The Best of the Best Service Providers at Your Fingertips with Jodi’s A-list

The Best of the Best Service Providers at Your Fingertips with Jodi’s A-list


What is Jodi’s A-list? It is a list of first-class service providers in Tampa Bay that I personally endorse and refer to my friends and clients. It started back 2010. My clients were asking me for home inspectors, termite exterminators, roofers and plumbers. I would hand write the numbers on a piece of paper the businesses I recommended.  After awhile the few names turned into one page sheets and the list started growing and became a book.

I had a contest to name the book and Tracey Metzger from For the Girls International came up with the name. She liked the idea of using my first name Jodi and the “A” representing my last name Avery, as well as symbolizing “A” as being the best…so that’s how Jodi’s A-list started.

To be a part of my A-list, you can to fill out the vendor form in the back of the Jodi’s A-list book or simply make an appointment to meet with me for 15 minutes to chat, so you know what is expected. When I recommend a vendor, I want them to give excellent service, be the best in their field, be honest, have integrity and really care about the client. I want the vendors I endorse to give my clients the same service I provide.

Jodi’s A-list comes out once a year and I promote it on radio and television. My recommendations have been so popular that I now have expanded it to my favorite restaurants, which are in the center of the book. What’s exciting is that I started tracking my referrals and I give out about 50 a week. I am proud of the great team of people that are on my list and the outstanding service they provide to my clients.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of my wonderful service providers on Jodi’s A-list:

-Bob Symanski with Smanksi & McKnight. Bob is my personal accountant. Tax season is right around the corner and he provides expertise, great service and makes tax season feel a little better.

-Chuck Philips with Law offices of Charles S. Philips, PLC. He is a fantastic personal injury attorney.

-Wendi Braswell. She is my phenomenal personal stylist. She dresses you for success! She can do everything from closet makeovers to personal shopping.

-Patricia Rossi is the world’s best etiquette coach and speaker in the Tampa Bay area. It is a joy and honor to know her.

-Joe Staltare with Complete Care Systems, Inc. He is my carpet cleaner and one of the nicest guys around. His service is simply outstanding and he is reasonably priced.

-Janet Tatum with New Foundations Counseling. She is a great prayer counselor. She also does inner healing. Her counsel is God centered. She can change you and your family’s life. Love her!

-Bill Christian with Two Guys and a Van. I have been using him for more than 20 years. He has never broken anything and does a meticulous job and is very fairly priced.

-Rich Weinberg with CCI Painting. He is my outside painter. He is truly the best at what he does and I am proud to have him as part of my A-list team!

-Brice Bittner with Countryside Water Conditioning. He is a phenomenal guy with years of experience and expertise in his business. The best service I have ever had!

There are so many more people I would like to share with you. If you would like to see the rest of Jodi’s A-list, email me your address at  or call me at 727.238.9660.  I would love to send you a Free copy of Jodi’s A-list in the mail.

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Top 10 Healthy Living Things to do in Tampa Bay

Top 10 Healthy Living Things to do in Tampa Bay


I found it is important to make your health a priority. Without health what else really matters? “If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.” –Elbert Hubbard.

#10 Visit Nearby Beaches
We are so lucky that Tampa Bay has picturesque scenery almost 365 days of the year! Most of the beaches are within driving distance and are a perfect place to take a walk or run. Check out these locations: Fort De Soto Park, which was recently named America’s “Best Family Beach” by USA Today, Clearwater Beach, which was named “Best Beach Town” in January 2013 by, USA Today and Caladesi Island State Park which was named “America’s #1 Beach” in 2008 by Dr. Beach.

#9 Take a run on the Fred Marquis Pinellas County Trail

This is 38 miles of paved trail going from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. The trail is a wonderful place to go for a sprint or if you are up for it, a marathon.

#8 Play Sports

We have so many places you can go to play a round of golf or a game of tennis. You can also go for a swim. Try out a country club or join an intramural league.

#7 Check out your City Recreation Center

City recreation centers are a great place to help you get healthy this year. Some recreation centers offer free gym memberships to their residents. Most centers have pools and fitness classes and usually the prices are pretty reasonable.

#6 Join a Gym

Gyms and fitness centers are all over. Find the right one that works for you. You can workout just with women or just with men or both. Some provide day care if you have little ones. There are even 24 hour gyms.

#5 Eat at Healthy Restaurants

We are fortunate that restaurants throughout Tampa Bay are popping up serving nutritious menu items. Here are a few to check out including: Rollin Oats Cafe and Market in St. Petersburg, which has been around since 1994. Another on in St. Petersburg is Locale Market, recently opening in St. Petersburg’s Sun Dial with celebrity-chefs Don Pintabona and Michael Mina.

#4 Indulge in Healthy Desserts

I love delicious desserts that won’t put on the pounds. If you are looking for a great dessert place, D’Lites Emporium has awesome ice cream and other wonderful healthy foods. D’Lites ice cream is low in sodium, sugar, fat, and carbohydrates. It is cholesterol free, and a healthier alternative to regular ice cream. There are several locations around Tampa Bay.

#3 Buy from Local Farmers Markets

If you like to cook at home, local farmers markets are fun to visit and offer lots of fruits and vegetables. Juicing and making smoothies from fruits and vegetables is a great way to get vitamins and nutrients in your body. There are several markets around Tampa Bay. Largo offers a local market on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Largo Central Park, located at 101 Central Park, Largo.

#2 Pamper Yourself at a Wellness Center or Spa

It is also important to pamper yourself as a reward for all your hard work! Take advantage of some of the wonderful wellness centers and spas we have in Tampa Bay, including the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. This historic facility has a 50,000 square foot spa and fitness center. It is important to take time and relax. This will also benefit your health.

#1 Relax, Rejuvenate and Revitalize with Nature

Relax, rejuvenate, revitalize and reconnect with Florida’s great outdoors. The sun’s rays are proven to strengthen the immune system. The sun can help us with our mood and improves our cardiovascular system. The sun also eases the healing of swollen joints. What better way for us to top off our list of healthy living than by taking in a little sunshine!

Hopefully you are excited about making 2015 a healthy one!

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!

A day for Thanksgiving, but a year of thankfulness!

A day for Thanksgiving, but a year of thankfulness!

Thankful for the many blessings in  my life.
Thankful for the many blessings in my life.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving it is a great time to reflect and say a special thank you to all my clients. I am so grateful for all of you. This year has been amazing. I am blessed with so much.

I wish I had the words to express my deep appreciation to all my clients for the support they have given me this year. What is truly a blessing to me is that my clients start our as business associates, but immediately turn into friends.

The Real Estate business is about building relationships. I truly care about the people who hire me to help them find or sell their home. I hope that you know and can see my love, support and kindness as we go through the process.

My business would not be as successful as it is today with your wonderful referrals. I depend on referrals from you. It means so much and is the best compliment I could receive. A referral to me means you have confidence in me that I will take care of those you recommend including your family and friends.

I couldn’t be who I am today and do what I love doing without the love and support of my family. I am the mother to four amazing children that I love with all my heart. They are so appreciative and caring and make me want to be the best I can be as their mom and as a role model.

My oldest Hunter, 19, has become my real estate assistant this year, my computer guru and technology wiz. As a son, I could not have asked for a more sincere, kind, hardworking and caring man, who simply has a heart of gold. I am so proud and thankful for the man he has become. He has used his hardships in life to grow and develop and become a man of fortitude, strength and perseverance.

My daughter Victoria, 16, is one of the hardest working young women I know. I am so impressed with her ability to balance her college, work schedule, swim team and physical fitness, chores and still finds time to braid her sister’s hair.  I am so thankful for her listening ear and caring heart and of course her Netflix recommendations.

My daughter Elizabeth, 13, is the sweetest girl I know. I love how her confidence grew as did her height this past year. I can’t believe she is no longer my little girl at 5’10”. She is both physically and inwardly strong. Her heart is kind and tender. She encompasses what a true woman is. I look forward every morning to our bible studies on the way school and our sushi date nights. I am so thankful for her encouragement and heart of appreciation.

My baby Lily, 10, and is simply a bundle of fun in our family. I am thankful that she can make me smile everyday with her bubbly personality, independence and pure joy that shines from her. There is only one Lily who can touch everyone’s heart she meets.

I love Thanksgiving because it makes me reflect on my life and know what matters most and puts everything into perspective.  What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? I would love to know. Leave me a comment.

World Kindness Day!

World Kindness Day!

November 13th is World Kindness Day, a day when people should do intentional acts of kindness for others. My 10 year-old daughter, Lily started doing random acts of kindness after Christmas last year, when I challenged her and her brother and sisters to give the money I gave them for Christmas to others.

Lily Uline, Make Kindness Count Ambassador

My daughter saw the impact it made on other people’s lives and the happiness that her small act of kindness had on them and it showed her how important random acts of kindness can be.

On her 10th birthday, Lily came up with the idea “Make Kindness Count” and started doing random acts of kindness for people and handing them a card to do a random act of kindness to someone else.

Lily says she’s a happiness ambassador and wants to change the world and would like to encourage others no matter what your age is to participate.

Lily has been telling and showing others on her Facebook page different ways people can do random acts of kindness. She says it can be anything from a thank you letter, spending time with someone or helping someone with chores.

I am so proud of Lily for taking this wanting to help others. She is also helping nonprofits in the community by promoting their organizations in raising awareness for their needs.

She promoted the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center in Safety Harbor in a Facebook video encouraging people to bring in donations to their organization.

Her impact of kids is very encouraging.  I love to see kids post about their random acts of kindness they are doing.

Take a minute and let me know what your random act of kindness was today for World Kindness Day or if you received a random act of kindness today..



Hi! Welcome to my latest endeavor blogging. I am so excited about this blog. I have so much information I want to share with you about purchasing and selling your home. What better way than to put the information in a blog. I plan on giving you information you can use with tips and ideas to help you, including my top 25 restaurants in the area and Jodi’s A-list.

First of all, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I am a Real Estate Agent. I specialize in representing both Buyers and Sellers in Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, and Trinity.

I am a mother of four wonderful children. I grew up in the Tampa Bay area and attended Countryside High School. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing from the University of South Florida. I started in Real Estate in 1993 and received my Brokers license in 1994. I am a member of the National Association of REALTORS, the Florida Association of REALTORS, and the Pinellas Realtor Organization. I am a designated certified distressed property expert (CDPE) and a designated certified investor agent specialist (CIAS).

I am passionate about what I do and forward to utilizing my talents, gifts and skills to work with you and for you.

Please enjoy and let me know what you think about my blog. I would love to have you comments.