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By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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Florida is still the top destination for International Buyers.In 2014, the five countries that accounted for 51% of all purchases by international buyers were China, Canada, Mexico, India & the United Kingdom.International buyers tend to purchase more expensive real estate with the average purcha...

By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
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5 Negotiation Tips Palma Ceia South Tampa Home Buyers Need to Know Buying a Palma Ceia home for sale is one of the most expensive transaction you are likely to make. As such, it is extremely important to do it right in order to get the best price. Here are some negotiating tips that will help you...

By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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When you are trying to narrow down your favorites, it's a great idea to confirm whether or not the home is in a flood zone that requires flood insurance.  Flood insurance can get very pricey, and there is a lot of talk on the news and from insurance companies about flood insurance increasing each...

By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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Homes that smell nice and have good curb appeal entice picky buyers to keep looking at your property and not just close the door before seeing the entire home.Often a repugnant smell, whether a strong dog or cat smell, cigarette smell, or a smell of "moisture" will quickllllly turn off buyers and...

By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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Under the inspection repair and maintenance section of your home purchase contract, a seller has some limited responsibilities to the buyer to warrant certain items and/or systems in the home. While your agent may be representing you as a buyer, they are in no way qualified to determine the condi...

By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
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Why Selling a Vacant South Tampa Maryland Manor Home Is a Big Mistake With so many South Tampa homes in Maryland Manor on the market, you really have to give your property a nice packaging and market it well in order to catch buyer’s attention. Otherwise, your real estate property might sit in th...

By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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I always encourage my customers preparing for a move to cut back on their possessions to improve a home's staging. If a house is listed with the clutter remaining in the home, the potential buyers automatically think there isn't enough room, not enough storage in the home. Closets should be neat ...

By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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Once the price and terms are negotiated and you're under contract for the purchase of your new home, one of the next steps is your mortgage person will order an appraisal to determine that the home is worth at least the contract sales price. We Realtors breathe a lot easier once the appraisal com...

By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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Earlier this year, one of my buyers was so excited to close on their bank owned home.  The appraisal actually came in $20,000 above contract place.  I am so excited that they got instant equity. We moved quickly on their purchase of this home that was in an area they had been looking at for quite...

By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
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How to Tell If You Are Ready to Buy Sunset Park Home in South Tampa There may be many reasons to buy a Sunset Park home for sale in South Tampa, but how do you know if you are ready? If you want to know whether you are ready for the American Dream of homeownership, read on and check if you have o...

By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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   When you apply for a home loan, the buyer is asked if they are going to be living in the home.  Lenders want to know if the borrower is intending to actually live in the home that they are buying (primary residence) or whether it's an investment property or second home.  If the home isn't a pr...

By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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Cute as they are, pets while the home is being shown can be a real distraction and can be a deterrent to those looking to buy the property.  Cat and dog hair and odors can be a real problem to those especially that have allergies; smells can make the home seem older, dirty and can immediately put...

By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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When considering Do-it-yourself projects, it can be so exciting, creating a better home environment and all the satisfaction that you will feel with each step of the project.  When you step back and take it all in - your completed masterpiece - there's nothing better. Enjoying living in your home...

By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
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Top 5 Steps to Make the Move to Your South Tampa Home Easy for Your Children Once you have bought the perfect property among the many homes for sale in South Tampa, your next step will include preparations for moving. Since many kids thrive in familiarity and routine, they might feel overwhelmed ...

By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
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How to Avoid Seller's Remorse When Selling Real Estate in South Tampa You've probably heard of the term "buyer’s remorse," which happens when a homebuyer regrets his or her decision of buying a property right after settling in due to different reasons, but did you know that there's also such a th...

By Homes For Heroes
(Affiliates nationwide for Hero Rewards)
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I am a Broker Associate with Engel & Volkers, serving South Tampa and the Tampa Bay region. I am licensed in Florida and Virginia.  Prior to moving to Tampa Bay, I lived in the Metropolitan Washington DC area, where I successfully negotiated and closed Multi-million dollar transactions in Fairfax...

By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Your Palma Ceia Home for Sale Painting your home is a huge project, but it can certainly help in attracting buyers looking for Palma Ceia homes for sale in South Tampa. Keep in mind that the paint job is the first impression people will have of your home so it be...

By Mary Diaz, Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker
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Top 4 Common Reasons Why Your South Tampa Home Is Not Selling Are you wondering why your South Tampa home in Maryland Manor is still sitting on the market after weeks-or even months-of showings? As a seller, it is easy to get frustrated when you are having troubles with attracting buyers. However...

By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
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We are back!Due to the changeover from trulia url's and such, SI Real Estate been absent on here for the past two months. We could not get logged into our account or even connect to the site without a bunch of security flags! As such, our blog posts were not able to be seen by our viewers unless ...

By Stephanie LeFew, Making Real Estate Easy for You-It's all about You
(Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL)
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First-Time Home Buyer Tips1. Don't just focus on the monthly mortgage payment that you can afford each month. There are also other expenses that you need to think about, like property insurance, taxes, homeowner association dues, utility bills, and maintenance. There are going to be other expense...

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