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Susan Taylor Martin - Real estate reporter

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.

  1. Watermans Crossing apartments at 4515 N. Rome Avenue in Tampa.
    Jakub Hejl discovered the Tampa Bay area while studying at IMG Academy.
  2. For sale sign on a  Tampa Bay home. [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times]
    It pays to shop around for the lowest rate, new study shows.
  3. Rendering of proposed UPC Insurance headquarters and hotel in St. Petersburg.
    Project would include wider sidewalks, more trees and street lighting.
  4. 500 Harbour Island, on right.
    The price is by far the most paid per unit for a Tampa Bay apartment community
  5. The Grove at Wesley Chapel
    Tenants include Michael’s and T.J. Maxx
  6. The city's downtown waterfront including the under-construction pier area as seen from the balcony of a penthouse in ONE St. Petersburg.
    Some condos in the new ONE St. Petersburg are being flipped at hefty profits.
  7. Greg Sembler, chairman and new CEO of The Sembler Company.
    He replaces Ron Wheeler, who joined the company in 1997.
  8. A few short years ago, Tampa Bay was a national hub for foreclosures. Not any more. [Getty Images/iStockphoto]
    Rising delinquency rates in some areas might be a sign of trouble ahead.
  9. screen grab of web page showing Realtor Michael Schaffer 

Screen grab of this page http://www.tampabayhomerealtor.com/team/
    Agent Michael J. Schaffer once worked closely with a disbarred lawyer.
  10. The two gulf-front house in the center of the photo were bought this summer by Arnold Bellini, co-founder of a Tampa software firm, and his wife for a total of more than $20 million.
    Combined, they would be Tampa Bay’s priciest residential transaction ever.