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The Price Group Toy Drive 2017

The Price Group Toy Drive 2017

The Price Group Toy Drive 2017



The Price Group Toy Drive 2017


A little gift can make a huge difference. The holidays are near and we are proud to help Metro Wellness & Community Center in St Petersburg collect toys for children in need for the second year in a row. Each year Metro works with people in our community ensuring kids have the holiday they deserve and putting the parent’s minds at ease. Help us make a child’s holiday a little bit merrier by dropping off or sending an unwrapped gift to our office at 280 Beach Dr NE St Petersburg, FL 33701. We’ve even created an amazon wish list to make your donation as simple as possible.


Thank you for helping us make a difference in our community.



Fourth of July Events in Tampa Bay

Fourth of July Events in Tampa Bay

Fourth of July Events in Tampa Bay


Fourth of July Events in Tampa Bay


From fireworks, to BBQs to live music, here is an easy to follow list of the Fourth of July events in Tampa Bay! Make sure you tell ’em The Price Group sent you. Happy Fourth!



St. Petersburg Waterfront 4th Of July Fireworks & Food Truck Rally featuring local radio stations Q105, QYK 99.5, B98.7, WLLD, and Maxima and food trucks including Rolling with my Hoagies Food TruckSkoops Italian Ice and more.

Swing Night-Hot Club of SRQ is hosting a dance night at Ale and the Witch from 8-11pm and if you’re into swing dancing, you’re not going to want to miss this.

Support the Special Operations Warrior Foundations at Locale Market’s All-American Market Tasting. Enjoy a taste of all-American food starting July 4th through July 7th – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  for the independent price of $17.76 (get it?!).

Light Up Tampa Bay Independence Day Celebration is happening this weekend in Channelside and is Tampa Bay’s largest fireworks display with live music and food benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

6th annual racing event happening at Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park starting at 5pm.

Independence Day Celebration at Great Explorations Children’s museum in St Pete will feature patriotic activities throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bonus: Military (active and retired) and first responders get in free!

Largo’s 4th of July Celebration starts at 6pm at Largo Central Park is located at 101 Central Park Dr, Largo 33771. One Blood will be there accepting donations (and giving away free movie tickets for them!) and there will be lots of family friendly activities.

4th of July Skate at Skateworld of Tampa will have $1 admission if you wear red white or blue with skate rentals just $3.50.

Clearwater Celebrates America at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater, FL 33755 from
4-10 p.m will have live entertainment, a kids zone, local vendors and food trucks, and (of course) fireworks!


Best Father’s Day Gifts for Every Dad

Best Father's Day Gifts

Best Father’s Day Gifts


Sometimes getting your dad the best Father’s Day gift it’s as simple as a phone call or hug. But if you want to go the extra mile (um, we think your pop deserves it!) we have put together some of the best Father’s Day gifts for you here. Bonus: They’re all local! We have a shopping guide below to make all your purchases super easy.


Best Father’s Day Gifts


For the beer-loving dads out there, you can always go with the standard gift card from any one of the local breweries in St Pete, including our friends at St Pete Brewing Co. Custom koozies from Carnage Leathers make a great addition. The prints read “GO ASK YOUR MOM,” “DRINK LIKE DAD,” and “GOOD DADS DRINK GOOD BEER.”


Need something a little less boozy and more outdoorsy? If you’re willing to spend a little more money (hey, he raised you, after all) you can take dad out on a sailboat for with Simple Sailing in Downtown St Pete. Prices depend on the type of boat (and length of time you you plan to spend.


If you’re dad is easy going or is the hard-to-shop-for we suggested treating him to a steak dinner at Parkshore Grill. Their menu is extensive, so if even if he isn’t a steak man he will have an amazing time. Make an early day of it and brunch it up with steak and eggs or lobster Benedict.



Local Shopping Guide


Local Breweries/Pubs: St Pete Brewing, 3 Daughters Brewing, Cycle Brewing, Ale and the Witch

Strands of Sunshine – for local, hand-crafted cards, gifts and the above mentioned Carnage Leathers

Dinners for Dad: Rococo Steak, Locale Market, Urban Comfort

Things To Do In Tampa Bay 11/18-11/20

SXSW Style Event Comes to St. Pete


The founders of Et Cultural have a diverse background but one common goal: To heighten the level of art, music and interactivity in St. Pete. The way they do this? Et Cultura. From yoga, to workshops to live music to film viewings the $25 ticket is well worth the price. But you don’t have to purchase a pass to enjoy many parts of the festival. The maker’s market, folk music stage and many of the art shows are all free to the public. The events started Wednesday downtown, but they continue all weekend long. Visit Et Cultura’s website for more info on tickets, scheduling and locations.


Shopapalooza Takes Over Straub Parkthings to do in tampa bay


This year Local Shops 1, a major resource for all things local, is taking two Saturdays this month to give you time to get your holiday shopping done properly. This Saturday, November 19th is your first opportunity to sample everything the locals have to offer you. Anything from non profit organizations to local Etsy makers will be in attendance as well as live music and food trucks. And by the way – the weather is going to be amazing. Get your family out to Straub Park and support your local businesses. For more information on the event visit Local Shops 1 website or their Facebook event page.

Saturday in the Park  – Tampa


For our friends on the other side of the bay, you can catch a free concert of at Water Works Park in Tampa on Saturday, November 19th from 2-6pm. The event has no admission, however there will be doantion drop off supporting Metropolitan Ministries. The event is hosted by Harmonic Factory and Metropolitan Ministries. Bring a blanket, lunch and enjoy the beautiful fall Tampa Bay weather. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.


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Things To Do In Tampa Bay This Weekend

November is here! And with it comes all the things fall has to offer. This weekend is no exception with Folkfest St. Pete, Beer Night, and Grand Central Market. (Not to mention our open houses!) We have all the info you need on things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend.


Attention All Beer enthusiasts and Foodies!


Friday night is St. Pete Wine and Food Festival’s Beer Night. From 5:30pm-9:30pm in North Straub Park you can sample craft beer and ciders from all over the region. This is a great way to try new and exclusive drinks from some of your favorite breweries or discover a brewery you’ve not heard of. There will be food served included in the ticket price. You can purchase tickets to all of St. Pete’s Food and Wine Festival here and find out more information on all their events happening all weekend long.


Get Folky


Folkfest St. Pete is a favorite of local makers and musicians. Last year there was a kids station, planty of arts vendors and all the beer and food that the Edge District has to offer. There is something for everyone here from college kids to families looking for an afternoon out and about. The festival starts Saturday. November 5th at 9am and runs until early Sunday afternoon. Check out their Facebook event page for more info including their killer musical line up.


Get Started on Christmas Shopping


Saturday, November 5th is the Grand Central Market hosted by Grand Central District at Punky’s Bar and Grill. The market starts at 9am and there will be live music from 11am-1pm. This is the perfect spot to start your Christmas shopping. From collectibles to crafts, there is something for everyone. And you can’t go wrong with Punky’s weekend breakfast specials. Head on down and enjoy the beautiful weather.

halloween safety tips

Halloween Safety Tips From The Price Group Realtors

Trick or treat! Soon little ones will be knocking on doors in costumes and adults going to less-than-kid-friendly (but still fun!) events. Halloween is a fun-for-all-ages day. But a lot can go wrong. With the recent creepy clowns that have been popping up throughout the country, we want to make sure you are being safe this candy-eating season. Here are some Halloween safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this year.

Tips For Parents

1. Don’t walk in the street

In neighborhoods like Kenwood or Old Northeast it can seem easier to cross the street wherever it’s convenient instead of crossing in the crosswalk. Especially with the parking of larger cars on the street, it can be very difficult for oncoming cars to see children in time. Also, avoid walking between parked cars. Bottom line: Use the crosswalks. That’s what they’re for.

2. Ensure your child is seen

If you are unable to go early in the evening, make sure your child is seen by passing cars by adding a reflective tape to their costume, shoes, and/or candy bag. You can also have them carry or wear glow sticks, just ensure that the life of them is longer or as long as you plan on being out and about.

3. Do not leave your child unoccupied

Again, maybe a bit of a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Keeping them within your line of sight can ensure they are not exposed to anything not age-appropriate and ensure they are not eating any candy that may be dangerous.

Tips For Adult Trick-Or-Treaters

1.  “Okay” rowdy parties with neighbors

If you’re planning on having a large party, especially one that goes into the wee hours of the morning, it’s a good idea to give your neighbors some notice. Even better, invite them to join! No one can complain about the noise if you’re all in on it!

2. Be extra cautious on your commute

Planning to party hard? Cool. Please do it safely. If you plan on drinking make sure you have a designated driver lined up or use services such as Uber or Lyft. If you are driving (and not drinking) watch out for kids in the street. Even the best kids can make a mistake and run out into the road. Drive slowly and watch both sides of the road.

3. Make sure your home is safe inside and out

Make sure there is a clear, well-lit way to and from your front door. This will help ensure no one trips while getting in and out of your party. While fake blood is to be expected, make sure no one sheds any real blood by moving glass or breakable objects out of the party area.

Not sure what to do this Halloween? Listed below are some events around St. Petersburg you might enjoy. On 10/22 show up with a carved pumpkin to 6th Annual Pumpkin Fest at Ale and the Witch and get a $10 gift card. October 21st get your grub on at Food Truck Around Town Trick Or Treat at 250 8th Ave SE. Saturday, October 29th you have your pick: Halloween Open House benefiting SPCA Tampa Bay, and Spooky Saturday at Station House


Open Streets St. Pete Takes Over Downtown

This weekend Keep Saint Pete Local, one of St. Petersburg’s many beloved community organizations,Open Streets St. Pete introduced a new festival called Open Streets St. Pete. The Open Streets concept started in 2010 with an emphasis on making the streets available to the public for walking, biking, and community fun while regular traffic is diverted. This year was the first the idea was brought to St. Petersburg, combining it with Indie Fam Fest. It highlighted all of the best parts of our city: The makers, music, and the community.

The streets surrounding Williams park were all shut off to motorized traffic. Bikes, dogs, and vendors flooded the open pavement from 1-5pm. St. Pete has many different markets and hold its vendors in high regard. There were many local makers at Open Streets St. Pete, including St Pete’s own Kahwa Coffee, The Hole Donuts, and O’Berry’s Succulents. A food truck rally which lined the entire west side of Williams Park and kept all the bikers fed well.

Open Streets St. Pete Hoola MonstersSt. Pete’s music scene has deep and young roots. You could easily see the diversity of this at Open Streets St Pete. St. Pete Music Factory, a company who helps train kids to learn about music, put on a great show with performances from many young, talented bands. Hoola Monsters provided hula-hoops for kids while adults danced alongside to thOpen Strees St. Petee music that filled the park.

The best part was the community. Church organizations, The Tampa Bay Rays, and a myriad of businesses all came together to offer a safe, fun environment for our residents and neighbors. For those living close by, it was only a short walk or bike ride to and from the event. The surrounding neighborhoods enjoy these type of events throughout the year and its residents are proud to call areas like Old Northeast, Old Southeast, and Uptown home.

Want to know more about homes in the area? Click here to find your dream home in one of these progressive, community oriented, historic neighborhoods.

The Best Hot Restaurant’s and Venues in Seminole, FL

As a beautiful city grows, Seminole, FL flourishes in an abundance, of Real Estate properties and commercial buildings. Along with its neighbored city, St. Petersburg, FL, Seminole enlightens it’s dwellers with an alluring touch of Restaurants and Venues. Listed here, are the top three (3) Hot Restaurant’s, plus a Dinner/Dancing Nightspot, and listed as the “Top Recommended” places for dining and night life, in the Seminole, FL area. Each of these places comes graded with an all rounded, Certificate of Excellence, and can be found on Trip Advisor.

“This is a restaurant my family likes to eat at, I love the ribs!”
$$ – Big Jim’s Famous Steak Tavern and Tap Now, as we venture the Hot Spots of Pinellas County, the city of Seminole offers within it’s nightlife and dining venues, a true to service and delightful Steak and Tap House. Along with your dining pleasure, and atmospheric venue, Big Jim’s Famous Steak Tavern and Tap offers an American cuisine. They have a full liquor bar with live music and dancing; family and children oriented atmosphere; and seating arrangements that holds large groups. Their service begins from brunch to late night dinners, and their menu consists of items such as: Wood Roasted Steaks, Ribeye’s, Shephard’s Pies, and much more. Big Jim’s is listed as #5 of 65 Restaurants and Venues, out of 73 reviews, in Trip Advisor. You can find this Steak and Tap House off Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33778. $$

“This is also our go to Chinese restaurant, great food! I’m a fan of the chicken cury, hot of course”
$-$$- Zom Hee Chinese Restaurant Next is the well-known, Zom Hee Chinese Restaurant. An Oriental venue that’s noted as the top #2 Hot Restaurant, on Trip Advisor, and is rated with 119 reviews. This dining place offers a wide variety of items, taking you from Chinese to Szechuan, and Cantonese to Mongolian, lunch and dinners. Their menu items range from: Crab Ragoon, appetizer; to Moo Goo Gai Pan; Contonese Chow Mein; Subgum Chow Mein and Mongolian Beef meals, etc.
This venue offers a full liquor bar; family and children atmosphere; and large group and Business Meeting seating. Their portions are large and offer carry-out service, as well as being a family owned and operated. Come join this unique dining experience and be treated just like family. They can be found, a little set back from the main street, off Park Blvd., Seminole, FL, close to Starkey Road. $-$$
Budget to $ – Finally Mama’s Kitchen, one of the last two dining experiences, listed as Seminole’s Hot Restaurant and Venues is Mama’s Kitchen. This place serves a variety of dishes, starting from brunch to mid-evening dinners. They offer handicapped parking and have a family and children atmosphere. Mama’s Kitchen is listed as the #1 favorite and recommended restaurant noted on Trip Advisor, with 199 reviews. Mama’s Kitchen is well known for their home-styled cooking and offers a Budget dining pleasure, as well as a mixed menu of Greek and American Cuisine. You can find this Family Styled Restaurant going South on Seminole Blvd, Seminole, FL – towards Bay Pines and Tyrone Blvd. Budget to $

$$-$$$ (Early Bird Specials) – Last but not least, on the hot spot list, is Grill 131 Steak House, which offers their dinners from 4 p.m. to late night. Spoto’s Steak House offers a full liquor bar, Romantic atmosphere, family and children oriented, dinner, music and dancing, and bar scene. This venue accepts reservations, has a television and offers handicap accessible parking. Their menu ranges from Prime Rib, Pot Roast, Seafood and Steak, and early bird specials. So, if you are in the mood for a romantic evening out, with dining, music and dancing, Spoto’s is the place to be. It is rated as #14 on Trip Advisor with 138 reviews. They can be found off Starkey Road, across from Kohl’s Department Store. They offer a mid-ranged value from early bird specials to $$.

This information is Part II of The Top Restaurants and Venues in Pinellas County, and can be found, along with their ratings, on Trip Advisor.

St. Petersburg Top Recommended Restaurants and Venues

While St. Petersburg, FL offers beautiful homes, within the alluring downtown area, it also allows people to experience their dining with authentic American, Ethnic and Gourmet cuisines. All for which these highly recommended Restaurants and Venues, through Trip Advisor, can stand by their Certificate of Excellence. You can enjoy your dining experience, from brunch to dessert and coffee to cocktails; plus entertainment, for an evening out on the town. So, here for your pleasure, are a few of the top four (4) Venues or Restaurants, within St. Petersburg, FL. This is the first out of a Five (5) segment series, of Top rated Restaurants and Venues, within the Pinellas County area. They are rated from 4 to 5 on the scale of 1 out of 5, with 5 being the most pleasurable dining experience that is listed on Trip Advisor. These establishments are rated from Budget dining to $$, $$$, $$$$.

$ First, the #1 – recommended restaurant is Mazzaro’s Italian Market. They are noted for their fine Italian/Mediterranean cuisine and dining experience. They also offer a Deli, with fine meats and products. This facility is rated 4 out of 5 with 1,800 reviews, and a value saver. Their atmosphere is family and children oriented, as well as, handicap accessible. They also offer parking, and Outdoor seating, plus they accept most major credit cards, such as: American Express and Discover. Their menu consists of assorted cheeses and wines, sandwiches, dinners and pastries, along with an separate coffee and alcohol area, for your fullest dining pleasure. Price ranges from $2.50 for appetizers to $7.00 and above, for dinners. Mazzaro’s can be found on the 2900 block of 22nd Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL.

$ (Budget Menu) – Now we come to the Bodega Comida Cantina Café, which listed as the #2 Restaurant with 244 reviews, and its cuisine rated as #5, on Trip Advisor. This café is located on the 1100 block of Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL. Its expense range is listed as budget menu items. Their cuisine ranges from Latin, to Cuban, and to Caribbean, with a mixed menu that includes: veggie and Cuban sandwiches, pork, and plantains, as well as alcoholic beverages. This venue offers a family and children atmosphere, with Outdoor seating, handicap accessibility, and carry-out. For those interested in a real authentic Cuban sandwich, this is the place to add to your venture.

$$$ Third on our list, is the Parkside Grill, which is listed as #4 on Trip Advisor with 860 reviews and is rated 4.5 in dining experience. This restaurant, offers a panoramic view, of the Vinoy Yacht Basin, as well as a romantic atmosphere. They serve free range meals and non-gluten products. Their cuisine consists of an American, Seafood and Contemporary menu, plus a children’s menu where their prices range from $5 to $7. Now, with this establishment being a fine dining venue, their prices range anywhere from $5 to $42 for items such as ala carte, salads and dinners, which may also include Market Value item’s, as well. This Restaurant offers fine dining service that is carried through from brunch to late night. One can find this venue within the 300 Block of Beach Drive, in the atmospheric section of St. Petersburg, FL.

$ Finally, we have Paciugo, which is the #1 listed, and recommended Dessert Restaurant, on Trip Advisor. This establishment is rated as #5, with 576 reviews. They offer a romantic atmosphere, for families and children. Some menu items that can be found at this delicious, dessert Venue are: Sea Salt Caramel, Gelato, Sorbet, multiple flavors of ice cream, and gluten free products. They are wheelchair/handicap accessible, and are open from early morning to late night, and offer carry-out, and outdoor seating. You can satisfy your sweet tooth, by visiting Paciugo, on the 300 block of Beach Drive, N.E., St. Petersburg FL 33701.

Congratulations Maria

Maria 1335 46th Ave NE







Congratulations Maria on the purchase of your new waterfront home at 1335 46th Ave NE St. Pete FL 33703 on shore Shore Acres. It was a pleasure working with you, I feel we found the right house, one you will be very happy in for many years to come. I’m looking forward to enjoying a glass of wine on your new dock!

3% downpayment loans are back! 620 credit scores or above

A new program from Wells Fargo & Co. promises to make it easier for prospective borrowers to apply and qualify for a low downpayment residential loan.

Borrowers who use the yourFirst Mortgage program can purchase a home with a downpayment as low as 3 percent, an announcement Thursday indicated.

The San Francisco-based company said the program is intended to help first-time homebuyers and low- to moderate-income consumers become homeowners.

Fannie Mae is acting as a partner in the program.

According to Wells Fargo, the program features fixed interest rates. Prospective borrowers with less than 10 percent down can earn an interest rate reduction of 12.5 basis points by completing a homebuyer education course.

Expanded credit criteria include nontraditional sources like tuition, rent and utility bill payments.

The loan is fully documented and underwritten, and income from others who will reside in the subject property – such as family members or renters – can be considered for debt-to-income ratio calculations.

Downpayments and closing costs can come from gifts and downpayment assistance programs.

“yourFirst Mortgage is a conventional loan that avoids the complexities associated with loan applications for previous affordable lending programs,” the news release stated.

“There are a lot of conventional loan products with low downpayment options, but the criteria are so complex that it creates barriers for many qualified borrowers,” Wells Fargo Home Lending Executive Vice President Brad Blackwell said in the statement. “With yourFirst Mortgage, we wanted to provide access to credit and simplify the experience while maintaining responsible lending practices.”

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The Price Group invited to the Real Estate Advisory League!



The Real Estate Advisory League have invited The Price Group to join the inaugural class of the REAL 1%!

REAL members are handpicked by a selection panel comprised of real estate enthusiasts from varied backgrounds, which includes various aspects of residential and commercial real estate investment and management both in the U.S. and internationally.

No member of the REAL selection panel is a licensed real estate agent. This means that each REAL selection panel member is completely unaffiliated with any real estate brokerage or agency in order to maintain a completely unbiased and uninfluenced selection process – a selection process which results in members that are proud to identify themselves as the REAL 1%

Among the objective criteria REAL 1% consider:

  • Number of sales within the past 12 months
  • Number of active listings
  • Overall Agent experience
  • Presence within the agent’s specific/local market
  • Overall online and social media presence
  • Customer and peer reviews on leading unaffiliated online real estate websites

Sales prices are up!

Sales are holding strong, even as the typically slower months approach. Average sales prices for single family homes are up 15% from this time last year, and average closed sales for single family homes and townhouses/condos combined are up nearly 14% from this time last year. While active listings were down from September 2014, new listings are up.

With the winter season fast approaching, now is the time to purchase a new home and lock in homestead and save hundreds of dollars on taxes, don’t wait until next year. With fewer buyers typically buying at the end of the year, this is your opportunity to take advantage of the current inventory.

Don’t wait, check out all available homes on the market at

The Price Group Recognized Among Top 1%!

Exclusive Celebration of Success Event in Palm Beach

ST PETERSBURG, FL (October 7, 2015) – The Price Group has been recognized among the top 1% of sales associates affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Florida for 2014. David Price attended a gala event in Palm Beach last week to honor the top regional associates from NRT LLC, the largest residential brokerage in the U.S.* The event included more than 125 Coldwell Banker sales associates from Atlanta, Baltimore, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Washington, D.C.

“It takes a tremendous amount of hard work, dedication and passion to reach this level of business in real estate, and The Price Group is among the best of the best,” said Kate Rossi, executive vice president, Southeast Region, NRT LLC.

Participating agents were treated to dinner, dancing, networking and professional development at The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.



Saturday Morning Market Returns to St Pete!

The Saturday Morning Market is celebrating its 13th season this year!

Open from Oct – May, it has grown to become the largest one-day-a-week fresh market in the Southeast US, with about 10,000 customers each week.

While great food, interesting crafts and live music are all wonderful elements of the market, this spirit of community is what really defines the market experience.

Many customers have shared that they think that the market is the most significant improvement to quality of life in St Petersburg.

This year there are around 200 approved vendors filling about 130 spaces. A core group of regular food and plant vendors, and a rotating group of craft vendors. They come from as far away as Port Charlotte, Orlando, and Tallahassee, and represent a wide variety of ethnicities and nationalities, contributing to a rich multicultural experience of food, crafts and music.

Saturday 9am-2pm

101 1st St S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701

St Pete Wine and Food Festival & Beer Night This Weekend

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Beer Night St Pete

Featuring over 100 beer and cider selections from local, regional, and national breweries and all-inclusive food from area establishments, BEER Night is the perfect chance to experience first hand Tampa Bay’s emerging craft beer scene. In fact, the area was voted the second best beer town in America by USA Today!

Two 10,000 square foot tents full of great beer and awesome eats, all for one price. Walk through the entrance and put your wallet (or purse) away. Everything is covered! Even the water.

DJ, dozens of picnic benches to hang out on and three different restroom areas included

Friday, September 25th 5:30 – 9:30 PM (North Straub Park)


Grand Tastings

This signature event features both Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions. Guests will enjoy fine wines, and sample fare from the area’s best restaurants and chefs, and take in free cooking demonstrations from local and world-renowned chefs.

The refined, upscale, grand tasting caters to a clientele that likes to indulge in great food, fine art and gourmet products. One price provides unlimited tastings of fine wine and food.

Tampa Bay’s Best Chefs are bringing their finest cuisine to the inaugural St. Pete Wine & Food Festival. Experience firsthand some of the most amazing, exquisite and unique epicurean cuisine to grace an area food festival.

Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 PM North Straub Park



Clearwater Power Boat Racing

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Do you have plans for this weekend? If not you should consider taking friends and family to Clearwater Beach to watch Power Boat Racing. This should be a fun event for the whole family! The Price Group will be heading over their on Saturday and Sunday, if you have a boat or a friend with a boat I’m told watching the race from the water is a lot of fun. There should be over 50,000 people watching the race from the beach and over 2,500 boats in the water.
There will be lots to do on Clearwater Beach to keep everyone happy, as well as a firework display after the race on Sunday.

For more info on the event check out

Government, Bank’s Mistake your Gain (Still)

florida foreclosureAs the summer months wind down and the chillier winds roll in through the fall months and into early winter, many Americans look out their windows at their cold and dismal hometowns. Their neighborhoods, strewn with fallen leaves or dirty snow, strongly fortify dreams of a second—or a first—homes in paradise. But with Florida real estate inventory, and subsequently prices, as conducive as ever to a buyer’s market the dream is as achievable as ever.

We all know the story of the early-2000’s housing bubble. Inflated by banks selling to the subprime mortgage market, a brand new segment in 2002, the bubble got bigger and bigger until it finally popped in 2007. But five years was long enough to do plenty of damage to markets across the country, particularly in Sun Belt areas. And right under the bubble was southwest and the west coast of Florida.

A tool to increase buyer confidence, writing bad mortgages actually didn’t start with the banks. Rather it started with the administration taking initiative to combat the fallout from the 2001 terrorist attacks. And many consumers took the bait in the name of achieving the American dream. The issue with this is many didn’t have the income to support mortgage payments, nor did they have to prove it. This was thanks to a brand new tool called the ‘No Doc’ loan, short for ‘no documented proof required.’

Needless to say, many of these mortgages were foreclosed on, left as bank-owned properties. As a matter of fact, in 2006 right before the bubble burst, 21% of subprime mortgages went into default. This compares to the prime loan statistic of less than 1%. Of these, most were in Florida– where statewide there were nearly 325,000 subprime mortgages issued.

Fast forward to 2015, and Florida still has the highest rate of late mortgages. Statewide, over 18% mortgage holders are late or about to face foreclosure. And when banks foreclose, they are not looking forward to sitting on excessive supply; they want to turn and burn to the highest bidder. And with an inventory glut the highest bidder typically isn’t bidding too high lately.

4 Tips for a No-Stress Move

Moving can lead to new, exciting possibilities, but it also means leaving behind the people and places you love. While some sentimental items can be taken to your new place, many memories just aren’t transportable. To ensure your treasured belongings arrive safely to your new home, be prepared with these no-stress tips.

1. Make Room for New Memories

Taking every item of sentimental value with you to your new home is not always possible. Moving is the perfect opportunity to organize and purge items you don’t need or won’t use in your new home. To lessen the load on moving day, hold a garage sale or donate unwanted items to a local charity. If you’re trying to sell your current home, the less clutter the better.

Once you’ve determined which objects will make the move, decide where they’ll go in your new place. Make the unpacking process simpler by creating a plan for your new space in advance and pack according to where things will go, not by where they’ve been.

2. Organize, Don’t Agonize

Starting the process early can help avoid nerve-wracking, last-minute packing, and give you time to be a bit nostalgic. Before you begin boxing things up, take videos and photos of each room to preserve your memories of that space. Don’t forget to include outdoor areas like a backyard tree house or handprints in the patio cement.

Then, make a checklist of everything you need to accomplish before moving—packing, cleaning, cancelling and restarting utilities, registering the kids for school—and set a timeline for completing each step. Once you’re ready to start packing, work room by room to make the task seem more manageable. Start with decorative pieces that you can go without for a month or so, keeping items you use daily for last.

3. Protect Delicate Possessions

To ensure your belongings arrive safely, it’s essential to pack possessions with extra care. Safeguard breakables with wrapping materials designed to protect fragile goods, such as bubble wrap cushioning, for the best protection.

Next, pack items in clean, sturdy containers in a variety of sizes. Use large boxes for bulky, yet lighter furnishings, such as pillows and blankets, and place heavier objects in smaller boxes to avoid unnecessary strain. Seal boxes securely with a durable packaging tape.

Be sure to label boxes clearly, marking them on the sides of the boxes, not the top. This step makes it obvious what’s inside, even if they’re stacked. You also can use different colored or printed packaging tapes to color code each room—red for the bedroom, blue for the kitchen, and so on.

4. Have Help on Hand

If you’re moving to a location close to your old home, recruit friends and family to help with packing and unloading on moving day. You’ll love showing off your new place, and it’ll help with the transition to see that loved ones aren’t too far away to make the trip.

Put together an “open me first” box with the gear you’ll need immediately, such as tools to assemble furniture, cleaning supplies and shelf liner for drawers, closets and kitchen cabinets.

20 Perfect Florida Picnic Spots!

We’re pretty spoiled here in Florida with our year-round picnicking weather, so kick off your flip-flops, spread out, and enjoy a day at one (or all!) of these charming spots. Local Realtors® submitted many of these picnic picks — Local Realtors always know where all the best stuff is!

Why not take the family or meet up with friends and enjoy one of these great spots this weekend!

Gemini Springs County Park

Where: DeBary (West Volusia County)

Cost: Free

Picnic under old oaks, stroll the arched footbridges and rent a canoe or kayak. Oh, and you can bring your pup!

Lake Eola

Where: Downtown Orlando

Cost: You might have to pay for parking if you can’t find freebie

You knew this park was going to be on the list, right? Of course it is! We love Lake Eola.

Mead Botanical Garden

Where: Winter Park (Orange County)

Cost: Free

This park is a gem nestled in a quiet Winter Park neighborhood. There’s a lovely boardwalk trail, butterfly garden and native plant demonstrations. Howell Creek runs along the back of the park. Dogs are allowed.

Oakland Nature Preserve

Where: Oakland (Between Winter Garden and Clermont)

Cost: Free, donations encouraged

ONP is a 128-acre preserve on the southern shore of Lake Apopka. You’ll likely spot gopher tortoises. There are live animal exhibits, gardens, boardwalk trails and a visitor center with delightful rocking chairs out front.

Lake Louisa State Park

Where: Clermont (Lake County)

Cost: $5

Canoe and kayak rentals available, pristine lakes. Bring your bicycle — there are extensive paved and unpaved bike trails.

The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve

Where: Kissimmee/Poinciana Area

Cost: Free, donations encouraged

A national model for wetland restoration, DWP has more than 1000 species of plants and animals. Hike a one-mile trail to the shore of Lake Russell.

Kissimmee Lakefront Park

Where: Downtown Kissimmee

Cost: Free

Paved trail, boat ramp, bait shop that rents fishing gear. Free movies!

Bok Tower Gardens

Where: Lake Wales (Polk County)

Cost: Adults/teens $12 | Kids $3 (free under 5yrs old)

Gorgeous gardens and a unique singing tower with a wonderful Koi pond.

“Public events include concerts under the stars, where you are encouraged to picnic with friends (and there are even contests for the best-dressed picnic table!) … I love it!!” –Lynne H.

Anclote Key Preserve

Where: Anclote Island (Near Tarpon Springs)

Cost: There are fees for ferry service (call to inquire)

Picnic on an island for the day — you live in Florida so it’s totally doable! Ferries leave from the Sponge Docks at Tarpon Springs.

“Forget the Bahamas, come to our Island, Anclote Island!” –Yvy P.

The Tampa River Walk

Where: Downtown Tampa

Cost: Parks are free, but plan to pay for parking and other attractions

Picnic at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and watch boats cruise by and the buildings light up at night. The Tampa River Walk has enough to do to fill a weekend, let alone an afternoon. Enjoy!

Old McMicky’s Farm

Where: Odessa (north of Tampa)

Cost: Adults/teens $12 | Kids $10 (free under 2yrs old)

Educational guided tours, lunch spots by the lake.

Zephyrhills Veterans Memorial Park

Where: Zephyrhills (Pasco County, north of Tampa)

Cost: Free

“Beautiful, wide-open park. Nice walking path, lush green grass, and plenty of shade trees!” –Adam G.

Honeymoon Island State Park

Where: Dunedin (Tampa area)

Cost: $8

The name says it all! Seriously, it’s a breathtaking beach. There’s a dog beach, too.

“Honeymoon is friendly to critters, offering a dog beach that is a half-mile hike off the main road.” –Joe P.

Bradenton Riverwalk

Where: Downtown Bradenton

Cost: Free

Features outdoor living rooms and a Tidal Discovery Zone.

Polo at Lakewood Ranch

Where: Lakewood Ranch (Sarasota area)

Cost: Adults/teens $12 | Free for kids

Enjoy the “Sport of Kings”! Dogs okay on a leash.

Fort De Soto Park

Where: Tierra Verde (St. Pete area)

Cost: $5 parking fee

Historic fort, fishing and one of the few beaches you can take your dog to.

“This park has an incredible amount of things to do. It’s like going on vacation.”

–Pat R.

Heritage Village

Where: Largo (Clearwater area)

Cost: Free, donations encouraged

21-acre living history museum with dozens of historic structures.

Englewood Beach

Where: Englewood (Southwest Fla.)

Cost: Parking is 75 cents per hour

Volleyball! Boardwalk trails.

“This great beach in our lovely town sits right on the Gulf of Mexico. It is lovely because it’s not overly commercially developed.” –Pamela C.

Centennial Park

Where: Downtown Venice (Southwest Fla.)

Cost: Free

Free concerts happen often here.

“Under a Golden Rain tree … it’s the best spot around.” –Kimberly G.

Babcock Ranch Preserve

Where: Punta Gorda (Southwest Fla.)

Cost: Varies, contact to confirm

In rural SW Fla., this place is truly wild! Eco-tours are available. Wildlife viewing is practically guaranteed.

Congratulations home buyers & sellers in Pinellas

March was a Big month for the price Group!
Congratulstions to the follow clients who purchase and sold homes with the Price Group in the month of March:

Ken & Traci who purchase 775 28th Ave. N. St Pete FL “Crescent Heights”
Cat & Adam who purchase 2635 3rd Ave N St. Pete FL ‘Historic Kenwood”
Thomas Griggs who purchase 4318 28th Ave N. St. Pete FL
Michael & Ashley who purchase 4420 Bayshore Dr St. Petersburg “Shore Acres”
Mark who purchased 9198 Sun Isle Dr. NE St. Pete “Riviera Bay”
Spephanie who purchase 911 Moss Ave Clearwater FL
Roger & Suzanne who purchase 111 14th Ave N St. Pete FL “Old NE”
Krista who purchased 2005 Carolina Ave NE St. Pete FL ” Venetian Isles”
Molly who purchased 210 25th Ave S St. Pete FL
Perry & Michelle who purchased 4631 Laurel Oak Ln St. Pete “Placido Bayou”
Peter who purchased 9788 1st St. N St. Pete FL “Riviera Bay”
Jonathan who purchase 1812 Bayou Grande Blvd NE St. Pete “Shore Acres”

Stephen who sold  9788 1st St. N St. Pete FL “Riviera Bay”
Jonathan who sold 2214 Caesar Way S St Pete FL
Steve who sold 9198 Sun Isle Dr. NE St. Pete “Riviera Bay”
Kori who sold 2635 3rd Ave N St. Pete FL ‘Historic Kenwood”
John & Jean Ann who sold 111 14th Ave N St. Pete FL “Old NE”
Courtney who sold 4945 34th Ave N St. Pete FL

Totals sales volume $5.5 million

Firestone Grand Prix this weekend in St Pete

It has been a decade since the Grand Prix first took over downtown, bringing thousands of fans to St Pete.

A series of races along a picturesque 14 turn, 1.8 mile temporary track, featuring the IndyCar, Firestone Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Championship, USF2000 National Championship, Pirelli World Challenge Championships, Expanded Bright House Speed Zone, Yacht Club, Indy Fan Village, autograph sessions, Ferris Wheel, Stadium Supertrucks, go cart racing, celebrity sightings and more!

New this year, the HERO ZONE, a free, interactive military obstacle course, lets kids of all ages test their skills on some of the same obstacles faced by our troops in basic training. The HERO ZONE is deployed by Wish for Our Heroes and is located inside Gate 1, next to the Bright House Speed Zone. Inside the Speed Zone, get physical with rock climbing, power jumping, mechanical bull rides, a pit stop challenge, or gyroscope.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. there is a FREE shuttle service from Tropicana Field to the race course. Parking at Tropicana Field will be $10. The shuttle will pick passengers up on 10th St. S. and drop off passengers near the Hilton on Fourth Ave. S. between Second and Third Streets. There will be a two-block walk to the race entry gate 5. The shuttle will operate all three race days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 28th-30th

This weekend in St Petersburg, 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr Day Parade

On November 3rd 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the Federal King Holiday Bill, making the third Monday of every January, the Federal King Holiday.

On January 20, 1986 he first, oldest, and largest MLK National Parade, Battle of Bands and Drum Line Extravaganza was held For the first time in American History, White marching bands and African American Marching Bands marched together in Salute and Tribute to the first Martin Luther King, Jr. National Parade in St Petersburg Florida.

Monday, January 20th, 2014 11am-3pm

National Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Parade begins at Third Ave. South and Martin Luther King St., goes north to Central Ave, east to Bayshore Drive and finally north to Fifth Ave. North, finishing at Vinoy Park.




Fla. will gain about 175,000 new jobs in 2014

an independent, non-partisan research and public policy organization, projected expected employment growth for each U.S. state, and overall, Florida ranked fifth in expected job growth in 2014.

Since jobs and home sales go hand in hand, the growth could benefit Florida’s real estate buyers and sellers.

To compare states with different populations, the study compared the anticipated percentage of job growth. In Florida, Pew estimates that the state will see 176,423 new jobs for a 2.34 percent increase.

The top state for jobs? North Dakota with an expected growth rate of 3.56 percent, though that translates into only 15,902 jobs due to the state’s smaller population. At the bottom of the list, Washington, D.C., is expected to grow jobs by only 0.75 percent in 2014.

View an an interactive U.S. map with state-by-state forecasts is posted online click the link  below:

The 36th Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat show this weekend

The 36th Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, is set to sail into the Progress Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg from Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8

The show will feature an impressive selection of power boats and sailboats in water and on land, including a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing all types of marine gear. Show-goers will find hundreds of power boats and sailboats including family cruisers, runabouts, fishing boats, magnificent sailing yachts, personal watercraft and much more.  – See more here


6th Annual Chillounge Night Saturday 23rd November

Straub Park will transform again into a magnificent outdoor lounge, tomorrow evening, with 6 trucks of beautiful lounge furniture. The 6th Annual Chillounge night  is the most highly anticipated event in November.

Sipping cocktails under the stars makes an ideal venue for socializing with friends or an intimate, romantic evening. Enjoy live music from local bands, fashion shows and fireworks on the spectacular lounge seating areas throughout the park.

Tickets include complementary food and drinks from Parkshore Grill and 400 Beach.

Fannie Mae targeted for pitfalls in short sales

The Office of Inspector General is recommending more oversight of Fannie Mae’s short-sale approvals after discovering flaws in the mortgage giant’s process.

OIG says in a report that after a review of 41 Fannie Mae short-sale transactions, it found that five servicers were failing to collect all of the required documents before determining if an applicant was eligible for a short sale. In turn, the servicers were also failing to provide the required documentation to Fannie Mae.

During 2012, Fannie Mae and its lenders approved more than 73,000 short sales, and the servicers identified in the OIG report were responsible for 34 percent of them, the report says.

OIG also says the servicers did not always conduct adequate reviews of the documents that were supplied by borrowers and failed to identify what necessary documents were missing – but still approved the short sales.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie, agreed with OIG’s recommendations of stricter oversight from its audit of the mortgage giant’s short-sales processes.

OIG raised questions over Fannie Mae’s Low FICO Program, which allows servicers to approve short sales without collecting or reviewing any information or documentation for borrowers that have a FICO score below 620 and are at least 90 days late on their mortgage. OIG urged FHFA to review Fannie’s program and determine whether it should apply to borrowers who have non-owner occupants in their properties.

Source: “OIG Recommends Tighter Oversight of Fannie Mae Short Sales,” Mortgage News Daily (Nov. 19, 2013)

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Just Sold 317 41st Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703

Congratulations Mike & Jane on purchasing your first home at 317 41st Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703. We are so happy for you. I know it was a long wait as short sale tend to be but you stuck with it all the way to the end…