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Things to do in Tampa: The Best of Tampa Bay!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Best of Tampa Bay!

Join us at “Tampa’s Best Party!” This all-you-can-eat food and drink extravaganza boasts more than 50 participants including Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and caterers, and wine, liquor and craft beer tastings. Also, enjoy full open bars and 5 live bands for one all-inclusive price! Since its inception 33 years ago, Best of Tampa Bay, the Straz Center’s signature fundraising event, has generated more than $2.5 million for arts education programs. To view photos of the 2017 event, visit our Shutterfly account: strazcenter.shutterfly.com.

Supporting the arts never tasted so good!

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Date(s): April 21, 2018
Hours: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

LOCATION:

1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602 
https://www.tampasdowntown.com/events/best-of-tampa-bay-2/

The Pros and Cons of Solar Panels

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

If going green is important to you, you have probably considered installing a solar panel system to your home.  While solar is certainly a smart long-term investment that can reduce your solar footprint, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of solar power so you can make the right decision for your home. Making your home more energy efficient is always a good thing, but there are a lot of Solar Power Myths that are communicated via the media. Take time to do your research and educate yourself before purchasing a solar panel system!

PROS OF SOLAR ENERGY

-          Lowers electric bills -  This is the top benefit of using solar panels.  With solar power, you are generating your own electricity, thus becoming less reliant on your electric utility company.  This, in turn, reduces your electric bill.  Because solar panel systems generally last 25-30 years, you can save money on your electric bill for decades!

-          Improves the value of your home - Studies have shown that property values often increase after solar is installed.  So, even if you don’t plan on staying in your current home long term, you can still reap the financial benefits of your solar panel investment when you sell.

-          You can actually earn money using solar - Due to many Solar Incentives in the United States, solar panels not only generate bill savings, but also pay off in other ways.  Utilizing these incentives will allow you to be compensated for the electricity that your solar panels generate.

-          It will give you some control over rising energy costs - The cost of electricity has risen by about 5% over the past decade and that trend of rising electric costs is expected to continue.  However, the cost of solar has decreased more than 70% over the same ten years.  By installing solar panels now, you will avoid rising energy costs!

-          It reduces your carbon footprint and moves our country toward energy independence - This is what it’s all about, right?  Saving money is a wonderful thing, but saving our planet…that’s priceless. Using solar power benefits our environment and at the same time, moves our country toward transitioning away from fossil fuels and being heavily reliant on fossil fuel producers abroad.

CONS OF SOLAR ENERGY

-          Solar panels don’t work on every type of roof -  Because of the way solar panels are installed, not every type of roof will support them.  If you have an older or historic home that has a roof made from slate or cedar tiles, it can be challenging for solar to be installed.  Skylights and rooftop decks can also make solar installation difficult and costly.  There are other options, such as ground mounted solar panels or buying a share in a Community Solar Garden.  So, even if you can’t have panels installed on your roof, you can still take advantage of solar energy.

-          You may not get a return on your investment if you’re about to move - While solar is a great financial investment, it does take a while to break even on it.  If you’re planning to move within a few years, you may feel like they are an unworthy investment.  However, as stated in the pros above, solar does increase the value of your home.  So, if you buy your system with cash or a loan, you can still earn your money back when you sell your home.

-          If you already have low electric costs, your solar savings will be low as well -  Some people live in areas that low electric costs to begin with and in those cases a solar panel system won’t be nearly as attractive as it is to someone who pays a high electric rate.

-          Upfront costs can be intimidating -  The total out-of-pocket price for a solar panel system depends on many things, including tax credits, rebates, and the financing you use.  But the upfront cost can seem overwhelming, especially if you don’t qualify for a Zero-Down Solar Loan.  Many people will not even consider solar panels because they feel they just can’t afford the cost.  That’s why it’s important to do research and find out about solar financing options.

While rooftop solar panels aren’t the right choice for everyone, they clearly do provide many benefits to homeowners.  Going green and decreasing your carbon footprint can be done in many ways.  With our country moving toward clean energy, solar is one of the most consumer- friendly options.

If you’re thinking about selling your home now or in the future, the professionals at Tampa Realty Now can help you determine the value of installing solar panels.  Give them a call at 813-728-3880 or 813-675-5030 and let them answer your questions today!

Things to do near Tampa: 11th Annual Blueberry Festival at Keel & Curley

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

11th Annual Blueberry Festival at Keel & Curley

The 11th Annual Blueberry Festival will be on April 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd of 2018 at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City from 8AM-6PM. Enjoy U Pick Blueberries, Food and Drink vendors, Craft vendors, Kids Zones, and more. Live music will be held throughout.

Parking will cost $10. Admission is FREE.

LOCATION:

5210 Thonotosassa Rd.
Plant City, FL 33565 
http://www.keelandcurleywinery.com

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.

Picker Place - 4 Day Vintage Market/Plant City

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Picker Place - 4 Day Vintage Market/Plant City

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Come browse the unique, eclectic, one of a kind vintage treasures that our amazing Pickers have for you to discover at the Market!

Whether you are treasure hunting for vintage, upcycled, industrial, shabby chic, Old Florida, Americana, pop culture of yesteryear or just have an all around love of all things old you are sure to find something that piques your interest at our Vintage Market.

Picker Place Plant City is a twice monthly 4 Day Vintage Market located at 709 N Park Road, Plant City, FL 33563

Open Thursday through Sunday on the 1st and 3rd weekend of each month from 9 am to 6 pm.

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Date(s): April 5, 2018 - April 8, 2018
Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

LOCATION:

709 N Park Rd
Plant City, FL 33563 
http://pickerplace.com/

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!

604 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd: Bungalow in South Seminole Heights!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Tampa FL Real Estate For Sale
604 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tampa, FL  33603

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SOUTH SEMINOLE HEIGHTS -- ONE OWNER since 1948! Situated within the Tampa city limits this classic 1948 bungalow is a fixer upper that needs someone new to love it & give it a facelift. The interior is mostly original so be prepared to step back in time especially in the midcentury full bath. This 1,637 sf home has 2 bedrooms & 1 bath, a 1-car attached garage & is situated on a corner lot that is mostly fenced which means PLENTY of parking! The floor plan is centered around a wood burning fireplace which is the heart of the home. The homesite is a generous 79 wide x 122 deep! Buy this to fix up and live in, use it as an income property or redevelop/rezone the site for doctor’s, lawyer’s or dentist offices which are quiet neighbors surrounding this this home.

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 Real Estate For Sale
4314 Carrollwood Village Drive, Tampa, FL  33618

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HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER CARROLLWOOD VILLAGE PHASE 1 OFFERS THIS EXPANSIVE & COMPLETELY UDATED 3,544 SF, 4 BEDROOM, 3.5 BATH, 1-STORY POOL HOME. A double-door entry welcomes you into the foyer & acres of newer PORCELAIN TILE laid on the diagonal. The spacious living/dining room combination boasts CROWN molding & Spanish lace ceilings. The COMPLETELY UPDATED KITCHEN opens seamlessly to the family room & has extra-deep Level 4 GRANITE counters & backsplash, Shaker-style Espresso WOOD cabinets, PORCELAIN tile floors & high-end appliances including a new Bosch dishwasher! The 12x12’ breakfast nook offers plenty of room for a large table & chairs & has unobstructed views of the pool from 2 NEW sliding doors! The 16x25’ family room hosts a beautiful corner fireplace with updated tile accents. An 11x18 home office has both an interior & exterior entrance! The large master suite is an oasis with rich BAMBOO WOOD FLOORS, CROWN molding, 2 walk-in closets & its own access to the pool! The UPDATED MASTER BATH offers a dressing room with built-ins, a NEW walk-in shower, dual basins, GRANITE & wood cabinets. Three addt’l bedrooms share a large full bath with dual basins, GRANITE & wood cabinets! This home has 16 CLOSETS! BRICK PAVERS surround the SALT-WATER, SOLAR-HEATED pool with new PUMP, tile accents & a COMPLETELY UPDATED POOLSIDE BATH complete with walk-in shower & tankless hot water heater! NEW HIGH-E DUAL PANE WINDOWS THROUGHOUT! In the HEART OF CARROLLWOOD with the CULTURAL CENTER & PUBLIC/PRIVATE schools nearby.

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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Creative Ideas for Decorating Your Easter Table

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

If you are hosting friends and family for a holiday meal this weekend, here are some fun and inventive ideas for decorating your table.

NATURE INSPIRED ITEMS


Bring spring indoors with nature inspired items.  Tiny nests with robins’ eggs make whimsical holders for place cards. A colorful jar filled with pussy willows makes a simple, but charming centerpiece. Even a bowl filled with lemons and limes makes a colorful statement and livens up your table!

CARROT THEME


For a unique twist, use carrots to create a dazzling Easter table.  Create a centerpiece using fresh carrots and brightly colored flowers. Incorporate orange and white fabrics for napkins, placemats and your tablecloth.

MINIATURE DESSERTS


A wee martini glass filled with carrot cake is too cute!  To create the look, fill the glass with a layer of crumbled carrot cake.  Top it with a layer of cream cheese frosting, and repeat the layers. To finish the look, use orange and green icing to create a carrot shape, and tie an orange ribbon around the base of the glass.  Display the desserts on white dishes to make the orange color pop and you have a delightful addition to your table!

Martha Stewart Carrot Cake Recipe

A YUMMY CENTERPIECE


Creating a centerpiece can be easy and delicious!  Fill a flower pot with floral foam and imitation grass.  Then take miniature cupcakes and place them on skewers in the pot.  To make it even more colorful, use old fashioned candy sticks as your skewers.  Everyone will love this sweet centerpiece!

CITRUS ALFRESCO


Spring is an excellent time to bring you dining outdoors.  Combine florals with citrus accents such as oranges, lemons and limes to create an elegant and spring-like Easter table-scape. Serve fresh lemonade for the finishing touch!

Whether you go elegant, whimsical, rustic or colorful, decorating your Easter table does not need to be difficult or expensive.  You might be surprised by how many items you will find in your home and yard that you can use.  Be creative and have fun with it!

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Linda and Craig Nowicke
RE/MAX ACR Elite Group
14823 N. Dale Mabry
Tampa FL 33618
Linda: 813-728-3880
Craig: 813-675-5030
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