Author Archives: Savino James

Realtor® Tamara Williams: Helping Girls Navigate a Path to Success

Realtor® Tamara Williams: Helping Girls Navigate a Path to Success

Realtor Tamara Williams, shown in the back row, center, is pictured with several participants in the local Pace Center for Girls program, along with other organizers and volunteers.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Tamara Williams, broker/owner of Sweet Life Realty Group in West Palm Beach, is a giver. “I come from a family that gives back. From the time I could drive myself, I would go to nursing homes (to visit the elderly residents),” she says.

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Fla. Housing Market: Median Prices Continue to Rise in March 2018

Fla. Housing Market: Median Prices Continue to Rise in March 2018

ORLANDO, Fla., April 23, 2018 – Not enough homes for sale continues to influence Florida’s housing market, as March’s tight inventory constrained sales and put upward pressure on median prices, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $250,800, up 8.2 percent from the previous year, while the statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties was $183,000, up 7 percent over the year-ago figure.

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Florida Realtors®, Canadian Real Estate Association Sign MoU

Florida Realtors®, Canadian Real Estate Association Sign MoU

Memorandum of Understanding to Encourage Collaboration and Mutual Opportunities

CORAL GABLES, Fla., April 16, 2018 — Florida Realtors and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 2018. The MoU establishes the cooperation of the two Realtor organizations in developing a mutually beneficial relationship for their respective association members.

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Florida Realtors® Commemorates Fair Housing Act’s 50th Anniversary

Florida Realtors® Commemorates Fair Housing Act’s 50th Anniversary

ORLANDO, Fla., April 11, 2018 – On this day, 50 years ago, fair housing became law when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. At that time, the president said the bill “proclaims that fair housing for all, all human beings who live in this country, is now part of the American way of life.”

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Enter to Win Florida Realtors® Environmental (ENVY) Award

Enter to Win Florida Realtors® Environmental (ENVY) Award

ORLANDO, Fla., April 6, 2018 – Don’t wait to enter Florida Realtors® annual Environmental Award program, or you may be green with ENVY when the winner is chosen. Popularly known as the “ENVY” award, the honor goes to a development that best preserves Florida’s natural quality of life. The award may be given in two categories: one for residential development and one for commercial development.

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Realtor® Sally Rackey: A Giving Heart

Realtor® Sally Rackey: A Giving Heart

Sarasota Realtor Sally Rackey, pictured in the pink shirt at left, holds the Gofundme check that she and her Realtor colleagues made possible through their fundraising efforts to help their Realtor friend Fred Sieger, pictured in the middle with the green hat.

SARASOTA, Fla. – Fifteen years ago, Sally Rackey didn’t set out to be the person monitoring cell-phone use during listing meetings at the Sarasota Association of Realtors® (now known as the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee) but, says the broker/owner of Sally Rackey Realty in Sarasota, “someone had to be the bad guy!” After all, when someone’s phone went off at the weekly meeting, she would collect $5 from that person –and all the money went to charity.

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

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

ORLANDO, Fla., March 21, 2018 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, more new listings and higher median prices in February even as for-sale inventory remained tight, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Realtor® Casey Joiner: Offering Support to Parents

Realtor® Casey Joiner: Offering Support to Parents

Casey Joiner, left, accepts a donation to Sandcastle Kids, the nonprofit organization that he and his wife Shelley, center, founded to provide children battling cancer time with family and fun on the beaches of Destin and South Walton Florida. Also pictured at far right is Allie Hershman, a Realtor colleague of Casey’s and a supporter of Sandcastle Kids.

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. – Several years ago, Casey Joiner and his wife Shelley, saw several friends “walking through some battles with childhood cancer. We felt the need to do something,” says Casey.

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

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

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018 – Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices and more new listings in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Fla.’s Housing Market Ends 2017 on the Upswing: More Sales and Price Gains

Fla.’s Housing Market Ends 2017 on the Upswing: More Sales and Price Gains

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 13, 2018 – Florida’s housing market wrapped up 2017 with more sales, higher median sale prices and fewer sales of distressed properties compared to the year before, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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