Tampa Bay Residential Real Estate Firms

kwKeller Williams Realty has three of the top 10 residential real estate firms in Tampa Bay Market ranked by Gross Sales Volume Closed in 2016.  The Tampa Bay market comprises Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota Counties.   This list was supplied by individual companies through questionnaires.  Two of the Keller Williams’ offices exceeded the average number of listings and closings.  In fact, one office was ranked first in both closings and listings.  However, Keller Williams Realty lagged the average sales price with these firms focusing on selling higher end condominiums and water front properties versus Keller Williams focus on middle class purchasers.  The following exhibit displays the results of this survey:

Tampa Bay Residential

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

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La Collina Spec Home in Brandon Florida

cropped-image1.pngLa Collina is located at the northeastern quadrant of Lithia Pinecrest and Lumsden Roads in Brandon, Florida.  This location is located in one of the best areas of Brandon including, but not limited to a wide variety of shopping, parks, and restaurants.  Amenities include a clubhouse, playground, a pavilion with a resort style swimming pool, cabanas, trails, and a dog park.  There is an annual CDD fee of $1,303.09 and HOA fees of $306 per month with a $500 capital contribution.  The community features a variety of single family homes with six floor plans:

  • Pricing from $282,990s to $306,990s
  • Square footage from 2,074 to 2,775
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 4
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 2

This area is known is for some of the better schools in Hillsborough County.  Currently, the schools include the following:

  • Brooker Elementary School
  • Burns Middle School
  • Bloomingdale High School

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the subject development, I would suggest that a potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

Shopping for a large production or custom home builder can be a daunting task.  Start by defining what architectural styles appeal to you and then seek out the builders in your area who offer those styles.  Due diligence is essential.  Unlike most builders, Lennar offer a home that has everything included.  What does that mean for the buyer?  In the case of upgrades, it is simply a matter of over pricing them above what you could get done from an individual subcontractor.  I’m not saying that Lennar does not offer upgrades, but most of the “typical” upgrades in the modern home as “granite” countertops are included.  Whereas, a lot of builder charge higher prices at their “design centers”.  This is just something to think about when deciding on purchasing a home.

 The builder representative and your real estate agent

A builder representative’s ultimate goal is to sell you a home.  His or her role is to provide a wide range of information to help you in your decision-making, from building restrictions, roads and easements to inspections, warranties, rebates and upgrades.  A real estate agent knowledgeable in new home construction will be able to help you wade through all the data and point out the downsides and upsides of each line item.  Your agent also can look out for your interests in reviewing the builder’s contract, which often contains more legal jargon than consumer friendly language.

There is one spec home available (the Georgia) within the La Collina.  This 2,074 square foot, 3 bedroom home features a designer kitchen with an abundance of counter and cabinet space.  It looks out to the open space of the family and dining room for a great open feel.  The bedrooms are on the second floor and large, with the master suite over 20 feet wide with a huge closet and luxury master bath with garden tub. The laundry room is on the second floor for your convenience.

Georgia Elevation

Georgia 1st Flr

Georgia 2nd

Front Elevations and Floor Plans provided by Lennar Homes

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

3602 W Renellie Circle, Tampa, FL 33629

IMG_6828.JPGThis charming 2 Bedroom/1 Bath South Tampa home, including GUEST HOUSE has it all! (Note: Main House Approx. 999 Sq. Ft) Features gorgeous hardwood & ceramic tile floors, granite counter tops, remodeled kitchen & bath, built-in cherry wood armoire, and much, much more. Nestled in beautiful lush gardens and brick pathways is the private, remodeled, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom Guest House, which is leased on a month-to-month basis for $700. This property is located in an area that has seen a lot of redevelopment and could be interim use or immediate tear down.  This property is currently listed for only $299,000

Below is a map of Plant High School Boundaries.  For the 2016-2017 school year, the property was located just north of the southern boundary within Plant High School:

Plant High School Map

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the Plant High School (one of the best high schools in Tampa), I would suggest that any potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Dover Ridge (A New Single Family Home Community)


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is a new home community in eastern Hillsborough County, Tampa Bay Florida.  This location is still in a more rural location between Valrico and Plant City.   However, it is still conveniently located to restaurants and shopping as well as Tampa’s business district and Gulf Coast beaches.  Some of the property highlights include:

  • Pricing from $210,990s – $285,990s
  • Square footage from 1,555 to 3,326
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 6
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 3
  • Gated community with no CDDs with low HOAs ($68.04 per month with a one-time $300 Capital Contribution)

Per Lennar, the Schools for this subdivision include:

  • Nelson Elementary School
  • Mulrennen Middle School
  • Durant High School

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the subject development, I would suggest that any potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

Unlike most builders, Lennar offer a home that has everything included.  What does that mean for the buyer?  In the case of upgrades, it is simply a matter of over pricing them above what you could get done from an individual subcontractor.  I’m not saying that Lennar does not offer upgrades, but most of the “typical”upgrades in the modern home as “granite” countertops are included.  Whereas, a lot of builder charge higher prices at their “design centers”.  This is just something to think about when deciding on purchasing a home.

There are several “spec” homes available.  Home builders in the Tampa Bay Residential Market have completed homes available with some real savings like discounts off the original sales price and generous closing costs available to potential home buyers in communities like Riverview and Dover, Florida.  Sales prices onSpec” (speculation) are often the best places to get the best deals.  These homes are built by builders without an intended purchaser in mind (Hence the builder is speculating that they will find a builder to buy the home).  There are thee spec homes available (Harrisburg and Hartford models).  The following is the Harrisburg Model:

Harrisburg Front

Harrisburg first flr

The following is the Hartford Model:

Hartford Front

HARTFORD fIREST fLOOR

Front Elevations and Floor Plans provided by Lennar Homes

KW1784102f20KW.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

 

9613 Glenox Lane, Riverview, Fl 33569

img_6042This three-bedroom/two-bath/three-car garage pool home with an office is nestled in the HEART OF RIVERVIEW. This charming home is situated on an OVERSIZED .78 ACRE LOT & boasts over 2,000 SF of living area. You will find this generously sized residence offers the SPACE & FLEXIBILITY to grow & transform to accommodate your changing lifestyle. You will appreciate the beautiful WOOD LAMINATE FLOORS that flow throughout the kitchen, brunch area (eat-in kitchen), & family rooms.  A charming WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE in the family room provides a cozy focal point for family gatherings. The master bedroom overlooks the POOL and POND as well as beautiful SUNSETS. The 2 additional bedrooms are both bright, spacious, and are located along the opposite side of the home.

img_6055This home’s backyard is a MUST SEE meant for entertaining-SPACIOUS, PRIVATE, & PARTIALLY FENCED. Surrounded by generous yard space, a screened in saltwater pool with an outside bar, lush landscaping, & fruit trees create the perfect place to sit outdoors! * HOA Only – $80 per quarter!!! BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBORHOOD!!! Convenient to schools, shopping, dining, & easy access to Downtown Tampa!

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If you are interested in this listing (More Listing Information), please give me a call for tour of this home or a virtual tour.

Thinking of buying or selling real estate?

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty at 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link.

FHA Versus Conventional Loan (With and Without Closing Costs) Example

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In today’s economy, it is often hard for buyers to come up with the additional money for closing costs and/or sellers are not willing to pay some or all of buyer’s closing costs to buy residential real estate.  Thus, I have been provided with an example of FHA versus Conventional Loans (with and without closing costs) for a property offered at $179,900.

money-7As demonstrated in the above exhibit, the cost to roll in the additional costs for either a Conventional or FHA loan is nominal over a 30 year term.  These closing costs include, but are not limited to real estate commissions (usually paid by the seller), lender fees (i.e..loan origination fee, loan discount points, application fee, etc.), homeowner’s insurance (in some cases flood insurance is required), real estate taxes, title feees, survey costs, inspections (i.e.pest.and home inspectors), etc.  With the new FHA rules that require mortgage insurance over the entire term regardless of loan-to-value, a conventional loan is a home buyer’s best option (if they can qualify for it).  FHA still is the easiest to qualify for.

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgFor more information about finding the right financial product for you, you can contact Stephen Speer at stephenspeer@inlanta.com, or visit his web site atstephenspeer.com.  

You should consider using a realtor.  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Residential Market Insights: July 2016

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HOME PRICES

The median home price was $239,700 in July, which was up 3.8 percent from June and up 4.7 percent from last year. The median home price has increased by approximately $11,000 in the past year alone.

HOME SALES

The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.5 million homes during the month of May. This was an increase of 1.8 percent from April, and an increase of 4.5 percent from May of last year.

INVENTORY – MONTH’S SUPPLY

There was a 4.7-month supply of housing inventory in May, which remained flat from April. The total number of homes for sale decreased by 7.8 percent compared to May of last year to 2.15 million homes nationwide, which was 130,000 fewer listings than May of last year.

CURRENT MORTGAGE RATES

The following is a summary of the current mortgage rates:

Mortgage Type Rate
30-Year Fixed 3.54%
15-Year Fixed 2.81%
5/1-year ARM 2.74%
Historical average 8.90%

Source: This Month in Real Estate

Thinking of buying or selling real estate?

KW1784102f20KWYou should consider using a realtor.  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link