Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Susan Taylor Martin

Susan Taylor Martin

For someone who doesn't particularly care to fly, Tampa Bay Times senior correspondent Susan Taylor Martin has logged a lot of hours in the air — in the past decade she has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and China. She covered the invasion of Iraq, the war in Kosovo and the war against terror in Afghanistan and Pakistan. On 9/11, she and two other Times staffers got in Martin's aging car and drove 24 hours nonstop from Tampa Bay to New York City, her hometown. Among the other breaking stories Susan has covered were the death and funeral of Princess Diana, the funeral of Jordan's King Hussein and the handover of Hong Kong to China. There have been lighter moments, too. Martin has written about a restaurant in Jerusalem dedicated to Elvis Presley's memory; a Scottish hamlet that finally got TV and hated it; and the gay and transvestite scene in Turkey, a conservative Muslim country. Her hobbies include figure skating, antiquing, flea-marketing, and rooting for the Blue Devils basketball team of Duke University (her alma mater). Martin has won numerous state and national journalism awards, including the 2007 Paul Hansell Award presented by the Florida Society of News Editors for distinguished writing and reporting.

A multi-million dollar home in St. Petersburg's Snell Isle,  part of the ZIP code area with most equity rich properties  in Tampa Bay.

Do you live in an equity rich area of Tampa Bay? A lot of homeowners do

Of the 96 Tampa Bay ZIP Code areas surveyed, more than half have a higher percentage of equity rich properties than the national average.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Coldwell Banker is partnering with a Chicago company to let its agents present cash offers to sellers of qualifying homes in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Want to sell your home quickly for cash? Here's a new option for Tampa Bay sellers

Coldwell Banker is teaming up with Home Partners of America on a pilot progam that lets Coldwell sales agents present cash offers to their clients in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Updated: 7 hours ago
Sales of single-family homes in the Tampa Bay area rose 4.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018. Associated Press

Tampa Bay homes prices lag in third quarter

According to Florida Realtors, the median price of a single-family home rose to $236,000 in the three months ended in September.
Published: 11/12/18
Chip Wells, crime prevention specialist for the St. Petersburg Police Department, shared safety tips with  real estate agents at a free seminar Wednesday. [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times]

Safety tips for Realtors: forget the taser and spike heels, always follow, never lead a client

ST. PETERSBURG — Chips Wells, crime prevention specialist for the St. Petersburg Department, has daughter who’s a Realtor. Among the advice he gave her: Forget the spike heels when showing a house to a stranger.
Published: 11/09/18
This waterfront mansion in Dunedin with a flamboyant decor  once was owned by cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. It is on the market for $4.5 million.

Mr. Kellogg of cereal fame once owned one of Tampa Bay’s most unusual properties now for sale

Imagine enjoying your Kellogg’s Corn Flakes each morning in a house once owned by W.K. Kellogg himself. Or living in a building on the National Register of Historic Places. Or dipping your toes in your private lagoon.
Published: 11/08/18
Updated: 11/12/18
This waterfront home in Dunedin once was owned by cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg.

Tampa Bay’s most unusual properties now for sale, including one once owned by a cereal magnate

Have a few million to spend on your next dream home?
Published: 11/08/18
Updated: 11/12/18
Larry Feldman, president and chief executive of Feldman Equitie, s talks about some of the design elements of the Riverwalk Place tower planned for downtown Tampa. A sales center that opens this week will give future residents the opportunity to touch and feel some of the luxury appliances, cabinets, and other features of the proposed condominiums CHRIS URSO   |   Times

Bye bye offices, hello more condos in Tampa’s 50-plus-story Riverwalk Place

TAMPA — When developer Larry Feldman announced plans for a mixed-used tower abutting Tampa’s Riverwalk three years ago, it called for 14 floors of office space. No more.Feldman and Two Roads Development, partners in Riverwalk Place, revealed...
Published: 11/07/18
The Poynter Institute For Media Studies in St. Petersburg.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times files, 2017]

Poynter Institute reports higher revenues, assets in 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — The Poynter Institute, the journalism institute that owns the Tampa Bay Times, reported an increase in revenues and assets in 2017.In a return filed today with the Internal Revenue Service, the nonprofit organization...
Published: 11/06/18
Jim Donovan (left), his husband Judson Kidd and their son, Donovan Kidd (2) at their home in Tierra Verde on Thursday.

They already felt unwelcome in Tierra Verde. Then they saw the ‘graves’ of Trump’s critics

TIERRA VERDE — Judson Kidd and James Donovan are a gay couple with an adopted black son. From the day they moved into their waterfront house last summer, they never felt welcomed in the conservative, overwhelmingly white community of Tierra Verde.
Published: 11/02/18
L.A. Newsome, who opened the NautiGirl Beachwear shop, 216 Second Street North, St. Petersburg, in March, 2018, says business slowed because of an unusually hot summer and the red tide that drove tourists away.
[SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]

As more shops open in St. Pete’s booming downtown, should Chamber of Commerce find a new home?

ST. PETERSBURG — Shoppers can find an array of unusual and upscale items in downtown St. Petersburg:Purses made in Italy of genuine crocodile skin. Hand-enameled jewelry and Russian nesting dolls. Stiletto heels, slinky cocktail dresses and...
Published: 11/01/18
Updated: 11/02/18