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Make Your Home Look Expensive to Earn Top Dollar!

by Tammy Waugh

Add some beautiful elegant touches to your Southern California Make your Tampa home look like one of the most expensive homes on the market to earn top dollar when you sell! Add elegant touches to you home to make it look more expensive. This will help set your home apart from the competition and drive your final offer up! Follow these 7 tips to help make your home look more expensive in order to sell!


1. Declutter. Allow buyers to visualize themselves in your home by removing all unnecessary and personal items from the home. Keep spaces clean and cleared. Find the best architectural features of your home and find ways to highlight them with furniture or tasteful decor.

2. Paint. Paint the walls a neutral color that will appeal to all buyers. Add some elegance by selecting a color with a slight sheen to it!

3. Window Treatments. Allow ample natural light throughout the home. Select drapes or blinds that are solid colors.

4. Crown Molding. Crown molding is a simple addition to any room in your home that instantly makes buyers think of elegance.

5. Kitchen Appliances. Update your kitchen appliances to those found in more expensive listings, such as appliances in stainless steel or with brightly colored finishes.

6. Fixtures. Get rid of outdated hardward, plumbing, and lighting fixtures throughout your home and replace with sleek, modern designs.

8. Garage Door. If your home has a garage door, consider investing in a new one that adds an elegant touch to the exterior of your house. This weill help make a great first impression upon your buyers arrival and gives a high return on investment once you sell.

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

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Festive Holiday Events In Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Jingle bells are starting to ring throughout Tampa! The holiday season is here! Get in the festive spirit at fun community events all month long!


Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: Friday, December 1st

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Come see Mayor Buckhorn light up the city's beauitful tree for the season. There will also be a free screening of The Polar Express (2004) in the park.

 

36th Annual Downtown Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Time: 11:00 am  

Location: Downtown Tampa | Parade Route

Watch Santa, community organizations, schools, marching bands, and more as they parade through downtown Tampa spreading holiday cheer!

Santa Fest

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

After the parade, head to the park to experience an afternoon of winter fun. Enjoy holiday entertainment, holiday crafts, games and activities, photos with Santa Claus, and so much more!

 

The Nutcracker

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Location: University of South Florida’s Theatre 1 (3839 USF Holly Drive)

Take in this great holiday tradition for the 6th year in Tampa.

 

Cookies, Carols & Crafts Workshop with Santa & Friends

Date: Sunday, December 3rd

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Straz Center for Performing Arts (1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place)

Create beautiful crafts, visit with fun holiday characters, listen to live music, dine on cookies and milk, and so much more at this 1st annual celebration.

Continuing Christmas Events

  • Christmas In The Wild

    • Dates: Now - Saturday, December 30th

    • Location: Lowry Park Zoo (1101 West Sligh Avenue)

  • Christmas Town™

    • Dates: Now - Sunday, December 31st

    • Location: Busch Gardens (10165 North McKinley Drive)

  • Winter Village

    • Dates: Now - Friday, January 5th

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

  • Victorian Christmas Stroll

    • Dates: Friday, December 1st - Saturday, December 23rd

    • Location: Henry B. Plant Museum (401 West Kennedy Boulevard)

  • Christmas Lights Limo Tours

    • Dates: Friday, December 1st - Friday, December 29th

    • Location: Throughout Greater Tampa

 

 

The Sper Group wishes everyone in Tampa a very Merry Holiday Season!  

Getting Ready for Guests this Thanksgiving!

by Tammy Waugh

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Now is the perfect time to get your Tampa area home ready for your holiday house guests! Although this can seem like added stress, there are simple steps you can take to prepare the rooms in your home and keep everyone comfortable for the big feast!



Throughout the House: Declutter the common areas and guest rooms of your house. Clear off all counter and table tops of unnecessary items. Store the clutter out of the way. Add nighlights to hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms so guests can easily navigate their way in the dark.

Foyer: Remove your items from this area and create spaces for guests to store theirs. Add a welcome mat to protect your floor from dirt. Make it easy for guests to remove their shoes by adding a seat to your entryway.

Kitchen: Make sure your kitchen is cleared of any unnecessary appliances or items so you can cook with ease on Thanksgiving. Create space by moving the coffee machine into a different common room for your guests to use. Add additional seating in the kitchen so you can enjoy the company of your guests as you prepare the feast.

Bathrooms: Stock up on toilet paper, towels, and toiletries for your guests. Make sure that all of these items can be easily found by placing them on open shelves or in baskets. Avoid falls in the tub by adding a bathmat.

Bedrooms: Allow your guests to control the temperature while they sleep by adding a ceiling fan to your guest bedroom. Make sure they have a good supply of blankets and pillows. If guests have to sleep in public areas, consider using a folding screen that can be easily stored so guests can enjoy some privacy.



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Veterans Day 2017

by Tammy Waugh

Come celebrate our nation's veterans this weekend throughout the Tampa area. Veterans Day is this Saturday, November 11th. This national holiday recognizes and honors service members from all of the branches of the United States military. It recognizes their bravery and sacrifice in protecting our freedoms. Be sure to thank a veteran you know on this commemorative holiday and celebrate these honorable men and women at one of these great community events!


25th Annual Tampa Bay Veterans Parade

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Parade Route  


53rd Annual Veterans Day Tribute

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Veterans Memorial Park and Museum (3602 Highway 301 North, Tampa)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy a patriotic tribute with the theme "Honoring America's Veterans". There will be patriotic music and refreshments. Hear great speakers and presentations by:

  • Col. S. Troy Pananon, Vice Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base

  • Col. Jim Waurishuk, USAF, Retired

  • JROTC color guard, drill performances, and patriotic recitations

  • POW/MIA Missing Man Ceremony with rifle salute and taps

  • Veterans Council Awards

This year's celebration is extra special as the Veterans Memorial Park & LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum have been added to the offical list of Regional Veterans Day Sites by the Veterans Day National Committee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


Veterans Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Largo Central Park (101 Central Park Drive, Largo)

Celebrate all who have served in our Armed Forces in Largo. Be there for the ceremony starting at 11:11 am. The City of Largo will present their first ever Barbara Bush Citizen Patriot Award to Dava Guerin, author of Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed and Vets and Pets: Wounded Warriors and the Animals That Help Them Heal. After the ceremony enjoy military vehicle displays, free flight bird presentations, live bands, youth activities, and food trucks.


Red White & Bluegrass Festival

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Tampa Elks Lodge 708 (3616 West Gandy Boulevard, Tampa)

Cost: $20 per person

Come join others in your community for an afternoon of fun and celebration. Dine on delicious food, including ribs, mac & cheese, green bean casserole, baked beans, garlic bread, and ice cream sundaes. Listen to incredible live bluegrass music by Sandy Back Porch and Blackwater Creek. Enter for door prizes, the 50/50 raffle, and YeeHaw Auction. Proceeds from this event help veterans in need.



The Sper Group extends a sincere Thank You to all the men and women who have bravely served in the United States Armed Forces!

Benefits of Staging Your Tampa Home to Sell

by Tammy Waugh

You've decided to sell your Tampa area home. Congrats! As you prepare to list your home on the market, staging the property is an important step. Staging your home reaps many benefits for home sellers. Studies have found that staged homes are sold faster and for a higher dollar value! Get a great return on your investment by taking the time to stage your home! Still not convinced? Check out these stats from the National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Profile of Home Staging!

Key Findings

Buyers’ Agent Perspective

  • 49% of buyers’ agents said staging had a positive effect on most buyer’s view of the home

  • 77% of buyers’ agents said buyers had an easier time visualizing the home as their own due to staging

  • 40% of buyers were willing to walk through a home that they saw online with staging

  • The most important rooms to stage were the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen

  • ⅓ of buyer’s agents said staged homes had an offered dollar value increase of 1% to 5%

Sellers’ Agent Perspective

  • 38% of sellers’ agents stage all homes prior to listing

  • The most common rooms staged were the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and dining room

  • 25% of sellers paid for the costs of staging before listing

  • 29% of sellers’ agents saw an increase of 1% to 5% of the dollar value offered by buyers

  • 21% of sellers' agents said dollar value of the home increased between 6% and 10% through staging

  • 39% of sellers’ agents cited staged homes moved faster off the market

 

5 Key Tips for Staging Your Home

1. Color | Choose light, neutral colors to paint your home. Create a clean, bright space that makes it easier for buyers to visualize themselves in the home and to make the rooms look larger. Warm colors can also create a soothing, relaxing feeling.

2. Cleaning and Repairs | Do a deep cleaning of your home to make it fresh and inviting. Make sure to complete any home maintenance projects that you have been meaning to complete.

3. Declutter and Depersonalize | It is very important that buyers can visualize their own families in your home. Remove personalized items that can be distracting during showings. Also, declutter and remove unnecessary objects to create clean, open spaces.

4. Make it Homey | Add flowers and candles to create an emotional connection for buyers and create a cozy atmosphere.

5. Furniture Placement | Only keep necessary furniture in order to showcase the size of the living spaces. Place furniture in places that highlight the architectural features of your home.


For more Home Selling Tips, check out our website at http://www.thespergroup.com/.

 

Data Credit: National Association of REALTORS®

 

 

Trick or Treating Fun in Greater Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Halloween is finally here! The streets of the greater Tampa area will soon be filled with hundreds of witches, ghosts, superhereos, and princesses! Give your children a Halloween they will never forget by taking them some place new and unique to trick or treat! Here are our top picks for great trick or treating spots throughout the Tampa metropolitan area.

Riverwalk Trick or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: The Tampa Riverwalk

Collect goodies from 40 different locations along the Riverwalk. Afterwards, stick around for a free family Halloween movie screening in Water Works park.

Halloween Spree

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Glazer Children’s Museum

Enjoy fun Halloween tunes as you trick or treat indoors at the museum. Other fun activities include a costume parade and arts & crafts. Register HERE!

 

Mall-O-Ween

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Gulf View Square Mall

Don your best costume, grab your treat bag, and head to the mall for some fun trick or treating.

 

Halloween in the Park - "Treats You Can Trust"

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: England Brothers Bandshell Park

Explore the Treat Trail to discover endless delicious treats from local businesses and organizations. Enjoy refreshments, children’s activities, and costume contest with prizes.

 

Old Northeast St. Pete Trick or Treat

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: Around Dusk

Location: St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast Neighborhood

The old brick streets of this gorgeous neighborhood will be blocked off for families to enjoy some of the best trick or treating in the Tampa area. Marvel at 200+ houses decorated for the ghoulish holiday.

 


Want to spend Halloween evening closer to home? Trick or treating throughout Tampa neighborhoods will occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Please follow these Halloween Safety Tips to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy their evening.



The Sper Group wishes everyone a safe and frightfully fun Halloween!

 

Mortgage Rate Factors You Can AND Can't Control

by Tammy Waugh

Mortgage rates are the lowest they have been all year! It's the perfect time to take the plunge and purchase that dream home! However, you might come to find that the rate quotes you are getting from lenders is not what you were expecting. There are several factors that affect your mortgage rate. It is important to understand which of these factors you can change and which are beyond your control to ensure that you receive the best rate possible!

 

 

Mortgage Rate Factors You CAN'T Control

  • Economy – ALL interest rates are driven by the global economy

  • Lender pipeline – How much business that is currently being processed by your lender

  • Property location – Lender costs are determined by state laws

  • Home use (Primary residence, vacation home, rental, etc.)

 

Mortgage Rate Factors You CAN Control

  • Property type (Single family, multi-family, condomenium, etc.) – Determine which type of home you want based on the relative cost of financing.

  • Loan-to-value (LTV) – Increase your chances for loan approval, lower your mortgage insurance rate, and cut down your fees by putting more money down upfront.

  • Loan features – Choose a loan with a shorter fixed-rate period to save on interest.

  • Loan amount – Avoid very high or very low amounts that often have higher rates.

  • Credit score – Work on improving your FICO score before buying a home.

  • Points Pay more upfront to buy a lower interest rate.

 

Take control of these mortgage rate factors in order to receive the best rate possible. Be sure to compare custom quotes from several competitive lenders. Just remember that rates are constantly changing from day to day so do your research ahead of time and make sure that you have good credit and a low loan-to-value ratio to ensure that you are always receiving the best advertised mortgage rates.


 

Check out our website at http://www.thespergroup.com/ for Mortgage Rates & Calculator and more Home Buying Resources!


Resource: The Mortgage Reports

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/.

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