Month: April 2011

Most Popular Tampa Festivals and Annual Events

Natural and man-made attractions, including annual events, abound in the Tampa area, attracting millions every year from other Florida cities and from outside the state and outside the U.S. Last year, about 13.9 million people visited the Tampa area and spent $3.2 billion for attractions, accommodations, restaurants, goods and other services, according to a study conducted by Tampa Bay &…

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Florida Home Builders Allowed to Push Growth Plans

State lawmakers must have complete trust in Florida home builders because they passed the Growth Management Bill, a bill that would remove the authority of the state to control residential development in cities and counties. Additionally, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the first of a series of Senate bills supporting the new growth management principles and substantially relaxing growth management…

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Bank of America Home Loans – Among the Most Popular

Home loans from Bank of America are among the most popular in the country. BofA mortgage loans, together with those of Wells Fargo and Chase, accounted for 56 percent of all U.S. mortgages written in 2010. BofA offers many kinds of loans. Just talk with a mortgage loan officer, and he or she will help you choose the type of…

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Zillow IPO – What Does It Say about the Real Estate Market?

The real estate market must be getting exciting now because the leading online real estate firm Zillow has filed an S-1 form with the SEC for an IPO. Even its rival Trulia is said to be discussing the possibility of holding an IPO. The U.S. real estate market has been struggling since 2007, so the Zillow IPO registration announcement is…

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Buy a Home in a Master Planned Community in Tampa

Many homebuyers desire the lifestyle offered by master planned communities, particularly in Tampa. A master planned community has amenities and facilities that are not present in many residential subdivisions. While some subdivision developers try to locate their projects near schools and shopping areas, developers of master planned communities look for large tracts of open land where they build complete communities…

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Mortgage Loans — 14 Banks Told to Reform Practices

Fourteen mortgage banks and two mortgage-related firms were issued enforcement orders by the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of Thrift Supervision to audit their policies and practices on mortgage loans and foreclosures. The Fed, the OTS and other government agencies, namely the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Deposit Insurance…

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Tampa Homes for Sale Topped the Florida Market in February

Existing homes for sale in Tampa were among the most sought after in Florida in February as the Tampa metro area posted the highest number of pre-owned single-family units sold during the month. Based on a report from Florida Realtors, 2,375 pre-owned homes in the Tampa-Clearwater-St. Petersburg were sold in February, an increase of 16 percent from the 2,050 units…

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Financial Help for Owners of Troubled Florida Homes

If you’re underemployed or unemployed and you’re looking for a way to lighten your mortgage load while you’re searching for a better job, then the launching of the Florida Hardest Hit Fund program is good news for you. This is different from the home modification program that was launched in early 2009.  The modification program seeks a reduced monthly payment…

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Tampa Is One of Ten Best Cities to Buy a Vacation Home

Consider Tampa when looking for a city to buy a vacation home. Leisure travel organization AAA considers Tampa as among the best vacation destinations and real estate firm Trulia points to Tampa as among the top ten cities where a home buyer can get the best deals. In compiling its Best Cities to Buy a Vacation Home for 2011, CNBC…

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Are There Alternatives to State Farm Home Insurance in Florida?

News reports on the increase in home insurance rates by State Farm Insurance in Florida prompted strong reactions from homeowners, as seen in the comment sections of news websites. State Farm Insurance has been allowed by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to increase its house insurance rates by an average of 18.8 percent this year, starting July 1 for…

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More British Airways Flights to Tampa from London Gatwick Airport

More people in the UK must be going to Tampa because British Airways has increased its flights to Tampa from London Gatwick Airport, the second largest international airport in London and the second busiest airport in the UK. From a flight frequency of five times a week from Gatwick to the city of Tampa, British Airways has started offering one…

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Affordable Tampa Homes in Top Vacation Spots

Simple living, affordable living, frugal living, smart living – these words have entered the consciousness of the mainstream sector. They even have become fashionable, as simple living is associated with sustainable living, the kind of living that protects the environment. Simple living, however, doesn’t mean you have to give up completely on the things in life that you enjoy. We…

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Payment Trends for Home Loans Improved in 2010

More mortgage borrowers were able to make their monthly home loan payments in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to previous quarters, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift Supervision. Of the 32.9 million home loans tracked by the OCC and OTS, 87.6 percent as of the last quarter of 2010 were…

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