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.



Signature Place in downtown St Petersburg Florida has topped off and is on schedule for occupancy in 2009. This morning, on my way to Northern Trust Bank, it was interesting to look up and visually scale the new Signature Place. The model center has moved from the Bank of America Tower over to th...
A house in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St Petersburg Florida had two tombstones on each side of the walk leading up to the house. One side (shown here) are graves for Washington Mutual and AIG. The stones on the other side were for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I wonder if the homeowner is a ...
Have you every spent more time worrying about something or postponing something than it would take to actually do it? Have you worried what someone's reaction would be when you called them or talked to them? Have you put off prospecting calls and chosen busy work instead? Just do it. Hmmm That wa...
  Sunday Open Houses haven't been generating much traffic for us in St. Petersburg, Florida - maybe's it's the sunny days for boating to nearby islands; maybe it's the Bucs football game; maybe they just want to look online. So - let's vary things a bit - we'll have a Saturday afternoon Open Hou...
After just posting about the new security service, My Mobile Witness, I started wondering - what procedures does your office have in place to help keep you secure? Procedures need to be consistent, so that they are not discriminatory. Some offices have a small sign posted on their reception desk ...
My Mobile Witness is an excellent safety tool I learned about this morning. Often real estate agents meet someone at a property (whether it's a potential buyer or a potential seller). If you're a member (membership is free) of My Mobile Witness, take a photo and send it to the My Mobile Witness l...
This was the view from the balcony of my hotel room at the Tradewinds on St Pete Beach this morning. The sound of the surf, the mild sea breeze, the bright sunshine - that's a nice weekend welcome. Taking a couple of days off from work (well, mostly off) I'm enjoying a Staycation with my husband....
  To me, a neighborhood spot, whether it's a cafe in Europe or here at Kahwa Coffee in downtown St Petersburg, is where you have a mixture of ages and backgrounds, a mix that's - well - just like a neighborhood.   Whether it's a Cheers type bar like The Rare Olive, or Kawha, or Starbucks - if yo...
Statistics may be a dry topic, though they can be enlivened by charts and graphs, which visual people prefer. Nonethtless, statistics are a great tool for showing sellers and buyers the reality of the current market. Nearly every conference I attend these days talks about statistcs. The media tal...
We all have different reasons for attending (or not attending) the NAR conventions. For me, it's not the huge parties with thousands of people, nor is it the educational sessions, as good as some might be (there are so many other great educational sessions all year long), it's the trade show.  So...

Sharon Simms

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