Palm Harbor Homes for Sale, Steps to Buy a Home

November 9th, 2015

Have you thought of looking at Palm Harbor homes for sale, or perhaps Dunedin homes for sale or some other area? Did you wonder how easy or difficult it might be to see what each community has to offer compared to the place you live now, or the place you would like to live? If you are interested in a quick comparison, take a look at our shortcut for comparing communities.  Go to this link, click on the tab that says “compare areas”, then enter in the zip codes for any two communities you want to compare. Enter the desired zip codes in the blank boxes and get the basic comparisons. It is a great place to get started on your new home search. Do you want to check out whether one is a coastal community or not? How can you find out about the school systems?  There are lots of websites available that go into depth about any specific community. This link will help you get to a number of links all on one page so you can begin your search in one place and do a comparison of schools, find things to do in the area, find various community links all to help make your research efforts on where you want to live a little easier.

What kind of housing are you looking for? If you have a couple dogs and other pets, you may not want to look at condos, since most condos are not overly pet friendly, especially when you have multiple pets. In fact, many condos are pet free zones, or will allow one cat, maybe even fish. Some have size restrictions on dogs, for example, no dogs over 25 pounds, or more than 14 inches high at the shoulder. Some condo associations are run more efficiently than others, so you may want to learn about the budget before making a commitment to a condo complex. A well run condo association will have adequate reserves and will have budgeted for planned expenses, such as painting the building exterior or putting on a new roof  every 15 years.  Some associations do not plan ahead, perhaps to keep the condo fees low, and then have to make special assessments on each owner to have the parking lot repaved, or to install an elevator.

If you want to live in a 55+ community, it is wise to enlist the advice of a Realtor who can show you the appropriate houses. If you have small children, a fifty-five plus community is not for you. Some 55 plus communities restrict the number of days children under 18 can be in your home and others are a little less restrictive. This is again, your responsibility to read the HOA documents so you know in advance what is and what is not allowed within that specific community.

If you have small children, what about the community amenities available, if the house you are looking to buy does not have a pool, for example. Is there a community pool in the neighborhood, or is there access to a pool, such as the local YMCA. What are the Homeowner Association dues? Some of the questions you need answers to apply for a HOA as well as to a condo. How strict are the rules of either the HOA or the condo association. What is prohibited and what is allowed. Some HOAs are happy if you keep your yard neat and pay your dues. Some HOAs insist on monitoring the color of the houses, the color of the doors, whether or not you can have a truck or motorcycle on the property. It is never wrong to insist on seeing the HOA or condo rules and regulations, and budgets, before finalizing an offer for a home. After all, it is where you will be living and it makes sense to be sure it is an neighborhood you want to live in before you invest the money to buy the house.

Palm Harbor sunsetKnow what to expect and be prepared. Ask questions, not just of your Realtor, ask the neighbors around the house. Do price comparisons of various areas and take the time to find out what your current home is worth. Do not make the mistake many sellers make and assume that because a house nearby sold for a specific value that your house is worth the same amount. First, be sure that the price you were told is accurate. Then be realistic on the value of your home. When you find your dream move up home, and your current house has already been on the market for 100 days, because the price was set a little too high, there is a chance you will lose out on the dream move up house you found and the owners of that house will not accept a contingency on the sale of your home, especially if it has been on the market for a long time and is still not under contract.  As with almost every situation, cash is king. Second to that is the idea that a buyer has a pre-approved loan and can close quickly.

Getting a pre-approval letter is excellent, and making a sizable down-payment is also an excellent way to get a seller to take your offer much more seriously that someone who is putting down the minimum and then asking for lots of concessions and repairs. When making an AsIs offer on a house, if you really need to request repairs, be sure they are needed and probably structural or safety issues and not just cosmetic. The longer the list of repair requests on a contract, especially if the repairs are to paint a room, or patch a small hole in a closet wall, the less likely the seller is going to be to seriously consider that offer.

Just because a house looks great and has the “right” color scheme does not mean that it is the right house for you. The lifestyle is critical. Find a neighborhood that seems to reflect the way you want to live. Neat yards, well maintained homes, and specific neighborhood amenities are all good indicators of what you can expect when you move in. If you have to commute to work, take the distance to drive into consideration. You may not want to make a 45 minute commute into the sun going in both directions. A nice house in a bad location will not make anyone very happy over time.

Are there schools, shopping, entertainment you like near enough so it is convenient to your particular lifestyle? If schools are not important, because you are an empty-nester, you may not want to have a high school a quarter mile up the street where you live. Is the street your prospective house in on a busy thoroughfare or a quiet road where there is little to no noise to drown out a back yard cookout.

You also have to consider property taxes.  A dream house may come with nightmare property taxes. Check that out too.

So often people buy a house for the wrong reason and then for several years may have to endure a long commute, or a noisy road, or unexpectedly high maintenance expenses, or just plain old bad neighbors. When looking for a house to call home, do your homework and get the advice of professionals, from your professional Realtor, your home inspector, check out the school system, ask the HOA very specific questions that are important to you, and if at all possible, walk around the neighborhood and talk to the people who live there. They will tell you the good as well as the bad so you can gather as much information as possible to make an informed decision. After all, it is your money, your home and your responsibility.

If you do your part, you will have a great place to live and it just might be your dream home.

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Palm Harbor Golf Course Homes

September 17th, 2015

Are you looking for Palm Harbor Golf Course Homes?  Would you like the lifestyle that this might suggest?  Come home from the office, or walk from your home office to the pool, then get comfortable and take a quick dip in the pool.  Or finish your workday, then head out to play a quick nine holes on the local golf course.  Then, come home and cool off in the pool.  Life sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?  It can be yours and might not be as costly as you think.

Pool homes near a golf course in Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs are not too hard to find. There are plenty of golf courses in the area, with courses suitable for all levels of ability, from short courses in 55+ communities to championship courses with a PGA quality layout, such as Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course, home to the PGA’s Valspar Championship. This is a fine example of Palm Harbor golf course homes. Of course, if all you want is golf, that’s fine and you will be more than satisfied with the wide range of courses available. If you are looking for more than golf, such as water sports, the Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs area is perfect. Tarpon Springs is home to the world famous Sponge Docks with gift shops offering interesting items from corals to sand dollars to natural sponges and even hand made soaps. There are several charter fishing boat options available, with “head” boats taking out large parties for an economical day of deep sea fishing to private charters for small groups that will challenge your fishing skills. When you return to the docks, the crew will clean your fish for you so you can then take home dinner! Or, you could bring your catch to any of several local restaurants that will cook your freshly caught fish to order for a wonderful end to your day. There is even a live sponge boat tour that actually brings up real sponges to give you an idea of what real sponge fishing is all about.

The Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs is a working fishing village, home to a fleet of shrimp boats and sponge fishermen. Several restaurants serve fresh fish of the day. There area seafood markets that have the freshest seafood that is locally caught for the best eating experience and they offer seafood that is not usually available at your local supermarkets. If the Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs aren’t enough, there are the beaches. Sunset Beach park is a wonderful and under-used location with palm trees to offer some shade, plenty of space for a family picnic and wonderful location to view the spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico each evening. If you are looking for a park with more amenities, there is Fred Howard Park, with plenty of spaces for picnics, kayaking, fishing, parking and there are public restrooms. Take the day or just go for the sunset, you won’t be disappointed. Then, if you prefer the calmer waters of a freshwater lake, there is A.L Anderson Park on Lake Tarpon. Anderson Park has a free boat ramp that can accommodate more than one boat at a time. The ramp in in a protected cove and just outside the cove is Tarpon Lake and seven miles of expanse for skiing, quiet cruising or fishing for possible record sized bass. There are several covered picnic areas that can be reserved for group outings, with bbq grills at each. There is plenty of shade throughout the park to help keep you comfortable. The nature trails meander around the lake and if you are alert, you can spot an alligator or two, especially during the summer months.  Plenty of wildlife live around Lake Tarpon, including bald eagles. Just to see one is a magnificent feeling. Or head just to the south of Tarpon Springs to Palm Harbor.

We’ve already mentioned Innisbrook and its Copperhead Course. Did we say there are 3 other championship courses and a par 36 Fox Squirrel course created for all ages and ideal for introducing non-golfers to this incredible sport. Fox Squirrel is a 9-hole walking course opening at 4 pm daily.

A bit more to the west of Innisbrook is the Gulf of Mexico. Palm Harbor has several waterfront communities, from Baywood Village, with a network of saltwater canals leading to the Gulf, to Ozona, a Gulf front community with spectacular views of the open Gulf. Just off shore is Three Rooker Bar, Three Rooker Baran island about 2 miles from the mainland that is great for weekend parties and on holiday weekends, many large groups boat out to the island for fishing and plenty of fun. There are also several outstanding restaurants providing plenty of local favorite foods. Among these are Ozona Pig, Ozona Blue, Mystic Fish Seafood Grill, Peggy O’Neils, Thirsty Marlin, Molly Goodheads and so many more. Each offers a unique atmosphere and a welcome change from the national chains.

Oh yeah, we started talking about golf and got into all the other wonderful lifestyle aspects of our community. Here are several golf courses to check out: ChiChi Rodriguez Golf ClubLansbrook Golf ClubInnisbrook Golf ResortTarpon Springs Golf CourseCrescent Oaks Country Club; and Cypress Run Golf Club among others. Check out the results below and see which of these homes suits your lifestyle.  You just might find yourself with a pleasant change of lifestyle, with the pool home near a golf course that is your dream home. Think about it.

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Pinellas County Luxury Homes for Sale

July 20th, 2015

Pinellas County luxury homes for sale for 2015 made up 18.9% of  homes for sale in the county. For the month of June, 2015, there were 1194 luxury homes listed for sale. A luxury home for our purposes is defined as having a list price of at least $500,000. Of the homes listed, there were 171 luxury homes sold. This equates to an absorption rate of 14%. The absorption rate is the number of homes sold compared to the number of houses listed, which means that in June, 14% of luxury homes listed for sale sold. Or, for every 100 luxury homes available for sale, 14 sold. If you would like to get an idea of the current market value of your house, or any house you may have interest in, click this link to price your house.

Another way to look at this is that there is a 7.14 month inventory of luxury homes for sale in Pinellas County. This is trending to a buyer’s market. And if you look a little deeper into these numbers, there were 405 houses for sale in June with a list price above $1,000,000 and 35 of these sold. Thus, the inventory of $million homes in Pinellas County is 8.6 months. Not surprisingly, the higher the price, the longer it takes to sell.

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The media keep telling us that the real estate market is really hot right now, however it takes a bit of looking into which markets are really hot and which markets might not be quite selling as fast.

Due to the price, the luxury home market takes a little longer to sell than houses priced in the $200,000 range, for instance. There simply are more people available to purchase a $200,000 house than there are to buy a $500,000+ home.

If you look at the same price points in Pasco County, the next county north of Pinellas County, there were 26 houses for sale priced above $1,000,000 in Pasco County and 1 sold. That works out to more than a 2 year inventory of $1million homes in Pasco County.

As a contrast, in Pinellas County in the under $200,000 price range, thru June there have been 18,684 houses listed and 7171 sold. To be more relevant, in June there were 2731 houses listed for sale at or below $200,000 and 1331 sold. This translates to an absorption rate of 48.7% or almost 1 or every 2 houses for sale was sold in June. This is the hot real estate market that the media are talking about, not the million dollar market where it is taking more than six months to sell a house.

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55 Plus Homes for Sale in Highland Lakes

May 15th, 2015

There are many 55 plus homes for sale in Highland Lakes, Palm Harbor. Highland Lakes is a large, active adult community with so much to do that being bored is not an option. Highland Lakes is on the western side of Lake Tarpon, a terrific bass lake. There is a private dock area for use of all Highland Lakes residents. There is also a boat and trailer storage area based on space available and it too, is free to residents. Just to the north of Highland Lakes is Anderson Park, in Tarpon Springs. This county park is open from dawn to dusk, has lots of picnic areas, lies on the west shore of Lake Tarpon, and has a really modern boat ramp for those who want plenty of space for launching their boats for a day of fishing or boating on the lake.

Homes in this exciting 55 plus community are affordable. You can even build your own search for a house.  The grounds are very well maintained and the people are very friendly. Highland Lakes is definitely a place you will want to call home. If you want to live here all year ’round, the location is hard to beat. Even if you want to escape the winter cold, c’mon down, the winter weather is wonderful. The Tampa airport is only about 30 minutes away, and downtown Tampa is less than an hour, including the time to find parking. And since Palm Harbor is located about halfway between Tampa and St. Petersburg, travel to downtown St. Pete is a straight shot down US 19. There you will find restaurants with sidewalk cafes, a beautiful waterfront, the world renowned Dali Museum, and so much more.

Back to 55 plus homes for sale in Highland Lakes, there is a travel club for residents and it has trips for one day, over-night trips and trips that are several days to places like St. Augustine or Biloxi, MS. Other things to do include Aquabelles (pool exercising), bingo, the boating association, bowling leagues, bocce competition, a computer club for lively learning about today’s technology, a chorus, garden club, the Highland Lakes newspaper to keep abreast of all the happenings in the community, a photography club, a weight management group, dance clubs, needle arts, neighborhood watch to actively participate in the security of your community, shuffleboard, slimnastics, tennis and pickle ball groups, woodshop and even Zumba. So it is very clear that this is NOT a boring community.

Now, let’s talk about some of the outside events around Highland Lakes, the most active 55 plus community in Palm Harbor and the surrounding area. In Palm Harbor beyond Highland Lakes, there are too many very good restaurants to mention them all. Of course there are plenty of franchise selections, Carrabba’s, Olive Garden, McDonalds, Perkins, Applebees and more. Then there are the local favorites, Lucky Dill Deli – a real New York deli, Tiffany’s – family owned and famous for breakfast, Thirsty Marlin and Molly Goodheads, both wonderful ways to enjoy old Florida casualness with good food and cold beverages.

Go slightly south to Dunedin, for even more options for fun, shopping, dining or just plain old relaxation. Dunedin has Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island, both recognized by Dr. Beach for outstanding beaches. We could go on and on and on. Just don’t take our word for it, call and we can help you find the perfect 55 plus homes for sale in Highland Lakes, Palm Harbor.

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Pool homes for Sale in Palm Harbor?

April 15th, 2015

The question is, why would you want to see pool homes for sale in Palm Harbor? The answer is not as simple as the question. Or is it? Could it be the lifestyle? Or could it be the schools in Palm Harbor? Maybe retirement in Palm Harbor is so attractive there is no reason to look elsewhere? Pick you reason to live in the area. We’ll elaborate a bit in the following few minutes to see why you just might want a pool home in Palm Harbor.

The Pinellas Trail offers almost 50 miles of bicycle and walking trails, from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg with Palm Harbor being a major thruway for bicycles on the Trail. Riding through Palm Harbor on the Pinellas Trail you will see waterfront homes, pleasant wooded areas, parks, and you will pass right by the historic Old Palm Harbor downtown, where there are restaurants, like Peggy O’Neils and the Thirsty Marlin, and festivals that we’ll learn a bit about below.

Pinellas Trail Heading South

Is it the Palm Harbor lifestyle? Let’s take a look at that to figure out what that might mean. There is the Palm Harbor Citrus Festival. This is a weekend of fun, food and music. For a schedule of events for the 2015 Citrus Festival, simply click on the 2015 Citrus Festival. It is a great weekend of family fun, and after the kids are worn out and in bed, the grownups can come back and listen to the music.

And if street festivals and that lifestyle appeal to you, in June there is the Palm Harbor Parrot Head Festival, with tributes to Jimmy Buffett. There will be stages set up for music all weekend and into the night. Downtown Old Palm Harbor is the site for this event, just like it is for the Citrus Festival. The Parrot Head Festival 2015 will draw large crowds all weekend, with upwards of 20,000 people from all over the country. There is a kids’ area so parents can get a bit of a break and the kids will have more fun anyway, instead of hanging with Mom and Dad. Of course there will be contests for best Jimmy Buffett look-alike, best island costume and much more.

If this is starting to sound like you would love to live here, and want to know what a particular pool home for sale in Palm Harbor might be worth, visit our automated home value estimator and get an immediate value estimate. Just for fun.

Festivals are not the only reason the Palm Harbor lifestyle is so attractive. How about golf? The crown jewel of golf courses in Palm Harbor is the Innisbrook Copperhead Course, home to the Valspar PGA Championship tournament. The 2015 winner of the Valspar Championship was Jordan Spieth, who, coincidentally, is also the 2015 Masters Champion. For golf fans, that should be a big deal. It was an exciting tournament, with a great finish. And the Copperhead Course is absolutely beautiful. Innisbrook has other courses and excellent amenities, with a terrific steakhouse.

There are other golf courses in Palm Harbor and nearby communities as well that are great to play and can challenge golfers of every ability. In nearby Dunedin, there is the Dunedin Golf Club, a Donald Ross designed course that was home to the PGA from 1945 through 1962. The view from the clubhouse patio onto the course if beautiful and the restaurant is very, very good.

There are enough other activities in Palm Harbor to satisfy the fussiest lifestyle. How about water sports? The Gulf of Mexico is the western border of Palm Harbor. Fishing is simply outstanding. Do you like to kayak? Well, put your kayak in the water at any of many put ins, bring your fishing rod and maybe a little bait, then go catch something. Wall Springs Park, offers multiple fishing piers for the young and old alike. There are plenty of mangrove rivers and coves to paddle around in, and fish abound in the area. There are pinfish, speckled trout, redfish, snook, flounder in the grass flats. If you are looking for a little more excitement, try to hook a shark from your canoe with light tackle and hang on. There are plenty of smaller sharks in the grass flats looking for an easy meal. In the spring and fall, the tarpon run is exciting and you can catch a 100  pound tarpon. Now THAT is fun!

Sunset over the Gulf.

Sunset over the Gulf.

Or you can simply paddle around looking at the fish in the clear water below you. There are sponges, rays and thousands and thousands of small fish that don’t care about you or your kayak gliding by them. For the more adventurous, get on your motorized boat and head a little farther out for a bigger variety and size of fish. A bit off shore are grouper, mahi-mahi, kingfish, red snapper, cobia and much, much more. Hook a Goliath Grouper for the memory of a lifetime. This could be a 300 pound fish and it just doesn’t want to be caught.

But wait, we are getting carried away talking about the Palm Harbor lifestyle, when we originally started talking about pool homes for sale in Palm Harbor. Maybe it would be good to get a sense of the Palm Harbor real estate market. Check out the market, then when you have some serious questions, contact your professional Realtor, (hint – we can help), and start looking at the multitude of options for living in Palm Harbor.

Of course, not everything is about playing and not everybody wants to just play. There are things like ensuring that children get a good education. When looking for a home in Palm Harbor, one of the first questions that needs to be answered for households with children is “What school will my kids attend?” For the answer to that question, just know the specific address in question and visit the link hosted by the Pinellas County Schools for the answer. For more in-depth information, visit our favorite links and get information on all kinds of things, including the schools. Palm Harbor University High School is one of the very best schools in the entire state of Florida, ranked 28th in the state. PHUHS is a public school and magnet school and covers grades 9 – 12. Learn lots more about this very fine school and this will help make your decision much easier, if you are considering finding a home for sale in Palm Harbor.

OK, now the general lifestyle, fishing, golf and schools have been addressed, what about the infrastructure, like where can you shop and what restaurants are available?

Shopping. Everyone needs to buy food. Palm Harbor is well served by the grocery industry. There are many Publix stores all over Palm Harbor, and all are convenient. The Winn-Dixie stores have a presence with their variety. Of course, WalMart has a significant presence as well. There are other high quality stores also available, including Target, 7-Eleven, Felice’s Deli, Simply Fusion, Steve’s Produce (fresh local produce), Richard’s Foodporium, Sav a Lot, Fresh Market, JJ Gandy’s pies (unbelievably good Key Lime Pies), Strachan’s Homemade Icecream and Desserts (NOT for the low calorie crowd), and many others with foods for all tastes.

So the food part is out of the way. Let’s look at clothing. Just at the line of Palm Harbor, Clearwater and Dunedin is the Westfield Countryside mall. This mall has expanded over the years and has plenty of stores for everyone. The mall is anchored with Sears, Macys, JC Penney and Dillards. It also has, of course, a Starbucks, an indoor ice skating rink, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, PF Chang’s, Red Robin with its bottomless french fries, and the 12 screen Cobb Theater for the latest movies. There is a brand new Whole Foods Market for the slightly different variety than in other stores.

So if you are still with us, you know that Palm Harbor has the lifestyle and the infrastructure for shopping, schools, restaurants. The finishing touch, for those who need a little more of the city life, Tampa is just a short 30 minute drive. What that gives you is the Tampa International Airport, and the International Mall. For culture, there is the David A Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, formerly the Tampa Performing Arts Center. Here, you will find world class entertainment, from ballet, to comedy, to Broadway plays and musicals, concerts from the biggest names in entertainment, and wonderful dining, including Maestro’s Cafe with a full buffet and Maestro’s on the River for light fare overlooking the Hillsborough River.

Oops, forgot to mention that there is Major League Baseball, with Spring Training having 3 teams in the area, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Phillies, and the Yankees. Each team also has a minor league team play their schedules in the area so for baseball fans, there is plenty to do.

Palm Harbor has so much to offer, from a casual lifestyle on the Gulf, to outdoor activities like bicycling, golf and fishing, restaurants, shopping, excellent schools, and generally an enriching lifestyle. Hopefully, by now you will want to see pool homes for sale in Palm Harbor and just maybe make this your home, if not permanently, at least you can be a snowbird. We will welcome you.

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Condos for Sale in Royal Stewart Arms

January 26th, 2015

If you are looking at condos for sale in Royal Stewart Arms in Dunedin, there are several for sale. This is a 55+ community that is on the Dunedin Causeway and is just about at the entrance to Honeymoon Island State Park. Most of the condos in this waterfront community are 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, with a few one bedroom units available.

Almost all the condos for sale in Royal Stewart Arms have covered carports and there are no garages. Gateshead Fishing Pier

Of course there are plenty of social opportunities, such as meeting friends and neighbors at the community fishing pier, to fish, maybe catch a fish, chat and enjoy the benefits of living in this 55+ community. The views from the fishing pier of St. Joseph’s Sound are great. Watch the boat traffic, enjoy the blue skies, maybe see a dolphin or many, see who is catching fish from the causeway beach. There are windsurf rentals on the Dunedin Causeway so that the adventurous among us can find out about the thrill of windsurfing.

Honeymoon Island State Park is just a quick hop from the entrance of Royal Stewart Arms and is one of the best beaches in the USA, having been selected as the best beach in America, according to Dr. Beach. Collecting sea shells along the shore of Honeymoon Island is an excellent family  diversion.  And the fishing around Honeymoon Island is wonderful.

The average sales price for condos for sale in Royal Stewart Arms in the last six months of 2014 was just over $160,000. Now how can you pass on a waterfront 55+ community that is affordable? In the current market, competitively priced condos are selling very quickly. So go ahead, take a look at condos for sale in Royal Stewart Arms. You just might find the perfect home, or at least, the perfect winter escape.

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Homes for Sale in Fairway Estates

January 23rd, 2015

If you are looking for homes for sale in Fairway Estates, Dunedin, you are in luck. The sales in Fairway Estates have been brisk, with 17 houses sold in the last 6 months. At the moment, there are 7 homes for sale in Fairway Estates between $229,900 and $449,000.

Fairway Estates is in Dunedin, and adjoins the Donald Ross designed Dunedin Golf Club. Among the many benefits of living in Fairway Estates is the fact that the Pinellas Trail is just a short bike ride, or walk away. Once you get to the Pinellas Trail, you can ride to for a great meal at any of the wonderful restaurants on historic Main Street, or ride to Honeymoon Island. For a little more exercise, take a bicycle ride on the Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs to visit the Sponge Docks, or ride south to St. Petersburg, if you want a longer ride.

There is wildlife aplenty in Fairway Estates as well, ranging from osprey nesting atop custom built poles and often catching more and bigger fish than the locals, to egrets and great blue herons. The second oldest live oak tree in Pinellas County, about 150 years old, is located in the community.

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Dunedin Marina sunset 2Then there are the sunsets, and they are not only routinely spectacular, they are also free. A short drive, or bike ride, to historic downtown Dunedin, and to the marina for a beverage or meal while viewing the sunset is a wonderful way to invest your evening. Or stroll along Bayshore Boulevard to enjoy the sunset with fish jumping or osprey watching for whatever is going on along the shoreline.

Maybe you are looking for something with a lakefront view. There are several homes for sale in Fairway Estates, Dunedin along Lake Saundra. This is a nice sized lake with wildlife and a calming vista where people take relaxing strolls, walk their pets, and in general, enjoy the community.

And of course, for your golfers, the Dunedin Golf Club, designed by Donald Ross, and the former home of the PGA, has a terrific golf course that can challenge you. The clubhouse also has a wonderful restaurant with view of the beautiful golf course.

Check out homes for sale in Fairway Estates, Dunedin, FL. You just might find your next home.

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Homes for Sale in Pinellas County

January 16th, 2015

Are you looking for homes for sale in Pinellas County? Check out this information to see what the market of homes for sale in Pinellas County is doing. Spoiler alert, this information is for numbers people. These are numbers produced by the Pinellas Realtors Organization.

If you are interested in looking a one of the Pinellas County micro-markets, take a look at waterfront homes for sale in Pinellas County.

In December, the latest month for figures, there were 699 foreclosed homes for sale in Pinellas County and 380 homes sold. The average days on market for foreclosed homes in Pinellas County was 52 days. The average sold price to list price ratio was .98, meaning that sellers were getting 98% of the list price. The absorption rate in December for foreclosed homes in Pinellas County was 54.4%, which translates to a 1.8 month inventory of foreclosed homes for sale in Pinellas County. This is clearly a sellers market.

Short sales. There were 291 short sale homes for sale in Pinellas County in December and 87 sold. The average days on market for short sales was 183, and 108 days from contract to closing. The average sold price to list price ratio was .96, meaning that sellers were getting 96% of the list price. The absorption rate for short sale homes for sale in Pinellas County was 29.9%, which translates to a 3.3 month inventory of short sale homes. This also is a sellers market.

Palm Harbor waterfront home

Palm Harbor waterfront home

“Traditional” or non-distressed homes for sale in Pinellas County. There were 5757 non-distressed homes for sale and 1424 homes sold in December. The average days on market for these homes was 85 days. The average sold price to list price ratio was .95, meaning that sellers were getting 95% of the list price for their non-distressed homes. Finally, the absorption rate for non-distressed homes for sale in Pinellas County was 24.7%, which translates to a 4.0 month inventory of non-distressed homes for sale.

According to the National Association of Realtors, 0-5 months inventory equals a sellers market, 5-7 months inventory equals a balanced market, and more than 7 months inventory is a sellers market. Clearly, all three market niches of homes for sale in Pinellas County are in a sellers market.

Coincidentally, December of 2014 had the highest number of home sales of any month since before January of 2011!!

These are the facts. Do with them what you will.

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Homes for Sale in Crystal Beach

December 15th, 2014

Who would ever look for homes for sale in Crystal Beach? Who outside of our area even know about Crystal Beach? It is a terrific little Gulf side community with Pop Stansell Park, on Sutherland Bayou. This park has plenty of trees, a covered band shell, several picnic shelters, a playground and a fishing pier. All this, it’s free, and the sunsets are spectacular. Learn more about Crystal Beach with our Market Insider link.

Crystal Beach has it’s own post office, is considered part of Palm Harbor, and is a very quiet community, with homes for most every pocket. The Pinellas Bike Trail goes right through Crystal Beach so you can bike as far north as Tarpon Springs, or out to Honeymoon Island, or all the way south to St. Pete.

Check the homes for sale in Crystal Beach as the base of your Florida lifestyle. If you want to finance your Crystal Beach home, and need to know what the mortgage might be, check out this mortgage calculator.

Brady watching the sunset over Honeymoon Island, DunedinA wonderful benefit to Crystal Beach is the sunsets, which are completely free. Walk along the quiet roadways, even bring your dog if you want to, then sit on the shore for a quiet and relaxing time watching the colors on the horizon as the day closes on yet one more wonderful day in paradise. Think about what you might want to do tomorrow, is it go to work, or take a little bike ride, or maybe put the boat in the water to catch supper from the Gulf, or head to your favorite local restaurant to meet friends. If you have a home in Crystal Beach, dream away.

Then there are of course, the significant diversions of life, including the Tampa Bay Rays for baseball, the Buccaneers for NFL football, Ruth Eckerd Hall for the best in entertainment and concerts, and the Tampa International airport, and all of this is less than an hour away.

Take a look at the homes for sale in Crystal Beach. You just might find the perfect place.

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Palm Harbor Golf Course Homes

December 3rd, 2014

Are you interested in Palm Harbor golf course homes? Does a 55+ community with unlimited golf interest you? Then Highland Lakes is for your, with 3 nine-hole executive golf courses. Residents of Highland Lakes pay a $90 association fee, which includes the clubhouse, access to the private boat ramp on Lake Tarpon and boat storage on a first come basis, and unlimited golf on the three courses.

Then there is the challenging Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, with the renowned Copperhead Course, home to numerous PGA events, the Fox Squirrel, Island, North and South courses, all are ready for the best you have to offer.  Players must call for playing privileges.

Or try Lansbrook Golf Club, over 6800 yards and a par 72 course.  It is a daily fee course and guests must be accompanied by a member.

Lost Oaks on Tarpon Woods Blvd. in Palm Harbor offers good golfers a challenge, and has wonderful wildlife throughout the course. This is yet another pleasant and challenging Palm Harbor golf course.

Naturally, there is more to Palm Harbor than just golf. There is the Gulf of Mexico and its beautiful sunsets.Caladesi Sunset


Along the Gulf Coast are beaches, the Pinellas Bike Trail, good restaurants, and plenty of good water for fishing, kayaking, boating, and catching glimpses of manatees. Check out Palm Harbor. Historic downtown Palm Harbor with restaurants like Thirsty Marlin or Peggy O’Neils. Go a bit away from Old Palm Harbor and you’ll find Ozona Blue for open air dining on the water, or head to Molly Goodheads, which is actually in Ozona, for gator bites appetizers.

Come to find a Palm Harbor golf course home, stay for the Florida lifestyle. You’ll be glad you did. While you’re at it, sample the fun Palm Harbor has to offer, try some of the Florida seafood, and get to know the people.

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