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Susan Taylor Martin - Former real estate reporter at the Tampa Bay  Times

Former real estate reporter at the Tampa Bay Times

  1. The Tru by Hilton hotel under construction at 16th Street N and Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.
    An expert says there will be demand for the hundreds of planned hotel rooms.
  2. In an effort to obtain a homestead exemption that would have saved them thousands of dollars in property taxes, the Baldwins slept in a tent on the grounds of their new house in Tampa before it was finished in 2015.
    No, the property appraiser said, prompting a legal battle over taxes that’s still not over.
  3. Charity swag - calendars, wrapping paper, pens and other items charities sent to one person this year as an inducement to  donate.
    Many charities hand out swag to potential donors they hope will give year after year.
  4. James Cordier, the founder of OptionSellers.com, apologized in an emotional YouTube video in November 2018 that losses from bad bets on energy prices would likely lead to the demise of his firm.
    Three Texans were among 300 clients who lost all of their investments.
  5. This house on 10th Street NE in St. Petersburg sold for $115,000 in 2009; $170,000 in 2012 and $249,000 in 2018.
    In 2009, the median price of a Tampa Bay home was $151,500. Today, it is $244,900.
  6. Dec. 23, 2019• Business
    The Point at West End has an average rent of $976.
  7. This Tarpon Spring estate sold Dec. 19, 2019 for $10 million.
    The sale price was the fifth highest in the bay area.
  8. Units in Altura will be priced from $1 million to about $2.9 million.
  9. This home in Land O' Lakes sold for $1.9 million in November.
    A Land O’ Lakes home was one of Pasco’s priciest sales ever.
  10. This house on Haines Road in St. Petersburg had little curb appeal when it sold for $112,000 in March.
    Tampa Bay ranks high in house flipping, but it’s harder to make a profit.