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Things to do in Tampa: Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival 2017

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival 2017

Saturday, August 26th is the second Tampa Bay Indian Music and Dance Festival 2017. Organized by the Shruti Foundation, this family-friendly festival celebrates the rich Performing arts culture of India- through Music and Dance. World Class Artists performing on Violin, Sitar, SInging , Tabla, Mridangam , Harmonium and Dance will showcase their talents at the Auditorium of HIndu Temple of Florida, Tampa. There will be Indian Food and Vendors.

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Date(s): August 26, 2017
Hours: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Admission: $15 - $45

Location:

5509 Lynn Rd. 
Tampa, FL 33624 
(813) 549-9288
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tampa-bay-indian-music-dance-festival-2017-tickets-36128755079

Deal Breakers for Home Buyers

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

When trying to sell your house, you want to make the best possible impression on potential buyers.  While some buyers will say that they knew a house was right for them the minute they walked in the door, other buyers will tell you they knew immediately that a house was NOT right for them. Sometimes deal-breakers are personal, but often they apply to many and can damage your chances of a profitable sale (or any sale at all).  Avoid these deal-breakers to get the best deal when you sell:

  • Pests - It seems obvious that people would be turned off by seeing bugs in a home, right?  But sometimes homeowners get used to having “bug problems” and don’t think about how they might negatively influence buyers.  Seeing one or two bugs, like maybe a fly or random little spider, might not be that big of a deal. But if a roach crawls out while people are looking at your house? Forget it.  They are out of there!  If you have any kind of infestation, you need to nip it in the bud before you start showing your house.
  • Pets - Just because you love your pets and consider your home very “pet friendly” does not mean other people feel the same way.  There are a myriad of reasons why having pets can hurt your home sale.  Sometimes it’s simply that animals make people nervous.  Taking your pets out of the home during showings can solve that problem.  But other things, such as visible food bowls, kitty litter boxes etc. can turn off people who don’t live with animals.  And any kind of pet odors can do a lot of damage as well.  It is a good idea to make sure your house is free of any pet paraphernalia and pet odors before opening it up to buyers.
  • Small/Outdated Kitchens - Big, open kitchens are one of the most desirable features for homebuyers.  If you have a cramped, closed off kitchen, updating it before you put it on the market will be well worth it.  Not only will you be able to sell it faster, you will get a better price for it and odds are you will likely recoup the money you spent sprucing it up and then some.
  • Cheap Upgrades - Poor quality shows.  While you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a house that you are leaving, you also don’t want to hurt your chances of selling it by making cheap upgrades and repairs that are poorly done.  Unless someone is looking for a “fixer upper”, they are going to lose interest quickly if they see a lot of shoddy upgrades.
  • The Roof - A roof in bad condition will scare away potential buyers quickly.  The idea of buying a house and immediately having to foot the bill for a new roof is not appealing.  If your roof is old or in need of repair/replacement, take care of it before putting your house on the market.  Otherwise, expect to have to lower your asking price.  A new roof will not only improve resale value, it will also boost curb appeal, both of which will increase your chances of selling and getting the best price possible!

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GATED PLANTATION PALMS OFFERS THIS POPULAR 2,646 sf RYLAND floor plan on a large .25 acres that features a SPARKLING POOL & SPA, 4 BR, 2.5 BR & 3-CAR GARAGE! The foyer with volume ceilings is flanked by a sitting area & dining space. The SUPER-SIZE family room & kitchen combination with easy-care laminate flooring is the heart of the home. The efficiently-designed kitchen with ample storage & counter space features STAINLESS APPLIANCES incl newer LG Refrigerator & microwave, 42” MAPLE CABINETS, Granite, island, TRAVERTINE backsplash & a walk-in pantry! 1st floor guest bath offers granite counters & stainless sink. NEW CARPETS on 2nd level incl the stairway! The Master Bedroom has a double-door entry, cathedral ceilings, sitting area, BAMBOO FLOORS, & 2 walk-in closets! The spa-like master bath has TRAVERTINE floors, garden tub, walk-in shower, dual sinks & a linen closet! Bedrooms 2 & 3 have cathedral ceilings & share a full bath with dual sinks, tile floors, wood cabinets & upgraded lights. Extra large bedroom 4 with its cathedral ceiling could double as a bonus room, media room or home office! Two NEW A/C units!! The extended lanai with its SPARKLING HEATED POOL with RAISED SPA is trimmed in brick pavers! Plantation Palms offers 18 holes of championship golf, a new miniature golf course & newly designed clubhouse with full service restaurant with nightly specials. The Land O Lakes Sports Complex with baseball & soccer fields, tennis courts, skateboard park & library is 5 minutes away!

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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SPECTACULAR!!! Popular 3,131 sf Wolcott model offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths & BONUS ROOM with 2 LARGE CLOSETS—or BEDROOM 5! This 3-CAR GARAGE home with NEW INTERIOR & EXTERIOR SW PAINT is situated on a PREMIUM CUL-DE-SAC HOME SITE with sweeping views of 3 PONDS & CONSERVATION! The SPARKLING BRICK PAVER SALTWATER pool features PEBBLE TEC interior & Variable Low-E pump—the backyard is FULLY FENCED! Acres of wide plank laminate floors greet you as you step into the foyer. The KITCHEN that blends seamlessly with the 15x18’ family room is a feast for the eyes with 42” MAPLE CABINETS, GRANITE, STAINLESS, ISLAND, 2 WALK-IN PANTRIES & Breakfast bar! A large BEDROOM WITH ADJACENT FULL BATH is located on the 1st floor. Ascend the stairs & step into the HUGE 12 x 24’ BONUS room (builder plan shows this as BRs 5 & 6) with 2 closets! The SPACIOUS 19x19’ master bedroom has its own sitting area. The master bath features Maple cabinets, upgraded mirrors & lights, 2 walk-in closets, dual sinks, garden tub, linen closet & walk-in shower! Bedrooms 3 & 4 share a beautifully updated full guest bath with granite, maple & upgraded lights. You’ll love the NEW LOW-E, DUAL PANE WINDOWS & DOORS, the GEOTHERMAL Hot Water Heater, NEW TILE in ALL OF THE WET AREAS, new CARPET on 2nd level & built-in CLOSET ORGANIZERS in ALL BEDROOMS! PLANTATION SHUTTERS ADORN THE FRONT & SIDE WINDOWS. THE 15 & 13 SEER ENERGY EFFICIENT A/Cs feature 2 NEST THERMOSTATS & are <5 years old with a 10-year maintenance contract. MUST SEE TO BELIEVE!

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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Back to School - Establishing a Morning Routine

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

With kids heading back to school, it can be challenging to transition from a summer schedule to a more demanding school year schedule.  Establishing a morning routine will help keep everyone organized.  Here are some tips for creating an effective routine for your family:

  1. Set a time for waking up on school mornings and stick to it.  Consistency is key.  By waking up at the same time every day you will develop a pattern of wakefulness and sleepiness each day.  It’s equally important to go to bed the same time every night, especially for young children who 10 to 11 hours of sleep.  Once you have determined what time your kids need to get up to get ready for school, you can then easily determine what time they need to go to bed.
  2. Prepare for each day the evening before.  Make sure that school bags are packed up and placed in a designated spot to be picked up the next morning.  Have your children choose their outfits the night before as well. Plan for lunches if your children will be bringing them from home. Have them ready to grab and go. Get the day off to a good start by having everything organized and ready to go.
  3. Create a “to do” list for your children that includes everything they need to do before leaving for school; brushing teeth, getting dressed, putting on shoes, eating breakfast etc.  You can find free printable charts here or you can have your children make their own.  Place it where you know they will see it first thing every day.
  4. Make sure you leave enough time for a healthy breakfast.  Any breakfast is better than none, but try to avoid having sugary sweets for breakfast every day.  Your kids need fuel for their bodies and minds in order to be successful at school. 
  5. Leave the house with plenty of time to get to the bus stop (or school, if you are driving).  Arriving to school calmly and with time to spare sets a positive tone for the day.

Setting a consistent routine will make mornings more pleasant and the school day more successful!

 

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Things to do in Tampa: Kai Water Fitness

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Kai Water Fitness - Downtown Tampa