Women Cleaning Kitchen

Dirty Home Spaces Turn Off Buyers

When I was little my Italian great-grandmother, in her Italian accent, called her Spring Cleaning “the deepa clean”.  I always thought this was funny, and my mother used to say it to me too when I’d help her clean the house. A great deal of preparation goes into getting a…

Condo Tower Balconies

October 2017 Broward Real Estate Market

As we move into the busy season for Broward Real Estate, the market is healthy and buyers are out looking for the perfect home.  Inventory levels for single family homes still are lower than previous years, with only 3.8 months supply. New listings in October 2017 were 8.1% higher than…

Downtown Fort Lauderdale Waterfront

Fort Lauderdale New Development Project Map Viewer

Builders in South Florida are continuing their development of new condominium buildings and rental apartments.  I receive weekly calls about new buildings in the Downtown Fort Lauderdale and Flagler Village district.  For the average buyer or real estate investor, it can be hard to find updated information on projects or…

Single Family Home with Yellow Siding

What Happens After Closing

Congratulations! After weeks (maybe months) of hard work, you finally closed on the purchase of your new home.  For many buyers, the first few weeks will be hectic.  Coordinating movers, getting kids ready for a new school, getting used to your a new commute to work—just a few of the…

Oakland Terrace Townhome Rendering

Oakland Terrace Townhomes Construction Permit Approved

Eight new townhomes will be built on a large lot on NE 35th Street in Oakland Park, just west of Dixie Highway in the Central Business District.  There will be two buildings each with 4 townhome units. Each 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom two story townhome has 2,200 sq. ft. of…

Park Lane West Residence Inn Rejected

Residence Inn Proposal Rejected by City of Oakland Park

On Wednesday, November 1st the City Commission of Oakland Park rejected a proposed hotel by a vote of 3-2.  The proposal was rejected by the Planning & Zoning Board a few weeks earlier but requested a full city commission review. The property owner, SPIH of Oakland Park, LLC, proposed to…


September 2017 Real Estate Market Activity

Hurricane Irma hit South Florida on September 11th, and all market activity ceased for the remainder of the month.  Closed Sales and New Pending Sale listings dropped dramatically and were extended to at least October.  While damage to housing was not reported as extensive, widespread tree canopy debris and lack…


What is Property Tax Portability?

In Florida, Property Tax Portability refers to the ability to transfer up to $500,000 of accumulated Save Our Homes Cap “Savings” from an existing or prior homestead exempt property to a new property established as your homestead within two tax years of selling or abandoning your existing or prior homestead….


Adagio Fort Lauderdale Beach Luxury Condos

Adagio Fort Lauderdale Beach is a new development condo under construction on the bay side of Fort Lauderdale Beach.  Located at 435 Bayshore Drive, this exclusive building has only 31 residences, all with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The building will rise 10 stories above the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway with…

Remodeled Kitchen That Appeals to Home Buyers

Remodeling Projects That Appeal to Home Buyers

The following interior projects REALTORS® ranked highest to lowest as remodeling projects that would appeal to home buyers (listed along with project estimate costs and the potential return on investment at resale): 1. Complete kitchen renovation Cost estimate: $65,000 REALTORS® estimated cost recovered: $40,000 Percent of value recovered from the…