11 Reasons You’ll Love Moving To Clearwater, FL

Redington Beach Florida

Arona McGinley | Charles Rutenberg Realty | RealEstateBitz.com

Every day we have families moving to Clearwater, FL! Clearwater is one of those places that is perfect for families with children, seniors looking to relax and enjoy the perfect weather or a great golf day. When you move to Clearwater, Fl plan on getting rid of the snow boots and heavy winter jackets. Time to stock up on lots of bathing suits, shorts, and sleeveless tees. Whatever the reason it’s definitely one of the best places to live in Florida.

Clearwater Florida has excellent schools, there is so much history and I can’t forget to add Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Clearwater, FL supports over 50,000 local jobs and has been growing every year. If you’re looking for that beach vibe with a slower pace of life then this is the place for you. Check out our downtown and enjoy the museums, great restaurants, and perfect weather. Should you be moving to Clearwater, or are thinking of moving to Clearwater, Fl please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about this beautiful city. I am always happy to help!

Start Building Equity!

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Are you still renting? Why are you building your landlord’s equity and increasing their wealth?

With mortgage rates being low… this would be a great time to invest in a home. Most people think that they cannot qualify for a mortgage, but you will be surprised. Get with your local mortgage company today and see what options are available to you. Then call me to find you the perfect home that fits within your budget and your lifestyle.

Stop paying your landlord. Every month you pay your landlord, their bank account goes up because they are building equity in their home. Why are you still not a property owner? You could be building equity in your home and increasing your wealth. Don’t hesitate, take the plunge and call me to find your home today.

Heritage Village, Largo

Heritage Village - "Experience Pinellas County History!"

Heritage Village is a great little historical village of how it use to be in the old days in Florida, it definitely takes you back in time. It’s got a school house, a church and some mansions that have been restored. There is also and antique fire engine and a gift shop. There are special events held where the kids learn to make things like butter from scratch or boat making and so much more. Check out their website for more information

It’s a great place to take the kids. You can take a self guided tour of the houses and church and see how people lived back then. There are also artifacts all from Pinellas County. The staff is great and knowledgeable. from This is totally free and is right next door to the Botanical Gardens.

Florida Botanical Gardens

Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo

The Florida Botanical Gardens is a hidden gem in Largo. This is a great place to see the native plants of Florida and enjoy the great design layout of the grounds. This is absolutely free and something that the whole family can enjoy.

At Christmas time the botanical gardens is lit up with decorations and offers great performances by local acts. We all look forward to that special treat around the Christmas Holidays and for us it has become a family tradition to visit the gardens during the Christmas season. This is a great place to visit. You can also check out Heritage Village which is right next door.

Admission is Free and Hours are 7am to 5pm, Pet -Friendly.

Check out Florida Botanical Gardens

Renting versus Selling your home

renting vs selling a home


There comes a time when your perfect dream home may no longer suit your family needs. How do you decide whether you should sell or rent your home? In some cases renting will make more sense and in others maybe selling will be in your best interest.Here are some simple ways to figure out what will be the best option for you.

  • What are the market conditions for rental homes in your area? Right now in Pinellas County rentals per month have increased. Can you make more money selling this home versus renting it right now in today’s market.
  • Can you afford to rent the home if you need to buy another home for your family. Do you need money from the sale of your existing home to buy your new home? Would the rent from your home cover the mortgage payments of your new home.
  • Are you cut out to be a landlord? Dealing with tenants may not be something that you have the time and energy to deal with.
  • What are some of the taxes on selling vs renting this home?
  • Consider additional costs of renting this home, such as insurance, upkeep of the home such as repairs, hassle of dealing with deadbeat renters. Are you willing to evict tenants that do not pay the rent.
  • Do you think if you waited a couple of years to sell the home that you can sell it for more than if you sold it today.
  • Do you think that your needs may change in the future and you may want to move back to this home.

Once you make a list of pros and cons your will eventually come up with the right decision for you and your family.For more information on Pinellas County Market, in Florida, call Arona McGinley Realtor® at 727-422-9340.

Spring Break Is Almost Here! Here are some last minute and cost effective things to do in Florida.

Spring break in florida

Whether you live in Florida or just visiting our beautiful area, we’ve got you covered with things to do. For those of you that have been covered by snow all Winter, this will be the perfect getaway for you.

Here are some great things that you can do in Pinellas County

How about downtown St. Petersburg , Florida.    Get a taste of our delicious food from top rated restaurants. Visit galleries, museums and beach areas and immerse yourself in the culture of downtown St. Petersburg. Here you can get a sandwich to go, and have a quiet and enjoyable meal with a waterfront setting. If that’s not for you, then enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or food trucks available in the downtown area. Some great museums that you can visit are the Salvador Dali Museum or The Florida Holocaust Museum as well as others in the area. You can check out the famous The Don Cesar Hotel which is located on Gulf Boulevard also known as the Pink Palace this is a landmark in downtown St. Petersburg, since 1928.

Are you a sports fan, then we’ve got the Tampa Bay Rays baseball at Tropicana Field and the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer at Al Lang Stadium both in St. Petersburg. Want to get some shopping down then check out some great boutiques and shopping centers or our outdoor markets available on weekends. Want to get away for some adult time, well we’ve got great nightclubs for that perfect evening out with friends.

Dunedin, Florida is the perfect quaint place for browsing local arts galleries and a low key afternoon exploring. Check out the uninhabited barrier island of Caladesi, north of downtown Dunedin. You have to take a ferry to get to this island (no bridges or cars) from Honeymoon Island which is also a State Park. You can spend the day kayaking but look out for turtles. There are Loggerhead turtles that nest along this part of the coast, a sight to see. End the day with a beautiful sunset and go to downtown Dunedin for a nice meal and drinks at one of the many relaxing restaurants.

Explore Tarpon Springs, Florida and it’s fascinating history. Did you know that Tarpon Springs is known as the largest natural sponge market in the world? This beautiful but older part of the city is influenced by Greek immigrants since the early 1900s. You can spend your day by going down to the Sponge Docks and getting your fill of authentic Greek cuisine. Other things to do is a visit to the aquarium or the sponge museum or take a sight seeing cruise down the Anclote River. You can purchase some unique souvenirs at one of a kind shops. This is a great place to visit with the kids, so while having fun they can also learn some local history about the Sponge Docks.

Madeira Beach, Florida   is another great place to hang out for Spring Break. Check out John’s Pass Village & Board Walk where you have some great restaurants and shops to explore. Spend your day building sand castles or just relaxing with a good book on the beach. Not far away from Madeira Beach you can drive down to Indian Rocks Beach to Splash Harbour Water Park. This is a great place to hang out and relax while the kids are having crazy fun. I highly recommend the Lazy River for the adults.

These are just some of the things that you and your family can explore during Spring Break 2019.