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Archive for November, 2008

        

In a “Buyer’s Market” Does Your Closet Need a Makeover? Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Buying a House in Tampa, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market

The temperatures dipped into the 40’s in the Tampa Real Estate Market last night, for the first time this fall.  As I crawled into the far reaches of my closet this morning, in search of a specific pair of boots, I made a mental note that it was time to move the “summer wardrobe” to the back of the closet and the “winter wardrobe” to the front. I really hate a “disorganized” closet, and I am one of those people who organizes a closet by style, and color, so having to hunt for a pair of boots makes me crazy!  Add to the mix, a teenager who likes to “borrow” things from my closet, and not return them, and you have “closet chaos”!

If you are selling your house, especially in a buyer’s market, you need to get it clean, and CLEANED OUT! One of the simplest things to do when you are selling your house, is to get your closets emptied AND organized.  Since you are going to have to pack all of your belongings anyway, you should sort through every room, and every closet. Get rid of anything that you really don’t use! I try to do this every six months. My motto is, “When in doubt, throw it out”.  If you have to rent a storage facility, you have too much stuff! The only thing worse than a messy house, is one that smells like a dog!Homebuyers are turned off by odors, and  houses that are occupied by “pack rats”!  The more clutter in your home, the less likely the buyers will be able to “envision” living there. When you are competing with hundreds of other homes on the market, you want your house to be one of the MOST desirable.

You can read some of my previous articles on “How to Sell Your Home in a Buyer’s Market”:

 How To Beat Your Competition in the Tampa Real Estate Market

The Five Little Words Sellers Should NEVER Say

Selling in A Buyer’s Market

Looking for a home in the perfect Tampa Neighborhood? Relocating to MacDill Air Force Base?  Contact me today!

 

 


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Moving to the Tampa Real Estate Market? Yes, We Have Alligators!

Filed under: Florida Real Estate, Gated Communities in Tampa, Golf Course Communities in Tampa, Tampa Foreclosures, Tampa Home Search, Tampa MLS Listings, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market, Waterfront Homes in Tampa

I have lived in Florida for over 25 years, and have been selling Real Estate for nearly 15 years, so I am pretty familiar with “avoiding alligators”.  It’s common sense, really. Where do alligators live? Aside from the Everglades…wherever there is water.

Many of the newer subdivisions in Tampa, have natural, or man-made lakes.  Plenty of Tampa golf communities are filled with “water hazards” along the golf course. You can find them in Westchase, Cheval and Avila, just to name a few. I remember the first “pond front”  house I sold in Cheval.  We were doing the “walk through” the day before closing, just as the neighborhood gator was out for a swim.  The buyer, from Missouri, was stunned to see the mammoth creature just hundreds of yards away! We don’t have penguins in Florida, but we do have alligators!  If you are moving from outside of Florida, and spent your summers enjoying a swim in the local pond, or lake, then you need to understand one simple equation:

Fresh Water = Alligators= NO SWIMMING

Yes, Alligators will come out of the water to sun themselves on the banks, or in search of food. That leads to the second equation about alligators:

Feed The Alligator = Alligator Views Humans as a Food Source.

This article was prompted by Seth Godin’s blog today…Tips To Avoid Alligator Attacks. Common Sense, but pretty funny!

Bottom line?  If you want to swim in Florida…head for the pool, or the beach!

Looking for the perfect home in any Tampa neighborhood, or a “bargain” in the Tampa Real Estate Market? Contact me today…we can chat about how to avoid alligators!

 


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How to Find the Tampa Foreclosures, or “Bargains” in the Tampa Real Estate Market!

Filed under: Condo Foreclosures, Tampa Condos, Tampa Foreclosures, Tampa Home Search, Tampa MLS Listings, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market

Are you looking for a foreclosure, or a “bargain” in the Tampa Real Estate Market?  How about a beach condo foreclosure in St. Pete, or Clearwater, or a “distress” sale? You are not alone.  In this “Buyer’s Market” in Tampa Real Estate, everyone is hoping to find the “deal of the century”.

How do you find foreclosures in Tampa?  Use a Tampa Real Estate Agent! I just put a property under contract for 80% less than the sales price in 2005! My client is thrilled! The house is just 3 years old…in great condition.

While there are many sites “advertising” foreclosure listings in Tampa, or offering to send you lists of bank-owned properties in Tampa for a “fee”, the only current information is found through the Multiple Listing Service, not through outdated lists from other sources.

I can search for “bank owned” properties, foreclosures, and pre-foreclosures in any area in the Tampa/Orlando/Sarasota/St. Pete/Clearwater market.

For foreclosures in Tampa, or anywhere in Florida, don’t waste your time searching the internet for outdated information…contact me today!

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Looking for a “Walkable Neighborhood” in Tampa? Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Best Places in Tampa, Buying a House in Tampa, Channelside Tampa, Historic Tampa, Hyde Park Real Estate, Jackie Colson-Miller, MacDill AFB, Moving to Tampa, Pet Friendly Tampa, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate Market

One of the great things about “City Life”  in Tampa, or anywhere in the World, is the ability to walk to shops, restaurants, schools and more.  I’m a “City Mouse”.  I have enjoyed life in cities where I walked, hopped on the tram, or traveled by train every day!

At Walkscore, you can check the “walkability” of any neighborhood!  What a great idea for someone new to town, or looking for a house in a specific neighborhood. 

It’s easy…type in the street address and you get a “walkability score”, along with all of the closest stores, bars, restaurants, schools, libraries and more! It also gives you a detailed map, with the all of the local “joints” indicated by location! Very cool!

I live in a very “walkable” neighborhood in South Tampa. If you are looking for the perfect Tampa neighborhood for your family, contact me today!

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.  Questions about the best “Walkable” neighborhoods in Tampa…send me an email!


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The Tampa Real Estate Market…Are We Getting Back to “Normal”?

Filed under: Real Estate News

The Latest News on the Tampa Real Estate Market, Moving to Tampa and the Best Places to Live in Tampa, every day, on The Real Estate Sizzle!

Now that the Presidential Race is over, we are starting to slowly get back to “normal” in the Tampa Real Estate Market.  Interest rates on 30–year fixed mortgages have inched down slightly over the past few weeks, despite another slump in the Stock Market yesterday. 

With just 7 weeks before the end of the year, buyers are starting to get serious about buying a home in Tampa, while the prices are the lowest in many years, interest rates are down and many are putting their savings into Real Estate instead of the volatile stock market right now.

I have had many inquiries this week about Relocation to Tampa, especially from military families who have orders to MacDill AFB. 

This is a GREAT time to be a buyer in the Tampa Real Estate Market…there are plenty of bargain prices, so don’t miss out.  If you are relocating to Tampa, or looking for the right neighborhood in Tampa, please contact me today!

You can read more about moving to Tampa in some of my previous articles:

Orders to MacDill AFB…Find the Right Tampa Neighborhood

Search for Homes in the Tampa Real Estate Market

How to Buy a Home in the Tampa Real Estate Market

Palma Ceia…the “Plant High School” neighborhood

Hyde Park..a historic neighborhood in the Tampa Real Estate Market

If you are taking an assignment at MacDill AFB, or searching for Tampa Real Estate, I can help with your move to any Tampa neighborhood, including: South Tampa, Channelside, Tampa condos, 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 Estate contact me!


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Live at Ventana…An Upscale, Urban Lifestyle in Channelside…Tampa Real Estate

Filed under: Channelside Tampa, Condo Foreclosures, MLS Listings in Tampa, MLS Search, Real Estate News, Tampa Condos, Tampa Foreclosures, Tampa Home Search, Tampa MLS Listings, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Ventana Tampa

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2689813664436911980On the edge of downtown Tampa, along the Port of Tampa, on Channelside Drive, sits the Channelside District.   Formerly a mass of rundown wearhouses, this area has been transformed into an upscale, urban setting filled with lofts, condominiums, shopping and entertainment.

One of the best places to live in the Channelside District is Ventana…a small, intimate, beautifully designed complex with just 84 units, right on the Trolley Stop! Contact me for floor plans and pricing today!

The Channelside Shopping Complex sits in the heart of it all.  You can enjoy a movie, go bowling at Splitsville, or enjoy Tapas, Thai or Japanese food, and many other dining options, right on the water.  You can enjoy a night on the trolley and head over to Ybor City!

The St. Pete Times Forum,  formerly The Ice Palace ,  is home to the Stanley Cup Champions, The Tampa Bay Lightning.

It is also the Venue for some great concerts and shows every year. Or, you can enjoy the “sharks” at The Florida Aquarium.

The cruise ships depart from the Channelside area, so you will often see the Carnival Cruise Ship docked at the Port of Tampa!

If you live in the Channelside area, you can leave your car behind. The Trolley, which stops in front of Ventana, can whisk you through Channelside and over to Ybor City.  Enjoy a night on the town, without driving!

There are many lofts and condos just completed, and under construction, in the Channelside district.  Prices from the 300′s to the 500′s for a penthouse with a view, Ventana  offers something for everyone.  For more information about what is available in the area, which is MLS area 264 and zip code 33602, or would like to receive listings in any Tampa neighborhood by email, contact me today!


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What’s Happening In the Tampa Real Estate Market?

Filed under: Buying a House in Tampa, South Tampa, Tampa Foreclosures, Tampa Home Search, Tampa MLS Listings, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market

All over the country, the Real Estate Market is reacting to the financial crisis and news of the bailout. Tampa Real Estate is no exception.

I was recently interviewed by Inman News, a national real estate news organization, regarding the state of the Tampa Real Estate Market.

You can read the article, my thoughts, and reaction from Real Estate agents around the country.

Read the Inman News Article here.

Mortgages ARE available and, after a few weeks of QUIET, the phones are started to ring again!

Remember, if you are buying a house in Tampa, you must close before December 31, 2008, in order to be eligible for the Homestead Exemption on your Property Taxes for 2009! It’s a “Buyer’s Market” in Tampa!

If you are looking for Real Estate in any Tampa neighborhood, contact me today!

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It’s Election Day…Do You Know What You are Voting For?

Filed under: Real Estate News

For the regular readers on The Real Estate Sizzle, you know that I love political discussions and am not afraid to engage in Intelligent discussion, on any subject, with anyone who is “well-informed” about the subject matter.   Unfortunately, the number of those who CARE enough about current events,  to be able to engage in intelligent conversation, seems to be dwindling. 

This year has been a challenge in the political arena.  Many journalists chose to print “opinions” veiled as “facts”, while others chose not to print the facts at all.  It’s no wonder that much of the American Public is unable to sort out the truth about any candidate.

Aside from the media bias, there seems to be a real lack of concern for the “facts” among many voters. How many times, in the past few weeks, have you heard that a vote is being decided due to “likability” vs. “experience”.  What is wrong with this picture? When did the Presidency of the United States turn into the prize for congeniality, or a  “beauty pagent?”  When did we start to care more about style vs. substance?

Have Americans spent too much time watching American Idol, or Dancing with The Stars, instead of watching our representatives at work, on C-span?  Do many Americans understand how Congress, or the Senate, works?  Does the average voter know the voting record of their representatives?  Can they NAME their representatives? Even more disturbing, does the average voter understand how the three branches of government work? Or, …What the three branches of the government are?

It seems, over the past 20 years, required “Civics” classses in schools have been replaced by more “interesting topics”.  In my high school years, I studied “Government” and participated in a “Model Senate”.  I served as a Senator one year, and Parliamentarian in my senior year. Ironically, one of the bills that was proposed was “Electoral College Reform”…it was soundly defeated! How many Americans know what a Parliamentarian is?  Or, how the Electoral College works? How many Americans understand the structure, or process of government, or some basic economnics, in order to understand the implications of a vote, before they cast a ballot. Is the “Dumbing down of the Electorate” the future we are leaving to our children?

In a recently published book, “Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter”,  Richard Shenkman explores the ignorance of the electorate in America. I caught his interview last night on C-span.

Here are just a few of his observations about Americans, with respect to their knowledge of our Government, and World Events.

– Only 2 out of 5 voters can name all three branches of the federal government.

-half of Americans can name four characters from the Simpsons, but less than 25% can name more than one of the “rights” which are guaranteed by the First Amendment.

-Less than 25% of Americans know that there are 100 U.S. Senators

-Only 1 in 7 Americans can find Iraq on a World Map

In our last Presidential Election, more people voted on American Idol, than voted for President. “Civic Duty” in America seems to be a distant memory. While the percentage of “actual voters’ may be up this year, the number of “informed voters”, sadly, is not.

On This Election Day, I implore every American, to turn off the Reality Television shows, turn on C-span and watch your “elected officials” at work. Watch it with your children.  See how our elected officials vote. See how they add wasteful spending to the “back end” of bills that are voted upon.  Use the internet to learn about how the U.S. Government works.  Understand why, and how,  the Congress and Senate “control” the majority of what happens in our Government. Find out which branch of our government controls taxes, spending and every law, or initiative that affects our country.  You won’t find any of that information on My Space, Facebook, Twitter, People Magazine,  or on the front page of our local newspapers! You might have to visit your local library!

Since this is the year that “journalism died”, we need to be proactive in educating ourselves, and our families…BEFORE we head to the ballot box. We have an obligation to be informed when we cast a ballot. If you choose not to be informed…stay home. There is plenty of “junk” on TV to capture your interest all day long!

My thoughts for the day….I am heading to the polls.


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Orders to MacDill Air Force Base? Tampa Real Estate News

Filed under: Real Estate News

The Latest News on Tampa Real Estate, Moving to Tampa, The Best Tampa Neighborhoods and MacDill Air Force Base Relocation, every day…

If you have new orders to MacDill Air Force Base, you may have a “famous” neighbor!  General David Petraus took over U.S. Central Command last week, in a ceremony at MacDill AFB.  Petraus, who led American troops in the Iraq surge, will now be headquarted in Tampa.

MacDill AFB is one of the largest employers in Tampa, with many military and civilian employees, who live all over the Tampa Bay area.

If you are moving to Tampa, for a position at MacDill Air Force Base, contact me, to find the right neighborhood for you, and your family.

You can read some of my previous articles about moving to Tampa, and relocation to MacDill Air Force Base:

MacDill Air Force Base…One of Tampa’s Largest Employers

Orders to MacDill Air Force Base? Find the Best Tampa Neighborhoods

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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