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.



I just finished this book, PEAK,  by Chip Conley, CEO and founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality. It ranged from conversational to textbook in tone, so many people might give up on it, and miss the rest of the AHAs. I enjoyed reading Maslow decades ago, so enjoyed the comparisons. Conley shows how ...
Lola just posted a great food story, comparing food's first 24 hours and a listing's first 30 days. I think the first week is the most critical.Our team feels the first 24 hours are critical, actually the first hour! We have our sellers sign a delay addendum to the listing agreement that sets whe...
The Salvador Dali Museum and the City of St. Petersburg signed their contract regarding moving the Dali Museum from its current location south of downtown to a more central St. Petersburg location next to the Mahaffey Theater. This 99 year lease was approved by the voters of St Petersburg in 2004...
Do you ever get contracts e-mailed or faxed to you that have only some of the pages? even by other agents?Contracts that refer to addendums that aren't attachedContracts with only filled in pages, not the "boiler plate" pages?Counteroffers with only the pages that have changes initialled?Maybe it...
A Ritz-Carlton hotel (269 rooms) and residences (44 above the hotel and 132 in an adjacent tower) and marina has been announced and is expected to open in 2011. Near the Tampa International Airport, the location on Old Tampa Bay is where Rocky Point Drive meets Campbell Courtney Causeway. The hot...
Most of the marinas here in the Tampa Bay area are no longer renting slips but are selling "dockominiums" many of which are $200,000 and up, plus the monthly maintenance fee, of course. So, for $700,000 you can buy a waterfront pool home with your own dock/slip behind your house. Dockominiums are...
Currently there are 19 waterfront homes on the market in Broadwater, ranging from $369,900 to$1,595,000. Yes, that low number is right - though no waterfront homes in the neighborhood have sold this year under the mid $500s. The low one is lender owner, has been foreclosed, and sold in 2006 for $...
We all get first impressions. How someone looks, a phrase or question we heard them say, the look in their eyes. Some of us make judgments based on that, and never peel the next layer of the onion.When you read post after post, month after month, you often get deeper into the core of the onion. T...
Learning is like peeling an onion. We read a blog on how to blog or how to photograph, and we take something away from it. A year later we reread it, and find something else. We could only take in one layer of the onion at a time.Go back and read a book several years later - it's almost as if it'...
It's Friday today, and time for The Friday Boys to go out to lunch.My husband, Captain George, has coordinated a group of neighborhood guys who dubbed themselves The Friday Boys, because they boat to lunch every Friday, and well, they're boys (despite their ages).Most of The Friday Boys live in t...

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