St Patrick’s Day celebrated all around Tampa Bay – Dunedin – Clearwater – St Pete
We had a lot of fun celebrating St Patricks Day this weekend and from these pictures and videos lots of other people did too – How did you celebrate?
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Clearwater Beach Pier 60 Prepares for the Republican National Convention
Clearwater Beach Florida – If you are coming to the 2012 Republican National Convention or just will be in the area the next two weeks there’s one more thing to add to your list of fun and free things to do – visit the Clearwater Dolphin Exhibit at Clearwater Beach Pier 60. Jack and I went last weekend to beat the crowds and bring back some photos and video for you.
Clearwater Dolphins on Exhibit at Pier 60
The Clearwater Beach Chamber and local businesses worked together to sponsor and create an amazing exhibit of art – 50 bottle note Dolphins line the sidewalk at Pier 60 – you will be greeted by these festive dolphins each with a personality all its own. I shot a quick video to give you a sneak peek at them however I would strongly encourage you to go see them for yourself – they will only be on exhibit at Pier 60 until Sept 4th.
Video of Clearwater Dolphins
There are so many I really liked especially “Hope” from the Suncaost Hospice Foundation and the one painted by Winter the Dolphin – which Clearwater Dolphin is your favorite? Tell me us the comments below….
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Clearwater Florida News – FL Legislative Session bringing Good News to Real Estate Investors and Home Owners
Clearwater Florida – As you know we wrote last year about the need to pass the proposed Florida property tax amendment that would in my opinion have protected people buying Clearwater Beach condos or vacation homes. Many 2nd home buyers now worry about feeling the squeeze of property taxes as the Clearwater real estate markets improve.
For those who want to buy a little piece of Florida paradise and enjoy it for many years to come – they don’t want to hear anyone say a few years from now, “Well the good news is, it’s worth more if you sell it.” They tell me they want to know they can afford to keep that special family beach house or retirement home and even dream of passing it down to their children.
In addition, I still think what happened to Florida business owners during the boom of 2004-2006, especially those Clearwater Beach Mom and Pop motels along our beaches (as well as all 26 miles of our beaches for that matter) by calculating their property taxes based on “highest and best use” was awful and amounted to basically a way to force them to sell and we are all worse off for it.
I don’t think that it was fair but after 24 years of my husband constantly reminding me that “fair is a place you take your pigs” I realize my passion for the individual, small business person is personal and some may say even a little naive. Well so be it, I do believe people who want to sell should be able to sell and those that don’t want to sell – shouldn’t be basically forced too. Their businesses could never generate the income needed to pay the proposed taxes and there was no solution but to sell. This is a problem and many people have been fighting hard to see things changed.
So in a time when our best mortgage borrowers are being hit with Jumbo rates which can be basically conventional rates plus 2% and luxury beach property values are down and not get stabalized, I believe we need to make it more attractive to those who are ready willing and able to purchase to do so.
Well when I just got this early recap from the Florida Association of Realtors® I was thrilled to say the least and just had to share…as we finish the first day of May at 10pm tonight the may be good news on the horizon. Here’s their End of Session recap – maybe the peoples voices are being heard – What do you think about these proposals? …
Those that Own Homes in Clearwater or Clearwater Beach Florida may soon be happier
“The House and Senate have completed their 60th day of the 2009 legislative session. This is the day the Legislature should be adjourning “Sine Die.” However, as you have likely heard, the 2009 regular session of the Florida Legislature has been extended for a full week to finalize the budget. While the session was extended to next week, today still has that “last-day-of-session feel,” since all non-budget legislation had to be considered for final passage today if it was going to have a chance of becoming law.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment would help Vacation Home Owners as well as Real Estate Investors in Clearwater FL
One of the final bills considered tonight was SJR 532. This constitutional amendment will:
- Ask voters to limit increases in property tax assessments on all non-homestead properties to 5 percent annually. (Remember this was pulled from the ballot last year by a Leon County Circuit Judge so let’s hope this year goes better – read more..Pinellas County Real Estate Today Loses Chance to Cut Property Taxes by up to 32%)
- First-time homebuyers in Pinellas County and around Florida could benefit, too, with an additional homestead exemption up to $100,000 on their first home.
More Good News Regarding Property Tax Assessment and Capping Home Insurance Rates?
- HB 521, is the bill that puts the burden of proving that a property tax assessment is correct on the appraiser, not the property owner, also passed both chambers and heads to the Governor. Who doesn’t think this is a good idea?
- In the area of property insurance, the Legislature capped rate increases at 10 percent per year for Citizens policyholders (HB 1495). The Legislature also repealed the requirement that, effective Jan. 1, 2010, sellers of property located in a wind-borne debris region, and which has an insured value on the structure of $500,000 or more, provide prospective buyers the structure’s windstorm mitigation rating.
- Related post:Clearwater Florida Real Estate gets Florida Hotline to Home Insurance Options
- The growth management bill (SB 360) we supported passed as a big package. It includes a provision to encourage urban infill by eliminating transportation concurrency, one that allows for expedited comprehensive plan reviews and another that eliminates the development of regional impact process (DRIs) in urban areas. The bill also extends previously obtained permits and approvals by two years, creates a transition process for moving towards a mobility fee system, and streamlines and reduces inefficiency in our approach to growth management.
- Also, it appears that when theFlorida legislative budget is finalized next week, we’ll have $30 million for downpayment assistance to help “front load” the federal first-time homebuyer tax credit.” – now if we can just get the banks to give a thumbs up or down to all the short sales on their desks we’d be golden!! We are seeing lots of willing buyers and sellers – but with 80% of home sellers owing more than their homes will appraise for today we’re all feeling the bottleneck of the banks.
Also Read : Buying Clearwater Real Estate bargains – Bank owned, REO, short sales, Foreclosures So, call us today to discuss any property tax estimates or info on how we can help you buy an investment property or beach house, condos or villas on our Tampa Bay beaches.
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Clearwater Real Estate News – Understanding the Stimulus Package
Clearwater Florida – Well the stimuus package is almost a reality with Congress reaching agreement on a $789 billion stimulus package for Americans and the President expected to sign it into law, the clock may be ticking for this year’s Clearwater home buyers and homeowners. So what does this mean to you….
The final package contains two benefits related to housing and effecting Clearwater Real Estate.
Clearwater Home Buyers Good News
The first provision is fairly well-known. It gives first-time home buyers in Clearwater an $8,000 tax credit provided they purchase a home between January 1, 2009 and August 31, 2009.
The good news is this is a true tax credit.
To reduce misuse and abuse, however, the $8,000 credit is contingent on home buyers holding property for at least 3 years. If the home is sold in fewer than 3 years, the tax credit must be repaid to the government. It’s also worth noting that the date range applies closings and not sales agreements.
To qualify for this if you are buying a home the closing must occur within these 8 months to be eligible.
Clearwater Home Owners that Go Green – get Green Back
A second noteworthy feature in the package is that the stimulus package gives existing those with Clearwater homes incentive to “green” their homes. With available tax credits for energy-efficient windows and doors, furnaces and insulation, homeowners can claim larger tax deductions based on home improvement, up to $1,500.
But, just because the government provides housing-related tax benefits doesn’t mean you should just act on them blindly. Tax liability is a highly individual item and you may be ineligible for any number of reasons. Be sure to discuss your plans with a qualified accountant before committing to a plan.
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Clearwater Florida – Today Swiftmud is asking all of us that own homes in Clearwater to all do our part to help conserve water in the Tampa Bay area. Luckily in Clearwater many of our neighborhoods including Clearwater Beach have reclaimed water however the rest of us need to try our best to do our part….
“In an effort to conserve water during the ongoing drought, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is encouraging residents who irrigate their lawns to “skip a week” during the cooler months of January and February.
According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesn’t need to be watered as often during the cooler months. In fact, three-quarters of an inch of water every 10-14 days is sufficient.
“The cooler months are a good time to train lawns to need less water,” said Sylvia Durell, Florida-friendly landscaping project manager. “Using less water will encourage deeper grass and plant roots, which makes them more drought-tolerant.”
Over-watering can also encourage disease and pests.
Clearwater Homeowners can determine when their grass needs water when:
Grass blades are folded in half on 30 percent of the lawn
Grass blades are blue-gray
A footprint remains on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it
The region is experiencing the effects of a three-year drought and October through May is Florida’s dry season. All 16 counties within the District are under one-day-per-week lawn watering restrictions through Feb. 27, 2009. In addition, tightened restrictions are currently in affect for all of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties through June 30, 2009.
Skipping a week of irrigation will help conserve drinking water supplies. Following this skip-a-week plan saves water that the public needs for other critical uses during the dry season.
For more water conservation tips, information about the drought and the current water restrictions, please visit the District’s web site at www.WaterMatters.org/drought.
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