Buying and Selling Homes

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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...

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, ...

Saving Paper :: Two New Ideas

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I'm always trying to save paper, cut down on paper work, and get rid of junk mail.  One thing I learned today that never occurred to me before is that you can have the delivery of the yearly phone book stopped.  Every year, I get the new one, recycle the old one, and put the new one in its place - in the closet in the back room.  Never to be opened.  Does anyone actually use the phone book anymore?  I know I don't. We are sometimes amused by the few, but regular r...

Time to Sell in Safety Harbor?

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Safety Harbor is a small town with a big appeal.  It's known for the famous Safety Harbor Spa but there's so much more to Safety Harbor than that.  Waterfront property, gated communities, luxury real estate, and family neighborhoods make up the bulk of residential property in Safety Harbor.  Go downtown and you will find eclectic homes on quaint streets with many large oak trees. Some of these homes were built in the 1920s and 1930s and have been restored; others are prime for...

Lipply Real Estate ~ Awarded Broker / Agent of the Month

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It’s always nice to be recognized for a job well done, and while we didn’t really expect to be signaled out, we are honored to be the November 2007 “Broker / Agent of the Month”.  This is really quite an accomplishment for our team as only 12 agents per year are chosen – out of the thousands that make up the Pinellas Suncoast Board of Realtors here in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. In case you don't currently know us, our team is made up of myself (...

Buy a Home with Lipply Real Estate and BE A HGTV TV STAR

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Wow!  We have been contacted by one of the popular HGTV Cable television shows and we have many openings for our customers to be on one of their shows.  There's only one catch and it's not our rule, it's theirs.  You must be one of our current customers with a serious interest in buying a home.  All the shows that HGTV broadcasts involve real people in real life scenarios and this special show is no exception.  If this sounds like fun to you, give us a call and let us...

Home Staging Goes a Long Way

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We have recently been trying our hand at home staging.  It's no secret that model homes that are professionally decorated help to sell out the subdivision quicker than spec homes or brochures and flyers.  People need to have a vision for a home before they buy it, and some people just cannot imagine what the home can look like with furnishings in it. Selling vacated homes or newly constructed homes can be a challenge.  Aside from the home that is not tastefully decorated, m...

Spring Cleaning has Nothing to do with Spring

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It's February and in Florida February is Spring.  At our house, spring cleaning is in full swing.  Spring cleaning is a great way to get organized, rid your home of useless junk and just do a thorough cleaning.  As a real estate professional, I can appreciate the art of spring cleaning and would only hope that all my sellers would get the urge to "spring" clean before they decide to put their homes on the market. Regardless, our house is completely torn up right n...

Homebuyers: Avoiding Five Expensive Mistakes

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In a buyer’s market or a seller’s market, first time homebuyers as well as seasoned homebuyers should always be smart when shopping for a new home.  In a buyer’s market where there is so much inventory to choose from, potential buyers can easily lose their focus.  In a seller’s market, there isn’t enough inventory and homes go under contract so quickly, sometimes there’s just not enough time to really think clearly and make wise decisions. Regard...