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Don’t get left out of this important market! Did you know that 22% of all International buyers in the USA bought property in Florida? International buyers are a significant component of the Florida real estate market. 74% purchase with cash & spend an average of $174, 624 for their Florida-based home. According to National Association of Realtors, between April 2015 & March 2016, two out of three Florida Realtors worked with International buyers last year

Please join us for this very informative day. Excellent speakers & 3 hours of CE credit too!

NOW IS THE TIME to get involved with International Real Estate. Attend our Pinellas International Council’s 6th Annual Global Symposium and learn the proper way to work with buyers & sellers from around the world ! Register here: http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/popup.php?op=view&id=108868777&crd=pro

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Are you a REALTOR who deals with international real estate and want to build “global” business skills? Then you need to attend this class!

Please join us on Thursday, February 2nd from 8:30 to noon.

You will learn from two international real estate experts on these subjects:

1. Opportunities for International Networking and Marketing Properties – Tami Simms, Coastal Property Group
* Understanding the importance of international buyers
* Resources for networking with international agents
* Where to market internationally
* How to market properties effectively to international buyers

2. Working with International Buyers and Sellers with a focus on the Asian market – Jiayin Liao, Bailey Glasser Law Firm
* Learn how to help Asians realize their dreams of a cross-border lifestyle
* Learn how to keep up with the latest information on both sides of the border and work together to determine the best course of action
* Become familiar with cross-border issues whether they are related to language, culture, law or just plain common sense.

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  Here is an overview of how our area is performing.
The single family homes real estate markets in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties are still looking very strong after the third quarter of 2016. Higher median sales prices, more closed sales, and faster time to contract are all good news for sellers.
Inventory has shrunk year-over-year for the second quarter. Median Days to Contract is down in the Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco markets, reflecting the short amount of time a home is on the market between being listed and being sold. All of this means fewer homes to choose from and a likelihood of more competition between buyers.
As your local Realtor® and Neighborhood Advocate, I am your resource for data that affects our communities and your property value. Homeownership affordability and accessibility is a cornerstone of the Realtor® advocacy efforts at every level – local, state and national.
Here are some highlights from the Florida Realtors® Quarter 3 2016 Statistics Release for the Single Family Home Market Segment:

  • Closed Sales: Slightly down for Pinellas County; up for Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 3 2016 from Quarter 3 2015. This statistic is a good indicator of the overall health of the market, and successful closed sales mean a win-win for both buyers and sellers.

o    Pinellas County: 3,709 Closed Sales Q3 2016 vs. 3,759 Closed Sales Q3 2015, a 1.3% decrease
o    Hillsborough County: 5,257 Closed Sales Q3 2016 vs. 4,928 Closed Sales Q3 2015, a 6.7% increase
o    Pasco County: 2,719 Closed Sales Q3 2016 vs. 2,648 Closed Sales Q3 2015, a 2.7% increase

  • Median Sale Price: Up for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 3 2016 from Quarter 3 2015. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half the homes sold for less.

o    Pinellas County: $219,900 Median Sale Price Q3 2016 vs. $186,000 Median Sale Price Q3 2015, an 18.2% increase
o    Hillsborough County: $224,045 Median Sale Price Q3 2016 vs. $202,000 Median Sale Price Q3 2015, a 10.9% increase
o    Pasco County: $185,000 Median Sale Price Q3 2016 vs. $157,500 Median Sale Price Q3 2015, a 17.5% increase

  • Inventory (Active Listings): Down for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 3 2016 from Quarter 3 2015. When inventory is low, there are fewer houses on the market and buyers are often competing for homes or have a tougher time finding a home that suits their exact needs. Flexibility, planning and preparation are key to being able to make an offer on a home when you do find what you’re looking for.

o    Pinellas County: 3,857 Active Listings Q3 2016 vs. 3,952 Active Listings Q3 2015, down 2.4%
o    Hillsborough County: 5,113 Active Listings Q3 2016 vs. 5,251 Active Listings Q3 2015, down 2.6%
o    Pasco County: 2,518 Active Listings Q3 2016 vs. 2,905 Active Listings Q3 2015, down 13.3%

  • Median Days to Contract: Down for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 3 2016 from Quarter 3 2015. The midpoint of the number of days it took for a property to receive a sales contract during that time. The faster a home goes to contract, the less time it is on the market for sale. Another good indicator for sellers and a tool for buyers to understand how to reach their goals in a hot market.

o    Pinellas County: 27 Days Q3 2016 vs. 32 Days Q3 2015, a 15.6% decrease
o    Hillsborough County: 29 Days Q3 2016 vs. 39 Days Q3 2015, a 25.6% decrease
o    Pasco County: 29 Days Q3 2016 vs. 43 Days Q3 2015, a 32.6% decrease

If you would like to discuss the market statistics further, or would like me to keep you informed, I would welcome the opportunity to provide monthly stats for you. Please don’t hesitate to email me at AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com or call me at 727-804-6566 if I can be of service.

© 2016 Pinellas Realtor Organization

Tomorrow about 100 teams will be participating in the Coastal Charity Challenge Scavenger Hunt to raise money for local charities. Each team could win up to $10,000. for their charity. Each team is made up of 4 members. Our team, which consists of Denise Reilly, Karen Vogel, Dana Tenaglia and me, will be trying to raise money for Morning Star School-Pinellas Park . So please look for our posts tomorrow on Facebook #CCChallenge. This could be very entertaining for all while we perform tasks, collect poker chips and, hopefully, raise money for our charities!! Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

SCAVENGER HUNT TIME:        10AM-2PM

AWARDS CEREMONY/PARTY:    2PM-4PM
  • 1st Place: $10,000 for your Charity

  • 2nd Place: $2,000 for your Charity

  • 3rd-5th Place: $1,000 for your Charity

**** DONATED BY COASTAL PROPERTIES GROUP

  1. Meet at SEA DOG BREWING COMPANY– 26200 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33761 on Saturday, May 21st at 9:30am for registration.
  2. Hunt begins promptly at 10:00am. There is no time limit except that you must return to finish line by 2:00pm. 

  3. Each team will randomly be given a card as their starting point. They must drive to the location and will be asked to perform a task which will earn them a poker chip. Each chip is worth a different amount. The chip amounts are unknown and will be assigned during the Grand Prize Gathering. Each team will attempt to attain the maximum number of poker chips. Teams will be required to take a picture of their task and upload it to Facebook. #CCChallenge  All team members must be present in the photo. Teams must stay together thoroughout the challenge. 

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Here’s a little information about our charity:

Morning Star School-Pinellas Park is dedicated to helping our students develop into educated, well-rounded, productive and successful members of society. We offer a caring, Christian learning environment where kids are able to succeed. The positive is accentuated to help our students recognize their potential.

Ours is a unique school that offers an individualized educational program designed specifically to meet the academic needs of each pupil.  Our teachers take pride in skillfully developing academic lessons with every student in mind.  The ungraded classrooms allow all to excel at their own pace.  Our intention is that each Morning Star student will have the opportunity to reach his or her maximum potential academically, socially, and spiritually.

We understand that children with special education requirements need more care and attention than is often offered in a traditional school setting. These students necessitate individualized instruction from caring professionals who are trained to understand and meet each student’s unique needs.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/longdivision.com/Morningstar+Final+Draft-HD-1280×720.mp4– This is the link to the video.

This is the link to the website – www.morningstarschool.org/

The sponsors for the challenge are: 

SWAT
Exterminating Co. 

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Please join us for the 4th Annual Global Real Estate Symposium! Register NOW before it’s too late.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 8:00am – 4:30pm
The Pinellas International Council presents the 4th Annual Global Symposium. Engage with fellow REALTORS® and learn from our expert speakers working with the global market. Plus register & attend the afternoon session for CE credits.
2015 Global Real Estate Symposium Flyer

Door prizes will be raffled off! You must be present to win, but won’t want to miss out!

YOU’LL HEAR FROM:
1. Susan Inez-Poskus, International CPA with Roberge Poskus International
“International Tax Items for Non-Residents – Changes and Concerns”


2. Joe Schneider, Manager of Global Business Development & Outreach at NAR
“The Impact of Globalization on Your Local Market: Working Profitably with Foreign Buyers”

3. Paula Smith, CCIM, Broker Associate | Robert Barber, CCIM, Residential and Commercial Specialist (both with Coastal Properties Group International)
Commercial Outlook 2015″

PLUS – 3 HOUR CE CREDIT COURSE:
“Marketing to International Clients”
taught by Pablo Wong, Senior VP for Market Development for Fidelity National Financial
NOTE: This class will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you just want to attend the class you may, but you still need to register.

SCHEDULE:
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Sign-in, networking, continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Symposium
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Networking, appetizers and drinks
There will be a lunch break and lunch will be provided for you! All other food and drink is included in the registration fee, and is provided by our Affiliate Business Partners. Please visit them during the networking periods!

Contact: Jan Dean
Email: JDean@tampabayrealtor.com
Phone: 727-216-3004

Location Details
Pinellas REALTOR Organization
4590 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater FL 33762

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566
AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

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