Thinking about selling or buying a new home in 2015?

Thinking about selling or buying a new home in 2015?

creative colorful new year 2015 greeting design with home themeExciting news for both buyers and sellers this coming year. Forecasts predict a boost in 2015 on groundbreakings of new single-family homes. predicts that existing or previously owned home sales will grow 8% in 2015.

It seems like the housing market is getting its equity back after the loss in 2006 to 2007. Over the past year, home prices rose in 246 of the 277 cities tracked by Clear Capital. If you are selling, you can expect to get more for your home this year.

If you are looking to buy a home and are a first time homebuyer this is a good year for you. There are more favorable conditions than there have been in years for first-time home buyers.

Earlier in December, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac put in place new lending guidelines and started offering 3% down payment mortgages that will make it easier for buyers to qualify for a mortgage.

Mortgage interest rates are still near historic lows. You can get a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for less than 4 percent. The Federal Reserve said they would not raise the Federal Funds rate until the summer of at least 2015.  Even then it should be more than 5%.

Other good news is that builders are building homes that are more affordable for first-time homebuyers.

If you want to put your home on the market or are looking for a home give me a call. I am happy to help you with whatever your goals are for the upcoming year.

If you are interested in finding out the home prices in your area I would be happy to send them to you. What I am offering is a complimentary email sent to you every time a home is put on the market in your neighborhood or is sold in your neighborhood. The email notification will include the listing, photos and home tour.

I can usually find out this information before a home goes on the market, so you will be one of the first to know.

If you would like to receive this information send me your first and last name, address and email.

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Happy New Year!

Jodi Avery’s Top Picks for Mouth Watering Restaurants in Tampa Bay

Jodi Avery’s Top Picks for Mouth Watering Restaurants in Tampa Bay


Are you looking for some fantastic restaurants that will make you want to lick your plate? I love going out to eat and finding places my family and friends enjoy, and that have the best food around.  I thought, I would give you a sneak peak of seven of my favorite restaurants from St. Petersberg to Tampa. These are part of a group of restaurants featured in my latest version of Jodi’s A-List.

Here they are:

Favorite Breakfast Place

La Creperia Café in Ybor – This is our family favorite place to go after Sunday morning church. Chef Dino has perfected the French art of crepe. We watch as he pours, twirls, flips using the freshest ingredients, which are cooked to perfection. Croque Madame #68 is my personal favorite, which is a La Parisienne sandwich with ham and an egg on top.  My daughter Lily’s favorite is Marie Antoinette #21. It is a sweet crepe that has nutella, banana, fresh strawberries and Bailey’s. Yummm!

Favorite Food Truck

Wicked Wiches – I love everything pumpkin and that is why I love the Pumpkin Spiced, Maduro-Battered Monte Cristo. Literally and actually a mouthful, this pumpkin battered sandwich with turkey comes with cranberry sauce for dipping. This is definitely a coma-inducing treat for me!

Favorite Romantic Date Place

Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club in Tampa – This restaurant atmosphere is discreet, romantic and trendy! You feel you are in a time machine to the 1920’s with it’s private cozy booths and curtains. Don’t forget your password! Perfect restaurant for celebrating a special occasion!

Favorite Italian Restaurant

Casa Ludovico  in Palm Harbor – One of my favorite places to travel is Italy because of it’s cuisine. This authentic Italian restaurant makes me feel I am back there. Make sure you order the tiramisu, with it’s luscious ladyfinger in whipped cream, mascarpone and bittersweet cocoa. It is to die for!

Favorite Mexican Restaurant

Red Mesa Cantina in Downtown St. Petersburg- Their Mexican-Southwestern cuisine is always authentic fresh, fun, and flavorful. I love the hip ambiance on the outdoor courtyard and fountain and of course their live music.

Favorite Vietnamese Restaurant

La V in downtown St. Petersburg- I have an addiction to the distinctive Boba Tea which consists of black tea, condensed milk and sugar. Boba Tea has the tapioca balls, which have a consistency like gummy candy balls that are made from the potato cassava plant that sit at the bottom of the cup. There are over 60 flavors with Taro being my favorite. Yummy! La V spring rolls have fresh ingredients, minimal use of grease, as they rest on herbs and vegetables. You must go to!

Favorite Bakery

Pane Rustica Bakery and Café in Tampa- I love to go to Pane Rustica! They are a wholesale retail bakery and restaurant specializing in traditional, hearth baked artisan breads of Italy and France. They make 7000 pounds of bread a week. My favorite bakery items are their blueberry scones, chocolate croissants and oven roasted vegetable sandwich.

These are just a few of my favorites. If you want to see the rest grab a copy of Jodi’s A-List. You can also log onto my website at or give me a call at 727-238-9660!