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.
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WASHINGTON - April 28, 2010 - Members of the military, foreign service and intelligence communities may have an additional year to buy a home and claim the homebuyer tax credit - up to $8,000 - that expires for most Americans on April 30. To qualify for the extended tax credit deadline, service m...
05/24/2010
Sales of existing homes in Florida rose 27 percent in April, which means that sales activity has increased in the year-to-year comparison for 20 months, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.  Florida Realtors also reported a 55 percent increase in statewide sales of ...
05/24/2010
Nationwide housing starts rose 5.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 672,000 units in April as the deadline for an important homebuyer tax incentive arrived, according to figures released today by the U.S. Commerce Department. http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm...
05/18/2010
In our effort to help home buyers relocating from different areas of the country, we have developed an 11 part video series to highlight the various cities we cover on the Gulf Coast of Florida. These are our third & fourth videos and they highlight Greater Clearwater, Saint Petersburg, & the Bea...
05/13/2010
In our effort to help home buyers relocating from different areas of the country, we have developed an 11 part video series to highlight the various cities we cover on the Gulf Coast of Florida. This is our second video and it highlights the Greater Sarasota area. CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO START TH...
05/12/2010
In our effort to help home buyers relocating from different areas of the country, we have developed an 11 part video series to highlight the various cities we cover on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Our first video highlights the Greater Tampa Bay area. CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO START THE VIDEO CLICK H...
05/12/2010
Very interesting the things you can find in thousands of pages of legislation that aren't read by our elected officials.  I would assume that this would also affect the transfer of properties into land trusts or other types of trusts used for estate and tax planning.I just got back from D.C. wher...
04/24/2010
The Sarasota-Bradenton MSA reported a total of 1,055 homes sold in March compared to 765 homes a year earlier for a 38 percent increase. The market's existing home median sales price last month was $163,800; a year earlier it was $150,000 for an increase of 9 percent. A total of 382 condos sold i...
04/22/2010
Very competitive labor costs along with moderately-low office/industrial leasing and sales tax costs help make Tampa the least-costly place to do business among 22 U.S. cities/locations with populations exceeding 2 million, according to a study by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm. http:...
03/31/2010
Home prices showed the smallest annual decline in almost three years in January, indicating there are areas of strength in the housing market.  The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index fell just 0.7 percent from last year on a seasonally adjusted basis. Better still, prices ros...
03/31/2010
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