Stephen Snow's Blog Posts

President Expected To Sign Flood Insurance Extension

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) won't expire on July 31, 2018, as feared. NFIP will continue renewing or issuing new flood insurance policies for four more months under legislation

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June Pending Home Sales Up

Pending home sales increased in all four major regions in June, though overall activity lagged year-ago levels for the sixth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors® 

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Hurricane Season To Be Near Or Above Average This Year

The federal government predicts a near- or above-average 2018 hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, where five to nine hurricanes are expected to form.Overall, the National Oceanic and

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2018 Hurricane Season Tax Holiday Coming Soon

Those with still-fresh memories of Hurricane Irma will want to take advantage of the upcoming sales tax "holiday."And it's three days longer this year, from June 1-7.  Retailers will be

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Congress Most Likely Wont Kill Dodd Frank Or CFPB This Year

It’s unlikely Congress will nix Dodd-Frank or the CFPBPresident Donald Trump vowed to do a "big number on" the banking law enacted after the financial crisis a decade ago, but the law's co-author

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5 Inexpensive Easy Projects For The DIY

5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300Just another weekend? Not if you take advantage with one or more of these 5 great projects you can easily pull off for under $300.Most of the cost of these DIY

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upcoming free concerts at the lovely open air Wellington Amphitheater!  Free ConcertJourney / Styx Tributeby Chain Reaction / Forever Styx6:30 pmPlease bring seating!Food Trucks

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One of the great perks of living in Palm Beach County are the free open air concerts, such as this one recently held at Wellington Amphitheater, Crystal Visions,tribute band to Fleetwood Mac.

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Software Will Predict Risk To Florida Property If Seas Rise

The usual checklist before businesses buy a piece of property includes looking at what kind of taxes they'll have to pay, who the neighbors are and whether there is good space for parking.In South

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Do You Really Want To Delete Facebook

In recent days, Facebook users have piled onto the hashtag #DeleteFacebook, threatening to desert their Facebook accounts to protest the social media giant's mishandling of their personal.

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Password Safety Tips

If you’re reading this blog, the chances are you’re aware that passwords are often the key to our most confidential information. With so much of our lives played out online, it’s so important

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Does Bitcoin Have A Future In Real Estate

Bitcoin has been used in a few real estate transactions in recent months, but does the cryptocurrency really have the power to revolutionize how homes are bought and sold? Housing experts don't

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Canadian Buyers Have Big Impact On South Florida Real Estate

Thanks in part to an especially cold winter, Canadians' interest in South Florida vacation homes continues to grow.Canadians comprised 9 percent of all foreign buyers of South Florida homes last

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It Is Easy To Have A Smart Home

So you're thinking about setting up a smart home. You'd like to say, "Alexa, turn off the lights," or "Alexa, lock the door," and have it all happen without having to get up out of your lounge.

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Tax Considerations Of Vacation Property Versus Investment Property

If vacation has been so much fun that you don't want it to end, a second home might be for you. Think carefully about all the issues surrounding owning a second home, however, because there can be

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National Flood Insurance Program Set To Expire

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire Friday night if Congress doesn't act, a lapse that could roil real estate markets and inject uncertainty into the lives of homeowners in

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Boomers Renting More Than Buying

Baby boomers are the fastest-growing group of renters in the nation and increasingly drawn to the convenience of apartment life. Between 2009 and 2015, the number of renters ages 55 and older jumped

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Declining Childbirth Will Change Real Estate

WASHINGTON – Oct. 13, 2017 – The U.S. fertility rate has dropped to the lowest level on record, and with fewer households having children, consumers' real estate needs are changing.In 2015,

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Lending Tree Says More Homebuyers Heading South

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Oct. 31, 2017 – LendingTree, an online loan marketplace, released the findings of its study on where residents in each state want to move. In the latest study, LendingTree says

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Kitchen Remodels Offer Big Paybacks

Homeowners looking for a remodeling project may be smart to tackle a kitchen renovation if they’re looking for projects with the strongest buyer appeal and higher returns on their investment at

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Florida Voter Registration Now Available Online

On Sunday, Florida will join 35 other states in offering online voter registration to its residents.Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that his department is ready to launch

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More Owners Remodeling Rather Than Moving

Americans are pouring record amounts into home remodeling this year.Surging prices and a single-family home shortage are locking many potential buyers out of the market. As a result, more homeowners

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Bill To Allow Canadians Longer Stay Introduced

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Florida) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York) introduced the "Canadian Snowbird Visa Act" into the U.S. House.Under the bill – which would need to be passed by Congress and

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Many To Get Upgraded Credit Scores In July

The three largest credit-reporting agencies will begin cleaning up credit reports in July, which could help lift the credit scores of about 12 million consumers.In a survey by the Federal Trade

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New Laws In Effect July 1st 2017

There are seven new laws affecting real estate that go into effect this Saturday, July 1st  They are as follows:Cap on estoppel certificate fees – Sellers of properties who live in an,

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Home Prices Rising Stronger Than Expected

These are heady days for American home sellers, with a report Tuesday showing that housing prices in March recorded their largest annual increase in nearly three years.  But the gains are

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2017 Hurricane Season Is Here

Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and Florida is prepared. The 2017 hurricane season lasts through Nov. 30.The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund – an insurance company for insurers that

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Townhomes Are Fastest Growing Housing Market Segment

Townhomes are now the fastest-growing segment of the single-family housing construction market, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).Townhome construction surged 17.8

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Poll Finds Most People See Housing Prices Continuing To Rise

Sixty-one percent of U.S. adults believe home prices in their local area will rise over the next 12 months, according to a recent Gallup poll – the highest percentage since Gallup began collecting

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Steps To Take Before Buying Your First Home

Most potential home buyers are a smidge daunted by the fact that they’re about to agree to a hefty mortgage that they’ll be paying for the next few decades. The best way to relieve that anxiety

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Cheap Garage Clutter Tips

If clutter is leaving little room for cars, get organized with these smart, budget-friendly garage storage solutions.If you've got a garage, most likely you've got waaayyyy more than cars in there.

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7 Strategies For Smart Bathroom Remodeling

Here’s how to get the bathroom of your dreams without making your budget a nightmare.You dream about a bathroom that’s high on comfort and personal style, but you also want materials, fixtures,

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First Time Home Buyer Seminars Scheduled For March

Our first "First Time Home Buyer's Seminar in January was a huge success.  So we are offering three dates this March for an encore.  In Florida, a First Time Home buyer is someone who hasn

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Credit Bureaus Charged With Deceptive Practice By CFPB

According an action taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Equifax, TransUnion and their subsidiaries may have deceived consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit

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Knowing How Much Home You Can Afford

By knowing how much mortgage you can handle, you can ensure that home ownership will fit in your budget.Home ownership should make you feel safe and secure, and that includes financially. Be sure

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2016 Hurricane Season Officially Over Tonight

The 2016 hurricane season ends at midnight on Nov. 30, and while some cities along the East Coast and in the Panhandle reported damage, it could have been worse.Still, the Federal Emergency

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Congress Could Be Homeowners Grinch This Christmas

WASHINGTON – Nov. 28, 2016 – Could it be a grim and grinchy December for thousands of homeowners facing ongoing challenges with their mortgage payments and property values? Could popular

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5 Good Reasons To Buy A Home In December

Courtesy of: BY MARILYN LEWIS ON MONEY TALK NEWS Nov 28, 2016It’s counter-intuitive, but December can be an excellent time to find a home. That’s particularly true for buyers sick of losing

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Nothing Stops A Rocket Boy

One of my all time favorite movies is "October Sky", which was based on the best selling memoir of Retired NASA Engineer and former resident of Coalwood, West Virginia, Homer Hickam.  Hickam's

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Butterball Help Available This Year By Text

What do you do if you forgot to defrost your holiday bird early? No need to fret or worry or cancel the family and go out for Chinese. Butterball, which has been fielding phone calls from

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Brazil On List Of 2016 Top Places To Visit

In Brazil, where idyllic beach escapes come a dime a dozen, the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte is ready to reveal that it's more than another sun-and-surf getaway.Famed for nonstop sands,

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Time For A Vacation To France

National Geographic says Côte d'Or is one of the top 10 travel destinations this for 2016.  So if you still have time to go, October and November are the two best months to go.  

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ABCs Of Piano Moving

Getting ready to move and what do you do about your piano?  It depends on the size and type and how far you're going to move. For upright or spinet type pianos you can almost always have a

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Tipping Etiquette

When you dine out and use a coupon to pay for part of your meal, please be sure to calculate the gratuity on the total bill, not just the discounted bill. The fact that your bill is discounted

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Best Places To Catch Pokemon In Palm Beach County

Pokemon Go fever has hit! The competition to find and catch the invisible Pokemon creatures, in the real world, is high. And we are here to help! Whether you want to play like a pro or are just a

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HASSLE FREE HOME BUYING

Perhaps you’d like to take advantage of today’s great  market in housing but feel a little intimidated by everything that’s involved.You know the routine: finding the right locale and the

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Treasure Hunt In Florida All Year Round

If you are a resident of the state of Florida, you probably didn't even know that you can hunt for treasure all year round without even having to leave the comfort of your home. According to

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Common Myths About Hurricane Preparedness

Now that we are a week into the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, I thought it might be a good idea to share some important things you should know about being prepared this season.  Although it

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What Is Your Home Style

Styles of houses vary across the country. In New England, you have the famous Cape Cod look. In Big cities like San Francisco, Boston, or Chicago, there are the imposing edifices of the

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Kitchen Makeovers That Will Not Break Your Wallet

Is your kitchen becoming an eye sore?  Would you like to spruce it up without putting a dent in your bank account?   Well, you don't have to go to a custom kitchen store in order to

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Cell Phones And Driving A Deadly Mixture

As a real estate agent, I'm in the car and driving around a lot more than the average person who works in an office from 9 to 5.  And because of my profession, having a cellphone is a real

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Moving A Pool Table

 Moving time is coming and what are you going to do about your pool table?   If you didn't sell it with the house, you will need to have it moved or sell it.  If you do decide to

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Save Hundreds A Year With Internet Promo Codes

These days we buy a lot of stuff on the internet.  Anything from clothes, shoes, books, magazine subscriptions, even funny card services such as JibJab.  But did you know there are ways to

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5 Healthy Food For Kids

Child obesity has become a national concern especially since the eating habits of children will determine their future health and welfare. With the evolution of two income families, it becomes

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Get Healthy With Homemade Ginger Ale

Ginger ale besides being a delicious fountain drink also happens to be an old folk ‎tonic‬ that can help solve many health problems.  If you suffer from such things as digestive

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Orchids Are Beautiful And Easy To Grow

Orchids are one of the most beautiful flowering plants around. Often grown in tropical climates, the Orchid also makes an excellent house plant and can be grown quite easily indoors as well as.

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Whats My Home Worth

Planning on selling your home in the next 12 to 18 months?The market is short of supply.  New construction throughout South Florida is hot, but there are not enough homes to fill demand, which

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Where To Hide In A Zombie Apocalypse

What do Costco, Peanut Island, a houseboat and the Florida Everglades have in common?They are 4 of 9 best places in Florida to hide if there ever is a Zombie Apocalypse.  I'm not planning or

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President Obama Says He Will Stay In DC

President Obama recently revealed that he needs to stay in Washington after his 2nd term is up until his daughter finishes school. President Obama and his family will have a lot of specific

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Be Wary Of Rental Scams

Renters beware of rental scamsIt was recently reported in the Palm Beach Post that Federal authorities had arrested and charged three Palm Beach County men with perpetrating an "elaborate fraud

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Ten Thousand Reasons To Move

How can you get up to $10,000 when you buy and sell a home?It's as simple as calling outstanding real estate agent, Stephen Snow of Exit Realty Premier and telling him you want to sell your home and

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Your Safety

Don't be surprised if a REALTOR(r) asks you for your driver's license.After the 2014 murder of an Arkansas real estate agent, Realtors throughout the country were forced to examine their security

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The Advantage Of Reverse Mortgage Financing Of A New Home

What do Henry Winkler, Robert Wagner, and Former Senator Fred Thompson have in common? They’re all pitchmen for government insured reverse mortgages. If you’re over 62, a reverse mortgage

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Get A Home Inspection Before Buying

Get a home inspection before you buy. by: Stephen D. Snow When you are buying a home one thing your real estate agent will most likely recommend is that you have a home inspection of the

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Tax Advantages Of Home Ownership

TAX ADVANTAGES OF HOME OWNERSHIPOne of the many perks of home ownership Are the tax advantages that go along with owning a home. is big tax breaks. So whether you’re doing your taxes yourself

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