March 2018

Found 5 blog entries for March 2018.

One of the widely agreed-on real estate trends of 2018 is the Rise of the 18-hour city. So, what is an 18-hour city, and what does it mean in real estate?

What is an 18-hour city?

As the name implies, 18-hour cities fall between larger, 24-hour cities – cities that never sleep – like New York or other large metros - and smaller cities that operate on a more traditional 9-to-5 schedule. 18-hour cities are typically quiet between midnight and 6 a.m., and combine the best of both worlds. It’s having the amenities of a big city with a smaller-town feel.

Why do 18-hour cities matter in Real Estate?

18-hour cities are a great bet when it comes to making a return on your investment. A larger city, in order to support the density and meet the demands of…
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When buying a home, there are many options to consider, a major one is whether or not you want to purchase a property that is part of a homeowners association (HOA) which requires you to pay a monthly maintenance fee. Here’s what you need to know to help decide if you want to go that route.

Some properties, such as single-family homes in developments, have minimal HOA requirements. Maintenance fees can be fairly low, depending on the community; however, the HOA may only cover minimal items, such as maintenance of a shared pool, some landscaping and the purchase of approved paint colors for the community.

Fees for HOAs get pricier, and cover a more comprehensive list of maintenance needs, for townhomes and condos, where walls are shared by more than one…
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As you may know, I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale and have a real passion for this city. From a real estate standpoint, it is my favorite city to work in because it’s such a great place to invest, I know my clients will do well purchasing here. Here are five reasons that now’s a great time to buy in Fort Lauderdale.

Continued Growth and Investment

Cranes are all over downtown Fort Lauderdale and the beach area, as well as other cities throughout the county. You see All Aboard Florida Brightline train station in Flagler Village. The FLL Airport was recently expanded with a new runway and the Port has recently had new features added and is on track for an expansion, as well. If EVERYONE else is investing including public and private entities,…
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When purchasing a home, especially for the first time, the typical buyer has a laundry list of "must-haves." At least they think they do - until reality starts to set in. 

Shiny new first-time homebuyers, and really, all buyers, tend to start the purchase process wanting to get more for less. Unless you have an unlimited budget, or just get extremely lucky, you're not likely to get every single items on your "must" list. Knowing that compromises must often be made, what's the best way to approach opening up your options? 

Separate the Must-Haves from the Nice-to-Haves

Location is a valid category on which to base a major must-have, but even in the realm of location, there's room for some flexibility. You may have a dream, ideal location but perhaps…
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Thinking of selling your home? Here are three ways you can bump up your home's value for sale, so you can maximize on your profit. There are tons andirons of ways to accomplish this goal. 


If you have a single-family home, a great way to increase the value is to dress it up with some great landscaping. If you already have a lot of plants and trees on the property, you might want to consider cutting back or even removing some of the plants, especially if they are overwhelming. It's hard for buyers to imagine living in a jungle, so if you can clean it up, that's a huge selling point. When you add plants, think about what would look nicest and where. Strategically place a pop of color by the front door or the entryway to make a big impact as…
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