Pinellas home prices soared in November but more houses for sale could mean lower prices

Pinellas County home prices shot up dramatically in November for the second consecutive month while other Tampa Bay counties recorded more modest gains. There was some good news for buyers — the supply of available homes both locally and nationally continued to increase, a trend that could lead to greater affordability. “Rising inventory is clearly taming home price appreciation,” said…

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:…

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…

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, a case for Tall Homes and New Construction in St. Petersburg

Tampa Bay dodged a bullet. As late as 11am on Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center projected a monster Category 4 hurricane, the largest in modern history, passing directly over the shallow estuary of Tampa Bay, and bringing with it up to 12 feet of storm surge. With 700 miles of shoreline and an average depth of only 12 feet,…

As home prices continue to rise, what will $215,000 get you across Tampa Bay?

Within 24 hours of listing a 1,000-square-foot bungalow near Tampa’s Seminole Heights, agent Bob Matthews received four offers. The compact but adorable house went under contract in two days and sold in May for $215,000 — $20,000 more than the asking price. “You really can’t buy anything that nice for $215,000 in South Tampa or Westchase so Seminole Heights is…