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Smith & Associates Real Estate’s Renowned Stephen Gay Group Rebrands as the Gay & Glaser Group

Tampa, FL (February 23, 2024) – The Stephen Gay Group, a prominent sales force in Tampa Bay's luxury real estate market, proudly unveils its rebranding as the Gay & Glaser Group. This transformation marks a strategic move to showcase the combined strengths and extensive experience of its founding members, Stephen Gay and Katie Glaser, serving the Tampa Bay community.

The team has consistently ranked as one of the top real estate teams in the Tampa Bay region. Together, they have collectively sold over $800 million in real estate since inception. Stephen Gay, the team's leader, is a long-term resident with over 20 years of experience and has…

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SMITH & ASSOCIATES REAL ESTATE CELEBRATES SELL-OUT SUCCESS OF SALTAIRE IN ST. PETERSBURG

St. Petersburg, FL (January 2, 2024) 

Smith & Associates Real Estate is thrilled to announce the official sell-out of Saltaire, a luxurious condominium residence in the heart of St. Petersburg. The last remaining unit, a stunning penthouse, closed, marking the completion of all transactions for this highly sought-after development.

Saltaire, a beacon of contemporary elegance, has become synonymous with sophisticated urban living, offering residents a unique blend of modern design, panoramic views, and unparalleled amenities. The four penthouses, the crown jewels of Saltaire, all closed within the span of this week, solidifying the project's resounding…

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Tampa is a rapidly growing market, with top-of-the-line luxury developments being added to our skyline faster than ever. With these developments come one-of-a-kind amenities. From luxurious pools that look over the best views of Tampa Bay to impressive fitness facilities to high-tech game rooms, Tampa has some of the best condos to offer. Smith Developer Services can help you find the best condos in town. These new construction luxury condo towers are next level for upscale amenities and elaborate living. 


Art House

Art House St. Petersburg offers a unique and inspiring array of amenities that blend art, luxury, and contemporary living. Art House St. Petersburg features an exclusive art gallery showcasing works from renowned local and…

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Smith & Associates Real Estate Foundation Accepting Applications for Grants

The Smith & Associates Real Estate Foundation is now accepting applications from qualified non-profits to receive their 2023 grant awards. Smith and Associates' community giving program is designed to build strong partnerships with non-profit organizations, civic organizations, and other local organizations striving to make a difference. The non-profits should focus on the three identified pillars of need: Housing, Community Vibrancy, and Positive Education/Mental Well-Being. For each element, funding priority is given to at-risk, vulnerable, and special-needs populations.

To apply for a grant from the Smith & Associates Real Estate Foundation, the organization must:

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Largest Davis Islands Waterfront Property in Decades Hits the Market

Tampa’s luxury housing market is stepping into 2023 in a robust fashion as the largest waterfront residence on Davis Islands hits the market today with a listing price of 23.9 million dollars. In a real estate market that Forbes magazine ranks as the #1 destination city in Florida, the value for a piece of Tampa’s paradise continues to rise along with the allure that Tampa Bay now offers.

Mary Beth Byrd, Leslie Minder, and Dina Sierra Smith with Smith & Associates Real Estate are co-listing the home at 42 Ladoga. With 464 feet of waterfront footage, the significant property represents the most water frontage on Davis Islands to come to market in decades. “With the influx of…

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Sales Launch for "AQUA at Westshore Yacht Club"

Smith & Associates Real Estate has launched sales for AQUA at Westshore Yacht Club, Tower 1. Located within the gated community of Westshore Yacht Club, Tower 1 faces entirely west towards the bay for sunset water views and features just 77 condominium residences, each with private elevators, spacious layouts, and flow-thru floor plans. The tower's resort-style amenities include a rooftop infinity edge pool, golf simulator, pickleball, private owners lounge, spa, steam rooms, fitness center, screening room, children's playroom, private dining room for catered events, residents sports bar and billiard area, guest suites, 3rd-floor pool, valet parking, and co-work space business center. There are also a…

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Luxury Condo Towers in Tampa, Florida: Everything You Need to Know

The view. The amenities. The location. When it comes to luxury condo towers, lifestyle is everything. Whether it's the quality of the construction, the architectural touches, or the class of the amenities (think rooftop sundecks, cabanas, picturesque gardens, pool-side bars, state of the art appliances), living the luxury condo life is a great investment. 

From expansive water views to being right in the middle of the social scene, selecting the right luxury condo means finding the best of all worlds.

Here are several factors to consider when selecting your new luxury condo home:

Location

One of the biggest draws of luxury condos is their proximity to the action, i.e., the…

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Waterfront Condos in Tampa Bay to Buy

Choosing a waterfront condo comes down to what you’re looking to get out of the experience. Maybe you love being near water— boating, fishing, kayaking, or canoeing. Maybe you want a scenic view of the water—sweeping balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. Or maybe it’s the amenities—resort-style pools, picturesque sunrise, and sunsets.

Regardless of your preference, waterfront properties equate to being on an endless vacation. A waterfront condo becomes your oasis and your own piece of paradise—a place to get away from it all.

Here’s a look at some waterfront properties to put on your must-see list:

Aqua Residences 

AQUA at Westshore Yacht Club presents a rare opportunity to celebrate life amidst…

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AQUA Rises on the Last Real Estate Site in the Westshore Yacht Club

The final real estate site within the gated Westshore Yacht Club community will be developed into three luxury residential towers. AQUA will face entirely west towards the bay and feature magnificent sunset water views with spacious layouts. 

The developer is Westshore Group LLC, led by industry veteran Eddie Avila with a 40-year track record. Avila began his career as VP of Cheezem Development, the company that developed over 700 units throughout St. Pete and Clearwater.  Just years later, the company shaped the Miami/Brickell condo landscape with landmark projects such as Brickell Key and South Pointe Towers. That latter which sparked the redevelopment of South Beach. Avila’s…

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Save Money on Your Taxes by Buying Your Home by the End of The Year

Most property owners are familiar with Florida’s Homestead Exemption, but do you know how it can help reduce your taxes?

Now that we have your attention, here's a snapshot of the benefits for Tampa homeowners—and why they matter to you.

If you own residential property (or are thinking about it), you are eligible for the Florida Homestead Exemption—a property tax break that can reduce the taxable value on your primary home by as much as $50,000. That's approximately $750 per year in savings.

When you purchase a home, Florida state law requires your property value to reset to the current market value. So when you file for a homestead exemption, you are protected from the value…

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