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The last two years have seen the U.S. real estate market gain a remarkable amount of traction, surprising optimists and naysayers alike. Several important metro housing markets made impressive strides in 2017, confounding skeptics who predicted that runaway housing prices in some major cities would lead to diminished interest from prospective home buyers. Commercial construction meanwhile continues unabated in several regions of the country. In this commentary we'll look at the drivers behind the strength. I'll also explain why I believe 2018 will be the big coming out party for the real estate sector.

One of the reasons why real estate is a shoe-in for having a blowout year in 2018 is actually product of its recent success - namely, the forward momentum it has generated in recent years. The fact that most major metropolitan property markets have generated enough forward momentum in both construction and sales activity virtually guarantee a strong performance next year. The same could also be said of other markets, such as equities. Yet the stock market, unlike real estate, can reverse its forward momentum much faster which means one can never assume that a strong momentum market in the current year will necessarily translate into a stronger market the next year.

That said, contracts for developing properties are signed well in advance of the actual building, which in part explains the lagging nature of real estate trends. Due to the nature of real estate, the...

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By David Brothers

I've lived in the Tampa Bay area for 54 years, 41 of those in Clearwater and Largo.  Over time, I've owned, bought and sold multiple residential properties and watched my parents do the same.  I've dealt with numerous real estate agents as both a buyer and a seller, and I've yet to meet one I haven't liked.  Even the one I fired.  Seriously. 

That said, I have met a few who didn't inspire me much, and that has concerned me much more as a seller than as a buyer.  All the backslap-how-ya-doin' hug-smile-grin and lightening-rod enthusiasm in the world can't replace vision.  Agents sometimes complain that some buyers don't have much vision.  And they're right, but they could help.

Let's face it, we’ve all viewed a listing online that initially appears to be exactly what we're looking for only to find that the photography was way better than the actual colors.  Many realtors will offer a generic suggestion that perhaps a new paint job or changing out the carpet would “spruce things up.”  There we stand, struggling to suppress at least a healthy eye-roll.  Are they kidding?  How obvious is it that new paint would dramatically change things?  Why can't I be offered more “practical advice” that I could actually use to help me decide whether this home is an option for me or not?

What could seem like a minor...

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Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent in Clearwater, Florida




Buying a home is a major investment. You are going to be spending a lot of money on a new place that you are going to live in for quite some time. Because of this, you need to make sure you are investing in something that you are going to be happy with.

Instead of trying to handle everything on your own, you need to turn to a buyer's agent in Clearwater who can help facilitate the process and make it simpler for you.


Check out some of the following reasons why you need to hire a buyer's agent today.


A Buyer's Agent ...


Can advocate for you.


A buyer's agent can advocate for you when trying to negotiate an offer on a home for you. Since you don't have to be there every step of the way, this can work to your advantage. Because they know the ins and outs of the buying and negotiating process, they can help boost your chances of getting the best terms and prices.


Reveal information that might have been omitted by the seller.


While the listing agent represents the seller, a buyer's agent is there to represent you in the process. These agents can perform the necessary research on your behalf to make sure the seller isn't trying to hide anything from you during the selling process. If they did attempt to hide relevant information pertaining to the sale of the home just to try to get it to sell faster, the agent will let you know that ahead of...

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