Broward County to Replace Aging Police Radio System

June 7th, 2017

Coral Springs and the surrounding communities in Broward county have approved the replacement of its aging police radio system. The current system has had some recent criticism for the static and sporadic outages that have been reported in the past. The cost of the new system totals at $59.5 million. Though replacing the system is expensive, the current system is more than 25 years old and is generally considered to be at the “end of its life”.  The new system which was approved Tuesday May 23rd won’t be ready to use until the end of the 2018 year.

A new system means improved communications within the county and will increase the capabilities of local law enforcement agencies to respond that much quicker and allow the first responders to be better updated with critical information. It will be focused and used by all public safety responders, police, and fire departments. This is just another way in which Coral Springs and the communities in Broward County are making this area a place where everyone will feel safe and everyone will want to live!

U.S. Home Resale Prices Hit a 10 Year High In Q1!

June 6th, 2017

Home resale numbers and prices across the country jumped in the first three months of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales of existing homes jumped 1.4 percent from the previous quarter to hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6 million, the highest rate since the first quarter of 2007.

The national median home price hit $232,100, a 7 percent jump from the same period last year and the biggest increase in two years. Out of the 178 markets covered in the National Association of Realtors survey, 85 percent saw increases in single-family homes. Thirty markets saw double-digit annual price gains in the first quarter.

With the market continuing to rise and hitting these types of highs it might be a good time to invest in a home and watch the price go up! South Florida is an especially good market at the moment with affordable prices and great listings. Contact Great Florida Homes for all the help you need!

 

NOAA Predicts High Active 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Stay Safe Florida!

May 31st, 2017

As hurricane forecasts are beginning to form, the federal government predicts an unusually active 2017 hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, with five to nine hurricanes expected to form. Overall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts 11 to 17 named tropical storms will develop in the region which includes the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. The season official begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.

It is worth the investment to install hurricane impact windows on your home as well as any other wind resistant installments that can save your home from extensive damage and in turn an extensive hit to your back account. These storms can reach wind speeds easily over 100 mph and as seen in the past, do some real damage to homes. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew which tore into South Florida on August 24th , 1992. We here at Great Florida homes encourage you to make the investment in making your home not only a safer place but also a more valuable property for future tenants, especially in such a hurricane prone area that we live in. Stay safe!

 

Upcoming Events in Coral Springs!

May 29th, 2017

Thank you to everyone in the community who joined the City of Coral Springs this morning in celebrating and supporting the Veterans Coalition of Coral Springs at the special Memorial Day Ceremony in honor of the men and women who have given their service and lives to this great nation. Just because Memorial Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t continue to show your support throughout the year. The Veterans Coalition of Coral Springs are continuing to transform Veterans Park by placing engraved bricks along its walkway. The bricks can be purchased to memorialize and honor veterans of all eras and services. The bricks can be purchased for $50 each directly from the coalition. Anyone can purchase and the bricks can accommodate up to 4 lines of engraving. For more information, please check out the website here to donate and get a brick! 

The annual Fourth of July celebration at Mullins Park is just around the corner as well! One of our most exciting and anticipated celebrations of the year will begin at 6 p.m on Tuesday, July 4th. Families are encouraged to celebrate the birth date of our country by safely by enjoying a grand fireworks display set to begin promptly at 9 p.m. Free admission, bounce houses, and music are available while small fees will be administered for arts and crafts, food and refreshments. A $3 parking fee will also be assessed for those parking at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. Alcoholic beverages, personal fireworks, and pets will not be admitted into the park (as an extra safety measure, coolers, backpacks, and lawn chairs in a bag are also prohibited). Mullins park is located at 10000 Ben Geiger Drive (NW 29th St) and for more information please call 954-345-2200.

We all hope you come out to both of these special events and show your support for our veterans, this country, as well as this city. We here at Great Florida Homes hope you all have a great and safe summer!

Coral Springs City Improvements!

May 17th, 2017

It is a busy time of the year in beautiful Coral Springs and we here at Great Florida Homes want you to know all about some great upcoming improvements to the city!

As of May 22nd eTRAKiT, will be available for use to the general public. Residents and business owners can use the system’s modules to check on permit status and other information on projects relating to building, zoning, and code compliance. You can also pay bills online, submit permit applications, request inspections, and much more. To take advantage of this great and efficient system, please visit www.CoralSprings.org/etrakit.

Do you know another way Coral Springs is making improvements for the future? Electric vehicle charging stations are now available at Coral Springs Gymnasium. The City of Coral Springs has recently introduced two new electric vehicle charging stations that are open from 6 a.m to 10 p.m daily and are located on the north parking lot of the Gymnasium. Both charging stations are “Level 2” single port charging stations (one of which is made specifically for Teslas). Tesla has provided the stations to the city at no cost. These charging ports are part of the City’s sustainability initiative which included the city purchasing two new fully electric vehicles to use for city departments.

There are some great changes being made across the city making Coral Springs a better place to live each and every day!

Featured Listing: 804 Cypress Blvd # 205 Pompano Beach, FL 33069

April 18th, 2017

You won’t be disappointed when you check out this beautifully updated condo in Pompano Beach! With exceptional long lake views over a Champion golf course, this condo will have you feeling relaxed and right at home. The location has East West exposure for crosswind breezes. The whole unit is completely remodeled , with sparkling tile and wood floors and top of the line appliances.

This condominium can be found in the beautiful Palm-Aire Community. It is conveniently located only 20-30 minutes from the best beaches, the shopping on Las Olas Blvd, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Port Everglades and the airport. With three community pools and surrounded by activities there is something for everyone in this neighborhood.

Check out the photos below for a visual tour of this beautiful home. Like what you see? Call the Great Florida Homes team to set an appointment!

 

Featured Listing: 7199 NW 44th St. Coral Springs, FL 33065

March 2nd, 2017

Welcome home to this beautifully maintained 4 bedroom/2 bathroom, centrally located on a private street in amenity filled Coral Springs where there is a park within 1 mile of every neighborhood! With over 2000 square feet of living space along with vaulted ceilings to compliment the natural light that fills this home (while also powering it), you will have no trouble finding a spot to relax. If that wasn’t enough already, you have a large fenced yard with an open pool!

Once inside you will find a large family room adjacent to the main living area which flows nicely into the fully equipped kitchen with loads of counter space. The kitchen features a convection stove and windows overlooking the open pool outside. This home offers a formal dining room in addition to the master suite and three guest bedrooms. Within the very large master suite you will have direct access to the fenced in yard as well as a bathroom with dual sinks and a step-down shower.  

Being that this house is so centrally located within the amenity filled community of Coral Springs, you will always be close to what you love. With a state of the art aquatic center, three golf courses within a 15-minute drive, and being only 13 miles away from the beach, Coral Springs is the perfectly balanced community that everyone can enjoy. To view this home and everything else it has to offer in more detail please check out the photos below of view the complete listing here!

 

Learn More about Coral Springs and Help Keep the City Clean!

February 2nd, 2017

If you would like to learn more about Coral Springs or address any concerns you have as a resident or potential resident, we encourage you to attend in-person or via Facebook Live the upcoming “Slice of the Springs” meeting. These neighborhood meetings are a chance to interact with City employees ranging from police officers, firemen, community development employees, parks and recreations, and many other departments! All the staff members will be available to answer any questions you may have via Facebook LIVE on Thursday, April 20th from 7 to 8 p.m.

You can also submit your questions ahead of the scheduled live stream through Facebook. If you have more interest in attending these meetings in-person either on February 9th at 7pm or on March 2nd, depending on which section of Coral Springs you reside in. The staff is eager to answer any questions you may have so please stop by or tune in! To find out more please visit www.CoralSprings.org/slice.

Are you looking for an exciting and valuable local volunteer opportunity? The City of Coral Springs is seeking volunteers to help beautify the city as part of “Keep Coral Springs Beautiful” campaign. Volunteers will be split up into teams and spend a few hours cleaning up different areas throughout Coral Springs. If you are interested, the clean up will be held on Saturday, February 11th from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch will also be provided after the cleanup in addition to volunteer raffles. If you are interested in signing up please fill out the volunteer forms available at www.CoralSprings.org/volunteer or contact volunteer services at 954-346-4434. So come on out and help keep our beautiful city clean!

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Featured Listing: 5667 NW 125th Ave #5667, Coral Springs 33076

January 27th, 2017

Feel the “zen” in this featured listing which is an absolutely beautiful, approximately 2000 square foot 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhome in the amenity rich Fairways of Heron Bay!  This home has been meticulously cared for and is ready for you to move right in and feel at home. Pull in to your paved 2 car garage or walk up your gorgeous walk way to the front door. The home features tile and wood flooring and clerestory windows accenting the main living area and a large bay window is the focal point of the dining room. The completed updated kitchen shows off its 42” cabinets are accented by granite & a tumble stone backsplash.  If that wasn’t enough there are also updated stainless steel appliances as well as a newer washer/dryer setup! The upstairs master suite includes wood flooring with bohemian style shutters and a bathroom that has a separate shower and whirlpool tub.

The moment you walk in you will be able to imagine yourself relaxing in the comfortable family room that leads right out to an expanded patio and lush green fenced yard to enjoy the sunshine. The backyard also has both screened and open air areas on its elevated patio. The sunshine is not the only thing you will be able to enjoy in your gated community. Fairways of Heron Bay has everything you need to live the good life including: resort style pools, TWO clubhouses, tennis, as well as optional membership to the golf course. To visualize this home for yourself please check out the photos below and view the full listing here!

Room Dimensions:

Living Room: 14 x 13 Dining Room: 12 x 11 Master Bdrm: 15 x 14

Second Bdrm: 12 x 10

Third Bdrm: 11 x 10 Kitchen: 11 x 11 Family Room: 13 x 11

Patio Balcony: 17 x 13

Happy New Year from the Great Florida Homes Team!

January 26th, 2017

January is almost over, but it’s never too late to make a resolution for the year! Here are a few tips that you can use to set your new year’s resolutions and some ways to keep those resolutions throughout the year.

Set a plan for your resolutions in steps. Everyone always has those big dreams or changes that they want to make in their life, but they can sometimes seem almost impossible to reach. Setting small, achievable goals on the way to accomplishing your end goal will allow you to hit milestones throughout the year while also allowing yourself to get a feeling of accomplishment along the way! If your goal is too difficult to carry out early in the year it often gets dropped and forgotten.

Keep looking ahead to the future. When coming up with your new year’s resolutions, think about whether they are moving towards what you would want in your ideal life. If they are bringing you closer to that picture, stick with them. If not, it may be a good idea to rethink your resolutions and redirect them towards your life goals. This goes hand in hand with setting smaller achievable goals to reach your large, life milestones.

Forming good habits. It is often difficult to get your mind right and keep pushing towards a goal that you truly want to accomplish but is extremely difficult. Once you form a daily, weekly, biweekly, etc. habit, your body and mind will have a much easier time achieving that goal. It may be tough and mentally stressing the first few months or so, but it the long run it will be worth it! Rewarding yourself along the way can also help!

The new year is always a time in which people reflect on their past and look towards the future. It is a chance to reset and make the changes that you want in your life. If you stick to it and follow some of the tips listed above, you will be able to move towards that ideal lifestyle and success that you want for yourself. Each of this tips and tricks can also be applied from a real estate perspective! Setting goals and small steps on the way to finding your dream home can be easy if you just keep moving forward! The Great Florida Homes want to wish you a happy, safe, and successful new year to you and all your loved ones!