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Define your Dream Home with this Checklist [DOWNLOAD LINK]

Hunting for a new home? Use this checklist to make the most of your time by defining exactly what you want before you get started.  Click the link below to download it in print-ready PDF format. Dream Home Checklist – Courtesy of Jason Taub Realtor in Fort Lauderdale
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The Numbers Are In! June 2020 Pending Home Sales

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, pending home sales data shows that June’s pending home sales increased 16.6% last month and was 6.4% higher from 1 year ago. This is the second consecutive month of gains and the first year-over-year increase since COVID began to impact the housing market. Pending home sales are defined as signed contracts to purchase that have not yet closed. These contracts typically turn into existing home sales data in

Mortgage Rates Update [Aug 6]: New Month, New Record Low!

Average mortgage rates in the U.S. continue to fall – With the 30 year loan average hitting another record low, for the 8th time this year. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year home loan dropped to 2.88% from 2.99% last week. It was the lowest level since Freddie started tracking rates in 1971. By contrast, the rate averaged 3.60% a year ago. The average rate on the 15-year

Florida’s Spiny Lobster Season – What You Need to Know

Florida’s Spiny Lobster Season Begins today, Aug 6! Today’s the day – Spiny lobster season has begun in Florida! The regular season stretches Aug 6 to Mar 31 and follows the recent mini season. The daily bag limit is 6 per person (with a license) and each carapace must be larger than 3″, measured in the water. A recreational saltwater fishing license and lobster permit are required, unless exempt. Each lobster must be landed in

How to Protect Your Home During an Open House

Text Version: 1. Never picture anything of value in listing photos. 2. Remove antiques that might be damaged. 3. To prevent identity theft, hide bills and other documents that might have your contact information, Social Security numbers or bank account numbers. 4. Remove your checkbook and bank deposit slips. 5. Lock up or remove valuable jewelry. 6. Hide extra house keys, car keys and garage door openers. 7. Don’t hide anything in your top dresser

House Not Selling? Try These Fixes

Text Version: Having a hard time attracting buyers? Consider these ideas to revive your home’s potential. 1. Check Off the basics. If you haven’t done so already, eliminate clutter and family photos, repair obvious flaws and have the home professionally cleaned. 2. Rethink room staging. Can you shift around furniture to make small rooms look more spacious, or to create focal points in large spaces? 3. Amp up the color. With the right color combinations,

Exclusive Florida Resident Offers

Did you know that Greater Fort Lauderdale offers exclusive deals just for Florida residents? Whether you’re a local or a Florida resident visiting the Fort Lauderdale area, might as well take advantage of deals on hotels, attractions and restaurants. Promotions are published online and updated regularly. Access the portal here. Copyright Notice – This content has been written exclusively by Jason Taub. It may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. © 2020 Jason Taub
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Neighborhood Spotlight – Flagler Village

Flagler Village was once an industrial warehouse district that in recent years, has seen explosive growth.  It’s now home to a variety of art studios, restaurants, bars, breweries and homes.  There’s no shortage of residential options in Flagler Village: Plenty of townhomes, New York City style lofts, mid-rise and high-rise luxury apartment rentals and condos. The trendy Flagler Village neighborhood, located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, is just north of Las Olas Blvd and Broward Blvd,

Dine Out Lauderdale Has Begun!

Dine Out Lauderdale, a culinary event spanning July through September 2020, offers exclusive dinner menus featuring multi-course signature dishes at the area’s most popular restaurants. The pricing is fixed at either $35 or $45 per person and the specially-created dinner menus are available online. View menus and participating restaurants here. Copyright Notice – This content has been written exclusively by Jason Taub. It may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. © 2020 Jason Taub

Hurricane Preparedness Resources

With Hurricane Season spanning June 1 to Nov 30 each year, the most important step we can take to protect our families and ourselves is to prepare in advance. While an approaching hurricane can be unnerving, unlike most other forms of natural disasters, hurricanes allow for plenty of time for preparation. The storm tracking technology that’s been continuously enhanced over the years, along with the constant stream of information accessible through computers, mobile devices and

Get Your Fort Lauderdale Summer Savings Pass

Valid through September 2020, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Special Savings Pass gets you discounted rates, BOGO tickets and other deals at many local attractions. Whether you’re looking to save money on outdoor activities, watersports, fishing, museums, day cruises, tours, shopping, dining or spas .. the Special Savings Pass can help. To print or download your pass, click here. Remember, the pass is valid through Sept 2020. Copyright Notice – This content has been written exclusively

Home Closing Checklist for Sellers

Text Version: Clean the entire house, including inside drawers and cabinets. Close utility accounts and have them shut off on the day of closing. Place all keys (house, mailbox, pool, etc.), garage remotes, alarm and gate codes, etc. in one place, such as a drawer closest to the refrigerator. Create a packet of appliance manuals, service contracts, warranties, etc. and place them in the same drawer. Visit USPS.com to direct the post office to forward

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