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By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
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Great news for Tampanians living around Big Bend - Hillsborough County Commissioners approved the widening of Big Bend Road, a project with an estimated cost of $97 million. "The project includes: -The widening of Big Bend Road from four lanes to six lanes -Realignment of Old Big Bend Road through the interchange -Construction of a new bridge on Old Big Bend Road over Bullfrog CreekA new I-75 southbound exit ramp and I-75 northbound entrance ramp modifications -New pedestrian facilities will also be constructed along Big Bend Road and Old Big Bend Road It is critical for the congested Southshore community, which is home to the largest population of veterans who rely on a connection to Tampa to access MacDill Air Force Base." Source: The Tampa Bay Business Journal
By Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers will win "Super Bowl" LV I am not much of a gambling man even though I am "Vegas Bob" and haven't watched football in over 10 years ...But I just put $500 clams on TB to win Super Bowl, don't care about the spread, just show me the money $$$Tom Brady's first year with TB and playing in the SB in TB, you do the math and Tom Brady will be getting his 7th SB ring this Sunday ...
By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
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 4 Helpful Tips When Buying Your New Home New construction homes come with countless perks! The process is more straightforward than traditional home buying and everything is brand new as well as customizable! Buying new has skyrocketed in popularity in the past year around Tampa Bay. Low home inventory has led homebuyers to forgo the competitive resale market and choose to buy and build in new communities.Although new construction homes have many perks, there are a few things you should do during the process to make the most out of your new home and avoid costly mistakes.Shop Around with Your Real Estate AgentIt’s important to do research ahead of time and meet with the builders that are within your budget. The builder’s sales consultants will go over how long it will take your home to...
By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
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A Reflection on How the Unprecedented Events of 2020 Changed Our Real Estate MarketIf someone told us in 2019 what was to happen the following year, we would not have believed them. From second graders learning through Zoom to one-way arrows in supermarket aisles, all aspects of our everyday lives have been impacted. The lockdowns in early spring especially affected those in the service industry. Restaurants relied on curbside pick up and hotels adopted new cleaning processes and precautions.                      The real estate industry was no different. Masks, gloves, and sometimes shoe coverings became a requirement during home tours. Virtual consultations replaced coffee shop meetings and closings moved outdoors. How the pandemic affected the real estate market and buyer trends made...
By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
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Don't Panic— Tampa Bay's Holidays are at the Door!Attention, Tampa Bay Area! Ready or not, the Holidays are not waiting around!If that alert strikes you as unnecessarily alarmist, remember that this year's calendar works out to have fewer days than usual between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And if your traditional Thanksgiving tryptophane-engendered post-turkey stupor was followed by too many days of leftover turkey sandwiches, the resulting snoozefest may have led to your catnapping through this year's shortened holiday preparation days. The fact is, the Tampa holiday celebrations are already well underway. If you find that hard to believe, there's this proof positive: the eighth, final day of Hanukkah arrives this Friday! That's right; the Jewish Festival of Lights began last Thursday....
By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
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Property TaxesProperty taxes are the various fees and taxes you have to pay in a given locality in the United States. Typically, taxes are split between your local municipal tax and state tax, which varies depending on where you're home is located. There are also specialty taxes to consider, which affect specialty areas that are zoned for various uses. If you're planning to purchase a property, reviewing the taxes you have to pay is an important consideration to ensure you can properly pay for your home without breaking the bank. In this blog post, we'll share the various property taxes involved within Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. Property Taxes in FloridaFlorida is well-known for its relatively good tax rates, especially when compared to other major coastal cities. The...
By John S. Wood, CPA, Every Tax Problem Has A Solution!
(Suncoast Tax Solutions)
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I represent taxpayers in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota as well as throughout the state of Florida who have federal and state tax issues.Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them. The IRS grouped all of the rights taxpayers have under the law into the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Included in the list is the right to retain representation.Here’s what the right to retain representation means to taxpayers: Taxpayers have the right to retain an authorized representative of their choice to represent them in their dealings with the IRS. Taxpayers who are heading to an interview with the IRS may select someone to represent them. Taxpayers who retain representation don’t have...
By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
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Benefits of Homeownership Outweigh the Pros of Renting Making the decision to buy a home can be a daunting one. Many people rule out purchasing a house, as it can feel intimidating and they don’t think they qualify. In reality, many renters have the qualifications and ability to become homeowners. It is a major financial decision but is also extremely rewarding and empowering to be able to own where you live. Here are 4 signs you may want to consider becoming a homeowner. You love where you live and plan to stay for a while.  Renting is great for people that are new to the area and are unsure if that is where they want to live. If you’ve been living in your city for a few years and plan on settling there, it may be best to consider buying. Also, if you’ve been living there a while and w...
By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
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When Florida comes to mind, many used to think of a vacation spot or a place to eventually retire. This has all changed over time, but especially in 2020. Florida has become one of the hottest places to relocate due to the Coronavirus. According to the Daily Mail, around 950 people move to the Sunshine State each day. According to a Douglas Elliman August report, new contracts for single-family homes and condominiums continued to rise in Pinellas and Hillsborough County — after having doubled in July. The Coronavirus lockdown resulted in many people reflecting on their lifestyles, especially work from home orders that went into place for so many people. Those living in major cities began to realize that working and living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment was just not ideal. Close living ...
By David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES, Real Estate Broker - Tampa
(Grady David Tipton Brokerage)
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Why are Average Down Payments Shrinking When Buying a Home? Most of today’s first-time Tampa FL area home buyers are aware that they’re no longer tied to strictures laid down in previous eras—especially the one dealing with 20% down payments. For buyers with stellar credit histories, that’s horse-and-buggy material. Last year, the U.S. average down payment was just 12%—but for first-timers, that average dropped to 6%! Relaxing steeper down payment requirements makes sense for everyone. It expands the field of buyers, so sellers and lenders benefit. But most of all, for first-time homebuyers who would need many years to save up the cash required for a 20% down payment, the advantage of being able to buy sooner (and thus, to begin building equity sooner) couldn’t be clearer. And today, wi...
By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
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Cost of Living in South Tampa, FLCost of LivingThe Cost of Living is the total amount of funds a family or individual has to spend to maintain a good quality of life in any given community in the United States. There are several factors affecting the cost of living in an area, including groceries, healthcare, housing, utilities, transportation, and many more. We've created a friendly guide for those considering a move into the area. If you're new to Tampa or are moving in from a nearby city, compare the various costs and your potential new employer to see if the move would be financially right for you and your family. If you need help finding the right home and would like to work with a realtor to find a good deal for you, our team would be glad to help. We've worked in the South Tampa ...
By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
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Buyer Preferences Shift as COVID Changes Our Daily Lives After months of lockdown, many homebuyers are rethinking what they want in their next home. Although the pandemic will not continue forever, it will have some long-term effects on our lifestyles and how we feel about public gatherings. During the quarantine, many people’s homes became their office, gym, and restaurant. The changes we made to our lifestyles during this time have changed what we want out of our living spaces.    When restaurants closed, we were limited to our homes to indulge in some good food. Luckily, many local restaurants opted for takeout options, even 5-star restaurants like Del Friscos and Capital Grill. However, the ambiance of eating at your dining room table or in front of your TV just isn’t the same. When...
By Joseph Mazzei, Why pay retail you you can get it Wholesale?
(Wholesale Mortgage Services)
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It's been quite a while since I wrote a blog post. Stay tuned for a fresh new blog discussing current market climate and what to expect for the future of real estate and mortgage lending!
By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
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A Look into Tampa's Growing Neighborhoods in 2020 In the past few years, we have watched the once sleepy bay area transform into a vibrant city with pockets of lively neighborhoods. A variety of creative restaurants and rooftop bars emerged as well as chic residential dwellings. A billion-dollar investment from Bill Gates attracted technology and consulting companies like ConnectWise and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Multiple new Amazon facilities and the possibility of becoming the headquarters for Space Force is also sparking interest in the Tampa Bay Area. Many neighborhoods have been brought to life such as Channelside, Hyde Park, and the southernmost point at Tampa’s Marina Pointe Westshore! The sprawling city is still experiencing massive growth in areas outside of the downtown areas. E...
By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
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 Which home buying option is best for you? Do you prefer the charm of a home with history or the idea of a bright and shiny untouched single-family home in a new community? One of the first decisions you will make as a homebuyer is whether new construction or resale home is for you and your family! Below we explore a few pros and cons of both options. Remember that you’ll want to hire an experienced real estate agent that has experience with both scenarios to help guide you in making an informed decision. The best part? Your real estate professional will be at no cost to you as a buyer. No cost, only benefits! New construction homes! If you are in the custom home building option, you will be able to customize and personalize your home and select different upgrades prior to your home bei...
By Nibal Elsaadi
(SI Real Estate Tampa)
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New Home Sales on the Rise Due to Pandemic New stats have come in via LinkedIn that shows an interesting real estate market trend. New home sales have jumped a whopping 55% since last year.   This is a HUGE increase! We are observing that more and more people are taking a preference towards less congested areas with their own living space. This is not only due to COVID and the lockdown, but many millennials have begun to settle down and have families. The mortgage rates also have increased buyer interest in homes of all types!   New construction homes are gaining more popularity as well for the following reasons:        There is limited inventory as many occupied resale homes have been pulled from the market due to Coronavirus. Sellers do not want showings in their homes while they are ...
By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
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Tampa, FL Closing CostsClosing CostsClosing Costs are the various fees you have to pay when finalizing a real estate transaction. There are many costs involved at the end of your deal, and it's essential to understand what these are and the reason you're paying for them. If you're a home buyer and you're looking for ways to save on your purchase, negotiating some of these closing costs and having the seller pay them is a great way to reduce your overall payment. Our team can walk you through the various closing costs involved when buying a home in South Tampa.Check out our original blog post at https://yoursouthtampahome.com/. Closing Costs for Home Buyers Appraisal Fee (If Financing) Credit Report Fees Financing Fees (e.g., Loan Origination Fee) Home Inspection Fee (Generally Paid Befo...
By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
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Palma Ceia Pines, South Tampa, Florida Neighborhood Information and Market ReportThe Palma Ceia Pines NeighborhoodPalma Ceia Pines is a highly developed urban neighborhood with a good mix of residential and commercial areas in the northern part of South Tampa, Florida. The community is bounded by Kennedy Boulevard, Henderson Boulevard, W Swann Avene, and S Armenia Avenue, with easy access to Downtown Tampa to the east and the Tampa International Airport and St Petersburg to the west. Homebuyers looking for a home that's moderately priced with easy access to the city center will find the area quite attractive.Real Estate in Palma Ceia Pines is a combination of single-family and multi-family residential developments. Apartments and condominiums provide affordable housing options with prop...
By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
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Culbreath Bayou - Culbreath Heights, South Tampa, Florida Neighborhood Information and Market ReportThe Culbreath Bayou - Culbreath Heights NeighborhoodCulbreath Bayou and Culbreath Heights are a couple of luxury subdivisions in South Tampa, Florida. The neighborhood is a short drive away from the downtown district of Tampa as well as the city center of St Petersburg. Families who have members working in both areas will find this neighborhood quite convenient, providing easy access to both city centers. Residents enjoy easy access to everything they need, including schools, shopping malls, public parks, restaurants, and many more community amenities.Homes for Sale in both Culbreath Bayou and Culbreath Heights are beautiful single-family homes, which include some of the most beautiful lu...
By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
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Hyde Park, South Tampa, Florida Neighborhood Information and Market ReportThe Hyde Park NeighborhoodHyde Park is a mixed-use urban neighborhood in the northeasternmost part of the South Tampa district of the city of Tampa, Florida. The community is directly south of the University of Tampa and is a bridge crossing away from Downtown Tampa. Residents enjoy easy access to all the attractions in the city center, as well as the world-class educational institutions in the area. If you're a busy professional looking for a home a short drive away, you'll love the excellent property options in the Hyde Park neighborhood.Real Estate in Hyde Park is quite diverse, providing lots of options for buyers considering a purchase in the neighborhood. For those looking for affordable home options or oppo...

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