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Vanessa Herr…, Other/Just Looking in Tampa, FL

Please help, my family and I are relocating to Tampa Area from Philadelphia- no clue where to start!

Asked by Vanessa Herrera Miller, Tampa, FL Wed May 16, 2012

Hello, my employer is opening a new office in Tampa (near the Tampa Airport) and I have been asked to relocate to this new office. We have 3 small children (9yrs,5yrs and 1yr old) and finding the right school is of the utmost importance. I'm not familiar with Tampa, nor with any other part of Florida.

I was hoping to find more information/direction on best schools and areas to raise families in/around the Tampa area. I'd imagine renting a home for the first year would be the smartest way to go about relocating. I don't feel comfortable buying a home before trying out the school district first.

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I actually lived in S. Philly and went to S. Philly High in 11th grade before moving back to the Tampa Bay area, Lakeland. I grew up in Tampa by Lowry Park, so I know Tampa well. And yes, as a kid I climbed to the top of the Sulfer Springs Water Tower (Old Tampa landmark by the Hillsborough River) BTW- for those wondering, the inside of the tower is nothing like you'd think.

As a Tampa Mortgage Broker , father, home owner and real estate investor in Tampa. I can give you some insight and answer questions better than most. Plus, I offer loan programs that few others have access to.

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Wise decision to rent your first year.

I would recommend renting in Westchase, Countryway, Westwood Lakes, Waterchase or the Eagles. Zips 33626, 33635, 33556

Mary Bryant Elementary, Westchase Elementary and Lowry Elementary are highly rated. Farnell middle school is a better option than Davidsen (Westchase's Middle School) and has consistently scored higher on standardized tests.

Also you may want to consider Lutz. It's a bit farther but has FAST access via the Veterans Expressway to the airport.

The price range will also determine what "location" may be best for you and your family.

If you would like to browse, "like a Realtor" with the most information, you're welcome to sign up for a free ListingBook account on my website:

All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Westchase Office
Future Home Realty
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