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Florida homeowners are cautiously optimistic about their state's real estate market, with most believing their homes' values will rise in the next year, but showing mixed views on whether now is a good time to buy, according to a new survey. Fifty-eight percent of Florida homeowners responding to the survey said they think the value of homes in their community will rise over the next 12 months, despite indications that the state's five-year housing boom is waning. Home sales in Florida fell 24 percent in May from the previous year, according to the Florida Association of Realtors, and median home prices were up 11 percent from the same month last year. Florida homeowners were split about whether now is a good time to buy real estate: 42 percent said now is a good time to buy and 42 perce...