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Florida conjures up images of luxurious palatial homes, palm trees swaying in warm breezes, sparkling swimming pools, expansive stretches of sandy beaches, and seas of boats moored in harbors. It’s where luxury living has been elevated to its limits.  Thinking of moving to South Florida in 2017, consider the hot forecast for real estate in 2017.

Expect a hot year for home sales in 2017, per recent forecasts from the National Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and more.

NAR is predicting “existing-home sales to reach 6 million in 2017, higher than its 5.8 million forecast for this year. But other entities are even more bullish. MBA is predicting home sales to eclipse 6.5 million next year,

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South Florida's MIAMI Association of Realtors (including Jupiter/Tequesta to South Miami areas) celebrates a "milestone 90th anniversary and illustrious history of success and achievements."

 As a client of a Realtor, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all real estate transaction-related matters. Using a professional Realtor is well advised and advantageous. They are competent members of the National Association of Realtors and here in South Florida, they are members of MIAMI as well. Realtors are not just agents. According to RealtorMag.com, Realtors make a significant difference for home buyers/sellers:

      "1). An expert guide. Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents.

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South Floridians love an inconspicuous life-style.  It begins in the home. Clean, clutter free and streamlined kitchens are directing the new home trends this 2016 season.   Modern touches are even reaching the popular “Tuscan-style” kitchens by adding a modern flavor.  Stainless steel and open thick glass shelving are shaping the new kitchen.

An easy change in any home is addressing electrical outlets.  Today’s family has an average of 12-plus mobile devices.  Multiple plugs are necessary for today’s family.  A cool new product called thingCHARGER aims to make the “process a little easier and neater, as it goes in right over an existing outlet, and docks various devices on top for easy charging.” It features various top mounted charging tips that

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America’s Happiest Seaside Town of 2016 is on South East Florida’s “Treasure Coast”.  Stuart, Florida ranked number #1 of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns according to Coastal Living Magazine on April 6, 2016!  The travel and beach living magazine directs subscribers to the United States happiest coastal places to live. The magazine based their criteria on a several fundamental influences including the Gallup Healthways Well Being-Index, number of sunny days, beach excellence, countless educational opportunities, low crime index, and other factors.

The hidden gem of the Town of Stuart is on the Atlantic Ocean’s shoreline and nestled between two flowing rivers.  Mayor Jeffrey Krauskopf describes the old-fashioned feel of the town of Stuart as

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In the United States, over 266 million people have cell phones. While it is hard to imagine Florida life without it, you increase the risk of having an accident by 400% every time you use your cell phone when driving. If it is necessary, use a Bluetooth earpiece or other hands-free device.

Florida has passed the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law”.  Drivers can still use phones for music, navigation apps, or to pick up a call as long as a hands-free device is then used. The current Florida texting law is limited to secondary enforcement, meaning another offense must be observed in order to stop and cite an offender.The law also states you can still text or email when you are stopped at a red light. Each county has a different fine for

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The property located at 16133 Jupiter Farms Road in Jupiter has a lengthy past. The 150+-acre ranch is alleged to have been a hideout for crime boss Al Capone and his associates in the 1920’s. The notorious Chicago gangster built the original home in 1923.  Capone also took the name of Al Brown and lived in a tiny home in West Jupiter off Italian Farms Road (now Jupiter Farms Road).  West Jupiter and West Palatka were the moonshine capitals of the world when Capone was in Jupiter.  Capone preferred spending time in Miami, near the action and the beach.  The Chicago mob boss moved south to Miami in 1928 and acquired a beachfront home.  Capone died in South Florida in 1947.

In the 1980’s, well-known actor Burt Reynolds purchased the West Jupiter

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As you know not one state offers everything you dream of.  The Sunshine State has lots to offer and as they say “life’s a beach”!  There are many pros and cons of living in South Florida.

South Florida is warm and sunny the majority of the time.  With that comes living in flip-flops and shorts.  However, in order to respectably wear flip-flops, one MUST commit to impeccable foot maintenance.  It is one of the menaces of living in the sunshine state! No one wants to be exposed to unattractive feet, so unless you have time for a pedicure each week or every other week please wear closed shoes.

Florida is the “Golf Capital of the World”.  Prepare to see fairway after fairway; South Florida has more golf courses than beaches. Your golf game better be

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When a  South Florida homeowner wants to renovate his/her home in the hopes of increasing its value, it is wise to know which renovations will enumerate their financial expenditure. Be cognizant that the average garage addition can cost more than $50,000, an  average bathroom remodel can cost more than $16,000, and adding a master suite or second floor can easily cost six figures, according to the National Association Remodeling Industry.

If the kitchen is over 15 years old, upgrading the appliances, cabinetry and flooring to contemporary ideals will net you more money at time of sale.  The kitchen is the “heart “of the home and a simple updating can increase the value.  Do not put in Wolfe or Sub Zero appliances if it is not warranted.

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Admirals Cove is one of South Florida’s premiere yachting and golf addresses.  Winding through Admirals Cove is six miles of inland waterways offering direct ocean access and residential back yard docks.   Additionally, The Club at Admirals Cove features a 72-slip marina, marina store and marina café. Residents with memberships enjoy uncrowded golf play on redesigned Von Hagge designed 18-hole course with intense elevations or 27 holes on a traditional style course.

Take a glimpse behind the gates of this prestigious community and tour a magnificent residence on the market. The palatial property is located at 146 Spyglass Lane in Jupiter. The home is a six bedroom, five full and two half baths estate with 100 feet of waterfrontage!  It features

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Jupiter Farms Estate Available on 10+ Acres of Land!

Jupiter Farms is a beautiful and natural suburban style community in Palm Beach County, locally known as “The Farms”, located west of the Florida’s Turnpike on Indiantown Road in Jupiter, Florida.

Many Jupiter Farms residents are magnified by the extra space between lots and the homes are generally placed on 1 to 10 acres of land. However, some land may exceed 10+ acres and be Agricultural exempt such as this Jupiter Farms Gem that is for sale at:

11406 172nd Place N, Jupiter FL 33478

Virtually Tour this Jupiter Farms Estate!

Active on the market; is featuring this 5 bedroom, 4 ½ bath ranch style two story home with 5108 sq. feet of living space. The home includes modern upgrades such as a

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