Monthly Archives: August 2012

An Introduction to Tampa Native Emersed Plants

picture of emersed plantsThere are quite a few native emersed plants in Florida that provide food for the wildlife in the area. Rising above the water’s surface, the plants require a steady supply of water. The impressive amount of water in Florida results in many of the plants being listed as invasive. The right climate and conditions make it simple to take over an area, threatening or destroying other habitat. Before planting any type of vegetation around homes in Tampa, check with the university or Department of Agriculture to learn about its characteristics.

Lake hygrophila, a semi-aquatic herb, is native to the swamps… Continue reading

Positive Signs That National Home Sales Are Increasing

image of arrow going upThere is good news on the housing market. More “For Sale” signs are getting that magical “SOLD” sign running across the sales placard on the front lawn. According to a report from the Commerce Department in August 2012, U.S. new home sales rose 3.6 percent in July. That number matches May’s two-year high of 372,000 new-home sales. That annual rate, seasonally adjusted, reflects the highest sales since April 2010.

The downward turn of new home sales several years ago is due to a number of things. Massive layoffs and company closures caused people to concentrate on current financial responsibilities rather… Continue reading

Steps to Encourage Offers for Your Property

The home buyer light at the end of the tunnel is back with a vengeance. An improvement in the economy is motivating people to start looking at homes across the nation, including Tampa real estate for sale. Homeowners have been waiting for this golden moment to list property that has been off the market for several years. Instead of a minimum number of sales at low prices, sales are up. That is driving prices upwards and making the bidding wars on reality shows look mild in comparison. The result is fewer homes for sale as the demand increases.

image of tips to sell your homePotential… Continue reading

Native Freshwater Submersed Aquatic Plants of Florida

image of plantThe ocean comes to mind when people think of Tampa and the area around it. Imagine the incredulous look on their face when they find out there are 127 lakes in Hillsborough County, of which Tampa is the county seat. Instead of seaweed, the freshwater lakes have native plants that thrive near the shore. The plants serve other purposes besides looking beautiful. Submersed aquatic plants hold the soil in place and provide a safe haven for fish seeking shelter near the shore. Following are several plants native to Florida.

Tape Grass, also known as Eel Grass, is a popular aquarium… Continue reading

The Amazing Area of Odessa

One thing that surprises people is the different types of real estate in Tampa and its outlying areas. From rural atmosphere to city sophistication, acreage and buildings vary in size, shape and purpose. Looking at homes and landscaping is a favorite pastime in a number of areas and the Greater Tampa area is no different. A resurging economy, great schools and hospitals, and the opportunity to still purchase a wonderful home at a reasonable price are reasons for making this region the choice for working and living.

The late 1800s and early 1900s brought about the start of Odessa, now… Continue reading

Enjoy an Active Lifestyle at Sun City Center, Florida

image of people at sun city centerAre you one of the families searching for Tampa condos even though you still undecided about where in the area you want to live? If you are fifty-five and over and looking around at the different communities in Tampa Bay, you will find it easy to spot intriguing features and conveniences. If you are already living in this metropolis, there is no need to leave. Improved roads and recreational facilities continue to thrive. Employment is on the rise. Friends might disappear for a few months of vacation in another location, but come back home every year.

A condo gives… Continue reading

Ways to Enjoy Golf in Tampa, Florida

image of disc golfYou do not have to play golf to live in Florida, but it is a nice option for outdoor recreation. For beginners, a driving range provides the chance to develop technique and boost confidence in your game.

Some of the best instruction comes from watching and listening to some of the best golfers in the world. Getting a job at one of the Tampa courses provides the chance to learn the language of golf and hear evaluations of equipment and different holes and ranges. No wonder it looks like fun: it is!

A variety of homes in Tampa Bay… Continue reading

The Real Estate Market In Florida Continues To Get Better

picture of rising arrow above 2012Pending sales, closed sales and median prices rose, while the inventory of homes and condos for sale dropped in Florida’s housing market in July, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

“Florida’s real estate recovery is on solid ground,” said 2012 Florida Realtors President Summer Greene, regional manager of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Florida 1st in Fort Lauderdale. “Since May 2011, pending sales have increased every month for both existing single-family homes and for townhome-condo properties. In July, pending sales were up more than 42 percent for existing single-family homes and 26 percent for townhouse-condo… Continue reading

Carambola : Subtropical Trees in Tampa, Florida

picture of a carambola treeIt is a surprise to travel to the southern parts of Florida and California and see the beautiful subtropical plants that thrive so nicely. Some display intense shades of green leaves. Others present colorful flowers with exotic fragrance. The presentation of tropical fruit is an amazing treat. The three things together constitute three of the biggest reasons so many people move to either of these states, and it seems to be more true for Florida.

If you have been thinking about real estate in Tampa Florida area, you will appreciate knowing that a good number of subtropical plants thrive… Continue reading