Here are some helpful articles I have written about real estate, home ownership, and living in the Tampa Bay area. 

How to Spot a Rental Scam

How to Spot a Rental Scam

Not too long ago a friend of mine told me they had fallen victim to a rental scam they had seen on Facebook Marketplace.

After a few days of back and forth with the scammer, they realized it was not a legit house for rent and moved on to look for another place to live.

Unfortunately, this happens all too often in today’s market. That’s why I want to write this article to give you some tips for recognizing a rental scam so you won’t fall prey to con artists taking people’s money.

Pros and Cons of Living in Tampa Bay

Pros and Cons of Living in Tampa Bay

The other day I posted a short video on my social media channels about where people are moving to in Florida and where they’re coming from. Even though I got an unfounded comment about how “people aren’t moving to Florida from California,” the data from the Census Bureau suggest otherwise.

The Tampa area is one of the top places people are considering when they move to Florida, so I decided to follow up with my perspective on the pros and cons of living in Tampa Bay.

What Will a Recession Do For Home Values?

What Will a Recession Do For Home Values?

Things in the economy are heating up. Inflation is up, and people are starting to talk about recession. Recession is defined generally as “a fall in GDP in two successive quarters.”Recession is difficult for everyone, but what can we expect a recession to do to home values? Well, let’s take a look at how home values have historically done during or after recessions.

Good News for Good Renters

Good News for Good Renters

If you’re renting and have been paying on time, I’ve got good news!

On Sunday, July 10, they made it easier for you to buy a home, even if your credit score isn’t quite that high.

Starting last Sunday, Freddie Mac (the organization that helps first time home buyers get funded) now considers on-time rent payments as part of the process that decides if it will lend money or not.

2008 Housing Market vs 2022

2008 Housing Market vs 2022

Comparing the housing market of 2008 to today’s market is like comparing apples and oranges. There are similarities, but they are in no way equal, and that’s the problem with most people who are waiting for the market to crash.

The factors in 2008 that led to the great housing market (and the Great Recession) had a lot to do with foreclosures, and the foreclosure problem had a lot to do with lending practices.

Is Housing Becoming Unaffordable?

Is Housing Becoming Unaffordable?

Buying a home is a huge step in life. It’s what most people say defines success (watch this video). It’s probably the most money you’ll ever spend at one time, and it’s a huge accomplishment. This is why for the longest time home ownership has been called “The American Dream.” But is it becoming unaffordable?