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Sinkhole Assistance Grant still available to homeowners

Sinkhole Assistance Grant still available to homeowners

Seffner, FL -- Hillsborough County wants to remind homeowners in the sinkhole assistance grant is still out there for those with sinkhole damage.

Last year several sinkholes opened up in eastern Hillsborough County during a long cold snap.

Many believe farmers using water to prevent their crops from freezing cause a drop in the aquifer which resulted in several sinkholes.

Hillsborough County homeowners have until March 31 to apply for a Sinkhole Assistance Grant. The Grant is to provide qualified homeowners with financial assistance to recover from the damages of sinkhole impacts from January 2010 through March 2010, and to assist them in the maintenance and support of their families.

The maximum Grant award is $3,000, and only the property owner of record at the time of the sinkhole damage is eligible to receive assistance.

To qualify, the applicant must have a qualifying property that is:

Does your house have a gruesome past?

Does your house have a gruesome past?

Tampa, Florida - It's likely hundreds, if not thousands, of homes in the Bay area were once the scene of a gruesome act.

But under state law, Jim Selvey the president of the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS says sellers do not need to tell potential buyers if the house for sale was once the scene of a murder or suicide.

Dominga Delarosa says she didn't know her South Tampa home was the scene of a 1965 murder until 10 News told her. Delarosa said she may not have bought the house if she had know that when she purchased it.

South Tampa Real Estate Market Showing Positive Signs of Recovery

South Tampa Real Estate Market Showing Positive Signs of Recovery

Home Buyers who couldn't afford to live in South Tampa during the boom are coming back!

Here are the latest stats from the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors recent report.

In December of 2007, the average selling price was $576,120. If you put 20% down, with taxes and insurance your payment would be approximately $4,353.79 per month. Ouch! Even though, homeowners have lost equity, there's light at the end of the tunnel. 

In the South Tampa Real Estate Market, every leading indicator for the month of December showed positive gains. The Number of Transactions increased 33% from December of 2009; 80% up from 2008. The Average Sales Price gained 16%. Even the Sales Price per Square Foot, my favorite indicator of true value, showed positive movement.

Why the sudden change in increased activity?