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How Are Florida Public Schools?

If you’re moving with kids or moving into the home where you plan to start your family, school districts are probably at the top of your mind. In Florida, you have a lot of options. Florida is a large state with a lot of variance between top schools and underperforming schools.  Palm Beach County is…

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Moving to Palm Beach County in South Florida? What You Should Know

Palm Beach County is the third-most populous county in Florida and the 25th most populous county in the United States. It’s home to gorgeous beaches, exciting nightlife, captivating nature sights, excellent schools, and ample job opportunities. So, it’s no surprise if you’re thinking of moving here. Of course, before you do, there are a few…

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Do Hurricane Shutters Increase a Home’s Value in Florida?

Florida may offer sunshine and warmth, but this state is also no stranger to hurricanes. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 38 percent of all U.S. hurricanes have hit Florida. Hurricane shutters can protect your home against hurricanes and tropical storms, and they can increase a home’s value in Florida, too….

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Florida Homestead Exemption – What You Should Know

Buying a house in Florida has more perks than just the sunny weather. In fact, many people who retire to Florida do so for lower property tax rates and the homestead exemption. Both of which make owning a Floridian home a lot more affordable. Below, we’ll take a look at the Florida homestead exemption and…

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What is a 55+ Community?

55+ communities are established communities where the majority of homes have at least one resident who is 55 years of age or older. Many communities feature collections of smaller homes, apartments, and condos with shared community spaces like golf courses, clubhouses, fitness centers, walking paths, and dining areas. All home features and amenities are designed…

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What to Look for in a Realtor

Any real estate agent could help you buy or sell a home. But not every agent has the knowledge or skills to handle things when transactions get difficult. You need a good realtor who can successfully negotiate with the other side, understand the contract and how it works, and finalize a deal so that you…

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Why Do People Retire to Florida?

In 2022, Florida took the top spot on RetirementLiving’s Best States for Retirement. All because of its abundance of recreational opportunities, senior communities, and residents over age 65. Retirees love it here, citing the low taxes, lower cost of living, and excellent golf weather as reasons for retiring in the Sunshine State. Of course, those…

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Use of an Escalation Clause in Florida Real Estate

Even with the Fed’s recent rate hike, the housing market in Florida still looks strong. Demand is high, so buyers must find ways to make their offers stand out. One method that grew in popularity during 2021 is using an escalation clause.  Escalation clauses vary in verbiage but essentially state that a buyer is willing…

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What is an HOA Community

If you are thinking about relocating to Florida like many other, you may have learned that 67.3% of homeowners in FL live in a Homeowners Association(HOA) community.  This makes Florida the state with the highest number of concentrated HOAs per capita of homeowners. In this article we explain what an HOA is, what they are…

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How To Price Your Home for Sale

The listing price at which you decide to put your home up for sale has a huge impact on your final sales price.  If you price your home wrong it can lead to low demand and a lower sales price. Buyers are doing everything they can to submit winning offers on homes in todays market,…

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