Author Archives: Savino James

Florida Realtors® 2019 Real Estate Trends: What’s Ahead for Fla. Real Estate

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 17, 2019 — Real estate helps drive Florida’s growth, and figuring out what lies ahead in 2019 is a key question for policymakers, residents and Realtors. That’s the focus of this year’s Florida Realtors 2019 Real Estate Trends summit, which also will feature an update and panel discussion on the state’s water quality issues.

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Realtor® Kevin Spina: Paddling to Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis

Realtor® Kevin Spina: Paddling to Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis

Kevin Spina, at front, shows his paddle board style while traveling from Bimini to Palm Beach as part of the Piper’s Angels Foundation’s 2018 Crossing for a Cure. He and his brother Kraig, in the background, helped raise more than $26,000 to fight cystic fibrosis.

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Spina is no stranger to athletic competitions. He’s is an avid runner and cyclist, having completed over 20 marathons and numerous triathlons. Most of the competitions raised money for different charities.

“I’ve been involved in different fundraising groups when I did marathons years ago, such as the Achilles Foundation and the Leukemia Foundation,” says Spina, of the Keyes Company’s Spina Group in Palm Beach. “You’re lucky in life, so you give back.”

However, the biggest challenge was the one he recently completed in the summer of 2018. Along with a fleet of stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers and board enthusiasts, Spina, accompanied by his brother Kraig, crossed the Gulf Stream in the middle of the night to help raise $26,390 to help fight cystic fibrosis during the Piper’s Angels Foundation’s 2018 Crossing for a Cure. The team exceeded their goal by more than $6,000.

In just 15 hours, the Spina brothers completed the 75-nautical mile journey from Bimini to Palm Beach on stand-up paddle boards. Crossing for a Cure was started by Travis Suit, whose daughter, Piper, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of four. This year, the event raised more than $250,000 towards inspiring action and improving the lives of those impacted by the disorder.

Spina says, “I met Travis when I was in the Bahamas last year at the time this event was taking place. I’ve become friends with him and am proud to raise money for such a good cause.”

So, how does one go from running and biking to paddle boarding?

“I was looking for something new, because I’m not able to run like I used to, so I started paddle boarding,” Spina says.” My brother and I trained. Every weekend, we did a long paddle of 30 to 38 miles. However, we didn’t have to deal with a lot of currents like we did during the actual event.”

His brother, Kraig, isn’t in real estate. “He is a water person though,” adds Spina. “He (Kraig) surfs and rides bikes on dirt courses.”

“Our Keyes family is about more than just real estate,” said Mike Pappas, president and CEO of The Keyes Company. “It’s always great to see members of our family raising money and awareness for important causes, and Kevin’s dedication to Crossing for a Cure perfectly epitomizes our company values.”

The Keyes Company holds several philanthropic Keyes Cares initiatives throughout the year to give back in the six counties where the brokerage operates. With a variety of events on different scales, such as the Keyes Cares Walter Reyes Memorial Golf Tournament, the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, partnering with Move for Hunger, the Wounded Warrior Project and Over the Edge event, Keyes hopes to spark innovative, passionate ideas to encourage community service among its 3,500 associates.

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

 

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Have College Dreams? Florida Realtors® Seeks Student Scholarship Winners

Have College Dreams? Florida Realtors® Seeks Student Scholarship Winners

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 15, 2019 – Do you have kids currently in college, or maybe one who is about to graduate high school? Are they interested in a possible real estate-related career? Then find out more about the Student Scholarship Program offered through Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that provides real estate-related educational scholarships. But act fast: The application deadline for this year’s program is March 4, 2019, at noon.

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New CEO Takes Helm at Florida Realtors®

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7, 2019 – Florida Realtors® new Chief Executive Officer Margy Grant stands ready to meet the challenges of the coming year and help guide the state’s largest professional trade association to success.

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Fla.’s Housing Market: Sales, New Listings, Median Prices Up in Nov. 2018

Fla.’s Housing Market: Sales, New Listings, Median Prices Up in Nov. 2018

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 19, 2018 – Florida’s housing market reported more sales, more new listings and higher median prices in November compared to a year ago, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 20,578 last month, up 3 percent compared to November 2017.

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Florida Realtors®: Deck the Halls Safely This Holiday Season

Florida Realtors®: Deck the Halls Safely This Holiday Season

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 18, 2018 – As you’re decking the halls this holiday season, be sure you’re doing it safely. Here are some tips from Florida Realtors® to help you prepare your home for a happy holiday.

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Florida Realtors® and feXpro in Belgium Sign MoU

Florida Realtors® and feXpro in Belgium Sign MoU

Florida Realtors President Christine Hansen welcomes Glenn Geyssens, president of feXpro in Belgium, and other feXpro members to the Orlando headquarters.

Memorandum of Understanding to Encourage Collaboration and Mutual Opportunities

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 14, 2018 — Florida Realtors and feXpro, a top real estate organization in Belgium, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 2018-2019. The MoU establishes the cooperation of the two Realtor organizations in developing a mutually beneficial relationship for their respective association members.

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Realtor® John Slivon: Singer, Actor and Real Estate Pro

Realtor® John Slivon: Singer, Actor and Real Estate Pro

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.

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Fla.’s Housing Market: More Closed Sales, Rising Median Prices in Oct. 2018

Fla.’s Housing Market: More Closed Sales, Rising Median Prices in Oct. 2018

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.

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Florida Realtors®, Panamanian Association Sign MoU Agreement

Florida Realtors®, Panamanian Association Sign MoU Agreement

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.

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