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Tampa FL Real Estate For Sale: 19210 Sunlake Blvd, Lutz, FL 33558

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Tampa FL Real Estate For Sale
19210 Sunlake Blvd, Lutz, FL  33558

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LOCATED IN ONE OF THE TOP-RATED SCHOOL DISTRICTS in Hillsborough county including STEINBRENNER HS this charming brick & block ranch-style home on 1/4 acres features A POOL, NEW WINDOWS & a METAL ROOF! At 2,139 sf with 4 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHS this home is large enough for the whole family! Entering from the brick paver front porch, the living/dining room combo boasts tile floors & crown molding with access to the POOL through double FRENCH DOORS. The UPDATED KITCHEN features GRANITE, WOOD cabinets with soft close drawers, CROWN molding, STAINLESS APPLIANCES, a GLASS BACKSPLASH & breakfast nook! The expansive 19x21’ family room with its brick, wood-burning fireplace is the perfect spot to entertain or for family time. The master bedroom with its updated full bath is situated at the rear of the home. Bedroom 2 is a whopping 10x23’ & features crown molding. Bedroom 3 has its own access to a full bath. At the opposite end of the home, Bedroom 4 has a full bath & makes a perfect guest suite! The parking pad has plenty of room for 6 cars in addition to the circle drive right in front of the home with additional parking. The expansive 38x44’ LANAI trimmed in BRICK PAVERS extends the living space & has a large covered area so you can dine alfresco year round! Enjoy a refreshing dip in the EXTRA-LARGE SCREENED INGROUND POOL complete with newer pool pump! Two A/C units--one is 2 years new. The backyard is FENCED & offers a newer shed--the perfect spot to store tools & yard equipment. All this PLUS NO HOA OR CDD FEES!!

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The Unexpected Costs of Selling a Home

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

You’re putting your house on the market and the idea is to MAKE money, not spend it.  But there are costs involved when selling a home that you might not anticipate.  Don’t let yourself be blindsided by these unexpected expenses:

  1. Utilities: You will need to keep your utilities running until closing.  Not only does it allow the Realtor to show that the home is fully operational, it also helps prevent other possible issues. For example, during hot, summer months having the A/C on will help to keep the home fresh and mold-free.  And of course, you want the utilities on for the buyer’s final walk through.  Your Realtor can help you decide when it is the right day to have the utilities turned off.

  2. Renovations and Repairs: Before putting your home on the market, you need to budget for any renovations and/or repairs that will need to be done.  Walls looking drab?  They will need a fresh coat of paint.  Stains on the carpet? You’ll want to give it a good steam cleaning.  There may be a lot of little things that need to be done, or there might be one or two major projects.  Either way, you’ll want to be prepared for the costs involved. Before getting started, do your homework and find out which home improvements get the best return on investment.

  3. Seller Credits to Buyer: If you don’t want to deal with repairs or renovations, it is possible to extend a seller credit to the buyer to compensate for the cost of fixing up the house. These credits are a loan option that allows buyers to finance their closing costs and, as a result, purchase the home with less cash down. But be aware that lenders cap the credit amount that a seller can extend to a buyer at 3% to 6% of the total mortgage.

  4. Staging Costs: When your house is on the market, you want it to get as much exposure to potential buyers as possible.  Great pictures and/or videos and descriptions of your home online are one of the most efficient ways to reach potential buyers. You may need to hire a professional home stager.  Costs to do this can range from a couple of hundred dollars to $5,000 or more, depending on what you request. At Tampa Realty; Craig does all our custom photography and videos! Take a look!

  5. Agent Commissions: Realtors are paid on commission.  They usually get 6 percent of the home’s sale price.  Generally, commission is split between the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent.  The home seller typically pays the commission fee, and therefore should take that into consideration when determining the asking price.

  6. Moving Costs: Make sure you include moving expenses in your budget when selling your house.  Hopefully you will get your asking price and make a nice profit on your home sale, but you should be prepared to cover your moving costs even if the house sells for less than you hope.


Take all home sale costs into consideration. Be sure to visit our Fit-To-Sell series to learn more about getting top dollar for your home.

Things to do in Tampa: 2017-2018 Winter Village

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

2017-2018 Winter Village

Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park, presented by USAmeriBank. Located along the Tampa Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages.

Ice Rink Information:

Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink welcomes families and friends to share in this holiday tradition with a view of the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk and Hillsborough River. Whether you are a first-timer, or an experienced skater, the Winter Village Ice Rink is a must-do activity this holiday season.

Holiday Market:

The Winter Village Shops feature over 20 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. This “pop-up” holiday shopping experience features decorative goods, apparel, handmade toys, jewelry, dog accessories, and more! Thanks to the generous support of PODS, each Winter Village Shop is held in a PODS container in a market-style layout. Visitors are encouraged to shop at the various boutiques during their visit, all while enjoying a beautiful view of the Hillsborough River.

Christmas Eve: 10:00am-4:00pm
Christmas Day: 4:00pm-9:00pm

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Date(s): December 7, 2017 - December 10, 2017
Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM


600 N Ashley Dr
Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Luxury Home Housing Report - November 2017

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)


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.

Tampa FL Real Estate For Sale: 19105 Saint Emilion Court, Lutz, FL 33558

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Tampa FL Real Estate For Sale
19105 Saint Emilion Court, Lutz, FL  33558

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SPECTACULAR ESTATE offers 5,163 sf with 5-bedrooms, 5 baths PLUS loft, bonus room & home office in the prestigious, gated golf community of Cheval. The double-beveled glass mahogany doors invite guests into the soaring living & dining room featuring a unique pocket-retractable glass wall with views of the brick-paver lanai & Pebble Tec pool & spa. You'll LOVE the Travertine floors, custom-cased windows & doors, enhanced baseboards, coffered ceilings & double-crown molding. The home office offers double doors & built-in display shelves. The chef-inspired kitchen blends seamlessly with the expansive family room & boasts 42” cabinets, quartz & granite, classic tile backsplash, 5-burner LG gas cooktop, built-in ovens, island with snack bar, stainless appliances, walk-in pantry & HUGE built-in storage cabinets. The breakfast nook's mitered window offers open views of the pool. The 1st floor master’s retreat offers separate walk-in closets & access to the pool. The master bath provides a soothing oasis with dual basins, quartz counters, garden bath, walk-in shower & custom built-ins. BR 2 on the 1st floor with its own full bath is the perfect guest room or nursery! Bedrooms 3 & 4 share a Jack n Jill bath, a large loft & a balcony that overlooks the pool & golf course. Bedroom 5 has an adjacent full bath & walk-in closet. The 17x31’ Bonus room over the 3-car garage is perfect for a home theatre or gym! Cheval offers easy access to the private CHEVAL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, ATHLETIC CENTER, TPC & top-rated schools!

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Modern or Contemporary? How to Tell the Difference

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

So, you think you like modern décor, or is it contemporary?  You may think the two styles are synonymous, but they are quite different.  If you are decorating your home, or if you’ve hired a decorator to do it for you, terminology matters!  It’s important to know the correct words to describe the look you are going for!  Here is how to tell the difference between modern and contemporary home décor styles.

Modern design was developed in the early to mid-twentieth century.  Highly influenced by Scandinavian and German Bauhaus design, it created a distinct style focused on simple form and function.  Then mid-century modern was developed in the 50s and 60s, but for most interior designers, the word “modern” covers both styles.  Modern spaces tend to follow specific style formats that emphasize balance and lean toward natural and warm neutral colors for decorating.

Contemporary design doesn’t refer to any specific time period. It is dynamic, changing to reflect current popular trends.  It borrows from other styles including modernism, minimalism and art deco. There are many variations in contemporary interior design and color palettes of brown, taupe, cream and white are featured, with splashes of color sometimes found on a single wall, rug or piece of art.

While the main differences between modern and contemporary are significant, there are similarities as well, which is why people often confuse them.  They both embrace simple, clutter free spaces with smooth, clean lines.  Furniture in both styles feature exposed legs, and reflective surfaces such as exposed metals and glass are popular in both. Neither utilizes ornate designs or dramatic elements.

Hopefully this has cleared up some confusion, but if you like elements of both styles, don’t despair.  Mix it up and have fun with it, because at the end of the day, the only style that matters is YOUR style!

Things to do in Tampa: Christmas in the Wild!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Christmas in the Wild!



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… as Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo transforms again into a world of festive holiday wonder for Christmas in the Wild! For 18 delightful nights, experience a merry and memorable evening with this unique holiday event. Only at the Zoo, can families be nose—to-horn with an Indian Rhino and then stroll hand-in-hand with Santa’s Elves. From the stunning sights of countless lights, the taste and scents of seasonal holiday treats and refreshments, the magic and enchantment of wildlife at night, Christmas in the Wild will offer guests of all ages a truly charming holiday experience.


More merriment awaits with dazzling entertainment, including carolers dressed in Dickens era costumes performing traditional classics as well as contemporary favorites, and holiday story time with Mrs. Claus. All-new this year, guests will be captivated by a 50-foot animated Christmas tree complete with 12,000 dancing lights, 2,000 ornaments, and an 8-ft star!


Wildlife will also get into the holiday spirit with special themed activities including Presents for Primates and Ornaments & Elephants. Guests will also have the opportunity to have an even closer look at our African penguins. All new this year, families will enjoy “Hazel’s Christmas Gift” a holiday themed animal show, featuring our famous animal ambassadors.


The big guy in red will return to Santa’s Village, which is situated in a new whimsical elf village.  Guests will have the opportunity to make reservations to ensure they don’t miss jolly St. Nick before he goes back to the North Pole. Other holiday themed areas include Holiday Hoedown, Polar Paradise and Candy Cane Lane!


When people think of the holidays, they think of delicious holiday treats! The Zoo’s Head Chef, Itza Henderson, has created a unique menu to satisfy every foodie’s taste buds. Savory dishes include braised short rib with smoked Gouda mac and cheese, S’mores bacon, an amazing holiday burger and much more. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s a variety of decadent desserts to indulge in from a selection of gourmet hot chocolates, peppermint mousse and deconstructed apple pie. A special beverage was also created for kids, they can sip on a frozen hot chocolate. Adults can add some spice to the evening with a candy cane martini or hot toddies.  Guests of all ages should get their appetites ready – they can only enjoy these dishes at Christmas in the Wild!

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Date(s): November 26, 2017 - November 30, 2017
Hours: 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM


1101 W Sligh Ave
Tampa, FL 33604

Things to do in Tampa: Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant's Christmas Tour

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant's Christmas Tour

Featuring THE VOICE winner, JORDAN SMITH!

Once again rekindling their synonymous holiday music magic, multi-platinum GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith will co-bill their popular symphony-filled Christmas tour this year, joined by Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” Incorporating a full symphony orchestra at each performance,

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith draw hundreds of thousands to their concerts each year and their joint Christmas tours have become some of the most anticipated holiday events of the season. With a vast collection of critically-acclaimed holiday albums between them, the 2016 Christmas tour will showcase selections from their extensive Christmas repertoires. Additionally, the Christmas tour will help benefit Operation Christmas Child, known for distributing over 135 million shoeboxes of Christmas gifts to children in need in 150 countries.

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Date(s): November 26, 2017
Hours: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


401 Channelside Dr
Tampa, FL 33602

Give Thanks by Giving Back This Holiday Season

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show how grateful we are by helping others in need.  Not everyone will spend the holidays in a warm home surrounded by loved ones, but those of us that will can make the season a little bit brighter by donating time, food and gifts to those less fortunate.  To make it a little easier for you to do so, here is a list of places where you can volunteer or make donations in the Tampa area:

Metropolitan Ministries - Hope is Here - It’s easy to help feed a family in need at Thanksgiving this year. Just click here and make a donation and it will be matched!  If you have time to give, you can volunteer at one of the many locations where Metropolitan Ministries helps the poor and homeless.  Help is needed all year long!

Make A Wish Foundation - This wonderful organization grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.  You can help in many ways: making donations, sponsoring a child, participating in promotions that benefit Make a Wish, and volunteering your time. Click here to discover the many volunteer opportunities available.

The Salvation Army - With a mission to serve the most vulnerable people in our community, the Salvation Army helps the less fortunate in many ways.  One way you can help this holiday season is by sponsoring a child through the Angel Tree Program.  Adopt an “angel” today and make Christmas a little brighter for a child in need.

Meals on Wheels Tampa - Meals on Wheels supports local seniors and homebound citizens.  Volunteers provide daily nutritious meals and much needed social interaction for people who might otherwise go hungry and lonely.  They also collect items for holiday gift bags to pass out to Meals on Wheels recipients.  Click here to find a list of desired items that are being collected and learn how to support your senior and homebound neighbors.

Things to do in Tampa: 15th Annual Planter's Ball

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

15th Annual Planter's Ball at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm