September Real Estate Market Update

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September continued the trend of strong sales and low inventory and was the 6th month in a row with less than 3 months inventory for our local market.  There was also a noticeable spike in properties going under contract in September due to agents and buyers trying to avoid the changes which just happened on […]

Major Changes Coming Oct 3rd Affect Buyers and Sellers

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There are 2 pretty major changes happening October 3rd that will have an effect on a majority buyers and sellers. This change was supposed to happen August 1st but got delayed a couple months to allow agents, lenders and title companies to better prepare – and it’s now almost upon us. If the Realtors, lender […]

Property Tax Breaks

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There are various ways for you to save some money on your property taxes if you’re a Florida resident. These all require that you file with the county property appraiser’s office by the end of February. To qualify, you must occupy the property as your primary residence by Jan 1st of that year. Homestead Exemption […]

Buying in a Low Inventory Market

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During this past month I worked with some buyers who didn’t quite believe me when I tried to explain what the low inventory market meant. One buyer told me recently that they didn’t think it would affect them that much until they had seen several homes they were interested in go under contract before we […]

Buyer Disaster Barely Avoided

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I hate it when my clients have to go through situations like this but at least I can then share what they went through so that you can hopefully avoid a similar situation. The Beginning This buyer was referred to me by his aunt and father who had both bought homes from me in the […]

July 2015 Pinellas County Market Report

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There has been little change in the overall trend of strong sales and very low inventory in our local market and, as I predicted, July was also a very strong month. Until interest rates rise or the October change in closing documents comes about it should continue this trend. July was another strong month for […]

Quality–>Value–>Price

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I get asked all the time what I think a home or condo is worth so let me give you a simple explanation to help in understanding how this should be viewed. The price that a seller should get or that a buyer should pay depends on the value of the property they are looking […]

Pinellas county residential real estate sales graph Jan 2007 thru Jun 2015

June 2015 Pinellas County Market Report

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I’ve been writing for the last couple months that I expected June and possibly July to be stronger than usual due to the regulation changes that will begin on August 1st – those have now been delayed to Oct 3rd but June was still a very strong month. In fact, it is now the highest […]

Buyers and Sellers Deserve Better

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I was a bit dismayed over the last couple months to see how some other agents worked in a less than professional manner and put the deal before their clients. Over the years I have received compliments from title companies and loan officers about the job I do for both my buyers and sellers and […]

May 2015 Pinellas County Market Report

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The month of May did not show as much an increase from last year as March and April did but it did still have a noticeable rise of almost 10%. We are now in a higher range than we have been since the market fell back in 2006 and the trend is continuing. I think […]

 
 

 
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