Lipply Team – Top 10 for 2009

Pinellas Realtor Organization just released the top 300 agents in the area in terms of sales productivity. The Lipply Team, headed by Robert Lipply is #7 for year to date sales of 2009. If you are looking for a top Tampa Bay Real Estate Team to get your home SOLD, give us a call. We have the track record you are looking for!

Why trust your real estate transaction to anyone else?

When James Thorner Speaks, People Listen

James Thorner writes for the St. Petersburg Times about real estate or “(un)real estate” as he calls it. I guess that means he normally takes a negative spin on real estate or Realtors maybe. Whatever the case, he actually reports some good news today on homes in Tampa Bay in the newspaper.

There’s no secret to those of us in the industry that home sales have been rising. He says, “homes sales have risen every month since August”. But when WE try to tell our customers that – especially those from out of town – they think we are telling stories. The truth is, we have been slammed with homebuyers (mostly looking for bargains) since the day after Christmas 2008. So, thank you James for telling your readers what we have been trying to communicate!

Real Estate sales in 2009 are significantly higher than 2008. So much so that it appears home prices are beginning to stabilize. James Thorner agrees. “From February to April, prices of homes sold conventionally those unencumbered by foreclosure or mortgage defaults – stopped dropping. Prices have actually inched up in some places in those three months.” This fact can help lead us into a price stabilization period.

Additionally, it used to be that only Bank Owned properties were getting multiple offers here in Tampa Bay. Now, we are seeing multiple offers (or backup offers) on our short sales as well. For the most part, Real Estate agents hate to show listings that are labeled “active with contract” in the MLS but somehow, those that are offered as a short sale are an exception to that rule. We have multiple offers on most of our short sale listings. Why? Probably because they are such a great deal! Why not wait and see if you can get lucky on a 2/2/2 condo that sold in 2005 for $216,000 and now is being offered for $95,000? To take this one step further, we think some of these great deals are about to be history.

And, what’s really nice is that non-short sale homes that are priced well are becoming even more attractive to those that don’t want to wait, so they are selling faster.

James tells an interesting story that Pinellas and Pasco County will enjoy a market rebound later this year. We hope he is right. Read the full story here: Hints of good news on homes

Downtown Clearwater Fresh Market is Almost History

On Wednesday, aisles of booths will be set up in Downtown Clearwater. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and cheese pile out from tents, and an aroma of fresh flowers and baked goods permeate the streets. This market’s busy and colorful atmosphere provides an excellent opportunity to meet up with friends, enjoy some refreshments, and stock up on fresh produce. The market is open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm down 500 Cleveland Street and runs from November 18 through May 27 each year. For more information, please call 727-461-7674. Hurry, there’s not much time left!

After you shop, take a drive over the bridge and check out all the properties available. There’s many opportunities for a vacation home now on Clearwater Beach, since real estate prices have come down so much.

Boot Camp in Tampa Bay Offers Special Discount

John Kent’s North Pinellas Adventure Boot Camp has been in existence for a few years and has become the most popular outdoor woman’s fitness camp in the Tampa Bay area. It’s been so popular in fact that John has recently expanded into the Westchase Tampa area.

The exciting news is that for the first time John has dreamed up a promotion called the “Get Rocked Promotion” designed to give new ladies an opportunity to try out Boot Camp at a significant savings. For a limited time, (summer classes June or July) any new camper can receive $100.00 off a 4 week class.

What’s the catch? You must be referred by a current camper to receive the discount. Well, the good news is my wife Donna is a current camper. Donna has been attending Adventure Boot Camp for over one year and can help you get started. Call our toll free number at 1-888-423-5775 and ask for Donna or post a comment below with your contact information.

Pretty soon you will be saying “Boot Camp Rocks!”.

Historic Palm Harbor FL

It’s safe to say the Witch’s Brew has caused quite a stir around historic Palm Harbor. Located down Florida Avenue, the picturesque shop offers various sorts of coffees, ice cream and spirits. Yet along with tasty food and refreshing drinks, the shop offers an array of mysterious books, tarot cards, and spiritual décor. In addition, entertainment makes this Palm Harbor parlor a popular place to be on Friday and Saturday nights. Those interested are welcome to play during their open mic nights and local bands are scheduled to play throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.thewitchsbrew.com. Those interested in playing for the open mic night should call 727-483-9210 or email info@thewitchsbrew.com.

You can easily live near downtown Palm Harbor and enjoy some of these fun spots on foot. There’s lots of restaurants, such as the Thirsty Marlin, antique stores, old fashioned barber shops, and other interesting establishments to kill some time in. Downtown Palm Harbor also hosts some fun festivals throughout the year and living nearby makes it easy to join in on the fun. Contact us if you want to view real estate in Palm Harbor.

Zumba in Downtown Dunedin

Tired of the old workout routine? It may be time to try a Zumba Max class in downtown Dunedin. Zumba is a great way to burn calories and get an excellent workout. The dance class combines basic steps and easy to follow Latin beats and is great for those seeking an effortless way to shape up for the summer. It is proven to burn fat while also toning and sculpting the body. In addition, it’s perfect for all ages and skill levels. Currently, introduction courses are being held every Friday in May at no cost, so now’s the time to try it out! Classes are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 and 6:00 at Blur Nightclub in Dunedin. For more information, visit http://www.zumbamax.com/.

By the way, buying real estate near downtown Dunedin is quite popular right now. There’s so much to do and enjoy in downtown Dunedin and living nearby affords you the luxury of not having to search for a parking space! Not a day goes by that we don’t get an inquiry from someone interested in property in Dunedin. Ever since CNN Money Magazine recognized Dunedin as one of the Best Place to Retire in Amercia, Dunedin’s home sales have taken off. Contact us by phone 888 423 5775 or email if you are interested in buying a house in Dunedin.