Ken and Michele Jones's Blog Posts

3 Out Of 4 Millennials Think They Know How To Sell A Home THINK AGAIN

3 out of 4 millennials think they know how to sell a homeIRVINE, Calif. – Jun 12, 2019 – More than three-quarters of millennials feel very confident about how to sell a home, but very few have

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Florida Number 1 For People Moving Into State

Moving to FloridaFlorida had the most domestic in-movers, with 566,476 people moving from another state within the past year. The states with the next highest in-migration flows are Texas with 524

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Healthcare For Realtors And Other Small Businesses Struck Down

Court strikes down NAR’s health insurance planWASHINGTON (March 29, 2019) – A federal judge ruled last week that the Department of Labor's act allowing associations to offer healthcare plans was

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Real Estate Market Updates

Real Estate Market Updates! A lot of homes had PRICE REDUCTIONS recently.  Hillsborough County: https://bit.ly/2HHyuoESarasota County: https://bit.ly/2ueadOTManatee County: 

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312 Oaklanding Drive Mulberry FL 33860

Beautiful 4 bedroom 2.5 Bathroom home in Oak Landing! Please make sure to view the 3D virtual tour then arrange your private showing! Newer AC units! Lot's of great space for entertaining and has

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325 Oak Landing Drive Mulberry FL 33860

Stunning Pool Home! So many upgrades that you really have to see this home in person to appreciate it!. Do not miss the 3D virtual tour where you can review the entire home. Window treatments crown

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30 Year Mortgage Rate Falls Again To Under 4 And A Half Percent

30-year mortgage rate falls again to 4.45%WASHINGTON (AP) – Jan. 10, 2019 – U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to fall this week, reaching their lowest levels in nine months.The decline in

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Real Estate Market Update

Housing Starts hit a better-than-expected 1.256 million annual rate, up 3.2% for November, though down 3.6% from a year ago. Of course, that's when starts were way up following

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Flood Insurance Extended But Only Until Friday

Flood insurance extended – but only until FridayWASHINGTON – Nov. 30, 2018 – Congress pushed back its deadline to deal with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by at least a week,

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Florida Housing Market Shows More Sales And Median Prices Up In Oct

Fla.’s housing market: More sales, median prices up in Oct.ORLANDO, Fla. – Nov. 21, 2018 – Florida's housing market reported more closed sales, rising median prices and more new listings in

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Flas Housing Market Continues Positive Track In 2Q

Fla.’s housing market continues positive track in 2QORLANDO, Fla. – Aug. 8, 2018 – Second-quarter 2018 saw increased sales, higher median prices and more new listings for Florida's housing

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Pending Home Sales Head Back Up

INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE... After dipping two months in a row, Pending Home sales went up 0.9% in June--in all four U.S. regions. This National Association of Realtors )

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What To Do And NOT TO DO Once You Are Under Contract To Purchase A Home Before Closing

DO call us if you have any questionsDO continue living at your current residenceDO continue making your mortgage or rent paymentsDO continue to use your credit as normalDO keep working at your

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Study How Does Real Estate Compare To Other Investments

Study: How does real estate compare to other investments?LOS ANGELES – May 29, 2018 – Millions of Americans who own rental homes count on the income they receive from rent but may not know how

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No Bubble Yet But A Dearth Of Construction Could Hurt

No bubble yet – but a dearth of construction could hurtWASHINGTON – May 21, 2018 – An increase in housing supply is crucial to the health and sustainability of the real estate market and the

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Question Pay Down Your Mortgage Or Invest

Have extra cash? Should you invest it or use it to pay down your mortgage? When you pre-pay part of your mortgage, you end up paying less in interest. But as a result, you also lose part of

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Mortgage Rates Fall For The First Time This Year

Mortgage rates fall for the first time this yearWASHINGTON (AP) – March 15, 2018 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the first time this year as the spring home buying season

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Some Buyers Will Lose Out If They Dont Act Now

Some buyers will lose out if they don't act nowCHICAGO – March 13, 2018 – Rising mortgage rates could have a big impact on the direction buyers go when shopping for real estate, economists warn.

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USDA Eligibility Maps Are Changing Important

I was updated yesterday by USDA Rural Development of Florida and they confirmed that the updated area eligibility maps are not yet ready to be published and this probably will not happen until later

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More Counseling Happier Clients

Does anyone know the difference between a sales person and a counselor. I feel that we, Realtors, should shift from being Sales people, to being counselors. We are living in a time of high

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Price Reduction On 13212 Parkhurst Circle Riverview

Price Reduced $10,000 to $210,00013212 PARKHURST CT$205,000 Single Family 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,668 Sqr Ft, Riverview Price Reduction33569 - Lovely community of boyette springs. This

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Bill To Sweeten Bright Futures Scholarship Sails Through Senate

Here's a link to the full articlehttp://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/Bill-to-sweeten-Bright-Futures-scholarship-sails-through-Senate_164420818Nearly a decade since the luster on Florida

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The Number One Reason To List Your House Today

The #1 Reason To List Your House Today! Many people believe that selling their house during “the spring buyers’ market” is the best thing to do. Their reasoning is

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Tidewater Preserve Bradenton FL

Here's a link to a video that I posted on my Facebook page... This place is amazing!Let's go check out my listing!!!Here's the link to the video:https://www.facebook.com/realtorken31/videos

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Why Home Values Are Continuing To Increase

There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is

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New Home Sales Jump Over 6 Percent In October

New-home sales jump 6.2% in OctoberWASHINGTON (AP) – Nov. 27, 2017 – Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade – a 6.2 percent monthly increase that reflects both

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More Older Millennials Live With Relatives

We have first time home buyer programs and many other options to help millennials and others realize their dream of home ownership! Please call me at 727.510.1624 or send me an email

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Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you're considering getting prequalified so we can help you find a home!!!!!Click here to get our preferred lender working for you!https://vandyk_mortgage_corporation.formination.com/direct/?k

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Florida Housing Market Median Prices Up In 3Q 2017

Fla.’s housing market: Median prices up in 3Q 2017ORLANDO, Fla. – Nov. 2, 2017 – Florida's housing market in third quarter 2017 showed the impact of Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in the

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Driverless Cars Will Reshape Housing

Driverless cars will reshape housingNEW YORK – Oct. 27, 2017 – Self-driving cars (AVs) will have a big impact on the real estate industry, according to Rick Palacios Jr., director of research

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How Much Does Solar Energy Add To A Homes Value

How much does solar energy add to a home’s value?TAMPA, Fla. – Oct. 27, 2017 – The U.S. Solar Market Value Report, a first-of-its-kind study, attempts to put a dollar value on home values

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Almost No Chance RE Prices Will Fall In 2 Florida Cities

Almost no chance RE prices will fall in 2 Fla. citiesORLANDO, Fla. – Oct. 27, 2017 – Orlando and Tampa are among the large U.S. markets least likely to see home prices fall in the next two,

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Contractors Struggling To Find Workers As Construction Booms In Tampa

Contractors struggling to find workers as construction booms in TampaBy Amanda Ciavarri Published: October 23, 2017TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — According to Associated General Contractors

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New Home Sales Soar To Highest Level In A Decade

New home sales soar to highest level in a decadeWASHINGTON (AP) – Oct. 25, 2017 – Sales of new U.S. homes jumped last month to the highest level since October 2007, a sign that Americans –

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Housing Bubble Nowhere In Sight For US

Bubble? Nowhere in sight for U.S. housing marketGREENSBORO, N.C. – Oct. 24, 2017 – U.S. housing markets are expected to remain healthy through at least the end of 2018, with no housing bubble in

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If You Text TAMPAREADY To 888777 Then You Will Get Text Alerts About The Storm

If you text TAMPAREADY to 888-777, then you will get text alerts about the.

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Hurricane Irma Comcast Wifi FREE Use Zello To Communicate

Please be safe and take precautions with Hurricane Irma approaching. If you need anything, please feel free to reach out. ALSO if the power and cellular service is unavailable, Comcast will be

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Call For Action Flood Insurance Ends

Call for Action: Flood insurance endsThe national flood program ends Sept. 30 if Congress doesn't act, so make your voice heard. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! consumers: Go to NAR's Call-for

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Study FSBOs Net Significantly Lower Profits

Study: FSBOs net ‘significantly’ lower profitsNEW YORK – Aug. 21, 2017 – For-sale-by-owners (FSBOs) tend to sell their homes for lower prices than homes sold through traditional agents via

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Six Reasons You Should Have A Summer Kitchen

One perk of living in the Sunshine State is that you can enjoy outdoor living year-round. Only the chilliest winter day (we do occasionally have one) may make you hesitate at the front or back door.

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Its Getting Easier To Qualify For A Mortgage

It’s getting easier to qualify for a mortgageNEW YORK – Aug. 8, 2017 – Thanks in part to rising home prices, some mortgage lenders are loosening their underwriting standards so borrowers can

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Study In Florida Owning Beats Renting

Study: In Fla., owning beats rentingLOS ANGELES – July 27, 2017 – Arizona, Nevada and Washington, D.C. are among the 11 states where it's more affordable to rent than it is to buy a home. But

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IF YOUR HOME HASNT SOLD YET DEFINITELY CHECK THE PRICE

If Your Home Hasn’t Sold YetDefinitely Check The Price!The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their fourth highest pace over the

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Ever Wondered If You Can Finance Property That Has A Mobile Home Or Manufactured Home On It HEREs Wh

A manufactured home needs to meet the below requirements for insurance:   **The buyer needs to get insurance secured prior to ordering the appraisal. We need to make sure is

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Federal Reserve To Congress More Rate Hikes On The Way

Federal Reserve to Congress: More rate hikes on the wayWASHINGTON (AP) – July 10, 2017 – The Federal Reserve said Friday it expects the U.S. economy will strengthen and warrant further gradual

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Fla Economist States Economy Will Top 1 Trillion Next Year

Fla. economist: State’s economy will top $1 trillion next yearORLANDO, Fla. – July 7, 2017 – University of Central Florida (UCF) Economist Sean Snaith predicts that Florida's gross state

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Affordable Housing Americans Want Help Getting In

Affordable housing: Americans want help getting inWASHINGTON – June 22, 2017 – Most Americans and Canadians say their nations aren't doing enough to address and solve affordable housing needs,

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Congress Tackling Flood Insurance Extension

Congress tackling flood insurance extensionWASHINGTON – June 22, 2017 – The House Financial Services Committee concluded a markup on multiple pieces of legislation to reauthorize and

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Long Term Mortgage Rates Down Slightly This Week

Long-term mortgage rates down slightly this weekWASHINGTON (AP) – June 22, 2017 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped slightly this week.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the benchmark 30-year,

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Port Tampa Bay Approves Demolition Of Part Of Channelside Bay Plaza

Port Tampa Bay approves demolition of part of Channelside Bay Plaza Justine Griffin, Times Staff Writer Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10

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Gov Scott Signs Renewable Energy Bill

Gov. Scott signs renewable energy billTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 19, 2017 – Gov. Rick Scott signed 13 bills late Friday, including a measure supported by Florida Realtors that will carry out a

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What Paint Color Nets Sellers 3496 More At Closing

What paint color nets sellers $3,496 more at closing?NEW YORK – June 16, 2017 – According to a new analysis of more than 32,000 photos of homes sold across the United States, the best paint

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2821 LAKE MICHAELA BLVD WITH RESORT STYLE POOL IN TWIN LAKES

Click here to see the entire listingCheck out the awesome flyover video and some of the pictures below! Give me a call for more information! Listing Agent Ken Jones Realtor - Keller Williams 727.510

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Why Is It So Hard For Many Self Employed Individuals To Qualify For A Mortgage

Here's some GREAT info from one of our partners!Why is it so hard for many self-employed individuals to qualify?One reason is that for loan qualifying, guidelines require the net income claimed for

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Average 30 Year Mortgage Rates Lower Again GOOD TIME TO BUY

Average 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.94%WASHINGTON (AP) – June 1, 2017 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were flat to slightly lower this week, as the key 30-year rate marked a new low for the

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30 Year Mortgage Rate Falls Below 4 Percent

30-year mortgage rate falls below 4%WASHINGTON (AP) – May 25, 2017 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest levels of the year. The benchmark 30-year rate dipped below the

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Grand Oaks Land O Lakes Homes For Sale

Here's a link to all the homes for sale in Grand Oaks. Please give me a call and let's schedule a showing. Regards Luis Lopez Realtor Keller Williams 347.849.8284;

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Renting Or Buying Either Way You ARE Paying A Mortgage

There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent

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Hillsborough Cnty Is HOT

Ready to make your home purchase a reality?! Interest rates are GREAT and we have some awesome lenders waiting to help you!;

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Housing Inventory Lowest Level On Record

NAR: This is the worst ‘housing drought’ everWASHINGTON – March 28, 2017 – The number of homes for sale is at the lowest level on record, according to the National Association of Realtors®

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Tampa Bay 4th Most Popular Spot To Move In US

Tampa Bay 4th most popular spot to move in USAutoplay:PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - If you think traffic is bad now, just wait. It’s about to get worse! New census numbers show Tampa Bay had the 4th

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The 12 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Florida This Spring

The 12 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Florida This SpringIs there anything better than springtime in Florida? The sun is shining, beautiful flowers are blooming, and an adventure is waiting

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Electric Cars And Solar Homes Chevy Bolt EV Tested By Tesla Model S Owner

Chevy Bolt EV tested by Tesla Model S owner: his assessmentHere is a link to the full article: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109388_chevy-bolt-ev-tested-by-tesla-model-s-owner-his

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Property Tax Estimation Tool

Did you know that Hillsborough County provides a Property Tax Estimation tool?Here is a link for you:http://gis.hcpafl.org/PropertySearch/TaxEstimator.aspx#/nav/SearchRegards,Michele & Ken

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25th Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival Of The Arts March 17th

Event Description: 25th Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the ArtsDate: March 11, 2017 - March 12, 2017The Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts is an innovative showcase

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FishHawk Ranch Named One Of Best Places To Raise A Family

FishHawk Ranch Named One of Best Places to Raise a Family Niche.com, a research site that helps people choose schools and neighborhoods, has ranked FishHawk Ranch Number Two  on its

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Can You Qualify For A Home Loan If Your Credit Is Below 640

http://www.usdaloanpro.com/blog/can-you-qualify-for-a-usda-loan-if-your-credit-score-is-below-640/Can you qualify for a USDA loan if your credit score is below 640?Posted onFebruary 17, 2017bySean

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MIRABAY APOLLO BEACH WATERFRONT RESORT STYLE LIVING

MIRABAY Apollo Beach, FloridaMiraBay® is located in Apollo Beach, also known as South Shore, in south Hillsborough County, 20 miles south of Tampa. It is a beautiful waterfront community that

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Thinking About Buying Or Selling In Fishhawk

Fishhawk is awesome! My wife Michele and I, along with our 3 daughters have lived and worked in Fishhawk for 9 years!Give us a call! Below is a list of all homes currently for sale in Fishhawk!

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Happy New Year

From our family to you and your loved ones - Wishing you all a GREAT 2017! Let's make a resolution together to FIND YOUR DREAMHOUSE!Best wishes! Regards,Michele & Ken813.428.0048michele

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