Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Asian restaurants opening in Wesley Chapel in 2013

There are two new asian restaurants that will open in Wesley Chapel in 2013:

Kwan Ming Bistro, featuring Hong Kong cuisine is planning to open within the next week or so and is located at 27607 SR 56 next to Happy Feet at Seven Oaks.

 Facebook page  Website  Phone:  813.994.2328
Kwan Ming Bistro in Wesley Chapel

Fine Thai Express is located at 27427 CR 54 in Wesley Chapel.  I don't have a projected opening date at this time.

Fine Thai Express in Wesley Chapel

Saturday, December 15, 2012

2012 Holiday Pet Video

At a time when we all can use some distractions, here's a holiday pet video:

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Happy Hanukkah!

Porter Campus at Wiregrass

Porter Campus at Wiregrass  (Pasco-Hernando Community College)
Construction of the new Porter Campus at Wiregrass, Pasco-Hernando Community College campus continues.  The new campus is expected to open in 2014.

Previous blog post about the new campus.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Tips for selling your home during the holidays

When it comes to holiday decorations, less is more when selling a home.  If you normally are the neighborhood King of decorations, you should tone it down while your home is on the market. 

1.  Keep outdoor decorations simple and tasteful.  If your home looks like Griswold decorated it, buyers may have a tough time actually seeing the home you are trying to sell.  Also remember, if your house goes under contract in December, you will have to pack up all those decorations in addition to the contents of your home before moving!

2.  Indoor decorations should be simple and tasteful too.  If you put up trees, be sure that you are not blocking the normal traffic flow.

3.  Holiday scents can help put people in a festive and cheery mood.  Just keep them subtle.  Remember, there are plenty of people with allergies.

4.  Soft music generally is recommended for showings.  You might want to shy away from overly religious songs and save those for when the home isn't being shown.

5.  Photos marketing your home with holiday decor should be removed no later than the first week of January.  I just love seeing "This home won't last long on the market" on homes in MLS in July, with a Christmas tree in the living room photos!

Lastly, it's a nice touch to put out a plate of cookies when you have showing appointments, with a note for buyers to help themselves!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

November Wesley Chapel home sales soar

November single family home sales in Wesley Chapel were up in virtually all categories from a year ago*.
  • The volume of single family homes sales was up 50%.
  • The average reported sales price was 33% higher than a year ago.
  • "Normal" home sales made up 61% of the total compared to only 45% last November which means the "depressed" home sales (pre-foreclosures/Short Sales & Foreclosures) were down significantly.
There are presently less than 200 single family homes listed for sale in our local MLS and 75% of those are not depressed listings!

*Information/data provided by our local MLS is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Suncoast Arts Fest 2012 returns to Wesley Chapel in January

The 8th annual Suncoast Arts Fest returns to The Shops at Wiregrass on January 19th and 20th with an estimated 145 fine artists and craftsmen showing their works. The chalk artists will be back! See the video from last year's event:

Sunday, December 02, 2012

5 Mistakes Homebuyers Make

Michael Estrin has identified 5 common errors homebuyers make:

1.  Always looking for a better deal

2.  Lowballing instead of negotiating realistically

3.  Overpaying for perfection

4.  Equating "Short Sale" with "Deal"

5.  Falling in love at first sight

Link to full article by Estrin