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TAMPA – Two housing reports Tuesday offered more hope that a turnaround in the real estate market may be slowly emerging.

The Standard & Poor’s/ Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday shows the rate at which Tampa-area prices are falling has leveled off. Prices fell 20.1 percent in June from a year ago, almost identical to the 20.2 percent decline in May and 20.4 percent drop in April. read more

TIERRA VERDE, FL – Jack Parker concedes he and his island neighbors would rather not be in this fight.

But as St. Petersburg moves to annex a piece of their island community, opening the door to plans for a high-rise resort, Parker and the Tierra Verde Community Association are gathering forces.

Their strategy: incorporate Tierra Verde as an independent town, the 25th municipality in Pinellas. Only three other counties among Florida’s 67 counties have more – Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward. Hillsborough, four times the area of Pinellas, has just three.  read more

The market for the average priced U.S. residence may be soft, but the über rich (especially the Russians) continue to drive prices up at the very top of the world’s luxury market.  Case in point — Villa Léopolda, one of the most historic estates on the French Côte d’Azur, is now under contract by an anonymous Russian billionaire for $750 million (€500m).  This three-quarters-of-a-billion dollar sales price sets a new record for the most expensive home sale in the world. The previous record was set earlier this year by Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, with the reported purchase of a London home for his son for an estimated $236 million. 

“While the French Villa is a fabulous property, this sale does put into perspective the value U.S. properties represent,” said Michael Valdes, a luxury home expert with Keller Williams Realty in Tampa, FL. “The most expensive residence on the market locally is listed for just $25,000,000. A masterpiece of architectural design and timeless elegance, this magnificent gated estate is situated on over five acres overlooking golf course, pond and conservation within Avila, Tampa Bay’s premier private gated country club community. Encompassing over 28,000 square feet of beautifully designed air conditioned space, this compound with attached guest quarters features 10 bedrooms, 10 full and 3 half baths, ballroom, richly paneled library, 14 fireplaces, elevator, wine room, pool and spa with cabana, basketball court, terraces and balconies.”

Villa Léopolda, a cream-colored, turreted mansion with two guest houses, is midway between Monaco and Nice overlooking Cap Ferrat, near Villefranche-sur-Mer.  The villa was originally built about 1902 by King Leopold II of Belgium. The grounds are regarded as among the most spectacular on the Côte d’Azur.  Fifty full-time gardeners look after 20 acres of gardens and terraces, planted with 1,200 olive, orange, lemon and cypress trees.

The property’s new owner is said to be a Russian oil oligarch but not – despite initial rumors – Roman Abramovich, the highly visible owner of Chelsea Football Club, who already owns a €100m mansion near Antibes.

According to the Nice-Matin newspaper, a contract was signed last week to transfer ownership of the villa from Lily Safra, the widow of Edmond Safra, a murdered banking billionaire.  Rumor has it that Mrs. Safra held out for months as the persistent mystery buyer kept raising his offering price.  The paper also reported that 60 villas or mansions on Cap Ferrat are now owned by wealthy Russians.  

The property has a unique history.  In 1916, King Leopold’s nephew and heir, King Albert I, turned the villa into a hospital for officers wounded during the First World War. It later passed into the hands of the Agnelli family – Fiat automotive tycoons — and became the scene in the 1960s for legendary jet-set parties attended by Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan (in his acting days) and other celebrities.

“This sale raises the bar and makes the half dozen or so $100 million U.S. properties on the market seem like bargains,” said Laurie Moore-Moore, Founder of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, a US-based organization which trains real estate agents who work in the luxury market and awards the international Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation.  “Today’s affluent are citizens of the world and the successful luxury agent must know how to reach them and what lifestyles they are seeking. It’s an exciting and active market for agents at the top.”

TAMPA – As Florida’s coffers shrink in the face of a dour economy, confusion over a tax statute threatens to choke the flow of home sales at a time when the state is struggling under the burden of millions of unsold properties. The problematic statute mandates how much tax people pay when they sell a house.

In typical transactions, the law is clear about paying taxes on the price of the property, but as lenders agree to more short sales – allowing troubled owners to sell homes for less than the mortgage and writing off the rest – there’s disagreement over how much tax to charge.  read more

The popular notion is that Florida’s insurance market is dominated by the likes of State Farm, Allstate and Nationwide as well as Citizens Property Insurance, the state-run insurer.

But in reality, these big companies don’t have the lion’s share any more. More than half of the homeowners policies in this market are written by smaller Florida-based or regional insurers.   read more

WASHINGTON – Aug. 1, 2008 – Tell first-time homebuyers it’s time to commit: A provision of the recently-passed federal housing recovery bill gives first-time buyers an interest-free loan of up to $7,500 in the form of an income tax credit.

The credit equals 10 percent of a home’s cost up to $7,500, and applies to any single-family residence (including condos and co-ops) to be used as a buyer’s principal residence. read more

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