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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
Back To School Splash Event At Tampa Zoo.Back To School Splash Party At Tampa Zoo! August 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A great day for the kids before they head back to school at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Visit the Billabong splash pad in Wallaroo Station where the kids can play games, enjoy snacks, and learn about back-to-school safety and health tips. As an extra added bonus, at Tampa Zoo Back To School Splash: with each full-priced adult admission purchased, two kids (ages 3-11) can get into the Zoo for Back to School Splash day. This offer is valid 8/22/15 only.Did you know you can adopt animals at the zoo?  Look into this symbolic adoption. Click here for the website.Come out and visit Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. It's one of the most fun places in Tampa Bay, and it's open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p....
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Top 5 Things to Do When Searching for Real Estate Listings in South Tampa People have different reasons why they want to move. Whatever your reason may be, the big change always involves finding your next home. If you are looking for South Tampa homes in Maryland Manor, the tips below will help save you a lot of future pain and make sure you enjoy your next home. 1. Start saving right awayIt will be easier for you if your will start saving for your downpayment early on. Normally you need to save up at least 20% of your next home’s purchase price to use as down payment.  In some cases it may be less. You will put yourself in a better position if you start your home fund early on. 2. Begin with property portalsWhen looking for South Tampa Maryland Manor real estate for sale, it is wise to...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
5 Best Ways to Keep Your South Tampa Home Cool This Summer Keeping your home as cool as possible during these hot summer months is quite a challenge, especially if there are buyers viewing your property. As a seller, you can make your house stand out from the many Sunset Park homes for sale in South Tampa by making your potential buyers feel comfortable inside your property. Listed below are some tips on how to keep your home cool:1. Invest on ceiling fansOne of the most effective ways of beating the summer heat is installing ceiling fans in your South Tampa home for sale in Sunset Park. Ceiling fans can make a room feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler. Your potential buyers will surely appreciate the fact that a ceiling fan only costs less than $10 a month to use if you keep it on for 12 hours a...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Tampa Real Estate Market Update – June 2015 The overall real estate market in the Tampa area during June 2015 was the best since the bottom of the market in 2011. Some of the highlights were: Number of single family homes sold: 2,386Total number of homes for sale: 5,797Properties under contract but not yet closed: 4,522The median sales price was: $205,175Homes sold for an average of 95% of Listing priceOn average a home took 65 days to sell The overall Greater Tampa area market absorption rate for June was 2.43 which signifies a very strong Sellers’ Market, which means that if no new homes came to market they would sell in about two and on half months. Sellers currently have the upper hand, and well-priced homes are selling fast, with multiple offers for those in excellent locations and...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
South Tampa FL Home for Sale with a Pool and Spa | 4104 W Leona St   Come and view this unique and handsomely updated pool/spa South Tampa home for sale, sitting on a huge (100 x 120) lot featuring a single car attached garage as well as a detached and gated 2 car garage. Updates include 900 square feet of dark chestnut hardwood floors in the living / dining / kitchen area. An open kitchen has a newly installed level D granite counter top, custom cabinetry, top of the line stainless steel appliances including a Wolf gas stove and double convection oven. Kitchen also overlooks over-sized, newly landscaped and peaceful back yard with newly pavered deck, all fenced in. Both bathrooms have been re-tiled, and enjoy Carrara marble surfaces as well as new fixtures and all three bedroom have b...
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It’s no secret the housing market is making a strong comeback. Inventory is incredibly scarce.  Buyers are confident enough in the economy to be actively searching for real estate to purchase. This is leading to a shortage of ready-to-move-in homes. When there is a housing shortage, buyers need to act quickly and sellers are now stepping in. This has been the driving force behind skyrocketing pending home sale statistics. Probably the most positive statistic (there are many this month) is “45% of homes sold within 30 days of being listed”. That is a staggering number compared to what we were seeing since the recession began.   Another major factor leading to the housing market surge is because of the historically low mortgage rates. If you could afford a $300,000 home last year, you can...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Maximize the Space ofYour South Tampa Home for Sale  If you want to impress buyers who are looking for homes for sale in South Tampa area, make sure you know how to maximize every room and space of your property. As we all know, space is essential when it comes to living comfortably. Read on to find out how you can make your home look more spacious and welcoming.1. Keep your design simple Since you are trying to make the most out of every area in your South Tampa waterfront home for sale, do not make your interior design too complicated. Avoid themes that requires a ton of decor and oversized pieces of furniture. 2. Utilize the space underthe stairs The space under the stairs can be used for shelves and storage. You can put your winter clothes and shoes in that storage area while...
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Home for Sale in Tampa FL with Quick Access to Beaches | 4104 W Leona St Prepare to be blown away by this gorgeous 3 bedroom home for sale in South Tampa FL with quick access to beaches! Sitting in a 1750 sq. ft. lot right in the heart of South Tampa, this wonderful home will greet you with a magnificent view and will captivate you with its updated features from the ground up. It is a terrific home in a prime location. Everything you’ll ever need for those relaxing and exciting days are here.  One look from outside and you’ll definitely be delighted by the big and lovely tree that provides a cooling shade over the front lawn of the home. Love landscaping? The refreshing sight that the front lawn has to offer gives you plenty to work on. The fully fenced exterior also features a spacious...
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4 Reasons To Hire A REALTOR® when Buying or Selling South Tampa Homes Today, there are already many services that help buyers and sellers of homes for sale in South Tampa area manage their own real estate transactions. Obviously, doing the job by yourself will save you money usually given as commission to REALTORS®. However, going solo, especially if you do not have any prior experience, could prove more costly. Listed below are several reasons why it is still best to work with an professional. 1. REALTORS® have the necessary experienceREALTORS® have the advantage because they have handled many real estate transactions over the course of their career. In the world of home buying and selling, laws and regulations can change. So even if you have done a transaction before, it is still safe...
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By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Look after the Lawn of Your South Tampa Home This Summer Many people look forward to the summer season. After all, this is the  time of the year when the sun is shining, everyone is mingling outside, and you are looking nice and tan. However, the long scorching days of summer may bring torture to your lawn. Buyers looking for homes for sale in South Tampa area will not be impressed with a dry and neglected lawn, so be sure to look after your lawn by following these tips.  1. Mow your lawn regularlyTo keep the lawn of your South Tampa waterfront home for sale in top shape try to mow it at least once or twice a week. During summertime, avoid cutting the grass too short because it takes more energy to regrow grass shoots during hot weather. Keep your blade razor-edged by sharpening ...
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By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
Should You Use the Builder’s Lender? Once you decide on building a new home in a master-planned community, one of the most common questions is whether or not you should use the builder’s recommended lender.Depending on the situation, this can either mean the lender is part of the builder’s own company, or in some cases it can just mean they are closely aligned. There are pros and cons to both sides of going with the builder’s lender for your financing, so let’s take a look at both sides of the coin. Reasons to Work with the Builder’s LenderOn the surface, the builder-lender relationship is supposed to make the entire process easier for everyone. since they have an existing relationship, the builder and lender theoretically should be able to get your deal done quicker than someone from o...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Top 5 Ways to Enhance the Foyer of Your South Tampa Home for Sale The foyer is the space in your home where you welcome your guests. This is where the first statement of your home begins. And if you want buyers of homes for sale in South Tampa area to be impressed with your property, give your foyer a makeover.Read on for some tips that will help you welcome your potential buyers into your home with style.  1. LightingLighting is one of the important elements that can work wonders for your luxury home for sale in South Tampa. You may consider hanging a pendant light or a chandelier if your foyer has high ceilings. You may also mount sconces beside a mirror. 2. Wall storageA Wall storage is a great idea for an entryway. Make the most of vertical space by placing hooks for hanging. But av...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Town and Country 3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Tampa FL | 7703 Jodi Lynn Dr  Looking for peace, quiet, serenity and lots of space? Look no further than this ultra charming, nicely updated Town and Country 3 bedroom home for sale in Tampa FL!  Situated just minutes away from shopping centers, restaurants and good schools, this single family home has a lot to offer you and your loved ones. It has 2 and a half bathrooms, 2-car dettached garage and plenty of parking space for your guests. So, turn the key and prepare to be impressed by all the exciting amenities that await you inside!From the superb exterior curb appeal to the super comfortable interior, this 1,863 square foot property will definitely impress you at every turn! Step inside and be welcomed by a nice open floor plan with separat...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Tampa FL | 7703 Jodi Lynn Dr   Enjoy a comfortable life in this stunning 3 bedroom single family home for sale in Tampa FL! This well-maintained residential dwelling features a very nice open floor plan with separate living/dining areas, beautiful Saltillo tile flooring and abundant natural light, immaculate kitchen with granite counter tops, island, wood cabinetry and functional appliances such microwave, range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and dryer - all for your cooking pleasure! This Tampa FL home for sale in the Town and Country area also offers a large family room that allows convenient access to the screened lanais with a fireplace and a hot tub.  Other features include 2.5 baths, 2-car dettached garage, updated master bath, brand new carpeting on all th...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Save for a Home for Sale in South Tampa Area Buying your own home is an exciting milestone in life. But the financial preparation can sometime be daunting. In fact, your home will probably be the most expensive purchase that you will ever make so it pays to have a responsible plan.  There are many great ways that you can do to save for a home for sale in South Tampa area. Read on to get ideas on how to be financially prepared.1. Learn to prioritize.Saving for a South Tampa home for sale is all about priorities. How willing are you to tighten your belt and save for a house? Identify the areas where you can cut back the expenses so you can put more money in your savings. The best way to do it is by making a budget and sticking to it.  2. Avoid overspending.Be realistic when looking...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Top 6 Things to Do When Viewing Homes for Sale in South Tampa Area One of the important stages of buying a house is the viewing. Some people spend only 20 minutes viewing a property that is going to be their home for many years. Sadly, they live to regret this. When viewing homes for sale in South Tampa area, it is helpful to gather all the information that you need before making a major decision. Here is a list of things that you should keep in mind as you go around the house.  1. Check if the home is structurally soundLook around the house to see if there are big cracks especially around where extensions join. Check if the house looks and feels solid. For a more professional opinion, enlist the services of a home inspector or a structural engineer.  2. View the property more than once...
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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Zoominations What’s Zoominations, you ask? It’s a Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights, and the cultural event of the season says Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Originally scheduled to end this month, it has been extended from June 3rd to June 28th. Wednesdays through Sundays at 7 pm. I'm so glad because there was no way we were going to fit it into the May schedule.To get more information and see spectacular pictures of Zoominations, click here.  To enjoy the gallery of spectacular photos, click here.Here's a video showing some of the spectacular sights you will see:     Don't miss seeing this incredible display of Chinese Culture. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo says; "A dazzling exhibition of colossal lanterns sprawling over 26 acres. It’s an unforgettable journey through the anci...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Top 6 Tips for an Easy Move to Your South Tampa Home Once you have found your dream home among the many homes for sale in South Tampa area, the next task is to make the move. This chore can present the organizational challenge of a lifetime. This can be really daunting because you are packing your whole life for a new home. Cut the stress and plan an organized move with the tips below.1. Start earlyPlan ahead. You have more than enough time to ensure that your move to your new South Tampa waterfront home will run smoothly. Avoid packing up and leaving in a hurry. Chances are you will forget many things if your do not get organized early. 2. Pack an overnight bagMake sure you have easy access to your essentials. These may include a change of clothes and toiletries, especially if you have...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Tampa Real Estate Market Update – March 2015 Tampa Real Estate:  Up, up, and Away? Well, it would appear so, looking at the data released for March 2015.  Of course, never is everything exactly as it seems.  First, the good news.  And it is very good news indeed. Looking at the actual number of sold homes, March 2015 registered 2,071 properties sold.  This is an excellent number, the highest in more than five years, or since the real estate recovery began. In fact, looking back to January of this year there were 1,254 sales.  The March figures reflect an increase of 65%, by any measure, a remarkable increase.  This is great to see, because it tells us that housing demand is strong.  See the chart below for a graph depicting the data for the last 3 years.On the other hand, Active Listing...
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