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Bridge clearances NE & SE St Petersburg FL

Considering buying a waterfront home in St. Petersburg? You should know about boat access to your property, you don’t want to own a sail boat and have to deal with a fixed bridge or have a center console and not be able to make it home in a storm because the tide is high and your boat is 2 inches to tall to get under the bridge! Bad water access could cost you thousands when it comes to selling your home.

If you are in the Tampa Bay area & looking for a waterfront home call David Price or James Silver at the Price Group. http://www.PriceGroupRealtors.com 727-851-6189

St. Pete Delivers!

Tired of meal planning and cooking?  Want to support our local restaurants safely?  Are you craving that favorite ‘go-to’ spot?  Do you know a family in need of food and want to help?  Looking for a way to support our local healthcare providers?

All of these wants and needs are available in St. Pete, right now!  Just click on the following link https://ilovetheburg.com/st-petersburg-restaurants-still-offering-takeout-delivery/ to browse menus and to see who’s open for business.   Most spots are offering takeout/delivery via UberEats, RubHub, BiteSqaud and DoorDash.

Stay safe friends, we look forward to seeing you face to face soon!

Your home is listed for sale and you and your Realtor just negotiated a great contract to sell it within the next 45 days.  Next up…the home inspection.  While this can be a nail-biting time waiting to find out what the inspector sees as ‘needing repair’ it doesn’t have to be.  Consider completing the following checklist BEFORE the inspection for a smoother result.  Remember, this is all about a win-win for both parties.

Exterior                                                           Interior

Windows/screens                                             Water Heater

Peeling Paint                                                     Showers/tubs

Cracked Caulk                                                   Ceiling fans

Siding/trim                                                        Light bulbs

Deck/fences/pool                                              Electrical

Positive drainage                                             Plumbing

Gutters/downspouts                                        Toilets

Roof                                                                  Safety detectors

Air conditioner                                                Stairs

Garage door                                                     Appliances

If you find a problem that you cannot fix yourself, ask your Realtor for a vendor referral.  We make it our business to know the right people to call for repairs.

For more valuable tips on the real estate process, contact us any time!

Coronavirus Slows, But Doesn’t Stop Real Estate!

The real estate market is definitely not operating in a traditional manner during the coronavirus pandemic but real estate professionals have been working behind the scenes, making it easy for sellers to remain connected with prospective buyers through social media.  Utilizing platforms like YouTube, Zoom, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For people who have been considering selling, it might not be necessary to wait.  One benefit of Americans being home all day is that they are online ALL DAY LONG!  And they’re shopping, not just for the necessities that they’ll be missing but they’re also day-dreaming about a new home, especially after being stuck in the one they have and now see all its blemishes.

We are entering what is usually the busiest season of real estate, that typically lasts through the end of the summer.  Now, the busy season will likely last through to the end of the year.

Momentum is building, there is no need to fear putting your home on the market now.  The minute that people are allowed to take a physical tour, the market is going to boom; and that is on top of the buyers who’re already taking advantage of virtual tours now.  People will be lined up at the doors of those homes similar to the ones they have been longing to see for the past few months.  As soon as our world begins to shift back to normalcy, the real estate market will be at its height, don’t miss the opportunity!

It’s true, home is where the heart is.  Get on-line, shop for your new forever place and get excited about something that’s going to be there when things go back to normal!

SELLERS BEWARE OF iBUYERS

Price Group Realtors is working with a new client to list her home after a disastrous experience with an on-line real estate investment company Offerpad!

OfferPad is a company that, in a “simple 6 step process” will determine the value of your home (sight unseen), send you a purchase contract to sign and VOILA…you wait for your selected closing date!

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way.  Our client, Carolyn felt like she had done her homework before going with OfferPad.  She’d seen their ads on tv, she read reviews on their website and she was encouraged after reading, “OfferPad pays cash so you don’t have to worry about last minute unmet contingencies.”

After receiving her offer and signing the purchase agreement, everything seemed to be going as planned until…SIX DAYS BEFORE CLOSING she received a call from OfferPad that they were rescinding their offer to purchase because “the market is too unreliable right now!”  

During the time they were “under contract”, Carolyn contracted to purchase a condo and put down $5,000 earnest money deposit.  Fortunately, the sellers were understanding of her dilemma and have agreed not to sue her for failure to performance (which they had the right to do) and keep her $5,000 but instead they agreed to a delayed closing, allowing her time to get her existing home sold.  Price Group Realtors is now listing her home for sale, with every reason to believe that we will have her home SOLD in short order.

While working through all of this with Carolyn, we’ve learned more about OfferPad.  They mis-lead their customers into thinking that they aren’t charging a commission but in the fine print of their contracts they are charging 7.5% and building that into the “purchase price” they offer.  What we know is that they are investors and as investors they are in business to make a profit, period.  

For anyone considering using a company like OfferPad to save you the “hassle” of putting your home on the market, or to save money by not paying a commission or to get a quick closing…please look further than their website for reviews, they only put the good ones on there.  Instead, check out a third-party organization as in this link https://www.revdex.com/reviews/offerpad-llc/2047344 . 

In summary, when deciding to put your home on the market work with a Realtor.  Realtors aren’t just agents.  We’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and we subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

3 Daughters Brewing helping community by using its facility to make hand sanitizer!

Beginning on March 19, 2020, 3 Daughters Brewing is using it’s equipment to provide a vital product for residents; hand sanitizer!

3 Daughters Brewing, (3BD) one of the most decorated hubs for good beer, CBD Seltzer, tasty snacks, and live music is going above and beyond. 

The free hand sanitizer will be available to patrons (one per person) for a limited time until supplies run out.  Anyone who would like to have it can go by the brewery starting Thursday, 3/19 from 10-3 and any day after for as long as supplies last.

3 Daughters Brewing is located at 222 22nd Street South.  Follow #BD on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Stay safe!

What’s Up In The Burg 01/03 – 01/05

St. Petersburg News and Events.

Vintage Marche – 01/04 & 01/05
If you were sad about the Brocante Vintage Market closing…wipe those tears away because there’s a new market in town opening in the same exact space! The grand opening of Vintage Marche will be happening this weekend and will be a two day event. To celebrate the grand opening, guests may enter to win a $100 giftcard to the market. Don’t miss it! Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm. Address: 2200 2nd Ave S.

Free Movie on the Beach – 01/04
Grab the kids, cuddle up with some blankets, experience the sunset and then watch Aquaman on the big screen at the beach. The event will be happening close to Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach. Concessions will be available for purchase, as well arts and unique gifts from vendors. The movie will start at sunset. Address: 1 Causeway Blvd, Causeway Blvd.

Yoga at The Dali – 01/05
What’s better than art and yoga? Join Lucky Cat Yoga this weekend at the museum. Classes are held in the Raymond James Community Room or Avant-Garden, both with incredible views of the waterfront. Class starts at 10:30 but we recommends arriving early to get checked in. If you don’t have a mat, no worries! There will be some on hand to lend. Address: 1 Dali Blvd.

Holiday Shopping Guide

A little behind on your holiday shopping? Fret not, we have all your local shopping options.

Holiday Handmade Indie Flea – Saturday 12/21
Stop by Bandit Coffee, caffeinate yourself and pick up those last minute gifts. The pop up market will feature vendors with handmade goods, vintage treasures, artisanal foods and plants. The market starts at 11am and will end at 3pm. Address: 2662 Central Ave.

St. Pete Running Company Pop Up Shop – Saturday 12/21 & Sunday 12/22
For the adventurer in your life, The St. Pete Running Company is hosting a super fun pop up shop. Exact items being offered remain a mystery, but if we had to guess this will be a good stop to pick up running accessories, sunnies, and even paddleboards! Check it out Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. Address: 1010 Central Ave.

Gulfport Holiday Marketplace – Saturday 12/21
The Holiday Marketplace celebrates arts, crafts and most of all, holiday excitement. Stroll Gulfport’s decorated streets filled with exhibitors and unique shops and artists, as well as locally made crafts, baked goods and other delightful stocking stuffers. In addition to great vendors, enjoy photo opps with Santa and special workshops. The market will be from 2pm-10pm. Address: 3101 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport, FL 33707.

From all of us at The Price Group, have a great weekend and stay safe!