11 Candy Alternatives for Halloween

11 Candy Alternatives for Halloween

11 Candy Alternatives for Halloween

Perhaps you’re not feeling candy this year. Maybe you’ve experienced the wrath of an over-sugared six-year-old (or their parents). Maybe you can’t trust yourself to sit for hours by the front door with a massive quantity of chocolate without eating most of it yourself. Or maybe you’re a dentist. Don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can give trick-or-treaters instead of the sweet stuff. Here are a few:

1. Glow sticks
Could there be a more perfect accessory for Halloween? Kids can light them up with a snap and wear them as bracelets, necklaces and crowns. Bonus: they make it easier for parents to keep their eyes on their kiddos.

2. Stickers
Choose from the assortment of ghosts, witches and pumpkins available in stores in October or go with stickers with year-round appeal, like super heroes and animals.

3. Bubbles
Hours – or at least a few minutes – of bubble-blowing entertainment in every little bottle.

4. Plastic spider rings
The creepy-crawly bling kids love to wear.

5. Crazy straws
Halloween-themed straws can easily be found in dollar stores.

6. Fake fangs
These could also add a point of interest to your annual holiday photo card, if you’re so inclined.

7. Temporary tattoos
What kid doesn’t want a cool spiderweb on their bicep?

8. Slime
What exactly is the ooey-gooey stuff in the little cans? It remains a mystery, but kids definitely love to squish this classic toy.

9. Plastic jewelry
Sparkly rings, bracelets, necklaces and cheap tiaras are not only fun for kids to wear, but you can dress like a pirate as you hand out your glittering treasures.

10. Bouncy #####
Beloved especially by kids who live in homes with hardwood floors.

11. Kazoos
Parents may hate you, but kids can lead their own parades as they head to the next house.

Looking for a home in a trick-or-treater-friendly neighborhood? A buyer’s agent can help identify which ‘hoods are happy for Halloween and other kid-friendly occasions. Contact Nick & Cindy Davis here www.TampaHomesSold.com

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

Good time to sell! Why Now is the right Time!

Good time to sell! Why Now is the right Time!

Why now is a good time to sell!

We would like to share with you several reasons why now is a good time to sell. The Real Estate Market has come back from a downward spiral and appreciating at somewhat normal levels this past year. We have seen appreciation in our own home and know that it is a good time to sell. Here are the top 5 Reasons for you to condier.

Inventory is Low
Interest Rates are Low
Your Home is in Tampa Bay Area
Value is increased in Tampa Bay Area
Resurgence of New Construction

We will go more in depth of each of the Top 5 Reasons. To see the full story please visit www.TampaHomesSold.com/Nick-Cindy-Davis-Blog-aspx

5 Things to Think About When Buying Your First Place

Buying Your First Place

5 Things to Think About When Buying Your First Place

As a renter, you have the luxury of choosing a place that meets your needs at the moment.​ Buying a home is a much bigger commitment, both in terms of finances and the length of time you’ll likely live there. When seeking out your first place – whether a house or condominium or anything in between – it’s important to do your homework.

Here are 5 things to consider as you begin the process of buying your first place.

  1. The growth possibilities
  2. What's under the hood? 
  3. Know that no home will be perfect.
  4. Consider ALL the costs of ownership
  5. The lifespan of things.

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4 Ways to Get Involved in Your New Neighborhood

4 Ways to Get Involved in Your New Neighborhood

4 Ways to Get Involved in Your New Neighborhood

The boxes are unpacked, the house is set up and everybody's settled into their new routine after the big move. Life is beginning to feel a bit more normal. But now that you're here and the immediate tasks have been taken care of, you want to get involved in your new neighborhood. What do you do?  Here are four ways you can get involved and get acquainted with your new neighbors. If you have more ideas, let us know below!

  1. Join a group
  2. Volunteer
  3. Organize an Event
  4. Fill a Need

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Buying a Home in 2015: 3 Resolutions to Make It Happen

Buying a Home in 2015: 3 Resolutions to Make It Happen

Is 2015 the year you get serious about buying a home? These three resolutions can help you pull it off. Many home buyers enter and leave the real estate market several times before making a purchase. Priorities shift and — unlike a seller who signs an agreement and has a tangible product to sell — buyers aren’t necessarily tied to any timeframe, unless it’s self-imposed.

Enlist an ally

Balance feelings and data

Abandon the notion of getting a deal

We will go more in depth in each area. To see the full story; please visit www.TampaHomesSold.com/Nick-Cindy-Davis-Blog.aspx

7 New Year’s Pledges for Home Sellers

7 New Year's Pledges for Home Sellers

The New Year is a time for resolutions. If you're thinking about selling your home in 2015, here are some resolutions that could help boost your chances of a quick sale.

Repeat to yourself: "I pledge to…"

  1. "Avoid drastic design changes"
  2. "Stop neglecting the drippy faucet"
  3. "Price my home reasonably"
  4. "Make my home inviting"
  5. "Thin out the clutter"
  6. "Clean like I've never cleaned before"
  7. "Nail down my next step"

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Flurry of office tower sales signifies downtown Tampa ‘time has come’

Downtown Tampa

It's been a banner year for downtown Tampa's office market.

Three towers have sold — Fifth Third Center sold for $47 million, Tampa City Center fetched $128 million and at the end of November, the Wells Fargo Center traded for $78 million.

Driving those deals is a multifaceted dynamic, investment brokers say. Higher prices and lower returns in bigger cities have created more investor in interest in secondary markets like Tampa, where investors still see potential for upside. But investors have also come to believe in the market itself, besides how it compares to its larger counterparts.


"There's no way anybody plunks down $70 million if they don't believe in the market," said Mike Davis, executive director of the capital markets group at Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc. "It's not just running from other markets. There's increased demand for quality product in [central business districts] nationally, and Tampa has been a slower market to recover than others in the state in terms of the CBD. I think it’s time has come, and investors want to get out of ahead that."

While the aggregate sales numbers are impressive, the pricing per square foot on each of the towers is well below what it would cost to build them — giving the investors who bought them a sense of security that it will be years before they have to compete with a brand new building in the urban core.

To See the complete story; please visit www.TampaHomesSold.com/Nick-Cindy-Davis-Blog.aspx 

Pay Off Your Mortgage in 10 Years

Pay Off a mortgage in 10 years sounds crazy, right? Maybe not.

Pay Off Mortgage

A home is likely the most expensive asset you will ever finance and can take decades to pay back, costing tens of thousands — or more — in additional interest. Not only does paying your mortgage off early save money, but there are psychological benefits, as well. You can rest easy knowing your house is completely paid off and you are living debt free.

Paying off your mortgage might sound impossible, especially if the value of your home is still recovering from the housing crisis, but it’s actually easier than you might think. Here are some ways you can start chipping away at your mortgage to reduce your repayment time.

Rent out space in your home

Accelerate your mortgage payments.

Make bi-weekly payments.

Refinance your loan.

Implement the Australian Method.


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How to Buy a Home in Another State

How to Buy a Home in Another State

How to Buy a Home in Another State

How to Buy a Home in Another State


Whether you’re relocating to another state for work or always dreamed of moving when you retired, you’re going to need somewhere to live. If you know you want to own a home rather than rent, you’ll need to buy one before you move.

But to buy a home in another state requires some effort, but you can simplify the process if you know all the right steps.

Know Your Timeline
Obtain a Loan
Do Your Research
Find a Good Buyer’s Agent

Tour Homes Virtually
Understand the Closing Process

Nick & Cindy Davis are looking forward to assist you whether you are here in Tampa Florida or you are in Alaska. Both of us being in the military know how much stress it can be moving to another state or even country. Let us help you make the transition a smooth one and if you are coming to Tampa Florida. We are ready to assist you and your family.  To see the complete story please visit www.TampaHomesSold.com/Nick-Cindy-Davis-Blog.aspx

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