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Preparing for Your Next Mortgage

by Michelle Chenault

When you are thinking about buying a home, there are many things to consider. Where to live, what kind of property, how large a property and so much more will have to be decided before you buy a home. Besides the obvious, which is selecting a home, there is a lot more to think about if buying a home is in your future.

Some of the things that don't relate to the property you choose that you will need to consider are how to pay for the home, what kind of insurance do you need, how will you take care of the home and when will you buy a home. Probably the biggest decision you have to make relates to how you will pay for a home. 

Here are some questions you will definitely need to answer before you purchase a home. 

  • Do you have cash to pay for a house?
  • Do you have a down payment saved?
  • Have you spoken with a mortgage lender? I can suggest one if you don't have someone you want to work with. 
  • How much home can you afford?
  • What will your interest rate be? 
  • Have you reviewed your credit lately for accuracy
  • Will the loan be in your name only or will someone else be included on it? ​

A good mortgage lender will help you answer all of these questions so you can make the decision that is best for you. Then comes the fun part, picking out your home. Contact me today so I can help you get started with the home buying process. 

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
michelle@michellechenault.com

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Condo vs. Single Family: Which home is right for you?

by Michelle Chenault

If you are wanting to buy a new Clearwater Beach home, there are many things to consider when you are selecting the right home. Have you thought about whether you would buy a condo or a single family home? Certain lifestyles and habits lend themselves a certain type of home. 

  • How much are you at home? You might work 60 hours a week or travel every week. Will you have time to take care of a yard? If you are super busy already, you may not have the necessary time to devote to making sure your home exterior and yard is well maintained. If this sounds like you, a condo may provide you the low maintenance environment you are looking for. 
  • Do you love to entertain and have family and friends over every weekend? While condos come in all sizes, it is common for condos to be smaller than single family homes. With a single family home, you will most likely have a yard, additional parking and more space to entertain both inside and outside. 
  • Do you have a large dog or multiple pets? Many condos allow pets but sometimes the space you have isn't ideal. If you want your pets to have space to roam and play, a condo may not be the best choice. 
  • Do you want a private yard for leisure activities? Most condos offer some outdoor amenities however you will be sharing those with other residents. If you are looking for space all to yourself, a single family home might be the way to go. 

Give all of these questions consideration before you make the decision about what kind of home you will want to buy. Contact me to discuss all of your real estate options. 

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
michelle@michellechenault.com

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​The new Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort is now open for business. Come out to their grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 21. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and end at 11:00 p.m. During the event, there will be food trucks, carnival rides, live entertainment and fireworks. 

The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort is the largest development to be built on Clearwater Beach. The 750,000 square feet resort has 448 guest rooms and timeshare suites split between two 15-story towers, a fitness center, spa, pool, coffee bar and restaurant along with a ballroom and event space. 

The resort is located right on the beach overlooking the gulf. Live entertainment will begin at 6:00 followed by a laser show at 8:30 and fireworks at 9:00. Additional entertainment will begin at 9:30 and conclude at 11:00. 

Come out and see the changing landscape of Clearwater Beach at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort grand opening. 

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
michelle@michellechenault.com

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Recently Reduced: 851 Bayway Blvd #104-$359,000

by Michelle Chenault

This is a great Clearwater Beach condo at a recently reduced price that will provide so much value to you. This condo offers three bedrooms and two full baths with plenty of space in every room. 

Enjoy cooking dinner in your gourmet kitchen complete with granite countertops, beautiful wood cabinets, and marble flooring. 

There is plenty of storage throughout the condo including a large walk-in closet in the master bedroom and spacious closets in the 

secondary bedrooms. 

The building offers nice amenities for you to enjoy whenever you choose. Three pools/spa, barbecue area,tennis courts, an on-site marina and convenient beach access. 

Click here to view the full description and collection of photos for this property. 

 

 

 

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Living in Your Home While It's for Sale

by Michelle Chenault

Are you thinking about selling your Clearwater Beach home in 2017? If, like many people, you will continue to live in your home while it is for sale, here are some tips that will ensure your home looks its best for all showings. Get in the habit of doing these things every day because if you leave the house and they aren’t done, I promise someone will want to look at the house that day.

  • Make your beds
  • Empty the sink of dirty dishes
  • Fresh flowers always look nice
  • Empty the trash cans
  • Pay attention to the smell. Be aware of cooking odors because some linger longer than others.
  • Check the thermostat. Make sure people coming in will be comfortable while they are looking at your house. If they are too hot or too cold, they won’t stay.
  • If you smoke, move it outside.
  • Keep the yard neat. Rake, pick up sticks, mow regularly. Whatever it takes to make it look its best.
  • Vacuum and sweep
  • Keep the counters cleaned off. Everyone has a space that tends to collect clutter. Try to keep that from happening.
  • Don’t stay home (even outside) during showings.
  • Remove all pets for showings if at all possible.

Doing these things won’t make your home sell any faster but they will allow buyers to enjoy looking at and keep them in your home longer. When an agent shows a house that looks nice, they remember that. If one buyer doesn’t buy it, they make bring back another one. At the same time, if your home was a mess, they definitely won’t bring back another one.

Contact me today to discuss getting your home on the market and finding a new place to live. 

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
michelle@michellechenault.com

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Clearwater's Dolphin Trail

by Michelle Chenault

The Clearwater Dolphin Trail began in 2012 with the creation of 50 fiberglass dolphins that were decorarated by local artists and sponsored by local businesesses

Originally, they were on display at Pier 60 but when that display ended, Clearwater decided to relocate them and the Dolphin Trail was extended indefinitely. 

The original dolphins were returned to their "owners" for display around the city and the Clearwater Dolphin Trail in its present form was created. Most of the dolphins are available for public viewing. View this map to see where they are located and follow the trail.

The Dolphin Trail has grown over the years to more than 100 dolphin throughout the Clearwater area. Have you found them all? 

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
michelle@michellechenault.com

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Should I Rent or Buy a Home in 2017?

by Michelle Chenault

Across the United States, people ask every day if it is better to rent or buy a home. There are a lot of assumptions people make about buying homes that it's expensive, requires a large down payment or perfect credit or is just too complicated. That isn't always the case. Each individuals situation is different and the only way to ensure you do what is best for you is by having trusted professionals to help educate you so you an make the right decision. 

In 66% of markets, buying a home is more affordable then renting one at the present time. This is due in part to low interest rates, which may rise as the year progresses so if you want to take advantage of today's low rates, you need to be ready to buy now. 

Don't let the process of buying a home intimidate you. I will work with you every step of the way to guide you and help you understand all that you need to know. 

Use this map to see what the market is like where you live. Then contact me so I help can help you reach your real estate dreams. 

 

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
michelle@michellechenault.com

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December 2016 Market Statistics

by Michelle Chenault

The December 2016 Clearwater, FL Market Stats are ready for your review. These market statistics provide valuable knowledge into the current real estate market trends in the Clearwater, FL area. You will find these statistics helpful if you are considering buying or selling in today’s real estate market. If you need more information on a specific area, please contact me and I will be happy to provide that to you. 

 

​​Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
michelle@michellechenault.com

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Sunsets at Pier 60

by Michelle Chenault

Sunsets at Pier 60 is a free nightly event on Clearwater Beach featuring entertainment of all kinds alongside the legendary sunsets Clearwater Beach is famous for.

Each night various artisans, crafters, street performers, live music and more complements the picture perfect sunset. Hours vary based on the time of year. 

Free outdoor movies are offered on certain nights. The schedule is available here. Movies begun at dusk and popcorn and other concessions are available. 

This weekend, the event will offer extended hours on January 7 and 8 to go along with the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. 

For more information about this event, please click here

​​Michelle Chenault

RE/MAX Action First
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
michelle@michellechenault.com
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New Price: 361 Windward Passage Clearwater Beach-$1,249,000

by Michelle Chenault

361 Windward Passage Clearwater Beach, FL

This exquisite home has been recently reduced and will absolutely take your breath away. The home is situated on a half acre waterfront lot in the heart of Clearwater Beach. Built in 1967, this 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bath home has 3,192 square feet.

 

 

Many updates to this home make for an easy transition. New roof in 2008, 3 Trane A/C units (zoned) updated kitchen with Corian countertops, and almost all updated thermal windows. 

 

 

 

Enjoy outdoor living at this property as well with a beautiful pool overlooking the waterfront. Large dock with a 10K pound boatlift will allow you to truly experience all that this property offers. 

Island Estates location can't be beat with shopping center, banks, restaurants, gas station and the famous Clearwater Marine Aquarium where Winter the dolphin lives. 

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​​Michelle Chenault

RE/MAX Action First
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
michelle@michellechenault.com
727-481-5700

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