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8 Important Chores for Your New Home!

by Tammy Waugh

You finalized all the paperwork and the keys are in your hand. Congrats on buying your dream home in Tampa! As you prepare to move into your new digs, there are several (often overlooked) chores that you should do. Take care of your new investment and get your home truly "move-in" ready by completing these 8 important tasks for new home owners.

1. Change Your Locks

The truth of the matter is you have no idea who has keys to your new home. Keep your family and your property safe and secure by replacing all locks in the house.

2. Look Out For Leaks

Even with a completed home inspection, you want to make sure that there aren't any underlying issues with the home once you actually move in. Plumbing issues can lead to costly damage so it is best to discover them and fix them as soon as possible. The easiest way to discover a leak (beyond looking and listening to all plumbing fixtures throughout the home) is to check the water meter, avoid using water for two hours, and check the meter again. If the reading has changed, there is a leak in the home and it is a good time to call a plumber to help you find it.

3. Kick Out Unwelcome Pests

No one wants to share their home with pests. Maybe the previous homeowners were unaware of the problem or chose to withhold some information, but either way if you discover pests in your new home take care of the issue immediately. The easiest and quickest way is to hire a professional. They can help ensure that the issue is completely eradicated.

4. Stay Cool

We all know that Florida gets hot, hot, hot! Make sure you and your family stay cool throughout the year by checking the AC system. Familiarize yourself with the system and make sure that air is running properly through the system.

5. Let There Be Light

Each homeowner has their own lighting preferences. What the previous homeowner preferred might not suit your needs. As you settle into your new home, spend some time in each room with the current lighting setup. Decide whether you prefer it brighter or dimmer and make adjustments to the lighting as needed.

6. Don't Blow Your Fuse

Ok, blowing a fuse is inevitable at some point in owning your home. As such, you want to know which fuses control each room. Grab a partner to test the fuses with you and label each accordingly.

7. Know Your Main Water Valve

The weather can become severe in Tampa and you want to be able to turn off the main water valve in cases of emergency. Find out whether it is located inside or outside of the home and make sure that you are able to turn it off.

8. Deep Clean the Floors

No matter how clean your new home might seem, you can really only have true piece of mind when you clean it yourself. Before lounging on those carpeted floors, steam clean it. You can rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional. This will truly give you a fresh start in your new home.

If you are interested in Buying your dream home in the greater Tampa area, check out our current Homes for Sale. Give The Sper Group a call today or visit our website at

Celebrate National Bike Month in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

May is National Bike Month. Biking is a great way to stay active and help protect the environment. With beautiful weather year round and amazing bike friendly amenities, Tampa is the perfect city for cycling enthusiasts. Celebrate National Bike Month in downtown Tampa on Friday, May 18th, for the Bike to Work Ride & Rally. Join the guided ride at one of 7 neighborhood meet-up locations. After enjoying the ride through downtown, all participants will meet in Lykes Gaslight Park (241 East Madison Street) for the Rally with bagels, coffee, exhibitors, music, and fun! It's the perfect way to start your work day and admire your beloved city on two wheels!

Downtown's Bike to Work Ride & RallyNeighborhood Meet-Up Times

Group A | 7:10 am

Velo Champ Cycle Sport (4415 North Florida Avenue)

Performance Bicycle (625 North Dale Mabry Highway)

Flying Fish Bikes (2409 South MacDill Avenue)

Publix Greenwise Market (2401 West Azeele Street)

Group B | 7:25 am

Tampa Heights (Armature Works)

Davis Islands (7-11 at Davis Boulevard & Biscayne Avenue)

Ybor City (East 8th Avenue & North 13th Street)

Channel District (1104 East Twiggs Street)


Be sure to swing by The Franklin Manor (912 North Franklin Street) after work for a special Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A free drink will be provided to all Bike to Work Ride & Rally participants!

Can't make the rally or want to check out other happenings occurring around town during Bike Month? Check out these other upcoming events!

Head on over to Bike/Walk Tampa Bay for everything you need to know about biking in Tampa Bay throughout the year!

Live in this beautiful, bike friendly city! Contact the Sper Group to get started. Begin your search with our Homes for Sale! Give our team a call today at (813) 760-2002 or visit our website at

Riverfront Rock!

by Tammy Waugh

Celebrate Mother's Day and the grand opening of Tampa's most beautiful new park! Head over to the Julian B Lane Riverfront Park (1001 North Boulevard) on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th, for a weekend filled with family friendly fun! Julian B Lane Riverfront Park (1001 North Boulevard) will open to the public featuring a series of very special events and musical talent. This new city park offers incredible views along the river, marvelous public art displays, unparalleled sports and recreation facilities, fun playground and splash pad and so much more. Come enjoy the first event at this space. There will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy! Stop by the Family Fun Zone for arts and crafts, games, bounce houses, and other activities for the little ones. Dine on delicious samples from your favorite local restaurants during the Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown. Participate in exciting sports and recreational activities. And dance the weekend away to incredible live musical perfromances. Do not miss out on all the fun taking place this weekend in Tampa!


9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Morning Fitness Activities (Boathouse)

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Stand-up Paddleboarding 
  • 10:00 am | Zumba

9:45 am – 12:00 pm | Coast Bike Share Ride

12:00 pm – 9:15 pm | Live Entertainment on the Main Stage (Great Lawn)

  • 12:00 pm | Riverfront Rock Kick-off
  • 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm | C-Rena
  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Jah Movement
  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Three Sheets to the Wind
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Distinguished Men of Brass 
  • 7:00 pm | Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown Judging
  • 7:30 pm | Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park Opening & Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Buckhorn 
  • 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm | Third Eye Blind

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Live Entertainment on the Family Fun Zone Stage

  • 12:00 pm –12:45 pm | Tampa Gym & Dance
  • 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm | Tampa Toddlers in Transition
  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm | Copeland All-Star Team
  • 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm | DJ
  • 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm | Desoto Tribute Group
  • 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm | Jackson Heights Dancers
  • 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Park Activities

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown

8:00 pm | Lights On Tampa "History in Motion”

9:15 pm | Fireworks



9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Morning Fitness Activities (Boathouse)

  • 9:00 am | Yoga 
  • 10:00 am | Boot Camp 

9:45 am – 12:00 pm | Coast Bike Share Ride

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Live Entertainment on the Main Stage (Great Lawn)

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Latraia Savage
  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Unique
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | The U.S. Navy Band
  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm | The Florida Orchestra

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Live Entertainment on the Family Fun Zone Stage

  • 12:00 pm –12:45 pm | DJ
  • 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm | Prancing Dancerettes
  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm | Ovation!
  • 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm | DJ
  • 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm | Rock 101 Band
  • 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm | School of Rock House Band

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Park Activities

8:00 pm | Lights On Tampa "History in Motion”

9:00 pm | Fireworks


The Sper Group wishes everyone a fun weekend at Tampa Riverfest 2018!









































































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Find the Best Realtor with These Questions!

by Tammy Waugh

Congrats! You are ready to Sell your Tampa area home. Now that you have made the decision to sell, it is time to find yourself an Experienced Realtor to help you list and sell the home. Working with a realtor helps you sell the home faster and for a higher sale price than if you were to go it alone. But, obviously, you want to make sure that you are working with the best of the best. To find the perfect realtor for the job, ask them these questions:

  • How many years experience do you have working within the local market?  
  • Within the past year, how many homes have you sold within my neighborhood? 
  • How much (price range) do the homes you sell go for, and what is the average sold-to-list price?
  • What is your commission fee for your work? 
  • What is your marketing plan for my home? 
  • Will the sale of my home be handled directly through you or will other members of your team also be working on it? 
  • On average, how long do the homes you sell stay on market?


An experienced realtor is someone that can help you acheive selling success! Asking these questions allows you to find a realtor who can help you acheive your real estate goals and fits within your personality needs. Contact The Sper Group to discuss your selling needs and ask us any questions that you might have! We are confident that we are the best real estate team for your job! Give our team a call today at (813) 760-2002 or visit our website at

Tampa Riverfest 2018!

by Tammy Waugh

Spend the weekend at TAMPA RIVERFEST 2018!!! This 4th annual community event will be held Friday, May 4th, and Saturday, May 5th, along the expanse of Tampa's beautiful Riverwalk. This incredible family friendly event has something for everyone! Enjoy fun activities for all ages, foot tapping live music, delicious food from your favorite local establishments, fantastic events from cultural institutions around town, and so much more. Check out the full schedule to plan out your weekend of fun at the Tampa Riverfest 2018!



Friday, May 4th

Curtis Hixon Park

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm | LIVE MUSIC

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | GW SOUTHERN

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | THE BLACK HONKEYS


4:00 pm – 10:00 pm | BEER TRUCKS

4:00 pm – 10:00 pm | VIP TENT

--$50 per person | Purchase wristband HERE


--$25 per person | Purchase wristband HERE

Tampa Museum of Art


Straz Center for the Performing Arts


Columbia Café at the Tampa History Center


Saturday, May 5th

Curtis Hixon Park

10:00 am – 10:00 pm | LIVE MUSIC

10:00 am – 5:00 pm | WIENER DOG DERBY

10:00 am – 5:00 pm | TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS FAN ZONE

11:00 am – 9:00 pm | TACOFEST

--$10 for 3 tacos OR $15 for 5 | Purchase wristband HERE  

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | SPAZMATICS

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm | HOT AIR BALLOON GLOW

Water Works Park


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | TAMPA BAY PRIDE BAND CONCERT

MacDill Park



11:00 am – 5:00 pm | PLANK BAR

Tampa Museum of Art



Straz Center for the Performing Arts



2:30 pm – 5:30 pm | STEWART TUSSING BAND

Columbia Café at the Tampa History Center

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | JUAN TORANZO PERFORMANCE


The Sper Group wishes everyone a fun weekend at Tampa Riverfest 2018!






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Unique Ways to Celebrate Mom in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Mother's Day (Sunday, May 13th) is fast approaching! It's time to celebrate that special woman in your life and show her appreciation for all that she does for you and your family. Do something truly unique with your mom this Mother Day by exploring one of the numerous cultural and educational attractions in Tampa! Give her an experience she will never forget and enjoy all that our beautiful city has to offer together!

The Florida Aquarium

Address: 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa

Dates: Saturday, May 12th & Sunday, May 13th

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission: Adults $28.95 | Children (ages 3-11) $23.95 | Seniors (ages 60+) $26.95

*Mom’s receive FREE Admission with any full priced admission*

Morean Arts Center

Address: 720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg

Dates: Saturday, May 12th & Sunday, May 13th

Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Saturday) | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Sunday)

Admission: Adults $19.95 | Students $12.95 | Seniors (ages 65+) $17.95

*Mom’s receive FREE Admission with one paid admission*


ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Address: 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa

Date: Sunday, May 13th

Time: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Admission: Adults $34.95 | Children (ages 3-11) $25.95

*Mom’s receive FREE Admission with one full priced single day admission*


Tampa Bay History Center

Address: 801 Old Water Street, Tampa

Date: Sunday, May 13th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission: Adults $14.95 | Children (ages 7-17) $10.95 | Seniors (ages 60+) $12.95

*Mom’s receive FREE Admission with one paid adult admission*


Glazer Children's Museum

Address: 110 West Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa

Date: Sunday, May 13th

Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Admission: Adults $15 | Children (ages 1-12) $10 | Seniors, Educators & Active Military $12.50

*Mom’s play FREE*



The Sper Group wishes all the mothers in Tampa a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Enjoy Retirement in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

After all your years of hard work in your career, you are finally ready to retire. Congratulations! It’s time to kick back and enjoy some much deserved R&R. Spend your retirement living in a place with abundant sunshine, countless amenities, endless recreational opportunities, and so much more…...look no further than Tampa FL!

It’s not just our love for Tampa that is telling you to retire here. Tampa was named the #29th Best Place to Retire by U.S. News! The publication recognized the greater Tampa area for offering the best of all worlds, a thriving metropolitan area with a laid back beach setting. Your retired days can be filled with exploring the cultural and artistic organizations found throughout the city, watching sporting events by one of the numerous professional team, being active on the water or the golf course, shopping and dining in the unique neighborhoods, and so much more. With housing costs below the national average and a diverse array of housing types, it is a good area to settle down and find the perfect home to fit your new lifestyle needs. Finally, the endless resources at your disposal, such as world class health care facilities, ensures that everything you need is available right at your fingertips.

If you are looking for the perfect community to retire, give The Sper Group a call today! We can give you more information about life in Tampa and help you find your Dream Home to enjoy your retired life.  

Financial Reasons to Buy!

by Tammy Waugh

If you have been renting because buying a home seems like too much of a financial commitment, it is time to adjust your thinking! Renting actually costs you more money in the long run. It's time to take the plunge and Buy! Need more convincing? Here are the main reasons why buying your first Tampa home makes more financial sense then signing another lease this spring.

As a renter, you are spending money that is not building you any equity. In fact, you are helping build equity for your landlord. Keep that money in your own pocket! While the down payment and mortgage might seem like a lot of money from the outset, you are building equity for yourself as soon as you purchase your first home. According to Pulsenomics, home values should appreciate 3.35% yearly and 24.34% cumulatively over the next 5 years. That makes buying an incredible Investment. And, unlike other investments, such as stocks, a home is something that you use every single day. Along with Tax Savings that home ownership opens you up to, home ownership is also a form of Forced Savings. These savings translate into a greater net worth. The Federal Reserve has found that the net worth of home owners is 44x greater than renters!

Having a mortgage also locks in your Housing Costs. As a renter, your monthly costs can alter every time your lease is up. With a mortgage, you know exactly what you need to pay every month for a set number of years. This offers you better opportunities to budget and save. One final reason to buy instead of is Cheaper! It's true! According to data collected by Zillow Research, 28.9% of income goes towards median housing costs for renters as opposed to only 15.7% of income going to housing costs for homeowners!

Invest in your future! It's time to BUY your dream home! Contact the Sper Group to get started. Begin your search on our Homes for Sale! Give our team a call today at (813) 760-2002 or visit our website at

Celebrate Earth Day in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Earth Day is April 22nd! Homeowners throughout the greater Tampa area know that our stunning natural environment is one of the best reasons to live here! It is important that we continue to protect these incredible natural assets for us and future generations. Keep our Earth beautiful by celebrating Earth Day. Check out these amazing events taking place throughout our area this weekend.

St. Pete Earth Day

Date: Saturday, April 21st

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Historic Williams Park (St. Petersburg)

Cost: FREE

Head over to St. Petersburg for a day of family fun. Learn ways that you can protect the planet through interesting, interactive exhibits. Enjoy live music, shopping vendors, and delicious food.


Island Earth Days

Dates: Saturday, April 21st - Sunday, April 22nd

Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Honeymoon Island State Park (Dunedin)

Cost: $8.00 Donation per Vehicle

Celebrate Earth Day all weekend at this great community event. Enjoy animal and birds or prey presentations, kids craft and activities, nature education, live music, and food and beverages. Take advantage of the beautiful natural setting during the park for a nature hike or time at the beach.


EcoFest 2018

Date: Sunday, April 22nd

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Lowry Park Bandshell (Tampa)

Cost: FREE

Join the City of Tampa, Learning Gate Community School, and USF Health for this day of eco-fun. Enjoy live music, demonstrations, informational booths, and workshops. There will be local organizations, artisans, organic farmers, and more offering their products and services.



Happy Earth Day from The Sper Group!

Top Southern Native Plants for Tampa Gardens!

by Tammy Waugh

The weather in Florida allows us to enjoy lush greens and beautiful flowers all year round. However, the high humidity and heat also present their challenges to gardening in our area. Luckily there is a solution! Use plants native to the Southern states! These plants are especially resilient within our unique climate zone. Make your home's garden shine this year by planting with these low maintenance, native plants. Here are the 15 southern native plants for Tampa gardens!

Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus) This small, flowering tree adds a beautiful fragrance to your garden. It works well in small spaces. This tree grows best in partial to full sun and with rich, moist soil.

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) This plant, which produce beautiful bright purple berries, is a great pollinator and spreads well within your garden. It grows best in partial to full sun and with sandy, moist soil or clay.

Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) This lovely plant truly provides the most spectacular fragrance of them all. It is perfect for layering within your garden. This shrub grows best in partial shade and in rich, moist soil.

Piedmont Azalea (Rhododendron canescens) This flowering plant works well in planting beds or woodland gardens. It adds unique texture to your garden with brown stems and delicate, pink flowers. It grows best in partial shade and in acidic, rich soil.

Crimsoneyed Rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) This hibiscus does especially well in wet soils and high heat so place it in full sun. The best part is its low maintenance and high adaptability.

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) This great plant adds amazing ground cover in areas where other plants won't grow. Just make sure you provide it with room to spread. It has lovely star shaped fronds. Place it in full sun and dry, sandy soil.

Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) This amazing flowering vine can add amazing visual interest to a climbing wall or arbor. Its yellow flowers bloom early in the spring. It grows best in full sun and in rich, moist soil.

Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) Ornamental grass is a great addition to your garden. This perennial looks amazing all year round. It will grow best in partial shade and moist soil.

Add these amazing native plants to your landscape and gardens to add beauty and value to your home and create instant curb appeal! If you're thinking of Selling Your Tampa Area Home, your garden is the perfect place to spend some time before putting your home on the market.


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