Gov. Charlie Crist painted a bright picture of Florida's housing market Wednesday during a gathering of the Florida Association of Realtors at the Capitol.
He thanked the real estate agents for their influence in helping pass the property tax amendment that Florida voters approved on Jan. 29.
Besides property tax reductions allowed by the amendment, it also provides Florida homeowners with portability savings if they move into a pricier home. So far, 5,000 Broward County homeowners have applied for portability savings, and Crist said he's working to find out how many have applied statewide.
"It's all because of you," Crist said from the Capitol steps, adding that Florida needs Realtors now more than ever as the state's population has topped 19 million.