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August: Updates from the Tom Smith Team
August 2017 Visit my Website | Tom@TomSmithTeam.com

The Top 10 Moving Scams

With more than 40 million moves occurring every year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, it’s a wonder most of them go smoothly.
Fortunately, the majority of moves are made without incident but the number of complaints against moving companies has increased steadily over the past decade, so it’s in your best interest to find out some of the ways you can be scammed by a disreputable company... Read More

The Latest In Luxury Home Trends

 
In today’s luxury real estate marketplace, homebuyers’ lifestyles, hobbies, and collecting habits are defining their home life and shaping the features and amenities within. As part of its annual 2017 report on the state of the luxury residential property market, Christie's International Real Estate polled real estate executives and agents in the field and asked them which amenities and home features stood out in the current luxury real estate landscape. Here are some of their insights. Read More

Three Reasons Now Is a Great Time to List Your Home for Sale

 

Housing market conditions are challenging for buyers in many parts of the country; sellers, meanwhile, are finding the market favorable. Inventory levels are low and sales prices are high. In some markets, multiple offers have become prevalent. And in a blow to first-time buyers everywhere, fewer affordable homes are coming onto the market. Despite all this, existing-home sales climbed in the month of May; every region except the Midwest posted month-over-month and year-over-year sales... Read More

From our Kitchen to Yours.

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup
This is by far the best recipe you’ll ever try for Minestrone soup – a classic, hearty Italian soup with tomatoes, white beans, vegetables and pasta. You can use Swiss chard or baby kale instead of spinach if you wish and you can omit the pasta if you don’t want the carbs – honestly you won’t miss it with everything else in this soup.  It’s just my preference, but I like to puree the beans in this soup, it thickens it and you don’t even know they are in there (great for picky eaters). What makes this soup extra special, is using the rind from a wedge of parmesan or Romano cheese. I always stash them in my freezer just for soups, if you don’t have one toss some grated cheese into the soup while it’s cooking.  ... Read More

Stay Cool and Be Energy Efficient

 

Energy use peaks during the year's hottest months. Americans spend billions of dollars annually just to cool down their homes. If you would like to save money and reduce your carbon footprint, consider the eco-friendly ideas below.

Keep Cool with Fans
Position a portable fan across from a window to create a cross breeze. Not all fans are created equal, however; so be mindful of how much energy each model uses if you are in the market for a new fan. Some ceiling fans use ten watts while others use up to 100 watts. A window fan can use as many as 200 watts. For a more portable option, there are standing "blade-less" fans that use as little as one watt of power... Read More

Featured Listings

WIDE OPEN WATER
67 WINDWARD IS
ISLAND ESTATES

3,489sf 5BR, 3.5BA
$1,700,000
Interactive Floor Plan
 
PENDING!
807 SNUG ISLAND
ISLAND ESTATES

2,446sf 3BR, 3BA
$799,900

PENDING!
977 BRUCE AVE
CLEARWATER BEACH

2,650sf 4BR, 3BA
$549,900


 
160' of WATERFRONT
612 SNUG ISLAND
ISLAND ESTATES

3,882sf 4BR, 3.5BA
$1,445,000
360 SUNSET TOUR
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210 PALM IS NW
ISLAND ESTATES

2,142sf 3BR, 3BA
$675,000
Interactive Floor Plan
PENDING!
1270 GULF BLVD #1902
SAND KEY

1,100sf 2BR, 2BA
$415,000
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DIRECT BEACH FRONT
1370 GULF BLVD #204
SAND KEY

2,321sf 3BR, 3BA
$1,350,000
360 VIRTUAL TOUR
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600 BAYWAY #401
CLEARWATER BEACH

1,890sf 3BR, 3BA
$649,000
Interactive Floor Plan
 
SOLD!
1340 GULF BLVD #10G
SAND KEY

2,005sf 2BR, 2.5BA
$740,000
VIEW! UNDER $250k
31 ISLAND WAY #1008
ISLAND ESTATES

1,295sf 2BR, 2BA
$249,000
See Virtual Tour
 
PENDING!
1520 GULF B. #407
SAND KEY

1,579sf 2BR, 2BA
$615,000
SOLD!
530 GULFVIEW #705
CLEARWATER BEACH

1,824sf 3BA, 2BA
$600,000
Tom Smith, Coastal Properties Group International LLC, 423 Mandalay Avenue, Suite 102, Clearwater Beach FL 33767
The material in this publication is provided for your informational purpose only and is not intended to substitute professional advice. If your property is currently listed with a Real Estate Broker, this publication is not intended as a solicitation.



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