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With the sparkling blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the east, graceful ponies running out west of town and everything in between Palm Beach County offers the best of both worlds.  Within the Palm Beach County limits, you will find your niche, be it yachting, golf, tennis, boating, polo, or country club living.  All that and more can be found in Palm Beach County including a residential community where you can land your personal aircraft at your own home! 

Wellington, is Palm Beach County’s horse country and is known as the “Winter Polo Capital of the World”. What started as the “world’s largest strawberry patch” in the 1950’s has grown into the renowned equestrian community.  Wellington is located just 20 minutes from world class shopping and

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When buying a new house its advisable to have a very innovative idea of what you’re looking for in your next home. The list may be a very long one, but you need to be realistic about what fundamentals are truly “wishes” and which ones are nonnegotiable.  Consider prerequisites as to the number of bedrooms, garages, a fenced yard for a pet, swimming pool, a specific school district, waterfront etc.

Once you’ve gathered up ideas for your new home you’ll need to make a list.  It can be accommodating to divide your list into categories.  Three categories such as nonnegotiable basics, shadowed by items that would be enjoyable to have and your dream features.

A suitable place to start is to figure out what properties are available in your price range

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The 2017 housing market is shaping up to be opportune for both the buyer and the seller. Although mortgage interest rates are on the rise, it hasn’t deterred buyers from purchasing their next home.


Since the presidential election, interest rates have risen from 3.5 percent to 4.2 percent. According to research by the National Association of Realtors, supply and demand graphs show that even while interest rates have gone up, home sales are still increasing, meaning inventory is going down, which could be a motivating factor for people to sell their homes.


But why are people buying even though rates are going up?


The rising cost of rent has been a contributing factor motivating people to purchase a home. In the past few years, the number of

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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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