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Homeowners Associations - Pros and Cons

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

You’ve found your dream home!  The neighborhood is lovely, with well-kept lawns and freshly painted exteriors. There is a resort-like pool and a playground for the kids.  Awesome. Oh, and there is a Homeowners Association that will cost you $500 a month.  Didn’t see that coming, did you?  It’s important to be informed about the pros and cons of living in a neighborhood with a homeowners association (HOA).

Pro - The neighborhood will look nice.  Most HOAs establish rules for residents that ensure keeping up the appearance of the neighborhood.  The guidelines might include keeping lawns manicured, whether you can have a fence (and the type and color of the fence), and what exterior paint colors you can use.  You may even have to get permission to remove or add trees and shrubs.

Con - HOA dues.  They can be expensive, sometimes as much as $1,000 per month depending on what amenities are offered.  These fees need to be taken into consideration when deciding if you can afford a house in the neighborhood.  They will be included in your mortgage lender’s assessment of your Monthly Mortgage Payment,  so you will have to qualify for a loan amount that includes them.

Pro - Awesome amenities.  You will enjoy the amenities that come with your HOA fees.  Most HOAs offer luxuries such as a pool, a fitness center, play areas, parks and security gates.  That’s in addition to covering the expenses of landscaping and maintenance of the common areas.

Con - Needing permission to make changes to your property.  If you want to add a room to your home or modify it in some way, you will have to make a request that will go before the HOA board for approval.  If they don’t approve it, you will not be able to make the changes you want.

Pro - Maintenance costs are shared.  You won’t have to worry about the upkeep of the pool, fitness center or common areas.

Con - HOA financial problems could become your problem.  If your HOA is struggling financially, it could damage your ability to obtain a loan for a home and it could be detrimental to home sale prices in the community.

Pro - An HOA will handle disputes between neighbors.  If someone has a dog barking at all hours or loud parties, you can contact the HOA and they will contact the neighbor; especially if HOA rules are being broken.

Con - Keeping up with the dues.  If you fall behind on your HOA dues, it can do great harm to you financially.  You may even end up facing foreclosure. That’s why it is crucial that you include the fees when determining if you can afford a house or not.  You may also be subject to late fees if you don’t pay on time.  In addition, HOAs can fine you for not following guidelines and rules, so it’s imperative that you can afford the upkeep required for living in the neighborhood.

It’s vital that you make sure to consider all these pros and cons before deciding to purchase a home in a neighborhood with an HOA.

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Offered at $249,900! Call Linda Nowicke at 813-413-4343!

Welcome to 2949 Banyan Hill Lane – Plantation Palms, Land O Lakes Florida! Linda Nowicke and the Tampa Realty Now team proudly present this 1,819 square foot maintenance-free detached villa featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a fully-enclosed Florida Room, a 2-car garage and beautifully-landscaped yard located just steps away from the community pool in the Reserves section of gated Plantation Palms!

The foyer welcomes you into a living room on the right and a dining space on the left—the perfect spot to entertain guests!

Most rooms have easy-care Woodgrain vinyl plank floors made popular on HGTV!!

The kitchen features GRANITE counters, TILE backsplash, island, a full appliance package, walk-in pantry and wood cabinets. It blends seamlessly with the breakfast nook & family room.

The family room features custom built-ins for a TV plus display shelving for books & photos.

The spacious master bedroom, situated at the rear of the home, has the WOODGRAIN vinyl PLANK flooring with a pocket door that separates the master bath for added privacy.

The master bath features dual sinks, GRANITE counters, wood cabinets, a garden tub, walk-in shower and a large walk-in closet!

Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a full bath complete with granite counters.

A FULLY ENCLOSED FLORIDA ROOM provides a relaxing space to enjoy your morning coffee or a cool beverage with NO BACKYARD NEIGHBORS!

The Florida room has EXTRA insulation, 3M film on dual pane windows and its own dedicated heating/cooling system.

The home was upgraded with a new BRYANT 15 SEER A/C with an ultraviolet AIR PURIFIER in 2017.

Gated Plantation Palms offers 18 holes of golf, a full-service restaurant, a driving range and mini-golf.

Top-rated schools, Costco, and Tampa Prime Outlet Mall are just minutes away! And immediately adjacent is the Land O Lakes Sports Complex with baseball fields, a BMX track, a swimming pool, and more!

2949 Banyan Hill Lane – your new home in Plantation Palms, Land O Lakes Florida!

For more information please call Linda Nowicke at 813-413-4343; email info@TampaRealtyNow.com; or visit our web site at http://www.TampaRealtyNow.com

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Westchase Pool Home near Park 10009 Bridgeton Drive Tampa FL

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Offered at $424,900! Call Linda Nowicke for a tour 813-413-4343!

Welcome to 10009 Bridgeton Drive – Westchase, Tampa Florida!

Linda Nowicke and the Tampa Realty Now team proudly present this 2,597 square foot 2-Story home featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a 2-car garage, a sparkling heated pool and spa, and a brand new roof, all located on a conservation homesite just steps away from Baybridge Park in the Bridges of Westchase!

Step through the front door into a charming sitting area with hardwood floors.

The step-saver kitchen makes every square inch count with ample counter space & cabinets, breakfast nook, all kitchen appliances included & a double pantry!

The kitchen opens to the family room and dining room--great for people who like to cook and enjoy company at the same time!

A powder room on the first floor is perfect for guests.

The second floor offers a 17' x 18' loft that makes an ideal media space with built-in desk & double closets—great for storing DVDs, video & board games!

The master bedroom has 2 walk-in closets and an ensuite master bath with dual sinks, garden tub, walk-in shower and linen closet.

Bedrooms 2, 3 & 4 share a full bath with dual sinks and tub/shower combination.

The 35' x 35’ screened lanai was designed for entertaining with a sparkling heated pool and spillover spa ples a covered area perfect for al fresco dining year round!

The roof is BRAND NEW with a transferrable warranty!

The home is situated on conservation home site with no rear neighbors, and is just a 1-minute walk to Baybridge Park which features adult exercise stations, hiking, picnic pavilion, playground and a soccer field!

Westchase offers top-rated schools, Publix, a walkable downtown with loads of restaurants & shops, two community pools, tennis courts, soccer & sand volleyball and much more!

10009 Bridgeton Drive – your new home in The Bridges at Westchase, Tampa Florida!

For more information please call Linda Nowicke at 813-413-4343; email info@TampaRealtyNow.com; or visit our web site at http://www.TampaRealtyNow.com

Wonder what your Tampa area home is worth? Visit http://www.TampaRealtyNow.info

Want to search for Tampa FL Real Estate? Visit http://www.TampaRealtyNow.net

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Just $217,500! Call us for an appointment! 813-413-4343!

Welcome to 2927 Banyan Hill Lane – Plantation Palms, Land O Lakes Florida!

Linda Nowicke and the Tampa Realty Now team proudly present this 1,555 square foot maintenance-free St. Croix model featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a 2-car garage and tropically-landscaped yard located just steps away from the community pool in the Reserves section of gated Plantation Palms!

A 10 x 12’ den near the front entry makes an excellent home office!

The 10' x 10’ dining space is the perfect spot to entertain.

The open kitchen offers 42” MAPLE cabinets, newer range, built-in microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, island, closet pantry, breakfast nook, solid surface counters & task lighting! The kitchen blends seamlessly with the 14 x 19’ family room, which features a large double-slider with views and access to the lanai.

The large master bedroom is situated at the rear of the home with views into the lanai and conservation. The master bath features dual sinks, a linen closet & large, walk-in shower!

A guest bedroom offers an adjacent full bath.

A 20 x 20’ covered & screened lanai with its own heating/cooling system has faux stone concrete floors and features private, wooded views.

The lanai boasts a soothing and invigorating 4-person HYDRO THERAPY spa.

Extras in this home include a NEW 2017 TRANE A/C unit with UV light, extra blown in attic insulation, reverse osmosis system, and shatter-proof security film & solar tint on all the windows & doors!

Gated Plantation Palms offers 18 holes of golf, a full-service restaurant, a driving range and mini-golf.

Top-rated schools, Costco, and Tampa Prime Outlet Mall are just minutes away! And immediately adjacent is the Land O Lakes Sports Complex with baseball fields, a BMX track, a swimming pool, and more!

2927 Banyan Hill Lane – your new home in Plantation Palms, Land O Lakes Florida!

For more information please call Linda Nowicke at 813-413-4343; email info@TampaRealtyNow.com; or visit our web site at http://www.TampaRealtyNow.com

Wonder what your Tampa area home is worth? Visit http://www.TampaRealtyNow.info

Want to search for Tampa FL Real Estate? Visit http://www.TampaRealtyNow.net

Thank you!

Video, voiceover and still photography original content by Craig H. Nowicke Photographic Arts © 2018 All Rights Reserved. All production music licensed to Craig H. Nowicke PA.

Happy Father's Day!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Luxurious Laundry Rooms

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

The laundry room is probably not the first space you think of when you hear the word luxurious.  But face it, it IS a room you spend a lot of time in.  Doing laundry is a necessary part of life, so why not make it more appealing by creating a comfortable, practical and pretty environment that will make it feel less like a chore and more like a pleasant task. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your laundry room a calm and soothing work space.  There are opulent touches you can add that will improve your disposition while performing the essential duties of washing, drying, folding and ironing.

  • Paint the room in a soft, neutral color - choose from greens, blues or yellows.
  • Hang some art on the walls.  Pick pieces that you love or are meaningful to you. You don’t have to spend a lot of money…just choose paintings or pictures that bring you joy. You can find inexpensive art at ART.COM.
  • If you lack storage in your laundry room, add some simple shelves with clean lines.  Get some clear containers for your detergent, fabric softener sheets, clothes pins etc. so you can dispose of the unsightly bags and boxes they come in.
  • Use baskets or bins to pre-sort clothes into whites, colors, sheets, towels etc.
  • If your laundry room is spacious, create a Folding Area .  You can have a table, or if you are using front loading machines, design a counter to go on top of them.  Add a small, wall-mounted television and a comfy chair, and folding clothes won’t seem so boring anymore.
  • Add a small vase with fresh flowers.  Being amidst the beauty of nature will make you feel better about being stuck indoors doing laundry!
  • Remember, guests are not likely to see your laundry room, so make it all about YOU.  Be funky and unique with your décor and have fun with it!  Before you know it, you will look forward to doing all that washing, drying and folding.  Ok…maybe you won’t look forward to it, but at least you won’t dread it!

Are you ready to SELL your home?  Call the TAMPA BAY real estate professionals, Linda & Craig Nowicke, at Tampa Realty Now and let them assist you in getting your home STAGED and SOLD for the highest possible price!  CALL THEM TODAY at 813-728-3880 or 813-675-5030.

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Things to do in Tampa: 2018 Florida State League All Star Game

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

2018 Florida State League All Star Game