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Every day Florida's population swells by more than 1,000 people, many of them retirees relocating for the second halves of their lives. There's little mystery why: Even in the coldest months of the year, the average daily high is at least 70 degrees, and the temperature rarely dips below 50 in the Sunshine State.
Florida is also one the most tax-friendly states in the country for retirees. There's no state income tax, and permanent residents are eligible for a homestead exemption of up to $50,000, which lowers their real estate taxes. Seniors may qualify for an additional exemption.
But Florida is a big, diverse state, too, with plenty of pleasant cities and towns on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, or inland (central...
Are you a fan of mid century modern, modern or contemporary style homes? The builders in Sarasota, Florida are very busy filling the demand for home buyers of this style. St. Petersburg builders/home buyers seem to also love the mid century modern, modern or contemporary style as well. Take a drive by the condos and single family homes under construction and you will see this style throughout. Many people appreciate the simplicity, clean lines and minimalistic feel of this style. I also believe that so much of our new construction comprised of Spanish-Mediterranean style for 15+ years that people were welcoming a change from that style.
Below are 11 contemporary/modern homes for sale. They are in no particular order. Click on the address to view more photos.
A new ranking by the real estate site Zumper calls St. Petersburg the most pet friendly city in the country, with Tampa following closely behind.
The ranking calculated scores for 95 American cities in three categories: ease of owning a pet, places to play and the number of home rental listings that allow animals.
Ease was based on the number of pet stores, veterinarians and pet-friendly restaurants listed on Yelp, as well as the cost of pet insurance. Play scores were based on the number of dog parks per capita, the percentage of each city's area set aside for parks in general, pleasant weather and a city's walkability according to WalkScore...
Fodor's Travel recently chose 11 Under-the-Radar Florida beaches to visit this winter. On their list was the gorgeous Pass-a-Grille beach.
Here’s the thing about Florida: You visit time and again, and you’re quite sure you know the state and its glorious sandy stretches pretty well. But there’s always a surprise waiting for those who stray from the classic Panama City–Orlando–Miami–Key West stops. From Atlantic coast enclaves that locals try to keep to themselves to subtropical islands dotting the Gulf of Mexico, from the Tampa Gulf and the Florida Panhandle, most...
Looking for a waterfront home in the St. Petersburg, FL area with magnificent water views? Does the canal view below not excite you very much?
Five Fabulous Water View Homes for Under $700,000
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Whether it's your primary residence, secondary home or seasonal getaway, furnishing a home can be a burdensome task. If you enjoy interior design as a hobby or find enjoyment crafting a space to your taste, comfortably furnishing a home to live in can be a big process. One option buyers can consider when buying a home is to focus your search on "turn-key" properties. These are listings that come equip with many of the interior necessities such as couches, tables, beds and more. They may even include fully stocked kitchens with plates, silverware and cookware. The inventory of listings sold completely furnished is limited so be sure to discuess with your Realtor that you're looking for turn-key properties and request an inventory sheet of everything that comes in the sale. For those interested in properties like this, here are 5 turn-key properties on the market right now that are ready for you to start living your best life.
Have you ever driven by that huge mansion and wonder what it's like inside? Take a walk through the the most expensive home for sale in St. Petersburg.
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"Absolutely the best white sand beach!"
If you're looking for an incredible beach vacation, Florida has no shortage of spectacular sandy oases....
We wrote this on our Sarasota real estate blog a few weeks ago and thought it was good enough to post here.
Since opening our doors nearly six years ago , we've worked with thousands of clients from all walks of life interested in calling the Gulf Coast their home. The Sarasota area notably draws a lot of attention with its stunning beaches and active lifestyle but more times than not our agents work with clients curious about the St Pete area and want to know the difference between the two cities separated by the Skyway Bridge. With the success of our older blog post, Sarasota vs. Naples, and now that our St. Pete office is up-and-running and buzzing with business, we felt it was as a...
The white sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise waters continuously draw visitors to the Florida Gulf Coast year after year and St. Pete definitely offers plenty for tourists and residents alike. Whether it's to enjoy a day midst all the activity in downtown or to soak up some sun at the beach, St Pete is not only a great place to live, it's a great city to invest in. Earlier this year Forbes Magazine labeled St. Pete as one of their Top Places to Invest in Housing in 2017 and rentals of all kinds are in demand. Here are a few communities in St. Pete we think are worth knowing about it you've been considering an investment property in the area.
Gulf Strand Resort - St. Pete Beach