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Blast Friday-March 31, 2017

by Michelle Chenault

Blast Friday takes place in Downtown Clearwater on the last Friday of each month and includes a band, food trucks and vendors. The live concert is free but there are VIP options available that include reserved seating, food and beverages if you are interested.

The event takes place in the Cleveland Street District. This month’s musical entertainment will be The Lords of 52nd Street. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Crooked Thumb Brewery will have a beer garden setup in the 600 block of Cleveland Street offering beer and wine for purchase and sampling brews as well.

When: Friday, March 31, 2017

Where: Cleveland Street District

For more information about Blast Friday, click here.

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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For Immediate Release

March 30, 2017

 

At the annual Coldwell Banker’s awards recognition, Michelle Chenault was awarded the 2017 International President’s Award for her home sales in 2016. This award recognizes individual agents that sell at least 35 homes or gross more than $250,000 in annual commissions. This level of award is only achieved by the top 6% of Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide.

Selling homes and Clearwater Beach and the surrounding areas are what Michelle Chenault is passionate about. Whether you are looking for your first home, a second home or need to sell, she knows the market and the real estate business and will put her expertise to work for you.

Michelle’s knowledge of the market and real estate industry, desire to help people reach their real estate goals and dreams as well as the professional way she serves her clients is what helped her reach this milestone.

Michelle Chenault is based out of the Clearwater Beach Office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate located at 468 Mandalay Avenue.

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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How to Add Color to Your Home in the Right Way

by Michelle Chenault

Many people like color, but they are afraid to use it in their homes. They are concerned about overpowering a room or making a place look gaudy or strange. While too much color can be a bad thing, it may also add warmth and personality to your home if it is used correctly. Here are some tips to help you add color to your Clearwater Beach home.

Start with Your Favorite Neutral

Before you start adding in color, begin your palette with a neutral shade. It can be browns, tans, white or gray, but it will set the right background for other tones. Use this neutral on big items like your couch or bed, the walls and the carpet. This makes it easier to add in pops of color to complement the overall decor. 

Think about Your Desired Atmosphere

Do you want your bedroom to be relaxing, the living room welcoming and the dining room exciting? Think about the mood you want to set in each room and that tone will help you select the right colors. For instance, red is not usually a good color for the bedroom because it is stimulating. Instead, it’s a popular choice for kitchens and dining rooms because it stimulates the appetite.

Choose a Third Color

You’ll want a third color to balance out the neutral and the bold shade you want to add. This is considered the 60-30-10 rule where 60 percent of your room is going to be the neutral color and 10 percent will be the bold shade. The 30 percent should be a complimentary color that doesn’t overpower the other two.

Use Your Bold Color Strategically

In other words, think carefully about how and where you will use your bold shade. It may be the pillows on your couch or the centerpiece on a dining room table. The brightest or boldest shade is a burst of color that is used in certain areas to create interest and draw your attention.

Remember that when you decorate, your focus should be on the entire room and not just one area or color. When it comes together, the result is a fabulous space that draws people in.

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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Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, March 25-April 30, 2017

by Michelle Chenault

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s annual Food and Wine Festival is taking place on Saturdays and Sundays through April 30. The family friendly event includes animal encounters, crafts, festival games and entertainment to accompany food, wine and craft beer selections. Enjoy viewing topiary masterpieces throughout the part in celebration of spring.

The festival will include 13 food cabins with contemporary cuisine choices, 65+ fine wines, 70+ craft beer selections and featured cocktails. In addition, special music acts will perform each day of the festival and are including in the regular admission price. Some of the acts scheduled throughout the festival are Walk off the Earth, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Band Perry.

Bring the family out to the park for the day because there is something for everyone.

When: Saturdays and Sundays through April 30

Where: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612

For more information about Comic Con, click here.

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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Understanding HOA Fees

by Michelle Chenault

If you’re considering buying a property in a homeowner’s association, you will have to deal with HOA fees. For people moving out on their own for the first time or moving from a traditional home to a property in an association, they may not understand what these fees do and why they are necessary.

One-Time Capital Contribution

Some HOAs require you to make a one-time payment into the association when you purchase a property. This money is kept in a reserve for future expenses, such as adding amenities or updating certain common areas. This fund may be used to make exterior repairs or improve landscaping. Often, when an association requires a one-time payment, the monthly fees are lower.

Monthly HOA Fees

Many associations charge a monthly fee to cover certain ongoing expenses that benefit all residents. Some examples include the following:

  • Utility costs for common areas
  • Trash pickup
  • Ongoing landscaping such as mowing or trimming
  • Pool maintenance
  • Maintenance of other common areas
  • On-site security
  • Lighting and signage for common areas

While you are not responsible for the actual work involved in certain aspects, you must pay your portion for the ongoing costs.

Comparing HOAs

It’s difficult to compare costs for HOAs because they are not all alike. For instance, one association may have a pool and common meeting room while another one may have only a common meeting area. The costs will be different because the two HOAs provide different services.

Location also plays a role in determining costs of fees. An older association which is already established may be less expensive than one in an up-and-coming neighborhood which is still being built. Some associations are dedicated to the neighborhood, which means the snow removal and other street maintenance are provided by the city. Other associations are not dedicated, so they will have to pay for these expenses out of the HOA fees.

Always factor in HOA fees when you are shopping for a home to ensure it fits in your budget. I will be able to help you determine what services you are paying for with your fees, and help you compare associations to ensure you select the right one.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Clearwater Comic Con, March 18, 2017

by Michelle Chenault

The Clearwater Public Library is hosting its 4th annual Comic Con event on Saturday March 18 from 11-6. This is a free family friendly event featuring well known comic writers and artists.

You can expect to see Austin Janowsky Art (Iron Man, X-Men, Stanley the Snowman), Ben Filipiak & Mike Foss (Fierce Comics), Big Red Head Comics, Chuck Dixon (Batman, Punisher, the Simpsons), Dr. Weiping Yu (NASA Scientist), Electric Shoebox Studios. Godfather's Comics & Collectibles, Justin Ponsor, Color Artist, Todd McDevitt - New Dimension Comics and so many more.

Come out and see some of your old favorites and explore some new artists and writers that you haven’t experienced before.

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11-6

Where: Clearwater Public Library, 100 N Osceola, Clearwater, FL

For more information about Comic Con, click here.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Things to Consider When Buying Your Retirement Home

by Michelle Chenault

The kids are grown and moved out on their own. You’ve finished paying for their college, and you’re ready to enjoy life a little. Your home is more than you need, and you don’t want to deal with the upkeep. If you’re thinking about downsizing into a home for retirement, keep in mind these considerations before you take the next step.

Will You Have a Mortgage?

While you may be selling your current home in hopes to finance a new property, you have to decide your maximum budget. If you choose to move to a more expensive location, you may still end up with a mortgage. On the other hand, you may choose to keep your current home and use it for rental income. In that case, you may plan to pay for a mortgage with the rent you receive. Just know most lenders won’t calculate it in if you don’t have a history as a landlord, so you’ll need to use other income.

Consider Maintenance

You’ll want to look at homes that have lower maintenance issues or places where maintenance is included in the homeowner’s association. For instance, selling a single-family dwelling for a condo may be a smart move for many people nearing retirement. They still enjoy the freedom that comes from having their own property without all of the extra work. You’ll want to find out about your responsibilities before you select a place and how much it will cost in HOA fees. Clearwater Beach has many choices for those looking for lower responsibility lifestyles. 

Think about Location

Since you’re moving, you want to think about how your needs will change. You may want to select a location closer to family or a place that runs along a bus line or near doctors and other amenities. Even if you are active now, you want to have access to important features when you are not quite as independent.

When you work with a real estate agent, we know the best areas and properties for seniors. Explain your goals to me and I can help you find the perfect place to spend your retirement years.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Can You Make Changes to Homeowners’ Insurance Policies?

by Michelle Chenault

When you were buying your Clearwater Beach home, you probably had to find a homeowners’ insurance provider and policy to be included in your mortgage payment. As long as you have a mortgage on your property, most lenders take care of payments to the provider to ensure the policy stays in effect. The money is kept in escrow until it is time to pay the annual premiums.

Sometimes, homeowners decide they want to either make changes to their policy or change providers. Since they aren’t making the payments directly, they wonder if it is possible to do this and what needs to be done.

Make the Necessary Changes

You are free to change providers and even to make changes to your current policy as long as you keep the coverage at the minimum required in your contract. You can go on and contact your insurance provider or even switch to a new provider. Just make sure to cancel your current policy so you aren’t paying for two.

Contact the Lender

Your lender will still be making the payments to the insurance company, so let them know of the changes you made as soon as possible. You will have to pay the premium to the new company before your policy will be in effect. You’ll have to find out if there is money in escrow for this payment or you may have to pay out-of-pocket. However, you should receive a refund from any unused portion of your old premium as a check in a few weeks. You will want to present this to your lender to ensure you are not short any money in escrow.

Be Aware of Your New Mortgage Payments

When your escrow account is reviewed, your mortgage payments may change based on an increase or decrease in your premiums. Be aware of the changes when you make your monthly payments to your lender. Otherwise, you could get behind and have an escrow shortage.

Changing homeowners’ insurance policies to save money or get better coverage is a smart idea. Just remember that it is more complicated because the lender is involved and making the payments for you, so keep everyone informed about any changes you make. If you have questions about this or any other aspect of homeownership, contact me today. 

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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Paul Anka at Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 12, 2017

by Michelle Chenault

Step back in time to hits from your youth with teen idol Paul Anka. Legendary singer and songwriter Paul Anka returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall to entertain you with songs that span decades.

Best known for Diana, Lonely Boy and Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Paul has written well-known songs for some of music’s biggest stars. A night with Paul is sure to elicit memories from you as you hear hits spanning a generation.

Tickets begin at $55 and there are options that include a pre-show dinner.

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Where: Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road Clearwater, FL 33759

For more information about the Paul Anka Show, click here.

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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For Sale: 830 S Gulfview Blvd, #904 Clearwater Beach, Florida

by Michelle Chenault

Make your dreams come true when you purchase this Clearwater Beach condo. Gorgeous panaromic water views from the penthouse condo.

From the moment you step inside this renovated condo, you will start to see all it has to offer. Views of the Intracoastal from the Florida Room, great room and kitchen and North views from the bedrooms and baths. Your private beach is just across the street at the end of the cul-de-sac.

This condo has been thoughtfully designed for your personal enjoyment and offers great opportunities for entertaining as well. Relax in the spacious great room with beautiful crown molding. The great room opens to the Florida Room.

The kitchen opens up to the living room and dining room to make entertaining easy. The beautifully renovated kitchen includes an updated breakfast bar, wood cabinets, appliances, tray ceiling and indirect lighting.

Two spacious bedrooms with water views will be the perfect view to wake up to each day.

This building offers excellent amenities for you to enjoy. Swim in any of the 3 community heated pools, with a large deck, oversized Jacuzzi, Grills for outdoor cooking, all overlooking Clearwater Point's sandy beach. Or take a short stroll up the street to active Clearwater Beach where you can enjoy dining, swimming, shopping and entertainment at many of the local restaurants.

Clearwater Beach is known for its sunsets and this condo offers some of the best. This penthouse condo comes with an under-building parking space. 

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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Michelle Chenault
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
468 Mandalay Ave
Clearwater Beach FL 33767
727-481-5700
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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, Belleair 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.