What is the Tampa Bay Area?

tampa-bay.jpgPeople sometimes ask me “what do you mean Tampa Bay?” — “is that a city?” What the heck does the term Tampa Bay mean anyway? Glad you asked! Let me explain. Tampa, of course, is our most well known city in this area. But, certainly there is a lot more to this area than just Tampa. We have the glorious beaches of Clearwater, the museums and night life of St. Petersburg — just to name a few. There are many more cities around Tampa that you may have never heard of. But, the Tampa Bay area is a large land mass that consists of Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Pasco County, and even many people now consider Hernando County as part of the Tampa Bay area. Right in between Tampa and Clearwater is the Tampa Bay. It’s a small body of water compared to the Gulf of Mexico but on any given day you will find many boaters and fishermen in the bay having a great time. So, the Tampa Bay area got it’s name taking into consideration the land area that surrounds this body of water. You can see a larger map that grapically describes this explanation on our Tampa Bay Subdivisions section of our website.

Mortgage Rates are Down in Tampa Bay ~ Jan 2008

Attention good credit Tampa Bay buyers!!! News flash from one of our preferred lenders here in the Tampa Bay area:

An A+ borrower can get a 30 year loan for 5.875% today. That’s good news!
–Dave Hoyt with Advanced Home Mortgage.

Search the MLS from our website, or send us an inquiry and we will get you in touch with Dave for the pre-approval process. It’s a great time to buy a home and now get a great rate on your mortgage. Don’t delay!

Happy New Year! Pinellas Low fixed rate mortgages are available!

newyear.jpgPinellas County Housing Finance Authority wants to make your New Year Happy! And happy it will be if you qualify for their new program that offers low 6.1 percent fixed rate, 30-year mortgages to residents wanting to purchase a new home in Pasco, Pinellas or Polk counties. Certain conditions apply but don’t hesistate to call (800) 806-5154 to get all the details. If you have owned a home in last three years you may not qualify but don’t dismay, we can refer you to one of our preferred lenders who will work hard to find a mortgage that is right for you.

Don’t put off taking advantage of the current Tampa buyer’s market and the lower than average home sale prices we have to offer in today’s real estate market. There’s never been a better time to buy a home in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. And, once we get the financing and the preapproval process out of the way, we can help you find your new home.

Contact the Pinellas County Community Development and Housing Finance Authority, which is dedicated to assuring that financing for affordable housing remains available, at (727) 464-8210 or visit Housing Finance Authority

St. Petersburg’s First Night Festival

St. Pete's First NightAs part of this year’s St. Petersburg’s New Year’s Last Night Festival, the public wrote their hopes and desires, or a New Year’s resolution, on the side of a 24-foot sculpture with a nautical theme and at 11 p.m. on New Year’s eve, the sculpture was set on fire as a metaphor for journey.

This years sculpture entitled “Peace O’ Eight” was created by local artists Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse. According to Mickett, “It’s for all the wishes and good intentions to go out onto the universe.”

The St. Petersburg Last Night Festival is one of Florida’s largest New Year’s Eve celebrations with a family-oriented, alcohol-free, and great fireworks display. Mark your calendars for this event for next New Years Eve, 2008.

And, if you are interested in viewing any of the many homes for sale in St. Petersburg, contact us at your convenience.