Study: Property values increase in areas where Trader Joe’s locates

In addition to triple ginger snaps, orange chicken and wild mushroom & black truffle flatbread, here’s another reason to like Trader Joe’s: It might drive up property values. Both nationally and in the Tampa Bay area, homes near Trader Joe’s markets have shown a greater increase in value from time of purchase than homes near the stores of rival chain…

House flipping still paying off in Tampa Bay, though inventory shrinking

Last fall, Tampa-based Badger Investments paid $86,100 for a bank-owned house in St. Petersburg that was showing its age. Out went the wall-to-wall carpeting and the window air conditioner. In came granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Badger put the house back on the market and sold it in May for $149,000 — a 73 percent gross profit. But those…

New York style brownstones planned for downtown St. Petersburg

Five high-end, New York-style brownstones are now planned for the downtown St. Petersburg site where a 16-story luxury condo tower once was proposed. Frank Menna, who owns the vacant lot on First Street N and Fourth Avenue, said Wednesday that the new project is a joint venture with hotel and restaurant owner Steve Gianfilippo. “I had the high-rise thing going…

Tampa Bay homes sales soared in June

Tampa Bay home sales skyrocketed in June, making it the strongest month in the past year. Year-over-year sales of single-family homes — which make up the bulk of the residential real estate market — soared 31.7 percent in Pasco County, 29.5 percent in Pinellas and 27.4 percent in Hillsborough.