From Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay, FL real estate market is heating up toward the end of 2017. This is especially true when it comes to buyers looking for their next dream home. In fact, because of inventory levels, I’m even seeing bidding wars in our area, with multiple different buyers vying for a single property.
Still, homes values in the area remain very affordable compared to the rest of the country. This is also especially true for families and retirees who may be on a budget, but still want to enjoy the Floridian lifestyle. After all, as Tampa Bay has grown, so too have the amenities.
But for those of you looking for your next dream home when it comes to Tampa Bay, FL real estate, you don’t have to worry. That’s because you have my decades of experience as a Realtor in Pinellas County. And because I’ve lived here for more than 30 years, I know a few excellent tips for finding your next dream home.
Understanding Tampa Bay, FL Real Estate
Before we dive into those 5 tips, I also want to give you perspective on our Tampa Bay, FL real estate market. Although the area is still affordable, property values in 2016 and 2017 have greatly increased. What this means is that, once you’ve gone through these 5 tips, you’ll also want a trusted resource for real estate. And I’m always just a phone call away. Now, onto the tips!
Tampa Bay, FL Real Estate and Your Lifestyle
First, it’s important to know that our area is incredibly diverse. On the one hand, you can live the laid-back beach-side lifestyle if you want. On the other hand, maybe you want to be closer to our business districts. But take note of your current lifestyle and how your dream home might fit together.
Your Access to your Favorite Local Amenities
On that note, let’s talk amenities. For Tampa Bay, FL real estate, there are also numerous amenities to choose from. Do you want to be closer to some of our best parks? What about sports fishing and boating? Or are you a foodie who’s heard about our growing food scene? Make a list of which amenities are most important to you.
Cost of Living and Your Home Budget
However, equally important is your budget and the cost of living. I’m happy to report that we’re right below the national average, and in just about every category you’ll be happy with the cost of living. This is especially true if you’re from some of the higher priced states in the country. At the same time, you’ll want to compare your budget and those priorities that are most important to you when it comes to buying your next dream home.