Month: May 2016

Contracts for Tampa Bay Homes Signed in Record 32 Days

In April, purchase contracts for Tampa Bay homes were signed in a median of 32 days, the fastest on record since 2010, based on data from the Florida Regional MLS on closed sales of single-family homes in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area. Contracts for Tampa Bay condos and townhouses were signed in a median of 34 days, also the fastest…

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More Athletes Choosing Tampa for Retirement: Vincent Jackson, Vincent Lecavalier

Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Vincent Lecavalier and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson are the latest athletes who have warmly expressed their love of Tampa and their desire to retire here. There are other cities to choose from, including the places where they grew up, but they say TAMPA is home, and they want to retire here. Obviously, they feel a…

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6 Pet-Safe Houseplants That Can Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

Improve your home’s air quality with these 6 pet-safe houseplants. Toxic chemicals enter our homes through common consumer and home building products. Numerous studies on indoor air pollution and the sick building syndrome found that these products give off trace chemicals that become toxic air pollutants.   A NASA study, led by B.C. Wolverton, tested 12 common houseplants that can be used to…

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Is Florida’s Property Tax Rate Among the Lowest?

Is it among the 10 lowest? No. Among the 15 lowest? No. But Florida’s median property tax rate, 1.32%, is less than half of the highest median property tax rate, 2.67%, which is the rate of Illinois, according to a report by CoreLogic Inc. And it’s almost the same as the national median property tax rate, which is 1.31%. In…

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U.S. Home Sellers in March Earned Biggest Gains Since 2007

U.S. homeowners who sold their homes in March 2016 earned an average rate of 17% or average amount of $30,500 over the amount they originally paid for their homes, the highest average rate or amount gained by home sellers since December 2007, according to RealtyTrac’s report, based on studies of county sales deeds in more than 900 counties across the…

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