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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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    Broward and Miami-Dade counties both made huge gains over the past year in their attractiveness for real estate investment and development, according to a new study conducted for the Urban Land Institute by PwC.

The annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate study surveyed over 1,600 real estate experts about market trends. Respondents were asked their views on real estate in 78 U.S. markets.

 

Fort Lauderdale/Broward County jumped to No. 6 in the ranking of markets to watch, gaining 29 spots from last year’s survey. That means the respondents regarded the investment and development prospects in Broward higher than in most other markets. In fact, it was the biggest gain in the survey this year.

Miami-Dade

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Real Estate Agents, Thomas and Lisa Echea, Hit Amazon Best-Seller List With Real Estate GameChangers

  Real Estate Agents, Thomas and Lisa Echea, Hit Amazon Best-Seller List With Real Estate GameChangers

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Real Estate Agents, Thomas and Lisa Echea, Hit Amazon Best-Seller List With Real Estate GameChangers

Thomas and Lisa Echea, Owners of the Echea Realty Group, recently ranked on the Amazon.com best-seller list with the new book, Real Estate GameChangers, co-authored with Jay Kinder and Mike Reese.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – July 20, 2017 – Thomas and Lisa Echea are a sibling realty team specializing in residential real estate in southern Florida. The Echeas joined a select group of leading real estate professionals to co-write the best-selling book titled Real Estate

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First Time Home Buyers

According to the National Association of Realtors®, first time home homebuyers are about 31 years in age on average– so what does this mean for today’s real estate market? Just as every generation before them, millennial homebuyers come with their own set of needs and desires when it comes to shopping for property. As a seller, what can you do to give your home the extra value it needs to appeal to this growing demographic of first-time homebuyers? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Open floor plans for casual entertaining.

For many years, home-buyers have desired formal dining rooms and closed off family rooms, but this just isn’t the case anymore.  Younger homebuyers are looking for more open floor plans that make entertaining

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Five Restaurants to Try This Weekend in Miami

The Anderson’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

 

Need dining inspiration the weekend? Don't fret — Eater Miami is here to help.

Each week, the site's editors and contributors select a new group of restaurants and suggest them for various meals throughout the weekend. These picks range from brand new restaurants to old, reliable favorites.

Some pair well with fun weekend activities; others reflect the recent news of the day or features on the site this week. Diners probably won't get to all five in one weekend, but that's what next weekend is for, right?

 Calentando at Paradigm Kitchen

Friday Happy Hour: The Anderson

The Anderson (709 NE 79th Street) might have some of the best happy hour food

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12 Crazy Dishes From Fort Lauderdale Through Boca


Food Gone Wild: 12 Crazy Dishes From Fort Lauderdale Through Boca

South Florida abounds with culinary creativity, proving when it comes to food, the sky is the limit. Discover 12 gluttonous, creative and exotic dishes that will wow your eyes and your taste buds.

Decadent Dog

At B Square, the “Bs” stand for burgers and booze. But the elevated-casual American eatery that joined the east end of Las Olas Boulevard in fall serves up more than your average sandwich. Take, for example, the Decadent Dog, a foot-long American Kobe beef hot dog with sautéed lobster, truffle oil, garlic butter and slaw, served with Parmigiano-truffle fries and homemade chips. “We’re all about elevating and creating unique twists on the classics,” says Thomas Febbraio, the

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Aims To Open This Summer

Rooftop, Fort Lauderdale’s First Top-Of-The-Town Bar, Aims To Open This Summer

If there’s one thing we don’t have in Fort Lauderdale, it’s a downtown rooftop bar—but it looks like that’ll be changing soon.

Next month The Restaurant People will begin construction on the aptly named Rooftop, a bar-slash-restaurant eight stories above Las Olas Boulevard.

It will occupy a 4,000-square-foot roof on top of the new KO Lawyers building at the corner of Las Olas and Andrews Avenue. Still-being-developed menu items will be brought up from a kitchen on the ground floor. 

The design will feel like a chic resort patio, with planters of bamboo and a vine-covered trellis running over a long retro-look bar. Couches and lounge chairs will cover an area that blends turf, tile and outdoor rugs. It’ll be part

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