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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Can I Say I Knew You When? was the question I posed to Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland this morning.  Naturally, she asked me why. I told her when I logged onto crs.com this morning and went to trsmag.com (The Residential Specialist Magazine), the page opened and there she was.  Was I ever surprised!  I had to look twice to make sure.  But, yep, there was Margaret! Of course, then I called her and asked:  Can I say I knew you when?   Margaret did not know the article was going to be featured this month, but there it was - All Roads Lead to Rome.  And there is only one Rome I know who is worthy of this feature.  I hope this link works without having to log in because it's a great article.   So congratulations Margaret on a job well done!  As always!         
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
It is a Buyer's Market in South Florida in 2019 The tables have finally turned.  It is now a buyer's market in Boca Raton and south Florida.  For the past several years, sellers were calling the shots.  Homes received multiple offers. Sellers stood their ground.  Many sellers have not realized the market has turned or come to terms with this yet, as it happened quite recently over the past few months. But it did happen.  We are now in a Buyer's market, not only in Boca Raton but Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Highland Beach, as well.  In fact, all of south Florida has become a buyer's market.    Buyers have Options  As a buyer's agent in south Florida, when I show property now, I have more and more options of homes to show.  It's been years since I've had this many homes to show or see...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
This past year, I served on the Grievance Committee for the Board of Realtors and loved it.  I am always amazed, but no longer surprised, at what goes on out there.  Having been a court reporter in New York City, I thought I had seen and heard it all.  Definitely not so!   The past year was a wonderful learning experience, and one I wanted to continue.  However, they cut the committee from 74 to 30 members.  I know that sounds like a lot, but with a membership of 33,000 agents in our MLS, I guess it really isn't.   I volunteered, again but did not know if I would be accepted.  There are a lot of really good people on this committee.   I am thrilled to share that they, once again, accepted me.  I will be serving on the 2019 Grievance Board of the Board of Realtors for Realtors of the Pal...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Is the Market Starting to Turn to a Buyers' Market In the past two months, but especially the past month, I have seen indications of my market turning more into a buyer's market.  Not everyone may agree; this is my observation of Boca Raton Florida and the surrounding areas.   There is definitely more inventory,  I recently listed a house in a neighborhood where there were 10 homes for sale at the time.  We wouldn't have seen that 6 months ago.  Houses were on fire over the summer, so to speak.  List them and multiple offers were coming in.  Now, there were 10.   In the past 30 days, 5 more houses came on the market.  There were price drops in some.  Several went under contract.  I had one buyer's agent say to me, Can the seller decide fast because we have another house to look at and m...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Thank you Debbie Laity  for the Referral and Fred Griffin ! It's season in south Florida and this post is a couple of weeks overdue.  When things get really busy in real estate, we just keep on going.         I wanted to send out a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to my fellow Rainmakers Debbie Laity from Colorado and Fred Griffin from Florida!   Debbie, by way of Fred, contacted me to help sell her cousin's house.  When I first looked into the property, I noticed some issues which needed immediate attention.  I suggested to Debbie that her cousin take care of these issues ASAP before anything else.  A few months later, Debbie came down to Florida TO help her cousin pack, and I got to meet her and her cousin.  She is as sweet and fun as she is here in the Rain.  We talked a lot and had a lot of laug...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Round Up - My Newest & Best Articles As I explained once before, I am trying to recover from some website disasters that have been taking up quite a bit of time.  On the bright side, I have written some good articles that I would like to share with you. WHAT HAPPENS IF THE HOUSE DOESN'T APPRAISE - As REALTORS® we know what happens but, for the most part, buyers do not.  They do not know they have options.  This article goes into depth and explains their options. HOW TO MOVE TO SOUTH FLORIDA WITH PETS - You know me and pets were bound to come in somewhere!  This articles goes into depth on how to prepare to move with pets - dogs, cats, whatever.    INSIDER TIPS ON BECOMING A SNOWBIRD FROM NEW YORK TO FLORIDA This was a guest post written for Phil Faranda.  As you know, Phil is in New Yor...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Boca Raton Florida Pool Home for Sale MLS # RX-1047668922205 SW 61st AveBoca Raton, FL 33428$ 310,000  Located in Sandalfoot Cove in West Boca.Boca Raton Schools.3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Pool Home.  There is an air-conditioned enclosed Florida Room, as well as an extra room off the kitchen that would be great for an office.  There is a walk-in closet in the master bedroom and shower.  There is a Jacuzzi tub with jets in the second bath.Single Story Home.  No Steps!NO HOA.  Perfect for Investors and full-time living.No Pet Restrictions.  No wait to rent.        This home is on an interior lot.  No road noise!There is an inside laundry room, pantry and air-conditioned storage. There is a screened patio and an inground pool - perfect for south Florida outdoor living!    For more information on ...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Homes for Sale in Boca Raton FL | Boca Bridges Why Do People Live Want to Live in Boca Bridges? Boca Bridges is a gated community under construction in Boca Raton FL.  The neighborhood, when complete, will consist of 301 homes in four sections.  Located on Lyons Road off Clint Moore Road in the Ag Reserve, Boca Bridges is a pet friendly community in Boca Raton FL.  The community is being built by GL Homes, builder of The Bridges, Seven Bridges and the Valencias.  If you are looking to buy new construction in south Florida, the most important thing to remember is never go to the builder without a buyer's agent.  Never! Should you hire a buyer's agent for new construction?  Absolutely yes!  It costs you nothing and could wind up saving you a fortune.  Remember, the nice people in the sale...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Homes for Sale in Boca Raton FL | Newport Bay Club Why Do People Live here? Newport Bay Club is a gated community in Boca Raton Florida.  The neighborhood consists of 230 homes in four sections and is centrally located in Boca Raton with easy access to everything.   Newport Bay Club is a pet-friendly gated community in Boca Raton - my favorite kind - so you will often see people out walking their dogs.  People who buy a home in this gated community in Boca Raton  also have use of their clubhouse, 2 indooor racquetball courts, 8 lighted tennis courts, pro shop, fitness center, men's and women's locker rooms with sauna and an Olympic-sized pool. SEARCH HOMES FOR SALE IN NEWPORT BAY CLUB Looking for a home in Newport Bay Club?Interested in finding homes for sale in Newport Bay Club in Boc...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
After a massive disaster with a former website and IDX provider, I have been working hard to rebuild my website and write new articles on pet friendly housing in Boca Raton FL and south Florida.  It's been a huge undertaking the past six months and a work still in progress.  But, my blog is a labor of love and so it goes. Here are some of the articles I recently wrote about pet-friendly gated communities: Mizner's Preserve - Pet Friendly Gated Community in Delray Beach FL -  This is a great community and one we built a house in years ago.  Centrally located to everything and cat and dog friendly, Mizner's Preserve is a great choice for a gated community if you have pets.         Berkeley - Pet Friendly Gated Community in Boca Raton FL - Berkeley is new construction in west Boca Raton ne...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Houses for Sale in Boca Isles in Boca Raton, Florida Why Do People Live here?                      Boca Isles is comprised of two beautiful gated communities of single family homes - Boca Isles North and Boca Isles South.  They are located in western Boca Raton.   It's not uncommon to see neighborhood kids playing in the streets, at the clubhouse or people out walking their dogs.   After all, this is south Florida and Boca Isles is a pet-friendly community in Boca Raton.Looking for a home in Boca Isles?Interested in finding homes for sale in the Boca Isles Community of Boca Raton FL? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this area of Boca Raton. What's the Neighborhood Like?                           The homes you would expect to find for sale in the Boca Isles Ne...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
  Boca Raton FL Homes Prices for March 2018      Real estate market data for Boca Raton, FL provided by Elyse Berman of Best Connections Realty, Inc.   Boca Raton Home Prices   If you are interested in how much inventory is currently on the market, you can click on this link.   It will show homes for sale in Boca Raton, FL.     Low inventory suggests that homes are not sitting on the market for very long . That is the market we are in.  Low inventory continues in Boca Raton with some houses getting multiple offers coming in.   You can still get a good deal but you need a good Buyer's Agent working for you - for FREE.   I wouldn't expect home prices to run up quite as fast as they did back in 2006 as banks have gotten a lot stricter on lending guidelines and are no longer giving a loan t...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Highland Beach or Boynton Beach? Where should I move, buyers will ask?  Boca Raton or Delray Beach?  Highland Beach or Boynton Beach?  What's the difference?  My friends told me to look here or there.  Well, there are some differences between them, but first you have to figure out what you want in a condo or house.  They are all close enough that if you want to go out to eat or to a local vet, you'll be fine.   If, for example, you want to live at the beach, then I would suggest you look into Boca Raton, Delray Beach or Highland Beach.  Then we would dig further, depending on price and pets. If you want a single family home with a dock in your backyard, I would say Boca Raton, Delray Beach or Highland Beach.  Again, depending on price. If you want a gated commu...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Monet Cafe, Best Place for Lunch in Boca RatonWhere: 7050 W Palmetto Park Rd #31, Boca Raton, FL 33433Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am-3:00pmWhat: French Restaurant SpecialtyCost:  (See Menu of Monet Cafe)Phone: 561-368-1740 Specializing in French Specialty Food in Boca RatonMonet Cafe is a great place for lunch.  Located in the Garden Shops at Boca Raton, this small French cafe has amazing food.  Fresh, home cooked wonderful food.  They have been in this shopping plaza for many years.  You can have anything from a cold sandwich to a hot sandwich, soup or crepes.  Even the cappuccion is perfect - and if you like cinnamon, just ask for it.   It is owned and run by a husband and wife.  He does the cooking; she greets you and will bring you your food.  They are as delightful as the food the...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Dog owners and lovers know I write about pet friendly housing and have been for years.  This year, I wrote 3 articles that surpassed all of my articles on pet friendly condos, pet friendly gated communities and pet friendly 55+ active adult communities  in south Florida.  It was time to break it down. The first article is about pet friendly condos in Boca Raton, Highland Beach FL.  This article is about finding dog and cat friendly condos in Boca Raton, Highland Beach and the surrounding areas in south Florida, and the frustrations and aggravation people go through when they try to do it on their own.  The second article is about pet friendly gated communities in Boca Raton FL.  This article talks about pet restrictions in different pet friendly gated communities in Boca Raton FL and th...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
 Home Prices in Boca Raton FL for February 2018                    Real estate market data for Boca Raton, FL provided by Elyse Berman of Best Connections Realty, Inc.   Boca Raton Home Prices   If you are interested in how much inventory is currently on the market, you can click on this link.   It will show homes for sale in Boca Raton, FL.     Low inventory suggests that homes are not sitting on the market for very long . That is the market we are in.  Low inventory continues in Boca Raton with some houses getting multiple offers coming in.     I wouldn't expect home prices to run up quite as fast as they did back in 2006 as banks have gotten a lot stricter on lending guidelines and are no longer giving a loan to anyone with a pulse.  But, low inventory and rising mortgage rates, whic...
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By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
SOLD! Villa Flora at Boca Pointe Home Closed in Boca Raton FL                                          I found the perfect buyers for this single family home in the Villa Flora section of Boca Pointe in Boca Raton FL.  Good thing it's pet friendly, because they have an adorable Yorkie!   This single family home has 3 bedrooms 2 baths, 2 car garage and 2081 air conditioned square feet.   It has a pool with endless lake views!   This home was listed at $ 372,500. Congratulations to the new homeowners and their furry friend who are going to enjoy that pool while watching our fabulous Florida sunsets!  You can read what they have to say here.
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By Salvatore Bochicchio, Helping Taxpayers Solve IRS Tax Problems
(East Coast Tax Consulting Group LLC)
Earlier this month Congress extended certain tax breaks through 2017 that expired at the end of 2016. Among these “extenders” are several related to residential real estate. The tax breaks are retroactive to January 1, 2017, and may affect the tax return that you file in 2018.Needless to say, these last-minute changes may create a problem for taxpayers who have already filed their returns and will need to file amended returns to take advantage of these extenders.Mortgage Insurance Premiums – For years 2007 through 2016, premiums paid on mortgage insurance contracts, in connection with acquisition debt, issued after 2006 were deductible as home mortgage interest. The deductibility of these premiums now continues through 2017. The deductible amount of the premiums phases out ratably by 10...
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By Salvatore Bochicchio, Helping Taxpayers Solve IRS Tax Problems
(East Coast Tax Consulting Group LLC)
If you owe back taxes to the IRS you know how quickly penalties and interest can spiral out of control, possibly adding thousands of dollars or more to your tax debt.  Since the focus of our practice is helping taxpayers with IRS collection and audit matters, we regularly request and obtain IRS penalty relief for our clients.The IRS will abate or remove tax penalties due to reasonable cause or under their first time abatement (“FTA”) program.  If the requirements of FTA are met the IRS will remove penalties for:          Failure to file          Failure to pay          Failure to deposit (payroll taxes) The conditions for FTA are (1) the taxpayer has not been required to file a return or has no prior penalties (except an estimated tax penalty) for the three years prior to the year that ...
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