Estelia Mesimer's Blog Posts

Historic Preservation in the Old Northeast Neighborhood - St. Petersburg, FL

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, February 26, 2024: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyThe City of St. Petersburg has a landmarking program called the Local Register of Historic Places. It

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DIY Tips to Rid Your House of Musty Odors

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, February 19, 2024: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyWhether new or old, all homes have unique odors and smells that reflect the nature of the home and

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Upgrades that add value when selling your home

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, February 12, 2024: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyAccording to real estate experts, the value of a home can increase or decrease depending on any number

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St. Petersburg, FL – Arts and Culture Destination

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, January 29, 2024: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountySt. Petersburg’s arts and culture roots are firmly anchored by a collection of museums and

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Tips to Maximize Your Kitchen Space

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, January 22, 2024: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyLack of storage space and countertop workspace can be challenges in smaller kitchens, making every inch

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Color Choices for Your Home Office

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, January 15, 2024: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyWhile the concept of working from home is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic made the arrangement almost a

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Pet Owner Tips for Selling Your Home

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, January 8, 2024: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyAlthough pet owners are inclined to think their dogs or cats are nothing short of adorable, not all

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Family, Friends, and a Cozy Home Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Wishes

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Thursday, 12.21.2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyAs Christmas approaches and 2023 draws to an end, The Mesimer Team extends best wishes for a joyous

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6 Holiday Season Tips to Make a House Feel Like a Home

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, 12.18.2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyThe holiday season is a great time for entertaining and celebrating with family and friends, but it can also

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Pet Safety During the Holidays

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, December 11, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyWith the holiday season upon us, many pet owners include their furry companions in family festivities.

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Cross-Bay Ferry: St. Petersburg - Tampa

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday November 27, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyThe Cross-Bay Ferry, now in its seventh year, began service this year on October 15 and will run until

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The Importance of Being Thankful

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, November 20, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyOriginating with the Pilgrims as a harvest festival to celebrate the blessings of the year gone by,

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Allendale Terrace - St. Petersburg, FL

Post by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, November 13, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyThe City of St. Petersburg is a network of 130 neighborhoods, each with its own unique personality -

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St. Petersburg Lawn Bowling Club – St. Petersburg, FL

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, November 6, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyThe St. Petersburg Lawn Bowling Club opened its 2023-24 season last week (November 1st) and will

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Ghost Tours – St. Petersburg, FL

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, October 30, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyYou do not have to wait until Halloween to book a candlelight walking ghost tour of downtown St.

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Stage Your Home with Fall Flair

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, October 23, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyAutumn is in the air. And, if you are preparing your home to hit the market this fall, you might want

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Closing Costs for Buyers and Sellers in Florida

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, October 16, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyAccording to an article published by Bankrate (Closing costs in Florida), while Florida is known for a

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Create a Zen Home

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, October 9, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyZen home décor promotes calmness and balance - great for our mental wellbeing. The question is

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Maintain Your Home’s Resale Value

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, October 2, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyAccording to an article by National Mortgage News, “homeownership creates happiness for Americans

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Selling Your Home – From Setting the Price to Closing

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, September 25, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyWhen the time comes to sell your home you want to hire a real estate agent with a strong local

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Five Ways to Improve Your Home’s Selling Appeal

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, 9.18.2023 St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas County | Reprint from 11.16.2020 According to RE/MAX Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer, homeowners often ask how

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5 Home Renovations Homeowners Should Avoid

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, September 11, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyAs a homeowner it is necessary to pay for routine maintenance such as staining your deck, upgrading

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City of St. Petersburg: Hurricane Preparedness and Resources Available

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, September 4, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyWhile living in St. Petersburg offers many benefits and advantages, hurricanes and tropical storms are

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Capital Gains Tax on Selling Your Property

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, August 28, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyOnce the decision to sell their home is made, every homeowner wants to realize as much money as possible

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6 Home Organization Tips as Kids Head Back to School

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, 8.21.2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyAs August quickly winds down, many of us find ourselves preparing for a new school - adjusting to a new school

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Home Improvements to Increase Your Home’s Value

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, 8.14.2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyAs you plan a home improvement project, it is important to know what upgrades will bring you the best rate of

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Easy Living - Bayway Isles, St. Petersburg, FL

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, August 7, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyBayway Isles, a private, 24-hour guarded, deed restricted island community, is home to approximately 200

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City of St. Petersburg, FL – Neighborhood Grants and Credits for Property Owners

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, July 1, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyTo improve and enhance the quality of life in its neighborhoods and communities, the City of St. Petersburg

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It’s All about Barbie!

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, July 24, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyUnless you’ve been living under a rock, the biggest buzz this week has been about Director Greta

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What Is Your Home Worth?

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, July 17, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyIf you are planning to place your home on the market, one of the most important factors in making a quick

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5 Tips to Selling Your Home

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday July10, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyAccording to real estate experts, in general selling a house can be easier than buying one, especially in a

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Real Estate Title Search – What is it?

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, July 3, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyCongratulations. You searched and searched and finally found the home of your dreams. But, do you know

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St. Petersburg, FL – Shuffleboard Club

Post by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, June 26, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyThe St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club was founded on the northeastern shores of Mirror Lake in 1924 on

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Pitfalls of Turning Home Equity into Cash

Posted previously by Sharon Fennell Kennedy on Monday, July 6, 2021 St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyIn an article published in June 2021 in USA Today Sheila C. Bair, Fannie Mae Board Chairwoman,

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Sell Your Home Faster and for More Money with a Realtor

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, June 12, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountySelling a home can be an upsetting or uplifting experience. It can be overwhelming or exciting – it

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Homeowners Guide to a Low-Maintenance Yard

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, June 5, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyLandscaping can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your property. In fact, it is one of the

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Splish-Splash - St. Petersburg Seasonal Neighborhood Pools Are Now Open

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, May 29, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyThe City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department, nationally accredited by the Commission for

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Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, May 22, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountySelling a house is much more than putting a “For Sale” sign on your front lawn. It can be a

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Real Estate Values – Ups and Downs

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, May 15, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyGetting an appraisal is an important part of buying or selling a house. Appraisals, conducted by licensed

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Gas Powered Leaf Blowing – It’s Impact on the Environment

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, May 8, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyWhile gardeners, landscapers and some homeowners love the efficiency of gas-powered leaf blowers, do you

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City of St. Petersburg, FL – A Golfer’s Paradise

Posted by: Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, May 1, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyThe City of St. Petersburg owns and operates three public golf courses filled with natural beauty and

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6 Advantages of Home Ownership

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, April 24, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyBuying a home comes with high upfront costs and is one of the biggest financial decisions most people.

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Water Conservation in St. Petersburg, Florida

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, April 17 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyApril is one of the driest months of the year in Florida. In St. Petersburg, residents and businesses are

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Finding the Right Neighborhood

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, April 10, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountyWhen looking to buy a new home an important question to ask yourself is: “Where do I want to live?

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Guide to Acquiring the Perfect Home for First-Time Buyers

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, April 3, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas County Daydreaming about owning your home and actually putting your money where your daydream is can be a

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Bicycle Friendly City - St. Petersburg, FL

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, March 27, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas County St.Petersburg is recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly City

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Historic Neighborhoods - St. Petersburg, FL

Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, March 20, 2023: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas CountySt. Petersburg’s original economic boom happened almost 100 years and resulted in an abundance

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Business Friendly St. Petersburg, FL

According to WalletHub.com, the Tampa Bay region has proven to be one of the best metro areas in the country to start a business. Their survey ranks Tampa number 5 and St. Petersburg number 14 based

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St. Petersburg’s Love of Trees

St. Petersburg holds the distinction of being the top-ranked city in the state for biking, is ranked  third in the state for walkability, and since 1986, the city has been awarded the Tree City

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Best Interior Paint Colors When Selling Your Home

Most real estate experts agree that painting your home’s interior before putting it on the market could raise the sale price by one to three percent. Painting the interior is a great way to

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How to Increase Your Home’s Value with a Beautiful Lawn

In a prior blog I talked about the benefit of mature landscaping and landscaping with trees, including how it adds instant curb appeal to your home. The same holds true for a lush green lawn.

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Mature Landscaping – What Is It?

You may have seen real estate property descriptions citing “mature landscaping”. In layman’s terms mature landscaping refers to ornamental trees, shrubs, and other plants that are

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10 “Must Dos” before Selling Your Home

Before putting your home on the market, it is imperative to know how to make the best presentation. First impressions cannot be overstated when it comes to real estate. And, who knows better about

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Green Interior Home Designs

A sustainable home is defined as one that has the least possible negative impact on the environment, meaning its energy efficiency, reduces pollution, avoids environmental toxins, and uses materials

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Choosing a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home in a Changing Market

The real estate market is constantly changing, and you want an agent with a strong local presence, someone who knows the community and is experienced in pricing properties and negotiating sales. In

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10 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Condo

Living in a condominium eliminates many of the stresses that come with homeownership. Condo living affords a maintenance free lifestyle and luxury amenities such as a pool, work-out gym, or tennis

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2023 Year of the Rabbit Feng - Shui Real Estate Tips

The Chinese New Year 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, starting from January 22nd, 2023 and lasting until February 9th, 2024. The Rabbit occupies the fourth position in the Chinese horoscope and is a

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Cleaning and Organizing Your Home in the New Year

Starting a new year with an organized, uncluttered home is one of the best resolutions a homeowner can make. Experts say getting rid of excess things, such as clothes, shoes, newspapers, books,

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Probate Real Estate: Everything You Need to Know

The process of selling real estate through probate or trust involves a series of court-regulated steps that must be carefully monitored and managed. Managing a probate real estate transaction takes

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Condo Insurance and Why You Need It

When you own a condominium, you do not own the land it situated on, but you still need insurance for your individual unit and personal belongings as well as coverage for problems not covered by your

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First Block - St. Petersburg, FL.

Image courtesy of https://www.preservetheburg.org/ Preserve the ‘Burg, formerly known as the St. Petersburg Preservation Society, has worked tirelessly for more than forty years to protect the

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Real Estate Selling Etiquette for Dog Owners

In 2022, nearly 70-percent of households in the United States, some 90.5 million households, include owning at least one pet. Of those 90.5 million households, 69 million own at least one dog,

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St. Pete PAWS – A Pet-Friendly Initiative

As we continue to celebrate “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month, I am reminded of St. Petersburg’s PAWS initiative which promotes happy, healthy, pets and pet families at home, as well as in the city

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Bicycle Friendly St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly City for its attention to promoting, educating, and investing in bicycle friendliness. The

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Adopt a Shelter Dog Month – October 2022

October is the month every year when we turn our hearts toward the hopeful dogs waiting to find forever homes during “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month”. Community shelters across the country and right

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8th Annual St. Petersburg SHINE® Mural Festival – October 2022

Image courtesy of https://stpeteartsalliance.org Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s SHINE® St. Petersburg Mural Festival scheduled for October 14 to 23, 2022. This internationally

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Downtown Aviation - St. Petersburg, FL

The Albert Whitted Airport is located at the edge of downtown St. Petersburg, overlooking Tampa Bay. Opened in the summer of 1929, it is owned and operated by the city and was named after St.

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Great St. Petersburg, FL Neighborhoods

St. Petersburg is home to nearly 100 broad and diverse neighborhoods. Many are represented by Neighborhood Associations; some, but not all, are Community of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) members

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St. Petersburg, FL – World-Renowned Museums

Rated as a top arts and cultural destination among cities its size, St. Petersburg is home to world-renowned museums that offer a wide range of educational and cultural experiences for residents and

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Tips to Getting the Best Mortgage Rate

The process of getting a home loan differs from getting a car loan. It requires shopping around and researching lenders and rates. This takes time and energy, but not shopping around can cost you

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St. Petersburg, FL Parks System – Ranks #1 in the State

In 2021, The Trust for Public Land, a non-profit organization with a mission to "create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come", ranked the

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Garage Apartments – New Twist

Last month News10 Tampa Bay featured an article titled, “St. Petersburg approves expansion of 'mother-in-law suites' to address housing crisis”. (Eric Glasser, July 15, 2022) An accessory

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St. Petersburg, FL – A Guide to Distinctive Neighborhoods

Whether you are looking for a waterfront home or condo, a Mediterranean revival style home from the 1920s, Florida ranch, Craftsman-style or contemporary, St. Petersburg has an option to fit every

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Exterior Home Improvements that Can Add Value to Your Home

Thinking of listing your home? An inviting exterior is a necessity. It says, “Welcome. Won’t you please step in?” Upgrades to make your home more appealing HomeLight (https://www.homelight.com

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Home Office Benefits

While the concept of working from home is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the arrangement almost a necessity, leaving homeowners the option of either reconfiguring existing space or building

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Bayway Isles – St. Petersburg, FL

Bayway Isles - Photo Courtesy of realtor.com Bayway Isles is a private, 24-hour guarded, deed restricted island community that is home to approximately 200 families. It is comprised of two islands

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Preserve the ‘Burg Preservation Awards -2022

On Wednesday, April 27th, The Preserve the ‘Burg 2022 Preservation Awards event was held at the Palladium Theater. The presentation ceremony takes place every other year and kicks off

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Home Warranties – What are the Pros and Cons?

Perhaps you’ve seen television ads for home warranties where companies tout plans for less than a dollar per day and paid actors tell us life at home has been worry free knowing they have coverage

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St. Petersburg, FL – What’s Fueling It

The city of St. Petersburg ranks as one of the top places to live and work in the country. Its lively downtown is home to independently owned businesses, murals, museums, and art galleries. With a

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Eight DIY (Do-it-yourself) Mistakes

If you are an accomplished DIYer at home improvements, you already know what it takes to plan, implement and complete a project. However, nearly 80% of homeowners make mistakes when attempting to

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St. Pete’s EDGE District

The EDGE District is one of downtown St. Petersburg’s most walkable and vibrant neighborhoods. Bounded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, 16th Street and First Avenues North and South, the

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Residential Real Estate and Commercial Real Estate – What’s the Difference?

In simple terms, residential real estate is all single and family type buildings created solely for the purpose of living; commercial real estate is an umbrella term that includes retail, office,

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Home Insurance – Why You Need It

According to an article written in US News (https://www.usnews.com/insurance/homeowners-insurance/how-to-buy-homeowners-insurance), homeowners insurance covers damages or losses to your home,

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Affordable Housing – St. Petersburg, FL

According to Florida Realtors' year-end report, at the end of 2021 the statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes was $348,000, 20% more than the previous year. The median

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National Historic Preservation Month

Preservation Month began as National Preservation Week in 1973. In 2005, the National Trust extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even

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Historic Mirror Lake Neighborhood – St. Petersburg, FL

Courtesy of greenbenchmonthly.com The Historic Mirror Lake neighborhood of St. Petersburg is bounded by 8th and 4th Streets and 1st and 5th Avenues North. History According to Preserve the Burg,

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Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - St. Petersburg, FL

Image courtesy of Wandering Florida Originally a zoo and botanical garden, the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a 245-acre protected area that has since come to include natural habitats and wild

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Simple Improvements to Help You Sell Your Home

If you are considering selling your home in the near future and want to get the best price for it, you will need to take time to get it ready. The first step is to look at your home objectively –

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April Is Water Conservation Month

In her monthly newsletter St. Petersburg District 6 City Council member Gina Driscoll reminds us that every resident, visitor and business plays a role in conserving St. Petersburg’s water,

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Home Appraisal: What It Is and How Much It Costs

A home appraisal is a process through which an unbiased, licensed, third party real estate appraiser determines the fair market value of a home. An appraisal can confirm to you and your mortgage

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Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Spring cleaning has historical roots that go back to when homes were heated with fires and kerosene. At the end of the long winter season the houses were filled with soot and grime – hence the

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Outdoor Living Trends

Call it an unintended consequence, but the COVID-19 global pandemic helped to create one of the biggest home improvement categories ever – backyard living space. An article in Forbes Magazine

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Estate Sale Planning Tips to Make Your Life Easier

Whether you are moving, downsizing, clearing out an inherited property or just plain decluttering, an estate sale can make the process go smoother and earn you cash at the same time. However,

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Preserve the ‘Burg – Driftwood Historic District

Preserve the ‘Burg, formerly known as St. Petersburg Preservation, is a non-profit organization that has worked for more than forty years to protect the city’s history. Their mission is to

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Petscaping – Making Your Yard Dog Friendly

Petscaping is a way to landscape your yard to ensure it is a fun and safe area for your pets to play in. The idea is to create an enjoyable yard that takes into account the interests of both two

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Cycling and Walking Trails – St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg holds the distinction of being the top-ranked city in the state for biking, according to a PlacesForBikes City Ratings. The results are largely driven by the city’s improvements in

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Price Reduction: When Is the Right Time to Lower the Price of Your Home?

We are in a seller’s market which means there is a higher demand for homes than there is inventory. Despite this fact, however, if your home is not priced right chances are it won’t sell.

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Cash Offer: What Is It and How It’s Used

A cash offer is an all-cash bid that indicates a buyer wants to purchase the property without a mortgage loan or other financing, and is especially relevant in a busy seller’s market. Sellers find

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Florida Real Estate Portability – What Is It?

In November 2020, Florida voters statewide voted to guarantee homesteaded property owners always receive a minimum of two years to transfer (port) their "Save Our Homes" Benefit, effective January,

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson – Father of Black History

RANDY DUCHAINE / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO In 1926 Dr. Francis Cooper, celebrated historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, had

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Understanding Deed Restricted Communities

A deed-restricted community is one in which a homeowners' association (HOA) outlines and enforces rules. Those rules can regulate the way the neighborhood or subdivision looks and the way the

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Keepers and Tossers Paper Guide When Downsizing Your Home

When you make the decision to downsize to a smaller home, you will need to rethink your piles of paper. This is especially important if you are moving from a home with a large home office to one

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STOP! Mistakes to Avoid When Listing Your Home

Selling a home can be a complicated, time-consuming and emotionally challenging process. After all “home is where the heart is”, and selling a beloved home can feel like years of memories and a

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