Tampa, FL Real Estate News

By Marc Vitorillo
(Florida Team Realty)
If you live in the Tampa Bay area, you have probably heard of Bern's Steak House. I have taken my wife there and also my parents. Both were great experiences. You are taken to a hospitality tour, a behind-the-scenes of everything they do from raising their own vegetables, steak prep work and then to a complete tour of their wine cellar. The Epicurean Hotel will be located in historic South Tampa. The condo hotel will have 75 fully furnished guest suites and will have their steak house, along with a wine shop, culinary school, meeting space, spa, and gym. Contact CondoLeaf.com for more information and details.
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By Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196
(Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196)
You may remember my previous blog post about Tax Free shopping week and the guidelines and rules around what's tax free and what's not.This is just a reminder that TAX FREE SHOPPING WEEK IN FLORIDA, starts tomorrow and goes through August 13th (a week from Monday).So don't delay, and get to the stores early because there are some fabulous "deals to be had" out there!  Many stores, such as Dillards have crazy sales on their clearance merchandise.   If you like to go shopping the day after thanksgiving (Black Friday), like me, then tomorrow is YOUR back to school shopping day!  In all the excitement, don't forget important stuff, like the 'supplies'!Happy shopping!   So Many stores so little time!Katrina Madewell, Your Tampa Florida HOME source.  Phone (813) 235-9889Tampa Florida Realtor ...
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By Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196
(Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196)
Here are some of the many Things we have to do in Tampa this weekend... Festivities for the Party animalsSaturdayThe 12th annual WaZoo Beer and Beverage Festival - ticket prices are $65 online, $70 by phone or $75 at the door, Designated driver tickets are $20 and (wine garden tickets are an additional $10)At this festivity you will find:More than 200 beverages & beer from around the world Food from 20 local restaurants  Wine Garden Zoo animal ambassadors Live music on multiple stages The event is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Lowry Park Zoo located at 1101 W. Sligh Ave. in Tampa Phone (813) 935-8552 or http://www.lowryparkzoo.com/(Plant City) - Bike Fest Thousands of motorcycles (and vendors) make this monthly event huge; 5-9 p.m. on Saturday Event is FREE event fills eight blocks surrou...
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Offered at $245,000! Forest Hills / Carrollwood Area - 2010 Jorome Drive Tampa FL                                     2010 West Jorome Drive  Tampa  This lovely ranch style home has been meticulously maintained.  The backyard is perfect for entertaining or  having freshly squeezed juice from your own citrus trees.  This gem could be your new castle!3 Bedrooms  2 Bathrooms New Roof New Carpet  Established Trees Cul-de-Sac  No Home Owner Fees                                                                                     If you would like more information about this property or one like it, please contact me at 813.453.7883 or via email Lori@YourCastleYourHome.com.Thank you!Lori Hakeemhttp://www.yourcastleyourhome.com/ Click here to see another listing 
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By Leah Ross, Tampa, Florida Mortgage
(Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source)
Tampa Mortgage: Escrow Information for Tampa Consumers"The mortgage payments on my new Tampa home increased $300 this year!"  This is a common phrase here in the Tampa Bay area.  Many buyers are currently experiencing the pain of an increasing mortgage payment because of an escrow shortage. Why Does This Happen?When a mortgage lender calculates your escrow payment, they base the tax escrow on the most recent tax bill.  Let me give you a hypothetical example:123 AnyStreet, Tampa~2006 Taxes - $3,219.00 (based on a taxable value of $150,000)Now, for the mortgage lender to calculate what the escrow payment will be, they take the yearly tax amount and divide it by 12 (for 12 months).  So, in our example the monthly tax escrow would be $268.25 ($3,219 / 12).How Does the Mortgage Escrow End Up...
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Tampa Palms Real Estate Update  (week of 7/25/07 - 7/31/07) Properties Listed = 7Properties Sold = 1Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 3 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 11Looking for more information on Tampa Palms???Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com or 813.453.7883.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Why hire a Realtor? Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home!http://www.yourcastleyourhome.com/
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Hunter's Green Real Estate Update (week of 7/25/07 - 7/31/07) Properties Listed = 3 Properties Sold = 4Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 1 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 7Looking for more information on Hunter's Green???Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com or 813.453.7883.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Why hire a Realtor? Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home!http://www.yourcastleyourhome.com/
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Grand Hampton Real Estate Update  (week of 7/25/07 - 7/31/07) Properties Listed = 4Properties Sold = 2Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 1 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 3Looking for more information on Grand Hampton???Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com or 813.453.7883.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Why hire a Realtor?  Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home!http://www.yourcastleyourhome.com/
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By Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196
(Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196)
Today was another memorable celebration!  Timiko was referred to us by Patti & Chris, and we were able to make Timiko's dream of homeownership come true!  This was Timiko's very first home purchase, and the fact that we were able to roll the insurance into the closing and get her $381.69 back at closing to use however she pleased, made it all the more memorable I am sure.I asked Timiko for permission to record a quick video interview of her, and asked her to tell you what she thought about her experience with us, communication, anxiety around the 1st time home buying process, and more.Here is what she had to say: Katrina MadewellYour TAMPA Home Consultant.Feel free to search our website for homes in the Greater Tampa Bay Area.  You can get mortgage help and other mortgage related questi...
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By Linda Reynolds, Bradenton Real Estate
(Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds)
I have just created a new Squidoo lens for Tampa Real Estate.  Feel free to pop over and check it out.  It contains information about Tampa and links to other real estate areas near by.  If you have any questions feel free to email me and I will be happy to answer your questions.Tampa Real Estate Squidoo Lens Here
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By Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL
(Signature Realty Associates)
Bring on the WILDLIFE! Lowery Park Zoo has set up a special day for visitors!  Just $3 gets you in the park Sunday, July 29 and again on September 9th from 9:30 - 5:00pm!  You'll get to visit over 1,800 animals as well as endangered wildlife!   Lowery Park Zoo always has something exciting going on.  Check out the upcoming WILD EVENTS for yourself.  Quick links on how to: Find out more about the zoo by subscribing to their newsletterHow to purchase annual passes to the zooBecome a supporter of Lowery Park Zoo Lowery Park Zoo * 1101 West Sligh Avenue * Tampa, FL   33604-5958 * (813) 935-8552***You can also find this on my Brandon Real Estate Chatter Blog.
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By Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196
(Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196)
Want to know more about buying a home in the Greater Tampa Bay Area with Zero Down Payment?  We still have several Home Loan Options that offer NO MONEY down, and NOW is a better time than EVER before to buy a home with Absolutely ZERO DOWN PAYMENT.Check out the link below or call our offices for more information on the TAMPA BAY AREA.  Including a FREE Tampa Bay Relocation Guide to the area.  Katrina Madewell, Proudly serving the Greater Tampa Bay Area for over 16 years.NEW! Homes In Tampa with Zero Down ... Click HereTampa Homes for Sale, you can Search the MLS for all Tampa Homes here: 
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Tampa Palms Real Estate Update  (week of 7/18/07 - 7/24/07) Properties Listed = 4 Properties Sold = 3Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 0 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 7Looking for more information on Tampa Palms???Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com or 813.453.7883.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Why hire a Realtor? Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home!http://www.yourcastleyourhome.com/
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Hunter's Green Real Estate Update (week of 7/18/07 - 7/24/07) Properties Listed = 3 Properties Sold = 2Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 0 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 10Looking for more information on Hunter's Green???Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com or 813.453.7883.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Why hire a Realtor? Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home!http://www.yourcastleyourhome.com/
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Grand Hampton Real Estate Update  (week of 7/18/07 - 7/24/07) Properties Listed = 1 Properties Sold = 2Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 3 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 4Looking for more information on Grand Hampton???Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com or 813.453.7883.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Why hire a Realtor?  Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home!http://www.yourcastleyourhome.com/
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By Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196
(Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196)
Not too long ago "The Dallas Bull" opened the new location on US Highway 301 North in Tampa.  The Dallas Bull has been a 'hot spot' since it opened in 1979 in the former location (just North of the current location).Even if you are not a BIG country music fan, this place has more than country music to offer.  Playing some of the greatest TOP 40 hits, mixed with routine 'line dancing", and watching others ride (and fall off) the mechanical bull, will entertain even the shyest people.If you plan to go there on Thursdays, you better get their early because around 10pm the line is SO long that it literally wraps the building.  Many people have to park in the nearby office park because "the bull"'s parking lot fills up fast!What if you don't know how to line dance and want to learn?  Not a b...
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By Peggy Edwards, REALTOR - Green Designation, e-PRO, Tampa Bay, FL
(Future Home Realty)
They're ALWAYS glad to see you at the Longhorn Steakhouse. This western-style steakhouse is directly across the street from the Westfield Citrus Park Town Center. We recently celebrated my husband Barry's 52nd birthday here and we had a blast! Barry believes that Longhorn has the best steaks in town and always wants to dine here for special occasions.The walls are COVERED with western paraphernalia but be warned....a vegetarian member of your party may be a little "put off" by the dead creatures mounted on the walls...but, hey, it's a western steakhouse! Longhorn offers a full bar and tempting appetizers such as Firecracker Chicken Wraps, Wild West Shrimp (yummy!) and Longhorn Shrimp and Lobster Dip (you can make a meal out of any of these appetizers).Our steaks were cooked to perfectio...
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By Leah Ross, Tampa, Florida Mortgage
(Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source)
First, you may be thinking..."BFF, what is that?".  I am really a sad story.  My BFF, otherwise known as Best Friend Forever, is my laptop and wireless Internet at home.  Can you believe how easily we get caught up in the ease of use of our technology? I am a serial mortgage blogger.  By this, I mean I sneak into a corner of the house with my laptop and have quiet to get some "important work done"...for me, it is important.  My fiance' insists I am playing on the internet.  He says, "Honey, I know how important blogging is to you...".  So, enough history, you can clearly see I enjoy my time to blog and the wireless internet in my house that allows me to work just about anywhere.  Disclaimer:  Don't worry, it has never been in the bathroom with me!Since Friday at 6pm, I have been without...
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By Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196
(Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196)
 Every Friday, the very diligent managing broker of Charles Rutenberg Realty, John Rurkowski sends over the "News and Notes" to their agents and today we got the Kenst Report figures, and here the NOTES from our office on what Charles Rutenberg Realty agents "do" in the market place... We received the Kenst report this week with 2nd quarter statistics. Here are the major stats: CRR currently has 17.75% of all listings CRR had 19.41% of new listings in June CRR has 16.89% of homes under contract CRR had 19% of all closings in June and 18%+ for all closings in 2007 Comparing 2006 to 2007, average sold price for both years were @ $250,000, but sales were down @ 40 % If anyone in the Greater Tampa Bay area (and other areas too) would like information on a GREAT company, with GREAT support, ...
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By New Tampa Property Management
(Rent New Tampa, Inc.)
The New Tampa Rental Market has changed significantly over the last few years. As the summer winds down, there are still more then 150 homes for rent in New Tampa in the 33647 Zip Code alone. While this number is historically very high, the number of people buying is historically very low for this area. Since New Tampa, with the high ranking schools, is still in high demand, there are still many families moving into the area, so the rental homes are getting rented if priced properly. The following is a breakdown of the communities and the number of rental units available on July 20, 2007. Data courtesy of the Mid Florida Regional MLS. Arbor Greene Homes for Rent - 2 Canterbury Trail Townhomes for Rent - 4 Cory Lake Isle Homes for Rent - 19 Equestrian Parc Homes for Rent - 7 Grand Hampto...
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