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Dreaming of Moving to Paris One Day? This Book Is A “Must Read”…Tampa Real Estate News…and More!

Filed under: International Real Estate

One of the reasons I focus on the International Market is due to my experience living in Switzerland many years ago, and my French heritage. I can date my French ancestry back to the 17th century in Saintes, France and family rumours persist that I am related to Napolean, though I have no confirmation of that! I went to a French Parochial school in New England, began college as a French major and always dreamed of studying in France. Though I ended up in Switzerland, instead, I have made many trips to France and Paris is my favorite city in the world. I know that I will live there someday, for at least part of the year. Its in my 10 year plan .

Over the years, I have enjoyed Suzy Gershmans Born to Shop Parislifeseries. She writes about all of the great places to shopParis, London, Rome. I never cross the Atlantic without one! Her books are fabulousa mix of designer shops, hidden boutiques, flea markets and bargain hunting across the globe. Last night, I was in the library with my daughter who was in pursuit of a biography on Coco Chanel (!) for a book report due in matter of days. I opted for the foreign section where I discovered a different book written by Suzy Gershman. I devoured it in a matter of hours!

Cest La Vie is a funny, heart-warming, sometimes heart-wrenching account of Suzys move to Paris, just 6 weeks after the death of her husband. She describes the pull she felt to live in Paris after so many years of writing and traveling in the city. I understood completely. She had mothers guilt about leaving her only child, a college student, behind. I understand that mothers guilt , as the mother of three, who often leaves them behind when I travel. As I traveled with Suzy through her first year of living in Paris, I laughed and I cried. Her humorous, introspective account of adjusting to life En France will have you packing your bags!

The trials of navigating Napoleonic law, buying a French bed and learning the nuances of living in France without appearing too American were hysterical. I could picture her in Angelina sipping their famous hot chocolate and buying world-class baguettes at Poilane. Every account of living in Paris MUST include a French MAN and her tales of being romanced by a Count dont disappoint!

I enjoyed her adventures, because I knew the streets she wandered, the arrondissements she lived and shopped in, and the travails of French things that dont always work! Living in Switzerland is a bit easier because everything Swiss works with precision, but most of it really resonated with me. I understood her bouts of grief after the death of her husband and her need to be in Paris to heal. When I called off a wedding just three weeks before the day, some years ago, I spent my unwedding day in Paris. It was where my soul needed to be on that day.walking along the Seine on a brisk December day, with the snowflakes melting on my face. Suddenly, all seemed right in my world again. Paris is a magical place. Once it burrows into your soul, there is no substitute.

If you have ever dreamed of living in Paris, this book is a must-read. But, if you just want to read a delightful account of a woman who followed her dream, and managed a life-changing event with a sense of adventure you must add it to your bookshelf and read it, over and over, until you plan your own treasure map and be sure to follow your dream.

Whether your dreams include buying a home in Tampa, Paris, or anywhere in the World, as a Certified International Property Specialist, I can help you with your dream homeanywhere.


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Restaurants in Tampa’s Ybor City…Tampa Real Estate News…and More

Filed under: Restaurants in Tampa, Tampa, Things to do in Tampa

THE LATEST NEWS ON THE TAMPA REAL ESTATE MARKET, BUYING REAL ESTATE IN TAMPA, OR REAL ESTATE AROUND THE WORLD, EVERY DAY, ON THE REAL ESTATE SIZZLE.

When you are buying a house in Tampa, or have just moved to the area you will be searching for the best places to eat in Tampa!

Ybor City is Tampas Latin Quarter . Reminiscent of parts of The French Quarter in New Orleans, it was home to many cigar factories in the early 20th century.

Seventh Avenue, also known as La Septima and its historic buildings have been restored and Ybor City is home to some unique restaurants, including the world-renowned Columbia Restaurant with its legendary flamenco dancers and Spanish cuisine. Acropolis Restaurant, features Greek food and weekend entertainment. Have a bite of Moussaka or flaming saganaki and you will be hooked!

Pas_taBernini features creative Italian food in a bright, renovated building. Longing for a romantic eveningLa Terrazza has just a handful of tables in its intimate dining room and will entice you with wonderful Northern Italian specialties.

Big City Tavern, located in Centro Ybor, is upscale American cuisine with great steaks, seafood and pasta. The bar is a nice spot for the happy hour crowd, too.

After dinner, step across the street and sit for a while at King Corona. You can enjoy a cigar, a glass of Sangria, or just watch the crowds walk by!

You might enjoy some of my other articles on Dining in Tampa:

Chez Bryce

Great Places to Eat in Tampa

I can help with your move to any Tampa neighborhood, including: South Tampa, Davis Islands, Beach Park, Sunset Park, Hyde Park, Culbreath Isles, Palma Ceia, Westchase, Waterchase, Odessa, Cheval, Avila, Brandon, Riverview, FishHawk, New Tampa, Tampa Palms, Hunters Green, Arbor Greene, Apollo Beach, South Shore, MiraBay, Golf Communities, Waterfront Homes, Luxury Homes in Tampa, Condos in Tampa and International Real Estatecontact me!


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Buying a Home in Tampa? PLEASE Do Your Homework! Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Real Estate News, South Tampa, Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Market

THE LATEST NEWS ON THE TAMPA REAL ESTATE MARKET, BUYING A HOME IN TAMPA, AND REAL ESTATE ISSUES AROUND THE WORLD, EVERY DAY, ON THE REAL ESTATE SIZZLE.

 

I have received many inquiries lately, about where to find a bargain in the Tampa Bay area, or near the beaches. Foreign, and out-of-state investors, are inquiring about where the deals are. I tampahouseoverheard a conversation in a restaurant the other day where a man was counseling a homebuyer to look in the South Shore area, where they are auctioning new homes in a certain community at bargain prices. I felt compelled to advise the buyer that, yes, those prices are a bargain, but there is currently a 5 year inventory of homes in that area, and the high school is not A rated , two major considerations for resale. I told him that a true bargain is a well-priced home in a desirable neighborhood with top-rated schools. Pleasetake your time and you will find the right home , I said.

As a professional real estate agent who enjoys a substantial referral business from previous clients, I focus on RESALE for my clients, when they are considering a purchase. In this market, it is very frustrating to see, and hear, about agents who are focused on selling, just to sell . Or, buyers who are so focused on price reductions and bargains without really understanding the amount of inventory in each neighborhood, and whether, or not, that property is truly a great deal .

If you are looking for a home in the Tampa Bay area, or looking for an investment property in Tampa, PLEASE consult an experienced, ethical, professional real estate agent. A bargain isnt always the bargain it appears to be! Dont navigate the waters in this market without expert assistancethat does not mean your spouse, brother, neighbor or friend.Call an Experienced Real Estate Agent who know the facts, and sales figures, for each individual neighborhood.

I can help with your move to any Tampa neighborhood, including: South Tampa, Davis Islands, Beach Park, Sunset Park, Hyde Park, Culbreath Isles, Palma Ceia, Westchase, Waterchase, Odessa, Cheval, Avila, Brandon, Riverview, FishHawk, New Tampa, Tampa Palms, Hunters Green, Arbor Greene, Apollo Beach, South Shore, MiraBay, Golf Communities, Waterfront Homes, Luxury Homes in Tampa, Condos in Tampa and International Real Estatecontact me!


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Do You Want to Buy Real Estate In Europe? Tampa Real Estate News…and More

Filed under: International Real Estate, Real Estate News

As a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and member of the International Real Estate Association, FIABCI, I receive many inquiries about buying property outside the United States. Every country is unique, in terms of the requirements, and allowances for foreign investors. In some cases you will need to set up a corporation, or go through an extensive background check, such as in Austria. Mortgages may be available, but with a more substantial down-payment, and different terms, than are available in the U.S. And, fluctuating conversion rates can impact the sales price, so the contracted price should specify the currency conversion! Most countries do NOT have a Multiple Listing Service(MLS) system, so the use of an experienced agent is critical.
Chalet_suisseMany Americans take vacations abroad and later decide to buy property in one of their favorite places, as a vacation home, or for retirement.

I have personally lived in Europe and really enjoy the lifestyle, so I understand the desire to branch out of the U.S., at least for a while.

Here are some of my earlier articles on buying property in Vienna and Prague, two of Europes most wonderful cities!

Take the quiz on What European City Do I Belong In? It was right on the mark for meLets see if any of my readers can guess where I should live!

If I can help with any questions about buying property abroad, buying Real Estate in Tampa, or specific questions about a country and the restrictions on foreign ownership, please contact me!


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How Would Relocation Affect YOUR Children? Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Real Estate News, Relocation, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate

THE LATEST NEWS ON THE TAMPA REAL ESTATE MARKET, BUYING A HOME IN TAMPA, AND REAL ESTATE ISSUES AROUND THE WORLD, EVERY DAY, ON THE REAL ESTATE SIZZLE.

Buying a Home in Tampa, or anywhere in the world, may involve moving your children to a new city or, even, a foreign country. New Schools, new friends, new cultureHow would your children fare with a change in their environment? How adaptable are your children? Do they make new friends easily? Do they have a go with the flow personality?

Younger children are often more adaptable than teenagers, who have Boxes_movemany friends, are involved in sports, or other activities and have lived in one city for many years. Children who have traveled extensively, with their parents, may be more likely to adapt to a new city than those who have always stayed close to home.

Some parents who fear their children will not adapt well to a new city, are choosing to commute to their new job, rather than uproot the family. Is that the right decision? Does that give the children the impression that they control their parents? Some of the most well-adjusted people I have ever met are military children. Moving every few years helped them to learn to meet new people and be very adaptable. I think a positive attitude about the move, from the parents, goes a long way in determining how the children will adapt.

There is a nice article in the Wall Street Journal today on this subject. What do you think? I would love to hear some suggestions from parents about the best ways to relocate with children.

Moving to Tampa? You can find information on some of the most popular neighborhoods in Tampa.

I can help with your move to any Tampa neighborhood, including: South Tampa, Davis Islands, Beach Park, Sunset Park, Hyde Park, Culbreath Isles, Palma Ceia, Westchase, Waterchase, Odessa, Cheval, Avila, Brandon, Riverview, FishHawk, New Tampa, Tampa Palms, Hunters Green, Arbor Greene, Apollo Beach, South Shore, MiraBay, Golf Communities, Waterfront Homes, Luxury Homes in Tampa, Condos in Tampa and International Real Estatecontact me!


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Davis Islands…A Favorite Neighborhood in South Tampa…Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Florida Real Estate, Relocation, Restaurants in Tampa, South Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods

If you are buying a house in Tampa and are looking at the various South Tampa neighborhoods, Davis Islands should be at the top of your list!

Part of my Tampa Bay Neighborhoods Series..

Davis Islands, was built in the 1920s by Tampa native and developer D.P.Davis, who later disappeared on a mysterious journey across the Atlantic when the depression hit and the banks were closing in on his unpaid loans. The islands, actually, an archipelago, were originally three islands, until the end of the islands were filled in to build the Peter O. Knight Airport.

Today, consisting of two islands connected by a small bridge, this popular neighborhood Davis_waterstill has many of the original Mediterranean homes from that era,which have been preserved, and newer homes are often built in the Spanish tradition in keeping with the original architecture of the period. Home prices range from the 500s to several Million, with many homes available on the open bay, or deep-water canals.

The neighborhood is pedestrian and bike-friendly and the Davis Islands Yacht Club, at the tip of the island, has sailing clubs for all ages. Highly-rated schools: Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Middle and Plant High make it a top choice for families.

Downtown Davis Islands is a busy place with banks, shops and restaurants.Cap_rice The Pink Flamingo is the perfect spot for breakfast. Youll find me there every Thursday morning. Chez Bryce offers dining on an open terrace with amazing French Bistro-style cuisine. Two Twenty East, Tate Brothers Pizza, Thai Island and Estellas Mexican Cafe round out the many dining options.

Ex_tremeThe area was recently featured on Extreme Makeover Home Edition when the Tate Familys home(left photo) was rebuilt after a plane crashed into it last year!

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Tampa General Hospital, Central Floridas only Level 1 Trauma Center, sits at the entrance to the Island overlooking downtown Tampa.

For more information about Davis Islands, which is MLS area 217 and zip code 33606, buying or selling a home in Tampa, please contact me.


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Hunter’s Green…A Golf Course Community in New Tampa…Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Buyers, Florida Real Estate, Golf Course Communities in Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods

If you are buying a home in Tampa, you might consider one of the Golf Course communities.

Another feature in my Golf Course communities series

Hunters Green is a sprawling, gated, residential community in the New Tampa area of Northeast Tampa. Close to the University of South Florida and I-75, it is a popular home choice for golfers of all ages.Golf_course

With a championship course designed by Tom Fazio, one of the premier golf course architects, the 18 hole, 6900 yard course was built into the natural terrain. It is a challenging course filled with rolling fairways and strategically placed hazards!

H-gHunters Green was the first major community in Florida to be recognized for its strict planning and environmental guidelines. It was the winner of the Aurora Award for the Top Master-Planned community in the Southeast.

In addition, Hunters Green features 17 outdoor Har-tru clay tennis courts, swimming and athletic clubs, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and a beautifully designed 35,000 square foot clubhouse. The club serves as the hub of the many social activities taking place in the community.

Hunters Green Elementary School, a Blue-Ribbon School, is located within the gates, making it a top choice for families with children.

Housing prices range from the 300s to over 1 million. For more information on Hunters Green, zip code 33647, please contact me.


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What is The Architectural Review Commission and How Does it Affect My Home in Tampa? Tampa Real Estate News…

Filed under: Historic Tampa, Hyde Park Real Estate, Real Estate News, South Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate

If you are moving to Tampa, or buying a home in Tampa, you may wish to consider moving to one of the historic neighborhoods. Tampa has three designated historic districts: Hyde Park, Tampa Heights and Seminole Heights. If you live in one of those historic districts, any new construction, or remodeling to your home, must be reviewed by the Architectural Review Commission(ARC), to insure the integrity of the district in maintained.

MaashouseIt is important that Real Estate Agents inform buyers about the requirements involving the ARC . The City of Tampa has a comprehensive website, which details the guidelines for each district: Hyde Park, Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights. You can review all of the requirements for your neighborhood, print an application and receive the information about Tax Incentives!

For information about purchasing a home in one of Tampa’s Historic Neighborhoods, please contact me.

If you enjoyed this article, you might want to read more about Tampa’s history:

Hyde Park…Tampa’s Historic Neighborhood

Tampa Theatre…an Historic Landmark

Stay tuned to the Real Estate Sizzle for the latest information on Tampa Real Estate and Real Estate News from around the World!


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