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…

Florida leads other hurricane-prone states in quality of its building codes

Florida has the strongest residential building codes among 18 coastal states, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. Florida’s rating is 95, almost three times higher than lowest-ranked Texas. Other states with high scores are Virginia (94), South Carolina (92) and New Jersey (90). Noting that 25 million people in the United States…

Tampa Bay homes prices soar by double-digits in January

Home prices soared in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in January, the highest gains in several months. Prices for single family homes also rose in Hernando and Pasco as the shortage of available homes showed no immediate sign of easing. The bay area market reflected a broader trend of rising prices and sluggish sales. “The utter lack of sufficient housing supply…

Hurricane Irma hurt some Tampa Bay home sales even in October

Pinellas County home sales took another hurricane-related hit in October as the rest of the Tampa Bay area bounced back from Hurricane Irma. But while prices in all four counties rose once again, the rate of increase continues to slow. Hillsborough’s 3.6 percent increase was the lowest in more than two years although the county recorded the second highest price…