Thursday, December 26, 2013

Florida is on its way to a brighter future

Based to the newest data is Florida the third most populated state in the United States. Florida follows the States California and Texas. Besides the population increases the economy grows too. After six tough years the state economy grows by 2.4 percent and it is forecasted that in 2014 the economic growth will be 3.5 percent and 2015 it is even better. The forecast is 4 %.
This economic growth is predicted for the following industries:  housing, retail, tourism, professional and business services.

Based on the population growth there is a high demand for new construction and this industry will grow. It is expected that the North East and Southwest Florida will have the biggest growth in construction.

Based on these overall economic conditions people starts to go on vacation again. This will also will stimulus the tourism in this area. This growth will lead to new investments. These investments normally need financing. It is expected that the Federal Reserve will keep the interest rates on a low level to stabilize the economy recovery.

With the investment and the economic growth, business will hire new employees. Today the unemployment rate is seven percent nationwide and based on the today’s economic development it is predicted that the unemployment rate will decrease to 6.5 % in 2014 and will go back to 5.8 % in 2015.

The Federal Reserve decision for low interest rates makes stocks more interesting for investors. That is already shown by the stock market with its today’s numbers. The inflation is also on a very low level – 0.7 % and is forecasted to stay below 2 % until 2015.

This is a very positive prediction for 2014 and therefore have a great successful start in the New Year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas  to all.


All candles are lit and the Christmas lights makes every shiny and bright. The Florida Services & Information LLC and the Florida Dream Homes Realty wishes all our customers, their family and friend are an extraordinary holiday.

As a little light from us to you we included a few little films with Christmas Decoration in our area.


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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas present - an extraordinary view with increasing value

This is the Sunday of Advent and the fourth and last candle is lit. Do you have all presents ready for Christmas?
If not then it is time to hurry and get ready.

For all who are interested to make their whole family a big and long lasting present. May the new construction that are growing all over in Miami-Dade and Broward County are the right investment for the future. The Condos in Miami and Fort Lauderdale are in excellent locations and start in the low $200,000 and up to $1.5 Million. There is the right condominium for every piggy bag on the market. However, do not wait. The market is picking up and there are many interested buyers on the market.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Florida’s real estate is improving.

Yes, the Florida real estate is improving and it is nearly back to its normal conditions. The following data show this and the forecast is that the trend goes in the same direction for next two years.
As the last statistics of November 2013 show, sellers get 94 % of their asking price. Over the last 3 years, the difference between listing and sale price was much bigger than 6 %.  This situation is also backed by the available homes on the market. More active listings help the market to recover in a healthy way.
In comparison to November 2012, the active listings have increased by 14.8 % for single-family homes and new listings for condominiums arose by 5.4 % since November 2012.

The median price for a Florida single family home is $169,900 that is up by 13.3 % in comparison of November 2012 and the median price for townhouses and condominiums is $131,200 up by 17.2 % from November 2012.

The Florida numbers are still below the national median numbers. The median price for the single family home is $199,500 and $199,200 for condominiums nationwide.

The statistics also show that there are also fewer short sale and only cash deals during the examined period. That indicates that the market is going back to traditional conditions.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Winterfest Parade in Fort Lauderdale

Yesterday was one of the big days in Fort Lauderdale. Each year the City and the Hard Rock Hotel organize the big Winterfest Boat Parade. This is a well-known event and many spectators were looking along the Intracoastal Waterway in the mild evening breeze.

When you are here in Fort Lauderdale on a visit next year in December mark your calendar with this event. It is terrific even if you have been there several times. It is also a good idea to get familiar with the best viewing spots because the ticket are going quickly.

In case you did not get a ticket for this event, the best way is to find a little park or little green spots along the parade route. Another option is to find a friend with a boat or use a dinner cruise for this event. These boats anchor on the Waterway in designated areas while the parade boats are passing by.

The parade starts on the New River where the north and south fork comes together and follows the New River through the downtown area towards the Intracoastal Waterway. From there the route turns north and the end is the Santa Barbara Lake where the ships turn and go back.

Such a Winterfest Parade in Fort Lauderdale has more than 50 illuminated Boats with many Christmas and Holiday motives. These boats are often sponsored by Fort Lauderdale businesses but private boater can participate with their boats for a small starting fee.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Winter Boat Parade in Pompano Beach 2013

Yesterday was the second Advent's Sunday and we lit the next candle at our Advent's wreath. We are moving fast to the Christmas Day and with two lights, it is brighter and warmer.

The weekend there were no only two candles but many little lights and they were floating on the Intracoastal Waterway from the south Pompano Beach city limit to the Hillsboro Blvd. During the parade, the Sherriff block the big roads that cross the Intracoastal because the drawbridges were open to let the big and small Christmassy lighted boats pass.

The boats were decorated with Christmas motives like Frosty and Santa and lights all over. On the bigger ships, boaters had a party and waved with lights to the audience along the Intracoastal.  Many of the spectators at the Waterway waved back and enjoyed this spectator event.

The boat route on the Intracoastal Waterway is close to the Atlantic Ocean and so the evening breeze made it a little bit chilly and a sweater was the right outfit.

A little tip for the visitors next year: the best place for an excellent look with the right dinner ambience are the restaurants directly at the Intracoastal but you need to register in advance.

This is the click for the winter parade in Pompano Beach

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Yuletide Parade in Pompano Beach

Yesterday we had our Yuletide Parade in Pompano Beach. This is a tradition in the city and each year it is a pleasure and an honor to participate. As a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), we walk behind our service truck.

Many residents were lined up at the parade route. This year the route starts at the Riverside Dr, turned to the Atlantic Blvd west towards the US-1 over the drawbridge and ends at the McNab Park.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It's looking like Christmas everywhere

In the last few days Christmas lights are coming up everywhere and the passing by tourism in all cities started already.

Many residents and visitors pass at the lighted houses and enjoy the Christmas motives with Santa, Reindeers and all his little helpers and friends.

Here is one of our Christmas videos.

Happy Holidays.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

That is amazing! Amazon delivers within 30 minutes after ordering! Packages up to 5 pounds can be delivered by drones right to your doorsteps. Your home has to be in a 10 miles radius of a delivery center. The only little issue is the pending approval from the FAA but Santa is certainly very interested in this new way to get his presents ready.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

We have an European Tradition that we light four Sundays before Christmas one candle at our wreath and sing Christmas Carols with the family. At Christmas all 4 candles of the wreath shine their light and announces the joy of Christmas. Today we light the first candle.
Today I also did my Elf duty and helped Santa to wrap presents for a Children's Charity Organization and that is only the start.

Tree Lighting in Pompano Beach

The Christmas Season in Pompano Beach started officially on November 30th, 2013 when the big City Christmas Tree was light. All attendees had much fun with entertainment and Christmas treats.