Thursday, April 21, 2022 / by Jill Perry-Zaborowski
New law lets out-of-state grandkids save big by attending Florida’s public universities
By Lisa J. Huriash
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Apr 21, 2022 at 6:40 am
For the first time this fall, hundreds of high-performing students who live outside of Florida only will need to pay in-state tuition and fees to attend universities, saving thousands of dollars.
It’s all thanks to a new Florida law, taking effect in August, that lets them pay lower prices as a result of their grandparents living in Florida. The plan has proven so popular that most, if not all, the universities say they already have all their allotted openings filled up for the coming year. So anyone applying now may face a wait list.
At Florida State University in Tallahassee, the school used up all of its 55 grandparent waivers, “and we have a running waitlist of 100 [plus] students,” according to spokesman Bill Wellock.
The University of Florida has h ...
Saturday, April 9, 2022 / by Jill Perry-Zaborowski
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First-Time Buyers Don’t Want Elevators, Golf Courses
A study of top-demanded and least-demanded items to first-time homebuyers also found that many want hardwood floors – but not cork or bamboo.
CHICAGO – A laundry room tops the wish list of first-time home buyers, according to the recent report What Home Buyers Really Want, 2021 Edition, released by the National Association of Home Builders. The study asked first-time buyers to rate more than 200 home features.
10 features first-time buyers want most
Laundry room: 83% (45% essential, 38% desirable)
Ceiling fan: 81% (46% essential, 35% desirable)
Exterior lighting: 81% (34% essential, 47% desirable)
Double kitchen sink: 80% (38% essential, 42% desirable)
Hardwood floors: 80% (37% essential, 43% desirable)
Walk-in pantry: 80% (34% ...
Friday, April 8, 2022 / by Jill Perry-Zaborowski
5 Hard-to-Ignore Reasons Why You Should Always Work With a Realtor
From getting you the best deal to keeping you on the right side of the law, there are only upsides as to why use a Realtor.
Buying and selling a home is stressful. Showings. Listings. Open houses. Taxes. Closing costs. Paperwork on top of paperwork on top of paperwork.
And those are just the things you've thought of off the top of your head.
While it's easy to think you can handle it all yourself, thanks to the abundance of information readily available on the internet (and from the Property Brothers!), the fact is that a real estate transaction is time-consuming and complicated, and, if not handled properly, could end up costing you money.
Just like you wouldn't represent yourself in a court of law, it's simply not in your best interest to represent yourself when you're buying or selling a home. It's worth it to work with someone who knows real estate inside and out - a Realtor. ...
Thursday, April 7, 2022 / by Jill Perry-Zaborowski
Girl Scout Patch Encourages Construction Careers
By Kerry Smith
A Utah one-of-a-kind home was built by women – the “House that SHE built.” Now the group has helped roll out a Girl Scout badge that will be offered nationwide.
WASHINGTON – Girl Scouts can now participate in a new patch program, The House That She Built. It’s designed to empower girls to think about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) and construction by meeting real professional women in building careers.
Created by Mollie Elkman, the author of the children’s book, “The House That She Built,” with support from the publisher, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the new program is inspired by NAHB’s Utah Chapter of Professional Women in Building Council – the same team of real women from who built a one-of-a-kind home in Utah: The House That SHE Built. Many of the 100+ women who worked on the house are fo ...
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 / by Jill Perry-Zaborowski
BLURBS OF REAL ESTATE NEWS IN SOUTH FLORIDA / PALM BEACH COUNTY
By Brian Bandell – Senior Reporter, South Florida Business Journal
The Sophia at Abacoa apartments in Jupiter sold for $202.5 million, or $519,231 per unit.The huge price reflects the rapid rent increases at apartment complexes in northern Palm Beach County. The price per unit is just shy of the $535,000 median sales price for a single-family home in Palm Beach County recorded during February, according to the Florida Realtors.
By Erik Bojnansky – Reporter, South Florida Business Journal
Apr 6, 2022, 7:28am EDT
A South Florida-based coworking company increased its office space by more than 100% in downtown West Palm Beach.
Quest Workspaces will move into 13,164 square feet on the fourth floor of the Northbridge Centre at 515 N. Flagler Driv ...