Why It’s So Important to Get Pre-approved BEFORE House-hunting: Mortgage Minute with Gershman Mortgage

If you aren’t planning on paying cash for your new home in Tampa Bay, we HIGHLY recommend getting pre-approved with a responsive, reputable lender prior to your home search. We are currently in a seller’s market where, depending on the price point, homes don’t sit on the market too long. It is imperative we present a strong offer with your pre-approval letter in hand when in a multiple-offer situation. This leverage puts you at the front of the line and gives the home seller confidence the transaction will go through without any issues due to financing. Check out this quick video below by Doug Smith with Gershman Mortgage and feel free to reach out to them at the contact info below so we can get started with your search to find a beautiful new home here in Tampa Bay!

Gershman Mortgage: 813-644-4278 | https://www.gershman.com/florida/ |  Ask for Doug Smith or Bryan Marx … and tell them we sent ya!


Open Houses 101: How to Market

Open Houses are a great marketing tool for real estate agents to get exposure on their listings, and ultimately for home sellers to get their listed homes sold! For agents, it’s the perfect time for neighbors to help you sell your listing by word of mouth because neighbors love living near their best friends, and not to mention, it really shows your clients you mean business!  Impress everyone with your successful open house, using the opportunity to showcase your business and your brand to current clients and potential clients who might stop in. It’s all about setting yourself apart from the others.

You know it’s true, this shouldn’t be new news! So why are your open houses tanking it? Great question!

Jason Jakus shows us how to successfully move from a handful of people attending your open houses to pulling in 15-40 people to your one open house! He emphasizes the importance of having a system, which initially may seem time consuming, but proves worth it with proper set-up and implementation.



P.S. If you are looking for a brokerage that can help you with technology and techniques to help build exposure for your business, we’d love to chat! Visit us at www.ThisIsMyNextHome.com or send us an email at connect@DiscoverYourPlace.com to learn more!

Check out Tampa in 60 Seconds!

What’s Tampa, Florida all about? Check out this quick 60 second video put together by the City of Tampa!


Empowered in Tampa Bay

Why Tampa Bay is Great for Entrepreneurs

We are BIG fans of creating and retaining great talent right here in Tampa Bay. Our city has become a great hub with a strong support group for those looking to launch and grow their start-ups. We find many people who visit Tampa and end up falling in love with the weather, the people, the cost of living, abundance of activities and our wonderful schools and universities. This video demonstrates another great reason to live in our great city – a climate that nurtures and fosters the entrepreneurial spirit!


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How’s The Market? September 2016 Market Update for Hillsborough County

Below you’ll find our September 2016 Market Update for single family homes, condominiums and villas in Hillsborough County. You’ll notice that the median sold price for condos and townhomes in September is up 7.3% compared to September 2015. You can also see that single family home median sold prices are up 11.6% year over year. Please feel free to reach out to one of our NextHome Discovery associates as we’d be happy to go over the Tampa Bay market with you in greater detail!


September 2016 NextHome Discovery Hillsborough County Market Update