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Luxury Homes for Sale in Palm Harbor

by Doug Campbell

Luxury homes for sale in Palm Harbor are plentiful, if you want a luxury home in Palm Harbor.  Based on the latest statistics for Pinellas County, the absorption rate for luxury homes is 13%. This simply means that if there are 100 luxury properties for sale, that 13 will sell. We are defining a luxury home as a house priced at or above $500,000. 

There are homes on the Gulf of Mexico, for those who love boating and related water sports. There are homes on Lake Tarpon, with scenic vistas of the lake, boating, great bass fishing and just enjoying the quiet of a large lake. There are golf course homes, in Innisbrook. Innisbrook has 4 golf courses, great restaurants, tennis courts and much more. The Copperhead Course is home to an annual PGA tournament.

So, for those of you who are numbers lovers, keep on reading. If details and numbers bore you, time to check out now, because today we are talking numbers,and specifics.

One interesting item is that in the last 30 days, covering the month of June, there were 5 sales of luxury homes in Palm Harbor. There are now 105 houses on the market at that price range. Of these, 27 are under contract and 78 are actively listed. As you read this, and if you have already clicked on the link above for a search of luxury homes in Palm Harbor, because this is a fluid market, the numbers in the search link reflect real time values, and this paragraph shows a moment in time.

For our purposes, we are going to be talking about numbers based on today, although the search link will show homes for sale in Palm Harbor at the time that you visit the link.


Of the active listings, effective today, there are 78 houses listed for sale. The averages for these houses are 4 bedrooms, and 4 1/2 baths, with just over 4,000 square feet of living space.  The average price per square foot is $249 and the average list price is $959,753.

If you delve a little deeper into these figures, we will find that there are 61 houses for sale, of which 39 are active listings in the $500,000 to $750,000 price range. 22 of the luxury houses for sale are under contract. The good news is that in the last 30 days, 5 houses have sold in the $500,000 to $750,000 range. The average list price for the homes for sale in this price range is $584,000, with an average of 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. The average price per square foot is $181. The average Days on Market (DOM) is 58. 

Of the homes under contract, the figures are a bit different.  The pending contract price average is about $621,000, an average of 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, and the average price per square foot is $201. These figures are not the final sales figures, so these may change, some significantly. One house in this price range is currently a short sale, and 2 of these homes are bank owned, or foreclosures.

For luxury homes for sale in Palm Harbor priced between $750,000 to $1 million, 

there are 20 homes for sale, of which 4 are under contract. In this price range for luxury homes, none are either a short sale or a foreclosure. Of the 5 sales in this price range, 4 were funded with conventional mortgages and one was a private sale.

As of today, there are 25 homes for sale above $1 million in Palm Harbor. Of these luxury properties, 23 are active listings and 2 are under contract. The two properties under contract are on the Gulf of Mexico waterfront. The average list price for these luxury homes is $1.636 million, with an average of 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths and an average price per square foot of $330. The average DOM is162. None of the 25 homes priced above $1,000,000 are distressed sales (short sale or bank owned).

Overall, in the Pinellas County real estate market, there is a 3.4 month inventory and an overall absorption rate of 29.5%. In all of Pinellas County, there were 1567 homes sold, down slightly from April when there were 1768 homes sold. The median and mean sales prices for homes sold in Pinellas County were 96% of list price. And an interesting note, if you happen to be looking at foreclosed property, the mean and median sold price was 100% of the list price. This indicates that banks are not negotiating much on foreclosures.

If you would like to learn more about the Palm Harbor luxury home market, be sure to contact us at Sun Bay Realty Group. We have been in the market for over 18 years.

 

 

Fourth of July Fireworks Around Dunedin and Clearwater

by Doug Campbell

This week we celebrate America, culminating with the Fourth of July on Saturday. There will be fireworks everywhere, well, almost everywhere. Families will be gathering to celebrate our freedom, and they just might have a great picnic along the many beaches in our area. People will be out boating, soaking up the sun, and just having fun.

Fireworks will be in many communities, here are a few of them in our area.


Dunedin: July 3 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, home of the Dunedin Jays, on July 3 there is a ball game and special event for Beer, Bacon and Fireworks. For a $10 game ticket, get in the park, sample craft beers for $1, and taste bacon treats from local restaurants. Then after the game, enjoy a wonderful fireworks display.

Clearwater: July 4 at Coachman Park there is the Brighthouse/Clearwater Spark the Sky event. Free admission to the park. Festivities begin at 4 pm with specialty foods and kids' activities. There will be a Clearwater Pops concert at 7:30, featuring the Wilsons. Then at 9:30 the fireworks display will Spark the Sky. Bring the whole family and enjoy.

Safety Harbor: July 4 at the Safety Harbor Marina there will be festivities for the family, including children's activities, live entertainment, food vendors, and FUN. The fireworks will go off at 9 pm.

Tarpon Springs:  July 4 there will be a huge fireworks display and the very best place to view the fun will be from Howard Park and along the approach to Sunset Beach. Bring a picnic and some chairs. Spend the day at the beach at Howard Park. Have a blast!!  (Sorry about the pun.)

Come on out and celebrate America, have a picnic on the beach or in one of our many state parks, or spend the day boating in the gulf of Mexico or on  Tampa Bay. Then after sunset, while winding down from a day of fun and relaxation, enjoy the fireworks at the many locations around our area.

The greater Dunedin/Clearwater area is a great place to live or visit. Take the time to enjoy life this weekend.  While you're at it, maybe you want to take some time to find a home in the area.

Happy Fourth of July, or Independence Day!!!

 

 

The Mortgage Pre-Approval Process, Why It Is Important

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Why should you go through the pre-approval process when beginning your house-hunting efforts? There are many questions that should be addressed before anyone invests a lot of time searching for homes, driving around looking at houses, and dreaming of the one perfect home. Click on the dollar sign to learn about the mortgage pre-approval process.

For additional information on buying a house, visit our home page, then click on the buyer reports under the Buyer tab. There is a lot of excellent information for the buyer who wants to be educated.

The first thing that should happen, is the buyer should identify a lender and contact that lender to talk about the entire mortgage approval process. If the buyer has not gone to a lender, when she does talk with a Realtor, a good professional Realtor will ask if the buyer has been pre-approved. If the answer is no, then the Realtor can suggest highly competent lenders who can do the pre-approval. In essence, the pre-approval phase in the overall mortgage approval process is that the buyer will learn what she qualifies for. This keeps the buyer from asking a Realtor to show her houses that are too far above her means, it prevents the Realtor from investing hours of time and effort looking for houses that she simply can't afford, and it prevents a seller from getting excited because someone made an offer on his house and finding out weeks later that the buyer cannot qualify for a mortgage. 


For instance, if a buyer wants to find a waterfront house for sale in Dunedin, and has not gone through the pre-approval process, who really knows how much that buyer can pay for a house? Go to the dollar sign and click on it to review the steps in mortgage pre-approval. Brian P Forrester with VanDyk Mortgage explains the process in easy to understand words and makes it less scary, as the unknown tends to be. The worst part of getting a mortgage is being unprepared, and the video explains it very well.

So, click on the photo to the right if you would like to see waterfront houses for sale in Dunedin. Then, take a moment to think about what kind or mortgage will it take to buy that house. If you need a lender, take the time to do your homework and find one. Or talk to your professional Realtor who can suggest highly qualified lenders and get the process started.

Be the well prepared buyer, talk to your Realtor and talk to your lender, get pre-approved before you start looking. It will be time well spent and you will avoid being disappointed.

 

Condos for Sale in Dunedin

by Doug Campbell

If you are looking for a wonderful community to live in, and don't want the inconvenience of maintaining a single family home, try looking at condos for sale in Dunedin. There is something for every taste and pocketbook in the condos for sale in Dunedin. Not to mention the unique lifestyle that this Gulf Coast community has to offer.

The Dunedin lifestyle has an eclectic blend of the new, the old and the best part is that it is all fun. There are all kinds of events, from a local seafood festival, to a Wines the Blues festival, to multiple arts and crafts festivals, to movies in the Park on Friday nights, to Mardi Gras, to Cinco de Mayo, to Old Fashioned Christmas, to the Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade, to a rollicking St. Patrick's Day celebration, to Spring Training for Major League Baseball, to an Open Air Farmers Market and so very much more.

The downtown area of Dunedin offers boutique shops, a Mobil Guide rated and nationally known restaurant - the Black Pearl, many other very good restaurants offering food from New York style Pizza to seaside dining to open patio dining. You cannot go hungry if you just walk a couple of blocks through downtown Main Street in Dunedin. Strachan's Hand Made Ice Cream is a must do on Main Street. There is a wide variety of hand made ice cream to choose from, and as a bonus, bring your dog for a special doggie cone from the take out window.

But I digress, you wanted to learn about condos for sale in Dunedin, so there are many that are affordable, priced up to $150,000. These include condos that are in 55+ communities that won't break the budget of retirees. Some of the 55 plus communities have no pets policies, so it is smart to learn about the specific policies of each community. Most condos have rules about pets, with limits on the size and number of pets, with some being small pets only, or even no dogs with one cat OK. Have your Realtor obtain the condo documents so you can determine if the lifestyle of that condo community is right for you.

Dunedin is such a welcoming community. There are lots of parks in the city. Pioneer Park hosts the open air Farmers Market every Friday and Saturday except during the summer. You can find custom roasted coffee beans, specialty breads, fresh local produce and fresh meats and seafood. Friday night movies are a feature in Pioneer Park in the month of April, and it's free.  Weaver Park, right on the water of St. Josephs Sound, hosts the Sunset Concert Series every Friday evening in the month of May. And there is Edgewater Park, by the Dunedin Marina, that hosts the annual Craft Beer Festival. Hammock Park is several acres of quiet walking trails.

If you are an exercise lover, there is the Pinellas Bike Trail. This paved bikepath runs the length of Pinellas County, from Tarpon Springs in the north to St. Petersburg to the south and the Pinellas Bike Trail runs right through downtown Main Street in Dunedin. As you ride along the trail, on the north end of Dunedin, stop at Eli's Bar-B-Que from Thursday thru Saturday for the very best mouth-watering bbq pork and chicken you could ever hope to taste. then ride a little farther south along the trail for the downtown experience, or take a detour over to Honeymoon Island by riding out on the Dunedin Causeway.

Of course, it is not all lifestyle, since you really are looking for condos for sale in Dunedin. There are condos from between $150,000 to $500,000 if you are looking for perhaps waterfront living. One community, Mediterranean Manor, is situated on the water of St. Josephs Sound and is a short walk to the Dunedin Causeway. It has its own private beach and includes free mooring off the beach. There is a park and you can grill with Honeymoon Island only a short distance offshore for a wonderful backdrop.

Royal Stewart Arms is a 55+ community on the Dunedin Causeway in the $150,000 to $250,000 price range. This community is at the entrance to Honeymoon Island, with it's own fishing pier, clubhouse, tennis courts and an incredible view of St. Josephs Sound. This is a no pets community.

For those who are looking for the luxury condo market, Dunedin has that too! The Dunedin Grand is right on the water of St. Josephs Sound and offers spectacular views of Honeymoon Island and our magnificant Dunedin sunsets, which by the way, are free of charge. And there is a new development in Dunedin, 200 Main Street so you can enjoy the latest in building technology and still have the best lifestyle Dunedin has to offer.

Every city has condos for sale. Dunedin not only has condos for sale, it also offers a unique lifestyle to support the condo you buy and call home. Check out Dunedin, you'll be glad you did.

Live in Palm Harbor, Lots of Things to Do

by Doug Campbell

Why not live in Palm Harbor and find that there are lots of things to do in this Gulf Coast community? How often do you wonder if there are things to do in Palm Harbor? Well here is a list, although not complete, but it will certainly give you the idea that Palm Harbor is a community that offers a great quality of life. And by the time you are done reading this blog, you will want to look for real estate for sale in Palm Harbor.

Is a day at the park something that appeals to you? You can bring a picnic with you for a full day of family fun. Palm Harbor offers several parks, including John Chestnut Park and Wall Springs Park. John Chestnut Park is on the east side of Tarpon Lake and admission is free to all. There are many covered pavilions with picnic tables and charcoal grills so you can enjoy the day and be in the shade while you grill your burgers and hot dogs. The go take a stroll on the boardwalk along the lake and if you look really hard, you might see a gator. Just don't feed them! Or, catch a bass in the lake. 

If you prefer the salt water life over the fresh water of Lake Tarpon, take a trip to Wall Springs Park, again with free admission. There are walking trails that lead to several fishing piers that you can introduce little children to the fun of catching their first fish. Also, Wall Springs offers lots of areas for kayakers to investigate the mangrove forests and maybe see egrets, or dolphin, or lots of fish. Wall Springs is open until dusk every day. There is even an observation tower to climb for a panoramic view of St. Joseph's Sound. You can ride your bike on the Pinellas trail and get to Wall Springs Park easily, the entrance to the park is right along the Pinellas Trail. These are great reasons to look for homes for sale in Palm Harbor, so let's find a few more.

Looking for something more competitive than a day in the park, try golf. Palm Harbor has lots of golf courses, to test every skill level. There is the Innisbrook Golf Resort, host to the Valspar PGA golf tournament on the famous Copperhead Course. The restaurant is a world class steak house, there are three other championship courses within the resort to complement Copperhead. You can buy a luxury home within the resort, there are vacation rentals also available and all the amenities are available. During Spring Training, there are major league teams just a short drive to see the Blue Jays, or Phillies or the Yankees get ready for the major league baseball season.

Other golf courses include the Countryside Country Club, Lansbrook Golf Club, East Lake Country Club and all offer spectacular golf experiences with beautiful and manicured courses.

Maybe you prefer a little indoor fun, such as eating and enjoying a beverage. In Old Palm Harbor there is Peggy O'Neill's for really great food in a fun atmosphere. And Peggy's really rocks on St. Patrick's Day. Or try the Thirsty Marlin. Enjoy fresh local seafood in a very relaxed setting, including the outdoor patio where you can enjoy your meal and even have a tasty cold beverage, all while enjoying our beautiful weather. Still need more things to do in Palm Harbor? Try the Stilt House brewery, the latest craft brewer to our area. Do you yet have enough reasons to look for real estate for sale in Palm Harbor?

Not yet? OK, here is more information. A hidden little area is Ozona, west of Alt. 19 and nestled on the Gulf Coast. For a true feel of Florida, try Molly Goodheads restaurant, even get a bite of gator if you dare. Molly's has been around for many years and is definitely a favorite of the locals, so get away from the mainstream tourist areas and have a great experience at Molly Goodheads. If you would rather dine on the water, there is Ozona Blue, serving the freshest Florida seafood overlooking the Ozona marina.

Here is something that you aren't going to find many other places - The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary. this is a place where chimpanzees, orangutans and monkeys can "retire" after they are no longer suitable as pets, or retire from laboratories or the film industry. Visitors can come to the Sanctuary to view the animals from 10 AM to 4 PM, Thursday thru Sunday. Donations are accepted, with adults at $10, children $5, and kids under three are free. The Pinellas Bike Trail goes right by the Sanctuary so take a break from your ride and visit.

Are you tired yet? How about other things to do in Palm Harbor, like a night at the movies or head to any of the many, many fine restaurants in the area? Muvico in Palm Harbor has ten screens for the latest movies, or cross US 19 for the Cobb Countryside 12 Cinemas at the Westfield Countryside Mall, where before or after the movie, stop in at PF Changs for super Chinese food, or Red Robin for a great burger and all the fries you can eat, or Bar Louie or BJ's Brewhouse or Grimaldi's Pizzeria or any of the other many restaurants offering good food, and great fun.

So, if you really want to look for real estate for sale in Palm Harbor to fit your lifestyle, go ahead and do it. Palm Harbor has multiple terrific lifestyles, from country club living and playing on excellent golf courses, to living on the water so you can see the best sunsets every evening, for free, or take a boat out to maybe catch dinner, or just stroll along the beach for quiet time. 

Oh wait!! Forgot to mention the Palm Harbor schools. Simply put, they are excellent. Palm Harbor University High School is a sought after magnet school on the west side of US 19. then in the East Lake area is the well thought of East Lake High School. Both schools have excellent academics and very good athletic programs. There is so much to talk about the good life in Palm Harbor that we'll save it for another time to cover even more reasons to want to live in Palm Harbor and to look for homes for sale in Palm Harbor. Stay tuned, we just might find what makes you want to be here.

Why Live in Dunedin, FL?

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Why live in Dunedin, FL? The question really should be, "Why not?" Dunedin is on the west coast of Florida, right on the Gulf of Mexico. Just to the west are Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island.

There are so many things to do in Dunedin that most people can't get to them all. Starting with January, every Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, there is an open air farmers market in Pioneer Park. This market, with local farmers selling fresh produce, meats, breads, honey, hand-crafted items, spices, sauces and so very much more, is right on the downtown Main Street. Admission is free, so you can browse the area until something tickles your fancy. Or, just walk around to each vendor, chat for a bit, and sample their wares. This way, you know exactly what you are getting.

If the Farmers market doesn't do it for you, there is the second Friday Wine/Art Walk. This starts about 5:30 in the evening and shops stay open late for downtown visitors. Stroll along the sidewalks, sample some wine at various shops and locations, have a nice meal at any of the many restaurants - even outdoor patio dining at several establishments.

There is a huge Arts and Crafts Festival in January, in downtown Dunedin Main Street. This is one of the best crafts festivals in the Southeast so you really don't want to miss it. Check out the various hand-made products, from knit scarves to cutting boards, to blown glass, to beautiful artwork paintings, to metal sculpture and so much more. Of course, there is lots of great food to eat as you amble along. Because Dunedin is very dog friendly, bring your favorite canine along, to socialize with the other dogs.

February brings one of the year's most anticipated events - the Mardi Gras parade. There will be more than 50 floats from around the area. There will be all kinds of things going on, pirates, fun, LOTS of beads and when it is all over, the crowds will head to downtown for fine food and drink. Top it all off with a visit to Strachan's Hand Made Ice Cream shop and you have a perfect February evening. And for the Snowbirds, there is NO snow.

March brings something different, the Trashy Treasures event. This is held at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center on Friday and Saturday. It is lots of fun. Naturally, the Open Air Market is going on Friday and Saturday, the second Friday Wine/Art walk is still on as are all the other normal activities in the area. And you simply can't forget the annual  St. Patrick's Day celebration, hosted by Flanagan's Irish Pub. There will be a full day of music, food and perhaps a wee bit of beverages. For this day, everyone has their Irish on.

March also is spring training for Major League Baseball and Dunedin is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays for spring training. Come to the ballpark to watch your favorite players and future stars warm up for the coming baseball season. For the snowbirds, it is great entertainment, and they can break out the tee shirts and shorts a couple months early. Just might want to check out real estate for sale in Dunedin, as a thought.

Moving into April, Films in the Park take center stage. These are held in Pioneer Park each Friday evening for the month of April. The movies begin at dark. Bring your own chairs, folding chairs are great. Bring your own snacks too. It is all FREE, so don't hesitate. It is a great evening of family fun and entertainment. You can even bring your dog. And for the summer, the Dunedin Jays play almost downtown against other budding baseball stars. It is great entertainment, and the cost is very low. You just might catch a souvenir baseball.

May brings outdoor concerts to Weaver Park, on the water. The music starts at 7 pm and goes 'til 9 pm. There are snacks available for sale, or bring your own. Again, your own chairs are welcome. Just get there early as the whole area fills up quickly. While enjoying the outstanding music of some of the area's finest musicians, catch the sunset and realize how great it is to be living the Dunedin lifestyle. And it is all free, the music, the sunset, and the seating.

Bring your camera, you might see a musician who played with some of the biggest bands in rock 'n roll, playing on stage just for your delight and edification, and because they just love to play music.

By the way, the hand cut fries are hot and delicious. We are just getting warmed up on why live in Dunedin. You just might want to find out what a house you are looking at is worth, and if you do, click on the sunset.

June brings yet another Arts and Crafts Festival to downtown. It will be Friday and Saturday with lots of interesting hand crafted items to touch, smell, and buy. There just might be some food and one never knows, but the hand squeezed lemonade really tastes good on a warm June afternoon. Then the Open Air Market has it's last month of fresh produce and other tasty offerings in June, since the summer is just a bit warm for open air market. This means it is your last chance to stock up on some of your favorite sauces, specialty coffees and teas, and why not get just one more loaf of hand crafted bread or other simply scrumptious baked goods.

Come July, people are thinking of the beach. There is the Dunedin Causeway, with fishing, wind-surfing, jet-skiing, sun bathing and swimming to offer. Or drive across the Causeway to Honeymoon Island and enjoy the stunning beach, dubbed the best beach in America by Dr. Beach in his annual rating. Stay tuned for more on Honeymoon Island in another post.

August sees the end of school vacations and families are getting ready for that. Football is in the air, with pre-season getting fired up. High schools are geared up for football, the NFL is all atwitter about the coming season. The Tampa Bay Bucs are an easy drive away from Dunedin. And the minor league baseball teams are jockeying for their playoff positions. Sports are big in the area this time of year.

If sports are not for you, get involved. There is the Fine Arts Museum, Friends of the Island - for Honeymoon Island, or clubs such as the Dunedin North Rotary, whose motto is "Doing good and having fun."

September finds some of the best outdoor weather of the year. Boating and fishing are exceptional. You can kayak on the grass flats to relax, or fish for redfish and speckled trout, or paddle across to Honeymoon Island. Or drive across the Dunedin Causeway to Honeymoon Island, then hop on the ferry to Caladesi Island for an afternoon picnic.

October finds Halloween. There are events for the children all month. There is the big Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival, with a huge carnival midway with rides, games of chance, cotton candy and more, a massive flea market tent with outstanding bargains, and barbeque. The fires start a couple days early so the pits are ready for hundreds of pounds of ribs, pulled pork and more, all cooked on site.

Then November comes and people are getting ready for Thanksgiving. The weather is cool, still no snow though, for you snowbirds. The Open Air Farmers Market starts up again, so you can get the unique blend of coffee beans, or that special cheese or loaf of bread you couldn't find in the grocery store.

December brings another special and signature Dunedin event, the Old Fashioned Christmas. There will be S'Mores made to order over hot coals, games and toys from the 1890s for the young at heart to try out, outdoor concert, and even "snow" over Main Street by the historical museum.

Then the incredible boat parade with dozens of elaborately lighted boats to celebrate the holiday season. The boats parade off-shore a bit, from the north down to the Clearwater Causeway, turn around and take turns coming into the Dunedin Marina so all can see the fun handiwork on each decorated boat. The culmination of the parade is the last boat, bringing in Santa Claus to light the holiday tree in Edgewater Park.

Yes, Dunedin is a unique, fascinating and fun place to live. You too can share the Dunedin lifestyle, which is what makes it such a great place to live. There are always things to do in Dunedin, and the people love to share.

Looking for a Home in Pinellas County

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Are you looking for a home in Pinellas County and having trouble finding a good school in Pinellas County? Do you have kids in elementary or high school, or both? Are you debating about whether to look for a home in Seminole, or Palm Harbor, or Dunedin or Tarpon Springs? When deciding on a home and you have children, the location, as it always is in real estate, is critical.

Did you find a house that you really like and want to know what schools it is zoned for? Try this link and get it straight from the county school district. Are you looking for general information on the area, to see if you really want to look for a home for sale in Palm Harbor, or homes for sale in Dunedin? What about  houses for sale under $250,000 in Dunedin or maybe look for Palm Harbor houses for sale under $350,000.

Maybe you are looking for a home for your parents, your kids' grandparents, so someone trustworthy will be available to watch the kids, or help out when time becomes an issue. Find the parents a home in an active 55+ community and then rest comfortably knowing they are just a short drive away to share family time with the kids, or attend the school science fair, or recitals or watch your child in the lead in the school play.

If you want to find out about individual schools in Pinellas County, visit the Pinellas County school system website and search for each school to find out all you would want to know about that school.  In the meantime, enjoy looking for homes for sale in Dunedin, or homes for sale in Palm Harbor or anywhere else in Pinellas County you want to live.

Why Live in Palm Harbor!

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Why live in Palm Harbor? Instead of a whole lot of text and bad writing, here are a few bullet points. Enjoy.

  • Gulf of Mexico, waterfront homes
  • Close to Tampa International Airport, 30-45 minute drive
  • Great schools, including Palm Harbor University High School, East Lake High School, Countryside High School
  • Old Palm Harbor downtown area, with Peggy O'Neils, Thirsty Marlin, Boyle's Backyard
  • More Old Palm Harbor downtown: annual Parrothead Festival, antique car shows, Taste of Palm Harbor

  • Fishing, on the Gulf of Mexico and the Intra coastal waterway, inshore for speckled trout, redfish, tarpon, snook, flounder or go off shore for grouper, snapper, amberjack and more
  • Kayaking, kayak in the mango groves, watch the dolphins, manatees, sees living sponges, much more
  • Golf courses, there are several golf courses in Palm Harbor, the crown jewel is Innisbrook's Copperhead Course, and there are also Tarpon Woods golf course, Chi Chi Rodriguez golf club, Lansbrook golf club and several other excellent venues
  • Retirement, Highland Lakes is a terrific active adult community with access to Lake Tarpon and has unlimited golf for the residents of Highland Lakes

Just check out the lifestyle in Palm Harbor. You're gonna love it.

 

Got Snow?

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

So, how about the snowbirds who are asking of us Floridians, "Got snow?" As a matter of fact, we don't.  We are, however, in the midst of a "wicked cold snap", at least for Florida. The thermometer is right now sitting at a frigid 47 degrees, heading to only 66 for the high today. How 'bout Buffalo, 5 feet of snow in the last day.

Would any of those folks asking the question "Got snow" be interested in finding real estate for sale in Palm Harbor, or homes for sale in Dunedin? We can certainly help you recover from the winter blues - even before you get them. Come visit our site to find the perfect winter residence.

Avoid the winter rush, call us today. I promise, no snow plows will block the road, or plow a three foot barrier at the end of the driveway you just spent two hours digging out.

Homes for sale in Dunedin are very inviting about now. There is always Thanksgiving when you can have family visit you in the winter. Find some real estate for sale in Palm Harbor, then take a walk along the Gulf coast to catch the sunset, maybe wearing only a windbreaker.

Seriously, would I give someone a hard time about living in a cold clime? Surely not, since we did live in Maine for many years. When we did make the move to Florida, we found a nice piece or real estate for sale in Palm Harbor, and when we moved in it took about an afternoon to get acclimated. I even got a sunburn putting holiday lights our new house the winter.

You can even bring your ski equipment for the week you might want to go skiing. Then bring it back, and enjoy the rest of the "winter" in Florida as a snowbird.

The Florida lifestyle is pretty laid back. There are many 55+ communities, so if you want to retire here, or have a winter residence, come on down. Search for exactly what you want and then think warm.

After all, we don't "Got snow".

 

 

What Is My House Worth?

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

How often have you wondered "What is my house worth?"  This is a common question for every homeowner.  Whether your house is a real Victorian mansion or a little cottage, everyone wants to know "What is my house worth?"

There are a few things you can control to enhance the value of your house. 

  1. The curb appeal, does it look good from the street?
  2. Is the lawn neat and trimmed, the paint fresh?
  3. Inside, is the house clean and uncluttered?  Clutter costs you cash.
  4. Are the windows clean?
  5. Are there pet odors, or smoker odors?  These odors will eliminate lots of buyers.
  6. Are the carpets clean.
  7. Is the roof in good condition?
  8. Does the air conditioner perform efficiently and quietly?
  9. Staging.  This is all about presenting your house in the best possible light for the buyer.  Remember, once the seller has made the decision to sell the house, it is now a commodity and must be presented in the best light for sale at the best possible price.

A couple of things you and your Realtor cannot control when wondering what is my house worth.

  1. Location - you really can't say the house would be worth more or less in a different location, it is where it is.
  2. Price.  Some Realtors will tell you they can set the price.  Quite simply, they can't.  The marketplace will set the price.  Some sellers, and some Realtors, won't like it, however, the market will give you the answer to your question, what is my house worth.

So, when pricing your hose, be sure to keep it real, don't ask for more than the market value, don't try to sell memories - buyers want to make their own memories and won't pay a premium for yours.

And most important of all, do everything you can to enjoy the entire experience.

 

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Gwen and Doug Campbell - Sun Bay Realty Group
at Keller Williams Realty
35095 US Hwy 19N, Suite 100
Palm Harbor FL 34684
Doug's Cell 727-741-4189
Gwen's Cell 727-741-4744
Fax: 888-447-7908