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Fla.’s Housing Market: Closed Sales, Pending Sales, Median Prices Up in July 2019

Fla.’s Housing Market: Closed Sales, Pending Sales, Median Prices Up in July 2019

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21, 2019 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, more pending sales and higher median prices in July compared to a year ago, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 28,142 last month, up 10.4% from July 2018.

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Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices, Inventory Continue to Rise in 2Q 2019

Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices, Inventory Continue to Rise in 2Q 2019

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 7, 2019 – Continuing a trend from the first three months of the year, Florida’s housing market reported higher median prices and rising inventory in 2Q 2019, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 85,017 in 2Q 2019, up 4.6% from the 2Q 2018 level.

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Realtor® Roslyn K. Berrin: Busting the Glass Ceiling in the 50s

Realtor®  Roslyn K. Berrin: Busting the Glass Ceiling in the 50s

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – When Roslyn K. Berrin decided to start a career, she chose commercial real estate.

So what, you ask? Well, the year was 1955 and commercial real estate was dominated by men. Yet, she walked into the office of broker Ken Rosen and told him that she wanted to sell land.

“Developers did a double take when I walked into their office to make a presentation, and required that I, as a woman, be a repository of information rarely required of male brokers,” Berrin said in an article in the South Florida Business Journal. “Developers thought they were paying me a compliment when they said, ‘What I like about you, Roslyn, is you act like a woman, but you think like a man.’”

Berrin, now 95 years old, went on to found Berrin Realty Inc. in Coral Gables, Fla. “Things are very different today than when I started my career in commercial real estate in the early 50’s, a field that was completely dominated by men,” she recalls.

Berrin was recently given a lifetime achievement award by CREW Miami (Commercial Real Estate Women). CREW Miami has established the Roslyn K. Scholarship Fund to encourage the next generation of women pursuing bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees in commercial real estate fields.

While she still holds an active license, Berrin no longer practices real estate on a daily basis. But she keeps a desk and office.

For Berrin, it’s important to encourage women to take risks and do what they love despite challenges.

“I have a note pad on my desk, given to me by a friend that says: Women who think they are equal to men lack ambition,” she says.

Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 187,000 members in 52 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.

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Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices, Inventory Up in June 2019

Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices, Inventory Up in June 2019

ORLANDO, Fla., July 23, 2019 – In June, Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices and increased inventory, including pending inventory and active listings inventory compared to a year ago, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 27,283 last month, down 1.9% from June 2018.

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Florida Realtors® 2019 Convention & Trade Expo Offers Success Strategies, Tips to Boost Business

Florida Realtors® 2019 Convention & Trade Expo Offers Success Strategies, Tips to Boost Business

ORLANDO, Fla., July 16, 2019 – Success strategies from top industry leaders, the latest in high-tech devices and a chance to network with other real estate professionals: That’s what the Florida Realtors® 2019 Convention & Trade Expo offers – opportunities to boost business and the bottom line.

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Realtor® Don Bell: Hitting a Real Estate Hole in One

Realtor® Don Bell: Hitting a Real Estate Hole in One

PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Trying his hand at a professional golfing career after college, Don Bell, with RE/MAX Signature in Port Orange, realized that it was time to switch to real estate.

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Fla.’s Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices Up in May 2019

Fla.’s Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices Up in May 2019

ORLANDO, Fla., June 21, 2019 – Florida’s housing market reported increased sales, higher median prices, more pending sales and gains in inventory (active listings) in May compared to a year ago, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 30,742 last month, up 9.6% over May 2018.

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Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Awards $202,400 in Scholarships

Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Awards $202,400 in Scholarships

ORLANDO, Fla., June 11, 2019 – As high school seniors across Florida enjoy the summer 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 137 well-deserving young people living in communities throughout the state.

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Florida Realtors®, Federation of All Real Estate Associations of Turkey (TEMFED) Sign Cooperative Agreement for the Future

Florida Realtors®, Federation of All Real Estate Associations of Turkey (TEMFED) Sign Cooperative Agreement for the Future

 

DAVIE, Fla., June 5, 2019 — Florida Realtors® and the Federation of All Real Estate Associations of Turkey (TEMFED) today signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Signature Grand venue in Davie, Fla.

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Realtor® Vernell Roberts: Lending a Helping Hand

Realtor® Vernell Roberts: Lending a Helping Hand

PLANTATION, Fla. – Born in the Virgin Islands, Vernell Roberts, broker-owner of Horizon Real Estate Solutions in Plantation, had a father from Trinidad and a mother from Dominique.

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