Tampa, FL Real Estate News

By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
                          18910 Pebble Run Way                        JUST REDUCED to $310,000  Fall in love with this beautiful home in the heart of   tranquil Pebble Creek.  Tucked away on a quite street, enjoy the pool in this fabulous golf community, you will enjoy  the  privacy of your new castle!5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Pool Fireplace Formal Living and Dining Rooms Three way split bedroom plan 2634 square feet To view this home...click here.                                     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 one of my other listings. 
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Meadow Pointe resident, Karoline Byler, is about to become a mother again....to six new babies, sextuplets!!  Married since 1998, Karoline and Ben, have one daughter, Zoe, who is four years old.  Last year she made a request for a new baby brother or sister...well, guess what!!!  She's getting five new brothers and one sister!!!Karoline's story came to my attention through a mutual friend, Eva Lobel.  Once Eva heard of the situation, she felt compelled to help.  Because having some many children at once will obviously cause significant financial strain on the family, Eva and a few ladies from her "Mom's Club" are putting together a fund raising event / super baby shower.  Families of multiple births are aware of the higher health risks of the babies and the mother, possible birth defect...
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By Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Tampa Beaches National Clean Beaches Week this year is the week of June 29th - July 5th, 2007. Everyone's getting in on the action. The goal is to focus on our beaches and help keep them beautiful by encouraging local residents to get involved and make a difference. Mayor Pam Iorio has made this week  - Clean Beaches Week for the City of Tampa in Hillsborough County. Locals are invited to join the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor's Beautification Program for planned beach clean up projects.  Tampa Florida Beach Clean-UpThey will be working at the following Tampa beaches from 8:30am-10:30am on Thursday July 5th:Ben T. Davis Beach located at 1701 Courtney Campbell Causeway Tampa, FloridaPicnic Island Beach located at 7409 Picnic Island Blvd, Tampa Florida Gloves...
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
 Tampa Palms Real Estate Update  (week of 6/6/07 - 6/12/07) Properties Listed = 7 Properties Sold = 2 Properties 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 Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Hunter's Green Real Estate Update  (week of 6/6/07 - 6/12/07) Properties Listed = 2 Properties Sold = 0 Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 2 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 9Looking 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 6/6/07 - 6/12/07) Properties Listed = 4 Properties Sold = 1Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 0 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 8Looking 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 Liane Jamason, Top 1% Real Estate Broker - St. Petersburg, FL
(Smith & Associates Real Estate)
Due to the higher than normal inventory of new construction homes from various builders in the Tampa Bay area, I've been contacted by many local new home builders who are offering great incentives for buyers.  I've seen everything from "no homeowner association dues for 2 years" to "we'll pay your property taxes for the first year" to "no closing costs" and more.  Not to mention, several builders are offering thousands off the original price of the home and many free upgrades!It's a great time to buy if you are a first time homebuyer, or if you are simply looking to buy that brand new dream home!  Contact me for a list of builders in your area so we can find your dream house today!
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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)
OK, so today the baby (Adaleesa) and I did our mommy baby (parent-tot) swim lessons again this morning, and they took the under water pictures today of the kids!   Have you ever seen a little baby swim under water from an under water view?  It is SO cool! The only thing I was a little disappointed by was that we don't get the pictures of the kids until next week, :o(   ...so sad! This is not Adaleesa, but I had to show you how cool it looks!! Anyway, it was a great day and my little fish... she jumps right into the pool (at only 15 months old) and swims for me, the wall, the stairs.  The instructor asked me if I was re-enrolling her into private lessons?  She seemed so "in Awe" by how well the baby holds her breath and LOVES the water!Seal Swim School can be reached on-line here.  Make ...
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By Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Tampa Bay Florida  Community News If you have an accident in the Tampa Bay area- who should law enforcment call? Susie Roscoe or Brandon, Florida explained not too long ago how to store your Emergency Contact person's info on your cell phone in her article: I.C.E. - In Case of Emergency. Now The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has now enhanced their website to allow anyone with a Florida Driver's License or Florida Identification Card to designate an Emergency Contact, whose info will be stored on their website- so it can be quickly accessed in an emergency.To register for this service just go to their website: www.hsmv.state.fl.us and then Click on Emergency Contact Information Link. Seems like something we should make a priority and take the time to do and as w...
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By Moira Judy
(Real Living Southern Homes)
Canterbury Trail is a great townhome community in the New Tampa area. For the past year or so residents have been dealing with unpredictable internet and phone service, but that is about to change. Bright House Networks has been allowed to install their equipment and underground cables in the community. In fact , for the past few weeks Bright House has been in the community laying the cables and getting ready to offer its services to the residents. Letters should be mailed out by the end of June explaining their prices and services.Additional information on Canterbury Trail Townhomes is available.To see other townhomes in the area New Tampa Townhomes  
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By Peggy Edwards, REALTOR - Green Designation, e-PRO, Tampa Bay, FL
(Future Home Realty)
Pets911.com is a one-stop organization for finding:your local adoption centersa lost peta veterinarianspay and neuter clinicsseasonal advicepet newslettersjust about any information concerning dogs and catsThis organization's Mission Statement says it all...PETS911.com Mission StatementTo effect social change in this country by providing a public service that will one day ensure an environment where all animals are valued companions and have lifetime, loving homes. This free network, which is a collaborative effort of all the animal rescue organizations and services across the country, is easily accessible through both a toll-free phone number and website, which promises easy access to all the local pet information necessary to instill responsible pet ownership and overcome the issue of...
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By Peggy Edwards, REALTOR - Green Designation, e-PRO, Tampa Bay, FL
(Future Home Realty)
I just came back from a trip to the post office for stamps for a new marketing mailing.  In Tampa, the main post office that is open 24 hours a day is located at the Tampa International Airport.  I got in the Jeep, popped open my Diet Coke, and tuned the radio to cool jazz (94.1).  The Tampa weather is gorgeous today (a bit humid) and I'm thinkin' my life is pretty good at the moment.  But as soon as I got on the Veterans Expressway, the other drivers wanted to "mess" (fill in your own four-letter word) with me.  I don't know why...I drive 5 miles over the speed limit, I hang in the right lane, I let other people merge...what's not to love?This young guy with his boom-boom music so loud that it is vibrating my car as we're driving at 60 mph decides to stay in the left land right beside ...
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By Moira Judy
(Real Living Southern Homes)
There are several Townhome Communites going up along Cross Creek Boulevard.  I was just at Cory Lake Isles where Avatar Homes is building their townhomes.  The models are under construction and should be ready in about 4 months.  They are also preselling and taking deposits now, and you pick your home floorplan & lot later.  The homes have the same Mediterranean style as the Single Family homes Avatar builds.  These look nice on paper, but you can never really get a feel for a home until you walk through it.  The community will have its own Clubhouse and pool, but you can also use the ammenites offered at Cory Lake Isles master community.  Additional information can be found at Cory Lake Isles Townhomes To see more Townhome communities in New Tampa visit New Tampa Townhomes  
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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)
Welcome to the beautiful Picnic Island and Beach.Picnic Island features a Beach, Dog Beach, Pooch Park, Fishing Pier, Boat Dock, many play grounds, and Shelters for lease.The City of Tampa, Parks and Recreations Department operates and manages the beautiful Picnic Island.  It is located at:  PICNIC ISLAND PARKA City of Tampa Park7404 Picnic Island Blvd Tampa, FL 33616I have added a visual tour for your viewing pleasure...  ENJOY!!http://www.realestateshows.com/show.php?id=174277&code=b6b5a090
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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)
Just a short post to say "WELCOME TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY" and Active Rain (The BEST neighborhood expert Real Estate Website on the web!)If you are planning to relocate to the Tampa Bay area, feel free to call me regarding information on any Community in the Hillsborough and Pasco County areas.I have lived in the awesome Greater Tampa Bay area before we became SO popular!  My Grandparents originally moved here in the early 50's and have shown me some photos of Tampa, before it was TAMPA as we know it today!With 15 years of industry knowledge, and local expert information, I can help make your move here as smooth as humanly possible.Katrina Madewell, Tampa, FL Real Estate and Mortgage ExpertI can be reached at (813) 235-9889 Katrina@KatrinaMadewell.com
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By Cindy Streur
(People's Choice Realty)
 Florida has alot of downpayment assistance programs, either at the state level or the county level. Here in Tampa the City of Tampa has assistance programs. Any first time homebuyer that thinks they need help purchasing a home should take advantage of these programs. There are programs with as much as $60,000 available .Most programs require consumers to attend a First Time Home Buyer workshop. My choice for that would be those classes given by CCCS. (See Housing Education link in the right hand column) They cover all aspects of home ownership and provide debt counselingfor people not quit ready to purchase. I urge anyone thinking about buying to take this class.See`my links for more information. Cindy
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Grand Hampton Real Estate Update  (week of 5/30/07 - 6/5/07) Properties Listed = 2 Properties Sold = 1Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 2 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 8Looking 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.)
Hunter's Green Real Estate Update  (week of 5/30/07 - 6/5/07) Properties Listed = 2 Properties Sold = 0Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 0 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 8Looking 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.)
 Tampa Palms Real Estate Update  (week of 5/30/07 - 6/5/07) Properties Listed = 4 Properties Sold = 3Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 0 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 15Looking 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 Anne Francis
(Tampa Bay Home Stagers)
This is my first post and have never used a "Blog" before.  Each week I post free advice on Home Staging on my web site.  I am happy to answer your questions here as time permits! In a tight Real Estate market, like the one we are experiencing her in the Tampa Bay area, it has never been more critical to Stage your home.  The concept is still new to many in Florida, but popularity is growing.  We have seen evidence of this based on the number of inquiries we receive on a weekly basis.  They are double what they were this time last year! We still do the occasional resale property: This beautiful home on San Isidro Street in prestigious South Tampa was a pleasure to work with. The home is listed with Jim Walters of Smith & Associates. Living Room Before Staging                           ...
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