​What is a recession, and why are people talking about the next one?

Things have actually been going quite well: unemployment is at its lowest level in decades; employers have added jobs for eight years running; and the economy this year is on track to grow at its fastest pace since 2005. So why are some worrying about the next recession?Original Article

Pinellas County men plead guilty in multimillion-dollar real estate scam

Three Pinellas County men are each facing 20 years in federal prison after they pleaded guilty on Monday to criminal charges connected to a multimillion-dollar real estate scam. Gary Kinard, 40, of St. Petersburg, Martin Steele, 46, of Largo, and Mark Boring, 47, of St. Petersburg each pleaded guilty in the U.S. Middle District Court of Florida to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The men are facing a maximum of 20 years in prison and a minimum mandatory consecutive…Original Article

See which Tampa Bay suburbs have some of the most coveted rentals in the country

Living in an urban, metropolitan community can be pricey. But Rentcafe.com has uncovered the most in-demand suburbs in the country, based on renter population increase and data collected from Yardi Matrix and the U.S. Census Bureau. Three of them are in Tampa Bay's own backyard. Riverview added more than 14,100 new renters between 2011 and 2016, leading other Florida cities with a 106 percent rise between 2011 and 2016, and ranking fourth nationally. Lutz has also seen a significant 74…Original Article

The housing boom is already gigantic. How long can it last?

We are, once again, experiencing one of the greatest housing booms in U.S. history. How long this will last and where it is heading next are impossible to know now.Original Article

Send in the stagers

In a sluggish real estate market, more and more homes need to be staged to sell. Here's what's involved.Original Article

Climate change insurance: Buy land somewhere else

In case global warming makes their homes uninhabitable, some millennials have a Plan B: investing in places like the Catskills, Oregon and Vermont.Original Article

Eleve 61, 36-story condo tower proposed in the Channel district, seeks key approval for construction

A 36-story condominium tower proposed in downtown Tampa's Channel district will be up for a key approval in early December. Eleve 61, which will include 61 luxury units at 858 Channelside Drive, requires a height variance from the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority because of its proximity to Peter O. Knight Airport. The variance is recommended for approval, as it isn't expected to interfere with air traffic. Mercury Advisors, the Tampa-based developer of Eleve, secured a development loan…Original Article

​US new home sales fall to lowest since March 2016

Sales of newly built homes in the U.S. unexpectedly tumbled by the most in 10 months in October to their lowest level in more than 2.5 years, adding to signs the nation's housing market is losing momentum.Original Article

Former Tampa Bay Rays star Fred McGriff lists Avila estate for sale (Photos)

Former Tampa Bay Rays star Fred McGriff has listed his Avila estate for sale for $3.495 million. The house at 16314 Millan de Avila sits on a double lot, nearly 1.8 acres, and is 11,768 square feet. A team of real estate agents from Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, Jennifer Zales and Michelle Fitz-Randolph, have listed the property for sale. A different listing agent brought the property to market in late 2017. Click through the photos for a tour of the home. McGriff and his wife, Veronica McGriff,…Original Article

Cool cribs: NBA player sells South Florida mansion for $4.4M (Photos)

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson sold his Pinecrest mansion for $4.35 million, which is less than he paid for the property. The buyers of the 10,138-square-foot home at 9700 W. Suburban Drive were Jose A. Gonzalez and Alicia Hathaway, according to county records. They obtained a $3.05 million mortgage from Marquis Bank. The price equated to $429 per square foot. Kimberly Knausz with the Sports & Entertainment division of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty represented Johnson in the sale. The…Original Article