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Hurricane Michael one year later: Housing crunch still a major obstacle

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Hurricane Michael one year later: Housing crunch still a major obstacle

A year has passed since the Category 5 hurricane gashed Bay County, leaving hundreds of crumpled homes and apartment complexes in its wake. Twelve months later, not much has changed for many residents. The thousands who evacuated can’t return and those who stayed, but lost their homes, have struggled to find new residences or ones that fit their price range. But the housing crunch is about much more than the loss of homes. [Source: Panama City News Herald]

Real estate sales sink as foreign buyers shy away from shaky political climate in U.S.

Luxury real estate has seen a dramatic downturn this year, as punitive new tax laws and a retreat by foreign buyers sent prices spiraling to recession-era levels in some markets. Foreign buyers — who have helped fuel the push in premium homes — are on the wane. According to the National Association of Realtors, the dollar volume of foreign purchases from April 2018 to March 2019 was down 36 percent from the same period a year before. The number of foreign buyers dropped by 31 percent. [Source: NBC News]

More Tampa Bay renters, fewer places they can afford

Between 2000 and 2017, Florida gained nearly 800,000 renter households, many in the wake of the Great Recession. In that same period, the state added nearly 720,000 new rental units that lease for $1,000 or more. The number of units renting for less than that amount fell. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Real estate brokerage plays up ownership potential

Thomas Heimann has always thought there has to be “a better way to do the real estate business.” That better way he’s devised is Realty Partners, his Sarasota-based company where agents can become owners. He’s modeled it after the partner track at law firms and consulting companies. “They all have a partnership business model, and you have to add value to become a partner,” says Heimann, 54. “And I thought, why isn’t there something like that in the real estate industry?” [Source: Business Observer]

Commercial real estate market remains strong, Colliers manager says

This time last year, Colliers International executive Danny Rice and his colleagues were preparing, at least mentally, for the possibility of a downturn this year. Rice, 35, is Colliers’ managing director and market leader for Central and West Florida. Rice recently discussed what his firm has seen over the past year with the Tampa Bay Times and what he expects looking ahead. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

STAT OF THE WEEK
$17 million
In 2017, Realtor Patti Stanley sold a 40-acre private island off Lower Matecumbe Key for $13.8 million. Now, another one of Stanley’s listings is making a splash: a 16-acre island connected to Upper Matecumbe Key by a 2,000-foot driveway. It’s known as Terra’s Key and has been on the market since May, with an asking price of $17 million. [Source: Miami Herald]

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