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10 Ways You're Accidentally Ruining Your Countertops

By: Cody Calamaio - April 2, 2019

 
Perhaps the most important work surface in the home, the kitchen countertop is built to withstand food preparation, regular cleaning, pesky stains, and more. But despite their durability, countertops can suffer from costly damage whether they're made of laminate, granite or quartz...

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Tougher FHA Standards May Affect 10% - 30% of Application

By: Florida REALTORS - April 2, 2019

 

WASHINGTON – April 1, 2019 – First-time and move-up homebuyers with heavy debt loads, low credit scores and small downpayments face a daunting new mortgage hurdle: The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is toughening its underwriting standards...

 

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Hoarders Present Difficult Challenges for Association

By: Joseph Adams - March 31, 2019

 Q: Our condominium has a “hoarder” whose unit is filled with papers, newspapers, cardboard, plastic bags, and the like. I am worried about fire hazards and vermin infestation. Neither our board nor the manager are willing to do anything about this. Does Florida law provide me with any way to cure this situation? (H.R., via e-mail)...
 
 
 
 

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Florida Statewide Home Sales Dip 6% in Early 2019

By: Michael Gerrity - March 11, 2019

 

The Florida Realtor Association is reporting that Florida home sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 15,526 last month, down 6.2 percent compared to January 2018.


"As the new year gets underway, more new listings and gains in...

 

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Board Can Regulate Alcohol on Common Property

By: Joseph Adams - March 10, 2019

 
Q: Our condominium association board recently made a rule that no beer, wine, or liquor can be brought into our swimming pool area. This came about because of one situation where some people got out of hand. Many of us enjoy socializing during “happy hour” around our pool. This seems like overkill and possibly illegal. What do you think? (K.M., via e-mail)...
 

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15 Backyard Fire Pit Ideas That WIll Make You Want to Host a Bonfire ASAP

By: Brittney MOrgan and Hadley Mendelsohn - March 8, 2019

 
Is there anything better than gathering around a bonfire with friends and family? Drinking wine, toasting marshmallows, cozying up in front of a warm, crackling fire—seriously, you can't beat it...

 

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7 Tips for How to Clean Stained Grout

By: Donna Boyle - February 5, 2019

Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That’s a different story. Because of its typically light coloring and porous composition, grout is prone to staining. In a tiled entry or mudroom, dirt and grime are the usual culprits, while in the kitchen, spills are more likely to blame. In the bathroom, homeowners must contend with mold and mildew.

Fortunately, it’s possible to...

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HOA: Who's Responsible for Damage from Vacant Condos

By: Rchard D Deboest, SPecial to TCPalm - February 5, 2019

 Editor’s note: Attorneys at Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC., respond to questions about Florida community association law.  The firm represents community associations throughout Florida and focuses on condominium and homeowner association law, real estate law, litigation, estate planning and business law.

Q: The board of my community association held a meeting at 2 p.m. during the week when most of the owners were at work and could not attend.  I always thought a board meeting had to be in the evening when most of the community is at their homes after work and can attend...

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Delray Beach Gives Land away to Developers

By: AJ Walker; Sun Sentinel - February 5, 2019

 
Controversial land along Atlantic Avenue, long for sale by the city, will be given to a developer that plans to do a lot with it.

Real estate developer BH3 won the bid for the land, which is worth about $17 million even though several other developers offered about $4 million for it.

In the end, many said it just ...

 

 

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Housing market will be slower, steadier in 2019

By: Janna Herron - January 7, 2019

 
Forget fevered bidding wars and snap home-buying decisions. Slower and steadier will characterize next year's housing market.
 
 

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11 Holiday Mistakes that Bring Burglars to Your Door

By: Bob VIlla - January 2, 2019

 
While you’re busy shopping, decorating, and getting ready for holiday festivities, burglars are preparing for one of their busiest times of the year as well. According to some sources, residential break-ins increase during the holiday season...

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HOA Homefront: How Do You Handle a Disruptor WHo Is Also a Director?

By: Kelly Richardson - December 28, 2018

 
Q: I’m currently on my HOA board. The president is constantly rude, slandering other board members and basically being disrespectful. I am wondering what course of action a fellow board member has to get him under control. This is really uncomfortable and a hard issue to deal with and he is just being a tyrant. Any advice would be great. — J.E, Rancho Cucamonga.

Q: What can be done about a board member who repeatedly shouts down speakers during open forum? — R.M., Cardiff By The Sea.
 

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Broward and Palm Beach Events in January

By: Rod Stafford Hagwood - December 28, 2018

January is a prime month for visitors. This is the month where a lot of us South Floridians suddenly find ourselves with house guests trying to escape the bitter cold in the rest of the country. Or maybe they’re tourists passing through on their way to a Caribbean cruise.

Either way you might need to find something to entertain your out-of-towners, so here is a list of stuff to do in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties...

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5 Ways to Remove Rust Stains

By: Manasa Reddigan - September 21, 2018

 
You might recall from Chemistry 101 that only iron or iron alloys like steel can form rust when exposed to oxygen and moisture. But that doesn’t completely limit rust’s reach. In fact, when rust comes into contact with other materials that you wouldn’t expect...

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THe 7 Worst Habits Homeowners Need to Break Now

By: Jamie Wiebe - September 21, 2018

 
Bad habits are so easy to fall into. But in the end, we know they only make us miserable.

They’re “the opposite of what makes you happy. They’re what make you miserable,” says M.J. Ryan, author of “Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals.” Especially when they cost you money.

Here are 7 bad habits to break now for a happier you (and a fatter bank account)...
 

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