PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Many children are encouraged by parents and teachers to try out a musical instrument. But, in the Slivon household, it was a requirement.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 21, 2018 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, rising median prices and more new listings in October compared to a year ago, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 22,272 last month, up 8.5 percent compared to October 2017.Read More »
BOSTON, Nov. 2, 2018 — Florida Realtors® and the Panamanian Association of Real Estate Brokers and Promoters (ACOBIR) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU establishes the cooperation of the two Realtor organizations in developing a mutually beneficial relationship for their respective association members.Read More »
PALM HARBOR – Broker associate Jodi Avery, of Keller Williams Realty in Palm Harbor, fielded the same question from sellers over and over: What can I do with the useable items I don’t want to take with me when I move?Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 1, 2018 – Florida’s housing market had more sales, higher median prices, more pending sales and more new listings in 3Q 2018, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 72,843 in 3Q 2018, up 7.5 percent from the 3Q 2017 figure.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida remained the top destination of foreign buyers purchasing U.S. residential real estate in 2018, with 19 percent of all foreign buyers who bought residential property in the United States. Florida Realtors® latest report, the 2018 Profile of International Residential Real Estate in Florida, finds that international sales accounted for $22.9 billion this year, down slightly (5 percent) from $24.2 billion in 2017.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 19, 2018 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices and more pending sales in September compared to a year ago – when Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys on Sept. 10, 2017 – according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 21,087 last month, up 17 percent compared to September 2017.Read More »
Florida Realtors® Signs MoU with FNAIM Aix Marseille Provence, FNAIM Grand Paris and World Property Business Club
PARIS, Oct. 3, 2018 — Florida Realtors today signed several Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) for 2018 with three highly respected French real estate organizations: FNAIM Aix Marseille Provence, FNAIM Grand Paris and the World Property Business Club – it marks the first time the organizations have come together to sign this kind of an agreement.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla. – Want to update your home or business property and give it a new look? For value and satisfaction, think about doing an outdoor remodeling project, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ (NAR) and National Association of Landscape Professionals’(NALP) 2018 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features.
The report looks at 13 outdoor residential projects and 10 commercial property projects, highlighting the reasons why property owners complete these projects, the value – both financial and emotional – that these remodels bring, and the increased happiness the finished projects bring homeowners.
When asked which outdoor projects produce the most substantial financial payouts at resale, Realtors ranked standard lawn care service at the top, which recovers 267 percent of the project cost at resale. Next, Realtors named landscape maintenance and tree care, both recovering 100 percent of the cost at resale, and installing an irrigation system, recouping 86 percent.
When it comes to the enjoyment homeowners gain from these projects, a fire feature and irrigation system tied for first, both receiving a perfect Joy Score of 10. Joy Scores range between 1 and 10: Higher figures indicate greater joy from the project.
Eighty-three percent of homeowners who installed a fire feature said they have a greater desire to be home since completing the project, and 69 percent of homeowners who installed an irrigation system said they feel a major sense of accomplishment when they think of the project. The next most appealing projects were a new wood deck (Joy Score of 9.8), a water feature (9.8), statement landscaping (9.7) and an overall landscape upgrade (9.6).
This year, the report also covered outdoor projects for commercial properties. The report found that 43 percent of Realtors have suggested a commercial client improve the curb appeal of a property before listing it for sale. The most frequently recommended projects are standard lawn care (39 percent), completing a landscape management service (27 percent) and an overall landscape upgrade (26 percent).
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Buying a home, packing and moving into it is already hard enough. When there are children involved, too, it adds a different set of requirements and stresses, according to the 2018 Moving with Kids report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).
For families, moving with children often means a lot of planning and research. Finding a home with the appropriate amount of space, in your preferred school district, and convenient to a job or school location are often priorities for buyers with families.
Using information from NAR’s 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the report explores the unique needs of homebuyers and sellers with children under age 18.
“For about 50 percent of all buyers, finding the right property in the right location was the most difficult step in the home search process,” noted Eric Sain, Florida Realtors® 2018 president-elect and 2019 president. “Families realize that having a Realtor with local market expertise and a broad range of resources to guide them through the process makes it a lot easier to find the right place to call home. In fact, the study found that 87 percent of all buyers purchased a home through the help of a real estate professional.”
- The average buyer with children under 18 purchases a 2,100-square-foot home with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, while the average buyer with no children chooses a 1,750-square-foot home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Both groups prefer a single-family, detached house.
- Unsurprisingly, schools play a critical factor in the purchasing decisions of buyers with children: 50 percent with children say the quality of a neighborhood’s school district is important compared to 11 percent of buyers without children. Convenience and proximity to schools is also a crucial consideration with 45 percent saying it’s an important factor compared to just six percent of buyers without children.
- 27 percent of buyers with children said childcare expenses delayed the process of buying a home. Those expenses also had an impact on the buying process, forcing buyers with children to make compromises on the house they purchased: 30 percent compromised on the size of their home, 29 percent on the price and 22 percent on the condition.
- Buyers with and without children – 87 percent each – relied equally on the help of a real estate agent during the buying process.
- When it comes to selling a home, 24 percent of those with children chose to sell because their house was too small. Only 8 percent of people without children at home sold their house for the same reason.
- When sellers were asked what they want most from their agent, 22 percent of those with children said they wanted their agent to sell their home within a specific timeframe compared to 20 percent of sellers without children. However, sellers both with and without children expect their agents to provide a broad range of services and manage most aspects of their home sale, 80 and 79 percent respectively.
- For sellers with children, urgent is the word that most often describes their selling situation: 26 percent of sellers with children qualified their need to sell as ‘very urgent’ compared to only 14 percent of sellers without children.
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