Delray Beach, FL Real Estate News

By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
Delray Beach FL Active Rain Meetup Summer 2014   It was a great time, as always, at Kathy Streib's Delray Beach meetup last week.   Time passes so fast at these meetups!  The setting was peaceful complete with beautiful ocean view.  Lunch was good.  The conversation was enlightening and inspiring, and the company was great.  What an awesome group of Rainers!       Here is a photo to commemorate the day.   Pictured are myself, Kathy Streib, Cecelia Cosgove, Debra Shapiro, Eileen Burns, Winston Heverly, Richard Zaretsky, Victoria Lorusso and Lou Ludwig.            For more information on homes for sale in Boca Raton FL or pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton or to find out more about the Boca Raton Real Estate Market, please contact me.I am a Boca Raton Real Estate Agent. I can be reached a...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
August 11 is Play in the Sand Day!  So, What Are You Waiting For? Every day is a special day, but Play in the Sand Day is worth mentioning, especially with summer winding down for some areas. Clear your mind.. what’s the first thing you think of when anyone says “Play in the sand?” Play in the Sand Day is all about letting go and being free.  It’s about putting all of your cares and worries on the back burner just for a little while so that your body, soul and mind can come together and refresh, rejuvenate and heal.   Children and dogs do it all of the time.  I see it everyday on our walks at Delray Beach… people building sand castles, playing bongos or the bagpipes, surfing, fishing, reading, hunting for shells, doing anything and everything. Want to have a Play in the Sand Day for the...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
This Week in Delray Beach- Guess What We Saw! If you’ve read some of my posts on Delray and the beach then you’ve seen our sightings of the large sea turtles and even the baby tracks. We've even gotten up early to see if we could possibly watch the hatching of the baby turtles.  This past week we were at the beach for an early walk, just around 6 a.m. and Larry’s eagle eyes spotted some movement in the sand. I cannot believe how lucky we were.  Take a look. (Scroll down for a video)     Don’t worry, we kept our distance and thank goodness we had our “real” camera with us with a good zoom.  We stayed just long enough to grab a video and some photos.   As we were walking back we saw more walkers coming with their dogs and we quickly alerted them to the mother turtle.  The dogs may have wa...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
August Events in Delray Beach- August 2014 Here are just a few of the many events that Delray has to offer for the month of August.   Even though school starts in two weeks, you can still enjoy some fun and educational activities.  Please check with the event organizer for changes and further information. August 1-24  Delray Beach Center for the Arts/Cornell Museum 561-243-7922   www.delrayarts.org From Ordinary to Extraordinary:Paper as Art Exhibit Admission: $5.00/Children under 6 free Tuesday-Sunday  10 am - 4:30PM August 7-8  Tastemakers Delray Beach 561-243-1077 Purchase your $30 passport that is good at 13 of Delray’s finest restaurants. August 8  Sushi & Stroll 561-495-0233  www.morikami.org/sushiandstroll 5:30-8:00 PM If you’ve not visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
On the Ave Back to Cool Celebration is Thursday, August 21, 2014. On the Ave in Delray Beach heads west and celebrates the start of the new school year! What- On the Ave Back to Cool Celebration When- Thursday, August 21, 2014 Time-  6 PM to 10 PM Where- Elizabeth Wesley Plaza and the 100 block of SW 5th Avenue Contact- 561-279-1380 (Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative) On the Ave dates back many years and is a way for the community and businesses along Atlantic Avenue in Delray to come together.   The venue for this month’s On the Ave is moving west of Swinton to the Elizabeth Wesley Plaza and on the 100 block of SW 5th Avenue.   There will be an expanded Kids Corner with Face Painting, Chalk artwork, a photo booth, crafts and a Splash Zone!   And, there’s more…..   * Performances from ...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Delray Beach- Summer’s Not Winding Down Here!   School may be around the corner, but summer’s not winding down here in Delray Beach.  Here are some of my favorite shots.   We actually made it for the sunrise this week (thankfully it’s showing its face a little later these days) and it was as if the clouds were helping to lift the sun up into the sky.     I was consulting on a vacant property and couldn’t resist the view!  Want a condo on the water?     Take a look at these two pics.  The one on the right is a combination of the one on the left with the photo of the sunrise above.         And, finally, all those sea turtles tracks we’ve been seeing… well we got to see one of the little turtles on our walk this week. Somehow though, I don’t think this is what they really look like… what d...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Reading to Make a Difference. Donna Foerster asked us to write about what we’re doing, or hope to do, to make a difference in our community.  I admire so many here who have dedicated themselves to the various community charities and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and all of the animal shelters.    For me, it has been helping to make sure that our children can read. My first job out of grad school was administering psychological testing to individuals getting out of prison.  Before I could even begin, I had to give them a test to see if they could read at the 3rd grade level.   If not, they had to be given the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory)  via a recording rather than reading the test themselves.  So instead of a test that would take maybe 60 minutes, it ...
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By Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County
(Lubeck Realty Group)
The June 2014 numbers are in. The biggest benefit in this monthly marketing report for our readers is to provide content rich local information from a trustworthy source The Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches.  Understanding that an educated buyer and seller when provided with the latest facts in our marketplace creates trust and develops relationships to make educated decisions when it comes to buying and selling real estate. I hope you enjoy the reports and look forward in discussing any questions that you might have in one of the most desirable real estate markets in Palm Beach County Florida.  Please feel free to call me for any of your real estate needs.  
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Delray Beach, of Palm Beach County, FL Market Stats & Facts for June 2014 Stats and facts about Delray Beach, Florida, are out for the month of June 2014.  The report is packed with information about the county and the local city mentioned above. In a nut shell the inventory of single family homes available for sale are at a 4.7 month selling point which is down nearly 8.5%from a year ago. That’s a good sign things are loosening up and people are buying. Click on this LINK, for more graphs and stats. Whether you are buying or selling in this hot market of the County of Palm Beach, FL, choosing the right company will save you money, time and many sleepless nights. I not only have 30 years experience as a Realtor, construction was a passion of mine as well. This alone is worth so much mo...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Tastemakers of Delray Beach-August 7th and 8th, 2014.   What a great way to explore some of Delray Beach’s restaurants along Atlantic Avenue!   What:  Tastemakers of Delray Beach When:  Thursday, August 7, 2014  5 PM to 10 PM                Friday, August 8, 2014  5 PM to 10 PM Where: Along Atlantic Avenue and A1A Passport Fee:  $30.00 (cash)  A portion of the fee will go to the Delray Beach Beautification Project. * Your Passport doesn’t stop on the 8th.  It’s good through September 30, 2014 for savings at the participating restaurants. Contact: 561-243-1077 Who’s Participating? 50 Ocean Cabana El Ray Cafe Luna Rosa Deck 84 DIG El Camino FYI Yogurt LemonGrass Mussel Beach The Office Solita Vic and Angelo’s Ziree As you visit the 13 Delray restaurants, you’ll be treated to one of their ...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Delray Beach-A Little One’s 1st Time at the Beach! If you’re at the beach before sunrise in Delray, you won’t be alone.  Many head east to meet the sun as it slowly rises out of the ocean.   If you blink, or turn away, you might just miss it.   We used to try to hurry out to catch the sunrise,  sometimes with our eyes barely open.  It’s easier to do in the winter when it’s often 7 before that big orange ball starts to show its face.       However, I’ve decided that often some of the best photos are just after the sun has shown its face, and the clouds begin to add their texture to the sky.     You never know what you’ll see on the beach.  Always there’s some child’s toy that has been left behind.  And, of course, as life loves to play tricks on parents, I’m sure the toy was not missed u...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
ActiveRain Meetup-Delray Beach is August 6, 2014! It’s our Summer MeetUp in Delray Beach and I hope you’ll make plans to attend!!!! Our last ActiveRain MeetUp was in March so it’s time to get together and say “hello” to old friends, and meet new ActiveRain members as well. This is the cherry on the hot fudge sundae of being a member at ActiveRain.  Don’t just “know” us via our profile picture.   We’ll be meeting once again at 50 Ocean on A1A in Delray Beach. When: Wednesday, August 6, 2014! Where: 50 Ocean Address:  50 S. Ocean Just above Boston’s on A1A, south of Atlantic Avenue. Time: 11:30 A.M. Parking: There is metered parking along the beach or you can valet park.  Just pull into the driveway between Boston’s and Cafe Luna Rosa and pull to the back. RSVP: Kathy Streib             5...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Delray Beach- Storms, Lightning and a Little “Auntie Em” This has been a stormy week in Delray.  We’re accustomed to the summer afternoon thunderstormsbut it seems as if we’ve had a few weeks of heavy rains and in a few area heavy lightning strikes.     On one of our morning walks as we were watching the storms off-shore, and saw this waterspout coming out of the clouds.  If you look in the first photo, you can see a very thin ribbon-like spout to the left of the larger spout.  I’ve seen these before and they usually dissipate before reaching shore.     We did have a gorgeous morning for our Women’s Council of Realtors Greater Palm Beach County Chapter meeting.  On the left is the view from Waterstone Resort & Marina of the Atlantic Ocean, and to the right the view overlooking Lake Boca...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
The Delray Beach Bus Loop is Saturday, July 19, 2014. The Delray Beach Bus Loop is back and it’s Delray East meets Delray West!  This is a great opportunity to spend time at the “other end” of Atlantic Boulevard … the new Delray Marketplace.. and to help support the Delray Center for the Arts. What- The Delray Beach Bus Loop When- Saturday, July 19, 2014 Time-  6 pm to 11 pm Where- See Venue below Admission- $20 prepay 7 days in advance                       $35 at the door NOTE-Free Admission for Designated Drivers! There’s a fairly new area at the opposite end of Atlantic Avenue that brings shopping, dining and entertainment to those living west of the city.   The Delray Beach Bus Loop will have trolleys that will take participants from downtown Delray out to the Delray Marketplace wh...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Delray Beach- King Kong, Fay Wray, and a Little Mermaid. July is here and the Fourth was hot and sunny, then cloudy and rainy.   We watched as Hurricane Arthur headed north past the Carolinas towards New England.   I have a feeling that some participants may have been practicing for the Annual July 4th Sand Sculpting contest.  Take a look and see if you think they may have been winners! I couldn’t resist this very patriotic outfit on the beach for July 4th!  The “art” on the right was created by a photographer I saw one morning.  He’d found the bamboo on the beach and added some shells.       As promised, King Kong and Fay Wray!  Wasn’t this well done.  And I’m not sure if this little mermaid washed up or was left behind.     I found this Question Mark in the sand as we were walking and...
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By Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas
(PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630)
Using a Reverse Mortgage for Changing Retirement Plans The reverse mortgage is still a viable option for seniors hoping to pay off their mortgage and continue to live debt free during retirement, but very few take advantage of it. In fact, according to a nationwide survey, presented at the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association by Dan Gorin, only 2% of seniors 62 years of age and older actually get a reverse mortgage. This means less than half of those who consider a reverse mortgage in the first place are actually getting one. Considering the reputation the reverse mortgage has had until recently (and probably still does) these numbers aren't particularly surprising, however, this does mean that there is plenty of work still to be done where the reverse mortgage is concerned.  K...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Fourth of July, 2014- Road Closures and Parking-Delray Beach. If you have plans to attend the Fourth of July Fireworks and Celebration in Delray Beach, be aware that certain streets will be closed. The celebrations begin at 8 am with the annual Sand Sculpture contest and will continue until after the 9pm fireworks. Street Closures: - Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 2 PM (check with local authorities for up to date changes) from the Intracoastal east to A1A. - A1A -will be closed from Miramar north to Thomas beginning at 1 PM.   If you’re heading south on A1A, you can take George Bush Blvd to Federal.  Coming North on A1A, use Linton. -Bridge closed-the Atlantic Avenue Bridge will be closed to marine traffic beginning at 9 PM until 11:30 PM on Friday. -Pa...
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By Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas
(PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630)
Ever Use the Rocking Chair Test…? Have you ever thought back on your life? What you could have done differently? What you could have improved on? Have you ever thought of the decisions that led you to where you are? That's exactly what the Rocking Chair Test is all about. Bruce Kasanoff, a LinkedIn member, posted an excellent article, entitled "Huge Decisions Require the Rocking Chair Test," and many of the things he stated resonated with me. It's probably because I've yet to have the time to contemplate where my life is heading, or the wisdom to look back and realize what I did right, or wrong, but the Rocking Chair Test seems like a positive way to analyze the pros and cons of any life-altering decisions. In order to take the rocking chair test picture an older version of yourself, si...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Delray Beach, of Palm Beach County, FL Market Stats & Facts for May 2014   Stats and facts about Delray Beach, Florida, are out for the month of May 2014.  The report is packed with information about the county and the local city mentioned above. In a nut shell the inventory of single family homes available for sale are at a 4.9 month selling point which is down nearly 9.6% from a year ago. That’s a good sign things are loosening up and people are buying. Click on this LINK, for more graphs and stats. Whether you are buying or selling in this hot market of the County of Palm Beach, FL, choosing the right company will save you money, time and many sleepless nights. I not only have 30 years experience as a Realtor, construction was a passion of mine as well. This alone is worth so much m...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Delray Beach- A Whale of a Week! I love being able to share my photos of Delray Beach!  You can definitely tell that summer is here- it’s hot and humid out and you can count on rain most every afternoon.   On the positive side, our winter residents are back in their homes up north so it is somewhat easier to get a reservation and the traffic is a bit lighter!   This little whale was pretty good and had shells for eyes!  I’m not sure what the compound on the right isbut it had a long stick that looked like a bridge.                   We see this group of walkers most mornings, if we’re early enough!  I don’t know if you can tell, but they’re dragging a tire!  That is one workout!   I found this little guy hiding in a tree at the boat ramp.  He was just trying to find some shade, as were ...
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