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Keeping Up with the Joneses

by Michelle Chenault

Have you been admiring your neighbor's beautifully remodeled kitchen?  You too, can achieve the same look.  And, while Keeping Up With the Joneses, you are investing in the most fundamental room of your home.  While you may have a vision for your future kitchen, it is best to contact your local realtor first.  They will offer advice on what areas of your kitchen to focus on for the best return on your investment.

The most advisable approach to updating, remodeling, or completely renovating your kitchen, is to work with your realtor in seeking out a well-established contractor in your area.  The contractor you opt to hire, should have a background in both design and construction. They should not only be able to construct your vision, but should also be competent in offering advice and consultation in regard to the design aspect.  By working with a local contractor, and a real estate professional, you can rest assured that you will not be over-improving.  They will recommend upgrading, focusing on trends that are typical for your area and neighborhood.  Together, your realtor and contractor will devise a strategy, concentrating on getting the best bang for your buck.

Upon meeting with the contractor you have chosen, you already have visualized the results of the renovation.  However, they will ask detailed questions, not only about your vision, but also about your expectations of remaining in the house.  They will also want to know the amount of money you wish to put into the project, and your reasoning behind wanting the job to be performed in the first place.  All of these questions are influential factors in the formation of the remodeling options the contractor will offer.  Once your options have been presented to you, consult with your realtor before making a final decision. 

Obviously, the reasoning behind your desire to remodel is key in establishing which decision is best and most feasible for your needs.  The return on your investment clearly changes if you anticipate putting your house on the market in the next couple of months, versus your plans of staying in the home for the next 20 years.  The money you anticipate putting into the design will also play a role in governing the completed project.  Again, your real estate professional will be your best asset in helping you to establish a sensible surety to your kitchen’s remodel.

One way of procuring ideas of what is trending in your neighborhood, is to attend open houses that your realtor is holding.  This approach will help identify how your vision compares to what is hot in the market, or what is not.  While viewing other kitchens, focus on how they have been remodeled, and how they are arranged.  You will want to merge renovation with functionality.  Be sure to speak with your real estate agent in regard to what you have seen and liked.  They will be able to confirm, if indeed, this is representative of what your renovation or remodel should entail.  Your local real estate agent is fully informed of and knowledgeable in the current market values for your area.  They observe kitchens of all varieties on a daily basis, and know which are selling, and for what reasons.  Heed their advice.

If you stick with a classic design without over-improving, and hire a reputable contractor, you cannot go wrong performing a kitchen remodel.  Remodeling your kitchen is a great investment for your home.  Regardless of whether you are planning on spending a huge chunk of money, or just a small pittance, you will be able to makeover your kitchen, and bring it up to par.  Contact me today for kitchen remodel advice, and get the project started. Before you know it, not only have will you have kept up with the Joneses, but you have managed to surpass them.

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2nd Annual Classic Car Show

by Michelle Chenault

Armed Forces History Museum, Largo, Florida

This Saturday get your motor running by stepping back in time, at the 2nd Annual Classic Car Show.  Due to the resounding success of the 2013 Show, and the overwhelming demand for its return, the Armed Forces History Museum is pleased to announce they will be hosting a 2nd Show.  Bring the entire family out to judge over 75 classic cars that will be on exhibit, while indulging in a day of fun, food, and activities.

The 2nd Annual Classic Car Show will be featuring vehicles from the 1920’s through 1990.  The vintage cars will have their hoods popped and doors open, inviting your family to judge the condition, and overall appearance of the car.  Upon entering you will be given a ballot to cast a vote on your favorite cars.  At the end of the day, trophies will be awarded to the vehicles coming in first, second, and third place.

Multiple vehicle makers will be represented, showcasing their makes and models, spanning over 7 decades.  The lineup will include a 1923 Ford Model T, a 1967 Corvette Coupe, a 1941 Chevrolet Street Rod, a 1955 Packard 400, a 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible, and many more.  The owners of these cars have spent years restoring the vehicles to their original condition.  And the results of their labor are pristine replicas of the vehicles that took to the streets back in their day.

Admission to attend the 2nd Annual Classic Car Show is only $15.00 per person, and includes admission to the Armed Forces Museum.  To purchase your tickets online, and to select delivery options, please click here.

This Saturday gather the family for a day of travelling through time!  Begin by meandering the vintage car show, judging the cars from top to bottom.  Place your ballot, grab a bite to eat, and then head inside.  The critically acclaimed, and award-winning Armed Forces History museum welcomes your family to complete the day by browsing the collection of Armed Forces memorabilia.  Items include World War II weapons, tanks, models, and more.  The sponsor of this year’s event, “Let’s Roll Promotions” promises to deliver an event for car buffs, history enthusiasts, and those merely looking to indulge in a day of fun.

Saturday March 15th

11:00AM-2:00PM Car Show hours

12:00PM-4:00PM Museum hours

For more information regarding this event, please click here.

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Michelle Chenault of Clearwater, Florida has earned the Coldwell Banker’s International President’s Circle award, 2014. This is a level achieved by only the top 6 percent of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system.

It’s clear Michelle Chenault is driven to make a difference in Clearwater Real Estate. Michelle has always been a natural problem solver. She likes to look at things from every different angle—understanding both sides of a situation in order to find the right resolution. As a proud Clearwater resident since 1986, Michelle has developed a strong bond with this community. So as she watched the local political battles wage on while the downtown area continued to struggle economically, she decided enough was enough. Michelle would have to take action herself.

Already highly active in the community, Michelle decided to start the Clearwater Renaissance Foundation to raise money and help build a better quality of life in the city. “This community means so much to me and I wanted to make sure my children had a great place to grow up,” Michelle says. “It’s very rewarding to know that we’ve been able to make such a difference through the Foundation.”

“Real estate is another great way to have a positive impact on the lives of those around me,” Michelle says. “It’s very rewarding to help someone make sound investment decisions and connect with this incredible lifestyle.”

Michelle specializes in Island Estates and other Clearwater Beach communities. She’s passionate about life on the waterfront, proud to help others make their dreams come true and persistent when it comes to achieving her clients’ goals. True to her problem-solving nature, she believes in exploring every option and looking at the transaction from every possible angle to create the best results.

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1352 Fairfield Drive in Clearwater, Florida

by Michelle Chenault

Just Listed: 1352 Fairfield Drive
Clearwater, Florida

Perfect Family Home! Walking distance to Plumb Elementary with a 1/4 acre of yard to play in. This 3/2/2 home with beautiful landscaping has many wonderful features. A screened in-ground heated pool, lovely eat in kitchen with granite countertops, all appliances, large bedrooms, split floor plan with lots of space for family living in this 1882 square ft. home!

For more information and a virtual tour on the wonderful home, please click here

Visit www.MichelleChenault.com for all the latest real estate trends for Island Estates, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs or the surrounding Clearwater communities and beyond. Call me today at 727-481-5700 or email me at Michelle@MichelleChenault.com and let's make your real estate dreams a reality.

Seminole Pow Wow Festival

by Michelle Chenault

Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, Seminole, Florida

If you and your family are looking to indulge in a weekend chalked full of entertainment for all ages, you will not want to miss the oldest, and largest event celebrating Seminole, Florida.  The Seminole Pow Wow Festival, being held at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, will feature 2 parades, a carnival, live entertainment, vendors, activities, and much more.

 “Celebrating Those Who Serve” will be the headline for this year’s Pow Wow Parade.  In addition, for the first year ever, there will be a Pow Wow Bark Parade.  Your family is invited to bring your furry, four-legged family members to partake in an easy 1 mile walk.  The Festival invites you to be creative in adorning yourselves, as well as your pets, in fun costumes and get-ups, of all sorts.  Following the parades, make your way to the Carnival, which will be showcasing a variety of entertainment options.  Water slides, ferris wheels, bumper cars, and many other festival rides will be available throughout the Carnival area. 

Food and beverage vendors will be sprinkled throughout the Complex, beckoning your family to sit down and convene with friends, while indulging in a variety of mouthwatering treats.  Afterward, you can take to the dance floor, with live music being provided by over 7 of the areas most popular cover bands.  And absolutely don’t forget to participate in one of the many event activities, which will be taking place throughout the weekend.  Such events include the pancake breakfast, children’s workshops, and the Fire Truck Pull, just to mention a few.

There is no admission cost to attend the Seminole Pow Wow Festival.  You and your family will simply pay as you go, paying for any activities that you choose to take part in.  To view a list of parade times, carnival rides and ticket information, vendors, and event activities, please click here.

This weekend you will absolutely not want to miss out on the opportunity to celebrate the city of Seminole, Florida, Pow Wow Festival-style.  This year’s event promises to provide something for everyone.  From the parades, to the carnival, to the live entertainment, tons of fun awaits adults and children of all ages!!

Friday March 7th

5:00PM-11:00PM

Saturday March 8th

10:00AM-11:00PM

Sunday March 9th

11:00AM-7:00PM

For more information regarding this event, please click here.

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Buying a Home? Don’t be Surprised by These Extra Expenses

by Michelle Chenault

When you buy a home, you expect to pay the purchase price. But purchasing a house has many other expenses that you may not expect. Many home buyers are surprised by expenses that come up during and after the purchase of a house.

Here are some of the additional expenses to expect when you buy a home. Take these expenses into account before you buy, so you won’t be surprised by them after you sign your purchase agreement.

Closing costs. You may be able to roll some of these into your mortgage or negotiate with the seller to pay some, but you will have to come up with some money when you close on your mortgage. You can expect to pay around 2% to 4% of the price of your home in closing costs, depending on where you live.

Taxes and insurance. Real estate taxes can add up to quite a bit per year, depending on your local tax rate. Since they are usually paid out of escrow with your mortgage, they will make your monthly payment higher than what you were initially expecting. You’ll also need to pay for homeowners insurance, as well as any additional insurance policies you may need for your area, such as flood and wind storm.

Homeowners association fees, condo fees, and utilities. HOA and condo fees are normally paid by your landlord when you rent, as are many utilities such as water and trash removal. You will be responsible for them once you own your home. Be sure you have room in your monthly budget for these expenses.

These extra costs can add up, but don’t let them scare you off from buying your own home. As long as you budget for these added payments before you buy, you won’t have to worry about getting in over your head.

If you are ready to own your own home, contact me for an appointment. I’ll help you find a home you love within a budget you can afford.

Michelle Chenault
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4 Kids Classic “Glow” 1 Mile and 5K Fun Run/Walk

by Michelle Chenault

Largo Central Park, Largo, Florida

Let yourself GLOW!  Cover your body and hair with glow in the dark paint, buy some glow sticks, and whip out all of your glow in the dark apparel.  The 4 Kids Classic “Glow” 1 Mile and 5K Fun Run/Walk event is happening this Saturday night. In order to blend in, you will want to arrive “glowing”, from head to toe.

Come out and participate in this family-friendly event, benefiting the Suncoast Hospice children and family programs.  This is the 4rth consecutive year that Largo Central Park will be hosting this “glowingly” popular Fun Run/Walk event.  It prides itself on being one of the trendiest family events in the area.

This is not a race, and there will be no awards given to those coming in first, second, or third place.  Perhaps you will receive a pat on the back, but no prize.  The event is not intended to be a competition, but more of an opportunity for families to adorn themselves in glow in the dark attire, and take to the paths, for a great cause.  The only competition you will find at Largo Central Park this Saturday, is of a friendly nature.  There is sure to be a measuring up, determining who in the group, is glowing the most.

There are 2 course options for your family to choose from.  Option 1 is a 1 mile run/walk, while option 2 is a 5K trek.  Regardless of the course chosen, both are stroller-friendly.   Participants are encouraged to choose their path according to their families abilities, and strategies.  The 1 mile stretch begins at 6:00 PM, and the 5K at 6:45 PM.

Registration fees to partake in the 4 Kids “Glow” event are $25.00 for the 5K, and $15.00 for the 1 mile.  Your fee includes one free glow in the dark item, which will be handed out the night of the event.  To register your family online, please click here.

So off to the store you must go, in pursuit of anything, and everything that glows in the dark.  If you can wear it, carry it, or paint yourself with it, then buy it.  Ready. Set. GLOW!

Saturday March 1st

6:00PM 1 Mile

6:45PM 5K

For more information regarding this event, please click here.

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Mark James in Clearwater

by Michelle Chenault

Jack’s Joint Bar and Grill, Clearwater, Florida

If you are looking to indulge in an evening of pure laughter, you will not want to miss the Mark James event, occurring at Jake’s Joint Bar and Grill.  This Saturday, the voice tossing funnyman has broken free of his leash, and guarantees to have you in stiches for hours.

Comedian.  Ventriloquist.  Impressionist.  Singer.  Dancer.  Mark James intertwines all of these talents into a one-night only, unforgettable show.  Taking cues from entertainers such as Flip Wilson, Sammy Davis Jr. and the Osmond Brothers, Mark James started his career at the early age of 8.  Since then, he has been entertaining audiences worldwide, with his hysterical acts of witticism, personal charisma, and amazing voice mimicry.  His creative sketches establish a genuine rapport with audience members, as they can relate to the diverse characters that he brings with him, to the stage. 

Mark James has appeared on Good Morning America, and has brought his comedy routines to a diverse assortment of venues around the world.  As soon as he, and his crazy cast of characters take to it, the stage literally comes to life.  He has an enormous amount of followers, and even has regular clients that summon his performances multiple times a year.  Included are Anheuser-Busch, Clancy’s of New Orleans, and Owens Corning.  What they see in him, you must witness for yourself.

The admission price to attend the Mark James event is only $20.00 per person.  Be sure to click here to purchase your tickets online, as they must be bought in advance.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, your feature entertainment for the evening is a guy, with a doll fetish.”  However, Mark James ventriloquist act is only one small portion of the show.  Although he is known to be “off his rocker”, Mark James promises to deliver an evening of marvelous mouthpiece impressions, coupled with dance and song. This Saturday treat yourself to a remarkable, laugh-out-loud event that will have you falling out of your seat, with the uproarious Mark James.

Saturday February 22nd

8:30PM

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Low Budget Remodeling Projects Make a Big Impact in Your Home

by Michelle Chenault

Home remodeling is an easy way to update a house you just bought, bring new life to your existing living space, or fix up your property before you sell.

If you’re not careful, professional home remodeling projects can cost tens of thousands of dollars. You don’t need to call in the professionals, though. There are many small projects you can do yourself that will add value to your home and make your house more livable, without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas to update your home without spending a lot of money.

  • Make a big impact by painting the exterior of your house. If you do the work yourself, your only cost is the paint and a few brushes and tools. This is an easy way to spruce up your home from the outside and improve your curb appeal.
  • The kitchen is another place where you can spend thousands of dollars for complete remodel, or just a few dollars to brighten it up. Give your kitchen a facelift with new paint on the walls. Replace old appliances, and your kitchen will automatically look updated. You can also make a dramatic change in your cabinets by repainting them and replacing your hardware.
  • Increase your storage by installing closet organizers. You’ll not only make better use of your closet space, but the rest of your home will look larger when you can put everything away.
  • While you’re painting the exterior of your home and your kitchen, go ahead and paint the rest of the interior. Fresh paint will brighten your space and make your home look new.
  • Finish the job by taking care of your flooring. Professionally cleaning your carpets, or doing it yourself with a steam cleaner, will make them look new again. Wooden floors and tile can benefit from a deep cleaning, as well.

If you’re preparing to sell your house, you can tackle these easy and economical jobs around your home. Contact me today if you’re ready to put your home up for sale. I’ll help you determine the value of your home and advise you on the best remodeling jobs that will get you the best price for your house.

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Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival

by Michelle Chenault

Downtown Dunedin, Main Street, Dunedin, Florida

The Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival has been named one of the most high-end, juried craft events in the country.  The Festival will be showcasing over 100 exclusive arts and crafts vendors, merchants, and tradespeople.  This very unique, and rare shopping extravaganza is returning to Downtown Dunedin this weekend, beckoning you and your family to attend.

The quaint and charming city of Dunedin welcomes the nation’s top arts and craftspeople to line Main Street, with their exceptional display booths.  This highly competitive Craft Festival features only vendors who have been hand-chosen, by an elite jury selection process.  The jury requires that all vendors have original, handcrafted, homemade, rare, or unique items to exhibit, and sell.  Mass produced, or common tangibles are not tolerated, and will not be granted a booth space.  The reasoning behind the harsh restrictions is to guarantee that you and your family can luxuriate in a shopping experience of only high-quality, one-of-a-kind items.

The Festival is pleased to feature jewelry, art, photography, sculpture, body products, wood, furniture, wearables, ceramic, and food vendors to this year’s event.  With too many merchants to count, the Festival guarantees that there will be something for everyone.  To view a complete list of the merchants, and their items for sale, please click here.

Downtown Dunedin, Florida tenders an ideal backdrop for this highly-acclaimed Arts and Crafts show.  And it is very proud to have been chosen as the location to host one of the top-ranked Festivals in the entire country. The American Craft Endeavor, who produces the Festival, prides itself on bringing the most unique creations of hundreds of award-winning artisans, to arts and crafts enthusiasts across the country.

This weekend make your way to Main Street in Downtown Dunedin to relish in a day of shopping only the finest of handmade, handcrafted, and original items.  The Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival promises to provide something for everyone. 

Saturday February 15th

10:00AM-5:00PM

Sunday February 16th

10:00AM-5:00PM

For more information regarding the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival event, please click here.

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Michelle Chenault
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Clearwater Beach FL 33767
Office Phone: 727-443-3320
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Michelle Chenault  is your ultimate resource for Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay real estate. Michelle Chenault helps people with all of their Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Bell and Tampa Bay real estate needs. Michelle Chenault helps people who are: relocating to Clearwater, relocating to Clearwater Beach or relocating to Tampa Bay . She can help you if you are: buying a home in Clearwater, buying a home in Clearwater Beach or buying a home in Tampa Bay, selling a home in Clearwater, selling a home in Clearwater Beach or selling a home in Tampa Bay, buying a waterfront condo in Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay or selling a waterfront condo in Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay. Michelle Chenault is an expert in Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay foreclosures and Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay short sales. The MichelleChenault.com website is dedicated to helping you search all Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay homes for sale and any other types of properties available for sale like Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay condos, land and luxury real estate in the Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay area MLS. You may also use this site to find out everything you need to know about living in Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay, relocating to Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay, a Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay real estate search and finding things to do in Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and Tampa Bay.

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