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in big caps on the front page of the Sarasota Herald Tribune Tuesday.  Can you believe good news being reported?  Florida sales began 2012 with its best January EVER.  January 2012 sales were the highest ever recorded.  I know I am repeating myself but that sales number is staggering.  This is the biggest monthly increase since August of 2006.  12.5% higher than a year ago.

It is not housing sales alone increasing.  Across the spectrum the Florida economy is on the move.  Boats, aircraft dealers, office equipment, restaurants, apparel and professional services all reported double digit percentage increases in January.

Not all was rosy.  Commercial property leasing was down.  It is wonderful to hear that Florida is recovering.  They have a long ways to go but the trend is their friend.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Conrad.... Florida was hit hard, but it's not over yet....this is certainly a good sign and going in the right direction, but let's be careful as we continue....

Apr 13, 2012 03:36 AM #1
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Your Dream Our Passion

Morning Conrad glad to hear things are going forward in Florida as they are here also.  Sales are up and 2012 is going to be my year.  Enjoy the day

Apr 13, 2012 03:41 AM #2
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Conrad, we are thrilled to be on the upswing; my office has had record setting months so far this year, and I'm looking foward to a terrific rest of the year!

Apr 13, 2012 03:46 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Pent up demand from retiring baby boomers, foreign investors and our unbelievable weather are all a contributing factor. Let it continue forever! Enjoy your day!

Apr 13, 2012 03:50 AM #4
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Conrad,

The new year of 2012 has proven to have started out with a bang. It has been a "long row to hoe".

As with the economy around the country, sales are going up and consumer confidence is increasing everywhere. There are still pockets of resistance, but with the overall outlook and performance, the recovery in the housing market is "full steam ahead".

Good day in Massachusetts.

Best, Clint mcKie

Apr 13, 2012 03:51 AM #5
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Conrad ....Great news!  I really think this will be a really good year all over!  Have a great weekend!

Apr 13, 2012 03:52 AM #6
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

You are so right Barbara.  Congress can still screw it up.

Good luck James.

Congratulations Carol.

Nothing is forever Wayne but lets enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Amen Clint.

You too Rob.

Apr 13, 2012 03:58 AM #7
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Conrad,

That is remarkable, I guess the media can only ignore good news for so long - great post!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Apr 13, 2012 04:24 AM #8
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

I was in Florida earlier this week, I read more of the same information. It is certainly time that more good news came out of Florida. Our mortgage activity has increased in Florida, three months in a row. All great news.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

Apr 13, 2012 04:34 AM #9
Insurance Solutions
Insurance Solutions Unlimited, LLC - West Palm Beach, FL

Conrad, This is Great news! I really think this will be a really good year, we have seen increase volume in Fl, TX & NV!!! 

Apr 13, 2012 04:38 AM #10
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Thanks Lisa.  Hopefully we will see more good news.

Your welcome Joe.

It is NIS.

Apr 13, 2012 06:03 AM #11
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Conrad - that's excellent news and does bear repeating! 12% higher than last year demonstrates the market is looking up in Florida! So much for all the doom and gloom - the truth is in the numbers! Have a great weekend!

Apr 13, 2012 07:19 PM #12
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Thanks Kristine.  You have a great weekend.

Apr 14, 2012 02:59 AM #13
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