Tampa Bay home prices in 2016 saw biggest gain in six years but will 2017 be as strong?

In 2012, during the bleakest year of the foreclosure crisis, a three-bedroom, two-bath house in St. Petersburg’s Russell Park sold in a distressed sale for $118,000. Just before Halloween last year, the same house went back on the market. More than 65 people showed up at the first open house, and six put in offers, all higher than what the…

Tampa Bay homes values soared in 2016 but so did rents

Happy New Year, Tampa Bay — you’re worth more than you used to be. In the year just ended, the total value of the bay area’s housing stock soared 10.3 percent, nearly twice as much than the nation as a whole, according to a new report from Zillow. Dollar-wise, bay-area homes collectively exceed the market value of such giants as…