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By Peggy Edwards, REALTOR - Green Designation, e-PRO, Tampa Bay, FL
(Future Home Realty)
Welcome to Citrus Park in Hillsborough County, Florida! Citrus Park is an unincorporated town of over 25,000 residents. On the map, we are located about 9 miles northwest of Tampa. Citrus Park is convenient to the Veteran's Expressway, Tampa International Airport, and the beautiful white sandy beaches in Pinellas County.Today I'd like to invite you to visit Westfield Citrus Park Mall. On March 3, 1999, this unique mall opened as Citrus Park Town Center. It features over 185 stores. The overall theme is "Main Street USA." Westfield Citrus Park boasts a 20-screen Regal Cinema and its anchor stores are Macys, Dillards, JCPenney, and Sears.  The structure is bright and airy, with beautiful fountains and lots of sunlight.BJ's Restaurant and Beerhouse is opening in the summer and Dick's Sport...
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
The flyover ramp which will allow southbound travelers on Bruce B. Downs in New Tampa to access I-75 South without stopping at a light has begun.  The project is expected to take two years to complete.  Road closures on Bruce B. Downs will occur at times between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. and alternate access to New Tampa will be via Fletcher Avenue and S.R. 56.  Construction is expected to take two years.
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
Once again, The Shoppes of New Tampa in Wesley Chapel (S.R. 56 & Bruce B. Downs) will be the location of the Taste of New Tampa! The New Tampa Community Council will host its 14th annual Taste of New Tampa & Business & Health Expo on Sunday, May 6th, 2007, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Shoppes of New Tampa, located at SR 56 and Bruce B. Downs Blvd.Russ Perlowski::Tampa Real Estate--Selling Homes in Tampa, Land O Lakes, and Wesley Chapel, FL
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
New Tampa:The development of the final remaining residential land in Tampa Palms is underway and models are expected to open in April.  With a total of 198 lots, the builder paid $7.4 million for the land late last year. Five models will be offered and the  new homes will feature arched windows, stonework and brick paved driveways.  Prices on these homes will start at $330,000.Russ Perlowski::Tampa Real Estate--Selling Homes in Tampa, Land O Lakes, and Wesley Chapel, FL
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By Laurie Dykeman, PA, CLHMS, e-PRO, Accredited Staging Professional
(My Tampa Home Team)
According to an article in today's edition of The Tampa Tribune, the private-equity firm that bought out Trump Tower Tampa in November is under federal investigation.  The specific nature of the investigation has not been disclosed, however it has been reported that they have been recently questioned by the Internal Revenue Service and records have been subpoenaed.  According to Donald Trump's office, a New York hedge fund is negotiating to provide the necessary financing for the project on Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa.  The lingering question....,will Trump Tower Tampa ever go up????? Tampa Real Estate, New Tampa Real Estate, Wesley Chapel Real Estate, Homes For Sale in Wesley Chapel, Homes For Sale in New Tampa, New Tampa Realtor, Wesley Chapel Realtor,
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
The established community of Carrollwood has been very popular in Tampa for a long time.  Originally, Carrollwood was the area developed around Lake Carroll; then Carrollwood Village was developed.  Today, surrounding areas are generally included when referring to this area of Tampa.The following is a snapshot of home sales in Carrollwood for homes sold in February of 2007 above $250,000.                                                                                                                                             Russ Perlowski::Tampa Real Estate--Selling Homes in Tampa, Land O Lakes, and Wesley Chapel, FL
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
The Carrollwood Cultural Center is expected to open this year.  Located at Casey Road and Lowell Rd. in Carrollwood Village, the Center is currently operating out of the annex next door while the addition and renovations are being made on the former St. Mark's Episcopal Church.                                                               The design and plans have been a joint effort between The Friends of the Carrollwood Cultural Center and Hillsborough County.  The new two story addition will include the lobby/reception area and recital rooms will be upstairs.                                                                   Additional info on planned events of the Carrollwood Cultural Center can be found at their website:  http://www.carrollwoodcenter.org/Russ Perlowski::Tampa Real E...
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
The Carrollwood Area Business Association will hold its EXPO 2007 on March 21, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Carrollwood Day School (1515 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa).  Admission is free and there will be door prizes and complimentary refreshments.  This is a good event for networking, so bring plenty of business cards.  Business attire is suggested.Russ Perlowski::Tampa Real Estate--Selling homes in Tampa, Land O Lakes, and Wesley Chapel, Florida
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By Mario Levesque, Tampa Realtor
(Advantage Avenue Real Estate)
Hunter's Green is a master-planned Golf community located in New Tampa.Hunter's Green features nature preserves, protected animal feeding area, parks, Hunters Green Tennis and Athletic Center and last but not least the Hunters Green Country Club, Visit our website to see what Hunter's Green has to offer.The Hunter's Green communityI will be glad to show you this neighborhood or similar golf community in the area.Mario Levesque,Wesley Chapel Realtor , Broker AssociatePeople's Choice Realty Services,  Tampa, Florida cell:  813-857-6918fax: 866-252-9511Web:  http://www.ajmasters.com/Web:  http://wesleychapelrealestate.mfr.mlxchange.com/Web:  http://www.agentfreebies.com/Blog:  http://www.ajmasters.com/blog/Friendly, professional services always Looking for homes for Sale near Tampa Florida...
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By Lenny Gurvich
(Keller Williams Realty Tampa, Florida)
One week’s activity doesn’t make a trend. But looking back at the last month or so, the state of residential real estate in Tampa has remained fairly stable with respect to supply and demand. The number of active listings in the City of Tampa has not changed much over the last 7 days, nor has the number of pending listings, or listings under contract to be sold. With respect to buyer activity, 157 listings have gone under contract in the last week alone. Here are some statistics on what the happy sellers have to offer: They are selling homes that average: A list price of $280,000About 3 beds and 2 bathsAbout 1600sqft of heated/cooled living areaA year built of 1975 The highest priced home to find a buyer this week is listed at $1.895m and is on Davis Islands in South Tampa. This Davis ...
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
The construction of the 19,568 sq. ft. Community Center is now underway, now that groundbreaking for this facility was held this past week.  The recreation center will have a kitchen/snack bar, multi-purpose room, gymnastics area, and lobby.  Removable equipment will be in the gymnastics area where aerobics and dance can also be held.The New Tampa half-acre skate park will feature modular ramps that can be moved, providiing for more flexibility.  Local skateboarders and BMX riders will be pleased to have a nearby site.  The cost of the rec center is expected to be $3.7 million and the skate park's cost is estimated at $500,000.  When I drove by the site yesterday on Commerce Park Blvd., in Tampa Palms, next to the Liberty Middle School and Freedom High School Campus, I noticed that the ...
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
The average price of a condo sold in Tampa in January was $208,379 compared to January, 2006 which was $209,959.  116 condos were sold in Tampa in January compared to 207 a year ago. One - two years ago we saw a large number of new condo conversions.  In some cases they have "reconverted" and gone back to apartment complexes.  Active condo conversions in Tampa continue to offer attractive incentives to buyers.*Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate--Selling homes in Tampa, Land O Lakes, and Wesley Chapel, FL *Source:  GTAR MLS Statistics for January 2007.
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
Hillsborough County single family homeowners can expect an average rate reduction of 18% on policies renewing after June 1, 2007.  The rate roll backs apply only to private insurance policies and not Citizens Property Insurance.  Homeowners insured with Citizens already saw an average reduction of 25% on January 1, 2007.  Additional information can be found at www.floir.com/HotTopics.htm .  Then click on Bill 1A Presumed Rating Factors Report --March 1, 2007*Subsequent to the blog post, the Tribune reported on March 16, 2007 that insurers cut rates, but "not as expected", reporting that statewide State Farm is proposing a 7% reduction, Nationwide a 4.5% reduction, Allstate Floridian a 14.2% reduction and Liberty Mutual a 8.7% reduction Source:  Tampa Tribune
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
Grand Hampton, one of the newest communities in New Tampa features a guarded entrance, Clubhouse, resort style pool, and fitness center.  Seven homes sold in Grand Hampton in February.  The following information was provided by the multiple listing system of the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors.                                            Russ Perlowski::Selling homes in Tampa, Land O Lakes, and Wesley Chapel, Florida
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
The Greater Tampa Association of Realtors has released the following data for home sales in January, 2007 for the Greater Tampa Area.  Additionally, GTAR reports home sales for the month of January 2007 were down 33% from January of 2006.  Of course most people want to know what is going on in the home sales market now.  Statistics by our local association lag one month.  Colleagues of mine and I are seeing an improvement in market activity of late, but that is to be expected as we approach spring.                                                                                                             Russ Perlowski ::  Selling homes in Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and Land O Lakes, Florida
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
Festa Italiana will be held in Ybor and will be celebrating its 10th anniversary from March 29 to April 1, 2007!                                                                           The Festa begins with a Wines of Italy tasting experience of over 80 Italian wines at the Italian Club of Tampa.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (813) 248-3316.On Saturday, March 31st festivities continue for the whole family.  Food, entertainment, and music!                                                    The Festa Italiana's 10th Anniversary will be held in Centennial Park, with food from caterers and restaurants.  Joe Piscopo will be the main event.  Other entertainment will be provided by the Italian Idol finalists, and music and dancers from Sicily.  Additionally, the Festa's Kidz Zone will...
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By Mario Levesque, Tampa Realtor
(Advantage Avenue Real Estate)
The Tampa Bay International Real Estate Council hosted its annual Meet and Greet last night.  Feb 27 2007.I attended the event and met many new people who also work in real estate in Tampa.  The food was incredible and the live Tropical band played some nice music throughout the evening.Arnold Martinez was there and brought some of his unique paintings.  Arnold is known for his paintings using a special medium of tobacco leaf extract and Cuban coffee.  He told me how he also painted some African animals from Busch Gardens using extracts from their beer products.  Arnold owns an art gallery in Ybor City.Please visit our schedule of events to attend our next get together.http://www.tbirec.org/calendar.aspCheers, MarioMario Levesque,Wesley Chapel Realtor , Broker AssociatePeople's Choice R...
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By Russ Perlowski, Tampa Real Estate
(People's Choice Realty Services LLC)
The prestigious community of Tampa Palms is located in the southern portion of New Tampa.  It is just one of many communities in New Tampa including:  Cory Lake Isles, Arbor Greene, Hunter's Green, West Meadows, Richmond Place, Grand Hampton, Heritage Isles, Live Oak, and Pebble Creek.The following information is provided by information as reported in the MLS system for the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors on February 28th, 2007.  Homes Sold in Tampa Palms from 2/01/07 to 2/28/07(Reported on MLS)Sold PriceBedroomsBathsGar.Htd. Sq. Ft.Pool?Yr. Built $ 273,000 3222074No2002 $ 285,000 3222039No1994 $ 345,000 42.522328No1990 $ 385,000 4322711Yes1998 $ 471,500 53.533114No2006 $ 530,750 4433423Yes2001 $ 550,000 4333353Yes2000 $ 679,000 5333409Yes2006 $ 720,000 5333385Yes2006 $ 970,000 44...
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By Mario Levesque, Tampa Realtor
(Advantage Avenue Real Estate)
Visit our website to find out more about this beautiful development.  Live Oak Preserve in New Tampa Florida.The Live Oak Preserve Community in TampaYou will find information about the type of homes that are available, the price range, the list of ammenities, a description of the planned community, the schools in the area and maps showing the location in New Tampa.I will be happy to assist you in choosing a home in this community or others in the surrounding area.Mario Levesque,New Tampa Realtor, Broker AssociatePeople's Choice Realty Services,  Tampa, Florida cell:  813-857-6918fax: 866-252-9511Web: tampa homeWeb:  florida home for saleBlog: tampa realtorFriendly, professional services always
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By Lenny Gurvich
(Keller Williams Realty Tampa, Florida)
Not much to report this Friday regarding any changes in the state of the Tampa residential real estate market. The number of listings available for sale in Tampa increased slightly, along with an increase of the number of properties under contract pending a closing. Simply stated, demand has kept pace with supply over the last 7 days. However there is mostly an optimistic view from individuals in the business currently. I have spoken with lenders, Realtors, title agents and home inspectors over the last few days and all are reporting an increase in activity and all had a relatively positive outlook as compared to recent months. None of this holds water however until we see a corresponding change in hard data, which will lag behind any perceived increase in activity. Stay tuned.
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