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🚀 FL Aquarium & TPA Break Records; New Homes Easier to Buy

Mark Fazzini

Whether you are buying or selling a property, Mark will go out of his way to find out the key factors that are most important to you, so that he can p...

Whether you are buying or selling a property, Mark will go out of his way to find out the key factors that are most important to you, so that he can p...

Jun 15 8 minutes read

🐳  Florida Aquarium Ranks Top 10 in America by USA Today

Driving the news: The Florida Aquarium in Tampa has been named one of the top 10 best aquariums in America by USA Today, following a public vote from a panel of travel experts.


  • The Florida Aquarium is recognized for its exceptional exhibits, visitor experiences, and commitment to conservation.
  • It recently welcomed over 1 million visitors in a year for the first time, generating an annual economic impact of $275 million.
  • The aquarium's initiatives include animal rescue, ocean health advocacy, and educational programs.

Why it matters: The Florida Aquarium's success not only attracts tourists but also shows the city's dedication to environmental conservation and education.

Between the lines: The community's overwhelming support played a crucial role in achieving this recognition, a result of the aquarium's deep-rooted connection with Tampa residents.

What’s next: The Florida Aquarium plans to continue enhancing its exhibits and conservation efforts, bringing even more engaging experiences for visitors and further contributions to marine research.

The bottom line: The Florida Aquarium's top 10 ranking cements its status as a premier destination in Tampa.

🏡 Golfer's Paradise for $900,000 in Tarpon Springs, FL

You won't believe in our most recent luxury listing for under $1 million!

Welcome to this custom-built golfer's paradise in the gated community of Cypress Run, Tarpon Springs, FL.

4 beds | 4 baths | 3,601 sqft

⭐️ Highlights:

✨ Panoramic views of the 5th fairway
☕ Expansive family room with breakfast bar seating
🔥 Two-sided fireplace
🍸 Large wet bar with bar seating
🏊 Sparkling pool and spill-over spa
⛳ Community amenities including golf, pickleball, and bonfires
🏖 Close to walking trails, fishing, and beaches

And much more!

This premium opportunity is one of a kind; don't miss it!

📍 2726 Saint Andrews Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
💰 $900,000

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✈️ TPA Braces for 3.4 Million Passengers
This Summer

Driving the news: After a record-breaking spring break, Tampa International Airport (TPA) is gearing up to welcome nearly 3.4 million passengers this summer. 

This marks a projected 4% increase compared to the same period in 2023, as the airport prepares for the busy travel season between Memorial Day and mid-August.


  • Daily Operations: TPA will handle an average of 238 daily departures, translating to 476 total daily flights.
  • Peak Days: Memorial Day weekends will be among the busiest, with around 78,000 passengers each day. Other high-traffic days include June 2, July 6, July 20, and August 3.

Why it matters: The increase in passenger traffic is a sign of Tampa's growing appeal as a travel destination and highlights TPA's capacity to efficiently manage a high volume of travelers.

This influx is positive news for the local economy, boosting tourism and supporting local businesses.

Between the lines: TPA is introducing several new efficiencies to streamline the travel process.

Blue Express Curbsides offer a convenient alternative for drop-off and pick-up, bypassing the crowded main terminal areas. Additionally, online parking booking ensures a stress-free start to the journey.

What’s next: The construction of the Red Express Curbsides is underway and is expected to be completed by next summer.

The bottom line: TPA is well-prepared to handle the busy summer travel season, offering improved services and facilities to ensure a smooth experience for all passengers.

🏠 New Builds Dominate Home Market: What Buyers Need to Know

Driving the news: About one-third of single-family homes for sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2024 were new construction builds, maintaining last year’s level but nearly double the pre-pandemic rate.

Details: With fewer existing homes available, their prices have surged, while new home prices are more influenced by construction costs, demand, and interest rates. Builders are offering incentives like price cuts, mortgage rate buy-downs, and amenity upgrades to attract buyers.

Why we are seeing so many new construction homes:

Increased homebuilding: Builders ramped up construction at the start of the pandemic due to heightened demand from buyers benefiting from low mortgage rates and remote work. Single-family housing starts remain above pre-2020 levels.

Reduced existing home sales: Homeowners are holding onto their properties due to high mortgage rates, significantly reducing the inventory of resale homes.

By the numbers:

  • New builds accounted for 33.4% of all homes for sale in Q1 2024.
  • The median sale price for a new home in March was $430,770.
  • New home prices are now only about 4% higher than existing homes, compared to over 40% before the pandemic.

Why it matters: The higher proportion of new builds provides buyers with more options in a market where existing home inventory is tight.

New construction also offers buyers the chance for more flexible pricing and incentives, making them an attractive alternative to existing homes.

The big picture: Despite a slight decrease from the peak share in 2022, new homes still dominate the market compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Builders are constructing around one million single-family homes annually, according to Robert Dietz, Chief Economist of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

What’s next: As homebuilders try to sell off homes developed in 2021 and 2022, the supply of newly built homes remains high at 8.3 months, compared to 3.2 months for existing homes.

This surplus could lead to more competitive pricing and incentives for buyers.

The bottom line: The increase in newly built homes for sale offers potential buyers more opportunities and flexible pricing in a challenging market.

The trend of new builds dominating home sales is expected to continue as builders adjust to market conditions and buyer demand.

📊 Our Current Local Market Numbers

The Pinellas and Tampa Bay markets are hot as peak buying season is in full swing!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the next few months, you'll need a strong strategy to navigate the nuances of this market.

I'm happy to help you create a plan that will allow you to succeed in the current market.

If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

🏠 Find Available Homes Today

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