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From the National Association of REALTORS® Commercial and Global Services:
“Your association’s Global Business Council has been named a Platinum Council in the 2017 Global Achievement Program. Reaching the Platinum award level places you in the top 11% of councils operating nationwide. Your council contributed to raising members’ awareness of global business in your local market. Your council has demonstrated the utmost commitment to helping members capture their share of the global real estate market in the United States, in addition to connecting your council and members to the global community in your area.”
We, the Pinellas International Council board would like to thank NAR, the Pinellas REALTOR® Organization (PRO), the Pinellas Realtor Affiliates, and all of the members of the Pinellas International Council for making this recognition possible!! Thank you all so much!! We will do our best to continue bringing Global education and events to our members.
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Here are a few things to check out in St Petersburg & St Pete Beach today, Friday, October 13th and tomorrow Saturday, October 14th. Ooooo, Friday the 13th…good luck & have fun!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Friday Night Music Series at Sundial
Free Friday Night Music Series with Ella Jet, a jazzy neo-soul singer/songwriter from St. Petersburg and in 2014 was selected for the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project.  6pm-10pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Concert in Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy live music under the stars. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. Featuring the Alter Eagles. 7pm Free.

Make a Clay Pumpkin at Morean Center for Clay
2-hour introduction on wheel-throwing, for a limited time learn to make your own ceramic Jack O’Lantern. Bring a towel, your favorite beverage. All clay materials included. At the end of class and they will bisque & glaze your piece. Cost is $100 for up to 4 people, $25 per additional guest. Register at (727)821-7162. 420 22nd St South.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

St. Pete Beach Fire Rescue, 7301 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach

Families can meet local firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog with fire station tours, child fingerprinting, face painting, games and fire safety information. 11am Free.

Mastry’s Brewing Company Birthday OktoBeerfest

7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach’s first and only brewery turns one year old, live music, new beers on tap, food & other local beermakers that helped get the brewery started. 12 noon


Zine Fest & Cassette Store Day 
at Daddy Kool Records

Join Daddy Kool Records celebrates zines and cassettes! Local zines (small publisher magazine-fanzine, webzine) sell their zines, prints, shirts, pins & patches. It is also Cassette Store Day so there will be exclusive cassette releases, a cassette-based DJ, & free cassette mixtape of local bands curated by Ricky of Reality Asylum! 1pm-6pm. 666 Central Ave, St. Pete

Oktoberfest Ride at Hofbrauhaus St. Pete
‘Burg Pub Riders are back for Oktoberfest-Dirndl dresses & Lederhose. Meet at 5pm and leave around 6pm for Hawthorne Bottle Shop and end at the Independent. Please make sure to bring lights since this will be a night ride. 123 4th St South.

Inaugural ArtsXchange Gallery Art Show at the Warehouse Arts District
The Inaugural ArtsXchange Gallery Art Show with artwork from 22 of the ArtsXchange’s new artists. “Where Art Is Made” Show starts at 5pm. 515 22nd St South. 

ArtWalk at St. Pete Artworks, 635 Central Ave., St. Pete

David Larson Evans’ solo exhibit, “On Being Human,” with indie-folk-pop music of AmandaLynn.  5pm Free.

Florida Holocaust Museum:The Book of Fire Reception

55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg

Reception for an exhibit of paintings, drawings, prints and artist’s books designed to propel viewers into a world of fire and devastation. In conjunction with Keep St. Pete Lit, nine writers perform their short stories, poems and imaginings inspired by this exhibition. Complimentary beer, wine & light snacks. 5:30pm Free.

The Florida Orchestra POPS: Swing is the Thing at the Mahaffey Theater
Jump ‘n’ jive from the 1940’s to the ‘60s with hits like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy & Rock Around the Clock. Featuring dancers, vocalists, on clarinet Dave Bennett.  8pm.  400 1st St SE.

Tue, Sept 19, 2017 9:00am – 12:00pm

Brought to you by the Pinellas International Council, this is a morning packed with information given by 3 long-time accomplished REALTORS® working in the commercial/international market. All you need to know – from marketing properties to how to mingle and behave with international clients, selling and buying commercial properties for international clients in the USA, and finding, marketing, selling properties globally – what you need to do, what you need to know.

Commercial 9 2017

You’ll hear from:
Carlos Fuentes – “Commercial Real Estate in the Global Market”
* Local market appeal
* Global presence
* Due diligence items
* CAP rate determination
* How to position yourself

Tina Eloian – “International Real Estate”
* Taipei, Taiwan culture, customs, and traditions
* Taiwanese business etiquette – CCIM Commercial Foundations class
* Business owners, investors and brokers
* CCIM Pitch Session
* Bankers, investors, brokers
* Real estate in Taiwan vs. real estate in the US

Rob Barber – “Marketing Worldwide”
* Personal brand for global
* Attention is all that matters
* Why video is a must

SCHEDULE:  Tue, Sept 19, 2017 9:00am – 12:00pm
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Sign-in, networking, and continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. to noon: Presentations

REGISTRATION:
Pinellas International Council (PIC) Members ($10):
Click here to register.

PRO Members ($15):
Click here to register.

Non-PRO Members ($15):
Click here to register.
PInellas Realtor Organization, 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater Florida

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

Please join the Pinellas International Council on September 19, 2017 to learn about the international client investing in the US, and how to partner with commercial professionals to grow your international business.

Three highly respected international commercial real estate professionals will share their insights and expertise while keeping the International buyer and seller in mind.  We welcome the return of Carlos Fuentes and Rob Barber, who both have given us invaluable commercial information in past years and are looking forward to having Tina Eloian join them. All three of these speakers have their CCIM. 

CCIM stands for Certified Commercial Investment Member. Members must have completed advanced coursework in financial and market analysis, and demonstrated extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry. CCIM designees are recognized as leading experts in commercial investment real estate.

You must register in advance for this event. Thank you.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9 am-12 noon at Pinellas Realtor Organization, 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, Florida

Please register on PinellasRealtor.org, Education and Events Calendar.

http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

 

Go Global with Commercial Sept 19 2017

Recent updates for the new St. Pete Pier! We have been without our iconic pier since May 2013. The St. Petersburg Pier was a 5 story inverted pyramid and a destination for both tourists & locals since it was constructed in 1973. It stretched from downtown St. Petersburg out into the the Tampa Bay. We had restaurants, local shops, fishing, pelican feeding, dolphin boat tours, pirate boat rides, boat rentals, the Pier Aquarium, a floating wedding chapel & a fantastic view from the glass elevators & the fifth floor of downtown & the Tampa Bay. It was always a nice walk with lots of activities going on. I miss it & I miss being able to take friends & family to THE PIER when they visited.

The original pier was built in 1889 by the Orange Belt Railway. It was extremely popular immediately. In 1906 the Electric Pier was a place for the trolley & steamships. So HOPEFULLY, we will soon have a pier here in St Pete again.

Here’s the latest video: ‘St. Pete In Progress’, featuring Mayor Rick Kriseman and author and city expert Peter Kageyama, is a monthly look at exciting projects and plans that are in-progress.

 

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PROFARM Neighborhood Advocates
Q4 2016 Stats (March 2017)

Greetings!

Florida Realtors® recently released the 2016 fourth quarter (October through December) real estate market statistics for the state. I wanted to give you an overview of how our area is performing.

The single family homes real estate markets in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties finished out strong in 2016. Median Sale Price continued to rise through the end of the year in all three counties. Closed Sales in Hillsborough County were up and held about even in Pinellas and Pasco. Pinellas rebounded from being down in Quarter 3 of 2016 year-over-year in Closed Sales.

Inventory has shrunk year-over-year for the fourth quarter in Pinellas and Pasco, but Hillsborough is finally showing signs of an increase in Active Listings (Inventory). Median Days to Contract was down in the Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco markets, though the year-over-year margin started to soften in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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 4 2016 Statistics Release for the Single Family Home Market Segment:

  • Closed Sales: Slightly up for Pinellas County; up for Hillsborough County and down only slightly for Pasco County for Quarter 4 2016 from Quarter 4 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.
  • Pinellas County: 3,351 Closed Sales Q4 2016 vs. 3,271 Closed Sales Q4 2015, a 2.4% increase
  • Hillsborough County: 4,641 Closed Sales Q4 2016 vs. 4,225 Closed Sales Q4 2015, a 9.8% increase
  • Pasco County: 2,335 Closed Sales Q4 2016 vs. 2,340 Closed Sales Q4 2015, a 0.2% decrease
  • Median Sale Price: Up for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 4 2016 from Quarter 4 2015. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half the homes sold for less.
  • Pinellas County: $218,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2016 vs. $185,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2015, a 17.6% increase
  • Hillsborough County: $225,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2016 vs. $205,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2015, a 9.8% increase
  • Pasco County: $185,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2016 vs. $160,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2015, a 15.6% increase
  • Inventory (Active Listings): Down for Pinellas County and Pasco County and up just slightly for Hillsborough County for Quarter 4 2016 from Quarter 4 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.
  • Pinellas County: 3,288 Active Listings Q4 2016 vs. 3,317 Active Listings Q4 2015, down 0.9%
  • Hillsborough County: 4,382 Active Listings Q4 2016 vs. 4,364 Active Listings Q4 2015, up 0.4%
  • Pasco County: 2,217 Active Listings Q4 2016 vs. 2,491 Active Listings Q4 2015, down 11.0%
  • Median Days to Contract: Down for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 4 2016 from Quarter 4 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.
  • Pinellas County: 29 Days Q4 2016 vs. 31 Days Q4 2015, a 6.5% decrease
  • Hillsborough County: 32 Days Q4 2016 vs. 39 Days Q4 2015, a 17.9% decrease
  • Pasco County: 30 Days Q4 2016 vs. 41 Days Q4 2015, a 26.8% decrease

Please don’t hesitate to email me at AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com or call me at 727-804-6566, if I can be of service. Thank you so much.
© 2017 Pinellas Realtor Organization

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Sacred Art Tour of Tibetan Monks 2017

From January 31-February 5th, Florida CraftArt welcomes eight exiled Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India who will create a Sacred World Peace Sand Mandala that was designed by the Dalai Lama and depicts all religions in harmony.

World Peace Sand Mandala

Saturday, February 4, 2017 10:00am
Creation of Mandala
Sunday, February 5, 2017 12:00pm
Finalization of Mandala
Sunday, February 5, 2017 1:00pm
Dissolution Ceremony

During the closing ceremony on Sunday, February 5 at 1 p.m., the monks will dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sand to symbolize the impermanence of all phenomena. It is meant to be a teaching to show that everything that exists has a beginning, a middle and an end. Then monks will then lead a procession to Tampa Bay where they will deposit the sand and perform a Buddhist blessing.

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – Saturday & Sunday 3pm

American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theatre-163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg

August Wilson’s Century Cycle, owners of a boarding house play host to a makeshift family of people with connections to slavery. Some stay days, some longer. Through Feb. 26. $39-$49.

The Golden Ticket – Saturday

Coliseum-535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg

The 86th annual All Children’s Hospital Charity Ball features dinner, dancing and an auction. Benefits Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Starts at 6 or 6:30 p.m. $250.

Frida Kahlo at The Dali     through April 17th, 2017  http://thedali.org/   downtown waterfront of St Pete

This exhibits gives us some insight into the extraordinary career and life of the great 20th century Mexican artist. More than 60 Kahlo pieces are on display, including 15 paintings, seven drawings and numerous personal photographs from the celebrated female artist. The outdoor portion of the exhibition includes a special collection of flowers and plants representative of those in Kahlo’s own garden at Casa Azul. I have been lucky enough to visit her beloved Casa Azul in the Coyoacán district of Mexico City with a dear friend. I was in cielo (or heaven)!

 

 

    

PROFarm Neighborhood Advocates
Penny for Pinellas (January 2017)


Infrastructure is critical to our economic growth, and obviously economic growth impacts the value of your home. Taxes, namely property taxes, also impact real estate. For the last thirty years Pinellas County has levied a 1 cent sales tax to pay for roads, police and fire stations, bridges, etc. In November 2017 voters will decide if the penny tax will continue.

In 1989, 1997, and 2007 Pinellas County citizens voted to increase their sales tax by 1 cent to fund needed infrastructure projects. The goal was to make long-term investments in our future without putting the burden completely on property owners. There were needs across the county and elected leaders were facing the prospect of raising property taxes to fill the funding void. Instead, they put it to the voters for a 1 cent tax, and this Fall they will have the option to re-authorize that tax again.

Penny for Pinellas FAQs:

  • Is the tax permanent? No. As the voters have done three times prior, this vote would authorize the Penny for ten more years, specifically the fiscal years of 2020-2030. If passed in the Fall, voters would have the opportunity to re-authorize again in 2027.

 

  • Who gets the money? The county collects the funds and keeps some for its own infrastructure projects. The majority of the money is spread out to the 24 cities in Pinellas County for various needs. They do have to submit their list of projects prior to the vote, and that list is public. Voters will be able to decide if the projects are worthy of the increased tax.

 

  • What happens if the re-authorization fails? A wide range of projects deemed necessary by many while either not be funded, or elected officials could decide to increase property taxes.

 

  • Where could I find more information about the Penny? The county has set up a website with lots of useful information including list of projects, and the history of Penny for Pinellas. It is www.pinellascounty.org/penny/

This issue has the potential to affect you and our local economy, so I thought that you might be interested. If you have questions regarding this or any real estate needs, please feel free to email me at AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com or call me at 727-804-6566.

dunedin

The name of this small town, located on the west coastal of central Florida comes from Dùn Èideann, which is the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh-the capital of Scotland.

Dunedin is one of the few towns or cities that still has open waterfront views to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Its beaches, including Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island, and Caladesi Island State Park, are consistently rated among the best beaches in the world. Dunedin is located between Clearwater, the Gulf of Mexico and by Palm Harbor. And yet it is close to Tampa, St Petersburg and Tampa International Airport. A very nice location. Small town feel with worldly connections.

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In the 1800’s Scottish families originally settled in the area. In 1852 two Scotsmen by the names of J.O. Douglas and James Sumerville, called the area Dunedin after their hometown in Scotland-Edinburgh. Once upon a time Dunedin was one of Florida’s main ports with the largest fleet of sailing ships in the state.

Once a year, usually in April,  the Dunedin Highland Games are held with competitions including caber tossing, sheep herding, stone throwing & pipe and drum bands. There is also the DUNEDIN CELTIC MUSIC & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, usually held in November.

Dunedin has been the training site for every Blue Jays Spring Training season for the last 40 YEARS. This makes Toronto the only major league franchise to have remained in the same location for all of its spring training.

If you want to know about Dunedin, Florida, you might want to watch this short video produced by St Pete-Clearwater. It is a great overview of city of Dunedin, the Pinellas Trail, Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island State Park.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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