Canadians looking to purchase a home in Tampa-area (part-time family use and rental property)

Asked by Brent, Outside U.S. Sun Mar 29, 2009

Any feedback or suggestions would be much appreciated:

My wife and I are looking to purchase a home on the Gulf coast near Tampa. We wish to be max 1.5-2 hours from Orlando and max 1 hour from TPA, which I believe places our target area from New Port Richey to Bradenton. This home would be used by us and our extended family for approx 8 weeks of the year and used as rental property for the remainder. We are looking for a home with the following features:
- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- swimming pool (or shared swimming pool in that community)
- near golf and shopping
- safe community
- newer built home (2000-ish or later)
- RV park or RV parking nearby
- grounds keeping would be ideal, but not mandatory
- price of $125K to $150K-ish USD
If anyone could recommend communities or specific homes in this area that would satisfy this criteria, please let me know - your time is much appreciated. We are planning a trip to the Tampa area in mid to late April to look at homes.

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Julia Vakule…, , Tampa, FL
Tue Mar 31, 2009
Finding a house that fits your criteria is the easy part. Almost any nice community in Tampa will be well within your criteria. Selected communities we recommend:

The hard part is being able to rent it out when you're not using it. It will be hard to find a tenant who would vacate the property 2 months in a year. Even harder to find a tenant who would lease for 10 months ending in those months you would like to use the property.

Your best bet will be Lake Jovita, and Saddlebrook. They have villas, homes, and condos you can buy that can be put in a rental pool when you're not using it. The kicker is the rental management fees, etc. In any case, we have an agent here in Realty who specialize in what you're looking for and has the scoop on ownership that can be put on a rental pool. 813-671-6657, ask for Lessie Reyes.

Lake Jovita:

If we don't hear from you... good luck:) ... see you around Tampa. Check out our beaches:
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Mon Mar 30, 2009
Consider the Sarasota /Venice location. It fits your criteria and offers the quality of life and value that many of your Canadian countrymen are attracted to.

There are many options available to you and this is a great time to be buying.

Good luck with your search.

Susan and Bill Eckler

Michael Saunders & Company
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Lori Jeltema, Agent, Suffolk, VA
Mon Mar 30, 2009
Hi Brent,

My husband and I just had the 'should we buy a vacation home in Bradenton' conversation last night. We have extensive family there and really enjoyed ourselves when we visited this past Christmas. My brother in law is an agent there and is very helpful with getting us information. If you would like his contact info, email and let me know. I hope you find a great place!!
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Toni Wasp, , Tampa, FL
Mon Mar 30, 2009

There are a number of properties, as well as areas, that meet your criteria. I have found 7 homes in New Port Richey, Land O Lakes and Tampa that may be of interest. Please email me at and I will forward this infomation to you. You can also do your own search on my site below. Thank you and good luck on your move to the Florida!

Toni Wasp
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Lisa Reeves, Agent, Tampa, FL
Sun Mar 29, 2009
I will try to make this brief but if you would like to continue the conversation please contact me directly. To get the newer home in Florida in your price range you will most likely use an RV Park but there is one in about every section of Tampa. I would recommend the following community areas:

1. New Tampa/Wesley Chapel - Newer homes, right distance, golfing, brand new mall, RV parks, great pricings and you would be able to rent your property depending on the time of your use to either college students at USF or maybe even seasonal/corporate renters for the local corporations.
2. Lutz - for the same reasons but I would double check on the renting possibilities
3. Lithia/Brandon/Riverview - Also great new homes and good prices right now, two great RV parks nearby too, next to Brandon Mall and Ellenton Outlet Mall - I am not sure if they would be good rental areas.
4. Bradenton - is a great location close to St. Petersburg, Tampa, Sarasota etc. I also believe renting the property may work there too.

I personally don't recommend going to the New Port Richey/Holiday area. This just based upon what you are looking for and nothing against the communities there. Good-luck in your search.
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Kathy Delhaes, , 33606
Sun Mar 29, 2009
If you send me your e-mail, I can set up an auto notification with your criteria. That way, whenever a house with your criteria becomes available you will get an e-mail with the information.
Which part of Canada are you from? I have relatives in Montreal.
Good luck with your search!
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