The Santa Barbara Realtors Association President says, “Home sales are picking up across the South Coast… more favorable interest rates are one reason… prospective buyers are more likely to get off the fence when rates are low.” She also says that once the market has hit bottom, it’s too late for buyers to know that, and, “If you wait for the bottom to hit, you’ve waited to long.” As the drive begins to purchase homes, the competition makes prices rise again. According to a local online newsletter, “The South Coast has a chronic shortage of entry-level homes like townhomes, condominiums and smaller single family homes so federal stimulus spending could have a positive effect locally.” If you read the article farther down you will see that home sales in Florida are trending up. Is it time to get on the bandwagon?
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
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With existing home sales up 24% in January, the 5th month in a row of year-to-year increased sales activity, 2009 FAR President, Cynthia Shelton, says, “Many people are looking at today’s market and seeing opportunities to find the home or business they’ve always wanted. With a range of available housing options, historically low mortgage interest rates and affordable prices, buyers who may have been hesitant before should take a closer look at the current opportunities for homeownership. As real estate professionals who know all aspects of their local market conditions, Florida Realtors are here to help counsel consumers making sound long-term decisions for their homes and their businesses.” Existing condos had a 13% gain in statewide sales. Inventories, nationwide, fell to a 2-year low. NAR Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, says, “It appears some buyers are taking advantage of much lower home prices. The higher monthly sales gain and falling inventory are steps in the right direction, but buyers will continue to have an edge over sellers for the foreseeable future.” Median (midpoint) sales price for existing homes last month was down 33% from a year ago from $206,900 to $139,500, and NAR attributes the significant downward price distortion to discounted sales, including foreclosures.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Friday, February 06, 2009
The Sunflower Creative Arts’ new children’s repertory theatre group, “Shakespeare for Everyone,” will perform a 75-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s delightful fantastical fairies, romps in the forest and an adorably mischievous sprite wrecking havoc on a group of poor foolish mortals. The forest setting at Gumbo Limbo promises the production to be fun, light and most enjoyable. The 8-14 year old actors have been given an unusual amount of freedom to make choices and explore their character’s quirks. They perform in full costume, with scripts in hand, to concentrate their energy on bringing their characters to life. The performance will include Shakespeare’s original text. Admission is free. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is on A1A between Spanish River Road and Palmetto Park Drive.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
A new water park is being designed for Boca Raton's Sugar Sands Park, which will be all fenced in, only one way in and one way out. Benches and tables are being discussed and officials have visited other water parks including an interactive fountain at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach and a splash park at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. Construction may begin in about a year and a half. Many offerings for family enjoyment at Sugar Sand Park include Sunday morning sports leagues for the kids, a carousel, nature trails with brochures for self-guided tours, a community center featuring Sunday movies for kids, and courses for adults including an Actors Workship, classic movies, and “Having Fun Writing Children’s Books. For ages 7-15, Cartooning, Drawing and Coloring, a Children’s Performance Workshop for ages 6-15 and Gymboree Art for ages 18 months to 5 years. There is a science playground, a science explorium with special programs, and a 155-seat Community Theatre with a variety of shows, concerts, lectures and other productions. You can see a production or attend an activity, then walk the nature trails, sit and watch a sports league game, attend a class… spend a wonderful morning and/or afternoon at Sugar Sands park and bring along a picnic lunch, off Military Trail below Palmetto Park Road just west of I-95, with interesting things to do. For more info go to http://www.sugarsandpark.org/.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Sharing a profound love of nature and interest in conservation, painter/sculptor O’Keefe and photographer Adams met in Taos, Mexico in 1929. Both developed a deep interest in the American West and became icons of 20th century American art. There are 40 O’Keefe paintings and 54 Adams photographs, and a few, side by side, show the same images captured in paint and on film, providing interesting contracts in each artist’s view and presentation, now featured at the West Palm Beach Norton Museum, internationally known for its permanent collection. Above are pictured Adams “Winter Sunrise, the Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine,California, 1944” (gelatin silver print), and O’Keefe’s “Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II, 1930 (oil on canvas).The show continues through May 3rd. How about accepting the challenge of using either one of their paintings or photos as inspiration, and seeing what you can do with your camera or paint brush? Check out this VIDEO LINK for interesting information on both artists. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for ages 13-21. For more information call 561-832-5196.