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May 2014 was a spectacular month for the real estate market throughout the nation. If you don’t feel like the market is recovering, here are some facts for you to consider. 1.    Total existing home sales, including completed transactions such as single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums, grew 4.9% to an annual rate of 4.89 million in May 2014. This gain is the highest increase since August 2011. Higher sales volume is a great sign for the market as buyers are being more confident. According to National Association of Realtors (NAR) chief economist, Lawrence Yun, “home buyers are benefiting from slower price growth due to the much needed, rising inventory levels. Moreover, sales were helped by the improving job market and the temporary but slight decline in mortgage rates.” 2.   ...
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By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
The World Cup is back. Brazil, the country where it all began, spent over $12 billion dollars to host the biggest futbol (soccer) event in the world. As 32 countries battle each other for the next few weeks, there are many beautiful things we can look forward to such as the amazing atmosphere, cultural treasuries that Brazil has to offer, and of course the actual performance of the teams. The entire country of Brazil is behind its own national team and expects nothing but winning it all. Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff welcomes all the futball fans, “I’m certain that in the 12 host cities, visitors are going to mix with a happy, generous and hospitable people and be impressed by a nation full of natural beauty and which fights each day to become more equal.” The United States are hop...
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5 Things to Consider When Looking for Homes For Sale In South Tampa Area   You have made a great decision in planning to invest in a South Tampa waterfront home! Before plunging into this great opportunity, there are very important things you should remember when buying a home. Especially in waterfront areas you want to make sure you will not regret your investment. These 5 tips will guide you in the process of buying a waterfront home.     1. Find out how much you can borrow Waterfront properties are typically more expensive than other properties, more so if you are looking for luxury homes for sale in South Tampa. You can start the loan process even before finding your waterfront home because the loan process may take longer than processing a loan for a regular home.   2. Look for a w...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
South Tampa FL 2 Duplex Homes For Sale | 6607 S Faul St #0 This income-producing South Tampa FL property for sale is a rare opportunity you shouldn't miss! The 2 Duplexes on a single lot feature 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom each for a total of 4 units. The units are very well maintained and fully leased with long term tenants. This property produces a net income of over $25,000 a year. South Tampa FL is a beautiful and vibrant community Southwest of downtown Tampa FL. It is able to retain its small town feel despite its proximity to the city. You'll easily be charmed by this area's tree-lined streets and beautiful surroundings. Being very close to the bay, the area will never run out of attractive places to visit. South Tampa FL has nationally recognized schools and has an abundance of res...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
South Tampa FL Income-Generating 2 Duplex Property for Sale | 6607 S Faul St #0 One of a kind offer in South Tampa FL - This 2 Duplex property on a single lot is producing over $25,000 a year from its long term tenants and you can have one of the units as your new home. The property is very well maintained, has newer roofs, all freshly painted and have beautiful laminated floors, kitchens equipped with a range, refrigerator, All bathrooms are tiled and each have a tub with a shower. All units have a carport, a balcony and a lot of space in the backyard.   This great property is near nationally recognized schools. South Tampa FL has an abundance of restaurants and shopping and just a few minutes from downtown Tampa. Call Mary G Diaz now at 813-245-9677 and get the chance to view this dr...
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By Brian Heckman, NMLS #229758 Equal Housing Lender
(Success Mortgage Partners, Inc. NMLS #130562)
Activities You Can Do with your Kids this Summer in Tampa     It's that time of the year when your kids are free from school (for now) and the scorching heat just makes you want to live in the pool for the rest of your life. Yup, it's summer! These are the times where you usually ask yourself, hmm what is there to do in tampa today?      Well, I may know a few summer camps that your child or children will enjoy spending the summer at. If you want you can join in along the fun with them too! There are a variety of summer camps in Tampa. There's sports, drama, arts-and-crafts, and even modeling camps. So it's best to pick a camp the best suits your kid/s' interests. Here are a few: Abba Dabba Summer Theatre Camp     Like the name implies, this camp is for people who are gifted (or who wan...
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By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
Real Estate factors you may want to consider If the thought of buying a home has crossed your mind lately, market conditions suggest that now may be the right time to make your move. The Real Estate market is reaching a critical point for home-buyers and conditions have not been better in the past 12 months. Many people dream of becoming homeowners, and mortgage rates, the qualification process and more seem to keep some home buyers on the side line.  Conditions for purchasing real estate have greatly improved. For example, according to this Housingwire article, 30-year fixed mortgage rates have hit a nine- month low.  In fact, mortgage rates have been declining for 5 weeks straight. Some may attribute this to 2014’s slow start to the fiscal year, but it’s evident that now is the time t...
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By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
During the summer, Memorial Day is one of America’s favorite summer holidays (second only to Independence Day). Summer events draw much attention to the four day weekend, such as barbeques or events such as Tampa Bay Margarita Festival and Winter Haven’s Floatilla. During these relaxing and fun times, have we lost sight of what Memorial Day is about? Memorial Day is a United States holiday to honor and remember the people who served in our military branches. Boeing’s 2007 commercial tugged at the heartstrings of friends and family who served in the military.  The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs gives a beautiful history of the holiday.  After the civil war ended, Major General John A. Logan declared “Decoration Day,” a holiday to honor the soldiers who lost their life in the Civil Wa...
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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)
Reverse Mortgages…."Why Should I Get One?" One of the questions consumers ask me during our initial conversations is: "why should I get a reverse mortgage?" I understand that they come from a place of misinformation where the reverse mortgage is a loan of last resort, only to be used if you want to pay off your mortgage (and have a little extra saved up) and should never be considered if you have a retirement plan in place. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only has the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority stated that the reverse mortgage is no longer a loan of last resort, financial planners have also been working with the reverse mortgage industry since the changes last October to ensure the program is reevaluated and reintroduced to consumers who may not have otherwise ...
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Tampa FL Conveniently Located Property for Sale | 3710 W Vasconia St  Grab this rare opportunity to buy a great property with a terrific price here in Tampa FL! Located in 3710 W Vasconia St in Tampa FL, the property has a generous area of 0.17 acres which is fenced for privacy. This Tampa FL property for sale will be great for your future dream home! Whether you decide to build a single or multiple story home, the property will be perfect for any type of home you wish to build here. The possibilities of building a beautiful home are endless! Imagine a contemporary, open floor plan or a charming, traditional American home on this lot. What's more, the property already has mature landscaping and is waiting for further enhancement. Experience the best of Tampa FL living when you decide to...
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Tampa FL Property for Sale Near Plant High District|3710 W Vasconia St Price reduced to $185,000! This Tampa FL property for sale with a lot size of .17 acres has a single story home which may be renovated or may be the site of your newly built dream home! You will love to live in this area close to everything including Plant High District, MacDill AFB, downtown and the airport. The home has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom with a tub, a patio and a yard with mature landscaping. Wood and carpet cover the floor and the home is handicapped modified. Don’t miss the many great potentials this Tampa FL property has, and make it your own. Make your next buying experience the best it can be by calling Mary G Diaz at 813-245-9677. OverviewMapsPhotosFeatures VideoMarket Stats $185,000 Single Family Ho...
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By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
A recent report indicated that Tampa is the 7th best city in the country for renters on the move. With a vacancy rate of 13%, there are plentiful opportunities to make this great city a place to call “home.”  With the increasing demand for residential construction, it is apparent that more people are choosing Tampa as their permanent location of residence. Here are 10 reasons why Tampa is so loved by both residents and visitors: 1.      Beaches – Within close proximity, you have access to some of the world’s top-rated beaches. Fort DeSoto Park was recently named America’s “Best Family Beach” by USA Today. Clearwater Beach was also named by USA Today as the “Best Beach Town” in January of last year. And if you’re looking for a bit of privacy, take a ferry to the Caladesi Island State par...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Tampa Shores Home For Sale in Tampa FL | 5905 Tampa Shores Blvd   Sophistication and amenities make this one story Tampa FL home for sale one of the best buys in this waterfront community of Tampa Shores. Beautifully appointed with open beam ceilings, superb flexible space, skylight, textured walls, great cabinetry and more, this contemporary charmer was meticulously planned and renovated to attend to every comfort and delight. This 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom Tampa FL home defines style and is ideal as a primary residence or vacation home. This waterfront community is a destination in itself. It has a private boat ramp making access to several places more convenient. Easy to get to, around half a mile from Hillsborough Avenue where dining and shopping are available. Experience more of Tam...
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Reduced Price! Waterfront Community Home For Sale in Tampa FL - 5905 Tampa Shores Blvd Price reduced! Reward yourself by coming home to this strikingly beautiful Tampa FL home located in the waterfront community of Tampa Shores. This very spacious Tampa FL home for sale with lots of comfortable and delightful seating areas provides a marvelous venue for entertaining guests. Enjoy the ultimate lifestyle in this sophisticatedly renovated home featuring 4 cozy and chic bedrooms including a master bedroom that exudes style and relaxation, 2 bathrooms updated with natural stone, a spa room, a very attractive living room-dining room combo with built-in fish tank, a sleekly designed kitchen with European cabinetry and state of the art appliances including a Décor 5 burner stove, 3 bowl sink a...
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By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
So far, 2014 has been very positive for the housing market and for the overall economy. Steady increases in home prices and home sales are indicating a continuous trend of strong buyer and seller confidence. The outlook towards real estate is improving quarter by quarter and we are expecting it to stay this way for the upcoming months and years. According to Fannie Mae’s April 2014 National Survey, “for the third month straight, the share of respondents who believe now is a good time to sell a home increased and hit 42%, an all-time survey high.” One of the other factors feeding the economic upturn is the low mortgage delinquency rate. TransUnion’s latest mortgage report states that in the first quarter of 2014, the rate fell to 3.61% which is a 24% decrease in comparison to last year, ...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Tampa FL Home with A View for Sale | 4639 Hidden Shadow Dr   This appealing one story single family property will charm you upon first sight. Whether you decide to spend your time inside or outside the house, you will appreciate all that surrounds you. This home in Tampa FL rests beside a delightful pond that will always make you love to come home. This precious haven is priced at only $237,000. Tampa FL is situated in Hillsborough County on the west coast of Florida. Known to be among the top 5 outdoor cities by Forbes, you'll never get bored living in this area. The city is home to a lot of attractions including Busch Gardens and the Raymond James Stadium where the annual Outback Bowl on New Year's Day is held. Stores and restaurants are conveniently located less than a mile away.  If...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Tampa FL 3 Bedroom Home For Sale with Den - 4639 Hidden Shadow Drive   The moment you walk in through the beautiful contemporary glass front door of this Tampa FL home, you'll find yourself pleasantly delighted. This Tampa home for sale offers impressive features including elegant porcelain tiled floors, recessed lighting in most rooms, gorgeously upgraded carpeting, 3 lovely bedrooms, remodeled and fully equipped kitchen with solid maple wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances.   There's also an inviting patio where you can relax and enjoy the view of the pond outside. Know more about this Tampa FL home for sale! Experience unparalleled service when you call Mary G. Diaz at 813-245-967 for this Tampa FL property. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesMarket Stats $237,000 Single Family Home ...
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By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
5 Pool Workouts For Active Adults Impact-related injuries from traditional terra ferma workout routines have caused many Active 55+ Adults to stop exercising all together. But what if you could get a really great workout while keeping your joints optimally protected and experience no soreness afterwards? You should consider adding aqua fitness to your exercise regime. As Tampa Baby Boomers move through middle age and become senior citizens, they are demanding a fitness program that will enable them to continue exercising for the rest of their lives. Aqua fitness exercise provides significant benefits for older adults including increased metabolism and muscle mass, improved cardiovascular health, lower body fat, and even an increase in reaction time. There are psychological and social be...
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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Happenings - May 2014   There's always so much to do at the Zoo. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Calendar of Events can be found here. Did you know that Tampa Lowry Park Zoo was named #1 in the US by Parents Magazine.   Sea Lion Splash - daily through May 31, 2014. Shows: 10:45, 1pm and 3:45. Watch the colony of Sea Lions playing and performing. Parents Night Out - Saturday, May 7 5:30 - 11pm. Professional babysitting service costs $30 for one child; additional $10 per child. Registration is required by Friday.   Moms Matter At The Zoo May 10 -11, 9:30-5. Moms get in free on Saturday and Sunday with a paid child/adult ticket.   Animal Careers Teen Workshop - May 18, 2-4pm. A program for teens to learn about working with animals. A chance to meet some animals. $25.00 per teen...
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