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Florida! It's All About The Outdoors!

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Take a Walk! According to author and Florida hiker Sandra Friend, there are so many places to take in Florida’s natural beauty on foot that you could spend a lifetime taking one step in front of the other and never grow tired. Having written over 2500 pages on the subject and completed over 600 hikes, Friend is a trustworthy source on where to set foot in the Sunshine state. Friend’s website, www.floridahikes.com contains a wealth of information and personal touches as to...

Time Is Running Out for 2009 First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

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Attention first-time homebuyers! Time is running out to get in on the $8000 tax credit.  Don’t let this awesome opportunity pass you by.  If you are thinking about buying a home this year and you are a first time homebuyer – you need to know about this program. Can you imagine hearing your agent say this while you are out scouting properties, “Not only did the sellers of this home renovate the kitchen, install a new roof and a brand new...

Trinity Schools Draw Many Families to the Area

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Just last week the Florida public schools finsihed their FCAT for another year. This summer, the results will be published and the schools will be graded accordingly. For those who are starting a home search for a possible purchase this summer,  the Trinity area in Pasco County should be on your list. Trinity is located in the southwest region of Pasco County, just north of Pinellas County and west of Hillsborough County. Pasco County is the fastest growing Tampa Bay county, and it&r...

Oldsmar FL ~ Small Town Charm

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Looking for the best of both worlds in a town to live? Then look no further than Oldsmar, Florida, a community with small-town charm and big-city convenience. Located on the northern tip of Tampa Bay, between Tampa and Clearwater, Oldsmar is an ideal place to live. Developed by Oldsmobile creator Ransom Olds in 1913 to be the “ideal community”, Oldsmar is one of the most picturesque communities in the Tampa area. With beautiful neighborhoods, parks, and waterfront, it is also...

Tarpon Springs Sunset Beach

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Ever since we learned that Fred Howard Park closed for renovations (it will be closed until Fall 2009), we’ve all been wondering where else to go in Tarpon Springs to enjoy the beach and take in a sunset.  Many of our past customers have bought homes close to this beach and are not happy about the closing. Well, we discovered a little known place not far from Fred Howard called Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach is a bit south of Fred Howard Park, off of Florida Avenue....

Tampa Upscale Areas: Carrollwood & Davis Island

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Two popular area that everyone loves in the Tampa area are Carrollwood and Davis Islands. First, up in the northern part of Tampa is the Carrollwood area, known for mature homes and established neighborhoods with small lakes.  Locals gather at the Cultural Arts center on Lowell Rd on the weekends to take in a weekend performance. Another happening place is the  Carrollwood Players Community Theater on Gunn Highway. The Carrollwood Village area is ideal for walking or riding your bi...

Dunedin - Great to Retire - Fantastic Place to Live!

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Tons of people have been hearing about our sleeply little town of Dunedin Florida lately.  Thanks to CNN's Money Magazine and Barack Obama, Dunedin FL has a presence that it deserves.  Last week CNN’s Money Magazine featured the city on their Travel Channel and then again in a recent magazine article and our democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama chose Dunedin to hold a rally this week.   Lots of welcomed buzz for the Tampa Bay Florida area! CNN’s M...

Tarpon Springs Fred Howard Beach is Closing

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It's just temporary, but for 15 long months we can't go to our favorite beach.  I kind of forgot about this but an email today reminded me: WE WERE AT FRED HOWARD BEACH TODAY AND ENJOYED OURSELVES .......WE SAW A BIG SIGN  SAYING   THAT THE BEACH IS TO BE CLOSED STARTING SEPT.2  AND CLOSED TILL NEXT YEAR......WHAT IS GOING ON......??????  YOUR REPLY WILL BE GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED. We get all sorts of inquiries; we have lots of fun at staff meetings ...

Condo Investors - Check out Tampa

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Come October 5, 2008 one lucky investor will be able to purchase the remaining 171  condos at The Place at Channelside.  Unfortunately, The Place at Channelside has become another insolvent development due to the overbuilt condo market in the Tampa Bay area.  A Tampa bankruptcy judge has given the order for the auction of the last vacant group of condos to be bought with a minimum reserve price of a little over $17 million dollars. These are luxury condos built near the Por...

Seniors! Visit Florida in the Fall

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As one of the nation's top tourist destinations and popular relocation area for seniors, Tampa is home to numerous theme parks, upscale shopping and flea markets, golf courses, resorts and spas, and the famous gulf coast beaches. And, if you visit in the Fall you can experience comfortable weather, less traffic and less crowds. That's right! The kids are back in school and the summer heat and humidity is backing down, making way for an enjoyable Fall and Winter in the Tampa Bay area. So, ...