Tampa Bay Real Estate Blog

Want to know what is happening in the local Real Estate market?  Joseph Kipping created a Blog about the Tampa Bay Real Estate market for Buyers and Sellers.  We have agents on our team who specialize in the buying and selling side of real estate and will work with you through every step of the way.  Real Estate information you can use.

Jan. 17, 2019

Time is Almost Up!

Time is almost up! If you purchased a home in Florida in 2018, you have until March 1, 2019 to file your Homestead Exemption. The links below will guide you to your county's website. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me: 813-321-HOME (4663)


Jan. 17, 2019

Pricing Your Home to Sell!

In today's shifting real estate market, it is more important than ever to price your home to sell. As inventory is beginning to catch up to demand, the strategies used to price your home will need to change. Aggressive pricing may not equate the same result as in the recent past. Therefore, we encourage you to price in relation to the statistical, comparable, market price, instead of by what you may see on various housing sites such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com. Many housing sites do not update their analytics as often as the market alters, leaving room for error in pricing which could cost you time and dollars in the sale. That’s where we come in. Our expertise in market analysis and pricing will assure you the best price in which to sell your home. Call us today for a free consultation on how to price your home to sell!


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Dec. 6, 2018

The Top 5 Reasons to Sell Your Home During the Holidays!

Posted in Sellers
Nov. 16, 2018

Holiday Shopping Checklist

Posted in Misc
Nov. 16, 2018

Tips and Solutions to Help Alleviate Holiday Stress

The holidays can be stressful for a lot of people. Whether it be a break from their routine, societal expectations placed on them, or even unpleasant memories from their past, many reasons can cause people to dread the upcoming holiday season. Listed below are some tips from the Mayo Clinic (https://mayocl.in/2TmTQer) on how to prevent holiday stress and depression. 


  1. Acknowledge your feelings. Its okay to feel sad when you lose a loved one or even when you lose a dream. If the holidays trigger those feelings, recognize them for what they are, feelings, and memories and allow yourself to feel temporary sadness.
  2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community activities or friends. Host a dinner party for others who may feel the same way, or visit a nursing home - share the smiles.
  3. Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or like they used to be. Welcome change and create new traditions while keeping a few from your past to hold on to. Mix it up.
  4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they're feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
  5. Stick to a budget. Overextending yourself will cause you to feel more depressed later. Handmade gifts are always welcomed as are charitable donations made in honor of the recipient. And, don’t feel pressured to buy the latest expensive toy your child will only play with briefly.
  6. Plan ahead. Having a plan will alleviate some of your shopping and entertaining stress. We have included a great one on or website.
  7. Learn to say no. You do not have to go to every dinner party, social gathering or work event. Pace yourself and set limits.

If you feel as though you just cannot find enjoyment, or are feeling intensely overwhelmed and sad, seek professional help. There is no shame in reaching out.

If home buying has you extra stressed this holiday season, contact us today. We will listen to what your wants and desires are then find you the home of your dreams. Or, if you are feeling the stress of selling your home, let us take that stress off your shoulders. Call today for a consultation with our real estate experts, (813) 321-HOME (4663) or visit our website: www.TampaBayHome.com. You will be glad you did.

Posted in Misc
Oct. 17, 2018

Winter Is Coming

Every year they descend on Florida like the morning dew...They bring with them their smiles, accents and cars. They fill our shops, restaurants, neighborhoods and streets. Some call them winter visitors, some fondly refer to them as snow birds. For some it will be their first time; sadly for some, it may be their last. If you are anything like me, you look forward to this annual migration of friends. But, how do you prepare for this seasonal transplanting of our beloved Florida compatriots? Below are a few tips to make this year’s peopling successful and worry free.

Call ahead and find out when they intend to arrive. For some, the journey is long. Knowing a date of expected arrival will give you a timeline to accomplish a few small acts of kindness to make their return pleasant.

Sweep their driveway. We have a lot of wind and rain in Florida which can leave debris piled up in their driveway and entryway. Sweeping their driveway is a simple way to lessen the stress of their approach and show them you care.

Leave a potted plant or flowers in front of their entrance. Nothing says, “Welcome back” or “We thought of you” like a lovely gift awaiting them when they get there. Coming home to an empty house can be daunting. Having their second home closed up all summer can leave it musty and feeling dank. If you have keys, open it up for a bit, spray air freshener, place flowers in the rooms...these are all ways to brighten the entrance and begin their annual visit with a smile.

Place a food basket with a meal prep for their first meal at home, or snacks they enjoy, in the kitchen. Not having the, “What do you want to eat?” conversation among themselves, upon arrival, can also lessen the stress of their pilgrimage back to Florida and set them up for a successful stay.

Complete all your errands a couple days before hand. Sometimes being on-hand as your winter friends settle-in can be a real blessing for them. Hospitality shown by your presence will reinforce the welcoming atmosphere of our splendid home state of Florida. Remember, you are lucky to live here year-round, share that luck and love with your winter visitor friends. If they are looking to make Florida their permanent, year-round home, or if you know anyone who is interested in purchasing/selling a winter home, pass along our phone number and web address - we promise to help make their transition as simple and smooth as possible (Joe: 813-321-(HOME) 4663; Joe’s Cell: 813-784-0141 main office: 813-600-1604 and https://www.tampabayhome.com/).

The roads will get busier, the lines at the stores will get longer; take it all in stride. Enjoy the friendship and even local economy boost our snow bird friends give us while they are here. Most of all, remember to smile. They just made a long trek back and will be oh-so happy to see you.


Winter is coming...

Posted in Local
April 6, 2018

10 Reasons To List With A Realtor


March 23, 2018

Two Key Strategies to Sell Your Home for the Most Money Possible

All home sellers want to sell their homes for the most money possible. In our current market, even the most savvy homeowners often sell themselves short in their home sale. There are two tried and true strategies proven to glean the most profit when selling your home.

1. Price it (just a little) too low. Logically, we think pricing our home a little above market value, will leave room for negotiations. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. If you price your home a little below market value, it is more likely to create a bidding war between several offers which in turn can result in a higher final sale. Let the buyers do the negotiating for you by driving the price upward as they compete to win the deal.

2. Hire a real estate professional. People think if they sell their home themselves (For Sale By Owner, a.k.a. FSBO), they will make more money because they will not have to pay a commission. The research tells otherwise. Not only do homes listed by real estate experts sell faster than FSBOs, but also at a higher price. Realtors have the industry resources to market your home to more places and with greater frequency, therefore they are able to reach more potential home buyers. Realtors are also held to the highest standard to be certain your home selling documents are compliant with local laws, thus saving you attorney fees when the time comes to close your sale. Statistically, homes sold in 2017 as FSBOs sold for 6% lower than homes sold with a realtor. The data also suggests buyers who sought out FSBOs over realtor listed homes, were bargain hunters who wanted to negotiate lower sale prices with the owner.

When it comes to selling your home, there are many factors to consider. Where will you move, are you downsizing or upsizing, is it economically prudent to purchase a new home elsewhere, or rent while you find your perfect dream home (see my blog: http://bit.ly/2IhrKeL to find out which is more expensive, renting or buying). These two simple strategies can save you money and time while producing the highest profit when you sell your home.

At The Tampa Bay Home Team, our experts are ready to assist you whether you are looking to buy a home at optimum value, or sell your home at the highest profit. Call us today, we are here to help.

March 9, 2018

7 Common Home Selling Mistakes

Posted in Sellers
Feb. 20, 2018

Time is Almost Up to File for Your 2017 Homestead Exemption!

If you purchased a home in Florida in 2017 and occupy that home, you may qualify for a Homestead Exemption. This exemption could result in a savings of hundreds of dollars annually on your taxes. However, the deadline is quickly approaching - END OF BUSINESS DAY, MARCH 1, 2018.

If you purchased a home in Hillsborough County, Click here.

If you purchased a home in Pinellas County, Click here.

If you purchased a home in Pasco County, Click here.

If you purchased a home in any other county, and would like to know how to file for your Homestead Exemption, please call us at: 813-600-1604.