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Local insight about the Tampa & Sarasota areas, economic conditions that affect the luxury housing market, and unique marketing ideas that help you sell your home.
Starting early this summer, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is tightening lending standards in an effort to bolster its dwindling reserves. The new lending standards will make it tougher for prospective FHA buyers to purchase a home by requiring a higher down payment than the typical 3.5...
This afternoon I was invited to attend the re-listing of Matt Geiger's (former NBA star and Tampa Bay native) 30,000+ square foot Estate about a half hour North of Tampa in Tarpon Springs.  Initially listed back in May of 2007 for almost $20 million, the new listing brokerage, Engle & Volkers, h...
According to the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price survey , U.S. Home Prices rose for sixth straight month.
Most of the major news outlets are busy selling the negative part of the most recent National Association Of Realtors figures that report December Sales fell by 17 percent.  Every radio report has cried out the same message, "SALES DOWN 17%".  If you dig further into the numbers, you will find th...
According to the results of the 18th annual Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) survey, foreign investors in real estate say they remain committed to the U.S. as their preferred real estate investment opportunity.  Fifty-one percent of respondents identify the U.S. as providin...
Florida has led the nation for years in purchases of homes by foreign buyers - one in four of the national total. According to a July survey by the National Association of Realtors of its members, foreign buyers accounted for 32% of home sales in Florida in the prior 12 months, up from 29% in 200...
We see our share of expensive homes in Florida, but I wanted to give a glimpse of the most expensive homes nationwide. Click Here to see the most expensive listings   Steve Eckhardt, Broker, Luxury Real Estate Professional Contact me at (813) 765-1182 www.SearchForTa...
Senate Health Care Bill Threatens Home Building Industry December 21, 2009 - In a rush to pass a massive health care overhaul before Christmas, Senate Democrats have included a last-minute provision targeting the construction industry that is certain to derail the fragile housing recovery and thr...
The Sarasota real estate market remained hot in November 2009 with overall sales nearly 86 percent higher than November 2008. Total sales stood at 578 in November, mirroring last month's total of 574 and much higher than the 311 sales reported in November 2008. The breakdown was 417 single family...
Tampa Bay home sales were 34 percent higher in November.  Sales rose from 1,701 in November 2008 to 2,282 in November 2009, according to the Florida Association Of Realtors.  The Greater Tampa Association of Realtors had already announced a 52 percent sales surge in November. Greater Tampa Home S...

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Local insight about the Tampa & Sarasota areas, economic conditions that affect the luxury housing market, and unique marketing ideas that help you sell your home. Steve Eckhardt is the Founder, President, & CEO of Cornerstone Properties & Investments. He has been recognized by Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate and has established himself as one of the area’s preeminent purveyors of luxury homes. His company, Cornerstone Properties & Investments, is a full service luxury boutique firm listing and selling some of the most expensive properties in Greater Tampa Bay and the Sarasota Gulf Coast Regions. His skilled team is committed to providing legendary client service with an unparalleled standard of integrity and expertise. Known for high-profile properties and clients, Steve can provide access to the most exclusive neighborhoods with complete confidentiality. His high regard for client's privacy is what keeps them referring friends and colleagues. We serve the Greater Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Siesta Key, and Longboat Key markets.