hillsborough county: Hillsborough County Market Stats For June & July - 08/28/08 12:52 AM
Below are the stats for properties that SOLD and closed in June & July for Hillsborough County:
June 2007# of single family homes SOLD = 895Avg SOLD price for SFR = $321,436Median price for SFR = $250,000Average Days On Market = 133# of condos SOLD = 256Avg SOLD price for condos = $218,754Median price for condos = $186,095Average Days On Market = 249
June 2008# of single family homes SOLD = 807Avg SOLD price for SFR = $253,631Median price for SFR = $208,000Average Days On Market = 149# of condos SOLD = 129Avg SOLD price for condos = $171,319Median price for condos = $139,000Average Days On … (4 comments)

hillsborough county: A Sign Of The Times; New Subdivision Appears To Be Abandoned By The Builders - 08/11/08 11:45 AM
Just a few miles around the corner from where I live in Riverview is what was to be known as Triple Creek.  Triple Creek is located near the intersection of Big Bend Rd and Balm Riverview Rd.
Triple Creek was supposed to be a large gated community of over 2,000 homes & townhomes ranging in size from 1,500 to 4,000 sq ft.  Planned community amenities included a town center and a 6,000 sq ft clubhouse.
Triple Creek is located next to Balm-Boyette Scrub Nature Preserve. The 5,000-acre preserve features 21.5 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Sounds like a great community, eh?  Well....this … (7 comments)

hillsborough county: Riverview to get shops, offices, movie theater and 2 hotels - 08/02/08 04:17 AM
Riverview will soon be growing even more!  A lot more shopping, office space, a theater and 2 hotels will soon be added to the landscape of Riverview! 
What will be known as SouthShore Commons is due to break ground within the next few months.  When fully completed, SouthShore Commons will be a "1.6-million-square-foot project that will include more than 1 million square feet of retail and dining space, 490,000 square feet of office, a 16-screen theater, and 250 hotel rooms within 2 hotels. The retail portion of the project will include department store anchors, several national big-box tenants and junior anchors, dozens of specialty … (0 comments)

hillsborough county: Moss Landing, Riverview Florida - 07/24/08 02:21 AM
Moss Landing is a gated community located off the beaten path on the outskirts of Riverview.  Secluded from the hustle and bustle of the busy roads, yet just a short drive to I-75 and I-4.  Moss Landing is within a short drive to Brandon, Tampa, restaurants and shopping.
Moss Landing consists of 310 single family residences surrounded by old beautiful trees and preserves.   
There are currently 2 builders building in Moss Landing.  KB homes and Adams Homes.
Single family homes range in size from 1,277 to 3,508 sq ft.
Moss Landing is located in Riverview off Balm Riverview Rd.  Take I-75 … (0 comments)

hillsborough county: Valencia Lakes in Wimauma Florida - 07/24/08 01:41 AM
I took my first drive through this community a couple days ago and I was pretty impressed.  It's a beautiful community.  You are welcomed into the community via a long winding road lined with lush tropical trees, greenery and rock waterfalls. 
Valenica Lakes is a resort syle community for adults, which means there are age restrictions.  They are currently in the process of building a 27,000 sq ft club house.  They will also have plenty of other amenities when completed.
complete fitness center resort pool resistance pool pool area spa cabana bath aerobics studio art studio and gallery wine bar social … (1 comments)

hillsborough county: Belmont in Ruskin Florida - 07/22/08 11:15 AM
Belmont is a brand new community in Ruskin that is currently being built.  Belmont sits on nearly 1,000 acres and will have over 2,000 residences when completed.
Once completed, Belmont will offer a lot of amenities:
10,000 square foot pool complex Olympic size pool Splash zone Flume slide A 7.5-acre park area Fishing pier that will extend into one of the park's ponds Putting green 2 playgrounds Basketball courts Sand volleyball Fields to play in A colorful main boulevard to take a stroll down Outdoor picnic pavilion Bocce Ball Courts Belmont is located in Ruskin off Hwy 301 about 2 miles … (1 comments)

hillsborough county: Comparing Hillsborough & Manatee Counties - 07/18/08 12:14 AM
Hillsborough CountyCondos# of condos Active on the market - 2,241# of condos sold in the last 6 months - 588Average condo sale price - $188,787Median condo price - $135,000Average days on market for condos - 240
Single Family Homes (SFH)# of SFH Active on the market - 9,612# of SFH sold in the last 6 months - 3,985Average SFH sale price - $262,523Median home price - $205,000Average days on market for SFH - 146
Hillsborough County is 1,266 square miles In 2007, the Hillsborough County Planning Commission conducted a population estimate that put the county's population at 1,204,770. Manatee CountyCondos# of condos Active on the market - … (1 comments)

hillsborough county: SouthShore Florida Real Estate - 07/17/08 01:18 AM
If you live in or around the SouthShore area, then you're probably already familiar with the areas that are encompassed within SouthShore.  However, if you don't then you may be asking yourself "where the heck is SouthShore"?
The term SouthShore relates to the areas located within South Hillsborough County.  SouthShore includes the following cities/areas:
Apollo Beach Balm Gibsonton Lithia Riverview Ruskin Sun City Center Wimauma If you're interested in learning more about the SouthShore area, please feel free to contact me.

hillsborough county: MiraBay in Apollo Beach, Florida - 07/16/08 01:21 PM

If you want to live in a gated community, on the water with a Key West style home, MiraBay might just be the community you're looking for.
MiraBay sets right alongside Tampa Bay in Apollo Beach. 
There are a variety of different types of homes available in MiraBay.  Townhomes, villas and single family homes.  Townhomes start at 1,943 sq ft and go up to 2,627 sq ft.  The villas start at 1,518 sq ft and go up to 1,966 sq ft.  Single family homes start at 2,252 and go upwards of 4,200 sq ft.
MiraBay offers a lot of different amenities:
A junior … (0 comments)

hillsborough county: Providing Real Estate Info For Hillsborough County Now - 07/14/08 08:06 AM
I am making some changes to my blog and will now be posting about Hillsborough County as well as continuing to post about Manatee County.
Since we recently joined the Mid-Florida Regional MLS, I will now have easier access to thousands of more listings that I can provide to you.
The areas I will now cover will be the following:
Manatee County:  Parrish, Ellenton, Palmetto, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key and Lakewood Ranch.
Hillsborough County:  Sun City Center, Ruskin, Wimauma, Apollo Beach, Riverview, Gibsonton, Brandon, Lithia, and Valrico.
I have worked in Manatee County for the … (3 comments)

hillsborough county: Beautiful Sunset At Little Harbor In Ruskin, Florida - 07/20/07 03:25 PM
Tonight me and my mom went to Little Harbor in Ruskin to eat dinner and watch the sun set.  We ate at the Sunset Grill.  Dinner was good, the music was great and the sunset was fantastic.
After dinner, we sat on the beach and watched the kids play in the water and the sun set.  Hope you enjoy the photos below.  The sun set was beautiful.  This is why I love living in Florida!
If you haven't had a chance to go to the Sunset Grill at Little Harbor in Ruskin, you really should go check it out some time.  Or if you're looking for … (0 comments)

hillsborough county: 2 New Groups Have Been Added To ActiveRain - 07/01/07 09:37 AM
Anyone in Manatee or Hillsborough County in Florida, feel free to join these 2 new groups.  I created one for each County. 
Manatee County and Hillsborough County.
Feel free to post anything having to do with either of the counties.  Listings, market stats, market conditions, neighborhood info, mortgage news & trends, area info, area trends, events, things to do or anything else that has to do with that particular county.
Even if you don't live in the area, but you would like to read information on the area, feel free to join!  Everyone is welcome here!!

hillsborough county: Hillsborough County SOLD Stats YTD 2006 vs. 2007 - 07/01/07 03:07 AM
Below is a comparison of properties that have SOLD in 2006 versus what SOLD in 2007.  It's amazing isn't it?  With all the bad press about "how bad" the market is, and prices have gone down the toilet....yet....in most cases, the prices are nearly the same! 
The number of sales is down compared to last year, but the average SOLD price is still about the same!  Interesting isn't it?
SFR = Single Family ResidenceYTD = Year To Date
*The above numbers were collected directly from the MLS and are deemed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

hillsborough county: Reasons you should NOT buy a home right now!! - 06/25/07 04:07 AM
Ok, since some of you folks on here are pretty creative and pretty hilarious....let's put together a large list of reasons someone should not buy a home right now or ever for that matter......
This will be a list for those folks that just can't ever seem to get off the fence or make a decision about when a good time to buy really is.
Let's see how big of a list we can create.  Let me start it out....
You don't want to worry about replacing the toilet flapper when it goes bad. You love the thin walls in your apartment, because it allows … (6 comments)

hillsborough county: Where's the beef??? - 06/25/07 02:39 AM
Ok, I know most of you remember that commercial with the little old lady in a fast food restaurant and when she gets the burger, it's a great big bun with hardly any meat on it and she yells out "Where's the beef?"
She was expecting a big burger with a big meat patty and extras like lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, cheese, mustard & ketchup and instead she was disappointed to have a big fluffy bun and barely any meat.  Nothing else!
So what's this have to do with real estate?
How many of you have contacted an agent to inquire about listings and then to only … (6 comments)

hillsborough county: Things to do in Manatee County - 06/23/07 03:57 AM
Bored?  Tired of sitting at home watching TV and need to get out of the house?  Well here is a list of things to do in and around Manatee County.  I tried to find things that weren't the "norm" like beaches, fishing and restaurants & tried to find other things to do. 
You are bound to find something to do in this list!
Manatee County
The South Florida Museum201 10th Street WestBradenton, Florida 34205941-746-4131
Island Players Theatre10009 Gulf Drive     Anna Maria, Florida     941-778-5755
Manatee Players Theatre102 Old Main StreesBradenton, FL 34205941-748-0111
DeSoto National Memorial Park3000 75th Street NW Bradenton, FL 34209941-792-0458
DeSoto Super Speedway21000A SR 64 … (0 comments)

hillsborough county: Little Manatee River State Park, Wimauma Florida - 06/16/07 08:10 AM
OK, let me first start by saying how disappointing this park was!  It was only $4 to get in, but for what we saw, that $4 was a waste of money!
The park ranger gave us a map of the park, so we set out to find a place to eat and enjoyed a picnic lunch before we set out on our 6.5 mile walk that would take us along the Manatee River.
The brochure she gave us showed the map of the park with the trails along side of the river.  We thought, this will be cool.  We should be able to get … (2 comments)

hillsborough county: Hurricane Preparedness 2007 Sales Tax Holiday is coming up!!! - 05/21/07 01:13 AM
The sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 am on June 1, 2007 and ends at midnight June 12, 2007.
Below are just a few of the items that are tax free:
Flashlights and other portable, self-powered light sources - $20 or less Portable radios, two-way radios and weather-band radios - $75 or less Tarps - $50 or less Gas or diesel fuel containers - $25 or less Batteries - $30 or less (AAA, AA, C and D cell, and 6 and 9 volt batteries) Non-electrical food storage coolers - $30 or less Portable generators - $1,000 or less Carbon monoxide detectors - $75 … (0 comments)

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