boutilier: Finding The Lowest Gas Prices - 08/14/07 01:17 AM
We've all seen the gas prices falling lately, finally!  To keep an eye out for where you can fill up for less, simply go to my Official Blog.  In the top right corner is a tool for finding the cheapest gas in your area.  Enter your zip code and click "Search".  You will then see a list of the 15 cheapest gas prices near you and where those stations are.
Give it a try here!
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boutilier: July Market Report (Tampa Area) - 08/06/07 12:28 PM
Here is the real estate market report for July, 2007 for the Tampa Metro Area.
***Disclaimer***The information I am posting is from a variety of resources and ultimately not all homes can possibly be accounted for due to public records errors, and the fact that there is no accurate comprehensive database for FSBO's (For Sale By Owner). Prices are rounded off for convenience and this data is for informational purposes only.
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boutilier: June Market Report (Tampa Area) - 08/06/07 12:23 PM
Here is the real estate market report for June, 2007 for the Tampa area.
***Disclaimer***The information I am posting is from a variety of resources and ultimately not all homes can possibly be accounted for due to public records errors, and the fact that there is no accurate comprehensive database for FSBO's (For Sale By Owner). Prices are rounded off for convenience and this data is for informational purposes only.
Click here for the report.
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boutilier: Declining Sales Prices - 08/05/07 11:19 AM
Real estate is an investment. Whether you buy a home for that reason or not, it is an investment. It is the largest purchase you are ever likely to make. Therefor, it should be looked at just as seriously as professional investors do. True investments are not short term in nature.
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boutilier: Best U.S. City To Buy A Home - 08/05/07 11:16 AM
Forbes Magazine has recently released it's Top 10 List of the best places in America to buy a house. Who made the list? Where's the Best Place? Why is it number 1? Forbes Magazine (the on-line edition) teamed up with Moody's Economy.com to announce where they feel are the best places to buy a home...and why. First, what qualifies an area to be considered?
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boutilier: Save Our Homes Exemption Answers - 08/05/07 11:10 AM
I received a question from someone asking how they could determine if they have the Save Our Homes limitation on their homestead property. Since the answer varies from homeowner to homeowner, plus it was a very good question, I thought I would clear it up a little.  If you own a homestead property in Florida, and have had it since 2004 or earlier...
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boutilier: 5 Arrested In Mortgage Loan Scam - 08/05/07 11:07 AM
Five people were arrested last week for their role in fleecing homeowners out of millions of dollars in bogus mortgages. So far it seems this group of low-lives preyed upon minorities, the elderly and the poor. Scott Almeida, Orson Benn, Adrienne White, Frank Giffone and Samuel Green were all picked up on numerous charges. Two of the five (Almeida and Giffone) were from the Tampa area.
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boutilier: Brandon/Valrico Area Gets Railroaded By Transit Plan - 08/05/07 11:03 AM
The headline of today's METRO section of the Tampa Tribune reads: "Getting Bay Area's Transit Act Together". Perhaps it should have been: "Regional Transit Workgroup Missed Their Train". The Bay Area has long needed a viable mass transit system not only to ease current congestion, but to be in position to handle future growth. Numerous plans in the past for a true transit system lacked support and never really developed further than "planners" taking a red felt-tip pen to a $3.99 folding map.
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boutilier: Phase 1 Of Tax Plan Is Now The Law - 07/01/07 11:48 AM
On Thursday June 21, 2007 Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law the first phase of property tax reform which means a savings of about 6 or 7 percent to all property owners, including second homes and commercial property. This is just the first phase, so Florida property owners shouldn't be disappointed on a relatively small first year's savings, estimated to be around $174 - $199. Florida voters will decide in late January, 2008 whether to adopt the second half of the plan.
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boutilier: Florida Home Inspector Licensing Law - 07/01/07 11:44 AM
Quick quiz for you. What industry licensing, experience, and educational requirements does Florida Law require Home Inspectors to have. It may surprise you to learn that the answer is ZERO. While Realtors® and other professionals have tried for years to get the State to recognize the need for for such regulations, it is only now that something is being done about it.
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boutilier: How Does Your Property Insurance Compare? - 07/01/07 11:39 AM
While property taxes are the subject of a lot of conversation right now, property insurance has taken a bit of a back seat to it.  Those living in Florida will remember that just a year ago many were getting cancellation notices or substantial increases in their annual premiums.  Last week Governor Charlie Crist announced the launch of a new state-run website that serves as a starting point to help Floridians find the insurance policy best suited to their needs.
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boutilier: Florida Voters To Decide Property Tax Fate - 06/11/07 10:25 AM
After regular sessions, special sessions and meetings in between, the Florida House and Senate have outlined more details on their property tax proposal. While the percentages of the exemptions are not as large as the first draft by House Speaker Marco Rubio (R-West Miami), they still mean significant savings to Florida home owners. More than $31 billion over the next 5 years, to be exact. Now, the voters in Florida will be voicing their opinions about more than Presidential Primaries come late January, 2008.
Here's how the proposed tiered property tax percentages would work: (Click here to read the full article)
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boutilier: Florida Property Tax Reform Plan Decided, Almost - 06/06/07 04:33 AM
During a committee meeting earlier this week, the Florida Legislature took a big step forward in addressing a property tax reform plan. There is still a special legislative session set for June 12-22, but the reform plan is getting a little clearer. Here is what they agreed on.
Florida voters will have their say...
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boutilier: New Florida Property Tax Plan - 05/30/07 09:36 AM
Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio has introduced a new property tax reform proposal, basing a type of Homestead Exemption on a home's value. This plan is a step in a different direction from his preferred plan of eliminating property taxes and adding a higher state sales tax.
Rubio states that this new concept still meets the three House goals of reducing...
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boutilier: Home For Sale In Valrico, Florida - 05/30/07 08:42 AM
A simply amazing 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in sunny Valrico, Florida. Your next home features spacious rooms with tasteful colors and an open floor plan. It boasts an oversized screened lanai with vaulted ceilings and a large backyard, perfect for entertaining. Low association fees and community pool make this affordable and enjoyable. All the conveniences are close by with Home Depot, Super Wal-Mart, etc, just down the street. Ceramic tile in the wet areas, water softener, indoor laundry area, sprinkler system, flat top range, upgraded refrigerator and all other appliances stay with the home. All this and more for only … (3 comments)

boutilier: Hurricane Safety, How To Board Your Windows - 05/30/07 08:32 AM
Through permission with Lowes Home Improvement, I will be bringing you videos that they have produced. This is the first installment of what will be a 7 part series of videos designed to provide you with useful information about preparing and protecting your home during hurricane season.
This first video describes how to properly board your windows using different methods and products.
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boutilier: Termite Inspections - 05/30/07 08:25 AM
When buying or selling a home, most offers require an inspection by a licensed exterminator to determine if the house has termites or other wood destroying insects. The inspector will look for two things in deciding whether or not to pass a house...an active infestation, and evidence of a past infestation.
If your house does not pass the termite inspection...
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boutilier: April 2007 Market Report, Hillsborough County - 05/30/07 02:48 AM
Here is the local Market Report for April, 2007.  This report is for Tampa and parts of Eastern Hillsborough County, Florida. I will be posting these reports each month on my main blog (click here to view). Look for them during the first week of each month.
***Disclaimer***The information I am posting is from a variety of resources and ultimately not all homes can possibly be accounted for due to...
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boutilier: Florida's Free Hurricane Inspections Return - 05/30/07 02:35 AM
Florida's free hurricane inspection program is back. HB 7057, passed during the last legislative session, made adjustments to the My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program. The MSFH program allows Florida homeowners to get a free wind inspection. The purpose for the inspection is to look for ways a home can be fortified for...
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