How To Declutter Your Home

It’s spring, and that means many of us are looking to clean and refresh our homes. One of the main problems that homeowners often tackle in the spring is clutter. Clutter throughout your home can cause disorganization and can even make your home appear chaotic. So by decluttering, you can make your home a calmer, more relaxing place to spend time. Additionally, if you’re looking to move sometime soon, decluttering will streamline the moving process so that you can arrive in your new home faster. 

If you want to declutter your home but aren’t quite sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ve compiled our best tips for decluttering the most important rooms in your home. (more…)

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Why You Need a Home Inspection When Buying a Home

If you’re in the process of buying a home, getting a home inspection is an essential step to take before sealing the deal. While, from what you can see, the home may fit all of your criteria, an inspection can assure you that it has no significant issues. 

Let’s learn more about what a home inspection entails and why you need one as a home buyer. 

What’s Included in a Home Inspection?

A professional home inspection will last a few hours and include a thorough examination of various parts of the exterior and interior of the home.  (more…)

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Down Payment Assistance Options

A home is a major investment that requires extensive financial planning. One aspect of the home-buying process is making a down payment. With down payment assistance programs, homebuyers don’t need to make a down payment of 20% of the home purchase price to buy a home. These assistance options can make purchasing a home financially attainable for many people in Tampa. 

If you’re a potential homebuyer in Tampa, understanding the down payment assistance options that are available to you can help you cover the cost of a new home. Read on to learn more! (more…)

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Trends in Florida Design for 2021

When it comes to Florida home design, there are many exciting trends to look out for in 2021. This year is projected to be especially good for home buyers; and if you’re considering a move to a new Tampa home, be on the lookout for these up-and-coming design trends. 

Spacious Home Offices

If we learned anything in 2020, it was the importance of a bright, organized home office. Now, in 2021, spacious home office designs are sure to take the stage. As remote work continues this year, you’ll notice an increase in dedicated office spaces in Florida homes. 

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2021 Tampa Housing Trends

Florida’s population is growing faster than any other state, even in the midst of a pandemic. What does this mean for Tampa housing prices? Now that it’s a buyer’s market and home values are rising, 2021 housing trends could get interesting. Here’s how we see things playing out.

Median sale price of Tampa homes continues to increase

In this buyer’s market, there are often multiple offers on a home, with the median price of Tampa homes continuing to climb over the last year. Florida has long had an affordable housing market, and is currently running about $50,000 lower than the rest of the country. The current median sale price is about $285,000, up just over $25,000 from 2019. The demand, however, is for the luxury properties. The wealthy continue to flock to the Tampa Bay area which offers vast options for luxury homes on and off the water. 

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Why More Northerners Moving to Florida? Here are Some Signs Tampa Might Be Right for You

There is no doubt that more northerners are moving to Florida every year, but the pandemic has certainly sped things up a bit. In the last year, Florida’s population grew by around 340,000 putting the state population over 22 million. Why the jump in Florida home sales since the pandemic?

The answer lies in the fact that many companies are moving to all employees working on a remote basis. When you can work from anywhere, you no longer have to factor in time to find a new job in a new location. It cuts down on moving costs, time, and hassle. Many people want to retire to Florida because of the warmer weather, but working remotely allows you to live wherever you please, right now.

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Growing Family? Look for These Features in Your New Home

A couple just starting out these days usually starts with an apartment. But as soon as you are expecting your first child, all of that will change. You’ll start thinking about tire swings and lazy afternoons on the lawn, and you’ll start wanting your first home.

It’s easy to think as a small family you only need a small home, but why not put down more permanent roots? Even if you decide to only stay in one place for the average 10 to 15 years, your family is going to grow and change during that time. If you find a neighborhood and home you love, it is important that the home be adaptable to your needs. 

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Finding a Home To Accommodate a Mother-In-Law Apartment

Is your household growing with the addition of your mother or mother-in-law? Responsible children always take care of their parents when they can, but you don’t necessarily want to live with Mom. The best way for your mom to maintain her independence and you maintain your lifestyle is to choose a home that accommodates a mother-in-law apartment.

A home doesn’t have to have an attached apartment ready to go to be a good candidate for such an arrangement. You can easily convert parts of the home to meet your needs. A mother-in-law suite can be created by joining two rooms to create a sitting room and bedroom with at least a half bath added. You can also create a complete apartment with separate sleeping and living areas, a functionally equipped kitchen, and a three-quarter or full bath from an insulated attic, finished basement, two-plus car garage, or other outbuildings.

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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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