Tampa Bay Real Estate Leading Fastest Growing Market In Florida

The tri-city area of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater has been seeing increasing growth since the beginning of the 21st century, with a large amount of that growth coming since 2012. Home prices are rising in Tampa Bay Real Estate, with smaller cities such as Lutz, Wesley Chapel, and Brandon leading the home buying and selling charge.


Tampa Bay Real Estate Home Prices Up


Since the beginning of 2015 home prices in the Tampa Bay area have climbed an astonishing 12% combined; with almost 9% of the growth just in 2016. Real Estate Specialist, Katrina Madewell, and her team at Tampa Home Talk forecast growth to continue for at least the next four years, with home prices getting a 3% boost every year.


Home Buyers Have Something To Say


Home buyers have been flocking to Florida from all over the country, trying to scoop up homes before the rest of the population does. A recent first time home buyer brought his family and their dog all the way from Texas to work at MacDill Air Force Base. The family was looking for a good school to put their children into, while still having a convenient commute to work, as Tampa continues its work on the roads to help account for the traffic flow that is a constant from new home buyers moving to Tampa Bay.


The family settled for a house in Lutz, Florida. Lutz is just north of the downtown metropolitan area of Tampa, allowing more freedom with larger lot sizes, and possibilities of owning a few acres.


The kids, ages of 15 and 17 were able to settle right into Steinbrenner High School. Moving to Lutz, Florida allowed the husband to not only have a simple commute over to MacDill Air Force Base, but also use a VA Loan, which is provided through Veteran Affairs allowing military service members to have a low-rate mortgage provided through their mortgage lender.


Explore The Tampa Bay Area – Clearwater Beach Real Estate


To continue on with our new home buyers, they are able to explore the surrounding Tampa Bay area besides only Lutz. Clearwater Beach is only a 45-minute drive away. Clearwater provides visitors with the world’s number 1 beach, restaurants, and a variety of different water activities.


Tampa Bay Real Estate Radio Show


Katrina Madewell has highlighted Clearwater Beach in recent Tampa Home Talk Radio Shows. Katrina is live every Friday morning at 9am on MoneyTalk AM 1010.


You can listen live, hear a podcast available on iTunes, and other sites, or head over to the Tampa Home Talk Youtube Chanel to see past recordings. Katrina puts on the perfect Tampa Bay Real Estate Radio Show. It allows new listeners to discover the Tampa Bay area, current homeowners to attend to the proper upkeep on their home by having new specialists on the show every week to answer listeners’ questions, and provides new information to people who have called Tampa Bay home for years.




The Tampa Bay real estate area has been blowing up in the past 15-months and does not plan on stopping any time soon. If you are interested in moving to Tampa Bay, buying a home, or selling your home, Katrina Madewell and the Tampa Home Talk team know what to do!


Contact Katrina and the Tampa Home Talk team today.


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Tampa Homes Running into Short Supply

I don’t know how long you’ve been looking for homes in Tampa, but if you’ve been watching the prices, the price per square foot, as well as the number of available homes for sale in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, I’m sure you’ve noticed that there are substantially fewer homes available now than there were at this time last year. The prices you will pay are higher and you can expect to get less house for the same price as you would have a year ago.

Recently, I was looking for 3 bedroom homes available for sale in the Steinbrenner High School District, and there are only 64 homes available for sale now. These Prices start at $109,900 for a small town home and go up to 3.3M in Keystone Acres.

We have seen that there are several cash buyers, and investors that are buying up as many deals as they can get their hands on. Regardless of what you are looking for, you can find every home available for sale, from every real estate office, right here on our website. It’s all “Real-Time” data, meaning we’ll never leave homes that have already been sold, posted up as homes available for sale. So click around, have fun, and leave us a comment, or let me know what you want to see here. We’ll do our best to bring it to you.

When you are Ready for help, just let us know, we’re a phone call or a click away.

Katrina Madewell
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Did I mention its was a sunny 84 degrees here today? and its not even Mid January yet.

Tampa Home Hurricane Preparation Checklist | Guide | Tips

2012 Tampa Home Hurricane Preparation Checklist | Guide | Tips.   Since tomorrow starts the actual 1st day of Hurricane Season, get prepared in case of an emergency.  It doesn’t take long and you will be ready!

As always if you or someone you know in the Greater Tampa Bay area needs Real Estate Help, or you have mortgage questions, call me, I’m here to help! 813-777-1196

This Hurricane Preparation Checklist should help keep things Super Simple.  (It’s not from our area, but the information is from a good source http://www.hcoem.org).

DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms — a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, some are natural, some are man-made. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.
The time to prepare is now. Hurricane season is here. Are you ready? Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) aims to educate people about the hazards of hurricanes, tropical storms, high winds, storm surge and flooding. HCOHSEM reminds residents to:
• Get a kit
• Make a plan
• Stay informed
Preventing the loss of life and minimizing the damage to property from hurricanes are responsibilities that are shared by everyone. Any time you are asked to evacuate, you should do so without delay. It is important for you and your family to have a plan that makes you as safe as possible. Preparedness includes having the supplies on hand to weather any storm. Finally, stay informed.

Before the Storm
General Preparedness through the Season

  • Keep your vehicle gas tank above ½ full through the season.
  • Test run generators monthly with a load to insure proper working order.
  • Consider the purchase of flood insurance, even if outside of a floodplain.
  • Have cash on hand in small denominations for year-round preparedness.
  • Maintain portable battery powered AM radio.
  • Contact 2-1-1 to register if you need transportation assistance to evacuate.

Home Preparedness

  • Board up your windows or close storm shutters.
  • Trim the trees and shrubs around your home.
  • Cleared loose and clogged downspouts and rain gutters.
  • Perform a inventory of home contents (electronics, jewelry, appliances, clothing, etc.) and store in safe
  • place.
  • Take detailed photos(s)/videos(s) of home property and contents (internal and external) and store in safe
  • place.
  • Secure or remove all items outside your home (grill, hanging plants, potted plants, etc.).
  • Tie down small or young trees to prevent uprooting.
  • Store all important documents (insurance papers, etc) in a waterproof container and in a secure location.
  • Prepare your evacuation kit using the pertinent items in the attached Emergency Essentials Kit checklist.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water for sanitary purposes (cleaning, flushing toilets, etc.)

If you Plan to Evacuate

    • What is your zip code?
    • Are you located in an evacuation area in the evacuation map?
    • Where are you evacuating to?
    • Who is your contact at your destination?
    • What is their contact information?
    • What is your backup evacuation location?
    • Take a copy of all important documents and store in a waterproof container and in a secure location.
    • Top off your vehicle gas tank before hitting the road.


If you Plan to Stay

  • Listen to the radio (AM 740 KTRH) or TV for information.
  • If you have gas items you need to operate after the storm (generator, chainsaw, etc); fill gas storage container(s).
  • Prepare your hurricane kit using the attached Emergency Essentials Kit checklist.


During the Storm

  • Listen to the radio (AM 740 KTRH) or TV for information.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Avoid using the phone except for emergencies.
  • Stay indoors during the storm and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level of your home.
  • After the Storm
  • If you are Returning from Evacuation
  • Return only after the all clear is given for your area.
  • Do not venture on to roads until you have been advised they are passable and safe.
  • Carefully inspect your home and perform an exterior assessment for safety issues.
  • Be on the lookout for downed power lines and avoid if identified.
  • If any safety issues are present, do not enter your home (gas smell, flood waters, fire damage, etc.).
  • If any safety issues are present, have your home inspected by a qualified building inspector or engineer.
  • Watch for and avoid loose animals and poisonous snakes.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning hazards; DO NOT run generators, grills, or other gas operated appliances indoors.

Damage Assessment

  • Have a fire extinguisher readily available in the case of a fire.
  • Watch for safety hazards (loose boards, slippery floors, broken glass, etc.)
  • Carefully check for damage to the roof, foundation, and chimney. If the building looks unstable do not enter.
  • Use a stick or other tool to sift through debris.
  • Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
  • If you smell natural gas, leave the structure and contact your local gas utility company.
  • Use a battery powered flashlight to inspect the structure. Do not use oil or gas lanterns or candles inside the structure.
  • If structural damage is present, turn off utilities.
  • Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet/damaged until checked by a professional.
  • Check with local authorities or have well water tested before using any water (could be contaminated).
  • Until cleared with authorities or tested, all water should be boiled for 1 minute at a rolling boil to disinfect before drinking.
  • Avoid using any toilets until you have checked for sewage or water line damage. If you suspect damage call a
  • plumber.
  • Service damaged sewage systems as soon as possible as they present serious health hazards (septic tanks, pits, etc.)
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are functioning properly.
  • If any damage is identified to your home, contact your insurance company to start a claim.
  • Photograph and document any damage.
  • Throw away any spoiled food items or those that have come in contact with flood waters. When in doubt throw it out!

Print a copy of this emergency essentials list and take it with you to the store.


  •  7-day supply of non-perishable food that doesn’t need cooking
  •  Hand-operated can opener
  •  Plastic plates, cups, utensils


  •  1 gallon of drinking water per person per day enough for 5 days

First Aid

  •  Red Cross approved first aid kit
  •  Backup prescriptions for essential medications


Personal Hygiene

  •  Hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes
  •  Toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags
  •  Dental care and vision products
  •  Travel-size soaps and other beauty supplies
  •  Change of clothes, pair of shoes and blanket per person


Clean Air Items

  •  Nose and mouth protection masks (N-95 rating)
  •  Plastic sheeting
  •  Duct tape


Baby Items

  •  Formula, bottles, powdered milk
  •  Diapers
  •  Baby wipes
  •  Diaper rash ointment



  •  Flashlights for each family member with extra batteries
  •  Fluorescent lanterns for each common area
  •  Waterproof matches or a utility lighter


  •  Portable, battery-powered AM/FM radio
  •  NOAA All Hazards Alert Radio
  •  Land-line phone with long cord
  •  Extra batteries for flashlights, lanterns, radio
  •  Extra cell phone battery or car charger
  •  Whistle
  • Family Safety Items
  •  Smoke detector with battery for each floor
  •  Carbon monoxide detector with battery backup
  •  Fire extinguisher
  •  Non-scented bleach for sanitization
  •  Sunscreen
  •  Insect repellant
  •  Shovel and basic tools


Transportation Items

  •  State and regional road maps
  •  Basic repair items (tools, tire patch kit, engine oil)
  •  Emergency Road Safety Triangles
  •  Games, books, puzzles


Pet Needs

  •  7-day supply of non-perishable pet food and water
  •  Cage or pet carrier and leash
  •  Pet medications and pet first-aid kit
  •  Current photo in case you are separated
  •  Cat litter and box
  •  Pet bed and toys


Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.