Hurricane Preparation Tips You May Not Know About

August 30, 2019 // Tammy // No Comments //

Everyone, please take all precautions to stay safe!

And…when you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, please keep our team in mind. 🙂


Johns Pass Bridge View

May 27, 2019 // Tammy // No Comments //

See the scenic view from the Johns Pass Bridge – overlooking Johns Pass Village (Madeira Beach), the sandbar and Gators Cafe (Treasure Island).

You’ll also learn how Johns Pass was created – and where it got its name – along with a brief overview of the real estate market along the barrier islands and south Pinellas county.


Pre-Qualifying vs Pre-Approval – What’s The Difference?

May 5, 2019 // Tammy // No Comments //

Watch the short video to get an idea of the difference between pre-qualifying for a loan versus getting formal pre-approval for a loan.

Many sellers are requesting that buyers have a pre-approval letter available and require it to be submitted when placing an offer.

Remember that the “best” homes sell fast – often in the first few days after they go on the market. If you fall in love with a home, you want to put in an offer quickly – before someone else beats you to it.

This is one of the major reasons it’s important to start your home search process by contacting a lender FIRST – before you start looking at homes.

If you don’t currently have a lender, please feel free to contact us for a list of referral partners we recommend for getting a home loan.

 

 

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How Lenders Determine Your Loan Amount (Video)

May 5, 2019 // Tammy // No Comments //


Property Insurance AOB Update – April 2019

April 26, 2019 // Tammy // No Comments //

Legislation that has been in the making for over six years regarding the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) for homeowner insurance claims has finally passed! This is good news for those making a claim against their homeowner insurance for damages received during storms, etc.

See the details provided by the Florida Realtors® Association HERE.


5845 87th Ave N

April 6, 2019 // Tammy // No Comments //

OPEN SUNDAY, APRIL 7 – Noon-4:00 p.m.

$265,000

4 Bedroom/2 Bath, 1,632 sq ft home for sale in Pinellas Park, FL

You have to see this BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 2-story home featuring a private in-ground SWIMMING POOL.

This home is situated on a huge corner lot and is located near Park Blvd and 66th St N in Pinellas Park – centrally located and convenient to St Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa with only a short 20-minute drive to the beautiful area Gulf beaches.

OPEN KITCHEN boasts lots of storage with all NEW CABINETS and GRANITE. STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES and recessed lighting.

The interior has been totally remodeled with new paint, new flooring, new 6-panel doors, and all new lighting throughout.

UPDATED BATHROOMS.

Separate large inside LAUNDRY ROOM. Laundry Room has washer/dryer hookups, new water heater and laundry closet to store your pool towels and floats.

FIRST FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM is separate from the others and boasts a huge wall-length closet.

All bedrooms have new ceiling fans and lighting with wall remotes.

From the family room, walk out the patio door to a LARGE SCREENED-IN PATIO (16’x20’) with direct access to the pool area.

LARGE STORAGE SHED is perfect for a workshop and/or craft area or just tons of storage.

NEW INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINT.

This beautifully remodeled home is truly move-in ready.

Call or text to see this home:

Michael Flake – 727.888.3886

Tammy Slater-Kendrick – 727.888.3882

Agent/Owner.


Exterior Projects That Net You Cash

December 12, 2018 // Tammy // No Comments //

A Buyers Guide to Closing Costs

December 12, 2018 // Tammy // No Comments //

Getting Rid of Home Odors

November 25, 2018 // Tammy // No Comments //

Why is it important to get rid of home odors while selling your home? Home buyers don’t just look at homes…other senses also come into play when deciding which home to choose.

For example, they listen for noises from busy streets, airplanes and railroad tracks.

But, of all the senses, smell can be the most powerful – and is (thankfully) the easiest to fix.

As a home seller, your job is to ensure that your home is as enticing to potential buyers as possible – and that includes ensuring that the home’s scent doesn’t give buyers a reason to look elsewhere. Unfortunately, when living with the odors every day, we can become “nose blind” to them (meaning that we no longer notice the odor). Your real estate agent should tell you if he/she smells an odor when entering your home, but there are steps you can do to remove odors even if you’re not aware of them.

  1. First – look for the source of potential odors and remove or remedy them.
    • If you’ve ever had a roof leak, be sure there’s no mildew in the attic and ensure that the insulation is dry.
    • Make sure doors and windows are sealed so water can’t enter the home.
    • Remove or replace old pet beds.
    • If you have a smoker in the home – wipe down the walls (consider a fresh coat of paint).
  2. Be sure to remove the trash daily. Clean the trash can at least once a week.
  3. Avoid making strong-smelling food (such as fish, onions, garlic).
  4. Have carpets professionally cleaned (or replaced if they are stained or worn).

The Easiest Way To Get Rid Of Home Odors

Real estate agents have long used the trick of baking cookies the day of an Open House to fill the home with the inviting aroma. But, what about the day-to-day scent?

To remove odors naturally – without using strong-smelling sprays, candles or plug-ins – consider using this simple solution:

  1. Pour at least 2 cups of water into a crock-pot (slow cooker)
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda and mix to dissolve
  3.  Set the slow cooker to LOW and leave it for several hours without the lid

The baking soda will actually pull the offensive odors from the air.

You can also add a few drops of any of the following to add pleasant scents to the room:

  • a teaspoon of lemon juice (or a few slices of fresh lemon)
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  • a sprinkle of ground cinnamon (you can also add cloves)
  • essential oils such as lavender

If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can use a small pot on the stove for kitchen odors. For other rooms, consider using a candle warmer.


Keep Your Bedroom Cool For Better Sleep

October 24, 2018 // Tammy // No Comments //

A hot bedroom is not conducive to restful sleep. While the easy answer is to turn up the air conditioning, sometimes that’s not enough or it might not be an option. In that case, we’ve got a few ideas for you to help cool things down for better sleep.

Manage Heat and Light During the Day

Heat and light go hand-in-hand. If you start managing them first thing in the morning, you can help keep temperatures down in the bedroom at night. As much as you might love sheer curtains, you’re going to want a double layer of protection from the hot sun like blackout curtains, heavy drapes, or blinds. It’s easier to keep the temperature down that it is to cool it off later.

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Open the Windows and Doors

Open windows only work if the temperatures cool down at night, which sometimes they don’t. However, even if it’s still hot out, a breeze can move stale air out of the bedroom and create enough of a draught to cool you off. Improved air quality has also been shown to increase sleep quality and next-day performance.

Invest In and Use a Ceiling Fan

If you don’t already have a ceiling fan, it’s an investment worth making. Ceiling fans cost far less to run than an air conditioner and can create a cooling breeze directly over your bed. You can also run the blades in two directions, both of which can help the airflow in your bedroom. In one direction the blades blow air down, helping to evaporate moisture on your skin and cool you down. Reverse the direction and the fan pulls air up from the ground. If it’s cooler outside than inside, the ceiling fan will also pull air in from outside.

Buy a Cool Mattress and Bedding

Your mattress and bedding can either help or hinder your ability to sleep in warm temperatures. Some foam mattresses trap heat and moisture against your body, leaving you in a sweaty mess. Innerspring and hybrid models tend to have better breathability. However, if you love the comfort of foam, Purple specifically designs foam mattresses with impressive breathability that are fairly temperature neutral.

Beyond the mattress, your bedding can make a big difference too. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen have a looser weave that increases breathability. They keep you cooler and get softer and more comfortable with each washing.

Ice and a Table Fan

If you still find yourself sweating it out at midnight, a solution may lie with a bowl of ice water and a table fan. Place the bowl of ice water on your nightstand with the fan directly behind it. The air blown by the fan will be cooled as it travels over the ice water, cooling you down in the process. It’s like a natural air conditioner.

Prep Cooling Aids

Keep a cup of ice water on your nightstand and a tub of water by your bed. A sip of water and a chance to cool your feet might be what you need to make it through another hot night. As a last-ditch effort to stay cool, you can put your sheets in an airtight bag and freeze them several hours before you get in bed. You just have to be willing to make the bed every night, but frozen sheets feeling amazingly good on a hot night.

Staying cool is important for your sleep quality. As long as you think ahead, you should be able to handle the heat and get the rest you need.

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About the Guest Author

Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.