With very close friends as Geo Tech Engineers in the Tampa Bay area that handle Sinkhole claims, I'm telling you...... stay aware from that whole area if you have a choice.
Contact me and I'll send you a sinkhole map of that area and it looks like its been hit with a rapid fire paintball gun!
Many choose that area for the lower home prices, but fail to consider the following:
1. lower appreciation
2. higher insurance costs (Ex: $100 mo = approx. $25,000 in home price)
3. terrible drive to civilization and jobs in Tampa and Clearwater (take a ride down US 19 during morning, evening rush hours and then on the weekends, its a nightmare!)
4. more money in gas costs to drive anywhere
5. the constant worry about every so called "settlement crack" that opens up on the walls and foundation, driveway, pool, etc.
....I'm just say'in, if you have a choice consider buying more south.
If you are worried about a Sink Hole you can always go online and see if there has been any activity in the area your looking in. You are able to check if anyone on the street has had one or if there is one close by.
Also, there are the Home Owners Buyers Disclosures which should tell you if there has been any activity close to the home you are looking at. I hope this helps in your endevor and you will love, love, love the area, take it from one that lives here. Close to the beaches and our taxes in Pasco are lower than surrounding counties.
Florida Luxury Realty 727-415-4669
I'm located in the Tampa Bay area, a native, and there is NO WAY, knowing what I know as a resident, a Florida Mortgage Broker and from friends who are Engineers that do Sinkhole work, would I buy a property in that area.
Yes, the redfish and snook fishing is good up there, but after that and after visiting the Sponge Docks, what do you have in Port Rickey? Nothing but a BORING place to live that is too far away from anything else.
Home prices are cheaper? Please! The extra cost of home insurance and the gas you'll spend driving to civilization would allow you to buy a comparable home elsewhere....that's not going to SINK into the earth! lol
Come south and look at homes in Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Clwtr., Safety Harbor, Tampa, etc.
Sylvia Weigand Mihara & Assoc 813-846-8278