Please come join us this evening for networking, eating, drinking & visiting the Museum of Fine Arts at a reduced entrance fee to the exhibits of $5. This month it will held in the air conditioned atrium of the museum-right across the street from our Coastal Properties Group-Christie’s International Real Estate office on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg. Last month, a great time was had by all with tasty food & drink. Hope to see you there. Come find me for a free drink ticket.

July Porch Party

July There's no place like home

 

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                                                           No Place Like Home (July 20, 2017)

Wherever you are in your real estate journey – dreaming, planning, remodeling, looking – a REALTOR® can help you along the way.

There’s no place like home… until a better house hits the market! You thought you were settled, until a “For Sale” sign showed up in front of that house you’ve been eyeing for years. Even when you are settled, there are always shifting priorities and scenarios that may prompt you to consider moving.

The kids are gone and you want to downsize, or maybe a parent is moving in with you. Perhaps you’ve just gotten married or are having a baby and need more room. Housing and family needs combined account for 72.7% of the reasons people move, according to the 2015-2016 U.S. Census Bureau.

Or you’ve got outdated appliances and have new kitchen envy. Many of the homes in Pinellas County are older housing stock, and need not only cosmetic, but in many cases safety or efficiency upgrades.

The next generation of home buyers are looking for updated interiors, well-equipped kitchens and outdoor living rooms.

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, for-sale-by-owner homes stay on the market longer and sell for $39,000 less than those sold with the help of a real estate professional.

Finding the right agent matters! An experienced agent, who knows the market and has a network of potential buyers, can help sell a home 32% faster than an inexperienced agent (study by Dr. Bennie D. Waller, Longwood University).

Whatever your life stage or wherever you are in your real estate journey, you have a partner in me to help guide and support you.

I’m ready when you are! Contact me to set up a personalized plan for your real estate goals. Thank you, Annalisa Weller

© 2017 Pinellas Realtor® Organization

The French National Day marks the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. French flag

 

 

 

 

The celebration of this great day includes parades, parties, fireworks, concerts, wreath placing at the cemeteries, and the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. The military parade, began in 1880, is held on the morning of 14 July,  and since 1918  it has traveled down the length of the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Claude Monet’s painting entitled, Rue Montorgueil, Paris, Festival of 30 June 1878.

Bastille day is celebrated in many countries including Belgium, South Africa, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the United Kingdom and the USA.

In France, it is formally called la Fête nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly and legally called le 14 juillet (the fourteenth of July).

 

  
What a great opportunity to own a beautifully renovated Colonial home in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It would be wonderful as a vacation or permanent home so you could enjoy the magical city of Merida full of history, museums, art and delicious foods with many more nearby attractions to explore- including the beaches, golf courses & ancient Mayan ruins. Great investment opportunity!

      
You will love coming home at Casa La Ermita located in the charming neighborhood of San Sebastian in the historic center of Merida with many restored homes of great value in the area. Within a short walking distance from the house, you will find La Ermita de Santa Isabel church which is surrounded by a lovely garden with plenty of seating and children’s play areas. A kiosk in the center of the park beside the church is a great place for you to sit relax, listen to romantic serenades at night, watch dancing and enjoy different weekly cultural events.

      

Pre-Construction Price is $225,000 USD ($4,000,000 MX). The price will increase gradually as construction and renovation advance. So take advantage of the lower price now!
Included: 3 Bedrooms / 3 Baths with closets and Helvex faucets
Kitchen with modern concrete counter and wood cabinetry
Patio interior of glass with garden for light and ventilation
The house has two interior gardens
Pool with pump, filling well and water discharge well
And too many more features to list them all.

Please feel free to contact me regarding this historic home in one of my favorite cities in Mexico!

   

  

  

 

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Window sill of a house in rural

Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on utility bills and energy costs before you’re shocked by your first big bill this summer. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to prepare your home (and your wallet) for the summer heat without sacrificing comfort. So, before you crank up the AC, take a look at our top ways to save on utility bills this summer. Your budget will thank you!

1. Get Your HVAC System Ready

Is there anything worse than a broken HVAC system in the summer? The good news is you can avoid this nightmare by taking precautions and getting your HVAC ready for summer. First, you’ll want to clean or change the air filters as dirty or clogged filters force your air conditioning system to work much harder, which in turn causes more wear and tear in the long-run. You’ll also want to inspect your outdoor unit for any visible signs of damage such as warped panels, torn insulation or rust. In the colder months, small animals may nest inside the insulation so you’ll want to inspect the inside as well. Taking these steps to ensure your AC unit is working efficiently will help keep your energy bills low this summer.

2. Clean Air Filters and Vents

Many homeowners make the mistake of closing off vents in rooms that are not being used, but closing vents causes more pressure in the ducts causing your air conditioner to work much harder. Before you turn the AC on this summer, open all the vents and give them a nice cleaning.

3. Keep Blinds Closed

Did you know that keeping your blinds closed during the day can drastically reduce the heat in your home? Keeping them open causes a greenhouse like effect—sunlight and heat pour in all day and can’t get out, making your home much warmer and causing your air conditioning to work over-time, which in turn will spike up your power bill.

4. Lower Your Utility Rates

Do you live in a deregulated energy region? If so, you have the power to choose your energy provider and can shop around for the lowest energy rates. If you haven’t researched your options in a while, summer is the perfect time to reevaluate your current energy provider and find out if there is a cheaper rate out there. Many deregulated energy providers offer special promotions in the summer, like “free nights,” so you should definitely check out what else is out there. To see if you live in a deregulated area, just enter your address here.

5. Time Your Thermostat

If you want to be cost conscious this summer, you shouldn’t blast your air conditioning at all hours of the day. A lower temperature setting at night and a higher setting during the day is recommended for optimal cost savings. If you’re forgetful or aren’t always around to change it, we recommend installing a programmable thermostat that allows you to schedule your temperature changes even when you aren’t home.

6. Switch to LED Bulbs

While incandescent light bulbs are cheap, they use more energy and produce quite a bit of heat compared to LED bulbs. LED bulbs tend to be a little more expensive than incandescent lights, but they last longer, produce less heat and create great energy savings in the long run. So, consider making the switch the LED lights, at least in the rooms you use most, to help lower your utility bills this summer.

7. Buy a Water Cistern

If you don’t know, a water cistern is a device that captures rain water and stores it for you to use to water your garden or lawn, to wash your car, etc. Your water bill can get out of hand in the summer as you spend more time outdoors, so a water cistern is a great investment if you want to keep your garden and lawn green all summer long without paying for extra water use.

8. Use Your Ceiling Fan

In the warmer months, you should run your ceiling fans counter-clockwise. Since heat rises, the counter-clockwise motion will help pull the cold air up toward the ceiling. Running your ceiling fan efficiently will help cool your rooms, allowing you to set your thermostat to a higher temperature, ultimately reducing your power bill.

9. Invest in Smart Power Strips

Connecting multiple appliances to a smart power strip that can be turned off with only one flip of a switch at night when the devices aren’t being used is a quick and easy way to help reduce energy waste. When you don’t have to unplug all your devices individually, saving energy suddenly becomes much easier!

10. Don’t Use an Irrigation Schedule

Irrigation schedules or timers that you can set to schedule when your garden or lawn will be watered sound nice in theory, but they actually produce quite a bit of water waste. You can’t control when it rains, and you may not be home to stop your irrigation system from going off when it does. Watering manually may seem like a chore, but when you think about all the money you can save from reducing water waste, manual watering becomes more appealing.

Don’t let the first utility bills of summer sneak up on you. Be proactive and implement our tips, we promise they’ll help you save big on your utility bills this summer!

Rob Caiello is the Vice President of Marketing over at Allconnect. Since 1998, Allconnect has simplified and expedited the purchase and setup of home utilities and services (like internet, TV, and electricity) for millions of movers relocating across the United States.

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Good things come to those who wait-4 years to the first flowers on this orchid.

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

 

 

Statue of Liberty

Thank you to my ancestors who came here in the 1600’s & 1700’s from Holland (Cospers), from Ireland (McCroskeys, Montgomerys, Houstons, Eagletons) and England (Hosford, Hawkins, Jepsons). They came here for religious freedom and separation of church & state and then fought during the revolutionary war for those reasons & others. Because of them I (who, ironically, was born in another country) enjoy all the wonderful freedoms we have in the USA . Unfortunately, these came at the expense of the Native Americans. So thank your god, whichever one you choose, that the explosions that we see tonight in the sky are only fireworks & not bombs & gunfire. Love you, fireworks & our country!!

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566
AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

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