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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...

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.                      

It’s Not Just the Weak Dollar

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In the wake of the US dollar’s slide down the value scale, there’s been a lot of speculation that the dropping value of the dollar is likely to spur investing in the US real estate market (and foreign investment in the US in general, to be fair). While there’s some truth to the suggestion, there’s more truth to the fact that US real estate has always been an attractive investment for overseas investors. The relative stability of the US economy – which, despite t...

Green Incentives Put Cash Back in Your Wallet

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A couple of weeks back, I did a series of articles about ways to lessen your impact on the environment in three stages – easy, inexpensive things you can do right now, changes you might consider if you are remodeling or upgrading and ways to build green from the ground up. This week, I’ve pulled out some of the cash incentives offered by the federal and state government and by utility companies that can cut your costs if you decide to green your home or property.   -&n...

Building Green Saves You Money, Saves the Planet

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The buzz in the building industry is all about being green, but there’s still an underlying belief that building green is expensive. In reality, green building practices often cost no more than conventional building practices, and often costs less up front. The real bonus comes in after you’re done with the building and all moved in. Most environmentally friendly building options are designed to reduce your use of energy – and that adds up to subtracting your energy and uti...

Five Good Reasons for Greenovating

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If you’re planning to renovate any time in the near future, it only makes sense to go for the greenest options available. When you take the environment into account, your renovations and improvements will be good for you AND good for our world. Greenovating adds value to your home in a number of ways. Here are five good reasons for greenovating instead of just renovating.   Stay ahead of the curve. It’s not a matter of keeping up with the Joneses anymore....

Living a Greener Life in Three Installments

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With the world population scheduled to hit 7 billion people in 2011, it’s getting more and more clear that we all have to do what we can to reduce our impact on the environment that supports us all.   Over the next three weeks, here and on my Tampa Real Estate Blog, I’ll be talking about ways that your family can help save energy and reduce its impact on the environment. This week, I’ve offered some suggestions for little changes you can make in your home and yo...

Ten Feng Shui Tips to Help You Sell Your Home

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Having trouble selling your house? A little ancient wisdom might help – and it certainly won’t hurt.   Feng Shui Front Door Tips Any Realtor can tell you that most houses are sold before the buyers ever step through the front door. We talk about “curb appeal”. Feng shui consultants talk about making your house welcoming to chi. Many of the tips that feng shui consultants will give you to help your home seem more welcoming are similar to those that Realt...

Improving Your Credit Score and Saving for a Down Payment

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Given the current state of the mortgage industry, the days of no money down and poor credit loans are all but gone. With that in mind I just completed a series of good articles on my Tampa Real Estate Blog with information on building your credit score and saving for a down payment. The first article, The Credit Fixer Upper – 6 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score, provides practical advice on how to improve a poor credit score. Learn how to get a free copy of your credit report, ...