Tampa, FL Real Estate News

By Jeff Miller REALTOR ® Tampa Bay, FL, 20 years experience Tampa Bay/Wesley Chapel
(Charles Rutenberg Realty )
Tampa is a warm and beautiful city.   I hope you enjoy some recent photos I shot with my Iphone 4 near Tampa General Hospital and Davis Island Yacht Club.   Jeff :)      
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
I went to Cuban Breezes on Hillsborough Avenue in Oldsmar Florida yesterday and had some GREAT food! Ronnie had been there before but it was a first for me and he hadn't been there in years. We had Empanadas and I had their Pan con Lechon (pulled pork on Cuban bread with sauteed onions) while Ronnie had their Philly Steak on Cuban bread. I love Cuban food and will be back there again soon! If you are looking for informal dining and good Cuban food, check out Cuban Breezes on Hillsborough Avenue in Oldsmar Florida.
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By Laura Miller, Realtor - Luxury Tampa Properties
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. - Luxury Tampa Properties)
What is the Status of the New Tampa, FL Real Estate Market?  There were 337 active listings in New Tampa in January 2015. This was a decrease of 11.8% from January 2014. There were 72 closed contracts in January 2015 after an average of 71 days on the market.  The median sales price of the homes was $200,000, with an average sale price of $194,667.  While the number of closed contracts decreased from the prior month of December, 2014, the 72 closed contracts in January represent an increase of 12.5% from January 2014. Inventory                                                  Jan-2015          Jan-2014         % Change Active Listings                        337                   382                     -11.78% New Listings                           105                   141             ...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Top 6 Best Attractions Near South Tampa FL   Owning homes for sale in South Tampa area does not only entitle you to a new property. It also opens the door to an amazing place where you can experience great and exciting adventures.   Here are the top attractions in Tampa, Florida that you shouldn’t miss. 1. Big Cat Rescue If you’re into hiking through a rainforest like environment, listening to tropical birds, and spotting leopards and ocelots, then this is the place well suited for you. Visit this place and be closer to the exotic cats. Check out the world’s largest accredited big cat rescue facility, only in Tampa, Florida.   2. Lettuce Lake Park This 240-acre site opened in 1982 and instantly became popular for its various activities. It has a 1.25 mile bicycle path/ jogging trail, co...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Longboat Landing Home for Sale with Jacuzzi | 16517 Cayman DR   Enjoy captivating views of Lake LeClare in this totally breathtaking lakefront Longboat Landing home for sale with jacuzzi. This is an excellent deal you wouldn’t want to miss! This 2-story home in Longboat Landing at the beautiful Tampa Florida exudes comfort and style with its 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, with a sizeable and definitely inviting jacuzzi in its updated master bath. It is nestled in an expansive 21,779 sq ft of land with a terrific curb appeal and ample parking.     This splendid home offers the serenity of a lakefront home but is also close to dining and entertaining, schools, and other establishments that would make for an ideal private and comfortable living. It’s fabulously designed interior and stylish exter...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Tampa FL Lakefront Home for Sale with a Pool | 16517 Cayman DR   Your dream Tampa FL lakefront home is ready for you! Grab this rare chance of owning a Tampa FL lakefront home for sale with a pool. This spacious 2-story home sits on 21,779 sq. ft. of land in Longboat Landing, with schools, businesses and expressway access in close proximity. It’s interior is everything you ever wanted - great views of Lake LeClare from each of the 4 bedrooms, including 2 bathrooms with a jacuzzi tub in the huge master bath. Great views also from the living room, dining room, dinette, kitchen, expansive family room with wood burning fireplace.  Only the laundry room doesn’t have a view of the lake. The French doors that open to the pool and lanai, along with the Bruce hardwood floors are just some of th...
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By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
New Luxury Homes Coming to Wiregrass Ranch Wesley Chapel GL Homes, Florida’s leading homebuilder, is raising the bar and breaking ground on an incredible new luxury community coming soon to Wesley Chapel – The Ridge at Wiregrass Ranch. Renowned for creating master-planned, luxury communities in Florida’s most desirable locations, GL Homes is bringing inventive home designs, world-class amenities, and the ultimate resort lifestyle to this exciting area.The residences at The Ridge will exceed your every expectation. A distinctive selection of single-family home designs span 1,700 to more than 5,000 sq. ft. of opulence with 3 to 6 bedrooms, up to 5 1/2 bathrooms, and 2- to 3-car garages. Gorgeous standard features and resort-style amenities are included. The spectacular clubhouse and lifes...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
5 Tips in Preparing Your South Tampa Home for Showing   When selling a home, generating interest and getting the best price possible do not happen by sheer luck alone. If you want your home to be one of the best homes for sale in South Tampa area, you will need careful planning and the basic knowledge in staging and enhancing your home’s attractiveness. When you show your home, your goal is to draw the attention of your buyers to your home’s positive attributes. Read on for some tips on how to prep your home and increase the odds in getting it sold.   1. Start with a Warm Welcome       Although they are guests, buyers need to envision themselves as the owners of the luxury homes for sale in South Tampa.   Do not linger around when the clients arrive to preview the home. The buyers might...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
5 Reasons Why Your Offer on South Tampa Homes for Sale Was Rejected   Anyone who was dead set at buying homes for sale in South Tampa area would get disappointed if their offer was rejected. Although this little hurdle won’t mean you can’t ultimately succeed in home buying, it is important to understand what went wrong. Knowing the reasons why your offer for a home was rejected can help you in preparing a better offer the next time around. There are numerous reasons for a rejection, but these are the most common ones: It did not meet the seller’s requirement It is common that a seller of a luxury home for sale in South Tampa has a list of conditions upon negotiation. It is the duty of your agent to find out what these things are so you can consider them in your offer. Sometimes an offer...
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By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
Valencia Lakes Top Rated Retirement Community In Tampa Bay!   Active adults and retirees from all over America are choosing Valencia Lakes on Florida’s tranquil west coast because of its incredible resort lifestyle and great values on new homes. G.L. Homes designed Valencia Lakes' waterfront recreation complex with a magnificent 27,000-total-square-foot clubhouse that offers a complete fitness center, massive swimming pool with a separate exercise pool, spa, cabana bath, aerobics/yoga studio, art studio and gallery, festive wine bar, majestic social hall with stage and dance floor, gaming room, multi-purpose room, internet cafe, locker facilities with steam room, saunas and so much more! The Valencia Lakes Retirement Community in Tampa has a full-time Lifestyle Director to organize a wi...
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By Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas
(PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630)
Mortgage Brokers Can Ease the Strain of Getting a Home Loan There was a time when reverse mortgages could be taken out at the local branch of the bank you've trusted with your money for years. However, after the boom and bust, more and more banks bowed out of originating reverse mortgages. And while many lenders have also closed their reverse mortgage departments, there have been many changes to the reverse mortgage program as well as the landscape for homeowners. Presently, according to an article published by The Guardian, a little over 60% of all home loans are taken out through a broker. This information is not surprising, given the amount of changes to various mortgage programs, including reverse mortgages, have gone through the years. It's no longer enough to fill out a form, hand...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
4 Roles of Tampa FL REALTORSⓇ in Home Buying   Despite the huge amount of information found on the internet about home buying, more than 80 percent of homebuyers still choose to work with Tampa FL REALTORSⓇ. If there’s anything at all this fact proves, it’s that the real estate agents are still highly indispensable in the market, and for good reasons. They are performing a lot of crucial tasks, the most important of which can be found below. 1. Walks buyers through the process Home buying isn’t like purchasing a product in the grocery store where people come in, pick their item, pay, and then go out. Yes, South Tampa waterfront homes for sale are commodities which we buy, but it is a big investment. It could even be the biggest financial decision most people would make. And given all th...
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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
Gasparilla Is Here Again   Once again that rogue pirate, Jose Gaspar, will sail into Tampa Bay and terrorize the streets of Tampa: just as Jose Gaspar terrorized coastal waters in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. Over 700 pirates ride the waves in on the pirate ship Jose Gaspar. The ship is 165' long, made of steel, it is a spectacular site sailing into the bay. The Invasion starts tomorrow Jan 31, 2015.    >   These pirates like their exercise: After landing, they lead a four-mile parade of pirates. This is one of Tampa’s wildest festivals- (maybe the wildest) with 300,000 people in attendance many of them dressed in pirate and pirate lady costumes. The revelry continues into the evening with food, music, and entertainment.     photos courtest of gasparillapiratefest.com   There are so ma...
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By Torey Eisenman, Realtor Luxury Marketing Orlando Real Estate
(Benchmark Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Tampa FL Home for sale - 9508 N 13th St     Home Photos Local Schools             Torey Eisenman Benchmark Real Estate Group, Inc 321-422-4729 Questions?Schedule a Showing! Licensed In:Florida License #:BK0544770       9508 North 13th Street Tampa, FL 33612 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms : 2 ( 2 full ) List Price: $58,000 Living Area Approx : 1384         Rented investment property, updated and well maintained. Don’t miss out on your perfect investment opportunity. Will not last long. Call Torey Eisenman at 321-422-4729 to schedule a showing today!       Schedule a Showing/Request Info Search the MLS for Available Homes Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth?             L2L
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
5 Signs That You Are Ready to Own a South Tampa Waterfront Home    If you are tired of renting and think that you are ready to buy a home for sale in South Tampa, you’ve made a great decision! The question is, how will you know if you are ready to buy a home and make one of the biggest investments in your life? Real estate experts say that if you plan to stay in your home long enough to build equity (5 years at least), that is one sign you are ready to buy a home.   Here are some other signs that you are ready to become a homeowner:   1. You can adapt to the market. If you find yourself complaining about how overpriced the homes are, then you are not yet ready to adapt to the current market. A buyer who is ready and serious about buying a South Tampa home for sale should research the ma...
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How Long is The Homebuying Process for a Home for Sale in South Tampa?   Many people who decide to buy a home for sale in South Tampa may wonder exactly how long the entire home buying process is. Will it take weeks? Will it take months? The timeline depends on a number of factors and conditions, and certainly varies for each homebuyer. Of course, knowing what these are and how they affect you may help speed up the process. To give you an idea on how long the homebuying process takes, some factors and areas of the process are discussed below.   Credit Score and Savings   For any serious homebuyer, the first logical step is to know how much you can afford. This is most especially true for those who will opt for financing—getting a pre-approval for a loan will tell you exactly how much th...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Tampa Real Estate Market Update – December 2014   The housing market in Tampa and Hillsborough County continues the improving trends we have seen in the last three years.   Home sales closed the year strong (see Chart below) with 1,498 unit sold in Dec. compared to 1,323 in Dec. of 2013, an increase of 13.2%.  In fact, December's sales were the best since May of 2013 when 1,522 homes were sold.  It is also the highest monthly closing totals since the real estate recovery started back in 2011.  That is something we can all be happy about. With that being said it should be noted that Pending Home Sales have been trending down for many months and this is a trend that we need to see reversed in the next few months.  However, at this point it is not a red flag because with the huge decline i...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
What to Do When Your South Tampa Waterfront Home is Not Selling   You decided to put your South Tampa home for sale. However, the “For Sale” sign on the front lawn has been there for several months now but you are still not getting any offers. You also spent on advertising and dropped the price several times, yet still no one is interested to buy it. You’re worried because the listing for your South Tampa waterfront home for sale will be expiring soon but you are not getting any offer.   What alternatives do you have left when your home is not selling?   1. Take Out a New Mortgage   If you are selling your home because of financial needs, it may be more sensible to get a second loan, provided that you have the capacity to pay a higher monthly amortization. If you have an existing home l...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
2-Bedroom Plant High District Home for Sale | 3905 Bay to Bay Blvd     Welcome to this charming 2-bedroom Plant High District single family home for sale! This beautiful turn of the century bungalow in the Virginia Parks subdivision has a nice and flexible floor plan designed to meet your needs.  Built in 1951 but has been carefully kept and lovingly maintained, this gorgeous residence features 1 bathroom and 1 attached car garage. The moment you drive up to this lovely Tampa FL house, you’ll be mesmerized by its sweet, charming facade. Surrounded by beautiful, mature landscaping, this home stands on 10,889 sq. ft. lot and is as attractive as it is spacious. Step inside and find gleaming hardwood floors giving this place a warm, rich glow. The home has a distinct inviting feel and homey...
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Virginia Park 2-Bedroom Home for Sale in Tampa FL | 3905 Bay to Bay Blvd Relax and enjoy living in this gorgeous Virginia Park 2-bedroom home for sale. This charming turn of the century home in Tampa FL is surrounded by beautiful, mature landscaping that will surely catch your eye.  Built in 1951 but has been carefully kept and lovingly maintained, this gorgeous bungalow stands on 10,889 sq. ft. lot and is as attractive as it is spacious. It offers a very nice and flexible floor plan carefully designed to meet your needs. As you step inside, you’ll be amazed by its gleaming hardwood floors and newly remodelled kitchen equipped with dishwasher, range and refrigerator. Other features include a   single car attached garage, 1 bathroom and a spacious, fully fenced backyard that will make a...
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