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Tips to Manage Stress During the Holidays

  1. Stick with your routine – Get to bed on time, don’t oversleep and stay true to your normal daily routine
  2. Eat a healthy breakfast – Starting the day off on the right foot makes everything easier
  3. Exercise – Even if it’s just a short walk, exercising is a great way to clear your head and ease stress
  4. Everything in moderation – Try not to overindulge in food, alcohol, spending or activities. Overindulging often just leads to more stress.
  5. Take deep breaths – A few cleansing breaths really can reduce your stress levels and calm you down
  6. 6. Just say no – You can’t do everything and be everywhere. If you need to turn down an invitation, that’s ok!

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.

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!

Tampa Bay Staycation Ideas

No vacation plans for the rest of the summer? How about a few days of staycation? Tampa Bay is the perfect place for a staycation because there are so many things to do within a short distance.  Here are our top 5 staycation ideas:

  1. Tampa Bay Riverwalk – You can spend an entire day on the Riverwalk without getting bored.  Bring bikes, scooters or just walk and spend the day meandering down the almost three-mile path on the Hillsborough River.  Stops along the way may include gelato at the café at the Tampa Museum of Art, playtime at the playground at Curtis Hixon Park, and drinks and dinner at Ulele.
  2. Busch Gardens – You can easily spend an entire day at the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Theme Park.  With a full zoo attraction, kiddie attractions and massive roller coasters, there is something for the entire family.
  3. Tampa Theatre – Head downtown to take in a movie at the Tampa Theatre. This Tampa icon shows special run movies, including a summer classics series, plus is a beautifully restored historic venue.
  4. Beaches – No staycation would be complete without a day at the beach. Tampa Bay is surrounded by tons of options within an hours’ drive.  Check out St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, Pass-a-Grille and more for white sand and beautiful sunsets.
  5. Downtown St. Pete – St. Petersburg has grown into a hub of beautiful art museums and galleries, fantastic restaurants and beautiful walks along the Bay.  Walk along Beach Drive and stop along the way at the Chihuly Arts Center and the Museum of Fine Arts.  Grab a bite to eat at the delicious Moon Under the Water and then venture a little further (but still within walking distance) to see the esteemed Dali museum. End the night with a live show at Jannus Live.

5 Instances Where Your Home Insurance Provider Probably Won’t Have Your Back

5 Instances Where your Home Insurance Provider Probably Won’t Have Your Back

Never, NEVER, assume that your home insurance policy covers all possible home damages. Sure, they’ll cover a house fire, burglary, and other major catastrophes, but what about the smaller catastrophes that could still cost you a pretty penny?

Below are some instances where your insurance provider won’t be dishing out any extra dough to help you pay the bill.

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3 Tips to Help You Sell Your Home During the Holidays

christmas-card-574742_1920The holidays are around the corner, and for most of us, this means family gatherings, holiday celebrations and shopping. However, for some, the holidays mean the beginning of a whole new chapter in their lives. Believe it or not, more and more sellers are choosing to sell their homes during the holidays, as opposed to waiting until the spring time. Are you one of these holiday sellers? If so, check out our list of the top 3 tips to help you sell your home during the holidays.

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