Storm Advice

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1st until November 30th and we want you to be prepared for what happens when severe weather hits.

PRE-STORM

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Have a Plan

Our first piece of storm advice is to make sure you have a plan for a safe place to evacuate if necessary, amble time to prepare and secure the property and to extra time for travel to the evacuation site – given added traffic flow.

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If you decide to shelter in place, make sure you have adequate non-perishable supplies for several days or more without power. Do you have a plan for your pet? If it is not safe for you outside, it is not safe for your pets either! If you are leaving the property, do not leave your pets behind. Gather and secure your important papers – renter’s insurance policies, identification, and your irreplaceable pictures, etc.

Build a storm supply kit

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Shutter Installation or Board-Up Service

Hoffman Realty is not able to offer Hurricane Shutter installation and Board-Up service through our company. However, we have provided your landlord a list of local contractors should they want Hurricane

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Shutter installation and Board-Up. Some of landlords will make use of this service, most will not. If you aren’t contacted by one of these contractors assume the property will not be boarded up by your landlord. If your home has shutters available and you would like help installing them, please contact our office. Unfortunately we cannot authorize you to add hurricane shutters or board-up the property if they are not already available for installation on site, as your lease requires all modifications or additions to a property be first approved in writing by your landlord. Any hurricane shutters added to a property must be landlord approved AND professionally installed. However, should you decide to add hurricane shutters or board-up the property without approval, you should be prepared to return the property to it’s original condition after the storm. If you would like a list of local contractors that can add hurricane shutters or board-up the property, click the button below.

Local Contractors

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Ensure you bookmark our Facebook Page

In 2004 when Hurricane Charlie threatened the Tampa Bay area our offices were subject to a mandatory evacuation orders well before the storm made landfall. It was chaotic with half our staff on the highways trying to leave

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Tampa and the other half making preparations to protect their families in place. Please don’t call us to get updates on the storm, or storm advice. Property managers in Houston recently found Facebook very helpful, so we will post general updates on our company Facebook Page as the situation allows.

Make sure you use the link below as there is a fake Hoffman Realty Facebook Page.

Our Facebook page

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Securing the Property

Secure all outside items. Bring in swings sets, play houses, small planters, trash can, anything that could turn into a flying object during high winds.

Secure house against damage.

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Follow all recommendations by the local news and the emergency preparedness teams for your area.

Do not put tape on the windows!If you evacuate the property or there is extensive property damage:

  • Turn off main breaker to property.
  • Turn off main gas line to the property. (Call Gas Company for instructions)
  • Turn off main water supply to the property.

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Monitor the Storm

Stay up to date on the storm and its path. My Fox Hurricane is a good resource.

Update your contact information
Make sure Hoffman Realty has all your latest contact information. Please login to your Renters Portal to update it, or email us.

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Ensure you have access to your Renters Portal

A huge part of our storm advice is to strongly recommend that you have access to your Renters Portal. This and email will be the primary means for contacting us after the storm.

AFTER THE STORM

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Be Careful

Check for damage to your home. Use caution. More people die after a hurricane than during one. Be particularly aware of downed power lines or driving on flooded roads.

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Power will likely be out so use food in the refrigerator before it spoils. Discard any food that may have come in contact with floodwaters. If you cook with a grill, keep it outdoors. Conserve battery life on your flashlights. Limit use of cell phones to emergencies. We will also post general information through Our Facebook page.

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Let us know how you fared

As you are able, please let us know how you and the property faired. If you have Internet service you can use your Renters Portal to report to us. You can upload photos with a maintenance request. You can also complete a maintenance request on our website and email us.

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If you don’t have Internet service you can call our office at (813) 875-7474 or our maintenance line at (855) 559-5525. Please be patient and wait for us to respond back to you.

When we do contact you – please respond timely

Please monitor your voicemail and email regularly and check your Renters Portal. Respond timely to us and our vendors.

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Please be Patient

After one storm in 2004 we had hundreds of calls a day and our voicemail filled with messages faster than we could respond back to them. The volume of call traffic seriously impacted our ability to assess and respond to storm damage.

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It will take longer than any of us would like to get properties permanently repaired. Resources and skilled labor are in short supply. In fact in 2004 materials and resources were in such short supply after a storm, that many of our vendors were unable to repair storm damage. We had roofers that could not get roofing materials; handymen that could not get plywood or tarps; tree service contractors that could not rent cranes (to lift trees off houses); drying vendors that could not get fans, dehumidifiers and generators. Insurance companies were overwhelmed and it took weeks to get a claim approved.

Many of our staff will be working long hours and also dealing with their own storm damages affecting their families and their lives. In 2004 our office was without power for 10 days which really impacted our ability to communicate and respond. Power outages are likely to happen again, so we ask for your patience with us and our staff after the storm.

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I've been a Hoffman Realty client for more than 10 years managing my first home as a rental. Everything from lease negotiation, maintenance, excellent record keeping and prompt rental payments. They took care of EVERYTHING! Easy with no stress for me. I recently decided to sell the home in this great market and MaryAnn made the entire process smooth and painless. I would highly recommend Hoffman Realty and will be back as a customer when we are ready to buy again.
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Hoffman Realty helped us sell our home in Tampa. We worked with Amanda Coffman, and she went above and beyond for us to make the whole process much easier. She was knowledgeable, attentive, and prepared in executing a well thought out strategy for selling our house. We'll happily reccomend Hoffman Realty and Amanda to our friends and family in need of buying or selling their house.
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I needed help for a rental. I now have the right direction.
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Google Hoffman Realty Keh'ara
Mary Ann and her team have been exceptional. We rented out our home for some time before deciding to sell. Hoffman Realty's experience was invaluable to us during the process of preparing our home for tenants, committing to leasing the property, and all of the issues that arise during a tenancy. They maintained wonderful communication with me, our tenant, our HOA, and any service providers needed to repair an issue. Mary Ann made the process seamless for us. We highly recommend for all property management needs. Not only did they manage our property for a number of years, they were the team we went with to sell our home during a very interesting time in the market. Hoffman Realty was always professional and responsive during the process. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to work with them while we managed the investment of our home. I cannot recommend them enough!
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Google Hoffman Realty Deborah
Hoffman Realty takes property rental to a new level. The level of professionalism coupled with a very responsive team, make for a great experience. I can’t say enough about what a pleasure it is to do business with them.
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In a world full of awful (horrible) asset managers, Hoffman is a standout and should be a gold standard for others (Invitation, Progress, etc) to aspire to. With an integrated brokerage and third-party manager business model, they act upon seeing a virtuous cycle of enhancing the value of the ecosystem of buyers/sellers (owners/renters), not exploiting one side to the maximum dollar value. This is obviously the future of the industry and Hoffman is ahead of the curve. Overall a fair and professional process from beginning to end and I've been impressed by their investments in technology and proactive initiative.
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We live in Wesley Chapel and had Hoffman Realty list our home for us, which sold in three days! MaryAnn was so helpfulway every step of the way, from listing to closing. I'd higly recommend Hoffman Realty!
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Hoffman Realty is definitely the best real estate company in the Tampa Bay area!!! They maintain the properties in prime condition and always address any situation quickly to help their clients. We are very grateful for the wonderful support and service during all these years!!! Wonderful company and team!!!
Hoffman Realty replied on Aug 5, 2022:
Hi Marisol, Thank-you for your kind words. I hope the new AC system is working well and lowered your utility bills. MaryAnn
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Hoffman Realty managed a Property I have in Tampa. They did an excellent job. Any concerns I had were addressed promptly. Their statements were always timely and easy to access on line. Their on line service is great. I have Been a customer for 12yrs and always felt confident that they were managing my rental well. Jeanette is a Great person to work with and always very helpful. Hoffman realty highly recommended!!
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Have had the best experince from the moment I submitted my application to moving in !!
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Shirley and Juan are a great maintenance team. They came I , assessed what needed to be done and completed the work in no time. VERY well done!
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My wife and I recently purchased the home that we were renting through Hoffman Realty! I am so impressed with how seamlessly they handled the transaction! It was truly an amazingly smooth experience! I am also thankful for how supportive and attentive they were while we were renting. I cannot say enough good things about the team at Hoffman Realty LLC, they are true professionals!!!
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Hi Shirley, Integrity is one of our core values so it means a lot that you noticed, MaryAnn
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Nina Vargas and I worked together for the best interest of our clients and she was very professional on Every step and super easy to work with. Definitely I will love to work with her again
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May 24, 2022
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As a tenant working with Hoffman Realty, I can't really complain. Some employees are helpful, some are forgetful, but overall the only gripe (which they have felt and understood as well) has been with the owner of the property and not the managers themselves. However, one of the maintenance employees, Daniel, goes above and beyond the usual maintenance routine that's expected while renting. He has, without asking and from day one, made himself personally available at all hours of the day to try and remedy maintenance issues. Landlords accepting, he's on top of every job and follows them through and after. Really has been the saving grace of the tenancy. Thanks, Daniel!
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I can`t say enough about Hoffman Realty! I have had several property managers in the past and there is no comparison. They found great tenants for our home and handled every phone call and maintenance issue. We would highly recommend them if you are looking for a professial property management team.
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I can't say enough positive things about Hoffman Realty and my experience with ALL of the staff. Always professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. I especially want to give 5 Star compliments to Nibea (Nina) Vargas who is a truly extraordinary realty specialist. I am so lucky to have found Nina and couldn't be happier with the service and results that she has provided. She is a truly top notch realtor who is willing to fight for you and with an in-depth knowledge of the greater Tampa market. Couldn't ask for more and would highly recommend.
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Hoffman Realty is the best thing happened when I decided to rent my house. MaryAnn and the entire Hoffman team are amazing. They took great care of my house and rented it out in no time, while I am in Canada. Thanks to MaryAnn and her team, Nina, Jeanette for constantly in touch, providing me all the details, took care of my house in my absence. Special shout-out to Daniel Nichols who did such an awesome job taking care of my property, did the repair and took charge of upgrading my house, so I could have peace of mind. A big thank you Daniel. I highly recommend Hoffman Realty for Property Management as the level of professionalism and care is beyond top notch.
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My husband and I rent one of the houses that Hoffman Realty manages and Doreen worked very hard for us to get the home owners to approve to replace all the screens on the pool Lanai. The screens are in horrible condition. At first the homeowners would only agree to replace a few of the panels but with Doreen's persistence, they finally agreed to replace the entire screen. THANK YOU SO MUCH DOREEN!! We truly appreciate you!!!
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I work with Hoffman as a vendor and I love working with Daniel Nichols he is a person that gets it all done with no hesitation. Love working with the company because of all the help of Daniel gives and welling to give if needed. His personality and work ethics is great always ready to help and do what it takes to get the job taken care of so thank u very much Daniel and Hoffman Realty for always getting the job done
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Daniel is absolutely amazing! You can tell he truly has a passion for what he does. His communication skills are extremely incredible!
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We couldn't be happier with the service/quick responses we have received over many years. Putting our property and tenants, into the hands of the Hoffman team, offers us peace of mind, and lack of stress.
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I have been working with Hoffman Realty since 2019. We were moving out of state and wanted to rent our home. Their property managers did a fantastic job taking care of all the details that go along with renting a property. As we were out of state, I really needed someone I could rely on to take care of everything. They certainly took care of our home. We just recently sold the property and Mary Ann took great care in making the process smooth and easy. I would recommend Hoffman Realty both for managing a property and for selling a home.
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Google Hoffman Realty Lonna
Hoffman Realty has managed two properties for us over the past 9 years. They have been with us every step of the way through ownership and recent sale. They are knowledgeable of the market, professional and patient. When our property was in a path of a hurricane, they had contingency plans to keep us informed as we live in a different state. Perhaps the most positive attribute is the continuity of the team. It has been a pleasure working with the same people over the past decade. I will miss this positive working relationship.

FAQ

Can a home depreciate in value?

Generally, real property never depreciates in value, or more so, it is not very common for property to depreciate. This is why it’s a great investment. Make sure you carefully consider location and community when choosing a home, it can effect the homes future value greatly.

If you are in a newly developed area, do some research on the construction of the surrounding areas being developed to determine if they may effect your homes value.

Is an older home as good a value as a new home?

This is really just a matter of preference, but both newer and older homes offer distinct advantages, depending upon your unique taste and lifestyle.

Older homes can generally cost less than new homes, however, there are many cases where new homes can also cost less then older homes. Most new homes will not have any backyard landscaping and some don”t include any front landscaping either. With an older home, the landscaping is normally already completed and could have 10”s of thousands of dollars in landscaping done, which is included in the purchase price.

Taxes on some older homes may also be lower. Some people are charmed by the elegance of an older home but shy away because they”re concerned about potential maintenance costs. Consider a home warranty to get the peace of mind you deserve. A good Home Warranty plan protects you against unexpected repairs on many home systems and appliances for a full year or more after you move in.

In a new house, you can pick your own color schemes, flooring, kitchen cabinets, appliances, custom wiring for TV”s, electrical, computers, phones and speakers, etc., as well as have more upgrade options. Modern features like media rooms, extra-large closets and extra-large bathrooms and tubs are also more attainable in ground-up construction. In a used home, you rely largely on the previous resident”s tastes and technological whims, unless you plan to farm thousands into a remodeling and rewiring.

New-home designers can use new building materials such as glazed Energy Star windows, thicker insulation and other technology that will lower future energy costs for the owner. Most states now have minimum energy-efficiency requirements for new construction. Kitchens and laundry areas in new homes are designed to house more efficient energy-saving appliances. Older homes, unless they have undergone an energy retrofit, usually cost much more per square foot to air-condition and heat.

Builders have to follow very strict guidelines in new-homes and additions, especially in the West and Northwest, where earthquake safety standards must be observed. In general, new homes are usually more fire-safe and better accommodating of new security and garage-door systems.

Older homes can be better judged for their quality and timeless beauty. New homes that now possess a smooth veneer might reveal the use of substandard building materials or shoddy workmanship over time.

As you can see there are advantages and dis-advantages to each, but it really comes down to what fits you and what you are looking for in a home.

What is a broker?

An agent who is authorized to open and run his/her own agency. All real estate offices have one principal broker.

How can I avoid private mortgage insurance?

The easiest way to avoid PMI is by putting 20% down payment; however, PMI can also be avoided if you only have 5% or 10% for the down payment. The way to accomplish this is via a first and second mortgage combination commonly referred to as 80/10/10^s or 80/15/5^s.

These two methods combine a first mortgage lien for 80% of the home price with a second mortgage lien for either 10% or 15% of the home price leaving the remaining 5% or 10% as the down payment. Because the first lien is at the magical 80% loan=to-value, there is no PMI required, even though a second mortgage is being |piggybacked| onto the financing thus allowing for the lessor down payment.

While the second lien terms are not as attractive as first lien rates, the second mortgage is still home mortgage interest and thus deductible as such on your federal tax return where PMI is insurance and offers no deduction.

What is the difference between being prequalified and preapproved for a loan?

If you’re prequalified it means that you POTENTIALLY could get a loan for the amount stated to you, assuming that all of the information you provide to the bank is accurate and true. This is not as strong as a preapproval.

If you’re preapproved, it means that you have undergone the extensive financial background check, which includes looking at your credit history, previous tax returns and verifying your employment – and the lender is willing to give you a loan, basically meaning you’re approved!

You will usually be provided an accurate figure which shows the maximum amount that you are approved for. Most sellers prefer buyers that have been preapproved because they know that there will not be any problems with the purchase of their home.

How is interest calculated on a mortgage loan?

Most mortgages originated today calculate interest in arrears, unlike consumer loans which calculate interest to the date of payment receipt. As an example, when borrowers pay their February mortgage payments, they are paying the January interest. This method of calculating interest is based on a 360 day year in which each month has 30 days.

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