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Live in Culbreath Isles..A Gated Waterfront Luxury Community in Tampa…Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Buyers, Buying a House in Tampa, Celebrity Homes inTampa, Gated Communities in Tampa, Luxury Homes in Tampa, MLS Listings in Tampa, Moving to Tampa, Real Estate News, Relocation, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market, Waterfront Homes in Tampa

The Real Estate Sizzle is Your Best Source for Tampa Real Estate Market Newsevery day

Another article in my Plant High School District Neighborhoods

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Culbreath Isles is one of the few gated, waterfront communities in South Tampa. Deep-water canals, fabulous open-bay views and elegant custom-built homes make Culbreath Isles one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Tampa. It is a yacht-owners paradise!

Located just West of Westshore Boulevard, between Estrella and Bayway, this exclusive community has much to offer the most discriminating Tampa home buyer. Culbreath Isles is located in the Dale Mabry Elementary, Coleman Middle and Plant High School District. It is just a 5 minute drive to Tampa International Airportthe perfect neighborhood for the frequent traveler.

You can see the current homes available in Culbreath Isles. Please contact me for more information about Culbreath Isles, Tampa neighborhoods, or to schedule a private showing of these homes.

Enjoy some of my other articles about Waterfront Homes and Gated Communities in Tampa:

Harbour IslandA Gated Community in Tampa

Tampa Waterfront Home Buyers Have Many Choices

For more information about Tampa Neighborhoods, including Culbreath Isles. South Tampa, Harbour Island, Davis Islands, Beach Park, Sunset Park, Hyde Park, Channelside, 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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More Tampa Neighborhoods in the Plant High District…Parkland Estates is a Great Place to Live in Tampa!

Filed under: Best Places in Tampa, Buying a House in Tampa, Golf Course Communities in Tampa, Luxury Homes in Tampa, MacDill AFB, South Tampa, Tampa MLS Listings, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market

The Real Estate Sizzle is Your Best Source for Tampa Real Estate Information and up-to-the minute news on the Tampa Real Estate scene every day!

Yesterday, I started the Plant High School District Neighborhoods series with an article on New Suburb Beautiful.

Parklandestateshouse1Today, we will  chat about another popular South Tampa neighborhood called Parkland Estates. With larger lots and quiet, tree lined streets, Parkland Estates is located just north of New Suburb Beautiful, bordered by Morrison and Swann Avenues. On the east side of MacDill Avenue, you will find Golfview, a similar neighborhood, located on the North side of Palma Ceia Country Club, a private golf and country club.

A mix of older homes built in the 1920s to 1940s, along with many newer homes, you will find a nice choice of Traditional and Mediterranean Styles. Prices range from the $500,000s to several million for estate-sized homes, or golf course lots. Parkland Estates and Golfview are convenient to Downtown Tampa, MacDill Air Force Base and Tampa International Airportthey are each less than 10 minutes away!

You can see the current homes for sale in Parkland Estates and Golfview, which are located in Wilson Middle and Plant High School Districts.

Buying a House in Tampa? Check the School District

Where Are The Bargains in The Tampa Real Estate Market?

Contact Me today for more information on the Tampa Real Estate Market, Moving to Tampa, or any question about living in Tampa!

You can search for all listings in the Tampa Real Estate Market here!


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“Work The System”…It’s a Buyer’s Market, So Get In The Game…Tampa Real Estate Market News

Filed under: Buying a House in Tampa, First-Time Homebuyers, Short Sale, Tampa Foreclosures, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market

Should you Work The System or try to Beat The System ? Great advice from marketing guru Seth Godin, in one of his latest articles can be applied to the Tampa Real Estate market. Prices are the lowest they have been in yearsfar below the boom years of 2005 2006. At the same time, interest rates are also very low. That combination: low prices and cheap money havent occurred at the same time in decades! Some analysts say it has been 40 years! I certainly havent seen it, in my 14 years in Real Estate, or my 25 years as a homebuyer. Buyers have learned to Work The System make low offers on several properties and ultimately get the deal of the decade.

And, not surprisingly, sales are up! Prices are down 10 20% over the same period last year in the Tampa Real Estate Market and Inventory is down 2% since January. When will we bottom out ? Looks like were about there.

Sellers who think they can Beat The System are ignoring the simple law of supply and demand . Unless they want to get in the game and price their homes according to current market value, they might as well take their homes off the market and wait until 2013, when they can expect the prices of yesteryear.

Personally, I am Working the System helping Tampa buyers and European Investors find the bargains in this market of opportunity . A recent buyer picked up a 3 year old property for $224,000 less than the last sale price! That was 35% below the price in 2006!

I have two words for buyers in the Tampa Real Estate Market:

BUY NOW

I have just one word for the Sellers who dont want to Work The System :

ADIEU

If you want help Working The System in the Tampa Real Estate Market, contact me today813.629.5757or via email.

The Best Source for Tampa Real Estate News, Tampa Schools and Relocation Information for Families Moving to Tampaevery day on The Real Estate Sizzle.

For more information about Tampa Neighborhoods, including Culbreath Isles, South Tampa, Harbour Island, Davis Islands, Beach Park, Sunset Park, Hyde Park, Channelside, 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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Visit “New Suburb Beautiful” A Tampa Neighborhood in the H.B. Plant High School District…Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Buying a House in Tampa, Luxury Homes in Tampa, MacDill AFB, MLS Listings in Tampa, Places to Live, Real Estate News, Schools in Tampa, South Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Schools

The Best Source for Tampa Real Estate News, Tampa Schools and Relocation Information for Families Moving to Tampa

This week I will focus on Neighborhoods in the H.B. Plant High School District. As one of the Top 100 High Schools in the U.S., living in the Plant High District is a priority for many families moving to Tampa, or moving to another home in South Tampa.

Plant High is located between Himes Avenue and Dale Mabry, just a few blocks north of Bay to Bay Boulevard, in South Tampa.

Newsuburbbeautifulhouse1One of the most popular South Tampa Neighborhoods, is New Suburb Beautiful . Best described as a neighborhood reminiscent of the Leave it To Beaver era, most of the homes are traditional style, with many center-hall colonials, bungalows, along with some spanish architecture, too. Stock up on Halloween candythis neighborhood is FILLED with school-aged children!

New Suburb Beautiful is located in the Mitchell Elementary, Wilson Middle, and H.B. Plant High School District.

Prices range from $400,000 to $1,000,000. Its a small neighborhood, just four blocks long, located East of MacDill Avenue and South of Morrison Avenue. You can see the current listings in New Suburb Beautiful here.

For Listings in other Tampa Neighborhoods, you can search here, and please contact me for help with your move to Tampa, or if you have any questions at all.

Here are some previous articles related to Tampa neighborhoods in the Plant High School District:

Choosing the Best Tampa Neighborhood

Relocation to MacDill Air Force Base


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Hillsborough County to Vote on County Mayor Proposal…Tampa Real Estate News and More!

Filed under: Property Taxes in Florida, Tampa

In November, along with electing a new President of the United States, Hillsborough County voters will decide on whether, or not, to create a County Mayor position. There has been much confusion about this position, so it is a good idea to get informed about the Facts vs. Myths on any subjectbefore heading to the ballot box.

The County Mayoral position would not be an additional expense to the taxpayers, but it would be a NON-PARTISAN, ELECTED official. It would replace the County Administrator position, which is not an elected position, but is rather, appointed by the County Commission. The County Mayor would run the county, but would be accountable to the voters, not to the Commission who appoints him/her. It would be a 4 year term with a two-term limit.

This is an opportunity for voters to decide to ELECT an official who must report spending habits to the VOTERS!

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Have a look at the County Tax Revenues in the chart above. You can see that the County overspent the rate of growth and inflation FIVE FOLD! An elected official would have had to answer to the voters. The County took advantage of the rise in property values, along with the rise in property taxes, during those years and now they are crying about cuts . Instead of maintaining a budget in line with population growth and inflation, the County administrator RAISED the county spending to take advantage of the windfall from property tax revenues. These are REAL numbers that the media does not discuss. The County Administrator needs to explain how those dollars were overspent vs. reducing property taxes to stay in line with the 16% inflation rate.

Take some time to review the County Mayor proposal on the County Mayor Website.

My opinion? I want every tax dollar expenditure to be accountable to the voters? Dont You?

Its time to ask the County, and the media, for the TRUTH. Vote for the County Mayor positionits a step in the right direction.

Chart Courtesy of www.CountyMayor.com


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Changes in the Mortgage Industry Lead to a “Bumpy Road” in the Closing Process…Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Best Places in Tampa, Davis Islands Real Estate, First-Time Homebuyers, Golf Course Communities in Tampa, Historic Tampa, MLS Search, mortgage news, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate Market

The Latest News on The Tampa Real Estate Market, Buying a Home anywhere in the World, and How to Buy Property in an ever-changing Real Estate Market!….

Today is closing day!  With recent changes in the Mortgage Industry, title companies and mortgage companies seem to be “overwhelmed” and “understaffed”, which leads to a sometimes “bumpy road” from contract to closing.  Real Estate agents need to be more involved in every aspect of a transaction these days, since I have seen less attention to detail every step of the way. I had to move into “bulldog mode”, just to get closing agents to pay attention to details, and deadlines. That was not the case in years past.  This is a foreclosure, so the transaction was much more complicated than a typical closing.  That will be a LONG article, for another day. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday is the ideal day for a closing!  You can read WHY in my previous article on “Choosing The Right Day For Your Closing in Tampa.”

It is a “Buyer’s Market” in Tampa, with plenty of inventory of homes to choose from! I can help with your move to any Tampa neighborhood, including: South Tampa, Harbour Island, Davis Islands, Beach Park, Sunset Park, Hyde Park, Channelside, Culbreath Isles, Palma Ceia, Westchase, Waterchase, Odessa, Cheval, Avila, Brandon, Riverview, FishHawk, New Tampa, Tampa Palms, Hunter’s Green, Arbor Greene, Apollo Beach, South Shore, MiraBay, Golf Communities, Waterfront Homes, Luxury Homes in Tampa, Condos in Tampa and International Real Estate…contact me!

 


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What Tampa Neighborhoods are Safe? Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: "Where to Find", Best Places in Tampa, Channelside Tampa, Davis Islands Real Estate, First-Time Homebuyers, Florida Real Estate Law, Golf Course Communities in Tampa, Hyde Park Real Estate, Luxury Homes in Tampa, MacDill AFB, MLS Search, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Market

When families are searching for homes in Tampa, many of them ask about safety . They often ask for a home in a gated community. While Tampa is a very large city, there is very little


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Where To Find the Best Burger in Tampa!…Tampa Real Estate News and More!

Filed under: "Where to Find", Best Places in Tampa, Buying a House in Tampa, Moving to Tampa, Poll, Restaurants in Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Things to do in Tampa

If you are moving to Tampa, or looking for Tampa real estate, one of the first things you will do is seek out some of the best places to eat in Tampa!

I ask my readers for “their” favorites all the time! Today, we’re looking for votes for the
BEST BURGER IN TAMPA.

Cast your vote! I will post the winner, along with the other reader’s favorites, next week, so hurry!

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Thank you for voting!

If you need help with Tampa Real Estate, or International Real Estate, just let me know.

It is a Buyers Market in Tampa, with plenty of inventory of homes to choose from! I can help with your move to any Tampa neighborhood, including: South Tampa, Harbour Island, Davis Islands, Beach Park, Sunset Park, Hyde Park, Channelside, 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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Pet Rules in Condominiums…Don’t Assume They Were Made to Be Broken!

Filed under: Buyers, Florida Condominiums, Florida Real Estate, Pet Friendly Tampa, Real Estate News, Relocation

The Latest Information about Moving to Tampa, or buying Real Estate in Tampa, or anywhere in the World!

Another article in my Pet Friendly series.

Florida is the Land of Condominiums , and I sell plenty of them! Each building has its own personality . From the concierge services, to the pool, common areas, floor plans, demographics and rules , you need to find the building that is best suited to your needs and yourPu_g personal life. A building known for its weekend pool parties is probably not the right place for someone who enjoys a more sedate lifestyle, so it is really important to ask the right questions when you are looking at condominiums and visit the property on various days, and at various times, so you can get a feel for what it would be like to live there. Likewise, a Building where someone scowls at your Pug in the elevator, and asks how much he weighs, may not be the most pet-friendly place in town.

One of the biggest issues, and one often overlooked, is a buildings Pet Rules . Are pets allowed? How many pets? What type of pets? Is M_cthere a weight limit? These are basic questions that the listing agent should know and the information should be in the MLS. Buyers agents should not assume that all pets are welcome and should ask the buyers specific questions about what kinds of pets they may have. A pot-bellied pig, certain dog breeds or exotic reptiles may not be acceptable in many buildings. I have had listing in one of the new condominiums in the Channelside district. It specifically excludes goats, reptiles and fowl…and has no weight limit on the two pets it allows, but specifically says they cannot be loud, or vicious! I have never seen a goat in a condo, but I read the condominium docs thoroughly, so I can explain the rules to any prospective buyers. I think we’ll have a little chuckle over that one! I guarantee, if you show up with a goat in tow, you will not pass “go”! Realtors should never tell a client that pet rules arent enforced, which happened with a buyers agent on one of my listings. The end resultthe dog had to go, so the buyer moved out, just months after moving in!

On a condominium resale in the State of Florida, you have 3 days to review the Condominium Documents, which will include the current rule about pets. It is very important that you have any updates to the documents, as any changes to the original documents may not be included. It is always a good idea to contact the building manager with any specific questions about pet rules in a building that you are considering.

PB-pigOne of the buildings where I have sold many units, requires a weight certificate from a veterinarian, to insure that the cute puppy will not exceed twenty five pounds at maturity. Some buildings prohibit all pets! Some allow certain kinds of pets and certain numbers of pets, weight limits or all of the above. If you have three pets and the rules allow for only two, dont think you can just hide one. Those condo commandos will find you!

Many single-family homes and townhomes in deed-restricted areas also have rules about pets. Save yourself some time and, lots of aggravation by asking those three little words What About Pets? .

If you are looking for the perfect condominium in Tampa, Clearwater or St. Petersburg, or need information about moving to Tampa, or would like listings in any Tampa neighborhood, please contact me today!

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