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Wednesday, April 19, 2023   /   by Stephanie LeFew

Tampa Among Most Popular for Relocators

Did you know that Tampa is one of the country’s  most popular destinations to live?  A new Redfin report ranks Tampa at number 5, behind Miami but above Cape Coral, Orlando, and North Port-Sarasota.  In all, 5 of the top 10 relocation destinations are in Florida.
Living in Florida is less expensive than many other states, partly from not having a state income tax. Plus, when you live in Florida you enjoy beautiful weather year-round, perfect for enjoying Lagoon living at MetroPlaces communities.
Redfin reports that the share of relocating homebuyers nationwide is up from 24.5% in the fourth quarter, 22.8% a year ago, and roughly 18% before the pandemic.  Most searches for moving to Tampa come from home shoppers in New York.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2023   /   by Stephanie LeFew

Tampa Convention Center Nominated in the 2023 Stella Awards

The Tampa Convention Center is nominated for Best Convention Center in the Southeast in the 2023 Stella Awards. The awards recognize outstanding quality and service in the meetings industry, and honor facilities that consistently deliver exemplary services to their customers.
“This nomination acknowledges that the Tampa Convention Center continues to be one of the best venues in the country,” David Ingram, Executive Director of the Tampa Convention Center said. “We are honored to be recognized for the dedication we provide to our clients every day.”
The Stella Awards highlight the best facilities in the events and meetings industry across six regions worldwide, giving global recognition to the Tampa Convention Center in Downtown Tampa. The awards celebrate overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, sustainability initiatives, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience. They are presented by Northstar Meeti ...

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023   /   by Stephanie LeFew

5 Common Moving Scams and How to Avoid Them

Moving scams are becoming more common than ever. Anyone can create a website, buy or rent a couple trucks and pass themselves off as a legitimate moving company. Hiring a reliable moving company is an integral part of the moving process

If you are considering moving soon, it's important to know what the most common scams are and how to avoid them.
Asking for a large cash deposit
Security deposits are common during peak moving season or in areas of the country where there are high rates of households moving. However, you should always do your research before putting down a security deposit as this is one of the most common moving scams.
Always be wary of a moving company when they ask for a large cash deposit, because they can just take your money and pull a disappearing act.
How to avoid this scam: Talk with your real estate agent. They can be trusted to help you find a reliable moving company that won't ask for a deposit or a company that you feel safe paying.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2023   /   by Stephanie LeFew

Welcome to Hillsborough County: Camp Beneath the Stars

Cooler weather means great times to settle in at a Hillsborough County park
Campsites at Hillsborough County parks provide a fresh-air remedy to the daily grind.
Whether your thing is disc golf or horseback riding, fishing or bird-watching, a tent or a fully-equipped RV, there's a patch of land waiting - if you arrive early.
The County's full-amenity campgrounds at E.G. Simmons, Edward Medard, and Lithia Springs conservation parks fill up on weekends when the weather is cool and pleasant. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There's also primitive camping, with no amenities, at Alderman's Ford and Upper Tampa Bay conservation parks, and Lake Rogers Park.
The fee is $24 per night for a site at the three full-amenity campgrounds. Seniors (age 55 and older) pay $18 per night.
Wondering what you'll do all day? There are many options. Fishing, for instance: There are campgrounds near freshwater springs, lakes, and rivers, and others close to saltwater canals an ...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023   /   by Stephanie LeFew

Take a Step Back and Ease Your Stress

Simple steps to wind down during the workday
Juggling work, family, and a social life can sometimes feel like a circus act. At times, you may worry it could all come crashing down.
Before letting feelings of stress and anxiety overcome your emotions, Dr. Carlos Garcia, clinical psychologist and owner of Tampa Counseling and Wellness, has three easy steps to help you settle down.
If you start to feel like the workday is too much:
Take a break. Go outside for a quick walk to calm down.
Just breathe. Dr. Garcia says three deep breaths can go a long way. Breathe in calm and patience, and exhale tension.
Confide in a friend. Have a conversation with a close colleague or confidant about what has you overwhelmed. Sometimes a quick chat can help calm you down.
If you're still feeling stress, anxious, or depressed, call for help. It's OK not to be OK. There are resources available throughout the Tampa Bay area to help with mental health:
The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline&n ...

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