Author Archives: Savino James

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

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

ORLANDO, Fla., July 23, 2018 – Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices, fewer days to contract and a continuing tight supply of inventory in June, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Florida Realtors® 2018 Convention & Trade Expo: Make Magic for Your Business with Success Strategies, Best Practices

Florida Realtors® 2018 Convention & Trade Expo: Make Magic for Your Business with Success Strategies, Best Practices

ORLANDO, Fla., July 12, 2018 – 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® 2018 Convention & Trade Expo offers – opportunities to boost business and the bottom line.

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Florida Realtors® PAC Supports Candidates for Cabinet, Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives

Florida Realtors® PAC Supports Candidates for Cabinet, Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 10, 2018 — Today, Florida Realtors® PAC made its candidate endorsements for the 2018 election cycle.

More than 300 candidates have qualified to run for state Senate and House of Representatives seats this election cycle. Florida Realtors PAC has announced an initial list of supported candidates in these races.

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Realtor® Paul Snitkin: Doing Well by Doing Good

Realtor® Paul Snitkin: Doing Well by Doing Good

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – As a child, Paul Snitkin’s father taught him many lessons. According to Snitkin, vice president, broker and head of the commercial real estate division of Anderson & Carr in West Palm Beach, the two most important were that, one, there are no short cuts in life; you must work hard. And the second? Giving back to the community is vital.

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

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

ORLANDO, Fla., June 20, 2018 – In May, Florida’s housing market reported more sales, higher median prices and more new listings from owners ready to sell, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Florida Realtors®: June is National Homeownership Month

Florida Realtors®: June is National Homeownership Month

ORLANDO, Fla., June 13, 2018 – June is National Homeownership Month, a time of year when Florida Realtors, Realtors across the U.S. and others celebrate the importance of owning a home and the impact it has on the lives of American families, local neighborhoods and the nation’s economic health.

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Realtor® Rick Fioretti: Giving Hope to Kids with Cancer

Realtor® Rick Fioretti: Giving Hope to Kids with Cancer

Actor G.W. Bailey, from the TV show Major Crimes, is pictured with Naples Realtor Rick Fioretti at a recent event for the Sunshine Kids Foundation.

NAPLES, Fla. — In 2002, Rick Fioretti was introduced to the Sunshine Kids Foundation and immediately made serving the organization a brokerage-wide goal.

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More Buyers Want Environmentally Responsible Home Features

More Buyers Want Environmentally Responsible Home Features

ORLANDO, Fla. – More home buyers are asking their Realtors about green and sustainable home features, according to the Realtors and Sustainability 2018 report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

The report surveyed Realtors about sustainability issues in the residential and commercial real estate markets and the consumer preferences they’re seeing in their communities. Many clients tell their Realtors that environmentally friendly neighborhoods and home features are important to them when it comes to deciding where and what home to buy.

Report findings

  • 71 percent of agents and brokers reported that promoting energy efficiency in listings is either somewhat or very valuable.
  • When asked what they consider to be the top market issues regarding sustainability, agents and brokers listed understanding lending options for energy upgrades or solar panels (36 percent), improving the energy efficiency of existing housing stock (34 percent) and the lack of information and materials provided to real estate professionals (30 percent).
  • 39 percent of Realtors said they’re comfortable or extremely comfortable answering questions about home performance and efficiency.
  • 40 percent of respondents say they’re confident or extremely confident in their ability to connect clients with green lenders.
  • 40 percent reported that their Multiple Listing Service (MLS) has green data fields, compared to only 15 percent that do not. Among those that do have green data fields, 37 percent of respondents use them to promote green features, 27 percent to promote energy information and 16 percent to promote green certifications.
  • 80 percent said that solar panels are available in their market, and 39 percent said that solar panels increased the perceived property value.
  • 23 percent of brokers indicated that tiny homes – 600 square feet or less – are available in their market.
  • Transportation and commuting features very or somewhat important to clients: Easy access to highways (82 percent), short commute times and distance to work (81 percent) and walkability (51 percent).

Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 180,000 members in 54 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at https://media.floridarealtors.org.

 

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Landscaping Can Help Boost Home Values

Landscaping Can Help Boost Home Values

ORLANDO, Fla. – When it comes to enjoying their home and adding value, homeowners should pay attention to their property’s landscaping, according to The Appraisal Institute.

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What’s Hot in the Kitchen: What Do Homeowners Want?

What’s Hot in the Kitchen: What Do Homeowners Want?

ORLANDO, Fla. – What do homeowners say is the No. 1 priority for kitchens? Storage, according to the 2018 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.

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