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Moving with Kids - How Important is the School District?

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

When choosing a new home, there are usually several items on the buyer’s list of priorities, but when kids are involved, school systems often top that list.  People are generally willing to pay more and sacrifice other desires to make sure they are in the best school district for their children.  Private schools may be a feasible alternative for some, but that is not the case for many. Even if buyers don’t have children (or plan to have them), they may want to buy where the schools have the best reputation because it will have a positive effect on resale value down the road. However, it’s important to remember that a poorly ranked school district does not automatically mean that the overall quality of local education in an area is poor.  You must do your research. The website Niche is an excellent resource for information on schools in the Tampa area.  Consider the age of the schools, their physical condition, the student-to-teacher ratios and standardized test scores. Understanding how the school system works in Florida will be helpful in your search as well.  According to Florida School Choice, there are many options available to residents including Charter Schools, Magnet Schools, Career Academies, Virtual Schools, Controlled Open Enrollment, Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Programs, Dual Enrollment and ABC School Programs.  In addition, there are scholarship programs for private schools and resources for people who choose home education.

Finding a home in the Best School Districts  is something the real estate professionals at Tampa Realty Now can help you do.  Contact Craig & Linda Nowicke at 813-728-3880 or 813-675-5030 and begin your search today!

Tampa Luxury Home Housing Report - March 2018

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

The charts below show the 7-day and 90-day rolling averages for list pricedays on market, and inventory for the metro area's luxury market (e.g. top 10 zips with median prices above $500k)

ILHM-TAMPA VS NATIONAL

The charts below compare the ilhm-tampa luxury market with the ILHM National Luxury Market Index and show 90-day rolling averages for Median List Price and Days on Market.

The chart below shows the Altos Market Action Index for the metro area's luxury market and the National Index.

Statistics provided by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke.

Now is a Great Time to Move Up!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

We hear a lot about people downsizing and simplifying, but if you are looking for a larger home, now is a great time to sell your smaller home and move up to something that better suits your wants and needs.  Perhaps you have a growing family and need more space, or an additional income-earner has joined your household or maybe you have enough equity in your current home that you can now afford your dream home. Whatever the reason, movin’ on up is an exciting prospect!

Ok, now let’s contain that excitement a bit and think about what it means to purchase a more expensive house.  First, just because you can afford something on paper, doesn’t mean you should commit all your resources to the most expensive property on your radar.  It would behoove you to take a thorough look at your current budget and then play with the numbers a bit to determine how much more you’re willing to spend each month on a higher mortgage payment.  A dream house is wonderful, but being house-poor is not.  Think about your lifestyle and don’t make the mistake of getting into a financial bind that doesn’t allow you to do the activities you enjoy.

When financing your new home, you have a couple of options.  If you haven’t sold your current home yet, you can choose a Home Equity Loan to make the down payment on the new home.  A home equity loan allows you to borrow against your current home’s equity and is usually less expensive than other loans. 

Before you put your house on the market and commit to purchasing a new one, educate yourself about the prices of houses in the areas where you will be selling and buying. Whether it’s a buyer’s market or a seller’s market, an experienced professional Realtor will be able to assist you in navigating the process. The goal is to sell high and buy low, and in today’s market that is an achievable dream!  Call Craig & Linda Nowicke of Tampa Realty Now at 813-675-5030 or 813-728-3880 and let them help you find your dream home today!

What You Need to Know About Selling Your House this Spring

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

  1. It’s a Seller's Market - Inventory shortages are still driving the market.  Since it is a high-demand, low-supply environment, people trying to sell their homes will see a lot of foot traffic from eager buyers. This is especially true for entry-level to mid-tier homes. In addition, if sellers price their homes right for their market, they could end up with multiple offers.
  2. Starter Homes are in Demand - Millennials are one reason for the increased housing demand.  Many of them in the past have been reluctant to the commitment of purchasing a home due to fears about job security and large amounts of debt.  But now they seem ready to become homeowners.
  3. Aesthetically Pleasing Homes Sell Faster.  Spring is the perfect time of year to show off your home.  Take advantage of flowers blooming and trees blossoming by keeping your yard neat and tidy.  That first impression may be what draws people to look at your property.
  4. More Options=Greater Odds.  Some people may think that selling in the spring is a bad idea because there is less competition during other months of the year.  But less competition means fewer buyers.  Many Realtors feel that competition is a positive thing in the real estate market and can assist homeowners in getting a better deal.
  5. School’s Out for Summer.  Many homeowners want to time their purchase of a new home with the end of the school year so that they are not moving their children to a different school mid-year.  If the closing occurs in early summer, it gives the family a couple of months to get acclimated to their new area before the new school year begins.
  6. More Buyers=More Offers.  The best thing that can happen for a seller is to receive multiple offers that result in a bidding war.  This is most likely to happen in the spring when more people are house hunting.

Spring is a time for new beginnings. People are excited to get out and look at homes. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity.  If you are thinking about selling your house this year, call the professionals at Tampa Realty Now at 813-728-3880 or 813-675-5030 and let them help you put it on the market now!

Get Organized Before Listing Your Home for Sale!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

If you are planning to put your house on the market, there is no time like the present to start getting organized for the process of staging, showing and moving out of your home.

Begin now by following the tips listed below and you won’t feel so overwhelmed when it’s time for that first open house!

-          Eliminate Piles before you sell.  Some of us suffer from Flat Surface Syndrome.  If there is a flat surface, it’s covered with “stuff”.  Now is the time to eliminate any of the “stuff” cluttering the horizontal surfaces in your home. Things such as mail, magazines and other odds and ends that are piled on the tops of tables, desks and shelves should be removed. 

-          Clear out storage areas.  If your closets, bookcases, pantry, and other storage areas are overstuffed, this is a red flag for potential buyers that screams, “not enough storage!”.  Keeping a minimum number of items in your house will leave the impression that there is a generous amount of storage in your home.

-          Get rid of excess. Eliminate or pack up items that you won’t need before you move.  For example, only keep enough dishes, towels, sheets, toys etc. that you will use during the time your house is for sale. Why have ten sets of sheets in your linen closet when you will only need one or two?

-          Remove seasonal items.  Pack away things that are only used during other seasons.  If you are selling in the fall/winter, pack away your spring/summer clothes.  You can also pack away off-season holiday items. 

-          Throw things away. If it’s worn out, broken, rusty, stained, torn or incomplete, it is time to let it go.  If your belongings look shabby and old, your house will look that way too.  Don’t hesitate to throw such items away.

-          Donate items you no longer want or need.  When you are cleaning and sorting items, if you come across things that you don’t use now and won’t use in a new home, donate them.  There is no point in packing and moving something you will never use.  But if it’s in good shape, someone else will get use out of it.

-          Sell before you sell. If you find that you have many items to eliminate from your home, think about selling what you don’t store, throw away or donate.  You can sell at a yard sale, bring items to a consignment shop, or list items online.  But have reasonable expectations regarding how much money you can make; don’t overprice.  Remember the goal is to dispose of as many things as possible.

-          Rent a storage unit.  Move large items/equipment that you don’t use often to a storage unit.  It can also provide space for packed boxes to give you a head start in preparing for your move. Check out SpareFoot to find self-storage unit options in the Tampa area.

-          Improve curb appeal.  Remove any clutter (toys, lawn ornaments, garbage bins) from your yard.  The outdoor spaces provide the first and last impression for potential buyers and as such, it is important that they look neat and tidy.

Moving can be stressful, so don’t wait to start preparing.  Get a head start before putting your house on the market!  When you’re ready, call the professionals at Tampa Realty Now at 813-728-3880 or 831-675-5030 to take care of all your real estate needs!

Tampa Luxury Home Housing Report - February 2018

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

The charts below show the 7-day and 90-day rolling averages for list pricedays on market, and inventory for the metro area's luxury market (e.g. top 10 zips with median prices above $500k)

ILHM-TAMPA VS NATIONAL

The charts below compare the ilhm-tampa luxury market with the ILHM National Luxury Market Index and show 90-day rolling averages for Median List Price and Days on Market.

The chart below shows the Altos Market Action Index for the metro area's luxury market and the National Index.

Statistics provided by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke.

Signs That it’s Time to Sell Your Home

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Selling your home is a huge decision and one that should not be made impulsively. If you are thinking about selling, but you’re not sure if you should, here are some signs to look for that will indicate that now is a good time to sell:
1. Space is an issue. Has your family grown since you bought your current home? Do you have multiple people sharing bedrooms and bathrooms? If your house is bursting at the seams, it might be time to let it go and find something a little bigger. Alternatively, perhaps you have too much space. If you bought the home when your family was large and now you are an empty nester, you may be ready to downsize.
2. Neighbors are selling homes successfully. If houses are selling like hotcakes in your neighborhood and your neighbors are making tidy profits on their sales, then that’s a cue that you should contact a realtor to find out what your home is worth on the current market.
3. Interest rates are increasing—perhaps up to 4 times in 2018. Current inventory of homes for sale is low, and you have a seller’s market that will make your home even more desirable to prospective buyers.
4. Remodeling won’t be worth it. Maybe you want to stay in your current home and you think that remodeling is the answer. But will the expense of remodeling to fulfill your wants and needs be worth it in the long run? Will it add value to your home? While you might have to do some updates to prepare your home for sale, if the market favors sellers, you might be better off selling and finding a new home to suit your needs.
5. You’re confident the market is strong. It’s important to educate yourself about what’s going on in the real estate market before you decide to put your house on the market.
An experienced Realtor can help you understand the market and determine if now is the
time to sell your house.
All signs are currently pointing at this being a great time to sell. Contact the professionals at
Tampa Realty Now for a complimentary Fair Market Analysis, staging ideas and they can also
help you get your house on the market fast!
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Selling your home is a huge decision and one that should not be made impulsively. If you are thinking about selling, but you’re not sure if you should, here are some signs to look for that will indicate that now is a good time to sell:

1. Space is an issue. Has your family grown since you bought your current home? Do you have multiple people sharing bedrooms and bathrooms? If your house is bursting at the seams, it might be time to let it go and find something a little bigger. Alternatively, perhaps you have too much space. If you bought the home when your family was large and now you are an empty nester, you may be ready to downsize.

2. Neighbors are selling homes successfully. If houses are selling like hotcakes in your neighborhood and your neighbors are making tidy profits on their sales, then that’s a cue that you should contact a realtor to find out what your home is worth on the current market.

3. Interest rates are increasing—perhaps up to 4 times in 2018. Current inventory of homes for sale is low, and you have a seller’s market that will make your home even more desirable to prospective buyers.

4. Remodeling won’t be worth it. Maybe you want to stay in your current home and you think that remodeling is the answer. But will the expense of remodeling to fulfill your wants and needs be worth it in the long run? Will it add value to your home? While you might have to do some updates to prepare your home for sale, if the market favors sellers, you might be better off selling and finding a new home to suit your needs.

5. You’re confident the market is strong. It’s important to educate yourself about what’s going on in the real estate market before you decide to put your house on the market. An experienced Realtor can help you understand the market and determine if now is thetime to sell your house.

All signs are currently pointing at this being a great time to sell. Contact the professionals at Tampa Realty Now for a complimentary Fair Market Analysis, staging ideas and they can also help you get your house on the market fast!

YOUR HOME SEARCH STARTS HERE                     FIND OUT WHAT YOUR HOME IS WORTH

Tampa Realty Now: How Clients Love Thee…Let Us Count the Ways!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Valentine’s Day is this week and there is no better time to count the many ways that Craig and Linda Nowicke of Tampa Realty Now are loved by their clients!

  1. “She [Linda] went over all details with me including other houses selling in the neighborhood. She was very knowledgeable about the neighborhood and the surrounding area. She was upfront about the price of similar properties. She is incredible in marketing and staging to get the most value in your home." Kathy C.

  2. Linda and her team should be your " go to" real estate company when buying or selling a home. Very knowledgeable and professional. Responds to issues in a timely manner. Carrie B.

  3. We met Craig and Linda Nowicke when we were looking to buy a new house, they were the realtor of the seller. We were so impressed with her service, her demeanor and her professionalism that we asked her to sell our then current home, too. After the success of those transactions, we had Linda sell a rental property recently as well. Bringing our repeat business to Linda was an easy choice, the only choice, and we will do it again! Mike W.

  4. Linda, Craig did a really nice job videoing our house. Please thank him profusely. How do we give the drone a tip?! That medium is truly unsurpassed to show the golf course proximity & view. He [Craig] definitely has a photographer's eye and a perfect voice for the work. I saw one out of place tv tray! We are gratefully enjoying a welcome slower pace and short to do lists. Thank you for representing our home so professionally. We have not seen a golf course view as nice or any home as fully remodeled, we're spoiled! Hope we all make some family happy here. Jerry & Maribeth M.

  5. Linda was such a pleasure to work with! She sold our house in 72 hours with two offers! She was very invested in our needs and took the time to help us find the perfect home for our growing family. Linda's knowledge and expertise was amazing and she guided us every step of the way. We would recommend Linda to anyone that is looking for a realtor! Sabrina S.

  6. When selling my Florida home, I reached out to Linda because she was knowledgeable of the market in my area and has a proven track record in the development I lived in. Not only did Linda secure my asking price she was able to work with the buyers to assist them with securing financing. Although selling a house can be stressful, Linda's expertise was invaluable, mainly because I live in Pennsylvania and relied on her to make certain the home was in sellable condition throughout the entire for sale process. I highly recommend Linda and Craig to assist everyone looking to buy or sell a home within their market reach. Robert B.

  7. There is no one better than Linda. Her expertise in the field allows her to develop her own predictions of market trends versus relying solely on typical trend tools. This paid off for us when we sold our home as we made a larger profit than we thought we would. Our home sold in 24 hours and the marketing Linda used as well as her staging advice and pricing strategy made that happen. Thank you, Linda!  Michael T.

  8. Linda is a consummate professional who brought years of expertise and knowledge to our buying experience. She always had our best interests at heart in all of her dealings with us and made sound recommendations when we needed them. A buyer would be hard-pressed to find an agent of Linda's caliber anywhere. Highly recommended!! Dara C.

  9. I had the pleasure of closing on my townhome with my agent Linda Nowicke, PA. I have been completely satisfied with Linda's performance, experience, engagement and marketing plan that resulted in a quick sale. Linda's most important quality was her understanding of my needs and expectations. Linda is an expert in her field! I will reach out to her when it's time to sell again and will refer her to anyone as I am confident she will outperform any real estate agent. Ian O.

  10. Linda, this is long overdue but I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your outstanding services during our home search and relocation process. Your assistance in helping us understand the local market and make a good housing choice is very much appreciated. In addition, you went above and beyond what any realtor has ever done for us before in helping us address some of the other details related to closing our home.  For example, being at the home to help resolve some of the inspection items on our behalf, when we could not be present was extraordinarily helpful. We have completed eight moves in our past and, without a doubt, can say that you have been the most customer focused realtor we have ever worked with. Again, many thanks for all your terrific assistance. Larry & Carol A.

It is clear that providing professional real estate services for their clients is a labor of love for Craig and Linda Nowicke. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Tampa area, call them today at 813-728-3880!

YOUR HOME SEARCH STARTS HERE                   FIND OUT WHAT YOUR HOME IS WORTH  

Tampa Luxury Home Housing Report - January 2018

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

The charts below show the 7-day and 90-day rolling averages for list pricedays on market, and inventory for the metro area's luxury market (e.g. top 10 zips with median prices above $500k)

ILHM-TAMPA VS NATIONAL

The charts below compare the ilhm-tampa luxury market with the ILHM National Luxury Market Index and show 90-day rolling averages for Median List Price and Days on Market.

The chart below shows the Altos Market Action Index for the metro area's luxury market and the National Index.

Statistics provided by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke.

Make Your Home More Desirable to Buyers in 2018!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

With new trends endlessly popping up, it can be challenging to decide what home design projects are worth your time and money.  It will serve you well to research what trends are timeless and what trends have gone by the wayside before investing in updating your home, especially if you are getting ready to put it on the market.  To simplify that process for you, here is a list of five of the hottest home design projects for 2018!

 - Vibrant Color Schemes: While neutral colors such as beige and gray are still trendy, bright colors are making a comeback!  Consider creating an accent wall or using colorful accessories to give your room a splash of brightness.

 - Minimalist Furniture: Keeping it simple and elegant is the way to go in 2018. Less is more and furniture with clean lines and easy to care for finishes will please the minimalist in everyone.

 - Quartz.  It looks like quartz is a trend that is here to stay, and for good reasons. Quartz stands the test of time, looks fabulous and is easy to maintain. Quartz countertops  show well and will impress potential buyers. 

 - Metallic Accents: These shiny accents are a hot décor trend that will continue in 2018. But be careful not to overdo it!  Give rooms a luxurious look by  adding a few metallic accents here and there.

These are just a few of many home design trends that can make your home more desirable to homebuyers this year!

 

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Linda and Craig Nowicke
RE/MAX ACR Elite Group
14823 N. Dale Mabry
Tampa FL 33618
Linda: 813-728-3880
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