Hillsborough & Manatee County Florida Real Estate

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Industry Observer - No longer practicing real estate as of 2008.
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I think some people may not even realize the difference in the two.  Some people may think that there really isn't any difference, but I do.The term "house" to me doesn't have as strong of a meaning as the word "home" does.When I am with a seller, I refer to it as their house.  Not a home, but a ...
12/05/2007
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a handwritten letter worth?  It could mean the difference in a sale or not! I was reading a post on another forum about handwritten letters from the buyer to the seller that would accompany the offer and how it changed the seller's mind once rea...
12/04/2007
Every single day, some where, a contract is written to purchase real estate, a contract has been accepted or it has been closed.  Every single day!  Let me say that one more time....EVERY SINGLE DAY!  Despite all of the negative news you hear from the media that the entire housing market has gone...
12/04/2007
Lizards are everywhere here.  Kinda like ants, everywhere you look, you are bound to see them.  They crawl up everything, including people! I was shopping the other day and was at the checkout lane where there was a group of people in front of the lane I was in, talking to one another.  They appe...
12/03/2007
"If you are looking for a bright spot in an otherwise moribund regional economy, look no further than those folks wearing sunglasses, and with the pasty legs."  HEY!!  I live here and my legs are still pasty white!  LOL....Floridians for the most part, don't sit on the beach 24/7.  Heck many Flor...
12/03/2007
I just received another great newsletter from Lowe's on how to decorate on a dime and make your home your castle.  These are 7 easy things anyone can do to spruce up their home.You don't have to spend a fortune to make your living space a showplace. With a little creativity and a willingness to d...
11/30/2007
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I was reading a story this morning about Pirate's Cove in Bradenton closing it's doors down for good after 23 years, and thought how sad this was.  This was only one of two family fun centers that were still open in the area between Tampa and Cape Coral.  Now there is only one in Sarasota still o...
11/30/2007
I just received a phone call from a buyer out of state that was calling about one of our listings.  Due to the price of the home, she wanted to know if it was being sold as a short-sale, and yes it is.  She explained to me that she has been working with an agent here in the area for quite some ti...
11/29/2007
I was reading the newspaper online this morning, and was happy to see that condo sales have increased 10% from this time last year in the Bradenton-Sarasota market.It is mentioned in the above article about 3/4 of the way through the article.  Condominium results in Sarasota-Bradenton for both th...
11/29/2007
Apparently FDOT has known since 2004 that the work that needed to be done on the Anna Maria Bridge would force it to be closed, yet failed to make this information publicly known in meetings.FDOT officials:Knew at least 3½ years ago that the project would require a lengthy closure and that they n...
11/29/2007
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