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Market Conditions for Buyer’s in TampaBay and Beyond

We have been in a Buyer’s Market for several years. The combination of short sales and bank-owned properties have allowed many Buyers to purchase a property at very low prices. It has become the custom to look at a very competitive price and offer five to ten percent less. I believe we are seeing the end of discounting the discounted property prices. As the banks become more efficient and proficient at managing short sales and also managing their own Real Estate Owned (REO) business we are seeing fewer low ball offers being accepted by the lenders.

In fact, we are seeing more counter-offers from the lenders to the short sale offers that have been submitted.  Now that the Lenders have achieved some measure of control over the entire short sale process they are working to stabilize the market. Consequently, we will be seeing less flexibility in short sale prices coupled with continuing conservatism from the appraisers when pricing a property.

The end result will be confirmation that the market has stabilized and that we will start to see prices rise slowly … but steadily. Message to the Buyers – if you see a good deal offer the asking price and get the deal. Try for a discount on the discounted price and you’ll miss out.

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Introducing Sheena and Bob Murray, Realtors Experts in domestic and international relocation and investment Sheena is from the Scottish Highlands, educated in Wales and lived in Surrey and Sussex in the South of England. Coming to the US for a one-year visit, she met Bob and has extended her stay by some 30 years. Married in England, Sheena and Bob settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since then they have lived in Boston, Geneva, Switzerland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Houston and, finally Tampa. Sheena and Bob have two children, Ian and Fiona. Married, Ian lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Gulay. Ian is a rocket-scientist working for Blue Origin. Fiona is married to Danforth Johnson and lives in Iowa City, Iowa with their two sons Roan and Tristan. Fiona is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic. While in Boston, Sheena was in Real Estate and General Contracting. Buying older homes, she renovated and sold them with several properties in varying states of re-construction at any one time. Consequently, Sheena has a keen eye for Real Estate value and potential as well as detailed experience in how to improve and/or evaluate properties structurally and cosmetically. Sheena sees all the possibilities and can make specific interior and exterior recommendations - from essential to aesthetic including landscape gardening. Sheena is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP). Having moved to Tampa in 1998, Sheena has continued her career in Real Estate. In 2000, Bob joined her bringing his experience in sales, marketing and communications gained from his career as a senior executive in international sales and marketing for DEC, AT&T and Compaq. Having made more than a dozen moves domestically and internationally, Sheena and Bob are personally and professionally knowledgeable about the entire relocation process – from first meeting to moving day. Sheena speaks French and Dutch. Sheena holds the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and joins a worldwide network of global real estate practitioners with certified expertise working with international clients and is an accredited member of ERA’s International Collection of Fine Homes. Before joining ERA Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation Sheena and Bob were awarded the Prudential’s Chairman’s Circle Gold Award placing them in the top 3% of all Prudential Realtors in the world. They were named ERA Dennis’ Top Team for 2007 and 2008. Bob has recently completed several detailed courses on foreclosures and short sales and is an accredited short sale specialist. Sheena has completed the USAA Movers Advantage Training Program as she continues to increase her relocation services capability. Whether it’s Buying or Selling, Resale or New Construction, with their knowledge of the Tampa Bay area and superior customer service, Sheena and Bob will help you meet your real estate goals efficiently, painlessly and with a happy spirit.

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