September 2013 Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics Report is here!

Your Monthly Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics report for September 2013 is here! The market continues its slow climb up the ladder to better sales and activity. The flood insurance rate increases and effects of the government shutdown are being felt, but our numbers are still good compared to this same time last year. Please visit for the […]

Fla. looking at alternatives to fed flood insurance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Oct. 9, 2013 – With thousands of homeowners locked in their homes because of spiraling flood insurance rates, Florida regulators are working on a program to lure private companies to write flood insurance in the state as an alternative to the federal program. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is talking to […]

Senator: Flood insurance bill blocked by politics

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Oct. 3, 2013 – The government shutdown wasn’t the biggest grievance against Congress voiced by Gov. Rick Scott and a group of state and local leaders here Tuesday. A throng of homeowners, real estate agents and city officials who met outside the Pinellas Realtor Organization’s building expressed shock and anger that officials […]

Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate down to 4.32%

WASHINGTON – Sept. 27, 2013 – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week to their lowest point in two months. The decline follows the Federal Reserve’s decision last week to hold off slowing its monthly bond purchases. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan dropped to […]

45% of U.S. sales in August were cash purchases

IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 26, 2013 – U.S. residential properties, including single family homes and condominiums and townhomes, sold at an estimated annualized pace of 5.6 million in August, up 2 percent month-to-month and 12 percent year-to-year, according to RealtyTrac’s August 2013 U.S. Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report. The national median sales price in August […]

August 2013 Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics Report is here!

Your Monthly Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics report for August 2013 is here! The great news is that new listings are up 25% (single family homes) and 16.4% (townhomes/condos) from this same time last year. Median sales prices are also up. Inventory is still lower than this same time last year and we are still in a […]

Lettuce, Lettuce and more Lettuce

  Lettuce, or Lactuca Sativa are the oldest known vegetables to man. The vegetable has been developed from Lactuca Serriola, that is, prickly lettuce. It was a wild plant that had been developed in the Mediterranean and Caucasus region. It is said, Emperor Caesar Augustus had a statue made to immortalize the Romaine-type of this green leafy vegetable. […]