Tampa, FL Real Estate News

By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
The New Tampa Noon Rotary Club recently had a "Changing of the Guard" with the installation of new president, Allen Ames.  Chuck Lewandowski, President from 2005-2007, bid farewell to his position and hello to his new position...Past President. Chuck awarded Life Enrichment Center with a donation from the club.  Fund raisers such a golf tournament at Heritiage Isles Golf and Country Club and Sunday brunch at Circle's Bistro, were used to raise the money.  Circle's is also the location of The New Tampa Noon Rotary Club's weekly meetings.  Owners, Louie and Donna (also a Rotarian) Sinudom, were recognized for their generosity and delicious food!           Chuck also recognized past president, Dr. Greg Stepanski, for his support and guidance.  Also recognized were, Angie Garrett, Treasurer...
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
The New Tampa Noon Rotary Club, which meets every Wednesday at noon, at Circle's Bistro in New Tampa, had the installation of the new President, Allen Ames, on June 27, 2007.Chuck Lewandowski, now Past President, served as President of the club from 2005-2007.  During his two year term, Chuck led the club to receive the "Most Improved Club", received yesterday.  Chuck has worked diligently to increase membership of the club, awareness of Rotary in the community, and focusing on raising funds for Oasis and the Life Enrichment Centerof Tampa.  After working tirelessly for two years, Chuck turned over the reins to new President Allen Ames.  Allen was sworn in by outgoing District Governor, Ruben Alfaras.  Serving as President Elect over the past year, Allen has been able to prepare himself...
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By Moira Judy
(Real Living Southern Homes)
Several builders in the New Tampa area have inventory homes and offering great deals.  There are a range of townhomes and communities  to choose from, it all depends on your personal needs.  The communities with inventory right now are, Stonecreek, Arbor Greene Carriage Homes and The Hammocks.  As a buyer, make sure that you have someone working on your side of the  transaction,  and who is looking out for your best interest.
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Hunter's Green Real Estate Update (week of 6/20/07 - 6/26/07) Properties Listed = 2 Properties Sold = 0Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 0 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 14Looking 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 6/20/07 - 6/26/07) Properties Listed = 2Properties Sold = 3Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 2 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 5Looking 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 Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Tampa Palms Real Estate Update  (week of 6/20/07 - 6/26/07) Properties Listed = 1 Properties Sold = 4 Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 0 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 17Looking 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 Leah Ross, Tampa, Florida Mortgage
(Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source)
Many individuals, in Tampa Bay and throughout Florida,  going through a divorce or seperation find themselves faced with the task of qualifying for a mortgage loan with alimony and/or child support income.  In some circumstances, one spouse is to be awarded alimony and/or child support as part of the divorce decree.  With this income, they now may need to purchase a home, in Tampa Bay Florida, with their new source of income.  When it comes to conventional financing, there are a few basic guidelines to follow to know if you can use your alimony and/or child support income as qualification for a new mortgage.1.  Alimony and/or child support must be considered as stable income for qualifying for a mortgageThe lender writing the new mortgage loan will be responsible for documenting the inc...
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
With some 20 years in the making, the future of this long planned toll road connecting New Tampa to I-275 still remains uncertain.  When the bids came in for the road, members of the Tampa - Hillsborough County Expressway Authority were not pleased with a projected $2.75 toll for the three mile road.Now, according to the Tampa Tribune, members of the Authority are trying to cut costs on the proposed toll road by narrowing lane and shoulder widths, etc. in an effort to reduce the projected toll to $1.50.  These design changes will mean a speed reduction from 65 mph to 55 mph.This proposed toll road now has an optimistic construction start in October and completion in 2010.  Until then, New Tampa commuters will have to continue using Bearss Ave. or S.R. 56 to get to I-275.Russ Perlowski: ...
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By Peggy Edwards, REALTOR - Green Designation, e-PRO, Tampa Bay, FL
(Future Home Realty)
Let the good times roll!Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille is a favorite dining spot in Citrus Park, Florida.  Located at 11935 Sheldon Road in Tampa, Harry's is a wonderful find!  Their entrees include crabcakes, jambalaya, fresh fish, shrimp, scallops - all made with a Louisiana flair!For more information, contact Harry's at (813) 920-6020.  Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille promisesGreat FoodGreat ServiceGood ValueGood Times...and they DELIVER on their promises!  Enjoy!
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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)
 Being a TAMPA Native I know SO much about Tampa, and Florida history and strive to learn more!IF like me, you enjoy BLOGGING, I would like to encourage and inspire you to write a BLOG about the BEST of the BEST in your area!Here in Tampa Bay, one of the number one spots are the Busch Gardens theme parks.  Busch Gardens - Tampa Bay, and Adventure Island is the perfect spot to cool off with summer fun in the water!  Park hours vary, and here are Ticket Prices.  Busch Gardens hours of operation and ticket prices can be found here. Recently you may have seen my post on MOSI and Grossology, they now have a new adventure called ShipWreck Pirates and Treasures. This new exhibit opens today, for more information call (813) 987-6000.Lowry Park Zoo has seen many changes, since it's re-open in 19...
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Grand Hampton Real Estate Update  (week of 6/13/07 - 6/19/07) Properties Listed = 3 Properties Sold = 3Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 2 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 7Looking 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 Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Tampa Palms Real Estate Update  (week of 6/13/07 - 6/19/07) Properties Listed = 5Properties Sold = 1Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 1 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 18Looking 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 Tom Burkett
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Tampa,Fl June 20,2007.I'm writing this blog post to ask other agents if they have started running into the same problem when they are working with buyers looking for homes in the Northwest part of the Tampa Bay area priced in the $500,000 to $1,000,000 price range. With all the bad press reports and Realtor Organization Reports coming out showing a record number of listings, where are they when I take buyers out looking. I'm currently working with over 20 buyers looking for houses and everyone of them is amazed at what little to choose from in their respective price ranges. This is especially true in South Tampa, Westchase, Waterchase and with waterfront homes over 5000 sq.ft. For an example, I currently have about 5-7 buyers looking for a one story 4/3/3 home in the Waterchase/Westchas...
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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)
Babe Zaharias Golf Coarse is a natural Tampa Beauty.  Sure to delight anyone with a fabulous day of golf regardless of your golfing skills.  (or in my case LACK of~).This delightful plush green golf coarse, also greets you with some of the most mature oak trees that will have you in admiration to its sheer beauty.  Mother nature at is finest.... Here is another photo, I couldn't help but post for your viewing pleasure.Hard to believe this is merely the PARKING area of this magnificent coarse! Here are some photos of the actual coarse, the photos aren't near as nice as the actual view.  what's NOT to love....I can remember riding my bike around the fairways...Enjoying the flattering views of the well manicured greens.Forest Hills (a Tampa, FLorida Community).One last little tid bit...A L...
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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)
My family has lived in the Forest Hills area of TAMPA since the mid 50's, and has golfed at "the babe"  for over 20 years.   Growing up in the Forest Hills area, the rolling hills and beautifully green landscaped greens at Babe Zaharias are a hidden little gem in Tampa, tucked back in forest hills.  The Mayor of Tampa, Pam Iorio, allowed for improvements to the golf coarse in recent years and the coarse has grown in popularity in vast numbers.  When I picked up a gift certificate for fathers day, I admired it's fairlined beauty.  Here is a bit of history behind "the babe"In 1926 the golf course that is now affectionately known as "The Babe" was opened in northwest Tampa as Forest Hills Golf and Country Club.  There were riding stables located on the south end of the property and a magni...
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By Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Tampa Bay Florida ~ Commercial offices will have some unexpected guests this Friday, June 22, 2007 - Our commercial Tampa Bay real estate will go to the dogs because Friday is the 9th Annual Take Your Dog to Work Day in Tampa Bay Florida.Take Your Dog to Work Day was started 9 years ago by Pet Sitters International to "celebrate canine companionship" - they wanted to show co-workers that don't own dogs the joy a dog can bring into your life.Historically, Pet Sitters International's goal has been to take the day and have fun while putting the focus on the benefits of owning a dog and helping to motivate people to take action and adopt many of the dogs currently in Tampa Bay area shelters or Humane Societies. Our shelters are typically fuller in the summer months.    If you still want to ...
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By KATERINA VILLA-GARCIA
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Live Oak Preserve reporte de mercadoReporte de mercado para la semana del 06/11/2007 hasta /6/17/2007Casas a la venta que entraron esta semana   =5Casas que entraron bajo contrato esta semana   =0Casas que expiraron del mercado esta semana   =0Casas que se vendieron esta semana(cierres) =0Total de casas a la venta = 82Total de casas bajo contrato = 4Si desea un anlysis de mercado gratuito llame a Katerina Villa-Garcia 813-476-1059 Remax Refelctions                        www.casasennewtampa.com
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By KATERINA VILLA-GARCIA
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
LIVE OAK PRESERVE MARKET REPORTMarket Report for the week of 06/11/2007 thru 06/17/2007New Listings this week 5Pending Sales this week (under contract)  0Expired Listings this week  0Sold Listings  this week  0 Total Active listings as of 06/17/2007=  82Total Pending sale(under contract) as of 06/17/2007= 4If you would like a free Market analysis of your property call Katerina  Villa-Garcia 813-476-1059 Re/max reflections                                               www.housesinnewtampa.com
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has a $120 million expansion underway, which will make the casino 50% larger and it will be the largest casino in Florida.  Additionally, a 1250 space parking garage is being added.  This enormously successful Tampa casino has seen increased growth in each of its three years since being built.  It is anticipated that an additional 300 employees will be hired and a job fair is planned for July.Russ Perlowski:  Tampa Real Estate--Selling homes in Tampa, Land O Lakes, and Wesley Chapel, FL
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By KATERINA VILLA-GARCIA
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Congratulations to Principal Donna Ares for winning Hillsborough County  Council of PTAs/PTSAs' for 2006-2007 Principal Of the Year. Ares is the principal of the new Turner elementary in New Tampa and this is the second time she recieves this honor. I had my two kids in her school and I have to say she really deserves it!!
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