Meet Sharon McSwain, a 2019 BusinessWoman of the Year honoree

Sharon McSwain President Domain Homes Educational background: Mercer University, major in communications, minor in broadband film What was your first ever paid job? Retail sporting goods store What is your favorite movie of all time? “The American President” What drives you to succeed? The desire to make as much of a difference in the lives of the people in my life What is the best piece of advice you would give to young women just starting out their careers? Allow themselves to dream and…

Study: Tampa ranks sixth worst among major metro areas for mortgage application fraud risk

A recent report by CoreLogic Inc., a New York-based real estate data company, found that Florida remains one of the worst states for mortgage application fraud risk. CoreLogic’s 2019 report found that Florida is the third worst state for mortgage fraud, though for the first time since 2017, the Sunshine State was bumped from the No. 2 spot by New Jersey. New York held its spot at No.1. Florida’s ranking is not a surprise as the Sunshine State has six of the 25 worst metropolitan areas for…

Report: Tampa among least affordable cities for homeowners

The RealtyHop Housing Affordability Index, a recent report by investment data company RealtyHop, ranked Tampa as one of the least affordable cities for homeowners. The report, which ranks the top 100 most populous cities on their affordability for homeowners, found Tampa to be the 36th least affordable market based on its homeowner burden. A city's homeownership burden is the total cost to own a home and includes: Median household income Median for-sale home listing prices Local property taxes Mortgage…

Arthur Rutenberg Homes promotes chief operating officer to CEO

Arthur Rutenberg Homes, a franchisor of custom homebuilding companies based in Clearwater, has promoted its chief operating officer to CEO. Jim Rosewater has taken the helm at Arthur Rutenberg, the company said Tuesday. As COO, Rosewater is credited with Rutenberg's expansion from a Florida builder to a 10-state footprint since 2008. “Jim’s previous experience as an independent builder, former Arthur Rutenberg Homes franchisee and company executive gives him the keen ability to understand the…

Downtown Tampa apartments sold for $123 million

Novel Riverwalk — now known as Anchor Riverwalk — is among a handful of Tampa Bay properties to surpass the $300,000 per apartment threshold.

Trump moves to send mortgage giants back to private sector

The administration’s 49 recommendations to overhaul America’s housing finance system are unlikely to find an eager audience in Congress, which has been deeply divided on the issue and is consumed with other fights in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

Are Bucs co-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz and family planning a mega-mansion on Davis Islands?

One of the owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appears to have paid more than $16 million for neighboring waterfront properties on Davis Islands. Corporate entities tied to Joel Kassewitz, husband of Bucs co-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, purchased 94 and 96 Martinique Ave., according to Hillsborough County property records. The given address for Kassewitz in state corporation records is 706 Guisando De Avila — the 30,000-square-foot Avila estate long rumored to have been sold to the family in…

Red Apple Group tweaks plans for downtown St. Pete, pitches 45-story condo tower, hotel and office space

The billionaire New York developer with an enormous vision for downtown St. Petersburg's Central Avenue has slightly tweaked his plans for the property. Red Apple Group, controlled by grocery titan John Catsimatidis, on Thursday unveiled new plans for the 2.3-acre site in the 400 block of Central Avenue. Red Apple said in a news release that it has filed a site plan reflecting the new vision with the city. Catsimatidis' plans now including the following: A 45-story, 300-unit luxury condominium…