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$200K-$250K Tampa Homes Still the Most Popular

Ever since we started looking at the most popular Tampa home price ranges in the past few years, we have been noticing that the $200,000 to $249,999 Tampa homes are still the most popular among Tampa home buyers, based on the Market Report feature of My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service. Over the first 6 months of 2016, from Jan…

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Tampa Bay Real Estate Listings — 10-Year Impact on Home Prices

TAMPA BAY real estate listings have been dropping in number since the second half of 2009, the year after the housing mortgage crisis that caused the US Recession of December 2007 – June 2009. The drop has pushed up sale prices, shortened the stay of properties on the market, and persuaded prospective home sellers to finally come out and list their…

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Ruskin and Riverview Among 14 Best Places in Florida to Raise a Family

RUSKIN and RIVERVIEW, just 12 miles apart, are among the 100 best cities in Florida to raise a family, according to Niche.com, a website that focuses on rankings and reviews of cities, neighborhoods, colleges and K-12 schools. Niche.com was formerly called College Prowler, founded by an entrepreneurship student of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. To rank places, Niche.com…

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7 Things That Could Happen if You Buy or Sell a Home Without an Agent

Selling or buying your home is a process that when done wrong could result to a financial loss, broken relationship, unbearable stress, illness or a lawsuit, so it is best that you get the help of an expert by visiting thepropertybuyingcompany.co.uk. A good professional agent has the experience, knowledge, personality and smarts to make your home selling or home buying…

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Tampa Bay Real Estate Market Second Most Active in Florida in April

The Tampa Bay real estate market was the second most active market among 22 large metro areas in FLORIDA in April 2016, second only to the Miami metro area. It surpassed the Orlando and Jacksonville metro areas, which ranked third and fourth, respectively, in residential sales activity. A total of 4,199 Tampa single-family homes were sold, 13 units more than the…

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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 reduce…

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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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International Homebuyers Put Tampa Bay Real Estate on Most Searched List

Among the country’s most popular metro real estate markets, the Tampa Bay real estate market is No. 8 in international online traffic, according to realtor.com’s latest international demand ranking for the year 2016. Ranking is based on three values: the number of listing views from international searchers, share of overall international traffic and propensity for traffic compared to the U.S….

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Most Homebuyers Have Energy Efficiency in Their Most-Wanted List

Of the nearly 4,000 home buyers recently surveyed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for its homebuyer preferences research, 94 percent included Energy Star appliances in their list of most wanted home features or characteristics, and 91 percent listed Energy-Star rating for the whole house. Energy-Efficiency Features in Homebuyers’ Most-Wanted List Energy Star-rated appliances — 94% of respondents Energy Star…

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Wire Transfer Scams in Real Estate Still Prevalent, NAR and FTC Warns

Despite countless warnings about wire transfer scams in real estate transactions, there are still homebuyers whose down-payment and closing-cost money sent through wire transfers are being stolen by email hackers and scammers according to the NAR and FTC. Scammers are still able to use old tricks on their victims because they have become more sophisticated and subtle in their ways,…

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Single Females Continue to be Second Largest Homebuying Group

Single females continue to be the second largest homebuying group in the U.S., based on annual studies of homebuying trends in the U.S. by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Since the 1990s, single women have surpassed their male counterparts in home ownership.   In 2015, out of all homebuyers, 15% were single females, six percentage points more than single males…

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Tampa Bay Homes 7th Most Affordable in Florida in January 2016

Tampa Bay homes are still affordable despite the continuing increase in home prices in the area. Based on Florida Realtors’ data on the median sale prices of single-family homes across Florida in January 2016, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan statistical area (MSA), or the Tampa Bay metro area, is the seventh most affordable housing market among the 20 MSAs across Florida….

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