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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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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Top 5 Reasons Why Retirees Spend Winter in South Tampa Waterfront Home    Thousands of retirees look for South Tampa waterfront homes for sale, some will buy it outright so that they have a place to stay for the winter, and then return to it every year. Come mid-October, they will pack their bags and fly to Florida to spend the winter season, just as other people of their age are doing. Why? Read the top five reasons below. 1. Escape the cold and snow of winter   After many years of enduring the hardships of Winter in northern States, retirees find it very attractive and comforting to spend the bitter cold and snowy Winter months in the warmth and relaxing environments they find in South Tampa and surrounding areas.  Furthermore, most retirees find that the sun is nicer than snow.   2. ...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Prevent Accidents in Your South Tampa Area Homes for Sale   No single home is exempted from accidents. Tragedies can happen to anyone anywhere, but neglecting to do a few things at your homes for sale in South Tampa area which can be root causes for accidents is just unfortunate. We view our homes as a safe place so we have to really do our best to keep it that way, especially during holiday season when friends and family flock there to visit. To help prevent the 3 most common home accidents from ruining your day and hurting someone you love, pay attention to the tips below. Avoiding trips, slips and falls This might be one of the most common accidents we experience at home. Sometimes it doesn’t end up seriously but other times, it can lead to hospitalization and even death. You ...
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By Jeff W, USDA /FHA Mortgage Source
(USDA / FHA Mortgage Source)
Many Florida first time home owners with limited savings are drawn to the USDA Rural Housing mortgage. The USDA Rural home loan is one of the few programs that still allows buyer to purchase a home with $0 to little money out of pocket. So, how to do you apply for the USDA loan application, what are the steps for USDA loan pre approval? Before we get into too much detail, it's critical to understand exactly what a pre qualification and pre approval actually mean in the mortgage world. USDA prequalification means that based on the information you the buyer has provided to your USDA mortgage specialist, you generally meet the guidelines that are set for USDA home loans. This is sort of generic since none of your underwriting documentation (paystubs, assets, and tax returns) is verified at...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Why Buy Homes For Sale in South Tampa Area at the End of the Year?   Perhaps you’ve entertained the thought that when a year is ending, you have to put things on hold until the new year, including your purchase of homes for sale in South Tampa area. But have you considered all the advantages of buying a home at year end? If you haven’t yet, then perhaps this article could give you a fresh perspective. 1. Less competition Naturally, the market isn’t that busy at this time of the year due to loads of work, school, and family activities. That would mean less competition for home buyers everywhere. No one needs to get stressed with coming up with a better offer because you already have a leverage, being one of the very few who would make an offer for real estate listings in South Tampa.   2...
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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
A Christmas Carol At Ruth Eckerd Hall 2014   The longest running production of our holiday favorite is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 22, 2014. Two shows are scheduled at 2pm and 7 pm.  Ticket prices vary depending on seat location and time.     Photo courtesy of Ruth Eckerd Hall   Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL.  For tickets click here.  Or call  727-791-7400. This 73,000 square foot performing arts venue is a not-for-profit organization providing performing arts and education.   Don’t miss out on everyone’s favorite Christmas story.   Bah Humbug!   This local event information brought to you as a courtesy by  Toni Weidman- of Re/Max Sunset.  Please do not call me for information on the event, contact the event organizers for further information.   ...
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By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
  Don’t forget, Valencia Lakes New Home buyers, get a cash rebate of 1% of their new home price at closing!!  Ask me for the details. Tampa Active Adults
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
5 Red Flags When Choosing Your Homes for Sale in South Tampa Agent   When you’ve decided to sell or buy a home, looking for a trusted real estate agent must be on your priority. You’ve probably heard that for a couple of times now but this part of your home buying or selling journey is really crucial. If you’re afraid of ending up with an agent that cannot really help you sell or buy homes for sale in South Tampa, then this article is for you. Pick the right agent by being aware of these red flags: 1. Has communication issues As a home buyer or seller, you must have a gazillion questions in mind only a real estate agent can answer. You and your agent must be able to maintain open communication lines all throughout the process. If your agent does not return your calls or answer your mess...
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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)
The University of Tampa rowing team was out on the Hillsborough River last Sunday, enjoying a December in the Florida sun! With this kind of weather, it is little wonder why so many students from the New York and New Jersey area decide to come to the University of Tampa in beautiful Tampa Florida to study. I have a funny feeling, with the increasingly cold winters up north, we are going to be seeing not only more students but more seniors deciding to retire to our sun-baked area! It was a beautiful December afternoon as we stood on the bank of the Hillsborough River in Tampa Florida and watch the University of Tampa rowing team pass by. It was too picture perfect not to share!
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How Much is Your Homes for Sale in South Tampa Area Worth?   The amount you paid for when you bought your home will not be the same when it’s time for you to sell it. As a home seller, knowing the market value of your homes for sale in South Tampa Area is very important. If you want to know how your home is really worth, here are a few things you ought to do: 1. Use the sales comparison approach This is an appraisal method commonly used to have an estimated value of your home. By simply doing an online market research, you can have an idea of how much similar properties have been sold in your area. Include only properties which have been sold in the recent year and in a typical market. Also, choose to compare with properties having the same size, location, and as much as possible, featu...
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5 Staging Mistakes to Avoid in Your Homes for Sale in South Tampa Area Home selling always comes with the task to dress up your home in such a way that homebuyers would love to make it their own. And with all the current fads in staging and interior design, it’s easy to get lost and do exactly the opposite of what would supposedly work best for your homes for sale in South Tampa Area. If you are planning to stage your home for a quick sale, be sure to avoid these common mistakes.1. Not getting rid of clutter thoroughlyClutter, as you may already know, can easily distract the eyes. And sometimes people don’t see clutter as clutter. Try to ask for other people’s opinion so you know what to take down. Your personal items like awards and memorabilia might just distract buyers so it is advis...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Top 7 Ways to Make You South Tampa Area Homes for Sale More Relaxing   Ever wonder why the home is everyone’s favorite place? One reason might be because it’s where we end a busy day as we relax and rest. Having a relaxing home is a priceless gem. That is why making your homes for sale in South Tampa Area feel more relaxing can be very attractive to many buyers. Here are a few tips and tricks you could use to keep a calming aura in your home. 1. Keep the colors neutral Colors have great effects on how a room feels. If you have a plan on repainting your walls, stick to the more neutral tones. These would include lighter shades of blue, green, or grey. You can never go wrong with white and beige too. Since bright and bold colors tend to perk you up, you would want to stay away from those....
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
1 Story Hillsborough County Home For Sale | 6918 Donald Ave Tampa FL   Looking for a superb one story home with excellent proximity to major establishments you need? You might have just hit the spot! This one story Hillsborough County home for sale in Oakwood Villa Subdivision is perfectly situated near restaurants, Carrollwood Florida Hospital, Sam’s club and more. If that’s not good enough, take a peek at the wonderful features the home has to offer. The home stands on a 10,889 Sq.Ft. lot and is complete with all the features you’ll ever need. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, one car garage, and an open floor plan which houses a living room, dining area and the kitchen. The convenience of its location and practical style of its architectural design can make you love this home for sure....
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
3 Bedroom Hillsborough County Home for Sale|6918 Donald Ave Tampa Fl With the complete convenience of  a prime location, an open floor plan and other special features like a one car garage, this Hillsborough home for sale in Tampa Fl can be yours today! This one story stands on a 10,889 Sq. Ft. lot and features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a kitchen, living room and a dining area. It boasts of ceramic tile flooring all throughout and a volumized vaulted ceiling. It is located near the Carrollwood Florida Hospital, Sam’s club, schools, and even close to plenty of restaurants and shops, making it a real gem when it comes to location.  The home has a great backyard space enclosed by a fence which you can redesign to your heart’s content. Call me, Mary Diaz, at 813-245-9677 to know more about this...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Photoshoot Setup Tips for Your Homes For Sale in South Tampa Area   The subject of the photo might be the most important factor in making it attractive to the audience. When you are selling your homes for sale in South Tampa area, making sure that getting the best photos is a must to invite buyers to show up at your front door.  The secret is mostly on the preparation. After all, great photos would only be possible if your subject is pleasing to the eyes. Here are some of the best tips on making your homes for sale camera-ready.   Clear the floor to create an illusion of space and to keep the room looking clean and bright. Do not miss this part - Declutter. Since you are actually preparing to sell your home, it is a good thing to get rid of clutter early and keep them in boxes to be sto...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Sell Your South Tampa Waterfront Home Fast   There are easy and proven ways to sell a house fast. All you need is the determination to do all that should be done with eagerness and expectancy that your home for sale in South Tampa area will sell any day. You have to be emotionally detached from your home and look at it as a product you have to sell fast. Sell your house in no time by following these tips: 1. First impression matters A LOT. You only have one chance to give buyers a “first impression” and it does last. Your home’s exterior should be welcoming and capture their interest. Enhancing your home’s curb appeal can be inexpensive and easy. Place brightly colored flowers and clear the entryway from any clutter. 2. Be wise in choosing an agent. Choose an agent who can provid...
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5 Helpful Mobile Apps In Searching Homes for Sale in South Tampa Area   You don’t have to always have your laptop to be able to do your research in buying a new home. With a smart phone or tablet, you can now download applications to make your search for South Tampa waterfront homes for sale easier! Here are a few applications that you might find helpful: 1. Mortgage Apps. Applications that will help you calculate which homes you can afford by calculating your monthly payment, giving customized loan quotes from lenders, and refinancing calculators to show you the monthly and total savings from refinancing. You can directly contact a lender from your phone to understand further a specific quote. These apps are available for free in both iOS and Android. Examples are Trulia Mortgage Calcu...
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By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
Valencia Lakes Carerra Model The Carerra Model is by GL Homes at Valencia Lakes a popular Active Adult 55+ Community SE of Tampa. For more information on this model or for a private tour of the model and the Valencia Lakes Community, give us a call or send an email. Don’t forget, Tampa New Home buyers, get a cash rebate of 1% of their new home price at closing!! Ask me for the details.
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