Author Archives: Savino James

Realtor® Sally Rackey: A Giving Heart

Realtor® Sally Rackey: A Giving Heart

Sarasota Realtor Sally Rackey, pictured in the pink shirt at left, holds the Gofundme check that she and her Realtor colleagues made possible through their fundraising efforts to help their Realtor friend Fred Sieger, pictured in the middle with the green hat.

SARASOTA, Fla. – Fifteen years ago, Sally Rackey didn’t set out to be the person monitoring cell-phone use during listing meetings at the Sarasota Association of Realtors® (now known as the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee) but, says the broker/owner of Sally Rackey Realty in Sarasota, “someone had to be the bad guy!” After all, when someone’s phone went off at the weekly meeting, she would collect $5 from that person –and all the money went to charity.

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

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

ORLANDO, Fla., March 21, 2018 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, more new listings and higher median prices in February even as for-sale inventory remained tight, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Realtor® Casey Joiner: Offering Support to Parents

Realtor® Casey Joiner: Offering Support to Parents

Casey Joiner, left, accepts a donation to Sandcastle Kids, the nonprofit organization that he and his wife Shelley, center, founded to provide children battling cancer time with family and fun on the beaches of Destin and South Walton Florida. Also pictured at far right is Allie Hershman, a Realtor colleague of Casey’s and a supporter of Sandcastle Kids.

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. – Several years ago, Casey Joiner and his wife Shelley, saw several friends “walking through some battles with childhood cancer. We felt the need to do something,” says Casey.

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

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

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018 – Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices and more new listings in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Fla.’s Housing Market Ends 2017 on the Upswing: More Sales and Price Gains

Fla.’s Housing Market Ends 2017 on the Upswing: More Sales and Price Gains

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 13, 2018 – Florida’s housing market wrapped up 2017 with more sales, higher median sale prices and fewer sales of distressed properties compared to the year before, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Realtor® Marie Hanna: Making a House a Home

Realtor® Marie Hanna: Making a House a Home

LAKELAND, Fla. — Every year for the last five years, Marie Hanna, a broker-associate with WebPro Realty LLC in Lakeland, pulls out a letter written to her by a young girl. “The nine-year-old girl lived in an underprivileged area, and her house had been broken into. She was traumatized by that experience,” says Hanna.

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2018 Real Estate Trends: Expect Growth in Employment, Population and Visitors

2018 Real Estate Trends: Expect Growth in Employment, Population and Visitors

Experts speaking at Florida Realtors 2018 Real Estate Trends during the Mid-Winter Business Meetings on Thursday are “thumbs up” about Florida’s economy and real estate markets in 2018. Pictured from left: Kevin Foreman, general manager of GeoAnalytics, INRIX Inc.; Dr. Tony Villamil, founder and principal advisor, The Washington Economics Group; and Dr. Brad O’Connor, chief economist of Florida Realtors.

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 29, 2018 — Florida’s economy grew in 2017, and that positive momentum should continue in 2018, according to economists and business data experts who spoke to a crowd of about 500 Realtors® at the 2018 Florida Real Estate Trends event Thursday during Florida Realtors® Mid-Winter Business Meetings.

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Fla. Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices Rise in Dec. 2017

Fla. Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices Rise in Dec. 2017

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 24, 2018 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales and higher median prices in December, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 22,903 last month, up 2.6 percent compared to December 2016.

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Real Estate Leaders in Florida Named to SP200 Power List

Real Estate Leaders in Florida Named to SP200 Power List

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23, 2018 – Florida Realtors® congratulates several leaders in Florida real estate for being named to the 2018 Swanepoel Power 200 list of the most powerful leaders in residential real estate.

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Florida Realtors® 2018 Real Estate Trends: What’s Ahead for Fla. Real Estate?

Florida Realtors® 2018 Real Estate Trends: What’s Ahead for Fla. Real Estate?

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 17, 2018 — Real estate helps to fuel Florida’s growth, and figuring out what lies ahead in 2018 is a key question for policymakers, residents and Realtors®.

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