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Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Fort Lauderdale!!
The downtown area of Fort Lauderdale has seen dramatic growth in the past decade. It now hosts many new hotels and high rise condominiums. Other improvements include a wide array of new boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
The art and entertainment district runs along Las Olas Boulevard. East Las Olas Blvd has a mile of upscale shops and restaurants. West Las Olas caters to a younger crowd with a variety of nightclubs and restaurants. Downtown also boasts the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
There is also a new set of shops called Riverside that sits on the Riverwalk. Riverwalk offers another option for restaurants, bars and shopping.
If you want to live in the heart of Fort Lauderdale where you will be close to everything, Downtown Fort Lauderdale is the place for you.
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The condo Commandos just could not help themselves on this one!
Lynda Davis and her mother Dorothy lived in peace at their no-pet condo on Fort Lauderdale’s Galt Ocean Mile — until their puppy moved in.
Neighbors spotted Davis walking the German shepherd and accused her of getting the dog as a pet — though she told them Nittany would one day be a service dog for her 90-year-old mother, who is frail, blind and hard of hearing.
Now lawyers with Broward County are preparing a rare housing discrimination lawsuit against the Southpoint Condominium Association on behalf of the family.
It’s the latest skirmish over pets and condos in South Florida, where conflicts arise now and again over the no-pet rules that are so often part of an association’s bylaws.
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Websites linked to increase in moving scams
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 21, 2013 – Complaints are rising over a scam where moving companies provide low-ball estimates to customers and, once the truck is loaded, inflate fees and holding customers’ possessions hostage until they pay more.
These scammers sometimes even threaten to auction off belongings unless the people moving come up with more money to pay them.
While a scam could happen with any move, Florida has laws to protect people who must relocate. However, Florida law applies only to those moves that begin and end within the state – intrastate moves. An interstate move – one that begins and ends in different states – has fewer legal protections.
How can clients avoid being duped? Consumer Reports suggests collecting estimates from at least three companies, and being cautious about companies that don’t provide an address or licensing information. It also recommends using a mover with a marked truck who puts everything in writing. Avoid companies that require large upfront deposits, Consumer Reports warns, and check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints against companies.
Recently, New Jersey officials uncovered 25 unlicensed moving companies with listings on sites such as Craigslist and Angie’s List accused of duping customers with a moving scam.
Those who feel they’ve been scammed should contact their state attorney general, consumer protection agency, or licensing agency. Consumers should contact police if they feel a mover is illegally holding their possessions.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration oversees interstate moves between two states. Their website allows consumers to search registered movers and has instructions on how to submit complaints.
For an overview of state law applicable to moving, visit the Florida Division of Consumer Services. It offers an overview of the law, tips for moving and a way to submit complaints.
Source: “Low-Ball Movers Put The Moves on Unsuspecting Consumers,” RealtyTimes (June 20, 2013)
This bright charming first floor unit is just steps to the beach! The unit has new hurricane impact windows, new appliances and an updated bathroom. The courtyard and pool area are perfect for those lazy days you don’t want to walk to the beach. This unit has a ton of natural light and has been well maintained by the owner. If you were thinking about a condo close to the beach this is it! Don’t miss this opportunity!
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5 ways sellers can prepare for a home inspection
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – June 11, 2013 – David R. Leopold, owner of Pillar to Post Home Inspection in Fairfield County, Conn., says home sellers and their real estate professionals have an important role in preparing for a home inspection to ensure it goes smoothly.
Leopold offers up some of the following tips in a recent article in RISMedia:
1. Don’t hide what isn’t working: If an appliance isn’t working, leave a note that indicates what isn’t working and how you’re getting it fixed. Don’t try to conceal defects because it can make the inspector start to view you as dishonest and wonder what else you’re hiding.
2. Make things accessible: Ensure the location of the attic and crawlspace are identified and easy to access. Don’t make a home inspector move your belongings in order to do his or her job.
3. Check the light bulbs: If a light isn’t working, the inspector needs to determine if the fixture is inoperable. Save them time by making sure all light bulbs operate, including those in the crawlspace and attic and furnace.
4. Note septic systems: If you have a septic system in the yard, be sure to leave a sketch that includes its location. Without guidelines, home inspectors, buyers and real estate professionals may have to conduct a prolonged search for it, Leopold says.
5. Keep appliances clear: Don’t leave dirty laundry in the washing machine or dryer because the inspector will test the appliances, and he doesn’t want to pull out clothes in front of everybody. “Also, make sure your oven and stovetop are clear and clean, so we can easily test them without setting off the smoke alarm,” Leopold adds.
Source: “Ask the Experts: What Should Home Sellers Do to Prepare for a Home Inspection?” RISMedia (April 16, 2013)
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