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November 30, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski No Comments

5 Tips to Take Before Looking at Homes

These are the common tips before you look at homes, so that you are not frustrated. 1) strengthen your credit score and 2) Figure out what you can afford. These go together because to get the answers, you need to talk with a knowledgeable mortgage broker, who is willing to help you. 3)Save for the down payment and closing costs. Depending on the discussion with the… Continue reading »

September 10, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski No Comments

Before You Sell, Add Some Storage

You may be used to not having enough storage or living with your closets and garage bulging with stuff. Look around your home and see where you could add an extra closet: under the stairs, in the garage, unused space in your lanai? For less than $2000, you can build one within your home without tearing down walls.

Window Seat Bookend By Closets
Window bench with pillowws and storageIf you have a bedroom… Continue reading »

August 28, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski No Comments

Before Resale-Open Up Your Kitchen

Do you wish you had a more open kitchen; a home that can entertain into the family room or dining room or den.  So many homes built in the 70’s and 80’s have these closed in kitchens in Tampa Bay.  And if you want to make your home more appealing to your next buyer, you don’t need a lot of money to add some pizzazz.

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August 11, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski No Comments

The Hippest, Hottest, Identified Neighborhoods of the Tampa Bay Region of Florida

Saint Petersburg’s Kenwood Area

Kenwood is on the National Register of Historic Places for bungalows dating back from the early 1900’s. Restoration is big topic among neighbors here and you can experience first-hand the enthusiasm by taking a tour of some of the homes every year held the 1st weekend in November.

St. Petersburg Downtown Area

A really great… Continue reading »

August 1, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski No Comments

The Shape & Size of Homes to Come

Homes like clothes, like hairdos, like food all have their cycles of change. I remember the colors of pink and blue bathrooms, harvest gold and puke green kitchen appliances and all those mirrored walls. Low ceilings, rooms only for company, furniture covered with plastic and tiny closets. Homes have evolved as our needs and circumstances have changed and … Continue reading »

July 24, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski No Comments

Adding Outdoor and Indoor Lighting to Your Home

Besides having exterior lighting on and around your home for security and safety reasons, installing outside lighting will show off your home at night for dramatic display and increase its curb appeal. Especially if you have outdoor parties—and who doesn’t in Florida; having creative lighting only adds to your party’s charm and fun. With Kitchen with Breakfast Nook in Viewlow-voltage… Continue reading »

July 15, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski No Comments

Before Resale, Move Your Laundry Room and Get More Space In Your Garage

Get your laundry out of the garage.  You may be used to doing your laundry in a hot, messy, dreary garage but your next buyer will not be looking forward to it. Give yourself a break and find a 3 x 3 foot space An image of a extremely organized garagenear the kitchen or a bathroom. Minimizing any further plumbing work, it will cost less than $3000 to stack 2 front loading units within a closet or corner.  Continue reading »

June 12, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski No Comments

12 Financial Tips After Getting Married

Wedding rings on the background of moneyWhen I got married many years ago, no one gave me this list and I wished they had. While there are so many other things to do when you are getting married while still maintaining your current job and looking for a place to live, planning how your finances are going to be handled is also so important.

  1. Sit down with your spouse and list your combined debt (credit cards,
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May 9, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski No Comments

Why Carrollwood is a Popular Tampa Bay Neighborhood

Carrollwood VillageI will be blogging about other areas of Tampa Bay, but this one is on Carrollwood, one of the most central, traditional, longstanding in property values, established, popular, convenience dominated and affordable suburbs of all of Tampa Bay.  You just can’t beat it.  I personally live here and for good reasons which you will read below.  I am prejudiced… Continue reading »

May 2, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski No Comments

Still Using a Search Engine to Find a Home in Tampa?

I understand if you are new to the Tampa Bay Real Estate Market and have not been educated by another Realtor to understand how the buying and selling of Real Estate works in today’s Internet world.  I too was uneducated until I became a Realtor (back when computers didn’t exist!) and open houses were the only way to actually see a home.  Back then,Continue reading »

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