Author Archives: Savino James

Fla.’s Housing Market Shows Rising Median Prices in Sept. 2016

Fla.’s Housing Market Shows Rising Median Prices in Sept. 2016

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20, 2016 – Florida’s housing market reported more new listings, increased median prices and fewer all-cash closed sales in September, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Florida Realtor® Magazine Wins Top Awards

Florida Realtor® Magazine Wins Top Awards

Publication Honored for Writing, Design Excellence

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 29, 2016Florida Realtor, the Business Magazine of Florida Real Estate and monthly trade publication of Florida Realtors®, recently won 10 awards in the 2016 Florida Magazine Association’s (FMA) competition.

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March Market Update


What’s happening in Florida’s housing market? Real estate is a vital part of the economy in the Sunshine State, and Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. In this Market Minute, Florida Realtors® Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor keeps you up-to-date on the state’s latest housing statistics and provides insight into what the numbers really mean.

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Fla.’s Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices Up in Aug. 2016

Fla.’s Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices Up in Aug. 2016

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 22, 2016 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, more new listings and fewer all-cash closed sales in August, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 25,070 last month, up 8.2 percent from August 2015.

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Palm Beach Realtor® Wins 2016 Realtor Achievement Award

Palm Beach Realtor® Wins 2016 Realtor Achievement Award

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016 — Florida Realtors® recognized Judy Ramella, a member of the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB) as the winner of its 2016 Realtor Achievement Award. The award was presented during the state association’s recent 100th annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. Ramella is the director of business development for Continental Properties Inc. in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Naples Realtor® Wins Commercial Realtor Achievement Award

Naples Realtor®  Wins Commercial Realtor Achievement Award

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016 — Florida Realtors® has honored William “Bill” Poteet, a member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), with its 2016 Commercial Realtor Achievement Award. The award was presented at the state association’s recent 100th annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. Poteet is president of Poteet Properties Inc. in Naples, Fla.

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Venice Realtor® Honored As 2016 Associate Realtor of Year

Venice Realtor® Honored As 2016 Associate Realtor of Year

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016 — Florida Realtors® honored Stephen Lingley, a member of the Venice Area Board of Realtors®, as its 2016 Associate Realtor of the Year. Lingley is a sales associate with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Venice, Fla. The award was presented at the state association’s recent 100th annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.

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Fort Myers Realtor® Honored as 2016 Newcomer of Year

Fort Myers Realtor® Honored as 2016 Newcomer of Year

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016 — Blaine Elmer, a member of the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association, has been named Florida Realtors® 2016 Newcomer of the Year. Elmer is a sales associate with Jones & Co. Realty in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Miami Beach Realtor® Is 2016 Humanitarian of Year

Miami Beach Realtor® Is 2016 Humanitarian of Year

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016— Florida Realtors® has named Jose Fernandez as its 2016 Humanitarian of the Year, proving that Realtors make a difference in their communities. Fernandez is a member of the Miami Association of Realtors® and a sales associate with Keller Williams Realty in Miami Beach.

The awards were presented during the state association’s recent 100th annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.

Fernandez has been involved in humanitarian efforts since he was a child living in Puerto Rico. He began sponsoring several children through Children International in 2001, when he was attending Florida International University. Over the years, he has traveled on missionary trips to Uganda, Mexico, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

While helping children across the globe, Fernandez was introduced to an orphanage in Honduras for 33 children who are not only orphans but also living with HIV or AIDs. FundacionAmor y Vida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing love, protection, care, education and development for those children. The cause captured his heart. Fernandez has been actively involved with the orphanage since 2008, has volunteered more than 1,000 hours in the past 16 months and raised close to $200,000 to benefit the children. This past November, he brought all 33 kids to Walt Disney World for a five-day, all-expenses-paid, dream trip of a lifetime.

In his local community, Fernandez is active in his church, working with several of its ministries and support groups. He volunteers at the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center in Miami and for “Mejorando tu Salud,” a health fair that has benefitted thousands in Homestead, Little Haiti, Immokalee, Pembroke Pines and Miramar, among other areas.

For the past five years, he has organized Red Day, an initiative to give back to the community, at the real estate firm where he works. Through his leadership of that event, he has helped more than 350 children from low-income communities in Miami-Dade County and those living at His House Children Home in Miami Gardens.

Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its more than 155,000 members in 55 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.

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Tampa Bay Realtor® Receives Education Achievement Award

Tampa Bay Realtor® Receives Education Achievement Award

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016— Florida Realtors® has named Phillip Riek as the winner of its Education Individual Achievement Award for 2016. Riek is a member of the Greater Tampa Realtors®.

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