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Is the Apple iPad a good choice for Tampa Bay Realtors?

August 31, 2010

iPad for RealtorsIn my opinion the Apple iPad is currently a waste of money for Tampa Bay Realtors. The main problem is that you can’t run Internet Explorer on the iPad. Apple has made sure that only their Safari browser works on the iPad, thus rendering the iPad useless for Tampa Bay Florida Realtors who depend on Internet Explorer to access the Multiple Listing System.

Yes, there are other bells and whistles the iPad offers that could be of benefit to Realtors, but without direct access to MLS I think most Realtors would find the price of the iPad to outweigh it’s value to them. Let’s all hope Apple addresses this issue in the future.

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Holiday, Florida Real Estate

August 31, 2010

0304-0607-0904-2553_tnAre you looking for a Realtor to help you buy or sell real estate in Holiday, Florida?

Consider calling Chris O’Connor with Charles Rutenberg Realty for all of your home buying and selling needs in the Tampa Bay area. With close to 30 years of calling Tampa Bay my home I can comfortably say that I know this market inside and out.

And Holiday, FL is one of my preferred markets!

Whether you’re looking for a luxury waterfront condo or a small 2-bedroom starter home…I’d love to help you find your next home or investment property.

Are you thinking about selling your home? You’re going to need a Realtor with experience, knowledge, ethics, discipline and a track record of successfully listing and selling real estate in both traditional sales and short sales. Please consider calling Chris today at 727-804-5319 to discuss your Holiday, Florida real estate needs.

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Clearwater Real Estate

August 28, 2010

0304-0607-0904-2553_tnAre you looking for a Realtor to help you buy or sell real estate in Clearwater, Florida?

Consider calling Chris O’Connor with Charles Rutenberg Realty for all of your home buying and selling needs in the Tampa Bay area. With close to 30 years of calling Tampa Bay my home I can comfortably say that I know this market inside and out.

And Clearwater, FL is one of my preferred markets!

Whether you’re looking for a luxury waterfront condo or a small 2-bedroom starter home…I’d love to help you find your next home or investment property.

Are you thinking about selling your home? You’re going to need a Realtor with experience, knowledge, ethics, discipline and a track record of successfully listing and selling real estate in both traditional sales and short sales. Please consider calling Chris today at 727-804-5319 to discuss your Clearwater real estate needs.

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How long can you breathe underwater?

August 27, 2010

Inman News

Top 10 states with highest share of negative equity mortgages

1. Nevada (68 percent of 592,000 mortgages)
2. Arizona (50 percent of 1.3 million mortgages)
3. Florida (46 percent of 4.5 million mortgages)
4. Michigan (38 percent of 1.4 million mortgages)
5. California (33 percent of 6.9 million mortgages)
6. Georgia (28 percent of 1.6 million mortgages)
7. Idaho (24 percent of 243,000 mortgages)
8. Virginia (23 percent of 1.2 million mortgages)
9. Maryland (22 percent of 1.4 million mortgages)
10. Utah (20 percent of 470,000 mortgages)

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Has the Gulf Coast oil spill affected Tampa Bay real estate?

August 23, 2010

Tampa Bay FL beachesThis is a question I’ve been asked many times over the past few months. Has the oil spill out in the Gulf of Mexico had a negative impact on demand for real estate in the Tampa Bay area?

From what I know there haven’t been any reports of the oil spill reaching Tampa Bay beaches. At least not yet. Most of the oil damage was up in the Florida panhandle. Scientists are warning everyone that there is a tremendous amount of oil still to wash ashore and it could be years and years before we have any idea about the extent of damage to the environment.

With that said there has been a definite affect on the demand for waterfront real estate in the Tampa Bay area. Buyers for waterfront property have been much more reserved and cautious lately. Nobody wants to buy a waterfront home only to have the white sands and blue waters soon after closing turned into a tar field. This is a rational fear and one I’m not sure how to address. My advice is for buyers to do their homework and make their own educated decision on what they want to do. I share the same fears and cannot predict what will happen with the massive amounts of oil still out there in our Gulf. We can all only hope it doesn’t find its way to our beautiful Gulf beaches.

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Safety Harbor Realtor

August 23, 2010

0304-0705-1101-5131_tnI’m a Safety Harbor Realtor and I can help you buy or sell Safety Harbor real estate. Call Chris at 727-804-5319 if you need a free market analysis of your Safety Harbor property or if you are considering purchasing a Safety Harbor home, condo, villa or town home. Whatever your needs…I can help!

With almost 30 years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida I know this market exceptionally well. There is no obligation for calling me and asking questions about current market conditions, home values or anything else related to buying or selling in Pinellas, Pasco or Hillsborough counties.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you purchase or sell your next home!

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Clear title is essential (hilarious!)

August 20, 2010

Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership. Here’s a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client:

You have to love this lawyer…

A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply.

(Actual reply from FHA):

“Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin.”

Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows(Actual response):

“Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain . The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella. The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus ‘s expedition. Now the Pope, as I’m sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God’s original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our damn loan?”

The loan was immediately approved.

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New Port Richey Real Estate

August 20, 2010

0304-0607-0904-2553_tnAre you looking for a Realtor to help you buy or sell real estate in New Port Richey, Florida?

Consider calling Chris O’Connor with Charles Rutenberg Realty for all of your home buying and selling needs in the Tampa Bay area. With close to 30 years of calling Tampa Bay my home I can comfortably say that I know this market inside and out.

And New Port Richey, FL is one of my preferred markets!

Whether you’re looking for a luxury waterfront condo or a small 2-bedroom starter home…I’d love to help you find your next home or investment property.

Are you thinking about selling your home? You’re going to need a Realtor with experience, knowledge, ethics, discipline and a track record of successfully listing and selling real estate in both traditional sales and short sales. Please consider calling Chris today at 727-804-5319 to discuss your New Port Richey real estate needs.

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Safety Harbor Real Estate

August 16, 2010

0304-0607-0904-2553_tnAre you looking for a Realtor to help you buy or sell real estate in Safety Harbor, Florida?

Consider calling Chris O’Connor with Charles Rutenberg Realty for all of your home buying and selling needs in the Tampa Bay area. With close to 30 years of calling Tampa Bay my home I can comfortably say that I know this market inside and out.

And Safety Harbor, FL is one of my preferred markets!

Whether you’re looking for a luxury waterfront condo or a small 2-bedroom starter home…I’d love to help you find your next home or investment property.

Are you thinking about selling your home? You’re going to need a Realtor with experience, knowledge, ethics, discipline and a track record of successfully listing and selling real estate in both traditional sales and short sales. Please consider calling Chris today at 727-804-5319 to discuss your Safety Harbor real estate needs.

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Dunedin, FL Notary Public

August 12, 2010

notary_signing_imageI’m a Dunedin, FL Notary Public that will come to your home, business or any location you like to notarize your documents. Call Chris today at 727-804-5319 to discuss your notary needs.

The following are some of the more commonly requested documents people need notarized:

  • Power of Attorney
  • Medical Consent Form
  • Living Will
  • Divorce paperwork
  • Consent for Minor to Travel Aboard
  • Certifications
  • Affidavits

When we meet I’ll need to see identification to prove your identity. The following is a list of approved forms of identifications:

  • Drivers License
  • Military Identification Card
  • State Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Resident Alien Card

Whatever you need notarized I can help. Call Chris at 727-804-5319 if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Consider me your Dunedin, FL Notary Public.

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