Steve Eckhardt's Tampa Bay Area Luxury Real Estate Blog

Real Estate Broker/Owner - Cornerstone Properties International
Local insight about the Tampa & Sarasota areas, economic conditions that affect the luxury housing market, and unique marketing ideas that help you sell your home.
      Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard is synonymous with gracious Florida living. Here residents enjoy the finest conveniences and comforts, including private elevator entries, wine cellar with private storage lockers, theater, library, conference center, concierge services, two social rooms, two eleg...
According to data released by California based RealtyTrac Inc., total foreclosure filings in the three-county region surrounding Sarasota jumped to 3,349 during July, a 40 percent increase from a month earlier and a 10.6 percent increase from July 2009.  While much of the reason for the rise stem...
Another hurdle for luxury real estate....... Image via Wikipedia One of the forums in which I participate has had stories on both sides of this issue for a couple of months… with the more conservative members saying that there is a 3.8% sales tax on the sale of homes, and those that are more supp...
WASHINGTON - July 8, 2010 - International homebuyers are increasingly attracted to property in the U.S., according to the National Association of Realtors®' 2010 Profile of International Home Buying Activity. Several factors, including the strength of the dollar, the value and desirability of U.S...
A massive condominium bill addressing everything from fire sprinkler retrofits to incentives for moving excess condo inventory is among the real estate-related legislation taking effect today in Florida.  this 103-page bill contained at least two of the many changes sought: incentives for buyers ...
Great news for our customers purchasing waterfront properties in Greater Tampa Bay, Clearwater, & Sarasota.  Congress has extended the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through September 30th.  The bill is retroactive and will cover the lapse period from June 1, 2010, to the date the law is...
Sales of existing homes in Florida rose 18 percent in May, marking 21 months that sales activity has increased in the year-to-year comparison, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.  In Florida's year-to-year comparison for condos, 6,779 units sold statewide last mont...
Figures just released by the Sarasota County Property Appraiser's office puts new construction for all of 2009 at $137 million.  Putting the 2009 figure in terms of 1988 dollars lowers that figure to $74 million.
Bidding wars for a $2 million house? In some markets, sales of high-end homes return to levels not seen since the boom. Steve Eckhardt, Broker, Luxury Real Estate Professional Contact me...
Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, has named Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota the nation's second-best beach for 2010. It's the second year in a row Siesta Key Beach has placed second in the annual ranking. Siesta Key Beach gets high marks for its public access, 99.9 percent pure quartz san...


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Local insight about the Tampa & Sarasota areas, economic conditions that affect the luxury housing market, and unique marketing ideas that help you sell your home. Steve Eckhardt is the Founder, President, & CEO of Cornerstone Properties & Investments. He has been recognized by Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate and has established himself as one of the area’s preeminent purveyors of luxury homes. His company, Cornerstone Properties & Investments, is a full service luxury boutique firm listing and selling some of the most expensive properties in Greater Tampa Bay and the Sarasota Gulf Coast Regions. His skilled team is committed to providing legendary client service with an unparalleled standard of integrity and expertise. Known for high-profile properties and clients, Steve can provide access to the most exclusive neighborhoods with complete confidentiality. His high regard for client's privacy is what keeps them referring friends and colleagues. We serve the Greater Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Siesta Key, and Longboat Key markets.