Author Archives: Savino James

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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Florida Realtors® Recognizes 2016 Realtor ® of Year

Florida Realtors® Recognizes 2016 Realtor ® of Year

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016 — Florida Realtors® honored Andrew Barbar, 2015 president of the state Realtor association, as its 2016 Realtor of the Year. He is the operating principal and broker with Keller Williams Realty Services in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Realtor of the Year award was presented at the state association’s recent 100th annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.

“Wow. You don’t get here alone,” Barbar said when accepting the award. “For many, this represents 30 years of service to the Realtor organization. For me, it represents 30 years of being with a family that has supported me, encouraged me and challenged me – but also, in the darkest of times, has prayed for me – and I will never forget that. Thank you.”

Barbar called it an honor and a privilege to be part of the Realtor family.

Florida Realtors has presented Realtor of the Year and Associate Realtor of the Year awards for more than 60 years. Winners are honored as the greatest individual lifetime contributors to their local Realtor board, community, state association and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

With more than three decades of experience in South Florida real estate, Barbar has served on countless committees, task forces and projects for his local association, the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB). In fact, he was instrumental in the merger of two local associations that then became RAPB and the organization of Regional MLS of Florida. He was president of RAPB in 2003-2004 and named its Realtor of the Year in 2006.

At the state level, Barbar has a long list of accomplishments working with Florida Realtors. He served with distinction in every leadership position, from Florida Realtors Board of Directors to District 3 vice president, secretary, treasurer and on to become Florida Realtors president in 2015. As president, Barbar was instrumental in developing a practical, productive long-term strategic plan and strategic planning process for the 155,000-member state association.

His dedication, professionalism and service to the real estate industry culminated in his being honored as the state association’s Realtor Achievement Award winner in 2011.

Barbar’s commitment to the real estate profession extends to the national level. Since 2003, he has been a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Board of Directors. He’s served on numerous NAR committees, including as the current vice chair of the Reserves Investment Advisory Board and the 2016 President’s Liaison to Lebanon.

Barbar is just as dedicated to the community as he is to his profession. In addition to being an active member of his church, he has volunteered on behalf of his local Habitat for Humanity, 4Kids Foster Care, Boca Helping Hands and the Palm Healthcare Foundation. He also supports Sheridan House and Place of Hope at the Haven, a comprehensive child welfare program in Palm Beach County.

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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Florida Realtors® Honors Award Winners at 100th Anniversary Convention: Andrew Barbar Named 2016 Realtor of the Year

Florida Realtors® Honors Award Winners at 100th Anniversary Convention: Andrew Barbar Named 2016 Realtor of the Year

2016 Florida Realtors President Matey Veissi presents Andrew Barbar with his award as the 2016 Realtor of the Year during the awards luncheon at the recent convention and trade expo.

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016 – Florida Realtors® recognized Andrew Barbar, 2015 Florida Realtors president, as its 2016 Realtor of the Year. The award – one of several – was presented during the state association’s recent annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.

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Realtor® Lisa Jones: Happy Singing the Blues

Realtor® Lisa Jones: Happy Singing the Blues

MOUNT DORA, Fla. — Music has always been a part of Lisa Jones’ life. The sales associate with ERA Grizzard Real Estate in Mount Dora says she’s been singing since she was a child.

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

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

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 24, 2016 – Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices and fewer all-cash closed sales in July, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 24,083 last month, down 8 percent from July 2015, reflecting the state’s current shortfall in inventory.

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Fla.’s Housing Market: New Listings, Median Prices Up in 2Q 2016

Fla.’s Housing Market: New Listings, Median Prices Up in 2Q 2016

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 10, 2016 – Florida’s housing market reported more new listings, higher median prices and fewer days to a sales contract during the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 76,748 in 2Q 2016, up 1.4 percent over the 2Q 2015 figure.

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Realtor® Anthony Canizares: A Friend Indeed

Realtor® Anthony Canizares: A Friend Indeed

TAMPA, Fla. — When an old college friend needed a kidney transplant, this Realtor made a commitment to help.

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