Just what is a home appraisal and why do we need one?

Starting with the dictionary, an Appraisal means:
an act of assessing something or someone, an expert estimate of the value of something.
synonyms: assessment, evaluation, estimation, judgment, rating, gauging, sizing up, summing-up, consideration
synonyms: valuation, estimate, estimation, quotation, pricing; survey

Appraiser Independence Critical to Veterans’ Home Loans, Appraisal Institute Tells Congress

Press Release: The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Turesday, April 4th urged Congress to protect the independence of real estate appraisers in the federal program that provides housing loans to military veterans. The Appraisal Institute testified at a Congressional subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill.

First Crystal Lagoon Community being built in Wesley Chapel, Florida

A Crystal Lagoon, the first one in the United States, is coming to Epperson. It’s an enormous 8 acre, 16 million gallon swimming pool that will stretch the length of five football fields. It will be 200 feet wide and up to 8 feet deep with a series of “arms” stretching out. Each “arm” of the lagoon off the center will be about 1/4 mile long!

How much do you know about Port Tampa’s impressive history?

Port Tampa is a neighborhood in the southwestern most portion within the city limits of Tampa, Florida, on the western end of the Interbay Peninsula. Within this neighborhood is Picnic Island Park as well as several public schools including Westshore Elementary, Monroe Middle School, and Robinson High School. It is conveniently located near Macdill Air Force Base, and popular with veterans and families stationed at Macdill. It is also close to downtown Tampa and Davis Islands, where Tampa General Hospital is located.

Tis the season for manatee viewing in Apollo Beach

If you haven’t seen a Florida manatee closeup, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. They are such gentle creatures and a reminder of the beauty of Florida in Apollo Beach!

Is a healthy lifestyle in your future? Great Tips for new gym Memberships

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Many Floridians want to kick off healthier habits in the new year with memberships to health studios. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today provided tips to educate consumers on what to look for when signing a new membership.
“January is an extremely popular time for consumers to join gyms, and I encourage Floridians to do their homework to ensure they get the most out of their memberships,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

How well do you know Landlord/Tenant laws in Florida?

The state of Florida has summarized the laws regarding Florida’s Landlord/Tenant Laws in Florida. Many of our clients have questions about many of the things this important information addresses. Take a look to familiarize yourself with details that could be very helpful! There is a link at the bottom of the article to Florida’s website with much more information.

Home Staging

       Extra or Essential?   It wasn’t too long ago that home staging was considered an extra but in today’s market we believe it is a essential part of selling your home, fast and for a higher value. There can be many challenges when selling your home but you need to gain that extra […]

5 Secrets to Selling Your Home #5

           #5 Cleaning and Fixing!   Now that you have de-clutter it is time to clean! Attention to detail is key when selling your home. When a prospect is touring your home they will notice everything. You want to make sure that you pay attention to the smalls things that can deter a buyer.  Break out the screw […]