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Pinellas International Council Marketing & Networking Session is thrilled to have Macarena Rose return once again to speak on living in & purchasing real estate in Belize on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 3:00 – 4:30 pm!!

 

 

Thank you, Macarena Rose, for sharing your time and incredible knowledge with us. She is very vivacious and makes learning so much fun!

Macarena is the owner of Rainforest Realty in Belize, developing it into one of the leading real estate agencies in Central America. She remains a vital presence in the Central America real estate industry, maintaining an ongoing leadership role. She has a busy schedule that includes creating the International radio shows “Belize Talk Radio” ,  “International Real Estate Talk” and her newest show “Tuesdays with Morey Tax Tips“, filming her 6th HGTV House Hunters International program in Belize, speaking as an International Real Estate Consultant in various forums and serving on the board of many community organizations in Belize.

Macarena’s latest adventures includes the first Belize filming of HGTV’s Show called Off the Grid and has filmed 6 other episodes for HGTV House Hunters International in Belize!

Additionally she is now the Operating Principle of Keller Williams Belize.

An inspiration as to how to live a fulfilled life…her motto is – Throw Your Hat Over the Wall, Don’t Look Back & Just Do!

Although this opportunity is FREE for you, you must register due limited space, snacks & wine.


Click here to register. 

http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Contact: Martha Vasquez
Email: martha@marthavasquez.com

Pinellas REALTOR Organization
4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater FL 33762

 

 

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Please join the Pinellas International Council this Thursday for the Certified International Property Specialist course, the Americas & the International Real Estate. This informative course is being taught by  Ileana Bogaert, Realtor® and the 2012-2016 National Association of Realtors President’s Liaison to Colombia.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 8:30am – 5:00pm at Pinellas Realtor Board, 4590 Ulmerton,Road, Clearwater, Florida.

This course offers you practical information on working with Caribbean, North, Central and South American investors.  Historical and cultural influences, regional relationship, and investment opportunities are covered along with a special focus on Mexico.

Instructor: Ileana Bogaert   Ileana Bogaert's profile photo

Ileana Bogaert, Realtor® CIPS, GRI, AHWD, TRC, CNE
Global Real Estate Marketing Specialist
2012-2016 NAR President’s Liaison to Colombia
Bogaert’s International Realty-Marco Island – Naples – Miami

SCHEDULE:
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Sign-in, networking, and breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Course

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Seating is limited and registration is required.

REGISTRATION:  http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

***This course is one of the courses required to earn the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation. The CIPS Network comprises 2,500 real estate professionals from 50 countries and is the specialty membership group for global business practitioners of the National Association of Realtors®. The CIPS® designation prepares Realtors® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues. Click here for more information about CIPS and the requirements to earn this prestigious designation.

Contact: Jan Dean
Email: JDean@tampabayrealtor.com
Phone: 727-216-3004
Pinellas REALTOR Organization
4590 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater FL 33762

Please join the Pinellas International Council for a presentation on Greece by Alexandra Sekouri, the President of the Hellenic Association of Realtors (Greece). Alexandra recently attended the National Association of Realtors Mid-year Meetings in Washington, D.C. held each year for a week in May. Ms Sekouri will be discussing the buying process, types of properties, price ranges, referral system, why one should invest in Greece and much more. Hope to see you there! Please remember to register first.

Greece June 2017

 

This beautiful turnkey contemporary Bed and Breakfast with 2 Professional Tennis Courts and 6 units can be yours for business or pleasure or both! Located in the stunning area of Tamarindo, on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Province of Guanacaste, where the main attractions are surfing and eco-tourism.

There is a total of 7 bedrooms so you can use one for yourself & the rest for your family, friends, or guests. It is short walk to Tamarindo’s main surfing beach and the business center. Playa Tamarindo is a long, rocky beach with excellent waves and two main breaks for advanced surfers.

Some eco-friendly activities in the area include watching turtles nest during their season, diving, snorkeling, body surfing, zip-lining, estuary trips, sailing, horseback riding and fishing.

Guest suites include a 2 bedroom apartment, 2 – 1 bedroom suites, and 3 guest rooms with a total of 7 bathrooms. Also included is a restaurant and a gorgeous pool which creates a great spot for entertaining. Imagine sitting out by this pool in the morning sipping some fresh Costa Rican coffee from the nearby mountains. The property is 1600 Square Meters with 300 Square Meters of structures. This property offers the owner several means of income & attracting a variety of guests. All of these wonders can be yours for $1,195,000.00.

Tamarindo is easily accessed from Liberia Airport (approx. an hour or so away) with airlines from many major cities arriving daily. Commercial airlines include: Air Berlin, Air Canada, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Jetblue, US Airways and several others.

As well as 3-4 supermarkets, a farmer’s market is held every Saturday morning.  With such fresh food & so many outdoor activities available, it is easy to see why so many are moving to Costa Rica for La Pura Vida!!

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful property. Thank you so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinellas International Council 6th Annual Global Symposium-Thank you to David Bennett CEO of PRO, John-Paul Mario Chair of the PRO Business Affiliates, Susan Inez-Poskus CPA from Roberge Poskus, Maria Grulich from Florida Realtors, Bill Risser, VP of Digital Strategy from Fidelity National Title, Don Gonzalez Attorney, Carlos Fuentes NAR instructor, the nearly 100 attendees and all of the PRO Affiliates who sponsored this informative event. Thank you all for making this such great day!!

At Home With Diversity® is an educational experience designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry. Since 1998, the At Home With Diversity® program has prepared over 20,000 REALTORS® to work effectively with and within today’s increasingly diverse pool of homebuyers.

Please join us as instructor Phil Riek, the 2016 Florida Realtors Education Individual Achievement Award winner, leads you through this informative class on September 22, 2016 to be held at the Pinellas Realtor Organization building at 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater Florida from 8:30-5pm.


The At Home With Diversity® Course teaches REALTORS® how to:

* Assess and understand attributes of diversity in local markets and their impact on the real estate industry
* Build a business plan and selling strategy to successfully service all client profiles
* Understand basic competencies to earn the confidence of potential buyers and sellers, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, handicaps, familial status, or national origin

Note: As with many NAR certification/designation courses, this certification may have additional requirements. For more information, call NAR Resort at 800-874-6500 ext. 8393 or visit the NAR At Home With Diversity webpage.

PRO Members:
Click here to register

PRO Members – would you like a scholarship to help pay for this course? The REALTOR® Professional Development Scholarship is available for you, courtesy of the Pinellas REALTOR® Foundation and the Affiliate Business Partners of PRO. Click here to learn more and apply.Note: the scholarship does not cover any additional costs associated with obtaining the certification. If you’re interested in the scholarship, REGISTER AND PAY FOR THIS COURSE FIRST, then fill out the application on the webpage linked above. We request that you register and pay for the course first to guarantee your spot since scholarships and seating are limited. If you are awarded, we will issue you a check.

Non-Members:
Click here to register.

Contact: Jan Dean
Email: JDean@tampabayrealtor.com
Phone: 727-216-3004

 

 

Please join the Pinellas International Council for our monthly International Marketing and Networking Session. The event is free but we do need you to register on the PRO website in advance-Wine and small bites are provided by the PRO Affiliate Business Partners. Thank you!!  http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Hope to see you there!

 

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You may also contact: Martha Vasquez
Email: martha@marthavasquez.com

 

 

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Villa Stargate, Grecia, Costa Rica MLS#7753614-AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

 

 

And yet another reason to move to Costa Rica!

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By Jason Holland, https://internationalliving.com/articles/the-top-five-overseas-havens-for-effortless-healthy-living

Since moving here I haven’t had arthritis in years,” says Robbie Felix of her healthy new life in Manuel Antonio, on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. “The clean air in the rainforest, the ocean…it’s like breathing medicine. I’m very healthy for someone with a chronic illness. I surf. I walk on the beach. I exercise.”

Robbie, in her early 60s, has the chronic illness lupus. But she found relief from her symptoms (including arthritis and skin allergies) after arriving in Costa Rica. And she’s not alone. Robbie is just one of the many expats who no longer needs a raft of medications since moving down here.

“My high blood pressure has come down almost completely.” says Nel Cameron, 68, who lives in Escazú, a suburb of Costa Rica’s capital, San José.

So what is it about Costa Rica that causes your blood pressure to plummet and your dependence on meds to go fade away?

There’s a phrase in Costa Rica, sort of the unofficial national motto: Pura Vida. It literally translates to “Pure Life,” but it’s more accurate to say “Life Is Good.”

It’s an attitude shared by most Ticos, as Costa Ricans call themselves. They value time with family and friends. They work hard, but you won’t find them sacrificing playing soccer with their kids at the park by staying late at the office. They know that a well-balanced life, where you spend time in your community or doing things you enjoy, is key to good health and wellness.

It makes for a low-stress lifestyle. And most expats find that, soon after arriving in Costa Rica, they adopt the Pura Vida way of life, too. They slow down. They get out of the habits they had for years when they were part of the daily grind. They enjoy coffee on their back porch, enjoying the scenic vistas of the Central Valley or Lake Arenal. Or breakfast with their toes in the sand with friends, after a long walk on the beach.

Reducing stress and learning to enjoy life is only one way expats find themselves improving their mental and physical health. Just about every Costa Rican town of any size has a feria, or outdoor farmers’ market, at least once a week. Most expats adopt the local habit of doing the majority of their shopping there. The price is right. With pineapples for $1, heads of lettuce for 75 cents, tomatoes for 50 cents a pound, and other bargains, you can load up on a week’s fresh fruits and vegetables for about $35. You also have fresh fish like snapper, tuna, or dorado (mahi-mahi), straight off the boat, for $5 to $6 a pound.

With these prices—and the abundance of fresh, whole foods—you can’t help but have a healthier diet. It’s common for expats to eliminate the need for some prescriptions. And lose significant weight—20…30…40 pounds or more—in the process.

Harry and Barbara Jones, a 60-something couple, live in Grecia, in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. They’ve found that living like the locals—shopping at the local farmers’ market for fresh fruits and vegetables, for example—allows them to cut their monthly budget to well under $2,000. Another benefit of their newfound healthy eating habits: “I’ve lost 30 pounds since moving down,” says Harry.

Diet is just one part of the equation. You have no shortage of options for exercise in Costa Rica, thanks to the warm, tropical weather year-round. On land, you can take long walks on the beach, trek through jungle, or hike vigorous trails to mountaintops with panoramic vistas. Watersports like surfing, standup paddle boarding, and kayaking are hugely popular on the coasts, with plenty of schools and instructors to help beginners of any age.

“One of the things we like is that it is quiet and peaceful. Its country living at its finest,” says Ian Douglass, 46, from Manhattan Beach, California, of his life on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. “Clean air, unprocessed food, good waves, natural beauty, and the beach. I think these are things we should be allowed to enjoy every day.”

In the beach areas, it can be hot and humid—too much for some, just right for others. But head to the Central Valley and you’ll enjoy cool mornings where you need a sweatshirt and afternoon highs in the mid-80s F, with little humidity.

Jeff and Allison Spencer, 60 and 58, respectively, were educators in Arizona before retiring early and moving to the Lake Arenal region, which features a consistent, spring-like climate.

“In general, I really enjoy the weather. The breeze keeps things cool and keeps the bugs away. Even on rainy days, it’s nice and cool. March to April it’s dry. But we do have a lot of rain during rainy season, usually a sunny morning and rainy afternoon—that’s typical. But I wouldn’t trade that for the heat and dust in Arizona,” says Jeff, who adds, “The great temperatures year-round allow us to enjoy kayaking, biking, and hiking whenever we want.”

Of course, just walking out your front door can provide a lot of exercise. Many communities in Costa Rica are also very walkable. If you live in a town in the Central Valley or in one of the many laidback beach towns, you can get around mainly on foot for trips to the grocery store, local restaurants, and the like. If you’re in more outlying areas, there is excellent bus service and cheap taxis, so there’s no need to depend on a car.

With all these factors, it’s no wonder that one of Costa Rica’s regions, the Nicoya Peninsula, was named one of the world’s Blue Zones by researchers. They discovered that locals live longer on average, thanks to a combination of diet, climate, and lifestyle. I can’t say you’ll live longer as an expat in Costa Rica. But you’ll certainly be healthier.

By Jason Holland, https://internationalliving.com/articles/the-top-five-overseas-havens-for-effortless-healthy-living-part

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100m N Miguel Arriba, Grecia, Costa Rica MLS#U7753234-AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

TAMPA, Fla. – Jan. 19, 2016 – The Tampa metro area continues to be a desirable destination for international homebuyers.

Realtors cite a variety of reasons for the area’s popularity – the growth of direct international flights to Tampa International Airport, higher prices in South Florida sending people further north and stepped up marketing campaigns overseas by real estate companies.

Last year, international real estate purchases increased between 14 to 20 percent in Hillsborough County, according to Carlos Fuentes of Namaste Realty.

Despite an overall drop in real estate sales to international buyers in Florida last year, the state has long been a desirable market for foreign investors looking to purchase homes. With its desirable climate, the state accounts for 25 percent of all international real estate purchases in the United States. Half of those purchases have historically been in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region.

But Realtors say that could be changing in the Tampa metro area’s favor with the new direct international flights, better pricing on both lots and existing homes here, a secure environment in which to invest, proximity to beaches, professional sports, a new outlet mall and plans for a more vibrant downtown Tampa with more residential units.

“We have construction up in all sectors of real estate,” said Fuentes, past president of the regional Multiple Listing Service. “And the quality of life here versus South Florida is huge.”

Smith & Associates, this area’s leading luxury real estate broker, has been focusing on a marketing strategy for about four years to draw in more international buyers.

“We’ve been developing strategies, thinking about those direct flights and how to put our properties in front of these folks and build a presence,” said Bob Glaser, president and CEO of Smith & Associates, which did $1 billion in sales last year. People are a lot more likely to purchase in an area they can fly to directly, he said, and the recent addition of direct flights such as those from Frankfort, Germany could be game changers.

International buyers account for 12 percent of all sales in the state, according to the Profile of International Buyers in Florida 2015, published by Florida Realtors.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area was listed among the major destinations in Florida for international buyers, according to the Florida Realtors report. International sales in the Tampa metro area rose 6 percent during a 12-month period ending June 2015, the report shows. That figure was less than the 11 percent in 2014, which followed a similar drop in other metro areas across the state last year.

In 2014, the Tampa metro area was tied with Orlando for the highest percentage of foreign buyers in the state.

Top international buyers in the Tampa metro area in 2015 came from: Canada (31 percent), United Kingdom (19 percent) and Sweden (12 percent), according to the Realtors report.

Last year, international sales in Florida totaled 44,000 properties, or 12 percent of the state’s residential market, compared to 15 percent in 2014. Nationally, international sales accounted for just 4 percent of sales, according to the report that conducted a Realtor survey between July and August.

And when foreigners buy here, they buy more expensive real estate than Floridians. Many pay cash. The volume of international sales totaled $23.7 billion, or 24 percent of Florida’s residential dollar volume of sales (19 percent a year ago), compared to 8 percent nationally.

It’s a market worth growing, Glaser said.

The Realtors report listed the Miami metro area with 36 percent of international buyers in 2015; Fort Lauderdale got 14 percent last year and the Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beach MSA getting 8 percent. The Northport-Sarasota-Bradenton MSA accounted for 7 percent of sales to foreign buyers in 2015.

The number of Realtors handling international sales went up from 52 percent in 2014 to 69 percent in 2015, Florida Realtors reports. Of those who worked with international clients 78 percent of them reported closing at least one sale with those clients. That is up slightly from the previous year.

Smith & Associates now works with Luxury Portfolio International to market its properties worldwide and has a working agreement with Mayfair International Realty, which acts as its London office, and links with the Financial Times to market properties in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Jacqueline Hutchinson, a Realtor with Smith & Associates, sold three homes to French investors last year. They found out about homes here through a website called French District, then contacted Hutchinson, a native of France.

“Florida is very popular with the French,” Hutchinson said. “Before, they always went to Miami, but because of the direct flights, they come here and they like it.” They like the Gulf of Mexico and they like the prices, she said.

And until recently, people from the United Kingdom and Germany targeted Sarasota and Fort Myers, Fuentes said. “Now, the prices have gone up down there and there are limits in land mass. You are seeing movement of Germans and British here. Prices are a big draw.”

Copa Airlines, which now offers direct flights from Panama City, brings in Latin American investors who previously flew directly to Miami. “Those flights, that is huge,” Fuentes said. “In addition, just in December Lufthansa added the direct flights from Frankfort, a hub for Asians who want to come to the United States.”

Glaser said a number of his Latin American clients come here because they consider it a safe place to invest their money and a safe place for their families, who in some cases are living behind barbed wire fences in their home countries.

The majority of Latin American buyers come from Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Argentina.

Part of the difficulty in bringing in foreign buyers is that they are not all familiar with Tampa, Glaser said. There’s a learning curve about where it is in relation to Miami and Orlando and what this area has to offer, from condos and suburban homes to restaurants, museums and culture.

“Walkability is big with Europeans,” said Jane Gowarty, vice president of business development and relocation for Smith & Associates. “They want to be able to walk to the grocery, the museum, to look at the water. If you can get them to Tampa Bay and give them a tour, safety is a huge factor and the pricing here is right.”

Copyright © 2016 the Tampa Tribune (Tampa, Fla.), Yvette C. Hammett. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

 

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Imagine relaxing on your own balcony watching the sun set on the Gulf of Mexico  while the boats cruise past. Welcome home to your own private paradise on Tierra Verde, in St Petersburg, Florida. Enjoy beautiful views of the Intracoastal waterway from the front balcony or the Gulf of Mexico from the back balcony of your corner penthouse.

view of the Gulf of Mexico from your balconyThe semi-private elevator opens up into your own private foyer.  This meticulously maintained 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo has an additional bonus space that could be use as a den or office.

VERY RELAXING LIVING ROOM THAT OVERLOOKS THE BALCONY & THE GULF OF MEXICO       NICE SIZED BALCONY

 

 

 

 

 

Flooded with light from windows on two sides and the open floor plan, the living room is great for entertaining.

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The spacious kitchen has a breakfast bar with views of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

In the formal dining room, there is enough space for a corner cabinet.

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The master bedroom has superb water views of the Gulf of Mexico and a door that opens up to the balcony plus a walk-in closet. The master bath has a large skylight.

master bedroom

 

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THE 2ND BEDROOM HAS ITS OWN PRIVATE BATH & SLIDERS TO A FRONT BALCONY WITH VIEWS OF THE BAY,SKYWAY BRIDGE & SUNRISES. 2nd bedroom with balcony

THERE IS A 2 CAR GARAGE WITH THIS UNIT. THE COMMUNITY HAS A FISHING PIER, HEATED POOL/SPA & BOAT SLIPS.

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The current owner has replaced all of the windows and sliding glass doors with impact glass. The newer A/C unit has a UV light for cleaner coils which improves the cooling efficiency and therefore reduces the electrical costs. Another special feature is the reverse osmosis water system.

3rd bedroom

3rd bedroom

 

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Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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