Five ways the proposed tax plan impacts Florida

The proposed federal tax overhaul — outlined in depth in the 429-page “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” — will affect every taxpayer differently. But in multiple ways, most Floridians will be less adversely impacted than others since Florida has no state income tax, no state estate tax and has both relatively affordable housing and median household incomes lower than most…

Millennials in Tampa Bay are starting to buy houses and that’s going to revolutionize real estate

When Michael Berry first moved into Tampa’s Madison at Soho condos, he liked being smack in the midst of the lively bar and restaurant scene on South Howard Avenue. That was two years ago. Now Berry is 26, about to turn 27. So is his fiance, Alicia Kais. “We’ve had our fun here, but it’s a little loud, a lot…

Tampa Bay is one of the most affordable housing markets, but mortgage rates top nation

The Tampa Bay area ranked among the nation’s most affordable housing markets at the end of 2015 even though its average mortgage rate was the highest of all major metro areas, a new study shows. To afford the bay area’s median priced home of $175,000, a buyer needed a gross salary of $41,922. That was seventh lowest among the 27…