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.



We have a gulf front condo listed at $625,000. It was only recently reduced to that price, which is the one I recommended five months ago. It's owned by three siblings, so getting consensus isn't easy. It's had 2 showings in 5 months. It's directly on the beach and was built in 1982.Yesterday we ...
In our slow market, several property owners feel that they can get more money if they divide their condo or their home into fractional interests. I received an e-mail this week from a waterfront owner in Tampa who wanted to sell 3 three-month interests in his property, and maintain one three-mont...
When you're pricing resort property, you naturally use local comps to set a price. Often, however, the buyers are comparing various locations - in Florida, it may be Tampa/St Pete or Orlando or Naples or Ft Lauderdale or Miami or Key West. Each has their own charms and advantages, as well as disa...
You've probably come across properties that have multiple owners - often siblings, sometimes extended family, and sometimes just business partners. When you're asked to represent a group in buying, usually there are one or two who do the search together, and then perhaps call in the others for a ...
With January 1st coming on a Monday this year, the last business day was yesterday, the 29th. Now we have 3 days to summarize all the year end data, prepare financials (easy with Quicken), and set up budgets for the next year - as well as compiling year end statistics on the marketplace - though ...
On Christmas morning, we had an unexpected storm come through, with heavy rains and winds up to 60 mph. Some parts of the Tampa Bay area even had tornados - some 400 homes were damaged in San Antonio, north of Tampa.After such incidents, we always go around and check the properties that are vacan...
Here in Pinellas County, Florida, we can check the Property Assessor's website to check the taxes on a piece of property. An "extra" service you can add is to check the taxes on properties your buyers have bought, and check the prorated amount their sellers paid on the HUD statement, compared to ...
When prospects are looking for a neighborhood and a home to buy, they like to see the area amenities - as well as the people. So there is a desire for photos of playground with children playing, soccer fields with a game going on, schools with students so you can see what people are wearing in th...
Many areas of Florida are objecting to short term rentals - those owners who rent their homes out for short periods of a week or a fortnight. Condos usually don't have this problem as the condo docs generally specify a minimum rental period. Homeowners associations generally don't and zoning regu...
A simple thing to do to save yourself time and perhaps embarrassment, is to confirm all your showings. When you make an appointment a day or three ahead of time, perhaps the agent forgot to call the sellers, or didn't remember that they were going to meet you, or wrote down the wrong time. If you...

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