Scott’s Moving 727-480-4797


Kaki Russell 727-418-3348


SarahKlean Services 813-298-9755

Carpet, Upholstery, Tile, Water Damage

Castle Keepers 727-771-7847

Handy Man

John Shaffer 727-453-2174


Duke Energy (Electricity) 800-700-8744
Teco / Peoples Gas (Natural Gas) 877-832-6747
Spectrum (cable and Internet) 833-826-3749
Frontier (Cable and Internet) 855-231-1476
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(Water, Sewer, Recycling, and Garbage)
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A home is one of the most valuable assets you can buy,  which is why it’s so important to work with a REALTOR ® dedicated to the needs and goals of the buyer.  Laura Blackwell has been focused on helping buyers in the Tampa Bay area for nearly two decades.  Over time Laura has put together a concierge-like luxury experience, designed to exceed all typical expectations of a real estate transaction.  She goes the extra mile and listens to the needs of her clients, so it’s not only her goal to find you the dream home, but she makes sure your entire buying process is smooth, enjoyable and rewarding.


In addition to her real estate career, Laura has been a leader in the mortgage industry for over the past decade and has been a licensed mortgage broker since 2004. Her deep understanding of all the many financing options gives her clients the ability to integrate their investment in a new home constructively and seamlessly into their portfolio. She is creative and persistent.  When the financial markets slowed down, Laura used her mortgage expertise and bank relationships as the foundation for her work as a successful short-sale negotiator for one of St. Petersburg’s leading law firms.



Rich helps clients make effective financial decisions by showing them a new way of thinking about their mortgage – not just as a loan based on rates, ratios and guidelines, but as something with the potential to dramatically shift their financial situation now and into the future. During the mortgage process, he shows clients new ways of looking at affordability that take everything they care about into consideration.

Rich does extensive work upfront to determine the best financing structure in each particular client situation. Through years of experience and industry knowledge, our advisors have the ability to anticipate and avoid potential obstacles, giving clients confidence and peace of mind throughout the process.

Richard Montoya
Opes Advisors ( a Division of Flagstar Bank, FSB)
NMLS 329019
Cell: 415.595.2002


New Construction Sales Centers can be quite inviting. The folks there represent the builder or developer and are helpful, giving you all the information you might ask in order to sell their homes. One way that you can insure that you always have an advocate for you when buying new construction is to let them know before you give them your name, that you are working with a REALTOR®, give them your agent’s name and if possible a business card. You can still browse around and ask questions and take your time to decide but now, you can have a representative that will help negotiate a good price, perhaps some upgrades or additional perks and review all the documents with you while looking out for your best interest. Laura has represented dozens of buyers in new construction has the rapport and the insight with our area builders to help you get the best possible outcome.

The same thing can happen at an open house. You never know when you’ll see a sign or be out on a walk in the neighborhood and just decide to pop in and have a look. Let Laura’s excellent track record of representing buyers and negotiating the best deal possible work for you. Let the agent know that you have an agent and then feel free to browse and ask all the questions you like.

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