Move to One of These Tampa Area Neighborhoods to Shorten Your Commute

Are you tired of driving into the city every day for work? You may want to consider moving to a Tampa neighborhood closer to your employment and the amenities the city has to offer. There are several neighborhoods that are quiet and relaxing while still being in the bustle of the city, so you can have an easy commute to work and elsewhere.  Here are the best up-and-coming neighborhoods for shortening your commute.

Port Tampa

Port Tampa is at the southern tip of the Tampa downtown area. This neighborhood is closer to the waterfront but still offers easy access to the downtown business district. Port Tampa also boasts some activities like the waterfront park Picnic Island Beach that offer great ways to relax right in the middle of the city.

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What You Need to Know About Buying a House in Tampa in the Middle of COVID

Most people have been reluctant to participate in many activities since the pandemic hit full swing, with executive orders on both the state and federal levels. However, when you need to move due to a job or just need more space these days, many are choosing to make a move.

With interest rates still at record lows, and all of us having to spend more time at home.  It makes sense to spend your money where you spend the most time.  It can be done safely if you follow proper guidelines:

Wearing masks.

Even though there is no Florida or federal legal requirement to wear one, masks are legally mandated in public places in Tampa. They are also recommended by the Florida Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization, as well as most other health officials. 

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New vs Pre-Existing Homes: Which Should You Buy?

When it’s time to buy a house, it’s easy to become intimidated by listing prices. The average price of a home in Hillsborough County is $270,000 with Tampa being one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.  While you might want a new home for energy efficiency and tech capabilities, it might not be a realistic purchase for your family. Here is what you need to consider before making a decision between a new or pre existing home.

Cost to move in

Of course, a brand new home is going to cost more than an existing home of equal square footage. The older the home and the more remodeling needed the less it will cost. But there are other costs to consider before you actually move in, such as renovations or repairs. A pre-existing home may also come with extras such as window treatments, ceiling fans and appliances. Consider the full cost to move in before you make a decision.

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What You Need to Know Before Buying an Investment Home with Others

It occasionally happens that a group of friends or siblings will decide to make an investment together. Different members of the group bring different talents and advantages to the table. One member of the group might have really good credit. Another member of the group may be able to throw in a significant amount of money to make the investment happen. There are actually several good reasons to work together as a group on an investment property.

But there are also some things you have to watch out for. You should really carefully consider all of the factors before deciding to buy an investment property with someone else.

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Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly

You may have noticed that there really aren’t any homes selling right now. With the coronavirus pandemic, people are being discouraged from leaving their homes or traveling. That can make moving difficult or impossible. If you are wanting to sell your home, you’re better off waiting to list it.

You can still do things to further your progress in preparing for a fast home sale. Since you are stuck at home anyway, you should have plenty of time to handle these tasks. If you prepare your home for a quick sale now, you will be ready to list it when the all clear sounds. That will help you get your home sold even faster. Here’s what should be on your task list.

Clean Everything

You should clean every single inch of your house. Dust everything, including the ceilings and corners. If your home is a mess, the people viewing it will have a hard time envisioning themselves living there. Keeping things spotless will also make the home seem more appealing in general.

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How to Make Sure You Are Not the Victim of Real Estate Listing Scams

It happens far too often. You find a home you want to buy, you contact the “seller,” and you arrange to look at the house. Maybe you put in an offer. Maybe you even pay a down payment. And then suddenly the seller disappears, and you discover the home wasn’t theirs to sell in the first place.

These real estate scams are becoming more and more prevalent, especially with the increase in for sale by owner homes. There are some ways that you can protect yourself from real estate scams.

Pay Nothing to See a Property

You shouldn’t have to pay anything to see a property for sale. If someone is requiring you to send them money to confirm your appointment to look at the property, this is a huge sign that you are being scammed. In these situations the money is usually sent to the “seller,” who then takes the money and runs, with no one at the property when you arrive.

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How Can You Finance Your Home Renovation?

If you have a renovation project on the mind, the first thing you have to consider is how you are going to pay for it. Here are some common options :

Cash

Paying in cash is the most straightforward financing option, just save until you have enough money to cover the expenses. This will help eliminate spending outside your budget; however, it can also extend your timeline.

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Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

If you are looking to sell your home in the near future, there are several things that you can do to increase your home’s appeal and value. The higher the value of your home, the more money you will be able to sell it for. There are some home improvement projects that do not take too long to perform, are not overly expensive, and will add more value to your home than the expense. Here are some examples.

Adding a Fireplace

Adding a fireplace is not the chore that it sounds like. You can add an electric fireplace very inexpensively. You can also add a gas fireplace for only around $2000 to $4000. A wood fireplace is going to cost a lot more to install and won’t add as much value.

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Why Tampa Real Estate Is One of the Hottest Markets

Many people are claiming that Tampa is the hottest real estate market in the state. Many investors and property managers are looking at Tampa for investments. Here are some of the reasons Tampa real estate is one of the hottest markets and why you should take advantage of the opportunity.

Rising House Prices

The average price of houses in Tampa has gone up significantly in the last two years, and it is predicted that there is an 84 percent chance that the market will continue to climb in the next two years. By predictions, home values will be significantly higher at the end of 2021 than they were at the end of 2018. If you buy now, you could find yourself with a lot of equity for little investment.

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