Wednesday, November 28, 2012
PICTURE THIS: You pull your boat up to the soon-to-be-built Waterfront Promenade at the Bridge Hotel in Boca Raton, and dine in the popular WaterColors Restaurant. There will be a 270 ft wraparound seawall and dock; construction beings this week.
This is the initial phase of the Bridge Hotel’s major “reinvention” redevelopment plan. Next there will be new hospitality and dining concepts introduced, further expansion of waterfront amenities and guestrooms, restaurants and public spaces will be undergoing extensive renovations. Goal is to position the property as a luxury boutique hotel with four-star status.
During construction, WaterColors new menu will be served in Carmen’s which boasts sweeping penthouse-level panoramic views of Lake Boca, Intracoastal and Atlantic Ocean. Every guestroom at The Bridge Hotel has panoramic water views. Location is 999 East Camino Real at A1A’s south end of the bridge.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Evans Report, written by Attorney Leslie Robert Evans, states that single family home sales in Palm Beach are up 40.7% compared to the same period in 2011.
There were 38 single family sales in 3Q2012, up from 27 sales in 3Q2011. Dollar volume in that period increased from $190.3MM; 3Q2011 sales were $115.4MM.
Evans said, "the third quarter sales seemingly reflected buyer confidence that the market is improving as the number of sales would have decreased had buyers thought the market was still weak." The average single family sales price rose 17% to just over $5MM.
Median sales price of condos rose 15% in July with a 78.6% increase in sales activity.
Friday, November 16, 2012
NEWS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Here is a link to an article that explains the dilemma and highlights three studies about it... and asks if Florida can really count on this government funding in light of our national deficit:
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Zillow analysts state that foreclosure home buyers in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade counties could only expect a 2.9% savings in September compared to available homes NOT sold at a distressed price. Discounts are shrinking on distressed properties.
Zillow further states that same time last year the discount was 6.8%, and in August 2008, the peak foreclosure month in South Florida: 22.7%. If investors can’t purchase a property they can fix up and sell at a profit, they have no incentive to buy. For buyers who want to buy, rent the property out and sell later at a profit, it is harder and harder to find a property that meets the profit criteria.
Home buyers getting a mortgage may find the distressed properties don’t appraise to the list price.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
There are two new rating systems to check out your hospitals on:
http://www.leapfroggroup.org/ (you need your hospital’s 16-digit security code – there is a phone # to call)
For further information:
Consumer Reports on local hospitals.
Hospital Compare rates over 4,000 Medicare certified hospitals nationwide.
(You may need to hold down the CTRL button while clicking the link, or link may appear below when you click).