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
Circulation down at Tampa Bay dailies - Tampa Bay Business Journal:This Is why Cornerstone Properties focuses 100% of our marketing dollars on Internet advertising. Over the last 3 months, we generated over 3.5 million page views for our listings. http://www.thefloridaauthority.com/ , http://www....
10/26/2009
Florida's existing home sales rose in September, which marks more than a year (13 months) that sales activity has increased in the year-to-year comparison, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.  Existing home sales rose 34 percent last month with a total of 14,419 ho...
10/23/2009
The Today Show's Al Roker talked to real estate guru Barbara Corcoran about the US cities where you can get the biggest bang for your buck. Together, they reviewed the 10 Biggest Markets on Sale across the country, cities where prices have dropped the most, and the areas with the greatest real es...
10/06/2009
This explains why we're seeing banks turn down a majority of short sale offers.Is The FDIC Killing Short Sales? As some of you already know, I blogged recently about being interviewed recently by our local NBC news affiliate.  To read the blog, click here.  Basically, IndyMac Bank (now OneWest Ba...
10/02/2009
For the second time in less than 3 months, Fannie Mae announced changes to its mortgage guidelines.  The updates are meant to reduce the mortgage firm's overall risk. The first major change is with respect to credit scoring.  All Fannie Mae loans -- whether underwritten electronically or manually...
09/29/2009
Sales of homes for more than $1 million are 50 percent lower than their all-time high, in July 2005, according to the firm MDA DataQuick. That's twice as bad as the downturn for housing of all price tags in the same time period.  There's a definite flip side to that market statistic, though: If y...
09/28/2009
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Tampa Bay home sales rose 17 percent between August 2008 and August 2009, but slowed from their relatively brisk pace in July. Realtors reported 2,370 sales in August, up from 2,029 a year earlier. The median sales price declined 17 percent the past year from $173,900 to $144,600. Visit www.Searc...
09/28/2009
Are you looking at homes for sale in Tampa Bay and feeling overwhelmed by the choices? Back in the Dark Ages before the Internet (1986 or so), if you wanted to look at a house, you had to call a real estate agent, find out the address and then physically drive to the house. Thanks to the Internet...
09/08/2009
Contract activity for pending home sales has risen for six straight months, a pattern not seen since the index began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in July, increased 3.2% to 97.6 fr...
09/02/2009
The Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, apparently doesn't understand that the market determines home prices. Great video from the Daily Show mocking Geithner and Robert Shiller (Case-Shiller Housing Index).  VERY FUNNY! http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-july-29-2009/home-crisis-inve...
08/29/2009
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