Tailor Your house for an Older Pet

You will find there’s shifting cultural change in how people see their pets – they’re not just a pet, but family members. We love them so much that their presence within our lives improves our mood and our relationships with others, as well as promoting a number of physical benefits. Our relationship with our pets makes them feel good too! They look to all of us not simply for food and shelter, but love and support as well. See how here

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5 Reasons Homes Don’t Sell (and How to Address Them)

5 Reasons Homes Don’t Sell (and How to Address Them)

It can be stressful to see your home languish on the market while others in your neighborhood are moving quickly. A home that isn’t selling can cost you time and money, not to mention your sanity.

Here are 5 reasons your home may not be selling, and advice for addressing them.

  1. Pricing
    Of course you want to sell your home for as much as possible. But an overpriced home can turn away even the most eager buyers. On the flipside, if you repeatedly reduce the price, buyers can see it as a sign of your desperation to sell – prompting them to submit even lower offers. Your listing agent can help you come up with a price comparable with other properties in your neighborhood. A professional home appraiser may also be able to help.
  2. Timing
    If possible, hold off on selling until the main buying seasons in the spring and summer. If you must sell during an off-peak time, you can still attract serious buyers – but you'll need patience and ways to sweeten the deal.

To offset bad timing, you might offer incentives such as paying some or all of the buyer's closing costs. To pique interest among real estate agents and brokers, consider offering a selling bonus above the standard commission. Just make sure you stipulate it’s available only if the agent brings a full-price offer to the table or closes the sale on your preferred date.

  1. Location
    If a poor or unsafe location is preventing your home from selling, you may have better luck generating interest among buyers by adding new security measures. Consider installing an alarm system, outdoor lighting and gates or fences.

Additionally, promote any practical and safe features of the location such as the proximity of public services (fire and police stations). Also offer to introduce prospective buyers to neighbors you know. This can provide a sense of community and make them feel welcome.

  1. Condition
    Investors and buyers with home improvement skills look for bargains, so they will typically offer less for a home that needs a new roof, has faulty plumbing or electrical systems, structural problems or that needs a lot of cosmetic work. The more repairs you make before buyers view the home, the more likely you are to receive competitive offers. It’s usually cheaper to do the repairs yourself than to offer allowances in the closing contract.

Another idea is to purchase a home warranty that covers items that break down after the sale. This gesture gives prospective buyers additional peace of mind about the home's condition.

  1. Marketing
    If everything else is lined up and your home still isn’t selling, it could be due to your marketing. Particularly in a crowded market, its import to make an extra effort to get your home noticed.

Buyers usually go online first to search for homes, so make sure your photos represent your house in all its glory. It’s often a good idea to hire a professional photographer. Also be sure the home description doesn’t skimp on listing all the features, amenities and upgrades. This is where a listing agent can come in handy. They’ll be able to use their professional experience to create a marketing plan that makes your home standout.

Remember, when you're ready to start the process of selling your home, help is just a phone call or email away. Nick & Cindy Davis are standing by. To find out more about us please visit www.TampaHomesSold.com

Staging Decisions – 8 Shockingly Bad ones

Staging 8 things you want to Avoid

Real estate is an intensely personal experience for many buyers and sellers. After all, a home, at its core, is a personal expression of a homeowner’s entire life wrapped inside four small (okay, sometimes not so small) walls

And while, ultimately, buyers should be more focused on the bones of the home—the things that will stay after the current owner has vacated—staging can often be the difference between a buyer bonanza and a dearth of hot offers. Don’t let your sellers suffer at the hands of poor staging.

It may be challenging, but a little tough love now, will make for a love fest post-sale—after the big offers come flying in. Here are 8 of the biggest staging sins sellers make and how agents can help their sellers avoid these pitfalls before it costs them a sweet deal.

1. Collection Overload
2. Echo-Chamber Staging

3. Failure to Edit

4. Silly Scenarios

5. The ‘Lived-in’ Look

6. Closet Cramming

7. Failing to Stage for All the Senses

8. Not Staging at All

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Churches do they help or hurt home values?

Churches; One study says that houses within a certain distance of place of worship sell for 4.8 percent more than others.



Call it the halo effect for real estate.

A study of the housing market in Hamburg, Germany, found that condos located between 100 to 200 meters, or 109 to 219 yards, away from a place of worship listed for an average 4.8 percent more than other homes. The effect was similar across all religious buildings studied, including churches, mosques and temples.

“It’s something we find for other amenities, as well,” said Wolfgang Maennig, a professor at the University of Hamburg Department of Economics and Social Sciences and co-author of the report. He likens the price bump to perks such as proximity to public.

But live too close to the religious building — within 100 meters — and the premium is erased, they found. Sounds associated with houses of worship are only part of the problem. The effect of bell ringing, for example, wasn’t statistically significant, he said.

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Tampa-area housing sales, prices rise in June

Tampa area housing sales prices rise in June

Tampa area housing sales prices rise in June


Tampa-area. More home sales closed and for higher median prices this June compared to a year ago.

The June housing report released Tuesday by Florida Realtors paints a fairly bright picture of the Tampa-area market here with more closed sales and better median housing prices than the Tampa metro area saw a year ago.

And for buyers, there is slightly less pressure in the Tampa-area, since the cash buyers and the hedge fund companies that were snapping up properties for rental have backed away from the area, one consultant said.

Closed residential real estate sales are up 7.5 percent over June 2013 in the Tampa-area, St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area and the median sale price on the homes that sold was up 2.4 percent to $162,250 for a single family unit and up 9.6 percent over June 2013 for condos and townhouses, to $111,281.

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Beautiful Pool Home in Wesley Chapel, FL!



6839 Belt Link Loop Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

Your chance to own a Pool home is here. This wonderful 3 BR, 2 BA home is a MUST SEE! Nestled on a conservation home site just a few steps from the community playground and park. Featuring a flexible floor plan with a formal living room and dining room; a spacious eat-in kitchen with a breakfast bar and closet pantry; a large family room with a pool view; a large en suite master retreat with a huge walk-in closet, dual vanities and a glass enclosed shower; an inside laundry room with ample shelving and storage; and 2 spacious secondary bedrooms. Neutral decor throughout with laminate and tile flooring. The outside boasts a relaxing solar heated pool with an expansive brick paver deck and screen enclosure as well as ample green space for play.Within walking distance of schools and a few miles from the interstate, shopping and dining. Not a Short Sale or Foreclosure.

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Garage sale vs. donation – The Differences explained

Garage sale vs. donation – The Differences explained


Garage Sale vs. Donation

Garage Sale vs. Donation

As you clean out your attic and closets, you might find yourself neck-deep in bell-bottom jeans, polyester leisure suits, dusty garden gnomes and heaps of old toys – not to mention that collection of velvet dolphin paintings you inherited from your grandmother. You know you want to get rid of it all, but what will get you the biggest bang for your stuff? Do you have a garage sale or do you donate?

You could plant a garage sale sign in your yard and try to make some quick cash. Then again, you could save yourself blood, sweat and tears and simply donate the goods to your local charity – which could lead to a decent tax deduction next April. This article will help you decide which choice you could make.


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Tampa REALTOR Here to Assist You in Your Next Home Purchase


The Six Major things that You as a Buyer Should

The Six Major things that You as a Buyer Should


We are Nick & Cindy Davis with RE/MAX Premier Group and we are the REALTOR in the Tampa area here to assist you in purchasing your next home.

As a buyer purchasing your first home, second or tenth home it is typically the single most expensive thing you will do in your life. You should have someone who cares about your purchase as much as you do. We as REALTORS® always ask buyers what they’re looking for in a home. But have you asked what yourself what you are looking for in the REALTOR® who helps you purchase your next home. The Six Major things that You as a Buyer Should want in your REALTOR

1. You Want to Trust Your REALTOR

2. You Want Your REALTOR to Be an Area Expert

3. You Want Your REALTOR to Do What They Say

4. You Want Your REALTOR to Have Their Act Together

5. You Want Your REALTOR to Listen to You

6. You Want Your REALTOR to Have Good References

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Relocating to Tampa 10 Tips to get your House Ready for Moving

Relocating to Tampa 10 Tips to get your House Ready for Moving

Relocating to Tampa

10 Tips to Get Your House Ready for Moving

So you are relocating to Tampa.

After 20 years in the military and relocating seven times and one of those times was relocating to Tampa from Germany. Or in the Army we called them Permanent Change of Stations (PCS) which were from cross country to cross continent moves, we’re firm believers in ensuring that your house is ready for moving ahead of time—whether it’s a self-move or you’re hiring someone to do it all. We don’t know about you, but when we don’t have a plan, and the things around us are disorganized, our life feels a little out of control. And when you’re dealing with the stress of a move, the last thing you want is to feel out of control. Besides that, in most cases, the more stuff you move, the more your move costs. That could mean preparing your house is a money saver too. Maybe it sounds intimidating, but really, if you do it right, it doesn’t have to monopolize all your time.

Here our 10 Tips to get your house ready for moving.

Tip #1 Purge, eliminate…whatever you want to call it, just get rid of stuff you don’t need
Tip #2 Have a garage sale
Tip #3 Organize the stuff you keep
Tip #4 Clean as you go
Tip #5 Use things you can’t take with you
Tip #6 Begin an inventory
Tip #7 Create a “move file.”
Tip #8 Gather all important forms and documents
Tip #9 Begin collecting boxes and moving supplies
Tip #10 Return any borrowed or rented items and pick up any items you’ve loaned out
To see the complete article; which goes over each of the 10 Tips to get your house ready for moving more in depth please visit our website at:  www.TampaHomesSold.com/nick-cindy-davis-blog.aspx


3 Tips when your move involves pets-Tip # 2 If You’re Traveling By Plane

3 Tips when your move involves pets

Tip # 2 If You’re Traveling By Plane

Tip # 2 If You’re Traveling By Plane

We will go over each of the 3 Tips when your move involves pets more in depth. In today’s Article we will cover Tip # 2 If You’re Traveling By Plane.    To see complete article; please visit our website at www.TampaHomesSold.com/nick-cindy-davis-blog.aspx

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