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.


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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.


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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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Feb 15, 2024
Google - Jami - Hoffman Realty LLC
We have had an excellent experience with Hoffman Realty. Stacy Jordan specifically has managed our rental property. She is quick to respond to emails and maintenance requests (there have been few) and more importantly, she follows up! Highly recommend!
Feb 10, 2024
Google - Brian - Hoffman Realty LLC
MaryAnn managed our rental house in Tampa without a hitch for two years. When we were ready to sell, she oversaw all the repairs, helped us get the house to market, sold, and closed within a month of listing—all with clear communication along the way. Highly recommended!
Jan 31, 2024
Google - Maria - Hoffman Realty LLC
Provided excellent service, prompt response, efficient and definitely enjoy working with Nibea Ortiz! She was very helpful throughout the entire transaction. ☺️
Jan 25, 2024
Google - Scott - Hoffman Realty LLC
Had a lovely experience with the management company. Very responsive and honest. We put a lot of effort into cleaning the place when we left and they were honorable enough to give a full refund of the deposit. Jeanette was friendly and quick to respond to any issues. The only complaint would have to be in regards to contractual obligations in regards to exterminators and carpet cleaning. But I suppose that was on the owner, asking for an exterminator to kill imaginary bugs upon moving out. No biggy tho.
Jan 22, 2024
Google - Sasha - Hoffman Realty LLC
Loved working with Hoffman Realty. MaryAnn was excellent! She managed our property for two years and then was our agent when we decided to sell. The communication and organization was excellent. She answered any questions I had And made sure I understood everything. She was always one phone call away. Definitely will use her again for any future properties that need managing! Thank you MaryAnn Hoffman!!
Jan 19, 2024
Google - Heather - Hoffman Realty LLC
Nina has been wonderful and so helpful!
Jan 16, 2024
Google - Franziska - Hoffman Realty LLC
We really enjoy working with Hoffman Realty. The onboarding process was quick and straightforward. Everyone we've interacted with has been very helpful and just fantastic. Stacy, our property manager, is exceptional! She is an absolute pleasure to work with, and is always available and quick to respond when we have questions or something needs to be done! Couldn't recommend the team at Hoffman Realty more! You guys are wonderful to work with!
Jan 10, 2024
Google - Andrew - Hoffman Realty LLC
What a difference Hoffman has made. To me the big difference is the people. Stacy has probably made the biggest impact for us. She is always quick to respond, communicates with us early and is always a pleasure to work with. She remembers our individual needs and accommodates them even though she has a large number of clients. Their portal is really good too 🙂
Jan 9, 2024
Google - Joe - Hoffman Realty LLC
Hoffman handled all aspects of my rental and gave me peace of mind, even through a hurricane. When I decided to sell, Hoffman handled everything while I was living in another city. Highly recommend Hoffman for your rental or selling needs.
Jan 8, 2024
Google - David - Hoffman Realty LLC
They take care of me as the homeowner. I've owned a property in Fla while living in Md for the last 3 years. They look out for it like it's their own. I highly recommend them as a property manager.
Dec 28, 2023
Google - Kristie - Hoffman Realty LLC
I was skeptical at first about my landlord hiring a management firm, but its been more than great. Stacy goes above and beyond as my contact person. Her professionalism and attention to detail is impeccable. Thrilled with the timeliness to repairs and punctuality of the contractors. All super friendly and trustworthy. Only hoping my rent doesn't go up in June!
Dec 27, 2023
Google - Chris - Hoffman Realty LLC
My wife and are very happy with the service we have received from Hoffman, in particular our experience with Stacy Jordan has been a complete pleasure, we have felt like we had someone in our corner looking out for us. She has responded to any correspondence with more than we could ask for. I will recommend Hoffman because of Stacy. She represents them extremely well. Chris
Dec 27, 2023
Google - Ross - Hoffman Realty LLC
We recently switched to Hoffman Realty from a different rental management company. Renting became fun again for us and for our tenants. We work mainly with Stacy who is calm, knowledgeable, and confident in her skills. We are recommending Stacy to everyone we know.
Dec 27, 2023
Google - Rosa - Hoffman Realty LLC
Maryann and Stacy are wonderful and most helpful to work with, especially giving us timely advice concerning the tenant and our property conditions. They are an excellent property management team doing a great job! Keep up the good work!
Nov 14, 2023
Google - Andrew - Hoffman Realty LLC
My first interaction with the Hoffman team was to get advice on renting out a property of mine after we had to relocate to another state for work. Through the entire process the whole team provided the support needed to get the property listed quickly - ultimately they helped me find great tenets who took fantastic care of the home. The team also helped put my mind at ease as two different hurricanes came through the area - they helped prepare for the storm and were very quick to send me ‘all clear’ messages and photos after. Lastly, I recently decided to sell the property after the last tenants decided not to renew - I decided to use the Hoffman team to list the property for sale, and it was the most painless home sale I have ever been a part of. Would definitely work with again if I invested in additional property in the area.
Nov 8, 2023
Google - Sean - Hoffman Realty LLC
I am currently renting a home with Hoffman Realty, and I am very satisfied with how everything is going. The house was in great shape from the start and work orders for any issues are resolved very quickly. Nina, Jeanette, and Benji have went above and beyond every step of the way providing any information that I requested. I am very grateful for their excellent customer service and how easy communicating back and forth is.
Nov 4, 2023
Google - Jeremiah - Hoffman Realty LLC
Working with Jeanette Hardy has been exceptional. She stays on top of everything, has a sense of urgency and care for the tenant she is assisting and is a phenomenal communicator. This is a great leasing company/realtor and I plan to continue using Hoffman for my future housing needs!
Oct 5, 2023
Google - William - Hoffman Realty LLC
Nina was super helpful and made the leasing process incredibly easy
Oct 4, 2023
Google - Iana - Hoffman Realty LLC
I had a pleasant rental experience with this company for 2 years, they were responsive to every repair call and acted quickly. I gladly recommend this company. Nina in particular helped us a lot in processing the file and was always responsive to everything we asked.
Oct 2, 2023
Google - Rachel - Hoffman Realty LLC
My renting experience has been wonderful so far! Our property manager, Stacy, is very responsive and handles any questions or concerns we have with ease! Would recommend!
Oct 1, 2023
Google - Licensed - Hoffman Realty LLC
Nina did a great job serving my clients with skills and precessionalism. As a realtor, I enjoyed working with her abs managment team. I would recommend and be pleased to work with her again.
Oct 1, 2023
Google - Jacquelyn - Hoffman Realty LLC
Nina Vargas was an absolute angel! She entered my life at the right time and provided me with stellar service. Each day I rise, I thank the Lord for the property I received and for His Divine grace which covered my entire homebuying experience. Hoffman Realty, LLC is a kind-hearted organization and they hire representatives with the same spirit. I am happily living within my new abode and I am so grateful for Nina's caring expertise, and patient wisdom to see me through. She is an excellent realtor and I will always appreciate my Hoffman Realty experience. Sincerely, Jacquelyn J.
Sep 30, 2023
Google - Carlos - Hoffman Realty LLC
Muchas gracias a la Compañia que son atentos a cualquier hora mi familia y yo nos sentimos a gusto de ser arrendadores y saber que estamos seguros siempre. Bejamin.y Nina quienes nos asesoran nos atienden a toda hora amigos Gracias excelente trabajo Many thanks to the Company who are attentive at any time, my family and I feel comfortable being landlords and knowing that we are always safe. Bejamin.y Nina who advise us assist us at all times friends Thank you excellent work
Sep 30, 2023
Google - Sadullah - Hoffman Realty LLC
We rented a house from Hoffman Realty and are still living in it. Stacy there resolved every issue during the process, answered our emails / calls promptly and has so far been helpful in any way. Her support is truly a blessing for us. Can't recommend more.
Sep 30, 2023
Google - Daniela - Hoffman Realty LLC
Our rental experience with Nina and Stacy has been great. They have been so helpful and responsive. Coming from NY we were skeptical to send a deposit before signing a lease, however, Nina put our concerns at ease and we’re so glad we did because they have both been so wonderful and have made our rental process and move-in a breeze.


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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