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    What is Your Word for the New Year?

     

    There is nothing like cracking open a new book or opening up a beautiful bottle of champagne or smelling a new bloom on a rose bush to make you feel inspired, hopeful and filled with joy… like a glittering New Year ahead of you …your future is filled with opportunity and success!

    New Years comes around but one time a season and we make lists and goals to celebrate what might be in the upcoming and untouched months. It is the time of year where you can simply breath in and breath out and say goodbye to the crap and successes from the old year and focus on the endless possabilities of a new and exciting unopened year!

    PICK A WORD…ANY WORD

     

    Our challenge to you is this: Pick a word that embraces what you see for yourself in 2018 and freaking run with it! Read more

  • #SoooBoca

    Hip Hip Hooray You Can Make Reservations for Thanksgiving Day!

    Don’t work yourself up about slaving away for this years Thanksgiving dinner because #SoooBoca has some great suggestions for you! Have you thought about shaking up your traditions a bit and dining out in Downtown Boca? Or at a historic venue? Or just something completely different? Lets face it we love our holiday traditions but even we like to shake up the otherwise generic family ritual!

    You (and your kitchen) are not the only ones serving up turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes this holiday season. Try a twist on the classic tradition with this weeks “Five in the Hive” and then some for a yummy foodie faves for your Thanksgiving Day meal! Make your reservations now, no clean up required. Read more

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    Halloween Happenings in Boca Raton

    As we roll into the autumn months and Halloween we pray that the summer humidity will begin to dissipate, it’s the perfect time to start ticking off all the seasonal activities from your checklist! Pumpkin patches, costume parties and of course fall flavored everything. Sit back relax and enjoy the hard cider because we have done all the hard work for you! Check out our top picks for this weeks five in the hive! Read more

  • Buzz on Travel, HOME

    How to Choose Your Ride in Boca Raton

    Planes, trains and automobiles and yes limousines — getting to and from Boca Raton should be the least of your worries. When planning your trip to one of South Florida’s most exclusive destinations a little guidance is in order. Traveling by air can always be a tad stressful, but with three major airports surrounding the Boca area, your options are much greater and easier to navigate. The toughest part of a travel day is the transportation to the airport but with the info below, your travel day should be as easy as 1..2..3..

     

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  • BUZZ AROUND TOWN, HOME

    Florida Keys Hurricane Irma Benefit Concert

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    Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys leaving tens of thousands without shelter, water, fuel, food and basic toiletries.

    #SoooBoca is part of the team putting this fundraising event together as we have enjoyed the Florida Keys for many years. Our hearts go out to our friends there and we are here to help in any way that we can.

    25% of all homes are now uninhabitable, 60% damaged, hundreds of businesses destroyed. Our friends in the Florida Keys are going to be without power, water, employment for an extended period of time. Read more

  • #SoooBoca, BUZZ AROUND TOWN, BUZZ IN DOWNTOWN BOCA

    Boca Raton’s Top Ten Dog Days of Summer Must Do’s!

    As summer in Boca Raton slowly comes to a close it doesn’t mean you have to pack up your backpack and hide away your swimsuits! There are a ton of cool things to do around town to wrap up your summer break in style!

    Here are #SoooBoca’s Top 10 Summer Picks for staying cool in August!

    Take a step into time and check out one of Boca’s oldest landmarks — the original City Hall where you can find the Boca Raton Historical Society. Built in 1927 this long standing building has seen #SoooBoca grow into one of South Florida’s largest and most popular travel destinations. Between the hours of 10am and 4pm you can catch a guided tour around the hall or you can explore on your own. Curious about the history of not only Boca but IBM…the rooms are full of fun facts and history changing items for you to learn from and see.  This sweet piece of history is a prize possession among locals. By the way…if you love wine and food the Boca Bacchanal is one of the Historical Society’s signature events!

     

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    Weekends in Mizner Park are always a blast thanks especially with the variety of events always happenin’ in this popular downtown hot spot! Grab a drink with your posse around the park or bring the family down for a night that all can enjoy. This family friendly atmosphere is a great way to shake up the usual summer routine!

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    5 Fabulous Coffee Spots in Boca Raton

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    Coffee Plus #SoooBoca = A Successful Partnership!

    I don’t know about you but as a busy Realtor with listings and property showings “coffee” is a main food staple for this gal on the go! Sooo…today’s #SoooBoca’s “Five in the Hive” focus is Coffee in Boca! Boca is a mecca for small business owners — this city takes pride in buying local and supporting our neighborhood shops. Of course we enjoy the occasional Starbucks or a quick pit stop at Dunkin’ Donuts, but what we really love is the home brewed stuff. The slow roasted, cozy sitting cup of coffee. That being said, today’s ‘Five in the Hive’ is salutes some of our local coffee shops! This will be on ongoing series so no worries…I will but updating and adding more local coffees spots!  Let’s get started exploring the list….!

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  • #SoooBoca, HOME

    #SoooBoca Beaches Are Fabulous!

     

    #SoooBoca Beaches Are Fabulous!

    (This shot is from a Boca Beach cam…you can check in, watch the waves and take a break from work from afar just click here 

    Summer time, summer time, sum sum summertime is here baby!

    It is time to breath a bit and hit the beaches and boy do we have amazing beaches in #bocaraton.

    I grew up hanging out at Red Rocks (now Red Reef) and still am amazed at the beauty of our local Boca beaches.

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    From Spanish River Park to Red Reef to the Palmetto Pavilion and county run (yup) South Beach Inlet at Camino Real there are many choices for diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating and of course simply relaxing and building your dream home ie. the sandcastle. There is even a dog friendly beach up at Spanish River Park!

    Intertwined with parks that have space to BBQ with picnic tables and playgrounds you can simply take a drive up A1A and pick from a variety of lovely beaches! We are so lucky that the city had the infinite wisdom to protect our miles of beaches here for future generational enjoyment.

    We love to go to the beaches no matter what time of year it is. There’s are the surfers, the sailers, the coffee drinkers and the bikers all overlapping and converging on our beautiful beaches. At anytime you can find solace at the beach with the lure of the Atlantic Ocean at your feet. The calm sound of the waves draws you in as you gaze out to the horizon watching birds, fish jump and fishing boats heading out to fish or coming home for the day.

    Here are some links for ya:

    Boca Parks

    My Boca City Website

    Boca Surf Cam

    Bark Beach

    Which is your favorite beach in Boca?

    I go back and forth but mainly I love the South County Park beach that is on A1A and Camino.

    I love the jetty and the inlet and all the people fishing there. It feels like home to me but any beach in Boca is fabulous so there you have it!

    Want to check out more things to do in Boca Raton…including the beautiful beaches click on  Pinterest – Things To Do In Boca Raton

     

    And if you love to be inspired by color, water, South Florida and some additional #SoooBoca visual content at #SoooBoca on Instagram or just come visit my The Michele Bee Instagram page!

    Please refer to city links for beach information, conditions and times. This is not meant to be anything other than my personal opinion.

  • BUZZ IN REAL ESTATE

    Open House Safety

    Open House Safety Should Be Taken Seriously

    Whether you are a Realtor  with a new listing or a homeowner attempting to sell your home on your own as a For Sale By Owner there is some risk involved when having an open house. As recently as today I was alerted to thieves distracting agents and homeowners at open houses in Broward County, Florida. While this is not new it is not going away any time soon. Open houses can be another way for unsavory thieves to “check-out” different neighborhoods and target homes to break into at a later date or during the open house.

    If you plan to do an open house please do not do your open house alone…period!

    In today’s social media and online world you simply do not know who has seen your “Open House” promo. I have included open house safety tips from the Chicago Association of Realtors geared towards agents holding an open house but same holds true if you are are trying to sell For Sale By Owner or FSBO. Just read between the lines. For entire article just click here. 

    OPEN HOUSE SAFETY TIPS

    [From the Chicago Association of Realtors]

    Start by reminding the sellers to put valuables in a safe and secure place, and ask them to remind neighbors about the open house. Be sure to reaffirm the security code with the sellers and arrive early to survey and double check the entrances. If possible, park in an area where your car will not get blocked in.

    Create a sign-in sheet for visitors, whether electronic or on paper, to not only contact them later but also to be aware of who is in the house at all times. Greeting visitors will help you get to know possible buyers and be aware if anyone suspicious stops by.

    When showing visitors the home, walk behind them and direct them as they go. If possible, avoid smaller spaces like attics and basements where you could become trapped. This way, the potential buyers not only get to explore more on their own, but you get to keep your eyes on the situation at hand at all times.

    Scheduling friends or co-workers to stop by can be another way to ensure safety at your open house. If they can’t make it, communicate frequently with technology by giving them a call during the showing or schedule them to call you. This lets visitors know that others are aware of your whereabouts and could sway them from doing any harm.

    During the open house, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts. If something or someone feels off, take extra precautions. Answering visitors’ questions with follow up questions is a simple way to learn more about them. For example, if they ask “Is this property vacant?” You can follow with, “Are you ready to move in?” or “Are you preapproved?” This allows you to better understand their intentions and where they are in the buying process.

    Good luck and stay safe! 

    PS… I use a multitude of cutting edge ways to market homes I have listed. Open houses are low on my “marketing” list because I leverage and use social media, live video and digital ways to showcase my listed properties to attract a pre approved buyers. Lets face it…shouldn’t it really be a second showing by the time someone comes to see a property if online visuals are compelling, on point and the description is not a snooze fest?  Interestingly I am finding more and more of my home sellers are not keen on the Sunday open house very much these days.  That being said Broker Opens are still popular within our industry for Realtors and Realtor caravans to preview. Interested in more seller tips and suggestions just head over to my YouTube Channel and  if you need a 2018 update on what your home value is click here! 

  • #SoooBoca Interview

    Why a Business Coach Makes For Good Business

    We’re very excited about our #SoooBoca podcast with Nanette Saylor who is a fabulous business coach with a creative touch!

    I’m Michele Bellisari. I’m a mom, wife, realtor, and an entrepreneur. Today I’m with only one of my millennials. Alle Bellisari is here with us today, and Kylie is flying around the world today, so she’s not going to be with us today. But I have an amazing interview with a very dear friend and also an amazing human, really, and coach…who loves the creative side of coaching to inspire and motivate you to achieve your goals and more success in your business.

     

    I want to introduce Nanette Saylor, who is a creative entrepreneur coach and possibility partner at the Wise Well Women’s Way. Nanette is a CCA-certified coach. She blogs, she journals, has a self-care toolkit program, and so much to offer entrepreneurs in today’s very noisy business environment.

    I want to share that Nanette was also my business coach. When I was trying to transition after the housing market crash and we had a personal health issue in our family, she was very instrumental in giving me sound advice and guidance in regard to what my next step should be, and if I wanted to even stay in real estate at that point. I am a firm believer in coaching that can take you to the next level or clear the noise and focus in on your business. Welcome, my friend, Nanette Saylor. Read more

  • BUZZ IN REAL ESTATE

    14 Tips to Listing Your Home During the Holidays!

    Michele Bee’s Boca Buzz on Real Estate

    Ho Ho Ho or Heck No? Why It is a Great Time to Sell During the Holiday Season!

    Ahhh the age old question…do you hold off for between Thanksgiving and New Years to list your Boca Raton house or South Florida condo for sale in order to “get” through the holidays OR do you take advantage of South Florida’s lower inventory levels and less competition for buyers to look at?  Here are my thoughts on why you want to list your property now during this time frame! 

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