Relocating to the Tampa Bay Area? Tips from 4 Real Estate Professionals

Tampa Bay Relocation Tips

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If you’ve ever moved to a new city, you know how overwhelming it can be. There are dozens of decisions to make, from housing to schools to doctors and more.

As Academy at the Lakes prepares to start the new school year, we are particularly excited to welcome our new families and students, many of whom are not only new to Academy, but also to the Tampa Bay area.

For those of you just getting settled – or perhaps pondering a move – we asked some Tampa area realtors (all with Academy at the Lakes’ ties), to weigh in on factors to consider when relocating.


MikeCeperanoRelocation Tips from Michael Ceperano

Future Home Realty | Father of Anthony, Class of 2018

Buying a home will probably rank as one of the biggest personal investments one can make.

Be Organized and In Control
Being organized and in control will contribute significantly to getting the best home deal possible with the least amount of stress. It’s important to anticipate the steps required to successfully achieve your housing goal and to build a plan of action that gets you there. Before you can build a plan of action, take the time to lay the groundwork for your decision-making process.

Know Your Budget
First, ask yourself how much you can afford to pay for a home. If you’re not sure on the price range, find a lender and get pre-approved. Pre-approval will let you know how much you can afford, allowing you to look for homes in your price range. Getting pre-approved also helps you to alleviate some of the anxieties that come with home buying. You know exactly what you qualify for and at what rate, you know how large your monthly mortgage payments will be, and you know how much you will have for a down payment. Once you are pre-approved, you avoid the frustration of finding homes that you think are perfect, but are not in your price range. 

Decide Where You Want to Live
Ask yourself where you want to live and what the best location for you and/or your family is.

Things to consider:

  • convenience for all family members
  • proximity to work, school
  • crime rate of neighborhood
  • local transportation
  • types of homes in neighborhood, for example condos, town homes, co-ops, newly constructed homes, etc.



angelamoraRelocation Tips from Angela Mora

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Mother of David Pazmino, Class of 2006

Relocation Questions to Ask Yourself

  • What type/size of home are you looking for, and do you want to be in a city or are you more comfortable in the suburbs?
  • How is the job market in your area of interest, and the cost of living in that area?
  • If you have children, how are the schools ranked in the area you are considering moving into?
  • Are you looking for special activities to enjoy such as golf, water sports, theme parks, etc.



Sheryl-OwenRelocation Tips from Sheryl Owen

Keller-Williams | Mother of Charlie, Class of 2019 and Mikayla, Class of  2016 

Find an experienced agent

An experienced agent is someone who:

  • Has been around to see this area grow
  • Knows all about the subdivisions and its builders
  • Know the schools and school systems well
  • Stay away from “YES” agents that will do anything you want. Agents should be there to coach and help make the “right” decisions for their client. They challenge their clients, and make them think.

Choose a home that is re-sellable in the future

Buyers need to make sure they choose a home that is re-sellable in the future. A lower priced home that has large square footage make seem like a great deal until you go to re-sell it.

Location and Lot Matter
Location, Location and LOT! Like every home, each subdivision has a price point. Choosing a re-sellable house is just as important as choosing as re-sellable subdivision.

Know What Makes a Great Agent
A great agent listens and knows exactly where you should be.


Haden_PolizziRelocation Tips from Haden Polizzi

Dennis Realty | Alumnus, Class of 2005

Always Use a Realtor
Use the agent that is most responsive, as they will be doing a majority of the legwork. They can go out to take picture and videos of desired listings, check on the conditions of the property and neighborhoods and other necessary tasks related to your search.

Consider Cost of Living
Compare and contrast the “Cost of Living” from current location to the new area.

Rethink the Beach
When buyers think about moving to Florida, they think of beach living. Potential buyers should be aware that the closer you get to the beach, the more expensive the property and other things like taxes and insurance will be as well.

Consider Commute
Have your agent calculate commute to work and other important errands.


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