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Archive for August, 2011


Luxury Homes in Tampa/Where are Luxury Homes in The Best School Districts

Filed under: Tampa Real Estate

If you are relocating to the Tampa Bay area and looking for a home in the “Luxury Home Market”, you have several options. For resale, of course, remember it’s all about…Location, Location, Location.  Even if you do not have children, you must be concerned about the Best School Districts in Tampa and the Best Neighborhoods in Tampa, when you are buying a home in the Tampa Bay Area.  Also important, is the proximity to the Best Restaurants in Tampa and Shopping, etc.

One of the nicest areas, Lutz, is in the Steinbrenner High School District.

This is home features 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, den and media room with 6000 square feet, on a golf course and pond  lot. In a gated community, with 24 hour guard gate, priced at $889,950.

Convenient to the Veteran’s Expressway, it is an easy commute to Tampa International Airport and just fifteen minutes from the upscale shops at International Plaza.

For information on this home, or any home in the Luxury Real Estate Market in Tampa, contact me today!

If you would like to receive new listings, in any price range, as they come available, just send me an email and tell me about your housing needs and the type of neighborhood that you are looking for.

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Where to Find a New Home in Tampa in a Top-Rated School District In Tampa

Filed under: Tampa Real Estate

Most of my clients are families with children, who are looking for the “Best Neighborhoods in Tampa”, and the “Best School Districts” in Tampa.  Tampa, the largest city in Hillsborough County, has many top-rated schools, in the State of Florida, and in the US, including three high schools in the top 100 High Schools in the US.

One of the areas that attracts many families with school-aged children, is the “New Tampa” area.  With prices for homes ranging from $200,000 to over a million, there are many options available at all price points.

This home, located in the Wharton High School District, is priced at $460,000.

With 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and nearly 3000 square feet, it sits on an oversized conservation homesite.

New Tampa is also an area where you can build a new home, so that is a popular option for many of my clients.  The Shoppes at Wiregrass and the New Tampa Regional Library are just minutes away! If choosing your own homesite, neighborhood, and all interior amenities is important to you, contact me today.  Most of the new construction is not listed in MLS, so it is important to work with an agent who knows the builder inventory.

Commuting to Downtown Tampa, or Tampa International Airport  is about 30 minutes!

Looking for the “best” neighborhood in Tampa? It depends on your lifestyle! and your price point. Let me know what you are looking for and I can help find the perfect neighborhood for your family.  Contact me today!

I can help with your move to any Tampa neighborhood, including: South Tampa, Channelside, Harbour Island,  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 .

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. PCS to MacDill AFB or Moving to Tampa?

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How Storms Approaching Florida Can Affect A Closing in the Tampa Real Estate Market

Filed under: Tampa Real Estate

Moving to Tampa, or Searching for Tampa Real Estate?  We are in Hurricane Season, so any Tampa Real Estate Buyers need to understand how Tropical Storms and Hurricanes can wreak havoc on a real estate closing in Florida.  A little lesson about “Boxes”, “Cones” and other “Hurricane Lingo” that can affect closing on your home in Tampa, or anywhere in the State of Florida.

Hurricane Irene is approaching the State of Florida, so if anyone is expecting to close on a real estate transaction in Florida this week, they should have gotten their homeowner’s insurance AND flood insurance in place before now.

Why is that important to anyone buying a home in Tampa, or anywhere in Florida, over the next week, or so? If you overheard any Real Estate agents chatting over lunch today, the conversation might have gone something like this….Realtor A: ”What’s going on with Irene?”… Realtor B:  “It should be in the “Box” later today.  Realtor C:  “Are we in the “Cone”?  Realtor A: “Not at this point, but we need to watch it, because we are in the “Cone” right now and that is not good. Cone? Box?  What, on earth, does all of that mean to the homebuyer coming from out of State where “hail” is the worst natural disaster they have ever seen!

Look at the illustration.  This is a tracking map of the 5-day projected path, as “predicted” as of this morning, from NOAA.

This shows the West Coast of Florida is now in the “Cone”.  Any area in the Cone may be affected by the storm, so Floridians need to keep an eye on it.  Any one closing on a home in Florida, during the next few days, who has not yet secured homeowner’s insurance is likely not going to be able to.

WHY? All insurance binding is suspended when a storm is in the “Box” (see below), the “boxed area in the Atlantic and Gulf regions, and when the “Cone” shows that any part of the State of Florida may be Hurricaneboxaffected.

So, even if you are closing on a home in Tampa, and the storm is expected to only brush through Miami, you will not be able to get insurance and your closing will be delayed.

Additionally, Flood Insurance does NOT go into effect until 30 days after the policy is written.

So, there you have it…the “Boxes” and “Cones” of Hurricane Season mean…get your insurance policy as soon as you are under contract!

You can read some of my previous articles about Hurricane Preparedness:

If A Storm is Approaching Tampa, Do I Need to Evacuate?

Do I Need Flood Insurance in the Tampa Real Estate Market?

Need help finding the perfect home in Tampa, Clearwater, or any neighborhood in the Tampa Bay area?  Contact me today!

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Seasons 52 is a Winner on The Tampa Restaurant Scene

Filed under: Tampa Real Estate

It’s Restaurant Week in Tampa, with over 50 of the Tampa Bay area restaurants offering “prix fixe” menus for dinner and it’s their opportunity to “woo” some local diners into becoming “regulars”, by “strutting their stuff”, with innovative menus.  If you haven’t made a reservation, it’s not too late.

As I perused all of the menus for Dine Tampa Bay’s Restaurant Week, I really looked for “innovation”.  Something different.  I am not a fan of “chain” restaurants, but there a few exceptions to my rule, and Season’s 52 is one of them.  They consistently serve fresh, seasonal (hence the name) ingredients in interesting dishes. Whether you are having a glass of wine with one of their amazing “flatbreads”, lunch, or dinner, few could complain about the great food and service at Season’s 52.

From the valet service, to the hostess staff to the wait staff, they are polite and accommodating.  Last night, we were seated at a quiet booth in the bar, on time for our 7 pm reservation. The dining room was full and the place was bustling.  I didn’t want to be “rushed” through the meal and our server, Amanda, understood. She promptly brought a basket of toasty Basil and Parmesan Crispbread, while we pondered the many choices on the four-course menu. When we asked about the “vegetable soup”, we were offered a sample to taste.  This is great “restauranting” at it’s best. Taste it before you order it!

We ordered one course at a time and savored the meal.  Up first, our choices were the Vegetable Soup and the Buffalo Chili with black beans and Cilantro sour cream.  We agreed that the Vegetable soup was a bit lackluster. It needed a little more of “something”…a puree, or dash of cream?  It was not even close to the spicy, flavorful Chili, with chunks of Buffalo meat.  I would order it again in a heartbeat!

The second course offered three salads.  I chose the Organic Arugula with goat cheese, grilled golden beets and toasted pistachios.  I LOVE Golden Beets, use them often in my own recipes, and wish I saw more of them on local menus.  The salad was flavorful, but a little light on the dressing.  I would have used a flavored olive oil, like blood orange,for a bit more flavor,  but it was very good.  My friend sampled the Organic Baby Spinach Salad with raspberries, pine nuts and gorgonzola.  It was yummy.

On to the Main Course:  Carmelized Sea Scallops Grilled with Roasted Aparagus and tomato-mushroom pearl pasta.  This came “highly recommended” and the server was correct.  It was the winner. Perfectly seared scallops blended well with the unique pasta.  My Roasted Aritichoke-Stuffed Shrimp were served with wilted leaf spinach, pasta pearls and a clam cioppino sauce.  The Shrimp were very  good, but the Clam Cioppino sauce was absorbed by the pasta and barely noticeable.  Without the pasta pearls, I would have given it better marks.  Also on the menu that night were a Cedar Plank Salmon, All Natural BBQ Chicken and an Oak-Grilled Filet.  It was a great menu, with plenty of options for every palate.

Dessert was a choice of their signature “mini indulgences”….shotglass sized versions of many classic desserts.  Just enough “sweet” at the end of an amazing meal.  Our choices…Key Lime Pie and Blueberry Cheesecake…I joked with the server that it was about the “antioxidants” in the blueberries!

The prix-fixe menu, for Restaurant Week,  which runs through September 2, is $35.00.

My wine, of choice, was not something one would normally pair with a light, summer menu, but the ’06 Christopher Zinfandel, was velvety smooth, with just enough “berry”, and the closest I’ve had to the amazing Turley Zinfandel. It was a nice surprise.

Once again, a great dining experience at Season’s 52.  We never felt “rushed” and we were two of the last diners in the place. I love the fresh, seasonal ingredients carefully crafted into innovative plates and the ever-changing menu.

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Dine Tampa Bay…Restaurant Week Starts Tomorrow!

Filed under: Tampa Real Estate

Be sure to make reservations for Restaurant Week, which begins tomorrow, August 19 and continues through September 2.

I already have four reservations, during the next two weeks,  and am working on a few more! Check out the menus and make your plans early. I guarantee the best places will be booked very soon!

If you “spot me” in any of the Featured Restaurants during Restaurant Week, please stop by my table and say “hi”.  My first reservation is tomorrow night and the only “hint” I will give is that I will be on the “Tampa” side of the bay. I’ll be blogging on my all of my dining experiences  and posting photos on Urban Spoon and Food Spotter all along the way!

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Tampa Real Estate Market “Moves” Out of A “Buyer’s Market” In The Best Tampa Neighborhoods

Filed under: Tampa Real Estate

Tampa Real Estate Market Update…

For several years, the Tampa Real Estate Market has seen prices slip, anywhere from 20 percent to 50%, over the “height of the market” in 2006. This variation really depends on the neighborhood in the Tampa area, but virtually every property is worth less today, than in 2006.

In the past few months, we have seen the resurgence of “multiple offers”, which is an indication that the “Buyer’s market” in Tampa is coming to an end. Homes that are well-priced, in good school districts, are getting multiple offers as soon as they come on the market, or as soon as they get a price reduction, which reflects current pricing in the neighborhood. Most Builders, who had plenty of “inventory” of new homes, either completed, or under construction, are OUT of inventory. I spoke to one builder recently, who has sold over 50 new homes in a 5 mile radius this year and can’t keep up with the demand! If you are looking for a new home, please let me know. Most of the new construction is not listed, so unless you are working with an agent, it is difficult to find. Just send me an email, and I am happy to help.

The “good news” in the Tampa Real Estate Market, is three-fold: Tampa Real Estate Prices are at the bottom, Mortgage Rates are under 5% AND homes that are priced right are selling quickly!

In my 17 years in the Tampa Real Estate Market, I have seen the “highs and lows” of prices and interest rates. This year is the “Best of the Best”…Low Price and Low Rates! Contact me today for more information about the Tampa Real Estate Market, Best Tampa Neighborhoods, or Tampa Schools. With many of the top-rated schools in the US, Tampa is a great place for families.

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

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