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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!

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/!

Reference: inman

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.



Reference: Houselogic

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®

 

 

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