Not Just Selling Homes, Selling a Lifestyle

Beautiful St Petersburg Florida Made the Cut -
Top 20 Best Places to Live!


With an avg of 248 sunny days a year it is no wonder that Coastal Living awarded St Petersburg Florida as one of the top 20 Best Places to Live. 

Boasting of a population just over 250,000, St Petersburg is a city on the fast track to big living! Tucked away on Florida’s Gulf Coast, St Petersburg features so many desirable accommodations to enjoy.  


Some exclusive St Petersburg Highlights...

With all these highlights and more, it's no wonder many visitors plan to make St Petersburg Florida their next home buying destination.

 

Posted by Mark Yorke on August 28th, 2017 4:22 PM
   
5 Reason's Why Gulfport Florida Rocks! 



It's a Hidden Gem!
Gulfport Florida is known for its Old Florida, charming appeal.  Once a fishing village, Gulfport is now described as quaint, artistic and unique.  This waterfront town beams with character especially as you take a stroll down Beach Blvd or Shore Blvd to enjoy shopping, dining or a massage. Residents and visitors alike say there is no place like this in the Tampa Bay area! 



Boating, Sailing or Fishing? Oh My!
With so many options to enjoy in Gulfport its hard to pick what to do!  Savor Sailing?  Gulfport Yacht Club is the place to be!  Beloved Boater?  Gulfport Municipal Marina rests on 7.5 acres of waterfront with lots of amenities including dry boat storage, a boat ramp and loads of wet slips for your boating pleasure. Fishing Fanatic? Williams Pier is great for a cast and hopefully a catch!




One of a Kind Parks!
Here are just a few of the unique parks to enjoy in Gulfport.
  • Clymer Park, just off of Gulfport Blvd and 58th St S, has a fun and funky walkway lined with artistic sculptures and hosts popular local events. 
  • Clam Bayou Park features natures trials, canoe/kayak launch, breathtaking views of Boca Ciega Bay and 10 acres of nature/estuary found at 29th Ave S & Miriam St S
  • Veterans Park just steps from the waterfront district of Gulfport is a great place for picnics, walks or to enjoy a sunset!  The annual flag ceremony is also held here.
  • Beachfront Waterfront Complex is a local favorite, set on Shore Blvd S, where visitors can rent a pavilion, enjoy musical entertainment, amuse their kids at the playground or take a stroll on the beach.




Amazing Beach Views! Need We Say More!?!



Food, Fun and Feeling Good!
Along Shore Blvd in Gulfport's Waterfront District, foodies will find loads of good grub!  Popular eats include O'Maddy's for the irish pub feel, Tangelo's taste of the island's, Stella's dining with breakfast or brunch and Neptune's Grille greek cuisine.  Want to be entertained? Gulfport is also know for exciting events such an art walk on the 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday, Gecko Fest, Art Festivals and so much more!  Need to rejuvenate?  Local business, Art of Massage offers amazing massage therapy packages!  

From beautiful beachfront amenities, parks like no other and that old Florida feel who wouldn't love to live in Gulfport!
  
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Posted by Mark R Yorke on August 25th, 2017 2:45 PM


Sales are HOT this summer!!

This cute bungalow was listed and smartly marketed with great results! 

Emailed to 1000's of buyers and 2700 real estate agents.  Mailed to hundreds of local neighbors.  Viewed 2773 on Zillow in the first few days with 73 of those shoppers who saved the home.  Facebook ad's and an amazing listing video tour allowed this home to go under contract in less than a week and that was after negotiating two offers and accepting a cash buyer.  


Mark Yorke Home Team 
has already closed many great houses in 2017!

Check out Mark Yorke Home Team Reviews Here!


Amazing Views!  
Flawless Kitchens!  Waterfront Communities!
Picture Perfect Bungalows! Our buyers love our homes!


 Interested in Selling?  It's a Great Time!!  Recent studies show the housing market is up!!  Curious to know what your home value is?  Let us work smart for you!!


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Posted by Mark Yorke on July 6th, 2017 2:02 PM

Fourth of July in Downtown St. Petersburg: This year's fireworks are set to go off at 9 p.m. and can be seen from most of the city's waterfront parks like Vinoy Park or North Straub Park. Afternoon activities include live music, food trucks, children's activities, face painting and a live broadcast from Q105's Flash from 5 to 7 p.m. Weather conditions may bump the start time for fireworks up to 30 minutes or delay the start time up to one hour. Free. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7441. 5-9 p.m. July 4, 2017 .

Also you may want to check out The Birchwood’s Canopy Rooftop Lounge if you are in Downtown St Pete:
Birchwood Fourth of July: The Canopy rooftop lounge hosts a Fourth of July party offering a stunning view of St. Petersburg's fireworks and a barbecue pig roast. Cabanas are available for rental. $30. The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 240-3534. 4 p.m. July 4, 2017 .

Gulfport’s Fourth of July: The day starts early with a free kids fishing derby casting off from the sea wall adjacent to the recreation center at 8 a.m. Plan on sticking around the beach for the sand sculpting contest (10 a.m.-noon). Because the holiday falls on Tuesday this year, the Fresh Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clear the street for a parade on Beach Boulevard at 6 p.m., but stick around the area for the fireworks finale at 9 p.m. Gulfport, along Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. July 4, 2017.For More information, please call (727) 893-1066

Madeira Beach Fourth of July: Madeira Beach celebrates Independence Day with fireworks over Boca Ciega Bay at 9:15 PM. Best viewing will be from areas around the recreation center and along adjacent sea walls. Free. Madeira Beach Recreation Complex, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. (727) 392-0665. July 4, 2017

St Pete Beach

Fireworks show to begin around 9 p.m. July 4, 2017 launched from Upham Beach.  For safety reasons, parts of Upham Beach will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Gulf Boulevard and 68th Street, St. Pete Beach.

A great viewing area on St Pete Beach will be Level 11 Rooftop Artisian Bistro Bar, the Grand Plaza Hotel Beachfront Resort, 5250 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706 (727) 360-1811

Treasure Island

Fireworks on the beach at Gulf Front Park (104th Ave and Gulf Blvd) at 9pm July, 4th, 2017.  Off site parking will be offered at Treasure Island Park for $15 per vehicle and $10 per vehicle at the Treasure Island Community Center


Posted by Mark Yorke on July 3rd, 2017 7:04 PM

Bungalow Living can be yours with this recently restored 1925 Craftsman Home in Historic Kenwood. 

2719 Dartmouth Ave N St Petersburg, FL 33713

Completely Updated 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 

986 SqFt Bungalow Built in 1925!

Located on a tree lined Augusta Brick street the front porch will embrace you and welcome your friends with a distinctive warmth, while the rear deck extends your living space and bridges the gap between indoor comfort and your outdoor paradise. While greeting friendly neighbors on your porch swing and enjoying the beautiful weather your beverage somehow tastes better as you realize your dream has come true! 

You will be sure to appreciate the attention to detail and abounding character from the coffered ceiling, fireplace with ceramic hearth, crown molding, and warm hardwood flooring, to the open concept kitchen with granite countertops and stainless appliances, gas range, custom cabinets, utility room with storage, washer & gas dryer, completely updated baths, guest with tub and master retreat with walk in shower, French doors leading out to the back deck, fenced in yard, fire pit area, and detached garage with alley access. Freshly painted with brand new Hardi Board siding, this light and bright home was updated in 2011 with newer windows, electric, plumbing, duct work, AC, and hot water tank, roof in 2010. 


Take advantage of the social events in this designated Artist Enclave centrally located in a no flood zone yet minutes to pristine Gulf Beaches, Downtown St Petersburg, Seminole Park, and Central Ave Shopping District. This is the cure for your Bungalow Fever, hurry this home won’t be available long!
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Posted by Mark R Yorke on February 16th, 2017 11:17 PM
 


Winter in Florida Has Been Beautiful!! 
The last several months have reminded residents here in the St Pete Beach area why the Florida lifestyle is exceptional.  
No Snow & Perfect Temperatures in the mid 70's!?!   
We can't really ask for better weather to enjoy! 

Interesting 2017 Home Trends

Year end real estate statistics show 
2016 had the highest record for homes sales in a decade and Florida outperformed the U.S.
!!  

Trends also revealed that it is a Seller's Market and home prices are UP! Now is a great time to list and sell your home since the current inventory is low.

Curious to know what your home value is? Click here!!

It's a new year, is remodeling on your list? This article on growing trends in interior decorating offers some things to think about!

Color of the Year is "Greenery." This fresh green has the feeling of Spring time and renewal. 

Check out the color and suggested pairings Here

It's something to consider for your next home renovation project!





Mark Yorke 
yorkemark@gmail.com
Celebrating over 14 years of 
Real Estate Sales and Marketing Success! 

 
Posted by Mark Yorke on February 13th, 2017 9:38 PM


Buyers Want to be Home Sweet Home!

A simple space is what buyers want!  When previewing your home a potential purchaser wants to feel that they could live in your space.  They want to envision themselves at home with their belongings.  Cluttered spaces prohibit the imagination of the buyer.  Too much stuff distracts from the appeal and beauty of the home.  Sellers need to de-clutter closets and cabinets because it is inevitable that buyers will look in.  We are all nosy but order isn't to please those who are nosy, it's main point is to help encourage the home to sell.   When buyers can see how their items will fit inside this drawer or that pantry it makes a difference.  As they open the cabinet and see a mess they can not visualize past the unorganized space.

Organized Space Shows Pride of Ownership!
Everyone wants a home that has been well maintained. When homeowners take the time to rearrange and organize all their belongings it helps to show they care for their possessions which reflects that they care for their home!  Having clean, organized spaces shows an owner's pride in their property and makes the possible buyer feel comfortable about their prior upkeep and diligence in managing the home. 



Simple is Charming!

Personal items such as pictures of family or bold & specific furniture take away from the the home's appeal.  Removing distracting items and allowing for modern simple touches give the buyer a chance to see the best in the home and not focus on your wedding day picture or your favorite red rug!  This removes major distractions and helps the buyer focus more on the home's character which in turn can help sell your home!

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Posted by Mark R Yorke on January 22nd, 2017 7:26 PM
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Posted by Mark Yorke on December 24th, 2016 9:27 AM

Posted by Mark R Yorke on October 10th, 2016 9:41 PM
Your Home May Be Worth More Than You Think! (or googled)

 Determining the value of your home takes a specific and thorough analysis and it is the top secret in the home sales process! To find out how much your home is REALLY worth you need to contact a professional NOT the leading home sales websites like Zillow.  

Let us help you discover what your home is REALLY worth HERE!





Find out how important pricing your home correctly is here!
Posted by Mark R Yorke on August 27th, 2016 10:26 AM
 Determining the value of your home takes a specific and thorough analysis and it is the top secret in the home sales process! To find out home much your home is REALLY worth you need to contact a professional NOT the leading home sales websites like Zillow.  





 
Posted in:home value and tagged: home pricesHome value
Posted by Mark R Yorke on August 23rd, 2016 7:21 PM

Bottom Line - If your home is not priced correctly then your home will not sell!!!  Actually, this is the top reason homes linger on the real estate market.


Selling a home has many challenges to overcome and the emotional strain can be a huge weight.  To reduce the stress, sellers should find out how much their home is worth because it is the top secret to the home sales process.  In order to do that a seller must have creditable resources from an accurate place.  Unfortunately, many sellers start looking for their property's value from sources with the wrong information like the county tax assessment, zestimate tool, or what their neighbor's home sold for.  


The tax office determines value using a completely different method than a real estate agent does when pricing a home.  Their amount is used for property tax calculations.  Zillow openly claims that their zestimate tool is an estimate (hence the-play on words-name) and should only be a starting point for the home sales process. Sellers looking to neighboring sold homes misunderstand that a home has to be specifically comparable and accurate. There are many factors involved when pricing a home so using an experienced real estate agent to navigate the top methods to determine a home's value is a must!

Top 5 Factor to Consider when Pricing a Home!



Recently Sold Homes -  Location, sold date, and how comparable a recently sold home is to the potential seller's property are all analyzed to determine the best price.  This is the number one factor a real estate agent uses to gather facts and calculate the home's value.  


Pending Sales -  Homes that have recently gone under contract shed light on the activity in the current local real estate market.   Another valuable pricing tool is to research these homes and the factors that surround them.





 


 

Market Condition - Overall the real estate market in the USA has been improving although each city has different rate of increase. Some neighborhoods could experience a decrease in home sales or value for a period of time, and understanding the market a home is in is imperative to pricing.  


Current Inventory - What is happening in a market is reflected in the current inventory of homes.  Abundance of homes?  Then it may be a buyer's market and sellers need to take this into careful consideration when pricing their home. They may want to price more aggressively to get “noticed”.  Limited supply of homes?  This might suggest a seller’s real estate market and allow for a bit of flexibility in pricing.


Actively Listed Homes - Closely comparable homes that are active on the market will be the home's competition.  Real estate agents scrutinize these homes to determine what a home is up against.   Here are just some of the questions they consider. What does this listing have that this home does not? A pool or boat lift? Is this a better quality kitchen?  How long has this home been listed on the market?  This is a very important step because poor pricing could actually sell the competitions home.

With so many things to consider it takes experience, skill, and accurate resources to price a home correctly!  The help of a professional real estate agent can smooth this 
process out and make selling a home more profitable and enjoyable!

Thinking of selling your home?  The skills and expertise of a professional real estate agent is just a phone call away!  

Posted by Mark R Yorke on August 20th, 2016 8:55 AM
Wishing you a safe and Happy Memorial Day! 

Thank you to the many men and women who faithfully served our country and fought to protect our freedom!

May we all cherish and embrace the opportunities they have provided for us through their sacrifices!

God Bless America!! 

Enjoy this video taken at the
Pinellas Bayway Bridge in St Pete
 
Beach, FL! 



If you are considering selling your home find out how much it is worth HERE

Are you an interested in buying a home?  
Check out the local neighborhoods & start your home search HERE!


(727) 481-2165


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Posted by Mark Yorke on May 29th, 2016 2:51 PM
Posted by Mark Yorke on May 18th, 2016 8:33 PM


With over 50k in renovations in the last two years you can leave the real world behind at the gate house of LAND'S END and enjoy 14 acres of manicured grounds on the southernmost peninsula of Sunset Beach.

Here LUXURY WATERFRONT RESORT LIVING NEVER GETS OLD with a unique winding boardwalk that surrounds the property, endless seascapes, glorious sunsets, cool ocean breezes, the powdery white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, and the Intracoastal Waterway where dolphin, manatee, sea birds, boaters, and dog beach will constantly entertain you with scenic delights. Your unit is in pristine condition and offers a light and bright Florida feel from the front door all the way through to the VIEWS and SOUNDS of the Intracoastal waterway!

ALL NEW baths, AC, stainless appliances, granite, interior doors, double sinks in master bath, fresh paint, new diagonal tile floor, private owners closets, open kitchen, and furnished. Enjoy PEACE AND QUIET and RELAXATION combined with ENDLESS AMENITIES including oversized heated pool, 2 hot tubs, lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court, bbq grills, gazebos, shuffleboard court, and club house that make it possible to never leave but dining, shopping, and local events are abundant on the beaches and Downtown St Petersburg, Tampa, and Orlando are close by. LARGE MASTER, PRIVATE BALCONY WITH INTRACOASTAL VIEW, UNDER BUILDING PARKING, PET FRIENDLY, WASHER/DRYER, 7 DAY RENTALS, 24 HR SECURITY, BIKE/PADDLE BOARD STORAGE and plenty of guest parking, THIS ONE HAS ALL YOUR MUST HAVES!
Posted by Mark Yorke on May 12th, 2016 9:46 PM


Captiva Cay is an amazing community with gorgeous waterfront views and is located in the heart of St Pete Beach!  What a great place to live!

Are you an interested in buying a home?  
Check out the local neighborhoods & start your home search HERE!

Thinking of Selling??? Your home might be worth more than you think!  
Find out HERE

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Posted by Mark Yorke on April 29th, 2016 1:41 PM
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Posted by Mark Yorke on April 7th, 2016 10:02 PM




Pinellas Bayway Bridge was dedicated in honor of Medal of Honor Recipient CSM Gary Littrell on Saturday, March 28th, 2015. The bridge's name is now officially CSM Gary Littrell Medal of Honor Bridge.  The Mayor, Maria Lowe, called the bridge it's new nickname ~ The Freedom Bridge!

It was a beautiful windy day and the suspended American Flag was waving in the breeze!  At the dedication ceremony there was also military soldiers who propelled from the top of the bridge, Coast Guard helicopter fly overs and a christening bridge walk with supporting family, friends and residence.  Those who walked over the newly named bridge received their own "Medals of Honor".




In Pass-A-Grille Beach are near 8th Ave the celebration continued with local bands, food, military and rescue vehicles on display as well as an antique car show.

 This newly constructed bridge, CSM Gary Littrell Medal of Honor Bridge nicknamed The Freedom Bridge will be a well known and useful landmark for connecting cities St Pete Beach, Pass-a-Grille and St Petersburg.  

What a dedication and celebration that many will remember!!


Posted by Mark R Yorke on March 24th, 2016 12:14 PM



Thinking of Selling??? Your home might be worth more than you think!  
Find out HERE

Are you an interested in buying a home?  
Check out the local neighborhoods & start your home search HERE!

Interested in what the St Petersburg Area has to offer? 
Follow us on Instagram to see amazing pictures of the community or Check out our Facebook Page 

Others are raving about the Mark Yorke Home Team!  Here's our latest review! 

Published Review

Mark is a true real estate professional. He continuously kept lines of communication open. He did an extensive analysis of comparables on the front end. This gave us a high degree of confidence that we were pricing to best balance getting top dollar and a timely closing. The marketing plan and   materials he developed ensured that we hit the ground running. The result of all of his work was a quick sale to a strong buyer at a price with which were very pleased. He is extremely ethical and has unquestionable moral standards. I strongly recommend Mark as either a sellers or buyers agent

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Posted by Mark Yorke on March 16th, 2016 10:32 PM
Dreaming of a second home or vacation home?



This BIG question is very exciting yet comes with lots of consideration, analysis and preparation before a final decision can be made!

In this article you will find a series of important topics to ponder and research when determining if "Buying a Second Home is Possible?"


What type of home am I looking to purchase? 

First, lets define a second home, as there are a variety of factors needed to make a home truly a 2nd home.  Houses that are used a portion of the year by the homeowner (or friends and family who do not pay to rent their occupancy) and are located a considerable distance from the buyers current primary residence are considered second homes.  

This means if the property will be rented when you are not there or the home is closer to where you currently live this purchase would then be classified as an investment home.  

Lenders have several different requirements when financing an investment homes over a second home.  The biggest factors are down payment amount, interest rate and tax benefits. Generally, an investment loan requires a larger down payment, has a higher interest rate and requires more qualifying documentation than a second home, making these types of loans harder to secure.  There are some benefits to purchasing an investment home over a second home.  Renting the property during the time it will not be occupied by the owner or a guest can help offset the expenses and could become a healthy extra income.  It does require extra management on the owners part so this is something to be thoroughly considered.  There are also different tax benefits to consider between the two types of homes. Deciding which type of home to purchase should be the first decision made on this journey since it outlines the rest of the process.

How much house can I afford?

Affordability is a main factor to narrow down when analyzing a second home purchase.  Knowing a realistic purchase price will guide you through the next factors to consider.  Getting pre-approved for a second home mortgage and calculating in the costs below will help determine how much house to buy!

  1. Mortgage expenses - Down payment & closing costs
  2. Home insurance, property taxes and possible flood insurance depending on location
  3. Cost to furnish home
  4. Maintenance and upkeep
  5. Travel to get to and from


What location do you love?

Now to the fun part ~ Where should this second home be located? Have a love for mountain views and the rugged outdoors? Want to enjoy the perfect winter/spring weather and the sandy shores of the beaches?  Maybe there is a certain culture that is appealing?  Narrowing down the reasons why a second home is desirable will help fine tune possible locations.

What is your long term plan?  You do desire to move to this location full time in the future, maybe after retirement? Or begin a snow bird routine of living in this home for several months out of the year.  These questions can help determine the best for fit the perfect location.  

In our local area of St Pete Beach Florida, clients purchase second homes near the beautiful ocean to enjoy the tranquilty of the sand and shores in this gorgeous area.  These homes range from condos to single family properties many with amazing waterfront views and great local attractions nearby.  Those who purchase a condo are interested in less maintenance, more amenities and better views for a lower purchase price, although they do have to pay a associate fee to cover grounds care, insurance and repairs.  Others purchase a single family home to enjoy privacy, large living and entertaining spaces.  The reasons for purchasing a second home vary.  Here are some pros and cons to consider when contemplating the options between a single family home or a condo!


Benefits of Condo Living

  • Less maintenance 
  • amenities available - pool, gym, clubhouse
  • social atmosphere and events within condo community
  • better views for less money

Drawbacks of Condo Living

  • fees for upkeep of building, landscape and amenities 
  • smaller square footage
  • less private
  • pet restrictions - limited #/size or may not be allowed

Benefits of a Home

  • large square footage
  • no pet restrictions
  • private
  • has a yard
  • more entertaining space

Drawbacks of a Home

  • higher purchase prices for a view
  • upkeep and repair costs are homeowners responsibility 
  • property utilities are more
Professional Assistance Helps!

With so many important things to consider and understand for this major life changing decision, having the help of an experience real estate agent can be of great value.  From explaining and referring excellent financing options to providing expertise about the best area locations, points of interest and property prices in great neighborhoods that suit must-haves in a second home  ~ there is so much assistance they can provide.  Contacting a real estate agent in your desires area will help every step of the way on this exhilarating adventure!


 




The author, Mark Yorke, is a 15 year seasoned real estate agent in the Tampa Bay area.  He specializes in selling the beach lifestyle in the following areas - St Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Maderia Beach, Redington Shores, Redington Beach, Gulfport and Old Northeast St Pete Beach.  Marks excitement and devotion to real estate overflows in his work and he loves helping others find their dream vacation home.

Thinking of buying a second home in the Tampa Bay area?  Mark Yorke can be reached at mark@stpetebeachliving.com or directly at (727) 481-2165




Posted by Mark Yorke on February 26th, 2016 11:03 AM

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