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REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:

  1. Ethical treatment. Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. The first obligation is to you, the client.
  2. An expert guide. Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
  3. Objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need. By understanding both your needs and search area, they can also point out neighborhoods you don’t know much about but that might suit your needs better than you’d thought.
  4. Expanded search power. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A REALTOR® can help you find opportunities not listed on home search sites and can help you avoid out-of-date listings that might be showing up as available online but are no longer on the market.
  5. Negotiation knowledge. There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows enough time for you to complete inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.
  6. Up-to-date experience. Most people buy only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
  7. Your rock during emotional moments. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.

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Coastal Properties Group International is the Leader in Luxury Real Estate in the Tampa Bay Area from St Petersburg to St Pete Beach to Clearwater Beach to Tampa! For two years in row, Coastal Properties Group International has been the affiliate of the year for Christie’s International Real Estate. I rarely toot my own horn, but I am so proud to be a member of such a wonderful group of Real Estate Advisors. This is the beginning of my 5th year with Coastal Properties International and I plan to be with them for many more years. As an invitation-only boutique brokerage, we specialize in beach, waterfront and luxury properties. We understand what it takes to market and sell a luxury home or estate. Coastal Properties Group sells an average of five properties per day; and a waterfront property every day.

Please join PRO/CPAR and the Pinellas International Council in welcoming realtors from Brazil next week. We will be touring properties in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties, attending a special presentation tours of the Tampa International Airport and the Port of Tampa, visiting the Salvador Dali Museum, Dale Chihuly Collection, and the Tampa History Museum, Madeira Beach, John’s Pass, Clearwater Beach as well as a Starlight Cruise dinner. In addition we will hold an all day seminar with lunch at the Pinellas Realtor Organization building with speakers listed below on the flyer. The morning session will be held primarily in Portuguese and Spanish while the afternoon will be primarily held English. All are invited to attend both. Education and networking is a must!

Please Register in Advance. https://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Hope to see you there for one day or all of the days! Thanks.

Brazil inbound trade mission for local realtors

Glass House, a tri-level penthouse in downtown St. Petersburg\u2019s Signature Place condo tower, is on the market for $3.1 million. [Courtesy of Becky McConnell]

ST. PETERSBURG — For a limited time, you could own the loftiest penthouse in the Tampa Bay area.

Glass House, a tri-level condo in downtown St. Petersburg’s Signature Place, just went on the market for $3.1 million. Spanning the 34th through 36th floors, it will be the area’s most skyward condo until the 41-story ONE St. Petersburg tower is completed later this year.

Since listing the unit last week, “I’ve already had two showings with potential,’’ agent Becky McConnell said.

The seller, who is building a home on Snell Isle, is asking $1.265 million more than he paid for the condo three years ago. He has not made any changes to the 4,177-square-foot unit, which had undergone a massive renovation by its previous owners, interior designer Rob Bowen and Bob Glaser, CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate.

They paid $1 million for the unit in 2012. Bowen’s team then spent 18 months stripping it down to bare concrete and eliminating all but one wall on the unit’s first floor to maximize the space and views of the city and the bay.

The condo’s base level, which has a wraparound balcony, contains the kitchen, living and dining areas with black-veined marble floors. An elevator provides access to a family room, home office, guest room and laundry on the second floor, and the master bedroom and guest suite on the third floor.

The most striking tower in downtown St. Petersburg, Signature Place at 175 First St. S also has been among the most problem-plagued.

The project was announced in 2005 at the peak of the real estate boom and neared completion just as the market collapsed in 2008. Plagued by slow sales, developer Joel Cantor had to slash prices and finally resorted to an auction to unload dozens of the 244 units.

In 2014, the condo association sued Cantor and others alleging that the building had numerous construction and design defects. For well over a year, much of the facade was sheathed in scaffolding as workers replaced stucco in danger of falling and made other repairs.

The case was settled last year and now “the scaffolding is down, everything is remediated and everything is paid for,” McConnell said.

Sale prices in the tower, which had tumbled during the repair work, have rebounded, although not to the level of condos with addresses on nearby Beach Drive. In the past six months, Signature Place units have sold for as little as $390,000 and as much a $1.225 million.

Glass House is the third-priciest downtown condo currently on the market, exceeded only by two units in Ovation on Beach Drive. The top asking price is $3.95 million for a condo owned by Mindy Grossman, former head of St. Petersburg-based HSN and now CEO of WW (the recently renamed Weight Watchers International).

https://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/St-Pete-s-Glass-House-condo-hits-market-for-3-1-million-_172170874

Contact Susan Taylor Martin at smartin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8642. Follow 
@susanskate.

IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 2018 – ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q2 2018 Pre-Mover Housing Index finds that Chicago, Washington, D.C., OrlandoTampa-St. Petersburg and Atlanta posted the highest pre-mover index in the second quarter of 2018 in the larger-metro category. ATTOM says a high score is “predictive of a high percentage of homeowners moving in the third quarter.”

ATTOM’s quarterly report looks at 36 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with at least 500,000 single-family homes and condos using data collected from purchase loan applications on residential real estate transactions.

The Pre-Mover Housing Index is based on the ratio of homes with a “pre-mover” indicator compared to total single-family homes and condos in a given geography, indexed off the national average. An index above 100 is above the national average and indicates an above-average ratio of homes that will likely be sold in the next 90 days in a given market.

Among a broader set of 131 metro areas with at least 100,000 single family homes and condos, those posting the highest pre-mover index in Q2 2018 were Wilmington, N.C. (206); Colorado Springs, Colo. (178); and Manchester-Nashua, N.H. (172); followed by Chicago (168) and Washington, D.C. (166).

“A higher pre-mover index bodes well for local real estate agents, home improvement stores, moving companies and others that benefit from the halo effect of a home sale,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions.

“Meanwhile markets with a low pre-mover index likely have a scarcity of inventory available to buy or relatively weak demand from prospective buyers – or some combination of both – which is not optimal for businesses that rely on the home sale halo effect,” Blomquist adds.

ATTOM has a pre-mover heat map on its website that displays the likelihood of home sales by city.

States with the highest pre-mover index in the second quarter of 2018 – predictive of a high percentage of homeowners moving in the third quarter – were North Dakota (275), Illinois (193), Nevada (164), Virginia (163), and Colorado (147). Other states with a pre-mover index among the 10 highest in Q2 2018 were New Jersey (133), Florida (133), Delaware (130), Maryland (127), and Utah (124).

Florida cities ranked by pre-mover index ranking

  • Orlando-Kissimmee: 136
  • Jacksonville: 136
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater: 133
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven: 126
  • Ocala: 109
  • Port St. Lucie: 100
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville: 95
  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers: 91
  • Deltona-Dayton Beach-Ormond Beach: 90
  • Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice: 87
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach: 85
  • Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent: 65
  • Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin: 58
  • Naples-Marco Island: 53

© 2018 Florida Realtors®

This is a short & sweet infograph explaining some of the many things that professional Realtors do for buyers and seller. There are approximately 180 different items that we do in each transaction, depending on the situation. Below is from Keeping Current Matters.

5 Reasons to Love Using A RE Pro [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

 

  • Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make!
  • They are there for you to help with paperwork, understanding the process, negotiations, and helping you with pricing (both when making an offer or setting the right price for your home).
  • One of the top reasons to hire a real estate professional is their understanding of your local market and how the conditions in your neighborhood will impact your experience.

 

Please join the Pinellas International Council from 9-4:30 on March 16, 2018 for our 7th Annual Global Real Estate Symposium. You will learn about International Tax Issues from Susan Poskus-always a crowd pleaser because of her extensive knowledge! Also Brent Parkway, of the Pinellas County Economic Development and April Kalapp of First American Title will be presenting. To end the day, why not earn some CE credits from Don Gonzalez, attorney followed by networking, wine and appetizers?!

Not bad for $10-$15 for the day. Become a Council member & the event is only $10.

You MUST register by March 9th.

7th Annual Global Symposium 3-16-18

 

If you are wistfully looking out the window right now wishing it were time for vacation, you are not alone. In fact, Sherwin-Williams just announced the 2018 color of the year, and it basically looks like vacation splattered all over your walls.

Break out your paintbrushes, because Sherwin-Williams announced their 2018 color of the year
Image: Sherwin-Williams

by   http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/1136438/sherwin-williams-2018-color-of-the-year

Sherwin-Williams has declared Oceanside their color of the year. It’s a deep blue-green hue that can’t help but make us think of travel. We want to be sitting by the ocean enjoying the breeze. Instead, we’re at work. Dreaming.

“People today have a growing sense of adventure, and it is making its way into even the coziest corners of our homes. We are craving things that remind us of bright folklore, like mermaids and expeditions across continents,”  Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, told People. “Oceanside is the color of wanderlust right in our own homes.”

If a vacation isn’t on your horizon quite yet, then painting your house with the hues of the ocean is a great backup choice. And if you are looking to be part of the trend but painting your walls is not an option right now, there are lots of great accessories that give you the same vibe, but will also allow you to get your security deposit back. .

Here are some of our favorite accessories that closely resemble Oceanside and will give your home a nice burst of color.

Break out your paintbrushes, because Sherwin-Williams announced their 2018 color of the year
Image: Etsy

This wall art found on Etsy is giving us all sorts of calming nature vibes.

Break out your paintbrushes, because Sherwin-Williams announced their 2018 color of the year
Image: JCPenney

We also love this fantastic hand-tufted rug, a great way to brighten even the most basic of room decor.

Break out your paintbrushes, because Sherwin-Williams announced their 2018 color of the year
Image: Ikea

Or, finally, this blanket from Ikea is a fun way to brighten up your drab couch.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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