St. Pete’s Realtor Robber Targeted More than Just 2 Victims

You may have heard the news stories about St. Pete’s Realtor Robber. I have a personal connection, as this individual came in as a lead through a referral source to me the same day the Realtors were attacked. 10 News called me last night to hear the details. See the story below.

As soon as I realized the lead I’d received was the same man who’d attacked two female Realtors on Wednesday, I immediately called St. Pete police to tell them what I knew, and the referral source so they could warn any other agents who’d received the same lead to tell them he was dangerous.

Please – fellow Realtors, be vigilant about always meeting clients in public first, getting pre-approval letter or proof of funds before you show property and a copy of a drivers license. Don’t make yourself a potential victim by being a pop-tart (i.e. popping over to a property the minute someone calls who is a complete stranger.)

St. Pete and Tampa residents – please watch the video and help us identify this man.

UPDATE 6.8.2015: They caught him! Technically he is a suspect at this time, but police say they are confident that this is their guy.

Just Sold at 100% of Asking Price: 6046 Bayou Grande Blvd NE

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As you might’ve heard, the market is hot out there!  The home at 6046 Bayou Grande Blvd NE in St. Petersburg’s Shore Acres neighborhood just went under contract in only 8 days and sold for 100% of the asking price.  Congrats to our seller Lee!

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Wondering what your home could sell for in today’s market? Just click to find out!

Bad MLS Photos of the Day: Does Spidey Come with the House?

Remember folks, not all real estate agent’s marketing is the same. From just one single real estate listing in Tampa today, these 3 gems of bad MLS photos were found:

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Does Spidey come with the house? Kinda creepy that it appears to be in an adult’s bedroom.
Who's the lady in the mirror?
Who’s the lady in the mirror?
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What a spacious hallway…

When you want an agent to market your home correctly – give me a call. I might take Spidey off your bed for the pictures, just FYI… 😉

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When its time to list your home –

call the Realtor that knows how to market your home in the right light.

Just Sold: 400 Beach Drive NE #503 for $1,545,000

I am thrilled to announce that I have just sold my listing at 400 Beach Drive Condos – Unit 503 – in just 35 days for $1,545,000.  Have a peek at the unit below.

My brokerage, Smith & Associates Real Estate, also represented the buyer in this transaction.  The only bad thing is that there are now ZERO available units for sale at 400 Beach, and we still have buyers who want this building. If you or someone you know are thinking of selling your Downtown St. Petersburg Luxury Condo, please call me today. I’ll prepare a market analysis and show you what yours could sell for in today’s hot real estate market.

You can also view recently sold units at 400 Beach Drive here.

Bliss Over Beach Drive Construction Begins!

Sadly, for myself and the other Realtors of Smith & Associates Real Estate, we’ll now have to find street parking along Beach Drive like everyone else.  However, it is for good reason – formerly the Smith & Associates Real Estate parking lot is now the site for the new construction luxury condo tower Bliss Over Beach Drive.  Demolition of the parking lot has begun so that construction may commence!

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There are only a few units remaining at Bliss, as shown below.  Contact me today if you’d like to schedule an appointment to view the information on this new luxury new construction boutique condo in downtown St. Petersburg.

  1. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,140 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,840 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 250
  2. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,140 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,840 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 123
  3. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,701 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,840 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 229

See all BLISS Over Beach Drive.
(all data current as of 7/1/2015)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Tampa’s Priciest Property is over 100 Years Old: Listed for $13.9 Million

There’s a newly listed property just topped the list for priciest house for sale in Hillsborough County! 4621 Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa is an 8,900-square-foot estate, on 2.6 acres, but it isn’t visible from the road. This private estate boasts 6 bedrooms and 9.5 baths, a guest house, fitness and service building, pavilion, conservatory and pergola. The historic Bayshore Boulevard estate is known locally as the Stovall-Lee house, and was just listed for $13.9 Million. Built in 1909 by L.T. Tousdale, then general manager of the Florida Brewing Company in Ybor City, the property was owned by Tampa Tribune founding publisher Wallace Stovall from 1915 to 1943. Stovall sold the home to William E. Lee, and the family had it added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The current seller, Harry E. Teasley Jr., was president and CEO of Coca-Cola Foods and CEO of Coca-Cola Nestle Refreshments. He purchased the property in 1991.  Check out the photos of this magnificent estate below.

4621 BAYSHORE BLVD, TAMPA, FL 33611 (MLS # T2753993)

(all data current as of 7/1/2015)
Price $13,900,000
Beds 6
Baths 9 full, 1 half
Home size 8,930 sq ft
Lot Size 2.33 ac
Days on Market 57
Introducing an exquisite estate property which epitomizes gracious, elegant and exclusive living. Known locally as the Stovall-Lee House, this South Tampa estate is the largest residential property on Tampa’s famous and scenic Bayshore Boulevard N of Gandy. Meticulously restored and expanded over the years, the 6 bedroom, 9 full and 1 half-bath walled and gated estate boasts over 8,900 square feet of living space, on 2.6 acres overlooking the open Bay. Private and secluded, with a main house, guest house, pavilion, conservatory, pergola, and fitness and service building. Enjoy the very best of entertaining, indoors and out, with courtyard, terrace areas beautifully embraced by extensive landscaping and gardens from a strand of Florida Cypress to a French Knot Garden, koi and lily ponds. The grand entry, formal living room and dining room feature antique chandeliers, beautifully restored moldings by master craftsmen, original flooring and majestic mahogany pocket doors. A superior Chef's kitchen offers marble counter tops, Miele and SubZero stainless appliances, sleek cabinetry and a stainless prep counter for the very best of culinary artistry. The Pavilion is a masterpiece of architectural design that opens to the stunning pool area with French limestone and marble flooring, coral stone wood-burning fireplace, cypress tray ceiling, full-service entertaining bar and impressive 1400+ bottle wine cellar. This is a unique chance to acquire one of the most exquisite estates ever offered in Tampa Florida.

Property Type(s): Residential, Single Family Home

Last Updated 5/5/2015 Tract NIX SUB
Year Built 1909 Community n/a
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Hillsborough
Total Parking 2

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listed with COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL

(view all details for MLS #T2753993)

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