Since that humble beginning in 1916, hundreds of thousands of Realtors have helped millions of Floridians achieve the dream of owning a home or business.

Florida Realtors' mission is to advance Florida's real estate industry by shaping public policy, teaching ethical practice and enhancing efforts of local associations to provide tools members need to succeed. 

Florida Realtors is the largest trade association in the state, and its 155,000 members rely on the association for proprietary business forms, networking opportunities, education programs, market data and analysis, advocacy initiatives and much more.

Cheers! Here's to the next 100 years as Florida's voice for real estate!


  • 1916
    Florida Association of Real Estate Boards is founded.
  • 1921
    Legislature creates Florida Real Estate Commission.
  • 1923
    Legislature passes laws preventing state incometax and inheritance tax.
  • 1925
    The terms “real estate broker” and “real estate salesperson” are adopted and delineated by the Legislature, providing clarity for the profession and the public.
  • 1930s
    The Legislature adopts the Homestead Exemption Act.
  • 1955
    Florida Turnpike authorization.
  • 1963
    Condominium Act is enacted.
  • 1966
    Florida Realtors® celebrates 50th anniversary.
  • 1969
    A computer is used in property sales,transforming technology.
  • 1972
    The Florida Legislature passes the Land Conservation Act, which creates the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) program.
  • 1976
    Legislature enacts the Real Estate Recovery Fund.
  • 1978
    Legislature passes Florida Housing Finance law.
  • 1982
    Bill creates Division of Real Estate, which regulates the preparation and administration of exams. 1985 Growth Management Act passes.
  • 1992
    William E. Sadowski Act creates two trust funds: a state government housing trust fund and a local government trust fund.
  • 1995
    Private Property Rights Protection Act passes, mandating full compensation for the deprivation or devaluation of the lawful use of private property.
  • 2002
    The Florida Supreme Court rules in favor of Realtors® and repeals the sales tax on services.
  • 2005
    Two Commercial Real Estate Lien Acts are adopted.
  • 2016
    Florida Realtors® celebrates 100th anniversary.
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  • About the writer: Florida Realtors Celebrates 100 Years!was written by Cathryn Blair-Bennett,  broker-associate for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Cape Coral, FL. Cathryn can be reached directly at (239) 244-1495 or via email Cathryn@CBCapeCoral.Com.

    For buyers and sellers Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate services Cape CoralFort MyersFort Myers Beach,Lehigh AcresEsteroBonita SpringsAlvaSanibel IslandCaptiva IslandNorth Fort Myers, Naples, and Pine Island in southwest Florida.

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