Monthly Archive: July 2016

Jul 31 2016

Multimillion-dollar penthouse sales in downtown St. Pete will have a ripple effect across the bay

In the last two weeks, penthouses atop the St. Petersburg skyline have traded for blistering numbers: The top unit in Ovation, a 26-story tower overlooking Beach Drive, sold for almost $1,300 per square foot in late May. This week, the 19th-story unit at Bliss went under contract for almost $750 per square foot, or the …

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Jul 28 2016

7 Smart Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling

Follow these seven strategies to get the most financial gain on your kitchen remodel. Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than on any other home improvement project. And with good reason: Kitchens are the hub of home life and a source of pride. A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may be recovered by …

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Jul 23 2016

Here’s what Phillips Development plans for the Skyway Marina District

An estimated 40 percent of business properties at the southern end of 34th Street South are vacant. Store and restaurant owners fear more small businesses will leave unless the area is rejuvenated. They have pinned their hopes on creating the Skyway Marina District to emulate areas such as the Grand Central District that have used …

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Jul 18 2016

Not Sure How to Price Your Home? Expert Strategies Help You Hit the Spot

You don’t need to be Bob Barker to know when the price just isn’t right. Just ask Candace Talmadge. She originally listed her Lancaster, Texas, home for $129,000, but “eventually had to accept the market reality” and chop $4,000 off the price. The home’s location proved challenging: Buyers were either turned off by the area …

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Jul 13 2016

Tampa Heights is the next Hyde Park

As long-awaited plans for an $820 million mixed-use development come into focus, the area is rising to new Heights. The 73,344-square-foot Armature Works building will be the centerpiece of the development. It will combine a 21,000-square-foot market hall with multiple event spaces in an iconic Tampa building that was once used for the storage and …

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Jul 10 2016

With preservationists’ blessing, a prime block in downtown St. Pete is poised for redevelopment

A prime block in downtown St. Petersburg is in play for a potential redevelopment after clearing a major hurdle Thursday evening. City council voted unanimously to deny historic landmark status to the 400 block of Central Avenue, home to the Pheil Hotel and Central National Bank Building. The vote came after St. Petersburg Preservation Inc. …

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Jul 08 2016

What makes a smart home smart?

More consumers than ever see the benefits of buying a home with smart technology. A 2016 Coldwell Banker survey found that owners believe smart home technology makes their home safer, saves them money and saves them time. The same survey also found that 54 percent of homeowners would buy or install smart home products if …

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Jul 05 2016

Prices for Tampa Bay homes climbed again in May.

But are there signs of a slowdown? Prices for Tampa Bay homes continued to increase in May, with three of the four bay area counties showing double-digit gains. But for the bay area’s two biggest counties, Pinellas and Hillsborough, the increases are not nearly as dramatic as they were early in the year. “I think …

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