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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.
Contract activity for pending home sales has risen for six straight months, a pattern not seen since the index began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in July, increased 3.2% to 97.6 fr...
The Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, apparently doesn't understand that the market determines home prices. Great video from the Daily Show mocking Geithner and Robert Shiller (Case-Shiller Housing Index).  VERY FUNNY!
Both the Tampa & Sarasota MSA's reported a 30% increase in sales for July 2009 compared to July 2008 numbers. The median sales price in Tampa was down 19% from a year ago to $143,100 and the median sales price in Sarasota was down 22% from a year ago to $179,500. Full statewide statistics are ava...
Sales of existing single-family homes in Florida rose 23 percent in second quarter 2009 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the latest housing statistics from the Florida Association of Realtors® (FAR).  Sales of existing condominiums statewide in the second quarter rose 29 p...
Housing prices in the Sarasota-Bradenton market posted a nearly 10 percent increase during the second quarter when compared with the first three months of the year, and sales rose 20 percent.
Florida real estate won't rebound until the job market improves, but investor confidence in the outlook for business and availability of money are reasons for cautious optimism, according to the latest University of Florida (UF) survey.
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Sales of million dollar homes increased significantly for the Greater Tampa Bay area and the Greater Sarasota/Bradenton areas.  In the 5 county area the number of homes over $1 million that sold in July increased to 61 compared to the 42 homes that were sold in June.  While newspapers and the me...
1655 BAY HARBOR LN, SARASOTA - $3,499,999 - Beauty and craftsmanship go hand in hand in this splendid Mediterranean masterpiece. This is the developer's personal home.  In addition to the incredible full bay views, this exclusive residence features five spacious bedroom suites, study, loft, six ...
Driving down the streets of Tampa, Sarasota, Clearwater, or St. Petersburg, you'll see a good number of homes for sale. What you'll also see, however, are homes for rent. What's the difference? Why did these people decide to rent their home? Why did that homeowner become a landlord? There are a l...

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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.