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Don’t miss ’s Back to School Bash presented by this Saturday, July 28! The first 800 kids in the building get a FREE Rowdies backpack.

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. New York Red Bulls II
Saturday, July 28th, 2018 @ 07:30 PM EST
Al Lang Stadium
https://www.rowdiessoccer.com/
Gates Open at 06:30 PM
Guests with Student and/or Military Tickets: ID will be required at Stadium entry
For Military Priced Tickets, please call (727) 222-2000
For Group Tickets, please call (727) 521-7267

TIX: 727-222-2000 /

 

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Had an awesome time at The Dali Museum last Saturday with my daughter and grandkids. The Dali Museum gives kids’ tours on Saturday mornings and has a kids craft room where they can create Dali-inspired art pieces. Granddaughter’s collage is below but my Grandson made an interactive movable fly & dragonfly collage. When I played, the dragonfly won the race. A good time was had by all! Thank you MY FAMILY!! So nice to have you visit-much too short of a visit, as usual.

So if you’re in St Pete, with or without kids, The Dali Museum is a wonderful place to spend the day. There are permanent displays of Dali’s work and special exhibits of other artists that have collaborated with or been influenced by Salvador Dali. SO you need to check their website calendar.

72% of vacation property owners and 71% of investment property owners believe now is a good time to buy. 33% bought their property in a beach area. Location, location, location!! We have some of the best beaches!! Plus we have music venues, a multitude of sports options, first rate museums, art venues, waterfront festivals, brew-pubs, incredible restaurants and much more!

Think St Petersburg, Florida; Clearwater Beach and the Tampa Bay Area!!

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Buying your first home is a big step! It’s wonderful to dream dreams, and it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of searching property sites like realtor.com. Before going too far, however, it’s a good idea to hit the “pause” button and consider these more serious points.

1. Know when the time is right. Do some soul searching and make sure you want to buy a home because you genuinely want a home—not because you need an investment or simply think it’s “time” to settle down. Homes require a great deal of time, money, and energy to purchase and maintain. You want to love your home. If the timing isn’t right, you may regret the decision.

2. Review your credit score and get a credit report. You can (and should) request a free report once a year, at annualcreditreport.com. Review your report for any inaccuracies or disputes. It will take time to fix any issues, so start early.

3. Address any weaknesses in your credit history. If you have outstanding credit card or other consumer debt, start paying it off. If you are debt free but have very little credit history, you may need to start establishing a solid credit record. Important caveat: Do not apply for a new line of credit or a credit card if you plan to buy a house right away. Mortgage lenders are interested in a borrower’s well-established track record but may view a new credit line as a “red flag.”

Once you’ve been extended credit, use it and pay it off every month to establish a good record of managing credit obligations and debt. Don’t close old accounts, since they are a part of your history. Instead, use them occasionally – paying them off in full, so they remain active. To show credit worthiness, it’s best to have three or four open accounts, in good standing.

4. Start saving. Buying a home requires saving for a down payment on the purchase price. The more you save towards a down payment (in terms of a percentage of the purchase price), the better your mortgage terms can be. You also need to save money for closing costs. Many first-time buyers are not financially prepared for the cash required at the closing table. Closing costs vary, but on average, you can expect to pay between two and five percent of the purchase price of the house.

Working with your banker to set up a savings plan will help foster a good relationship and may provide a valuable resource when you are ready to apply for a mortgage loan. Let your banker know your plans and your timeline, and ask for their advice on preparing, financially, to purchase your first home.

5. Recognize the responsibilities. Your living costs will probably increase when you shift from renting to owning a home. You will no longer be able to call a landlord when something goes wrong. You are now the landlord, and will have to fix, or pay to repair, anything that goes wrong. Aside from household systems (air conditioning, heat, plumbing, electrical), you may also need to buy or replace major appliances. But the home will be yours-the rent won’t go up unexpectedly or have to mve because they property is now for sale.

The cost of insuring a house is also much higher than renter’s insurance because you aren’t simply insuring the contents of the house—you’re also covering the structure and any liability for visitors who may get hurt while on your property. Additionally, you’ll have to pay property taxes, which is a pretty hard hit for any homeowner, but can be especially challenging for new owners.

6. Get educated. Before you begin looking at houses, educate yourself about the buying process, what to expect, and what to avoid. Do your homework before you start looking to be an informed consumer.

7. Interview buyer’s representatives. Buying a house is a big deal, so you’ll want to select a qualified real estate professional to represent you in your transaction—someone who is both knowledgeable and will look out for your interests.

As a first-time buyer, you may not know there are differences in buyer’s representatives. If you select an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, you can be assured you’re working with someone who has received special training in representing buyers and has already established a track record with buyers. Find out who serves your area.

Once you start the home search, please don’t make any major purchases. No cars, no music systems, no appliances, no vacations, etc. They can change your income to debt ratio and can keep you from getting the better interest rate or even qualify for the loan. I once had a couple who were so excited about purchasing their first home that they bought a washer & dryer 3 days before closing. It almost cost them their dream. Luckily, the store let them put the washer & dryer on hold for 3 days until after closing. So they did move into their first dream home.

Cloudy view between Blind Pass & Devils Elbow, St Pete Beach, Florida. Love the view & the names!

This is an interesting report. Quite surprised to see that Miami doesn’t have the top slot for the first time this year. St Petersburg-Tampa-Clearwater have moved into 11th place. Nice!

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Where are international home shoppers looking in the U.S.? Each month, we assemble our International Demand Report, examining which metros garner the most interest from international users on realtor.com®.

Miami Falls Out of Top Slot, Los Angeles Takes Over

Miami was ranked #1 during both February and January this year. As we ease out of the grips of winter, international buyers may be more willing to look beyond the dreams of beaches and vacation life offered by Miami. Miami has dropped to rank #4, and Los Angeles moves into the top slot. The last time Los Angeles was ranked at #1 was from September to November last year.

Despite this slip, expect to see Miami bounce back in the coming months.

Detroit Jumps To 2nd Place

It’s not common to see too much of a shift in the top ranks of international demand. So it was a bit of a shock when the Detroit metro area jumped 24 spots all the way to rank #2. Such a drastic jump warranted additional investigation. We tracked the activity down to a listing that went viral on social media which bolstered traffic from Canada and the UK.

However, even when we went back into the data and removed the traffic directly related to that listing, we saw that this listing generated substantial residual traffic to the rest of the Detroit area. It’s this residual traffic that ultimately propped up Detroit this month.

Explore these trends and more on our international demand page.

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Enjoy the weekend on St Pete’s downtown waterfont


The 23rd Tampa Bay Blues Festival 

April 6-8, 2018 Friday and Saturday events start at 12:30pm and Sunday events start at 1pm on St Pete’s waterfront Vinoy Park – 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE 

Buy tickets starting at $40-online or CASH only at the gate: http://www.tampabaybluesfest.com/tickets.php

Friday’s line-up includes:

ROBERT CRAY 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
BETH HART 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
JOHN NEMETH 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
CHRIS BEARD 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
JONN DEL TORO RICHARDSON 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday’s line-up includes:

BUDDY GUY 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
RONNIE EARL 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
JANIVA MAGNESS 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
ERIC GALES 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
QUINN SULLIVAN 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday’s line-up includes:

DELBERT MCCLINTON 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
SUGARAY RAYFORD 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
MISSISSIPPI HEAT 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
BAND OF FRIENDS “A CELEBRATION OF RORY GALLAGHER FEAT. DAVY KNOWLES, GERRY MCAVOY, TED MCKENNA” 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
TAD ROBINSON 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Artist and times subject to change

Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful holiday weekend with your families and friends!

May we all be filled with harmony, joy and love throughout the world.

 

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Some great things to do this weekend in beautiful, sunny, warm St Petersburg, Florida-enjoy!!

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

First Friday in downtown St Petersburg 
Tampa Bay Beer Week starts with First Friday with special craft beer tastings from Cycle, Crooked Thumb, Cigar City, Lagunitas, New Belgium, and Sierra Nevada. Get a taste of St. Patrick’s Day luck with Jameson’s special Cask Mates IPA! The Tempests will be playing.  5:30-10pm.  Central Ave Between 2nd & 3rd St.

The Soul Rebels return to the Witch Friday 3/2 for a free show
The Soul Rebels, an Eight piece brass ensemble from New Orleans, returns to the Witch for a very special concert on the First Friday of March. We will be kicking off the Tampa Bay Beer Week a day early with this show as we jump start the festivities in style Friday March 2nd. 9-11:30p.m. The Ale and the Witch 111 2nd Ave NE

Saturday, March 3rd

Saturday Morning Market Moves to Williams Park March 3; Closes For Grand Prix March 10 temporarily relocating to Williams Park, 350 2nd Ave. N., as the city finalizes preparations for the March 9-11 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Williams Park is only four blocks from the Market’s regular location in the parking lot of Al Lang Stadium. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Market is held weekly on Saturdays from October through May from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 


St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival – March 3-4 (Saturday and Sunday)
On the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg-delicious fresh Florida seafood, drinks, and the sounds of some of Florida’s top artists and bands from both the local and regional circuit. General admission $7 at the gate, $5 in advance, with children under the age of 12 admitted free. Saturday 11 am-8 pm and Sunday 11 am-7 pm; Vinoy Park 701 Bay Shore Dr NE     For more information, including VIP admission rates,  go to http://www.paragonartevents.com/

St Pete Indie Market
90+ Vendors featuring artists and makers, vintage collectors, plants, handcrafted goods, small business, food and more! 11a.m.-4p.m.
Green Bench Brewing Co. 1133 Baum Ave N

6th Annual Awakening Into The Sun Wellness Festival
South Straub Park for a combination of health and wellness activities, spiritual connection, artisan vendors, healthy food, and fun in the sun at St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront 9a.m.
Starub Park- Downtown Waterfront Park 400 S Bayshore Dr

Flogging Molly
Irish-American seven-piece Celtic punk band from LA and led by Irish vocalist Dave King,  Jannus Live. 200 1st Ave N

Sunday, March 4th

Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Fest.
Foods and drinks with musical performances by local and regional musicians from jazz to rock, jazz, calypso, reggae and more. 1:30-3p.m. 701 Bay Shore Dr NE

Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra
Light classical, show tunes and pop  7:30-10p.m. Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave N

St. Pete’s largest “Community Celebration of All Things Local” showcasing nearly 200 of your favorite independent businesses and community organizations

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2018 | 10 AM – 5 PM    (RAIN DATE: FEBRUARY 24TH)
WILLIAMS PARK | 330 2ND AVE N, 33701
A LIMITED AMOUNT OF ON-STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE PARKING GARAGES:
  • SUNDIAL ST. PETE GARAGE *ENTRANCE TO PARKING GARAGE IS AT 117 2ND STREET NORTH, 33701
  • NEW MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT GARAGE – 350 3RD STREET NORTH, 33701
  • FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH | 212 3RD STREET NORTH, 33701 (ACROSS FROM WILLIAMS PARK) – THEIR PARKING LOT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT $10/CAR (CHURCH FUNDRAISER)

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Wine Weekend St. Pete
Enjoy some of the world’s most stellar wines during Wine Weekend St. Pete, benefitting the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg! The weekend will kick off on Friday in the museum with “Fetes a Versailles” for sponsors and VIPs. The masked balls of Louis XV will be brought back to life and a five-star dinner of French cuisine will be served. The International Wine Auction will follow on Saturday with an after party where you can enjoy fine wines, hors-d’oeuvres, and music. The weekend will conclude with “Le Champagne Brunch” on Sunday at 11 am. A wide variety of champagne, international culinary delights, and live music will be featured, toasting Wine Weekend 2018 and the Museum.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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