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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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Where Else Can You Ice Skate in 70 Degree Weather? Only in Tampa Bay this Holiday!
07/15/2014

There is no better time than the holidays for a place like Tampa Bay Florida. That may sound funny to those of you who grew up with a white Christmas, but when you take Tampa Bay, sprinkle it with twinkling lights, a handful of holiday festivals, and a lot of holiday cheer, you have a Florida Holiday Wonderland!

Below are just a few of Tampa Bay's events for the Holiday Season. Look out for the "Only in Tampa" notes, each one there to remind you that there are some things you can only do in Tampa Bay Florida.

Holidays at Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
3000 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, Florida
Only in Tampa: Can you still ride roller coasters in the Winter!!
Talk about a rush! Riding the roller coasters, surrounded by Christmas shows and decorations. Get some of your best holiday shopping done in Santa's Christmas Workshop in Morocco. Last but not least, the ice show at the Stanleyville Amphitheater is not to be missed.

Chanukah in the Park

When: Tuesday, Dec 7 at 6 pm
Where: Old Hyde Park Village
1622 W Snow Ave., Tampa, 33606
A beautiful Hanukkah celebration in the park, complete with a Menorah lighting, kosher wine tasting, and latkes!

Tampa's Downtown on Ice
When: Remains open until Jan 2
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa FL 33602
Only in Tampa: Because you can actually enjoy ice skating when you're not freezing!
There may not be snow, but families can skate on an outdoor rink with real ice in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Shimberg Gardens
When: Thursday, Dec 9 at 5:00 pm
Where: 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa FL 33615
Only in Tampa: Can you appreciate a good tree lighting without freezing your fingertips off?
Live music fills the air with the voices of the 75 member Center Stage Singers of Morganwood Elementary school and others. Festive refreshments get passed around. Two trees light up the park. And then, Santa arrives with gifts for 300 kids!

Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade
When: Saturday, Dec 11 at 6:00 pm
Where: Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard , Tampa, 33604
Only in Tampa: A Boat Parade in December? Of course!
This annual parade in its 11th year is a much loved tradition with Tampa Bay residents. Kayaks, canoes, and traditional craft depart from the Lowry Park boat ramp - all decked out in Christmas lights.

Ryan's Rockin' Holiday Party
When: Thursday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 pm
Where: 1502 S Howard Ave., Tampa FL 33606
Have a really good time all while supporting a really good cause. This rockin' party, complete with music by DJ Felix, complimentary signature cocktails from Ketel One, hours d'oeuvres and a visit from Santa, benefits holiday wishes for children at Hillsborough County Department of Children's Services.


These events are just the tip of the iceberg (without the ice cold weather) for Tampa Bay this December. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where you are during the holidays, it's who you're surrounded by and finding a place that you are happy to call home.

If you are looking for a Tampa Bay home, we would love to be the Tampa Bay Real Estate Agents who make that happen. If you are just looking for some advice on the best things to do this holiday season in Tampa Bay, we would be happy to help you there too. Reach out to us on our Team Chais Facebook page or contact us directly. Hope to hear from you soon. Stay warm!

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Northwest Hillsborough County Real Estate Update for December 2010
07/15/2014

Northwest Hillsborough County Active Single Family Listings:
Northwest Hillsborough County is a great place to call home and with new single family properties coming on the market daily, purchasing your dream home will be a breeze. Active single family listings on the market currently total 3,422 with the average listing price of $329,864.

Northwest Hillsborough County Sale Pending and Sold Single Family Listings:
Currently, there are 1,308 single family properties with pending sales in Northwest Hillsborough County. In the past 3 months, 1,110 properties closed with an average sale price of $203,698. The average amount of time a single family Northwest Hillsborough County listing was on the market for was 146 days. The ratio of the average original list price to the average price for which a property was sold was 79% - which means on average, sellers received 79% of the original asking price of their home.
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Absorption Rate/Supply for Single Family Homes in Northwest Hillsborough County:
The current month supply of homes on the market is defined as the ratio of the current inventory of active listings compared to sales. In other words, given recent sales activity, one can estimate how long it would take for the entire inventory of active listings to sell, assuming no new listings were to appear on the market. At the present time it will take about four and a half months to sell all of the current active listings, without adding any new homes for sale. The charts are based on trends from last month.

Quick Condo Stats for Northwest Hillsborough County:
Average Original List Price of Sold Condos: $135,416
Average Sales Price of Condos: $121,632
Average % Seller Received Compared to Average List Price: 90%
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Tampa Bay Florida - The Best Candidate for the World Cup!
07/15/2014

Now I don't want anybody to get ahead of themselves, but Tampa Bay Florida is up for a pretty exciting opportunity...

To host the 2022 FIFA World Cup!!!!!



That's right, Tampa Bay is one of the 18 finalists to be the host of one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Tampa Bay Real Estate has everything going for it and we can't think of a better candidate to host the world class soccer championship. What makes Tampa Bay a front runner in this race?

  • Highly populated metropolitan region - Check!
Tampa Bay is the second most populated city in Florida and the 19th largest metropolitan area in the US.
  • Home to a World Class Airport - Check!
The Tampa International Airport is one of the best - backed by both Conde Nast Traveler (who rated it as the third best airport in the world) and IATA Skytrax (who named in the number two airport in North America). It accommodates over 17 million passengers each year, with an estimated 25 million expected by 2020.
  • Plentiful sunshine - Check!
  • Amazing hotels and conference centers - Check!
  • A huge variety of restaurants - Check!

Whether you are soccer fan or not, you probably understand the breadth of hosting an event like the World Cup. This international soccer competition hosts 32 teams from the Federation Intertionale de Football Association (FIFA). In the same manner of another grand event (the Olympics), the tournament is only held every four years.

Team Chais encourages you to go to the World Cup page of the Visit Tampa Bay website and sign the petition to show your support for Tampa Bay Florida! The decision will be made December 2nd.

The FIFA World Cup will bring innumerable benefits to Tampa Bay Real Estate including creating new jobs and providing hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development. Over 16 billion dollars in sponsorship dollars would go straight to the economy of the local Tampa Bay communities.

Moving to a Tampa Bay home offers all of the aforementioned benefits and more. Full of energy and excitement, sun and fun, and great neighborhoods - all the elements that make up your Tampa Bay dream home. Give us a call when you're to make the move.

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Your Tampa Bay Holiday: Only the Turkey Should Be Stuffed – Not You
07/15/2014


It’s the same viciously delicious cycle every fall season: in October, Trick-Or-Treating gives you plenty of opportunities to dip into the candy basket more than you should. In November, Thanksgiving dinner has everyone unbuttoning their trousers at the dinner table before dessert has even arrived. Finally, in December, assorted holiday chocolates, cookies, cakes, and the infamous egg nog, makes many people resolve to lose those fifteen extra pounds for the New Year.

Believe it or not Tampa Bay, but we can break this viciously delicious cycle this holiday season – without losing the delicious part! That’s right. Here are some tips that will help you eat better this holiday season, while still leaving room for a little indulgence. After all, it is the holiday!

Rule #1:
Don’t Stress About It! The holidays are a time for getting together with family and friends to enjoy each others company and make wonderful memories; and you certainly won’t be able to do that if you’re constantly counting calories and carbs. Don’t deny yourself that helping of pumpkin cheesecake – just get a smaller slice. Moderation is key!

Don’t Be Afraid to Nibble:
Have you ever heard someone say, “No lunch for me. I’m holding out for that Thanksgiving dinner”? Skipping Meals = Bad Idea. Nibbling on little things throughout the day will keep you from overeating at dinner and vice versa. Nibbling a little throughout the day will keep your metabolism and digestion going at a steady rate instead of overloading it with one huge meal towards the end of the day.

Stay Hydrated:
If you drink extra water throughout the day and before dinner, you will be less tempted to over-indulge. Also, replacing high-calorie sugary juices and sodas with water and sugar free beverages will beneficial to you and the whole family.

Rethink Your Trimmings!
Many times the side dishes and condiments pack the most calories. Easy alternatives that still provide delectable flavor include low-fat gravy and fat free salad dressings. There are also plenty of innovative, mouth-watering gravy recipes at EatingWell.com, so be sure to take a peek at those! To avoid overdoing the carbohydrates, try adding more veggie recipes to your side dishes, such as green bean casserole made with low-fat milk and reduced-fat sour cream.

Be Active!
Sometimes spending a little time away from the delicious aromas floating throughout the house will help curb your appetite, so try taking the dog out for a few extra walks. With family around, there will more than likely be a child or twelve running about your Tampa Bay home. Since “adult talk” is probably no fun for them, take them outdoors, or set up a play area in the basement. This will undoubtedly give you hours of good cardio before dinner, and more importantly, you’ll be the coolest adult ever.

By following these few easy tips, Thanksgiving in your Tampa Bay home is sure to be deliciously healthy this holiday season. Spending the holidays in Tampa Bay is not like spending the holidays anywhere else, so if you’re interested in Tampa Bay Real Estate, be sure to contact us! We would love to welcome you to your dream home!

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The Holidays Have Arrived Tampa Bay - Have You Brushed Up on Your Party Etiquette Lately?
07/15/2014

The holidays are upon us. As always, they show up before you know it. June Cleaver or not, many of us will be hosting parties at our Tampa Bay homes for the holidays - Thanksgiving Dinner, Cookie Parties, Dinner Parties, Cocktail Parties, New Years Parties. If you've ventured into home entertaining, you all understand how stressful it can be to throw a party at your Tampa Bay home. So when it's your turn to be the guest, keep in mind these tips to make it as easy on the host as possible to pull off the perfect holiday celebration...

7 Tips to Holiday Party Etiquette

1) Surprise Gift
It's always a nice surprise to bring the host something little to show them your appreciation for throwing a fantastic shin dig.

1) The Dreaded Double Dip
No matter how sneaky you are about it, double dipping is not acceptable. Not only does it turn people off, but it is also unhealthy. The correct move is to spoon some sauce onto your own plate, allowing you to dunk all you want.

2) Removing Shoes
If the host asks you to remove your shoes, you should oblige. If it makes you uncomfortable to traipse around barefoot, bring an extra pair of your own shoes. A good hostess, however, should be flexible, or at least provide you with slippers.

3) To Sip or to Stir?
That little plastic straw served with your cocktail was originally intended as a stirrer - not a straw. If you're in a bar, you can probably pull it off and use it as a straw. But if if the drink is served in fine crystal, it should be kept to its original intention.

4) Whoops! I spilled!
Don't try to cover it up! It will only make you feel worse in the long run. If you spill, tell your host right away, apologize profusely, and offer to help clean it up. If it needs professional work, offer to pay for the service to do it. If the host doesn't accept, mail them a check with a note expressing your apologies.

5) Pass the Potatoes
For a family-style dinner, the proper way of serving requires the host to serve the meat and the side dishes passed to the right (counterclockwise), with each guest helping themselves.

6) Help - Only if Wanted
Ask the host if they want help with anything - setting the table, cleaning up, etc. But if they decline, don't insist. It might just stress them out more to find something for you to do.

7) Send Thanks!
It may seem like a little much, especially if Grandma was the host, but a nice thank you card goes a long way. Imagine what a nice surprise it will be for the host to receive a card in the mail, long after the last guests leaves, thanking them for all their efforts.

At the end of the night - even after all of the stress and anticipation - entertaining in your Tampa Bay Home, surrounded by your friends and family, is one of the thrills of owning a home. It's such a wonderful feeling to have a place to bring everybody together, filling the air with laughter and delicious smells. With every party comes a new memory, a new story, and a new tribute to your home. If you're interested in Tampa Bay Real Estate, we would love to help you find your dream home.

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Staying Active, Having Fun, and Making a Difference in Tampa Bay
07/15/2014

Tampa Bay welcomes those who are ready to benefit themselves and the surrounding community through activities meant to refresh the mind, body, and spirit. Tampa Bay takes pride in being an area known for its involvement in charitable activities as well as its support for personal physical and mental health. Moving to Tampa Bay means enjoying the best of both worlds with things to do that will benefit you and others!

5K Fun Run/1K Park Walk
Date: Saturday November 13th
Time: 8 a.m.
Place: Downtown Tampa, 601 St. Pete Times Forum Dr.

As a part of the Tampa Bay Family Fun Day, Redefining Refuge presents the 5K Fun Run/1K Park Walk. This organization's mission is to end sexual abuse and the sex trafficking of women and children. It is also dedicated in its cause to raise public awareness of these injustices. This event takes a sad situation and turns it on its head into a fun event. With face painters, bounce houses, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, and free admission for children under four years old, this is sure to be a great time for the whole family to enjoy. For more information about this event and the organization, be sure to visit RedefiningRefuge.org.


Ride 2 Recovery Florida Challenge
Date: Monday November 15th-Sunday November 21st

United Healthcare is sponsoring the Florida Challenge, an event promoting the health and recovery of America’s wounded veterans who utilize cycling in their recovery treatments. Riding from Tampa Bay to Jacksonville, participants will see some of the best of Florida’s unique and beautiful landscape including the gulf coast, swamps, and horse country. A $75 registration fee includes hotel housing, rest stops, snacks, meals, and more. All injured veterans can participate free of charge. Visit Ride2Recovery.com to learn more.


Ameriprise Financial "HungeRun" 5K Run/Walk
Date: Sunday November 21, 2010
Time: 8:30 AM
Place: Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Avenue

At this event, one hundred percent of your $25 registration fee will go towards providing 50,000 meals for the hungry this holiday season. Participants are urged to bring a nonperishable food item while enjoying live music from Shaun Hopper and appearances by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders. With goodie bags, raffles, and family fun, this event is sure to be a good time. Register online at FeedingAmericaTampaBay.org.

As you can see, the city of Tampa Bay is a place where people can come together for the good of both themselves and others. If you are looking to become a part of the Tampa Bay community, be sure contact us – we would love to welcome you!

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Northwest Hillsborough County Real Estate Update for November 2010
07/15/2014

Northwest Hillsborough County Active Single Family Listings:
Northwest Hillsborough County is a great place to call home and with new single family properties coming on the market daily, purchasing your dream home will be a breeze. Active single family listings on the market currently total 3,426 with the average listing price of $341,196.

Northwest Hillsborough County Sale Pending and Sold Single Family Listings:
Currently, there are 1,304 single family properties with pending sales in Northwest Hillsborough County. In the past 3 months, 1,158 properties closed with an average sale price of $205,072. The average amount of time a single family Northwest Hillsborough County listing was on the market for was 144 days. The ratio of the average original list price to the average price for which a property was sold was 79% - which means on average, sellers received 79% of the original asking price of their home.
Data provided by the MLXchange.

Absorption Rate/Supply for Single Family Homes in Northwest Hillsborough County:
The current month supply of homes on the market is defined as the ratio of the current inventory of active listings compared to sales. In other words, given recent sales activity, one can estimate how long it would take for the entire inventory of active listings to sell, assuming no new listings were to appear on the market. At the present time it will take about four and a half months to sell all of the current active listings, without adding any new homes for sale. The charts are based on trends from last month.

Quick Condo Stats for Northwest Hillsborough County:
Average Original List Price of Sold Condos: $133,089
Average Sales Price of Condos: $119,330
Average % Seller Received Compared to Average List Price: 90%

For more information on properties in Northwest Hillsborough County, feel free to contact us! There is a variety of great single family homes and condos available on the market. If you are planning to sell your Northwest Hillsborough County home, we have a proven marketing strategy that will ensure your satisfaction with the home selling process!

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Tampa Bay Takes a Walk for Alzheimer's Awareness Month
07/15/2014


Team Chais would like to remind you that November is the official month for Alzheimer's Awareness. We could not agree more that setting an official time of year to raise awareness is one of the best ways to make strides towards finding a cure for this widespread disease that continues to affect our parents, grandparents and friends.

It is estimated that 5.3 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease (source: www.alz.org). That number is doubled, if not tripled if you think of the number of people who are affected by this debilitating disease - the friends, family, healthcare and social workers, advocates, and volunteers.

So this November, Tampa Bay is standing up and taking a walk to raise awareness with the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk and you're invited!

Place: Lowry Park Bandshell, 7530 N. Boulevard, Tampa, Florida
Date: Saturday, November 6th 2010
Time: 8 am (Pre-walk activities); 9 am (Walk step off)
Length: 2 Miles

Team Chais is participating and we would love to see you there! This is such a great cause and such a successful event. Since its inception in 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $300 million for the cause. The money goes towards Alzheimer's Association support and research. The mission of the Association is to provide care and support to those affected, reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health, and ultimately eliminate Alzheimer's disease through research advancement.

Team Chais welcomes your donations and your words of encouragement. Go to the Team Chais Facebook Page to check out the Team Chais Memory Walk Event. Or visit the Team Chais Donation page to make a contribution to the cause. We are always happy to get more involved in the Tampa Bay community and encourage new and old residents to do the same. If we can use this blog as a platform to make one more person aware of this disease and feel that they need to do something about it, then we have done our job.

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7 Tips to Tampa Bay Trick or Treating Safety
07/15/2014

Halloween is such a great holiday for making memories with your children.

Going on a scavenger hunt of sorts to bring together one amazingly inventive costume...decorating the house with cobwebs and ghosts...chowing down on candy until you're bouncing off the walls.

Unfortunately, with all of the good, also comes some bad. There are always precautions we should be aware of when it comes to Trick or Treating.

7 Tips to Tampa Bay Trick or Treating Safety

At Least One Adult: Children should always go trick or treating with a responsible adult. One large group of kids does not equal one responsible adult. Have at least one parent along for the ride, even if that means walking 10 feet behind them as to not embarrass them.

Stick to the Neighborhoods: Many Tampa Bay Neighborhoods have a town curfew. Make sure to stick to the curfew times and stick to the subdivisions and neighborhoods with lots of homes - not only does it make for the safest scenario, but it also allows the maximum amount of candy in a short amount of time!

Go Towards the Light: Tell your kids the importance of staying out of back allies and fields. For a reference, tell them to always stay towards the well-lit areas. As a courtesy to your neighbors, Tampa Bay Homeowners should turn on exterior lights to provide as much light as possible for the kids.

Look Before You Eat: Make sure your kids know not to open and eat any candy before bringing it home to be inspected first. Be wary of anything that is not factory-wrapped or no longer sealed. The easiest way to keep them from picking at their stash is to make sure they get a full meal in them before they go out.

Stranger Danger: They've heard it before and they'll have to hear it again. Instruct your child never to go into the home a of a stranger or into their car. No exceptions. Even if they roll their eyes at you as you tell them this for the 100th time, one more time is not going to hurt.

Stand Out: Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick, or wears some sort of reflective tape on their costume. When it's dark outside, it's very easy for a car to miss a small child dressed in a dark costume.

Check In: The beauty of having cell phones these days is that we can keep tabs on our kids a lot better. Make it a rule that they check in with you every hour, or that you check in with them.

For a few more tips from Tampa Bay Online, check out this news story on Trick or Treating safety.

We feel pretty fortunate to live in a Tampa Bay neighborhood where we feel comfortable with our neighbors and safe in our community. When it comes to our kids, however, we always have to err on the side of caution. If you have any questions about any of the Tampa Bay areas, or you need some advice on which Tampa Bay Homes provide the safest areas - and will give you the best candy - give us a call.

Here is wishing all of you a very safe, fun and memory-filled Tampa Bay Halloween!

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Made You Laugh! in Tampa Bay Florida
07/15/2014

"The Human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter"
- Mark Twain

Sometimes we get overwhelmed by all the things that we cannot control in our day-to-day life. Buying and selling Tampa Bay homes, although very rewarding, can be stressful. Our goal is always to take as much stress off of our clients as possible, but there are bound to be bumps along the way.

We've all heard it before, but we often forget - "Laughter is the best medicine." When you get overwhelmed and start taking yourself too seriously, just laugh! Simply clearing your head of all your worries and having a good laugh can only make the situation better.

Fortunately, living in Tampa Bay Florida means having access to a lot of performance venues and events to get you laughing. In this case, Tampa Bay's comedy clubs is what we'd like to focus on.

The Tampa Improv Comedy Theater
1600 E 8th Avenue, Suite C112
Tampa, Florida 33605
A great trip for a few friends, big groups, or even date night. Get your laughter on with "Florida's Funniest Females" on October 20th, D.L Hughley on November 5-7th, or Glenn Miller's Comedy Hypnosis Show on November 24th.

Cocunuts Comedy Club in Tampa Bay
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These are Florida's longest running comedy clubs in Tampa Bay Florida. With three locations around Tampa Bay, they are able to feature nationally touring comic headliners that you will most likely recognize from TV.

Side Splitters Comedy Clubs
12938 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
This Tampa venue hosts shows Wednesday through Thursday. They have a full menu, group events available, and you can even rent out the entire club for a big party.

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Tampa Bay Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness in More Ways Than One
07/15/2014

We recently mentioned on the Team Chais Facebook Page that there are tons of events going on around Tampa Bay for Breast Cancer Awareness month. We thought, why not use Our Tampa Bay blog to give you a little more detail? The following are all of the ways that you can recognize Breast Cancer and raise money for this worthy cause in Tampa Bay, Florida.

2010 Suzie Q Blitz Build for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
When: Saturday, October 23 at 8 am
Where: Grant Park area of Tampa Bay
Website: http://firstgiving.com/habitathillsborough
The Suzie Q Blitz Build is a valiant effort organized by Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough to get a home built in just 7 days. The event is in honor of Suzanne Hastings, the wife of Habitat for Humanity crew leader, who lost her battle with breast cancer at 36. You can honor Suzie’s devotion to community and family by donating or volunteering on October 23rd. The donations to the Suzie Q build will benefit the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Beauty for the Cure

When: Saturday, October 16, 10 am - 9 pm
Where: Aveda International Plaza, Tampa, Florida
Who would have thought that a day of hair styling, mini facials, make up applications, hand massages could help contribute to a good cause? Aveda is making giving a pampering experience at the Aveda International Plaza in Tampa. They are pleased to accept donations of all sizes, from $5 to $500, all of which go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Call (813)348-9600 to schedule an appointment.


FI(gh)t For the Cure at Special Fitting Event
When: Friday, October 15, 10 am
Where: Macy's at WestShore Plaza, 298 Westshore Blvd, West Shore Plaza, Tampa, FL, 33630

This event goes right in line with the cause. Macy’s and Wacoal host this free bra fitting event, in which Wacoal will make a $2 donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, for every single fitting made. Wacoal will also provide an additional $2 donation for
each bra purchased at the event.


Breast Cancer Awareness at Hard Rock Tampa
When: Entire Month of October
Where: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa, 5223 N. Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33610
Hard Rock Tampa will raise funds and public awareness by donating 25% of the proceeds from its "Pink Sheets" guest room bookings, 75% of the profits from its Pinktober Hard Rock pins, and 15% of the sales from all Pinktober items.


Pink and Blue for Two
When: October 27
Where: Desert Grill, Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, FL
The goal of this event is to raise awareness and funds for both breast and prostate cancer research. Hosted by Olivia Newton-John and Moffitt Cancer Center founder, H. Lee Moffitt, the event will include a performance by Newton-John herself, along with No.1 Billboard-charting Contemporary Jazz artist and Tampa native Eric Darius.

We are proud to live in a town that recognizes the importance of volunteer and charity work. While Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a great way to promote a very important cause, it doesn't take a designated month for the community of Tampa Bay to volunteer. When you Live in Tampa Bay Real Estate, you get to be at the center of a lot of resources - medical centers, research facilities, large organizations, and huge event centers. If making a big impact on the world is important to you, then you need to be in a place that provides the means to make a difference. If you would like to look at some Tampa Bay Homes, we would love to be your guide. Give us a call. Anytime.

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Tampa Bay Receptive to a Gluten-Free and Organic Lifestyle
07/15/2014

As food is such an important part of our lives, it's no surprise that many people take food options very seriously when looking into moving to a new place. Tampa Bay Real Estate not only offers fantastic restaurants, it also has a great variety of Food Stores that carry organic foods and gluten-free foods.

Team Chais knows the importance of having gluten-free food within reach of your Tampa Bay home. As someone diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Stacey Chais has personal experience with the matter. So in honor of Celiac Disease awareness month, Team Chais would like to present Tampa Bay residents with a list of the wide variety of organic and gluten-free stores in Tampa Bay Florida.

Chuck's Natural Food Marketplace
?11301 North 56th Street, Tampa, Florida? ?(813) 980-2005?
chucksnaturalmarketplace.com

Whole Foods Market - Tampa
?1548 North Dale Mabry Highway.?
?Tampa, FL 33607?
?(813) 874-9435?
?wholefoodsmarket.com??

Publix GreenWise Market
?2403 W Azeele St, ?
?Tampa, FL 33609-3317?
?(813) 250-0129 ??
publix.com

Nutrition S'Mart
?14847 N Dale Mabry Hwy?
?Tampa, FL 33618?
?(813) 908-9500?
nutritionsmart.com

Rollin' Oats Market and Cafe
?1021 N MacDill Avenue?
?Tampa, FL 33607?
?(813) 873-7428?
?rollinoats.com??

Village Health Market
?3225 South MacDill Avenue?
?Tampa, FL 33629?
?(813) 831-6065?
?villagehealthmarket.com??



Tampa Bay is even receptive to your pets' food sensitivities! Here are a few popular natural pet food stores in Tampa Bay, Florida area.



Wag Natural Pet Boutique
?304 E Davis Blvd?
?Tampa, FL 33606?
?(813) 258-9181?
wagoftampa.com

Groovy Cats and Dogs Inc
?10213-B Lake Carroll Way?
?Tampa, FL 33618?
?(813) 265-1333?
groovycatsndogs.com

Q-Prise Pet Products
?4603 W Price Av?
?Tampa, FL 33611?
?(813) 837-6139?

We are a source of knowledge when it comes to Tampa Bay Real Estate. Whether you are looking for advice on the best restaurants to go to, the best schools to send your kids to, or the best way to search for Tampa Bay Homes, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We're here to help!

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Northwest Hillsborough County Real Estate Update for October 2010
07/15/2014

Northwest Hillsborough County Active Single Family Listings:
Northwest Hillsborough County is a great place to call home and with new single family properties coming on the market daily, purchasing your dream home will be a breeze. Active single family listings on the market currently total 3,406 with the average listing price of $343,137.



Northwest Hillsborough County Sale Pending and Sold Single Family Listings:
Currently, there are 1,296 single family properties with pending sales in Northwest Hillsborough County. In the past 3 months, 1,152 properties closed with an average sale price of $210,571. The average amount of time a single family Northwest Hillsborough County listing was on the market for was 139 days. The ratio of the average original list price to the average price for which a property was sold was 72% - which means on average, sellers received 72% of the original asking price of their home.


Data provided by the MLXchange.

Absorption Rate/Supply for Single Family Homes in Northwest Hillsborough County:
The current month supply of homes on the market is defined as the ratio of the current inventory of active listings compared to sales. In other words, given recent sales activity, one can estimate how long it would take for the entire inventory of active listings to sell, assuming no new listings were to appear on the market. At the present time it will take about four and a half months to sell all of the current active listings, without adding any new homes for sale. The charts are based on trends from last month.

Quick Condo Stats for Northwest Hillsborough County:
Average Original List Price of Sold Condos: $144,311
Average Sales Price of Condos: $116,115
Average % Seller Received Compared to Average List Price: 80%

For more information on properties in Northwest Hillsborough County, feel free to contact us! There is a variety of great single family homes and condos available on the market. If you are planning to sell your Northwest Hillsborough County home, we have a proven marketing strategy that will ensure your satisfaction with the home selling process!

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Tampa Bay Florida Welcomes in October
07/15/2014

Just because we live in warm Tampa Bay Florida Real Estate does not mean that we don't know how to fully embrace the fall festivities. From pumpkin carving to German Beer Fests, October in Tampa Bay FL is filled with activities to get you in the spirit.


Lowry Park Zoo's "Zoo Boo"

Dates: October 1-2, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 28-31
Hours: 7-11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays; 7-10 pm on Sundays through Thursdays
Tampa Bay's largest family Halloween event. The Lowry Zoo will transform into a fright zone of haunted houses, free rides, and creepy decorations and lights. Each activity is rated with a scare factor of 1 to 7 skulls so you will know if the "kids" can handle it ;)

21st Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair
Date: October 30th & 31st, 2010
Times: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
As one of the country's best art festivals, this event features only the highest quality art work with each artist hand picked from hundreds and hundreds of applicants. The 150 exhibitors who made the cut will display a wide range of artwork from life-size sculptures to photography to jewelry.

Pumpkin Patch, Hyde Park
Date: October 16-31st, 2010
Hours: Monday - Wednesday: 5 pm - 8 pm; Thursday & Friday: 12 pm - 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm
This event is the perfect compliment to the Hyde Park Village Art Fair. Easily transport back and forth from the pumpkin patch to the Art Fair so that everybody is happy. After you embrace the art culture of Tampa Bay, this is where your journey begins on the search for the perfect pumpkin. Best part is, it is hosted by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay so you know the pumpkin proceeds are going to a good cause.


Busch Gardens Hallowscream, Tampa
Date: Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from September 30, 2010 - October 31, 2010
Hours: 7:30pm - 1am on Thursdays; 7:30pm - 2am on Fridays & Saturdays; Halloween Night: 7:30pm - 1am
This annual Busch Gardens event is not for the faint of heart. Live music, scary attractions, and of course, stomach-dropping rides. Don't forget! Tampa Bay Florida residents get a discount on theme park tickets!


Dunedin Octobeer Fest
Date: Saturday, October 9th
Hours: 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
One of the largest German parties around! Sample over 60 different types of beer and food from the Tampa Bay Area Restaurants. While you're at it, stroll through the aquarium and view the animals and exhibits. Tickets get you free food, beer, live entertainment and dancing.

This time of year is always the best in Tampa Bay Florida. If you've just moved here from a cooler climate, it will be the first time you can enjoy the luxury of donning a Halloween costume without having to cover it up with layers of sweaters and jackets. You can enjoy outdoor activities galore and some of the creepiest haunted houses around. If you're still looking, on the other hand, and you're ready to get into the spirit, give us a call and we will help you find the perfect Tampa Bay home.

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Starting Traditions in Tampa Bay with First Fridays
07/15/2014

It's always nice to establish traditions. Whether it be with your family, your friends, or your co-workers, Tampa Bay is known for its sidewalk events and block parties peppered throughout its neighborhoods. Each one usually features local art, great food and music in the air. The following are events that occur on the first Friday of every month, the perfect way to start a tradition if you are new to town.

Gulfport Art Walk
The quaint Florida village of Gulfport is the ideal place for a sidewalk event. For the First Friday and the Third Saturday of every month, the village holds an outdoor art show to showcase all of their Galleries and shops and local musicians, as well as their fine restaurants.
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Place: Beach Blvd in Gulfport, Florida
Gulfport Website

Sarasota Art Walk
Dancing, live music, drinks - it must be Palm Avenue! On the first Friday of every month, you can peruse through the fine art galleries, jewelers and restaurants of Palm Avenue.
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Palm Avenue in Downtown Sarasota
Sarasota Website

Palm Harbor Block Party
From February to May, and August to November, on the first Friday of each month, the streets of Palm Harbor's historic district transform into one huge block party. This is worth the trip just to check out the historic downtown area if you have never seen it before. Its Old World atmosphere provides the perfect environment for live music, artists, crafts, and games.
Time: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Place: Florida Avenue between Alt 19 & CR-1
Palm Harbor Website


Living in Tampa Bay Real Estate means, come Friday, it's time to shake off your work week, get outside, and loosen up. Start a tradition with a friend to go to one of the events above, or find one in your own Tampa Bay neighborhood. If you are only looking to move to the Tampa Bay area, this might be the perfect opportunity to get a better feel for the Tampa Bay community. Anything you need, give us a call!

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Georgia Happenings
07/15/2014

WEDNESDAY

Mammograms by the Wellness on Wheels mobile health vehicle. Mammograms required a physician’s order; insurance is accepted and financial assistance is available to patients to qualify. (912) 466-5234 or sghs.org.

¦ Wednesday — 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Camden County Health Department, 905 Dilworth St., St. Marys. (912) 882-8515.

¦ Thursday — 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Camden County Health Department, 1501 Georgia Ave., Woodbine. (912) 576-3040.

¦ Tuesday — 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., IGA Supermarket, U.S. 84, Ludowici. (912) 545-2107, ext. 233.

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Gov. Scott makes appointments to judicial nominating commissions, several from Jacksonville area
07/15/2014

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has made 27 appointments to judicial nominating commissions in Florida with several going to First Coast lawyers.

Judicial nominating commissions recommend candidates for judgeships to the governor. Under Florida law Scott must make his judicial appointments out of the list of names submitted to him by the nominating commissions.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses Times-Union editorial board, journalists
07/15/2014

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is in Jacksonville today to discuss his first term in office and his reelection campaign.

Scott is taking to The Florida TImes-Union's editorial board about a range of issues, including job growth, ports, the environment and crime. Scott is now answering questions from the editorial board and other journalists.

Check back for more today on Jacksonville.com.



Guardsman kills 2 people, self in northern Utah
07/15/2014

SALT LAKE CITY | An Army National Guardsman left a suicide note in his northern Utah home before killing a college student and one other person early Monday, then fatally shooting himself at another home, authorities said.

Jared Tolman, 23, wrote that he was sorry, and that what he was about to do was selfish, said Logan Police Lt. Rod Peterson.

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Suspect in 83-year-old Jacksonville woman's rape and death remains unfit to stand trial
07/15/2014

A Jacksonville man accused of beating, raping and killing an 83-year-old woman has again been deemed incompetent to go to trial and will remain in a state hospital for another six months.

Christopher LeMar Johnson, 23, has been institutionalized since 2011 soon after he was arrested in the first-degree murder, sexual battery, robbery and burglary of Emma Jean Beasley. Tuesday prosecutors and defense lawyers told Circuit Judge Kevin Blazs that doctors have found Johnson is still incompetent during a review hearing in the case.

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Police: Central Florida man kills 2, injures 1 with baseball bat
07/15/2014

TAVARES | Police say a central Florida man used a baseball bat to beat to death his girlfriend and her mother and seriously injure her brother before taking his own life.

Police identified 32-year-old James Jones as the suspect in the beating deaths of 42-year-old Shannon Ratliff and her 66-year-old mother, Mavis Ratliff, in Tavares on Monday evening.

Tavares police spokeswoman Joyce Ross says Shannon Ratliff's brother, Eddie Ratliff, underwent surgery Tuesday morning. Eddie Ratliff is an employee of the city of Tavares, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando.

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Is Jacksonville budget proposal balanced? Councilman questions, asks for legal ruling
07/15/2014

A Jacksonville councilman called Tuesday for a legal opinion on whether Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s 2015 budget proposal meets city law after an auditor cautioned the city’s reserves might fall below what the law allows.

“I would like a formal ruling on the question of whether or not it violates that ordinance,” Councilman Bill Gulliford told members of the council Finance Committee. “… If it’s in violation, I think it’s prudent that we all know that.”

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Report: Dozens of Disney, Universal theme park employees arrested in sex crimes involving children
07/15/2014

In 2013 alone, more than 50 million visitors passed through the turnstiles of Disney’s four Orlando-area theme parks. Add in Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld and the annual attendance numbers swell to more than 70 million, many of them children.

A new six-month investigation by CNN shows that in recent years, more than three dozen Central Florida amusement parks employees have been arrested for sex crimes involving children, including some just this month.

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Body of FSU student from Kuwait was found in the Chipola River
07/15/2014

ALTHA | Authorities in Florida's Panhandle say a Florida State University student from Kuwait was found dead in the Chipola River.

The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office tells The News Herald (http://bit.ly/1wpMItV ) that the 19-year-old man was one of several Florida State students that had been visiting the river near Altha. The man's name was not released pending notification of next of kin.

The sheriff's office says two passers-by alerted authorities to the body they found Saturday in about 10 feet of water.

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Downtown Pensacola Gallery Night, March 11
07/13/2014

Indulge in the eclectic atmosphere of Downtown Pensacola with an enticing array of music, art and cuisine. Come and enjoy Gallery Night, a free event that gives dozens of local artists the opportunity to showcase their creative works throughout several galleries, restaurants and businesses. Take a stroll along the charming streets and breezeways of the … Continue reading








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