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Melissa Yardy: Real Estate Prices in Pinellas Bump Up

Melissa Yardy St. Pete Beach

Tampa Bay Times quoted today that “Hundreds more homes sold across Tampa Bay last month than the year before, as tight supplies sent prices rising and helped the market build in strength.”  CoreLogic said this week that there is a nationwide surge as values climb and supplies dwindle after the market’s six-year slump.  American home prices rose 5 percent in September, the biggest yearly increase since 2006.

In St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island statistics show a rise in condo sales:

Number Sold
Average Sale Price

Time Period
September – Novemeber 2011 23 $253,000
September – Novemeber 2012 51 $258,000

As well as single family home prices:

Number Sold
Average Sale Price

Time Period
September – Novemeber 2011 31 $541,000
September – Novemeber 2012 28 $623,000

Inventory is at a 6 year low, making it a good time to list and sell your property in the upcoming seasonal market, January through May.  For more local real estate information visit www.MelissaYardy.com



Melissa Yardy St. Pete Beach


Now that the election is over and I want to make everyone aware that the The Foreclosure

Relief Act expires naturally at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, 2012 which means any short sale closings, deed in lieu of foreclosure, mortgage modifications with principle forgiveness and foreclosures with waivers of defiency, that occur, (which means it closes or is signed off by the

lender) on or after January 1st, 2013 will likely incur ordinary income tax on the borrower.

This IRS ruling on December 20th, 2007 created an opportunity for homeowners to sell their

primary residence less than what was owed, and although they would still receive a 1099 for

the difference but this phantom income was not taxable as if it was income for that year to

the homeowner. This ruling applied to most homeowners since the limit was 2 million. At the time, as a Realtor, is was a huge benefit to give these already distressed homeowners some relief and a little less to worry about. Over the last 5 years, it has been somewhat customary and I’m sure most

Realtors and homeowners do not realize this exemption is almost at it’s end.

As an example, if a homeowner has a $300,000 mortgage and the lender only receives $200,000

and cancels the debt, in a short sale then the seller would receive a 1099 for $100,000 for that

year as if they had received that much income for the year. If that taxpayer pays 15% taxes on their income then they would owe $15,000 in additional taxes. This additional burden would likely prohibit them from getting on their feet and moving past an already horrible situation.

I would encourage all Realtors to contact their congressman and make it known how important

that this Act be extended past this quickly nearing deadline.