Steve Eckhardt's Tampa Bay Area Luxury Real Estate Blog

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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Cornerstone Properties International
Local insight about the Tampa & Sarasota areas, economic conditions that affect the luxury housing market, and unique marketing ideas that help you sell your home.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
      Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard is synonymous with gracious Florida living. Here residents enjoy the finest conveniences and comforts, including private elevator entries, wine cellar with private storage lockers, theater, library, conference center, concierge services, two social rooms, two eleg...
08/26/2010
According to data released by California based RealtyTrac Inc., total foreclosure filings in the three-county region surrounding Sarasota jumped to 3,349 during July, a 40 percent increase from a month earlier and a 10.6 percent increase from July 2009.  While much of the reason for the rise stem...
08/12/2010
Another hurdle for luxury real estate....... Image via Wikipedia One of the forums in which I participate has had stories on both sides of this issue for a couple of months… with the more conservative members saying that there is a 3.8% sales tax on the sale of homes, and those that are more supp...
07/22/2010
WASHINGTON - July 8, 2010 - International homebuyers are increasingly attracted to property in the U.S., according to the National Association of Realtors®' 2010 Profile of International Home Buying Activity. Several factors, including the strength of the dollar, the value and desirability of U.S...
07/08/2010
A massive condominium bill addressing everything from fire sprinkler retrofits to incentives for moving excess condo inventory is among the real estate-related legislation taking effect today in Florida.  this 103-page bill contained at least two of the many changes sought: incentives for buyers ...
07/01/2010
Great news for our customers purchasing waterfront properties in Greater Tampa Bay, Clearwater, & Sarasota.  Congress has extended the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through September 30th.  The bill is retroactive and will cover the lapse period from June 1, 2010, to the date the law is...
07/01/2010
Sales of existing homes in Florida rose 18 percent in May, marking 21 months that sales activity has increased in the year-to-year comparison, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.  In Florida's year-to-year comparison for condos, 6,779 units sold statewide last mont...
06/25/2010
Figures just released by the Sarasota County Property Appraiser's office puts new construction for all of 2009 at $137 million.  Putting the 2009 figure in terms of 1988 dollars lowers that figure to $74 million.http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100531/ARTICLE/5311019/2117/REALESTATE?Title=2...
06/01/2010
Bidding wars for a $2 million house? In some markets, sales of high-end homes return to levels not seen since the boom. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704717004575268573660359734.html?mod=WSJ_Real+Estate_LEADTopNews Steve Eckhardt, Broker, Luxury Real Estate Professional Contact me...
05/28/2010
Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, has named Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota the nation's second-best beach for 2010. It's the second year in a row Siesta Key Beach has placed second in the annual ranking. Siesta Key Beach gets high marks for its public access, 99.9 percent pure quartz san...
05/28/2010
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