NextHome Partners with Canine Companions for Independance

NextHome SunRaye Realty is proud to be a part of the NextHome family as they partner with Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that works to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities. They accomplish this by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support. Canine Companions for Independence breed, train, and raise these smart canines to help their human partners perform daily tasks, and in some cases even serve as their eyes, ears, hands or legs. This is a powerful program that opens up new possibilities and opportunities for those who are disabled, and it also spreads an incredible amount of joy.

Canine Companions breeds Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and a cross between both breeds. After the puppies are cared for and nurtured by volunteers for the first eight weeks after birth, the organization spends the next 18 months caring for, training and socializing them. These dogs are taught to master over 40 commands in six to nine months. After these dogs complete this rigorous training, they then go through additional team training and are matched with adults, veterans, children with disabilities, or professionals that assist clients with special needs. This stage of team training concludes with a special graduation ceremony for the furry graduates, who then embark on a new life of service!

When donating to causes close to your heart this year, please consider donating or getting involved with Canine Companions for Independance! NextHome SunRaye Realty is proud to support this amazing organization!

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Just Sold: 2+ Acres in Northern Pinellas County!

NextHome SunRaye Realty just sold another home and helped make a dream come true for a very well deserving couple!  This home sits on an impressive 2+ acres of property in northern Pinellas County. Conveniently located on Sunset Point Road in Clearwater, the main house sits far back on the property, offering privacy and more! The lush grounds feature a small stream running through the property, mature trees and landscaping, as well a deeded pathway to Sylvan Abbey Lake, which offers fishing and kayaking, or some coveted relaxing on its bank. Also zoned for horses, this property not only offers unlimited potential to its new owners, but it also comes ready to accommodate extended family with its spacious main house and guest cottage. We are so pleased to be able to offer this rare opportunity to our wonderful buyers, Matthew and Haley, who will start an amazing new life here! Congratulations Matthew and Haley! It was such a pleasure working with you both!

 

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Make Your Home FHA Loan Friendly and Appeal to More Home Buyers

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With 30 percent of today’s homebuyers using FHA mortgage loans, it is important to capture this buyer pool when marketing your home for sale. First time homebuyers gravitate toward using FHA loans especially because it allows them to make a down payment of only 3.5% of the purchase price. Here are some other FHA facts to know that will help you get your home FHA ready:

  1. It is important to learn the FHA lending limits in your area. In Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, FHA will insure a mortgage of up to $314,827 on a single family home. For a duplex, FHA will insure a mortgage of up to $403,125.
  2. Buyers will want a home inspection, regardless of the type of mortgage loan they plan on getting. As the seller, you will need to provide an FHA buyer with a form that details what a home inspection can reveal, and how home inspections are different from appraisals.
  3. As a seller, you need to be prepared to rectify any problems that appear on the home inspection, otherwise, FHA will not give approval until serious defects are repaired, such as a roof leak, mold, structural damage, or any interior or exterior paint that could contain lead and predates 1978.
  4. Although the buyer can choose his own appraiser to assess your home, FHA only allows inspections by appraisers that are FHA approved. As a seller, it is recommended that you assist the buyer’s lender’s appraiser by providing easy access to crawl spaces and other areas, which the appraiser will most likely have to photograph.
  5. For all FHA loans, the seller and other interested parties can contribute up to 6% of the sales price or toward closing costs, prepaid expenses, discount points, and other financing concessions.
  6. If you are selling a condo, you will need to find out if your condo is FHA approved for mortgages. To learn this information, visit HUD.gov. You will get the best results by searching by zip code. There are rules that apply in order for condo associations to qualify for FHA approval. These rules include restrictions on the percentage of unit owners that are late on association fees. FHA usually won’t insure loans in condo associations where that percentage exceeds 15%. Other factors like insurances, cash reserves, and how many units are owner-occupied play a part in whether a condo association becomes FHA approved. If your condo does not meet all of the requirements, there are some lenders who will provide FHA waivers. You can discuss this with your agent who can help you identify some of those lenders if this becomes necessary.

When you are ready to sell your home, give a NextHome SunRaye agent a call. Our team is eager to help you get your home FHA ready and market it to all qualified buyers. Partnering with a NextHome SunRaye Realty expert will ensure the prompt sale of your home and a maximum return on your investment.

One Four and Six are the numbers Tripadvisor has assigned to Tampa Bay beaches

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for Beaches. For the second year in a row, Florida’s Clearwater Beach is named the number one beach in America. Of the 25 best beaches in the U.S., 40 percent are in Florida . Award winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.

Tripadvisior named Clearwater Beach the number one beach in the world. A recent review stated “Clearwater Beach is a very family oriented beach. There is ample parking along the beach and a metered parking lot. The beach itself has very fine white sand, which is very clean, with bathrooms and various places to wash the sand off your feet as you leave the beach.”

Ranked number Four is St Pete Beach. A mere 10 miles or so south of Clearwater Beach. They write “Amazing time – beautiful beach – what’s not to love? The sand is soft, silky and warm for strolls along the beach and shell collecting. Love the warm water and the low tide levels for kids. An awesome weekend in a beautiful location with stunning sunsets, lovely food, the thing dreams are made of on vacation!” Reviews liked the Laid-back vibe, powder white sand, chair/umbrella rentals available

And a few miles further south is Siesta Key. Siesta Key ranked number 6 is an island off of Sarasota. Tripadvisior says  “If you want to hit a great beach with PLENTY of room, you found it! There are chairs and umbrellas available to rent, a place to get food and drinks (even adult ones), bathrooms, showers, volleyball, parasailing, and plenty of activities. We were able to throw the football with the kids without worrying about hitting anyone or running into anyone. Beautiful view!” The Public swimming beach known for its clean, hard-packed sand.

If you want to enjoy this beauty like a resident instead of a vacationer, contact NextHome SunRaye Realty at www.nexthomesunraye.com, 727-343-8600 or info@sunrayereo.com.

Just Listed: 3 Bedroom Ranch Perfect for Investor or Handy Owner Occupant!

Fresh on the market and conveniently located in central Pinellas County with easy access to St. Pete, Clearwater, and the south beaches! This sturdy, 3 bedroom block home just  needs some finishing touches to complete the addition of a brand new owner’s suite.  A large backyard is another inviting feature that makes this home the perfect investment for a handy owner occupant.  Take an online tour of this home by visiting: https://youtu.be/bmx42qKWvaQ , or call the listing agent, Tony Cook for a showing today.

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Just Sold Spacious Jungle Prada Pool Home!

When a home is priced to sell, it moves fast! Just 22 days on market, this well appointed, 3 bedroom, 3 bath home with resort style swimming pool was priced to move and sold last week for $417,000. Sitting on almost a half of an acre on St. Petersburg’s famed Park Street, this home is a Sunshine City stunner that is perfectly suited for a large family. Are you thinking about selling your home in St. Petersburg?  Having conducted business the Tampa Bay real estate market for over 35 years, NextHome SunRaye offers unmatched expertise when it comes to pricing your home to sell quickly and for the best price. We work hard to make sure that our clients maximize their investment when they decide it’s time to sell. Check out our Featured Homes link at the top of the page to see more of our Tampa Bay listings that recently sold, or better yet, give us a call to discuss how we can market your home for sale.

 

 

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New Listing – Just in time for the snow birds

Now you can live in Paradise!

Paradise Island is home to a waterfront community in the intracoastal waterway.  The community is just 1 mile walk or bicycle ride to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.  Here is a 3 bedroom 2 and 1/2 bath townhome condominium.  Features include a 2 car garage, two balconies overlooking the pool, lush grounds and a glimpse of the docks and water. The home is 2025 square feet of living with the living areas on the 2nd and 3rd floor.  But there is more…a 300 square foot bonus room.  The current owners use it as a den/hobby area.  Some will consider this space a home office while others might make this a guest room.DJI_0173

The bonus room is located on the ground level behind the garage.  If can not be insured for flooding.  Based upon current flood elevations, flood insurance is not required for the 2nd and 3rd floor living areas.

More information about the unit and photos can be found under Featured Homes, 531 Sandy Hook Road. For a virtual tour of the home click here.

Paradise is enhanced by small town living in a major metropolitan area.  Paradise Island is just one of the islands that make up Treasure Island a city of just 7,000 residents. While it is known for its beaches there are loads of restaurants, adult beverage establishments and local businesses.  Here you will find loads of pedestrians and bicyclists.  Throughout the year there are numerous city wide festivals and celebrations, especially in the cooler months.  Treasure Island is a great place to visit but mostly it is a great place to live.

Take Advantage of 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday: June 1st – June 7th

Get prepared for hurricane season during this week’s tax Disaster Preparedness 2018 Sales Tax Holiday! Here are just a few of the items you can stock up on in order to be ready for the Sunshine State’s stormy season:

  • $10 or less: Reusable ice packs
  • $20 or less: Flashlights, lanterns, or candles
  • $25 or less: Any gas or diesel fuel
  • $30 or less: Batteries, coolers or non-electrical food storage containers.
  • $50 or less: Ground anchor systems, bungee cords, ratchet straps, tarps, or radios (two-way or weather band)
  • $750 or less: Portable generators

Items that are always exempt include bottled water (unflavored, not carbonated), canned foods, first aid kits, baby food and formulas, and prescription and nonprescription medications.

Now through June 7th, take advantage of the tax breaks and get ready for the storm season while saving a little money. Emergency Management officials recommend being prepared enough to be able survive a hurricane on your own for up to 3 days after a storm hits. Your disaster survival kit should contain food, water (at least 3 gallons per person), blankets, pillows, cash, cell phone chargers, clothing, first aid, flashlight and batteries, keys, mosquito spray, a battery operated NOAA weather radio, toiletries, tools, important documents, and pet care supplies. Stay safe Florida!

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Homeowners are in the Best Position to Sell in Today’s Tampa Bay Real Estate Market, but the Time to Act is Now.

 

Surging home prices are making the news again, as the Tampa Bay Times reported on the biggest price increase in a year for the Tampa Bay area just last week. The reason? Rising values are due to the lack of homes for sale in the area’s inventory. With a lopsided market of too many buyers and not enough homes to buy, even homes that normally fall within an affordable range of $100,000 to $400,000 are seeing moderate price growth. However, while prices are rising, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties have seen a decline in sales, simply because the supply of homes to buy is so low. Here are some market facts to put it all in perspective, as reported by the Times:

 

  • Pasco County leads with a 17.2% surge in single family homes from a year ago, with a median price of $219,220. Hernando County follows in second place, up almost 12% to $164,000, Pinellas County is up 10%, to $244,250, and Hillsborough County is up 6.3% with a median price of $239,090.
  • Statewide, prices of single family homes increased 3.3% in February to a median of $246,500. Sales rose 6.9%.
  • Nationally, sales of existing homes (including condos, townhomes and houses) increased 5.4% from a year ago, with the median price rising to $241,700, a jump of almost 6%.

 

For the Tampa Bay area, however, there’s a little more to the inventory shortage than meets the eye. Not all homeowners are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the best moment to put the For Sale sign up in the yard, it’s institutional investors that have purchased thousands of Tampa Bay area homes during the foreclosure crisis. They have been renting out the homes ever since and aren’t selling. This presents a prime selling opportunity for the individual homeowner with a home that falls within that affordable range.

 

Florida Realtors reported these metro area median price percentage increases for the month of February:

  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater $228,000 8.6%
  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers $250,223 2.1%
  • Jacksonville $241,500 10.8%
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven $188,500 12.5%
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach $336,000 6.7%
  • Naples $491,000 15.9%
  • Orlando-Kissimmee $255,000 13.3%
  • North Port-Sarasota $286,995 4.7%

 

Now is the time to sell! If you are interested in learning what your home is valued at, give us a call at NextHome SunRaye Realty, and we can tell you exactly what it’s worth, answer all of your questions, and provide you with the best strategy for selling in this market. Get the best knowledge, expertise, and leadership at NextHome SunRaye.