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Sell or Rent - Which Option is Best for You?

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Whether moving for a job or just relocating for personal reasons, you still must decide what to do with your current home.  Should you rent it out?  Or sell it?  There are many circumstances to consider before making that decision.  How long do you have before you move?  What is the housing market doing in your area?  And do you have someone you can trust to manage your property?

Of course, the biggest motivator in your decision is which option will be most financially profitable.   If you have a lot of equity in your house and can sell it, you’ll walk away with some cash to put toward your new home.  If the house is paid off, you’ll walk away with A LOT of cash.  However, if your equity is built up and you have low mortgage payments (or no mortgage payment), you could bring in a substantial monthly income by renting the house for more than your monthly payments.  You do have to consider the costs involved with renting the house out.  If you’re relocating to another town, you will likely have to hire a Property Manager to collect rent and take care of issues that come up.  You might also have to pay to advertise the home.

There are going to be risks involved either way.  If you put the house up for sale, you run the risk of not selling it quickly and possibly ending up with two mortgage payments or a house payment and rent payment on a new place.  But there are also Risks of Renting Out Your Home. There’s a chance you will rent it to people who you think will be good tenants, but wind up paying the rent late or not at all.  There is also the risk that renters will not take care of the house and lower its value.

Another issue to consider is that housing markets can greatly fluctuate from year to year. You must question whether your neighborhood is in the kind of shape to support a quick sale.  If other homes haven’t been selling, for example, you might not get as much for your house as you might if you could wait a year or two and rent it out in the meantime.  On the other hand, if the housing market is hot in your neighborhood, it might just be the best time to take advantage of it and sell to get the best price possible.

Finally, you must think about whether you can afford a new mortgage while you still own the first house.  Per Kiplinger, lenders count about 75 percent of the income you receive from renters when figuring out if they’ll give you a new loan, but that’s only if you have a signed lease and your salary is sufficient to cover the rest of the mortgage requirement.  Selling your house will make it much easier for you to qualify for a new loan.

The bottom line is that, after doing your research, you can decide whether selling or renting is the best and most financially sound choice for you.

If you decide you are ready to sell your home, contact the real estate professionals, Linda & Craig Nowicke,  at Tampa Realty Now and let them assist you in getting your house on the market and sold for the best possible price!  Call them today at 813-675-5030 or 813-728-3880.

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Study: Amendment 2 failure would spark $700M tax increase

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – May 16, 2018 – Florida TaxWatch released a study on Tuesday projecting that property taxes could increase by more than $700 million on non-homestead properties like businesses, apartments and second homes should Florida fail to extend a property tax yearly rate cap.

According to TaxWatch, the increase would happen if voters reject a proposed constitutional amendment that they'll consider on the November ballot.

Known as Amendment 2, the proposed amendment would extend a current 10 percent cap on annual increases in assessed values of non-homestead properties – a cap that voters approved in 2008.

TaxWatch Vice President Kurt Wenner said many Floridians aren't aware how much taxes could go up if the cap is lifted.

"If Amendment 2 fails to pass, it doesn't mean that the cap is just no longer going to be in effect going forward," Wenner said during a media event at the Florida Press Center. "It means that all of this property will suddenly be assessed at full value. This can be quite a big sticker shock when some people get their tax bills."

Wenner said he expects that these potential tax increases would be passed along to renters and business customers, making the issue important whether someone owns property or not.

Supporters of the amendment say it's currently polling at just under 60 percent, which is the threshold for amendments to pass.

The Florida Legislature decided in 2017 to put Amendment 2 on this year's ballot. Senator Tom Lee, a Thonotosassa Republican who sponsored the proposal, estimated at the time that failure to extend the cap would effectively lead to a $688 million tax increase.

In all, Florida's November ballot will include 13 proposed constitutional amendments.

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Don’t Let Insects “Bug” You this Summer!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

This time of year, many of us enjoy spending time outside in our yards. Whether we are playing, dining, doing yardwork or simply relaxing, our time outdoors can be ruined by pesky insects.  There are many remedies for getting rid of the annoying little pests, but if you are looking for natural way to do the job, here are several plants you can put in your yard that will repel unwanted insects.  While they will not guarantee an insect free environment, they will help!

BASIL - Basil repels house flies and mosquitoes.  Use containers for planting basil by your house doors or in any outdoor areas where you like to relax and entertain.  It will serve more than one purpose because you can also use the fresh basil in your cooking!

 
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LAVENDER - This pretty plant repels moths, fleas, mosquitoes and flies.  Its pleasing, sweet fragrance appeals to humans, but the bugs hate it! You can place bouquets inside your home to keep flies away.  Outdoors, plant it in sunny areas or near the entryways of your house to keep those areas pest free.  Check out the Everything Lavender website to find out how you can use lavender oil to make your own mosquito repellent.

 
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LEMONGRASS - Lemongrass contains the natural oil, citronella, which is commonly found in candles that are used to keep mosquitoes away.  Ornamental lemongrass can grow up to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide in one season.  It is an annual that does well in a pot or in the ground in sunny, well-drained locations.  Its aromatic, narrow leaves can be used in chicken and pork dishes and to flavor soups and salad dressings.  Many Asian recipes call for lemongrass.

 
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MINT - Another plant that mosquitoes don’t like.  It’s best grown in pots rather than in the ground because it spreads aggressively.  Once established in a garden, it can be difficult to remove.  The leaves can be used to flavor minty iced tea. Containers of mint strategically placed in the garden or on the patio will assist in keeping nearby plants insect free.

 
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ALLIUMS - If you have a vegetable garden, beautiful, tall alliums will help keep insects out of it.  Considered a broad-spectrum natural insecticide, plants in the Allium family repel several insects that plague vegetable gardens, including slugs, aphids, carrot flies and cabbage worms.

 
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CHRYSANTHEMUMS - The ingredient in chrysanthemums that makes the so effective as an insect repellent is pyrethrum.  Roaches, ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs and root-knot nematodes all will avoid chrysanthemums.  Pyrethrum is used in America’s most commonly available home and garden insecticide sprays. You can make your own bug spray using chrysanthemum oil, but make sure you know the risks of using it first. How to Make a Homegrown Chrysanthemum Pest Repellent

 
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PETUNIAS - These whimsical beauties repel aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs.  Some people think of them as “nature’s pesticide”.  Popular because of their availability in a variety of bright colors, they require minimal maintenance and can be grown in numerous locations including beds, containers and hanging baskets.

 
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If you are thinking about selling your home this summer, contact the professional Realtors at Tampa Realty Now at 813-675-5030/813-728-3880 and let them assist you today!

Gorgeous Pool Home 15708 Woodcock Place Country Place Tampa Florida

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

 

Welcome to 15708 Woodcock Place – Country Place, Tampa Florida!  Offered at $314,900!  CALL US 813-413-4343!
 
Linda Nowicke and the Tampa Realty Now team proudly present this 2,126 square foot home featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a 2-car garage, gorgeous wood floors downstairs, new carpet upstairs, new dual-pane windows, a sparkling open pool, covered screened lanai, a NEW ROOF in May 2018, and fully-fenced back yard, all on a lovely cul-de-sac homesite!
Double doors welcome you into a spacious foyer with beautiful wood floors!
The updated kitchen features stone counters, wood cabinets, appliance package, stainless sink, travertine backsplash, a closet pantry and upgraded lights.  
The kitchen opens into the family room with vaulted ceiling and views into the pool area and back yard.
The dining room and living room offer a welcoming, open feel.
The first-floor updated half-bath features a pedestal sink.
The master bedroom has a private bath with walk-in shower. 
Bedrooms 2, 3, and 4 share a full bath with updated cabinet, seamless counter, and upgraded light.
The COVERED & SCREENED LANAI is the perfect place to dine alfresco year round with views to the California-style open pool with cool deck & BRICK PAVERS. 
The kids & pets will enjoy the totally FENCED backyard! 
The home is just steps to the community park which features a covered pavilion, play gyms, swingsets, tennis and basketball courts.
This home is minutes to the Veteran’s X-way, Citrus Park Mall & everything Carrollwood & Northdale has to offer including Wholefoods, groceries, pharmacy & restaurants!
15708 Woodcock Place – your new home in Country Place, 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
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Welcome to 15708 Woodcock Place – Country Place, Tampa Florida!  CALL US 813-413-4343! 

Linda Nowicke and the Tampa Realty Now team proudly present this 2,126 square foot home featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a 2-car garage, gorgeous wood floors downstairs, new carpet upstairs, new dual-pane windows, a sparkling open pool, covered screened lanai, a NEW ROOF in May 2018, and fully-fenced back yard, all on a lovely cul-de-sac homesite!

Double doors welcome you into a spacious foyer with beautiful wood floors!

The updated kitchen features stone counters, wood cabinets, appliance package, stainless sink, travertine backsplash, a closet pantry and upgraded lights.  

The kitchen opens into the family room with vaulted ceiling and views into the pool area and back yard.

The dining room and living room offer a welcoming, open feel.

The first-floor updated half-bath features a pedestal sink.

The master bedroom has a private bath with walk-in shower. 

Bedrooms 2, 3, and 4 share a full bath with updated cabinet, seamless counter, and upgraded light.

The COVERED & SCREENED LANAI is the perfect place to dine alfresco year round with views to the California-style open pool with cool deck & BRICK PAVERS. 

The kids & pets will enjoy the totally FENCED backyard! 

The home is just steps to the community park which features a covered pavilion, play gyms, swingsets, tennis and basketball courts.

This home is minutes to the Veteran’s X-way, Citrus Park Mall & everything Carrollwood & Northdale has to offer including Wholefoods, groceries, pharmacy & restaurants!

15708 Woodcock Place – your new home in Country Place, 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

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.

Tampa FL Home For Sale
10009 Bridgeton Drive, Tampa, FL 33626

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WESTCHASE! POPULAR OPEN FLOORPLAN features 2,597 sf, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 2-car garage & a SPARKLING HEATED POOL & SPA! BRAND NEW ROOF with transferrable warranty in MAY 2018!! 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 & dining room--great for people who like to cook & enjoy company at the same time! A powder room on the first floor is perfect for guests. The open stairway leading to the second floor conceals a deep walk-in closet. 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 & an ensuite master bath with dual sinks, garden tub, walk-in shower & linen closet. Bedrooms 2, 3 & 4 share a full bath with dual sinks & tub/shower combination. The 35' x 35’ screened lanai was designed for entertaining with a sparkling heated pool and spillover spa & a covered area perfect for al fresco dining year round! Situated on conservation home site with no rear neighbors & just a 1-minute walk to Baybridge Park with adult exercise stations, hiking, picnic pavilion, playground & soccer field! Westchase offers top-rated schools, Publix, a walkable downtown with loads of restaurants & shops, 2 community pools, tennis courts, soccer & sand volleyball!

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

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by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Tips for Selling Your Home During the Summer Months

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Spring is flying by and soon summer will be upon us.  Summer is not the most popular time to sell a house for several reasons: people are going on vacation, kids are out of school, and activities keep you busy.  But sometimes the timing cannot be helped.  Life happens and circumstances may require that you move during the hottest season.  If that is the case, here are some tips for attracting buyers during the summer months:

  • CURB APPEAL

Make a great first impression with curb appeal.  Mow & edge your lawn.  Make sure bushes are trimmed and plant flowers.  Keep your front entry, sidewalk and driveway swept and create a warm and inviting entryway to your home.

  • DECORATE WITH SUMMER ACCENTS

Utilize calming colors such as blues and greens to decorate the interior of your home.  If you have dark-colored accent pillows and throw rugs replace them with brighter Summer Hues. Keep it simple.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money; something as basic as an inexpensive blanket draped over a chair can give a room a soothing vibe.

  • BRING THE LIGHT INSIDE

Pull back window coverings & open the blinds.  Use tie backs to open lighter curtains.  The only time you should leave blinds/curtains closed is if there is an undesirable element on the other side of the window such as your neighbor’s trash can…but even then, keep them slightly open to allow light into the room.

  • HAVE FLEXIBLE SHOWING HOURS

Showing your home while still living there is challenging, but the more flexible you are, the more people will look at your house. 

  • SPARKLE AND SHINE

Metals give a “summery” feel.  It doesn’t matter which ones; gold or silver, brass or pewter.  Mix and match them using vases, picture frames, mirrors, utensils, goblets, hanging planters etc.  Metal Designs That Shine

  • OFFER SUMMER BEVERAGES AND SNACKS

Have chilled drinks available for visitors.  Have a few light snacks or fruit for them to enjoy.  Have bowls filled with citrus fruits to brighten up your kitchen and give it a sunny feel.

  • CREATE GOOD SMELLS NATURALLY

There are a lot of ways to bring summer scents indoors. Pleasant, fresh aromas will make your home feel inviting and comfortable.  A plug-in near the front door is a nice touch.

  • CONTROL THE INDOOR TEMPERATURE

Have your home at a comfortable temperature for visitors.  There is nothing worse than walking into a stuffy, warm house when it is hot outside.

If you’re thinking about selling your house this summer, let the professionals at Tampa Realty Now help you get your house on the market.  Give Linda Nowicke a call at 813-728-3880 today!

15407 Montilla Loop: 4 Bedroom Bella Vista Home with Open Floor Plan!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Tampa FL Home For Sale
15407 Montilla Loop, Tampa, FL 33625

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CARROLLWOOD/CITRUS PARK AREA!! BELLA VISTA offers this POPULAR 2,018 sf, 1-Story, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2-car garage home with SPLIT BEDROOMS & an OPEN FLOOR PLAN! Charming curb appeal with newer EXTERIOR PAINT & tropical landscaping. Living room / dining room combination with Bay window with Plantation Shutters & handsome columns is great for entertaining! Whip up something yummy in this well-designed kitchen that features a complete appliance package, snack bar/island, loads of counter space, unique block windows at counter height allow natural light on the counter tops, loads of MAPLE cabinets with crown molding & a closet pantry! The kitchen opens seamlessly to the breakfast nook & family room! The 17x17' family room offers easy-care laminate floors & custom built-ins. The master bedroom situated at the rear of the home offers laminate floors, volume ceilings & a spacious walk-in closet. The 13x15' master bath offers dual sinks, wood cabinets & a large walk-in shower. Three additional bedrooms with laminate floors share a full bath with tub/shower combination. You'll love the HUGE BACKYARD--one of the largest in the neighborhood--the 20x27' lanai with expanded concrete pad & the NEW PVC FENCE ($4,500) that is great for the kids & pets! This home features NATURAL GAS & is pre-plumbed for a laundry sink in the laundry room. A/C IS 2 YEARS NEW! Close to everything including PUBLIX, the VET'S X-way, top-rated schools, shops, restaurants & Citrus Park Mall. Just 15 minutes north of the Tampa Airport!!

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

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Land O Lakes FL Home For Sale
2927 Banyan Hill Lane, Land O Lakes, FL  34639

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THE RESERVE AT PLANTATION PALMS PRESENTS this popular St. Croix OPEN floorplan with 1,555 sf, 9’ ceilings, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a DEN & 2-car garage! Awesome curb appeal with lovely tropical landscaping welcomes you. A 10 x 12’ den near the front entry makes a perfect 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. The large master bedroom is situated at the rear of the home—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 & features a soothing & invigorating 4-person spa (high end made in Canada with 2 filtering elements & an oxygen generator) with flowering landscape & wooded views! Extras include a NEW TRANE A/C with UV light (2017), extra blown in attic insulation, reverse osmosis, all windows & doors offer shatter-proof security film & solar tint, subfloor in garage attic provides room for extra storage! Monthly maintenance fees cover the building exterior, roof replacement, landscape & community pool maintenance! Close to everything including Publix, pharmacies, restaurants, Land O Lakes Sports Complex, public library, a new Lowe’s & Tampa Prime Outlet Mall!!

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

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Tampa FL Home For Sale
3309 Keswick Court, Land O Lakes, FL  34638

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OAKSTEAD offers this 1,835 sf, 3-bedroom, 2 bath, 2-car garage home with huge extended lanai & NO BACKYARD NEIGHBORS! You’ll appreciate the gated entry & the nice curb appeal with freshly updated landscape & a covered entry. Step through the front door into the spacious living/dining room combo—the perfect place to entertain guests. Beautiful laminate floors throughout the main living areas are easy-care & compliment the neutral walls. The light, bright kitchen features 20” ceramic tile floors, a full appliance package including a NATURAL GAS range, closet pantry, WOOD CABINETS & stainless sink. A large pass through opens the kitchen to the 17x20’ family room with volume ceilings & laminate floors—perfect for people who like to cook and visit with family & friends at the same time. The master bedroom has volume ceilings & is situated at the rear of the home. The sparkling master bath offers dual sinks, a garden tub & separate walk-in shower! Two additional bedrooms share a full guest bath complete with tub/shower combination. You’ll love the 20x25’ extended screened lanai that is partially covered where you can enjoy conservation views & al fresco dining year-round! The lanai is pre-wired for a hot tub/spa. Extras include a newer HVAC just 3 years old & a water softener replaced 2 years ago. Oakstead offers one of the largest community pools in the area, an exercise room, community center & tennis courts! Top-rated schools, a new Publix & Lowes & the Tampa Prime Outlet Mall all nearby. Just 5 min to the Vet’s X-way!!

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

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Linda and Craig Nowicke
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14823 N. Dale Mabry
Tampa FL 33618
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