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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Sell Your South Tampa Home Faster with Great Photography  Good pictures are crucial in marketing a home for sale. And if you want your home for sale in South Tampa area to sell fast, it is important to show your property at its best. Keep in mind that 9 out 10 buyers use the internet in their search for their dream home. So make sure to catch your buyers’ attention by catching their eyes with superb photography. These easy-to-follow tips will give your home the best presentation possible.  1. Use the right cameraIf you do not a have a camera yet or a smartphone with a great camera, it is about time to go out and buy one. An advanced camera is perfect for real estate photography. Even in low-light home interiors, advanced cameras can take clear pictures because of their large sens...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Top 5 Ways to Protect Your Home for Sale in South Tampa Area You have made all the necessary preparations. You have dusted every corner, repainted the walls, and reorganized the furniture. You even have the paperwork ready for the potential buyer’s perusal. But there is one more thing that you should do to feel more at ease and eliminate the feeling of being unsettled. It is a sad fact that houses for sale can be targets for burglars and theft. So keep unwanted intruders from your homes for sale in South Tampa area with these tips. 1. Keep your valuablesWhile your South Tampa home for sale is on the market, don’t keep high-value items like jewelry and collectibles inside your property. These items can be easily stolen. For safekeeping, put your valuables in a large, heavy safe or secure...
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By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
Find Out How Much Your Tampa Home Is Worth In Today’s Market...Another property just sold in your neighborhood. Do you know how that affects the value of YOUR home? If you’re going to sell your home in the next 6-12 months, what you do right now to prepare for the sale could make a difference of thousands of dollars. The first thing you’ll need to know is how much your home is worth compared to other houses in today’s market. It’s easy to find out…Now you can get a FREE No Obligation Market Activity Report of homes for sale and that have sold in your neighborhood in the last 12 months - and an estimate of the value of your homes based on the competion and what comparable homes sold for in your neighborhood.  This is not just a couple of paragraphs or a page of information, it's a compre...
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By Gloria Walters, PA, Broker Associate - Selling Tampa Bay Homes
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
  Every quarter, I host a Business Mixer at various venues across the Tampa Bay Area. I partner with one of my preferred business associates and invite all of our clients, friends and colleagues that are entrepreneurs. It’s an opportunity to not only solidify our existing relationships with these business owners, but to introduce their services to other like-minded individuals. We can all help each other succeed is what I believe to be the key to success. For my Real Estate business, I keep a well-defined list of professionals that I can refer should the opportunity presents itself. Since I work by referral, I do like to offer referrals too. It’s a Win Win. Not only does the end recipient receive service from a trusted professional,  it also helps build the client’s confidence in me.  I...
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Are you a Tampa first time home buyer that is just entering the Tampa real estate market? If so, then read about a New Program Helps Tampa First Time Home Buyers with Closing Costs. The government entity known as Fannie Mae wants to give you gift -- 3% of the sale price of a Fannie Mae REO that can be used to assist with closing costs when buying a home in Tampa FL. The only catch is - you are required to take a required home buyer counseling course first. Fannie Mae, announced last Wednesday a new program called Home Path Ready Buyer Program for Tampa first time home buyers. If you are a Tampa first time home buyers which really means you have not owned a home in the last three years, then you can take the Home Path Ready Buyer Program online course . Once endorsed and certified, Tampa...
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How cool will your house be this summer in Tampa FL when the spring and summer sun comes?Just like your car, truck or boat, your air conditioner at home needs a regular tune-up. Assuming you don’t know much about air conditioners, we wanted to share some quick tips and facts:Your home’s air conditioner consists of three main parts: The compressor: That is that large outdoor unit which is usually on the side of your house or behind the garage. It compresses the refrigerant, or Freon®, into a liquid which evaporates, resulting in cooling. The blower unit: Pushes the air throughout the system. The ductwork: Circulates the air. Cool air is carried into the home; warm air is exhausted. Now if you have some going wrong or anything having to do with refrigerant, you should be leave that to Tam...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Top 4 Tips when Pricing Your Home for Sale in South Tampa Area When selling your property, first impressions matter most. Studies have proven that the first two weeks on the market are the most crucial to the success of your sale. Pricing your property strategically will help it stand out from among the homes for sale in South Tampa area. Read on for some tips on how to set the listing price of your home.  1. Compare previous salesTake time to study and analyze similar homes that were listed in the same neighborhood in the past months. Having a clear understanding of the market value will help you establish the price of your South Tampa area real estate for sale. 2. Get real estate appraisalsA real estate appraisal will help you get an estimate of your home’s value. Usually, this is off...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Top 4 Common Repairs Before Listing Your South Tampa Home  As a home seller, do not make the mistake of passing on your “to do” list to your potential buyers. Doing so would convey a negative message that might send your buyers looking for other homes for sale in the South Tampa area. If you want your property to sell fast, make sure that everything that needs to be replaced or fixed is taken care of before you show your home to your buyers.Read on to know some of the quick fixes that you should do before listing your property.  1. Replace worn carpetPut yourself in the eyes of your potential buyers. An old and worn out carpet that greets them upon opening the door may indicate that the house was not well maintained. If the carpet is already shabby and not of a neutral color, you may co...
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Good Friday morning, here is a list of all the current Open Houses in Hillsborough County FL April 2015 that are for sale.Open Houses in Hillsborough County FL April 2015312 Roxbury Crossing,          Valrico FL             10AM - 6PM             $259,900316 Roxbury Crossing,          Valrico FL             10AM - 6PM             $210,690320 Roxbury Crossing,          Valrico FL             10AM - 6PM             $253,990527 Westchester Hills Ln      Valrico FL             10AM - 6PM             $274,6781105 Emerald Dunes Dr        Sun City Ctr          10AM - 2PM             $242,000310 Brockfield Dr                   Sun City Ctr          10AM - 2PM             $198,0007228 Hammet Rd                    Tampa                   12PM - 2PM             $259,000817 King Leon Way           ...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
6 Best Tips on How to Sell Your South Tampa Home to Younger Buyers Young buyers who are on the look out for homes for sale in Tampa area know exactly what they want. That is why as a home seller, you need to put in extra effort in meeting the needs of this specific group of buyers. Learn the best ways to attract young buyers to view your property and secure a sale. Read on for some helpful tips on how to make your home appeal to a younger generation of buyers. 1. Upgrade your appliances.You need to update your appliances before putting it up for sale. Most younger buyers prefer stainless steel appliances.  2. Market your community.Most younger buyers consider neighborhoods with great amenities such as good schools, restaurants, commuting options, and recreational establishments. They al...
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Recently I went to a new restaurant that I think will be one of the best little known restaurants in South Tampa and one that will definently be on my repeat menu In fact, I may even start a series of some of the best little known restaurants in South Tampa just so that you can get a feel of the eateries in the South Tampa Florida area. Daily Eats, one of the best little known restaurants in South Tampa Daily Eats is located on South Howard Ave just south of West Bristol avenue in South Tampa, not too far from Bayshore Drive. Not far from the University of Tampa main campus and downtown Tampa A rather small establishment and with the small town diner feel, my party and I was greeted propmtly and courteously. Daily Eats is open most days until 10 PM and serves breakfast all day.   Our wa...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Prepare Your South Tampa Home for an Open Inspection   When you decide to open your home for sale in South Tampa area for inspection, you are given the opportunity to show it off at its best to prospective buyers. Remember that you only get one chance to make a first impression so make sure to improve the look and presentation of your property. Set your home up for inspection success with these simple tips:   1. Be ready with the paperwork. Although most potential buyers don’t usually get to the negotiating stage during an open home, it is wise to be ready with all the information a visitor might want. Ask the help of an agent in preparing necessary documents such as renovation history, pest documentation, or approvals for further development.   2. Clean up. It is really essentia...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Tampa FL 2 Bedroom Townhome for Sale in the Hammocks | 8538 Brushleaf Way   This is one amazing opportunity you should not miss. Be the owner of this Tampa FL 2 bedroom 2 story townhouse for sale in the Hammocks in New Tampa. Nestled in the gated community of the Hammocks, this property might be the perfect home you are looking for! The enclosed community of Hammocks is located just   of the Pasco county border in Hillsborough county Tampa. This is one of the best locations in New Tampa and is near high rated schools, WireGrass Mall, I-75, hospitals, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the newest Outlet Mall to open later in the year. Built in 2006, this charming home for sale on 8538 Brushleaf Way consists of 1,537 square foot within its 2 story construction along a paved street and...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Hillsborough County End Unit Townhouse for Sale | 8538 Brushleaf Way   This Hillsborough County end unit townhouse for sale is located in the gated community of the Hammocks, one of the best locations in New Tampa. This property is adorned by ceramic tile and carpeted flooring, central air conditioning system, window blinds, and spacious rooms. The two rooms in the second level guarantee comfortable and restful. The master bedroom comes with an attractive walk-in closet and a master bath with dual sink and shower. The secondary room also has its own bath. For your convenience, this home also has an open porch with storage closet out back.   Enjoy the perfect blend of urban living and nature in this beautiful home that is easily accessible. Call me, Mary G. Diaz, at 813 245-9677 to sche...
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By Chuck Ward Local Video Marketing, SMS Marketing, Google Plus Local Pages
(Florida Mobile Fusion Mobile, Marketing, Local SEO)
Have you ever wondered How to Add Multiple Videos Using the New YouTube Card Feature?  Of course you have! Don't lie, you know you have. Recently, I discovered a new YouTube feature called Youtube CARDS.  I wrote about here (and was even featured as a "post of the day" on March 19th, 2015) Today, I am going to show you the steps you can take so you will How to Add Multiple Videos Using the New YouTube Card Feature and thus accomplish the following three things Have better listing videos and marketing videos Get lots of free leads Rule the world (I have had WWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAyyyyyy too much caffiene)       Step One: Log into YouTube Step Two: Watch the video Step Three: Share, Pin, Smash, Grab, Like, ReTweet and comment below and on the video page Also, if you have a specific question abou...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
5 Tips to Get the Full Asking Price for South Tampa Homes for Sale   With the current housing market condition, many home sellers are facing a difficult time. With fewer buyers looking for properties, you need to come up with strategies that will set your home for sale in South Tampa area apart from the rest. And with the tips listed below, you will not only attract many potential buyers, you will also have the opportunity to get the best price for your property. 1. Prepare your property for sale To get the best price, you will need to show your property in its prime condition. Do little maintenance jobs and keep your home clean at all times. Make sure that the exterior looks superb to create a great first impression.   2. Set the right asking price Be realistic about the price of your ...
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By Sherry Laursen, MAKING YOUR REAL ESTATE DREAMS A REALITY
(Remax Premier Group)
                                        WHY NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO BUY     INTEREST RATES ARE STILL LOW. WITH THE INTEREST RATE INCREASE, YOUR BUYING POWER WILL DECREASE. CONTACT ME TO FIND YOUR DREAM HOME TODAY!
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Increase the Value of Your South Tampa Home for Sale   The road to closing the deal for your home for sale in South Tampa area may be a long one. But the journey can become easier if you know how to improve the value of your home.  Set your property apart from others and get it sold by following these tips:   Consult with a pro. Invite a REALTOR® to check out your home. An expert can give you smart ideas for needed improvements. Improving the look and feel of your home may come through furniture replacement or new paint colors. Clean and De-clutter. Do a basic cleaning of your South Tampa home for sale. A cleaner house will look more appealing and inviting. Update Kitchen Appliances. One of the most sought after rooms in your house is the kitchen. If your kitchen appliances are m...
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By Five Stars Mortgage
Most Florida first time buyers don't have the means for the large down payments required by most mortgage programs today.  The good news is the 100% USDA 502 Guarantee home mortgage loans are offered to help lower to moderate income households purchase homes in Florida's rural areas and in some cases on the outskirts of larger cities like Tampa with NO DOWNPAYMENT requirement! USDA home mortgage loans offer many advantages to qualified borrowers looking to buy or refinance including: 100% financing Low monthly mortgage insurance No asset requirements Gifts allowed for closing costs Required property improvements can be financed into the loan up to 102% of the “improved” value, which can be completed after closing.  Eligible USDA property types include single family homes and condominium...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Prepare your South Tampa Home for Spring Sale   Now that the winter months are coming to an end, it’s time to open the windows and usher in the fresh spring air into your homes for sale in South Tampa area.  Indeed, spring is a rejuvenating season, and your home will be more enhanced with these exciting ideas on how to celebrate the rebirth of nature.  With these tips, you will surely attract more buyers to your property.   Open your windows and air out your South Tampa home for sale. The mustiness left over from the cold and chilly months of winter will be swept away by the clean, fresh air of spring. It’s time to store your winter accessories. Dust them off before storing them. Decorate your rooms with crystal or clear glass objects to flicker light onto surfaces. One of the af...
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