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"The best time of the year" is officially around the corner. 

Christmas lights are hung, holiday music is on the radio, it's time to analyze the passing year and to set your new goals for 2021. The year of 2020 has been a real roller coaster for a lot of people. We're being called on to think about what changes we need to make in our personal lives, businesses and communities. Now that hundreds of millions of people have gotten a new taste of how important "home" actually is - as a safe haven, a schoolhouse, a remote office- the spaces we live in, and more importantly what we demand of them. 

COVID-19 has re-ordered virtually every industry in the world. 

Over the past decade, South Florida's forward-thinking  developers have pioneered many of…

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National Family Day, celebrated on September 26, puts the spotlight on the people that make our lives meaningful. Families come in many forms and sizes and under different circumstances, but what they all share is unconditional love and support for those growing on the same family tree. Take some time today to appreciate the special folks in your life — give them a call, take them out to lunch, or send them a note to let them know you’re thinking of them!




The scientific study of the family unit began in the late 19th century and crystallized as a subfield of sociology in the 1960s. Since then, social scientists have paid special attention to the family’s role in shaping individual behavior and how place and culture…

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 How are you dealing with this hot summer? Summer time is the perfect time for ice cream. Do you love ice cream? We do too. 

Americans love ice cream...

  • The average U.S. ice cream lover enjoys around 48 pints of ice cream per year. That's more per person than any other country!
  • About 90% of the American population regularly enjoys ice cream. 
  • Chocolate syrup is the most popular topping for an ice cream sundae. 
  • As a cherry on top, the ice cream industry does more than just provide a delicious summer treat- it also generates more than $ 21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of people.


5 Most Popular Flavors: 

  1. Vanilla
  2. Chocolate
  3. Cookies 'n Cream
  4. Strawberry
  5. Mint Chocolate Chip 


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The National Association of REALTORS® released its annual National Housing Forecast. It’s detailed, just as you would expect from a group of top economists, with a lot of valuable data within.

Here's a summary of a few valuable insights from the forecast:

  • Mortgage Rates: Rates will remain low and affordable, anticipating a slight increase from 3.85% to 3.88%.
  • House Prices: Prices will remain level, as they did in most markets during 2019.
  • Housing Inventory (available properties): Inventory will continue to be limited, especially at the entry-level prices in most markets.
  • Buyer Trends: Buyers will continue to see affordable options which benefits mid-sized markets and has people moving out of major metropolitan areas. 

Essentially the…

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We just found out Echea Group reached Best of Zillow status for outstanding customer service based on customer feedback! So proud, had to share.
#BestofZillow @PremierAgent


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Florida Is the Big Winner as the Wealthy Move Out of Northern States


Roughly 5 million Americans move from one state to another annually and some states are clearly making out better than others.  Florida and South Carolina enjoyed the top economic gains, while Connecticut, New York and New Jersey faced some of the biggest financial drains, according to a Bloomberg analysis of state-to-state moves based on data from the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Census Bureau.  

Connecticut lost the equivalent of 1.6% of its annual adjusted gross income, as the people who moved out of the Constitution State had an average income of $122,000, which was 26% higher than those migrating in. Mrelates to Florida Is the Big Winner as the Wealthy Move Out of Northern States

Bloomberg’s analysis included all 50 states…

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South Florida townhouse construction heats up

Townhouse construction  

For 19 years, Susie Gugliotta lived in a five-bedroom home in Weston.  But she no longer needed anything that large and was ready for a change.  

Instead of a smaller house, last June she plunked down $481,000 for a waterfront townhouse in Artesia, a development still under construction in Sunrise.

Gugliotta isn’t alone.

New townhome construction is the rage, according to the National Association of Home Builders, a Washington, D.C.-based trade organization that predicts “future gains” for townhomes. Many townhouse buyers are going from being a renter to an owner, downsizing, or seeking to live in urban sprawl.

The peak…

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These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Fort Lauderdale For 2018


Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Fort Lauderdale, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re…

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