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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

Great graphic showing how green we are in Pinellas County, Florida. Pinellas County includes the area between St Petersburg, St Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach. In this case, the green means primarily green parks for people and animals. Check out the graphic and then come to see for yourself.

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Check out the beaches ranked #1 and #3!! Yippee, Pinellas County has 2 beaches in the top 3. Clearwater Beach and St Pete Beach. I am so lucky to live sooooo close to both of these. Living the good life in St Pete, Florida!

From TripAdvisor via Tampa Bay Times

This is the third time in four years the beach has taken the top spot.
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Clearwater Beach’s sandy shores have been named No. 1 in the United States by TripAdvisor’s annual top 25 beach ranking.

This is the third time in four years the beach has taken the top spot, based on visitor reviews on TripAdvisor’s website over the past 12 months. St. Pete Beach came in at No. 4.

“Clearwater Beach continues to be one of the best beaches in the world, and it’s special to have the millions who make up the TripAdvisor community reaffirm that it truly is the No. 1 beach in America for the second straight year,” said Leroy Bridges, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s vice president of communications.

Clearwater Beach also ranked on the travel website’s global list: No. 6 best beach in the world. Only one other U.S. beach made that list, and it’s in Hawaii.

The No. 6 ranking is a big jump for Clearwater Beach internationally. In 2016, TripAdvisor’s world list ranked it No. 20.

Florida’s beaches are regulars on other popular rankings, such as Dr. Beach, who has yet to release his 2019 list.

Of the top 25 U.S. beaches in the ranking, the most come from Florida, followed closely by Hawaii.

Here’s how the top 10 beaches in Florida measure up according to TripAdvisor and its users.

10. Hollywood Beach (National ranking: 15)

J PAT CARTER | ASSOCIATED PRESS
J PAT CARTER | ASSOCIATED PRESS

“It was a great walk and view of the water and very warm and friendly place with lots of places to go and eat.” -RonT4God

9. South Beach (National ranking: 14)

CARL JUSTE | MIAMI HERALD
CARL JUSTE | MIAMI HERALD

“Most of us has seen Miami in the movies…that Miami is South Beach. Great atmosphere from the morning to the late night. Full of bars, restaurant shops. It’s impossible to go to Miami and do not see this special place.” -paolovbossi

8. Navarre Beach (National ranking: 12)

ELLEN CREAGER | DETROIT FREE PRESS
ELLEN CREAGER | DETROIT FREE PRESS

“This is as secluded a beach I feel that you will find in our country. Miles of sandy beach, sparsely populated for now, followed by the National Gulf Seashore. Great for some surfing, walking, shelling, snorkeling, paragliding and other water sports.” -Meander694554

7. Fort Lauderdale Beach (National ranking: 9)

ROBERT MAYER | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ROBERT MAYER | ASSOCIATED PRESS

“I want to be anywhere with a beach and Fort Lauderdale by far has one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. I love the great selection of food along the boardwalk, the safety the local law enforcement provide without being overbearing, and the live entertainment available just by walking by a restaurant.” -miaajones

6. St. Augustine Beach (National ranking: 8)

[DIRK SHADD | Times]
[DIRK SHADD | Times]

“The most startling thing to me is that the ocean is so close to such a charming and historically significant city. One could easily spend a week between the beautiful ocean, and touring St. Augustine.” -ldtc2

5. Siesta Beach (National ranking: 6)

[Times]
[Times]

“The best beach ever! The entire beach is made up of white quartz sand is completely combed every morning. After combing, the sand actually appears fluffy! If you can afford to stay on the beach, do so! This is a must-see beach!” – Dave C

4. Pensacola Beach (National ranking: 5)

BILL KACZOR | ASSOCIATED PRESS
BILL KACZOR | ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Sand that looks and feels like sugar, gorgeous turquoise water, wide expanses of beach. You won’t find a better beach anywhere in the world.” -evalynfromFlorida

3. St. Pete Beach (National ranking: 4)

CENTURY 21
CENTURY 21

“Great beach for families. Hotels are nice and not so big that it ruins the beach feel. The sand is sugar white and if you like looking for shells this is the place. Of course the sunsets are truly spectacular.” -josephc929

2. Panama City Beach (National ranking: 3)

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YPARTNERSHIP

“Just spent 5 days in PCB on our annual girls trip. Wonderful time! We will be back next year. Friendly people, beautiful water and amazing oysters.” -Suzeq1313

1. Clearwater Beach (National ranking: 1)

[DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
[DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

“Had another fantastic afternoon spent on Clearwater beach last week, and the weather was perfect. I really enjoyed the white powdery sand as well as the various shops and restaurants all around. Just a ridiculously amazing sunset as well.” -SteveRainville99

For more on Florida Beaches, head to Floridabeachinsider.com.

Florida has a life expectancy of about 80 years, whereas Mississippi has the lowest life expectancy at 74.9 years.
— Read on www.wtsp.com/mobile/article/news/regional/florida/study-being-a-floridian-could-lead-to-a-longer-life/67-6f5fdc00-3d42-4628-9d1d-00674f0e1232

Who loves boats, being on the water with friends and family and lighted boats?!?!
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Some of the Lighted Boat Parades along the Gulf coast and Tampa Bay for December 2018:
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Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade
December 1st, from 6-9pm
Tampa Sailing Squadron is the host for this community event. There’s good viewing from the docks. Hamburgers and Hot dogs will be available to purchase.
Bradenton Christmas on the Braden River
December 1st, starts at 6pm
The 5th annual holiday board parade with start at Jiggs Landing, the parade will start upriver at 630pm and will end at approximately 730pm at Linger Lodge.
Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade
December 1st, from 6-9pm
Decorated boats parade through the Marina at approximately 7pm. Enjoy holiday music and smores while the kids wait for Santa to arrive by boat to lead the countdown to the tree lighting.
St. Pete Beach/Vina Del Mar
December 1st, starts at 530pm
The parade starts at Pass a Grill at Merry Pier and Sea Horse Restaurant at dusk. Santa will be there for pictures. Firemen will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.
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St Petersburg’s 32nd Annual Illuminated Boat Parade is canceled for 2018Thanks, Troy Willingham President, Rotary Club of St Petersburg for getting the info out.

Tarpon Springs Boat Parade
December 7th, from 7-9pm
The parade starts down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats. The best viewing is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou.
Madeira Beach Festival of Lights
December 6th Starts at 630pm
The parade begins on the north side of town and work through the canals to Johns Pass.
Clearwater, Islands Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade
December 8th, starts at 630 pm
The Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade is one of the largest and most popular parade. This is their 43rd year. The parade will start in Mandalay Channel and head north and weave in and out of the canals and out to Coachman Park around 8pm. They travel under the Memorial Causeway Bridge turning into the Marina.
Gulfport Lighted Christmas Parade
December 8th Starts at 6pm
The parade starts at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and out into the bay. The parade travels through Town Shores, Kipps Colony and Pasadena Yacht & Country Club on its way to Isla del Sol
Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
December 14th, starts at 620pm (Note the Treasure Island Bridge will close at 7pm to allow the boats to pass under it)
Experience the 31st anniversary of the Treasure Island Boat Parade. Best public viewing areas are 115th street, Treasure Island Causeway Bridge, Kingfish Drive at John’s Pass (Gators) and Blind Pass Bridge.
Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 15th, starts at 7pm decorated boats parade through the waterways
Redington Beach/Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade
December 17th, starts at 6pm
Decorated boats travel through the intra-coastal waterways from Tom Stuart Causeway to the Pub restaurant in Indian Shores
Tampa Bay, Riverwalk Boat Parade
December 22nd, starts at 630pm
Watch the parade as they go from Davis Island, Harbour Island and the Channelside Distirct. You can watch from Channelside Bay Plaza and enjoy the parade from the open wharf.

Nationwide existing-home sales increased in October after six straight months of decreases according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Closed Sales for Single Family were up 8.8%, with 1,121 in October 2018 versus 1,030 in October 2017. Dollar Volume for Single Family Homes saw a 17.7.0% increase from $306.3 million
in October 2017 to $360.6 million in 2018. Dollar Volume for Townhome/Condo increased 30.1% year-over-year, with $134.5 million in October 2017 compared to $175.1 million in October 2018.

The Median Sale Price for Single Family Homes was up by 13.3% from last year, at $259,900 for October 2018 versus $229,450 for October 2017. The Median Sale Price for Townhomes/Condos was $162,750 for October 2018, up 8.6% from
$149,900 in October 2017.
The Average Sale Price for Single Family Homes rose 8.2% from $297,387 in October 2017 to $321,704 in October 2018. The Median Time to Contract for Single Family Homes was 30 days in October 2018, down 3.2% from 31 days last October. The Median Time to Sale for Single Family Homes was 68 days this October, down 10.5%
from 76 days last October. The Months Supply of Inventory for Single Family Homes increased 11.5% year-over-year, with a 2.9 Month Supply this October, as compared to a 2.6 Month Supply in October 2017.
New Listings for Single Family for October 2018 were 1,433, up 9.2% from October 2017 at 1,312. The Active Listings for Single Family Homes rose 9.9% from 2,985 in October 2017 to 3,280 in October 2018. Paid in Cash sales for Single Family increased 10.3%, from 301 in October 2017 to 332 in October 2018.

The Average Sale Price for Townhome/Condo was $248,653 in October 2018, up 20.0% from $207,280 in October 2017. The Median Time to Contract for Townhome/Condo market was 29 days in October 2018, down 14.7% from 34 days October 2017. The Median Time to Sale for Townhome/Condo market was 68 days in October 2018 and 75 days in October 2017, down 9.3%. The Months Supply of Inventory for Townhome/Condo
rose 7.1% at 3.0 months in October 2018 from 2.8 months in October 2017. New Listings for Townhome/Condos for October 2018 were at 942, up 9.4% from 861 in October 2017. Active Listings for Townhomes/Condos were up 5.6% from 2,111 in October 2017 to 2,230 in October 2018. Closed Sales for the Townhome/Condo segment increased 8.5% year-over-year, at 649 in October 2017 versus 704 in October 2018. Paid in Cash sales for
Townhome/Condo increased 3.9%, from 361 in October 2017 to 375 in October 2018.

Representing almost 8,000 members, the Pinellas Realtor® Organization is one of the Tampa Bay area’s largest professional trade associations. The organization advances and promotes the real estate profession through professional development programs, government affairs, and political advocacy and maintains a high standard of conduct by real estate professionals through professional standards training and administration.

Oct 2018 Stats

Source: Florida Realtors

Oct 2018 Monthly Stats

For more information on these stats, home buying or home selling in the St Pete to Clearwater area, please feel free to contact me. Thanks so much.

72% of vacation property owners and 71% of investment property owners believe now is a good time to buy. 33% bought their property in a beach area. Location, location, location!! We have some of the best beaches!! Plus we have music venues, a multitude of sports options, first rate museums, art venues, waterfront festivals, brew-pubs, incredible restaurants and much more!

Think St Petersburg, Florida; Clearwater Beach and the Tampa Bay Area!!

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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.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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