Canadians looking to purchase a home in Tampa-area. Visiting in 2 weeks and will have prequalification letter.

Asked by Brent, Outside U.S. Mon Apr 13, 2009

My wife and I received some great feedback on Trulia and are looking to purchase a home in Palm Harbor, FL or area. 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 will be visiting Tampa from Apr 24 to 26 and are looking for a real estate agent to show us around.

We are looking for the following:
- an agent with experience working with Canadians and familar with this unique process
- an agent with expertise in rental properties
- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- shared swimming pool in that community
- near golf and shopping
- safe community
- newer built home (2000-ish or later)
- grounds keeping would be ideal (perhaps a condo would be the best option)
- price of $125K to $150K-ish USD

Please post a message if you are available to show us around on the weekend of April 24 to 26 or part thereof. If you could send me the house profiles beforehand, we can make a shortlist beforehand.

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Julia Vakule…, , Tampa, FL
Thu Apr 23, 2009
Hi Thanks for contacting us. Your agent will be Rose. Please feel free to contact her directly: 813-451-7598 or

As always, no pressure, no sales pitch, and our services are free to buyers!

Julia, Rose, and Tampa4u Team Realty, Inc
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Kathy Delhaes, , 33606
Tue Apr 14, 2009
You say you are looking for an agent who has experience working with Canadians. Are you looking for an agent who speaks French Canadian? My husband's family is Canadian, and my father in law, who is also a realtor, sells 20 -50 homes per year to Canadians. Please feel free to get in touch with me for more info!
Kathy Delhaes
Century 21 Fisher & Associates
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Bill Szydlow…, Agent, Tampa, FL
Tue Apr 14, 2009

Having worked with Europeans and Canadians in helping them get into the right home or investiment in the past, the main pitfall is usually financing. Having been pre-approved with a financial institution helps alot. One thing we will need to narrow the massive list of investment properties down is to understand where you would like to be situated so that you will around the areas you will be visiting or doing things during the 8 weeks you are here looking over your investment. This will help us place you in the right areas for investment, so that you will not have to go far to get where you want to spend your time. This is paramount in the TampaBay area. Also, we have many out of area customers who use us for their rental properties and is the right time to get involved in rental properties. So please feel free to contact us with any questions about the TampaBay area.

Bill Szydlowski
The Szydlowski Team
Future Home Realty
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Tony Delgado, Agent, Tampa, FL
Tue Apr 14, 2009
We are Tampa Bay natives with over 24 years of real estate experience. We handle purchases and rentals and would be happy to assist you in locating a property for the use you have described. We have worked with hundreds of people relocating to our area as well as buyers like yourselves that are looking for a second home/investment property.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to speak further.
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