JUST SOLD SPOTLIGHT – Check Out What has SOLD in Tampa Bay!

NextHome SunRaye Realty has been busy selling! Check out the some of the incredible homes we’ve had the pleasure to market and sell over the last month.

Click on each property for details:

10513 Greensprings Dr., Tampa, FL 33626

10211 Heron Key Way, Tampa FL 33625

3811 Treadway Dr., Valrico, FL 33594

7100 Sunset Way, Unit 712, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

5435 60th Way N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709

540 1/2 7th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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, how this crisis may affect the value of your home, and what your options are.

In addition, let us talk to 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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Shared by Keith Robinson, NextHome Inc.’s Chief Strategy Officer

Should I sell my house right now? Can I even sell my house right now? Are there even any buyers? How do I stay safe?

There are so many questions right now from people who are thinking about selling their house, and rightfully so. The unhelpful but truthful answer to all of these questions is… “it depends.”

It depends because every state, county, and even some cities are all taking different approaches to how they are dealing with COVID-19. Some areas are pretty much business as normal, albeit with masks, six feet away, air hugs, and hands covered in sanitizer and gloves (that doesn’t sound very normal does it?). However, in other parts of the country real estate was deemed non-essential and you literally cannot get in to, or close on a house right now. Like always, but ever more so, you need to talk to a local real estate professional so they can help you navigate these new waters like Christopher Columbus (ok, that’s a bad example since he thought he “found” India but you get what I mean, right?).

Let’s assume you are in a place where a real estate transaction can happen, this might actually be a really good time to sell – if you’re willing to try a new process. 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. On top of that, there are few buyers but the ones that are in the market see this as “their time” and they are as motivated as a two-year-old asking for another piece of candy (yes, THAT relentless).

You’ve decided you’re all in… what are the steps to the process? I’m glad you asked, they look something like this:

Step 1: Virtual Agent Interview. We’ve got all the software we need. Heck, our dang phones have like 17 cameras on them nowadays. So, we always meet at a distance and get to know each other. There are tools like GoToMeeting and Zoom where we can take you step-by-step through the process just like we would in your kitchen. If you are even considering it, you should set up a meeting. It’s at least a reason to put on real clothes, shoot maybe even socks. If people can find the love of their life online, we can probably decide if we’d work well together on a Zoom call right?

Step 2: Preparing the house for sale. We’ve found a professional love connection via technology and now we’re working together (yay!). How in the heck do I get my house ready for prime time? Luckily, in most areas across the country construction has been deemed essential so the cadre of professional, licensed, and insured contractors that your REALTOR® has relationships with should be able to get the work done that needs doing. Of course, it will be socially distanced construction and you might have to take a few long drives with the family for picnics and do a deep clean when they are done. However, it is possible it just takes extra coordination and communication which is what being a real estate agent is all about.

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: There is nothing “normal” about our current situation. How we market homes has to change, 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, and more, you need new tools in the new normal and we’ve got them.
  • Maximum exposure online: Right now maximum exposure online is everything. During the first few weeks of COVID-19, the largest real estate sites saw a huge drop in buyer activity. But you know what, as people got a little less scared and a lot more bored they started looking at all the pretty 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 be online more than that Tiger King documentary.
  • Virtual Image Package: Ok I made this one up. I don’t think there is such a thing as a “virtual image package” but there should be and now there is. Since so much of the process will be done at a distance that old saying of “image is everything” might be true right now. That’s why we’ve got 3D home tours, virtual staging, and always use professional photographers. All of this helps the buyer get closer and 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 (see how that just rolls off the tongue??) 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 got more eyeballs than YouTube (ok, not THAT many… they got 1.6 billion visits monthly), so now its time to get an offer in. You might be surprised to know that much of this has been done “virtually” for a long time.  Gone are the days where a buyers agent will present in the conference room to the sellers and their agent. Today, with a full suite of tools we can literally do all the paperwork remotely without missing a beat. Just adjust the font size so you can read the fine print, smush the mouse button and you’re off to the races.

I do think you’re going to see the real estate process go more and more virtual in the coming months. Sure we will get back to shaking hands (maybe fistbumps?) and meeting in the dining room to review the process but much of this virtual process will stay even after COVID-19 is gone.

If you’re ready, I know your NextHome agent is ready. Give them a call and they can put on their mask and gloves and get the sign in the yard with that cute orange french bulldog Luke and then lead you through the process from start to finish.

 

 

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Shared by Keith Robinson, NextHome Inc.’s Chief Strategy Officer

How in the heck am I supposed to buy a house while I am sheltering in place?? I hardly know what day it is without checking right now. Is it actually possible for me to find a house, evaluate it, write an offer, get it accepted, and close on it? Not to mention moving… is that even legal right now?

Trust me, we hear you. It is always complicated, stressful, and a little emotional buying a house. Maybe even a little more so in this “new normal” (nothing normal about this) of COVID-19. To start with, the answer to all of the above questions is “it depends.” Super helpful, right? The thing is, every state (heck, every county) is approaching this differently. In some states it’s kind of business as nearly normal – just add in vats of hand sanitizer, masks, and 6-feet-away hellos. Others are in lockdown but real estate is deemed essential so you can still transact. And in a few, it’s been deemed non-essential and it’s literally not even possible to close on a home, not to mention see one. So… it depends.

If you are in one of the states (counties) with the first two options, there are some real opportunities out there for buyers right now. We’ve had an inventory shortage in this country for a while now and that is only going to continue with builders slowing down building and more and more millennials entering “household formation” years (a fancy way of saying they can now afford to buy a house). For the buyer with a little creativity and willingness to take action – and the right real estate professional – this could be the time. That being said, it is stressful and a person deciding to hold off to let the dust settle could make sense. The rest of this is for the creative and willing buyer.

Step 1: virtual buyer consultation.  It could be over Facetime, a Zoom meeting, or some other virtual conference room software. We’ve been doing things remote at NextHome since we started our company over five years ago. It’s not quite as good as meeting face-to-face but it’s really close to the same thing. I mean, if virtual happy hours are popping up around the U.S., then we can set up a virtual buyer consultation to have all your questions answered.

Step 2: virtual property search. Now you’ve already been digging through Zillow like a detective looking for the one clue to make your case. Now you’ve got someone to send them to so you can get more information. And you’ve got a partner in detective work who will be doing some digging with you and sending you properties that fit your criteria. Think of it as your virtual property concierge who is there to assist, and sometimes lead, the property finding process. Thank the technology gods that more and more have been developed to help you know a lot about a house before you see it. I know, I know, you’re already wondering what happens when you find your dream house online for that, it’s step 3.

Step 3: video home tours. We’ve all got a camera in our pocket (along with a calculator, take that my 6th-grade math teacher who said I wouldn’t always have one handy)and it’s as easy as ever to “see” a property at a distance. Your agent can get access to the property, fire up that Facetime, Facebook video chat, Google Duo, etc. and walk you through every inch of your future home.

Step 4: electronically sign things. Ok, we like it, no, we love it. Now what? It’s offer writing time. The ability to sign documents at distance has been around for years on the real estate side (come on mortgage side, step your game up, because not everything can be signed digitally there). We have all the real estate contracts, addendums, forms, and such available digitally and can email them to you. Then you would need to lean forward towards the computer screen to read the small print and smush a few mouse clicks –  you’re now in offer, counteroffer, negations, and starting the closing process. You will probably have to go somewhere to sign loan documents (see above about mortgage) but in most areas, they have changed their process to allow for safe signing. Some even have a mobile notary and closing specialist who can come to you to sign everything. Easy peasy lemon squeezy (it’s actually hard hard lemon hard but our trained real estate professionals are there to help you every step of the way).

Step 5: inspections. Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever make. There are lots and lots of inspections you can have done. And each of them can be completed, then the reports sent to you via email. We can even set up a virtual conference room to review the report with the inspector and the agent so you can get all your questions answered.

Step 6: transfer funds by wire. Yup, that’s right. You can move money around like a high-powered hedge fund manager. You feel pretty dang cool when you tell the closing facilitator, “I’ll have my people wire the money over.” Trust me. You do.

Step 7: keys, please! As an agent, this was always my favorite part of closing with a buyer.  Giving them their keys. As a real estate agent, there isn’t much more rewarding than seeing the people you’ve helped get the keys to “their home.”  It’s amazing. Now we just do it over a screen instead of in person. There are key delivery services that can have the keys brought right to you. You’ll just have to Facetime when you do it because I know your agent is going to want to see your smiling face when you get them.

Do I write this with the thoughts that someone will buy a house without ever seeing it. No, of course not. What’s important right now is we all stay safe and we can limit the contact as much as we need to for everyone to feel safe. And we’re fully set up to take care of as much of the process virtually as we can. For some buyers, this is the right time to get bold, take action, and go find their house. And for others, they might want to hold off a few months. For both sets of buyers, we’re here to help you whenever you’re ready.

 

 

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PRICE REDUCTION: 29th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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This 0.3 acre lot of vacant land located on 29th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711 is listed for sale and the price has just been reduced to $150,000!
This sprawling parcel fronts an unusable section of Clam Bayou in south St. Petersburg. Owners of this land can build their dream home and enjoy having no rear neighbors – ever!
Located at the end of a dead end street with very few neighbors, owners of this land will enjoy stunning sunsets overlooking the bayou and Skyway Trail every night!
The seller of this property will provide a survey and a deed restriction will follow the purchase to forbid subdivision of the lot. Only one home may be built here. The city will connect the sewer line at no cost.
To visit the property website, click HERE.
Don’t miss out on seeing this magnificent property in the Bayview community of south St. Petersburg! For more information, call NextHome SunRaye listing agent, Tony Cook for more information or to place an offer at (727) 244-3494.
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PRICE REDUCTION: 9304 Rolling Ridge Place, Temple Terrace, FL 33637

Just Reduced to $186,000! Do you need space for your family or for entertaining? This home has it! This 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in the River Run subdivision of Temple Terrace is SPACIOUS with almost 2,400 square feet of interior space! Best of all, the price of this sturdy block ranch has just been reduced and is now priced at $186,000!

This home has a versatile split floor plan that includes a formal living room with a dual sided fireplace to the separate family room, a breakfast area adjacent to the kitchen, a formal dining room, and four large bedrooms – all of which can accommodate king sized beds! The rear has a large screen enclosed lanai and more than enough space to build your dream pool and still have a yard for the kids to play in or the pets to roam.

This  home needs some updating and repairs but it is truly a diamond in the rough. Located on a quiet cue-de-sac street, this home is located close to schools and the Terrace Hill Golf Club!

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

Don’t miss out on this opportunity that has just gotten even better! For more information or to view this property, call NextHome SunRaye listing agent, Sami Wilensky at (813) 210-2323.

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What You Should Know about Home Buying and Selling During the COVID-19 Crisis

NextHome SunRaye would like to share helpful resources that will help you navigate the new norms of real estate during this uncertain time, whether you are looking to buy or sell. Creativity and technology have been a tremendous help to agents, buyers, and sellers. Everyone is practicing health and safety measures while making deals happen, and it has been working well.

Many buyers are touring houses virtually. Others view homes in person but remain six feet from their agent. Sellers are hosting open houses on Facebook Live. Appraisers are conducting drive-by valuations. Buyers are watching inspections via video call, and closings are taking place safely as notaries get signatures on doorsteps outfitted in masks and gloves or via drive by closing services. While adjustments have been necessary and minimizing in-person interaction has been key, deals are getting done without much delay.

Buyers today are serious ones. Remember, there was a shortage of inventory across the housing market before today’s economic slowdown. With that stage being set and buyer choices already limited, some sellers have been removing their homes from the market due to the pandemic as well. This makes it a very opportunistic time for you to list your home for sale and appear on every buyer’s radar. As prices continue to hold steady in this low-inventory market, you can feel confident about selling today. Embracing the idea of selling virtually can result in your home making the top of an eager buyer’s list.

 

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VIRTUAL SHOWINGS and SAFE SHOWING GUIDELINES

Agents have been utilizing FaceTime and similar tools to conduct home tours for years. These platforms are now proving just how incredibly valuable they are in the process of home buying and selling during this health crisis. Zillow and other real estate sites have reported a 191% surge in 3D home tours and brokerages have reported a dramatic increase in requests for video home tours since March.

In-person showings are permitted in Florida, and agents have been diligent to wipe down door handles, spray lockboxes with disinfectant, while they open the house, closets, cabinets, etc. for their clients. Light switches stay on so no one touches switches. The National Association of Realtors recommends that only one buyer enter a home at a time, with six feet between each guest. NAR also recommends agents have potential buyers use hand sanitizer or wash their hands when they come in the door. Shoes should also be removed, and children should not be present at showings.

Mabél Guzmán, the vice president of association affairs for NAR has put together a video offering tips for virtual showings while we deal with these unusual circumstances.

MORTGAGE RATES and LOCKS and EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION

As mortgage rates have been fluctuating and closing times may take a bit longer, some lenders are extending mortgage rate lock periods. Grabbing a good rate and hanging on to it even if your lender takes a little longer to process your loan is quite possible. Check with your lender about its policy.

An important step in obtaining a mortgage is obtaining employment verification, and typically, lenders will call a borrower’s employer for verbal verification. Because so many business are not yet back up and running, the Federal Housing Finance Authority, which oversees Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and federal home loan banks, has relaxed the rules for loans backed by the federal government during this time. Lenders for these types of loans will now accept an email verification, a recent year-to-date paystub, or bank statement showing recent payroll deposit to meet this requirement.

SO, IS IT SAFE TO BUY OR SELL? 

The real estate industry is safely and creatively responding to these extraordinary times. Mortgage rates remain low and your agent is a great source of information about buying and selling during this health crisis to help you feel more at ease. Call NextHome SunRaye Realty today at (727) 343-8600 to discuss your options and how we can help you safely navigate selling your home or making your next home purchase during this time.

 

 

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Price Reduction: 1910 Acadia Greens Dr. #1910, Sun City Center, FL 33573

This wonderful Kings Point villa in Edinburgh has just been reduced in price! Now listed at $169,900, this spacious, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Lowell model home offers a tremendous value for those interested in purchasing in Sun City Center.

This home features an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings in the living room, den/office, and screened patio. The owner’s suite has patio access, walk-in closets, and a huge ensuite bathroom with a large walk-in shower. Oak cabinets, Corian counters, and a large breakfast nook make the kitchen a chef’s dream and a great communal space.

This home is ideally located to the community clubhouse. So many things to do for the active senior! This gated and manned community has golf courses, a theater, tennis, pickle ball, resort style pools, hot tubs, a fitness center, and much more!

To take a virtual tour of this home, click HERE.

To view this home or for more information, call NextHome SunRaye listing agent, Tony Cook at (727) 244-3494.

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Just Listed: 11515 Water Poppy Terrace, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

New to the market! Check out this great value in Lakewood Ranch! This spacious home located at 11515 Water Poppy Terrace, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 is listed at $291,200 and is located in the beautiful Riverwalk Village subdivision, which features tennis, playground, and recreational facilities!

This well designed home just needs some finishing touches. It has a versatile floor plan with living room/dining room leading into the galley-style kitchen that is open to the large family room and breakfast nook. The kitchen features a gas range, closet pantry, and ample cabinet space. The family room has built-in shelving and sliders leading to the screened lanai and patio. The owner’s suite also has lanai access and a huge ensuite bathroom, complete with dual sinks, garden bathtub, walk-in shower, and water closet.

The outdoor space is fantastic! Beat the heat in the kidney-shaped swimming pool with spillover spa. Lots of patio space for an outdoor kitchen and furniture! There is also plenty of yard space for pets to roam.

To immerse yourself in a virtual tour of this property – click HERE.

For more information about this property or to view it in person, call NextHome SunRaye listing agent, Tony Cook at (727) 244-3494.

 

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17916 Cachet Isle Dr. #A, Tampa FL 33647

The newly listed Cory Lake Isles estate located at 17916 Cachet Isle Drive, Unit #A, Tampa, FL 33647 is a sight to behold! Listed at a discounted price of $1,499,000, this magnificent residence is a MUST SEE!

This is the largest estate in all of Cory Lake Isles and it has the most exceptional views!

This 5 bedroom, 5/2 bath home sits on a sprawling 3.75 acres and boasts 9,400 square feet of living space. As soon as you step inside, you will find that it is packed with features and high end finishes. Four of the five bedrooms have ensuite baths. The master bath includes an extraordinary shower, a jetted soaking tub, two vanities, two separate water closets, and two custom closets. There is also a guest study/living area, a reading nook on the second floor, a game room, and a movie theater. In addition, new owners of this palatial residence will enjoy two wet bars, (complete with their own dishwashers), a wine room, a second kitchen, three fireplaces, custom closets in each room, a show-stopping wrought iron staircase and banister, an elevator, and it doesn’t end there!

This incredible estate only gets more spectacular outside, where the property’s breathtaking views compliment the resort style pool and heated spa, the exterior kitchen, and third floor patio, which is wired and ready for finishing. Parking pads provide even more space for cars and toys in addition to the six-car garage!

Take a moment to enjoy just how special this estate is – click to view this drone video of the property. A VIRTUAL TOUR of the interior will be coming soon!

To schedule an appointment to view this home or for more information, call NextHome SunRaye listing agent, Sami Wilensky at (813) 210 – 2323.

 

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Just Listed: 17916 Cachet Isle Drive, Unit #A, Tampa, FL 33647

Simply stunning! Priced at $1,499,000, this newly listed, palatial estate in Tampa is available at a discount so that new owners can enhance it to match their own personal style!

This home is the largest estate in all of Cory Lake Isles with the most impeccable views! Drive down the long, private driveway that leads to this grand home  set within this very secure, gated community and prepare to be impressed.

This home includes over 9,400 square feet of living space. Inside, you will find 5 bedrooms (four with ensuite baths), an office/study, exercise room, children’s or guest’s study/living area, a reading nook on the second floor, game room, and movie theater. Amenities include two wet bars, complete with their own dishwashers, a wine room, a second kitchen, three fireplaces, custom closets in each room, a wrought iron staircase and banister, custom light controls, a beyond oversized pantry, laundry room with an abundance of storage, dog bath, and an elevator.

The master suite is truly amazing with its own reading room with fireplace and access to the exercise room. The master bath is what dreams are made of! Here, you will find an extraordinary shower with 12 shower heads, a jetted soaking tub, two vanities, two separate water closets, and two custom closets.

Outside, you will find the breathtaking pool and heated spa, fire pit, exterior kitchen, and pool bath. Take the spiral staircase up to the third floor patio, which is wired and plumbed and ready for finishing. This home has ample garage space with six spots, plus additional parking pads to provide plenty of room for cars and toys.

This home also has its own generator and a separate well for irrigation.

Cory Lake Isles is an amazing gated community with its own waterfront clubhouse, beach, playground, gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, roller blading hockey rink, and resort style community pool.

To view additional photos, view the property website here.

A virtual tour and drone photos will be available soon, be sure to check back! For more information about this stellar estate, or to schedule an appointment to view it, please call NextHome SunRaye listing agent, Sami Wilensky at (813) 210 – 2323.