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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Tell If You're Not yet Ready to Buy Your Own Home Buying a home is an integral part of the American dream. However, before you start looking for homes in South Tampa, you have to consider if you are really ready for the responsibility of home ownership. While most Americans believe that real estate is one of the best long-term investments, it certainly isn’t for everyone.Read on for some signs that homeownership isn’t for you yet.  You don’t have money for down paymentAs a buyer, you will need money for a down payment regardless of where your home loan will come from. Your lenders will want you to have a cash amount to be used for the down payment. Typically, mortgage lenders will want to see between 10%-20% of the purchase price in your savings account. Having no enough cash for...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Avoid These Emotional Pitfalls When Selling Your Sunset Park Home  The stakes are high when you are selling your home to buyers looking for Sunset Park homes for sale in South Tampa. As such, you cannot allow yourself to become too emotional during the homeselling process. While it helps to acknowledge and understand your emotions, you must also realize that they can get in the way of making rational decisions. In fact, emotional pitfalls can make you lose out on a good transaction. Read on for some common emotional mistakes that you should steer clear of during a home sale. 1. Being afraid of price reductionsIf you are a first time home seller, know that it is common for first-timers to overprice the property. You usually start out so sure that your home will sell for what you believe ...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Does Your South Tampa Real Estate Agent Have These Top Qualities? If you want to successfully sell your home to the right buyer looking for real estate in South Tampa, you need to have right person on your team. As a seller, it is important to work with an experienced real estate agent who knows the local market inside and out. Here at the characteristics of a real estate professional who can get the job done: 1. ProactiveOne quality that you should look for in a real estate agent is being proactive. Your agent takes charge of the situation rather than just responding to it. In addition to that, a good real estate agent should be proactively communicating with potential buyers looking for South Tampa homes for sale. He should also be keeping in touch with existing customers and looking ...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
What to Ask When Interviewing South Tampa Real Estate Agents Selecting a trusted agent who specializes in homes for sale in South Tampa area is an important step in the home selling process. This daunting task can greatly affect the sale of your home. To determine which agent is right for you, try asking prospective agents the few questions listed below:1. Are you a full time agent?Before you start entertaining buyers of South Tampa homes for sale, you have to understand the difference between a part time real estate agent and one who is in full-time business. If the agent has another job, it might be harder to reach him as compared to someone who can provide undivided service. You don’t want to miss opportunities just because the agent is not available on a particular day. On the other...
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By Wayne Golliday
(Mobile Home Sales of Florida LLC)
 One of the most exciting things about Active Rain is not only the amount of information and knowledge one can receive but It is the amount of friendly advice and help willing given to others.  So we are going to ask for a little help from the wonderful people here.Tampa is the strongest used mobile home market in Florida and we need some experienced and motivated people to help us break into that market.  This truly is a ground floor opportunity for the right people who are motivated to succeed.  We are in the need of several Vice Presidents of Market Development for the Tampa Florida area.   We are looking for people with either traditional Real Estate experience or Mobile Home selling experience. These people should have some experience in people and local market development.    This...
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By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
Valencia Lakes Top Rated Active Adult 55+ Community In Tampa!Video Tours Valencia Lakes TampaActive adults and retirees from all over America are choosing Valencia Lakes on Florida’s tranquil west coast because of its incredible resort lifestyle and great values on new homes. G.L. Homes designed Valencia Lakes' waterfront recreation complex with a magnificent 27,000-total-square-foot clubhouse that offers a complete fitness center, massive swimming pool with a separate exercise pool, spa, cabana bath, aerobics/yoga studio, art studio and gallery, festive wine bar, majestic social hall with stage and dance floor, gaming room, multi-purpose room, internet cafe, locker facilities with steam room, saunas and so much more! The Valencia Lakes Retirement Community in Tampa has a full-time Life...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
6 Words You Need to Know before Buying Palma Ceia Home for Sale Before purchasing any Palma Ceia homes for sale in South Tampa FL, it is vital that you understand what you are getting into. After all, buying a home is one of the most complex transactions you will ever complete. Read on for real estate terms that you have to know before buying a house. 1. ListingsHomes for sales are frequently referred to by real estate agents as listings. It contains information about the home. For example, a listing on a website will show the price, number of bedrooms, and special features of current South Tampa homes for sale in Palma Ceia. 2. Property taxesA property tax or a millage tax is a levy on a property that the owner is required to pay. The tax is charged by the governing authority of the ju...
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Repriced 4 Bedroom Home for Sale with a Pool in Village Wood Tampa FL | 12905 Cinnimon Pl Elegant design and modern luxury comes alive in this 4 bedroom home for sale with a pool in Village Wood Tampa FL. Conveniently nestled in the heart of Carrollwood, this is the dream home you have been waiting for! The charming community of Village Wood is situated in the Carrollwood area of Tampa FL. You will find it convenient commuting to downtown Tampa, sporting events, and local attractions as Village Wood is centrally located near major highways. Delight in your easy access to Carrollwood Village’s restaurants and several shops. This beautifully designed modern custom built pool home for sale in Tampa FL has lush tropical landscaping. Relaxing will be a breeze for those who will be ushered in...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
4 Best Ways to Make Your Home Offer Stand Out As a buyer looking for South Tampa homes in Maryland Manor, it is important to know that there are times when you may need more than just money to get your dream home. You must be prepared to give sellers enough reasons to pick your offer over offers from other bidders.Here are four ways to make your offer stand out from the rest of the competition:  1. Make the sellers like youWhen shopping for South Tampa Maryland Manor real estate for sale, remember to be careful with your words because you are buying someone’s home and they have memories and emotional ties to it. If the seller is around, avoid saying anything that could turn off or offend the seller. Don’t say how bad or ugly someone’s house is, and then try to buy it because it will nev...
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Beginner's Guide to Buying Your First Home in Sunset Park South Tampa Buying your first Sunset Park home for sale in South Tampa can be a thrilling and nerve-wracking experience. For a first time home buyer, it can be quite difficult to know exactly what to expect. Take these 5 steps to help make the home buying process go more smoothly: 1. Determine if you are ready for homeownershipBefore you start looking at Sunset Park homes for sale in South Tampa, you have to find out first if you are truly ready to buy a home. Home ownership can be more expensive than renting because you are responsible for paying for all the repairs and you have added utility costs like garbage and water. Then you also have to pay for taxes and insurance related to your home. If you are not financially ready, yo...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
What Millennials Look for When Buying Homes in South Tampa Before making the decision to purchase any real estate in South Tampa, younger home buyers consider many factors. They may include location, size of the lot, and interior features. If you want you want to catch the attention of millennials, you need to be aware of what they are looking for in a property. Here are 6 key features younger home buyers want in a home:1. Big kitchen and open floor planBack then, a formal dining room was on top of most home buyers’ wish list. However, at present, the demand has lessened because the kitchen has evolved into the hangout room along with the family room. Younger buyers prefer an open space that allows one to easily move from the kitchen to the TV room. They are also more attracted to open ...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
5 Proven Stress-Busters When Selling Your South Tampa Home The craziness and stress of selling your home to buyers of homes for sale in South Tampa area can make you anxious. Sometimes, it can zap you out of good energy. For sure, there will be many discussions along the home selling process so you have to learn how to give your mind and body a break. Follow the tips below to make the home selling process smoother:  1. Get the best real estate agentA real estate agent who has excellent track record in dealing with South Tampa waterfront homes for sale is one of the best ways to deal with stress. Be wary of agents who promised to get you the highest selling price or are offering the lowest fee. To be sure, ask about the number of buyers on their books, especially the types of buyers who ...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
How to Tell If You're Ready to Sell Your Palma Ceia South Tampa Home  Selling your home to buyers looking for Palma Ceia homes for sale in South Tampa FL is a big deal because there is always a lot that goes into the sale of your residence. However, before you ask questions like ‘how do I sell my home?’, you need to ask yourself first if you are truly ready to do it. Read on for some signs that hitting the market is a good opportunity and good decision for you and your family.1. You are no longer emotionally attached to your homeBefore you decide to sell your property to buyers looking for homes for sale in Palma Ceia South Tampa, make sure that you are no longer attached to your home. If you still have any emotions about the home, then it means that you are not yet ready to sell. If yo...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
6 Serious Deal Breakers South Tampa Home Buyers Should Know Before purchasing any South Tampa homes in Maryland Manor, make sure that you are well informed and have a good understanding of a property’s value. Although there is no perfect home, there are certain types of problems that are serious enough to make you reconsider buying that home. Read on for some of the common home buying deal breakers that you need to know before making that important decision:1. A dangerous level of radon                                                                 Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that can seep into the house from the ground. When looking for South Tampa Maryland Manor real estate for sale, make sure to check if there is a high level of radon. Long term-exposure to this...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Tampa FL Townhome for Sale in Palma Ceia Close to Downtown | 3217 W Empedrado St. #2 So you’ve been looking to find that perfect new home? Why not pay a visit to this Tampa FL townhome for sale in Palma Ceia close to downtown? See for yourself why you should make this home yours!Palma Ceia is a neighborhood located southwest of downtown Tampa, Florida. It is home to Palma Ceia Country Club and is closed to the exclusive Golfview community. The area is aesthetically known for its bricked streets, similar to those in Ybor City. This first and second floors of this two-story home is made of concrete blocks.  Upon entrance to this Palma Ceia townhome for sale you will be greeted by a vast foyer perfect for welcoming guests and friends. This warm and inviting area will make everyone feel at ...
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By Nick, Cindy & Nicholas Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,GRI,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
2605 W Lorraine AVE Tampa FL 33614It is always a good Real Estate day, when you sit down with a new seller to list their home and present a contract to purchase at the same time! http://bit.ly/1pR8n1Y 
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
4 Bedroom Home for Sale with a Pool in Tampa FL | 6805 Wilshire Ct   Spacious Pool home in the heart of Town n Country. This lovely home has an easy flexible floor plan, with formal areas, as well as Updated Kitchen/Family Room combo with Wood Burning fireplace. From the family room you go thru french doors to the screened lanai and unto the uncovered Pool area. Master Suite is a good size as well as the secondary bedrooms. Bathrooms are light and bright as they have skylights. There is a bonus room/den in addition to the bedrooms. Fenced backyard and is situated on a cul-de-sac. There is a functioning and licensed day care on premises. All day care furnishings will remain with the home. This space could easily be transformed into a In-Law Suite/Apartment or an additional Bedroom/Bath ...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Tampa FL Home for Sale with a Pool in Town 'n' Country | 6805 Wilshire Ct Your search for a one of a kind property has come to an end with this Tampa FL home for sale with a pool in Town ‘n’ Country! Situated in a cul-de-sac with fenced backyard, this home has all the comforts for everyday living and entertaining. Town 'n' Country is a census-designated place (CDP) in the fourth most populous county in Florida. Hillsborough is home to Alafia River State Park, Hillsborough RIver State Parks, and Lithia Springs, the largest natural spring in Florida. It also has the eighth largest school district in the United States consisting of 206 schools. This attractive Tampa FL home for sale has unmatched amenities. Aside from the inviting private pool, this property also has an easy flexible floor...
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By Rick Frissell, aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"
(HomeXpress Realty)
There was an investor that was able to make a lot of money the easy way. As a matter of fact, he caught the attention of the local media.A reporter from the local Tampa area approached him about an interview. He as happy to agree.The reporter immediately brought up that he had little education. By his own admission, he claimed he quit school in 6th grade. He also pointed out that he could hardly read or write and his worse subject was arithmatic."So," the reporter asked, "How did you become a multi-millionaire buying old houses?" He went on to share about buying a house that is in need of a lot or repair and how he could fix it up.The reporter responded, "Yes, there are a lot of investors that do that, but somehow you make a lot more money at it."The old man said, "Yes, I learned a long...
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By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
Why Having a Home Inspection Before Buying is Necessary When buying any Sunset Park homes for sale in South Tampa, you have the right to complete many different types of inspections of the potential home you’re purchasing. A home inspection in almost every case, is highly recommended. So, what are the reasons why you should have a home inspection when buying a home?  Here are five of the top reasons to have a home inspection when buying a home.1. It allows you to back out  It is necessary to have a home inspection before purchasing any South Tampa homes for sale in Sunset Park. A quality home inspection can expose critical information about the condition of a home and its systems. With this information, you will be more aware of what costs, repairs and maintenance the home may require i...
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