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December 10, 2018

Real Estate

Florida's Housing Market: More Closed Sales, Rising Median Prices in Oct. 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 »
Published on 12/3/2018

Jeff Vinik's major stake in downtown Tampa

Development begins on 17 blocks of property encompassing 50 acres. Read more »
Published on 11/12/2018

Fort Lauderdale's Skyline Identity

Ken Stiles looks to expand his firm's considerable legacy. Read more »
Published on 11/12/2018

Rethinking the Future of Downtown West Palm Beach

Billionaire Jeff Greene's political aspirations fell apart again this year with his loss in the Democratic primary for governor. The question now is whether he'll shift his focus to the hundreds of millions of dollars in vacant land and other real estate he owns in West Palm Beach. Read more »
Published on 11/12/2018

Craig Robins is Making Waves

Robins sees opportunities before others. Read more »
Published on 11/12/2018

Timeshare tussle

Timeshare companies and exit companies are blaming each other for rising default rates. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2018

Affordable housing in Florida: Déjà vu, all over again

As the economy has recovered, affordable housing is again an issue in many parts of Florida. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2018

Skyline shapers, city changers in Florida

Across the state, a group of developers are reshaping their cities' downtowns with a host of innovative projects. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2018

Why Florida's Most Expensive Listing Might Actually Be a Screaming Bargain

What was once Florida's most expensive listing has recently come back on the market. But this time around, buyers might actually be able to score a bargain on this luxe property. How's that, you might ask? Read more »
Published on 10/15/2018

Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch breaks ground

Groundbreaking for the much-anticipated Waterside Place took place Oct. 4. The future lakefront town center, located south of University Parkway and east of I-75, will feature shops, restaurants, office space, The Players Centre for Performing Arts and Waterside Park, an eight-acre peninsular park. Read more »
Published on 10/12/2018

North Florida Land Trust Marks Largest Conservation Easement Acquisitions to Date

More than 2,500 acres in Clay County will be preserved in perpetuity Read more »
Published on 9/18/2018

CoreLogic reports a 12.4 percent YOY increase in mortgage fraud risk

Risk index has continually increased for the last seven quarters; States with heavy out of state investment showed significantly higher fraud risk; All loan segments showed increased risk year over year Read more »
Published on 9/14/2018

U.S. Home Flipping Returns Drop to Nearly Four-Year Low in Q2 2018

Home Flipping Rate Down From Previous Quarter and a Year Ago; Share of Financed Flips Down from Nearly 10-Year High a Year Ago; 32 Percent of Flips Acquired Via Distressed Sale, Down From 68 Percent Peak in Q1 2010 Read more »
Published on 9/6/2018

Kolter Homes plans for new 466 home development within the Watersound Origins community

The St. Joe Company, The Watersound Company, LLC, a subsidiary of St. Joe, and Kolter Acquisitions LLC, a subsidiary of Kolter Homes, LLC today announced plans to create a new home development within the Watersound Origins community. Watersound and Kolter have entered into a definitive long-term contractual agreement whereby Watersound will develop 40', 50' and 60' wide finished lots for Kolter in multiple phases. Read more »
Published on 9/4/2018

Miami residents fear 'climate gentrification' as investors seek higher ground

In Miami, Little Haiti's location, close to both the beach and downtown, makes it a prime target for development. But some residents also believe there's another factor contributing to gentrification here: the threat of climate change. Read more »
Published on 9/4/2018

Realtors® Chief Economist Reflects on Past Recession, What's Ahead for Housing

Despite rising mortgage rates and slower sales, home prices to rise at a healthier pace in 2018 and beyond. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2018

Foreclosure starts in Florida up 35 percent year-over-year in July

ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation's premier property database, today released its July 2018 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows that foreclosure starts increased from a year ago in 96 of the 219 metropolitan statistical areas (44 percent) analyzed in the report. Read more »
Published on 8/22/2018

Florida's Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices, New Listings Up in 2Q 2018

Second-quarter 2018 saw increased sales, higher median prices and more new listings for Florida's housing market, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Read more »
Published on 8/13/2018

VyStar Credit Union Completes Purchase of Tower in Downtown Jacksonville

VyStar Credit Union has completed the purchase of the tower located at 76 S. Laura Street in Downtown Jacksonville for $59 million. Read more »
Published on 8/6/2018

Colombia Continues to be Top Country Searching for Miami Homes

Colombian consumers registered the most international web searches for Miami homes in April, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). Colombia registered 12.2 percent of all international searches on MIAMI's portal,, in April 2018. Colombia has led the rankings for five consecutive months. Read more »
Published on 7/30/2018

International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate Market Declines, According to Realtor® Survey

The survey once again showed that foreign buying activity is mostly limited to three states: Florida, California and Texas Read more »
Published on 7/30/2018

Harvesting rooftops: Rayonier is in the development business

The timber and real estate company envisions its 261-acre Wildlight project as the beginning of something bigger... Read more »
Published on 7/27/2018

2018's Best & Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers

Tampa is #2 for "Best City for First-Time Home Buyers," Miami ranks in the bottom, says WalletHub Read more »
Published on 7/16/2018

$29 million Florida condo comes with its own custom 'scent identity'

At a time when luxury-home sales are slowing, and sellers are desperately trying to distinguish their properties in an effort to attract buyers, a developer is offering a unique perk to the buyer of a two-story condominium unit in Sunny Isles Beach: Your own personal scent. Read more »
Published on 7/15/2018

West Villages Florida Ranks In Top 5 U.S. Master-Planned Communities by RCLCO

West Villages Florida, a 15,000-acre master-planned community in Sarasota County, Florida has again been named among the fastest selling Master-Planned Communities in the United States. Read more »
Published on 7/11/2018

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