Phil Simmerman's Blog Posts

Oct 1 2018 28989 1

10 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger A little design magic can make even the tiniest bathroom feel spacious. Small bathrooms aren’t the easiest spaces to work with. They’re

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Why Buyers Do Not Save Money By Working Directly With Listing Agents

Why do so many buyers think that working directly with the listing agent they can save a bundle? Like most urban legends, this one just can’t seem to die a natural death.The scenario goes

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12 Living Room Design Ideas

12 Living Room Design Ideas for the Gray Sectional OwnerBy:Allie Holcomb King Related To: Living RoomsColorFurniture & AccessoriesGray The classic gray sectional holds a special

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Feb 2 2018 28989 1

Boston vs. Philadelphia: A City ShowdownDo Patriots or Eagles Fans Have it Better When it Comes to the Livability of Their Cities?Written by Natalie Schwab on January 30, 2018  

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Real Estate Investing

5 Questions to Uncover the “Why” That Will Drive You to Financial Freedomby Craig Curelop | BiggerPockets.comI almost scrapped this article entirely. This has been a hard one for

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The ONLY Moving Checklist You Will Ever Need

UntitledMoving check list and article courtesy of forrent.com. There’s no denying it, moving is a huge hassle. Between packing boxes, renting trucks, finding help, and taking care of the

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5 Predictions For Buyers And Renters For 2017

If you're making big decisions about housing this year, you'll want to keep these factors in mind.If you’re a renter, you (and your bank account) probably know this already: Over the past decade,

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7 Signs That Youve Picked The Right Real Estate Agent

7 Signs That You’ve Picked the Right Real Estate Agent An article By Lighter Side Staff  Buying or selling a home can be a complicated and stressful experience. There can be a lot

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St Patricks Day In And Around Tampa Bay

Find things to do for St. Patrick's Day in Tampa Bay, including festivals, pub parties and green beer  From an article By Sharon Kennedy Wynne and Kelly A. Stefani in the Tampa

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The LifeChanging Magic Of Tidying Up

The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie KondoFrom a post on Goop.comHere in the states, minimalism isn’t exactly a point of pride (we like stuff, and lots of it), so it’s

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

What to Know About This Weekend's Daylight Saving Time Spring ForwardFrom an article in Time by Mahita GajananGet ready to spring forward this weekend — Daylight Saving Time begins on

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Spending Millions To Keep A Home Safe

Spending Millions to Keep a Home SafeFrom an article in Trends on Realtor.com  By Cecile Rohwedder In the Hollywood Hills, where musician and studio owner Jed Leiber lives, his imposing 12

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What Is New With The Seminole City Center

Chipotle and Miller's Ale House, I am already sold! The Seminole City Center is making incredible progress and is starting to showcase some of its staple retail and dining components. The Seminole

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Simple And Inexpensive Ways To Fix Up Your Home Like A Flipper

Flipping homes is a thrill, but don't forget your own home's potential. Enjoy that new-home feeling again with these simple tips.If you’re anything like me, you may find that it’s all too easy

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NEW CONDO LISTING

MLS #U7807253 UPDATED GROUND FLOOR 2 BEDROOM/2 BATH CONDO!!! This 2 bedroom/2 bath property features 1,150 square feet of living space in the heart of desirable Seminole Oaks. Located only

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Why Buyers Should Not Wait Till Spring To Purchase

Research using realtor.com data indicates that buyers would be wise to find a deal now. Key TakeawaysReady to become a homeowner? Nerdwallet and Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke say

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What Is In And What Is Out In 2017 Kitchens

When Aly and I bought our house, we focused so much on the kitchen.It could be because of the embedded HGTV episodes that feature the kitchen that everyone dreams of. But as they

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Why You Should Not FSBO

Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner from and article by The KCM Crew on December 26, 2016 in For Sellers, FSBOsIn today’s market, with home

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Home Decorating For Anxiety

9 Decorating Tips Only People With Anxiety Will AppreciateJanuary 3, 2017 by ADRIENNE HOLLAND from a post in PopsugarImage Source: A Beautiful MessAnxiety is a complicated emotion

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MAKE YOUR Bathroom Feel Like A Spa

An HGTV Star Reveals the 6 Upgrades That Will Make Your Bathroom Feel Like a SpaJanuary 3, 2017 by MAGGIE WINTERFELDT  in a post by Popsugar  Curbless Glass Shower Enclosure

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The Worlds Most Elaborate Gingerbread House Took 500 Hours To Build

It's inspired by the decadent neo-Renaissance Waddesdon Manor, in EnglandTEXT BY MARISSA G. MULLER from an article on architectural digest.comThe gingerbread houses you built as a kid

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THE FINAL OBAMA CHRISTMAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE

An article on houseandgarden.co. ukBy Leanne WalstowMichelle Obama decorates The White House in spectacular fashion for a final time with the theme 'The Gift of the Holidays', featuring 63

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Why Waiting Until After The Holidays To Sell Isnt A Smart Decision

Why Waiting Until After the Holidays to Sell Isn’t a Smart Decisionby The KCM Crew on November 14, 2016 in For SellersEvery year at this time, many homeowners decide to

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Saint Petersburg Becomes 1st Florida City To Commit

A post taken from ecowatch-energy....The Saint Petersburg City Council formally approved on Monday the city's commitment to transitioning to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Saint

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Lack Of Sleep Could Knock This Much Off Your Salary

Lack of sleep could knock this much off your salaryfrom an article on Marketwatch 3 things you can start doing tonight to get better sleep Courtesy Everett Collection By

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7 Crazy But True Facts About Moving Into The White House

7 Crazy but True Facts About Moving Into the White HouseNovember 19, 2016 by MAGGIE WINTERFELDT on pop sugar    Image Source: Getty / Yuri GripasIt's hard to

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What To Be Thankful For As A Homeowner

Thanksgiving is a time for family, joy and gratitude. We're thankful for helping our clients achieve the dream of home ownership. Just consider these great benefits homeowners can be thankful for:

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Why Single Ladies Are Buying A Place Of Their Own

Why Single Ladies Are Buying a Place of Their OwnAn article take from FannieMae The Home Story By Susanna KimKristen O’Connor, a first-time homebuyer who closed on a home last September,

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COASTAL THANKSGIVING TABLE

Coastal Thanksgiving Tablesharing from sandandsisal.comWe’ve had an early taste of late autumn… or dare I say winter this past week. Temps in the 30’s! It’s ok to wear fleece with flip

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7 SNEAKY STORAGE IDEAS

7 Sneaky Storage Ideas to Hide Your Clutter in Plain SightImage: Robyn HoweSolve the problem of corralling your stuff once and for all. You purged. You donated. You discarded. Yet, even with excess

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GETTING WHITE RIGHT

Getting White RightFour things you should know about decorating with white.Text by Elizabeth Raines Beeler and Abigail B. Millwood from an article in Coastal LivingColleen Duffley1. There's no such

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THREE KITCHEN LOOKS WE LOVE

FROM IDEAS AND ADVICE FROM REJUVENATION.COMTHREE KITCHEN LOOKS WE LOVEWhether your space is big or small, your style is traditional, modern, or somewhere in between, great kitchen design begins

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10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE EATING STOVE TOP STUFFING

10 Things You Should Know Before Eating Stove Top Stuffing The story of this savory side doesn't even start with turkey .... From an Article BY HANNAH DOOLINStuffing is as

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Thanksgiving Fun Facts And Trivia

From an article on theThanksgiving Day is one of those joyous events we celebrate with lots of love and gratitude. Its a very significant day in United States and the world over.

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The History Of The Don CeSar Hotel

taken from an article on stpetebeachtoday.comThe Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete BeachIf you are a beach walker, a boater, a lover of hotels, or just enamored with fascinating buildings, you can’t

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Home Buying Benefits For Veterans

Home-Buying Benefits for Veterans & Military BuyersByVeterans UnitedVeterans, service members, and their families believe in homeownership. In fact, the homeownership rate among veterans far

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A Career With Keller Williams

CAREERS WORTHHAVING.BUSINESSES WORTHOWNING.LIVES WORTHLIVING.A REAL ESTATE POWERHOUSEtaken from Careers at kw.com"When you choose to join Keller Williams, you join forces with the

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Plan Your Weekend Around These Events

From "Movies in the Park" to "Golftoberfest" Tampa Bay Has Events for Everyone to Enjoy! My wife and I are constantly talking about all the activities/events that Tampa Bay offers but we barely

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10 Reasons Florida Will Always Be The Best State To Retire In

Taken from an article on Huffington post by Moira McGarvey Founder, GangsAwayWhen I was kid, my grandparents left Long Island and moved to Florida. At first, I was incredulous. My

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Bootiful Halloween Makeup

Need Halloween Inspo? These Sexy (and Spooky!) Halloween Makeup Looks Are Everything They're boo-tiful! KATHLEEN KAMPHAUSEN / HTTP://IMGUR.COM/GALLERY/1BYAXWOBy Carly Cardellino

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Mason Jar Salads The Easy Way

an article in Hello Healty with Elle Penner, M.P.H., R.D. 5 Easy, Quick Steps to Making Mason Jar SaladsBy now you’ve likely seen them all over the Internet, in magazines and on your co

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What You Need To Know About Hurricane Matthew And How To Prepare

Preparing for Hurricane Matthew As Hurricane Matthew continues to strengthen, Governor Rick Scott urges Floridians to evacuate. According to the latest projections, the west coast of Florida

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10 Cities People Are Moving To Right Now And 10 They Are Leaving

An article by Karsten Strauss of FORBES STAFF A journalist covering leadership, business, entrepreneurs and careers. People tend to move around to new cities — oftentimes

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Tampa Bay Pumpkin Patches And Fall Festivals

Tampa Bay 2016 Pumpkin Patches & Fall FestivalsPumpkin patches are a family tradition and pictures are always apart of the occasion.  Pumpkin patches are all over Tampa Bay, and many of them

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Most Haunted House In Florida

Posted in FloridaJuly 18, 2016by Victoria WThe Story Behind Florida’s Most Haunted House Will Give You NightmaresAbout an hour north of Tampa, on the Nature Coast, sits a rural town

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Halloween Events Around Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Halloween Guide 2016HALLOWEEN EVENTS AROUND TAMPA BAYFrom Bay News 9Howl-O-Scream at Busch GardensSept. 23 - Oct. 30 (select nights)Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay’s premier Halloween event,

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Down Payment Assistance

DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE Are you tired of making your landlord rich?  Do you want to own a home of your own?Do you need help with down payment and/or closing costs?TAMPA BAY CDC IS THE

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Properties Brad And Angelina Must Split

Jaw-Droppingly Grand Multimillion-Dollar Properties Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Have to SplitAs stated in pop sugar  by MAGGIE WINTERFELDT Image Source: Getty / Jason

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Location Location Pokemon

Always remember the three rules of real estate: Location, location, PokémonOne bedroom, no light, next to PokéStop.The large bay windows offer a great view of nearby Squirtles, while the corner

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PINELLAS COUNTY PIE FESTIVAL

Pinellas County Pie Festival Largo Central ParkOctober 22nd 11am-6pm This year's Pie Festival will include an entertainment stage, a 2000 sq ft Kid's Area, a dog zone, pie games and

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HOME FLIPPING IN FLORIDA IS HOT

Home Flipping is Hot Again Taken from DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS Home flipping zoomed to a six-year high in the second quarter of 2016, as more investors eyed properties to spruce up and

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TOP 10 REASONS WHY

Top 10 Reasons the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater Real Estate Market Is HOT! Taken from a post by Rae Catanese,Here’s Latest Statistics on the Tampa Bay Real Estate Market and Why 2016

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WOMEN ARE CREATING SHE SHEDS

Women Are Creating She-Sheds, A Female Alternative To Man CavesAs posted in boredpanda Men need their space. But so too do women. But while some men prefer to dwell in their Man Caves, some

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8 THINGS YOU NEED FOR THE PERFECT FALL DINNER PARTY

As originally posted BY COUNTRY LIVING STAFFAUG 18, 20168 Things You Need For the Perfect Fall Dinner Party If you've ever wanted to throw and elegant fall dinner party, here's the

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5 EASY STEPS TO GET THE PERFECT FALL DECOR

5 Easy Steps To Get The Perfect Fall DecorAN EXCERPT FROM LIZ MARIE BLOG POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2016: I have just begun sharing our fall decor at our farmhouse. This year I am not

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INTEREST RATES ARE PREDICTED TO RISE

INTEREST RATES ARE PREDICTED TO RISE, WALL STREET JOURNAL, Sept., 2016DO YOU KNOW THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME?HOUSING IS STILL MORE AFFORDABLE THAN EVER IN THE RECORDED HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!Compare the

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10 REASONS TO LIST WITH A REALTOR

As posted in Florida Realtors

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Madeira Beach Ferry

As originally posted by By Josh Rojas, Reporter at BayNews9Madeira Beach ferry to begin operations in OctoberThe Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi's route will run between Madeira Beach, Treasure

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TOP TEN SUNSET SPOTS

An except from visitstpeteclearwater. com        The beaches of St. Pete to Clearwater are known for their incredible sunsets. Every evening, visitors

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Ten Reasons Why People Move To Florida

10 REASONS WHY PEOPLE MOVE TO FLORIDATaken from the WCI Blog:Florida is one of the most popular states to live in. With 49 other options in the country, why do so many people long to call Florida

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28 Things You Need To Know Before Moving To Florida

Planning to Relocate to Florida? This is What You Need to Know!I remember thinking a while back, I cannot wait to move out of Florida. Then, Aly and I got the opportunity to ....&

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As The Season Changes Opportunity Arises For FirstTime Buyers

As originally posted by Johnathan Smoke:As the Season Changes, Opportunity Arises for First-Time Buyersphotos: Steve Dunwell/Getty Imagesconcept: Greg ChowIt’s that special time of the year:

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What You Need To Know About Tropical Storm Hermine

Are you prepared Tampa Bay?Update - Thursday, Sept. 1 (11:07 a.m.) According to USA Today, As of 8 a.m., ET, Hermine was located 195 miles south-southwest of Appalachicola, Fla., with 

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Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics July

Largo, FL - The Pinellas Realtor Organization (PRO) released its monthly statistics for the month of July. The market this summer has been on fire, but in July, you will notice a bit of a cool down.

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Questions About The New Seminole City Center

As I drive along Park Blvd. or 113th St. I always seem to catch whiplash, well not quite but you get the picture. I constantly am whipping my head around (Note:I am a safe driver) to see

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Floridas Housing Market Sees 2Q 2016 Increase In Listings And Prices

 Taken From the Orlando Business Journal:Aug 10, 2016, 3:23pm EDT Updated Aug 10, 2016, 3:54pm EDTFlorida’s housing market sees 2Q 2016 increase in listings, pricesFlorida’s

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Tampa Bay Named Hottest Real Estate Market For The Next Five Years

Money Magazine named Tampa Bay the Hottest Real Estate Market for the Next Five Years, for locals, that makes perfect sense. If you have never been to Tampa Bay, do yourself a favor and add it to

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