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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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Need to take a class or 2 in order to complete your course requirements for the CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) designation? Or you want to start earning this distinguished designation? Please add these to your calendar and sign up now. April is just around the corner!
https://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

CIPS Flyer 2019

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.
[Times]
[Times]

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)

YPARTNERSHIP
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.

Want to learn about Brazil, real estate market & our Brazilian Inbound Trade Mission? Then you definitely want to attend this Pinellas International Council’s February 20th, 2019 International Marketing Session with Corina Lessa Silva! From 3-4:30pm at the Pinellas Realtor Organization, Clearwater, Florida.

It’s FREE but we need you to register. Thanks.

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

feb 20, 2019 inter'l marketing corina brazil

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.

This is an interesting report. Quite surprised to see that Miami doesn’t have the top slot for the first time this year. St Petersburg-Tampa-Clearwater have moved into 11th place. Nice!

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Where are international home shoppers looking in the U.S.? Each month, we assemble our International Demand Report, examining which metros garner the most interest from international users on realtor.com®.

Miami Falls Out of Top Slot, Los Angeles Takes Over

Miami was ranked #1 during both February and January this year. As we ease out of the grips of winter, international buyers may be more willing to look beyond the dreams of beaches and vacation life offered by Miami. Miami has dropped to rank #4, and Los Angeles moves into the top slot. The last time Los Angeles was ranked at #1 was from September to November last year.

Despite this slip, expect to see Miami bounce back in the coming months.

Detroit Jumps To 2nd Place

It’s not common to see too much of a shift in the top ranks of international demand. So it was a bit of a shock when the Detroit metro area jumped 24 spots all the way to rank #2. Such a drastic jump warranted additional investigation. We tracked the activity down to a listing that went viral on social media which bolstered traffic from Canada and the UK.

However, even when we went back into the data and removed the traffic directly related to that listing, we saw that this listing generated substantial residual traffic to the rest of the Detroit area. It’s this residual traffic that ultimately propped up Detroit this month.

Explore these trends and more on our international demand page.

international demand march 2018

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

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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