Your Tampa Bay Area Weekend Calendar July 11th

  Wishing you a great weekend! Against All Odds: The Art of the Highwaymen at Tampa Bay History Center 6/14/2014-8/17/2014 When they began selling their artwork along Florida’s roadways during the Jim Crow era of the 1950s, Harold Newton, Alfred Hair, Roy McLendon, James Gibson, and other African American artists in Fort… Map It Brews…

7 Things Home Buyers Love But Sellers Dont List

  NEW YORK – July 9, 2014 – Sellers, particularly those with normal homes in ordinary neighborhoods, often fail to stress selling points in their listings that first-time buyers love. While the sellers may have outgrown their home, first-time buyers will compare it to their current home, which is probably smaller or a rental property.…

Renters Feel Pinch As Landlords Raise Rents Again

NEW YORK – July 7, 2014 – The average monthly rent for an apartment increased in the most recent quarter to $1,099, up 0.8 percent from the first quarter of this year and up 3.4 percent year over year, according to Reis Inc., a real estate research firm. It marked the 18th consecutive quarter for…

Happy Independence Day – Your 4th Of July Event List

Happy 4th of July Everyone! Special thanks to all our Service Members & Families! Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe holiday. Below you will find a list of the activities happening tomorrow. 4th of July BBQ at Cafe Dufrain All American BBQ- We’re Bringing out the Smoker for 4th of July! From the Smoker Heritage…

Rental Payment Histories May Count In Credit Scores

NEW YORK – July 2, 2014 – Renters who have never made a late rent payment often find that their stellar record doesn’t do anything to lift their credit scores when it’s time to shop for a mortgage. But that may soon change: Two of the main credit reporting agencies, Experian and TransUnion, are reportedly…

Pending Home Sales Surge In May

WASHINGTON – June 30, 2014 – Pending home sales rose sharply in May, with lower mortgage rates and increased inventory accelerating the market, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). All four regions of the country saw increases in pending sales, with the Northeast and West experiencing the largest gains. The Pending Home Sales…

Average 30 Year Mortgage Rate Falls Again

WASHINGTON (AP) – June 27, 2014 – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, hovering near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for a 30-year loan eased to 4.14 percent from 4.17 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage fell to 3.22 percent from…