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Caroline Southwell REALTOR® Coastal Lifestyles Realty St. Petersburg, FL
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Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategi
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Yes/No: If you could afford the $23.9 million price tag, would you consider buying Michael Jackson's former home?
Yahoo! Real Estate - Home where Michael Jackson died is listed at $23.9 million. Find Real Estate including homes for sale, new houses, rentals, foreclosure properties as well as mortgage calculators ...
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Humble food for thought - the future of real estate

Some economists are talking about significant inflation coming our way within the next 2 to 5 years. I think that kind of talk should be taken seriously by anyone holding real estate. One has to plan now to position himself/herself in such a way as to avoid potentially catastrophic problems, while preparing to benefit from the situation. Remember, inflation can be your friend if you own real estate. Subsequent to an economic downturn, precipitated by inflation and high interest rates, real estate values will likely spike up. The trick is to be able to weather the high interest rates and the tough economic times and come out smelling of roses at the other end. Here are my recommendations:

1. Tie up low mortgage rates now for at least seven to ten years. Remember the last time we had galloping inflation? Mortgage rates hit record highs. Avoid a situation where you are faced with a mortgage renewal at double the rate or more.

2. Rental property owners should plan ahead, by avoiding short term leases. When rates are high, the economy slows and vacancies rise. You don't want to find yourself in an economic downturn with tenant(s) down-sizing, moving out or closing shop.

3. Many property owners are now securing shorter term mortgages at historically low rates. If mortgage rates rise dramatically as a result of high inflation, those property owners may be forced to sell at low prices or get foreclosed on (here we go again). So, plan ahead for a second round of cheap properties to pick up.

Please add your comments or criticisms. The more heads we can put together, the more clearly we can look into the future.
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Mark your calendar!! FREE on March 1 with this invite.
 
Yes, there IS such a thing as BANG CHICKEN! Try it for FREE on March 1st with this invite:http://bit.ly/zeaSpH
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Are you a Gen-C?
 
It’s hardly news that young adults are the most digitally connected, but now Nielsen has come up with a new name for this group based on their common behaviors: “Generation C.”

The C stands for “connected,” and the group comprises Americans between 18 and 34 — who are defined by their digital connectivity, Nielsen and NM Incite’s U.S. Digital Consumer Report says. They consume media, socialize and share experiences through devices more than other age groups.

Are you part of Generation C? Do you like the terminology?
Nielsen has come up with a new name for this group based on their digitally-connected behaviors: Generation C.
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Interesting post - thanks for sharing!
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"For the past two years, we've been grateful to have the support of
residents and visitors who believe St. Petersburg shines as an arts
destination," said Mayor Bill Foster. "We've watched our arts
community flourish despite a tough economy, so continuing to come out
on top is further proof we made the right decision to cultivate arts
and culture in St. Petersburg."

Let's not lose this very important designation. Please vote for St
Petersburg ... use this link. http://svy.mk/ziD8WK
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“Buyers walk in and fall in love and the property starts getting bid up.”
Bidding wars, absent from most parts of the U.S. residential market since its peak in 2006, are erupting from Seattle and Silicon Valley to Miami and Washington, D.C., as the inventory of homes hovers...
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Time to Think Florida :)
 
It’s never too early to plan your Memorial Day weekend vacation to Florida! If you are looking for a vacation that includes sun, fun & relaxation, we’ve got a beach for that! http://bit.ly/BestBeachesFor
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A fresh coat of paint & bright hue warms up a formerly dark & uninviting bathroom!
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Red in the kitchen. Love it or hate it?
Glittering chandeliers and a bright red kitchen!
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I'm just getting up to speed with my Pinterest... I think this will be the next great tool in Real Estate!
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We are lucky here at Realtor.com because we get to see beautiful real estate images all day long but what we’ve been really thrilled by lately is seeing what Pinterest users have been pinning to their boards.

What do you pin on Pinterest?
The most interesting thing about Pinterest is seeing what other people choose. Sometimes it can be images of jaw-dropping beauty, sometimes it can be helpful household tips or mouthwatering recipes
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Pinterest is Outstanding and a new marketing tool everyone should be looking at-- Check out this great article for a more detailed description of the growth that the site is experiencing-- CHEERs: http://mashable.com/2012/01/29/pinterest-retail-infographic
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Tampa Bay Realtor Living the Florida Coastal Lifestyle - Keeping it Local - Keeping it Real - Creating Homes For The Coastal Lifestyles.
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Caroline Southwell, REALTOR®, GRI, SRS, RSPS, SFR, Principle Member. Coastal Lifestyles Realty LLC, is an independently owned and operated real estate company. As an Independent REALTOR® and real estate consultant I partner with residential home buyers and sellers throughout the greater Tampa Bay areas of Florida, managing residential real estate transactions selling Homes for Florida Coastal Lifestyles.  Areas of expertise include but not limited to St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, Clearwater,  Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, Tampa, South Tampa, Bradenton in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Manatee County. 


Real estate continues to be a sensational long term investment.  Buying a home can be one of life's most exciting experiences and one of the most challenging. Your home is your most important asset, it is an investment for a lifetime.   If you need help with any of your real estate needs, let’s get together and discuss the opportunities available in today’s market.

I bring over 25 years of experience  in consultative sales in the financial securities industry which taught me the many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional - integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work. That said, in my experience as a St.Petersburg/Clearwater/Tampa area real estate professional, I've also found that providing the very best service to home buyers and sellers in Tampa Bay area is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs. This "client first" philosophy has always been my approach and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business. In addition, I've found that the latest technologies are enabling me to do everything I've always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They've also helped me to extend the range of services I provide to my clients.  So when you decide that you'd like to buy or sell a home in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Tampa areas, please contact me...

Qualified in Client Service, Residential Real Estate Sales, Home Buyers, Home Sellers Resource Specialist, Resort and Second Home Resource Specialist, Short-Sales and Foreclosure Resource, Relocation, Waterfront Homes, Re-Sale and New Home Sales, Condominium Sales, Investors, Commercial Real Estate, Social Networking and Interior Design.