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…

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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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Down Payment Assistance for Tampa Bay First Time Homebuyers

You could be eligible for this Down Payment Assistance! The $15,000 Florida Hardest Hit Fund Down Payment Assistance (HHF-DPA) is now offered to all first time homebuyers in the three Tampa Bay counties: Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. This is administered by the Florida Housing Finance Corp. Previously, this program was offered only to homebuyers in Hillsborough. Now, buyers in…

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FishHawk Ranch Homes Topped Sales among Tampa Bay Communities

FishHawk Ranch homes were the most popular among 32 Tampa Bay masterplanned community homes, based on My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service‘s raw data on home sales from the 10-month period January 1 to October 31, 2016. Other top-selling communities were Meadow Pointe, Westchase, Carrollwood, Seven Oaks and Rivercrest. RANK COMMUNITY NUMBER of Single-Family TOWNHOUSES VILLAS CONDOS HOMES SOLD Homes 1…

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Home Equity Can Boost Retirement Security

Here’s another benefit of home ownership — it improves retirement security. As home owners make their monthly mortgage payments and increase their home equity, they increase the amount that they can cash out later on if they decide to sell. There are even homeowners who will be able to fully pay their mortgages before their retirement, and thereby be able…

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Most Anticipated Tampa Bay Mixed-Use Real Estate Projects

Tampa is becoming a prime target of national commercial real estate investors! There are lots of reasons why TAMPA is suddenly bursting with huge commercial real estate projects. With an abundance of talented work force, affordable cost of living, innovative city government, easy access to world-renowned Gulf beaches, amenities-filled master-planned communities, Port of Tampa, McDill Air Force Base, University of South Florida,…

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Tampa Bay Real Estate Market Was the Hottest in September

The Tampa Bay metro area sustains its upward roll! The Tampa Bay real estate market sold the most number of single-family homes in September, surpassing the two other popular metro markets, Metro Orlando and Metro Miami, based on data from the Florida Realtors. Sales increased by 7% year-over-year, in stark contrast to the decreased sales in 12 of 21 other…

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Pre-Approval FAQs for First Time Homebuyers

 What is pre-approval? It’s a document given by your home lender certifying that you are qualified for a certain loan amount. Loan type, interest rate and loan-to-value ratio are also included. Why do I need to have a pre-approval? You need it so you’ll know how much house you can afford. If you know your price range, you can focus…

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