What are all the homes in Tampa Bay worth? Believe it or not, less than Apple

In a month when Florida’s population topped 20 million, here’s another impressive number to chew on — Tampa Bay’s total home value is $232 billion. As calculated by Zillow, that ranks the bay area 22nd among all U.S. metro areas. Bigger than Orlando, Las Vegas and Austin, Texas. Bigger than the gross domestic product of several countries (Okay, very small…

Did home sales in Tampa Bay jump ahead of the Fed’s interest rate hike?

With Florida’s real estate market “definitely tightening,” as one economist put it, home sales in the Tampa Bay area showed decidedly mixed results in November. In Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, year-over-year sales of single-family homes were essentially flat, although sales of condos and townhomes jumped substantially — 13 percent in Hills­borough and 16.6 percent in Pinellas. Pasco and Hernando counties…