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Bobcat in Arbor Greene, New Tampa

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We were coming home from my Son's soccer game yesterday and as we were driving through the community I happened to see this Florida Bobcat out of the corner of my eye.  At first I thought it was a Florida Panther, which would have been a very rare citing, but after a little internet research, I think its tail is too short for a Florida Panther.  Luckily I had my camera with me, I only wish I had a little better zoom lens.  This shot is a little grainy because I had to e...

Save Money on Your Florida Homeowner's Insurance

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Homeowner’s insurance rates might be about to increase in Florida, but there are several ways you may be able to save on your premiums and offset the increase. Reviewing your policy, the carrier you’re insured with, and some key aspects of your home can cut hundreds of dollars off your annual premiums. The good news is, doing just one or two of these things can save you a decent amount of money. Increasing your deductible, for example, is a good way to save on almost all types...

Zero Down Payment Loan Available in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and Land O' Lakes

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Moderate income residents of some Florida suburbs can qualify for a USDA-backed home loan that allows them to obtain a mortgage without the need for a down payment. If you live in Land O’ Lakes, New Tampa, or Wesley Chapel or would like to relocate to one of those areas, you need to read this article—especially if the lack of a down payment is the one thing that’s holding you back from getting a home loan.   The USDA guaranteed loan program is designed to help yo...

2007 Wesley Chapel Real Estate Report

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“Shopping”, is the word in Wesley Chapel in 2008. The 2007 Wesley Chapel real estate statistics have not deterred three new major retail centers in Wesley Chapel. See Wesley Chapel Shoppers Are You Ready? The 2007 Wesley Chapel real estate sales mirror the overall Florida market with overall sales down 21.4% and the median home price down 11.6% . The lowest price home sold in 2007 was a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home in Timber Lake Estates. The highest priced home sold was a...

2007 New Tampa Real Estate Report

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I’m a little late with my 2007 real estate reports, but it’s been busy start to 2008. So although the 2007 report doesn't look good, let’s hope this recent activity bodes well for 2008. Below are the statistics for the 2007 New Tampa real estate market, which covers all single-family home, tonwhomes, villas, and condo sales in the 33647 zip code.  The big news in New Tampa in 2007, was construction began on the Bruce B. Downs fly-over to I-75 South. The newly constr...

The Status of our State

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A new website, www.FloridaPerforms.com, has been designed as promised by Governor Charlie Crist to better inform Florida’s residents on current events and to make it easier to access government contacts and information. The Governor hopes that this website will serve as a gateway from the public’s needs and wants to our officials who can act upon them.  Data is complied from multiple resources, and useful links help Floridians easily and quickly find what they are seeking...

Tampa Channelside Condos File Chapter 11

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As you may have noticed, over the past few years there have been massive high-rise condo developments underway in the Channelside District of downtown Tampa Bay. Unfortunately for many of the investors, the sales of the multiple units have not exceeded expectations- by a long shot.  Even more regrettable is Towers of Channelside LLC, a developer who built a pair of 29-story luxury condos, has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to slow sales, only 89 of the 257 ava...

The Truth about Florida's "Declining" Population

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  The University of Florida regularly conducts studies regarding the population statistics and patterns in Florida. Through the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR), UF researchers have come to an important conclusion- that the so called “declining” population of our state has been intensely embellished. According to Stan Smith, director of the BEBR, recent news and media representation of the falling population numbers in Florida simply aren’t ...

Working with the Turkeys

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I'm trying to do a better job of keep my digital camera with me this year so I can add more pictures to my blogs.  Our office borders a large conservation area, so we get a lot of wildelife, deer, boar, and this morning we had about ten turkeys in the backyard. A little different twist to working with the turkeys.                      

Easton Park Community Update

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I visited Easton Park yesterday and they're offering some great incentives to home buyers right now. Easton Park is one of New Tampa's most exciting new developments located off of Morris Bridge Road. With close to 500 home sites planned, they have almost 100 new homes complete now and they have begun construction on the pool and cabana and it's due to be completed by this spring. Mobley Homes has just introduced a new model, the Briarwood, which starts at $285,900 for an over 3...