South Florida Real Estate News


July 22, 2019

Going on Vacation? Protect Broward Homes with High Tech and Low Tech Solutions!

Keep Broward homes safe with smart technology.Summer is a great time for vacation. Kids are out of school, and the weather is great. Even those living in Broward homes might start to feel a bit of wanderlust as we move into late summer. Vacation is a time to relax and recharge, so be sure you pick some place you love or have always wanted to see. While you’re researching the perfect bed and breakfast or resort, devote some time to making sure you are keeping your house safe while you’re away.

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July 15, 2019

Palm Beach Horse Property Owner Attend Competitions at the PBIEC

Palm Beach horse property owners go to PBIEC for jumping competitions.When you decide to purchase a Palm Beach horse property, you get to be close to lots of amazing facilities for racing and showing horses. One of these is the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. It’s best known for the Winter Equestrian Festival, held every year in early January through late March. This year’s festival is long over, but that doesn’t mean the PBIEC is inactive. There are several upcoming shows. The next one is the ESP Summer II-National & Jumper 3. We mentioned the event last week, when we told you about the work TAKE2 does to retrain racehorses for a second career as hunters and jumpers.

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July 10, 2019

Find Great Races near Palm Beach Equestrian Homes with TAKE2

Residents of Palm Beach equestrian homes get involved in TAKE2.I always love working with clients looking for Palm Beach equestrian homes or a South Florida horse property. Horses are my passion, and it’s very rewarding to work with people who share a love of these magnificent creatures. There’s nothing like watching a first class race and seeing the power and intensity of a group of horses in peak training. However, that kind of intensity is hard to keep up, and horses have to retire from the track long before they’re at the end of their natural lives. As a dedicated horse lover, I’m committed to helping retired race horses find a “second career”.

South Florida Horse Property Owners Can Get Involved in TAKE2

That’s why I joined the board of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program in 2017. Since December 2018 I’ve been the vice president of the organization. TAKE2 works to find homes for retired race horses and encourages their owners to train them to compete as hunters and jumpers. The organization was founded in 2012, and TAKE2 horses competed in shows in New York (where it was founded), New Jersey, and Texas. Today, TAKE2 has over 300 shows in 23 states, competing in 10 of the 12 zones of the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

Florida is one of the states where TAKE2 horses compete, and the next competition will be held in August. Everyone from Palm Beach equestrian homes is invited to come to South Florida Hunter Jumper Association for a weekend of amazing horses. The show will take place on Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th. The next show will be at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for ESP Summer II. The competition runs from Friday, August 16th through Sunday, August 18th. Visit PBIEC to see their full schedule.  

TAKE2 also offers many thoroughbred retired race horses for sale. We work with a number of reputable stables to retrain and rehome our horses.

Visit TAKE2 online to see a full schedule of races, learn more about how to get involved, and find retired horses. 


July 1, 2019

Dreaming of Downsizing? Let Us Help You Find the Perfect Broward Home

Find the right Broward home to downsize into.Life goes in cycles, and it seems for the first part of life we accumulate more. More education, more responsibility at work and in the family, and more room in your home to store all the things you need to live a good life. For most people, there will come a time when all that “more” starts to feel like an unnecessary burden. If you’re looking at a Broward home, you can find lots of beautiful options for a smaller home, a luxury condo, or a classic townhouse. The other thing to think about as you search South Florida homes for sale are the amenities that are important to you. South Florida has lots of planned communities and condo buildings. You can find golf course communities, homes built on the canals or on the beach, and communities with lots of recreation facilities, like a pool, tennis courts, walking paths, and hobby classes and clubs. Think about what you’d like to be doing once you’re free of curating your stuff!

Find the Perfect Combination of Amenities in South Florida Homes for Sale

It’s really amazing how much more free clients feel to dream big once they decide to downsize. An experienced real estate professional can help you match your dreams to the right Broward home. There is a wide variety of cities, towns, and small communities. Do you want to live in a fast-paced city? Or close to the water in a sleepy beach town? We’d love to be part of your team, whatever type of community appeals to you. We recommend speaking to at least three different agents before settling on the person or team you feel most comfortable with. You should also be sure to discuss how a move to Florida or downsizing will affect your finances and taxes. Contact your accountant and attorney so you can make the best plan for your move to a smaller home.

Feel free to reach out so we can help you bring your dreams for you next phase of life to reality!


June 24, 2019

Gulfstream Park Offers Horse Racing Events near Palm Beach Equestrian Homes

See racing near Palm Beach equestrian homes.Summer is in full swing, and that means that Gulfstream Park is serving up a full calendar of horse racing and great parties. Races are held Thursday through Sunday, and admission is always free. Get your friends from Palm Beach equestrian homes together and start the weekend right with Twilight Racing. The fun starts on Fridays at 2:15 p.m. After the races, stay for Friday Night Live. Each week a different band will be playing from 7 to 11 p.m., on the second floor of Sport of Kings. Come in any Friday night through August 30th.

Celebrate Summer at this South Florida Horse Property

On Saturday, June 29th, the Summit of Speed will be held. Racing begins at 11:30 a.m., and a total of 14 races, including the Breeders’ Cup will be happening. Get tickets for the brunch buffet held at Ten Palms. Eat your meal and enjoy a view of the track. The amazing buffet includes great food and drinks. Tickets start at $50. For a luxury experience, South Florida horse property owners can opt for tickets to the Prestige Imports Performance Lounge, which will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. Enjoy the open bar, hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and live music. Tickets are $95.

Celebrate the 4th of July close to Palm Beach equestrian homes at Gulfstream Park. There will be 12 races that day, with the first starting at 12:45 p.m. Enjoy the Ten Palms lunch buffet for $25, served from noon to 5 p.m. or the dinner buffet for $35, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Walking Ring Party will feature a DJ, Independence Day-themed giveaways, and a cash bar from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening finishes with fireworks at 9 p.m.

Visit Gulfstream Park to see a full racing calendar and buy tickets to any of the special events. 


June 17, 2019

Tips for Shopping South Florida Homes for Sale at a Distance

Shop South Florida homes for sale from afar.It may seem like a daunting task to search for South Florida homes for sale while living in another part of the state or country. However, with advancements in technology, there are many ways to make the process of finding a home from afar easier. If you are already familiar with the area that you are looking in, narrow down your search to your favorite areas and search for potential homes online. If you don’t know the area well, reach out to friends or family on social media or by other means to ask for recommendations for favorite neighborhoods. Of course, if you’re searching for South Florida homes for sale because of a new job, the commute will be a big consideration and possibly narrow down the areas you are looking in. There are many great cities and areas when seeking Broward real estate.

Hire a Real Estate Agent who Knows Broward Real Estate for Expert Help

There are so many great resources online when searching for a home from afar. Once you have narrowed down some areas and found some homes that look great in the pictures and fit your price range, you can learn much more about the neighborhoods. Utilize the street view function of an online map to check out other houses on the same street and in the surrounding area. Also search for nearby businesses and attractions on the map to learn more about what is near each house. Then utilize sites like Yelp to find out more details about the places near the home. Check out reviews and find out what locals think.

It is also very important during this process to find a local agent. They will have lots of information and be able to ask questions to find out more about exactly what you are looking for and suggest some options. Once you have a good list of potential areas and properties, get them organized in a spreadsheet, and plan a trip out. Meet up with your local agent and go see the properties. If this still seems like too much, consider finding a short term rental to live in while making your final decision.


June 10, 2019

Suspenseful Belmont Stakes a Thrill for Everyone from Palm Beach Equestrian Homes

People from Palm Beach equestrian homes watch Belmont StakesThis past weekend was the last race of the prestigious Triple Crown series, and many people from Palm Beach equestrian homes tuned in to watch it. This year was full of upsets and surprises, with Maximum Security, the top finisher at the Kentucky Derby disqualified in a controversial post-race decision. In the Preakness Stakes, War of Will won the race, but the big story was Bodexpress. The horse threw its jockey, John Velasquez, but went on to finish the race without a rider. Bodexpress even managed to stay with the pack for the race!

South Florida Horse Property Owners Get Together for Triple Crown Watch Parties

The Triple Crown is a relatively rare distinction for a horse to win. First of all, the horse would have to win the Kentucky Derby, which is a race only three-year-old horses can enter. The race is unusual for the length of its track, which is 1 1/4 miles. The Derby is often the first time a horse has run such a long race. In addition, 20 horses are allowed to enter. The Kentucky Derby is often called the First Jewel in the Triple Crown. It’s probably also the best-known race and a great party. South Florida horse property owners might plan a Derby party or even make the trip to see the race in person.

Next on the circuit is the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland. The race is slightly shorter than the Derby, at 1 3/16 miles. It’s also the oldest race. The first Preakness was held in 1873, while the first Derby was in 1875. If a horse wins both the Derby and Preakness, the final race, Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York become the most exciting one of the season. It is the longest race, at 1.5 miles, and its track is the only one in the United States that is so long. This year wasn’t one when the Triple Crown was at stake, it was still an exciting race. Sir Winston pulled ahead of the favorite, Tacitus, late in the race to take his surprise win.

We’re all horse lovers in this office, so give us a call if you’re interested in buying or selling Palm Beach equestrian homes.


June 3, 2019

As You Shop Miami Real Estate, Let Your Must-Haves Guide Your Search

Shop Miami real estate and find the perfect homeIf you’re shopping the Miami real estate market, you know that there are options in all sorts of sizes and styles. And each one has its advantages and disadvantages. One thing to keep in mind as you look at South Florida homes for sale is the current needs of your family and those that will probably arise in the near future. Realtors call this “right-sizing” your house, and it’s a super important concept.

The easiest place to start is with the number of bedrooms. How many people are in your family? Are you considering having a kid or two while you live in the house? Or maybe your kids are grown and you need fewer rooms than you have at the moment. Caring for aging parents comes with its own demands, and a ground floor master suite can be the right space. If you enjoy entertaining or expect to be the house where your family gathers for reunions, you need to find a house for room for all that.

South Florida Homes for Sale Offer Options for Any Lifestyle

The size and layout of the kitchen is another important factor. A busy family with kids will want a spacious kitchen that looks out to the backyard, so a parent can keep an eye on the kids while preparing a meal. People who enjoy entertaining often will probably like a big chef’s kitchen with plenty of space to prep. A bar counter where people can sit and chat is a nice addition. On the other hand, if you’re downsizing and want to simplify, a smaller kitchen with an efficient layout will work better.

Finally, it’s a good idea to think about outdoor space. Someone who loves gardening will want room for raised beds and probably a nice shed to store tools. People with kids and pets should also have a big yard on their must-have list. On the other hand, busy professionals or those who are slowing down a bit might prefer to have a smaller yard or none at all.

Please give us a call so we can help you find the perfect place for your next Miami real estate purchase.


May 27, 2019

Good Hope Equestrian Center Offers Lessons and Therapy for Anyone in a Miami Equestrian Home

Take horseback riding lessons near your Miami equestrian homeAnyone who lives in a Miami equestrian home knows what special creatures horses are. The bond that develops between a horse and a rider is hard to find words for but is felt very deeply. In fact, horses are sometimes used therapeutically for people with mental health troubles as well as those with developmental delays. The quiet dignity of a horse helps to soothe a worried mind, and the joy in mastering the skill of riding and caring for a horse gives a great boost in confidence. Even those South Florida horse property owners without a specific diagnosis find being around horses to be relaxing and peaceful.

Find Peace and Tranquility at the South Florida Horse Property

Good Hope Equestrian Center is near any Miami equestrian home and is known for the work it does to bring horses and people together. The center offers both English and Western riding lessons. Starting at age three and a half, students can begin to learn horseback riding basics. In addition, students learn how to care for their horse and its stable. Lessons are available for students with a physical or intellectual disability, with staff to provide any extra support students need to be successful. Equine therapy has been found to help riders to develop their muscle strength, balance, and self-esteem, among many other important skills.

Another program at Good Hope is Horses Helping Heroes. It was designed to assist veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan to create a healing and calm atmosphere. The bond between our veterans and their horses has been shown to be highly therapeutic.

In addition, Good Hope is a great place to hold an event, including birthday parties, church outing, or corporate team building.

Visit Good Hope Equestrian Center to learn about lessons and therapeutic programs, find contact information, and details about sponsoring a horse or rider or volunteering. 


May 20, 2019

Ways to Add Value to a South Florida Home for Sale with Outdoor Living

A South Florida home for sale deserves a beautiful patio.With the sunny weather in Florida, having a beautiful outside space is a must. Whether you’re seeking to improve your current home or considering putting your South Florida home for sale, we have some tips for making your yard extra nice.

The easiest thing to do is to plant new flowers. If you don’t know what grows well on Miami real estate, head to your local nursery. The people there should be able to give you some good recommendations. You can ask about what flowers attract hummingbirds or butterflies. Hanging baskets add visual interest and are easy to care for. Consider adding fruit trees or an herb garden. Hardscaping is another simple way to add interest. A walkway of pavers from the patio to a shed or pool keeps people off the grass, too.

Create Comfortable Outdoor Spaces in Miami Real Estate

Investing in high quality patio furniture is another way to make your outdoor living area more inviting. There are lots of new fabrics that are made to withstand the weather and maintain its colors and patterns. Comfortable chairs and a low table are great for creating a conversation area. Depending on how big your patio is, think about getting a dining set so you can enjoy meals outdoors with your family or throw an al fresco dinner party.

One way to increase the value of a South Florida home for sale is to put in an outdoor kitchen. This can be as simple as cabinets and countertop near a barbecue grill. Or go for a more elaborate set up and put in a stove, oven, and sink. This also has the advantage of keeping the heat from cooking out of the house on hot days.

Families with children can look into creating a play space for the kids. A tree swing is a simple, fun item for kids to use. Lots of modern play furniture looks really cool and can fit in with more grown up decor.

Having a beautiful and well-equipped outdoor living area increases the enjoyment you have in your home today and will add value when you decide to sell. Get in touch with our office if you’re thinking of upgrading your house before selling, and we’ll help you decide on the best options.