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Weston, ranked the 73rd best place to live and the best place to live in Florida, is bounded by Fort Lauderdale to the northeast, Davie and Sunrise to the east, and the Everglades to the north and south. Weston is filled with parks, A-rated schools, an excellent record on crime, and tree-lined streets. It was also ranked as having the largest job growth in Florida and 18th in the nation.

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The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction is a one of a kind car experience.  The event is the only collector car auction on the East Coast.  The world’s greatest collection car auction will be held at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL  33411 on April 11-13, 2014.

The auction brings thousands of visitors to the Palm Beaches every year to view millions of dollars of classic automobiles.  What started as a simple meeting between friends and car buffs in 1960 has emerged into the world's most prestigious and anticipated collector car auctions and events.  Previously, car collecting was a hobby dominated by dealers and the ultra-wealthy; many now enjoy it.  Barrett-Jackson offers the most desirable vehicles…
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Rob Thomson, managing partner at Palm Beach County’s exclusive real estate firm of Waterfront Properties and Club Communities offers strong ties and marketing relationships with leading brokers in the Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia and Latin America.  These global connections have consistently lead to home sales from international buyers.

Thomson’s membership into the invitation only Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, as well as sitting on the executive board, has enabled him and his expert team of professionals, market homes for clients to a worldwide audience.  Thomson, along with manager David Abernathy, has been forward thinking on real estate technology.  This foresight has enabled Waterfront Properties to become the accomplished and highly sought…
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The petition reached the required 100,000 required signatures and the goal was to “Make Opening Day a National Holiday”.   The petition was sent to President Barack Obama proclaiming that today, March 31, should be declared an official day of national observance in the United States.  March 31, being the opening day games in Major League Baseball.
The White House said it is not going to happen because of “a lack of authority to create holidays.”  In an online letter, the White House specified that it is up to Congress to make those decisions.  The 2013 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox will be honored at the White House.

For many, opening day will remain a special day. Plenty of people take time off from work, others call in sick, and children…
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There is good news and not such good news when it comes to filing taxes this year.  The IRS has made home office deductions simpler, and increased the deduction for using your vehicle. Some information about virtual money you should be aware of too.   Here is a brief review of a few of the changes you should be aware of this year to discuss with your professional tax advisor or C.P.A.

New Bracket for Top-Income Households

If you have had a successful 2013—so successful, in fact, that you find yourself in the highest tax bracket—be prepared to pay more than you did last year. That is because in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, Congress created a 39.6 percent bracket for taxpayers whose adjusted gross income exceeds $400,000 for a single filer or

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Do you live in one of the most dynamic cities of 2014?  Only seven of the top 20 cities were from the United States.
MSNBC Real Estate reported on a study that ranked 111 global cities looking for specific hallmarks of lively and progressive areas.  Using three main categories – commercial real estate, socio-economic momentum and high-value incubators representing “the quality of a city’s infrastructure, its innovation capability and the strength of its technology sector.”
California harbored two - San Francisco and San Jose, thanks to their high tech Silicone Valley contributions.  An ability to foster new and creative businesses, adapt and innovate quickly and new building construction were some of the criteria for the cities.

The top ten upwardly…
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Now more than ever the Jupiter area has been attracting professional golfers and golfing enthusiasts for its exclusive golfing communities and secluded atmosphere.  Palm Beach County is known as the “Golf Capital of the World”.

The Town of Jupiter is just minutes from pristine white sand beaches, excellent restaurants, and high end shopping.  If you happen to be interested in fantastic bill fishing, this is also the area for you…just north of Jupiter is the Town of Stuart, known as the “Billfish Capital of the World”.

Within the area, luxury country club communities such as Admiral’s Cove, BallenIsles, Bear’s Club, Old Palm Golf Club, and Trump National Golf Club to name a few, are drawing golfers south.  With private golf courses designed by the greats…
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According to data provided by the National Association of Realtors, a lack of houses for sale continues to lift the prices of homes for sale in much of the country, and our area.  This in turn has pushed down the number of existing homes sold in January.

The torrential weather has not helped either. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said, “Disruptive and prolonged winter weather patterns across the country are impacting a wide range of economic activity, and housing is no exception.   Some housing activity will be delayed until spring.”

The National Association of Realtors noted some significant changes among the population of homebuyers.

1.     First time homebuyers accounted for 26% of purchases in January 2014. That is the lowest market share for first…
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South Florida saw the biggest gain in a monthly measure of national home prices replicating a slow but steady, continued upswing momentum in real estate market for Palm Beach County.   

Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties experienced an increase in single-family home prices according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Index.  According to the most recently released Index, single-family home prices have increased 0.09 percent from the previous month.

Last Tuesday’s report from Standard & Poor, as well as others, point to a slight deceleration in home prices as a normal beginning of the upturn cycle at the end of February. Winter shows no signs of cooling home prices according to the Standard & Poor/Case-Shiller home price indices.  They are

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The Honda Classic will bring the best PGA tour players to Palm Beach County, providing a week of splendid golf entertainment for the entire community beginning February 24 through March 2 at PGA National Resort and Spa.

Tiger Woods, the Number 1 player in the Official World Golf Rankings, and Jupiter Island resident, has committed to compete in the 2014 Honda Classic.  This will be Woods third consecutive year in the Honda Classic.  He finished second in 2012.  Woods said, “The Honda Classic is close to my home, and I want to support it whenever I can. We have a learning center at Murray Middle School in Stuart, and this event does so much to help the community, including the efforts of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.”

Honda Classic…
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Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published tips intended to assist consumers protect themselves from fraud and help them in the event they encounter a problem.

"Phishing" is the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company by criminals.

Almost anyone who uses credit or debit cards has the threat of their credit or personal data being compromised.  A number of major companies over the recent months have reported breaches of data security.  Target, a national retailer, experienced a recent breach of data that could impact tens of millions of consumers, protect yourself!

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recommends these four steps:

1).   Checking your accounts…
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