Author Archives: Savino James

Florida Realtors®: International Residential Real Estate Sales in Fla. = $24.2B

Florida Realtors®: International Residential Real Estate Sales in Fla. = $24.2B

ORLANDO, Fla – Florida remained the top destination of foreign buyers purchasing U.S. residential real estate in 2017, with 22 percent of all foreign buyers who bought residential property in the United States. Florida Realtors®  latest report, the 2017 Profile of International Residential Real Estate Activity in Florida, finds that international sales hit $24.2 billion this year, up from $19.4 billion in 2016.

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Florida’s Affordable Housing Programs: Real People, Real Stories, Real Impact

Florida’s Affordable Housing Programs: Real People, Real Stories, Real Impact

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 6, 2017 — Florida Realtors®, the state’s largest professional trade association, has launched a new video and study to demonstrate the positive impact affordable housing programs have on Floridians and their communities. These resources give Florida’s lawmakers a clear picture of the return on investment of the funds they appropriate to the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP) and the State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) program.

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Realtor® Julia Sansevere: Following in Her Mother’s Footsteps

Realtor® Julia Sansevere: Following in Her Mother’s Footsteps

STUART, Fla. — When Julia Sansevere, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Stuart, was 12 years old, she worked her first open house. “My mother was my first broker in Houston,” she laughs. “I was her little, unlicensed assistant, keeping an eye on the cookie platter.”

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Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices Up in 3Q 2017

Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices Up in 3Q 2017

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 2, 2017 – Florida’s housing market in third quarter 2017 showed the impact of Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in the Keys on Sept. 10. The latest housing data released by Florida Realtors® reported higher median prices year-over-year, but fewer closed sales, pending sales and new listings due to the disruption in September’s market caused by the hurricane. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 67,811 in 3Q 2017, down 5.5 percent over the 3Q 2016 figure.

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New Homeowners: What’s on Their Shopping List?

New Homeowners: What’s on Their Shopping List?

ORLANDO, Fla. — Flush with the pride of homeownership, new homeowners spend an average of $10,600 in the first year of homeownership for household-related items, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) analysis.

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Florida Realtors®: Home Staging May Help Homes Sell Faster

Florida Realtors®: Home Staging May Help Homes Sell Faster

ORLANDO, Fla. — When it comes to selling a home, helping would-be buyers “see” themselves living in the residence can make the process happen more quickly and easily.

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Florida Realtors®: Kitchen Remodels Offer Big Return at Resale

Florida Realtors®: Kitchen Remodels Offer Big Return at Resale

ORLANDO, Fla. — Looking for a remodeling project with strong buyer appeal and a potentially high return when it comes time to sell your home? A kitchen upgrade may be just the ticket.

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Home Sellers Can Take Steps Now for a Great Spring Landscape

Home Sellers Can Take Steps Now for a Great Spring Landscape

ORLANDO, Fla. — Thinking of selling a home in the spring? Then now is a good time to get in the yard and prepare the landscaping. Many home sellers focus on indoor projects and forget that the first thing potential buyers see is the home’s curb appeal – the landscaping and yard.

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Student Debt May Delay Millennial Homeownership

Student Debt May Delay Millennial Homeownership

ORLANDO, Fla. — Despite being in their prime home-buying years, a majority of millennials with student debt currently don’t own a home – and many believe this debt is the reason why.

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Realtors® Justin Stamper and Ashlee Casserly Greenberg: The ‘Zombie’ House Hunters

Realtors® Justin Stamper and Ashlee Casserly Greenberg: The ‘Zombie’ House Hunters

Photo caption: Finding, buying and fixing up dilapidated, vacant houses in the Orlando area is what these experts do best as part of the TV show, “Zombie House Flipping.” Shown from left: Keith Ori, Ashlee Casserly Greenberg, Peter Duke and Justin Stamper, plus Stamper’s chocolate Lab, Marley.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Realtors® Justin Stamper and Ashlee Casserly Greenberg are making a name for themselves by doing what they love – home rehabs.

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