Nobody shuts the lights out through the summer here anymore. Cities and towns from Boca Raton to Jupiter have enough activities 24/7 to keep kids and retirees occupied year-round.

No. 1 is always the beaches. An online search for each coastal city or town in Palm Beach County advises residents of hours and needs-to-know, from where to park, to where to fish or snorkel, to beaches that are pet friendly or not.

Now you can even do a day trip to Disney from Brightline stations in Boca Raton or West Palm Beach on a high-speed rail to Orlando. And locals like to brag that they have an ‘in’ at Disney. The amusement parks discount tickets for Florida residents all summer. 

Local entertainment venues keep a full schedule of performances going. You’ll…

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If you’re in south Florida real estate shopping for a beachfront house or a condo with an ocean view, you’ll notice yellow or orange tape marking off sea turtle nests on the beaches.

They’re there for a good reason.

This is the height of sea turtle nesting season from March 1 through Oct. 31, and Florida takes strict measures to protect these giant marine creatures and their offspring, called hatchlings.

Sea turtles have a built-in homing device and return every year to the same beach where they laid their eggs. In fact, Boca Raton beaches already had 29 nests on their 5-mile stretch of beach by May 2, according to the city’s Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

Gumbo Limbo keeps track daily and posts this brief video for newcomers, courtesy of…

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You don’t have to live on or next to the Atlantic Ocean to have a waterfront view.

South Florida’s east coast stretch of the 3,000-mile Intracoastal Waterway, or The Intracoastal as locals call it, has new and existing properties for sale from estates to homes and condos on inland shorelines.

You can also find waterfront properties on finger canals leading to the ocean, or homes that back up to the extensive network of canals that control water levels and access here. If you want to make upgrades or improvements, the city or town may partner with FIND, the Florida Inland Navigation District or refer you to the Lake Worth Management District.  

Drivers here are used to navigating short bridges staffed by bridge tenders that cross over the…

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Whether you’re a seller downsizing or you’re moving to retire, 55+ communities are among the most popular residential lifestyles in South Florida.

Rebranded as ‘active adult’ developments, you’ll find a wide choice of condos and homes in brand new and existing private neighborhoods that offer extensive amenities and enough activities to keep residents busy from morning to night.

The difference between these and other private communities is 55+ are age-restricted by federal law. They require at least 80 percent of the units to be occupied by at least one person 55 years of age or older. Each has its own rules about the age of the other occupants, and how long guests can stay. Visiting grandchildren are accommodated by playgrounds, playrooms…

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If your offer was accepted to buy a house or condo, you’re not done yet. Contingent in real estate means exactly what the term implies…depending on certain circumstances.

So what does contingent mean on a house for sale? It means the transaction is not complete until additional criteria are met by specific deadlines. This is a legal process and may be to your advantage.  

Contingent options can range from disclosure to appraisal to inspection. For instance, you can stipulate the conditions the property is in, like the roof or air-conditioning. But the seller can protect the investment with contingencies, too, and ask you to sign off on the property disclosure. You can also protect yourself with a contingency if your financing falls through or…

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There’s no downside to buying a home in the state of Florida. In fact, there are even incentives.

There’s no state income tax. Property taxes remain surprisingly low in Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties. And there’s even a Florida Homestead Exemption for property owners:

“When someone owns the property and makes it his or her permanent residence or the permanent residence of his or her dependent, the property owner may be eligible to receive a homestead exemption up to $50,000. The first $25,000 applies to all property taxes, including school district taxes. The additional exemption up to $25,000 applies to the assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000 and only to non-school taxes,” according to state law.

If you choose to buy in a…

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Even if you choose a house or condo that’s inland, you’ll just be a few miles from the beach.

Beach season is year-round for seasonal residents and tourists. But the traditional start for locals is when south Florida’s cooler temps reach the 80s. About late April or early May.

Most beaches are free in Florida, but they’re not just stretches of sand. West Palm Beach and Delray Beach are famous for beachfront eateries. Others are pristine, like Boca Raton’s lined with hi-rises, and John D. MacArthur Beach State Park’s 1.6 miles of beachfront a few miles from Palm Beach Gardens.

These beaches are cleaned daily, have lifeguards on duty, and some even offer vendors with umbrellas and lounge chairs for a small fee. So, you won’t have to bring…

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For first-time buyers looking for a good investment or to relocate to Palm Beach County south Florida, here’s what to know about buying a foreclosed house.

A foreclosed home means the buyer is no longer making mortgage payments in a time frame that meets the legal lending requirements. So, the lender – usually a bank – wants to recoup the amount owed on a defaulted loan by selling the property.  

An owner who has defaulted on the mortgage loan has forfeited the right to own the residence. That can be an opportunity for potential buyers.

Mortgage lenders are not in the real estate business. So, they are often willing to negotiate a payoff that’s less than the market value of the foreclosed home.

This is a legal process that varies from…

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Nestled within the prestigious gated community of Santa Barbara lies a residence that epitomizes luxury living at its finest. Welcome to a meticulously remodeled single-family home that seamlessly blends sophistication, comfort, and convenience, offering an unparalleled living experience in the heart of Boca Raton.

As you approach this exquisite residence, the elegant curb appeal captures your attention with new landscaping and uplighting adorning the exterior. Step through the custom-designed front door into an open and spacious living-dinning area, featuring modern porcelain tile illuminated by LED recessed lighting. Natural light pours…

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If you’re moving here to live on the beach, not just near the beach, you came to the right place.

With 47 miles of coastline in Palm Beach County alone, buyers have their choice of a luxury estate, a beachfront home or a condo with concierge services, private beach access and a pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

What more could you ask than a walk down the beach after breakfast? But even before you start your search, if you’re asking “is a beach house a good investment” the answer is always an emphatic “yes.” Real estate with a view of the ocean and even an inlet enroute is considered the crème de la crème here.  

The best places to buy a beach house or a condo are in Palm Beach, Jupiter, Delray Beach, Highland Beach and Boca Raton. These…

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