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If you are looking to buy or sell property around the Tampa Bay area, you want to choose someone who has experience in the area. With over a decade in real estate in and around Tampa, combined with an extensive background as an interior designer, I have been successful at helping clients get the best deal on their property.

If this is your first time buying or selling a home, here are some things to remember to help you along the way.

Buyers Guide

The most important thing that I tell first-time buyers is to go with an agent that they trust. Don’t attempt to navigate the complex field of real estate on your own, but also don’t pick the first agent that you come across. A good agent doesn’t only have experience listing and selling houses, they also have experience working in the community they serve and getting to know the residents, as well as building a deeper understanding of the local real estate market. That way, they will be able to help you find the best deal for your home.
And once you’ve bought a home, remember that being a homeowner takes a bit of work. Make sure to keep up on your maintenance, and if you see any problems then take care of them immediately before they turn into something bigger and more expensive. And keep an emergency fund saved up in the event that you need to do a major repair, like replacing the roof or fixing a broken water heater.

Sellers Guide

If this is your first time selling a home, understand that it can be an overwhelming experience if you don’t have a plan in motion. For that reason, it’s recommended to hire an agent who can help you along the way. That way, you’re able to work with someone who knows the market and can help you set a price that maximizes your profit and is attractive to interested buyers.

But one of the biggest obstacles that sellers face isn’t the selling process, it’s coming to terms with leaving their property. It’s perfectly normal for homeowners to develop an emotional attachment to their house, especially if it’s the first one they’ve owned, but they need to learn when to let go and separate their memories from the home when it comes time to renovate and hold open houses. For this reason, knowing the right time to sell is more than just understanding the market. You also need to know when you’re emotionally ready to list your home so that you’ve got a clear head when it comes time to set a listing price and meeting with your realtor.

If you would like to learn more about buying or selling property around Tampa Bay, pick up the phone and call my office at 727-560-1635 or email me at I’ll be happy to walk you through the process of buying or selling a property, as well as give you pointers to help you get the best deal on the market.