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The Joy of Being a Homeowner

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If you haven’t bought a home yet, you’re missing out on a wonderful feeling! That moment when you walk through your doors, throw your handbag or keys on the floor, plop down on your sofa and breathe a sigh of relief while thinking, “Finally, it’s ours (or mine)!” And the joy of looking at all of your boxes, getting to roll your eyes about why you buy so much stuff, then giving yourself a moment to take a nap because you worked hard to get here and earned it! Yes that’s a real feeling!

We often hear, and read, about the cost effectiveness of home ownership. The equity build-up, the freedom it can give us from finances in our retirement years, and a plethora of other ways owning a home can be a positive impact on your bottom dollar. But we don’t often hear about the emotional impact owning a home can have. Yes there will be days the fridge is acting up and you need to call your home warranty, or days you have to get outside to mow your own yard, but nothing beats the pride and joy of owning a home.

There is a sense of security, and a sense of “this is mine and I worked my way up to this moment,” that provides moments of bliss. The ability to do with your home as you please, not pay a pretty penny for every member of your fur family, and the privacy it provides can’t be beat.

Home ownership also gives you the ability to put down some roots. And we mean that figuratively and literally. You get to build memories through the holidays and go through many milestones with your family, that leave a significant impact into the later years. You also get to build bonds with your neighbors, and grow in a community oriented neighborhood. With rentals, people come and go annually, but there are deeper roots planted with building relationships with those living next to you. Potlucks, 4th of July and New Year’s Eve spent lighting fireworks, and just the excitement of getting to know each other and build new relationships.

Buying a home isn’t about the dollars and cents for everyone, sometimes it’s just about the joy of owning your own place, and getting to build amazing memories in it. If you’ve been longing for this, get in touch with a real estate agent, and make it happen. You owe it to yourself to make your dreams come true!

Kelly Harden, REALTOR®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.

813-244-9688

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Irma is coming to visit

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My parents moved our family to Florida when I was a kid in the mid 1970’s. My mother and I were not happy here and wanted to move back home to New Jersey.
Slowly I made new friends and began to see the beauty of Florida and fell in love with her.  The warm weather, sunshine, pools and beaches were irresistible.
We originally moved to New Port Richey, I graduated from Tarpon Springs High School and so far have lived in 8 places from Brooksville to Naples.  Florida is my home.
I grew up here, got married here, raised my three children here along with countless pets and my grandson was born here.
 
Hurricanes and storms have threatened us off and on throughout the years but I have been very fortunate and never been through anything too devastating until Irma decided to pay a visit.
We have secured our home, put all of the lawn furniture and loose items in the garage and will hunker down in our home as many of our friends and neighbors will.
I hope and pray Irma is kind to all of us but know in my heart she will be cruel to some.
Please be safe and remember family, friends and our pets are what is important, things can be replaced.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.

813-244-9688

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How are you celebrating the Fourth of July in Tampa Bay?

fireworks-459174_960_720.jpgJuly 4th means pool parties, BBQ’s and fireworks!  How are you celebrating our nation’s birthday this year?

We are having a family BBQ at our house followed by neighborhood fireworks.  We used to have a crazy pyromaniac neighbor who threw an awesome Fourth of July party every year for his business associates.  He had the best private fireworks show I have ever seen!  Sadly, he moved away and the new neighbor is very nice but not into pyrotechnics.

We were spoiled and haven’t had to leave the neighborhood for several years now!  I’ve heard Bexely is having an outdoor concert and fireworks show afterwards so with any luck we will be able to see the fireworks from our house.  If not it’s just a short walk there.

If you like to go out and see fireworks I suggest you try one of these locations- Channelside, Busch Gardens, Gulfport, the city of Largo, Sparklebration at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, Wesley Chapel and more!  Here is a link to an article in the Tampa Business Journal with more details  http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2017/06/26/heres-where-to-see-fireworks-around-tampa-bay-this.html

If you are in the mood for fireworks after a game of baseball (it’s America’s favorite past time after all!) you have three opportunities.  You can go see the Clearwater Threshers play in Clearwater, the Dunedin Blue Jays in Dunedin, or the Tampa Yankees at Steinbrenner Field.  All of those locations are scheduled to have a fireworks show after their games end.

However you wind up celebrating, I hope you have a lot of fun and most important stay safe!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.

(813)244-9688

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Time for Breakfast at the Breakfast Nook

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Lately Buddy and I have been celebrating our birthdays by going out to breakfast.  We celebrated Buddy’s on Friday by dining at the Breakfast Nook in Lutz.

I’ve always heard great things about the Breakfast Nook, but for some reason we had never taken the time to go there.  It’s a seat yourself restaurant, we chose a pub table near the back with a good view of the front door.  You can also eat outside if you prefer.  I could not believe how many people kept coming in to eat!

Our waitress was very friendly, attentive and quick.  We each ordered eggs, mine with pancakes and his with biscuits and sausage gravy.  It didn’t take long before our food arrived and it was tasty.  The biggest surprise was when the bill arrived, I can’t remember ever spending that little for the two of us to eat.

Next time you want someone else to do the cooking give them a try!  They serve breakfast and lunch 7 days a week from 6 am to 2 pm.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Mihara & Associates

(813)244-9688

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Can I stay home when buyers tour my house?

Often sellers will ask if they can be home while an agent is showing their home to potential buyers.  Can you be home?  Of course you can, but you shouldn’t.

Why shouldn’t you be home while buyers are touring your home?

Your presence may make buyers feel uncomfortable.  Buyers may feel they need to rush through the tour when a seller is present so they don’t inconvenience you.  They may not take the time to linger and explore each room.  They may feel they can’t discuss things they don’t like about the property or remodeling projects they might do.

You might accidentally say something that puts you at a disadvantage during negotiations.  You don’t want the buyers and their agent to know that you have to move quickly or that if this home doesn’t sell you will lose out on purchasing the home you have already picked out.

It is in your best interest to find something to do for a bit while home buyers tour your property.  Go out for a cup of coffee or a meal, take a walk, do your shopping, take a book to read at the park…plan on going anywhere else you can!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Century 21 Affiliated

(813)244-9688

 

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Century 21 Shaw Realty merges with Century 21 Affiliated

Exciting news, Century 21 Shaw Realty has merged with Century 21 Affiliated!  This merger means I am now part of the largest Century 21 company in the world!

Century 21 Affiliated has offices in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and now Florida!  We are their first merger in the state of Florida, bringing along our 200 or so local agents from our four offices in the Tampa Bay area.

I cannot wait to learn all of the exciting changes that will take place over the next few months, however many things will remain the same since we are still a Century 21 brokerage.  We still have a fantastic relocation department along with outstanding marketing tools for all of our listings.

I’ll keep you posted with all of the great changes to come.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Century 21 Affiliated

(813)244-9688

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We get to be in the Dade City Magical Christmas Parade again this year!

It’s that time of year again, the Dade City Magical Night Christmas Parade will be here Friday night December 2, 2016.  Buddy and I will be in the parade again this year handing out beads to all the smiling young faces.  We will be representing his company TECO.

This year Erin will be joining us too!  It should be extra special because she started teaching kindergarten this year in Dade City.

We’ve watched to the parade for years and always had a great time.  If you are free Friday night and would like to go I’ve included a link to their Facebook page and the photo above is from the prep room last year complete with the reindeer antlers we wore.  Be sure to let me know you will be there and I’ll try to get you some beads.

https://www.facebook.com/events/256639001382077/

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.

(813)244-9688

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Charming home for sale in Land O’ Lakes Florida

front-of-homeAre you looking for a new home in the Land O’ Lakes/Wesley Chapel Florida area?  Then I have I got the home for you!

I just listed a charming 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath, 2 car garage 1806 square ft. home in the Grand Oaks subdivision.  The Master Suite is downstairs for your convenience! And filled with all the items on your wish list including a walk-in closet, separate glass enclosed shower, a garden tub and dual sinks.

The downstairs also includes a large great room, separate dining room, eat in kitchen, inside laundry and a half bath for your guest’s convenience. Upstairs you will find a large loft area along with two guest bedrooms and full bath.

Enjoy the great Florida weather when you step onto the screened in Lanai which opens to a large fenced in backyard.

Plus, it is in a fantastic LOCATION! The home is situated on a quiet street in the back of the neighborhood directly facing a conservation area with an easy walk to the community pool, playground and clubhouse. The Grand Oaks community is minutes from the Tampa Premium Outlet Mall, Wiregrass Mall, the new Center Ice Arena, Florida Hospital and has easy access to I-75 and I-275.

Call me for details or to see the home in person.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Century 21 Shaw Realty

(813)244-9688

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Schedule a final walk-through before closing on your Tampa Bay home

Just before closing on your new home your agent will schedule a final walk-through of the property.  This should typically last about an hour and should be the day before or in the morning just before closing.

Bring the list of items the seller was scheduled to repair and confirm these repairs were made.  Make sure any items the seller agreed to leave behind are on site.

Verify the home is in the same condition it was when the contract was signed.  Open all doors and windows and check the locks.  Make sure all of the appliances work along with the air conditioning and heating systems.  Test the light switches and outlets along with the smoke detectors.  Check the faucets, flush the toilets and make sure the tubs and drains work properly.

Be sure to check the exterior of the home as well.  Confirm the landscaping is in the same condition as when you purchased the home.  Check the exterior doors, windows, sides of home and roof for any damage.

I bring along a checklist of items, your agent most likely will as well.  A thorough walk through helps minimize unexpected surprises after closing on your new home.  If there are any issues that come up during the walk-through your agent should contact the sellers right away.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Century 21 Shaw Realty

(813)244-9688

 

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2017 Will be the year of Kale

Every fall Pantone releases it’s color of the year for the following year and this years introduction for 2017 is Kale.   Get ready to see this color everywhere in 2017 from home interiors to clothing.  Pantone has been selecting a “color of the year” for several years and their predictions are usually pretty accurate.

As a redhead I am looking forward to seeing more of this color in home decor and clothing because I feel it compliments my coloring.  It will be interesting to see how designers will use it.  Time to go shopping!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Century 21 Shaw Realty

(813)244-9688