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Florida Realtors® Honors Award Winners at Convention:

Florida Realtors® Honors Award Winners at Convention:

2019 Florida Realtors President Eric Sain presents Christine Hansen with her award as the 2019 Realtor of the Year during the awards luncheon at the recent convention and trade expo. Hansen was president of Florida Realtors in 2018.

Christine Hansen Named 2019 Realtor of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 10, 2019 — Florida Realtors® recognized Christine Hansen, 2018 Florida Realtors president, as its 2019 Realtor of the Year. The award – one of several – was presented during the state association’s recent Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.

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Florida’s Realtors® Now Hold a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Title

Florida’s Realtors® Now Hold a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Title

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 9, 2019 – In one for the record books, 314 Florida Realtors® members successfully earned the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ® title for largest human image of a key at the recent 2019 Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

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Realtor® Kara Zeder Rosen: Helping Children Heal Through Kristi House

Realtor® Kara Zeder Rosen: Helping Children Heal Through Kristi House

MIAMI – When Kara Zeder Rosen was in college, her mom invited her to a luncheon for Kristi House. “My mom was on the board, but at that time I wasn’t involved in the charity,” says Zeder Rosen, a sales associate with The Jills Zeder Group of Coldwell Banker in Miami.

That all changed once she heard the luncheon’s keynote speaker, a sex abuse victim who was helped by Kristi House Inc., a non-profit in Miami dedicated to healing and eradicating child sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

Zeder Rosen recalls: “It was there that I learned about the horrors of child sexual abuse, its pervasiveness, one in four girls, one in seven boys, and the toll it takes on a family. But it was also at that lunch, when hearing one of our child victims share her story, that I realized the young girl speaking was no longer a victim but a survivor, standing in front of hundreds of strangers telling her story of triumph. Yes, it was heart-wrenching. Yes, I had tears and couldn’t believe what this poor child had been through – but at the end of the day, there was hope, not only for her but for all victims. It was clear to me that Kristi House was her light at the end of the tunnel; we were her unicorn.”

From that day on, she was hooked.

“The more I learned, the more I wanted to help,” she says. “I learned sexual abuse was a cancer, but that Kristi House had the cure. While we can’t change a child’s past, we can change their future. So, I went to work doing what I could with incredible support from my family, friends, amazing board members, and most of all, the extremely dedicated angels at Kristi House.”

That was in 2012.

“I’ve been president of the board since 2015,” Zeder Rosen says. As president, she says, ensuring services to help those in need has been her priority. Kristi House has a $4.4 million budget and has been operating for 24 years out of six locations.

She adds, “We saw over 1,400 children and their families last year at no cost to them, and Project Gold helped 45 girls heal from the complex trauma of child sex trafficking.”

All of Kristi House’s services are entirely free.

“No one pays a dime, so, fundraising is a huge portion of what we do on the board,” she says.

The group is also extremely involved in outreach and education, according to Zeder Rosen.

She notes, “It’s a topic that people aren’t comfortable talking about, but we want to educate parents, teachers, everyone. The more that we’re learning about child sexual abuse, the more tools we can give children to learn about what’s appropriate and what’s not. The more they know, hopefully, the more you can prevent it.”

While Zeder Rosen says she would love to work with the victims that the Kristi House serves one-on-one, “We [board members] don’t interact with our clients because we respect the privacy of those who are there [at Kristi House.] Many have cases that are going to court, so the board members are dealing with the state attorney or police.”

All of those who come to Kristi House inspire her, Zeder Rosen says. “When I walk into the lobby, and children are waiting to be seen, and you know they are in the right place, it inspires you to keep working to serve as many people as you can. The work I’m doing behind the scenes is helping them,” she says. “Honestly, it’s changing their lives forever for the better. They’re going from victim to survivor. And, I’m proud of that.”

Want to know more about Kristi House, or possibly make a donation? Go to http://www.kristihouse.org/.

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 51 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.

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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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