Tampa Bay condos and townhomes soared in price in January

Prices for condos and townhomes in the Tampa Bay area soared in January. According to Florida Realtors, the median price shot up almost 14 percent — to $170,000 — compared to an increase of just 3.8 percent for single-family homes. The number of sales of existing homes — condos, townhomes and single family — dropped more than 4 percent in…

Sales of Tampa Bay homes plunge in December

Sales of single family-homes in the Tampa Bay area plunged in December as prices again rose. In one good sign for buyers, though, the supply of available homes continued to inch up, with Pinellas County having its largest supply in at least three years. The bay area market reflected those statewide and nationally, both of which saw a slump in…

St. Petersburg apartment building sells for near record $107 million

The Hermitage apartments in downtown St. Petersburg have sold for $107.6 million, a near record price per unit for a rental project in the Tampa Bay area. The eight-story, two-year-old building at +just east of the city’s thriving Edge District was purchased by Dedicated Hermitage LP, which has a Toronto, Canada, address. The Hermitage’s new owners paid $309,267 per unit,…

Pinellas home prices soared 13 percent in October as bay area market continued to favor sellers

Sorry, homebuyers, Tampa Bay’s real estate market still looks strong for sellers. For the second consecutive month, sales and prices showed healthy year-over-year gains in October, with Pinellas County recording its biggest price jump — 13.3 percent — since January. The October figures, released today by Florida Realtors, indicate that September’s good showing wasn’t a one-time fluke. A big jump…

Is Tampa Bay finally seeing signs of a buyer’s market? Soaring September sales hint at it

Bucking a national trend, sales of single-family homes soared by double digits in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties in September. That dramatic increase, coupled with minor price increases, suggests that a real estate market that has favored sellers for several years is finally starting to swing a bit in favor of buyers. Another positive sign for those looking to purchase:…

St. Petersburg’s Fusion 1560 sells for $81.1 million in mega apartment deal

Fusion 1560, a 325-unit complex that was in the vanguard of St. Petersburg’s apartment boom, has sold for $81.1 million to a giant Chicago firm that manages Tampa’s International Plaza. The price is nearly $25 million more than Fusion sold for three years ago, a sign of the rebirth of the city’s once seedy Edge District. And at nearly $250,000…

St. Petersburg panel approves tiny-house community

Tampa Bay’s first tiny-house community won unanimous approval Wednesday from St. Petersburg’s Development Review Commission. Pedro Medina, manager of the project, said he hopes to start construction this fall on six houses in the city’s Midtown area. Initially, they wouldn’t be for sale but instead would be rentals, possibly through Airbnb. “This tiny-house movement has been very popular,’’ Medina told…

Pasco sellers are the big winners in April as Tampa Bay home prices keep rising

Sales down; prices up. That in a nutshell described the real estate market in Tampa Bay and a few other parts of Florida in April as once again there were too many buyers and too few available homes. “Pent-up demand continues to put upward pressure on prices,’’ said Christine Hansen, president of Florida Realtors. “In April, sellers continued to get…

Tampa Bay home prices still climbing, though more slowly

Tampa Bay home prices rose again in June, although the once-torrid pace of increases shows signs of slowing. For the first time in several months, year-over-year price gains were in the single digits in two of the bay’s area’s four counties. The change was particularly striking in Pasco, where the median price for a house in June — $202,995 —…