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Archive for July, 2007

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You Are Known By The Company You Keep

Filed under: Ethics, Sizzle Snacks

If you spend much time with me, you will hear me talk about choices . Do you choose to surround yourself with people who have high standards and a good value system? Do you choose to work for a company that treats its clients with respect and is ethical in every way?

Or, do you choose to associate with friends and colleagues who have questionable ethics and excercise bad judgment, but choose to ignore it because of their perceived status in the community? Do you choose to have negative people in your life and find yourself wondering why you have a bad attitude?

In a recent post by Seth Godin, called Contagious, Seth reinforces my feeling that you CHOOSE your friends, your employer, and the people in your life.

I choose to have a positive attitude, and associate with people who are ethical and respectful. I have left companies, and relationships, over that issue. That is my choice.

Take a few minutes to think about that today. What do the choices you make in your business, and personal relationships, and your surroundings, reveal about you?

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South Tampa Intersections to Avoid in A Storm!

Filed under: Flood Zones in Tampa, Real Estate News, South Tampa, Tampa


Another article in my Flood and Flood Insurance series

South Tampa is a wonderful place to live. But, it isnt known for its state-of-the art drainage systems!

While the City of Tampa is continually working to improving the storm drains, many areas will flood very quickly during the heavy rains of summer.

Summer thunderstorms are a frequent event! Here are the intersections to avoid in a downpour. How many times have you tried to get home and found yourself in the middle of a flooded intersection with no way out?

Remember, just two feet of water can wash a car away, and driving through water can ruin your engine.

This is a great map with all of the “worst intersections for Flooding”. Check it out!

Stay safe and avoid flooded intersections. Prepare several routes that you know are flood free and remember to take them in a rain storm!

Graphic from the St. Petersburg Times

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Ballard Designs Opens It’s First Retail Store In Tampa Today

Filed under: Markets and Shoppng, Real Estate News, Shopping in Tampa

Shop-pingBallard Designs, the Atlanta-based retailer opens its first Retail Store at International Plaza in Tampa today. Specializing in home accessories and furniture sold by catalogue, Ballard premieres with a 20,000 square foot location in the upscale shopping mall.

Ballard Designs carries rugs, furniture, bath accessories, kitchenware, lamps, mirrors and many French Inspired collections.

Look for another Ballard Designs store to open soon in Jacksonville!

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The Contest is Over…Time to Vote!

Filed under: Project Blogger, Real Estate News

For those of you who are regular readers on The Real Estate Sizzle, you will recall that I have been a contestant in Project Blogger, a Real Estate Blog contest.

The Prize: $2500 to my Favorite CharityKW Careswhich is the Keller Williams charity which supports many causes in our community.

The final votes will be tallied in the next few days. If you have enjoyed reading the Real Estate Sizzle, I hope you will vote for me …Here’s How:

Send an email to the contest:

mailto:[email protected]

**Include your Name and Phone Number( or it will not be counted)

Vote for Jackie Colson-Miller** …Make it easy…Just copy and paste this into your email…

**If it is easier for you…you can send the email to me mailto: [email protected]

and I will forward it for you…don’t forget your name and phone number!

You will see some changes on The Real Estate Sizzle over the next few weeks, as I add more information and make it more user-friendly.

Thank you for voting…Keep reading the Real Estate Sizzle for the latest news on Life and Real Estate in Tampa and Around the World!

If you are curious about the judging…this past week’s judges did a great job and judged via “video”….watch it HERE!

Be Patient…the beginning is a little loud and a bit of a commercial…but it’s fun and informative!

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Tampa is #1 Buyer’s Market in the Country

Filed under: Buyers, Florida Real Estate, Real Estate News, Real Estate Trends, Sellers, Tampa Real Estate Market

Forbes Magazine just ranked the top 5 Buyers Markets in the U.S.

According to the article , Tampa has an oversupply of housing available, due to investors, but it is also a resilient housing market, due to economic and job-growth projections. Arbor_greene5

Here are the top 5 Buyers Markets, according to Forbes Magazine:

1. Tampa

2. Minneapolis

3. Miami

4. Kansas City, MO

5. Chicago

With low mortgage rates and plenty of inventory to choose fromIts Time to Move!

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What is the Best Sushi Restaurant in Tampa?

Filed under: Poll, Real Estate News, Restaurants in Tampa, Things to do in Tampa

I need your vote for your favorite Sushi restaurant in Tampa! The results will be added to my “Reader’s Favorites”… vote today!

You can see my reader’s choice for The Best Steakhouse in Tampa, too!

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Join Me on the “Urban Tour” at Channelside on Saturday

Filed under: Buyers, Channelside Tampa, Florida Condominiums, Real Estate News, Relocation, South Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods, Things to do in Tampa

I am joining many other Tampa Realtors in the Urban Tour of the Downtown/Channelside District on Saturday, July 21, from 10 4.


Take a break from the heat and enjoy some frosty drinks, and relax poolside, while you tour one of Channelsides hottest new developments.

Visit me at the just-completed Ventana an intimate complex with just 84 units in two towers, surrounding a lavish pool and clubhouse area, at the corner of Kennedy and Channelside. It is one of the few buildings in the Channelside district that offers plenty of guest parking, along with 2 assigned parking spaces for each unit, in a secured garage.


Stop in to see meIll be serving Margaritas and giving away prizes! Ventana Unit 401 NorthSaturday from 10 4.

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The Votes are In for The Best Steakhouse in Tampa…

Filed under: Best Places in Tampa, Poll, Restaurants in Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods

It’s hard to beat Bern’s Steakhouse, if only for the vast array of “steak options” available on the menu…not to mention that tacky red velvet decor! Try appetizers at the bar, or a steak sandwich…and tell Kenny I sent you! In a poll of my reader’s, Bern’s narrowly edged out as the winner!

The voting was very close, but Bern’s Steak House emerged as the winner in last week’s “Sizzle” poll!What Restaurant in Tampa Serves the Best Steak?
Bern’s Steak House 34% (16 votes)
Ruth’s Chris Steak House 32% (15 votes)
Charley’s Steak House 21% (10 votes)
Outback Steak House 6% (3 votes)
Other 6% (3 votes)
Total voters for this poll: 47Berns will be added to the list of Readers Favorites on the Real Estate Sizzle.Watch for the next poll on the Best of Tampa .

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Best Question Winner This Week

Filed under: Best Question Winner

Jeff Long wins the best question/comment of the week, for his hilarious comment about Personal Liability Insurance! He wins lunch with Ms. Sizzle!

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Just Listed in Hyde Park…An Historic Neighborhood in Tampa

Filed under: Architecture, Historic Tampa, Hyde Park Real Estate, Tampa Neighborhoods

FrontI just listed this Bungalow with a Bayshore view at 1615 Watrous in Historic Hyde Park! Priced at $620,000, the home has 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, wood floors, fireplace, a large downstairs Master Suite and an updated kitchen with stainless appliances and granite countertops.

I have an Open House on Wednesday, July 18, from 10:30 to 1:30.

Just steps from Hyde Park Village, Bayshore Boulevard and minutes to downtown, it is a great location in the Gorrie, Wilson, Plant School District.

Stop in to have a lookand have some lunch! Or, Contact me, for more information.

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