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Open House Tues. 11/11 from 11am-1pm at 5204 Coto Place, Valrico 33596

Have lunch with us and tour this fabulous pool home in River Hills Country Club!

If you’re looking for something extraordinary, look no further. This beautiful custom home has been meticulously maintained and beautifully upgraded with many custom finishes throughout. Situated on an oversized, lushly landscaped cul-de-sac home site, the curb appeal grabs you the minute you arrive. The floor plan is light, bright and entertaining and includes a split floor plan with master on one side of the home overlooking the outdoor entertaining area and salt-water pool. Three additional bedrooms are nestled on the opposite side of the home, together with a lovely sunroom/office. Many of the rooms open to the beautiful pavered lanai and pool area, overlooking a large back yard and the golf course. For the golf enthusiast, the home is just a short walk from the River Hills Clubhouse, making tee time easy. Recent added features include gorgeous new front doors, plantation shutters, custom closet organizers in master bedroom closets; new Bosch induction cooktop and dishwasher in the kitchen, along with enhanced wine storage; custom designed built ins in office area; upgraded master bathroom with custom cabinetry, sinks and hardware; upgraded HVAC with commercial grade heating and cooling system and new insulation for improved energy efficiency, gorgeous enhanced landscaping and lighting; new pool pump and chlorination system; new paint and carpeting . . the list goes on and on. So, what are you waiting for? Come and make this home yours. Plus top rated schools. Hurry, it won’t last long.

Federal Reserve survey: All twelve of the Fed’s regions reported growth.

By Martin Crutsinger
The Associated Press
POSTED: 09/04/2014 12:01:00 AM MDTADD A COMMENT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy strengthened in all regions of the country in July and August, in areas from consumer spending to auto sales to tourism, the Federal Reserve reported in a survey released Wednesday.

All 12 of the Fed’s regions reported growth. Six — New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco — characterized growth as “moderate.” The other regions reported somewhat slower expansion. Four described growth as “modest,” and two noted signs of improvement.

The survey found no clear evidence that the economy is expanding so fast that the Fed might soon need to begin raising interest rates to prevent inflation.

Most regions reported optimism about key economic sectors. A majority cited increased loan demand, for example, and hotel occupancies.

The survey, known as the Beige Book, is based on anecdotal reports from businesses and will be considered with other data when Fed policymakers meet Sept. 16-17.

After that meeting, economists think the Fed will reduce its monthly bond purchases for a seventh time but will leave its key short-term rate unchanged.


Hot off the press: Tampa’s #1 on the list of Best Places to Retire!!

Now the whole country knows our little secret…

Tampa seeks young people but ranks No. 1 for retirees

By Mike Salinero | Tribune Staff Mike Salinero on Google+
Published: September 3, 2014 | Updated: September 3, 2014 at 06:49 PM
TAMPA — Even as Mayor Bob Buckhorn tries to shift the city’s economy toward tech-savvy young people, Tampa is offering older folks more reasons to come here than any big city in America, a new study says.

The city ranks No. 1 among the nation’s 150 largest on 2014’s “Best and Worst Places to Retire” from the financial social media site

That may seem like a contradiction for a town whose mayor has touted the growing appeal of Tampa — especially the downtown area — as a place for young professionals to live, work and play.

But Buckhorn, the city’s ultimate cheerleader, greeted the study’s No. 1 ranking as an affirmation of Tampa’s growing attraction for out-of-towners of all ages.

“I’ll take No. 1 in anything that’s positive,” he said.

Retirees bring financial stability, the mayor said, along with positive life experiences they can share with the millennials the city is chasing.

“These aren’t folks that are necessarily heading to the blue plate special at 4 o’clock,” Buckhorn said. “These are folks that have disposable income and have been successful elsewhere. Having folks like that choose to live in Tampa can only benefit the millennials that moved here in droves.”

Rounding out the Top 5 in the Wallethub study are Sunbelt cities Grand Prairie, Texas, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Scottsdale, Arizona.

At the bottom of the list are urban giants Providence, Rhode Island, Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.

This is the first year that Wallethub has ranked retirement cities, said the study’s writer, Richie Bernardo. Cities are the focus of the study, not larger metropolitan areas. Tampa, with about 353,000 people, accounts for about 27 percent of Hillsborough County’s 1.29 million people.

Wallethub uses five criteria in arriving at its rankings, with four of them given a weight of five points — Affordability, Activities, Quality of Life and Health Care. Jobs is weighted two points.

Tampa isn’t tops in any one of the five categories, but the city ranks No. 3 in Activities and No. 9 in Affordability. It’s tied with St. Petersburg in the Affordability ranking.

City Councilman and Tampa native Charlie Miranda said it makes sense that retirees would be drawn to Tampa. The city enjoys great weather, a state-of-the-art airport and is 20-45 minutes from the beach.

“We have Busch Gardens, the (Lowry Park) zoo. And we’re getting better every day in parks and pools,” Miranda said. “We’re heading in the right direction.”

Tampa also rates a mention in one of the seven sub-categories of rankings provided by Wallethub — Fishing Facilities. All the top five cities in this ranking, in fact, are in Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, St. Petersburg, Cape Coral and Tampa.

With its sunshine and affordable housing options, Florida is the original retirement mecca for people leaving their work careers behind in northern and Midwestern states.

But Miranda said Tampa offers up other, less-quantifiable qualities: friendliness and a unique ethnic mix he calls “vegetable soup” and Buckhorn calls paella, a Spanish dish popular locally built around rice and seafood.

“It’s a mixture of all kinds of people together making it what it is,” Miranda said. “We respect everybody, we all get along and we’re all trying to make it a better place, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Time to buy! Rents are going up in Tampa.

With Tampa Bay rents on the rise, buying now makes more sense than ever, especially since interest rates are still low……

“We’ve seen light at the end of the tunnel….” regarding Tampa Bay foreclosures.

Time to breathe a collective sigh of relief?  Read the Tampa Bay Business Journal article here:  http:/  The new statistics are heartening!

Money Magazine: Buy Now, Not Later

“Cost is not determined by price alone, but by price and mortgage rate.”  And mortgage rates are steadily increasing.  Sage advice for buyers from Money Magazine……..

Mortgage rates affect how much house you can afford.

Mortgage rates affect how much house you can afford.