Buying a House? Don’t Forget to Factor in Property Taxes!

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You’ve found the dream house, the price is right and you are ready to purchase. Make sure you stop and consider additional expenses first. The cost of homeownership goes beyond just your mortgage payment. For instance, property taxes and flood insurance. In this article we are going to focus on property taxes. Did you know that Florida’s property taxes average 1.1% of a home’s assessed value? This tax helps support state and local government funding, since Florida doesn’t impose a personal income tax. It’s imperative that you discover how your property tax bill works. Once you understand how your property...

Saint Pete Local Secret- Pure Sea Salt

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  St. Pete is a treasure trove of little gems known only to the locals. We are setting out to reveal some of these little secrets for those uninitiated with “the Burg”. From quaint glass stores, to craft beers, handmade soaps to our latest find; Sea Salt! Surrounded by oceans, it’s no wonder that Maureen (Mo) Cacioppo, 35, has made a hobby of crafting homemade sea salt into a full time, thriving operation. Currently she has more than 16 flavors and has made a resolution to put out a new flavor each month. Our favorites so far are maple bacon,...

WORD OF THE WEEK- ESCROW

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WORD OF THE WEEK- ESCROW If you’ve ever heard a discussion on real estate, chances are the word “Escrow” has been thrown around. Perhaps you have a vague understanding that it has to do with holding money, but we will break it down for you here. There are two different meaning for the word “escrow” depending on what part of the country you are in. The overall definition is: “To place money or legal documents in the control of a third party until specific conditions are met”.  In the Western US, when someone says they are “in escrow”, they are...

Word of the Week- Appraisal Vs. Inspection

  Appraisal Vs. Inspection If you haven’t already delved into the world of real estate, chances are that at some point in your life, you will. Real estate is often the most important investment people ever make, yet often they are astoundingly un-educated about the process and the terminology. As a perpetual student, I thought it would be fun to create a weekly journey to teach the average person about this complex and varied world. We will launch this journey by comparing “Appraisal” vs. “Inspection”. They sound like synonyms, but they are actually two very different things and serve very...

There is Still Time to Get in on the Awesome 2016 Real Estate Market!

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As the year begins to wind down, you may want to consider getting a piece of the St. Petersburg Real Estate action! It's not too late to take advantage of this years upswing. Below we have outlined some of the reasons the Real Estate Market in our area is at its prime! 1. Wide range of price points in the housing market.  1. People are employed. The trend line for the Tampa unemployment rate began to drop at the beginning of September 2015 and, by November, had dipped to 4.6 percent. Much of that employment came from sectors outside agriculture –...

Top 10 Reasons to Get In on St. Pete 2016 Real Estate Market!

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The year is winding to a close, but it isn't too late to get a "piece of the action" here in St. Pete's Real Estate market! Below we have outlined the top 10 reasons you don't want to wait for the New Year's Eve countdown to make your move! 1. A Wide Range of Housing Price Points. The range of Real Estate prices make St. Pete/Tampa an ideal place for Snow Birds, people wanting to relocate, investors and first time buyers. From the $150,000's (median sale price of a single-family home) in Hernando County to $229,000 in Hillsborough and with a...

Bring on the Weekend! March 7th-9th

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Friday Friday Night Cornhole at Ferg's Ballpark https://www.facebook.com/events/245324385647788/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming Foeder For Thought @ Green Bench Brewery https://www.facebook.com/events/1407918376129578/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming 5th Anniversary Happy Hour @ Ferg's https://www.facebook.com/events/501247559989136/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming IRATION AT JANNUS LIVE!! https://www.facebook.com/events/176164202584720/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming Echo84 @ Bar Milo | Friday March 7th https://www.facebook.com/events/519164854866523/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming Saturday 9am-2pm Saturday Morning Market With up to 10,000 customers a week, and 200 vendors rotating through 130 spaces, the market is widely considered the largest farmers market in the southeast US. Meet your local farmer, buy some plants, browse the crafts, chow down some great food and listen to live music. Al Lang Stadium Parking Lot, 1st Ave. S and 1st St....