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Emily L. Mahoney - Real Estate Reporter

Real Estate Reporter

I cover real estate, which means I get to report on what is most people's biggest purchase in their lives: their home. I'm interested in the twists and turns of the real estate market, but also how our living situations — good and bad — play a massive role in our lives. I want to tell the stories of those who don't have a comfortable place to call home, of renters getting scammed, how our warming earth is changing the way we build. I previously covered politics in the Tallahassee bureau, which means I have some war stories to tell. Want to hear them? Talk story ideas? Send me an email.

  1. A house for rent in St. Petersburg. Gov. Ron DeSantis recently extended a moratorium on evictions through the end of September but revised the order to only halt the “final action” in court — a term that has no legal definition, but which housing lawyers have interpreted as meaning that new cases will be allowed to proceed up until the final judgement. [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN  |  Susan Taylor Martin]
  2. A Florida Highway Patrol officer is seen driving south along US 19 Thursday, April 9, 2020 in Largo. As Floridians remain at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus traffic stops across the state plummeted 92 percent in March 2020 compared to March 2019.  [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  3. Jacinta Evans, 47, stands in front of her apartment in Clearwater after finishing a work shift on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. After losing work due to the pandemic, Jacinta has recently gotten a new job and is trying to pay back the debt she accrued. After missing two months of rent, her landlord filed to evict her from her apartment. She said she just needs a little more time to make the funds she needs. Florida's eviction moratorium is scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday morning. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis hold a roundtable discussion regarding mental health and COVID-19 at the Tampa Bay Crisis Center on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Tampa. (Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via AP) [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  AP]
  5. St. Petersburg lawyer Matt Weidner received several unsolicited seed packets in the mail. Now the Florida Department of Agriculture is urging residents not to plant the mysterious packages. [Courtesy of Matt Weidner]
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  7. Since being laid off from his graphic design job at the start of the coronavirus shutdown, Jayson Kaplan, 49, of Tampa, has lived off his stimulus check, his savings, and two weekly unemployment checks, $600 a week from the federal government and $214 a week from the state. The federal check is scheduled to end in late July, right around the time a statewide moratorium on evictions is slated to end on Aug. 1. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  8. The new St. Petersburg Pier and its $92 million dollar Pier District opened on July 6 to the public. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  9. A rendering showing what the development atop the old police headquarters in St. Petersburg's Edge District could look like. The city picked a proposal on Tuesday from developer Edge Central Development Partners. [Rendering courtesy of the city of St. Petersburg] [Courtesy City of St. Petersburg]
  10. New survey data from the Census Bureau shows racial trends when it comes to who is most concerned about paying rent. [Emily L. Mahoney | Times]
  11. The new rendering for Riverwalk Place shows a shorter, squatter design. [Courtesy of Two Roads Development]
  12. The lakefront Odessa estate of former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde sold on June 24 for $2.8 million. [Courtesy of Engel & Volkers]
  13. One of Property Markets Group's more recently finished Florida properties, an apartment building called Society Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. [Courtesy of Property Markets Group]
  14. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
An eviction sign is posted on a door at the Mosley Motel in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. [Times (2016)]
  15. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis puts his mask back on after speaking during a news conference at Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School in Tampa on Thursday, June 25, 2020.  [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  16. Justin Lyons, 29, kayaks back to his Valrico home for more belongings, in flood waters from the Alafia River, after Hurricane Irma in September 2017. [Times (2017)]
  17. Florida will give out $240 million in federal CARES Act money to help families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic pay rent and mortgages.
  18. The COVID-19 pandemic’s first two months sent Florida’s major economic indicators into free-fall along during what should have been the state’s major tourism season. Pictured are visitors at Pass-A-Grille Beach May 4 as beaches in Pinellas County reopened. [Scott Keeler | Times] [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  19. A for sale sign is seen in front of a home along 6th Avenue North in the Kenwood area Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 of St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  20. Local artists collaborate on painting a Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. South in St. Petersburg on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Woodson Museum executive director, Terri Lipsey-Scott contacted St. Petersburg City Council member, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman with the idea who in turn contacted Wayne Atherholt with the city's Cultural Affairs department who also liked the idea. Atherholt contact John Collins with the St Pete Artist Alliance which runs the Shine Mural project and got his team working to find artists willing to participate. 16 artists are responsible for painting 1 letter each of the phrase.  The mural will be ready when the city of St Pete kicks of its Juneteenth celebrations on Friday morning. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  21. Robert Johnson, 77, and his wife Christie Brand-Edwards, 72, pictured on the front porch of their Madeira Beach home. Christie and Robert are seniors who rent out a second home in Tampa to supplement their fixed income. After not receiving rent payments in February, they started the process to evict their tenants. It almost went all the way through when the very last step was caught in DeSantis' eviction moratorium, spurred by the pandemic. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  22. Demonstrators march through Historic Roser Park during one of two daily marches in protest of police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd's death, on Monday, June 15, 2020 in St. Petersburg.  [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  23. Protesters march along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg on Friday, June 12, 2020. [Martha Asencio-Rhine]