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What months of the year do homes sell the quickest for Condo's and Single Family?

Since 2016 the months March through August appear to give sellers the most optimal time.  An absorption rate estimates the rate at which active listings are selling in a given market.  It is calculated by dividing the number of closed sales by the number of active listings. 

A low absorption rate means that homes are selling slowly (suggesting a buyers market) while a high absorption rate means homes are selling quickly (suggesting a sellers market). 

Now is a great time to list your home.  Clearwater Beach was just voted the #1 beach in the country.  Home values are at peak levels and if history repeats itself we are entering a sellers market.  

Call Tom or Kristin with the Coastal Properties and the Tom Smith Team to set up a listing appointment.

Kristin Vincelli 727-686-1596

Tom Smith 727-776-3375

Tom Smith Team over 40 years experience and over $100,000,000 sold!

Coastal Cleanup Event

by Tom Smith Team

Coastal Properties and the Tom Smith Team will be hosting our Coastal cleanup on Friday, February 22nd at 8:30 a.m. in Clearwater Beach and we would like to invite you.

Meet us at the FREE parking lot just south of the South Bay Condominiums on Sand Key

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Please RSVP if you would like to join us!


Kristin Vincelli

Tom Smith Team


Over $100 Million Sold!

Calling All Dog Lovers!

by Tom Smith Team

Are you a dog lover?  We need your help!

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, Southeastern Guide Dogs will be hosting a huge festival and 3K Walk at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg while attempting to break the world record for “the most number of dogs wearing bandanas at an event”.  The current record of 860 dogs is held by a group in Angus, Scotland.

Kristin Vincelli, along with her family and the Tom Smith Team Coastal Properties is participating in the 2019 Southeastern Guide Dogs walkathon. Southeastern Guide Dogs is attempting to break a Guinness Book of World Records next year and we could really use your help.

We have been asked to bring any friends/clients/family members to come along with the dog – the more the merrier. Make sure you let us know your coming so we can meet you there.  You can reach Stephen Vincelli at 727-430-1995 by phone or text.

To join us, please click here for the link to the Facebook event we’ve created:

2019 MINGLES with Tom Smith Team and Clearwater Beach Chamber

by Tom Smith Team


Clearwater Beach Chamber

January 31st

Salon South Beach

February 28th

Surfside Tap House

March 28th

Speggtacular Clearwater Beach

April 25th

PROforma N&M Communications

May 30th

Clearwater Yacht Club

June 27th

Hogan's Hangout

July 25th

 Shephard's Beach Resort

August 29th

Crabby's Dockside

September 26th

 Quality Hotel Beach Resort

October 24th

 Wildflower Cafe/Suncoast Jazz

November 14th

 The Tropics Boat Tours

December 19th

 Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Clearwater Beach

Special Announcement Featured Sponsor of The Clearwater Beach Chamber

by Tom Smith Team

The Tom Smith Team is pleased to announce our membership with the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce for 2019.  We are only one of 8 featured sponsors and the only real estate team sponsor.

Local Community Expertise

Being a part of this organization The Tom Smith Team continues to position our team as a local community expert helping to address many facets of our developing area (such as pedestrian safety, traffic flow/parking improvements, wildlife conservation, beautification and much more) to ensure that the principles and values, that helped make our slice of paradise so desirable, remain as the cornerstone of future growth.  Visit the Beach Chamber for information on upcoming events  

As our clients we will be keeping you in touch with all that is happening locally that affects your property value.  Please call us anytime for more information and keep an eye out for notifications and market updates.

With our best,

Tom, Vivian, Kristin, Stephen, Amanda and Iwona

The Tom Smith Team
Over 100 Million Sold!



February 4

Event: Job Fair

March 31

Event: Iron Girl Clearwater

April 12-28

Event: Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

May 3

Event: 10th Annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest @ Pier 60 Park

June 4

Event: 24th Annual Awards Banquet

June 18

Event: 6 Chamber Trade Show

August 16

Event: Beach Chamber Night - Free Trade Show

September 13-27

Event: 10th Annual Restaurant Week

September 27-29

Event: Clearwater Super Boat Races

October 17-20

Event: Clearwater Jazz Holiday

October 18-20

Event: 8th Annual Chalk Art Festival

November 4

Event: 24th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament

November 22-24

Event: Suncoast Jazz Festival

December 4

Event: 24th Annual Holiday Breakfast

December 31

Event: 8th Annual Light It Up Clearwater Fireworks

To add your event to our Community Calendar, click here




Top 10 Reasons to Live on Clearwater Beach

by Tom Smith Team

I feel very lucky to have been raised in such a beautiful place! I grew up in paradise and have actually never seen real snow, imagine that! I think it's safe to say I have quite a few reasons why this is a great place to live, but here are my top 10 reasons to live on Clearwater Beach:

  1. Weather: Imagine a winter with low temps barely below 40 at night! And when it does get "cold" it's only for a few nights and then we are back to the warmer temps that Florida is known for, mid 60s and 70s.
  2. Location: We are half way to Naples from Georgia, middle of the state which makes a driving commute easy if you're heading south to Miami or Key West or North to Tallahassee. Pinellas County
  3. Attractions: We are less than an hour away from 2 International airports, Tampa International and St. Pete Clearwater Airport, and adventure parks like Busch Gardens, Adventure Island (water park) and Lowry Park Zoo. Less than 2 hours away from Orlando with many adventure parks, most well known is Disney World, Sea World, Aquatica, Dolphin Cove, Universal Orlando and Universal City Walk.
  4. Sports galore! We are home to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Clearwater Phillies, Dunedin Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Rowdie's soccer and Tampa Yankees.
  5. Shopping: The closest mall is 20 minutes away, Westfield Countryside with a new Cobb movie theater with action packed D-Box seats and 3D movies, and fantastic restaurants like BJ's Brewhouse, Bar Louie, PF Changs, Grimaldi Gourmet Pizza, and Red Robin. Almost forgot, there is an ice skating rink inside open all year!
  6. Sea breeze: "You don't know what you have till it's gone." Wow, what a difference the ever constant sea breeze makes during the summer and the winter. It keeps us cool during the summer and warm during the winter because of the gulf waters.
  7. Boating: Clearwater Beach and Island Estates are the BEST location for boaters because we have the highest bridges in the area until you go all the way south to St Pete Beach. Both the Clearwater Memorial Causeway and the Sand Key Causeway are over 70' high. No draw bridges to wait for, keep on cruising. There are many small islands to go explore.
  8. Active communities: Every morning you will see the sidewalks and causeways bustling with people out for a bide ride, walk or jog. Trust me the challenge of going up the tall Clearwater Memorial Causeway attracts tourists and locals alike. The hike is well worth the reward, the view from the top is spectacular. There is a viewing area with a bench for your enjoyment.
  9. Beaches: The main reason people chose to live here, the beaches! These are the most unique beaches in Florida and Clearwater has won its share of awards - Best Beach Town 2013 by USA Today and Best Beach in the nation 2 years in a row by Tripadvisor. The sands are sugary white and like powder in your toes.
  10. Sunset Festivals: Every night Pier 60 transforms into entertainment central with street performers, dancers, magic shows and crafters with booths set up along the pier. You might even get to see Bumble Bee from transformers or Spider Man. Family-friendly movies play on the weekends, click here for the schedule and more information.


Great family fun! St. Pete Rocks

by Tom Smith Team

There's a fun "secret" game happening all around us every day. You feel lucky when you find one and excited to hide one. Kids and adults alike are taking part in a fun game and it all started on Facebook @StPeteRocks.

The possibilities are endless for painted rocks and places to hide and find them. A good friend of mine mentioned the rocks on Facebook, then a few days later I happened to be the "lucky one" who found 2 rocks at a local kids store in Seminole. I was with my 4 year old son who I told about this "secret" game and he was thrilled. A child is naturally drawn to collecting rocks and what a fun thing to do together and spend time outside. 

Different terms are used by the "rock" community...

"I've been rocked at Walmart"
"Going to rock out and hide my rocks at ......... Park"
"Thank you for rocking St Pete"
"Keep on rocking"

The Facebook page has now reached over 16,000 members. It's become quite the attraction for all ages. Rocks have been reported throughout Pinellas County, not just St Pete. People have posted pictures of rocks found at hardware stores, Walmart, Publix, parks, restaurants and more.

How to play:
1. Either find rocks or paint your own. Some are painting poems, kids movie characters, mermaids, abstract art and more. Some are funny, beautiful, unique and touching.

2. When you find these special rocks, you can keep them or re-hide them now or later.

3. When you find rocks, take a picture and post where you found it on the St Pete Rocks Facebook page.

4. When you paint your own and go to hide them, you can give the place you are hiding them or just a clue by taking a picture of the location (on a tree, park bench, etc) so people have to find them.

Keep on rocking! Check it out and Join on Facebook

What's Shakin on the Beaches - February 2017

by Tom Smith Team

If you ever had any doubt on whether Clearwater/St. Pete Beach area was the right spot for you to call home or just own a vacation home well just look at some of the activities, you can do year-round and then picture you or your family having all that fun!  The Clearwater chamber of commerce lets you choose from over 40 fun filled adventures.  Would you want to ride in a Pirate Ship, Parasail, charter a fishing boat for some Grouper or Tarpon, take a sunset cruise on a 70-foot power boat?  If your answer is yes to any one of these

Or maybe you would like to attend some of the year-round events happening in February that are some of my favorites.

Sea-Blues Festival
Dates: 2017-02-17 to 2017-02-19
Coachman Park, Clearwater, FL

Presented in Coachman Park, this yearly festival has become one of Clearwater’s most beloved signature events and appeals to thousands of visitors during February each year. 

More information on

The annual Florida State Fair is a salute to the state's best in the agriculture and equestrian industry including an abundance of shows, music, rides, food and shopping for 12 consecutive days.

From Thursday, February 09, 2017 - 10:00am
To Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00pm


Blast Friday returns to the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater for its 7th season.

Friday, Feb. 24 – John Waite. Singer/songwriter John Waite got his start as the lead singer of The Baby’s whose hits include “Isn’t It Time?” and “Every Time I Think of You.” After five albums with The Baby’s, Waite released his first solo album, “Ignition,” which boasted the hit rock single “Change,” which was soon followed with a No. 1 and what is undeniably one of the all-time greatest pop/rock ballads, “Missing You.” The song topped the international charts and today remains a radio staple around the globe.

This event is managed by Ruth Eckerd Hall. For more info on VIP tickets visit

That’s what's shakin!

New Year's Eve 2017 Clearwater Beach, FL


Welcome to Light It Up Clearwater!  Clearwater Beach's Annual Fireworks Celebration.

Come join us on New Year's Eve, grab a bite to eat, relax with your toes in the sand, watch one of our world famous sunsets and then ring in the New Year with Fireworks at midnight, compliments of the Beach Chamber of Commerce and our wonderful sponsors.

Don't expect much bubbly to flow on the sugary beaches of Clearwater Beach. On New Year's Eve, like most other nights, locals and visitors alike stroll over to Pier 60 on the Gulf of Mexico shoreline to admire the sunset, listen to live music, shop for crafts and watch fire-throwers perform daring feats. The free nightly Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival takes place from 4 to 8 p.m., after which most families head over to Frenchy's Original. In the past 45 years, the Quebec, Canada, expat known as "Frenchy" has opened five very popular seafood cafes. Kids love the beer-battered grouper, garlic fries sprinkled with crabmeat and key lime pie; a special menu will be available on New Year's Eve. If the gang is still awake afterward, lay your blanket out on the beach to wait for Light It Up Clearwater, the annual fireworks spectacle amplified by reflections from the calm Gulf waters.

For more information, please visit

Consultants unveil plan for transformed Clearwater waterfront

by Tracey McManus

CLEARWATER — A downtown waterfront transformed into a greener space with a garden, marsh pond and picnic areas. Trails for biking or strolling with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. A gathering space surrounded by cafes, retail and a splash pad to replace the Harborview Center eyesore currently taking up prime space in the heart of downtown.

That's the vision a team of consultants have designed to revitalize Clearwater's struggling downtown after more than six months of meetings and study. They unveiled the plan publicly at a work session Tuesday, but City Council members were reluctant to give their final verdicts until they hear from residents at two more workshops this week.

Mayor George Cretekos did say the draft plan is a solid framework for what the city has been trying for decades to achieve.

"This has been a struggle for us over the last several years, but I think once we can get a buy-in from the community, once we can get people living in the downtown area … I think everything else will fall into place," Cretekos said.

The revitalization plan, labeled Imagine Clearwater, is the latest in a series of attempts over the past two decades to bring the city's retail, restaurant and event space on par with those of St. Petersburg and Tampa. HR & A Advisors partner Cary Hirschstein said that with the national trend toward urban core revitalizations, the timing and public buy-in could make this proposal different from the rest.

"In the past, the plans have been about a vision but less about how it's going to get accomplished in the economics and the politics," Hirschstein said. "What we're trying to offer is not just a plan but a larger strategy that sort of lays out groundwork for a lot of different actions both public and private."

When asked if the Church of Scientology's significant property ownership downtown posed any challenges to development, Hirschstein said: "It's our sincere hope the plan we're presenting is something everybody can embrace."

The first phase of Imagine Clearwater calls for removal of much of the surface parking along the waterfront to create a greener, more walkable space.

Coachman Park, which hosts concerts throughout the year, would be transformed into more of a "natural strolling garden" with a playground, said Sasaki Associates urban designer Martin Zogran.

Large activities would be moved adjacent to Coachman Park to a new area called "The Green," which would also have a picnic grove and a promenade for events like the Pierce Street Market.

A cove under the Memorial Causeway would have a marsh garden and link paths for biking and walking to the slope of the bluff and the Cleveland Street district.

A central feature of the plan is to put a water pad and pavilion in the space where the city-owned Harborview Center now sits. This gateway linking downtown to the bluff and waterfront should be surrounded by cafes, restaurants and retail, even a hotel or housing, consultants said.

The Main Library would accommodate more public uses, like a cafe and rooftop event space. And following the city's plan to relocate City Hall, which now sits on a prime water-view lot on Osceola Avenue, consultants recommend the city lure rental or condo housing.

"A lot of the future of what you wish to do with your downtown is dictated by the use of these sites," Hirschstein said. "The desire of the community to see more activity downtown, to have more restaurants and more vital business, is really dependent on having more people living downtown."

The city could seek proposals for developers to build on city-owned land, but encouraging vibrant uses of space the city does not control, in underutilized parcels along Osceola and north of Cleveland Street, will be more challenging.

For privately owned areas, the consultants recommend building incentives and advertising the plan to raise excitement in the business community.

City Council member Doreen Caudell said working with businesses and investors will be essential in bringing this plan to life.

"You're not going to be able to get what you're looking at even close to being a product without having a public/private partnership," she said.

Cretekos said that once a final plan is approved in December, the city will look at financing options.

Although the consultants did not provide a cost estimate, Hirschstein said more details about financing will be included in the final plan.

The final proposal will also include suggested locations to accommodate aerial transit infrastructure. Consultants were provided with data on a gondola cable car pitched this year by St. Petersburg developer Darryl LeClair and a magnetic levitation system proposed by Tom Nocera, a local advocate for SkyTran.

In the meantime, City Council members said they want the final proposal to include input from the community. Some waterfront redevelopment will require a referendum because of city charter restrictions, but Vice Mayor Bill Jonson said that just reinforces the importance of public buy-in.

"Everybody needs to start wrapping their arms around it,'' Caudell said. "It's time."

Contact Tracey McManus at or (727) 445-4151. Follow @TroMcManus.

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