaningful if you have spent time previewing property samples.

Good luck,
The "Eckler Team"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 13, 2008
I offer a lot of FREE reports for people moving. Some of them are on our website. I also have additional resources as I work with MANY relocation buyers to the Tampa Bay area.
Born and raised here as a native Tampanian (Tampa born) I can't imagine living any where else!~ I have been to Atlanta, feel like they are VERY different Cities.

Feel free to search for any homes available on our website, and by all means email me if you have more specific questions I can answer for you.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2008
moving is not an easy task especially from one state to another....... I moved from Italy!
I would consider the reasons that make you move, is it a job promotion, relocation? or you simply want to? I've been in Atlanta and wasn't exactly exicet about it; not to mention that Tampa has to offer 365 days of sun, beaches and..... margherita's.
Also is centrally located, so to reach Disney, Seaworld, Miami and the white sand beaches of Sarasota whithout the aggravation and the cost of living there.
Tampa is growing at a fast pace and offer an array of jobs; Golfing, fishing and the 2009 Superbowl!
It would be great having a vacation......... but nowdays you can browse the internet and find out about schools, neighborhoods and more.
Here you can find all the info's also if you have a decent credit and some cash I definetely suggest to search for foreclosure that offer the best bargain at the moment (see ref.) altough not the easiest to pursue.
Think of what your priority and needs are, i/e: kids-schools, job-commute, time etc... and feel free to call me so that i can show you the best properties and financing options, taxes benefits and other.
Best wishes, Antonio 813-785-7529.
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