Hot Tampa Bay housing market leaves some buyers in the cold
For more than a year, Lexi Betances, 29, has scrolled on her phone nearly every night, hunting for the perfect house. Since June, she's ratcheted up her pursuit, and has rushed to see more than 30 homes before they got snatched up.
Her father is a real estate broker, so she is armed with more know-how than the typical buyer. But that still wasn't enough when she placed an offer on a house in the Forest Hills neighborhood in northern Tampa late last month. She offered $6,000 more than the asking price, doubled her escrow deposit, opted to pay for some of the sellers' taxes, shortened her closing time and included a letter from her lender as well as a personal appeal with a photo of her with her son, her agent said.