St. Petersburg Real Estate News & Market Trends

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April 30, 2018

Curb Appeal Made Easy!

We all know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”. However, it seems that no one ever passed this information along to real estate buyers.  Curb appeal is one of the most important factors when selling your home. 

Why does it matter so much? It is the first thing that a buyer will see when driving up to a property.  Initial react is extremely powerful and we want a buyer’s first impression to a positive one!   The exterior of your home also reflects the general maintenance of a home.  If the exterior is ragged, buyers will expect the interior to be poorly maintained as well and will be wary of possible hidden issues.  

So what are some of the best ways to improve curb appeal and appeal to more buyers? 

 

1. Role-play

 

Pretend you are a buyer (or call your overly critical friend over) and walk around your entire house.  Jot down things that need repaired, cleaned, or replaced.  That old tennis ball that has been sitting on your roof that you don’t see anymore? That’s an eyesore that buyers will notice.  That chipped paint on the door frame that is barely noticeable to you because you see it everyday? Buyers may assume you do not care about your house as much as you should.  The deck that you’re used to? It’s filthy and needs a good power wash.  It will make it look like new!

 

 

 

2. Bust Out That Green Thumb

 

Colorful flowers, ferns, bushes, and pots are a fast, easy way to spruce up your curb appeal! Not only are the colors eye catching but gardens add a welcoming, homey feel.  An added bonus is that buyers know plants are difficult to take care of and your colorful porch will prove how much you care about your home. 

While you’re at it, make sure your lawn is trimmed, weed free, and green! A well cared for lawn goes a long way in curb appeal.  It brightens the area surrounding your home and immediately creates an “at home” feeling for potential buyers.  

 

 

3. Highlight The Front Door

 

The eye naturally drifts toward the front door and you want to make sure it is bright, fresh, and makes your home stand out.  One of the best ways to make your front door pop is to adda fresh coat of paint to the door and frame.  We also recommend adding a seasonal wreath to the front door.  Wreaths create an inviting touch and allow the buyers to begin picturing their decor or holidays in the home.  Finally, replace old hardware such as door knobs, locks, and house numbers.  Trust us on this one, new hardware can make a world of difference! 

 

 

 

 

4. Curb Appeal Begins Online

 

Remember that most homebuyers begin their search online, so curb appeal will begin through a computer.  Only hire a real estate professional who uses professional photographers (like Wolf Real Estate FL).  Professional photographers will be able to capture your home at the best angles and best light.  The photos of your home will either make buyers want to see your home or may make them pass.  Our photographers are the best in the business and we know the buyers will be left wanting more!

Remove anything that is laying around the yard or porch.  Tuck bicycles, old pots, lawn care items, hoses, and toys in the garage.  You want a crisp, clean exterior that draws buyers in and makes them want to see more!

 

 

 

5. Add Outdoor Lighting

 

In addition to adding curb appeal, buyers know that a well-lit home is a safer home.  Illuminate a path or add accent lighting to a tree or the home.  The brighter the area, the larger the home will appear!   Make sure you replace any burnt out light bulbs from existing exterior lighting as well.  You want to ensure buyers know you care about your home and simple home maintenance is not overlooked. 


 

6. Maintain Gutters and Downspouts 

 

Let’s face it. We live in Florida and we have foliage problems pretty much year round.  In those hot summer month, our storms blow leaves, prawns, and sand into gutters and in winter, trees shed leaves, further clogging up the gutters.  Simple maintenance like cleaning gutters show buyers you care about the upkeep of your home.  

If your gutters or downspouts are chipped, rusted, or bent, you should consider replacing them.  Check out vinyl snap-fit gutters for an easy replacement! They look nice and require very few tools and no painting.  

 

 

 

7. Hire a Real Estate Professional Who Can Highlight the Best Parts of Your Home

 

That would be us!   Our real estate professionals undergo an extensive training about listing homes, marketing homes, and presenting homes in their best possible light.  We are able to point out all of the positive aspects of your home and help make buyers feel confident that your home is the best option for them.  Our training system allows our agents to look for the good in every home and how to properly present potential negatives to buyers.  

       If you are looking for a real estate team that is truly in your corner, Wolf Real Estate FL is here! 

 

April 27, 2018

One St Petersburg

If you have been anywhere near downtown St Pete lately, you have undoubtedly noticed the construction on almost every corner.  It goes without saying that the landscape of St Petersburg is changing and developing rapidly.  Perhaps the largest and most noticeable change of them all is the construction of One. 

One boasts on their website they are ushering in a new era to downtown St Petersburg.  Bold claim or a true statement? Perhaps both. Prior to the construction of One, the tallest building in downtown St Pete was Priatek Plaza, reaching 386 feet, closely followed by the tallest residential building, Signature Place at 381 feet.  One will dwarf these buildings, reaching 41 stories high and standing 450 feet.  

So why does the claim of a new era seem fitting? When completed, One will have 253 luxury condominiums.  This will bring 253 new residents to downtown St Petersburg! Whether you love it or hate it, our stunning city is no longer the best kept secret in Florida and people are moving here in droves! The era of One will bring a more lively downtown scene to St Pete and 253 more people to help support all of these amazing local restaurants that keep popping up! 

One will elevate downtown living to new luxury levels. The east side of the building will offer stunning views of the bay while the west side will offer a more contemporary view of the city.  Enjoy indoor-outdoor living space that flows seamlessly to expansive balconies.  The best part is the views will be unobstructed because of the glass balcony rails on every private terrace!

 

 

Each unit will feature designer finish packages complete with gourmet appliances, quartz countertops, porcelain flooring, and floor to ceiling windows.  The amenities at One are planned to be a top of the line oasis with a large, private resort deck, a state of  the art fitness center, resort style pool, whirlpool/spa, cabanas, game room, and a common room complete with a bar and catering kitchen. 

 

 

One is a massive building, sitting on an entire city block.  The architects who designed the building thoughtfully placed retail space on the first level of the building.  Keep your eyes peeled for new stores or restaurants after the building is complete. Perhaps you have already had the opportunity to visit the new Hyatt Place, sitting on the same block as One.  

 

If One sounds like a dream come true for you, they only a few units left! The fact that a 253 unit building is nearly sold out prior to completion is another testament of how rapidly our beautiful city is growing!  Call us today to reserve your unit before they are all gone. 

 

While One promises a new era for St Pete, we think we will always stay a little weird, quirky, and fun! We welcome the changes that are coming but we will never forget where our charming, unique city started.  

Posted in News
March 27, 2018

The Search for St Pete's Best Taco

It would seem that my quest for the best taco in the world has hit a snag… St Petersburg has too many options for great tacos! From the traditional to the deliciously weird, tacos rule this foodie town! 

So where are some favorite taco joints?

 

  1. Red Mesa Cantina

Located in the heart of downtown, Red Mesa Cantina has perfected the taco… (and everything else in my opinion.). Red Mesa Cantina leans more modern in their tacos with flavors like sweet potato and chorizo, duck confit with goat cheese and red chile jelly (pictured below), and ahi tuna with wasabi aioli and soy orange coulis.  No matter what kind of taco you get, I promise you a flavor packed punch with every bite!

 

Red Mesa Cantina tops our list for unique flavors, perfect ambiance, best patio, and best margarita! While you’re there, check out one of their two rooftop bars! If you love the food at Red Mesa Cantina, be sure to check out their sister restaurants; Red Mesa Restaurant and Red Mesa Mercado.  

 

 

 

 

2. Casita Taqueria

 

Are you are a more traditional, Mexican taco lover? If so, then either location of Casita Taqueria will tickle your tastebuds! Casita Taqueria prides itself on traditional Mexican flavors and they only use the freshest items available to make their homemade corn tortilla tacos and homemade salsas! 

 

You can taste the pride in every bite with slow cooked meats, homemade tortillas, and fresh ingredients.  Chow down on traditional favorites like carne asada, barbacoa, pollo tinga, and more! 

Casita Taqueria tops our list for traditional Mexican food with a fun, relaxed atmosphere complete with ample outdoor seating! Oh! And if you have been looking for the infamous white queso, you can find it here! 

 

 

 

3. Numex Chile

 

Numex Chile is not traditional Mexican food but rather it is New Mexican cuisine.  If you like a bit of a savory tang to your tacos, then you will love it here! They harness the powers of the Hatch chile pepper in all of their delicious foods! 

 

Tacos are actually a very small portion of Numex’s menu, but they are so delicious and unique I had to include them on our list! While the selection is somewhat limited, the tacos are all fresh, delicious, and filling! Enjoy flavors like ground beef, tempeh, soyrizo, and chicken.  The restaurant is charmingly small and refreshingly modern and open with plenty of outdoor seating.  

 

Numex tops our list for New Mexican tacos with a bit of a kick! Discover the Hatch chile and all of the flavor you have been missing out on and enjoy the food of the southwest! 

 

 

4. Better Byrd 

 

  Perhaps you are not so adventurous and you prefer the comforts of American style tacos? Then Better Byrd wins this category! Better Byrd combines the shape of a taco with all of the flavors of their chicken sandwiches and it is a delicious win for even the pickiest of eaters!  

 

Explore options like pulled chicken with bbq, slaw, and fried jalapeño, or pulled chicken with pineapple, jalapeño, parmesan cheese, and their extremely addictive cluck sauce.  These tacos are filled to the brim with flavor and food! 

 

     Better Byrd tops our list for American style tacos and a great place for good food, fast! While you are there, make sure to pick up some mini doughnuts! These tiny treats are obsession inspiring! 

 

 

 

 

5. Tijuana Flats

 

If Tex-Mex is your favorite taco style then Tijuana Flats is your new go-to! The hot sauce bar alone is a reason to visit! No matter how spicy you like it, they can make it happen! Some of their sauces aren’t exactly PG rated in their names…. so leave the kiddos behind on your visits to the hot sauce bar. 

 

Dig into hard or soft tacos with traditional Tex-Mex flavors like blackened chicken, steak, black bean, or crispy fish. Make sure you ‘make it wet’ by adding queso or switch it up by adding different hot sauces! Explore their ‘flat outrageous’ tacos that offer guests more unique flavor combinations!

 

Tijuana Flats tops our list for best Tex-Mex, best service, and best hot sauce selection! Get saucy, cheesy, and/or spicy! Just enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Okay folks. Moral of the story here? Tacos are the best. Tacos are life. Tacos win best category of food ever. There is no such thing as a bad taco. (I firmly believe that even a “bad” taco is still a taco so it’s pretty darn delicious…)

 

 

We don't like our clients to be hangry (hungry and angry). So we made it our mission to be helpful in the local business and foodie department! We will happily help you with all of your real estate needs... but first, tacos! 

 

 

Posted in Just for fun
March 25, 2018

75 Things to do in St Pete and Tampa

  1. Visit Sunken Gardens, the historical botanical garden sprinkled with wildlife 
  2. Museum of Fine Arts with modern art, antiquities, and rotating special exhibits 
  3. Fort De Soto Park. Enjoy sparkling beaches, get in touch with nature by hiking or camping, or visit the dog beach!
  4. Salvador Dali Museum.  If you’re a fan of surrealist art in a unique building, this museum is for you!
  5. Catch a Tampa Bay Rays game at the Tropicana Field! 
  6. Visit the Saturday Morning Market.  Over 170 vendors offer prepared food, crafts, art, produce, and more! 
  7. Explore America’s best beaches! Sunsets are unforgettable on our white sand beaches!
  8. Visit Tampa Lowry Zoo! Enjoy up close animal encounters and wildlife conservation! 
  9. Get your adrenaline rushing at Busch Gardens in Tampa! 
  10. Go fishing at the Skyway Fishing Pier
  11. Don’t miss the Grand Prix! Check online for exact dates, usually held in early March!
  12. Catch a Spring Training game! Choose from the Phillies in Clearwater, the Blue Jays in Dunedin, the Yankees in Tampa, and the Pirates in Bradenton.  
  13. Root on the Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium! Soccer fans unite! 
  14. Get in the Holiday spirit with the Christmas boat parade.  
  15. In January, catch the Big Band Ballroom Dance Series in the historic Coliseum 
  16. Go on mural tour in downtown St Pete! These works of art bring a fun life to our city!
  17. Check out the Dog Bar in Historic Kenwood! This unique bar combines a dog park with a fun, neighborhood bar.  Grab a cold one with your furry best friend!
  18. Catch a Tampa Bay Lightning game! 
  19. Grab a flight at one of our many breweries! Three Daughters, Green Bench, and Cage are a few favorites!
  20. Enjoy some live music.  There’s always great bands playing at the beach bars as well as at Jannus Live downtown! 
  21. Cycle your way around town.  The Pinellas Trail is a 53 mile bike trail stretching the length of the county. 
  22. Explore John’s Pass Village.  Filled with shops, restaurants, and tours, there is always something to do.  
  23. Have some fun with the kids at Great Explorations Children’s Museum.  
  24. Enjoy a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game! 
  25. Don’t miss Gasparilla! Did you know Tampa is home to a pirate invasion every year?
  26. Escape rooms are a fun rainy day activity and there are plenty to choose from in St Pete!
  27. Rent a boat and hit the open water for the day.
  28. Catch a movie at the Sundial
  29. Grab a drink at the historic Vinoy Hotel.  Ask the staff about some of the buildings history and rumors of hauntings!
  30. Spend the day at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.
  31. Enjoy the Dale Chihuly Museum.  Filled with intricate glass works, art lovers will rejoice!
  32. Get some exercise while drinking your way through the city on the Pedal Pub.  It’s a laid back, fun way to see the city.  
  33. Go rock climbing Vertical Ventures.
  34. Practice your golf swing at Topgolf 
  35. Visit the Florida Holocaust Museum; one of only three nationally accredited Holocaust Museums. 
  36. Go parasailing and take in our stunning beaches from above!
  37. Be an artist for the day and blow glass at Morean Arts Center.  
  38. Go horseback riding through the water.
  39. Get your zen on with yoga on tap! Enjoy a gentle yoga flow at one of our local breweries and then grab a beer with your fellow yogis! 
  40. Play some tennis at one of the free, public courts!
  41. Segway through downtown and learn a little more about St Pete.
  42. Get scared and learn some of St Pete’s darker history with one of the ghost tours!
  43. Fly through the skies at iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Tampa.
  44. Rent a kayak and paddle around or take a guided tour and learn about some wildlife.
  45. Tour the charming bungalows in Historic Kenwood during Bungalow Fest (November)
  46. Try your hand at shuffleboard at St Pete Shuffle
  47. Grab a lounge chair or drink at the Don Cesar hotel.  Ask the staff about some of the history of our famous pink palace! 
  48. Go shopping! St Pete has some of the best independent stores and boutiques! Support small businesses! 
  49. Check out Haslam’s bookstore; Florida’s largest new and used book store! 
  50. After you have your book, enjoy a coffee at one of St Pete’s many independent coffee houses.
  51. Walk the 1.1 mile path around Crescent Lake. 
  52. Spend the day at the dog park.  St Pete is a mecca of parks for Fido to frolic! 
  53. Visit the Clearwater Aquarium and see Winter the dolphin; the star of the movie Dolphin Tale! 
  54. Check out First Friday! Central Ave shuts down to traffic and the city enjoys a party the first Friday of every month.  
  55. Visit the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.  
  56. Try your luck at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa
  57. Fore! Play a round at one of the many golf courses in St Pete
  58. Rent a stand up paddle board and explore!
  59. Visit one of the two floating bars! Yes. A bar on the water.
  60. Explore the Tampa Riverwalk 
  61. Catch a live performance at the American Stage Theatre 
  62. Enjoy a performance by the Florida Orchestra at the Mahaffey Theater
  63. Run or walk a 5K.  Visit St Pete Running Company for information on dates/times
  64. Check out the world’s largest self serve bar! Pour Taproom downtown allows you to pay by the ounce and try tons of different beers, ciders, and wine! 
  65. Go shelling at Shell Island
  66. Try your hand at pottery! Take a class at Morean Art Center.
  67. Check out a PGA golf tournament at the the Valspar Championship (March)
  68. Explore Sawgrass Lake Park! Walk on 1 mile of boardwalk or explore the sandy trails! See if you can spot gators, otters, owls, or bobcats!
  69. Jam out at Rise Up Reggae music festival in March
  70. Grab a pint at Moon Under Water; Beach Drives oldest restaurant and bar!
  71. Head to Tampa and visit one of America’s top steakhouses! Bern’s Steakhouse is a culinary experience like no other! 
  72. Take a road trip an hour and a half away to Crystal River and swim with manatee!
  73. Hop on a helicopter for tour of our fabulous cities from above! 
  74. Try your hand at windsurfing! 
  75. Enjoy the day fishing in a private boat or one of the many fishing charters available in the area! 

Go! Have Fun! We will be here when you're done having fun! 

Posted in Just for fun
Jan. 31, 2018

Dive Deep into Tampa Real Estate

Dive under the waves on Tampa real estate and unveil the mysteries of the sea. Discover amazing aquatic animals at the Florida Aquarium.

Exhibits are designed to teach and inspire. Cruise the Wetlands Trail. Wave hello to an otter, find feathered friends and say “see you in awhile” to a crocodile. Continue on your way and Journey to Madagascar. Marvel at a giant clam, hear hissing cockroaches and admire lemurs looking cute and cuddly. Find sea urchins, sea stars and anemones In the No Bones Zone. Nearby in Bays and Beaches the goliath grouper impresses with his size, over 300 pounds worth! Visit with stingrays, green turtles and spiny lobsters.There’s lots of life in the Coral Reef. See if you can spot the stripes of a tiger fish or search the bottom for a sand shark. Get a leg up and get going to Ocean Commotion where the octopus keeps his lair. The Tampa real estate in this region of the building is also home to the moon jellies, clownfish and mantis shrimp. Seahorses and sea dragons are diving in Dragons Down Under. These charismatic critters must be seen to be believed.

Children Living in Tampa Make a Splash

When temperatures rise and the sun is shining bright guests of the aquarium may feel the need to cool off. The goal of getting wet is met on the Splash Pad. In this outdoor water play area giggles float through the air as battles are waged with water cannons and H2O dump buckets. Take a load off in the 4D Theater where films shown are interactive with scent, touch and visual effects. Dubbed as one of the ”Top 5 Kid-Friendly Aquariums” by Parents Magazine, it’s no wonder that families living in Tampa opt to become members. Membership packages include unlimited admission, discounts and complimentary parking. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. spontaneous trips to the Florida Aquarium are easy to accomplish. Make plans today.

 

Posted in News
July 31, 2017

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