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We're Kim & Bud Cooke with Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc., your Seminole, Largo, Clearwater and Clearwater Beach FL Real Estate Agent. We're your personal source for answers to any questions about Pinellas County Real Estate. We serve buyers throughout Pinellas County, Western Hillsborough and southern Pasco counties. 




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Online Home Values and the Price of Your Home
Plenty of sellers have visited online home valuation sites such as Zillow, Trulia, and others only to be shocked at the published value of their homes. Most sellers are pleased when the values appear higher than they expected, but many online valuations come in far lower. So should you use these values to price your home for sale?
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Solar Panels May Effect Your Home's Value, In Either Direction
There is no shortage of newspaper and magazine articles that extol both the virtue and the value of solar panels for residences. Curiously, there is a similar abundance of articles telling of buyer resistance to homes with solar panels and how the presence of solar panels has caused either price concessions or failed sales.
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First Time Buyer's Guide

If you are a first time home buyer, you may want to !earn more about the process involved in buying a home. This report will explain the process and help you to know what to do first!

Home Buyer's Guide
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Kim  Cooke
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
"The Realtor With HEART"
Kim: (727) 458-9604

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Here's what some of my clients have said about me.

"I have known Bud Cooke for over forty years, both as a brother LE officer & college friend. We both have taken different career paths but have remained in contact. Bud is an extremely bright & articulate person that has an uncanny perception of problem solving & an intense desire & drive that has made him successful in real estate. I highly recommend him in his endeavors."
Paul Wilder, Amberly Village, OH

  "I was fortunate to have Bud and Kim help my husband and I purchase a home a few years ago.
I couldn’t have had a more experienced team to help me. They took the time to sit with us and not just gather the normal needs and wants list that other realtors should do, but actually listen to what our needs are and they understood the uniqueness of our situation and helped us to make more informed decisions based on our circumstances.  We were not the easiest clients to have because we have such a large multi-generational family, but both Bud and Kim took it in stride and were still able to come up with listings that fit with what our needs were.
They were constantly patient and understanding with us, they gave the most professional and extremely informative information, were quick to communicate in a timely manner every step of the way, helping to make the whole home buying process less stressful then it actually was!
I have since then had the opportunity to witness other realtors working with clients and have yet to see them work as diligently as how Bud and Kim did for us.
I recommend their services to anyone selling or buying will always work with them in the future for any real estate needs that I or any of my family members have.

Thank you Bud and Kim… we are truly grateful!"

Anna M., Clearwater, FL


"Bud - It was truly a pleasure working with you. You are a great Realtor, and even more important - a great person. We are so happy and excited about our new house, and we are grateful for your help."
Beka & Matt S., Safety Harbor, FL

"Bud worked tirelessly for me showing me scores of homes until I found the one right for me. He never tried to influence my decision, but always gave me thoughtful and honest feedback. I felt Bud always had my best interest at heart. If you are looking to buy or sell a home, you would be wise to call Bud Cooke."
T. Lastrapes, Pinellas Park, FL

Another client offered this testimonial:

"Thank you so much for taking such good care of my mother, Mr. Cooke! It helped me get used to the idea that she was moving away. It meant a lot to both of us!"
J. Haggar, St. Petersburg, FL

Another client offered this testimonial:

"I can't thank-you all enough! The calming presence, the hard work and unfailing support during this whole process. The prayers, the words of encouragement- lunch yesterday, the water and wipes and now.... The gift card to home depot. You guys are awesome and I will be sure to spread the word!! I will continue to pray for you two and your continued success!! Love you both!"
Charlie & Juliet S. Formally of Safety Harbor, now residing in Odessa, FL

Another client offered this testimonial:

"We have dealt with 7 realtors in the course of buying and selling 4 homes in our lifetime and Bud Cooke has gone far beyond our most demanding expectations. He is absolutely the most professional, courteous, ethical, sincere, motivated, enterprising, and hard working of them all. As a bonus, he's just a real nice guy and fun be around. I could go on for quite some time singing his praises but I'll just cut to the chase -- Quite simply, Bud Cooke IS ... "The Gold Standard of Realtors"."
Ed and Carolyn C., formerly of Largo, Florida. Now residing in Jacksonville, Florida

Another client offered this testimonial:

"Bud, Thanks for all your hard work. The closing went smooth. You really earned your commission, with your hard work & efforts."
Rich D., Formally of Largo, now residing in Port St. Lucie.

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