Month: July 2012

Apollo Beach Homes Getting Pricier

Over the four-month period from March to June 2012, the median sales price for Apollo Beach homes have increased significantly from $192,000 in March to $234,950 in June.  That’s a jump of 22.37%! These figures refer to sales of single-family homes, condos and townhomes,  as compiled by the Florida Realtors organization. The pace by which the median home sales price…

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Florida Counties with Biggest Home Sales in 4-Month Period

Ten Florida counties continue to top others in home sales, based on data compiled by the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors (GTAR). Over the period from March 2012, when GTAR started publishing homes sales by county on its website, to June 2012, the most recent data released, ten counties sustained their dominance in home sales over 57 other counties in…

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Tampa Homes — 3rd Statewide, 5th Nationwide in Price Increase

Tampa homes have been enjoying significant price increases over the previous months and quarters. In the first quarter, existing single-family homes in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area posted the third biggest median sales price increase over the year among metro areas in Florida, based on data published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Among metro areas nationwide, the Tampa metro…

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Tampa Metro Area Was Top in Job Creation in 2011

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area topped all other metro areas in Florida in job creation in December 2011, based on data from the Florida Realtors organization.  Over the 12-month period ended December 2011, employers in the Tampa area created jobs for 28,500 people, nearly seven percent more than the number of jobs the Miami area created and more than tripling…

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Tampa Home Prices Continue to Rise As Inventory Falls

Average Tampa home prices are now approaching price levels in the last months of 2008. Both the May and June 2012 average home sale prices were above $170,000, approaching the average sale prices in the last three months of 2008, which were just above $180,000. They were also far above $134,856, which was the lowest monthly average sales price since 2008….

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Clearwater Real Estate and Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Sara Blakely

What’s the connection between Clearwater real estate and Sara Blakely, the youngest self-made billionaire on Forbes’ 2012 List of Top Female Self-Made Billionaires? It was in Clearwater, Florida where Sara Blakely was born in 1971, where she spent her childhood, where she touched her Clearwater High classmates with her early enterpreneurial endeavors, and from where she took off to attend…

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Tampa Bay Region Second Friendliest Towards Small Businesses

Small business owners surveyed by Kauffman Foundation and Thumbtack.com voted the Tampa Bay region as the second friendliest region towards small business enterprises in Florida in 2012. States, regions and cities were evaluated based on the level of friendliness of these places towards small businesses in 15 categories: Small business friendliness Ease of starting a small business Employee hiring cost…

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Tampa Bay Counties Among Most Popular Florida Real Estate Markets

Tampa Bay counties continued to be among the most popular Florida real estate markets in April 2012, based on sales data released by Florida Realtors. These five counties surrounding the Tampa Bay — Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee and Pasco — sold a combined total of 5,321 single-family homes, villas, condos, townhomes and co-ops in April. Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota were…

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