Susan Taylor Martin, Real Estate Reporter

Susan Taylor Martin

Real Estate Reporter

Call me a nosy neighbor. I’ve always liked checking out Sunday open houses, especially houses for sale around my area of St. Petersburg. And I’m a huge fan of HGTV shows like “Flip or Flop’’ and “House Hunters.’’ Maybe that’s why why I ended up four years ago as the Tampa Bay Times real estate reporter. It’s a great job, especially now that the market is hot. But there’s a lot more to real estate than pretty (or not so pretty) houses. I’ve reported on a good number of scams and the colorful characters behind them, including one fellow that my stories have sent to federal prison - twice! In my off-hours, I like to travel (was a foreign correspondent for 12 years), figure skate, hit garage and estate sales, read and check out new restaurants. I’m probably one of the few people who remember when downtown St. Pete had only four restaurants — the lunch counters at Maas Bros. and Woolworth’s plus Aunt Hattie’s and Uncle Ed’s. Alas, Aunt Hattie’s closed in the early ‘80s after a rat ran over a restaurant critic’s foot.

Tampa's Westshore Marina District has sparked an apartment boom nearby

Rendering of The Pointe On Westshore, a 444-unit apartment community under construction on S West Shore Boulevard in Tampa. [Courtesy of Index Investment Group]
Hundreds of new apartments are planned or are under construction along West Shore Boulevard south of Gandy Boulevard.

Work has begun on 22 new condos on Clearwater Beach

Pura Vida Residences has an expected 2020 completion date.

Home prices 'have likely peaked' in the Tampa Bay area after years of gains

This bayfront home in St. Petersburg’s Snell Isle area sold in April for just under $3 million, making it Pinellas County’s priciest sale of the month. [Courtesy of Douglas Elliman]
Tampa Bay is among several U.S. metro areas that have seen home prices grow at a faster rate than wages

The mayor who brought spring training to St. Petersburg lived here — now you can too

The former home of the late Al Lang, mayor of St. Petersburg, is for sale at 336 Lang Court N, St. Petersburg. The 1419-square-foot home is listed at $385,000. It was built in 1915. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
The onetime home of St. Petersburg Mayor Al Lang is on the market for $385,000

New foreclosure filings jump in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties

Notice on the door of a house in foreclosure in St. Petersburg.  [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times]
Only Hernando county saw a year-over-year decline in new foreclosure starts