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HUGE .36 Acre Yard!!

• 2,030 sq. ft., 2 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story MLS® $165,000

 –  This beautiful Temple Terrace home offers residents easy access to I-75, the University of South Florida, the area’s finest medical facilities, shopping, dining and more. Ever wanted to have a HUGE YARD (.36 ACRES) while living in a Tampa Bay community? With over 2,030 square feet of living area beautifully designed with 4 bedrooms, a loft and 2.5 baths you will have plenty of space. This Windward Longboat floorplan hosts an Entry Foyer, Large Great Room, oversized Family/Dining open to Kitchen, spacious Master Suite with Tray Ceiling, Walk-in Closet, Upstairs Loft, Patio, and 2 car Garage. It doesn’t get much better than this Tampa Florida short sale. Call (800) 975-7205 today to schedule a showing.

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President Bush signed a new law July 31st, part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which will eliminate down payment assistance to home buyers from the seller on FHA loans starting October 1st, 2008. I wonder how this will effect the Tampa Florida real estate market?  read more

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

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

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

Many renters or people relocating to the Tampa Bay area still trying to decide whether to continue to rent or buy a home. Today, MSN Real Estate released their list of the 66 best cities in the US where buying makes more sense than renting. The good news… the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida metro areas are on that list. read more… 

Hillsborough County Existing Home Sales in May are UP a whopping 66% since the first of the year and home inventory is down 3.6% from the highest level this year with the average Tampa Bay Home Sale Price going up to the second highest this year… $244,977.

Fannie Mae decided to allow 5 percent downpayments in declining markets, such as Florida, which will help encourage Florida new home buyers to come back into the housing market. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun stated: “The Fannie Mae decision is huge and will have a positive impact, perhaps significantly, on the housing market. We are very appreciative to Fannie Mae for listening to us and agreeing.” NAR and other organizations have been calling on Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac to change the declining market down payment policy which disproportionately affects lower income families and minorities, as well as first time home buyers. Fannie Mae vice president for credit policy and controls, Gwen MuseEvans, told Realtors in Washington, D.C., last week “We heard the concerns of NAR and we reviewed and determined that changes in our policy were needed”.

RSS Tampa FL Homes for Sale

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