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Old 02-02-2015, 01:41 PM
 
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Thank you Joe smith, my thoughts exactly.
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:02 AM
 
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Where are all the houses in the 120-150 range? Looking at the areas what I call north tampa (north of downtown, south of 54, Hillsborough County) . Seems like everything is 50k ghetto foreclosure or $275k+. Where are the mid-markets? Nothing fancy, 3 bedroom with yard and garage, no pool, and not so close you can reach out and touch your neighbor.
Very hard to find what you're looking for.

The speculators and house flippers have almost priced ordinary working class people out of the Tampa bay area.
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Castle Rock, Co
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Dont expect to find much in that range that isnt ghetto or doesnt need a total renovation. We looked to stay under 150k and had money to renovate, we ended up around 165 and have about 30k in renovations so far (all DIY so no labor paid) and have more to go... and we are north of 54.

Unfortunately, housing is not cheap anymore and is becoming much harder to have something decent for a single income family

I would suggest checking your budget again to see if you can go up a little or expand your area of search a little bit.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:10 AM
 
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The days of cheap real estate in any decent part of Florida are over. Demand is hot, and supply has gone way down.

Bumping up the budget to 150,000 - 200,000 will help greatly.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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Very hard to find what you're looking for.

The speculators and house flippers have almost priced ordinary working class people out of the Tampa bay area.
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The days of cheap real estate in any decent part of Florida are over. Demand is hot, and supply has gone way down.

Bumping up the budget to 150,000 - 200,000 will help greatly.
I agree with the posts above. If you are very diligent, are able to act quickly, and don't mind putting a little work into a place, you can sometimes find a bargain in a decent area, but it's really a lot harder than it used to be.
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tn
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That's one reason I moved to Tennessee. Found our house for $146,000. 6 years old, 1600 sq. ft. 20 minutes from downtown. Same house in Tampa would have cost closer to $200,000 and been 45 minutes from downtown.
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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I am sure that Carrolwood has lots of houses in that price range. Check out Northdale and Northlakes.
Yeah if we lived in bizarroland where up is down, left is right, etc.

Carrolwood is one of the most expensive parts of Tampa Bay.
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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I just checked on this site http://www.building-cost.net/CornersType.asp the cost to build a house in Tampa. I don't know its accuracy but it did come out right about where I thought it might.

I plugged in a 1600 sq ft 6 corner house with 400 sq ft garage no porch 1 sty minimal quality standards and here's what ya get...



So just in labor, material and equipment you're looking at about $150,000 before contractor profit, various indirect costs and, oh, that little thing called land, and its infrastructure: sidewalks, driveway, landscape, irrigation, etc.
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Old 02-03-2015, 09:51 PM
 
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I just checked on this site http://www.building-cost.net/CornersType.asp the cost to build a house in Tampa. I don't know its accuracy but it did come out right about where I thought it might.

I plugged in a 1600 sq ft 6 corner house with 400 sq ft garage no porch 1 sty minimal quality standards and here's what ya get...



So just in labor, material and equipment you're looking at about $150,000 before contractor profit, various indirect costs and, oh, that little thing called land, and its infrastructure: sidewalks, driveway, landscape, irrigation, etc.
Yes, if you are building 1 house, but if you build 20+ at once, the price will be different (cheaper). Most builders sub pretty much everything to cheap labor 1-day companies (who will not stand behind their quality that's why they are so cheap).
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:16 AM
 
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Yeah if we lived in bizarroland where up is down, left is right, etc.

Carrolwood is one of the most expensive parts of Tampa Bay.

Weird, I just checked Zillow and quickly found ten houses under 150K in North Lakes. As well as a few in Northdale . I was in construction when most of carrollwood was being built. I know where the 1990's houses are. The ones with wood on the outside of the two stories falling apart. Pulte and suarez built lots of homes out there the same time they were building Bloomingdale. Some of those older neighbor hoods look like war zones. Take a drive thru North lakes and tell me I'm wrong. In florida you can drive down a 300K neighborhood turn right and drive a quarter of a mile and hit a trailer park! that's just the way it is.

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