For house flippers, reality meets reality TV

In 2017, Americans flipped 207,000 single-family homes or condos, hitting an 11-year high, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data company. And real estate brokers, designers and contractors credit the popularity of reality TV, specifically scrappy, do-it-yourself flipper shows, with encouraging this new generation of investors. But reality rarely measures up to reality TV.Original Article

With red-hot interest in residential units, Westshore Marina District developers shift focus to retail

After a $12.5 million land deal, the master developer of Westshore Marina District is looking toward its next phase.Original Article

How Trump’s lumber tariffs may have helped increase home prices

​Want to better understand what may happen in the United States economy as President Donald Trump pursues his combative trade policies? Look no further than the lumber that goes into many houses in the United States.Original Article

WCI picks up more land in Westshore Marina District, this time for $12.5 million

A Florida homebuilder is doubling down on Tampa's Westshore Marina District, buying a $12.5 million piece of waterfront land where it is planning to build luxury townhouses. WCI, a division of homebuilding giant Lennar, closed on 9.5 acres of waterfront land in the district on Monday, master developer BTI Partners said. It is WCI's second acquisition within the district; in 2017, WCI bought 2.35 landlocked acres, where it is building 35 townhouses. The builder is planning "140 luxury three- and four-story…Original Article

Water Street Tampa’s condo, apartment towers win key approval from aviation authority

One of Water Street Tampa's residential towers — one with condominiums, one with apartments and both perched on top of a grocery store — has received a key approval from the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. The authority on Thursday approved a height variance to make way for 815 Water Street, which should be the second building to go vertical within Water Street. Water Street is the $3 billion, mixed-use district under development in downtown Tampa. Strategic Property Partners, controlled…Original Article

‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ personality to design interiors for 53-story Riverwalk Place in downtown Tampa

An interior designer best known for his time on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" has joined the team of Riverwalk Place, the 53-story mixed-use tower proposed on the waterfront in downtown Tampa. Thom Filicia will design spaces in the tower that include residential entrances, lobby, condominium floor plans and fixtures and the “Sky Lobby” on the 20th floor. "The goal of the Riverwalk Place project is to create a luxurious city club atmosphere with a sophisticated fusion of rich materials and…Original Article

Getting down payment help now. Sharing home’s gain (or loss) later.

With property values soaring in many areas, a small but growing number of homebuyers are trying something different: asking an outside investor put down money alongside them.Original Article

Young left out of US boom in housing wealth

Home ownership has recovered from financial crisis but is skewed more to the old and rich.Original Article

Canadian group adds to Tampa portfolio with purchase of Citrus Run apartments

A Tampa developer has sold off an apartment project in the Citrus Run area.Original Article

Former Tampa General CEO sells off Davis Islands home

Former Tampa General Hospital CEO Jim Burkhart and his wife, Tina, have sold off their Davis Islands home. The Burkharts sold the home at 482 Lucerne Ave. for $2.9 million in late April, according to a Hillsborough County deed filed in May. The buyers are Robert and Lissha Harris. Burkhart was named CEO of Tampa General in early 2013. He left the post in late 2016 after the hospital's board of directors asked for his resignation. He is now a senior partner in C Suite Solutions, which focuses on…Original Article