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In October 2017, Americans purchased homes at the fastest pace in a decade- a 6.2% monthly increase nationally, and a 16% monthly increase in Palm Beach County, according to the Florida Realtors Association.

Why are people buying?

One contributing factor could be the result of the national interest rate on 30-year fixed mortgages continuing to drop. Last week mortgage rates dropped from 3.95% to 3.92% in comparison to 4.03% in 2016 (National Association of Realtors). Historically, lower mortgage rates have helped drive home sales and those looking to refinance the market.

A healthy job market and low national unemployment rate of 4.1% could also be driving people to purchase homes. Palm Beach County currently has a strong economy with areas

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For years, a number of Palm Beach resorts and fine hotels have been taking the top spots on lists from digests like Condé Nast, Travel Magazine, Haute Living and more. Recently Condé Nast Traveler released its “Top Hotels in Florida: Reader’s Choice Award 2017” list and a whopping seven Palm Beach based resorts were on it. 

Readers of the magazine were asked to name their favorite places to get away to in Florida. Some of the top qualities included the amazing beach scenes, of course the resort style pools, the epic year round weather and the ever-bustling food scenes on and around the resorts. 

Here is a list of the Palm Beach resorts and fine hotels that made the cut:

“The Palm Beach hotels voted for the top hotels in Florida were The

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Explore and enjoy natural South Florida by canoeing or kayaking and getting a workout at the same time.  Quietly glide through the calm and cool waters of Jonathon Dickinson State Park, 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, on a kayak or canoe. This is a relaxing journey, ideal for observing a manatee in its natural habitat. white tail buck, turtles, varieties of birds as well. Imagine observing water lilies, air plants, Spanish moss, turtles sunning on the bank, and varieties of birds such as great blue heron or osprey.

As we’ve been told, location is everything! Kayak through the magical setting of mangroves where you can catch pelicans nesting. A stroll back in time to experience what the early pioneers of

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The Florida home of the Scripps Research Institute is located at 130 Scripps Way, Jupiter on the campus of South Florida's Florida Atlantic University Honors College. The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is one of the world's largest, private, non-profit research organization It is a non-profit biomedical research and education facility.   The main institute is headquartered in San Diego, California.  The Scripps Institute in home to over 3,000 scientists, technicians, graduate students and administrative staff and other staff making it one of the largest non-profit biomedical research institutes in the world.

Scripps Florida focus on basic biomedical research and drug discovery. Researchers using the latest cutting-edge technologies, focus on

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Loblolly Pines Golf Club                                                                     Image Courtesy: Loblolly Pines Golf Club Social Media

The prestigious digest for those who want all things elite, business and travel related, Business Insider, has composed a list of the “18 Most Exclusive Golf Clubs” in the United States. The list is nothing short of mind blowing as you scroll through the images of the these elite country clubs that are so private, so luxurious and so desirable, the biggest celebs and world’s wealthiest may not even get in. 

On this list by Business Insider, you will see courses you predicted were on there like Pebble Beach and Augusta, but also on this list are 2 Florida clubs that may just shock your system. 

Ranked 3rd on the list of “18 Most

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To those of us who call Palm Beach County home or those of us who are seasonal, we have probably been fortunate enough to witness the jaw-droppingly beautiful morning sunrises along the coast. If you have not been able to catch one of these natural sensations, here is the best place to go to catch one. 

A list of the “Best Places to Watch A Sunrise on the East Coast” was curated by the blog and website Imgur.com. Imgur’s vision is to be the number one place for people to visit to see all of the best images on the Internet. They have collections of the most beautiful photos, works of art and wonders of the world all in one place. To ensure

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The Andrew “Red” Harris Reef Foundation is a Jupiter based foundation dedicated to enhancing the marine environment. Memories of Andrew “Red” Harris are of a promising, vibrant and loving young man. The native Jupiter resident loved his family and friends dearly, as well as fishing and diving in ocean waters. Tragically, Andrew was struck by a boat while saving a friend's life snorkeling June 8, 2014.

The Andrew "Red" Harris Foundation hopes to assist protecting the wellbeing and vitality of our local ocean waters by building artificial reefs. The artificial reefs are donated to the Palm Beach County Artificial Reef Program. The Army Corps of Engineers have already issued the permits for placement sites in the ocean off Jupiter’s coastline.

The

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Taste the tropics!  Partake and enjoy the Downtown West Palm Beach culinary excursion that wants you to get off the beaten path and discover delightful tastings from some of the best locally owned cafés. Learn all about coconuts, tamarinds and key limes, sample Key Lime Tart with invigorating coconut water and Tamarind juice. Open a coconut and learn about our local tropical fruits.

The best local downtown restaurants and their chefs offer flavorful dishes that have been highlighted on the Food Network.  Enjoy a thirst-quenching Mojito at a chic tapas bar or taste an award-winning pizza, and you just might bump into a notable personality. Check out the stimulating street art, sashay down a tropical square.  Savor fresh avocado salsa or mango

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Stuart is a community with a population just under 16,000, the beautiful little coastal town of Stuart has made quite a name for itself. In 2008, Stuart was awarded the "Most Beautiful City in America" designation. Visit Stuart and observe the people, places and properties which make up the “Most Beautiful City in America". Members of the community are openhearted and the kind of people who enjoy time spent outdoors.

Rock’N Riverwalk is an outdoor concert takes place each Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm all year round. Every week there is a diverse line-up with bands playing their top tunes on the gorgeous waterfront. The al fresco concert stage is at the Historic Downtown Stuart Riverwalk.

Sunday is a great day for family and togetherness.

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A summary of July 2017 existing home sales in South Florida  indicates sales data showing that housing market activity this July fell from last month, but improved from last year. 

Sales of homes on the market slipped to their lowest level of the year in July 2017. As the conversant undercurrents of "lean supply and enthusiastic demand lingers. It continues to strain the housing market, although it reached 5.44 million,” according to Association of Realtors  The Association of Realtors also noted “that it was down 1.3% from a downwardly-revised June pace. While July’s pace was 2.1% higher than a year ago, it was the lowest since last August”. 

NAR Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun stated in July, that “homes are selling fast, strong demand meant

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