Real Estate Tips & Advice

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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.


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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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Giving You One More Reason To Visit Hollywood Beach


Hyde Resort & Residences Is Now Open, Giving You One More Reason To Visit Hollywood Beach

Hollywood's newest hotel is ready to transform the beach town into a true luxury destination.

Hyde Resort & Residences, a 40-story tower with 367 shared condo-hotel units and 40 purely residential units, has opened on Hollywood Beach, with the poolside restaurant open to the public and hotel reservations available as of Feb. 1.

The Related Group and sbe Entertainment's Hyde brand are no strangers to Hollywood, as the three-story Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails restaurant and beach club has been open in the area since fall 2015.

In addition to Hyde Resort & Residences and its beach club, a second condo-hotel called Hyde Beach House is slated to open across the street.

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Offering Yoga, Boat Rides Or Adventure

Forget typical dining, and replace it with some fun at one of these restaurants that offers a meal and then some. 

 Shooters Yoga and Yolks

Start the morning with a complimentary one-hour yoga session complete with views of the Intracoastal, and end it with an all-you-can-eat brunch paired with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys at Shooters Waterfront every Saturday. ($30/brunch, $20/cocktails; Yoga 9 a.m., Brunch 10 a.m.; 

 Boatyard’s ‘Boats and Bubbles’ Ladies Night

Get some friends together and head to Boatyard every Thursday for ladies night, when women drink for free from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and can hop on board a luxury yacht for a complimentary cruise up and

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Who Wants to swim in the sky?

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There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a swimming pool with a view, but cantilever a pool over a stunning landscape and add a glass panel in the floor, and you’re really taking it to a whole new level. Elevated swimming pools with infinity edges provide a whole new perspective of your environment, especially when they’re heated and you’re gazing at snow-capped mountains in the distance. One hotel in the Dolomites of South Tyrol, Austria, offers a dramatic cantilevered pool as one of six heated places to swim.

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Sixty-five feet off the ground and 82 feet long, the latest addition to the newly-renovated Hubertus Hotel beckons guests into its warm water with the steam that rises from its surface, a

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Holiday Check List

Let’s hear it for the holidays! Finally, a worthy use of some PTO. Us smarties have been strategically saving for those three little days following Christmas and before New Years. A nine day vacation for the price of three? Don’t mind if I do.

Whether you’re heading home or on some “fancy trip”, there are some things to consider before stumbling out the door to catch your flight/bus/cab praying that you remembered to pack your contact lenses & phone charger.

I recommend checking this list out the night before you leave. Or the night before the night before, assuming you’re diving head first into a bottle come Friday at 5pm. Merry Christmas, everybody!

1. Clean out your fridge

Don’t pretend you would have remembered

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 Thanksgiving Dinners And Events In Broward County

Thanksgiving 2016 Dinners And Events In Broward County

Whether you prefer to celebrate Turkey Day with a feast at home or a decadent dinner prepared by one of Broward's top chefs, all that matters is that you're surrounded by family. Luckily, Fort Lauderdale-area restaurants are serving up fantastic feasts and catered meals for anyone looking to celebrate without lifting a finger. With the the holiday almost a short week away, here's where to go for Thanksgiving catering services, special events, and dinners.


Thanksgiving-style Wine Dinner

Try Piccolo Ristorante chef Andres Avayu’s upscale comfort food during a Thanksgiving-style, four-course wine dinner. Try dishes with a twist, like cornbread stuffing with sausage and

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Geoffrey Zakarian Restaurant And 6 Other New Concepts

Hollywood's Diplomat Beach Resort Is About To Step Up Its Dining Game With A Geoffrey Zakarian Restaurant And 6 Other New Concepts

One Hollywood Beach resort is about to step up its dining game—big time.

Yep, Diplomat Beach Resort plans to open seven (count: seven) new dining concepts early next year, and a restaurant from Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian is among them.

The restaurants also include other chef-driven concepts from Michael Schulson, a Philadelphia restaurateur who'll be opening a Japanese izakaya-style eatery, and "Top Chef Masters" contestant Sue Torres, who is introducing a poolside Nuevo Latino concept to The Diplomat.

It's all part of the $100 million transformation the newly renamed property is currently undergoing to rebrand itself as a high-energy destination resort, while still honoring

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Ready To Bring Trendy Rooftop Bar To Flagler Village In 2018

Wurzak Group's Dalmar Hotel Breaks Ground In Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Ready To Bring Trendy Rooftop Bar To Flagler Village In 2018

Our trendy, modern hotels won't be limited to Fort Lauderdale Beach anymore.

A new dual-branded Starwood Hotel coming to downtown Fort Lauderdale celebrated its groundbreaking on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The 24-story, 323-room hotel will be a design-driven property inspired by the surrounding Flagler Village neighborhood. It will offer an independent coffee shop, restaurant and retail, plus the city's first high-rise rooftop bar.

The property, which is being developed by Wurzak Hotel Group, is divided into two hotels: The Dalmar, a four-star independent boutique hotel in Starwood's Tribute Portfolio, and The Element by Westin, geared toward extended-stay travelers. With an 18-month

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Would you live in a glass box that moves like a living thing in response to stimuli? This tiny house balanced atop a concrete pillar reacts to its inhabitants’ movements in surprising ways, highlighting the relationship between people and their homes.

It’s not enough that this modernist residence plunked down in a field in the middle of the Hudson Valley is completely transparent, putting its inhabitants on display: it’s also kinetic, acting like a living creature, spinning and tilting in perpetual motion. ReActor by Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley is far more than just shelter, it’s a performance piece, an experimental work of ‘social relationship architecture’ acting as a continuation of the architect-artist duo’s previous kinetic works.

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