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Symphony In Lights at The Shops at Wiregrass

The annual Symphony In Lights at The Shops at Wiregrass is back!

From November 16th through December 31st, you can experience the lights and the music and the “snow” at Wiregrass’s winter wonderland!

Enjoy Christmas music from the Trans Siberian Orchestra in the Center Court along with a choreographed show of 250,000 colorful lights and magical clouds of snow flurries.

The show will take place nightly at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm.

Find out more at Wiregrass Events.

Is listing your home for sale during the holidays a good idea?  Find out at 5 Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays.

Enchanted Tree Lighting at Hyde Park Village

Enchanted Tree Lighting at Hyde Park Village

The Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Street Party will take place Saturday, November 23rd in Hyde Park Village from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This holiday spectacle of lights, food, and live entertainment has been celebrated annually for nearly 20 years.

Santa will be lighting the 30 ft Enchanted Christmas Tree, which will “dance” with light to a variety of favorite Christmas tunes hourly at 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m.

There will be complimentary treats and entertainment of all sorts for the entire family (friendly dogs welcome, too!).  The festival and parking are free, but parking fills up quickly, so be sure to arrive early.

To see the entire schedule of entertainment and events, the sponsors, the activities, the beer trucks, and more, visit Hyde Park Village.

Thinking of buying or selling a house in the Tampa Bay area?  Visit Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Realtors vs. For Sale by Owners

About to put your house on the market? Are you going to try to sell it yourself?

Before you do, consider these statistics:

  • Realtors sell homes 19 days faster than For Sale by Owner
  • Realtors sell for 19%, or about $41,000, more than For Sale by Owner
  • The total number of For Sale by Owner property sales has fallen from 20% to 9% in the last decade

Realtors vs. For Sale by Owners


Got a home to sell?  Get advice and help at Rosemary Sells Tampa.

Fall Farmers Markets in Tampa Bay

In celebration of the return of St. Petersburg’s Saturday Morning Market, the Tampa Bay Times has listed the Farmers Markets around Tampa Bay where you can shop for your fall veggies to your heart’s content!

The article contains addresses and opening times for

  • Corey Fresh Market in Tarpon Springs
  • Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market in Tampa
  • Hyde Park Village Fresh Market in Tampa
  • Tampa Downtown Market in Tampa
  • Founders Corner Fresh Market in St. Pete
  • Market Day at Park Square in Lithia
  • Fresh Friday Night Market in New Port Richey
  • Wiregrass Fresh Market in Wesley Chapel
  • Ybor Saturday Market in Tampa
  • Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market in St. Pete
  • Crossroads Farmers Market in Palm Harbor

Find all the info at the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida’s Largest Home Show (And Me Holding an Alligator)

Florida's Largest Home Show

The 28th Annual Florida’s Largest Home Show is now at the Florida State Fairgrounds!

From October 18-20, you can explore over 900 exhibits at the Expo Hall on U.S. 301 in Tampa.  There are many products and services there for you to view, and representatives of the companies to answer all of your questions.

It’s a great way to spend the afternoon, whether you’re looking to remodel, repair, or re-decorate your home, or you’re just interested in finding a unique product that’s made locally!

Florida's Largest Home Show

I’ll be writing a few blog posts to highlight some of the companies I was especially interested in, including photos, company details, and contact information.

And, just for fun, here is a photo of me with an alligator from the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation:

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I was sad that they wouldn’t let me keep the little guy…

And you’ll have to excuse my humidity-wracked hair that was pulled back into a messy ponytail.  It may be mid-October, but it’s still a little warm in Tampa.  🙂

You can get more info on the home show and find out about future dates at Florida’s Largest Home Show.

If you want to buy or sell a home in the Tampa Bay area, visit me at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Here are some highlights from the home show:

Pirate Jonny’s BBQ Rubs and Caribbean Seasonings

Moore Shelving: The Pull Out Shelf Company

Delta Stone Products: Stucco Renew

The Kitchen and Bath Factory: Freestanding Tubs

Misting Fans by A-Niks Outdoor Comfort Solutions

Backyard BBQ Grand Opening at Connerton in Land o’ Lakes

Next Saturday, October 19th, Taylor Morrison will be hosting a Backyard Barbeque Grand Opening Event at the Connerton community in Land o’ Lakes, FL.

It’s a celebration of the newest model home in the Gardenia Glen neighborhood, which is Connerton’s only gated and maintenance-free community.

There will be food, music, kid-friendly activities, and prize giveaways.  Stop by between noon and 4 p.m.

Some of the Taylor Morrison homes featured in Connerton include:

Douglas by Taylor Morrison

Douglas by Taylor Morrison

   Kentwood by Taylor Morrison

Kentwood by Taylor Morrison

Waverly by Taylor Morrison

Waverly by Taylor Morrison

Connerton is located about 7 miles north of S.R. 54 on the east side of U.S. 41.

Get event and community details, as well as driving directions, at the Taylor Morrison website.

Want to find more great homes in Tampa Bay?  Visit Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Is Curb Appeal Important in Selling Your Home?

When you go to sell your home, is curb appeal really an important factor?


Keller Williams research shows that homes with improved curb appeal sell 7 days faster:

If you’ve got a home in the Tampa Bay area that you want to sell, contact me at Rosemary Sells Tampa.

And if you’re selling your home – no matter where – you should check out my Home Staging Tips for selling your house faster!

Dinosaurs Come to Tampa

glazer tampa museum dinosaurs

My kids love dinosaurs.  This is due, at least in part, to my obsession with them, I’m sure.

Either way, I’m excited that there is a dinosaur exhibit coming to Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa.

From October 5th through January 20, 2014 the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit will be welcoming the excitement and exploration of children of all ages.

dino toddler tot glazers childrens museum tampa

And for four days during the exhibit (October 8, October 23, November 9, December 10), they will also be featuring a Dino Toddler Trot, a dance party for tots and their parents.

Arbor Woods in Wesley Chapel Model Home Photos

I recently visited the brand new model homes at the Arbor Woods community in Wesley Chapel.  I’ve already written about Arbor Woods, but now I’m excited to share the photos I’ve had a chance to take of the Taylor Morrison models before their grand opening to the public.

The kitchens are fantastic, the rooms bright and airy, and the flow is natural.  From the hardwood floors to the crown molding, these homes exude elegance, but also great livability.

A low HOA fee will cover the gated entrance and a future community pool with kid’s splash zone, kid’s playground, and multipurpose trail.  There are no CDDs.

I’ve posted my favorite photos below, but please excuse the quality of some of the photos, as they were all taken with my cell phone!

arbor woods home taylor morrison

kitchen with gas stove and tile backsplash

office with tray ceiling

nursery with airplanes

reading nook by window with latte

gorgeous bathtub with pedestal base like a modern claw foot tub

master bathroom with two sinks

master bath with large shower and tub

laundry room


arbor woods home taylor morrison

kitchen with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances

kitchen with gas stove faucet and tile backsplash


butler's pantry

powder bathroom half bath

These photos are of the Windover III and Hemingway III.

The grand opening of Taylor Morrison’s homes in Arbor Woods will be this Saturday, September 21, 2013.  They’ll be having a Something New Barbeque from 12 to 4 p.m.  There will be food, activities for the kids, and prizes.

If you want to learn more about buying these or any homes in or around the Wesley Chapel area, please contact me at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Median Homes Prices in U.S.

The National Association of REALTORS has an interactive map that allows you to find the median home price in most metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S.

Here is a screenshot of the Tampa/St. Pete area, which currently has a median home price of $145,700:

map tampa

To find your metropolitan area, check out the REALTOR Interactive Median Home Price Map.