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Oct. 9, 2017

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Posted in Buying a Home
July 2, 2017

10 STEP PROCESS FOR HOME BUYERS

  • 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

5524 PINE CIR NE, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33703

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.

*Disclaimer*

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
March 22, 2017

Top 5 Things To Do In Tampa Bay

This Weekend 3-24 thru 3-26

 

If you are like us then you love the Tampa, St Pete and Clearwater areas.  From concerts in the park to chili cook offs to art festivals. The area has something for everyone. If we have left anything off in our weekly posts then please let us know and we will consider adding it to the post.  Like our Facebook page to get updates on this series every week.  So without further to do, here is our top 5 things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend.

 

St Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival

The festival is new to downtown St Pete.  You can expect local artists, music and fresh local seafood.  The event will be located in North Straub Park and the cost of admission is 3$ general admission if purchased through Event Brite, 5$ at the gate.  There is a VIP tent option which includes open bar and a free t-shirt for only $50!  Who doesn't want a free t-shirt? Did they say open bar?  Check out the link here Seafood Festival to purchase tickets and get more information. 

 

Tampa Bay Rowdies Home Opener

If you have yet to attend a Rowdies match then you really are short changing your life as a human being.  This professional soccer team nestled in downtown St Pete is a blast to watch.  Even if you don't understand or particularly like soccer, I can guarantee a good time to be had by all.  The energy and team atmosphere is not to be missed. Add in the local area restaurants and bars, and it makes for a fun night out with friends or family.  Ticket prices start at 23.50 for general admission.  You can visit the site here http://www.rowdiessoccer.com/

 

 Bay Area Renaissance Festival

If you haven't made it out to the Renaissance festival this year....time is running out.  There are only a handful of weekends left.  The festival is great for families and couples.  If you fancy cosplay or just like to re-enact medieval dress then you are more than welcome to wear your favorite outfits.  If not, then no problem everyone is welcome here.  This weekends theme is Barbarian Brew Fest. There will be archery competitions and of course a beard competition.  Don't miss the fun.  You can buy tickets by clicking here. Renaissance Festival Tickets  

 

30th Annual Bark In The Park

Who doesn't love furry sweet little puppies?  I know we do.  If you have a furry friend or not, head out to the Bark In The Park in Tampa. Admission is free for fundraising participants and $20 for non-fundraising participants.  All proceeds benefit the homeless pets of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.  In attendance, there will be more than 70 vendors and rescue groups, craft beers and wine, food trucks, live music, pet costume contests, face painting and so much more.  Please consider donating or attending this amazing cause.  March 25th 11am to 3pm, 600 n Ashley Dr, Tampa, Fl 33602 or visit the website here.  Bark In The Park

 

Spring Training Baseball

Time is running out to attend a local spring training game.  Opening day is just weeks away.  Head out to one of the many baseball parks in the Tampa Bay area and enjoy a cold beer, hot dog or peanuts.  Its a great way to enjoy spring in the Tampa Bay area.  Its also the only way to experience outdoor baseball in our wonderful city.  Visit the MLB Grapefruit page here to get tickets and schedules.  http://www.mlb.com/springtraining/grapefruitleague/

 

 

 

 

March 13, 2017

2025 50th ST N, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33710

You’re INVITED to join us this Weekend March 11th & 12th, for an Open House located in Disston Heights, a well-established neighborhood. ***Close to the mall and Northwest Park!

Hours: 11am - 3pm

Address: 2025 50th ST N, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33710




NEW TO MARKET: This 1950's 4 bedroom 2 FULL bath is a solid block home that has been COMPLETELY REMODELED with a brand new kitchen, new laundry room, new bathrooms, new flooring all pulled together and presented with a warm and inviting feel!

The kitchen is modern and bright with solid white wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a glass tile backsplash, quartz counter tops and pendant recessed lighting.

This beautiful home has a split floor plan with 4 bedrooms; 2 on either side of the home. There are 2 separate living rooms AND a BONUS room

Recent upgrades to this home include: built in front porch; fresh and new interior and exterior paint; baseboards; crown molding in main areas of the home; plumbing and electric fixtures; new ceiling fans; and new front landscaping. Large flex room/den/office space makes a perfect work space for a home office or otherwise..

+ The roof was replaced near the end of 2013. Flood zone X.

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 BRAND NEW to the market and will NOT last long!

Posted in Open Houses