What a great decision regarding a waterfront home purchase in the Tampa Bay Area.
An exceptional piece of good news is the MLS system we use covers 17 counties surrounding the Tampa Bay area. You will have access to the real estate that is for sale without having to wade through the bogus stuff on aggregate websites or accessing a plethora of MLS systems.
Of crucial importance in the selection and reviewing process is your response to this question.
"Are you primarily seeking the therapeutic element of a BIG WATER view or are you wanting to feel sand between your toes each evening?" This is a crucial question.
Many chose the 'beachy thing'. It certainly is not difficult to understand why. This however means you will be looking at homes to the west of Tampa. (No beaches in Tampa)
Take a look at what is available at this time.
Next one must consider your lifestyle preferences. How important are extensive biking and running trails, performing arts and athletic opportunities? Are you looking for a nest or an entertainment mecca? Getting the right environment is essential for enduring satisfaction. And finally, the budget and tolerance for updating. All important subjects to review as the search progresses.
Now, the most beneficial first step would be to take the famous '25 Cent Tour' where nothing is done except explore area amenities, best kept secrets, and geographic orientation. (of course a house or two will be included) Some realize the eclectic environment of the "Beach Thing" is not actually the environment they were anticipating or find beneficial at this point in their lives..
I've seen the overwhelming majority of 800 to 1.5 million dollar beach home from St Petersburg to Clearwater Beach. There's even three beach homes in my pocket. (The owners do not want to be on parade, but are available for the buyer who knows what they want.)
Now, if you are serious about getting started soon,
Select the agent you are comfortable with and call them
Don't use the 'contact' link.
Don't send an email.
I've used them all and have been unsuccessful contacting myself.
Go old school and call the agent you want to work with.
ReMax Realtec Group