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OPEN HOUSE EVENT: 4510 W. San Rafael St., Tampa, FL 33629 this Saturday, August 1st, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Join us for our OPEN HOUSE EVENT to be held at 4510 W. San Rafael St., Tampa, FL 33629 this Saturday, August 1st, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. 

This lovely home for sale has just been renovated and is ready for a new owner to enjoy all of the spectacular interior upgrades! In addition to new paint, flooring, and bathrooms, the electric service has been updated as well and the garage has new epoxy flooring. This home is priced right at $559,900!

There is so much to admire about this spacious, four bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home! With an interior living space of 1,824 square feet, you will find four sizable bedrooms, two full bathrooms, plus a half bath in the garage. This lovely abode also features a large formal living room, plus a Florida room with sliding glass doors that lead to the backyard. The ample kitchen is at the center of the living space and features new glass backsplashes and quartz counters. This home also has an oversized one car garage as well as a carport that provides a short grocery path right to the kitchen.

In addition, this home is ideally located within walking distance to great schools, and it’s an easy commute to major shopping and downtown Tampa!

If you are unable to attend the Open House Event on Saturday,  call NextHome listing agent and broker, Irwin Wilensky at (727) 644-9183 to schedule a private showing.

Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of this home by clicking HERE.

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Sell Your Home Safely and Effectively During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Should I sell my house right now? Are there any buyers? How can buyers consider purchasing my home without walking through it and looking inside? How do I stay safe?

There are so many questions right now from people who are thinking about selling their house, and rightfully so. While we have come a long way since the beginning of this health crisis in terms of protecting ourselves, we are always learning.

As far as the state of the current real estate market, this is actually a really good time to sell – if you’re open to a new process that has been effectively implemented industry-wide to keep both sellers and buyers safe. Inventory levels are as low as they have ever been in the history of the United States, and there are some sellers who are electing to wait to put their homes on the market which is only exacerbating the inventory issue. There is no shortage of buyers and it is not uncommon for many homes for sale to get multiple offers right now.

What modifications are part of the new selling process? Here’s how things are currently working:

Step 1: Virtual Agent Interview. If we are meeting in person, we will maintain proper safety measures like wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, and social distancing. If  you are not comfortable with a face to face meeting or if it is not convenient for you, we can meet at a distance and get to know each other. Tools like GoToMeeting and Zoom allow us to take you step-by-step through the process just like we would in your kitchen or at our office.

Step 2: Preparing the house for sale. Once we have made a decision to work together, it’s time to get your home ready for prime time!  Luckily, the cadre of professional, licensed, and insured vendors/contractors that NextHome SunRaye has relationships with are willing and able to get the work done that needs doing, as they are taking precautions to stay safe and protect their clients’ wellbeing. Of course, it will be socially distanced preparation, if you are in need of any repairs, painting, cleaning, etc. Everything is just as possible as it was before, it just may take a little extra coordination and communication, which is what being a real estate agent is all about and why you choose one you can trust.

Step 3: Pre-Inspections. We’ll also work with inspectors who can do inspections before you put the home on the market so the buyer has as much information about the home as possible without even seeing it.

Step 4: Marketing, Marketing, Marketing. This one is more than one step. It’s a lot of steps.  Exposure of the property has always been important, but now it’s more important than ever. So let’s break this down piece by piece.

  • Custom Marketing Plan: How we market homes has changed, that is why we’ve developed a custom marketing plan to make sure buyers know your house is for sale. With everything from increased online presence, virtual showings, virtual open houses, aerial drone footage, and more, you need new tools in this “new normal” and we’ve got them.
  • Maximum exposure online: Right now maximum exposure online is everything. During the beginning of this crisis, the largest real estate sites saw a huge drop in buyer activity. As people became a little less scared and a lot more bored, they started looking at houses again. The same real estate sites have seen a massive spike in buyer activity. That’s why we syndicate our listings to hundreds of websites  – so basically your house will have a HUGE online presence when you enlist NextHome to market it for sale!
  • Virtual Image Package: Since so much of the process will be done at a distance, that old saying of “image is everything” is true right now. That’s why we’ve got Matterport 3D home tours, virtual staging, and always use professional photographers. All of this helps the buyer get closer to feeling like they’ve seen the house from their computer screen (in their daytime pajamas).
  • Virtual Open House and Showings: Even with a Virtual Image Package, eventually a buyer is going to want to see the inside. That’s why we’ve developed strategies around doing Virtual Open Houses that profile the property to potential buyers and a virtual showing approach where the buyer can get a guided walkthrough of the property.

Step 5: Offers, Addendums, Negotiation, and Close! Your house has had more eyeballs on it than YouTube (ok, not THAT many… they got 1.6 billion visits monthly), so now it’s time to get an offer in. You might be surprised to know that much of this has been done “virtually” for a long time. Today, with a full suite of tools, we can literally do all of the paperwork remotely without missing a beat. Just adjust the font size so you can read the fine print and with a click the mouse button, you’re off to the races!

Photo by Elly Fairytale from Pexels
Photo by Elly Fairytale from Pexels

We believe the real estate process will become and most likely remain more “virtual” going forward. Sure, we may get back to shaking hands (maybe fist bumps?) and meeting in the dining room to review the process, but much of this virtual procedure will stay even after COVID-19 is gone. It’s simply more convenient and just as reliable.

If you’re ready, NextHome SunRaye is at your service. Give us a call, we can lead you through the process from start to finish!

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JUST SOLD: 0.3 Acre Parcel Located at 29th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL for $119,000!

JUST SOLD!
This 0.3 acre lot of vacant land located on 29th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711 has sold for $119,000!
This sprawling parcel fronts an unusable section of Clam Bayou in south St. Petersburg. The new owners will start building their dream home and enjoy never having any rear neighbors – a very desirable perk!
Located at the end of a dead end street with very few neighboring homes, the new owners of this land will enjoy stunning sunsets overlooking the bayou and Skyway Trail every night. This was a great deal for both buyer and seller, and NextHome SunRaye Realty had the pleasure of bringing everyone together to make this deal happen.
Have you been thinking about selling your home, but are now feeling unsure due to the current health crisis? NextHome SunRaye understands that this is an uncertain time. Give our St. Pete office a call at (727) 343-8600 so that we may discuss the current market, your home’s value, and what your options are.

In addition, let us tell you about the cutting edge selling tools that we have at our disposal that will enable us to effectively market your home virtually and increase its exposure to home buyers while minimizing your risk to illness. You may decide it is the right time to sell, or maybe not. In either case, NextHome SunRaye is here to provide you with valuable information to help you decide and we are ready to represent you in the home selling process, whenever you are ready to make a move. Stay safe and stay well!

 

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JUST REDUCED: 8415 N. Albany Avenue, Unit #C, Tampa, FL 33604 is now Priced at $94,900!

Are you looking for a spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for an affordable price? Look no further! This roomy townhouse features a large kitchen with pass-thru to the great room, a large enclosed patio with hot tub, and a small rear yard that is fence enclosed. All bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry closet are located on the second floor. This home offers enough space for everyone with 1,470 square feet! Best of all, this home is now priced at $94,900!

This home is located on a quiet dead end street and offers easy access to I275 and Dale Mabry Hwy! Best of all? There are no HOA fees! That’s right! NONE!

Don’t miss out on seeing this townhouse at its newly reduced price! This is a deal that can’t be beat!

To take a VIRTUAL TOUR of this home, click HERE.

To view this home in person, or for assistance with placing an offer, call NextHome SunRaye listing agent, Sami Wilensky at (813) 210- 2323.

 

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Happy Luke Day!  Join in Our Annual Day of Community Outreach by Supporting Canine Companions for Independence!

NextHome SunRaye Realty is joining forces with our fellow NextHomies around the country in celebrating Luke Day, our annual day of community outreach that was created in honor of our company mascot, Luke!

Today is the day we come together in support of a great organization – Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). Through Canine Companions, we are inviting Facebook friends, families, clients, and colleagues to assist us in making a difference by donating and helping to raise funds to support the mission of Canine Companions for Independence, our national charity. This incredible organization works with adults, children, and veterans with disabilities by providing them with expertly trained assistance dogs that can help them live a better quality of life!

Click here to see a local news report on News Channel 8/wfla.com from February of this year that shows footage of a recent service dog graduation where these special dogs get paired with their partners for the first time. It shows how two service dogs, Lauren and Tibet have been called to duty at the Hillsborough County Courthouse facility in Tampa, Florida to provide assistance to abused children who face tough testimony at court hearings. These dogs are there to help them relax and let them know that they have special support standing close by. These highly trained service animals also serve children in foster care at a child advocacy and protection center here in Tampa.

Every dollar you donate will help provide these incredible dogs to people that need their assistance. From picking up keys, turning on light switches, comfortably going to the park with family and much much more.

With your help, we can get more of these amazing Canine Companions assistance dogs into the lives of those who need them.

Thanks for your support! Click HERE to help our team, the SunRaye Tail Waggers, reach our $1,000 fundraising goal!

 

 

 

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Don CeSar Claims Top Spot in Florida Architecture Contest

The Don CeSar never ceases to impress! St. Pete Beach’s historical landmark has made headlines again by beating out several contenders for the top spot as the 2020 People’s Choice for Architecture. Victory was claimed after a Florida panel of architects deliberated over the designs of several historic hotels and inns throughout the state. Among the contenders were St. Petersburg’s own Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort, and The Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Photo Credit: Fox13news.com
Photo Credit: Fox13news.com

Also known as the “Pink Palace,” the Don CeSar was opened in 1928 by a man named Thomas Rowe. After he passed away in 1940 after suffering a heart attack in the hotel lobby, his estranged wife, Mary, inherited the hotel. By 1974, the Don Cesar was added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Click here to learn more about the legendary history of this magnificent hotel.

What made this spectacular gem stand out to the panel of architects tasked with this decision making? Its Spanish and British Colonial influences, along with its “exuberant extravagance in the Roaring’20’s,” according to the Fox13news.com report.  A popular tourist attraction and an exceptional resort accommodation if you’re planning on visiting Florida’s Gulf Coast, the luxurious Don Cesar hotel features its own private beach, spa, fitness center, numerous amenities, and it is ideally located near a multitude of cultural attractions, golf courses, shopping, dining, and much more in the surrounding St. Petersburg area.

 

Prediction Updates from CSU on the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Take Note, Florida!

Colorado State University, a top hurricane forecaster, has issued an updated 2020 hurricane forecast based on the latest data.

The new forecast now calls for more storms than the original forecast issued in April. Based on information gathered through June 2020 the new forecast suggests that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will have above average activity in comparison to the 1981-2010 seasons average.

This year’s forecast suggests there will be

  • Nine hurricanes (the average full season is 6.4).
  • 20 named storms – including five we’ve already seen (the average is 12.1).
  • Four major (Cat 3-4-5) hurricanes (the average is 2.7).

Factors that contributed to this forecast are detailed in this 10 Tampa Bay news report.  They include a tropical Atlantic that is warmer than normal, while the subtropical Atlantic is very warm. Most of the eastern Atlantic is also warmer than what is typical, and warm temps are generally associated with more active Atlantic hurricane seasons. While these forecasts do not predict where a hurricane is likely to strike, the report does state that:

The probability for landfall for any one location along the coast is very low and reflects the fact that, in any one season, most U.S. coastal areas will not feel the effects of a hurricane no matter how active the individual season is.

It is also noted, however, that we must remember that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to cause major destruction and loss of life, and as Floridians, we must assume that the risk is great and prepare the same every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted. Be prepared and stay safe, Florida!

 

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The New St. Pete Pier Opens Today!

After a long and patient wait, St. Petersburg residents can finally enjoy the brand new St. Petersburg Pier and sprawling Pier District that embodies a 26 acre expanse along downtown St. Petersburg’s public waterfront! Starting today, visitors can expect to dine, shop, and fish at the Pier head as they explore all the amenities the new St. Pete Pier District has to offer. The Pier District includes a newly expanded Spa Beach for visitors to relax on, play beach volleyball, or launch a kayak from. The beach borders Spa Beach Park and there is also a playground for families visiting with their kids. The Pier Marketplace has a diverse mix of vendors, and the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center will teach visitors about Tampa Bay’s ecosystem. There is also an inviting “Tilted Lawn” for visitors to take in breathtaking views of Tampa Bay and the city’s skyline under its umbrellas, and there are some really spectacular art installments, including the Pier’s signature public art piece, Janet Echelman’s aerial net sculpture, Bending Arc, and more. Here’s a photo of the new Pier that was published in today’s Tampa Bay Times’ article covering the Grand Opening:

 

The new $92 million dollar St. Petersburg Pier will open on July 6 to the public. This image was shot on Tuesday, June 30 at Demens Landing [BOYZELL HOSEY | Times]
The new $92 million dollar St. Petersburg Pier will open on July 6 to the public. This image was shot on Tuesday, June 30 at Demens Landing [BOYZELL HOSEY | Times]
Parking can be found in the “Pelican” parking lot located next to Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, as well as the “Dolphin” parking lot which is north of the marketplace. There is plenty of shade to enjoy – something the old Pier lacked. Solar panels shade much of the Pelican parking lot, as well as the Pier Marketplace. In addition, there are plenty of umbrellas and newly planted trees. Trams come by every ten minutes and make four stops – near each of the parking lots, the Discovery Center, and the Pier head. There will be several options for dining and refreshing libations, as well as the Bioswale, a tree-populated park that is ideal for picnicking. Plenty of seating and shade abounds at the new St. Petersburg Pier 2.0 – don’t miss out! Best of all, there is no charge for admission and most events are free to the public, with some ticketed special events (that are subject to a fee) happening throughout the year.

This week is the St. Pete Pier’s Grand Opening week, and reservations are limited (but free!) to maintain capacity and optimal social distancing. Click here to secure reservations. See you at the Pier!

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OPEN HOUSE EVENT: 4510 W. San Rafael St., Tampa, FL 33629 on Sunday, July 5th -12 to 2 PM!

Join us for our OPEN HOUSE EVENT to be held at 4510 W. San Rafael St., Tampa, FL 33629 this Sunday, July 5th, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM.

Brand new on the market, this lovely home has just been renovated and is ready for a new owner to enjoy all of the spectacular interior upgrades! In addition to new paint, flooring, and bathrooms, the electric service has been updated as well and the garage has new epoxy flooring. This home is priced right at $559,900!

There is so much to admire about this spacious, four bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home! With an interior living space of 1,824 square feet, you will find four sizable bedrooms, two full bathrooms, plus a half bath in the garage. This lovely abode also features a large formal living room, plus a Florida room with sliding glass doors that lead to the backyard. The ample kitchen is at the center of the living space and features new glass backsplashes and quartz counters. This home also has an oversized one car garage as well as a carport that provides a short grocery path right to the kitchen.

In addition, this home is ideally located within walking distance to great schools, and it’s an easy commute to major shopping and downtown Tampa!

If you are unable to attend the Open House Event on Sunday,  call NextHome listing agent and broker, Irwin Wilensky at (727) 644-9183 to schedule a private showing.

Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of this home by clicking HERE.

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Want to Know the Current and Future Flood Risk of a Florida Property You’re Interested in Purchasing? There’s an App for That!

You’ve been on the hunt to purchase a home in Florida, maybe even in the Tampa Bay area. With inventory consistently low throughout the state for the last year and a half, it’s been a challenging search. However, you think you may have finally found “the one” – a home in which you can envision you and your family happily settling down. Before making the decision to buy, you want to conduct some due diligence and find out what type of flood risk this home carries. With climate change an ever growing threat – especially here in the Sunshine State, you want to know what type of future flood risk this home will face as well. Instead of depending on notoriously unreliable FEMA maps or paying for services that can only provide a portion of this information, there is finally an app for that – one which can provide data on combined flood risk from rain, storms, rivers, and rising seas, according to a Miami Herald’s published report that posted yesterday.  It’s called Flood Factor, and the site, created by First Street Foundation, a nonprofit research group that is focused on the relationship between property values and climate change, is just a few short weeks from launching. As a matter of fact, you can sign up to be notified when the site goes live here.

The Miami Herald published report is worth checking out as it provides an example of a Miami-Dade map produced by Flood Factor, which offers detailed information on current and future flood risk for the area on a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 indicating severe risk. The severe to extreme risk rating is no surprise for Miami-Dade, an area that is a hot spot for hurricanes which have been growing increasingly more dangerous and destructive as a result of climate change. The area is already battling rising tides and studies have shown it to be one of the most vulnerable places on earth due to its low-lying geography.

The Miami Herald article is packed with valuable information for both buyers and sellers; here are some key highlights:

  • According to this new tool, 35% of Florida’s 8.9 million homes are at risk of at least minor flooding right now, and 10% of those (approximately 900,000 homes) are currently at risk for severe flooding.
  • Searching a property on this site will show the flood risk from 1 to 10 but it also shows the increasing likelihood of flooding over 30 years, the timeline for a typical mortgage. A range of tools provide details that show what future flooding may look like on a particular parcel of land and compares it to the surrounding neighborhood, city, county, and state.
  • Currently, Flood Factor and FEMA data show about 1 in 5 Florida homes are in a special flood hazard area that requires mandatory flood insurance. Flood Factor predictions show that this number could jump to 1 in 4 in the next 30 years.
  • Growing research suggests that climate change is already affecting real estate values, and it also shows that homes outside of flood zones are appreciating faster than homes located within flood zones.

This tool provides the type of  information that is exactly what home buyers need to make educated choices on home buying in Florida. Flood Factor assists homebuyers in making a decision that will help them avoid getting struck by a powerful hurricane or getting stuck with the economic hardship of escalating flood insurance and decreasing home values in the future.

For decades, Florida has been focusing its efforts on increasing development along the coasts. While property values are still rising as buyers still seek out waterfront property, growing evidence shows that climate change will eventually undermine these types of investments. Increasingly unaffordable rates for hurricane and flood insurance in addition to home buyers coming to terms with the actual risk of owning a seaside abode will inevitably change this trend.

Flood Factor isn’t all doom and gloom, however, as it also provides a list of solutions to keep homes and communities safe from flooding, with ideas that range from installing flood gates on homes to calling your local representative to advocate for climate action.

Bottom line: if you are in the market to purchase a home in Florida, the Flood Factor app is going to be an important tool to provide you with very valuable and reliable data. Sign up to to learn when the site goes live and refer to it during your home search!