Ligaya_reese, Home Buyer in Leesburg, FL

Looking for an affordable, family-friendly neighborhood in Tampa area.

Asked by Ligaya_reese, Leesburg, FL Thu Dec 26, 2013

Looking for affordable, family-friendly neighborhood in Tampa area.
Multi-generation family of 4 with a young child and a 70 senior. Looking for an affordable home with great schools. Would something within reasonable distance of family in Carrolwood and the beach (1 hour max, <30 preferable). An ideal home would have enough land to build a small in-law cottage or have an in-law living space already in place. We don't need a super fancy house, but a well-sized one for our possibly growing family with plenty of yard to run around. Would love to hear suggestions on where to look in the area. Budget is $300-$450k (max).

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Stephen McRo…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Tampa, FL
Thu Dec 26, 2013
I'm from Tampa and I'm not a realtor, so I'll tell you things you should think about that realtors may not

Call me in the morning
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Dennis Evans, Agent, Clifton Park, NY
Thu Jan 9, 2014
You will have no trouble finding agents.... that wont be a problem at all... its finding the right agent... so, be sure to interview and you are in good hands
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Janeth Rector, Agent, Tampa, FL
Thu Jan 9, 2014
Hi Ligaya,

Congratulations on your decision to move to Tampa. You should be able to find a home like you are describing with an experienced agent. Please check out my client reviews.

If you have not found and agent yet, I know I can assist you, so just give me a call. Have a great day.
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Dao Alderman, Agent, Tampa, FL
Mon Dec 30, 2013
Hello Ligaya. The criteria of the home that you looking for can be matched in Tampa. A realtor who has the means to search for and narrow down the properties to save you time and guide you to the right home for yours and your family's need, who can assist you to purchase the home that would be your best suit and best investment for later. If you has not worked with any realtor yet, don't hesitate to contact me at
Dao Alderman, CPMS, CSP, CRE, TRC, ACP
Keller Williams Realty New Tampa
Direct 813-997-2536
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Alma Kee, Agent, Tampa, FL
Fri Dec 27, 2013

I would suggest looking in Lutz.

If you would like to search "like a Realtor", you're welcome to sign up for a free Listingbook account on my website:

Also I have to comment that there are some agents that will contribute part of the Seller paid commission to you without requiring you to work with a possibly costly lender. Some lenders will charge extraordinarily high "lender related" (garbage) fees so any incentive offered by your Realtor may get eaten up by the "required" use of an overpriced lender. So in effect the Realtor would be giving up her commission to your lender! To search for a mortgage I would highly recommend visiting:

All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
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Stephen McRo…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Tampa, FL
Fri Dec 27, 2013
BEFORE READING, know that this is no different than what realtors do when they refer buyers to their “Preferred Lenders” in order to help them obtain the best rate and/or lowest Points.

Knowing what I know as a very Experienced Florida Mortgage Broker and Investor, I would never simply Forfeit 3% (3 points) of my potential Tax Free Home Equity in real estate commission Points when buying a listed Florida property.

EX: $400,000 sales price x 3% buyer's agent = $12,000 of otherwise forfeited home equity.

Like most, with some exceptions, I feel that real estate commissions are very high on any property over 200k! Whether buyers are in complete denial or uneducated about the truth of the matter, real estate commissions are in effect the buyer’s Forfeited Home Equity.

Question for anyone claims different: After a buyer negotiates their lowest price on a listed property and if then the seller were to not have to pay 6% of that sales price to the realtors (3% to listing agent and 3% to buyer’s agent) and could then drop the sales another 6%, who then is really paying the realtors in the form of Forfeited Equity? The Buyer!

Why would a Mortgage Broker be doing this? Helping my borrowers obtain such a substantial Saving in otherwise Forfeited Home Equity makes me a much better deal right out of the gate vs. other Banks or Mortgage Brokers!

Why would my Realtors Partners agree to do this for my Pre Approved buyer referrals? Why not? They are Real Estate Brokers and Realtor partners who are on a No Split commission, in other words they don’t have to split the 3%. Because they don’t have to split the pie, they are willing to share it with my Pre Approved Buyer Referrals in the form of Realtor Credit to my Buyers at closing!

See these examples of Realtor GFBs (Good Faith Bids) to earn your business:

$150,000 purchase up to $1,500 Credit to Borrower

$250,000 up to $4,000 Credit

$500,000 up to $10,000 Credit

$1,000,000 up to $20,000 Credit

$1,500,000 up to $35,000 Credit

$2,000,000 up to $40,000 Credit

Most would agree, this is a lot better than a re-gifted bottle of wine and hug from a realtor at closing!

This effortless savings can be used in conjunction with the Loan Programs you'll see at including the new ====STATED INCOME ALT==== programs for Self Employed borrowers who need flexibility here in 2014.

If any of the Professional and Knowledgeable Realtor Partners who offer this saving to my buyer referrals don't EXCEED my buyer's expectations, just like any realtor, the buyer can simple choose to work another!

If you'd like a Realtor GFB (Good Faith Bid) on any listed Florida property please email me at: or call me at 888 662 4404

Steve McRory
Pro Option Mortgage
Ph:888 662 4404
Prior Service U.S. Marine Corps
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The propose is way too complicated for my income earning calculation. Listed agents and buyer's agents are earning commission on the good valuable real estate services that they provide to the clients is not wasted. There're hardships and hard works, and time, and finance that the realtors invest into listing a home so is the buyer's agent providing the services to the buyers. These real estates services from the time the homes in the market and the time they're sold, the realtors have invested their time and their care and efforts and their life (safety) to make it happened to their clients is compensated much less than a minimum paid job. The consumers are protected when they're worked with the realtors who are care for the clients' best interest. It is worth every penny for the consumers paying out the compensation while working with realtors to complete the selling or buying the homes.
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Kelly Parks, Agent, Tampa, FL
Fri Dec 27, 2013
I would be happy to set up a customized search meeting your criteria and also put out a company wide email for anything that hasn't hit the market yet, as many times agents in my company (Keller Williams), will share their upcoming listings prior to them hitting the MLS system. You have plenty of choices and a nice budget that should allow you some flexibility, so feel free to call or email me and we can discuss areas further that may be right for your family.

Happy Holidays!

Kelly Parks
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Maria Echeve…, Agent, Tampa, FL
Thu Dec 26, 2013
Hello, Carrollwood is the right area for your purposes to Move-in to Tampa.
please feel free to contact me or let me know your email for sending some prospect homes.
email me to
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