Live abroad but spend summers in US. Given what I read about US housing market, thinking of buying a

Asked by Kevin Keenan, Greensboro, NC Wed Jan 28, 2009

place that might be rented out during winter and serve as residence during our summer time stateside.

Very flexible geographically, but thinking somewhere near a university campus or locale frequented by winter snowbirds would be good bet.

Looking in $150,000 range, ideally 3 BR, 2.5 bath.

Any thoughts on how realistic such an idea would be in Tampa or surrounding area?

Thanks much for any input or suggestions.

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Erica Muller, Agent, Winter Garden, FL
Thu Jan 29, 2009
Hi Kevin,

Davenport and Kissimmee Florida are among one of the most visited and popular areas for people to stay in vacation homes in Florida. The reason being is that they are within 10 minutes to Disney and all the attractions, 45 minutes to the beach and the weather is beautiful in the winter. If your looking for a good return on your bookings for the winter I would be happy to guide you the areas that are most heavily booked.

You may also find this article interesting: Short Term Rental Property Facts You Must Know About…

Kindest Regards,

Erica Muller
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Sherry Steve…, Agent, Valrico, FL
Wed Jan 28, 2009
Hello Kevin,

There is an abundance of foreclosure properties on the market that are priced agressively to sell quickly. Our company specializes in the foreclosure market. I would be happy to send you properties that may be of interest. Please email me so we can close in on possibilites for you.

Thank you,
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Bill Szydlow…, Agent, Tampa, FL
Wed Jan 28, 2009

To be near a campus so that you could rent out the unit for 9 months, I would recommend either the Temple Terrace area or New Tampa or I would recommend one of the new downtown high rises next to the U Of Tampa. Otherwise, to be around the snowbirds, you would need to be near the Clearwater Beach to St. Pete Beach corridor. There are many condos there that would fit the bill for you.
Let us know if we can help.

Bill Szydlowski
The Szydlowski Team
Future Home Realty
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Lisa Reeves, Agent, Tampa, FL
Wed Jan 28, 2009
Depending on what you are looking for - Tampa is a great location for people who want a thriving city with plenty to do. Tampa is close to the beaches and only 1 hour away from Disney and Orlando. A good place to start is near downtown Tampa along Channelside, Harbor Island, or Hyde Park area. Very centrally located and full of young professionals close to the airport, aquarium, channelside district, ybor, next to University of Tampa, and 20 minutes from University of South Florida.

Some people prefer to live closer to or on the beaches by choosing St. Petersburg/Clearwater area too. Clearwater/St. Petersburg has plenty of snowbirds. There are great museums and things to do and a short drive from what is going on in Tampa. If you want any further information I am available to talk any day.
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