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Tampa Bay Real Estate News

By Stephanie LeFew | Agent in Tampa, FL
  • Temple Terrace Waterfront Homes for Sale

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Temple Terrace, Home Buying in Temple Terrace, Home Selling in Temple Terrace  |  April 10, 2013 11:28 AM  |  593 views  |  No comments
    Temple Terrace is located in Hillsborough County.

    See Temple Terrace Waterfront / Water View Homes.

    See Homes for Sale in the Tampa Area. Feel free to contact me about any questions that you may have about the area.

    Would you like to receive a list of homes for sale in the area and price range that you are interested in? Please contact me and I will be happy to put together a customized home search for you.

    Do you have questions about the home buying process? We love to work with First Time Home Buyers, and offer Free Assistance to home buyers.

    Buyer Incentives also – for our customers that use our services in the purchase of a home. It's our way of saying Thank You. Click here for details.

    Call Realtors that will negotiate for you at your direction, are professional, knowledgeable, and appreciate you.

    Warmly,
    Stephanie LeFew
    Temple Terrace Real Estate Agents here to assist you whether your are looking to buy or sell
    813-624-3332
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    steph@tampahomebuy.com

  • Town n' Country Waterfront Homes for Sale

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Town 'n' Country, Home Selling in Town 'n' Country, In My Neighborhood in Town 'n' Country  |  April 10, 2013 11:11 AM  |  526 views  |  No comments

    Town n’ Country – Tampa Florida -  is located in Hillsborough County.

    See Town n' Country Area Homes.

    See Homes for Sale in the Tampa Area. Feel free to contact me about any questions that you may have about the area.

    Would you like to receive a list of homes for sale in the area and price range that you are interested in? Please contact me and I will be happy to put together a customized home search for you.

    Do you have questions about the home buying process?  We love to work with First Time Home Buyers, and offer Free Assistance to home buyers.

    Buyer Incentives also – for our customers that use our services in the purchase of a home. It's our way of saying Thank You. Click here for details.

    Call Realtors that will negotiate for you at your direction, are professional, knowledgeable, and appreciate you.

    Warmly,
    Stephanie LeFew
    Town n’ Country Area Real Estate Agents here to assist you whether your are looking to buy or sell
    813-624-3332
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    steph@tampahomebuy.com

     
  • Thonotosassa Waterfront Homes for Sale

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Thonotosassa, Home Selling in Thonotosassa, Military Movers in Thonotosassa  |  April 10, 2013 10:43 AM  |  623 views  |  No comments

    Thonotosassa Florida is located in Hillsborough County.

    See Thonotosassa Waterfront / Water View Real Estate by clicking here.

    Thinking about moving to the Tampa area? Feel free to contact me about any questions that you may have about the area. With this specialized mapping home search you can see local shopping, bank locations, school information, night life, gym information.

    Would you like to receive a list of homes for sale in the area and price range that you are interested in? Please contact me and I will be happy to put together a customized home search for you, and I promise to work with you at your pace.


    I love to work with First Time Home Buyers, and offer Free Assistance to home buyers.

    Buyer Incentives also for my customers that use my services in the purchase of a home. It's my way of saying Thank You. Click here for details.

    Call realtors that will negotiate for you, are professional, knowledgeable, and appreciate you.

    Please call me,
    Stephanie LeFew
    Thonotosassa Realtors here to assist you whether your are looking to buy or sell
    813-624-3332
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    steph@tampahomebuy.com

  • Million Dollar Equestrian Estate Sold in December - 22515 HALE RD, LAND O LAKES, 34639

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Land O' Lakes, Home Buying in Land O' Lakes, Home Selling in Land O' Lakes  |  January 28, 2012 12:03 AM  |  1,228 views  |  No comments

    Here are some pictures and virtual tour of this beautiful estate ... http://hdshowings.com/vtours/unbranded.php?order_id=606&w=1280&h=800

    Elegant Country Estate the perfect harmony of home and land. This custom home with superior craftsmanship is situated on 11.08 acres mol. The gated entry with the winding drive leads to the circular main entrance with afountain and portico which joins the 6 car garages. A separate entrance leads to the stables with oversized stalls, fencing, wash area, tack room and resting loft. A formal entry greets you adorned by the large formal living and dining areas. The mahoganylibrary is breath taking and includes a rolling ladder with brass rails. A chefs dream kitchen includes a breakfast/serving bar, island, pantry, desk, stainless appliances, Sub Zero Refrigerator, Thermador Professional Series Gas Range w/double ovens, custom cherry cabinets with granite counter tops, travertine stone flooring and a dinette area. The family room has beautiful windows and built in entertainment center. Master suite is complete with a luxurious bath and huge walk in closet. Upstairs is thebonus room and a second oversized bedroom suite with built in computer work station. Other features are: Pella wood windows and 8 ft doors, exquisite crown molding, volume ceilings with inlays, a gas fireplace, wood floors, travertine flooring, granite counters, closet organizer cabinets, wet bar, special lighting inside and outside of the home. Home and outbuildings have commercial grade electrical service, surge protection and irrigation system.

    This property was originally listed in July 2010 for $1,999,950 for a total of 233 days. It was then re-listed in February 2011 for $1,600,000.

    A buyer contacted me about another million dollar property that I had listed that had sold in Odessa, also an equestrian estate.

    After a day of looking at their favorite homes this familiy had selected from their customized home search, we found this elegant equestrian home that really excited them.  We had a second look the next day.

    We made an offer and received a counter-offer. We then countered their offer and went under contract for $1,450,000 and closed on this beautiful property in December just before Christmas.

    Please call me if there is anything that I can do to assist you in either your search for luxury real estate in the Tampa Bay area in sunny Florida, or in the sale of your luxury property.
    Stephanie LeFew
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    813-624-3332
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BEGIN YOUR HOME SEARCH
    All Services are FREE to Buyers / Buyer Incentives Available - please Call for details
  • Do you really want to sell your house? Important Advice

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Tampa, Home Selling in Tampa, How To... in Tampa  |  January 27, 2012 11:26 PM  |  1,374 views  |  No comments


    Realtors say sellers may believe they’re being helpful by following buyers and their agents around a home during a showing, commenting on every room and answering questions – but often they inadvertently kill the deal.

    Experts say buyers find it uncomfortable to comment about changes they would make to a property with the seller standing there, and they also become suspicious about the reasons for the “hard sell.”

    When circumstances arise that make it impossible for the seller to leave during a showing or inspection, they should stay out of the buyer’s way, going upstairs when the buyer is downstairs and vice versa. They also should not communicate with the buyer or his/her agent to avoid misunderstandings, allowing their agents to answer questions instead.

    Buyers want to be able to open cabinets, doors, look over the home carefully.  They don’t feel comfortable doing so when the owner is in the home right there at their feet.  When the home owner is there it makes the buyer very uncomfortable.  The buyer likes their privacy also.  Once I had a couple absolutely get turned off about a home just because the homeowner was in the home when we walked up.  They absolutely refused to see the home and asked me to tell the homeowner “never mind” about the showing.  This couple did purchase a home with me as their realtor, however it was a home that they felt totally comfortable with.  Sellers, please let the realtors do their job…sell your house.  We all want the end result...to have your home sell. 

    One other very strong suggestion, please do not leave your jewelry and money sitting around in the house when you are selling your real estate.  I was just showing a house today where the seller left her anniversary band sitting on the kitchen counter.  I quickly covered the diamond ring with a wrapped cookie that was also on the counter when the buyers came into the area.  When we left I then removed the cookie again so the homeowner could easily find her valuable item when she returned home. 

    Please call me with any questions about buying or selling a home.  We would love to help you, Stephanie LeFew, Tampa Home Buy Realty, 813-624-3332

    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    Customize your own home search - http://www.tampahomebuy.com/tampa-home-search/

  • Record low mortgage interest rates - low rates = low monthly payments = a smart time to buy a home

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Tampa, Home Selling in Tampa, Financing in Tampa  |  January 15, 2012 8:00 AM  |  1,618 views  |  1 comment

    Fixed mortgage rates fell once again to a record low, offering a great opportunity for those who can afford to buy or refinance homes.

    Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.89 percent. That’s below the previous record of 3.91 percent reached three weeks ago.

    Records for mortgage rates date back to the 1950s.

    The average on the 15-year fixed mortgage ticked down to 3.16 percent. That’s down from a record 3.21 percent three weeks ago.

    Mortgage rates are lower because they track the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which fell below 2 percent. They could fall even lower this year if the Fed launches another round of bond purchases, as some economists expect.

    What a time to be considering a home purchase. This link article may be very helpful to you – http://www.tampahomebuy.com/1st-time-home-buyer/.

    Please call me at 813-624-3332 if there are any general questions you have about purchasing a home, or a specific neighborhood or school district,

    Stephanie LeFew
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    813-624-3332
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com 
    stephanie@tampahomebuy.com

    **All Services are FREE to Buyers and Buyer Incentives may be available to you. Please call for details.

  • Mortgage Relief for the unemployed - See if you qualify for aid

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Wesley Chapel, Home Selling in Wesley Chapel, Foreclosure in Wesley Chapel  |  January 14, 2012 6:07 AM  |  1,544 views  |  No comments

    Fannie Mae says it will provide more mortgage aid to the unemployed, possibly extending the forbearance period up to a year for those who qualify.

    Starting on March 1, Fannie Mae will require mortgage servicers to extend the forbearance relief to qualified unemployed borrowers for six months – without any approval needed from Fannie Mae. The government-sponsored enterprise also says special consideration will be made for some borrowers in suspending mortgage payments or reducing them for up to a 12-month period.

    Fannie’s announcement follows on the heels of Freddie Mac’s announcement earlier this week about similar changes to its mortgage relief program for the unemployed. Freddie Mac announced it would begin offering a 12-month forbearance period to qualified unemployed borrowers starting on Feb. 1.

    To qualify, mortgage servicers will determine if the “borrower has less than 12 months worth of mortgage payments in reserves and has monthly housing expenses above 31 percent of their incomes before extending a forbearance plan,” HousingWire reports.

    In order to see if you would qualify, first you need to contact your mortgage lender to see if your loan is a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan.  Then apply to see if you qualify.

    Warmly,
    Stephanie LeFew
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    813-624-3332 / 813-991-1355
    www.TampaHomeBuy.com
    http://www.tampahomebuy.com/behind-in-your-mortgage/
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