Real Estate Musings from St Pete, Florida

Real Estate Agent - Coastal Properties Group International
Information on Real Estate, Properties, Traditions, Neighborhoods, Market Activity and other items of interest in the Tampa Bay area (St Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Bradenton) and the Gulf Beaches, Florida.



A lot of money!  If a house has major cracks in the wall, or the fireplace, or a corner starts sinking/settling into the ground you'll naturally put a claim in with your insurance company. If the cause is a sinkhole, most likely you'll be covered. If it's ground settlement, then it won't be cover...
We have hurricanes here in Florida, inland as well as on the coast (doesnt surprise you) and other parts of the country have tornadoes, earthquakes - even volcano eruptions. One way to add value to your clients is to offer to take digital photos of their furniture, collections, interior of cupboa...
We see constantly rising prices on the top echelon of luxury homes. It's no wonder, seeing that Forbes 400 Richest in America are now ALL billionaires! The state with the largest concentration is California, which matches the largest concentration of luxury homes. The list is topped by Bill Gates...
Did you know that Florida is the lightning capital of the United States? The linked article has some interesting information on that, but my point is that as agents in Florida, we need to point out to our clients that they should have protection for their electronic equipment and their homes. We ...
The real estate market in Pinellas County, Florida (St. Petersburg, Clearwater) is similar to many parts of the country - lots of inventory, fewer buyers and flat or dropping prices. More details are on my website. Hurting the most are speculators that bought preconstruction. I had a neighbor e-m...
There are some terrific blogs on ActiveRain that are really worth keeping. I don't always remember who wrote them, or when, so I want to keep them myself.  Print them out? Not only does this waste trees, but I never get to filing and the page is effectively lost forever. If you have Adobe Acrobat...
Bob Pavey pointed out in a blog comment that many agents are now taking jobs, and still trying to be a real estate agent. Understandably, they need cash flow to survive, but it's easy for them to forget that this business is all about serving the customer. It may work to be showing property as we...
It had to happen. Builders have been offering more and more incentives for the sale of their homes, especially inventory homes. The larger builders have been land banking sites for future development, and securing options on parcels from 400 acres to 2,000 acres. Undeveloped acreage for residenti...
There have been a lot of comments to my blog on the CBS (call before showing) electronic lockboxes. Pam brought up that many agents in her area of Tennessee don't know how to use the code, which has been a horrible problem. Rather than give up using the CBS lockboxes, which offer so much in terms...
Most agents prefer to show homes that have a lockbox - it's easier to fit into their showing schedule, they don't have to deal with another agent present, or a seller still at home. Many sellers are uncomfortable with this - they know or have heard of agents who don't make an appointment, despite...

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