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Discover Ybor City at the 71st Annual Fiesta Day!

by Tammy Waugh

Come celebrate the culture and heritage of Ybor City at the 71st Annual Fiesta Day!! Head to this beautiful, historic Tampa neighborhood on Saturday, February 24th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for a full day of family-friendly fun! This FREE street festival commemorates the rich and diverse history of Ybor City. Find delicious ethnic food, unique arts & crafts, fantastic live music & cultural performances, and so much more! Also, be sure to stop by the first annual Tampa Bay Children's Book Fair for fun author readings and book signings. Do not miss this fantastic neighborhood event!

 

 

Schedule of Events

11:00 am - 6:00 pm | Wordier than Thou Kids Zone and Book Fair | Centro Ybor

11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Dancing & Music | The Gaucho’s Float & Krewe of Mambi Float

1:00 pm | Promenade of Flags | 7th Avenue

1:30 pm | The Romantics: For Lover’s Past Present and Future | The Gaucho’s Float

3:00 pm | Tampa City Ballet’s “Frida” | Centro Ybor

4:00 pm | Tampa City Ballet’s “Frida” | Krewe of Mambi Float

4:00 pm | The STRUT Band | The Bricks

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Dancing & Music | The Gaucho’s Float & Krewe of Mambi Float

 


Want to call historic Ybor City home? Check out the incredible Homes for Sale in Ybor City. Give The Sper Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.thespergroup.com/!



Image Credit: Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

 

Fun Festivals this Weekend in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Enjoy another beautiful weekend in the greater Tampa area! Not sure what to do this weekend? There are 2 great festivals headed our way! Be sure to check out these incredible community events for a weekend filled with Florida fun!



Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Date: Saturday, February 17th

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm | VIP Bacon & Whole Hog Session starts at 12:00 pm

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (600 North Ashley Drive, Tampa)

Cost: $39 per person (Regular Admission) | $75 per person (VIP Admission) |

Purchase Advance Tickets HERE!

Head to the original festival that started it all! Come enjoy a day of delicious barbeque, mouthwatering beverages, and fantastic live music! There will be 40+ bourbons and 60+ beers to taste. Try some of the best BBQ vendors you will ever find. Dance to rock & roll and bluegrass music all afternoon. Play fun games like giant jenga, cornhole, and more. Check out the exciting contests and learn more at all of the exhibits and seminars. For an extra special experience, get the VIP experience.

Cheval Winter Blues & Food Festival

Date: Sunday, February 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Cheval Golf & Athletic Club (4312 Cheval Boulevard, Lutz)

Cost: FREE Admission!

Head to Lutz for some of the best live Blues entertainment you will find! Check out delicious craft beer from Tenth & Blake and enjoy food from the best food trucks from the area. This family-friendly event features a Kids Zone with face painting, bounce house, and more.

Entertainment Schedule

11:30 am - 1:00 pm | George Pennington III

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Pasco Lefty  

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm | Ed Wagner and the Home Cooking Band


The Sper Group hopes everyone a great time this weekend in greater Tampa!



Image Credits: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival and Simply Events

Unique, Romantic Valentine's Day Dates in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Love is in the air in Tampa! Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Make it a holiday you and your sweetheart will never forget! There are so many unique, romantic ways for you two to celebrate your love. Check out our recommendations for incredible Valentine's Day dates throughout Tampa!


--Enjoy a romantic carriage ride and Paris Themed Afternoon Tea at The Tilted Teacup.

--Brunch or dine on the bay with Yacht StarShip Cruises.

--Celebrate your love for each other and bourbon at the Epicurean Theatre’s Brown-Forman: Valentine's Edition.

--Create a beautiful work of art with your sweetheart during a Couple's Painting Class at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm.  

--Check out the Annual Ybor City Wine & Chocolate Festival for an afternoon filled with delicious treats and beverages.

--Explore Tampa with OMG Trolley and sample delicious sparkling wine from around the world.  

--Find love under the sea with a spectacular dinner at the Florida Aquarium.

--Hear the most romantic love songs ever written performed live by the legendary Andrea Bocelli at Amalie Arena.

--Laugh throughout dinner with a comedy performance by Finesse Mitchell at Improv Comedy Theater.  

 


The Sper Group wishes everyone throughout greater Tampa a very Happy Valentine's Day!

 

Tampa Farmer's Markets!

by Tammy Waugh

Beautiful weather year round means so much more than endless outdoor recreational opportunities in Tampa and the surrounding communities! It also means access to FARMER'S MARKETS throughout year!! Farmer's Markets help booster the local economy by connecting local artisans and farmers to the greater community. And, they make it easy for you to keep fresh, healthy food in your home's kitchen. Stock up on the most delicious, locally grown fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meats. You will also find beautiful handmade goods and so much more! Enjoy our spectacular year round climate, support local businesses, and discover mouthwatering food at these Tampa Farmer's Markets.

Wednesdays

Fresh Market at Bay Pines VA

October through May, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the Month

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bay Pines VA, C.W. Bill Young Medical Center (10000 Bay Pines Boulevard, Bay Pines)

Fridays

Dunedin Downtown Market  

November through May, Every Friday

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

John L. Lawrence Pioneer Park (Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin)


Saturdays

Ybor City Saturday Market

Year Round, Every Saturday

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Centennial Park (1901 19th Street, Tampa)

Fresh Market at the Shops at Wiregrass

Year Round, 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the Month

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Shops at Wiregrass (28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel)

North Tampa Market

Year Round, 2nd Saturday of the Month

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Carrollwood Cultural Center (4537 Lowell Road, Tampa)


Sundays

Corey Avenue Sunday Market

October through May, Every Sunday

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Corey Avenue (Between Boca Ciega Avenue & Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach)

Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village

Year Round, 1st Sunday of the Month

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hyde Park Village (742 South Village Circle, Tampa)

Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market

October through May, 2nd Sunday of the Month

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hillsborough High School (5000 North Central Avenue, Tampa)


What You Should Know About Appraisal Contingencies

by Tammy Waugh

Once you make an offer on a home and the buyer accepts its, you think its a done deal. But, wait! The house is appraised for less than you offered and now you cannot get a mortgage from the bank. You've already signed the contract and paid a deposit. Does this mean that you are out of luck? No Need to Fear! This is where appraisal contingencies come into play!

 

Appraisal contingencies are a set of conditions that must be met within a set amount of time for a legally binding real estate contact to come into effect. There are 3 main contingencies that you will see within a real estate contract.

 

1. Appraisal Contingency

This contingency helps the buyer secure a mortgage by stating that the home must be appraised at the sale price or higher in order for the deal to go through. Your bank will send a licensed appraiser to find the market value of the home. This is calculated based on the condition of the home, its location, and comparable properties in the area. Whenever the house is appraised for less than the offer, the bank will only cover the amount the house is appraised for, leaving you short. At this point both the buyer and seller can walk away from the deal. If neither of you want to, you can ask your bank to complete a second appraisal to reassess the value of the home. If the second appraisal comes back with a higher value, you might be able to get the loan amount you needed.


2. Finance Contingency

Although similar to the appraisal contingency, the finance contingency depends strictly on the bank granting the loan. A bank can agree to a loan that meets the finance contingency, even if the home is appraised at less than your offer. If you cannot make up the difference in the home price you offered and what the bank provides, you can exit the contract. You can help avoid finding a house that you will not get an approved loan for by knowing what you can afford from the outset. Use this Mortgage Calculator to help!

 

3. Inspection Contingency

This contingency requires that the home pass an inspection. This is one contingency that you definitely never want to opt out of!

 

 

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Have Success Selling Your Home in 2018!

by Tammy Waugh

Selling your Tampa home in 2018? Set yourself up for success by following these simple tips! These selling tips will help you stand apart from the crowd and get your new year started off with success!

 


Appeal to Millennials.....and Baby Boomers!

It is important to understand what home buyers are currently making up the majority of the market so that your home can appeal to their needs. By the end of 2018, millennials are expected to occupy a large portion of the market. In general, millennials are starting to move to the suburbs. They are looking for access to amenities nearby so make sure to highlight any dining, shopping, and entertainment facilities nearby. They are also looking for homes that are smaller but have open floor plans. Finally, they care about saving money on utility bills so any green features your home has should be highlighted. Along with millennials, you want to focus you attention on attracting baby boomers. This generation is interested in staying in their own homes as they age. Make sure your home as universal design features that are accessible to all ages. Highlight important rooms that are all located on the main floor of your home, such as the master bedroom, bathrooms, and laundry.

 

Get a Pre-Inspection

 Home buyers do not want the hassle of putting a lot of time and money into their new home. They prefer it move in ready. Although buyers will likely still want to have their own inspection completed during the buying process, you can ease any concerns they might have by having your home pre-inspected. This allows you to ensure them of your home's current condition and gives you the opportunity to make necessary changes in a timely manner.

 

Make Your Home Smart

Modern home buyers love the convenience of smart home features. Unfortunately, with all the different platforms out there, there can be potential compatability issues. The last thing a home buyer wants is to have invested money in technology that they cannot use in their new home. Make sure that your system is broadly compatabile with all the major platforms in order to appeal to the widest range of buyers.

 

Spruce Up Your Video Tour

Online video tours are still a helpful feature to draw attention to your property. Help it really stand out from the competition by adding drone footage. This new technology allows you to highlight the property beyond the home itself and showcase your landscaping and neighborhood. Talk to your realtor about hiring a certified professional.

 

For more helpful Selling Tips, give The Sper Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.thespergroup.com/.


Reference: realtor.com®

 

Top 5 Reasons to Move to Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

A rumor is starting to spread across the country....the Tampa Bay area is one of the best places in America to live. This is one rumor that we can tell you, without a doubt, is true! People are starting to realize what a gem this Florida city is. In fact, it is one of the nation’s Top 10 Markets Attracting Movers, according ATTOM Data Solutions. Tampa was also recently named one of the Hippest Cities Everyone Under 30 Wants To Move To” by Business Insider.

 

What makes Tampa so special? Here are 5 reasons to move to Tampa!


#1 Strong Local Economy!

Florida reported the lowest state unemployment rate (4.3%) in the country during most of 2017. Tampa had an even lower rate at 3.8% (via Tampa Bay Times). The metropolitan area has also led in job growth, providing thousands of opportunities in a variety of career fields.


#2 Diverse Housing Options!

No matter what your budget or aesthetic preference, you can find it in the Tampa Bay area. Average home prices in Tampa are lower than the national average, especially compared to other large metropolitan areas. Plus, now is the time to move and invest in housing since homes are expected to increase in value in the near future.


#3 Lower Cost of Living!

Residents in Tampa can enjoy all the benefits of urban life at lower costs. Housing costs in the area are 24% below the national average. With lower transportation and utility costs as well, Tampa's average cost of living is 7% below the rest of the country (via Payscale)!


#4 Beautiful Weather!

Nothing beats the climate in Tampa. The metropolitan area boasts an average temperature of 73 degrees and 361 days of sunshine!


#5 Incredible Recreation & Entertainment Attractions!

There is always something fun to do in Tampa. From some of the country's best beaches to amusement parks to art and cultural museums, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling urban area.



Ready to move to the Tampa Bay area? The Sper Group can help you find your dream home. Check out our Current Homes for Sale. Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.thespergroup.com/.

5 Home Maintenance Projects to Complete this Month!

by Tammy Waugh

The new year has officially begun. Ready to start crossing off those New Year's resolutions? Start with taking care of your Tampa area home! January is the perfect time to take care of some of those home maintenance tasks you have been putting off. Here are our top 5 home maintenance projects to complete this month!

#1 Deep Clean Your Kitchen! Your kitchen did some hard work over this past holiday season. Give it some TLC know that things have settled down. Do a thorough deep cleaning throughout the kitchen. Clean out your fridge and pantry (donate what you can!). Scrub inside and outside of all appliances. Clean the walls, kickboards, and floors.

#2 Stock Up On Linens! White sales, i.e. sales on linens and towels, has become a January tradition. Freshen up your home with crisp linens and plush towels at incredible deals. Reuse old towels as rags.

#3 Organize Seasonal Items! It's time to put away the holiday decor. Now is the perfect opportunity to create an organized space for these items. Take inventory and declutter your items. Find an easily accessible spot for your newly organized decor so you are all set for the next holiday season!

#4 Clean Your Home's Filters! Clean EVERY filter in your home. This includes your HVAC, air filter, clothes dryer, refrigerator, vacuum cleaner, dehumifier, and more. It’s not just your HVAC. Check the manufacturer instructions for all the filters in your home. Filters should be cleaned or changed out once a year to keep the item running properly. Create a schedule for the month to clean all the filters found throughout your home and be set for the year ahead.

#5 Prepare Summer Projects! Have some landscaping or exterior projects you want to complete this summer? Start planning for them now! By planning ahead of time, you are prepared as soon as you have the free time and weather conditions to get started. It also provides you with time to gather bids from potential contracters and lock them in before their schedules are fully booked.

Check out The Sper Group website throughout the year for more helpful home maintenance tips!


Reference: HouseLogic.com  

Happy New Year from The Sper Group!

by Tammy Waugh

2017 is quickly drawing to an end. The possibilities of the New Year are just around the corner. Before we enter 2018, our team would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our clients for making 2017 such an incredible year! We feel blessed for having the opportunity to get to know each of your and work with you throughout the year.

 

 

We are very proud to live and work in the Tampa area. One of our favorite things about our job is introducing newcomers to the area and introducing them to all the wonderful things Tampa has to offer. We also love help current residents find their new dream home in the area. Our Team is very excited to continue our work into 2018. We look forward to assisting our clients with all of their real estate needs.

Consider your real estate goals as you set your New Year's Resolutions for 2018. If Buying or Selling your home is on this list, we are here to help you every step of the way. Our years of real estate experience combined with our extensive knowledge of the local market will ensure that together we can help you reach your 2018 real estate goals! Contact us today to get started!

 

 

The Sper Group wishes you a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Ring in the New Year in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

2018 is right around the corner! Celebrate the start of the New Year in Tampa! There a fun events occurring all over town for people of all ages to ring in the New Year. Check out our recommendations for the best places to spend NYE in our area!


 

BUSCH GARDENS NYE CELEBRATION

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 am

Location: Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay (10165 North McKinley Drive)

Have a thrilling entry into the new year at this amazing theme park. Enjoy celebrations throughout the park and a special fireworks display at the end of the night. Admission to the New Year's Eve Celebration is included with regular paid admission.


NOON YEAR'S EVE

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo (1101 West Sligh Avenue)

Come to this kid friendly countdown as you celebrate the new year with the animals!


DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Glazer Children’s Museum (110 West Gasparilla Plaza)

Countdown to the new year every hour at GCM! Included with admission.


NYE COUNTDOWN PARTY

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: The Sail (333 South Franklin Street)

Head to the heart of downtown and enjoy the area's best food trucks, music by DJ Andy Scott, and a champagne toast at midnight.


AQUA EVE

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 9:00 pm - 1:00 am

Location: The Florida Aquarium (701 Channelside Drive)

Splash your way into the new year "under the sea". Check out all of the aquarium's exhibits, dance to live music by Taylor Reed and Trae Pierce & the T-Stones, dine on delicious food and beverages, and so much more.


ROOFTOP EVE

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 9:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: Fort Brooke Parking Structure - 10th Floor (107 North Franklin Street)

Come to Tampa's premiere NYE event. This 8th annual event gives you a front row seat to the night's fireworks as you party the night away with champagne, desserts, and dancing.


NYE FIREWORKS

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: Midnight

Location: Cotacnchobee Fort Brooke Park (601 Old Water Street)

Lay down you blanket in the park starting at 10 pm to check the area's most spectacular fireworks display.



The Sper Group wishes everyone in Tampa a Happy & Safe New Years Eve!

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