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August 2017

Found 8 blog entries for August 2017.

Top Tampa Neighborhoods For First Time Home BuyersFrom affordable homes to vibrant neighborhoods filled with enticing restaurants and nightlife, some of Tampa’s most desirable neighborhoods easily rise to the top of the list when it comes to those in search of their first home.

Seminole Heights

One of the favorites is Seminole Heights, a neighborhood that’s seen a real boost in recent years when it comes to new nightlife and dining options. One of the hottest neighborhoods right now, the area is ripe with opportunity in terms of restaurants, bars and retailers, especially along N Nebraska Avenue and N Florida Avenue.

All of the hip new businesses are certainly attracting younger homeowners, including those lured by the mixed-use space now occupied by some new urban-style lofts. The Seminole Heights

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Million Dollar Homes For Sale in Tampa It’s been a strong year for the Tampa real estate market and home prices have steadily been rising over the last 12+ months as a result. But according to recent analysis from Zillow, the luxury home market specifically has been quite robust, which is evident through the just how many million dollar neighborhoods now exist throughout the Tampa area.

Defined as having at least 10% of homes in a particular ZIP code worth a minimum of $1 million, the number of million dollar neighborhoods in Tampa has now officially tripled over the last three years, bringing the city’s total to six ZIP codes overall.
The most recent ZIP codes added to the list include Beach Park, Palma Ceia, Downtown St. Pete, and Clearwater Beach, with Beach Park and Downtown St. Pete

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Tampa Historic Homes For SaleFull of character and unique features, some of Tampa’s top neighborhoods have been around for generations, with varying designs in historic homes, from turn-of-the-century to mid-century architecture.

Tampa Heights

The diverse neighborhood of Tampa Heights is actually a designated National Historic District, first established in the late 1800s and long considered the city’s first suburb. With that in mind, you’ll commonly find homes dating back to that same time period, complimented by some newer, more recent additions.

It’s also common to find a lot of character in the homes of Tampa Heights, with everything from 1920s era bungalows to charming, turn-of-the-century Queen Anne’s. From cozy original features to mid-century charmers ready for

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New Home ConstructionHome construction slowed a bit in July, according to the latest data released from the Commerce Department. In a nutshell, housing starts overall fell 4.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million, and multi-family home starts really dropped in July, falling 17.1%. Single-family home starts were also on the decline, but only by just 0.5%. 

The good news is that new home construction throughout all of 2017 has still increased by 2.4%, although the slight gain still hasn’t been able to keep up with demand and offset the dwindling inventory of existing homes on the market, which continues to drive home prices up all over the country and has easily been one of the biggest challenges facing home buyers for most of this year.  

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Riverside Heights Homes For Sale Riverside Heights is a pleasant Tampa neighborhood that continues to grow in popularity more and more each year. Tucked away on Tampa’s north side along the eastern shore of the lower Hillsborough River, there’s hardly a more convenient place to live if you’re looking to stay relatively close to downtown, but the quiet residential vibe felt throughout the area also feels worlds away from the hustle-and-bustle of Tampa’s city center.  

As you might already know, Riverside Heights is packed with bungalows, cottages, and recently renovated mid-century homes, which all seem to be red hot right now among active home buyers browsing the market. From a vintage home standpoint, many also consider Riverside Heights to really be one of Tampa’s true hidden gems,

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Davis Islands Golf Cart Community Davis Islands home owners are pushing for the city of Tampa to allow golf carts as a form of transportation, citing it’s cleaner for the environment, saves energy, reduces fossil fuel consumption, and because it’s also a pretty dang cheap way to get around too. Despite a new petition being active on change.org, this isn’t the first time such a proposal has been discussed, however.

Back in 2010, Tampa Bay Online also reported on the issue of allowing street-legal golf carts, and chatter about making Davis Islands a “golf cart community” goes back even further than that.

But with residents and Davis Islands neighbors once again making a case for allowing this part of the city to be golf cart friendly, it’s certainly possible that street legal golf carts

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Tampa Bungalows For SaleVintage homes in Tampa have an abundance of character, and there’s hardly something out there more charming that one of the many Craftsman-style bungalows that happen to be scattered all over town.

But just like most high-rise condos in Tampa tend to be situated downtown or somewhere along the waterfront, bungalows are also more common in certain neighborhoods around town. So, if you’re an active home buyer who loves the look and feel of a cottage or bungalow-style home, here are a few great places to begin your Tampa area home search:

Seminole Heights

Easily one of our favorite neighborhoods in all of Tampa, Seminole Heights is loaded with homes, cottages, and bungalows dating back to the 1920s. The residential vibe all throughout the Seminole

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Tampa First Time Home BuyersBuying a home for the first-time is both exciting and stressful, but it’s a little less hectic when you live in a part of Florida that gives you a bit more bang for your buck. Recently, personal finance website WalletHub released a list of the best and worst places for first-time home buyers in 2017, and not surprisingly, Miami ranked No. 296 out of the 300 cities listed.

When reaching a conclusion on where certain cities should rank, WalletHub looked a wide-range of factors relating to each market, including a city’s violent and property crime rates, price per square foot, the weather, and the average cost of home owner’s insurance just to name a few.

To our delight, Tampa actually ranked the highest among all the cities mentioned in Florida,

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