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Top Ten Real Estate Agents List in Tampa Bay

Tampa, FL, 2017-Sep-30 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — Throughout recent years, Tampa has proven to be a booming real estate market. With exquisite waterfront homes, a bustling downtown district, and local attractions in the form of Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, and The Florida Aquarium, it’s no surprise that people from all over the country are flocking to homes in the Tampa Bay area.

When attempting to purchase a home, however, it is vital to have an experienced real estate professional guide you through the process in order to have as much money on the transaction as possible. The very same could be said about selling a home, as well.

Like any other industry, it can be difficult to sift through the incompetent professionals and find the best in the business.

Listed below are the top ten most trustworthy, experienced, and reliable real estate agents in Tampa Bay:

Number 10. Anthony Malafronte
A sales and marketing expert who has spent over 20 years working with Fortune 50 companies, Anthony Malafronte brought his skills and abilities to real estate over the past decade and has become a pivotal force within the local Tampa market.

His background in marketing, sales, and presentations allows him to showcase homes in an unforgettable way, illuminating the main selling points of a home and adeptly matching buyers with a home perfect for them. He is responsive, proactive, and easily reached, making him a solid choice for a real estate agent.

Number 9. John Pestalozzi
John Pestalozzi is renowned for his flexibility when it comes to communicating with clients. Whether buyers and sellers would like remote presentations, text message-only communication, or virtual HD tours of his current properties, he is able to accommodate them quickly and effectively.

Pestalozzi has resided in Tampa for over 37 years, which has provided him with a valuable insight into Tampa’s real estate market and community. He is aware that the search for Tampa homes begins online, which is why he spends extensive time and energy capturing high-quality photography and video footage of the properties he works with.

Number 8. Janet Lopez
Many real estate agents have less than a decade’s worth of experience in the industry. Janet Lopez has nearly thirty years of professionalism under her belt, and her sales record reflects this. Her intense focus on customer service has proven to be a worthwhile endeavor, as over 60% of her clients are referrals from those she has worked with in the past.

With a solid understanding of contract law, negotiation, and Tampa’s undulating real estate market, Janet strives to do all that she can in order to make the home buying and selling process as pleasant as possible.

Number 7. Crystal Brady
Crystal Brady, a native Floridian who has an undying passion for the state, focuses her real estate endeavors in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. She specializes in dealing with first-time homebuyers who are uninformed about what to expect when it comes to the transaction process.

Before she became a real estate agent, Brady worked as a customer relations manager for a property management company, solidifying her ability to work with clients of all types and help connect them with a home that will perfectly suit their needs.

Number 6. Kristy Darragh
As a veteran of the real estate industry with over 25 years of experience, Kristy has spent nearly three decades helping her clients not only purchase or sell a home, but also with listing, consulting, staging, and other processes that are integral to transactions in the real estate industry.

A self-admitted workaholic, Kristy Darragh spends much of her free time being involved in organizations throughout Tampa Bay, where she can not only better hone her craft as a real estate agent, but also benefit the professionals around her.

Number 5. Ray Mihara
Quick closing, responsive service, and strong negotiation tactics are just a few of Ray Mihara’s attributes that clients praise in their stellar review of the Tampa real estate agent. He is particularly well-versed in property investing, helping clients make informed financial decisions when they are looking to purchase a property that will later be sold for a higher price.

Due to his many accomplishments, Ray Mihara is among the top salesmen in the country, and consistently provides his clients with thorough, informative updates about the current state of their transaction.

Number 4. Bill Dallas
Like Ray Mihara, Bill Dallas is an expert on real estate investment, and is a powerful primary source for his clients to consult when it comes to deciding which properties to keep an eye on, and which properties to avoid.

In the past seven years, Bill Dallas has managed to significantly increase his sales volume from year to year, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Throughout his career, his reliability as a quality, honest real estate agent has set him apart from his peers.

Number 3. Wendy Ross
In terms of sales volume, Wendy Ross is ranked as one of the top 100 real estate agents by The Greater Tampa Association of Realtors. According to her past clients, he has been declared to be one of the most trustworthy real estate agents in the area, and has a reputation of being kind, approachable, and outstandingly quick with her services.

Due to her expertise in the field, it is no surprise she has won multiple awards that commend her outstanding customer service that helps her clients navigate the convoluted pathways of buying and selling a home.

Number 2. Raquel Zapata
Zapata has worked extensively with clients who seek relocation, luxury properties, vacant land, and those who are first-time homebuyers. Her extensive knowledge of Tampa’s real estate market equips her with the capability to ensure that all of her clients’ needs are met.

She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors, and is heavily involved in both organizations. Giving back to the community is just as important to Raquel Zapata as serving her clients, and she strives to use her skills as a real estate professional to serve others, both on and off the clock.

Number 1. Realtor Joseph Lewkowicz
Joseph Lewkowicz has been involved in Tampa real estate for over 40 years. He has a personal sales record of 3,000+ independently sold homes, which is a number that entire sales teams struggle to compete with. As one would expect from someone with over four decades of experience in the industry, Joseph Lewkowicz’s services benefit clients of any type, whether they are first-time buyers, those looking to sell, or those looking to invest in property.

He is nationally ranked in the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents, an achievement that earned him an invitation to the exclusive Celebration of Success event in 2016. His personal mantra “no one works harder to sell your home!” is something that he has consistently proven throughout his career, having connected thousands of buyers with a home that is a perfect fit.

Joseph Lewkowicz specializes in North Tampa, frequently working with properties in areas such as Lutz and Carrollwood. He also holds livestream conference calls on the second Thursday of every month that allow members of the community to interact with him directly, an endeavor that not many in the industry have taken advantage of, Joseph has thousands of satisfied clients that can attest to his unwavering dependability as a real estate professional.

Tampa is a haven within the Sunshine State, and has plenty to offer those who are looking for a home to enjoy the city’s natural beauty. Real estate transactions go far more smoothly with the help of a professional who knows the area, cares about their clients, and has a proven track record of successful negotiations. For more information visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

Joseph R. Lewkowicz Realtor
14502 N Dale Mabry Hwy #100, Tampa, FL 33618

Kenn Renner Saves Three Home Buyers A Total Of $127,500 In The Past 30 Days

Austin home sales picked up 38% over 2008 (as reported by the Austin American Statesman). “Homebuyers are obviously taking advantage of builder incentives and home sellers seeking to cash out and move-up,” says Kenn Renner with www.BuyAustin.com. With the recent extension and expansion of the Federal Tax Credit, now even more homebuyers are able to take advantage of Uncle Sam’s free giveaway. Although the Austin area has been relatively sheltered from the recent economic housing downturn, there are still fantastic housing deals available to first time and move up homebuyers. Real estate broker Kenn Renner with Keller Williams Realty has been busy helping homebuyers cash in on not only the tax credit, but also builder discounts and seller concessions being offered in today’s market.

Kenn explains, “It’s a unique opportunity for homebuyers who are selling their first home and moving up to their next home. The reason being is that in the lower price ranges under $160,000 it is currently a seller’s market. A well-priced and well-staged home will sell in a relatively short period of time – sometimes at or more than asking price. Those that are selling those homes will often times purchase a move up home in the $250,000 to $400,000 price range, which currently is a buyer’s market in the Austin area. It has been my pleasure to help many clients in the last 30 days take advantage of U.S. tax credits and builder incentives.”

Kenn recently sold a house in the Round Rock community of Paloma Lake that was a builder speculative inventory home that had been on the market for almost a year. The original price was $361,500 and Kenn’s buyers were able to pick the home up for $277,000. Kenn explains, “This time of year can actually be one of the best times seasonally to purchase a home. It is normally a slower time of year because of the holidays, but also it is builder’s fiscal year end and they will often take deep discounts to get certain homes off of their books before the end of the year.” Kenn adds, “Volume home builders are large corporate entities and many times will take a deep discounts, especially on a close out or a speculative home that has been completed for a long period of time.”

“Most home buyers who try to buy direct from the builder don’t really know how builders work and often times are not capable of negotiating the super deep discounts that they could get if they had professional representation.” Home builders have high regard for solid reputable real estate brokers because of the amount of past and future business that a top producing Realtor can generate. Kenn mentions, “I tell my clients that they may only buy one home from a builder in a lifetime whereas I may sell a dozen every year with that same builder – so it’s important that the builder keeps my clients happy and keeps me happy so that I continue to bring them new clients.”

Kenn was also recently able to get a large price reduction on a home that was already under contract and already sold to his client. “The builder reduced their price point in this particular neighborhood to generate sales. My client paid $161,000 for his property that was still under contract, which was a good deal. But when the builder reduced their prices, I was able to get the builder to reduce my client’s purchase price by $18,000. Needless to say, my client was very happy to pay a substantially lower price on his first home. He put zero down and is now applying for his $8,000 tax credit which he plans to use to put in granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.”

Similar to builders, resale home sellers have also been willing to discount their prices for a quick sale. Kenn explains “At this time of year, real estate sales have a tendency to slow down because of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. People are more focused on family and holiday activities. So those home buyers that are out actually looking are pretty serious and those that need to sell in this market will usually take notice – they know it’s a slower time of year.”

Kenn recently helped a homebuyer purchase a home in the Cedar Park community of Heritage Park. It is a 2,400 square foot home that his clients were able to purchase for $150,000. It appraised at $169,000. His client was ecstatic and also appreciated the fact that the property came with a brand new roof due to the recent hailstorms.

Another home Kenn recently sold was a waterfront creekside home in the Creeks of Round Rock that was listed for $205,000. His clients were able to pick up the home for $189,000 and were able to secure a 4.75% interest rate home loan. “This has just been a fantastic time of year to purchase a home where there’s a convergence of what I call the ‘Perfect Opportunity!’ No other time in recent history have we had such low interest rates, government home buying incentives, combined with a buyer’s market. It’s unprecedented,” says Kenn.

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Sente Mortgage Home Finance Expert Kenton Brown And National Speaker Kenn Renner From Buyaustin.Com Will Present A Free Home Buying Seminar On April 16th

It is a fact that some of the greatest opportunities for buying a home are currently available based on three major factors: 1) Home Loan Rates continue to be at historic lows, 2) There is a $8000 Federal Housing credit available to 1st time homebuyers, and 3) It is a “Buyers Market”, which means there are some tremendous bargains out in the Austin real estate market right now. This is an incredible time for prospective home buyers to quit paying rent and to achieve the dream of homeownership.

Planning ahead allows potential homeowners to have the knowledge they need to get a great deal right now. Those that attend this seminar will learn the ten steps to homeownership and how they can get their $8,000 “gift” from the Government. This workshop will focus on fundamental and simple to understand concepts that empower those that attend with practical knowledge to be able to make prudent decisions when it comes to homeownership.

Two of Austin’s top real estate and finance industry professionals will present this free Home Buying Seminar on Thursday, April 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the Renaissance Hotel in the Arboretum. The seminar presentations will cover key strategies to help homebuyers understand and succeed in today’s extremely competitive and constantly changing market. Highlights of the seminar include:

– The 10 steps to home ownership.
– Details on the 8,000 Federal housing credit.
– Move Assistance Programs (MAP’s).
– How to Renegotiate leases and tell landlords goodbye?
– The “Truth” about mortgage financing.
– What programs are available to buy your home?
– Negotiating to get the best deal.

The workshop format will help attendees uncover their dreams, goals and visions of homeownership. This seminar will explore concepts such as how to choose a Realtor ™, Builder, or Loan Consultant and what to look for when selecting trusted advisors. It will also provide detail about the mysteries of credit scoring and how to be truly“pre-approved” so that a great deal on a home purchase can be negotiated. There will be opportunities to visit with a select group of market expert professionals both before and after the seminar.

The cost is free for the seminar.

To register online visit: www.BuyAustin.com or call/text 512-423-5626

About Kenn Renner:
Kenn Renner (BuyAustin.com) is a national speaker on the subject of real estate and goal achievement. His popular presentation “The Highway Seminar” (www.TheHighwaySeminar.com) is based on his up coming book “The Highway – Purpose, Goals & Priorities” to be published this spring. With over twenty-five years in the real estate business, he is one of the top brokers in Central Texas with over $80,000,000 in closed sales in the past three years. Kenn can be reached at 512-423-5626 (call or text)

About Kenton Brown:
Kenton Brown is Sr. Vice President of Sente Mortgage (www.MortgagesForAustin.com) one of the top mortgage companies in Austin. He is also a part of Sente Learning, (www.SenteLearning.com) which is an educational forum designed to help business professionals succeed and achieve autonomy through tactics, strategy, planning and action. Kenton offers his unique insight and perspective by tapping into his twenty-five plus years in the finance industry. He can be reached at 512-637-9900.

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Top Austin real estate home builder – Lennar Homes joins Kenn Renner leading Austin Realtor and owner of BuyAustin.com to assist homebuyers with new Move Assistance Programs also known as M.A.Ps

One of Austin’s premier builders, Lennar Homes and top real estate broker Kenn Renner of Keller Williams Realty, have developed a series of programs to help new homebuyers defer much of the cost associated with moving. The Move Assistance Programs (M.A.Ps) offers the following financial incentives to help a tenant or a move-up homebuyer with the expenses associated with relocating.

For Renters:

Lease Buy-Out Program – Provides assistance in paying off existing lease and/or covering the re-leasing fee.

Lease Negotiation Service – Provides expert negotiations with your current landlord.

For Move-up Homebuyers with a Home to Sell:

Expert Real Estate Counseling – Receive a free consultation with a 25-year real estate veteran.

Guaranteed Buy-out Program – A free evaluation and bottom-line price will be offered for your current home.

‘Sell Your Home for Free’ Program – A 0% net commission program that allows you to sell your home for zero total real estate commission.

Moving Cost Coverage Program – Helps defer the cost of moving expenses such as moving companies and moving trucks.

Temporary Rental Program – Provides assistance in locating temporary housing, furnished or unfurnished.

In a recent meeting, Lennar’s division president, Sean Chandler, stated, “There is no better time in recent history to purchase a new Lennar home. Austin is where everyone wants to be and Lennar is dedicated to helping homebuyers with the transition through financial incentive programs such as M.A.Ps.” Along with first class service and attention to detail – Lennar Homes is famous for their “Everything’s Included” homes. “Everything’s Included” is unique to national builders where buyers do not have to pay huge markups for “upgrades.” “Most ‘upgrades’ charged by other builders are included standard with Lennar Homes. Along with ‘Everything’s Included,’ Lennar is offering large price and financing incentives, especially on standing inventory,” Chandler adds.

Kenn Renner, a top selling central Texas real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty, and owner of www.BuyAustin.com explains, “In challenging economic times the larger more financially stable builders like Lennar are able to offer programs that the smaller builders just can’t afford to do. That is why they have called on us to develop the Move Assistance Programs (M.A.Ps).” Lennar is without a doubt pro-Realtor because they understand the need for professional counseling and guidance throughout the home-buying process. Renner adds, “Lennar understands the need for renters and move-up home buyers to have innovative alternatives such as lease buy-outs and sales cost (commission) coverage. I am pleased to be one of Lennar’s preferred Realtors.”

Lennar Homes was ranked number two nationwide by Builder Magazine in 2007 with over 30,000 homes sold nationwide. In Austin, Lennar has 18 subdivisions with prices ranging from the $110s to the $480s.

Kenn Renner (www.BuyAustin.com) consistently ranks as one of the top ten real estate agents in the city of Austin and Central Texas with over 400 home sales and over $80,000,000 in closings since 2005.

For more information about the M.A.Ps programs visit www.MoveAssistancePrograms.com or call or text Kenn Renner at (512) 423-5626.

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Real Estate Expert Kenn Renner Is Hosting A Series Of Timely Real Estate Seminars And Webinars Free Of Charge For Homeowners And Homebuyers

Real estate expert Kenn Renner rolls out timely seminars and webinars for homeowners and homebuyers in Austin, Texas. The educational series will cover an array of timely subjects with an emphasis on real estate. Topics include: investment, HUD foreclosures, debt cancellation, credit repair, college and retirement housing, goal setting and time management as well as property tax and income tax strategies. The seminars and webinars will be free of charge and will be held at various locations around Austin and Central Texas including colleges, universities and financial centers, including Amplify Credit Union (formerly IBM Credit Union).

One of Kenn’s timely presentations will include an in-depth study of the new legislation benefiting thousands of home seekers – “The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008” and will focus on the IRS’s $7,500 first time homebuyer tax credit. This credit will allow first time homebuyers (those who have not owned a home in the past three years) to receive a $7,500 tax “credit” akin to a tax refund. Home buyers that qualify must purchase and close on a new or resale home by July 1, 2009.

To register for one of these events visit: http://www.BuyAustin.com contact Kenn Renner directly – call/text (512) 423-5626.

About Kenn Renner:

Kenn is a national speaker and author on the subject of real estate and investment. He was recently featured on national television with appearances on several episodes of the top rated HGTV show “House Hunters”. Kenn is an active real estate broker and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 5 agents of “sold homes” by the Austin Business Journal. His real estate career spans over twenty five years and in the past three years he has closed over $80,000,000 in residential transactions.

Because of the advances of video technology online, many of Kenn Renner’s seminars are offered for free on video and can be viewed on various websites including:

http://www.AustinHomeVideos.Com
http://www.FirstTimeHomeBuyerTaxCredit.tv
http://www.FederalHousingTaxCredit.tv
http://www.FreeSeminarSeries.Com
http://www.FreeWebinarSeries.Com

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Recent Falls In Fixed-Rate Mortgage Rates Have Given Both Homeowners And Homebuyers Some Hope To Housing Market

As house prices continue dropping and transaction levels reach a new low, financial solutions company ThinkMoney.com welcomes the recent falls in fixed-rate mortgage rates.

Recently, falls in the cost of wholesale funding have allowed lenders such as HBOS, HSBC, RBS and Woolwich to reduce their mortgage rates, reports Times Online. These cuts may not be not enough to undo the increases we’ve seen since the onset of the credit crunch, but they could still indicate an important change of direction that potentially places the peak in mortgage rates behind us.

“The criteria for mortgages may still be strict, but it’s nonetheless encouraging to see mortgage rates coming down like this,” said a spokesperson for ThinkMoney.com. “Essentially, any move in this direction bodes well for the housing market, implying a return of confidence among lenders which should translate into greater confidence among would-be homeowners.”

Yet the drops do not benefit all would-be buyers equally. “With lenders determined to protect themselves against potential falls in house prices, the biggest drops are aimed at those with the largest deposits. Given the importance of confidence to the housing market, however, it’s important not to underestimate the potential impact of more attractive rates – even if they are only available to some would-be homebuyers, they could provide a much-needed boost to the market. The more lenders’ confidence in the mortgage market increases, the sooner we should see more significant drops in mortgage rates offered to those with smaller deposits.

“At the moment, of course, prices are dropping because of the problems in the mortgages market – they’re dropping because so many people simply can’t buy. Once mortgages become cheaper and more readily available, there’s a high probability that prices will level out or increase. Nevertheless, astute would-be homebuyers are fully aware that any increase in prices can’t take place overnight, and they’re saving up now to make sure they can move as soon as mortgage rates descend to a level they find acceptable – but before house prices start to climb once more.”

Among homeowners, two groups in particular are watching the mortgage news with great interest.

“Any homeowner thinking of selling their property today faces an unpleasant choice: sell now (if they can) for an average of 9% less than their property would have fetched at the peak of the housing market in October 2007, or wait and hope the market improves. For them, any drop in mortgage rates is good news, as it might increase the number of potential buyers – and the more buyers there are, the more likely we are to see a recovery of some kind in the housing market.

“At the same time, the rising cost of mortgages has hit anyone looking to remortgage – because they’re coming off their existing fixed-rate mortgage, for example, or consolidating their debts. This news about falling mortgage rates may be particularly significant for people in this group, as so many of them find themselves forced to act within a certain timeframe. For them, ‘wait and see’ simply isn’t an option.”

Think Money (http://www.thinkmoney.com) are a financial solutions company based in Salford Quays, Manchester. The company specialises in a range of financial services, including mortgages, loans, debt help and advice (including debt management plans, IVAs, and debt consolidation).

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