Monthly Archives: December 2011

Proposed Changes In Florida’s Coastal Homeowners Insurance

Currently, more than 1.5 million Florida policyholders are insured through Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, with property value caps of $2 million. The state-backed insurer may be dropping more than 7500 homes that value more than $1 million, since the cap is about to be lowered. The main thinking behind this strategy is losses could be catastrophic, should a hurricane hit.

For the average homebuyer purchasing coastal homes in Florida, this may not mean a lot, but it means rate increases and coverage declines. You may want to speak with your Tampa Realtor, when you are in the process of… Continue reading

Sellers Can Enjoy The Benefits Of Home Staging

Whether you engage the services of a professional home stager or you perform your own home staging, statistics show home staging helps their home sell for more money and it will sell quicker. Home staging doesn’t always require additional furniture or accessory purchases, although de-cluttering is a large portion of the home staging process.

If you hire a professional home stager, they may be able to select certain pieces of your existing furniture, but if you are trying to sell a vacant home, it’s possible to rent furnishings for a small amount of money. Your home will appeal to more… Continue reading

Attractions Close To Tampa Florida

If you’ve never been to Tampa before and you’re relocating here, there are plenty of attractions close to Tampa Florida. Besides finding a home and a new job, your family will want to have some fun and beaches, theme parks and natural areas are nearby.

Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay offers chances to visit animals in natural-looking habitats. You can get closer to them, on the Serengeti Safari or Elephant Keeper Experience. It’s always best to visit Busch Gardens of Tampa Bay during cooler morning or evening hours, since the animals are more active.

One of the best things to… Continue reading

Pricing To Sell Your Tampa Home

Pricing to sell your Tampa home is important, because you need to take your “seller’s hat” off and put on your “buyer’s hat”. It’s recommended you get an experienced agent to give you an honest opinion. Pricing is very important and there are some newer or more-aggressive listing agents that will tell you what you want to hear, when it comes to pricing your home. This doesn’t always offer the best outcome.

Comparable homes in the immediate area should be used, as the first consideration. Homes that have recently sold and offer similar characteristics should be comparable in square… Continue reading

Is Your Pet Deterring Your Home Sale?

You may love your cat or dog, but your pet could be keeping your home from selling. Before you start an emotional rant about how much you love your pet, it’s important to realize some home buyers have allergies or distaste for purchasing a home that houses animals. If you ask any Realtor how many homes have gone unsold because of a pet, you may be astounded by the answer.

There are several ways a Realtor can help you through this important phase of your life, without getting rid of your pet. It may be advised to clean your home… Continue reading

Florida Ranks High Among States In Lowering Unemployment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Dec. 21, 2011 – Florida had the second best year among all the states in terms of reducing unemployment over the last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week.

Florida was behind only New Mexico in lowering its official jobless rate from 11.9 percent in November 2010 to 10 percent last month, the bureau said. New Mexico’s jobless rate dropped 2.1 percentage points from 8.6 to 6.5 percent.

Right behind Florida was Michigan, which lowered its rate 1.6 percentage points to 9.8 percent and West Virginia, which saw a 1.7 percentage point drop to… Continue reading

Florida’s Existing Home, Condo Sales Up In November

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dec. 21, 2011 – Florida’s existing home and existing condo sales continued its positive upswing in November, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Existing home sales increased 11 percent last month with a total of 12,993 homes sold statewide compared to 11,664 homes sold in November 2010, according to Florida Realtors.

“It’s really clear that two things are happening in Florida real estate,” said Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. John Tuccillo. “No. 1, sales are moving upward – not by a large increase, but definitely, positively on an upward trend. Second, prices… Continue reading

Understanding CDD’s In The Tampa Home-Buying Experience

CDD’s or Community Development District Fees are the result of bonds issued to cover the infrastructure involved with building a subdivision. In upscale subdivisions, these fees seem astronomical, compared to older properties in Tampa, which don’t have them. Understanding CDD fees in Tampa can help you make the right decision.

In new subdivisions, especially larger developments, CDD’s are assessed to repay bond money borrowed by the developer for building streets, sidewalks, utilities and traffic impact necessities, such as stoplights. CDD’s are tied to bonds used to fund these infrastructure items, but they’re INCLUDED in the property tax bill. They may… Continue reading

Conditioning To Sell A House In Tampa

When you’re conditioning to sell a house in Tampa, you are taking care of the most over-looked process by most sellers. If homebuyers are turned off by the outside of your home, they will never look at the inside. You can’t expect a Tampa Realtor to overcome this obstacle.

Conditioning to sell a house  isn’t difficult or expensive. If you condition your home, you will make four to five times more money off these minor fixes, so it’s a good investment and it will increase the chances of your home selling, for top dollar. If you look at… Continue reading

Hiring A Buyer’s Agent, To Enhance Your Home Buying Experience

For the best service, a homebuyer may want to hire a buyer’s agent. Hiring a buyer’s agent is easy to do and you can get the best values on your dream home, since they will be knowledgeable about the marketplace.

You need to be able to talk with your buyer’s agent, easily and honestly. You shouldn’t feel pressured during the process since they’re going to be representing you, in home-buying negotiations and fulfilling your wishes are what they are hired to do.

Just because you aren’t paying the buyer’s agent any money doesn’t mean you aren’t going to get… Continue reading