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Old 11-28-2008, 12:03 PM
 
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Hi all!

This thread is going to sound like a repeat of what all of us out-of-staters are looking for. My family is planning to move to FL in June 2009. We have spent countless hours researching areas, but are always drawn to the Tampa area. We are willing to move within an hour of Tampa, as my husband will need to be near the city for work. I am currently a stay-at-home mother, so we only have one income. We have been pre-approved for a mortgage of around $110,000. After reading others who can spend much more on a home, I am worried sick! Are there any areas there that we can afford and are safe with good schools?
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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with only a 110K budget, you will have to compromise if you want to live close. The farther away from tampa, the prices will drop. You will have to decide how far your husband really wants to drive. If you go north, the suncoast parkway makes driving to tampa much nicer as its a limted access toll road. You can find homes for less than 110K up in spring hill, and other areas north of tampa. As for schools, there ok, some are better than others. You can use this site to help your research:

Florida School Performance Maps

Please be patient as this site loads lots of data and can be slow, so dont panic click. Make sure to turn on the middle or high schools if you kids are older.
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Old 11-29-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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Thanks for the help. I will certainly check out the link for the school information. Do you happen to know much about the Zephyrhills area? Someone mentioned that to us to check out too.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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Zephyrhills is n. of Tampa. If you are going to be working in Tampa, it is a pretty far drive. Check out Riverview. You can get a fairly new house for a lot less $$ and the drive to Tpa is more like 30 - 40 min depending on where in Tpa your DH is working.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:48 AM
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You can look at the Plant city area. There are some inexpensive houses scattered around that are not necessarily in "Ghetto Areas". Plant city is an Easy commute to Tampa since I-4 to the east is no where as busy as the I-75/I-275 corridors. Small town feel but only 25 minutes to the heart of Downtown Tampa.

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Old 12-02-2008, 06:12 PM
 
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I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what you can find in this day and age for around $100K in Tampa. Definitely check out the Northern Suburb areas as well as Brandon/Riverview. If you are looking for a rural environment East Hillsborough is very affordable. In this day and age Short Sales and Foreclosures can get you a significant discount on home properties vs what they were a few years ago. Moderator cut: comment

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Old 12-08-2008, 10:32 PM
 
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110,000 won't get you much around the bay area. But many sellers are desperate to sell, and this area has been as hard hit as any by the credit crunch. Its truly a buyers market. Try watching the local Tampa Tribune online classified realty listings, and it'll give you a good idea of the local prices.
The URL is tbo.com
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:29 AM
 
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Thanks to all for your input. I am following up on all areas and am looking forward to my upcoming trips!
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