Tampa Real Estate and Community News

Dec. 7, 2020

Blanket Tampa Bay: Help Us Help the Needy

We’re donating blankets to Tampa Bay’s needy, and we want your help.

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Here’s a super simple way each of us can make a difference here in the Tampa Bay area: Help us donate blankets to the needy. This year, we’re helping an organization called Blanket Tampa Bay, and they’ve set a lofty goal to collect 3,000 blankets to distribute to the homeless on Christmas Eve. This will go a long way in making the holiday season a little brighter for those less fortunate, especially as our nights get chilly.

We have a blanket collection box right here in our office at 18302 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy #110, Tampa. We’re looking for clean, gently-used, or new twin-size blankets (no comforters please). We would truly appreciate your help; we’re collecting blankets until December 18. I know we’re all busy, so if you can’t get your blanket donation to our office, call, text, or private message me, and someone on our team will come to pick them up from your home.

“This will go a long way in making the holiday season
a little brighter for those less fortunate.”

Every single one of us can make a difference, so we would love your help. Check out Blanket Tampa Bay’s website; they also accept financial donations.

We wish every one of you a blessed holiday season. If you need anything or have questions, we’re always here for you. Call or email us anytime. We would love to be your real estate resource.

Nov. 19, 2020

Is It Too Late to Sell Your Home in 2020?

Here’s why sellers should take advantage of the last two months of 2020.

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November and December 2020 are especially good times to enter the Tampa real estate market, and there are three main reasons why:

1. The Tampa area is busier than ever during the holidays. Our city always welcomes a large swell of visitors at the end of the year, and though the reasons for their visits vary greatly, many of them are looking to make some headway on home shopping while they’re here. If, for example, you’re wanting to relocate to be closer to family in Tampa, what better time to shop than when you’re visiting them for Thanksgiving or Christmas?

2. People look for homes during their time off. Even some of Tampa’s hardest working residents have time off during the holidays, and they’re choosing to use some of that time to shop for a home.

3. Inventory is incredibly low. It’s common for inventory to drop off a bit around these last two months of the year, but right now, inventory is as low as it’s ever been. Plenty of people are still shopping right now, so the leverage remains with Tampa sellers.

“Many holiday visitors are looking to make some headway
on home shopping while they’re here.”

If you’re interested in selling but just aren’t sure if there’s still enough time to sell quickly and get top dollar, give us a call. We’d love to chat with you and explain why you still have time to maximize your home sale.

Lastly, as we approach Thanksgiving, we just wanted to let you know that we at The Tampa Home Group are truly grateful for you and your support; we will be working through the holidays, and we’d be honored to help with whatever real estate needs you may have.

Nov. 4, 2020

What Can the Knock Home Swap Program Do for You?

The Knock Home Swap program will help you buy first and sell later.

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Here at Tampa Home Group, we’re always looking for ways to make our clients’ lives easier and identify solutions to the issues they face. Today’s real estate market is very competitive for buyers, and many of them are finding that the homes they’re interested in are going under contract with multiple offers. Therefore, getting the home you want can be quite a challenge if you have to sell your current home first.

Enter the Knock Home Swap program. As Keller Williams New Tampa agents, we have exclusive access to this program, are some of the only agents in the entire state of Florida who can offer you this program. Knock is a lender who will let you write an offer for a home you want to buy without requiring you to sell your current house first. They’ll loan you the existing equity in your home (up to 10% of the price of the new home you’re buying) so you can cover the down payment for your new house. After you’ve closed on that home and moved in, you’re free to list your first property on the open market and get full market value for it. This isn’t an iBuyer situation where you’re required to sell the home below its market value.

Knock will even cover up to six months of your previous mortgage so you won’t have to make two mortgage payments. Additionally, they’ll loan you up to $25,000 worth of equity so you can prepare your original home for the market and ensure it sells for top dollar.

“Knock will let you write an offer for a home you want to buy without requiring you to sell your current home first.”

If you’d like to know more about this program or have other real estate needs my team and I can assist you with, don’t hesitate to call or email me. We’d love to help you.

Sept. 28, 2020

Why 2020’s 4th Quarter Looks Great for Tampa Home Sellers

In this short video, Tampa Home Group’s John Hoffman explains that in real estate, the fourth quarter is always a good time for Tampa Home Sellers since typically, inventory is low and buyers are serious. In 2020, the fourth quarter is an even more spectacular time for Tampa home sellers to sell their homes since inventory is already low (and expected to go even lower) while the number of buyers is predicted to stay the same.

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Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 21, 2020

Tampa Home Group TV: Maria Hoffman and John Hoffman Sep 21, 2020

Local real estate experts John & Maria Hoffman keep you up to date on relevant topics in Tampa Bay area real estate.

Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 2, 2020

Tampa Home Group TV: Maria Hoffman and Ken Ynes Talk Unique Advantages for Home Buyers in 2020

Right now, inventory is low, and Tampa mortgage rates are HISTORICALLY LOW. That means that this seller’s market has some UNIQUE advantages for home buyers. Listen to Ken and Maria talk about what home buyers have in their favor, and how serious buyers can best position themselves to win.

Posted in Market Updates
June 15, 2020

Tampa Home Group at Keller Williams Realty Offers You the Latest Technology

During these critical times, HOME has never been more important to all of us.  We're excited to be now providing you with exciting & powerful technology created by Keller Williams to make buying and selling a home easier than ever. With interest rates at record lows, we can help you find and secure the perfect home, even from the convenience of your own couch! Subscribe to our You Tube channel for continued local updates and opportunities.

June 4, 2020

Helping a Senior Loved One Make a Move

Our senior loved ones are precious, and when life circumstances change, and it’s time to make a move… whether it’s to live with family, closer to family, or downsize to a smaller home, or assisted living, it can be an overwhelming, and often emotional, task. Fortunately, there is so much help to be had. Here at Tampa Home Group, we've been helping our valued clients make these moves easy for years.  Today I’m sharing an interview with Jenny Loktu of Tender Care Move Management. If you’d like to know more about the special services she provides, check out our video.

May 8, 2020

The Latest Good News in Tampa

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! We're sending a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the moms and honorary mothers...aunts, caregivers, nurses, teachers...all of you doing the important work of mothers...we love and appreciate you!
FLORIDA IS REOPENING As you know, this past week, the State of Florida has started to reopen its restaurants, beaches, parks and stores...gradually and with guidelines in place, and the sun is shining! The resourcefulness of our Tampa Bay citizens is impressive as we continue to move forward.
NEW SALES ARE TRENDING UP... the Tampa Bay real estate numbers may surprise you...we've had 1,711 new pending residential sales in the last 7 days here in our Hillsborough/Pasco/Pinellas county market, up substantially from some of the previous weeks, where we were seeing 900, 1000,1200 sales a week.
WE'RE COMMITTED TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR GREAT CLIENTS...Here at Tampa Home Group, we're bringing buyers and sellers together and closing transactions at a rate that is outpacing our market. We have taken the opportunity to upgrade every aspect of our service to provide you with safe and successful solutions to buying and selling homes. We've invested in the very latest technology including 3-D Matterport tours, video walkthroughs, and virtual meetings to make the process simpler than ever. We're advising our clients on the best ways to structure contracts to protect their interests.
WITH A WAVE OF BUYERS & SELLERS PREPARING TO HIT THE MARKET... NOW is the time to contact us if you'd like help designing a personalized gameplan to meet your goals. Despite the headlines, real estate is local, so we'll discuss what's happening in YOUR neighborhood.
WONDERING WHAT'S OPEN? Here are some links you can check out ... What's open in Tampa Bay City of Tampa website is a great reference www.tampagov.net

If you have any real estate questions or plans, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at (813) 907-2555.

April 23, 2020

More Homes Than Ever Selling Virtually in Tampa Bay

We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. Now more than ever, we're here for you. The Tampa Real Estate Market is still active, with more homes selling virtually than ever. This past week, demand is outpacing supply, and prices are holding steady. We are committed to providing you the service you deserve to get your home sold or help you to buy. We have personally pended & closed 30 home sales in the new COVID-19 environment since mid March, following all safety guidelines. Watch our latest video and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to stay informed.