Tampa Bay home shoppers seek affordability, do not find it

Tampa Bay home shoppers are coming up short. According to home search data from realtor.com, the average median listing price for houses in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area is $274,950. That is 5.5 percent (or $15,050) higher than the average median search price of $259,900. The gap in Tampa Bay is not as bad as the nationwide gap of 9.1 percent ($27,000) between the median search price of $288,000 and median listing price of $315,000. The greater the gap, the higher the frustration. “Entry-level…

Giving Back: Platinum Group from Smith & Associates Real Estate

Name of project: The Platinum Group from Smith & Associates Real Estate was the major sponsor of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Pride Bowl, which raises funds to continue the BBBS outreach to the LGBTQ+ community. Beneficiary organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters No. of employees involved: Four Money raised: $8,000 Details: Margaret Grobinson from BBBS came to Smith & Associates' Fourth Street office three years ago and gave a talk. She was asked what was the organization doing to help LGBTQ…

Temple Terrace apartments fetch more than $200,000 per key

Apartments around the Tampa Bay region continue to be a hot asset class.

​Dozens of nursing homes with HUD-backed mortgages have ‘serious deficiencies’

Dozens of the worst-run nursing homes in the United States have mortgages guaranteed by a federal agency that mostly stopped inspecting such homes several years ago.

Fractured Carrollwood condos sold for $52.25 million

A Massachusetts group with properties throughout Florida has acquired the bulk of units in a fracture condo in the Tampa suburbs.

Business of Pride: Smith & Associates Real Estate

Each year, the company's sponsorship goals are centered around enhancing the local community in three core areas: arts, equal rights and healthy living.

Business of Pride: Marvin Meeks

Meeks said his favorite community moment was having the honor of serving as the chair Pride & Passion, an annual event produced by and for the LGBTQ+ community, benefiting the Tampa Museum of Art.

Clearwater has its fair share of baby boomers, but not millennials

Something must be in the water in Clearwater. According to a study from RentCafé, the third city in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area is the only Bay area city that is in the country’s top 20 for cities with the largest share of the baby boomer cohort. In fact, it is one of only four Floridian cities in the top 20. Clearwater’s 5,243 baby boomers in the 33761 ZIP code account for 26 percent of its population, making it the city with the 19th-largest number of baby boomers…