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…

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…

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,…

How Will the New Zoning Changes in St. Petersburg Affect Your Neighborhood?

As many of you know, city council last Thursday evening passed sweeping changes to the zoning regulations that affect many neighborhoods throughout St. Petersburg. We have had several calls and emails since the news broke Friday morning requesting more information on how this will affect property owners, their rights, and what they can and cannot build. I wanted to take…

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…