Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Donations for The Haven and FEAST

Just wanted to make sure I got this out there as well. In addition to our makeover of the Dunedin Foster Home, we will be collecting from now until all next week for The Haven which is a domestic violence shelter in North Pinellas County, and also canned/boxed food items for FEAST a food Pantry located here in Palm Harbor. This is all a continuation of our efforts for RED Week, where Keller Williams Agents all over the country and Canada (Next year internationally, yeah!!) will be giving back to their communities in all ways, shapes and forms.

The Haven is in need of the following:

Underwear (all sizes)
Bras (all sizes)
Childrens Clothing

Hair Brushes/combs
Hair Care Products
Feminine Hygiene Products
Body Wash/Soap
Facial Scrub

Pajamas/Bath Robes
Flip Flops/Slippers
Twin size sheets
Bath and Hand Towels
Day Planner/Journals
Alarm Clocks
Gift Cards/Phone Cards
Bus passes

Lets Give where we Live and do something Big or Small to help our local communities!

Thank you and God Bless you all!

Patty Neri

Update on Keller Williams Dunedin Foster Home Makeover

Well the Keller Williams Real Estate agents active in the buying and selling of real estate in Pinellas and Pasco countys and banded together with the help of their contacts, friends and clients and have greatly reduced our wants and needs list for our project to complete a room addition and makeover for a Dunedin Foster Mom who has done soooo much for Pinellas County kids in need for years!!

Here is our updated needs list and schedule for this event. We were able to really put a dent into our needs list yesterday with the help of all our friends.

We still need:

about 20 sheets of 1/2 inch plywood for flooring

about 40 sheets of T-111 siding.
2 - 3 x 5 windows - single hung
One Exterior prehung door 3 ft x 6 ft 8 inch
Trim molding 1 x 4 for doors and windows

Thanks so much to all involved that helped us raise a bunch of cash, electrician, paint, carpet etc. yesterday. Cash donations are still very helpful so we can buy the materials we need. See yesterdays post for the link to give directly through Eckerd Community Services.

We are very excited to be able to give back to our community in this way!


Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Keller Williams Realty Leads the Way to a Mini Makeover of Dunedin Foster Home

Keller Williams Realty celebrates Red Day on May 13, 2010. This is a day that we have turned into a week in order to really give back to our community. We are doing a mini-makeover of a Foster Home here locally in North Pinellas County in the lovely City of Dunedin. We are in need of some serious help. The best help at this time is monetary help so we can afford to buy the necessary supplies. We also need some contractor support. As of today we need about 3 hours of time for an electrician and I will attach the specific needs list below. This is a great, great cause and we hope you can assist in any matter possible. If everyone gives a little we will soon have all we need.

In addition we are collecting can foods for The Feast in Palm Harbor and personal care items etc for The Haven, a local Domestic Violence organization that houses adults and children that are trying to get away from bad situations at home. Any of these items can be dropped off at our Palm Harbor office at 35095 US 19 No, Suite 100, Palm Harbor, FL 34684. This is in the Gibraltor Building, just south of Alderman on the East side of US 19.

To make an easy online contribution click on the link below. Choose the KW Red Day Foster Project in the Drop Down List so the money goes to the right project. Donations are tax deductible and go 100% to this project.

Please contact me directly if you can offer materials or services! I can be reached at 727-278-8084. We are in need of carpet, paint, siding, plywood, fasteners, insulation etc.............I can forward a complete list to you.

Thanks for helping make a difference in the life of this awesome Foster Mom and all the kids she has worked with over the years!

Patty Neri

Friday, May 29, 2009

I have to say I had pretty much stopped reading the paper because of all the negativity in it. I just try to skim it to make sure that I do not miss something really important that is happening or if the world had ended and somebody forgot to tell me or something! You cannot imagine my surprise when the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay Section Headline yesterday May 28, 2009 shouted out "HOME SALES KEEP RISING"!!

It sure is nice to see James Thorner writing positively about the Real Estate Industry in the Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco County areas.

Transactions or sales of homes and condos have definitely been on the increase these last several months which is great news. And the data shows that pricing seems to be stabilizing. Now this is all great news but we need to be careful on how we react to this. This does not yet mean that as sellers we can go raising our prices and asking too much for our homes, because we know that means they will sit longer and longer. The competition is fierce out there!

It is an amazing time to buy! Interest rates are at an all time low, BUT they are not expected to stay that way forever. First time home buyers have until towards the end of the year to purchase to qualify for the $8000 tax credit. And a first time home buyer is someone who has not owned a home in the last 3 years so that gives people some added leeway. There are many, many short sale and foreclosure opportunities and we are projected to have more foreclosures released in the near future. These offer some great opportunities all around. But they do not always come quickly or easily usually so they are for the Buyer that does not have to move into something in a short time period.

On the flip side the other thing we are seeing now is stiff competition and a bit of a Sellers market for those homes that are priced well and are not bogged down in short sale or foreclosure proceedings. Some buyers have been stressed out waiting for short sale approvals etc and only want to look at normal sales. So if you sellers can price it right and make your home the Shining Star in your market place we have actually seen multiple offers and heavy competition in these deals. I have had recent buyers lose out on homes they really wanted to get into because they are going under contract faster than before. So keep in mind if you think it may be the right house for you time is of the essence.

This is a great time for move up buyers also to get an awesome deal on their dream house, or get that extra square footage for their expanding families. Just keep in mind, if you have to sell a little lower on one end of your deal you can still make it up in the savings on the purchase side as you are moving up!

Remember that during this crazy economic times and changing market place Professional Realtors like myself are constantly studying, learning and growing in ways to help our clients make the best decisions for themselves. Many people are still finding themselves upside down or short on their payments due to job cut backs and all sorts of things. Please remember we can help! So tell your friends and share this information with them. Stay tuned, there is more to come!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Check out my new blog post today for important information especially for 1st time buyers.

First Time Home Buyers - There is no time like NOW!

There is no time like the present for First-time homebuyers, here in Pinellas County or Pasco County or just about anywhere for that matter, to make their move and purchase a home. Pricing is down, Interest rates are still down and there are so many options in the way of available homes in every market!

In addition to this, First-time home buyers can take advantage of FHA loans that require only a 3.5% down payment. These loans are awesome for the first-time home buyers with good, steady jobs but not a lot of cash on hand to take advantage of the markets record breaking affordability and the government's $8,000 tax credit!

There is also great news for buyers who qualify for the first-time home buyer tax credit that have already filed their 2008 tax returns. It is not too late to claim your tax credit. If this pertains to you, you just need to file a 1040x form to amend your 2008 tax return and for 5405 to claim the credit.

For more information on your filing options, visit:,00.html or of course consult your accountant.

Feel free to contact me if you need more information about purchasing a home or any of your real estate needs!

Make it a great day!