Tampa Bay Real Estate and Community News

Feb. 22, 2018

Preparing Your Home to Sell

So, you’re ready to sell your St Petersburg home. It’s time to figure out what stays and what goes. This article provides suggestions and ideas to help improve your home’s appearance. Fact: Houses showing better tend to sell much faster. Take curb appeal for instance, curb appeal definitely leaves a potential buyer wanting more. Hey, your neighbors probably voted your home for best yard!

Let’s start with inside the home:

  • A clean home is key! Make sure all rooms have been cleaned from top to bottom. If you need assistance, consider calling a local professional cleaning service.
  • Clean carpets. If they are stained, consider replacing.
  • Remove clutter to make your home look tidy. Example: If you’re not using the toaster or mixer tuck it away.
  • Paint interior walls neutral colors. This helps make rooms look larger and pleases a majority of potential buyers.
  • Replace damaged wood, door handles, light fixtures and broken glass in windows.
  • Repair or replace leaking faucets and showerheads.
  • Clean and air out any foul odors such as smoke and pet odors. Foul odors will scare away a HUGE number of potential buyers.
  • Tuck away the family photos. Let the buyer imagine their family in the home.
  • Polish chrome and brass fixtures so they’re always shining.
  • Clean all lightbulbs and light fixtures to brighten the home. Again, this step will help make the home look larger.
  • Wash all windows inside and outside.
  • If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating.
  • Items you don’t use, want or need any more consider donating it to a local charity.

Outside the home:

  • Curb appeal is extremely helpful.
  • Replace dull mulch and add bright flowers to the landscape.
  • Do you have a fireplace? Inspect and clean the chimney (inside and out).
  • Make sure plants and shrubs look neat and healthy. Be sure to trim any tree limbs that may be encroaching on the roof or other parts of the home. Potential buyers may ask for tree trimming when submitting an offer.
  • Make sure the Address Numbers are placed in a clearly visible spot.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Repair broken steps and sidewalks to avoid any trip hazards.
  • Keep the lawn maintained at all times.
  • Remove clutter from breezeway, porches and patios.
  • The front door should look great and be in working condition. Apply a fresh coat of paint, fix a wobbly door handle, replace broken glass…
  • Replace or repair damaged fencing. Be sure you can enter and exit the door successfully.
  • If you are moving to a neighborhood where lawn maintenance is covered, consider selling your lawn care items on Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or simply donate them to a local charity.
  • Be sure to have foundation cracks inspected.

The above list should keep you busy as you begin preparing for the sale of your home. If you would like assistance feel free to contact us via website, text, email or direct line at 727-251-3487.


Posted in Selling Your Home
Dec. 30, 2017

Information You Need

Posted in Community News
Oct. 9, 2017


Mobile house hunting at your fingertips! The KW app is designed for on the go home buyers. It is FREE and EASY to use. The app allows you to see what is on the market in REAL TIME. It locates the closest property to your current location. It allows you to see what's in the area, pricing, pictures and much much more. If you see a property that you or a friend/family member may be interested in simply select the SHARE button at the bottom of the screen and the app allows you to share on FaceBook, Twitter, email to a friend, text a friend or simply send the property to our team.


Download the Mobile App Now: http://app.kw.com/KW2MXPLVM/ 


Posted in Buying a Home
July 2, 2017


  • Initial Interview: We will gather all pertinent information to assist us in understanding your home wants and needs. This can be performed via phone, email or meet in person.
  • Pre-Approval: The MOST IMPORTANT step in the home buying process is finding out if you are eligible to receive a loan. If you are not able to receive a loan at this time, mortgage brokers will provide you steps on how to resolve any obstacles you may run into. We can provide you with a list of recommended mortgage brokers/lenders. We recommend having a pre-approval letter before we visit properties. This is REQUIRED before placing a bid or an offer on a home or sellers will not take you seriously.
  • Previewing Properties: Once we obtain your preapproval letter we will set you up with your very own FREE web portal to view newly listed properties daily. The web portal allows you to see all properties as they hit the market within the MLS. Save your favorites. This website saves your FIRST search so make sure to review the instructions you receive via email after sign-up.
  • Showings: If you see something you love within your portal or on any other website, let us know and we will schedule a showing. We like to schedule more than one house at a time so gather a list. Note: Scheduling appointments to visit your selected properties takes time. Allow up to 24 hours on some properties, as they may be owner occupied. Once we find the property that you meets your needs and fits your criteria, we can then submit an offer. Houses do not sit if they are priced right! Be ready to submit an offer ASAP!
  • Offer: After writing and submitting the offer, we will negotiate on your behalf. An earnest money deposit is required within 2-3 business days once the seller accepts the offer. The deposit will be placed in an escrow account with an escrow agent or title company.
  • Inspection: We will provide you with the names of inspectors for the necessary mechanical, structural and pest inspections. We can assist you in making the arrangements if you require assistance.
  • Mortgage: Your lender will take care of ordering the appraisal (which is why it is a good idea to work with a local lender in FL), credit/underwriting, survey, etc. We have a great list of lenders. Do not hesitate to request our list.
  • Title: The title company will conduct title search, binder and a policy will be ordered. We will request the title commitment on your behalf, as per the contract.
  • Insurance: Our lenders can provide you with the names of local insurers so you can purchase the necessary insurance for your new home. Your lender will require the name of your insurance agent, phone number and email address as well as proof of insurance before closing.
  • Settlement: You will receive a HUD-1 Statement 24 hours prior to closing, to review the settlement costs. After we conduct a final walk through of the property, an agent will attend the closing with you.
Posted in Buying a Home
May 20, 2017


You are INVITED to join us this Sunday May 21st for an Open House located at 5524 Pine Circle NE in St Petersburg. The Edgemoor Estates community.

Hours: 1pm - 3pm

JUST LISTED: 2 Bedrooms 1 Full Bath Block Home!

This lovely home is situated in an established St. Petersburg neighborhood, EDGEMOOR ESTATES, offering a peaceful quiet setting.

The living room combined with the great room has plenty of space for entertaining guests, friends and relatives.

The kitchen forms the heart of the home featuring beautiful wood cabinetry, ceramic tile countertops and newer appliances. There is a BONUS room by the kitchen that can be used as a formal dining room, family room, home office or etc.

The bedrooms offer plenty of space. Updated bathroom.

The enclosed laundry room offers enough space for storage. Beautiful fenced in backyard. Parking Space for RV or Boat!

Close to parks, dining, shopping and more! Examples include: Puryear Park, Northeast Mini Park, Mangrove Bay & Cypress Links Golf.  Call today to schedule a showing!

Learn more about the Edgemoor Estates Neighborhood > Edgemoor Neighborhood Association

Direct Listing: 5524 Pine Circle NE



Posted in Open Houses
May 20, 2017

13706 Forest Lake Dr, Largo, FL 33771

You’re INVITED to join us THIS Sunday, May 21th, for an Open House located in Forest Lakes Townhomes, a well-established neighborhood. 

Hours: 1pm - 3pm

Address: 13706 FOREST LAKE DR, LARGO, FL 33771

NEW TO MARKET: This 2 bedroom 1.5 bath is a gorgeous townhome located in the Forest Lakes Townhome community. 

The downstairs features an open floor plan with high ceilings, a half bathroom, and is flooded with natural light. 

The furnished kitchen offers beautiful cabinetry with a breakfast bar area for seating. (click link below for more pictures)

The master bedroom is complete with a walk in closet, direct access to the bathroom and is very spacious.

The second bedroom also has a walk-in closet and is very spacious.

This GORGEOUS home is conveniently located to EVERYTHING.

++ Brand New carpet. New appliances. The latest required AC system air handler and compressor were installed within the last 3 years.

+++Things to do in Largo: https://tinyurl.com/kn263x


Posted in Open Houses
May 19, 2017

The Old Southeast, St Petersburg, Fl

Wanting that perfect home in a beautiful and historic district but don't have the money to spend 500k and up in the Old Northeast? An area that some are turning to as an alternative is the Old Southeast....that's right, the old Northeast has a sister and she lives just south of downtown. This small quiet historic neighborhood has all the bells and whistles that the Old Northeast has but without the hefty price tag. Homes in this area are selling at an average of 200k to 300k less than homes located in the Old Northeast and bargains on smaller 2 bedroom bungalows can be found for 150k to 200k. But these homes are not lasting long.

A recent search of the MLS showed only 9 properties for sale with many of them pending with an active contract. Nearly all had been on the market less than 30 days. Clearly this type of data leads us to believe that this area is hot right now and people who are in the know are picking up these properties as quickly as they can. Creating a seller's market where those who want to sell can get out quickly.

The Old Southeast has all the charm that her bigger sister up north has, cobbled stone streets, cute historic bungalows, proximity to the water and a short car ride or bike ride to downtown St. Pete,which as you know is getting a lot of buzz lately and is continuing to get noticed in major media publications. Check out this Thrillist article. There is also a nearby marina for those who are boating enthusiast.

We had a chat with Julia who is a realtor with Keller Williams and an experienced home flipper..says "the old Southeast is a hidden gem. If you can get in now and sit on your property for 5 years, you will make a killing when you want to sell."

A recent drive through the neighborhood...showed all the signs of a thriving community. People jogging, walking their dogs, friends gathering and sharing a glass of wine on their sprawling front porches and overall just enjoying their beautiful community. New construction is everywhere as well with handsome Key West style homes popping up all over.

The Old Southeast is an area to consider if you are looking for that historic charming bungalow but don't really have the Old Northeast money. Oh and guess what?? This area is not in a flood zone! I know, hard to believe but just think. No flood insurance and no worries of your dream home coming under flood when the next Florida monsoon decides to strike.

If you would like to learn more about the area or would like to list or buy, then please contact me.


Kim Hernandez is a licensed real estate agent serving the Tampa Bay area and specializing in the St Pete real estate market.

Posted in Community News
May 19, 2017

Dealing with Financing

As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that “for sale” sign on your new home.

Get pre-approved. Sub-primes may be history, but you’ll probably still be shown homes you can’t actually afford. By getting pre-approved as a buyer, you can save yourself the grief of looking at houses you can't afford. You can also put yourself in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Unlike pre-qualification, which is based on a cursory review of your finances, pre-approval from a lender is based on your actual income, debt and credit history. By doing a thorough analysis of your actual spending power, you’ll be less likely to get in over your head.

Choose your mortgage carefully. Used to be the emphasis when it came to mortgages was on paying them off as soon as possible. Today, the debt the average person will accumulate due to credit cards, student loans, etc. means it’s better to opt for the 30-year mortgage instead of the 15-year. This way, you have a lower monthly payment, with the option of paying an additional principal when money is good. Additionally, when picking a mortgage, you usually have the option of paying additional points (a portion of the interest that you pay at closing) in exchange for a lower interest rate. If you plan to stay in the house for a long time—and given the current real estate market, you should—taking the points will save you money.

Do your homework before bidding. Before you make an offer on a home, do some research on the sales trends of similar homes in the neighborhood with sites like Zillow. Consider especially sales of similar homes in the last three months. For instance, if homes have recently sold for 5 percent less than the asking price, your opening bid should probably be about 8 to 10 percent lower than what the seller is asking.

Posted in Buying a Home
May 19, 2017

Relocating to the Big City

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.

Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved. Meeting people in a big city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: city life is often too noisy and hectic. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Big cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet. City life is expensive. Everything costs more: food, insurance, clothes, rent. There are also a lot more ways to get ripped off, whether legally or criminally. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.

Posted in Buying a Home
April 20, 2017

6156 27th Avenue N, St Petersburg, FL 33710

You’re INVITED to join me THIS Saturday, for an Open House located in Sheryl Manor, a well-established neighborhood. ***Close to the mall and Northwest Park!

Hours: 11am – 2pm

Address: 6156 27th Avenue N, St Petersburg, FL 33710

BACK ON MARKET: This 3 bedroom 2 bath is a solid block home. The home offers over 1,700 sq ft along with a split floor plan.

 The kitchen opens to the dining area and has a pass through to the Florida room, or pull up a stool and enjoy breakfast at the bar.

 From the Florida room you have direct access to the enclosed pool and fenced-in backyard.

This GORGEOUS home is conveniently located to EVERYTHING.

 ++ Literally right down the street from NORTHWEST PARK!!! Great for the family! http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/northwest-park.html

This listing is NEWer to the market and will NOT last long!

Meet Kim

For Detailed Information Click Here

Posted in Open Houses