Laurie and Harvey Marcus's Blog Posts

Why Is Palm Beach County So Obsessed With Sea Turtle Releases

Camera phones poised, the adoring crowd awaited the star’s arrival, giddy with anticipation. His name was Willis – no, not Bruce – and he arrived on a recent sizzling, sunny morning

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This Is The Best Week Of The Year To Get A Good Deal On A House

Summer may be the busiest season for home buying, but the early fall may be the best time to buy.In the spring and summer, buyers with school-aged kids are anxious to move in before the start of the

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Puppy Carried Off By Owl And Dropped From Sky

Attack leaves 12-week-old puppy with puncture wounds in skull from owl's talonA puppy is making a “speedy recovery” after being picked up by an owl and dropped onto a

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More Florida Brokers Face Lawsuits Over Robotexts

Calling or texting someone might seem like a minor infraction, but an increasing number of Florida brokers are facing lawsuits from disgruntled consumers.ORLANDO, Fla. – Calling or texting

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HOA Nightmares The Top Homeowners Association Complaints

Homeowners associations can be fantastic at getting deadbeat neighbors to mow their lawn, maintaining the community pool and clubhouse, and dissuading the woman across the street from painting

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8 Things You Need To Prep Your Home For Fall Do You Have Them All

Fall is the perfect time to get your house in order. Whether you have leaves to rake or gutters to clean, or want to get your indoors comfy and organized for those long winter months, your autumn to

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Mortgage Rates Fall Slightly Giving The Housing Market More Room To Grow

Mortgage rates moved lower after two straight weeks of increases, which should allow the housing market to remain strong as we shift into the typically slower fall months.The 30-year fixed-rate

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Pets Can Take A Big Bite Out Of Your Homes Resale Value

In case you’re wondering, tomato juice won’t stop the stink from three skunked dogs. Just ask Lexi Methvin, whose pups—Samson, Wesley and Suki—pounced on a skunk’s den near her home on 3

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Home Prices Are Finally Going Down Instead Of Up Why Thats Bad News

Typically, home prices surge over the summer months. Buyers don't mind schlepping to open houses when the weather is warm and they don't have to slog through snow, and families are motivated to move

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As Recession Fears Rise Heres The Lowdown For Real Estate

It seems that whenever you pick up a newspaper or turn on the news these days, a scary word hits you in the face: "recession." Germany is already teetering on the brink of recession; an unruly exit

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Consumers Are Worried About Trade And Thats A Bad Sign For The Economy

Americans are growing more concerned about the trade war, and that's bad news for the economy.One-in-three consumers is worried about tariffs, according to theUniversity of Michigan's consumer

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OneThird Of Mortgage Borrowers Are Missing This Opportunity To Save 2000

More than one in three mortgage borrowers are leaving money on the table.Over a third of 2018 home buyers said they did not shop around before choosing a mortgage lender, according to a study

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A Homeowners Guide To HOAs Homeowners Associations Explained

Many homes across the United States are part of an HOA, or homeowners association. So what does that mean?In a nutshell, an HOA helps ensure that your community looks its best and functions.

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Florida Housing Market Median Prices Inventory Up In 2Q

The state's population grows by about 906 new residents daily, which helps the economy and housing market, says Florida Realtors President Eric Sain. ORLANDO, Fla. – Continuing a trend from

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Fla Cities Use Insurance To Pay Hackers Others Consider It

With the help of insurance, Lake City, Fla. officials were able to pay a ransom demand after hackers hijacked the city’s computer systems. Other cities like Baltimore are now considering coverage

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How Do You Reduce Robocalls To Small Businesses

Seventy percent of consumers don’t answer calls from unknown numbers – but businesses don’t have that option and must often deal with annoying and time-consuming robocalls.  NEW YORK –

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4 Things Realtors Are Landing In Legal Trouble For Today

Call them "emerging trends" in lawsuits, if you want. Whatever you call them, be sure you are on guard for these mistakes that could land real estate agents in hot water.You’re feeling good;

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The One Thing That Can Make Or Break How People Feel About Your House

Considering the time and energy homeowners put toward making their house look great (particularly if they're trying to sell), many make the critical mistake of neglecting another one of

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How Developer Became Such A Dirty Word

The developers are coming. They’ve got the politicians in their pockets and the gaudy architectural plans in their hands. They will gorge on the entire city. And they won’t stop until peak

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We All Do It But Is Swearing At Work Really Ok

S*!t happens.Your computer crashes taking the document you've worked hours on with it. You lose one of your biggest clients. You slam your finger in a drawer.Bad words are bound to slip out of your

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Looking To Sell Your Home Make Sure It Has Web Appeal

Staging a home that's up for sale is a go-to marketing tool that has been used for decades. Bringing in furniture, artwork and plants and decluttering rooms can help buyers

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Apartment Demand Hits FiveYear High

Demand for rental apartments reached a five-year high this spring, spurred by new household formation and lagging home sales.The number of new apartment move-ins in the second quarter of 2019

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Cool Down With Free Snow Cones This Summer At The West Palm Beach Waterfront

Summer in Paradise events include free concerts, movies and construction-themed programsIf you find yourself in downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday, enjoy a free snow cone from the City

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6 Things Every Home Buyer Seller And Owner Need To Know About Todays Housing Market

It doesn't matter if you're owning or renting, buying or selling, or still sitting on the sidelines waiting to join the game. Just about everyonewants to know what's going on in the housing

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What Really Happens When You Sell Your House For More Than You Owe On A Loan

What happens if you sell your house for more than you owe on your loan? If you find yourself asking this question, congratulations are most likely in order. Selling a house for more than the value

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Should You Text With Your Boss

Having your phone blow up with texts from your boss is enough to get your heart racing.Text messages tend to carry a heavier sense of urgencythan an email or instant message -- whether that's

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Follow The Money The Investments Most Likely To Make You Rich Ranked

 "I don't want to make more money"—said no one, ever. With the cost of just about everything shooting up, up, up, most folks these days are looking for near-surefire ways to bring in

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Size Matters Tracking The Economy Through NewHome Square Footage

The U.S. housing market may not be synonymous with the business cycle, as a famous 2007 paper proclaimed, but the ups and downs in housing, which represents a big part of the economy, usually

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Charging Rent When Your Adult Kid Moves Home

It’s graduation season again. College students will don their best flip-flops to walk across the stage and accept their diplomas. Then they’re ready for their next big move…back home.More than

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The Property Brothers Reveal 3 Things To Delete From Your Home How Many Do You Have

"Property Brothers" Jonathan and Drew Scott have to be two of the hardest-working guys in the TV home-renovation biz. As if they weren't busy enough filming "Property

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Mothers Day 2019 How America Spends To Honor Mom

May 12 is less than a week and a half away, and if you don't have your brunch or dinner reservation made already, you may be running out of options. In 2018, Mother's Day was the highest restaurant

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Cinco De Mayo 2019 Food Deals And Freebies

Cinco de Mayo is Sunday, May 5.Plenty of restaurants and businesses across the country are offering deals, freebies and other specials in the days leading up to the holiday, as well as Cinco de Mayo

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Fun Facts About Pets Animals

Dog Facts Dalmatians are born without spots!  They are born with plain white coats with their first spots appearing after they are 1week old. Dogs sweat through their foot pads to help keep

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Americans Are Treating Their Pets Like Children Thats Good News For Chewy

Americans' obsession with their pets is lifting Chewy, the online pet food and supply company.Chewy announced on Mondaythat it will go public. It chose a good time for its IPO: Chewy pulled in

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What Is A Property Title Search Why It Matters For Buyers And Sellers

What is a property title search? When you buy or sell a home, a property title is essentially a fancy way of saying who has the right to own the property—and thus, to sell it.While it may

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Youre Vacuuming Wrong 8 Mistakes That Are Making Your House Dirtier

There are two types of people in this world: those who find vacuuming soothing, and those who resent it as a mind- and arm-numbing chore.Regardless of which group you fall into, though, there's one

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Once A Squatters Haven San Franciscos MiniVersailles Gets A MultimillionDollar Makeover

In 2015, a self-described artist and nomad named Jeremiah Kaylor moved into one of San Francisco’s most notable homes: a roughly 18,000-square-foot sandstone replica of Le Petit Trianon at the

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Rent Is Accelerating Again What Can Be Done

Rental price growth, which took a brief breather this winter, is surging higher again, adding fresh urgency to policymakers’ considerations of how to address a worsening affordability crisis.In

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Heroic Homes Where The Avengers Can Chill While Awaiting Their Endgame

When we last saw the Avengers at the end of "Infinity War," only a handful remained alive. The rest had been vaporized when the evil Thanos snapped his Infinity Gauntlet–clad fingers and wiped out

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Banish Cooking Smells With These 7 Effective And AllNatural Methods

Home cooking is the best ... except when the smell of your curry dinner lingers for days (or weeks?) after you've finished the meal.The truth is, cooking at home can result in a  potpourri of

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How To Keep Pets Safe During An Emergency And What To Put In Your Disaster Kit

In the event of a natural disaster, your primary goal is to keep everyone safe—including your pets.“If the conditions are not safe for you, they are not safe for your pets,” says 

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The Term Death Cleaning Got Added To The Dictionary Todayand Its About Time

Death is messy — for the living.On Wednesday, Dictionary.com released its list of words and phrases that were added to the dictionary this year. Among those that stood out? Death

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The Best Flooring For Resale Value Wood Tile Carpet And Beyond

What's the best flooring to boost your home's resale value? Whether you're selling your place or are just thinking about replacing what's under your feet with something shiny and new,

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We Asked A Sommelier To Rank Budget Wines From Costco Target Trader Joes BJs And Lidl Heres Which Re

We asked a sommelier to taste-test a selection of budget wines from Costco, Target, Trader Joe's, BJ's, and Lidl. These wines were all priced below $10, with one bottle

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The Best Easter Egg Decorating Kits You Can Buy

Decorating Easter eggs is always easier and more enjoyable when you have the right supplies. These Easter egg decorating kits have everything you need to let your creativity shine. Paas

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This Hoarder House Sparked A Bidding War And Heres Why

Hoarder home" doesn't exactly sound all that enticing, does it? Nonetheless, a house in Southern California's Orange County packed to the ceiling with junk and infested with rats was recently sold

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NEW West Palm Beach Candy Store Debuts Willy Wonkastyle 6room Tour

WEST PALM BEACH — A small, rocky cave decorates the side of a wall next to a tree in the corner of the “Honey Room,” and atop the tree is a bright yellow beehive — but don’t worry,

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First Adultsonly Allinclusive Resort Is Open For Business In The Keys

The Bungalows Key Largo is a spot where luxury meets laid-backKEY LARGO -- Vacations can be hectic to plan, hard to budget and sometimes you need a break from the kids. If any of these criteria

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As The Housing Market Shifts To Favor Buyers This Remains The Biggest Hurdle

The recent slowdown in the housing market has been a boon for buyers. Since last summer, more properties have come onto the market; mortgage interest rates have dropped; and the rate of home price

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The Property Brothers Reveal How To Open Up A SpaceWithout Knocking Down Walls

You'd better believe that the "Property Brothers," Jonathan and Drew Scott, know how to open up a space: Knock down a wall already! But since demolition is a pain and not always

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Can J Los FixerUpper Be Saved By Chip And Joanna Gaines

You know what they say: When one distressed barn door closes, another one opens. At least, that’s what fans of the now defunct hit series "Fixer Upper" are hoping now that rumors are swirling

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57M NYC Penthouse With Private Rooftop Pool Is This Weeks Most Expensive New Listing

A luxe penthouse in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood with a terrace and private pool is this week’s most expensive new listing on realtor.com®. The $57 million triplex is

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Toss It 25 Household Items That Love To Harbor Bacteria

You may be shocked to learn the not-so-long shelf life of common items in your home. From bath toys to mascara, here are all the things you need to replace or clean ASAP.RazorsKeep your razor in the

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Strategies For Eating Your Cake And Losing Weight Too

A new study indicates that if you pick a high-calorie dessert at the beginning of a meal, you may make healthier choices and consume fewer calories overall. Are you an eat-dessert-first kind of

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You Could Get Paid To Eat Chocolate Every Day

Whatever you’ve always imagined your dream job to be, shove it aside to make room for this fantasy gig: a paid chocolate taster – for the company behind Cadbury, Milka, Toblerone, Cote D’Or

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A FirstTime Buyers Guide To Home Maintenance

When you buy your first house, you have a lot going on with moving in, perhaps buying some furniture, hosting your first party at the house and getting used to those mortgage payments. With all that

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How Rubber Chickens And Windup Teeth Can Motivate Workers

Employees need to feel appreciated and know that their work matters.The recognition doesn't have to be an elaborate gesture. It can be as simple as a rubber chicken. Or goofy wind-up teeth.Just ask

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Comic Con Revolution Is Here To Save The Day

The second annual Comic Con Revolution, with its arsenal of comics, games, gadgets, films, and must-see creators will take over the Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach this weekend

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The Home Appraisal Process What To Expect As A Buyer

The home appraisal process is just a formality when buying real estate, right? You've found the house you love and put in a good offer, and it was accepted! It's time to break out the Dom Pérignon

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2019s Top MustHave Home Features And Interior Design Trends

It's the billion-dollar real estate question: What are the must-have home features that home buyers simply have to have in 2019?The surprising—and extremely practical—answer: laundry

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Dont Let A Home Inspection Torpedo Your Sale Address These 5 Areas First

No matter how much a buyer loves your property, a home inspection that reveals significant problems can turn them off. They may even be allowed to walk away from the sale if they have a

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How An Overweight Shelter Dog Saved Eric OGreys Life

Life as a 340-pound man had become unmanageable for Eric O'Grey.When he wasn't traveling for work as a salesman for GE, the 51-year-old rarely left his San Jose, California, apartment.He took

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Why More People Are Leaving New York Than Any Other State

In 2017, with a baby on the way, Lia LoBello Reynolds and Colin Reynolds realized staying in the city wasn’t feasible and commuting to and from the suburbs each day wasn’t a life they wanted.

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The Property Brothers Reveal One Upgrade That Can Make A Grown Man Cry

Property Brothers" stars Jonathan and Drew Scott may impress their clients regularly, but it's not every day their renovation work brings an adult man to tears. (Thankfully.)In the episode

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Americas Most Dangerous Tools Dont Get Maimed In The Name Of Home Improvement

As a homeowner or renter, it feels great to handle a home improvement project with your own two hands. From hanging pictures to cleaning the gutters, being able to accomplish these tasks

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You Wont Believe How Much Home Sellers Pocketed In 2018

Home sellers were raking in the dough last year, earning the highest profits on their abodes in a dozen years.Those who sold their residences in 2018 made an average profit of $61,000—and West

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Land Ho Enjoy Your Own Private Island Off The Florida Keys

Escaping to the warm sun and pristine sand of island life is the ultimate dream scenario. After all, what’s not to love about swaying palms, a gentle breeze, and miles of turquoise-green waters

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Heres What Home Buyers And Sellers Should Do Super Bowl Weekend

Super Bowl weekend will find many of us buying chips, whipping up dips, or ranting all about the bad officiating that kept Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints from making it to

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More FirstTime Home Buyers Are Turning To The Bank Of Mom And Dad

Rising home prices are sending first-time home buyers to their parents for help with mortgage down payments.More than 26% of mortgage borrowers who used Federal Housing Administration-insured loans

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No Pay Stub No Problem Unconventional Mortgages Make A Comeback

Aryanna Hering didn’t have pay stubs or tax forms to document her income when she shopped around for a mortgage last year—a problem that made it tough for her to get a loan.But the nursing

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How To Revive A Dying Houseplant You Thought Was Beyond Saving

Don't beat yourself up too much about neglecting a houseplant. Maybe you went on vacation or never found an opportune time to water it. Maybe you're working too hard.Whatever the reason, most

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The 5 Pieces Of Home Gym Equipment Trainers Say Will Get You To Exercise In 2019

Each January, nearly half the American population resolves to get in shape. We promise ourselves we'll skip the after-work happy hours and instead crawl out of our warm beds early each

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TikTok Is The Latest Social Network Sensation

The Chinese short-form video app has been gaining global momentum. It's been downloaded about 80 million times in the United States, and nearly 800 million times worldwide, according to data from

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How Three Men Created A 1 Billion Salad Chain

When Jonathan Neman, Nathaniel Ru and Nicolas Jammet met as freshman at Georgetown University 15 years ago, they bonded over food.But it wasn't about their favorite pizza or cereal. They yearned for

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The New Rules Of Neighborly Etiquette Do You Know Them All

Neighborhoods just aren't the same as they used to be.Gone are the days when everyone on your street knows you and waves when you pass one another by. One recent study by the City Observatory found

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Mortgage Rates Hit A 3Month Low With Home Buyers Biding Their Time

Rates for home loans continued their downward slide, and look set to keep falling after the Federal Reserve stuck to its guns on its plans to keep tightening monetary policy.The 30-year fixed-rate

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What Housing Slowdown Home Affordability Hits A 10Year Low

Lately, headlines have been blaring that the housing market is softening. Price acceleration is slowing, more properties are going up for sale, and fewer buyers are duking it out. But that doesn't

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7 Mistakes Youre Probably Making When Storing Your Holiday Decorations

It's all fun and spiked eggnog when it's time to decorate for Christmas. But after the holiday is over you'll probably hear crickets instead of clamors to help with the twinkle lights and wreaths,

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The 4 Key Trends Home Buyers And Sellers Should Watch In 2019

We're entering the home stretch of 2018, when you can actually say, "See you next year!" to someone you'll see in just a few weeks. It's a time to look ahead, to make new plans, to achieve new.

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Mortgage Rates Hold Steady As Housing Market Stresses Mount

Rates for home loans took a breather after churning to the highest in nearly eight years, mortgage liquidity provider Freddie Mac said Thursday.The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.94% in

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Pending Home Sales Tumble To 4Year Low In Latest Sign The HousingMarket Correction Has Arrived

The numbers: U.S. pending home sales slid 2.6% to a reading of 102.1 in October from 104.8 in September, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. That was the lowest since

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Were 3 Weeks Away From Thanksgiving Here Are 7 Ways You Can Prep Right Now

1. Order your turkeyDon’t leave something as important as the big bird until the last minute! Whether you’re getting a specialty turkey or picking one up from the grocery store, order it now.

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Demand For Tiny Homes Is Getting Bigger

This tiny home was designed by a world-renowned architect  Downsize and upgrade," says Latimer. "Every room in my homes feels full size. A lot of natural light. Full-size range. King-size

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Palm Beach County School Enrollment Growth Slows Down

Fewer than 1,000 students added to rolls, but many campuses remain crowded.With total enrollment ringing in at more than 196,000 students, the number of new students pouring into Palm Beach County

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Green Markets Guide Find The Best Market Near You In Palm Beach County

What’s not to love about green market season? The farmers markets provide fresh produce from area farms, artisanal goods, local plants, baked goods, gourmet foods and so much more.Plus it’s

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JUST IN Location Of Red Tide Samples And Concentrations In Palm Beach County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released a map detailing the locations where testing occurred over the weekend for red tide.The map also includes the concentrations of

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Family Accidentally Buys Notorious Gang House Make Sure This Doesnt Happen To You

 couple with three children found the home of their dreams in suburban New York: a four-bedroom house on a quiet cul-de-sac, about 40 miles from Manhattan. There was just one big problem.The

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Home Insurance Covers Damage From A Volcano Or WildfireNot A Flood

Most homeowners whose properties were in the path of Hurricane Florence’s torrential rains would have been better off if their home had been hit by a wildfire or volcanic eruption — at least

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Housing Slowdown Softening Whatever You Call It Its Real And Its Here

Ever since the whiplash-inducing, bust-and-boom cycle of the U.S. housing market kicked into high gear with last decade's devastating crash and thisdecade's ever-escalating home prices, bidding

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It Pays To Be A Homeowner Heres How Much Home Equity Shot Up In Just One Year

It pays to be a homeowner—quite a bit, actually. In certain parts of the country, it's even wildly profitable. Cha-ching!Nationally, the average homeowner with a mortgage saw their equity

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Builders Hit HoleinOne Dead Golf Courses Become Sites For New Housing

Goodbye, golf courses. Hello, housing?Nationally, builders running out of land in desirable locations to put up new homes are finding it in an unlikely place: "dead" golf courses

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Mortgage Rates Hit A SevenandaHalfYear High As The Easy Money Era Comes To A Close

Rates for home loans jumped along with yields in the broader bond market, taking financing costs to a recent high and raising fresh questions about the effect of another headwind on a housing market

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10 Ideas For Decorating Pumpkins That Up Your Gourd Game BigTime

Pumpkin decorating ideas are popping up everywhere right now, with Halloween and Thanksgiving on the horizon and our obsession with pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin-scented everything 

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The Property Brothers Find Peculiar Treasures Within A Homes Walls That Youll Never Guess

In "Property Brothers," Jonathan and Drew Scott work on a lot of historic homes, and they often hear the expression, "If these walls could talk..." But sometimes the walls do

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After A Decade On The Market The Pillsbury Mansion Crumbles

Once Minnesota’s most expensive home for sale—and linked to a family with a household name—the Pillsbury mansion met its final fate with a wrecking ball this week.Southways, the

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Gotcha Tarek And Christina El Moussa Uncover What One Sneaky Home Seller Tried To Hide

Tarek and Christina El Moussa are savvy house flippers—and the latest "Flip or Flop" episode reveals just how street-smart they are when they figure out what one home seller was desperately

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How The Onceproud Kenmore Brand Ended Up On The Scrap Heap By Chris Isidore CNNMoney September 1 2

The demise of the once-storied Kenmore appliance brand is the perfect embodiment of Sears' collapse.At the start of this century, Kenmore was one of the top appliance brands in the country, and was

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Why Coke Is Getting Into The Restaurant Business

Coca-Cola is betting coffee shops will bring it closer to total beverage domination.On Friday, the company announced that it has agreed to buy UK coffee chain Costa Coffee for $5.1 billion

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Is My Property In A Flood Zone The Easiest Way To Determine If Youre At Risk

Is my property in a flood zone?" That's a question that concerns both homeowners and home shoppers—and not just those near large bodies of water.In fact, there are a little over a dozen flood

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4 Things I Wish Id Known Before I Got An FHA Loan

A few years back, my husband and I were growing out of our two-bedroom, 850-square-foot rental in St. Petersburg, FL. We had one child, one cat, and lots of stuff. In short, it was time to move.We

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5 Great Weekend Walks In Palm Beach County

On a cool Florida morning, it’s a perfect pleasure.We picked a few favorites walking paths where you’re surrounded by beauty and nature while getting in your 10,000 steps.  Most are easy

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How To Get A Job Without Really Trying

Phone calls from recruiters. LinkedIn InMail messages. Signing bonuses. Some workers always seem to be in high demand.Sure, they likely excel at their jobs and are highly qualified. But a few simple

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Interest Rates Are Going Up Heres What To Do

After nearly a decade of keeping interest rates at rock-bottom levels, the Federal Reserve has finally started raising the benchmark rate it charges financial institutions. That means banks are also

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In Cooling Housing Markets Bump Clauses Help Seal WinWin Deals

The contingency-based clause coaxes some sellers by offering them the chance to continue marketing a property, while buyers are given time to sell existing homesWhat to do when a home-seller

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Peek Inside Joanna Gaines Baby Nursery At The Item Parents Are Going Gaga For

Chip and Joanna Gaines announced they were having a baby in January, and since then, "Fixer Upper" fans have been patiently waiting to see just how the couple were going to turn out the 

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Bathroom Island The Next Big Trend Or A Huge Waste Of Space

Bathroom island? Yep, that’s right. Now that an island pretty much comes standard in any upgraded kitchen, its allure has extended to the loo, too.And for good reason: An island provides tons

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Beer Is Being Rationed In The UK

Beer is being rationed in the United Kingdom because of a shortage of carbon dioxide.Booker, a major UK wholesaler owned by Tesco (TSCDY), has confirmed that it's limiting customers such

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TRENDS The Wall Street Journal Demand Rises For Furnished Rental Apartments

Devon Patterson’s furnished apartment in a luxury Manhattan building came with mid-20th-century furniture, champagne flutes and a cocktail mixer along with dishes, sheets, towels and

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Lake Worths Big Event Raft Race Coming July 4

LAKE WORTH —The wait is nearly over.Wednesday is not only Independence Day, it’s the day when the 17th Annual Great American Parade and Raft Race hits Lake Worth.It’s probably the biggest

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Rapids Water Park What To Know About Largest Water Park In South Florida

IF YOU GO:Full schedule: Open daily starting at 10 a.m. Mar. 10 to Aug. 31. Closing times vary. Some dates in September and October will open Phone: 561-848-6272Parking: $10/

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The Mangoes Are Ready Hatcher Mango Hill Opens For The 2018 Season

Yes! Another perk from living in Florida is that we don’t need to travel to the tropics to get mangoes. We have them right here in Palm Beach County. The Hatcher Mango Hill farm in Lantana

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Buckle Up Beer Lovers

The Palm Beach Post’s “Tapped” beer columnist Carlos Frías takes you on a virtual road trip: The Craft Beer Tour of Palm Beach County.  Craft beer breweries are the hot, new hangout —

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5 Surprising Speedbumps That Can Slow Down A Home Sale

Once home buyers and sellers have negotiated their way to an offer and have a closing date on the books, you'd think they're totally in the clear, right? Well ... not necessarily.Even the

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Owning Is The New Renting Homeownership Trends Upward As US Loses Renter Households

Rising wages, loosening credit standards and demographic shifts are all creating momentum for owning rather than renting.The homeownership rate rose from the prior year for the fifth consecutive

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5 Common Reasons Why Property Taxes Go Up No Matter Where You Live

Homeownership is one of life’s great highlights, but ask homeowners about paying property tax and they'll tell you it's one of their least favorite responsibilities. But as much of a 

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What Is A Closing Disclosure Form A New Mortgage Document Home Buyers Must Check

What is a closing disclosure form? Put simply, it's a form outlining the terms and costs of your mortgage—and one of the most important pieces of paperwork to check before you close on a

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Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist When Winter Departs Its Time To Check For Damage And Prepare

With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. With the threat of winter storms past, you can look for damage and make any

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Home Sellers Are Really Cashing In These Days Report Finds

Home sellers had it good at the end of last year, racking up profits they hadn't seen in more than a decade, a new report finds.In the last quarter of 2017, sellers pocketed an average $54,000 over

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Homeowners Ditch Refinancings As Mortgage Rates Rise

Refinancings make up a smaller portion of the mortgage business than at any time in the past two decades, posing a challenge for lenders who already fear higher interest rates and climbing house

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New Homes Could Get More Expensive Thanks To New Steel Lumber Tariffs

An influx of new construction at all price points could save us from the current housing crunch, but the hefty new tariffs on imported steel announced this week by President Donald

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US Home Prices Continued To Rise At End Of 2017

Home prices continued to rise rapidly in the waning days of 2017, but there are early signs that price gains that have well outstripped wages and inflation could begin to ease this year.The S&P

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Fully Furnished 379M Mansion In Jupiter Is Most Expensive New Listing

Hello, sky and sea! A new luxury build on the wealthy barrier island of Jupiter, FL, priced at $37.9 million is the most expensive new listing this week on realtor.com®

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10 Most Sinful States In America Theyre Tops For Lust Vanity And Sloth

Calling all sinners! Don't worry, we're not here to give a lecture about how you should swear less, smile more, and be a better person. No, it's that we've found a place where you;

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Should I Move My Retirement Savings Out Of The Market

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A long-shot bet on craft beer is paying off massively for 1,300 investors.Scottish craft brewer BrewDog announced Monday that investors who supported its initial crowd-funding effort back in 2010

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When United Airlines needed extra seats on its plane Sunday night, the airline bumped an unwilling passenger, whom authorities ultimately dragged -- down the aisle -- off the plane.Now, the airline

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10 Home Maintenance Tips For Spring

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Check Yourself Home Maintenance Tasks You Need To Tackle In April

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The manatee — for decades the poster mammal for environmental decline in Florida — is officially no longer an endangered species.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that the

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Did you make home improvements in 2016? Then you might be eligible for a whole slew of home improvement tax deductions which can save you major money when you file your papers with the IRS

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On November 22, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial overtime rule from going

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You can’t predict the future—or control the toll that a fire, hurricane, or flood takes on your home. But you can take steps to ensure that you’re prepared in the event you

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Mortgages might not be as much fun to shop for as new shoes or a new car, but if you know how to do some smart comparison shopping, you’re going to save yourself a lot of hassle … and

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The World’s Most Packed Swimming Pool the “Dead Sea of China” Can Accommodate Over 10,000 PeopleAs the heat wave hits China, thousands of swimmers gather in a pool known as the Dead Sea of

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