Do you want to know the fastest ways to fit in a new neighborhood? We have four simple tips for you.  Whether you are transitioning to a new section of Tampa, or you are making a big move across state lines to our Florida Gulf Coast, here are helpful tips for newbies in any community.

  • Ask Your Realtor: As real estate consultants, we are here to help homeowners settle into new communities.  We are constantly updating our records with local statistics to provide the most useful neighborhood information for our customers. Whether a snowbird nesting in St. Petersburg or a new resident in Tampa, we are here to help make sure you quickly feel like a local. We welcome you to contact us with questions.  If we can’t personally help you, we may know the right person who can help you.


  • Get Around: The basic learning process will involve navigating streets and stores in your new area, but you don’t have to do things the way they’ve always been done. You are in a perfect position to break free from old habits and embrace a new life. If you’ve been in the habit of eating Chinese takeout every Friday, this could be the time to spice things up by trying that little bistro you spotted on the corner. Also, keep an eye out for neighborhood gyms, studios, shops, dog parks, and business service centers that might enhance your life. In addition to fun stuff like shopping and dining, make note of the locations of nearby hospitals, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and municipalities.



  • Find Friends: Be sure to introduce yourself to neighbors on your street. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation because many neighbors will be curious to know the new kid on the block.  Consider having a housewarming, and be sure to invite the folks next door to open the lines of communication. Moving is an opportune time to embrace your extroverted side. You may also like to join local organizations or associations to meet new people ready to keep you in-the-know about local events in your community


  • Search the Web: The Internet may help you become acquainted with your new surroundings.  Reliable sources for news and information include the websites for local governments, television stations, and newspapers, such as Tampa Bay Times or Tampa Bay Business Journal. provides detailed profiles including real estate, schools, sports, weather, and more. provides maps and reports of criminal activity near you. If you have children, research the National Sex Offender registry and follow sites that can alert you to any registered offenders in your area. Of course, you may also browse for neighborhood information, real estate listings, and helpful blogs.

As local real estate consultants, we love to see our customers enjoying the Greater Tampa Bay area’s wonderful neighborhoods. Call Dick and Karla Nielsen at 813-294-5786 for more information about neighborhoods, home buying, investing, and home selling throughout the Tampa area and Florida.