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Valentine's Day 2016 Fort Lauderdale Yes indeed, it is that time of year again. The romance of Valentine's Day is in the air once. Last year I detailed the history of this day of roses, chocolates and canoodles in a blog post. This year, fresh and new I am going to review the hot spots to hit on this area event. Why not head west and listen to the Singing Valentines and the South Florida Jubilee Chorus in Plantation. Details for this area event can be found here.

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3 Lesser-Known Tax Breaks Homeowners Miss Did you know most homeowners can write off all mortgage interest up to $1.1 million for primary and secondary residences, as well as property taxes? Credits for property taxes and other tax breaks are also offered to in 21 states and the District of Columbia. But mortgage interest and property taxes are not the only tax savings homeowners can enjoy. Look to see if you qualify for other deductions, including:

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Q: Are There Tax Credits for First Time Homebuyers? A: Yes, thanks to the many city and county governments that offer Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) programs, which allow first-time homebuyers to take advantage of a special federal income tax write-off. The credit reduces the amount of federal taxes paid by the buyer each year, if he keeps the same loan and lives in the same house. An MCC also makes it easier for eligible buyers to qualify for a mortgage loan. The lender can reduce the housing expense ratio – the percentage of gross monthly income applied toward housing expenses – by the amount of the tax savings. Normally, lenders reject loans if the housing expense ratio is too high.

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Event In Fort Lauderdale | Italian Fashion Celebrate the Italian lifestyle at our very own NSU Art Museum, THE event in Fort Lauderdale to attend this weekend. On display from Sunday, February 5 through to Valentine's Day is Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945 through to 1968. The exhibition travels through an astonishing era of art and creativity in Italy after World War II up until the age of the “flower power” in the Western Hemisphere. This period of time includes creativity in art, cinema, theater and photography. The roots of this creativity can be traced back to Italian high-end fashion… Think the following designers:

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3 Tips to Reduce Flood Damage Most homeowners become concerned when winter storms threaten snow and ice damage to their property. What they’re often less concerned about is water damage, which can be just as detrimental to a home as snow and ice buildup. Water, no matter how much or how little, can cause foundation damage, mold growth, musty smells and damage to tools and furniture. A damp area can also attract pests, which can cause severe damage to the structure of your home. High relative humidity (RH) in wet spaces can also lead to rust on tools and other metal objects, and even cause electronics to fail.

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Real Estate Roundup- Imperial Point and Coral Ridge January 2016 This monthly round up includes a review of homes sold in the month of January 2016 *. Our analysis includes a review of Coral Ridge and Imperial Point Homes in Fort Lauderdale.    In addition, this report includes homes sold in the Fort Lauderdale and Broward County areas.

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January 2016 Real Estate Roundup- Galt Ocean Mile This monthly round up includes a review of homes sold in the month of January 2016 *. Our analysis includes a review of the following three condominium buildings: The Commodore: 3430 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale Riviera: 3550 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale Playa del Mar: 3900 Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale

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Events in South Florida | This weekend’s deals  This weekend let’s look at the activities in South Florida that well, can be seen as “deals/offers”. Sure there is Groupon, the website that provides deals-of-the-day recommendations for consumers but there are other ways to secure discounts to events in South Florida. Here is a list I have complied: Butterfly World-  Get your coupon for $3 off regular entrance price by clicking on this event in South Florida

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Builder Confidence Holds Firm in January By Robert Dietz Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes held steady at 60 in January from a downwardly revised December reading of 60, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The January HMI reading is in line with NAHB’s forecast of modest growth for housing. NAHB expects growth in 2016 for the single-family, multifamily, and remodeling sectors of the residential construction industry as continued job growth supports demand for housing.

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Home Starts Up 10.8 Percent in 2015 Total housing starts were up in 2015, weighing in at 1.11 million—that's 10.8 percent higher than 2014. This information is based on the Census Bureau's recent December 2015 data release, which allows us to look at 2015's starts as a whole. Despite December being slightly down-- 2.5 percent to 1.15 million—the yearly status overall was positive. “Starts were expected to increase in December because of the unseasonably warm weather, but instead they declined,” says realtor.com® Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. “However, the monthly change was not statistically significant – the monthly data was too thin and noisy to give a clear reading. Even the year-over-year change in the December reading was not statistically significant. Starts were up 11 percent in 2015, and up in all regions but the Midwest, but single-family starts were up in all regions. Single-family construction finally grew at a double digit pace, nearly matching multi-family.”