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Tampa Bay's newest, tallest condo tower is almost done, and units already are being flipped for big bucks

Though ONE St. Petersburg is not yet finished, some buyers hope to flip their units for hefty profits as Tampa Bay's luxury condo boom continues unabated.

By Susan Taylor Martin
Published December 6

ST. PETERSBURG — Less than a month ago, an investor paid $511,200 for a unit in Tampa Bay's newest condo tower, ONE St. Petersburg.

This week, she sold it — for $702,000.

Though the 41-story tower in downtown St. Petersburg is not yet finished, several buyers already have moved in while others hope to quickly flip their units — at hefty profits — as the bay area's luxury...

St. Pete 10 years after the recession: ‘Downtown real estate is going crazy’

A decade after the Great Recession of 2008, commercial real estate in St. Petersburg is booming.

Vacancy rates are at a 20-year low and lease rates are at a 20-year high for downtown office buildings. New economy companies, especially those in the life sciences and technology sectors, make up a growing percentage of the tenants downtown as their real estate needs match the available space. The city is poised to get its first new office building in the downtown core in nearly 30 years, and a pending project — the redevelopment of the 86-acre Tropicana Field site — is creating buzz nationwide.

“The type of people knocking on the door today has changed drastically,” said Alan DeLisle, a veteran economic developer who was named St. Petersburg’s city development administrator in 2014. “The quality and...

Looking for Turn-Key Furnished Listings? Here are 5 on the Market Now

Whether it's your primary residence, secondary home or seasonal getaway, furnishing a home can be a burdensome task. If you enjoy interior design as a hobby or find enjoyment crafting a space to your taste, comfortably furnishing a home to live in can be a big process. One option buyers can consider when buying a home is to focus your search on "turn-key" properties. These are listings that come equip with many of the interior necessities such as couches, tables, beds and more. They may even include fully stocked kitchens with plates, silverware and cookware. The inventory of listings sold completely furnished is limited so be sure to discuess with your Realtor that you're looking for turn-key properties and request an inventory sheet of everything that comes in the sale. For those interested in properties like this, here are 5 turn-key properties on the market right now that are ready for you to start living your best life.

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St. Pete Beach vs. Clearwater Beach - Where Do You Belong?

St. Pete Beach vs Clearwater Beach

Since DWELL expanded from Sarasota north to our sister-city St. Petersburg early this year, we have been interacting much more frequently with buyers looking to be closer to Tampa in the vibrant area of St. Pete/Clearwater. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the small beach towns of St. Pete Beach & Clearwater beach, so you can find the place that’s best for you!

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Just Sold in St. Petersburg, FL

Below are recently sold homes and condos in St. Petersburg, Florida that DWELL Real Estate was fortunate enough to be involved in this year. We were a little late in blogging this information so many of our sales are not here. We are only mentioning these sales to help educate you on the local real estate market (not to be braggadocious ;-)). 

If you are thinking of buying or selling in St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bradenton, Sarasota, Bradenton, Bellaire, Clearwater, Downtown St. Pete, Indian Rocks Beach, Largo, Madeira Beach, Old Northeast, ...

September 2018 Downtown St. Pete Real Estate Market Update

September 2018 is a Neutral market! The number of for sale listings was down 16.6% from one year earlier and up 11.5% from the previous month. The number of sold listings decreased 31.6% year over year and decreased 49% month over month. The number of under contract listings was down 2.8% compared to previous month and up 29.6% compared to previous year. The Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales is 5.2, up 21% from the previous year.

The Average Sold Price per Square Footage was up 8.9% compared to previous month and down 7.3% compared to last year. The Median Sold Price increased by 15.3% from last month. The Average Sold Price also decreased by 3% from last month. Based on the 6 month trend, the Average Sold Price trend is "Neutral" and the Median Sold Price trend is "Appreciating".

The Average Days on Market showed a downward trend, a decrease of 56.6% compared to previous year. The ratio of Sold Price vs. Original List Price is 98%, an increase of 6.5%...

September 2018 Pinellas County Real Estate Market Update

September 2018 is a Seller's market! The number of for sale listings was up 7.3% from one year earlier and up 4.5% from the previous month. The number of sold listings increased 3.8% year over year and decreased 18.6% month over month. The number of under contract listings was down 3.8% compared to previous month and up 56.8% compared to previous year. The Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales is 3, up 3.5% from the previous year.September 2018 Pinellas County Real Estate Stats

The Average Sold Price per Square Footage was the same as compared to previous month and up 6.3% compared to last year. The Median Sold Price decreased by 1.5% from last month. The Average Sold Price also decreased by 2.3% from last month. Based on the 6 month trend, the Average...

4 Quirky Houses in Tampa Bay

For the person who shuns the standard three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch house, here are some quirkier homes you might want to check out.

TAMPA BAY, FL -- For the person who shuns the standard three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch house, here are some quirkier homes you might want to check out.

2917 Sunset Way - St. Pete Beach

4 Quirky Homes For Sale in Tampa BayThe Alamar is a custom-built, three-story waterfront home on Pass-A-Grille Beach in St. Petersburg that was designed with a modern flair by renowned Florida architect Michael Dedmore. This five-bedroom, 5,915-square-foot house was built from solid masonry...

St. Pete’s ‘Glass House’ condo hits market for $3.1 million

For a limited time, you could own the loftiest penthouse in the Tampa Bay area.

Glass House, a tri-level condo in downtown St. Petersburg’s Signature Place, just went on the market for $3.1 million. Spanning the 34th through 36th floors, it will be the area’s most skyward condo until the 41-story ONE St. Petersburg tower is completed later this year.

Since listing the unit last week, "I’ve already had two showings with potential,’’ agent Becky McConnell said.

The seller, who is building a home on Snell Isle, is asking $1.265 million more than he paid for the condo three years ago. He has not made any changes to the 4,177-square-foot unit, which had undergone a massive renovation by its previous owners, interior designer Rob Bowen and Bob Glaser, CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate.

St. Pete’s ‘Glass House’ condo hits market for $3.1 million...

Pros and Cons of Condo Living

Pros and Cons of Condo LivingLiving in a downtown St. Pete condo can offer an exciting maintenance-free lifestyle, including luxury amenities that may not be available with single-family home living.  Many seek condo living for the magnificent views and metropolitan lifestyle. Is condo living for you? Here are a few things to consider:

Storage: Many forget about this aspect of condo living. Are you a packrat? Condo living may not be for you. Many buildings offer owners private storage for bikes, boxes, Christmas trees etc. It it something to think about if you are considering a downtown condo.

Noise:  Just remember that you are living amonst...