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7 Things to Buy If You Want to Spend Less on Bills

By: Donna Boyle - August 7, 2017

 

Let's face it: Owning a home isn't cheap. You're on the hook for mortgage payments and property taxes, of course, as well as maintenance and repair expenses. Under typical circumstances, cost-cutting options are frustratingly few, but there's one crucial exception—utilities. You don't pay a fixed price for things like electricity, water, and natural gas. Rather, from one month to the next, the size of your bill depends on the extent of your usage. That means...


 

 

 

 

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A Condo Rule against Complaining

By: David Thiel - August 2, 2017

 

Recently, a condominium corporation in Toronto was reported to have enacted a rule which, among other things, sought to limit the ability of residents to complain to the condominium. Various parties including residents of the building in question have expressed outrage at such a rule...

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12 Backyard Updates You Can Do in a Day

By: Anja Sonnenberg - July 13, 2017

 

Whether you’re looking to increase storage space, expand your patio, or add interest to your garden, upgrading your backyard can be as fast and easy as an afternoon of labor. Find inspiration with these budget-friendly backyard projects that can be completed in a day...
 

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What Boards Should Know about Finances

By: Georgia Kral - July 13, 2017

 


Expenses and Reserves


The most obvious and crucial thing to understand are your building or association’s basic expenses and reserves. First, there needs to be enough cash flow to manage those expenses, which include utilities, salaries for employees, real estate taxes, management fees, and – in the case of a co-op...
 

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Top 5 Awesome Things to Do in Delray Beach

By: Kara Franker - July 13, 2017

 

While the big city lights attract the crowds, nestled in between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, there’s a hidden gem. With so many fun things to do, Delray Beach is perfect for a couple’s escape or a vacation for the whole family..
 

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10 Reasons to Buy an "Ugly" Home

By: Jennifer Noonan - June 5, 2017

You Could Get a Great Deal


Sellers, in most cases, know what they’ve got. So if they have the ugliest house on the block, they'll likely set a lower asking price, with the knowledge that fewer people will have the imagination to see its potential. If an out-of-date or neglected house has great bones, you could...

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Condo's Task: Addressing Airbnb Short-Term Rentals

By: Roberto Blanch - May 29, 2017

Firm partner Roberto C. Blanch authored a “My View” guest column that appeared in today’s edition of “Business Monday” in the Miami Herald.  The article, which was titled “Condos’ Task:  Addressing Airbnb Short-Term Rentals,” focuses on how local municipalities and community associations are responding to the issues that are being created by short-term rentals using Airbnb and its competitors.  Roberto’s article reads...

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Sure Fire Tactics to Getting More Money for Your home

By: Daniel Bortz - May 3, 2017

 

 



All home sellers hope their place will fetch a big, fat price. And while you can't control everything that determines a house's market rate—like, say, the state of the stock market or the quality of your local school district—there are plenty of things within your power that can nudge that number higherr...

 

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9 Healthy Food Trends You Need to Try Right Now

By: Epicurious - May 3, 2017

 

Is sorghum the new quinoa? Is bitter melon the new kale or cauliflower? Do you ponder these questions while sipping a charcoal lemonade (which could be the next kombucha)?


The trendiest health food ingredients often make the most flattering Instagram photos, but many of them have something else in common. They're not new...

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Inside Todays Reimagined, Reenergized Clubhouses

By: Chris Edwards - April 28, 2017

 

Say goodbye to tennis courts and drab, windowless fitness centers. Say hello to color-splashed clubhouses with open floorplans, high-end coffee bars, and outdoor fireplaces and kitchens...

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Want to Sell Your House? Don't Do These 4 Things.

By: Anne Miller - March 30, 2017

When potential buyers drive up to your home, they’re full of hope.


They imagine themselves baking in the kitchen and their kids playing in the yard. Most of all they think...

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John C Goede: Condo Owners at Odds with Association

By: John C Goede - March 30, 2017

 

Q. Our original condominium association board foreclosed on a condo unit and rented it out for $1,250/month. A new board was seated that stopped renting this unit out on March 31, 2013. The condo unit remained unoccupied until March 29, 2016 when the board wrote off $34,136 in bad debt expense for these maintenance fees. What recourse do the condo owners have and against whom?...

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6 Home Improvements That Actually Save You Money

By: Sage Singleton - March 27, 2017

 

When people hear the words home improvements, they might see flashing dollar signs, as many home improvement projects cost big bucks. How can the budget-conscious homeowner make updates without breaking their budget?...

 

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Events Take Families around the World This Weekend

By: Jennifer Jhon - March 2, 2017

Cultural diversity is the theme this weekend, with events throughout South Florida designed to immerse visitors in cultures found around the globe...

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The Essential Steps to Landscape Design

By: Charles Thigpen - March 1, 2017

 

 


 

 

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