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27
Jul
2016

Where are the Hottest Clearwater Neighborhoods Right Now?

Florida has been a premier destination for people retiring, students going to college and families looking to raise their children for quite some time. While there is a lot to see and do in Florida, it isn't always easy trying to choose the perfect neighborhood to call home. If you are looking for somewhere in the Clearwater area and need a little help finding the perfect neighborhood, check out some of the different neighborhoods below.
 

Coachman Ridge

With an average temperature of 83 degrees and plenty of sun to go around, you will love making Coachman Ridge your home. It was ranked third out of all the different neighborhoods in Clearwater and for good reason. The housing market is quite stable here and home values are slightly higher than average. This means that if you purchase a home here, you can rest assured that you aren't going to end up losing money on the deal. There are plenty of local amenities nearby for you to take in and enjoy as well. Graduation rates for high school students is also higher than average here, so your children are going to receive a quality education in this school district.

While these are only a couple of the different neighborhoods in the area, there are plenty of others as well. You never know what the area will hold in store for you until you take the time to go around to some of the different neighborhoods and check them out for yourself. Discuss some of the different options with a local real estate...

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22
Jul
2016

Advantages of Owning vs Renting in Pinellas County

 

Sometimes renters just want to start afresh in a new community, perhaps in a home with more room to start a family, or maybe just because they grow tired of having to pay their landlord month after month. There's plenty of people who have gone from renting to buying property, and perhaps you now feel that you are stable enough financially to join them. Let's look at a few benefits to owning rather than renting your own home:


More Predictable Housing Expenses


A classic benefit of owning your own home is that, although rental rates pretty much rise every year, the principle and interest variables of a fixed mortgage payment stay the same throughout the whole period of repayment. This means that, assuming you have a 10-year ?xed-rate mortgage, you will pay the same exact month-to-month payment every month for the whole 10 years, regardless of how much inflation goes up or down.


Better Value


Because of realty appreciation in Pinellas County, it's quite common to see a home that was bought for $60,000 a decade ago is now worth $180,000. In contrast to other geological areas in Florida, Pinellas County is a peninsula and is for the most part overbuilt, so there's not much free land and too little space left for the population to expand. This is why a number of major cities in Pinellas County, such as Clearwater, are coming back as sought-after industrial and residential areas, some of which have seen realty values rise by as much...

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14
Jul
2016

Where are the Safest areas in Clearwater?

 

 

Clearwater, Florida is a great place to live and is a favorite destination for many people due to its geographical location. When you are looking for a home for you and your family there are a number of things that you will be looking for. Some of them include the amenities in the area, the cost of living, education, but most of all you will check the safety in the area. You want to live in an area that you feel secure however in any major metropolitan area there will be always be some amount of criminal activity. This is expected, but there are some areas that are safer than others. Clearwater is no different.

Below are some of the safest places to live in Clearwater, Florida.

 

Coachman Ridge

Coachman Ridge is an upscale neighborhood in the Clearwater location. The total crimes in this area are 60% lower than in any other part of Clearwater. Apart from the assured safety you get to enjoy the amenities like entertainment and shopping centers in the area that are a walking distance away. You will enjoy living in the close knit community of people. Residents in Coachman Ridge take great pride in maintaining their homes and lawns and you can enjoy the amazing landscape. Check out more Coachman Ridge stats and see my neighborhood drive through video by going here.

 

Harbor Oaks

At the top of the list of the safest places to live in Clearwater is Harbor Oaks. But why should you live there? You get to enjoy lots of...

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07
Jul
2016

How Brexit Affects Homes in the Clearwater Area


With Britain suddenly pulling out of the European Union, the shores of Florida are sure to start feeling the effects. You might not realize it, but there are a lot of ties between Florida and what has been the fifth largest economy throughout the entire world. The Brexit backlash was a severe jolt to say the least. Floridians are bracing for what lies ahead in the hopes that it doesn't destroy the economy. Here are some of the things that you can expect to occur with Brexit:

  1. Because the British pound dropped, it will make traveling to Florida far more expensive. While less British people will be able to come enjoy spending time in Florida, more Floridians will get to enjoy saving money on their trip abroad.
     
  2. Since the market has gotten stronger, any downturns in British investments throughout Florida won't be affected.
     
  3. Due to the cost of imports being cheaper, Florida might see a net positive on their trades. However, exporters are going to end up losing money due to the cost of the British pound.
     
  4. Since the US dollar is quite strong, it makes products more expensive for some of the other countries. This could cause them to look for other suppliers in the hopes that they can save money and still get the products they want. The value of an overseas sale is significantly reduced when it is converted to dollars. This means that Florida companies who deal with the European market for the majority of their sales are going to end up...
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01
Jul
2016

Finding the Right Home in the Clearwater, Florida Area


When searching a home, you may not know exactly where to begin so it’s important to know some of the primary factors when you are trying to find that perfect home in Clearwater Beach and the surrounding areas. That way, when you talk to your Clearwater REALTOR® you can narrow the search to be sure that you are getting everything you want and need from your new home.


Consider The Minimum Number of Bedrooms Needed

One of the most important factors to consider when you are narrowing down your choices in home is to determine how many bedrooms you will need. The concept of will need is extremely important. While you have a certain number of people as a part of your household now, you need to also keep in mind if you plan on adding to your family in the next several years.
Whether you plan to have more children or may have an elderly relative moving in with you, this will all factor into how many bedrooms you need in your new home. Think carefully about how many rooms you need and if nothing else, be sure to find a home that has at least one extra bedroom than the number you need for your current family size. It can be expensive and time consuming to have to sell and buy again, so better to think about this up front.

 

Set A Firm Maximum Price

Of course, your budget is another major factor in determining whether or not a certain home is the right one for you. Sit down with your spouse, partner and/or your financial planner and set a general...

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