The Real Estate Must-Haves No Buyer Should Overlook

Image of Real Estate for Sale in Tampa, FLIn the world of buying real estate, it is important to know what you are doing so that you don’t get taken for a ride. That is where a lot of research on real estate buying protocol comes in handy. Follow these tips to help you get a good deal when purchasing real estate and to avoid scams.

Determine if your desired property is in an economically viable area. Find out if property values in the area are rising or declining. Check with your city’s economic office about the recent history of income from the area. This can be a determining factor in whether or not the property will appreciate or not.

Take the time to investigate the inspector for your potential property. You should make sure that they are certified, work for a reputable company and if possible are with an inspector association that is non-profit. If not, their credentials may be supplied by a non-reputable organization that supplies them for nothing more than a fee.

If you’ve dreamed of having a vacation home, now is the time to buy. Home prices have gone down in popular vacation destinations like Florida, Las Vegas, and California, and so have interest rates. It sounds risky, sure, but as they say, you have to spend money to make money; and you can easily rent out your second house while you’re not using it. It’s definitely a good time to buy.

By searching for the best prices one can assure that they will be making the most of their money. Homes that have been foreclosed on can be found for attractive prices although more money may be needed to be invested in the home. Other homes can be bought for more but may require less money invested.

Potential buyers should be sure to get everything in writing. This is especially important when working with a builder, as options and upgrades which are verbally promised may not end up being honored. Make sure you have a knowledgeable Realtor that knows about new construction and a the local builders. This can help you to avoid frustration and confusion during and after your home closes.

One important tip when it comes to real estate is to make sure that you do your homework on what agent to choose. This is important because this may be the largest investment of your life and you need to make sure you are in good hands. Be sure to do background checks, read reviews, and try to find out their track record.

When you are moving, pack a suitcase full of things that you may need for a few days. Include things like clothing and toiletries. Keep this suitcase separate from everything else so that you can have easy access to things that you would need until you can get totally unpacked at your new home.

As you can see from the previous list of tips, buying real estate can be quite an undertaking even if you have done it before. It takes some work, research, and common sense to avoid making a poor purchase, but it is all worth it in the end to make a smart property purchase.

Please give me a call so I can help you with your real estate needs.

Overview of Fishhawk Ranch in Lithia, FL


Below is the transcript for Fishhawk Ranch overview:

Hi everybody, my name is Lance Mohr and I’m a real estate agent in Tampa, Florida and I’m doing these overview videos on the cities around Tampa because when you are buying a home there is nothing more important than deciding where to live.  When I work with home buyers I don’t like telling people where they should live.  What I like to do is ask a lot of questions to get an idea on what type of area you like.

Today I’m going to do an overview of Fishhawk Ranch in Lithia. Fishhawk Ranch is in the south part of Hillsborough County.  It is off of Interstate 75 and about 8 miles to the east.  The downfall is that it’s out there quite a ways – but there are a lot of pros about Fishhawk Ranch.  First off, when it was built it was touted (even today) as the best place for families and it really is one of the most family friendly communities in Tampa Bay..  It has phenomenal schools; the elementary, the middle school and high school are all “A” rated.  For people who work at MacDill Air Force Base, there is a bus that takes you to the base; which is a huge advantage to a lot of people so they don’t have to drive.

Fishhawk Ranch splash poolAs far as families and kids go, the homes are all over the board.  You can find starter homes all the way up to very high-end luxury properties by custom builders. The amenities for children are really off the chart.  They are almost like being in a resort in Orlando.  There is an aqua water park.  There are multiple pools and tons of things to do like walking trails and biking trails. Every Friday and Saturday night at the pavilion (main area) they have different activities going on.  There might be an art day.  There might be a music festival.  There are just tons of things for kids to do.  There are tons of things for families to do and it is really, really nice.

One of the problems is that Lithia is sort of isolated and there’s really nothing else in Lithia but Fishhawk Ranch.  You are quite a ways if you want to go to a movie or if you want to go to a restaurant.  There are grocery stores, there are drug stores, there are restaurants in Lithia but there are not a lot of them.  Most people who live in Fishhawk Ranch are going to drive to Brandon for shopping, restaurants, movies, etc.

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If you have kids and you are looking for a really kid-friendly area I would definitely check out Fishhawk Ranch.  It is a very nice place.  It is very clean and people with kids love it.  Depending on where you work Fishhawk Ranch may or may not be right for you.

If you have any questions about Fishhawk Ranch or the areas don’t hesitate to give me a call.  I do these videos again because I want to make sure you pick the right area.  The last thing in the world you want to do is pick a place to live and then after you buy the home you find out wow I’m in the wrong place.  Then what do you do?Fishhawk Ranch boardwalk

There’s tons of great information on my website.  You can get information on school reports, crime reports, the lifestyle searches…  If you want to know where different health clubs are, hospitals, restaurants, or schools you can look in the lifestyles search and it will tell you where everything are.  It is really, really great.  I also have a lot of educational videos in the tab under “videos”.  If you are not familiar with Florida property taxes and you want to know how they work or maybe you are not familiar with what CDD fees are or newer homes – you definitely need to be familiar with them.  If you need to know more about how short sales or bank-owned properties there’s tons of great information.

Don’t hesitate to give me a call if you have any questions.   I would love to help you out and answer any questions you might have.  Just go to the contact page of my website and either fill out a form and I will reply back or just give me a call.  Have a wonderful day and I wish you the best of luck.

Overview of South Tampa Homes For Sale

Hi everyone, I’m going to do an overview of South Tampa / South Tampa homes for sale. I do these videos to give potential home buyers a better understanding of the different area in and around Tampa, FL. I don’t believe Realtor should steer home buyer into an area just because they like it and live there. I like to tell customers about the different areas and let them make the decision for themselves. Of course, I will give my input based on our conversation. If you are looking to buy or view any South Tampa homes for sale please go to my South Tampa web page and get the most accurate information.

Below is the transcription of South Tampa Overview:

Hi everybody my name is Lance Mohr and I’m a real estate agent in Tampa, Florida and I’m going to do this overview to go over South Tampa and South Tampa homes for sale. I do these overviews to help people.

Most people who are going to be in South Tampa really know up front where they want to be. South Tampa, like any big city, this is the nucleus. This is where everything is. You just have a certain energy level in South Tampa that you don’t have further north or in the suburbs and people generally know that. Now most people, when they say South Tampa, they are really looking at everything from Kennedy which is just below Interstate 275. South of Kennedy you have everything such as restaurants, night clubs, car dealerships, convention center, waterfront homes and you are sitting right on the bay. Now one thing about the bay, it is not a place where you are going to go swimming. It’s brown murky water, but it can be beautiful. A lot of people who like really breathtaking sunsets are probably going to be more on the west side of the South Tampa. The east side is more Bayshore Blvd. and big huge high-rise condominiums overlooking the water. There are homes of every kind. There are little itty-bitty condos of 800 or 900 square feet, single family homes, all the way up to this huge McMansions sitting on the water, to penthouse condos. Like any major city, it is going to be expensive. You are paying for the area; location, location, location. That is why in areas like this they build up and they don’t build out. It is not too unusual for someone in an area to go and pay $200,000 for a home, rip the home down, and build a really big home there. You can pay $400,000 for just a lot in South Tampa or even more. You have some of them that are on Davis Island that are even more expensive than that.

If you are looking and you really liking that energy level and you really like to be in the action where everything is; South Tampa is a great place. It has condominiums, it has townhomes, it has a bunch of single-family homes. You can buy $150,000 home in South Tampa and two blocks away there are multi-million dollar homes. You can be in a multi-million dollar home and of course two blocks away there is a $200,000 home. So it just depends and there is always turnover in South Tampa. There are new homes, but predominantly you will find pre-owned homes. South Tampa pretty much started in the 1910s – 1920s, with all the cigarette factories from Cuba. South Tampa has a lot of vibe and a lot of things in the area and a lot of stuff to do. It is the nucleus of the city.

If you have any questions about the South Tampa homes for sale, the areas, anything around South Tampa don’t hesitate to give me a call. If you want to get information on school reports, crime reports it is all on my website Have a look at the lifestyle search and enter a zip code or an address and find out where the health clubs are, where the schools are, where the hospitals are. By the way on Davis Island which is in South Tampa, you have Tampa General which is known as one of the best hospitals in the country. I have a lot of great information on my website. Check it out; videos and how property taxes work, how short sales work, how bank-owned properties work, again if you have any questions on South Tampa, the condos, the homes for sale or any area in Tampa Bay don’t hesitate to give me a call or shoot me an email. I hope this helps you and I hope you have a great day. Thank you. I wish you the best of luck finding a South Tampa home for sale and I hope to hear from you.

Risk-based Standards For Private Mortgage Insurers Could Restrict Leading

A new federal regulation proposal could change the standards for private mortgage insurers resulting in a stricter lending process.  The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is proposing a risk-based evaluation for Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac insurer portfolios.  The new analysis will ensure that each approved insurer has enough capital for claims under significant market stress.

Most of us remember when the housing market crashed almost 10 years ago. Housing costs dropped, new construction stopped, and private insurers’ financial strength ratings quickly vanished.  Companies were placed in receivership by federal regulators while mortgage underwriting standards were tightened and FHA, VA, and other guarantee programs drained the majority of their market shares. Prevention similar events has become a major concern for the FHFA.

In turn, they have proposed that private mortgage insurers guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac be subject to a risk-based capital evaluation. An analysis would be required in situations where the homebuyer is making a down payment of less than 20%, debt-to-income ratios are greater than 43%, and mortgages that do not meet specific requirements. Given FHFA adaptation of these new standards, the capacity to underwrite new mortgages by private insurers may be limited but Director Melvin Watts insists there is “sufficient industry capacity to meet the needs of high-LTV borrowers.”

The FHFA’s plan, as a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac regulator, is to shift the risk of market share loss back to private companies while protecting taxpayers from another bailout. The majority of FHA and VA guaranteed programs have cushioned their reserves by hiking up premiums and are now transitioning back to private companies while stymieing their underwriting capabilities through new risk-based evaluations.

Such a bold move on behalf of the federal government has received mixed reactions. Some companies are supportive of the proposal citing that compliance with the new regulation would not be an issue while others balk claiming restricted access to credit and decreased underwriting capabilities.

Inman News reported that most insurers who issued statements in response to the proposal agree with David H. Stevens, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) who stated “the proposed eligibility requirements are comprehensive and we will be conducting a detailed review of the standards to ensure they properly balance the need for strong capital, while preserving the ability of the industry to cost-effectively serve first-time buyers and working families.”

Before you start freaking out, please remember that this is simply and proposal and the FHFA is accepting comments on the draft proposal through September 8th. Overall, do you think this is a step in the right direction or a step backwards, comment below.

Overview Carrollwood Homes For Sale

Hi everybody this is Lance Mohr again real estate agent in Tampa and today I’m going to give you an overview on Carrollwood and again I do these videos because it is just vitally important when you are moving into an area or if you live in the area and move around that you pick the right area, the right subdivision, that is the most important thing you can do.  The last thing in the world you want to do is find a home, buy it, and find out you don’t like the area you live in; there’s nothing worse.  So as you can see it makes a lot of sense and I want to give you an overview.  I never like steering people into one area or saying you need to live here or you need to live there.  When I talk to people over the telephone, when I work with buyers and they come into my office I like to ask a lot of questions.  I don’t want people just to live where I live, I want them to live where it is going to be best for them which is why I do these overview videos.

So anyhow let’s talk a little bit about Carrollwood.  Carrollwood is a really nice more matured area.  It is located off of Dale Mabry in North Tampa.  A lot of times when people come to me the questions that they have and what they are looking for could be vast.  Maybe they want a newer community.  Maybe they want an older community.  Most of Carrollwood was built in the 70s and 80s and it was a luxury community when it was built.  You can tell that because you have a lot of homes that were built in the 70s and 80s that were 2500 to 3000 square feet and I notice to some of you that might not seem really big right now in today’s market but back then that was huge because most of the homes were around 1500 to 1600, 1700 or maybe 2000 square feet; so there are some really, really nice homes in Carrollwood.  It is really in the nucleus of Tampa.  Being on Dale Mabry you have tons of restaurants, comedy clubs, bars, auto mobile dealerships; pretty much anything you can want.  It is really close to the Tampa airport and pretty much anything movie theaters wherever you want to be.  If you are looking for an upscale more matured community and area I would definitely recommend Carrollwood as a really good way to go.  Again, it is very nice and convenient to everything.  So I hope this helps you.  If you have any questions on Carrollwood or the surrounding areas don’t hesitate to give me a call.  I will give you my viewpoint on things and again the more information you can give me, the more I can help you out.  If you are relocating here and want to know more information, I have some great information and resources on my website on school reports, crime reports, lifestyle searches you can do, and those are great.  You can put in an address or zip code and it will tell you the different schools, the different restaurants, the different health clubs, comedy clubs; you name it is going to show you.  There are some great educational videos if you have any questions and you are not familiar with what are property taxes or homesteader laws or how short-sales or bank-owned properties work; don’t hesitate to fill out the contact form on my website and either send me an email or just give me a call.  I look forward to talking to you and I wish you the best of luck in your home buying.  Goodbye.

Tampa Real Estate News – July 2014 Market Update

Take a look at the video about to view the latest Tampa real estate news and statistics for July 2014. This real estate market update will give you great insight as to what kind of market we are in. The data comes directly from My Florida Regional MLS. MFRMLS is the MLS provider for all Realtors in Central Florida.


Hi everybody this is Lance Mohr I’m getting these real estate statistics done early this month and the reason why I do this is for you the home buyers and home sellers in the Tampa area.  Can you imagine going out and looking for a home and spending could be weeks or months and finally finding the perfect home you like after all that time, the nights, the weekends, and all the looking and driving around and not really understand what type of real estate market we are in and then you lose the home to another buyer?  That’s really why I do this so you have a good idea not only where it is overall but where the real estate market is more specifically for your price range as well.

So let’s start off and go over and we will talk about the overview page.  We are going to talk about the actives right here.  We can see the active homes for sale have been going up.  If you look back to October of 2013 they were 4,680 and now they are 5,225 so they have gone up quite a bit.  We can go over to pending as you can see; they are really floating up and down but they are pretty steady around 3,300 in the low 3,000s and then you go down to the sold homes and as you can see we are on a good part of the year right now, the summer months which they are generally a little higher and in the May, June, July and even August timeframe as well and you will start to see a dip in September area.

Here’s the thing a lot of people don’t pay attention to is the pending homes as a percentage of the active.  I know a lot of times I sort of skip through this but the higher the number, the more of a seller’s market it is.  You can see right here 58% in June and now we are at 63%.  You can see it has been basically in the 60s and 70s since about the beginning of the year even October of last year and then probably the most important statistic right here is the supply and demand; basically the health of the market.  We are still under 4 months of inventory.  As I say six months is a stable market and not really a buyer or sellers so if the average sales price is about $180,000 or so, you are looking at six months of inventory.  So we are at a little under 4, at 3.76 months of inventory.  It is definitely a seller’s market.  Keep in mind when you also look at it you have to figure there is a certain percentage of the homes that home buyers are looking at and it is good for sellers to know this, but a lot of the homes are overpriced.  You might have probably 50% if not even a little bit more of the homes that are actually overpriced and some of them are just going to be in really, really bad condition and then some of them are going to be in bad condition and then average, then good, then really good.  Of course everybody is looking at the home that is a nice home in a nice area for a fair price and depending on your price range you are probably going to be competing with other home buyers.  I just had one of my buyers this week we put an offer in at $150,000 home and unfortunately there were 37 other offers.  That is not normal but still you don’t want to be in that situation.

So anyhow let’s take a little bit closer look at homes right here.   As you can see I color coded these to make it a little easier on people; the active, the pending, and the sold.  If we go down here to the inventory you can see even up to $500,000 the inventory is very, very low.  4.26 months from $300,000 to $500,000 is extremely tight inventory and it is low or anything below that. So anywhere from $500,000 – unless the inventory is very low.  Now one thing keep in mind on short sales is you can see where we are at in short sales right now.  If you look at the percentage of short sales on the market actively available you are looking at 9% of the market.  Thirty-two, almost 1/3 of every home that has a contract and is in the MLS is having a contract on it is a short sale but 7% actually are selling.  That’s about 21-22% of the homes are actually selling or closing that are short sales so you want to keep that in mind if you are going after a short sale and that is the avenue you want to go down.

I hope you like this information.  I hope this helps whether you are a home buyer or home seller.  I can’t tell you how many people over the last several years have been working with another real estate agent in Tampa and then they come to me and they realize the market that we are in and it changes everything.  It is really important if your realtor is not up to date on the market and what is going on then you need to be.  Hopefully they should be I know a lot of them are not but they don’t pull these statistics and get the information but definitely they should be and hopefully this helps you.  If you have any questions please shoot me an email and give me a call.  If you haven’t been to my website lately and I know most of you have, definitely take a look.  It has been completely revamped.  Tons and tons and tons of helpful information; crime reports, school statistics, lifestyle search which is incredible; you can go in and you can find where health clubs are, where hospitals are, where restaurants are, where schools are all around where you live or where you want to live and of course I do the home buyer webinars.  I have tons of educational videos on the website.  Of course you can go to the website every month.  I do these market updates so you can go back several months and look at these.  Alright have a great day.  If you know anybody looking at buying or selling please give me a call.  If you like my website please like it on Facebook.  I have a Facebook like button there and Google Plus.  Have a great day.

Please visit my real estate blog for more Tampa real estate news. I do monthly statistics so you are kept in the loop. View June statistics: click here

Americans Are Spending too Much on Rent

A recent report shows that one in three Americans is spending too much on rent. In housing markets across the nation, rent is becoming quite unaffordable for Americans. According to a report by RealtyTrac, in the current household market, Americans have to pay over 30% of their pay check or monthly median income on rent for three-bedroom homes. This is much higher than the conventional threshold for affordability. In some cities, the percentage of the monthly income spent on rent is much higher.

Urban areas feeling the pinch

The best example to show how rent prices have increased is the Bronx. In this New York City borough, a typical household uses about 66% of its monthly median income to pay for rent for a three-bedroom house. This is the highest percentage of salary used for rent in all US counties according to the same report. The Bronx is home to some of the poorest communities in the country with the overall median income being less than $35,000. However, the average rent price here is almost $1800 per month, which is very high.

This is also the case in other urban areas like Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Miami and Baltimore where there is a sizeable population of low-income residents. In these areas, renters are paying about 50% of their monthly income to cover rent prices.

Renters are being prevented from becoming homeowners

It comes as no surprise that renters are unable to save enough or do not have the financial ability to pay for or to buy a home. Ironically, the economic or foreclosure crisis caused many people to become renters and years of economic instability has kept many renters form becoming homeowners and leaving their rental properties. This is according to a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard.

These reasons led to a huge rise in demand for rental properties and this in turn pushed rent prices up by over 21% since 2006. In another blow to renters, real income has also fallen. Real income is the actual income after inflation has been taken into consideration, and over the last six years, it has fallen by 14% according to the Director of the Housing Studies Center at Harvard – Chris Herbert.

High rent is keeping people back

Not only are renters giving up on their dreams to become homeowners, but about one in four renters is spending over 50% of their income on rent – according to a report by the Center. This is forcing many renters to make severe budget cuts that would otherwise be spent on healthcare, retirement and food.

Moreover, according to the Managing VP of Community Development at Capital One – Laura Bailey, unaffordable housing and resulting financial problems prevents people from advancing their careers and from pursuing higher degrees. They are also unable to save enough to make down payments on a home and this vicious cycle forces them to remain in rental properties. According to her, when housing becomes affordable, people can focus on improving their lives and careers and ultimately become more productive.

Prepare Your New Home For a Hurricane

Hurricane StormHurricanes are fairly common in regions like Maine and Texas and are one of the most devastating natural phenomenons on earth. They bring with them heavy rainfall, flooding and high speed gusty winds that are extremely powerful. When moving into a new house that is located in a hurricane-prone area, it is advisable to start work on protecting your home from the very start. When a disaster strikes, you want to have a safe home to keep your family and belongings from harm’s way.

Here is a look at some of the basic things that you can do to prepare your new home for a hurricane.

Building code requirements

First and foremost the thing to do is to find out whether your home adheres to latest building code regulations and requirements with consideration to high wind activity. Buildings made with the objective of standing tall, even in high wind conditions, have a better chance of surviving the ordeal than the ones that are not. While you can get some of that done with basic hardware tools, you need to hire a professional contractor if the structure of the house needs to be changed.

Out in the open

Having loose stones, rocks and gravel outside the house for landscaping purposes is not a good idea for regions that are prone to hurricanes. They can easily be replaced by torn bark that looks equally as good, and cementing is a good option as well. If you have trees, plants and shrubs in the vicinity, you have to make sure to be on top of things and keep them well-trimmed and taken care off. Weak tree branches falling on the house are some of the most common reasons for devastation caused by a hurricane.

Working on the structure

If you are planning to rebuild or remodel the entire house, make sure that you get the following things done:

  • Make use of only impact-resistant windows and patio doors that have shutters, which can be firmly closed to prevent things flying into the house during the storm.
  • Use a minimum of three hinges along with a heavy dead bolt lock for installing doors and make sure that they are attached properly to the walls.
  • Garage doors can be quite big, so they are one of the most vulnerable parts of the house. It is required that you get your garage door inspected by a qualified inspector and replace it if required. Use stiffeners in addition to center supports for the doors, which can be removed after there is no threat.
  • For roofing, make sure that the professional you have hired removes the entire material the previous roof is made off before putting in the new material. It is important to focus on making the sheathing of the roof as strong as possible.
  • Changes have to make to the various floors of the house with the help of a qualified professional.

Be prepared

Make yourself and your family well-versed with the disaster preparedness plans used by the community or neighborhood that you are going to stay in. Always be well-stocked with food and liquids in case you are in house arrest due to the hurricane. In addition to this, have an emergency kit or bag ready that contains essential items like first-aid, medicines, all purpose knives, torches and other similar items.

Tampa2Enjoy Real Estate Website Overview



Hi everybody my name is Lance Mohr and I’m a real estate agent here in Tampa, Florida and I wanted to go over this overview on my website Tampa2enjoy because I’ve put my 20 plus years in this industry into this website and it is not just for people who are going to be moving to Tampa though there are certain aspects of it that are just for people who are going to be living in the area but whether you are living in other parts of Florida or even in the country there’s a lot of really, really valuable information and a lot of things you could find on this website. The reason why I did it like this and structured it to be so educational in all areas is because when my wife and I moved out of Texas, Dallas in 2005 and we got to Florida it just seemed like all of the websites were the same; no one could give us any information or tell us anything so what I wanted to do is I wanted to build a website that could answer about 99% of everybody’s questions, not just my questions or your questions but everybody’s questions. Let me just go over this and I will tell you this, if you look at this website and you start actually using it you are going to find a ton of valuable resources on it that you just will not find anywhere else because I have done a lot of the searching and everything for you and I have spent hours, weeks, and months looking for stuff so you don’t have to.
I just think we are in an information society and you need to give people not only information but correct and accurate information. So let me just go through this and I’m not going to spend too much time on each one of these because I don’t want this to be a very long video but we will just start off right here under area information. The first is the crime reports. I think this is just…I will take you to the page right here this in my opinion is just a great company. I spent weeks looking for all of the different ones and playing around with them. What is really nice about this right here…you can go in and enter a city, you can move the map around, zoom and zoom out, if you are looking at a specific home just enter the address right here and it is going to take you to all of the crime and you can look at it and you can see there are little dropdowns for different…to enter homicides or what you want to do or if you want sexual offence, assaults, or offenses or whatever. There’s a ton of stuff. Right here you can do date ranges; there’s a whole bunch of information. This right here you just click on it and as you can see it pops up and says auto burglary and gives the date. It just happened less than one week ago. I think by default they are all about within the week. Again you can zoom in and zoom out and check that out but that is a really good website I think when it comes to crime. I lot of people want to know crime when they are moving in the area. The other is school information. The school information is more the county school information whether you are in Hillsborough, Pasco, or Pinellas County the school reports and profiles are more of an independent company; a site with different profiles and independent reports of schools. The lifestyle search right here I wish I had this and wish it was around when we moved here because this was really important to me. This is what it is right here; my wife and I when we moved to Tampa it was really important to me to have a health club around me and to know where the different health clubs are, churches, etc. This is really good. It defaults on the homes for sale page right here but I don’t use their homes for sale because it is in my opinion pretty much junk. Just click on the lifestyles search right here and you can see you just turn it on and you can go to schools. You can search by schools, worship centers, fitness centers, golf courses, and what it will do, I’ll just do this really quickly on fitness; just put a little dot right there and you can see they all pop up right here. Now keep in mind some of this information you are seeing they could be if you are looking for say fitness it could be a karate studio. If you are looking for hospitals it could be an urgent care. This is how they input it and how they let people know in karate studios under fitness and urgent care is under hospital. You need to just sort of hover over and look; okay what about right here; there’s LA Fitness great. What’s this one? That’s Quest martial arts studio. Anyhow that gives you a really good idea. There’s a ton of stuff. You can play around with this. You can draw maps. There are all kinds of things you could do; really beneficial. I just have other information in here of things to do. I like theater so I put that in there all the different play houses and the weather and the county maps so you know where the counties are. A lot of people say where is Hillsborough County and where does Hillsborough and Pasco meet or Pinellas etc.?
If you are looking at relocating I have a lot of relocation tips. I’ve relocated myself a few times and I’ve helped relocate, on corporate level, hundreds of families. Sellers there is a lot of information on different seller mistakes and reports right there, interviews and realtor tips. If you want a free home evaluation just fill out your address and I can get you that. The area information; what I’m trying to do with the area information if you look right here and scroll down you will see Apollo Beach and these are some of the bigger subdivisions in Apollo Beach; Fish Hawk Ranch is a subdivision unto itself in Apollo Beach Let me show you what I’ve done on this right here. If you look this is the New Tampa page and it is like this in all the cities. Now some of the cities Carrollwood because it is an older area there’s not…I just did all of Carrollwood because a lot of the subdivisions back in the 70s and 80s are really, really small subdivisions. There are not a lot of really big subdivisions and I don’t want to just do Carrollwood Golf and Country Club. Give you an example, you come over here and you can look and see where the different subdivisions are. You can click right here and that will take you to the subdivision. You can also look at all of the homes for sale and you can see right here. What I did is on cities I do a video and I’m really trying to tell everybody about the city because a lot of times people will say I don’t know anything about Riverview, New Tampa, or Apollo Beach so I’m really explaining to them what type of community it is; not from a sales person’s point of view but my job as a real estate agent is to educate people and give them the correct information and they can make the decisions themselves. That is what I do here. It is a little over five minutes and then I have a write up on it and again down here if you want to do a lifestyle search it is on pretty much every page again just go to lifestyles, turn lifestyles on and then do whatever you need to do.
That’s that and that goes over all of these and then you have different types of searches. Right here videos; the video tips are really good because what I’m trying to do there is really educate people; again we are in the information age. Fortunately there’s a lot of really good information out there for no money; unfortunately there’s a lot of really bad information out there and I see and hear it all especially when it comes to real estate. This video right here is about homestead laws and property taxes; my next one is about short sales and I do ones in bank owned because there’s a lot of information out there in short sales and foreclosures not foreclosed but foreclosure homes that is really inaccurate and I have been doing foreclosures and short sales since 1999. You have information of what are CDD fees. Boy I look a little funny in some of these! Hiring a buyer’s agent, new homes, this one right here if you are looking into new homes this is really an absolute must watch because it just is so in depth. It is my longest video I have ever done 32 minutes which is an eternity for me but it has a lot of really good information. There’s a lot of really good information. I also do statistics. I get so sick of these newspapers and news media reporting inaccurate information. This is raw data taken directly from the MLS. I’m not giving you my opinions on anything I’m just showing you the facts. This is going to be more than the Tampa Bay area in general and not other parts of Florida. Testimonials; these are video testimonials. Our blog has some really good information on it. I don’t put junk in there and of course about us. Again you can search some of these waterfront properties and they try to give you information if you are looking for waterfront properties and what you might want to look for in luxury homes. Again foreclosures etc.; doing a map search and even luxury pages but I’m not going to go through every single one of these; you can look. Go down a little further and there’s property search right here. Here’s the deal breaker for a lot of people. The nice thing and let me just go ahead and click in that and I’ll take you back; the nice thing we have over a lot of these pages out here is this; it might say pages Zillow, Trulia and all of them is this right here. The problem is our MLS sells data to everybody and everybody gets the same stuff. Don’t let anyone fool you like they don’t. They send everybody Trulia, Zillow, individual offices and agents the same information. What I have on my website is I am allowing you to manipulate it in a way most sites are not. What I mean when you are getting all of these other sites you are looking at homes that are actively available for sale and homes that have contracts on them. What I’m doing is allow you to just look at homes that are active for sale because why look at a bunch of homes and fall in love with the home, drive by and look at it, call an agent just to find that the property has a contract on it three weeks ago and it is not even available. They are done with the appraisals, inspection, and are waiting to close and that is what’s happening. This will give you the way to just search just for active listings. You can do this and it is a real big time saver. I also do home buyer webinars. I do two of them per week. It is only about a half-hour long with great free gifts. I do home seller webinars; two per week again fantastic free gift especially in this one for home sellers. All you need to do is just put your first name and your email address to register and pick a date that you want to come and you are good to go. Both of these are about a half-hour long; again I don’t like to just keep on boring you with everything but if you look through the website tons and tons of great information that I’ve done the research for you. I hope this helps you. If you have any questions whatsoever reach out to myself and either myself or team member will give you a call back. I always try to return all calls and emails myself. I wish you the best of luck and have a wonderful day.