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What does a ‘typical’ Fla. buyer, seller look like?

 ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 15, 2015 – What does a 'typical' Fla. home buyer or seller look like?

 While a single description doesn't apply to every buyer and seller, the latest Florida 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, compiled by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) research staff and released by Florida Realtors provides some insights.

 Florida 2014 highlights

 Home buyer characteristics
 24 percent of home buyers were first-time buyers in Florida, compared to a national level of 33 percent
 14 percent of buyers purchased a multi-generational home because older children moved back, to save money or to take care of aging parents
 The typical buyer was 54-years-old; the typical first-time buyer was 33; and the typical repeat buyer was 59
 67 percent of buyers were married

 Characteristics of homes purchased
 New home purchases continue to drag at a share of 18 percent
 81 percent of buyers purchased a detached single-family home
 21 percent of buyers over the age of 50 bought a home in senior-related housing

 The home search process
 40 percent of home buyers nationally started their home search online; 12 percent relied on the Internet for information about the process
 91 percent of Florida buyers used the Internet in some way during the home search process, but only 12 percent used a mobile device – noticeably less than the 50 percent nationally who used a mobile device
 97 percent of Florida buyers view real estate agents as a source of useful information
 The typical home buyer searched for 10 weeks and viewed 10 homes
 87 percent of Florida buyers were at least somewhat satisfied with the process

 Home buying and real estate professionals
 85 percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker
 35 percent of buyers found their agent through a referral from a friend or family member; 10 percent used an agent they had used before
 54 percent of recent Florida buyers only interviewed one agent before choosing representation
 89 percent of buyers would use their agent again or recommend them to others

 Financing the home purchase
 77 percent of Florida buyers financed their home purchase – less than the 88 percent who did so nationally
 25 percent of buyers said the mortgage application and approval process was somewhat more difficult than expected; 24 percent said it was much more difficult than expected
 In Florida, 82 percent of buyers believe their home is a good financial investment

 Home sellers and the selling experience
 The typical seller lived in their home for 11 years
 87 percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent
 In Florida, sellers typically sold their homes for 97 percent of the listing price, though 50 percent reduced their asking price at least once
 15 percent of sellers had to delay their home sale because the value of their home was worth less than their mortgage
 29 percent of sellers offered incentives to attract buyers – most often assistance with home warranty policies and closing costs

 Home selling and real estate professionals
 35 percent of Florida sellers using a real estate agent relied on a referral from friends or family; 21 percent used an agent they worked with previously
 65 percent of home sellers only contacted one agent before selecting one
 92 percent of sellers reported that their home was listed or advertised on a multiple listing (MLS) website
 Among sellers who used an agent, 81 percent said they would definitely (68 percent) or probably (13 percent) use that real estate agent again or recommend him or her to others

 For-Sale-by-Owner (FSBO) sellers
 12 percent of Florida home sellers sold their home without the assistance of a real estate agent. Of those sellers, 33 percent already knew the buyer
 8 percent of Florida FSBO sellers who did not already know the buyer sold after the buyer contacted them
 50 percent of Florida FSBO sellers said they went the independent route because they did not want to pay a fee or commission

 The complete Florida 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers can be downloaded from Florida Realtors website.
© 2015 Florida Realtors® #florida #realestate #homebuyer #homeseller
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How should Fla. spend environment doc stamp money?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jan. 9, 2015 – In November 2014, Florida voters approved an amendment to the state constitution that requires one third of documentary stamp revenue collected on real e...state sales to be placed into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund and spent on a variety of environmental programs and initiatives.

"Implementing this amendment is a historic responsibility and a tremendous opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of water and natural resources policy in our state," says Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando). "It is important for all interested Floridians to make their voices heard on existing and new programs to improve and protect Florida's environment."

The Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation will draft legislation to implement the new amendment, and it's accepting comments from Floridians on the Senate's Water and Land Conservation page. Over the next few months, the committee says it will conduct a number of meetings to discuss and review the comments as they prepare legislation for the 2015 Session.

"We will preserve all comments and maintain them as part of our committee record," says committee Chair Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness). "We plan to provide frequent updates and hope interested Floridians will sign up for the Senate Tracker, which will allow them to stay informed about the ongoing work of our committee."

The amendment allows flexibility on how the environmental money is spent. Some possible uses include land acquisition, land improvement, conservation easements, and projects that improve Florida's beaches or outdoor recreation areas.

To comment on environmental use of doc stamp money, visit the Florida Senate website.

© 2015 Florida Realtors®
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I am liking number 4!  #Drone  

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