Florida Home Sales Up 9 Percent Annually in May

Florida Realtors | June 25, 2019

According to new data from Florida Realtors, the State of Floridas housing market reported increased sales, higher median prices, more pending sales and gains in inventory (active listings) in May compared to a year ago. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 30,742 last month, up 9.6% over May 2018.

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