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Community Involvement

Tampa is a wonderful community and we feel so lucky to live here. Like many of you, all year long we try to find ways to help those that are less fortunate, and we especially look to do so during the holidays. Here are a few of the wonderful organizations that make such a difference in the lives of our Tampa Bay residents.

Fall Activities in Tampa Bay

We are lucky to have so many options for celebrating the fall season and Halloween! From fall festivals to pumpkin patches, there are tons of options for fall fun!

Hyde Park Village Pumpkin Patch – Make it a day and shop, grab lunch or coffee and pick out your pumpkin at this quaint pumpkin patch in the heart of Hyde Park Village.

Harvest Holler Corn Maze – Located just North of Lakeland, they have something for everyone, including a corn maze, live animals, a pumpkin patch and more!

Hunsader Farms – This farm is a fun way to spend a fall day! In addition to a pumpkin patch, they have a petting zoo, playground, market and more!

Oktoberfest – Here’s something for the adults! Celebrate Oktoberfest with German cheer, dancing, and singing.


Planning Your Outdoor Space

Fall is here and for Floridians, that means it’s time to head outside! Creating a fabulous outdoor space can be a big project or a small one – it’s really up to you. A couple comfy outdoor chairs, a shady umbrella, and a small table might be all you need. Or, you might be considering a fire pit, back patio, and outdoor kitchen. Whichever way you go, beautiful outdoor space is a welcome addition and can help boost your home value and appeal when selling.  Read On for tips on how to spruce up your space!

  1. Use light sources to create the mood – Whether you use lanterns, candles, or outdoor lighting in trees and bushes, light sources can add drama and highlight key parts of your space.
  2. Bring in color with accessories – Accessories like throw pillows or plant containers can bring in bright pops of color without a lot of costs.
  3. Have ample seating – If you want to open up your outdoor space to friends, then make sure you have enough seating for a group. Loveseats and benches can add seating without taking up too much space.
  4. Decorate with potted plants – Not only can the containers add color, but so can the varieties of leaves and blooms. It’s also an affordable way to update the space, especially as the seasons change.

Preparing for a Hurricane

Many Floridians have dealt with impending hurricanes. No matter how many you’ve faced, there’s always that sense of dread leading up to the possibility of the storm. This storm, Irma, is no exception. In fact, it has the potential for being one of the worst we’ve seen. Preparing your home and family is essential. Here are some tips that will help. But, the most important tip we can give you is to watch the news and follow the directions of local officials. Please stay safe!

  1. Evacuation Planning – Find out if you’re in an evacuation zone and be sure that you understand local evacuation routes.
  2. Buying Supplies – Purchase supplies well in advance and keep them on hand, especially throughout hurricane season. This should include bottled water, flashlights, canned foods, pet food, and a first aid kit. We know water has been difficult to find, but stores are restocking regularly and Amazon may also be a good source (though more costly).
  3. Copy Important Documents – Make copies of important documents and keep them in a safe place. This may include proof of ownership and insurance paperwork for home, cars, boats, etc.
  4. Protect Your Home – Take in outdoor furniture that could potentially be lifted and tossed by wind, secure any loose shingles or shutters.
  5. Secure Electronics – Backup electronics, charge your devices and unplug electronics that could be impacted by a power outage.
  6. Use Common Sense – Stay indoors, even if the eye of the storm is passing through, don’t drive through standing flood water and be patient waiting for emergency crews to help as needed.


How to help victims of Harvey

Gabby Kaufman Wed, Aug 30

Hurricane Harvey made first landfall Friday as a Category 4 storm, slamming Texas with brutal winds and severe flooding, leaving Houston underwater and millions of residents in need of aid. The relentless storm has dropped record-breaking rainfall and made a second landfall Wednesday in Louisiana. Here are some ways you can help.

Red Cross
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recommended that those who want to help victims should donate to the American Red Cross, which he called a “tremendous asset.” A number of other organizations at the national, state and local levels will provide vital assistance to residents in the coming days, weeks and months.

Local and national relief organizations
The Salvation Army, Save the Children, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Heart to Heart and Samaritan’s Purse are all on the ground in devastated areas and seeking donations to continue their response efforts. Texas Diaper Bank is sending out disaster relief kits to those affected. Team Rubicon is an emergency response team made up of military veterans and first responders. Oath (which is the parent company of Yahoo News) offers matching funds for donations to the Red Cross and some other organizations.

Food banks
Feeding Texas is a statewide network of food banks, and Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks serving the area hardest hit by Harvey. That list includes Houston Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi and San Antonio Food Bank, among others.

To help nonhuman Texas residents, animal welfare organizations will be focused on rescuing, sheltering and rehoming pets. The Humane Society and the SPCA of Texas and their affiliated shelters will need money, supplies, food and foster volunteers.

Blood donations can be made through the American Red Cross, and Carter BloodCare, We Are Blood and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center are all Texas-based organizations sure to be seeking increased donations.

Other relief efforts
Airbnb has set up an Urgent Accommodations page, allowing evacuees to find a place to stay for free with the help of those able to offer their space at no charge.

A list of individual crowdfunding campaigns related to the hurricane can be found at GoFundMe’s Hurricane Harvey Relief page. GlobalGiving, another crowdfunding site, is aiming to raise $2 million for a relief fund.

Staging to Sell

Staging your home can have a big impact on selling your house. It helps make a home feel clean, refreshed and ready to live in, by the new owner. Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine recently featured one of our listings and the following tips for staging your home to sell!

> Declutter – “Do it once, then do it again. Have a friend come over for a walkthrough and note anything remaining that needs to be cleared out.”

> Create a Flow – “Remove any non-necessary furniture from the room.”

> Create an Atmosphere – “Prior to the showing, take out the trash (especially diaper cans), light a candle or use a diffuser with essential oils, and vacuum the house.”

To read the full article and see photos, go here.

Fun Indoor Options!

We get it, Tampa in summer is hot! Luckily, there are tons of fun options that are also indoors, or shaded and cool! Check out these great picks.

CineBistro or Studio Movie Grille  – Both options are a great way to catch a movie in comfort. They offer in-theater dining, including full meals, snacks, and cocktails – plus first-run movies!

Glazer Children’s Museum – Fun for the kids, the Glazer Museum has tons of different exhibits and play areas, including a mini Publix, and hands-on science experiments and art activities.

Florida Aquarium – The Florida Aquarium is a great way to see all the underwater creatures and sea life. It’s fun for kid and adults, and there is also a newly renovated splash pad outside to keep the kids cool (and a covered area and covered tiki bar from where you can watch them).

Tampa Museum of Art – Right next door to the Children’s Museum is the Tampa Museum of Art. This is a beautiful space with short and long-term exhibitions, plus a lovely cafe that offers nice riverside views.

Tampa Theatre – Tampa Theatre is a historic landmark and a fantastic place to watch movies you can’t see elsewhere. Keep an eye out for their schedule of classic and independent films.

What are your favorites?

The Impact of Tampa’s Growth

Have you noticed how hot the Tampa market is right now? If you’re a seller OR a buyer, you probably have. And, if you’ve read the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the changes planned for downtown Tampa, Channelside and Water Street Tampa. Within the next few years, our waterfront and skyline are going to change for the better and we’re seeing more people moving to Tampa.

Who can blame them? We’re already a city filled with culture, character, and history, and now we’ll have a world-class waterfront, with more dining and hotel options than ever before. We can’t wait.

So, what does that mean for local real estate? We’re seeing continued growth in the real estate market, but still finding affordable options for our clients.

In fact, the Tampa Bay Times recently reported that, “In the second quarter of this year, Tampa Bay’s “affordability index” stood at 99 percent, meaning the median home price of $191,000 was almost exactly at its historic norm, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, parent of RealtyTrac.”

360 Realty’s agents are seeing homes going under contract quickly. This is great news for sellers and buyers, and we do not see things slowing down anytime soon.

“All of the new growth will continue to increase the demand and pricing, for South Tampa real estate in particular,” explains Carlyn Neuman. “The land is a peninsula and there is only a finite amount.”

4th of July in Tampa Bay!

Tampa has so many options for celebrating the Fourth of July! From waterside fireworks to neighborhood celebrations, there is something for everyone. Here are a few events we’ve found!

Summer Fun in Tampa Bay

Summer is here and you may already be hearing the calls of “I’m bored.” A little boredom is good for the imagination, but sometimes you need a planned activity. Luckily, Tampa Bay has all kinds of fun, affordable options.

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