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Tampa Florida Real Estate Market Update: 10/10/17

by Tammy Waugh

The Tampa Real Estate Market continues to be situated in the Sellers Advantage Zone.  While home prices have stabilized, the average price per square foot continues to grow.  Buyer demand remains strong, while the inventory of homes available on the market have decreased sharply.  There's never been a better time to list your Tampa area home.

TAMPA FLORIDA HOUSING MARKET STATS

Market Index:  38.46 (strong Seller Advantage)

Total Number of Properties:  1,864

Median Home Price:  $322,420

Average Days on the Market:  99

Average Price per Square Foot:  $160.

 

Consider the following 7 & 90 Day Real Estate Trends

 

 

 

 

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Fun Halloween Festivities All October in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Find spooks, thrills, and festive fun all October long in Tampa! Halloween might not be until the end of the month, but you can get in the holiday spirit now! There are so many fun events planned at your favorite spots around town! Enjoy family-friendly evenings filled with screams and giggles throughout the month. Here are our recommendations of the best Halloween events taking place in Tampa!



HOWL-O-SCREAM

Dates: September 22nd - October 29th (19 Select Nights)

Location: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Find terror around every corner at haunted houses and thrill rides throughout the park.


CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

Dates: October 6th - October 28th (Fridays & Saturdays)

Location: Lowry Park Zoo

Hoot and howl with all the zoo creatures at dusk. This event is fun for all ages!


RIVER OF FRIGHTS

Dates: October 6th - October 31st (Select Nights)

Location: Pirate Water Taxi

Explore the waterways of Tampa and the dark secrets that lay amongst the routes. With interactive entertainment along the way, enjoy a chilling adventure at sea.


A NIGHTMARE ON FRANKLIN ST

Dates: October 20th - October 31st

Location: Tampa Theatre

Come to Tampa’s haunted, historic movie theater for classic horror films, ghost tours, and more spooky events.


GUPPYWEEN

Dates: October 28th - October 29th

Location: The Florida Aquarium

Enjoy trick-or-treating, live entertainment, and fun with the aquarium’s 20,000+ aquatic animals.


HALLOWEEN SPREE

Date: October 31st

Location: Glazer Children’s Museum

Spend Halloween at the museum for fun trick-or-treating, costume parade, special activities, and so much more!



Stay up to date on more fun Fall events and thrilling Halloween festivities with our Blog!



The Sper Group wishes everyone a frighteningly fun October throughout Tampa!


Helpful Tips For Home Buyers this Fall!

by Tammy Waugh

Ready to find your dream home in the greater Tampa area? Welcome to the exciting process of buying a home! But, let's be realistic.....it can also be a daunting process, especially if you are a first time home buyer. To help allieviate some stress, follow these helpful home buying tips!


Tip #1: Get Your Finances in Order FIRST!

Even before you begin searching for your new home, you should have your financing all figured out. Make sure you have a good credit score and get preapproval for a mortgage. By doing this first, you will know the appropriate range that you can afford and will avoid falling in love with a home that is just out of your budget.

 

Tip #2: Do Your Research and Understand Your Loan Options.

It is important that you understand all the loan options available to you. Don't know the difference between a 15 or 30 year mortgage or what it means to be fixed rate? Check out our Finance Information for help with this step of the process. There are many programs out there that can help assist you in affording a new home. Check out potential down payment assistance options. If you have bad credit, research options that are still available to you, such as FHA loans. The more informed you are, the better off you will be when it comes to managing this major financial decision.

 

Tip #3: Know Your Current and Future Must Haves

No house will be absolutely perfect for you unless you build it from the ground up yourself. Be sure to prioritize the must haves for your home as you proceed on your search. It is important to be aware of your current needs as well as those you will encounter in the future. It is always best to have room to grow. Also, consider the resale value of the home and the neighborhood it is in for when you do decide to move someday.

Tip #4: Get a Home Inspection.

Never skip out on the home inspection. This is a vital step in the process. It helps protect your interests by ensuring that there are no underlying issues with the home. The last thing you want is to move in only to discover that the home has major, costly problems that require immediate fixing.

 

Tip #5: Be Open to Negotiation.

Do not think that you will lose out on your dream home if you do not offer the asking price. Although this is always a risk, especially in highly competitive markets, you can make sellers more open to negotiate with you by having your finances in order. Already being preapproved for a loan, having good credit, and/or being ready with the down payment shows that you are serious and that they do not need to stress that the deal might fall through. Also, be ready to negotiate in case anything is discovered during the home inspection.

Tip #6: Work With a Realtor.

Although the internet might make it seem like home buying can be done completely on your own now, it really is to your benefit to work with an Experienced Realtor. There is just no replacing the sort of expertise that a real estate professional can provide. By understanding the local market and trends, knowing what to look for, having negotiation experience, and more, a realtor can help keep your best interests at the forefront and help make the home buying process as smooth as possible.


Ready to Buy  your dream home in the Tampa area? Give The Sper Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.thespergroup.com/.

Top School District Found in Tampa FL!

by Tammy Waugh

There are many reasons why the Tampa area is the perfect spot for families to live. With endless recreational opportunities, beautiful weather, exciting entertainment and cultural venues, and so much more, Tampa has much to offer residents of all ages. One of the top reasons why Tampa is perfect for families? Its excellent school district! The area’s top rated school district ensures that our children are receiving the highest quality education and helps improve home values in the community!


Educational review website Niche recently 67 school districts within Florida to find out which were the best of the best in 2018. The website looked at several key factors from the U.S. Department of Education and reviews from millions of Niche users. The factors looked at included academics, administration, athletics, diversity, health and safety, resources and facilities, teacher quality, and more.

When the results were tallied……Hillsborough County Public Schools was at the top of the class!


Hillsborough County Public Schools came in within the top 25% of the best school districts in the state. It received an overall B grade. Its highest grades were in Diversity and Sports. It also received high marks for Clubs & Activities, Administration, and Food. It did not receive a single grade lower than a B-! That’s a gold star report card for this area school district!


If you are interested in Buying a home within this great local public school district, give The Sper Group a call today or visit my website at http://www.thespergroup.com/.

Fall Home Maintenance Projects for Your Tampa Home!

by Tammy Waugh

Fall is the perfect time in Florida to address any home maintenance problems you have been putting off. It also allows you the opportunity to discover any potential issues and fix them before the weather begins to cool. Although the seasons do not change dramatically in the greater Tampa area, the functionality of your home can be affected during the slight temperature and seasonal changes we do experience. Make sure your home is in perfect condition year round by checking out these areas in your home that often need regular check ups! Spend some time this weekend making fixes and keeping your home in tip top shape!


Gutters and Downspouts. Florida sees an abudance of rain during the month of September! You want to make sure that all your gutters and downspouts are working properly to avoid any issues during those inevitable rain storms. Clear your gutters of any accumulated debris to make sure water can flow through it. Consider installing gutter guards if you find that you are continually needing to clean your gutters throughout the year. While clearing your gutters, check for any leaks and ensure that the gutter is flush with the roof. Downspouts should properly divert the water away from your house. Check your yard for any accumulated water. This could indicate leaky pipes or grading issues. It is best to find all the problems this fall before they become larger, costlier issues in the future.


The Air Conditioner. Those sweltering summer days are behind us but you still will need a properly working air conditioner to keep you and your family cool this fall. Hire an inspector to check the functionality of your air conditioner. Listen for any odd noises coming from the outdoor condenser and check if a new filter is needed. Since you will use your air conditioner less frequently now that summer is over, this season is the perfect time to address issues and make sure that it works properly next summer.


The Windows. Although we enjoy warm weather all year round in Florida, the nights can get cold during the fall and winter. Once those cold nights hit, you do not want to discover drafty windows. Check them now to address any issues. Install weather stripping if necessary and make sure that the windows have proper insulation all the way around them.


Unwanted Pests. Bugs are around throughout the year in Florida, though they tend to diminish during the fall. Help prevent any pests next year by making your home bug proof. Look for easy access points for bugs to come into the house. Also, check around the yard for standing water that could be used as a breeding ground for mosquitos.



There are so many great properties available this fall in Tampa and the surrounding communities. Check out our Featured Properties to find your dream home!

Interested in Buying or Selling a home in the Tampa area this fall? Give the The Sper Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.thespergroup.com/.


Resource: REALTOR® Magazine  

Labor Day Weekend Festivals in Greater Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Labor Day Weekend is Here!! Celebrate the unofficial end of summer in the Tampa area! There are fantastic festivals planned all weekend long. Find great family fun throughout the greater metropolitan region. With live music, amazing food, great activities, and more, this will be a long weekend you will never forget!

 

Celebrate Oldsmar!

Dates: Friday, September 1st & Saturday, September 2nd

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Friday & Saturday)

Location: R.E. Olds Park (107 Shore Drive West, Oldsmar)

Cost: FREE admission!

Head to the top of the bay for the 22nd annual Celebrate Oldsmar! The weekend is filled with family fun. Enjoy great live music, carnival rides and games, bounce house, children’s craft table, pony rides, and more! Dine on delicious grub from food trucks, including Fonzi's Roamin' Empire - Pizza, Kona Ice Tampa Bay, Marty's Dog House, and St. Pete Taco Lady. Do not miss the spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 pm on Saturday.

Music Lineup

 

Geckofest

Date: Saturday, September 2nd

Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Location: Beach Boulevard (Gulfport)

Cost: FREE admission!

Come to Gulfport’s waterfront for their end of summer celebration. The 17th annual festival celebrates peace, art, and music! Enjoy fantastic live music during “Geckostock”. Check out all the incredible vendors, street performers, walking parade, costume contest, and so much more!

Music Lineup


Summer of Rum Festival  

Date: Saturday, September 2nd

Time: Noon - 11:00 pm

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

Cost: $20 per person (General Admission) | Purchase tickets HERE!

Treat yourself to deliciously refreshing rum cocktails while listening to live music by regional and national performers. With games, fireworks, and more, this is a Labor Day weekend festival you do not want to skip!

Music Lineup

 

Crab & Music Festival

Date: Saturday, September 2nd

Time: Noon - 10:00 pm

Location: Albert Whitted Park (480 Bayshore Drive Southeast, St. Petersburg)

Cost: $20 per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

Don’t miss St. Pete's 2nd Annual Crab And Music Festival! There is something for the whole family. Enjoy amazing live performances, delicious food, fun children’s games and activities, and so much more! Watch the FSU vs. Alabama game on the “Big Screen”.

Live Entertainment Lineup



The Sper Group wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!

Best Places to Live in Florida 2017

by Tammy Waugh

Where are the best places to live in Florida according to Area Vibes for 2017?  The Tampa area dominates the list!  Tampa provides a warm, temperate climate with spectacular access to waterfront activities, major sports teams, Five star shopping and restaurants, excellent schools and so much more!

Looking at affordability, schools, crime rates, healthcare and more, Area Vibes has put together their list of 25 Best places to live!  Click on each link below to see homes for sale in that specific area.

1. Culbreath, Tampa Florida

2. Palma Ceia, Tampa Florida

3. Harbor Oaks, Clearwater, Florida

4. Parkland Estates, Tampa Florida

5. Harbour Island, Tampa Florida

8. Sunset Park, Tampa Florida

9. Harbor Woods Village, Clearwater, Florida

12. Rainbow Farms North, Clearwater, Florida

13. Rainbow Farms South, Clearwater, Florida

14. Swann Estates, Tampa Florida

21. Bayshore Beautiful, Tampa Florida

22. Channelside, Tampa Florida

For additional information on these neighborhoods, and to schedule your private showing, contact Tammy Waugh at The Sper Group!

Great Tips for Moving with your Pets

by Tammy Waugh

You've found your dream home, now comes the task of making the preparations for your big move.  Moving is very stressful on all individuals, but equally as stressful on your furry friends! Calm the anxiety and make your move a smooth one with these tips:

1. Talk with your Vet- make sure to make one last appointment with your veterinarian to follow-up on any vaccinations needed, re-checks on health issues and to gather all your records for transfer to your new location.

2. Name & Address Tags- It's important to make sure your pets have updated tags showing name and your new address.  That way if they should accidentally get away from you, you can be notified when they are found.

3. Create an overnight bag- If you've moved before you realize that it takes some time to organize yourself in your new home.  This is especially true for your pets. Make sure you create a separate overnight bag that includes; food, water, treats, their favorite toy and a bed to sleep on.  This way you won't be digging through boxes to find what they need.

4. Transport Pets in your own vehicle- whenever possible.  Pets need the security of having 'you' by their side during the move.  Changing locations is stressful enough, but making them ride with another person or transporting them separately, can cause many health and emotional issues for them.

5. Get them acclimated to their new home.  If possible, take your pets to your new home prior to the move so they have some time to 'sniff' around and get used to their new surroundings.  If this isn't possible, take time the day of the move to let them scope out the house before your furniture and belongings are brought in.

For more Home Selling, Buying and Moving Tips, visit our website!  Need recommendations for Pet Services in your new area, give The Sper Group a call.

It's Back to School for Tampa Area Students!

by Tammy Waugh

The wonderful days of summer are coming to a close and a new school year will begin for Tampa FL area students. Adjusting to the new school days can be difficult for kids; especially waking up at 6:30 am! Add in managing the school day with lovingly prepacked lunches, activities, school work and household chores...can be daunting.  Here are a few tips to help students and parents start adjusting to their new school-year schedules.

 

  • Start practicing the school wake up and bedtime schedules now, before the year begins.
  • Establish your rules for the school year;  homework hours, friend get-togethers, computer time allowed and more.
  • Create a family calendar for activities, school events and family obligations.  Color code for multiple children.
  • Purchase all your school supplies and clothing necessary for the start of the year.
  • Organize bedrooms, clothing and study areas.
  • Visit the school and meet your childrens teachers.  This reduces stress for both parents and kids.
  • Plan out your lunch schedules in advance and shop accordingly.
  • Define your expectations for the school year to eliminate surprises and added stress for all.

 

The Sper Group wishes all students a wonderful & successful school year!

Comic Fanatics Unite!

by Tammy Waugh

Revisit your youth at the Tampa Bay Comic Con this weekend, July 28-30. Comic fanatics unite in an unbelievable event with celebrity guests and artists. Guest can meet their favorite celebrities like Van Kilmer, Kate Beckinsale and Khary Payton or speak with well known comic artists and authors on their latest creations and ideas!

With tables and booth throughout the convention center. there is an endless selection of entertainment and delight. There will be comic books, magazines, toys and games from anime and manga to sketches and fan apparel. It is Tampa’s largest comic con.

The Tampa Bay Comic Con is a family-friendly convention. Kids admission is free and adult tickets are available HERE.  

 

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