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Archive for July, 2008

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The Tampa Real Estate Market is a “Bargain”…See the Most Overpriced Markets in the U.S.

Filed under: Best Places in Tampa, Buyers, Buying a House in Tampa, Clearwater Beach Real Estate, Davis Islands Real Estate, Gated Communities in Tampa, Golf Course Communities in Tampa, Historic Tampa, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market, Waterfront Homes in Tampa, Westchase

Looking for a bargain? The Tampa Real Estate Market is one of the best values in the U.S. this year. With housing prices down 20%, and more, over 2007, Tampa Real Estate is the place to invest!

In contrast, have a look at some of the most “Overpriced” Zip Codes in the U.S., as announced this week in Forbes Magazine.

Looking a home in the Tampa Bay area? Send me an email and let me know what area and price range you are looking for…and be glad you aren’t looking in San Jose California!

You can read some of my previous articles about the Schools in Tampa and Information about moving to Tampa.

Hyde Park…One of the Top-rated School Districts in Tampa and the U.S.

New Suburb Beautiful

Tampa Schools Receive Top FCAT scores

What is the Best Tampa Neighborhood for YOU?

For information on any neighborhood in Tampa, homes in the highly-rated school districts, or if you are relocating to Tampa, please contact me.

It’s a “Buyer’s Market” in Tampa! If you would like to receive listings in a certain neighborhood, or price range, just let me know! Looking for Real Estate in Tampa or information about the Tampa Real Estate market? Moving to Tampa? Are you looking for assistance in choosing the best neighborhood in Tampa for your lifestyle? 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 Estate contact me!


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The Tampa Real Estate Market and CDD fees in Neighborhoods

Filed under: Buyers, Buying a House in Tampa, CDD in Tampa, Cheval Homes, Gated Communities in Tampa, Golf Course Communities in Tampa, Hunter\'s Green Homes, MLS Search, Moving to Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Market, Westchase

This summer I am relocating many families to Tampa, and explaining the various “nuances” about the Tampa Real Estate Market.  One of the “most asked” questions is “What is a CDD fee?” Since that term is very unfamiliar to most buyers who are moving to Tampa from other cities, here is a brief explanation of CDD fees.

A CDD is short for Community Development District, which finances and manages community developments.

Tax-Free Bonds are issued to the developer to finance the cost of building the infrastructure of a development, including roads, utilities and many amenities including, pools, clubhouses, tennis courts, golf courses, etc. Homeowners in the development pay the costs of the CDD over the span of 15 to 30 years. There are a number of communities with CDD fees in Tampa, and throughout the State of Florida, so if you are looking for real estate in Tampa, or anywhere in Florida, you should know about these fees.

Can CDD fees go up? Yes. The CDD fees appear on the homeowners tax bill. Each Community has a CDD board, initially appointed by the developer, which decides whether to include additional assessments into the CDD fee. If a community decides to do additional Chev_1landscaping, revamp the golf course, add gates, or any other amenities, those costs may be added to the existing CDD fees. That would increase a total tax bill and increase the escrow required by your lender.

What can you do if you live in a community with a CDD fee? Stay informed. Know who the members of the CDD board are and attend any meetings regarding CDD fees.

 You can find a list of all communities with CDD fees in Florida here. For assistance in finding a house in Tampa, or any of the surrounding suburbs, or any questions about the Tampa Real Estate market, please contact me.

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, Clearwater Beach, Waterfront Homes, Luxury Homes in Tampa, Condos in Tampa and International Real Estate contact me today!

 


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Move to a “Low Maintenance” Lifestyle in Tampa on Harbour Island…Tampa Real Estate Market

Filed under: Buying a House in Tampa, Davis Islands Real Estate, MLS Listings in Tampa, South Tampa, Tampa MLS Listings, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market, Waterfront Homes in Tampa

If you are moving to Tampa and looking for a home, and a neighborhood, that offers a “low maintenance” lifestyle in the heart of the city, Harbour Island may be for you! Popular with boaters, there are a limited number of slips available on the Seddon Channel. On the waterfront, just blocks from downtown Tampa, Harbour Island offers the combination of prestige, convenience, 24 -hour Harbour baysecurity in a gated environment, and a comfortable lifestyle, in a variety of neighborhoods. You can walk to Jackson’s Bistro for dining on the Terrace, or over to the Channelside area for dining, movies or shopping. The Harbour Island Athletic Club has a pool, tennis, spa and the ultimate workout facilities. The St. Pete Times Forum, home to The Tampa Bay Lightning, is just a short walk from home. Harbour Court and Seddon Cove feature condominiums with city, or waterviews, with prices startinPort royalg in the 200’s . Townhomes are available in several neighborhoods, ranging from the 300’s to the 600’s in Harbour Bay. The Keys is a “Key West” style neighborhood with prices from the 600’s. Villas dominate Port Royal and St. Tropez, with non-waterfront starting in the 800’s and waterfront prices over 1.5 million. Single Family Homes are available from 1 to 5 million.

Considering a move to Tampa? Contact me! Read some of my previous articles on Relocation to Tampa, or Tampa Neighborhoods: Davis Islands Cheval Moving to Tampa? Check the School District!

Looking for real estate in Tampa? If you are buying a house in Tampa, or Selling a house in Tampa, I can help with 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, Hunter’s Green, Arbor Greene, Apollo Beach, South Shore, MiraBay, Golf Communities, Waterfront Homes, Luxury Homes in Tampa, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Condos in Tampa and International Real Estatecontact me!

 

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Where Are The “A-rated” Schools in Tampa? Tampa Real Estate Market News

Filed under: Best Places in Tampa, Buying a House in Tampa, Cheval Homes, Gated Communities in Tampa, Golf Course Communities in Tampa, Historic Tampa, International Real Estate, Jackie Colson-Miller, Luxury Homes in Tampa, MacDill AFB, Moving to Tampa, Schools in Tampa, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market, Westchase, Westshore Yacht Club

The Latest News on the Tampa Real Estate Market, Living in Tampa and Buying Property Around the World, every day, on The Real Estate Sizzle.

I am busy relocating several families, with children, to the Tampa area this summer, and the number one question is always about the school district.

Florida schools are rated on a grading system. Most parents moving into the Tampa Real Estate Market want to look at homes in the “A” rated school districts, so I compiled a list of all “A” Rated schools in both Hillsborough County, and Pasco County, which is just north of Tampa. Just send me an e-mail and I will send it to you!
You can read some of my previous articles about the Schools in Tampa and Information about moving to Tampa.

Hyde Park…One of the Top-rated School Districts in Tampa and the U.S.

New Suburb Beautiful

Tampa Schools Receive Top FCAT scores

What is the Best Tampa Neighborhood for YOU?

For information on any neighborhood in Tampa, homes in the highly-rated school districts, or if you are relocating to Tampa, please contact me. It’s a “Buyer’s Market” in Tampa! If you would like to receive listings in a certain neighborhood, or price range, just let me know!

Looking for Real Estate in Tampa or information about the Tampa Real Estate market? Moving to Tampa? Are you looking for assistance in choosing the best neighborhood in Tampa for your lifestyle? 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 Estate contact me!


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Moving to Tampa With Children? Where Should We Live in The Tampa Real Estate Market?

Filed under: Buying a House in Tampa, CDD in Tampa, Cheval Homes, Hyde Park Real Estate, Luxury Homes in Tampa, MacDill AFB, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate Market, Tampa Schools, Waterfront Homes in Tampa

It’s “relocation time” for families with children! All summer, in the Tampa Real Estate Market, parents are trying to find the perfect house in the right school district for their children.

Hillsborough County is the 8th largest school district in the U.S., with many award-winning schools.

I am often asked about homes in the Plant High School district, but there are many Tampa neighborhoods in highly-rated school districts.

You can read about many of the neighborhoods, and their schools, in some of my previous articles on “The Best Neighborhoods in Tampa”!

Plant High School District

New Suburb Beautiful

Westchase

Cheval

MacDill Air Force Base

Best Tampa Neighborhoods and Best Hillsborough County Schools

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!


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New Lending Rules Will Affect Mortgages This Year…Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Buying a House in Tampa, mortgage news, Moving to Tampa, Tampa MLS Listings, Tampa Real Estate Market

If you are shopping for a home in the Tampa Real Estate Market, or anywhere in the U.S., the latest changes by the Fed, in the mortgage industry, will affect any new home loans issued after October.

You can read all of the new regulations concerning mortgages in an article from the National Association of Realtors.

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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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Heading to Ybor City or Downtown Tampa This Weekend? Take The Trolley…Tampa Real Estate News and More!

Filed under: Channelside Tampa, Restaurants in Tampa, Shopping in Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate Market, Things to do in Tampa

The Latest News on Everything about Living in Tampa and the Tampa Real Estate Market, every day on the Real Estate Sizzle…

If you are venturing into Downtown Tampa this weekend, for dinner, the theater, or just for fun, you should consider taking the Trolley!  Park your car and hop the Hart line Trolley around Downtown, Channelside, and Ybor City!

Check out how easy it is to get around the city on the Trolley System!

You can read some of my previous articles about Channelside and Ybor City!

Have a great weekend!


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Enjoy Some of Tampa’s “Indoor” Activities to Escape the Summer Heat…Tampa Real Estate News and More!

Filed under: Best Places in Tampa, Fun and Frolic, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market, Things to do in Tampa

The Latest News on Living in Tampa, the Tampa Real Estate Market and Where to Live Outside of the U.S., every day, on The Real Estate Sizzle…

The daytime weather in Tampa can only be described in one of two ways, either “sweltering”, or “raining”! While we have “near perfect” weather, for most of the year, the summer months are very humid, so looking for some “indoor” fun is very appealing.

The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center always has a great line-up of plays and events, including the popular “Broadway Series”.

This week, at the Shimberg Playhouse, “Private Lives” opens for a two-week run. You can buy tickets online, and check out future events, as well.

I’ll keep you posted on other ways to “stay cool” in the heat of the summer!

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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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New Wine Bar in Downtown Tampa Opens with Less Than Rave Reviews! Tampa Real Estate News and More

Filed under: Best Places in Tampa, Real Estate News, Restaurants in Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Things to do in Tampa

The Latest News about Living in Tampa, and The Tampa Real Estate Market, every day on the Real Estate Sizzle!

A review by Michael Nemcik, my first guest blogger and local foodie!

When I first heard that Downtown Tampa was opening a new wine bar I was not an early adopter. I usually choose to enjoy South Tampa, as it seems to have so much more to offer. Other than Fly Bar, there isnt much reason to venture north of Kennedy. When a reputable source of wine knowledge told me he was involved, I thought that I would have to try it. I am a big fan of wine bars, mostly because of The Wine Room in Winter Park, Orlando which I have been visiting for quite some time.

Taps, located adjacent to SkyPoint tries to be a wine bar / lounge / night club at the same time. It features a large selection of artisan and craft beer on the left hand side, with push button wine selections on the right. I have been three times, compelled by friends to visit mostly. It seems more attention is paid to the beer than the wine, as the selection neither changed nor grew in the times I have visited. The soft, Miami style couches with a distinct lounge feel are usually setup outside, sometimes packed and roped off. Breitling watches and spray on tans make you feel like you are at the hot spot.

The first time I went I believe XM radio was playing some uncharacteristic rock, and the sun glaring through the naked windows gave me a micro tan, as I sipped my micro brew. The lovely waitress proved to be just expensive good looks when she guessed on two of the five cheeses arriving on our lack luster cheese plate, one of which was uninspired cheddar.

Bottom line, go for drinks. Taps is like a welcomed launch/landing pad where one can begin on a voyage to Ybor City or Channel Side, or finish up with a soft red treasure.

Would you like to be a guest blogger on the Real Estate Sizzle? Drop me a note and tell me WHY!

Enjoy my previous article about the Best Places to Eat in Tampa and a Cool Place for Outdoor Dining in South Tampa!

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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, 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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Finding The Best “Deal” in the Tampa Real Estate Market…It’s Usually Not About Price

Filed under: Buying a House in Tampa, MLS Listings in Tampa, MLS Search, Moving to Tampa, Tampa Foreclosures, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Schools

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 Real Estate Market or in Clearwater Beach Real Estate. 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 an inventory of homes in that area lasting several yearshence the low prices. It really is all about supply and demand . This is the time of year when families are relocating. Low prices may look attractive, but buying a home in a highly-rated school district and a neighborhood that is consistently desirable for resale, should be the top considerations.

 

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 knows the facts, and sales figures, for each individual neighborhood.

Enjoy some of my previous articles on the Tampa Real Estate Market:

MacDill AFB RelocationFind the Right Neighborhood

Plant High School District is Still a Top Choice in The Tampa Real Estate Market

I can help with your move to any Tampa neighborhood, including: Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Cory Lake Isles, 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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