Richard Less's Blog Posts

Why You Should Always Use A Realtor

Why should you use a Realtor when buying or selling a home? The biggest reason is that a real estate professional understands the market , where the market is headed and how to navigate the tricky

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What The 20 Most Popular Home Renovations Are Really Worth In 2018

Courtesy of By Judy Dutton | Jan 11, 2018Planning to remodel your kitchen, add a master suite, or undertake some other pricey home renovation in 2018? Watch out—not

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Quote: Warren Buffett says we are not in another housing bubble!Now is still a great time to buy a home.  Not as good as it was 4 years ago but prices are still on their way up and interest

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Hurricane Season Starts TODAY

This year's Atlantic hurricane season should be "near-normal," according to forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA calls for 70% likelihood of 10-16 named storms

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St Petersburg To Become Even More Beautiful

St. Pete's former mayor wants $500,000 in BP money for trees Thursday, April 21, 2016 10:54am ST.PETERSBURG —

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TAMPA BAY HOME PRICES SURGE AGAIN

Tampa Bay home prices surge again as demand continues to dominate supply Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11:32am Tampa 

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Florida Friendly Landscaping Website

Twenty-Two Ideas for a Low-Care, Low-Cost LandscapeThe link below is to the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service  Download their guide, it is awesome!https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep442;

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Pinellas County Where Prices Soar

Tampa Bay area home prices soar as inventory remains lowByYvette C. HammettPublished: March 21, 2016 Updated: March 22, 2016 at 06:22 AM The median sale price for homes in the state was $200,000,

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Tampa Bay Home Prices Soared In January

Tampa Bay homes prices soared 20 percent in January, the third-largest gain in all of Florida.The dramatic year-over-year increase, exceeded only by those in the Fort Myers and Port St. Lucie areas,

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House Flipping Is Back And Tampa Bay Again Is Near The Top

House flipping is back and Tampa Bay again is near the topAssociated PressFueled by the interest in popular TV shows such as Flip or Flop, flipping hit levels last year not seen since 2007, when the

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Redington Beach Leaders Say NO To Rental Ordinance

Redington Beach Leaders say NO to Rental OrdinanceArticle published on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016By MELVIN BAKERREDINGTON BEACH – The question of whether to license short-term vacation rentals

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FREE SEMINAR First Time Home Buyers March 24th

Please join us for a FREE SEMINAR  presented by Charlie Widmier of Van Dyke MortgageMARCH 24TH   6:00 to 7:00 pmKeller Williams / Seminole5666 Seminole Blvd.  Snacks

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Sale Price List Price Ratios St Petersburg FL

Close Price to List Price Ratio Month 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan 95.5% 96.2% 96.4% 97.1% 97%

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Major Madeira Beach Development Moves Forward

Major Madeira Beach development moves forward By Sheila Mullane Estrada, Times Correspondent Wednesday, February 10, 2016 2:53pmMADEIRA BEACH — Despite protests from more than 50 residents

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The Tax Benefits Of Owning A Home

The Tax Benefits Of Owning A HomeThere are many benefits to home ownership. Owning your own home means you are your own landlord and can customize your home the way you see fit without having to

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2016 Real Estate Trends Fla To Be Real Estate Hot Spot

Florida Realtors® 2016 Real Estate Trends: Fla. to be real estate 'hot spot'Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station

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Timing Right For Canadian Snowbirds To Sell

Timing right for Canadian snowbirds to sellMIAMI – Feb. 1, 2016 – More and more Canadians who purchased U.S. homes cheap when money exchange rates favored them are now selling to take advantage

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Housing Outlook For 2016 Expect Change

Housing Outlook for 2016: Expect ChangePosted on: January 6, 2016While change is coming to the mortgage market, Freddie Mac says in its 2016 housing forecast that it’s too soon to tell

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What Tampa Bay Neighborhoods Will See Home Values Climb The Most In 2016

What Tampa Bay neighborhoods will see home values climb the most in 2016? Monday, January 18, 2016 11:28am  from TampaBay.com/tbtLooking for the Tampa Bay neighborhood forecast to show

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Mortgage Rates Defy Predictions A Good Time To Buy

Mortgage rates defy predictions: A good time to buy?WASHINGTON – Jan. 13, 2016 – When the Federal Reserve raised interest rates in December, people who had been flirting with buying a home

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6 GREAT REASONS TO BUY A HOME IN 2016

Is it really 2016 already?  For those of you who happen to be planning on buying a home in the new year—or even just trying to—there’s a whole lot to celebrate. Why? A variety

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8 Benefits Of Buying A House At Years End

8 Benefits Of Buying A House At Years End - realtor.comSummer may be real estate’s busy season, but winter offers great opportunities for buying a house, especially for renters

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Americans Upbeat On The Housing Market

Americans Upbeat on the Housing Market: Affordability Remains a Major ConcernThe National Association of Realtors' survey, which polled 1,000 Americans living in the 50 most populous metropolitan

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TOP THINGS TO DO TODAY IN TAMPA BAY NOV 4

Click the link below and start planning your day!http://goo.gl

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Average Rate On 30year Mortgage Slips

Average Rate on 30-year Mortgage Slips to 3.76%WASHINGTON (AP) – Oct. 30, 2015 – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were slightly lower this week amid expectations that the Federal Reserve'

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Pinellas County Real Estate Continues To Hold Strong For 2015

Pinellas County real estate continues to hold strong for 2015. Average sale price for a single family home was $256,543 in September 2015, up 15.1% from lastSeptember. The average sale

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New Construction In Seminole KB Home Model Tour

Please take a few minutes to check out this gorgeous new property in Seminole!https://goo.gl

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Florida Zombie Problem Improving

Fla.’s zombie problem appears to be improvingIRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 8, 2015 – RealtyTrac's Q3 2015 U.S. Zombie Foreclosure and Vacant Property Report finds that the number of U.S. zombie

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Pumpkin Is The Color Of October

Falling for Color: 9 Ways With Pumpkin Orange In Florida, Pumpkin orange and easily blend with beachy blues, greens and!

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Closed Price Ratio Compared To List Price Report

This graph represents the actual closed price compared to the sellers asking price.  August - properties were selling at a year to date high of 95.4% of the asking price.September - that

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Yes You Can Compete With Al LCash Buyers Heres How

Yes, You Can Compete With All-Cash Buyers—Here’s HowTo some of us, all-cash buyers are the scourge of the superhot housing market: They swoop in, supervillain-like, and snatch up the most

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OPEN HOUSE 4695 31st AV N SAT 12 Till 2

$140,000 St Petersburg 2 beds, 1 baths, 992 sq feet Fully renovated pool home in a quiet area of St Pete. This home features a private deck off the back of the home and also a large

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Pinellas Co Real Estate Stats August 2015

The link below will take you to the board of realtors latest report on the real estate market in Pinellas County.  Call me TODAY for more information!http://goo.gl

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Dont Worry Be HAPPY

Read this very interesting story - it should make you feel a whole lot BETTER about EVERYTHING!http://goo.gl

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Fed Holds Interest Rates Near Record Low

Prime interest rates have remained near 0% since December 2008.   This should be good news for those looking to finance a home!Read the full article here - http://goo.gl

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FIRE UP THE GRILL For LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Fire up the grill...it's LABOR DAY WEEKEND!Hot dogs and Brats rule on this laid back weekend.  Here are some combination and topping ideas for your "DOGS""The German": For a bratwurst

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The Scoop From China And What It Means For The US Real Estate Market

The scoop from China and what it means for the US real estate marketBrad Inman interviews Simon Henry, co-CEO of Juwai.com on trouble in AsiaCOPY AND PASTE THIS LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER TO

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Year To Date Original Price Vs Sold Price

Month Original Price, Median Sale Price, Median Jan $180,000 $137,000 Feb $175,000 $140,000 Mar $179,900

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6 Ways To Find Your Passion And Live Your Purpose

Every single human being on this planet has a path and purpose to fulfill, whether they realize it or not. Whether it is fulfilled within your career, volunteer work, parenting, creating social

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Bargains For Sale In The Bay Area

The Tampa Bay Times reported that median home prices in the Tampa Bay Area have risen 12.2% but still are lower than other metro areas in Florida.  The Pinellas County Board of Realtors

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12 Month Closed Sales Home Values Increasing

There has been a 38.8% increase in closed single family home sales in the last 12 months.MEDIAN Home price in Pinellas County is $209,000 - last year at this time the median price was $200

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Pinellas County School Locator

Thinking of moving?  Want to know if your new house will be zoned for the schools that you want?   Check out Pinellas County School District school locator - https://sap.pinellas.k12

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Pending Home Sales Maintain Momentum

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) — Pending home sales continued to rise in May and are now at their highest level in over nine years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Gains in

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