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.



Inheritances can often lead to nasty family disputes. Many times a person will remarry late in life - which leads to who will inherit the family home. Often this is solved by leaving the second spouse a "Life Estate". This means that the spouse can continue living in the home as long as possible,...
400 Beach - rental market update for February 2008400 Beach is a brand new condo building in downtown St Pete, overlooking Tampa Bay. Closing only started in December 2007 and are still ongoing. There are 93 condos in the high rise.Currently there are five units available for annual, unfurnished ...
The implication from an article today in the St Petersburg Times is that it's all the fault of the real estate agents. Though Thorner admits there is only a small minority of bad applies in our industry, he feels it's more appropriate to blame real estate agents than to continue blaming "reckless...
This has been useful to me both internally and externally. Often during a marketing consultation with prospective sellers (most of whom are corporate executives, entrepreneurs or retired executives or entrepreneurs) I'll point out that they can indeed do many of the services I provide - the quest...
In proofreading an article today for publication in a real estate magazine directed to agents, the discussion was on blogging and the writer made the comment that "blogging is virtually free".Certainly, it CAN be free (except for the time factor, of course), whether it's posting on Active Rain or...
It's so frustrating to make a phone call and find yourself in Automated Hell. None of their choices of "departments" sound like the one you want, and you can't go backwards so you have to go back and or call in again and start through the choices all over again. Sorry, no last option of Speak to ...
There have been many posts about abbreviations    Why we shouldn't use them in ads or in posts    Definitions of terms    If we don't know what a wbfp or eik or siso is, how do we expect customers to?   I'd also like to compile new terms that I see being coined:garagemahal  -  pretty self-evident...
To brokers - if you want to know what your agent or prospective agent wants - ASK EACH ONE. Everyone wants something a little different. Recognize that. Maybe one wants health insurance and another wants some clerical help; one wants free parking and another wants a postage machine. ASK. You'll n...
Jon Washburn posted a broker/agent query and Cheryl Johnson posted a followup. Here's yet another folllowup:To me the commission split has never been about what the broker pays the agent, it's been about what the agent pays the broker. Every agent has a business (though some don't realize it). Th...
As mortgage loans went from local banks to securitized "securities", determining the actual owner of an individual mortgage has become more difficult. Worse, as the mortgage loan passed from owner to owner, ultimately to bundling  huge numbers of mortgages sold to thousands by brokerage firms, th...

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