In Tampa Bay, you’re better off buying a house near Trader Joe’s versus Whole Foods

In Tampa Bay, cookie butter, cheap wine and edamame hummus are better for your home value than organic produce and ethically raised meat.

That’s according to data from RealtyTrac, which shows that home values in the same Tampa Bay ZIP code as a Trader Joe’s are on the rise in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

Of course, there are many variables to home values and how much the property has appreciated in the time since it was purchased. Trader Joe’s most recent Bay region locations are in two in-demand… …read more