I am looking for a condo in the Tampa area. Not familiar with the area and not looking to pull the trigger on the 1st thing thing someone shows me.

Asked by Terrell, Thibodaux, LA Fri Jun 11, 2010

It has to be the right property. I love the idea of Channelside, an Urban walk around instead of driving. But at the same time I see properties in Tarpon Springs as an example that could provide similar access. I have ~125k at most. I have inquired about three properties and never heard back from an agent. Any ideas?

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Sheila Steph…, , Lutz, FL
Thu Jul 22, 2010

You are not just investing in a home, you are buying a lifestyle. Channelside and South Tampa both represent a more urban - hip vibe, while Tarpon Springs is much more traditional. Other parts of Tampa Bay offer an urban live-work-play environment too - West Chase is another option. Are you planning to work once you arrive? If so, let's consider where and make certain the commute will work.

I have a couple of "new" properties in mind if you want to give me a call.

Sheila Stephenson
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Alma Kee, Agent, Tampa, FL
Fri Jun 11, 2010
Dear Terrell,

Listing agents sometimes get annoyed by buyers who inquire directly about properties. Most buyers who are ready to make an offer are working with a Realtor.

You will very likely miss any bank-owned bargains because bank owned listing agents get bombarded with calls and by the time they call you back, the best deals are gone. Also there are a lot of short sale scams (fraud) going on so those properties already have an "insider" investor with a contract or an "option" contract. They keep the listing active to create the false illusion that no buyers want it at the asking price. Once the lender approves the short sale the "investor" then flips it to the next buyer for market value.

So find a Realtor to help you and if you need financing, I can highly recommend:

Kristine Bredeau, Vice President
Mortgage Branch Manager
3725 West Grace Street Suite 300
Tampa, Florida 33607
Direct: 813-549-7234. Send me an a
email: Kristine.Bredeau@homebanc.com
Apply On-Line: http://www.KristineBredeau.com

I can alos offer to give you access to http://www.ListingBook.com where you can browse active, pending and sold listings. Send me an email: RealtorAlma@gmail.com and I'll sign you up.

All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty, Inc.
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Malayappan S…, Home Buyer, 48323
Fri Jun 11, 2010
You absolutely need a good agent who is willing to give you a taste of Tampa. Many agents steer you to one home or one subdivision and they just want a quick sale and move on. But I know from my participation in Trulia that there are many helpful real estate agents who while wanting your business also want you to be happy. If real estate agents respond to your query, give them a call. After all, they took the trouble of reading your question and are responding to it. Good Luck
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Eddie Collazo, Agent, Lithia, FL
Fri Jun 11, 2010
Are you buying cash or do you need financing? We specialized in all type of residential properties, vacation homes and investment properties. Give me a call so we can discuss your needs or email at collazogroup@gmail.com.

Eddie Collazo CRS
Collazo Group REal Estate
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Crystal Cani…, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Fri Jun 11, 2010
Hello Terrell,

I can see where your dilemma is. It really comes down to a few things:

- What type of property do you want to live in? (single family/townhouse/condo) This could dictate where you are able to purchase.

- What about the area around you is important to have within walking distance? What type of area do you like?

- Will you need to drive to work when you are here? If so, that should definitley be considered.

If you want to chat more about the area and your options, please feel free to contact me.

Crystal Armstrong
Keller Williams Realty
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Bill Szydlow…, Agent, Tampa, FL
Fri Jun 11, 2010

We give our customers loyalty and stick with you as long as it takes for you to pick the right property. If you are hoping to finance, we need to look at those that banks will finance. Alot of the condos are cash only, especially if they were conversions. Would be happy to talk with you to more of an idea as to what you are looking for. We are a husband and wife team so we are always available for our customers.

Bill Szydlowski
The Szydlowski Team
Future Home Realty, Inc.
Web Reference:  http://www.tampamyhome.com
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Nathan Pawel…, Agent, Tampa, FL
Fri Jun 11, 2010
Hi Terrell,

There are lots of condos to look at. Channelside is a great location but so is Hyde Park and several other areas in South Tampa. Are you looking to stay near downtown Tampa or would you look at areas outside of town. Westchase has some great condos/townhomes with a shopping and eating area all within walking distance. Contact me and we can talk.

Nathan Pawelkop
Pawelkop Team
Keller Williams Realty South Tampa
813-240-4022 cell
Web Reference:  http://www.PawelkopTeam.com
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Fri Jun 11, 2010
If you haven't heard back from the listing agent--do keep in mind that any local agent can help you with information, showings, updates, etc.; therefore consider working with an agent of your own--interview a few agents from different realty companies and choose the one you like best--then go from there.
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Yael Hatfield, Agent, Tampa, FL
Fri Jun 11, 2010
I saw your question on Trulia and wanted to discuss with you a property that I think you would enjoy based on it amenities. Please let me know how I can assist you.

Yael Hatfield
Exit Bayshore Realty
727 771 5474
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