Steve Eckhardt's Tampa Bay Area Luxury Real Estate Blog

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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.
If you're looking at homes for sale around the Tampa Bay area or Sarasota area, and you want to buy a home, but are waiting around for better prices, you might want to rethink your strategy If you're a market watcher, soaking up the information overload across news media and Internet websites, yo...
Pending home sales rose again, marking eight consecutive monthly gains - the longest streak since measurement began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
Circulation down at Tampa Bay dailies - Tampa Bay Business Journal:This Is why Cornerstone Properties focuses 100% of our marketing dollars on Internet advertising. Over the last 3 months, we generated over 3.5 million page views for our listings. , http://www....
Florida's existing home sales rose in September, which marks more than a year (13 months) that sales activity has increased in the year-to-year comparison, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.  Existing home sales rose 34 percent last month with a total of 14,419 ho...
The Today Show's Al Roker talked to real estate guru Barbara Corcoran about the US cities where you can get the biggest bang for your buck. Together, they reviewed the 10 Biggest Markets on Sale across the country, cities where prices have dropped the most, and the areas with the greatest real es...
This explains why we're seeing banks turn down a majority of short sale offers.Is The FDIC Killing Short Sales? As some of you already know, I blogged recently about being interviewed recently by our local NBC news affiliate.  To read the blog, click here.  Basically, IndyMac Bank (now OneWest Ba...
For the second time in less than 3 months, Fannie Mae announced changes to its mortgage guidelines.  The updates are meant to reduce the mortgage firm's overall risk. The first major change is with respect to credit scoring.  All Fannie Mae loans -- whether underwritten electronically or manually...
Sales of homes for more than $1 million are 50 percent lower than their all-time high, in July 2005, according to the firm MDA DataQuick. That's twice as bad as the downturn for housing of all price tags in the same time period.  There's a definite flip side to that market statistic, though: If y...
Tampa Bay home sales rose 17 percent between August 2008 and August 2009, but slowed from their relatively brisk pace in July. Realtors reported 2,370 sales in August, up from 2,029 a year earlier. The median sales price declined 17 percent the past year from $173,900 to $144,600. Visit www.Searc...
Are you looking at homes for sale in Tampa Bay and feeling overwhelmed by the choices? Back in the Dark Ages before the Internet (1986 or so), if you wanted to look at a house, you had to call a real estate agent, find out the address and then physically drive to the house. Thanks to the Internet...

Steve Eckhardt

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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.