Pinellas home sales drop for the fourth consecutive month

Sales of single family homes in Pinellas County dropped in March for the fourth consecutive month while sales rose by varying amounts in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando. Overall, the bay area market is clearly less buoyant than it was a few years ago, according to figures released Monday by Florida Realtors. Houses are taking longer to sell even though the…

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,…

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…