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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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Along with other interesting 2018 real estate trends such virtual reality, drones and millennial buyers, a recent MarketWatch article brings up a new term that has strong significance in South Florida, "Surban" communities. 


The article says the trend reflects existing suburban neighborhoods adding amenities, to create an area where you can "live, work and play right outside of the core part of the city." In South Florida, especially the Fort Lauderdale area, there are plenty of cases of this popping up. Suburban communities like Hollywood, Weston, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines and Miramar, and even outskirts of Fort Lauderdale are adding mini-downtown areas and amenities that cater to people who like the convenience and nearness of traditional…
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Whether you are buying or selling - or if you're doing both - the real estate transaction process can be a stressful one with many factors out of your control. Here are some ways to productively save time, money, and your sanity through the process. 

1. Mentally Prepare 

Before you jump in to the process, know what you are getting yourself into. You're jumping onboard a train and you don't know how fast or slow it may go, how many stops, and how long the total journey will take you. You have to be prepared for several different scenarios, whether that means being ready to pull the trigger on a purchase or sale right away, or possibly waiting months for just the right deal to come along. 

2. Lighten Your Load

Whether buying or selling, a move is…
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We've all seen the commercial with the young couple who keeps listing of their "never," most of which have to do with having kids. "We're never getting a minivan." "Never moving out of the city." "Never having another child," etc. 

Having children will absolutely impact you in some way at home, whether it's something as simple as having to childproof the house, to moving to a completely new neighborhood or city to meet your changing needs. 

Here are some top reasons that impact family-related moves, and some thoughts to consider. 


Desired amenities in a neighborhood are very different if you have kids than if you are single. Single people will often value convenience to their favorite shops, restaurants and entertainment options over proximity…
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 1. It's too big 

     You once needed lots of space, endless bedrooms - a huge home to entertain in. Those days are over now, whether you're an empty nester or just want a simpler life and a smaller tax bill. It's time to go small, and first you must sell your too-big home. 

 2. It's too small 

     Conversely, you've outgrown your home and it's painfully obvious. There's no room for guests, kids, pets or significant others, let alone all of your stuff. Whatever the size, your home needs to suit your life, so scale up when the time is right. 

3. School daze

    You may want to be in a different public school district, or closer to a certain private school for your children. If you're the one going back to school, being close to your…
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Do you care about the environment and preserving the world for future generations? Sustainability truly begins at home, and here are five ways you can make your property more sustainable.

Take Recycling to the Next Level

Recycling is an easy way to be more environmentally friendly at home. Whatever level of recycling you are currently doing, you can always dome. Consider a separate, dedicated trash can where you can place your recycling materials. Ask your city to provide you with a curbside-recycling bin if you don't already have one. If you are already a level 10 recycling Zen master, try composting for the first time. Composting allows you to produce even more waste, and as an added bonus you can use your compost for potting soil or fertilizer. 

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