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Sales Launch for "AQUA at Westshore Yacht Club"

Smith & Associates Real Estate has launched sales for AQUA at Westshore Yacht Club, Tower 1. Located within the gated community of Westshore Yacht Club, Tower 1 faces entirely west towards the bay for sunset water views and features just 77 condominium residences, each with private elevators, spacious layouts, and flow-thru floor plans. The tower's resort-style amenities include a rooftop infinity edge pool, golf simulator, pickleball, private owners lounge, spa, steam rooms, fitness center, screening room, children's playroom, private dining room for catered events, residents sports bar and billiard area, guest suites, 3rd-floor pool, valet parking, and co-work space business center. There are also a…

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Luxury Condo Towers in Tampa, Florida: Everything You Need to Know

The view. The amenities. The location. When it comes to luxury condo towers, lifestyle is everything. Whether it's the quality of the construction, the architectural touches, or the class of the amenities (think rooftop sundecks, cabanas, picturesque gardens, pool-side bars, state of the art appliances), living the luxury condo life is a great investment. 

From expansive water views to being right in the middle of the social scene, selecting the right luxury condo means finding the best of all worlds.

Here are several factors to consider when selecting your new luxury condo home:

Location

One of the biggest draws of luxury condos is their proximity to the action, i.e., the…

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Waterfront Condos in Tampa Bay to Buy

Choosing a waterfront condo comes down to what you’re looking to get out of the experience. Maybe you love being near water— boating, fishing, kayaking, or canoeing. Maybe you want a scenic view of the water—sweeping balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. Or maybe it’s the amenities—resort-style pools, picturesque sunrise, and sunsets.

Regardless of your preference, waterfront properties equate to being on an endless vacation. A waterfront condo becomes your oasis and your own piece of paradise—a place to get away from it all.

Here’s a look at some waterfront properties to put on your must-see list:

Aqua Residences 

AQUA at Westshore Yacht Club presents a rare opportunity to celebrate life amidst…

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AQUA Rises on the Last Real Estate Site in the Westshore Yacht Club

The final real estate site within the gated Westshore Yacht Club community will be developed into three luxury residential towers. AQUA will face entirely west towards the bay and feature magnificent sunset water views with spacious layouts. 

The developer is Westshore Group LLC, led by industry veteran Eddie Avila with a 40-year track record. Avila began his career as VP of Cheezem Development, the company that developed over 700 units throughout St. Pete and Clearwater.  Just years later, the company shaped the Miami/Brickell condo landscape with landmark projects such as Brickell Key and South Pointe Towers. That latter which sparked the redevelopment of South Beach. Avila’s…

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Save Money on Your Taxes by Buying Your Home by the End of The Year

Most property owners are familiar with Florida’s Homestead Exemption, but do you know how it can help reduce your taxes?

Now that we have your attention, here's a snapshot of the benefits for Tampa homeowners—and why they matter to you.

If you own residential property (or are thinking about it), you are eligible for the Florida Homestead Exemption—a property tax break that can reduce the taxable value on your primary home by as much as $50,000. That's approximately $750 per year in savings.

When you purchase a home, Florida state law requires your property value to reset to the current market value. So when you file for a homestead exemption, you are protected from the value…

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Smith Listings, Agents and Sales in the News

  • Mansion Global: For U.S. Home Sellers, the Days of ‘Putting a Sign in the Yard and Getting 10 Offers’ Is Over

  • The US Business Report: The Top 50 Business Leaders of Tampa for 2022

  • New York Post: Derek Jeter’s Florida mansion that Tom Brady rented to be demolished

  • Tampa Bay Times: Demolition planned for Derek Jeter’s former $22.5 M Tampa mansion

  • WFLA: Derek Jeter’s $22M Tampa Bay mansion to be demolished

  • Fox 13: Davis Islands home once owned by Derek Jeter, rented by Tom Brady could be demolished

  • Luxury Portfolio: LuxeSelect September 2022: Curated homes starting at $3 million

  • Tampa Bay 100: Altura Bayshore Opens Newly Expanded Sales…

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Your primary residence. A vacation home. An investment property. When it comes to investments, real estate continues to be one of the more relatively safe bets. On the luxury side, investors typically focus on exclusive, unique, eclectic properties or sit in ideal locations (think beachfront properties like homes, condos, or townhomes).

Put another way: Luxury properties are not all about the price. Investing in a luxury property means buying a property that offers unique and exclusive amenities—for example, location, location, location (you knew we were going to go there). Luxury homes in the Tampa area typically are near the water and have access to activities such as high-end shopping, dining, the arts, and outdoor enthusiast areas. Being in close…

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Get ready. Get set. Go. Your house is on the market. Are you ready to show? Have you done everything you’ve needed to open the proverbial floodgates?

 

House is clean. Check.

Notices sent. Check.

Social media strategy set. Check.

Coordination with realtors in play. Check.

 

Here’s the thing: If you’re putting your home on the market in the Tampa or St. Pete area, you are going to get traffic—both via digital home tours and in-person. Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg is among the most attractive home markets in the country right now. That is not going to be an issue at all.

The thing you want in your corner—the part of the process that really kicks everything into gear—is that “wow” factor. What does your home offer that no other home…

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How do you get your home "tour" ready? That is the question. And while the answer still centers on the age-old premises of cleaning and decluttering, some of the strategies and techniques for Tampa and St. Pete home sellers have transformed over the past few years.

You need to move fast. Let people know. Get your real estate agent involved. Show that your house can be the foundation for the next owner's legacy. Each of those are vital pieces to the puzzle.

Some of the changes—that transformation—come as a result of the recent pandemic. So while you can still have prospective buyers stroll through an open house, the whole home tour process continues to move more digital.

More real estate agents are doing virtual tours, which rely heavily on social…

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The Tampa Bay real estate market is attracting attention as one of the top regions in the country for relocation and investing and continues to grow. With life resurging after the pandemic and businesses regaining their strength, many real estate developments are in full gear.


Pendry Residences Tampa

Located in the heart of Tampa's dynamic downtown, the Pendry Residences Tampa creates an urban oasis along the city's popular Riverwalk waterfront district. Expected to open to residences in 2025, the high-end homes are in high demand and will be located on the top floors of the exclusive Pendry Hotel. The Pendry Tampa will feature 220 guestrooms and suites and 207 Pendry Residences, where homeowners will have a private residential lobby,…

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