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Homes & Lifestyle Blog by Jason Taub, Realtor®

Freedom Week 2022 Sales Tax Holiday Has Arrived!

Beginning today July 1 and through July 7 … Is Freedom Week, signed into Florida law in 2021. The week-long sales tax holiday eliminates taxes on many outdoor recreation and entertainment events such as kayaks, fishing gear, sleeping bags, bicycles, sunglasses, movie and concert tickets and more.  This is a great opportunity for some savings on a variety of items you may already be planning to purchase. For the full list and specifics, click here.
The Fort Lauderdale 4th of July Spectacular, one of the most highly attended annual events at Fort Lauderdale Beach, returns this Monday, July 4th. Celebrate America’s Independence Day at the City of Fort Lauderdale’s free 4th of July Spectacular! The patriotic celebration will include tons of activities for everyone – Including beach games, family activities, a kids zone, inflatable water slides, live bands, hot dog and apple pie eating contests, face painting and more. The
Some of the latest Fort Lauderdale and nearby updates curated by Jason –   ➡️ Sheridan Street Bridge Closure ➡️ Downtown FTL: 3 New Pizza Places ➡️ New Reggae Roots Jamaican Restaurant ➡️ Coming to South FL: Kroger Grocery Chain ➡️ Fort Lauderdale Tunnels: Next Milestone Approved ➡️ 47 Story Tower Near Brightline Station ➡️ Coming to Lake Boca: Luxury Condo Building ➡️ Pompano Beach: Ritz Carlton Residences   Curated by Jason Taub, Resident Realtor® in

The FREE Fort Lauderdale Transportation Network: LauderGO!

LauderGO! is the City of Fort Lauderdale’s FREE transportation service that spans various modes, each with different routes designed to take you to and from your favorite destinations whether it’s Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Downtown district, Riverwalk or the surrounding areas. The FREE transportation network consists of the: ✅ Community Shuttle – Various air conditioned bus routes within the City of Fort Lauderdale ✅ Water Trolley – Cruise to various riverside destinations along the New

High Mortgage Rates? Not Historically Speaking

In the 2010s, mortgage rates averaged only 4.08% – but today’s rates are still a bargain compared to the 1970s (9.03%), the 1980s (12.7%) and the 2000s (6.29%). TAMPA, Fla. – Unless you plan on purchasing real estate with an all-cash offer, you’ll likely be taking out a mortgage loan. It’s never a bad idea to be aware of mortgage rates, which can be ever-changing due to various factors – inflation, economic growth, Federal Reserve

May 2022 Real Estate Market Update: Broward County

“Broward County’s median sale price reached $586,000 in May! Along with the rise in median sale price, we also saw a 4.6% increase in active listings and 7.1% increase in months’ supply of inventory. This uptick in inventory can be attributed in large part to the federal interest rate hikes to combat inflation. Despite rising mortgage rates, this is still a bargain compared to interest rates from the 1970s to early 2000s when we look

The LauderGO! Seabreeze Tram: FREE Transportation in Fort Lauderdale

The Seabreeze Tram is a FREE and scenic, one-mile loop that transports beachgoers and their beach gear between the Las Olas Parking Garage (on the north side of the Las Olas Blvd bridge) and Las Olas Oceanside Park (on the south side of Las Olas Blvd and directly next to the iconic A1A and Fort Lauderdale Beach).  The tram is an open-air vehicle with 28 seats.  The estimated wait time at either stop is 15-20

6 Tips for Pet Owners Selling Their House

When selling your home, Fido shouldn’t be seen … or smelled. Here are the top recommendations Realtors® make to pet-owning clients putting their house on the market (in order of most-suggested): 1. Take animal out of home for showings (78%) 2. Replacing anything damaged by pet (72%) 3. Cleaning home to remove animal scent (70%) 4. Having home professionally cleaned (61%) 5. Removal of pet objects (47%) 6. Replacing carpet or finishing floors (33%) SOURCE:

Free Segway Fort Lauderdale Tours!

Segway Fort Lauderdale is offering complimentary 1 hour tours for all on Father’s Day this Sunday, June 19th.  Talk about a unique Father’s Day gift! This promotion is being offered in memory of the father of the company who passed away unexpectedly in 2009. The complimentary Segway tours start at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and will continue along the New River and Rio Vista. Reservations and required and spots are limited.  For more information

Rent Increases: 8 of Top 10 Highest Are Florida Metros

FAU: At 32.8%, Fort Myers tops U.S. metros in year-to-year rent increases. S. Fla. (up 31.07%), Sarasota (30.88%) and Tampa (26.9%) also made the top five. BOCA RATON, Fla. – Rents for homes and apartments have soared nationwide over the past year, and Florida remains at the heart of a problem overwhelming U.S. consumers, according to an analysis of 107 rental markets by researchers at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and two other schools. Based on

Florida Ranks #4 for ‘Business Tax Climate’

Tax Foundation: Researchers found that the top lower-tax states didn’t have a “major tax,” which helped Fla. move high in rankings since it lacks a personal income tax. WASHINGTON – The Tax Foundation issued a new report, “State Business Tax Climate Index.” The 83-page report’s goal is to do a state-by-state comparison of all taxes paid in order to compare the amount businesses may be expected to pay. Janelle Cammenga and Jared Walczak wrote the report.

New Yorkers and Californians Flock to Florida

Fla. rents are up because demand is up, and new residents boost demand. In 2020, 167 people moved in for every 100 who left. In 2021, the inbound number was 210. MIAMI – In Florida’s top metros, rents have risen by 24% to 32% in a year. Usually, rents swing by about 1% or 2% per year. New Yorkers and Californians are flocking to the Sunshine State, with Florida reporting the largest year-to-year increase in

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