Smart homeowners think about resale value even before they purchase a new home. That’s why you don’t want your home improvement idea to land a spot on this list of worst home renovations.

Homeowners like to make upgrades for a variety of reasons, a simple freshening up, a cosmetic change, or a mechanical upgrade, but in many instances with some consideration toward boosting resale value. However, renovations that don't build equity are the equivalent of throwing away good money. Don't make these home renovation mistakes that result in a low return on investment.

Before setting out on a major home improvement project, review your market, and determine what will have the greatest potential to make your property stand out. Your realtor can help you.  

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Here are 15 luxury decorating ideas to give you some inspiration with real ideas that are feasible and amazing. These are ideas from top designers in Florida and around the country that can help you add more luxury to your home. Let’s look at 15 inspiring luxury decorating ideas that will make your home more elegant without breaking the bank.

Let There Be Lighting.

Either first or last, a glamorous decorating idea is to add romantic lighting. Many designers believe that this is the most important element in making a room feel luxurious. Elegant chandeliers, pendants, sconces, and decorative table lamps all can bring the light down into the room. Also, light fixtures with crystals can help disperse the light around the room giving the entire area a…

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Mural Debuts on the 57th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Historic, “I Have a Dream” Speech

Smith & Associates Real Estate is excited to announce their partnership with Ya La'Ford, the Lovelady Family, and Healthy St. Pete to bring a new community mural,  "Community Woven" to the Warehouse Arts District, located in the southside of St. Petersburg, Florida. With "Community Woven," Ya La'Ford will create a visual quilt composed of, “words, wisdom, and well-wishes,” collected from the local community, which reflects the powerful emotional sentiment in today’s movement to ensure equality and justice.

This powerful community installation will be located across from the artist's "King's Dream Unite" mural on the Historic Manhattan Casino wall.…

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Tampa Bay Luxury Market Surges to Near Normal Even During Pandemic

Buyer demand seems unwavering in the high-end residential real estate market, especially in the trophy neighborhood of Davis Island. Today, Anne Mullis and Cindy Richards, Realtor duo for Smith & Associates Real Estate, sold a $9.1 million home on Davis Island, without even listing it on the market. That is only one week after “The One Team” at Smith represented a home on the island that was under contract within two days of listing it for sale. Both homes had multiple offers.

"We continue to see an increase in buyer demand for luxury homes," said Mullis. "This beautiful Davis Island home was sold by connecting with our agent network who represent discerning buyers.” The team…

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Smith & Associates Reports High Demand for Multi-Million Dollar Homes & Record Sales Penthouse Condo in Pinellas County Sells for $5M   Tampa Bay continues to see high demand for multi-million dollar properties. Despite the economic slowdown and global pandemic, Smith & Associates Real Estate has recorded record sales in Hillsborough and Pinellas County. In the past two weeks,  Smith & Associates recorded three sales in the past two weeks that have topped $4 million - 114 Martinique Avenue for a near record-breaking $9.1M, 5114 W. Longfellow Avenue for $4M, and 100 1st Avenue N Residence 4103 for $5.1M. “Tampa Bay’s luxury markets have thrived in 2020. We are finding buyers are hyper-focused on finding homes offering the best lifestyle options to fit…

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When you visit a luxury hotel, one of the most memorable parts of the stay is the bathroom. You remember a good bathroom. It is a space that creates intimacy and is designed for luxury, comfort, and function. A sleek bathtub, a glass-walled shower with rainfall feature, elegant vanities that have creative design, each of these elements encourage an unhurried approach to self-care. The contemporary luxury spa bathrooms mimic the resort-like feel of your favorite hotel. They offer individualized glamour with a modern approach that meets each homeowner with their own cultivated expression of luxury. An amazing modern bathroom can be opulent and functional with luxury home technology, providing space for a quiet bath or make-up enclave.  Whether you are…

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Tampa Bay’s Warm Climate Extends Poolside Relaxation Well Past the Summer Months

With a climate that is warm and sunny almost year-round, relaxing by the pool in Tampa Bay can be done well into months where our friends in northern climates. Summer is always hot in Florida but with a quick dip in the pool, you barely notice the heat. After a swim, your body temperature cools and the breeze on your skin is both soothing and invigorating. Whether you are spending the whole day basking in the sun or just capping it off with an evening swim, there is no question that having a pool is one of the most pleasant aspects of the Florida lifestyle. With a climate that is warm and sunny almost year-round, relaxing by the pool in Tampa Bay can be done well into…

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Welcome to the new St Pete Pier in Downtown St. Petersburg, bringing the best environment to our beautiful city!

We are so excited and grateful to visit the new St Petersburg Pier on Grand Opening Day. So much space, nature, dining, and art, including the breathtaking Bending Arc in which we were proud to donate to and see come to life. The city's new addition truly makes St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay the best place to call home! Now, who's ready to exPIERience it!?  

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The national online promotion highlights extraordinary real estate listings

-TAMPA, Fla. (July 2, 2020)

Two Tampa Bay homes, one located in the Beach Park neighborhood of Tampa and one in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg, have been selected as finalists in the 2020 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt. The Ultimate House Hunt is a month-long online promotion held on HGTV.com annually, showcasing extraordinary homes for sale in eight categories: Amazing Kitchens, Beachfront Homes, Big City Digs, Countryside Retreats, Curb Appeal, Homes with a History, Outdoor Escapes, and Waterside Homes. The contest is one of the channel’s most popular contests, generating more than one million votes last year.

The Smith listing in Beach Park was selected by…

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