Interesting Tampa Bay News

Here are seven interesting news items that are giving a boost to the Tampa Bay real estate market! 1. The first Crystal Lagoon in the US will open in 2018 in the Epperson Ranch community in Wesley Chapel. Crystal Lagoon is a 7.5-acre man-made lagoon that contains 16 million gallons of purified water for swimmers, sunbathers and paddle boarders. It…

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Affordable Rent? Beware of Rental Listing Scams!

Just today, one of our rental properties was almost occupied by the client of a scammer who stole our property manager’s lockbox and broke the window. Luckily, we’ve been made aware of rental listings scams ahead of time and we were able to change the locks before the client could move in. Rental listing scams are not new. They’ve been done…

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Popular Tampa Communities for MacDill AFB Off-Base Housing

Are you looking for MacDill AFB off-base housing? Let us help you find the Tampa home that you want for you and your family. Whether your priority is less travel to the base, good schools for your children, recreational facilities or community amenities, we can find the home that match your criteria. We can help you find your home in…

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Popular Tampa Bay Master-Planned Communities

Looking for a home in Tampa Bay? Find one in these popular Tampa Bay master-planned communities. A true master-planned community has all the amenities that most people and families are looking for — parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, clubhouses, swimming pools, jogging paths, nature trails, schools, retail stores, health services, beauty shops. And if some of these amenities are not within…

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Helpful Websites for Tampa Residents

Each of the following websites can help you find services that you and your family need. Tampa residents, homeowners or renters alike, can use these as sources of relevant information. 1. City of Tampa www.tampagov.net The city’s official website is among your top sources of helpful information as you enjoy life in Tampa. It’s user-friendly. You can easily find what service…

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The Most Expensive Existing Condos for Sale in Tampa Are on Bayshore Blvd

Of the 373 existing condos for sale in Tampa, or more accurately, in Hillsborough County, the most expensive ones as of March 25, 2017 are on Bayshore Blvd, based on active listings on MyFlorida Regional MLS. The most expensive condo as of March 25 is listed at $2.795 million. It has more than 6,800 square feet of living space that occupies the entire…

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Builders Fulfill Homebuyers’ Desire for Large Open-Floor-Plan Homes

Homebuyers want large open-floor-plan homes, so builders give it to them. According to the National Association of Home Builders’ homebuyer preferences survey and studies of housing and construction data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 51% of homebuyers surveyed want homes with more than 2,000 square feet of living space and 44% want more than two bathrooms, and home builders have…

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It’s March! The Best Month for Tampa Home Sellers to List

There is a point in time in every selling season where home sellers in metro areas get the best price for their listings and sell the fastest, according to a Zillow analysis of home sales prices and listing dates. The study found that in 20 of the 24 largest metro areas in the US, the best month to list is…

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Compare the 4 Most Popular Low-Down-Payment Home Loans

Here are the 4 most popular low-down-payment home loan programs for people who have good credit and income documentation but don’t have enough savings for a bigger down payment. FHA Loan Fannie Mae LoanFreddie Mac Loan VA Loan USDA Loan Minimum Down Payment 3.5% 3% 0 0 Borrower Eligibility Must be active-duty military, reservist, national guard, veteran, current or surviving…

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More Tampa Bay Jobs, More Tampa Bay Real Estate Transactions

The creation of Tampa Bay jobs has been continuous since private and public institutions have intensified their efforts to work together to attract business people and companies to the Tampa Bay area. As more people get jobs  or relocate to take on these jobs, there is one sector that also gets more active as families find places to stay, and…

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Cheap Tampa Bay Home Improvements That Pay Off

Consider these cost-vs.-value findings on the cheapest and most cost-effective Tampa Bay home improvement projects if you’re thinking about doing some improvements on your home. According to the Remodeling 2017 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com), there are three home improvement projects for Tampa Bay homeowners that cost only $1,317, $1,368 and $1,649, but will bring a resale value of 155%,…

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Selling Your Home? Highlight 10 Things That Many Homebuyers Want

As a home seller, you will attract more inquiries if you highlight things that most homebuyers want in your online listings, flyers and emails. What do homebuyers want? Obviously, homebuyers differ in their preferences, as people have different circumstances and needs. Some put access to good schools as their number one criterion if they have school-age children. Others prioritize access…

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You Can Use a No-Downpayment USDA Loan to Buy a Tampa Bay Home

Did you know that you can use a USDA loan to buy a Tampa Bay home located in an area that’s not really rural?   Yes, Tampa Bay cities like Apollo Beach, Riverview, Wesley Chapel, Land O Lakes are not really rural in the strictest sense of the word, right? But there are a lot of homes in these cities…

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