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 HGTV’s editors as a finalist in the Curb Appeal category. The home is is a Stucco, Italianate Home that features meticulously landscaped hedges and tall trees. Represented by the Pond/Gunning sales team at Smith who says the home is “a wonderful example of one of Beach Park’s original Mediterranean grandes dames built by a South Tampa prominent pioneer family in the 1920s”.
The home’s beauty continues from curb to interior. French doors open from the family room onto the Italian inspired loggia overlooking a beautiful saltwater pool with tumbled marble decking, LED pool lighting, and 3 fountains- perfect for al fresco dining! The brick detail throughout the backyard compliment the Italianate architecture and creates a private entertainment area plus there is a custom grilling area and a luxurious pool bathroom and shower.
To cast a vote for this home, visit: https://www.hgtv.com/design/ultimate-house-hunt/2020/curb-appeal
Another home that was selected, located in the Old Northeast neighborhood and represented by the Smith & Associates Real Estate sales team Kantner/Waechter, is a finalist in the “Homes with a History” category. It is a cheery Craftsman and Carriage house with a shingle roof, three porches, and landscape lighting. The exterior moldings, columns, and porch railings stay true to the Craftsman style. Says listing agent Sharon Kantner, “This 1910 Craftsman home is a historic gem in Old Northeast and a quintessential example of doing a historic restoration the right way!”
From foundation to finish this gem exudes the highest quality in architectural design and craftsmanship while maintaining the period moldings, finishes, and heart pine wood floors throughout. The property sits on a corner lot and boasts 3 porches, 4 gas fireplaces, heated and cooled swimming pool, legal detached income-producing one-bedroom Carriage House with full kitchen and bath, a two-car garage and a privately fenced motor court with electronic gate.
To cast a vote for this home, visit: https://www.hgtv.com/design/ultimate-house-hunt/2020/homes-with-a-history
During the contest period which runs from June 30 through August 4, consumers vote for their favorite homes among 89 finalists in the eight different categories. A winner will be chosen in each category based on the highest number of votes received, and an overall favorite will be awarded for the listing receiving the most votes. All nominees are represented by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®.
Mediterranean-Style Home With Terra Cotta Roof is selected in a national contest on HGTV for its beautiful curb appeal.
Craftsman style home in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg is getting national attention.
Located at 756 Bay Street NE St Petersburg, FL 33701.
Smith Pivots to Virtual Open House Event to Reach Thousands Event Becomes Model for Real Estate Agencies Around the Country
Smith Pivots to Virtual Open House Event to Reach Thousands
For Immediate Release
Tampa, FL (June 23, 2020) – The pandemic has disrupted the very personal experience of buying and selling real estate and become the spark for real estate companies to pivot into virtual modes of operation. Ahead of the technological curve is Tampa Bay’s largest locally owned real estate brokerage firm, Smith & Associates Real Estate. The company quickly adapted and was already prepared to offer a highly-personalized approach through digital means. With online concierge services staffed by real estate professionals, increased virtual tour offerings, 360-degree views of listings, and an Offer Optimizer for online buying and selling, Smith’s navigational tools along with Virtual Open Houses have met the needs of buyers and sellers in Tampa Bay.
This past weekend, the organization held its second Company-wide Virtual Open House Event featuring twenty one Tampa Bay properties. How it worked… The Smith real estate agents signed up for an 8-minute time slot per property. On Sunday, all the agents joined the Zoom conference. During their 8 minute window, they were spotlighted on Zoom and took over the screen. Each agent gave a walkthrough of their property to showcase the home’s finest features and help the live audience feel the experience of being in the home. Simultaneously, Smith streamed the Zoom conference on Facebook LIVE to increase viewership. Social ads, digital ads, and an email blast to website subscribers all linked back to the SmithVirtualOH.com, which included event information. The link has all the properties, agent names, and Facebook links for future viewing.
“We recognized early on that merging technology with the wisdom of our expert agents was going to be invaluable to offering our clients the safety and customer service they deserve while buying or selling real estate. The work we did to host a company-wide Virtual Open House event has become a model for how real estate companies around the country can pivot into a comprehensive experience for buying a home with safety prioritized,” says Bob Glaser, Smith & Associates Real Estate President and CEO.
Trendsetters and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World are two of Smith’s global affiliations that are looking at implementing this Virtual Open House approach with other agencies needing to shift their Open House events to digital hosting. All 350 of the Smith employees were supplied with social media graphics, webpage link, and the email campaign.
Almost 5,000 people viewed the Virtual Open House page with more than 200 individual clicks on listings during the event. The video continues to get reach and views on the Smith Facebook page.
By quickly adapting to a virtual mode of operation, the navigational tools and Virtual Open House events allow potential Tampa Bay homeowners to step into lush interiors, view amenities and enhances their knowledge of the home’s neighborhood all while taking precautions in our post-pandemic environment.
Best Real Estate Investment
Real estate investing is a terrific way to build your overall assets and future cash flow. Smith & Associates Real Estate discusses the best real estate investments to consider for someone thinking of becoming a real estate investor.
Real estate is a smart investment because it typically has an excellent return potential. Real estate investing also allows you to diversify your portfolio to protect yourself from recessions and other adverse economic conditions like the coronavirus pandemic.
But how do I best invest in real estate?
The answer is there’s no one right answer. Consider your situation and determine the best option for you. There are several ways to invest in real estate, and each one has different capital requirements, risk levels, and investment dynamics.
There are several factors that can determine how well your real estate investment performs. Let’s look at the nine best real estate investments you can make.
1. Buy some rental property. One of the most common ways to invest in real estate is to buy an investment property to rent to tenants for income. For many folks, this is a terrific way to invest in real estate to generate wealth and income. The return potential is strong, but it does have some drawbacks. One is that it can be expensive to purchase your first rental property. Also, even if you hire a property manager, rental property ownership can be time-consuming. However, once you get a system down, owning rental properties can generate a substantial passive income.
2. Purchase a vacation home to rent. A vacation rental is different than a long-term rental property in a few important aspects. First, you can enjoy the vacation home when it isn’t occupied. Plus, it can be significantly easier to finance a vacation rental. That’s because it may meet the lender’s definition of a second home, and you needn’t use your rental income to qualify. Lastly, a vacation rental typically will garner you more income per rented day than a comparable long-term rental property. However, note that the effort involved in marketing and managing a vacation rental is more involved than a long-term rental. Property management can also be much more expensive.
3. Flip homes. We’ve all heard of “flipping houses” when an investor purchases a home, makes improvements and then sells it for a profit. There are plenty of TV shows that show how easy this is, but flipping houses can be a full-time job, and there’s considerable risk.
4. Build a spec home. This is similar to fixing up and flipping a home as far as investment dynamics; however, it also includes the initial step of building a house from scratch. Building a spec home can be an especially smart investment strategy where there is a limited supply of new homes from which to select. However, spec houses are more time-consuming because it can take a year or more to build a house from the ground up. There are contractors and sub-contractors that must be coordinated, along with permits and other issues. And the longer timeframe also means additional risk from market fluctuations.
5. Invest in a REIT. Real estate investment trusts, or “REITs,” can be a great way to invest in real estate. There are quite a few REITs that trade on stock exchanges, allowing you to purchase them easily without much capital.
6. Join a real estate crowdfunding opportunity. An experienced real estate developer finds an investment opportunity, and rather than funding the whole project with their own money and bank financing, the developer raises some of the necessary capital from investors like you in exchange for an equity interest in the project. The return potential can be significant, and it allows you to diversify your investment strategy and let you leverage the experience of the developer. But unlike buy-and-hold real estate strategies, the value-add nature of crowdfunding adds an element of execution risk. Plus, liquidity is another big issue because it’s nearly impossible to exit a crowdfunded real estate investment until the property has sold, which may be several years down the road.
7. “House hack.” This is a hybrid approach of purchasing a home to use as a primary residence and buying a rental property. It usually means purchasing a residential property with two to four units and living in one of the units while renting out the others. You can also apply this strategy to buying a single-family home and renting one or more of the rooms. Since you live in the property, even a multi-unit residential property can qualify for primary residence financing. As a result, you can enjoy lower interest rates and lower down payment requirements than investment property financing.
8. Rent out all or part of your own home. While not a true investment strategy, with services like Airbnb, it’s easy to rent out your home when you’re away or to rent out a spare room in your home to generate some extra income.
9. Become a lender. A unique way to invest in real estate is to add real estate debt investments to your portfolio and finance a real estate project. Typically, you can make more from a debt investment than you can from an equity investment. However, debt investments as a whole have less total return potential than equity because when you invest in real estate debt, your return is limited to the income payments you receive.
Of course, there’s no law that says you have to go with only one of the options. The best real estate investments for you may be vastly different than the next person, based on your specific situation, your available capital, risk aversion, and long-term objectives. And some combination of these strategies could be the ticket for you.
Determine what you believe is most important to you and decide the best way to invest accordingly.
Buying real estate is always an exciting and worthwhile investment. Talk to one of our sales professionals about the best way for you to invest in real estate. Visit our directory to find the best Real Estate Agent for you or give us a call at +1 (833) 917-0676.
1570 Alexander Road, Belleair, FL 33756
For sale, the Victorian mansion named Shady Oaks is one of the oldest yet best-preserved examples of Victorian architecture in Florida and is still standing in pristine condition as it has for over a century. The historical marvel is steeped in history dating back to one of its owners, Morton Plant, son of the renowned Henry B. Plant, railroad magnate, and developer of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. Perhaps the most enduring part of Plant’s legacy can be found in Clearwater, Florida. Plant is responsible for the creation of the Morton Plant Hospital, designated as one of Reuters’ Top 100 Hospitals in the United States.
Located at 1570 Alexander Road, Belleair, FL 33756, the 4 bedroom home is listed at $649,900. Its current owner was careful to preserve its elegant historical features while modernizing the home to meet today’s needs. Situated on a double lot, Shady Oaks has gorgeous moldings, millwork, stained glass windows, and other unique features that true Victorian homes posses.
“Shady Oaks is one of the original homes on Bellair Beach and has been preserved and modernized with the utmost attention to detail and care. With over 3,776 square feet of space and a large lot, this Belleair home is a rare gem that holds a story of Florida’s history and growth,” says the listing agent for the home, Tricia Smedley, Smith & Associates Real Estate.
With its close proximity to Clearwater’s white-sand beaches and within steps of the well known Belleair Country Club, this home’s prime location and history make it an impressive new listing.
For more information on this home, please click here.
Stay tuned for more details on our next Smith Virtual Open House Event and visit SmithVirtualOH.com for more information.
To better protect our clients, associates, and community, Smith & Associates Real Estate has moved to fully digital showings. Please join us for a virtual open house event, Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 pm on Zoom. The event will also be streamed on our Facebook page LIVE!
We invite you to take a tour of some of Smith & Associates Real Estate’s finest properties from the comfort and safety of your own home. After the live event, take a peek at our associates’ Facebook pages to see additional live streams or videos.
Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 pm
Smith & Associates Real Estate’s Facebook Page: facebook.com/SmithAndAssociatesRE
View The List Of Virtually Open Homes
|Property Address||Price||Agent Name||Link To Facebook|
|1044 Royal Pass Rd||$1,175,000||Traci L. Burns, PA|
|208 Arlington Ave E||$519,500||Robert Keppel|
|2471 E Vina Del Mar Blvd||$1,650,000||Melinda Pletcher|
|4219 W San Pedro St||$959,000||Nelson Bosque, PA, MBA|
|3232 W Horatio St||$470,000||Mary Beth Byrd & Leslie Minder|
|2808 45th St S||$419,000||Bethsabé Bockman-Pedersen|
|1 23rd Ave #1||$825,000||Cole Phillips|
|5905 S Elkins Ave||$564,900||Laura Blake|
|3505 W Granada St||$950,000||Sheila M. Awad|
|4413 W Fair Oaks Ave||$329,900||Nelson Bosque, PA, MBA|
|3820 W El Prado Blvd||$739,900||Greg Margliano (hosted by Erica Green)|
|2446 6th Ave N||$350,000||Janelle Chmura|
|673 Segovia CT NE #702||$360,000||Bethsabe Bockman-Pedersen|
|32230 Watoga Loop||$525,000||Amanda Siftar|
|13704 Plainview Rd||$829,000||Laura Baccarella|
|909 Crows Nest Ln||$499,000||Mary Beth Byrd & Leslie Minder|
|6039 Printery St #108||$539,000||Barb Izzi|
|416 11th Ave NE||$750,000||Christopher Pitre|
|715 W Orient St||$359,000||Sterling Remer & Grant Patterson|
|106 Huron Ave||$785,000||Becky Slocum|
|141 78th Ave N||$445,000||Amy Drehsen|
|1014 Emerald Creek Dr||$539,000||Steve Armstrong|
|211 Marcdale Blvd||$415,000||Melissa Stiles|
We look forward to seeing you virtually on Sunday!
A home is a sacred space. It is where we connect with our families, unwind from stressful days, strengthen relationships, laugh, cry, hug, play, and decompress from the demands of life. More and more, people are seeking to incorporate wellness into the design of their luxury homes. Homeowners want to create spaces that offer a holistic approach to health and complement the balance of mind, body, and soul.
The modern homeowner knows that wellness contributes to overall happiness and is a key to managing stress. They want a home that helps them feel good as they grow older and is a reflection of a healthy lifestyle. These homes for sale in Tampa Bay offer health-inspired home design and create a refuge for self-care and living a well lived life.
Make healthy meals at home that are less processed and use fresh ingredients in this kitchen.
Enjoy the company of your friends with a glass of wine and charcuterie plate as you gather around this waterfall bar.
A good filtration system is a priority for fueling your body with purified water.
Sleeping well is a key to health and this master bedroom is designed for comfort.
This private terrace off the master bedroom will give you space for private time and contemplation.
A spa-like bathroom takes wellness to the next level.
Home spas create a retreat for detoxing and managing stress.
Getting off-line and enjoying your outdoor areas is the best way to recover from a demanding week.
Outside space for reflection and meditation offers zen-like calm.
Do your yoga outside on the lawn and watch the sunset.
A dedicated work-out space will make sure that you are physically healthy to perform at your best.
Success breeds stress but it doesn’t have to diminish quality of life. Bring the art of wellness into your home and you will find a comfort and ease that makes life feel delightful. Luxury living is all about living well.
Find an agent today to assist you in finding the health-inspired home design that best suits your lifestyle, click here.
A lighting control system gives you full control over the lighting in your house from anywhere in the world. With their wide range of benefits, lighting control systems, or smart lighting, are one of the most intelligent upgrades you can make to your home. Lighting control systems range from smart bulbs, switches, and outlets to house-wide systems that automate every fixture inside and out. With options to fit every need, home, and budget, lighting control systems enhance your lifestyle, improve your comfort, and add convenience to your life.
What is smart lighting?
Lighting is of the easiest things to automate. You can expand control of your home or adjust the mood in a room with just the push of a button. Smart light bulbs connect via WiFi and to intelligent home systems such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home. You can then control the lighting through an app, with your voice, or with programmed preferences or timers.
Once set up, your lights can be controlled or programmed to:
- Turn on when you come home or leave the house
- Brighten slowly in the morning to wake you up
- Be adjusted to the color or brightness of your choosing
- Fade lights off when you begin a movie and then fade up when paused or finished
- Blink to indicate a new call, text message, or e-mail
- Change color to signal changes in the weather
Smart Lighting Provides Security
Good lighting is a proven burglary deterrent. When lights are on, a house looks occupied. Lighting control systems allow you to program your lights to turn on and off randomly while you are away from your home so that it seems as if someone is home. Smart lights can be programmed to turn on as you pull into your driveway so that you never have to walk into a dark house again.
Smart Lighting Provides Convenience
Our lives are more automated than ever. Smart home devices like lighting control systems save us time and make our lives easier. Lights can be turned on before we walk into a room or turned off throughout the house with the press of a button. Brightness levels can be programmed to our preference and adjusted automatically. When lighting control systems are integrated with other smart home devices, such as doorbell cameras, door locks and alarms, thermostats, motorized shades, music systems, and appliances, they can provide even more convenience to our lives. As a bonus, adaptive lighting can reduce your energy bills, which is the greatest convenience of all.
Smart Lighting Provides Ambiance and Elegance
Lighting control systems can help create an environment that is comfortable, inviting, and adaptive. Smart lights can be adjusted to adapt to each of your activities. With a voice command or prompt, they can become brighter in the kitchen while you cook or dimmed to the perfect level in the family room for movie night. Lighting control systems help to create the ideal ambiance in your home so that you can relax, connect with friends and family, celebrate, and create. Whole-house lighting control systems can also provide lighting scenes to highlight architectural details, artwork, or other notable features inside and out.
We are only beginning to appreciate the benefits of a connected home. But with options to fit every project, ability level, and budget, there is no greater time to smarten up your home lighting system.
Call a Smith agent to help you find your dream home, click here.
Looking to buy a beach house in Tampa Bay, but not sure where? With miles of coastline in the Bay area, your possibilities are endless. Below we highlight three local beachfront paradises where you can own your private beach retreat.
Treasure Island, Florida
Consistently voted the best beach in America, Clearwater Beach is known for its namesake crystal clear water and stretches of soft, white sand. The palm tree-lined Beach Walk Promenade boasts hotels, retail shops, attractions, and culinary experiences. And the sunsets each night at Pier 60 are postcard-worthy. It is easy to see why everyone loves a place this gorgeous. Despite drawing visitors year-round, Clearwater Beach has managed to retain a laid-back, small-town atmosphere. The revitalized downtown district with shops, restaurants, and the Clearwater Harbor and Marina is the perfect backdrop for concerts, festivals, and exhibits, like the Clearwater Jazz Festival. The Clearwater Mote Marine Aquarium, home to the world’s most famous dolphin, is also in your backyard. Looking for a quiet getaway? Sand Key and Caladesi Island provide untouched, pristine beaches with million-dollar views. If you’re looking for the best place to buy a beach house in the Tampa Bay area, Clearwater Beach is your perfect spot.
Imagine owning your own piece of Gulf front paradise. With its perfect blend of casual luxury and island charm, Treasure Island is the best place to buy a beach house. Known as the “sand sculpture capital of Florida,” Treasure Island is located on a barrier island and surrounded by soft, white sand and the warm, gentle waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Your Treasure Island beach house allows for endless activities. You could go swimming, shelling, snorkeling, parasailing, or walk the beach, relax, and take in a memorable sunset. Eclectic shops, family-friendly attractions, numerous dining options, and nighttime hot spots are right outside your door. St. Petersburg, with its vibrant downtown, award-winning restaurants, sports arenas, and cultural attractions, is ideally located just a few minutes away. Treasure Island locals are friendly and greet everyone with a smile and “hello.” They are happy to share their love of the area with everyone they meet. Friendly residents, fun attractions, nearly four miles of gulf beachfront, and dreamy vistas over Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico make Treasure Island your ideal location for a beachfront home.
Located on Anna Maria Island and a short drive from Bradenton and Sarasota, Bradenton Beach offers residents a rare opportunity to slow down and unwind surrounded by turquoise waters and quaint island life. Known for its fishing piers, sugar-sand beaches, specialty shops, small art galleries, and family-owned restaurants, Bradenton Beach is an ideal spot to buy a beach house on the Gulf Coast. The slower pace and quiet mornings beg for a stroll along the beach to search for shells. The year-round tropical climate and abundant sunshine are perfect for an afternoon bike ride, paddleboard, or kayak trip to explore the island’s abundant marine life. Bradenton Beach is the ideal location for boating enthusiasts, nature-lovers, history buffs, and beach-goers to call home. The Manatee Village Historical Park features artifacts and photographs of Manatee County. The South Florida Museum holds prehistoric collections, ecological exhibits, historical artifacts, and fossils. The Palma Solo Botanical Park is filled with lush trees, palms, and tropical plants. And the beaches lure you in to unwind. The friendly cafes and restaurants along Pine Avenue set a perfect stage for unforgettable sunsets that you can enjoy from your own beach home.
Whether you are looking to be in the middle of it all — or to get away from it all — there is a perfect beach home waiting for you along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Find a Smith agent to help you find your beach oasis today, click here.
Even in this unique time of social distancing, our real estate team has the digital tools to help you step into some of the most exciting developments coming to Tampa Bay. With new construction, a home searcher isn’t able to enjoy a physical tour but instead must be able to envision the feel of a property and make sure that it offers the comfort, amenities, and security they desire. We invest in state-of-the-art technology using virtual tours and 3-D renderings that help our clients become immersed in the space of a new construction project.
Construction of Hyde Park House along the iconic Bayshore Boulevard is underway and through our technology-based interactive virtual tour, you can ascend the 22 stories to enjoy the building at full completion. With the virtual tour, you’ll develop an understanding of the architectural vision of this elegant luxury tower that will stand tall in one of the most prized locations of South Tampa. From the comfort of your home, you’ll appreciate the spectacular, sweeping views of the Bay, experience the building’s boutique amenities, and practically take a dip in the pool enjoying the skyline from a cushioned seat in the outdoor terrace.
Another highly anticipated development coming to South Tampa, Altura Bayshore, offers a full residence virtual tour from your iPhone, tablet, or computer. The tours include four furnished residences and showcase the high-end appliances and fixtures, the breathtaking views, and the thoughtful luxury found in the spacious interiors.
To give home seekers a perspective on the nautical living enjoyed at Marina Pointe, we use 3-D Renderings to bring the waterfront community to life. The 3-D renderings detail not just the building design and luxurious residences but also the retail district of boutiques, outdoor cafes, and boat-up restaurants. With one trip to the Marina Pointe website, you’ll be able to experience the sunset from your digital living room and go for a walk along the blossoming waterfront neighborhood.
Downtown living is also easily viewed from the comfort of your home with Water Street Tampa’s advanced technology. Through an interactive scale map with projection mapping, data feeds, and gaming technology viewers are immersed in the entire community of Water Street Tampa. Inside the district will be the Residences at The Tampa EDITION which is currently under construction and will be the centerpiece of the growing Water Street Tampa community. With the Water Street Tampa virtual experience, you’ll get a feel for what homeowners can expect in a Downtown Tampa home and the Residences at The Tampa EDITION will offer unparalleled luxury and world-class listings.
Bob Glaser, President & CEO of Smith & Associates, says that our technology-based tools ensure that our customers from all across the world can get the same great experience viewing new construction condominiums without physically being in town. Use our state-of-the-art virtual tools to familiarize yourself with the developments on the horizon and view multiple properties that will be move-in ready soon. Our New Construction sales executives are fully equipped to provide tours and live chats via popular tools like Google Hangouts and Zoom. This brings back the personal experience and elevated service that we have in our sales galleries while utilizing the virtual tools that bring developments to life. Let us know how we can assist you in finding a home that you love.
Find a Smith agent today, click here.
Hyde Park House Virtual Tour