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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Move into Westchase under $200,000 and have all the benefits of the fabulous amenities but with little maintenance.
Homeownership is a big part of most people’s American dream. Many may believe that home ownership under $200,000 is not an option in the heart of Westchase. That may have been true in the past but now, if you take the time, wait for the right property you could own in Westchase as your first home or it may be the perfect downsize for the retiree. Instead of paying rent to someone else, your monthly mortgage payment pays down a portion of your mortgage balance each month. For a first time home buyer or a retiree trying to stay within a prudent budget and manage monthly expenses, a home with low or no maintenance may be the perfect fit. Fixing costs associated with home ownership is especially important in this economy when people are …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
As regulators and politicians talk about how to reduce toxic debt on the bank’s balance sheets, could we feel the effects in Westchase?
The powers that be in Washington are knocking around a proposal for bulk purchase of foreclosure properties. What is a bulk purchase? Who will be making the bulk purchases and why? At what prices will these purchases be made, what will happen after the purchase and will we feel the effect in Westchase? This proposal is being considered because of the backlog of foreclosures that have mostly not yet hit the market yet. The number of foreclosed homes cannot be pinned down but large numbers in excess of 4 million nationwide have been used in discussions in Washington. This possible bulk purchase plan is an idea that bundles of mortgages will be purchased, akin to a portfolio of mortgages, for approximately 35-40 percent of their appraised…
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Historic South Tampa homes and the newer West Park Village share similar architecture and community feel.
Craftsman bungalows and salt box and center hall colonials are not only found in South Tampa. In West Park Village, these styles of homes line the streets. You’ll also find cars parked up and down the streets like in the City of Tampa and retail & eatery establishments within walking distance. It feels strangely reminiscent of South Tampa. The six villages that comprise West Park Village in Westchase are different from the rest, the architecture and urban style offer that same feel of South Tampa more commonly found in Hyde Park or New Suburb Beautiful. South Tampa is steeped in tradition and is a historical delight. Of course, there’s no replacing original hardwood flooring, the unique trim work, original glazed windows or the …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
As fear causes investors to sell their equity, what will the current economic climate mean for local buyers and sellers?
Will the increase in debt ceiling and S & P downgrade affect sales in Westchase? On Friday night when the news broke of the S & P downgrade of the United States rating pushing it from the iconical AAA to the AA+, many held their breath for the markets to open on Monday. While many market experts said the downgrade had already been priced in, that didn’t hold true as the market slipped below their lowest after the 2008 financial crisis time period. So what does this really mean for buyers and sellers? For buyers, it could actually be a good thing, at least through the next election. Many predict that the Federal Reserve will keep rates artificially low to spur on the housing sector. Rates were fantastic on Tuesday, when I wrote this …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
How changes in the Federal Housing Administration loan limits will affect local buyers.
The Federal Housing Administration monitors median home prices throughout the nation. Its determination of median home prices in a particular area is what drives the FHA loan limit. This limit varies in different locales. What is the current and new loan limit? What is the criteria for an FHA loan? And what does the reduction in available FHA loan limit mean to local buyers in the market now or the future? The Tampa Bay FHA current loan limit is $292,500. Over the past 3-4 years, FHA loans have come back into fashion. Fifteen to twenty years ago, they were all the rage. As no documentation, stated income and low money down loans became easier to come by, FHA fell out of favor. With the credit crisis, this loan is now the most …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Sales Continue to Trend Up, Short Sales Decrease: Second Quarter Real Estate Finish in Westchase and Surrounding Areas
A breakdown of real estate statistics in Northwest Hillsborough County.
As we entered 2011, Westchase had faired the best out of Westchase, Countryway and Keystone-Odessa regions and showed a strong stabilization coming into the year. As of March 31, 2011, I reported that sales were up and short sales were flat. Where are we now 3 months later and in the midst of the hot Spring/Summer selling season? Let’s look at the statistics first quarter over second quarter. 33626 33556 33635 Sold Q2 over Q1 166/136 110/63 38/50 Sold Foreclosures Q2 over Q1 30/27 28/15 7/21 Short Sales Q2 over Q1 29/33 19/18 11/17 Normal Sales 107/96 63/28 20/12 Current Pending Sales 170/169 112/119 70/47 Current Active Listings 188/246 234/239 69/26 What percentage of Active Listings are Foreclosures? 3.72% or 7 3.84% or 9 5.79% or…
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Recently Reduced! Gorgeous, immaculate home in desirable Radcliffe village in Westchase.
This immaculately maintained and beautifully upgraded 4 bedroom, 3 bath, with solar heated pool and spa is located in Radcliffe Village in the heart of Westchase. Amenities include:
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Neo-traditional bungalow in gated Village Green for sale.
Neo-Traditional Style Morrison Homes Hyde Park floorplan features 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Bonus Room (could be 5th Bedroom as it has a closet and door), 1BR, 1BA In-Law Suite, Pool & Spillover Spa with 2-Car Garage overlooking the Green in the desirable Village Green neighborhood of the gated Greens. This is one of the best locations in the Village, the Greens, with its charming gazebo, is like an extension of your front yard. This lovely home features master bedroom and all secondary bedrooms downstairs with the bonus room upstairs. The detached 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath In-Law Suite is perfect for guests or rent for extra income. Back of the home is a tropical oasis featuring a free form pool with hot spa spillover, natural stone accents and a …