Money’s BEST Big Cities | Tampa Is On The List..Here’s Why!

Money’s BEST Big Cities | Tampa Is On The List..Here’s Why!

Tampa has made Money’s 2015 “5 Best Big Cities” list, classified as “Best in the Southeast.” Whether you’re picking Tampa as a place to relocate, retire, or simply choosing to continue calling Tampa home, you’ll be pleased to see the city recognized in key quarters. Tampa is in the news, and in a good way. Most prominently, Tampa has made Money’s 2015 “5 Best Big Cities” list, classified as “Best in the Southeast.” What impressed the editors? The write-up mentions sports, of course, including ice hockey and the Lightning’s try for the Stanley Cup as well as 2017’s college football national championship. There’s also room for celebration of the arts, and it’s great to see the arts getting well-deserved praise. The Tampa Museum of Art’s contemporary collection is a draw in a “stunning new building,” and the city’s hosting of the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards – the Bollywood Oscars – also puts Tampa on the map. Median home price is listed at $121,200, which stacks up against the other four “best cities” on the Money list: Pittsburgh in the Northeast with a median home price of $115,200 Omaha in the Midwest with a median home price of $116,300 Mesa, Arizona, in the Southwest with a median home price of $172,500 Denver in the West with a median home price of $288,800 Tampa’s real estate prices are still more than a third below the peaks reached in 2006, the article points out, which is a boon to those looking to relocate in a town that offers good value in housing. A three-bedroom historic bungalow in trendy Seminole Heights...
Tampa Florida- Best Neighborhoods, Resources and MORE!

Tampa Florida- Best Neighborhoods, Resources and MORE!

It seems that everyone wants to know how to find the best neighborhood in the Tampa Bay area and we can help you.  What defines the Best Neighborhood in Tampa?  A great neighborhood can mean different things to different people.  School ratings, location to amenities, age of homes, distance to parks, how far it is to the beach…etc. Think about where you live now and all the things you love about your neighborhood. Chances are, you’ll want to find the BEST neighborhood for you when you move to Tampa, and the same things you love about where you live now will determine where you live next! There’s much more that needs to be considered when purchasing a home, but these are the main concerns for many families relocating to our area. Here’s a link I posted a while back on The BEST neighborhoods in Tampa so feel free to check it out. The City of Tampa has some resources as well. You really need to navigate the site because there is so much information.  This link is a good place to start! Here are some other great resources for relocating to Tampa from the Official City of Tampa Website. Characteristics Demographics Land Uses Maps Neighborhood Registry Reports Thinking about buying or selling real estate in the Tampa Bay Area? Have a Real Estate question? Feel free to email or call us 813-784-7744 Rae Catanese and Michelle Jordan Realtors.   Search MLS listings in...
My search to find the BEST moving company in Tampa

My search to find the BEST moving company in Tampa

Who is the BEST Moving Company in Tampa?  Why I was determined to find the best movers in Tampa. I’ve come to realize I’m a person who does not like change, and moving, no matter how you look at it, is change. It’s my turn to move, and you’d think I’d never read any of the moving articles that I’ve posted on my blog over the past seven years. You’re going from a place you know and like and that you’re comfortable with to an unknown; it is a little scary, even if you love where you’re going. Even though I sell houses and help my clients with the closing process, it is a stressful ordeal. Add moving into the mix and it might send me over the edge. Moving forces people to have conversations about things they normally wouldn’t discuss. Just mention that you’re moving and people want to know why and where. Curiosity is human nature. Moving is kind of a big deal. What if you had to do a short sale on your house and people kept asking you why you were moving? Would you want to have that conversation repeatedly about how you can’t afford your mortgage payment? Probably not. But there are plenty people in that situation. Don’t forget the stress of getting the three moving-truck-quotes websites suggest you get, and finding out which company is going to give the best deal. TIP: When buying a new home, you may want to consider closing on your new home and allowing two weeks to move from your old house. I decided to splurge this year and actually hire...
Tampa Relocation Guide | Questions to Ask Your Employer Before You Move!

Tampa Relocation Guide | Questions to Ask Your Employer Before You Move!

Relocating to Tampa Bay? Here are some tips to ask your employer and things you must consider before you take the job! Florida has consistently ranked #3 in the U.S. for top States people move to and the Tampa Bay area is one of the fastest growing cities in Florida.  Companies like Bristol -Myers Squibb, who will be hiring 600 employees here in Tampa, and over 25 other companies that have headquarters in Tampa, are focused on relocating the right talent for the job. Getting hired for a new job or being transferred to a new location is often very exciting; however, relocation can be expensive.   In negotiating your contract, take a moment and ask what relocation costs they cover.  Let’s talk about domestic relocation, within the continental United States,  and focus on what’s important to know about your upcoming move. 2012 Migration Patterns by Atlas Van Lines Typically, most upper management positions come with a relocation package; however, they can vary from company to company, or position to position.  Some employers give you a relocation allowance or a lump sum of money to offset your moving costs.  Often times, they may have a preferred mover with discounted pricing. Other times, they may suggest you go out and get three (3) estimates to submit for their approval. If you are planning on moving to Tampa, here are a few suggestions you may want to go over concerning your relocation costs: • Contact reputable moving companies to provide you with accurate in-home estimates. • Consider getting full-value replacement insurance for your move. • Ask your employer if they will...
Moving to Tampa? Tips on Finding the Right Moving Companies

Moving to Tampa? Tips on Finding the Right Moving Companies

Moving Companies Tampa: What You Need to Know about Relocating.. Arranging the move to a new home requires dozens of important decisions – particularly in the case of a long distance move. Hiring a professional moving company can save you both effort and time.  Moving companies can provide a variety of services for a range of fees, and in many cases leaving the actual move to the professional can free you and your family up to focus on other details. Picking the Right Mover Choosing a moving company who will transport your possessions both carefully and swiftly can be something of a daunting task. The tips below can help you find a quality moving company while weeding out some of the less than trustworthy candidates. Only Accept Visual Estimates – It’s nearly impossible for a mover to offer an accurate cost estimate on the transportation of your things without completing a detailed inventory of your house in person. Only get quotes from companies willing to review what needs to be moved before providing an estimate. You should also accompany each moving company’s representative on their walk-through to make sure the inventory is thorough. Price Shop – While it may be tempting to go with the first company that you like, obtaining multiple quotes is the best way to assess the market rates for the service. Avoid Dramatically Lower Offers – Shopping three or more price estimates is also a good way of identifying a company who is providing a “low-ball” quote. Companies who quote a price far below the median are more likely to either provide a final bill...
Neighborhoods Near Bristol-Myers Squibb |BEST Places To Live in Tampa, Fl

Neighborhoods Near Bristol-Myers Squibb |BEST Places To Live in Tampa, Fl

Relocating to Tampa?   Looking for nice homes for sale in the BEST neighborhoods and good school districts near the new Bristol-Myers office in Tampa? Bristol-Myers Squibb announced today they will be creating almost 600 new jobs in Tampa Bay by locating a North America Capability Center in Hillsborough County. The address of their new location in Tampa Bay is 5401 Eisenhower Blvd. S., located near the Tampa International Airport. This is a great area as it is centrally located and very close to the desirable affluent neighborhoods of Davis Islands, Harbour Island, Downtown Tampa and trendy South Tampa, all surrounded by water.   Expect to pay approximately $200 per sq foot and above if you are wanting to live in these areas. For a more affordable solution and suburban feel, the Westchase Neighborhood will be just 15 minutes away.  This award-winning community boasts hundreds of acres of preserved land, the Westchase Golf Club, an 18-hole public golf course, multiple parks, playgrounds and picnic pavilions, nature trails, a soccer field, sand volleyball court plus two Swim and Tennis Centers. a golf course and town center. Both neighborhoods also have A rated school districts. The Tampa Real Estate Market is HOT, and now is a great time to take advantage of great deals! If you are relocating to Tampa and would like to speak with relocation Realtor, please contact us...