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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

 

    

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.

 

Happy New Year!  ¡Feliz año nuevo! Frohes neues Jahr! Bonne année! Feliz Ano Novo!

Ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος! Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh! Godt nytt år! Manuia le tausaga fou!

Felice anno nuovo! 新年快乐!Xīnnián kuàilè!  明けましておめでとうございます!

Do you need some ideas on where to celebrate this New Year’s Eve? From First Night to rooftop parties to white sand celebrations, here are some of the many ways to ring in the NEW YEAR:

  First Night St. Petersburg’s 24th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the Arts. A family-friendly event featuring live music, entertainment, drama, dance, games, art, fireworks, musical petting zoo, a poetry celebration at Studio@620 and a New Year’s Salsa at Museum of Fine Arts.  The festivities begin at 4pm and run through midnight.  Day of tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (6-12) and children 5 and under enjoy the events for free. http://www.firstnightstpete.com

New Year’s Eve Takes Flight at Loews Don CeSar, St Pete Beach
Have your “passport” & your imagination ready to return to the Golden Age of travel without leaving the white sands of St Pete Beach. “Experience the flavors of Havana, the revelry of New Orleans and immerse yourself in the glamour of Mumbai’s Bollywood”. Enjoy a premium open bar, action stations, hors d’oeuvres and decedant desserts throughout the entire 5th Floor of the classic 1920’s elegant Pink Hotel. Dance to the sounds of Blonde Ambition, playing top 40, pop, rock, country and cross-over Latin music hits along with our top dance DJs. Event runs from 9pm-1am. Tickets are $229 per person. Loews Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Boulevard.

 

The Laser Comedy Show at Unscripted Theatre, St Pete
Before you ring in the New Year, see the show Chicago can’t stop talking about. Chris Fair brings his incredible improv talents to the Burg for the Laser Comedy Show, a glow in the dark etch-a-sketch show that illustrates an improvised story. Shows at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door OR two tickets from $25. Unscripted Theatre, 14 18th Street South.

The Witch’s New Year’s Eve Private Party, downtown St Pete
Join the Ale and the Witch as they close out 2016 with their traditional house party. Only 60 seats are sold and the ticket enables full access to all items at the bar. Event runs from 8pm-1am. Tickets are $66 and are available for purchase at The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Toast by the Coast New Year’s Eve Party at TradeWinds, St Pete Beach
TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach hosts their annual gala in the Grand Ballroom, featuring an open bar, an extensive hors d’oeuvres buffet, and dancing to live music from Motel Funk. From 9pm-1am. Click HERE for more details. TradeWinds, 5500 Gulf Boulevard.

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New Year’s Eve Havana Nights at The Canopy
Join The Canopy for the hottest New Year’s Eve party in the Burg. Enjoy two floors of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet, live band in the grand ballroom, DJ on the rooftop and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $182.65 in advance, $195 at the door if available. The Canopy at The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive Northeast.

Swingin’ in the New Year at the St. Pete Coliseum
All-ages welcome to dance to the music of Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s Band. Balloon drop, party favors, noisemakers, chocolates, prize giveaways, cash bar. PLUS a vintage fashion photo shoot and contest, so dress accordingly! Doors open at 7:30pm, with a swing dance lesson from 8-9pm. The party continues until 1am. Tickets are $30. St. Pete Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue North.

Taste of Bavaria Party at Hofbrauhaus, St Pete
Welcome in 2017 with a taste of Bavaria featuring live German music a balloon drop and a champagne toast. Order all three of the special courses & receive a free bottle of champagne with two Hofbrauhaus flutes, midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. Click HERE to make your reservation or call 727.898.3333. Hofbrauhaus, 123 4th Street South.

DAYA at Jannus Live, downtown St Pete
High-energy dance party for anyone 18+, Oh and it’s “All You Can Responsibly Drink” for the 21 and older crowd. Music by DJ T-Quest, DJ Knex, and  DAYA. Gates open at 8pm. $20 for 18+, $30 for 21+. Click here to purchase. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

Gatsby Gala at Mastry’s Brewing, St Pete Beach
Mastry’s Brewing Co on St. Pete Beach hosts a 1920’s-style evening featuring a new Berliner beer release called “Bubbly,” tapas, photo booth, and DJ. Free entry from 7pm-1am. Parking on-site is limited; additional parking can be found at the community center one block behind the brewery. Mastry’s Brewing, 7701 Blind Pass Road.

Marchand’s New Year’s Eve Party at The Vinoy, downtown St Pete 

Special hors d’ oeuvres from 8-8:30pm. Food stations will be open from 8:45-10pm. Food options include: seafood raw bar, beef tenderloin, herb crusted lamb, butter champagne poached lobster. The dessert at 11pm, featuring dark chocolate chambord truffles, black forest cupcakes, bourbon old fashioned bon bons, drunken cherry tartlets, passion fruit custard, broken vanilla macaroons and more. Click HERE for a full menu. $150 per person. Black tie optional. Call 727.824.8072 for reservations. The Vinoy, 501 5th Avenue North.

The 360 Rooftop Lounge at Kimpton Hotel Zamora, St Pete Beach
Unrivaled views of St. Pete Beach & the fireworks. Includes an open well bar, decadent desserts and a champagne buffet. Food and drink specials start at 4pm. The Boogie Nights rooftop celebration featuring music by The Hunks of Funk begins at 9pm. $175 all inclusive, in advance online. $250 at the door. 360 Rooftop at Kimpton Hotel Zamora, 3701 Gulf Boulevard.

****Don’t drink and drive! Use SPRides downtown or Florida Free Rides at 727.512.4765. Or use Uber and Lyft & local cab companies. Help keep everyone safer.

Happy New Year!  ¡Feliz año nuevo! Frohes neues Jahr! Bonne année! Feliz Ano Novo!

Ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος! Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh! Godt nytt år! Manuia le tausaga fou!

Felice anno nuovo! 新年快乐!Xīnnián kuàilè!  明けましておめでとうございます!

 

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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

Art, music, sports, museums & beaches… there’s so much to do! What are you up to this weekend? Gorgeous sunny day-get out there & enjoy it!!

Arts Alive: Free Museum Day in the Burg
St Petersburg celebrates the arts. Visit 9 museums for free between 10 & 3 today. Participating museums include:
Creative Clay, 1114 Central Avenue
Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South
Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue
Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street South
Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Avenue
Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd Street South
Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast
St. Pete Museum of History, 335 2nd Avenue Northeast
The Dali (Pinellas Country residents only), 1 Dali Boulevard

For more information:http://events.stpete.org/events/1894  Park in downtown garages and ride the St. Petersburg Trolley Downtown Looper or Central Ave. Trolley routes to most locations. www.stpetetrolley.com

Central Avenue Solstice – Eight Mile Long Street Festival
The 2nd Annual Central Avenue Solstice is an all-day free celebration along Central Avenue featuring arts, music and more. The event begins on the far east end of Central Avenue and moves west to the Gulf of Mexico as the sun sets. The solstice festival starts in South Straub Park and ends in the West Central Village Sunset park for a free screening of the film Big, presented by St. Petersburg Preservation. The yoga session in South Straub Park from 7-9am. After, restaurants along Central Avenue will feature $5 Sunny Side Up Breakfast specials from 8-11am, and $7 High Noon Lunch specials from 12-2pm, loads of art, four stages of live music, more food, and more drink, along the entire route of Central Avenue. For more information: www.centralavenuesolstice.com

TBBCA Chalk Walk Festival
A celebration of Live Art as 10 talented, commissioned chalk artists bring amazing drawings to life. TBBCA Chalk Walk is a free, family-friendly, accessible community event enjoyed by people of all ages and levels of art appreciation.Presented in partnership with the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Runs from 10am-5pm. South Straub Park, 250 Beach Drive Northeast.

Keep St. Pete Lit Presents: City-Wide Read and Write In at South Straub Park
Keep Saint Petersburg Local, Keep St. Pete Lit, and Saint Petersburg Public Library System present a program of the Read Local St. Pete Initiative with a City-Wide Read and Write-In at South Straub Park. Bring your picnic blankets, favorite books, or notepads. Relax in the grass and allow your imagination to bask in the sunshine and fresh air. They will have a special area for writers with writing prompts to get your imaginations brewing. Runs from noon-5pm. South Straub Park, 250 Bayshore Drive Southeast.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red

September 24 – 6:10 pm

September 25 – 1:10 pm

Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL  www.raysbaseball.com

The Many Faces of Casa Masquerade Benefit

September 24 – The Many Faces of Casa Masquerade

St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL starts at 6:30 pm
A fundraiser benefiting CASA in memory of Stacey J. Plummer, who lost her life to domestic violence on September 24, 2006.
Tickets or sponsorships available. Individual tickets $150 pp, $300 per couple. Ticket includes gourmet dinner, entertainment, one drink ticket per person, free valet parking. www.casa-stpete.org/events
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Bourbon, Beer and Bluegrass at The Vinoy (Friday and Saturday)
The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, in partnership with Bluegrass bands Wood & Wire, Highway 41 South and Town Mountain present a special “Beer, Bourbon and Bluegrass” event. This special concert series takes place on the weekends of September 23-24, September 30-October 1,October 7-8. This weekend, Wood & Wire will perform live from 6pm to midnight both Friday andSaturday. the dinner and concert series includes five dining stations, a full bar and bourbon and beer flights/tastings. Tickets are $64 each. The Vinoy, 501 5th Avenue Northeast.

So many great things to enjoy this Fourth of July weekend in St Petersburg, Florida:

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Winesmith Sample wines from Spain to France, plus Sonoma, from around the world. $14. 1620 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Grand Central District

Vans Warped Tour 2016 at Vinoy Park Assuming We Survive, Sleeping with Sirens, The Maine, and more bands perform today. Doors open at 11am. Tickets start at $37. 701 Bay Shore Drive NE

First Friday-FREE event on Central Avenue. Live music, drinks, local vendors booths and more. Begins at 5pm. between Second and Third Streets on Central Avenue. Proceeds from beer and wine sales benefit area organizations. Live music by the Tempests.

Up the Ante Concert Series at Fubar Performances by Mosquito Teeth, Blonk, Teacher Teacher, &Yogurt Smoothness. 9pm. Tickets start at $5. 658 Central Ave

Jannus Live Performance by In This Moment, Hell Yeah, Shaman’s Harvest, &Sunflower Dead. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets $30.75. 200 1st Ave N

Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field (All Weekend)  Click HERE for tickets and game times. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

Fourth of July Weekend at The Ale and The Witch hosts 4 concerts in 3 days. Special Cigar City taps will be flowing each day. TC Carr, Ari and the Alibis, AB+ Positive and others. The Witch’s BBQ Den will serve $1 beer boiled hot dogs.  2nd Avenue NE

South Pacific at Palladium Theater (Friday and Sunday)  St. Pete Opera presents the musical adaption of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Tales of the South Pacific. 7:30pm on Friday, Sunday at 2pm. Tickets start at $22. 253 5th Avenue North.

A Tale of Two Cities at American Stage Theatre (All Weekend) An aspiring drag queen named Jerry opens his door and finds a baby left on his doorstep. “He’s a straight baby, but we can co-exist. I know it can be done.” Jerry proceeds to tell the baby a Grimm’s fairy tale, but when this fails to stop the baby’s crying, he performs the entire narrative of Dickens’ classic of the French revolution, playing all the characters in only 90 minutes! Mark Chambers, the actor who played Jerry on our stage twenty years ago, will reprise his role. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. 163 3rd Street North. 

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Flamingos Forever at Sunken Gardens Learn all about Flamingos, up close visit with the new flock of Flamingos. Why do flamingos stand on one leg? How far they can fly? Games and crafts. 10am-noon. Free with admission to the garden. All ages welcomes. 1825 4th Street North.

Dali Museum 9:30am  Families with children ages 6 to 12 can privately explore the galleries before the museum opens. Reservations required and regular admission applies. 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE)

Make and Take Saturday  Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive NE. Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the museum’s collection. For ages five and older, with families encouraged to participate and no registration required. Supplies are provided. Included with museum admission

Brocante Market Brews and BBQ Block Party (Saturday and Sunday)  BBQ Block Party on Saturday. There will be food, drinks, games and more. The market runs from 9am-7pm on Saturday, 9am-5pm on Sunday. 2200 2nd Ave South. 

Block Party at 3 Daughters Brewing  Across the street from the Brocante Market. Live music, beer and BBQ. 11am-5pm.  222 22nd Street South. 

St. Pete Indie Market at Morean Center for Clay   Best local makers and artists in Tampa Bay get together. Enjoy the Urban Restaurant Group food court and pop up bar by The Bends. 11am-4pm. 420 22nd St South. 

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Jacksonville Armada FC and Post Match Concert with Flo Rida and fireworks at Al Lang Stadium. Game starts at 7:30pm. 230 1st St South.

Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Alternative rock/metal band with Shaman’s Harvest and Sunflower Dead. $24.50.

Sunday, July 3th, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays: vs. Tigers  Tropicana Field  Family Fun Day and kids get to run the bases at a post game DJ Kitty dance party with mascot appearances.

Big Bang Boogie Swing Dance Event at Museum of Fine Arts
The MFA opens its doors to the Big Bang Boogie event featuring live music and dancing with the Juke Joint Kings. Doors open at 7 pm, group swing dance lessons are from 7-7:30 pm, and dancing is from 7:30-11:30 pm. $15. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Monday, Fourth of July, 2016

Great Explorations Children’s Museum 1925 Fourth St. N. Children can celebrate Independence Day with patriotic games, crafts, a dance party and activities including a “red, white and blue” relay, underwater fireworks and flag creations. Included with admission. $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free.

Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Live music by the Hummingbirds and a buffet dinner including smoked chicken, grilled salmon, a slider bar and “All American” hot dogs. $46, $23 ages 11 and younger.

Fireworks in St Petersburg This year’s “Fireworks Across the Bay” is set to go off at 9pm. Can be seen from most of the city’s waterfront parks. Weather conditions may change the start time for fireworks up to 30 minutes or delay them up to one hour.

Fireworks in St. Pete Beach Gulf Boulevard and 68th Street. Start around 9pm from Upham Beach. For safety reasons, some of beach will be closed beginning at 6pm.

Happy Birthday America

This is where flags are hung, fireworks are viewed and celebrations unfold.

This is home.

Wishing you and yours a safe, fun and memorable Fourth of July Weekend!

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Florida Realtors® recently released the 2016 first quarter (January through March) real estate market statistics for the state. I wanted to be sure you had an overview of how our area is performing.

The single family homes real estate markets in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties are looking very strong for the first quarter of 2016. Higher median sales prices, more closed sales, and faster time to contract are all good news for sellers.

Decreasing inventory and lower Median Days to Contract mean fewer homes on the market and a likelihood of more competition for 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 1 2016 Statistics Release for the Single Family Home Market Segment:

  • Closed Sales: Up for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 1 2016 from Quarter 1 2015. This statistic is a good indicator of the overall health of the market, and lots of closed sales mean both sellers and buyers are achieving success.
    • Pinellas County: 3,167 Closed Sales Q1 2016 vs. 3,021 Closed Sales Q1 2015, a 4.8% increase
    • Hillsborough County: 3,934 Closed Sales Q1 2016 vs. 3,773 Closed Sales Q1 2015, a 4.3% increase
    • Pasco County: 2,184 Closed Sales Q1 2016 vs. 2,082 Closed Sales Q1 2015, a 4.9% increase
  • Median Sale Price: Up for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 1 2016 from Quarter 1 2015. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half the homes sold for less.
    • Pinellas County: $195,000 Median Sale Price Q1 2016 vs. $163,319 Median Sale Price Q1 2015, a 19.4% increase
    • Hillsborough County: $200,000 Median Sale Price Q1 2016 vs. $178,000 Median Sale Price Q1 2015, a 12.4% increase
    • Pasco County: $157,025 Median Sale Price Q1 2016 vs. $137,525 Median Sale Price Q1 2015, a 14.2% increase
  • Inventory (Active Listings): Down for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 1 2016 from Quarter 1 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 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: 4,015 Active Listings Q1 2016 vs. 4,470 Active Listings Q1 2015, down 10.2%
    • Hillsborough County: 5,098 Active Listings Q1 2016 vs. 5,454 Active Listings Q1 2015, down 6.5%
    • Pasco County: 2,759 Active Listings Q1 2016 vs. 3,344 Active Listings Q1 2015, down 17.5%
  • Median Days to Contract: Down for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 1 2016 from Quarter 1 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 thrive in a hot market.
    • Pinellas County: 36 Days Q1 2016 vs. 49 Days Q1 2015, a 26.5% decrease
    • Hillsborough County: 46 Days Q1 2016 vs. 58 Days Q1 2015, a 20.7% decrease
    • Pasco County: 44 Days Q1 2016 vs. 59 Days Q1 2015, a 25.4% 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. Thank you so much!

© 2016 Pinellas Realtor Organization

An associate of mine is offering this 3 bedroom 1940’s block home on 1/3 acre for sale in St Pete Beach. Please contact me if you are interested or you know someone who might be interested in owning this rare large lot home.

 

 

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Clearwater Beach has been named the #1 Beach in the U.S. and St. Pete Beach is #4 in TripAdvisor‘s 2016 list for Top 25 Beaches in the U.S.! Beautiful white sands located on the Gulf of Mexico…nice. Most of the beaches are found in Florida (10), California (5) and Hawaii (7). Ocean City, Maryland is also on the list.

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  •                                     Clearwater Beach

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  • such a pretty view looking north from the pier
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  • Lovely beach (38508192)

 

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Clearwater Beach
Clearwater, Florida
  • The sugar fine white sand is a trademark of this fabulous beach. Perfect for a day in the sun. You might even spot a dolphin or two playing on the horizon.
Best time to go: Year-round
Looking north at St. Pete Beach (127948087)
  • Sunset over St. Pete (41714659)
  • Beach in the morning
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  • View of sunset from Jimmy B's on St. Pete beach (54021246)
  • Beautiful beach, so underrated, truly a gem.
Best time to go: Year-round
Read the whole article & see the other great beaches in the USA at    http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches-cTop-g191

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566
AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

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