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BuilderOnline.com Median home values are reaching new peaks in more than half of the nation's largest housing markets.

"The housing market as a whole is moving at a steady clip, with high demand and low inventory combining to maintain strong home value appreciation," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. "Most new construction has been at the higher end of the market, so demand for the limited supply of entry-level homes is pushing up their values, but these homes also lost more value when the bubble burst.

The median home value in the U.S. rose 6.9% over the last year to a Zillow Home Value Index of $201,900. Seattle is the only major U.S. market where home values rose at a double-digit annual pace, up 12.4% since last August to a median home value of $453,100. Tampa home values rose 9.3%, and the median home is worth $187,400.


* Statistics from BuilderOnline.com

Annual rent appreciation grew for the fourth consecutive month, with rents increasing 1.9% from last August to a Zillow Rent Index of $1,430.

Limited inventory leaves few options for buyers. Nationally there were 12.6% fewer homes available in August 2017 than there were in August 2016. San Jose and San Diego saw the biggest annual declines in inventory, down 59.4% and 37.2% respectively.

Mortgage rates on Zillow ended August at 3.62%, near the lowest level of the month. Rates moved steadily lower throughout the month after starting at a high of 3.72% Zillow's real-time mortgage rates are based on thousands of custom mortgage quotes submitted daily to anonymous borrowers on the Zillow Mortgages site and reflect the most recent changes in the market.

By: BuilderOnline.com
Posted: September 21 2017
 

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TampaGov.net Tampa was named 2017’s 2nd Best City to Retire in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet WalletHub.com. You can find the full study here: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-places-to-retire/6165/.

To help Americans plan for a comfortable retirement without breaking the bank, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 40 key measures of affordability, quality of life, health care and availability of recreational activities. The data set ranges from cost of living to retired taxpayer-friendliness to share of the 65 and older population.

Retirement-Friendliness of Tampa (1=Best; 75=Avg.):

34th– Adjusted Cost of Living
44th– Annual Cost of In-Home Services
10th–Recreation & Senior Centers per Capita
24th–Adult Volunteer Activities per Capita
18th– ‘Mild Weather’ Ranking
17th–Home-Care Facilities per Capita
1st - Fishing Facilities per Capita
4th - Bingo Halls per Capita

By: www.tampagov.net
Posted: 8/15/17

You can find the full study here: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-places-to-retire/6165/

 

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TAMPA (WFLA) – Frontier Airlines is expanding its service to 11 new cities from Tampa. 

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TAMPA-- The developers who are spending more than $3 billion in private investment to transform downtown Tampa released a new rendering that shows how much the skyline will grow in nine years, and also revealed the name of the project: Water Street Tampa.   

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TAMPA With less than a year to go on construction of the first phase of the Tampa International Airport expansion, we are moving forward with the next phase: a curbside expansion with express lanes for travelers with no checked bags and a 17-acre real estate development. Our third and final phase, proposed for some time after 2020, will be a 16-gate airside. 

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TAMPA BAY, Fla., April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- What if there was a day, once a year, when Tampa Bay residents could rally behind local community foundations to support their favorite charity? There is – and on May 2, "Give Day" returns to Tampa Bay for its fourth year. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will be among the nonprofits registered to participate in the 24-hour online giving challenge, which is hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

WWP serves warriors through programs that assist them with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, connecting warriors with one another and their communities, and long-term care for the most seriously wounded. Programs and resources are free of charge to those WWP serves thanks to generous donors. Warriors are empowered to live life on their own terms, mentor fellow veterans and service members, and embody the WWP logo by carrying one another along a path toward recovery

"In many ways, the communities where our warriors live and work can have a significant lasting impact on their recovery," said Gary Corless, WWP chief development officer. "Community members interact with these injured veterans daily and see their needs. That gives them a chance to understand some of the challenges warriors face when returning to civilian life, but also where they can support those Wounded Warrior Project serves. Events like Give Day Tampa Bay can make all the difference; we're extremely grateful for the past generosity of the Tampa Bay community. We're excited for this year's event, with the community once again helping fuel Wounded Warrior Project's mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors."

To learn more about Give Day Tampa Bay, visit givedaytampabay.razoo.com/story/Wwp. And to see how donors support the programs and services that are connecting, serving, and empowering WWP's wounded warriors, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

About Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects, serves, and empowers wounded warriors.
Read more at http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us.

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wounded-warrior-project-challenges-tampa-bay-community-to-give-big-300448117.html

SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project

 

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LUTZ — Tom Ryan, economic development manager for the Pasco Economic Development Council, says he gets asked a common question from executives pondering a company relocation to Pasco. 

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(WFLA) — Tampa Bay area home prices surged more than 14 percent in December, according to Florida Realtors. That’s the biggest year-over-year gain of any major metro area in Florida. 2017 is also projected to be a strong year for home sales. 

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TAMPA Home prices surged 14.4 percent in December for the biggest year-over-year gain of any major metro area in Florida.

Continuing a trend that never slacked during the year, prices rose while the total number of sales lagged behind.

For 2016 as a whole, "the key word was 'low' — as in, inventory levels,'' said Charles Richardson, regional senior vice president for Coldwell Banker. "Buyers showed strong interest and sales were up for the year versus 2015, but there simply weren't enough homes available on the market to meet demand.''

Throughout 2016, that low supply served to drive up the prices for single-family homes, which make up by far the biggest share of the residential market.

Ron Balseiro, a veteran Tampa Bay appraiser, says the tight supply is spurring many buyers to pay what he calls a "premium.''

"My assessment is values have gone up a little bit too fast too quick,'' Balseiro said Tuesday. In south Hillsborough and south Pasco, where hundreds of new houses are being built, homes he appraised a year ago for $220,000 are now selling for $250,000.

"I think the interest rate is the key,'' Balseiro said. "If the interest rates go up too high or they go up too quick, you have some people who will jump in and go higher (on price). But once that settles in at a higher rate, potential buyers are going to have a harder time qualifying so builders might have to lower their prices.''

In December, Pinellas showed the biggest year-over-year jump in single-family prices, up 17.6 percent to a median of $222,250. Next was Pasco, up 12.8 percent to $191,750; Hernando, up 9.5 percent to $139,900; and Hillsborough, up 9.1 percent to $232,575.

Bay area condos and townhomes did even better, soaring 17 percent to a median of $149,500.

One notable statistic about 2016 bay area sales: 50 percent of the listings sold in the first 30 days.

While that indicates demand is strong, it also shows that "sellers are being realistic in their pricing,'' Richardson said.

As of the end of 2016, the bay area had just a 2.9-month supply of homes for sale. A six-month inventory — meaning the time it would take to sell everything currently available — is considered a "balanced'' market that favors neither buyers nor sellers.

Richardson said two factors contributed to the low inventory of homes.

"The housing bubble burst of 2008 is still fresh on the minds of some homeowners, who remain reluctant to list their homes for sale,'' he said. "Additionally, the presidential election consumed people's attention and created a sense of uncertainty, causing some to temporarily delay any real estate transactions, though there was a small surge in activity when it was over.''

Hillsborough had December's top sale with a five-bedroom, five-bath house on Davis Islands going for $3.95 million. Purchased by Tampa Bay Lightning player Victor Hedman, it was also among the 25 most expensive bay area homes sold last year.

In Pinellas, the top price paid was just over $2.9 million for a penthouse at 400 Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg. Other top sales were $800,000 for a newly built home in the Wesley Chapel area of Pasco, and $785,000 for a Brooksville home on 35 acres in Hernando.

For December, Tampa Bay's 14.4 percent increase in the median price was several percentage points higher than for the Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville areas.

Statewide, median home prices rose 9.2 percent year over year.

Nationally, sales of existing homes closed out 2016 as the best year in a decade, even as sales declined in December as the result of ongoing affordability issues and historically low supply levels, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The median price nationally for all housing types in December was $232,200, up 4 percent from December 2015. December's price increase marks the 58th consecutive month of year-over-year gains.

BY: Susan Taylor Martin
Tampa Times Senior Correspondant

PUBLISHED: January 24th, 2017

 

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