Author Archives: Savino James

Fla. Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices, New Listings Up in May 2018

Fla. Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices, New Listings Up in May 2018

ORLANDO, Fla., June 20, 2018 – In May, Florida’s housing market reported more sales, higher median prices and more new listings from owners ready to sell, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Florida Realtors®: June is National Homeownership Month

Florida Realtors®: June is National Homeownership Month

ORLANDO, Fla., June 13, 2018 – June is National Homeownership Month, a time of year when Florida Realtors, Realtors across the U.S. and others celebrate the importance of owning a home and the impact it has on the lives of American families, local neighborhoods and the nation’s economic health.

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Realtor® Rick Fioretti: Giving Hope to Kids with Cancer

Realtor® Rick Fioretti: Giving Hope to Kids with Cancer

Actor G.W. Bailey, from the TV show Major Crimes, is pictured with Naples Realtor Rick Fioretti at a recent event for the Sunshine Kids Foundation.

NAPLES, Fla. — In 2002, Rick Fioretti was introduced to the Sunshine Kids Foundation and immediately made serving the organization a brokerage-wide goal.

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More Buyers Want Environmentally Responsible Home Features

More Buyers Want Environmentally Responsible Home Features

ORLANDO, Fla. – More home buyers are asking their Realtors about green and sustainable home features, according to the Realtors and Sustainability 2018 report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

The report surveyed Realtors about sustainability issues in the residential and commercial real estate markets and the consumer preferences they’re seeing in their communities. Many clients tell their Realtors that environmentally friendly neighborhoods and home features are important to them when it comes to deciding where and what home to buy.

Report findings

  • 71 percent of agents and brokers reported that promoting energy efficiency in listings is either somewhat or very valuable.
  • When asked what they consider to be the top market issues regarding sustainability, agents and brokers listed understanding lending options for energy upgrades or solar panels (36 percent), improving the energy efficiency of existing housing stock (34 percent) and the lack of information and materials provided to real estate professionals (30 percent).
  • 39 percent of Realtors said they’re comfortable or extremely comfortable answering questions about home performance and efficiency.
  • 40 percent of respondents say they’re confident or extremely confident in their ability to connect clients with green lenders.
  • 40 percent reported that their Multiple Listing Service (MLS) has green data fields, compared to only 15 percent that do not. Among those that do have green data fields, 37 percent of respondents use them to promote green features, 27 percent to promote energy information and 16 percent to promote green certifications.
  • 80 percent said that solar panels are available in their market, and 39 percent said that solar panels increased the perceived property value.
  • 23 percent of brokers indicated that tiny homes – 600 square feet or less – are available in their market.
  • Transportation and commuting features very or somewhat important to clients: Easy access to highways (82 percent), short commute times and distance to work (81 percent) and walkability (51 percent).

Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 180,000 members in 54 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.

 

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Landscaping Can Help Boost Home Values

Landscaping Can Help Boost Home Values

ORLANDO, Fla. – When it comes to enjoying their home and adding value, homeowners should pay attention to their property’s landscaping, according to The Appraisal Institute.

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What’s Hot in the Kitchen: What Do Homeowners Want?

What’s Hot in the Kitchen: What Do Homeowners Want?

ORLANDO, Fla. – What do homeowners say is the No. 1 priority for kitchens? Storage, according to the 2018 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.

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Florida Realtors®: Prepare for Hurricane Season

Florida Realtors®: Prepare for Hurricane Season

ORLANDO, Fla. – Hurricane season will be here June 1, 2018, and lasts until Nov. 30. For the next six months, Floridians face an increased possibility of major storms and should take steps to help weather a severe storm. Forecasters predict the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be an active one, anticipating 14 named storms, with seven of those strengthening into hurricanes – and three becoming major hurricanes that are Category 3 or higher.

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Fla. Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices, New Listings Up in April 2018

Fla. Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices, New Listings Up in April 2018

ORLANDO, Fla., May 24, 2018 – In April, Florida’s housing sector reported more closed sales, higher median prices and more new listings from owners ready to enter the market, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Awards $198,400 in Scholarships

Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Awards $198,400 in Scholarships

ORLANDO, Fla., May 17, 2018 – As high school seniors across Florida graduate this month and look ahead to college, costs are top-of-mind. But there’s good news from Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc., which has awarded scholarships to 132 well-deserving young people living in communities throughout the state.

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Fla.’s Housing Market: New Listings, Median Prices Up in 1Q 2018

Fla.’s Housing Market: New Listings, Median Prices Up in 1Q 2018

ORLANDO, Fla., May 14, 2018 – Florida’s housing market reported slightly more new listings and higher median prices during the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. A shortfall of for-sale inventory continued to impact sales even as the number of owners listing their properties for sale inched up over the quarter; closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 60,204 in 1Q 2018, down slightly, 0.9 percent, from the 1Q 2017 figure.

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