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Join Us on March 10 at Amalie Arena


The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the midst of a historic season. Help us celebrate them, and you, at our upcoming client appreciation event.

RSVP to attend our Annual Client Appreciation Party at Amalie Arena on 3/10

As we head into the final quarter of the season, our Tampa Bay Lightning are in a familiar position: Atop the Atlantic Division. What’s not so familiar is the record-breaking season that we’ve been having. With a 17-point lead over the next closest Eastern Conference foe, we’re all but assured home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

We’re so proud to be the Official Real Estate Agents of this team. The excellence they bring to the rink every night inspires us to bring our best for our clients, and it’s inspired us to throw our annual client appreciation party at Amalie Arena.



The excellence they bring to the rink inspires us to bring excellence to our clients.

On Sunday, March 10, we would love for you to join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family at the home of the Lightning. We’ll have visits from team personnel, giveaways, skating, kid-friendly games, and so much more. RSVP for the event here.

If you have any questions for us about the event or about anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email today. We look forward to hearing from you and we can’t wait to see you on March 10!

Partnerships With Tampa Bay Lightning and USF


 Our partnerships don’t just benefit us; they benefit you, as well.


If you haven’t heard the great news, we’re happy to announce our continued partnership as the official agents of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team. In addition, we’re now partners with the University of South Florida.

USF is a huge employment center throughout the entirety of Tampa Bay, and the Lightning team is a winning organization that’s helping to revitalize the downtown area.


We can point faculty, staff, and players toward your listings, giving you an advantage over the competition.


So, what does this mean for you? If you’re employed by USF or the Tampa Bay Lightning, you’ll receive a $500 credit to go toward your closing costs.

Even if you’re not employed by either of these organizations, our partnerships give your property more exposure when you sell with us. We can point faculty, staff, and players toward your listing, giving you an advantage over the competition. 



If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, have any questions, or need more information, feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The Right Way to Buy a House When Out of State

 Today I’m joined by Robert Johnson, president of The Duncan Duo Team and co-host of our 970 WFLA radio show, to talk to about what it’s like to buy a house out of state.



If you’re looking to buy a home in a different state and you visit an area you’re interested in during a holiday, you might get a different impression of what that area is like than what it is normally. For example, there may be more or less traffic, so you need to rely on an area expert’s advice beyond just your initial impressions.

Further still, people who buy homes out of state tend to operate on their preconceived notions about how real estate works in their area, but real estate is very local; what might work in Michigan or New York isn’t necessarily going to work in Tampa Bay. Rules, laws, and procedures can vary by state, and you’ll need a local expert to help you navigate the differences between your home state and the state you’re buying in. For example, Florida is a title state, not an attorney state, meaning that title companies oversee the closing process instead of an attorney.

It’s also important to keep in mind the importance of flood insurance. You might be operating on your current understanding of insurance costs when thinking of purchasing in Florida, but some locations like Tampa Bay require you to be aware of factors like flooding and flood insurance.


Rules, laws, and procedures can vary by state, and you’ll need a local expert to help you navigate the differences between your home state and the state you’re buying in.


If you plan to do anything with the home other than occupy it yourself, make sure you look into local laws regarding renting it out. Airbnb and VRBO are great resources for you to rent out a property or do short-term leasing, but some municipalities and homeowners associations are against them.

Florida’s homestead exemption laws are something to keep an eye on, too. The tax applications that come from renting out the property full-time and occupying the home are different, so be sure to speak with an expert about those options, depending on your plans.

Finally, it’s important for out-of-state buyers to understand that other areas may have different expectations regarding property condition. You might be from an area that doesn’t need gutters, that doesn’t have a lot of water retention, that doesn’t have the same pest issues as your new area, or that doesn’t have the same issues with mold growth due to climate. Understand how certain items on an inspection report may not be as big of a deal here (or may be even bigger) as they are where you’re from.

If you have any questions about buying property out of state, especially if you’re considering buying in Florida, reach out to us. We’d love to help you.