Appeals court overturns beach access ruling in Pinellas County

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a ruling that backed waterfront property owners in a battle with a Pinellas County town about public beach access. The decision by a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals focused, in part, on a highly controversial 2018 Florida law that put restrictions on what is known as “customary use” of beaches. The panel said U.S. District Judge James S. Moody should not have granted summary judgment to a group of property owners in Redington Beach…Original Article

Here are the best cities for remote workers

Remote work for millions of workers is here to stay, and a new study shows which cities have all the qualities needed for a new, mobile remote workforce. Marketing firm Higher Visibility crunched the numbers around average rent, house prices, happiness indicators, broadband availability, wifi hotspots, green space and even the number of coffee shops to find out which cities, large and small, are best for remote workers. For cities under 1 million people, St. Petersburg, Florida, tops the list.…Original Article

The number of homes selling for more than $500K above asking more than tripled in Q2 2021

Data from Zillow shows over 1,600 homes sold for at least $500,000 above asking price nationally in the second quarter.Original Article

Exclusive: Odessa equestrian estate sells for $7.5 million

The aggregate sales price is a record for Odessa.Original Article

Lightning’s Steven Stamkos sells Davis Islands home in near-record deal

It is the third-highest sale in Hillsborough County history and is the latest in a string of headline-making home sales on Davis Islands.Original Article

Overheated real estate market begins to cool

Economists say there are some signs the housing market is starting to cool.Original Article

Housing vacancy rates nationwide have fallen. These areas saw the biggest decreases.

Out of about 140.5 million housing units across the United States, about 9.7% are vacant — down from the 11.4% seen in 2010, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That is still higher than the overall vacancy rate was in 2000, when it was about 9%, according to the data. The states with the largest drops in vacancy rates were Nevada, which fell from a 14.3% vacancy rate to 8.1%, along with Arizona, which fell from 16.3% to 12.2% and Florida, which fell from 17.5% to 13.5%. To be…Original Article

Tampa Bay rent affordability expected to drop by end of 2021

Mortgage payments are expected to take up a bigger chunk of homeowners' income across the country and in Tampa Bay by December.Original Article

After Surfside, questions around commercial buildings and business model of condo associations are brought to forefront

The June 24 tragedy that left nearly 100 dead after a condo building collapsed in Surfside, Florida, has prompted swift review of condo-building reviews, talk of new legislation and more questions than answers.Original Article

Tarpon Springs equestrian estate hits the market for $9.9 million

The property last sold in 2020 and ranked among Tampa Bay's highest-priced home sales for the year.Original Article