Staging Your Home in St Pete – Get to know Vicki Lepianka of Stage in Style

Staging Your Home in St Pete – Get to know Vicki Lepianka of Stage in Style

The Earl of St Pete – Robert Earl had the pleasure of sitting down with Vicki Lepianka of Stage in Style. Performing a staging consultation is a part of the LUXE Listing System used by Robert Earl & St Pete LUXE Living Group of Keller Williams.

Staging Your Home in St Pete

 

In this video Vicki & Robert discuss the importance of staging a home, as well as getting to know more about Vicki – what brought her to the St. Pete / Tampa Bay area and her business goals for 2018 and beyond.

For more information about Vicki and Stage in Syle LLC – Home Staging & Interior Redesign – https://stageinstyle.com/ – 813-298-5935

 

For more information about St Pete LUXE Living – http://www.STPLUXELiving.com – 727-888-3275

 

Robert Earl & Vicki Lepianka - Stage in Style
Robert Earl & Vicki Lepianka – Stage in Style
How To Successfully Use Your VA Home Loan Benefits

How To Successfully Use Your VA Home Loan Benefits

Call Robert Earl – Period!

 

 

🇺🇸🇺🇸️ VA BUYER SOLD – 30 Days Contract to Close🇺🇸🇺🇸

When you take care of the VA requirements up front, there is really no reason to take any longer to get a VA Home Loan closed than a regular loan. You just have to know what you are doing. We do… And we work with partners that also understand and know the VA loan process.

We can even assist you in getting your Certificate of Eligibility from the VA.

What are you waiting for? – Give us a call at ☎️727-888-3275

If you know of a VET that could use some assistance, please let us know. We thank you in advance.

 

Robert Earl & Jackson
The Earl & Jackson

Hi, I’m Robert Earl and I Help people buy and sell 🏡 homes in St Pete, Gulfport, Tierra Verde, St Pete Beach, Pass a Grille, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach – (You get the idea – The Entire Tampa Bay Area).

My 📲 cell is 727-888-3725 and I would be Happy to Help anyone in the Area.

I’m a 🇺🇸 Air Force Veteran and have great knowledge of VA Loan Programs as well.

I have been selling homes since 2001 and have been fortunate during that time to assist over 550 buyers and sellers.

I would be honored to have the opportunity to help you with your home sale or purchase.

Have an Awesome day 👍

Oh, that is my Chief of Staff, Jackson… He gets excited when the phone rings.

Robert Earl - US Air Force
Robert Earl – US Air Force

 

Ask The Earl #4 – 2018 St Pete Grand Prix Weekend

Ask The Earl #4 – 2018 St Pete Grand Prix Weekend

The Earl of St Pete – Robert Earl & Ken Jones of W3 Insurance talk about the 2018 St Pete Grand Prix Weekend and the festivities surrounding this world class event in St. Pete. Hope you enjoy and make sure you say HI if you see me at the track.

 

 

 

Membership in the St Pete Chamber of Commerce has its privileges

Membership in the St Pete Chamber of Commerce has its privileges

St Pete Chamber of Commerce

Robert Earl and I’m here at the St Pete Chamber of Commerce building and St Pete LUXE Living Group is a proud member of the St Pete Chamber of Commerce.  

 

Let me share with you why…

 

During a recent transaction that we were involved with,  I sat down and did a tally and there were 11 total outside businesses that were involved in the transaction, a number of which are fellow Chamber members.  

 

Not just the real estate companies that were involved but 11 different outside businesses that were involved in the transaction.  Now these are some of your traditional real estate related industries, your mortgage lender, your title company, your inspectors, etc.  But there was also involvement of financial planners. There was the attorneys that needed to be consulted. The bankers for the individuals to open up new account and then also had to celebrate afterwards by visiting one of the great restaurants here in Downtown St. Pete.

 

St Pete LUXE Living is so proud to be a chamber member and you can look for us in the new chamber guide that’s going to be coming out real soon.

 

If you would like to find out more about the Chamber and  how you can get involved or if you’re a business owner and you would like to sit down and have a cup of coffee, give me a call.   

The Making of the 2018 Good Burger Awards in St Pete

The Making of the 2018 Good Burger Awards in St Pete

Have you ever wondered how to make a Good ‘Burger? Over the next few months, The Earl of St Pete – Robert Earl will take you behind the scenes to show you the way a 2018 Good Burger Awards Event is made – Leading up to the actual event on August 30th, 2018.

 

A Good ‘Burger is a business, organization, or individual in greater St. Pete making a positive impact in our community.

In honor of a former mayor who referred to his citizens as “burgers” (as in St. Petersburgers), the Good ‘Burger Awards were established to honor Chamber members who contribute in a positive way to make our community special.

 

The Earlier that your company secures a sponsorship, the more exposure that you can get leading up to and during the event.

 

During the kick off meeting, the different award categories were covered as well as a discussing on including the St Pete Core Values into the nomination process.

Particular attention will be paid to these Core Values as well as how the company “does more than just their job” and actually contributes above and beyond to continue to make St. Petersburg Florida one of the best places to live and do business in the world.

2018 is the year to tell the story of St. Pete – and the Good Burger Awards are an excellent opportunity to do just that.

Also discussed were the establishment of sub-committees and the meeting schedule going forward.

The Good Burger Committee is made up of Volunteer Chamber Members, Chamber Ambassadors and Chamber Staff.

If you would like more information about the 2018 Good Burger Awards or would like to become a sponsor, just drop me a message.

 

 

 

February 2018 St Pete Real Estate Market Report

February 2018 St Pete Real Estate Market Report

Hot off the press.  The February 2018 St Pete Real Estate Market Report for Single Family Homes.

The Report Shows the Overall view of the St Pete market as well as the North and South St Pete segments.  All Price Ranges, Bedroom Counts and Square Footage Sizes are covered.  The report even shows a comparison of homes with pools vs. those that do not have a private pool.

February 2018 St Pete Real Estate Market Report

March 1st 2018 Actives 899 vs. 900 on February 1st
March 1st 2018 Under Contract 589 vs. 514 on February 1st
March 1st 2018 Average Price $450,097 vs. $444,479 on February 1st
March 1st 2018 268 Pool Homes Available vs. 258 on February 1st

February 2018 – 321 SOLD vs 266 in January 2018
288,710 vs. 291,790
189 per sq. ft vs. 192
59 Days on Market vs. 61
57 Pool Homes vs. 52

8 Homes over 1 Million Dollars SOLD

North St Pete
February 2018 – 277 SOLD vs 193 in January 2018
288,507 vs. 306,884
198 per sq. ft vs. 203
60 Days on Market vs. 58
37 Pool Homes vs. 35

South St Pete
February 2018 – 94 SOLD vs 74 in January 2018
289,200 vs. 251,610
171 per sq. ft vs. 166
56 Days on Market vs. 68
20 Pool Homes vs. 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather Trends in St Pete Florida

Weather Trends in St Pete Florida

How can you describe the weather in St Pete, Florida… Start with the word Paradise. You know that feeling you get when you book a trip to a tropical vacation location, and you get out of the airport and your get that warm feeling and you immediately begin to relax and feel your cares roll away… It is that way more times than not with regards to the weather in St. Pete.  Le’t Take a look at the Weather Trends in St Pete.

 

St Pete Annual Temps
St Pete Annual Temps
St Pete Annual Rainfall
St Pete Annual Rainfall

Looking at the weather over a historical basis, from 1981 to 2010 you will see that St. Pete FL weather trends.

Warmest Months – July & August – Average High of 91
Coolest Months – January – Average High of 70 – Average Low of 54



January Weather in St Pete

In January:
The Average High Temp is 70° F | 21 °C
The Average Low Temp is 54° F | 12 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in January

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 16
80° F | 27 °C = 1
90° F | 32 °C = 0

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in January

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 2
50° F | 10 °C = 10

January Averages 2.6 inches of Precipitation

 

February Weather in St Pete

In February:
The Average High Temp is 72° F | 22 °C
The Average Low Temp is 56° F | 13 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in February

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 19
80° F | 27 °C = 3
90° F | 32 °C = 0

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in February

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 1
50° F | 10 °C = 5

February Averages 2.8 inches of Precipitation

 

March Weather in St Pete

In March:
The Average High Temp is 76° F | 24 °C
The Average Low Temp is 60° F | 16 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in March

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 19
80° F | 27 °C = 9
90° F | 32 °C = 0

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in March

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 0
50° F | 10 °C = 2

March Averages 3.8 inches of Precipitation

 

April Weather in St Pete

In April:
The Average High Temp is 81° F | 27 °C
The Average Low Temp is 65° F | 18 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in April

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 29
80° F | 27 °C = 18
90° F | 32 °C = 0

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in April

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 0
50° F | 10 °C = 0

April Averages 2.3 inches of Precipitation

 

May Weather in St Pete

In May:
The Average High Temp is 87° F | 30 °C
The Average Low Temp is 71° F | 22 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in May

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 31
80° F | 27 °C = 30
90° F | 32 °C = 5

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in May

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 0
50° F | 10 °C = 0

May Averages 2.2 inches of Precipitation

 

June Weather in St Pete

In June:
The Average High Temp is 90° F | 32 °C
The Average Low Temp is 76° F | 24 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in June

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 30
80° F | 27 °C = 30
90° F | 32 °C = 15

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in June

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 0
50° F | 10 °C = 0

June Averages 6.4 inches of Precipitation

 

July Weather in St Pete

In July:
The Average High Temp is 91° F | 33 °C
The Average Low Temp is 77° F | 25 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in July

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 31
80° F | 27 °C = 31
90° F | 32 °C = 22

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in July

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 0
50° F | 10 °C = 0

July Averages 7.3 inches of Precipitation

 

August Weather in St Pete

In August:
The Average High Temp is 91° F | 33 °C
The Average Low Temp is 77° F | 25 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in August

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 31
80° F | 27 °C = 31
90° F | 32 °C = 19

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in August

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 0
50° F | 10 °C = 0

August Averages 8.4 inches of Precipitation

 

September Weather in St Pete

In September:
The Average High Temp is 89° F | 32 °C
The Average Low Temp is 76° F | 24 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in September

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 30
80° F | 27 °C = 29
90° F | 32 °C = 13

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in September

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 0
50° F | 10 °C = 0

September Averages 7.8 inches of Precipitation

 

October Weather in St Pete

In October:
The Average High Temp is 84° F | 29 °C
The Average Low Temp is 70° F | 21 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in October

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 31
80° F | 27 °C = 26
90° F | 32 °C = 2

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in October

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 0
50° F | 10 °C = 0

October Averages 2.8 inches of Precipitation

 

November Weather in St Pete

In November:
The Average High Temp is 77° F | 25 °C
The Average Low Temp is 63° F | 17 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in November

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 27
80° F | 27 °C = 10
90° F | 32 °C = 0

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in November

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 0
50° F | 10 °C = 2

November Averages 1.9 inches of Precipitation

 

December Weather in St Pete

In December:
The Average High Temp is 82° F | 28 °C
The Average Low Temp is 67° F | 19 °C

How HOT does in get in St. Pete FL in December

We can look at the Days per month in St. Petersburg of at least 70, 80 or 90 °F

70° F | 21 °C = 20
80° F | 27 °C = 4
90° F | 32 °C = 0

How COLD does in get in St. Pete FL in December

We look at the number of days per month on average in St. Petersburg when the minimum temperature drops to 50 or 40 °F or lower

40° F | 4 °C = 1
50° F | 10 °C = 7

December Averages 2.8 inches of Precipitation

Ask The Earl #3 – Preparing your home for sale

Ask The Earl #3 – Preparing your home for sale

In this episode of Ask the Earl – there is a question that comes from a potential home seller.  

What should I do when preparing your home for sale?

And this question I could go on and on with answering.

There are a couple different items and I’m going to cover this over a couple episodes regarding what you do to prepare your home for sale.

Look and Feel

There’s always the Cosmetic or the look and feel of the property.

One thing to remember and keep in mind when preparing your home for sale is that a home buyer spends less time looking at properties, looking at homes then they do in the amount of time that they spend looking at a car.   When they go to look for a car they actually test drive it they actually spend time in it  vs. a home they are walking in a getting a feel for the home.  

Let me give you a frame of reference.   I’m recording this in the later part of February 2018 already year-to-date I’ve been through nearly 100 properties with a number of different home buyers or evaluating properties for Sellers and that’s it at all price points, condos or homes.

HGTV Effect

I’m there with home buyers and I realized that they’re looking for a particular feel.  They are looking for being able to come into the property and with the HGTV effect they are looking for the home to be move in ready.  

Because of lack of savings or because of the Loan program that they have they need to have their funds go towards the loan their down payment closing costs and they really don’t have the money post purchase to be able to do some of the Improvement that the sellers of put off so one of the areas.

4 Point Inspections

Another area the seller needs to focus on in preparing the home for sale is to make sure that the home is insurable post-purchase.  Alot of this falls in the area of the four point inspection that’s being done.  We want to make sure that we’re paying particular attention focusing on the plumbing, the electrical, the HVAC ( the heating and air conditioning system), and the roof conditions and in future episodes I’m going to cover each and every one of these issues.

It just surprises me the number of times that we’re going through a property and there are very visible signs of lack of maintenance.  Particularly in the area of the Air Conditioning System.

A visual look by a novice shows that it has not been maintained or it has not been prepared for sale.

You would not put a car up for sale using that analogy again or you wouldn’t put a prize to ring or watch at a jeweler for sale you would put it in the display case without preparing it and polishing it and cleaning it yet the number of times that just from a visual look at the air conditioning system shows dirt and dust and grime.  Amazing.

Florida A/C

And let’s face it,  in Florida Air Conditioning is key. Yet the number of times that I see AC systems that do not have maintenance records on the side of it and you could just see the dust and filth that is built up on the intake grate which shows you an indication of the entire system the ductwork, etc.

Remember that if you take care of the item it’s going to cost you $10 or $100 of dollars.  Post inspection, having to fix the item under the time constraints and emotions of a contract, Preparing for insurance purposes it ends up costing you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

So we’ll cover more of these issues in upcoming episode.  

If you’d like some specifics on your property drop me a line give me a call and I’ll be more than happy to take a look at your property and find out how to keep that tens of thousands of dollars in your pocket.

So until next time, make it a great day.

Tampa Bay Rays 2018 Season Plans = TANK

Tampa Bay Rays 2018 Season Plans = TANK

Are you F***ing Kidding me?

Tampa Bay Rays announced a new blog today and are calling it…. RAY TANK.

After all of the payroll cuts – that is exactly what they are doing this season – TANKING. http://www.tbo.com/…/kiermaier-sounds-off-on-rays-moves-i-…/

They need to release their marketing department. Put them on Waivers. Trade them to SF.

#RaysTank#RaysUp#MLBhttps://raytank.mlblogs.com/

 

What is STP LUXE Living?

What is STP LUXE Living?

STP LUXE Living is not limited to a set price point or type of home. It is an approach towards living and an approach towards service. LUXE is define as Luxurious, Sumptuous.

St Pete LUXE Living Group is focused on the area where STP LUXE Living begins – THE HOME.

St Pete Florida

From there, the surrounding area – dining, shopping, entertaining, arts, recreation, all combine to make St Pete Florida one of the best places to live in the world.

Live, Love, LUXE.

 

St Petersburg, FL is the best place in the world to live a LUXE Life. Those that call this place home will be quick to agree.

We feel that LUXE is not a particular price point, nor is it a pretentious feeling.  It is a mindset of comfort and being.

World Class Food, Entertainment, Shopping, Things to do.

STP LUXE Living Defined

I wanted to define for you what LUXE Living means to us.

The Dictionary defines LUXE as Luxurious and Sumptuous and to us LUXE is not just a price point or is not just a certain type of home…  it’s a way of life.

We believe that St Pete has everything that you need to live a LUXE life.  Being downtown and walking to your favorite Cafe. Or  you can walk to your favorite dog park with your little furry friend.  Meet some friends for a show or  take a look at the latest exhibit at one of the museums in the area.

You can also be just minutes from Tampa Bay or one of the award winning beaches.  It really is everything that a luxurious life has to offer and it can all be found right here in St Pete.

LUXE Living starts at Home

We also believe at STP LUXE living that a LUXE Life starts at home.

It is you having a place that you can call your own at any price point at any part of this great Town of St Pete and that we’re here to help you make that dream come true for you to be able to find the place where you can have your LUXE life.

We also believe that  we want you to have an opportunity to experience have a certain level of service.  One that promotes the property that you poured your heart and soul into so that when it is time to sell that property and move to another one that you are able to sell that property for top dollar and it put it in his best light, because it provided you with that LUXE Life.

So, you’re going to see us focus on housing on what’s going on in St Pete in the surrounding area… Whether we focus on entertainment, or food or the music scene or the Arts.

We are going to try to bring to you a a perspective of why we feel that this is one of the best places to live in the world.

So I hope that gives you a little explanation of STP LUXE Living and hope to have the opportunity to talk with you more about it and work with you in the future to make your LUXE Life a reality.