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Panama City is a city located along U.S. Highway 98 in Bay County, Florida. It is the largest city between Pensacola, Florida and Tallahassee, Florida. It is the larger (population wise) of two principal cities of the Panama City-Lynn Haven, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 36,417; by 2004, the city's population had grown to 37,079, according to Census Bureau estimates. It is the county seat of Bay CountyGR6 and is located just east of the vacation destination Panama City Beach. Major employers in the Bay County area include Tyndall Air Force Base (located east of the city), the Coastal Systems Station-Naval Surface Warfare Center, Gulf Power, Arizona Chemical, Stone Container, and Berg Pipe. Gulf Coast Community College and a satellite campus of Florida State University offer educational opportunities. The city is served by Panama City-Bay County International Airport (PFN). -- Source: Wikipedia.com



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Panama City Florida United States
Population 36,417 15,982,378 281,421,906
Median age 37.2 38.7 35.3
Median age for Male 35.4 37.3 34
Median age for Female 39.3 40.1 36.5
Households 14,819 6,337,929 105,480,101
Household population 34,066 15,593,433 273,643,273
Average household size 2.3 2.46 2.59
Families 9,039 4,210,760 71,787,347
Average family size 2.92 2.98 3.14
Housing units 16,548 7,302,947 115,904,641
Occupied units 14,819 6,337,929 105,480,101
Vacant units 1,729 965,018 10,424,540

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Seven Years
07/23/2014

number-seven-birthday-candle-12982618The South Florida Theatre Scene launched on this day in 2007.  The first post didn’t really tell anyone much about theatre, and it proposed a model for this blog that was largely unworkable.   It really took over a year year before we knew what we were doing.   And here we are, post #1806

 

The first edition of THE SCENE appeared on January 4, 2008.   There have been 262 editions of The Scene since then.

 

In those early versions of The Scene, we began including snippets of reviews, but we didn’t track them from week to week.  So on January 31, 2009, we started creating review round-ups for each show.  At first, we tended just to link to the review, but soon learned that reviews on newspaper websites eventually disappear.  So we began to quote samples of the review as well, so that even if the review were taken off of a website, you could still get the gist of it.  We have published 551 review summaries as of this posting.

 

According to our statistics, we had 1,346,093 page views as of this posting, and we had 25,900 page views just last month. 

 

Our most-read article is 2009’s Art, Self-Imposed Limits, and the Age of Niche Theatre.  We don’t know why.  It’s not really that great an article, and the title is kind of high-falutin’ and self-important.

 

We’ve fallen off a bit the last few months, the intrusion of full-time occupation and a other distractions.  But we’re still here, and we’re planning on going on for another 7 years.

 

And here’s a song, a celebration of seven for your inner seven-year-old.

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Mondays are Dark
07/23/2014

theatre_festival_homeActually, Monday’s aren’t so dark in the summer; the South Florida Theatre League  brings you Summer Theatre Fest, a series of free play readings hosted at member theaters across South Florida. They occur every Monday night through the end of August. 
  
Tonight’s entry is Lost Portraits, by Kenneth Kurtz.  It will be presented by the Miami Acting Company  at the Hibiscus Room at Pinecrest Gardens at 7:30 pm.  Event information can be found HERE.
  
 
Here’s your Tony-free Monday reading list:

Memories Make Us Who We Are
Huffington Post lists the 21 signs that you went to a performing arts camp, an appropriate article as summer theatre camps start today all across South Florida.  Check with a theatre company near you if you’re still looking to keep your child busy this summer.  It could save the world, according to Lauren Gunderson.  
  
What’s In A Name?
The Miami Herald reports that Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will be naming the stage in its Carnival Studio Theater after a local playwright. it’s now home to the Susan Westfall Playwrights Stage.  It’s a fitting tribute, especially as Westfall was co-founder of City Theatre, which has been based out of the Carnival Studio for quite a while.  Not coincidentally, the name change becomes official on the opening night of City Theatre’ s Summer Shorts on Saturday.
  
Also in the article:  GableStage is hosting a reading of The Shop On Main Street tonight, and Palm Beach DramaWorks will be staging a concert version of Zorba! June 19th through 29th.

Only Because They Stuck with CITIES.
PolyMic lists 17 cities that aren’t NYC or London that have amazing theatre scenes.  Metro South Florida isn’t, technically, a city, so we’re not on the list.

South Florida’s Next Export To Broadway?
The Miami Herald reports that Gloria and Emilio Estefan are working on a biographical musical that they hope to take to Broadway.
On Your Feet! — a musical about their lives and the music that made them famous — is being readied over the next year. It’s headed for a tryout run in Chicago in the summer of 2015 and, if all goes well, for Broadway that fall.
So why aren’t they working on it in South Florida?  Is this a slap in the face to the talent in the Estefan’s own home town?  No, it’s marketing.
“Chicago is a good demographic for New York. You can’t try it out in Miami, because you wouldn’t learn anything,” (playwright Alexander Dinelaris) says. “Miami’s real home cooking for On Your Feet!
While that is a good point, we still don’t know why you wouldn’t assemble it in Miami - where you can get the talent steeped in the real traditions - and THEN take it to Chicago.  Just sayin’.
 
Winners
The Palm Beach Daily News fills us in on the sixth annual Randolph A. Frank Prize for the Performing Arts.
The Frank Prizes recognize performing artists and teachers who work in Palm Beach County and contribute significantly to the community’s cultural life. The evening was underwritten by Nancy and Jay Parker.
This year’s honorees are Nanique Gheridian, company manager of Palm Beach Dramaworks, and Jan Hanniford, dean of dance at Dreyfoos  School of the Arts.
 
Meanwhile…
..in Coconut Grove, the wheels are turning to re-create a Coconut Grove Playhouse.  Florida Theater On Stage reports on the five year outlook.
A rough estimated schedule for the project on the county’s website called “milestones” cites construction beginning Oct. 1, 2017 and it estimates that work will finish Sept. 30, 2019, although that likely includes a period when the building is open but touchups and minor changes are being made.
Here's hoping it moves along swiftly!


The Scene for June 6, 2014
07/23/2014


It’s sum-sum-summertime in South Florida.  And that means that it’s time for the Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest Reading Series!

Every Monday from June until August, member companies will be hosting readings of plays by South Florida Playwrights. There will be at least eighteen evenings of readings across four counties on the thirteen Mondays of Summer Theatre Fest. Playwrights range from established local favorites, including Carbonell winners and nominees, to emerging talents, with plays vastly ranging in subject matter and style. For more details, including a synopsis of each reading, please visit www.southfloridatheatre.com.

Meanwhile, the first session of Summer Theatre Camp starts at various theatres all across South Florida.  You may be too late to get your future star into a program on Monday, but session two starts in about four weeks.

Here's all of the many shows playing on the scene this weekend:

opening...

 
The Alliance Theatre Lab offers a pair of classic one-acts from James McClure; Laundry & Bourbon, and Lone Star.
 

you still haven't missed... 

 
Broward Stage Door Theater offers Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh through July 6, 2014. 

Island City Stage presents The Pride at Empire Stage through June 22.

The Plaza Theatre opens Cougar the Musical, through June 29.

The New Theatre presents Gidion’s Knot at  the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center through June 15.
   
GableStage presents Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, through June 15.
 

last chance to see...

 
The Naked Stage production of Miss Julie plays at Barry University’s Pelican Theatre, through June 8.
 
[title of show] winds it up at Area Stage Company, through June 8.
 
The Delray Beach Playhouse presents Doubt through June 8.
 
Zoetic Stage's production of The Great God Pan at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, through June 8.
 
Outré Theatre Company offers Thrill Me through June 8 at the Mizner Park Studio Theatre in Boca Raton.

Scott and Hem winds it up this Sunday at Actors’ Playhouse through June 8.

It’s the closing weekend of Tryst at Palm Beach Dramaworks.

The Scene for May 30, 2014
07/23/2014

We can tell you that nothing is slowing down at the end of the season as far as we're concerned.  It seems impossible to find the time to get the updates in these days.

The bad news is that the eleventy hundredth tour of Jesus Christ Superstar has been canceled, so if you're one the 1,800 people who bought one of the 15,000 available seats for this show, expect a check in the mail.

The good news there's plenty of other shows playing south Florida, so you needn't worry about missing a show featuring ossified rock stars.  


Here's all of the many shows playing on the scene this weekend:

opening...

Broward Stage Door Theater offers Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh through July 6, 2014. 

 

you still haven't missed... 


Zoetic Stage presents The Great God Pan at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, through June 8.
 
Outré Theatre Company offers Thrill Me through June 8 at the Mizner Park Studio Theatre in Boca Raton.
 
Island City Stage presents The Pride at Empire Stage through June 22.
 
The Naked Stage production of  Miss Julie plays at Barry University’s Pelican Theatre, through June 8.
 
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest plays at Andrews Living Arts Studio through June 8.

[title of show] opens at Area Stage Company, through June 8.
 
The Delray Beach Playhouse presents Doubt through June 8.
 
The Plaza Theatre opens Cougar the Musical, through June 29.

The New Theatre presents Gidion’s Knot at  the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center through June 15.

 
Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah plays at Actors’ Playhouse through June 9.
 
GableStage presents Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, through June 15.


coming and going...

 The National Tour of Evita plays at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday.

The District Stage Company performs Broadway Unplugged at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center this Friday and Saturday only.
 

community/conservatory


The Delray Beach Playhouse presents Doubt through June 8.
 
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest plays at Andrews Living Arts Studio through June 8.

[title of show] opens at Area Stage Company, through June 8.



last chance to see...

Thinking Cap Theatre presents Hot Dog at the Black Box Theatre at Don Taft University Center, AKA the home of the late Promethean Theatre Company.  Through June 1.
 
The Wick Theatre presents Ain’t Misbehavin’, featuring the music of Fats Waller, through June 1st.
 
Miami Theater Center presents Everybody Drinks the Same Water through June 1, 2014.


for kids...

 Area Stage Company presents Disney's Alice in Wonderland through Sunday.




Mondays are Dark
07/23/2014

theatre_festival_home…except in the summer; the South Florida Theatre League  brings you Summer Theatre Fest, a series of free play readings hosted at member theaters across South Florida. They occur every Monday night through the end of August.
 
Today there are actually TWO readings- Actors’ Playhouse will be reading Juan C. Sanchez’ Dead by Night at the Miracle Theater at 7:30 pm, and The New Light Foundation will be reading Wendy White’s Roses are Blind at Empire Stage at 8:00 pm.
 


Here’s the rest of your Monday reading list.
 

You know, for the kids…

Miami ArtZine attended  a performance of City Theatre’s The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and Her Dog) at the Adrienne Arsht Center with a bunch of kids from Opa-Locka.

The fun musical was a hit with the children from Opa-locka, who all agreed that the absolute best part was her dog Newton’s rap performance, but many said they also enjoyed learning about the solar system and about how cool science can be. The children also had the opportunity to meet the actors personally and take photos with them to round up an exciting and memorable day.

Celebrating a Life

Florida Theater On Stage reports that the late Jay Harris will be remembered at GableStage tomorrow evening at 7:30 pm.  Mr. Harris was a champion of South Florida Theater who passed away last month due to complications from surgery for a damaged hip replacement.  It’s suggested that you call 305-445-1113 to ensure that you have a seat.  We expect it to be crowded.  Jay touched so many lives in South Florida Theatre.

 

Busy August for MadCat

There are two separate stories in Broadway World about upcoming MadCat Theatre Company projects: the first article reports that the company will be presenting Centralia

Mad Cat's Artistic Director, Paul Tei first became aware of Superbolt Theatre in the summer of 2012 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival when Mad Cat's production of Going Green the Wong Way, by Kristina Wong was also being presented.

The second article tells us that the company will be launching a new playreading series:

Mad Cat, in collaboration with Books & Books, is pleased to announce the BANNED/NEW Reading Series featuring plays that have been formerly banned for their dissident, provocative content as well as new works that examine freedom of speech and expression.

The first free reading is AUDIENCE by Václav Havel at Books & Books in Coral Gables.

 

Herald’s Arts Scene

The Miami Herald’s Arts Scene is chock full this week: it leads with Outré Theatre Company’s move from the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, with a brief stop at Sol Theatre/Evening Star Productions.

“It’s a phenomenal opportunity for us,” artistic director Skye Whitcomb said in a statement thanking Broward Center executives Shelly Bradshaw and Jill Kratish. “… when they gave us this wonderful opportunity, we couldn’t pass it up.”

They’ll be performing in the Center’s Abdo New River Room, where Slow Burn Theatre Company is also staging a couple of productions.

 

Jungle Fever

The Sun-Sentinel interviews Neil Goldberg and other members of his creative team about Cirque Dreams Jungle Fever, opening Tuesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.



The Scene for July 18, 2014
07/23/2014

The summer theater season is starting to heat up, as GableStage and Actors’ Playhouse open their summer shows, and Palm Beach Dramaworks opens its next concert version of a well-known but rarely-produced musical.
 
Monday will bring the latest entry in the Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest Reading Series!  
 
This week is another double-head:  New Light Theatre will be reading Wendy White’s Roses are Blind at Empire Stage, while Actors’ Playhouse will be staging a reading of Juan C. Sanchez’s Dead By Night at The Miracle Theater.  It’s also an opportunity to see some of the decorated umbrellas that theatre companies are doing as part of the festival.  And you have an opportunity for free chocolate.

 
Here's what’s playing on the scene this weekend:


opening... 
  
Actors’ Playhouse opens Mid-Life 2! (The Crisis Continues) through August 17, 2014.  As the title suggests, this is the long-awaited sequel to that blockbuster hit Midlife: The Crisis Musical.

  

GableStage opens its production of  Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, which runs through August 17.  

 

Palm Beach DramaWorks opens its concert version of The Most Happy Fella, which plays this weekend and next.


you still haven't missed...
 

Teatro Avante presents the XXIX International Hispanic Theatre Festival this weekend through July 27.  Plays will be staged at the Arsht Center, Teatro Promoteo, the Adriana Barraza Acting Studio, and the Miami-Dade County Auditorium.  You can read about it on the Miami Herald, which also has the list of productions posted.

 
The Arsht Center is opening H2OMBRE, its latest immersive summer theatre experience, through August 31. 
 
Bernstein on Broadway plays at The Plaza Theatre through July 27.

 
Re-Designing Women plays at Empire Stage through August 3.


last chance to see...
 

Ground Up and Rising winds up its run of 9 Circles at Artistic Vibes this Sunday, July 20.

 

Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s  Much Ado About Nothing ends its run at Carlin Park on Sunday, July 20.

 


community and conservatory...
 
Florida Atlantic University presents August: Osage County   through July 26th.   It’s playing in repertory with Bonnie and Clyde, The Musical which closes the following day, July 27th.
 
Lake Worth Playhouse opens Legally Blonde: The Musical through July 27th.
 
Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts opens Les Miserables, through August 3.
 


for kids...
 
Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre offers Shrek: The Musical through July 20.
   
The Delray Beach Playhouse offers Disney’ Alice in Wonderland Jr. through Saturday July 19.
 
Rapunzel plays at the  The Broward Center through Saturday, July 19 in the Amaturo Theatre.

Area Stage Company offers its conservatory production of Once Upon A Mattress through Sunday.

 

Sol Children’s Theatre presents The Commedia Pinocchio, through Sunday.

 

Actors’ Playhouse offers a completely different version of Pinnochio through August 2.  They have scheduled a sensory-friendly performance on July 26.



Hole opens up under building at Deltona High School
07/18/2014

A hole has opened up under a building at Deltona High School at 100 Wolf Pack Run, just off Howland Boulevard. "We do have a hole that has opened up under the chorus building. We're not calling it a sinkhole, but rather, a void. We have closed off the auditorium as a precaution," said Nancy Wait, sp ...


Volusia County Schools ready to restore staff
07/18/2014

For the first time in about seven years, the Volusia County School Board is cautiously upbeat about the local school system’s fiscal prospects. The tentative optimism of the School District administration is guiding creation of the agency's 2014-15 budget. The new budget includes outlays for more ...


Vote for DeLand! City is finalist in national contest
07/18/2014

UPDATE Tuesday, July 1: In Parade magazine's online contest to find the nation's best Main Street, DeLand fell to Collierville, Tennessee, in a hard-fought 24-hour battle against a town with about twice DeLand's population. The final tally at midnight June 30 showed DeLand behind its Tennessee compe ...


Where to celebrate the Fourth of July in West Volusia
07/18/2014

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation — no longer under the dominion of an English king. The U.S. Census reports there were 2.5 million people living in the U.S. in July 1776; this ...


Thunder, lightning and rain strike West Volusia
07/18/2014

Last night's (Thursday, June 26) storm was full of sound and fury. It dumped 2.1 inches of rain, as measured at the DeLand wastewater plant on Amelia Avenue, in addition to constant bright-white lightning in West Volusia, for more than an hour. The storm began around 6:15 p.m. and was pretty much ov ...


Nature Scenes: Belted kingfishers dig tunnel nests up to 8 feet long
07/18/2014

All alone, but looking content, a handsome belted kingfisher perched on a wooden railing leading to the Halifax River in Ormond Beach. He was 13 inches long, had a 20-inch wingspan, and weighed about 5 ounces. His large blue-feathered head had a shaggy crest and a long, heavy, black bill. His back a ...


West Volusia Calendar of Events: June 28-July 5, 2014
07/18/2014

Saturday, June 28 Farmers Market 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 North U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary. Free admission. Call 407-443-6965. Market in the Park 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Blake Park, 493 S. Lakeview Drive, Lake Helen. Free admission. Call 386-228-9957. Summer Book Sale 9:30 a.m.- ...


Nature Scenes: Green heron is a ‘tool-using species’
07/18/2014

A juvenile green heron silently walked on the ground a few yards from alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm during my recent visit there. This lone bird didn’t have any green feathers yet and looked about 8 inches tall. His plumage was brown, with streaks and spots. None of his relatives ...


West Volusia Calendar of Events: July 12-19, 2014
07/18/2014

Saturday, July 12 Farmers Market 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 North U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary. Free admission. Call 407-443-6965. Market in the Park 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Blake Park, 493 S. Lakeview Drive, Lake Helen. Free admission. Call 386-228-9957. Low-Cost Pet-Shot Clinic 9 ...


Nature Scenes: Eastern screech owl has great diversity in its diet
07/18/2014

At a glance, an adult Eastern screech owl looks like a baby or juvenile because it is so small. But the typical adult is 8.5 inches tall, has a 20-inch wingspan, and weighs only 6 ounces. Hollow bones and feathers don’t weigh much! The female is a little larger than the male. An Eastern screech ow ...


Sheriff's Office called to possible home invasion
07/18/2014

Volusia County Sheriff's investigators are still puzzling over what they termed a "possible" home invasion July 7 in the DeLand area. Deputies responded to Ivy Avenue, which runs off East Voorhis Avenue, at 2:21 a.m. July 7. They found a "multitude of subjects" in the front yard and interior of the ...


Raucous peafowl cause trouble at DeLand center
07/18/2014

A family of peacocks has taken up residence outside a nursing home on DeLand’s north side, and the birds are raising a ruckus and sometimes damaging cars. Facility officials want them gone — relocated, that is, not killed. “They’re beautiful birds,” said Maureen Kehoe, administrator of Rid ...


No Martin resignation in DeLand; no special election planned
07/18/2014

UPDATE, JULY 16: DeLand City Commissioner Phil Martin did not turn in his official resignation July 16, City Clerk Julie Hennessy confirmed this morning. There will be no election to replace him, and instead a new commissioner will be appointed to his seat if and when he resigns. City Manager Michae ...


Seville man dies beneath riding mower
07/18/2014

A 68-year-old Seville man, Michael Giles, died beneath a riding lawn mower that apparently fell on him as he tried to secure it, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The accident happened at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the intersection of Brownlee and Raulerson roads, the FHP reported. A passerby fou ...


The Hidden Treasure Neighborhoods of Tampa Bay
07/15/2014

When people think about the type of neighborhoods that define Tampa Bay Real Estate, they usually picture big chain restaurants and retail stores, beaches and vacation attractions. While Tampa Bay does have its fair share of each, they also have a couple of notable areas where unique and unusual are the norm.

Both Ybor City and the Hyde Park Neighborhood are reminiscent of a New York Burrough or a trendy LA neighborhood. These places may not be quite what you would expect from Tampa Bay Real Estate, but maybe that's because you don't yet know all of the hidden treasures that a city like Tampa Bay has to offer. Team Chais would like to educate you a little...


Ybor City
Eclectic shops, art galleries, jazz, reggae, and salsa emanating from bars onto the streets, hand-rolled cigars being made on every corner - these are the sights and sounds that define Ybor City. The city was founded by Vicente Martinez-Ybor as a cigar-manufacturing center and is now one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in all of Florida. With its red brick buildings, wrought iron balconies, and narrow brick streets, a visit to Ybor is like taking a step back in time to Tampa's Latin quarters.


Hyde Park
If Ybor City is the "Trendy LA Neighborhood" of Tampa, then Hyde Park is definitely the "New York Borrough." It is even located on South Howard Avenue, earning it the name "The SoHo District. It is filled with more than 50 shops, restaurants, and movie theaters - martini bars, wine bars, outdoor bars, upscale dining, live music venues, upscale shops, and more. As Tampa's first western suburb, Hyde Park homes range from Bungalow homes, to condominiums, to mansions. The village itself resembles a European promenade with its tree-lined streets, vintage street lamps, designer stores, and lush foliage.

The lesson here is, just because you think you know a place, doesn't mean you do. Tampa Bay is so much more than just a tourist destination. It is an up-and-coming city that brings in the amenities and unique features normally associated with the major cities throughout the United States. It can get overwhelming trying to understand all of the Tampa Bay Neighborhoods if you are not from here. As soon as you are ready for a Tampa Bay Real Estate agent, give Team Chais a call. We would love to educate you a little more on all the little hidden secrets of Tampa Bay.

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Short Sale Basics from a Tampa Bay Realtor
07/15/2014


"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know."
Daniel J. Boorstin

Team Chais is a team of licensed Real Estate Agents, Top Notch Negotiators and Certified Distressed Property Specialists that have a lot of experience with short sales. Well recognized for our work with lenders and attorneys in this highly specialized process, Team Chais has earned this recognition because of our personal approach.

We constantly come into contact with clients who hear short sale and do one of two things.
A) Run for the hills because they won't even consider it an option.
B) Assume that they don't qualify and that foreclosure is their only option.

As Boorstin says, the best way to get people to open their minds, is through education.

In this posting, we would like to educate you on the short sale process in a simplistic manner. These are meant to make you think about the possibility of a short sale, without overwhelming you, or making your eyes glaze over. There is a lot more to know about short sales, and as you will notice, it is imperative that you have a licensed and experienced Realtor to help you along the way. So without further adieu...

Short Sale 101

1) Banks grant short sales to sellers who have a hardship (i.e. unemployment, divorce, bankruptcy, etc.) and owe more on the mortgage than the home is worth

2) To qualify for a short sale, the seller will need to submit the following:
- A letter of authorization
- HUD-1 or preliminary net sheet
- A Hardship Letter
- 2 years of tax returns
- 2 years of W-2s
- Recent Payroll stubs
- 2 months of bank statements
- Comparative market analysis

3) A buyer will write a short sale offer (at which point the buyer should ask his or her Tampa Bay real estate agent for a list of comparable sales)

4) The seller accepts the offer

5) The Tampa Bay Real Estate Agent sends the following to the bank
- Buyer's preapproval letter
- Copy of earnest money check
- Seller's short sale package

6) The Buyer waits to get a response from the bank. The Tampa Bay Real Estate Agent plays a large role here in keeping in regular contact with the bank.

Team Chais treats each short sale situation with compassion. We realize how important it is to provide counseling in more ways than one to help our clients through the short sale process. Being Tampa Bay distressed property specialists means wearing a lot of hats - part teacher, part counselor, part Realtor. Team Chais wears them all well. If you live in Tampa Bay and would like the full short sale lesson, we would be happy to help. Our site is a great resource - featuring articles on a Seller's guide to short sales, a Buyer's guide to short sales, as well as our exclusive short sale package.

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Life's Always A Beach in Tampa Bay
07/15/2014

The beautiful thing about living in Tampa Bay Real Estate is that it is not quite a concrete jungle. Beyond the city streets and high rises, we are lucky enough to have the sunny, sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. From St. Pete's Beach to Johns Pass and northward to Indian Rocks Beach - Tampa Bay boasts a pretty extensive sun and fun landscape.

Our beaches are unlike any other. They are more than just sand and ocean. A typical beach can feature everything from a campground to something as extravagant as an archaeological site. With too many to cover in one sitting, Team Chais would like to present you with…

The Featured Beach of the Week: St. Pete's Beach

Report by the American Medical Convention in 1885:
"Where should a healthy city be built? Overlooking the deep Gulf of Mexico, with the broad waters of a beautiful bay nearly surrounding it, but with little upon its soil but primal forest, there is a large sub peninsular, Point Pinellas, waiting the hand of improvement. It lies in latitude 27 degrees and 42 minutes, and contains, with its adjoining keys about 160,000 acres of land. No marsh surrounds its shores or rests upon its surface; the sweep of its beach is broad and graceful, stretching many miles, and may be improved to an imposing extent. Its average winter temperature is 72 degrees. Those who have carefully surveyed the entire state think it offers the best climate in Florida."

Nicknamed the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg is more than just a beach, it's an entire city. Just as this report says, this beach stretches many miles and may be improved to an imposing extent. St. Petersburg is vast and, year after year, continues to make improvements to its beaches and its community. Within the boundaries of this Sunshine City, there are five beaches.

Fort De Soto Beach
The first beach is one of the best around - not just in Florida, but in the entire United States according to numerous rankings and awards. The beach boasts a year-round county campground, miles of nature trails, paved fitness trails, canoe trails, and 800 foot boat launch with floating docks, fishing piers, picnic pavilions, a concession stand and shower facilities.

St. Petersburg Municipal Beach
11260 Gulf Blvd. Treasure Island
On the border of Gulf of Mexico sits the 500 feet of St. Peteresburg's sandy white shores. This beach features full shower and changing facilities, snack bar, beach volleyball courts and a beach wheelchair for the handicapped. Its biggest accomplishment is its cleanliness, recently proven by winning a Blue Wave Beach Award from the Clean Beaches Council.

Maximo Beach and Park
34th Street and Pinellas Point Drive
This beach has recently become the place to be with its newest venture - the "Tocobaga Disc Golf Course." A championship 18 hole course for Frisbee that winds through 47 wooded acres. It also touts three boat ramps, a nature boardwalk, two beach-side playgrounds, bike and nature trails, a 70 acre archaeological site, and a 10 foot observation tower which offers the perfect panoramic view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay.

Downtown St. Petersburg's Spa and North Shore Beaches
2nd Avenue NE and Tampa Bay
A common place for tourists, this area offers two public beaches where visitors can rent paddleboats, jet skis and other watercrafts, as well as enjoy a playground, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, a palm arboretum, and plenty of parking. It is also the setting of big events such as the St. Anthony's Triathalon.

Egmont Key
If you're looking for the perfect place to take a long midnight stroll, this is it. This island features an 87 foot lighthouse, 440-acre wildlife refuge, and miles of beach offering the perfect view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

So as you can see, life in Tampa Bay really is a beach! It is part of our culture to spend a Saturday lounging the sand, running the length of the beach, or taking advantage of the amenities of the beach for a day of amusement with the kids. If you are thinking about Tampa Bay Real Estate, please don't hesitate to contact Team Chais. Living on the beach is not as far-fetched as you think.

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Tampa Bay: Back to School, Back to Normal, Giving Back
07/15/2014

Summer is slowly coming near an end in Tampa Bay. Although the weather here is not as telling as other climates that fall is on its way, there is still a change in the air come September. It means back to school for the kids; it means returning home for the tourists; it means back to a normal schedule for us Tampa Bay residents.

There is something about this time of the year that motivates us all to get out of relaxed-summer mode and into self-motivated mode. Nothing is more satisfying and self-motivating than giving back to your community, and Tampa Bay has no shortage of ways on how to do that. The following are a few upcoming volunteer opportunities available to Tampa Bay.

Be a Puppy Raiser with Southeastern Guide Dogs
Selectively bred puppies come to you at 9 weeks of age. They will live in your house while you teach them obedience and begin training them to be seeing eye dogs. Contact Ellen Cox for more information or visit the Southwestern Guide Dogs Website.

Grocery Shopping for A Good Cause with Tampa Bay Harvest
Ever wonder about that perfectly edible food that gets thrown away at the end of the day in restaurants or the outdated food at grocery stores? Tampa Bay Harvest is the organization that transports it from the people that don't need it, to the people that do. As a volunteer, you help collect and deliver the food the pre-approved charities in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

Join an All-Encompassing Volunteer Group with Handson Tampa Bay
Brought to you by the United Way of Tampa Bay, HandsOn is Tampa Bay's premier volunteering and community service platform. Its structure is ideal, uniting volunteers together in a fun and flexible environment, allowing you to choose from various volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

There is no better way to get to know your community than by volunteering. It makes a relatively large place like Tampa Bay seem much smaller when you are working within your community. If you are looking to move to Tampa Bay, Team Chais is a great resource for Tampa Bay Real Estate or simply advice about this great city.

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Events on a Tampa Bay Scale
07/15/2014

The events and activities that are available to Tampa Bay are almost always big-scale, completely unique, family-friendly experiences. The events and venues themselves define Tampa Bay's culture. This particular event is definitely one of those….

The Museum of Science and Industry Presents - CSI: The Experience

For every die hard CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Fan out there who has ever wanted to play detective, this is your chance. The exhibit allows visitors to play the role of the crime scene investigator, learn the scientific principles and investigative techniques, and actually solve one of three crime scene mysteries.

DNA, latent prints, forensic anthropology, toxicology - this is the stuff that Forensic dreams are made of. This hands-on exhibit comes complete with special effects direct from the TV series.

The exhibit will be available from June 19th to September 6th, from 9 am - 6 pm. The Museum of Science and Industry (The MOSI), located at 4801 E. Fowler Ave in Tampa, boasts more than 400 exhibits, the nation's largest science center, an IMAX theatre, a planetarium, a 3-D theater and a butterfly garden. Once again, the MOSI is typical Tampa Bay. It has everything that you could possibly want, in one place, that you couldn't get anywhere else.

If you love the sounds of having fantastic places like the MOSI right in your backyard, maybe its time you look into Tampa Bay Real Estate. We would be happy to point you in the right direction. After all, we know and love Tampa Bay and are happy to help anybody else find a home here too.

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