Susan Taylor Martin, Real Estate Reporter

Susan Taylor Martin

Real Estate Reporter

Call me a nosy neighbor. I’ve always liked checking out Sunday open houses, especially houses for sale around my area of St. Petersburg. And I’m a huge fan of HGTV shows like “Flip or Flop’’ and “House Hunters.’’ Maybe that’s why why I ended up four years ago as the Tampa Bay Times real estate reporter. It’s a great job, especially now that the market is hot. But there’s a lot more to real estate than pretty (or not so pretty) houses. I’ve reported on a good number of scams and the colorful characters behind them, including one fellow that my stories have sent to federal prison - twice! In my off-hours, I like to travel (was a foreign correspondent for 12 years), figure skate, hit garage and estate sales, read and check out new restaurants. I’m probably one of the few people who remember when downtown St. Pete had only four restaurants — the lunch counters at Maas Bros. and Woolworth’s plus Aunt Hattie’s and Uncle Ed’s. Alas, Aunt Hattie’s closed in the early ‘80s after a rat ran over a restaurant critic’s foot.

Tampa Bay Times, other news organizations awarded climate-change grants

Recent sunny day flooding in Shore Acres, a St. Petersburg neighborhood vulnerable to rising sea levels. [Times] Susan Taylor Martin
The organizations will explore the impact of climate change on Florida.

What’s up with mystery Ruskin development and two new Tampa projects?

A Tampa company has spent nearly $8.8 million acquiring 180 acres north of Shell Point Road in Ruskin. Susan Taylor Martin
We find the answers in our continuing look at new construction in the Tampa Bay area.

Miami firm pays $13 million for a prime area in St. Pete’s Edge District.

The century old building that now houses the retro store Furnish Me Vintage will be saved. Tricera Capital
The sale includes a building that now houses the retro Furnish Me Vintage store

Here’s a new twist on crowd funding - raising money to buy two Tampa Bay office buildings

Castille at Carillon. [Courtesy of Colliers International Tampa Bay] Colliers International
Developer of Tampa’s proposed Riverwalk Place buys a pair of buildings in the Carillon center

Tampa Bay’s foreclosure rate dips below 1 percent

Tampa  Bay's foreclosure rate is above the national average, but still below one percent. David Zalubowski  |  AP
Fewer bay area residents are seriously delinquent on their mortgages.