Tampa, FL Real Estate News

By Tom Burkett
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Tampa, Fl May 22, 2007. If you are looking for the latest update of the completion dates for the Towers of Channelside, a twin 29 story complex that is being build in Channelside you have come to the right place. The Towers of Channelside are twin 29 story towers located directly across from the Channelside Entertainment District. You have probably watched them grow daily and noticed that they are nearly complete. According to the Towers of Channelside Sales Manager, Tower 2 (the tower that is closest to the parking garage) is scheduled to be completed sometime in July 2007 and closings are planned to start that month as well. Tower 1 is scheduled to be completed in September or October 2007. The Towers of Channelside advanced high-speed connections, forward thinking architecture, and p...
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By Tom Burkett
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Tampa, Fl May 21, 2007. I would like to introduce you to one of the best Lounges in the Tampa Bay area. The Rack. If you haven't already discovered the Rack this gem located 1809 W. Platt St. you need to put it on the top of your to do list. Where else can you go and order chicken wings and Sushi at the same place. The Sushi at The Rack is some of the best in town and I've been everywhere in my search for the best. There is always a hip crowd and the staff is always friendly and fast. You can shoot darts,play pool, watch the latest sporting event on one of many plasma's located throuthout or just dine on a wide variety of cusine. They also have some new sushi rolls to try out. The best nights to go to the Rack are Thursday and Friday's although any night is good if you enjoy eating grea...
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By Linda Reynolds, Bradenton Real Estate
(Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds)
It is true that the market has slowed down, but this is just part of the normal real estate cycle. There are still some good buys out there, you just need the assistance of a pro-active realtor to help you find them. It is a great time to buy, home ownership is always better than renting anytime. There are several new developments and many are offering buyer incentives. Contact us to find out the details.Tampa's climate is subtropical, with a threat of frost about once every 2-3 years. Highs usually stay between 65 and 95 °F (18 and 35 °C) year round, and lows rarely go below 32 °F (0 °C). These rare freezes are an enormous threat to area agriculture and aquaculture. Likewise, summer temperatures are predictable, and have never risen above 100 °F (38 °C). The all-time record high temper...
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By Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL
(Signature Realty Associates)
10 Budget Concious Family Activities for Tampa Bay   The kids are ALMOST OUT OF SCHOOL for the SUMMER!  Everyone is excited now...but will be looking for something to do soon.  The kids will want to do "something" and not all the entertainment has to cost money.  There are day trips you can take...trips to the park with a picnic lunch...bike rides down/through a trail...hiking...swimming...and then some!  Here's a list of a few places that are very inexpensive and/or free to explore right around the Tampa Bay area!Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary located at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, FLDunedin Historical Society and Museum  located at 349 Main Street, Dunedin, FLSt. Petersburg Pier Pinellas County Heritage Village located at 2043 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FLUniversity of South Florida B...
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By Lenny Gurvich
(Keller Williams Realty Tampa, Florida)
Since last week at this time the number of Tampa homes for sale has crept slightly upwards while the number of homes under contract remains stable and flat. This is a snapshot view of the market. Data used is from the Mid-Florida Regional MLS for city = Tampa. All brokers/agents included. But hey, 141 lucky Tampa home sellers did find a buyer to agree to terms with them. Here’s some facts about the properties: Average property was priced at $271k and is a 3/2, 1685 sqft built in 1976.Zip 33647 (New Tampa) leads the pack with 18 new properties in pending status.Listed at $1.5 million dollars, 804 S Delaware in Hyde Park tops the list with respect to price. This home was on the market a whopping 6 days. (more info below).89 of the 141 had price changes since 1/1/2007, and 23 of them drop...
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By Peggy Edwards, REALTOR - Green Designation, e-PRO, Tampa Bay, FL
(Future Home Realty)
I remember when the corner of Ehrlich Road and Gunn Highway only had a small, run-down, vacant house on it. It had definitely seen better days and was pretty much an eyesore for the neighborhood. Along came the owners of Ballyhoo Grill. The dilapidated house was refurbished (it still looks like a shack on the inside), more square footage was added and, voila, a restaurant was born!  Ballyhoo Grill is located at 7604 Ehrlich Road in Tampa, and the phone number is (813) 926-2149. The atmostphere is funky (fish, oars, crazy pictures and license plates sprinkle all of the available wall space) and the food is simply awesome! Ballyhoo Grill serves steak, seafood, and pasta and often runs daily specials. I recommend the New Orleans crab soup (so good!) along with one of their signature salads...
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By Peggy Edwards, REALTOR - Green Designation, e-PRO, Tampa Bay, FL
(Future Home Realty)
Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida has been recognized by Child Magazine as the #1 Family-Friendly Zoo in the United States!  The Tampa Bay area is very fortunate to have this wonderful refuge in our own backyard.  Take a day to visit the Zoo with your family.  Don't forget your camera!The Zoo has seven main exhibit areas within its 56 acres:     Safari AfricaFlorida Wildlife CenterManatee and Acquatic CenterPrimate WorldWallaroo Station Kids ZooFree Flight AviaryAsian DomainDirections:  From Interstate 275 (north or south), exit at Sligh Avenue (exit #48), just south of Busch Boulevard. Proceed west on Sligh for one mile and the zoo entrance is on your right. Admission for a One Day Pass is $16.95 for adults, $15.95 for Seniors (age 60 and up), $12.50 for children (ages 3 to 11). Admissi...
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Hunter's Green Real Estate Update  (week of 5/9/07 - 5/15/07)Properties Listed = 6 Properties Sold = 1 Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 0 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 6 Looking for more information on Hunter's Green???Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home! 
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Tampa Palms Real Estate Update  (week of 5/9/07 - 5/15/07)Properties Listed = 5 Properties Sold = 2 Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 0 Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 10Looking for more information on Tampa Palms??? Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home! 
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Well, if you are hungry for some delicious food...well, I have a place for you!  Circle's Bistro in Pebble Creek Collection, New Tampa has a wonderful variety and arguably the best food in the area.  Circle's specializes in both Italian and Asian dishes - unique from the "chain" restaurants.You can have a glass of wine, mood lighting, music, and the air of romance....or...the other part of the bistro is family focused with booths, a brighter dining area, and pizza.  Circle's offers everything from exotic Thai dishes, steaks, lamb, pasta and vegetarian dishes.  There is something to suit every palate.  Give it a try and tell them "Lori" sent you!!!Located at: 19651 Bruce B Downs Blvd # B2Tampa, FL 33647(813) 973-7703Bon Appetite!! Reviewed by: Lori Hakeemwww.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)
Tampa Bay Humane Society is having a Microchip Days at there shelter. No appointment is necessary, the cost for the microchip is $15.00 for each dog or cat microchiped. Which includes lifetime national registration of your pets. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay at 3607 North Armenia Ave. will begin microchiping pets on May 19th, June 16th, and also July 21st, Aug. 18th.,from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. This permanent identification placed under your pet's skin can be tracked by the 24PetWatch national recovery center.Your name, address, and phone number will be on the microchip so when your pet is found they call you anytime day or night.  FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 813-876-7138.
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By Lenny Gurvich
(Keller Williams Realty Tampa, Florida)
The Multiple Listing Service, or “MLS” contains a wealth of data that reflects the current Tampa real estate market conditions. As members, we can set up what is known as a “hotsheet”. My hotsheet contains new listings, listings with price changes, expired listings, and new pending listings in the areas in which we specialize. Lately the hotsheet looks very similar to the one shown above with price changes leading the way in the count. The number and frequency of price changes has been on the increase lately as sellers become more competitive and realize what it takes to get the attention of the few serious and qualified buyers out there.
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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)
There are currently 921 homes for sale in the Carrollwood and Northdale areas.  These price ranges are so broad.  There are prices as low as $89,250 reaching the peak at $4,500,00. in the prestegious Avila.  Want to know more about the area?  I'm your Gal!  I have spent over 32 years in the Greater Tampa Bay area, and 15 of those years were in this industry!  Born and Raised in the Tampa Bay area, I also grew up in the Forest Hills Carrollwood area.  I can tell you about Babe Zaharias Golf Coarse, and even how some of the streets got their name!!!!We are here to assist you with your buying, selling and borrowing needs.  If you have a question, please feel free to ask me anything!  There isn't too much I cannot answer about the Greater Tampa Bay area. Katrina MadewellYour Home Consultant...
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Wow!!  Another day of smoky skies in what is normally the "Sunshine State".  All the wildfires in Georgia and the strong wind patterns have landed lots of smoke in Tampa and the west coast of Florida.  In fact, it is reported that right now we have the highest levels of toxic air pollutants ever recorded in Tampa, according to TBO.com.The smoke is keeping many indoors, including students who would normally participate in physical education, sunbathers, and even the Tampa Yankees have cancelled a game for the safety of it's players.  People with breathing problems and the elderly as particularly at risk.  Unfortunately many people are required to be outside for their jobs...I know just being outside for a short time made my eyes burn (I wear contacts) and my throat feel dry.  I really sy...
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Arbor Greene Real Estate Update  (week of 5/1/07 - 5/8/07)Properties Listed = 5Properties Sold = 0Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 1Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 3Looking for more information on Arbor Greene??? Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home!
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Hunter's Green Real Estate Update  (week of 5/1/07 - 5/8/07)Properties Listed = 2Properties Sold = 0Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 1Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 0Looking for more information on Hunter's Green??? Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home!
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Grand Hampton Real Estate Update  (week of 5/1/07 - 5/8/07)Properties Listed = 5Properties Sold = 0Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 3Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 7Looking for more information on Grand Hampton??? Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home!
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By Lori Hakeem Oxley
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
Tampa Palms Real Estate Update  (week of 5/1/07 - 5/8/07)Properties Listed = 2Properties Sold = 0Properties Expired from the market (EXPIRED) = 0Properties under contract (TOTAL PENDING) = 10Looking for more information on Tampa Palms??? Contact me at Lori@yourcastleyourhome.com.  Is customer service important to you?  Please review my client testimonials to see what kind of service I provide.  Let me help you find Your Castle, Your Home!
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By Tom Burkett
(Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.)
As of 5/1/07 there are 52 Single Family homes for sale in Waterchase ranging from $379,900 for a 2135sq.ft home to $1,599,900 for a custom Marc Rutenberg home that is 4935 sq.ft. The avg. listing price per sq.ft is $215/sq.ft. down from $220 in March 2007 and the avg. days on market(DOM) is 118 up from 112 days in March 2007. So your avg. Waterchase home is 3,171 sq.ft in size and lists for $683,302and is a 4/3/3. That amount is $14,466 less than the $697,768 avg. price back in March 2007 which is a decrease of 2%. Today, I will give you a run down on Mar Azul, Allicante and Savona. Mar Azul- There are currently 8 listings down from 10 in March and ranging from $873,900 for a 3942 sq.ft home to $1,599,900for 4935 sq.ft. home with DOM currently at 141 up sharply from 108 in March. The av...
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By Peggy Edwards, REALTOR - Green Designation, e-PRO, Tampa Bay, FL
(Future Home Realty)
 The Tampa Bay Home Expo is coming to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida!   The dates of the show are May 11th, 12th and 13th. Hundreds of exhibitors will be there to show you the latest trends in -landscapingremodelingkitchen designfurnituredecoratingwindow fashionflooring...and lots more!                                   Admission is only $3.00 and kids get in free.DirectionsExhibitor CategoriesThis exposition is always well attended and is a day well spent. Enjoy! 
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