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Old 09-29-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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Hi all, my X and daughters plan to move to Tampa. I dont live in the area but visit my kids once a month for about 5 days on average. Rather than pay to stay at hotels i figured i would take advantage of the housing crisis "i can say this because i have a vacant house sitting in Atlanta and i am upside down like everyone else," anyway I am looking to be within 45 mins of Tampa and plan on spending around 80k for a decent little house. Yes, i know 80k will not buy alot but i am looking for a basic 3 bedroom home. I have been on Zillow and re-searched around and there seem to be a bunch of older houses in that area for less than 80k. Problem is i am not sure about all the areas. To be honest i do not mind if the area is a little sketchy, what i dont want is drug dealers hanging out on the corner etc. Also, i need to leave the house for approx 20 to 30 days at a time without worrying if someone is going to break in. PLease let me know a good area where i can find this type of home. It can be 45 mins anywhere around Tampa - closer to the beach the better , thanks
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:16 AM
 
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oh, also looking for a realtor with alot of expereince in that area - thanks
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Hi all, my X and daughters plan to move to Tampa. I dont live in the area but visit my kids once a month for about 5 days on average. Rather than pay to stay at hotels i figured i would take advantage of the housing crisis "i can say this because i have a vacant house sitting in Atlanta and i am upside down like everyone else," anyway I am looking to be within 45 mins of Tampa and plan on spending around 80k for a decent little house. Yes, i know 80k will not buy alot but i am looking for a basic 3 bedroom home. I have been on Zillow and re-searched around and there seem to be a bunch of older houses in that area for less than 80k. Problem is i am not sure about all the areas. To be honest i do not mind if the area is a little sketchy, what i dont want is drug dealers hanging out on the corner etc. Also, i need to leave the house for approx 20 to 30 days at a time without worrying if someone is going to break in. PLease let me know a good area where i can find this type of home. It can be 45 mins anywhere around Tampa - closer to the beach the better , thanks

I would suggest a condo. They are typically safer leaving vacant for long periods of time. Also don't worry about mowing the yard or coming back to a tree branch on your roof that has been sitting there for 20 - 30 days.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Tampa Florida
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Not only can get a newer home for under 80k in a decent neighborhood you can get it in a newer one. A quick search of Riverview/Ruskin area bring up roughly 17 homes all under 80k, all built in the 2000's and all 3/2s. A bank owned in Summerfield for instance is asking 78k for 3/2, 1235 sq ft. Closer to the beach will more than likely mean older homes in older neighborhoods. A condo is also a great idea, especially if you're going to be going away for an extended time. Lock and leave. Honestly though for under 80k, you have a lot to choose from, especially since your criteria is reasonable.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:31 PM
 
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chris this is your soon to be ex,, and tell me what your looking for and i will try and help.. looking for houses as well,, very nice area to live
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