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.