Category: Communities

Top 20 High Schools in the Tampa Area

Families with young children give priority to access to good schools when they look for homes to buy.  Indeed, the presence of good public schools enhances the value of residential real estate developments. In the Tampa area, families have a lot of school options, as there are a good number of top-performing public schools in Hillsborough County. Here are the…

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Top 25 Elementary Schools in the Tampa Area

One major factor influencing the home purchase decisions of buyers with young children is the presence of good elementary schools in the community.   Many of these buyers start their home search by exploring elementary schools  first before looking at homes. Here are the top 25 elementary schools in Hillsborough County, where the city of Tampa is located, based on…

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Priciest Tampa Bay Real Estate Markets in June

Tampa Bay real estate prices continued to increase in June due to the diminishing supply of available homes for sale. In the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area, the median price for homes sold in June 2012 increased over the year by 7% to $133,800 and the average price for home sold rose over the year by 7.7% to $184,282. Home sellers…

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Homes for Sale in New Tampa Are Top Sellers

Home sales data in Hillsborough County from March to June 2012 showed that homes for sale in New Tampa continued to be the best selling properties in the county.  Data from the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors (GTAR) showed that New Tampa surpassed all other communities in the county in sales of single-family homes, condos and townhomes. In June, a…

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Apollo Beach Homes Getting Pricier

Over the four-month period from March to June 2012, the median sales price for Apollo Beach homes have increased significantly from $192,000 in March to $234,950 in June.  That’s a jump of 22.37%! These figures refer to sales of single-family homes, condos and townhomes,  as compiled by the Florida Realtors organization. The pace by which the median home sales price…

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Florida Counties with Biggest Home Sales in 4-Month Period

Ten Florida counties continue to top others in home sales, based on data compiled by the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors (GTAR). Over the period from March 2012, when GTAR started publishing homes sales by county on its website, to June 2012, the most recent data released, ten counties sustained their dominance in home sales over 57 other counties in…

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4 Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Tampa Bay Area as of May 2012

The four most expensive homes for sale as of May 2012 in the Tampa Bay area — in the counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco — have easy access to water. Three of them are on the Intracoastal Waters that have access to the Gulf of Mexico and the fourth one is near lakes. These are the four most expensive…

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Top 5 Reasons Why FishHawk Ranch in Tampa Area Is a Top-Selling Community in the U.S.

The FishHawk Ranch in Lithia, which is just 25 minutes to downtown Tampa, was the 26th top-selling master planned community in the entire U.S. in 2011, based on data published by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Newland Communities, the developer of FishHawk, sold 229 units in this community in 2011. Master planned communities are large-scale real estate developments that offer…

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Which Is Better for the Country – Home Loan Assistance or Job Creation?

President Barack Obama says that his new plan of reducing home loan rates will help underwater but non-delinquent homeowners through a more affordable and easier loan refinancing program. Republicans, however, say that Obama’s plan is not very different from previous housing rescue programs that largely failed. They insist that what the country needs is a massive job creation program, which…

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7 Florida Master Planned Communities in 50 Top-Selling List

Seven Florida master planned communities made it to the 50 U.S. Top-Selling 2011 List published by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. One Florida community, The Villages, even topped the list with 2,307 units sold, more than doubling the sales total of the second-ranked community. Master planned communities are the prime choice of a lot of homebuyers because these offer live,…

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Reasons Why Tampa Was Cited As One of 10 Best Cities to Start a Business

Why did Kiplinger cite Tampa as one of ten best cities to start a business? It’s mainly because of outstanding efforts by the city, local government agencies, local nonprofits, and private-public partnerships to help new business enterprises. And there are others. Here are reasons that Kiplinger cited as Tampa’s assets in encouraging people to start businesses, including reasons that have…

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City of Tampa Has Plenty to Be Happy About

There are lots of positive developments that should make residents of the city of Tampa happy amid discouraging news about the U.S. economy. Foreign investments, business relocations, company expansions, job creations, new home and existing home sales – all these and some more are getting done in Tampa. The city also is in many lists of Bests, making Tampa among…

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City of Tampa – One of 100 Best Cities for Young People

Families thinking of moving to Tampa, Florida will be glad to know that the city of Tampa, together with its county of Hillsborough, has been chosen as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2011 by America’s Promise Alliance in partnership with ING Foundation. The alliance, founded in 1997 under the leadership of General Colin Powell and…

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Tampa Fishing Piers and Boating Parks for Homebuyers

If you buy a Tampa home and live here, you’ll get Tampa fishing and boating privileges not available to residents of other states. First of all, you’re already here, so you don’t have to book a flight or reserve a hotel room to enjoy Tampa’s beautiful lakes and rivers. The Tampa Bay, the Hillsborough Bay, two bayous and the Gulf…

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