Relocating DC Newlyweds Tour Tampa/St. Petersburg Neighborhoods With Chris Hounchell
I was fortunate to spend my childhood growing up on one of the barrier islands off Sarasota. My family lives there still and I miss them. My husband grew up in Miami and has a sister in St. Pete. He’d like to see her and his folks more often. Our careers have moved us up and down the east coast over the past seven years. We were recently married and plan to return to the west coast of Florida soon to settle into a permanent home and start a family of our own.
First-Time Home Buyers Start Looking For Home
While visiting over the holidays, we contacted Chris Hounchell of Chris Hounchell & Associates at the advice of a friend who knew Chris as an expert in all aspects of the Tampa/St. Petersburg real estate market. We want to work with a seasoned professional who is close to our age and is a native who knows all the ins and outs about the various neighborhoods that make up the area. We couldn’t have been more pleased to begin our search for our first home with Chris.
Before meeting, we spent time on the phone with him to discuss our priorities, our timing, our price range and our vision of what we were looking for in a home and a community. Our first impression was that we had found the Realtor® we were looking for. Chris was knowledgeable, friendly, and a good listener who quickly understood our needs. He also had some great suggestions.
We met late one morning on a Wednesday and Chris took us on a tour of several neighborhoods in both Tampa and St. Petersburg. It was great having Chris as our guide as he obviously knows the area and the market. We also toured several houses to get a feel for what our money might buy. We started getting really excited.
At the end of the day, we were tired but also seriously pleased over all we learned during our day with Chris. We’ve now targeted three neighborhoods we really like but knew very little about before meeting Chris. We were pleased to find that there are homes that meet our needs and that we can afford. And we found the Realtor® with whom we will work.
Follow-up Trip Planned On Targeted Tampa, St. Petersburg Neighborhoods
We’ll return to Florida in April to begin looking in earnest and we look forward to seeing what Chris has in store for us this time.
We look forward to sharing our first-time home buying experience with you over the next few months. Stay tuned.
JRF – Alexandria, Virginia
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