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Jackie Colson-Miller, CIPS
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Where Is Jackie Now?

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As a Certified International Property Specialist(CIPS), you will find Jackie discussing real estate issues from various locations….Locally and Internationally.

From Paris to Provence, and Tampa to Miami, you will see video clips as she brings you the latest information on buying Real Estate anywhere in the world.






Ciro’s Speakeasy Heats up the Howard Avenue Scene…Tampa Real Estate News and More

Categories: Best Places in Tampa, Restaurants in Tampa, South Tampa, Where is Jackie Now?

Bored with the “same old” South Tampa restaurant scene, I was pondering some dining choices last week, when a friend suggested trying the “new place” in the spot on Howard Avenue once occupied by Ceviche. Intrigued by his recommendation about the fabulous food served in “private, curtained booths”, I decided to check it out.

Ciro’s Speakeasy is the latest venture by Gordon Davis and is located in the first floor of the Bayshore Royal Condominium. I was anxious to see his latest creation, as I loved Le Bordeaux and Ceviche is one of my favorites. The entry to the restaurant is unmarked! Ring the bell and they “peek” before granting entry! Step into the bar and your eyes must adjust to the very dimly lit (pitch black) bar area which features the same high tops as the old Ceviche, but with a fabulous aquarium, as the focal point of the room. The “sultry experience” and prime seating is definitely achieved via the “private booths” with curtains, so plan to get there early if you want to snag one of those precious spaces. They are first-come, first-served.  Positioned well away from the bar, they offer a very intimate lounge experience. Draw the curtain, dim the light and press the button to summon the wait staff for your hand made libations. Enjoy some of the “french inspired” items on the menu, which are  more tapas-style than full-course. The menu has some nice options.  The tuna poke was fabulous.  A huge fan of “pork belly”, we also ordered the flatbread but the barbecue sauce was overwhelming and the “flatbread” was really focaccia. Please, Gordon, leave the barbecue sauce over at Smoke, but keep the pork belly.  Overall, I really enjoyed it.  On the plus side, the atmosphere is intimate and romantic. The small tables and booth configurations can be cramped, as the tables are tiny and won’t hold more than a couple of drinks and plates.

A large, loud group seated across from us was “cramping my style”. I think being “loud” is against the rules (yes, they have rules), but they never did get around to telling us what the rules were!

If you are looking for the most interesting and romantic spot in South Tampa…this is it! It’s on my “Best Places” list.

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Looking for the perfect house in Tampa? Wondering about the best Tampa neighborhoods? Contact me today!




I’m a “Condo Chick”…and I LOVE IT! Downsizing Your Life in the Tampa Real Estate Market

Categories: Florida Condominiums, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Market, Where is Jackie Now?

For years I have dreamed of living a low-maintenance lifestyle. No yard. No roofs to replace.  No gardens to weed. No lawn service, no pool service, no rotting wood to worry about, no rats in the attic (they love South Tampa!)…finally, with two of the three children heading off to opposite coasts,  I am, officially, a “Condo Chick”.  I love it…the concierge, the sauna, fitness room,  pool and spa, in a fabulous spot…just  steps from the Downtown Trolley. I can ride to Ybor City, Channelside or Downtown Tampa in minutes.

 

Packing up the Single Family Home reminded me of all of the times I have counseled Sellers, “If You Haven’t Used it in a Year, you don’t need it.”  As hard as it was, I took my own advice. Boxes and boxes of “stuff” were  hauled to The Spring (a shelter for battered women) and plenty of “things” that I haven’t been able to live without went happily into the trash.

 

I love the “city” lifestyle! It’s a lot like living in Europe again. 

 

Enjoy some of my previous articles about changing your lifestyle!:

 

Live Without A Car in Europe

 

Live At Ventana, An Upscale Urban Lifestyle

 

Downsizing Your Life Is It the Path to Happiness

 

 

Looking for real estate in Tampa?

 

If you are ready to “downsize” your life, or are still busy raising children and enjoy that home in the suburbs, , or Selling a house in Tampa, I can help with any Tampa neighborhood, including:

 

Brandon,  Riverhills, Valrico, Channelside, 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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Take a Break From the Tampa Real Estate Market Today…Watch the Vice-Presidential Debate

Categories: Poll, Tampa Real Estate Agent, Tampa Real Estate Market, Where is Jackie Now?

I’m taking a little break from Tampa Real Estate for a few days and spending a long weekend in Seattle.  I’m looking forward to some cooler weather, some great seafood and some interesting political discussion about the vice-presidential debate.

If you have been reading The Real Estate Sizzle for a while, you know that I am logical, factual, opinionated and LOVE my career in Real Estate.  I also love politics, and this has been an especially exciting political year! However, with the mainstream media, it has been quite a challenge to sort out facts from fiction about the issues and the candidates!

While I am away, enjoy a few of my thought-provoking articles:

Facts and Distortions in the Media…On Wall Street…and In the Financial Industry Will Affect the Tampa Real Estate Market

The Presidential Election is Nearly Here…Do You Know the Candidates?

Will The Choice for Vice President Decide Your Vote?

How will I choose a President?  The same way I choose my friends and associates.  I will choose the candidate with integrity, experience, good values, and one who looks out for the long-term good of the country. I will choose a candidate who believes in keeping us safe from terrorists, wherever they may be. I will choose a candidate who does the right thing, even when it’s not the popular thing to do. I will look at the candidates’ friends, and associates, past and present, because “you are known by the company you keep”. That means I will not vote for anyone with ties to terrorists, radical groups or associates who “hate America”.  I will choose a candidate who tracks wasteful spending in Government and puts an end to it. And, lastly, I will choose a candidate who has a proven track record.  With the downfall of many companies on Wall Street recently, how many investors really checked the “track record” or the “management style” of the companies they invested in, or tracked their recent performances, including the behavior of the management, such as selling off their stock? Past accomplishments, not eloquent speeches,  are the best indicator of future success.  Life isn’t always about Real Estate, but it is always about “doing the right thing”!

My thoughts for the day…I’ll be back on Monday!




Enjoy Life in Tampa Bay at Westshore Yacht Club

Categories: Buyers, Florida Real Estate, Real Estate News, Relocation, South Tampa, Tampa, Where is Jackie Now?

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If you are moving to Tampa, or checking out the latest news on the Tampa Real Estate Market, one of the newest developments in South Tampa is Westshore Yacht Club, a gated community which fronts on Tampa Bay. Buyers can Wyc-1choose from Townhomes, Condominiums and Single Family Homes, starting in the 300′s and has a variety of housing styles from Mediterranean to Traditional. The condominium units in the Castillo Towers have front to back views of the bay and downtown Tampa with prices starting in the 500′s. Yac_ht

The neighborhood is just 10 miles from the airport or downtown and an easy drive across the bay to downtown St. Petersburg. A waterfront community, Westshore Yacht Club has 149 floating concrete docks, so it is definitely a boaters paradise.

The Bay Club, call it a country club on the bay features a dining room, billiard room, cigar patio, fitness room, mens and ladies spas, pool, outdoor and indoor barswhat a place! It recently opened…with rave reviews!

Westshore Yacht Club is the perfect lifestyle!

For more information on Westshore Yacht Club, give me a call at (813)629 5757 or send me an email [email protected]




The Best Places in the World to Live

Categories: International Real Estate, Real Estate News, Where is Jackie Now?

What are the best cities in the world to live??

1. Geneva, Switzerland

2. Zurich, Switzerland

3.Vancouver, Canada

4.Vienna, Austria

5. Frankfurt, Germany

6. Munich, Germany

7. Dusseldorf, Germany

8. Auckland, New Zealand

9. Bern, Switzerland

10. Copenhagen, Denmark

Source: http://www.finfacts.com

I haven’t been to Vancouver, Auckland or Dusseldorf, but I can certainly agree with the rest of the cities on the list. I received my Certified International Property Designation, after taking the course in Vienna. It has become one of MY favorite cities in the world. As a member of the International Real Estate Federation, I will be back again in December, for a FIABCI meeting…I can’t wait! I hope it snows!

Having lived in Switzerland, I can personally call that country a “near perfect civilization”…It is beautiful, clean, safe, and orderly. The ideal home for a “Type A” like me. They have virtually no crime, because even a very minor crime is severely punished. In fact, the country runs like a Swiss clock. The trains wait for no one…they run EXACTLY on time. I lived in Fribourg, a medieval city comprised of two sections, the newer city and the old town (the basse-ville), or “lower city”. The two were connected by a funiculaire, which saved you a hike up the steep hill. Fribourg_suisseThe town was charming and spotless. I think they swept the streets all day long! The local brewery, Cardinal, served up a pretty fine beer and the Fondue and Raclette were to die for..not to mention the Lindt chocolate. Switzerland is comprised of 26 Cantons (like states) each with its own character and primary language. In Fribourg/Freiberg they speak French or Swiss-Allemande, a Swiss German. They don’t pretend not to speak English, they truly don’t speak it. My maternal family is French, so I attended a French grammar school in the U.S. and living in Switzerland was heaven for me. I did, occasionally, crave a little “English”, so I would hop a train to Bern, the Capital (and German-speaking) for a movie with English subtitles.

Zurich, is a very commercial center and is home to many European divisions of Corporations around the world. Geneva, on the lake, and close to France, is French-speaking and is a lovely overnight stop on the way to the French Riviera. Ticino, the sole Italian-speaking canton, is more laid-back, like Italy…where few trains run on time and I missed many a connection to get back home! The Swiss are more “serious” than their Northern neighbors in Germany. Which, is also, a wonderful place to live, or visit, especially during Fasching (Mardi Swiss_flagGras) or Oktoberfest. That is definitely a subject for another day…

I still have my old Swiss Residency Card and I am keeping it in a safe place…just in case I need it again someday..stay tuned for some of the easiest places to establish residency abroad AND some of the hardest (Switzerland)!

If you would like to buy a home in Switzerland, Vienna, France…or Tampa…please contact me today!

I can help with your move abroad, or 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 the Gulf Beaches.




Real Estate Blurbs, Advice and Blogger Buddies…Tampa Real Estate News

Categories: Buyers, Real Estate News, Tampa, Where is Jackie Now?

If you have been “tuning in” this week, you know I am in Las Vegas for two real estate conferences.  During my blogging hiatus, I am bringing you some great articles from other real estate blogs that I enjoy!

Bob Fortner, Raleigh Real Estate Talk offers some great insight about the appraisal process!

One of my ABSOLUTE favorite blogs is authored by Marketing Guru, Seth Godin.  It’s not about real estate, but he always has something interesting to say. I’ll be attending one of his sessions at the conference this week!

We use “price per square foot”, in Tampa,  when we are trying to determine the “right” price.  Matt Lanning has some interesting thoughts on that subject in the San Francisco market.

Sara Brosier, writes about “Days on the Market” over at Kuna Country. Our MLS system DOES provide the entire history of how long a home has been on the market, but every area is different.

Since it’s Friday, you must enjoy a little Friday Fun with Teresa Boardman in St. Paul…she is a hoot…and has some great photos!

Don’t miss what Ines is up to.. over at Miamism!

Reading blogs from around the U.S. and around the World, gives me great marketing ideas and plenty of real estate advice.  I have enjoyed sharing some of my favorites with you this week.  If you like what you have been reading, you can bookmark your favorites, or sign up for an email feed.  Over on my right sidebar…toward the bottom, you can click on “Blogs I Read” and enjoy a little more from the Real Estate Blogosphere

See you on Monday! Have a Great Weekend!

If you need help with buying a home in Tampa, Selling a Home in Tampa, or relocating anywhere in the World…contact me!

 

 




Real Estate News from Everywhere!…Tampa Real Estate News and MORE

Categories: Real Estate Blogs, Real Estate News, Where is Jackie Now?

I am in Las Vegas this week for the fall FIABCI conference and the National Association of Realtors Conventionsome days I am triple-booked, so I am taking a break from blogging. Enjoy some of my favorite Real Estate bloggers, while I am away!

Here are some interesting articles from some of my favorite Real Estate Bloggers around the U.S.

Jennifer Klaussen talks about the latest VA Mortgage News on Arlington Dirtdont miss this if you are a military buyer.

Lessons in Life from Jennifer Steck at Central Denver Blog.

Helpful hints to prepare an Emergency Box from Gena Riede at Sacramento Real Estate Voicesgreat advice for hurricanes, too.

More tomorrowHave a Great Day!




Trump Tower Tampa…If It’s Anything Like Trump World Tower… You Should Pass!

Categories: Florida Condominiums, International Real Estate, Luxury Homes in Tampa, Real Estate News, Tampa Real Estate, Where is Jackie Now?

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.

Trump Tower Tampa, a project that has been on-again, off-again for several years, is promised to be a Trump Signature Building . What, exactly, does that mean? Limestone flooring? Miele appliances? ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ Baths in the Master? What does Trump consider signature work?

Inquiring minds took that question to New York City to have a look at one of the Trump properties. I recently visited Trump World Tower, located near the U.N. Plaza. Completed in 2001, the building is nearly new and the finishes should be very nice. I was sorely disappointed. Along for the tour, were several other International Real Estate Specialists from Connecticut, Denver and South Carolina. The disdain for the building was unanimous! We rolled our eyes at each other as the sales rep pointed out the lovely IMG_0120features!

I visited three resale units, ranging in price from 3 Million to over 6 Million. The finishes were the same in all of the units, regardless of the floor, or the size of the apartment.

The bleached oak herringbone flooring was horrible! I was expecting Brazilian Cherry Low grade baseboards, small closets, low ceilings and a small closed-in kitchen with high-gloss, white mica cabinets and GE Monogram appliancesnary a Miele or Viking in sightfor SIX MILLION DOLLARS???? For 6M, I want a kitchen that sings to me!

The building DOES have a ground floor fitness center and pool, which I could only describe as dingy However, Derek Jeter lives there and, as the rep was quick to point out, she sat next to Glenn Close at the bar and recently spotted Brad Pitt there, too. WOW. That must be worth 6 Million, dont you think?

OkayI will give the building one complimentIt has great views!

So, my advice to the buyers at Trump Tower Tampa…read the fine print in that contract…

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!

 

 

 

 

 




The Real Estate Sizzle in New York City…This Week

Categories: International Real Estate, Real Estate News, Real Estate Trends, Tampa Real Estate Market, Where is Jackie Now?

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 am taking a break from the Tampa Real Estate market this week, while attending a FIABCI member event at the United Nations in New York City.

Unlike many other parts of the country, the Real Estate market in New NewyorkYork City is still sizzling and I will have the opportunity to meet with International Real Estate Specialists from the local market and around the World, and have a look at some properties in Manhattan.

For a peek at the latest on the Manhattan Real Estate Scene, visit Urban Digs. It is one of the best blogs in the industry and really captures the pulse of the NYC real estate market.

Seeing the brisk sales in the City, as well as other fast-selling areas in the U.S., reminds us to ignore the national media regarding the housing crisis . New York is the perfect example of how local real estate issupply and demand, local economy and job growth determine the health of a any real estate market. National Statistics are just thatNationaland Real Estate is Local.

So, today, Im off to have a look at that booming Manhattan Real Estate Market$1000/square foot??? Tampa real estate is a bargain!
Would you like to read some previous articles in the “Where is Jackie Now?” series:

The Miami Biltmore
Live Without A Car…In Europe

Buying Real Estate in Vienna

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!




The Florida Association of Realtors meets in Orlando this Week

Categories: Florida Real Estate, MLS Listings in Tampa, MLS Search, Real Estate News, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Market, Where is Jackie Now?

Florida Realtors are meeting in Orlando this week for our annual conference. These events are a great opportunity to discover the latest in Legal and Regulatory Issues, Contracts, Insurance and Marketing.

I will be joining other International Property Specialists from around the state for many educational and networking events.

If you have any questions about Real Estate-related issues in Florida, or are interested in buying Real Estate in Tampa, Florida, or a foreign country, or are moving to another state, I can find the perfect Real Estate agent for you anywhere in the world, through my vast network, so please contact me.

I will be back in the office on Monday.




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