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Our blog is designed to be your ultimate guide to living your best life in South Florida.  Join us as we uncover the coolest spots, share local secrets, the most up to date market trends, mortgage insights, home improvement tips, and provide expert insights to enhance your lifestyle.  Stay tuned for regular updates and start exploring South Florida like never before!

June 13, 2024

Hole-in-One Fun: Miniature Golf Courses for the Whole Family

Minature Golf Course at Pop Stroke

Discover one of our favorite miniture golf course in South Florida that promises endless fun for the whole family!  From beginners to challenging courses, Pop Stroke is the perfect mini-golf spot for creating memorable family outings.  Whether you're navigating through the rolling hills and bunkers of the challenging course or the

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June 9, 2024

Taste Around Town

Sunday mornings are best spent with family and friends having brunch.  Where should you go for Sunday brunch.  Here are our top picks for South Florida style brunch!

For Elegance

We choose "The Circle" located in The Breakers Palm Beach.  This architectural gem located on the island of Palm Beach at One South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480 (877) 724-3188.  You will dine in the oval hall that soars 30 foot ceilings, beautiful ocean views and murals that depict the essence of Rome.  From, crepes to caviar, the buffet is a culinary experience you don't want to miss.  Click here for more about The Circle.

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June 7, 2024

Market Reports May 2024

Good day to you!

We can't believe May is over and we are entering the halfway mark of 2024.  Below you will find the market snapshot of Palm Beach, Broward, Martin and St Lucie counties for the month of May.  As always if you have any questions, we are here for you.

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Posted in Market Updates
June 6, 2024

Life Is....Making Time For Yourself

From 'ew' to 'ooh la la'!

Sometimes we don't feel like our home is a serene peaceful place so how can we turn it into a spa.  With little ones running around, dogs barking, or the constant yelling "I need this", "I want that", "Can you do this for me", "Whats for dinner", it is enough to run and hide.  You don't need to go very far to feel serene. 

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June 6, 2024

Hurricane Season Is Upon Us

...Preparedness Is The Key

We would like all our friends, family and associates to stay safe through the hurricane season and be prepared in case of a storm.  This is a helpful guide to do just that.  It's also important to know the difference between a watch and a warning, and when they are issued for tropical storms and hurricanes.

A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions -- sustained winds above 73 mph -- are expected somewhere within the warning area, and it is time to finish preparation to protect people and property. "Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm-force winds" -- 39 to 73 mph, the National Hurricane Center says.

A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible in the watch area, and is issued 48 hours before the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

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Posted in Communities
Aug. 31, 2018

Exterior Projects That Net You Cash

I always get ask "What should I do to present the best of my home on the exterior, that will net me the most money?"

Aug. 19, 2018

A Buyer's Guide To Closing Costs

You are ready to make the move, what goes first, chicken or the egg?

It is so overwhelming when you are ready to begin the process of buying a home.  Where do you begin, Lender or Realtor?  Both are a great place to start.  Your Realtor could refer you to a great lender and vice versa your Lender could refer you to a great Realtor.  Do you go to a bank, call a Lender from the internet or Google a Lender?  All great questions.  There is nothing better than a referral, start with asking friends or family.  They will have first hand knowledge of someone if they have financed a home.  If you have no one you can call, you can always go on Social Media and ask for a referral or go to your local bank.

Once you have made contact with the Loan Originator and have made application, you should request a copy of the proposed Settlement Statement.  The settlement statement will give you a good idea of proposed costs to purchase a home such as Origination Fee, PMI, Discount Points, Appraisal Fee just to name a few.  

As an example the Origination Fee is the payment to the lender to evaluate your credit and underwrite and process the loan.  PMI or Mortgage Insurance is required if the down payment is less than 20%.  This protects the lender if you default.  You will soon learn that you will have lender charges, title charges and POC (paid outside of closing) costs.  You MUST get a handle on what your costs will be so that you can be prepared before you begin the search.

We have put together a complete guide of the buying process that will answer most of your questions, if not all.  If you are interested in getting the Buyer's Guide To Closing Costs feel free to reach out to us for the complete guide.  We are always here to make your home buying process as smooth as possible!  Here is to Happy Hunting!  Feel free to go to www.HousingHotSpot.com to begin your search.

July 31, 2017

Curious About Local Real Estate?

Receive the Latest Local Market Stats

Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

Get Local Market Reports Sent Directly to You

You can sign up here to receive your own market report, delivered as often as you like! It contains current information on pending, active and just sold properties so you can see actual homes in your neighborhood. You can review your area on a larger scale, as well, by refining your search to include properties across the city or county. As you notice price and size trends, please contact us for clarification or to have any questions answered.

We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.

Posted in Market Updates