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  • #SoooBoca

    December Holiday Events Around Boca Raton

    HO HO HO and Happy Holidays! Lets get this Season started! 

    #SoooBoca’s  Five in the Hive +++ list for fun events around beautiful Boca Raton this holiday season!

     

    For those of you “new” to Boca, after the tree lighting at Mizner Park, the annual street parade is a great kick off to holiday season festivities!

    The 47th Annual Holiday Street Parade in Downtown Boca is fun for all ages! It is truly a community gathering and a great time to see friends you have not seen all year!  The theme this year is“Light Up Boca,” and is on Wednesday, December 6 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  The parade will move from SE 5th Street to North Mizner Park Boulevard with grandstand viewing at Sanborn Square. Definitely take advantage of Round the Town to pick you up and drop you off!

    The 41st Annual Intracoastal Boca Raton Boat Parade is on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 6:30 -8:00. This is a city sponsored event that starts at the C-15 canal which is on the Boca/Delray border. Boats, dinghies and yachts travel south towards the Hillsboro Bridge and then turn around and come back. It is a winter wonderland of lights, laughter and very unique to our South Florida holiday traditions.

    If you want to enter the parade it is FREE so click on the link and check out when the captains meeting is. By the way…did you know there is $10,000.00 is cash and prizes to be won in a variety of different categories? So get your kayak ready to go peeps! Let the decorating begin!

    There are three designated viewing areas at Red Reef Park, Silver Palm Park and The Wildflower Property and The City of Boca Raton will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys to benefit Toys for Tots at these areas.

    The following Intracoastal bridges will be closed to vehicle traffic for approximately 45 minutes each as follows:

    • Spanish River – 6:50 p.m.
    • Palmetto Park Road – 7:20 p.m.
    • Camino Real – 7:30 p.m.

    (You can see other boat parades including the Ft. Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade December 9, 2017 starting in the Downtown Area at 6:30 PM)

     

     

    Downtown Boca has the FAU Tuba Christmas at the Mizner Park Amphitheater December 10th a not to miss concert that is festive and full of fun!

     

     

    Although the main factory is in Lake Worth, Hoffmans Chocolates is an “old Boca” fan fave so here is something for all the chocoholics out there and of course the amazing Hoffmans Chocolates has their 27th Annual Winter Wonderland happening now until December 30th and Chanukah Menorah Lighting on December 12th. All of which is FREE to the public.  Plus if you love ice skating check out Panthers in Palm Beach  in the parking lot at Hoffmans (there is a fee). Fun fact…Hoffmans has been a chocolate lovers staple in our area since 1975.

     

    Holiday Fun-Tacular hits the town December 22 – January 6th at Sugar Sand Park so check out all the activities that will be happening during school break! Classes, shows, art plus the Explorium Winter Break Blast to keep the kids entertained and parents can keep their sanity:)

     

     

    A fun event for singles will be happening in Boca with the annual The Little Red Dress Party – December 8th at the Waterstone Resort and Marina and you better think now if you have been “naughty” or “nice” cuz Santa will be attending too!

     

    This is the 10th year for the Donna Klein Jewish Academy Dreidel Drive  and Jewish Adoption And Family Care Options (JAFCO) to benefit kids that have been abused. This event runs through December 8th.

    Our sister city to the north of us is have a Menorah Lighting at Old School Square on Tuesday, December 12th … seating is limited so get there early!

     

    There are literally tons of fun events happening in #SoooBoca and around our area from the sassy Palm Beaches to fabulous Fort Lauderdale…here is a link to shows in South Florida for you to check out!

    We are adding events to our Facebook page so buzz by that and the Buzz in Boca #SoooBoca event calendars  for constant updates!

    The #SoooBoca Squad wishes you very Happy Holidays!  If you have not yet watched our YouTube channel buzz on by!

    PS…let us know about any great Boca events during December so we can add to our calendar…message us on Facebook!

  • #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.

    1. Enjoy Thanksgiving like a true local and dine out on the water at the Boca Landing Restaurant under the watchful eye of Chef Mixon at the Waterstone Resort & Marina. The Three Course Prix Fixe menu will be offered from 3pm until 9pm — it’ll be the first time in years that your uncle isn’t picking at the turkey before its ready. The views of Lake Boca will put you in the holiday spirit…that is until you see the dessert course which looks spectacular! 
    2. Looking for a wholesome meal in central Boca to share with the family on Thursday, make your reso’s at The Farmers Table! No need to worry about over indulging at the Farmers Table everything is made from the highest quality and proper portion size, don’t count on a food coma with this meal! From farm to table including dining in or pick up…but get your orders in by Friday November 17th! 
    3. Looking for a fabulous kosher option this year…then head to Thanksgiving dinner at Ditmas. Their Prix Fixe menu will have seatings available at 4:30, 6:00 and 7:30pm. A perfect family spot that serves up gourmet food (no dairy, no shellfish and no pork) that will leave you craving these fabulous dishes when you wake up to go shopping on Black Friday! 
    4. Be surrounded by Boca’s infamous pink buildings and dine in at Max’s Grille for their homemade Thanksgiving dinner. Max’s Grille is open on this prolific Thursday for the first time in twenty-six years. Show this long time Boca favorite some love and try out their heavenly holiday menu — then please retreat to your regularly scheduled programming and a glass of champagne! 
    5. If you still want to eat at home but cooking is stressing you out — take out may be on your horizon. Oceans 234 has it taken care of — feed up to eight people with a five pound turkey, three sides and a dessert — but don’t let that stop you add on even more options if you’d like to glam it up a bit! Burn a little garlic on the stovetop before your guests arrive and voila smells like you’ve been slaving away all day! PS…see our #SoooBoca review from this summer! 
    6.  #SoooBoca Bonus! Dine among the 100 year old banyan trees at the Thanksgiving Feast at the historic Addison of Boca Raton right off of Camino in east Boca. There is something for everyone from adults to the kids including an amazing Five Star Diamond Award winning catered buffet. Make your reservations now at this popular venue! 

    From our home to yours no matter where you decide to eat, entertain and have a thankful day off the #SoooBoca squad wishes you a wonderfully warm and relaxing Thanksgiving Day holiday and long weekend.

    PS…here is a parting thought you might be thankful for too…get a basket or an ice bucket and throw your cell phones in it for the duration of your dinner. You can thank us later!

     

     

    Please note you must confirm details, time and items available for pick up and any reservation information as info in this post is reliable but not guaranteed.

  • 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! 

    Top 8 Reasons To List Your Property

    1. Less inventory for a buyer to look at!
    2. A buyer looking during the holiday season is a serious buyer and perhaps relocating or at an end of a lease.
    3. Decorations can make a home feel cozy and if done correctly can be very appealing to a buyer to envision for their own holiday in their new home.
    4. You can begin the New Year fresh knowing you are closed or soon to be closing. Not just starting the process of listing your home.
    5. One thing sellers are not aware of is that they can block out showing times…work with your agent on that.
    6. Great marketing opportunity to tie the ultimate gift of a home as a present for someone special out there!
    7. Inventory levels rise after the holidays. Seller’s who have had their “final” holiday celebrations are ready to move.
    8. Homestead Exemption – see the Palm Beach Property Appraiser link I have included for complete details.

    (Please Note:  You must have an existing Homestead Exemption to qualify for additional exemptions. The deadline to file for Homestead Exemption is March 1 of the qualifying year. For more information, call us at (561) 355-2866 or contact us at myexemption@pbcgov.org)

    What Is My Home Worth?

    Top 5 Tips on Staging Your Home During The Holidays

    1. Make this a time to do your “fall” cleaning and decluttering. Keep it, donate it or get rid of it. Get a small warehouse for storage and get that donation receipt for tax purposes. (Make sure all curbside bulk is picked up too).
    2. You are not inviting potential buyers to your annual holiday party so keep it simple and neutral, put the cookies and liquor in a cabinet when you have showings. (See my Pinterest and Houzz ideas).
    3. Go easy on lights (white lights are awesome by the way) and the outdoor decor…a great neutral for holiday decor is to look to the beach and ocean for ideas to decorate your home. For this year let the blow up outdoor sad during the day snowman stay in the garage until next year.
    4. Pinterest and Houzz are your best friends for ideas fabulously simple yet gorgeous holiday decorations and decor. 
    5. Remember that all of the space in your house doesn’t need to be decorated and throw out the old decorations. You can check out Homegoods, TJ Maxx or Bealls’s (which is the photo in this blog) for fresh ideas for a small investment. 

    So now you have a few good tips on what to do when you decide it is time to list and sell your property during the last couple months of the year. Remember, there are 3 holidays that banks and title companies are closed so factor that in to your timeline.

    The one last and most important tip of all is this… hire a great Realtor who doesn’t go MIA during the holiday season. I love the excitement of closing a chapter and new beginnings like out with the old year and in with the new one! 

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

     

  • #SoooBoca, HOME

    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!

    1. You can’t properly celebrate the month of October without picking out the perfect pumpkin. Check out Benders Farm Fresh Market, Saint Ambrose, First United Methodist Church or one of the many other pumpkin providers this October season! Try your hand at the corn maze, take a festive hayride and pig out on holiday treats all right here in our favorite city! Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a patch during the weekend — most pumpkin patches in boca will be operating all week long, you’ll have plenty of time to get your sweet fall fix!Halloween
    2. Try to go unnoticed while creeping your way through Enigma Haunt. This scarier than life haunted house will have chills running down your spine, as you dodge through all three of their haunted house adventures! Grab your pals and try not to scream — see how fast you can make it out before the creepy crawlies come for you!Halloween
    3. Round the troops and head to Sugar Sand Park for their 13th Annual Shriek Week! A perfect event for the entire family, with a little thrill and a lot of chill! Get a sneak peak at the spooky film festival, take a stroll down the trick or treat trail, pop into the not so haunted house and see how long you can tame a boa constrictor. Shriek Week will have you and your family cracking up all night long!Halloween
    4. Artists and paintings will be overflowing the room on Hallows Eve at Tanzy’s Halloween Happy Hour. Dress up as your favorite piece of art and dive head first into a fun evening of costumes and cocktails. Door prizes will be available for the best solo and group costumes and proceeds will benefit the Museum’s Field Trip Fund for schools that are underserved! A great cause and a cultural night — you may just learn a little more history than you bargained for!Halloween
    5. Get spooktacular during Halloween at the Addison — this lavish party will be alive and well all night long! Delve in delicious halloween themed cocktails and tasty bites but not before you experience the haunted rooms throughout the Addison. Don’t be fooled thought, this trick certainly comes with a big treat — benefits will go directly to Slow Burn Theatre Co. a not for profit theatre company right here in South Florida!Halloween

    #SoooBoca is simply filled with fabulous events around town for you to get your “shriek” or decorate your home with pumpkins! Happy Halloween everyone!

  • BUZZ AROUND TOWN, BUZZ IN REAL ESTATE

    September 2017 Real Estate Newsletter & Fundraiser

    Fundraiser

    Fundraiser for the Florida Keys

    Hello Friends,

    The last few weeks have been hard on everyone dealing with Hurricane Irma. I hope you are well and if you need
    any assistance please reach out to friends, neighbors, family and even myself.

    As you scroll down you will see we have planned an amazing fundraiser for the Florida Keys.

    Let me also wish you a very happy Rosh Hashanah and wishing all who celebrate a sweet New Year filled with love,
    health and peace!

    I am sending this out today to let you know about a fundraiser that I am part of for our friends that were devastated by
    the storm in the Florida Keys.

    Our family has great memories spending a ton of time in the Keys and we also have a property in Key Largo.

    We luckily had little damage but it was very hit and miss. We had a house guest here from Key Largo and happy to
    report his home was in decent shape. The neighbor next door however did not fair as well.

    We plan to enjoy many more years in Key Largo and adjoining Keys and know the people there are resilient and strong.

    Join us on September 28th at Tim Finnegans from 6 pm – 10 pm in Delray Beach.

    This is a benefit concert fundraiser and you can click the link for ticket and donation details.

    We are in need of auction items for a ” mystery box” live auction so if you would like to donate something please let me know.

    Benefit Concert for The Florida Keys

    Fundraiser

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    Hurricane Must Have List Via My Facebook Friends

    (Unscientific but good suggestions)

    Battery Operated Fan
    Free Standing AC Unit
    Portable Generator/Whole House Generator
    Extra D Batteries
    Gas can
    Lanterns as well as flashlights
    Battery operated hairdryer (does this exist?)
    Phone Battery to charge cell phones
    Hurricane shutters not wood
    Portable radio
    Digital TV antenna
    Battery charged DVD player
    Board games
    Portable butane burner
    Old fashioned percolator

    On a lighter note:
    Vienna Sausages
    Liquor
    More snacks
    A ticket out a here (quoting)
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    fundraiser

    As a gal on the go Realtor that loves our town and the surrounding South Florida areas (39 year resident)
    I started vlogging and blogging last year with two daughters or “my millenials” as I call them and
    I launched our #SoooBoca Lifestyle, Local & Real Estate website.

    If you have an event or business in Boca Raton (or close by) please introduce yourself to us!

    We are excited to announce we started at weekly podcast at Boca Chamber Radio.

    We will focus on having community leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, event producers,
    store and restaurant owners on the show as well as talk about trends in real estate, food, fashion, social media and
    a little sass to boot!

    You can catch the show on replay on the blog and the #SoooBoca Facebook page and
    chances are we will going “Live” frequently…oh snap, imagine that.

    Want to be part of our #SoooBoca show!  Sponsors and collaborations available just reach out by clicking here
    to send us an email #SoooBoca Lifestyle & Real Estate

    You can also find us doing Instagram stories and posting cool and timely things at #SoooBoca on Instagram 

    Fundraiser

    Social Side Notes…

    4th Quarter News! You Asked…I Came Up With A Solution! 

    I have launched K.I.S.S. DIY Social Media for those of you who want a do it yourself, easy to manage,
    hour a week or less way to expose your business to your ideal target market.

    Social media should be just that…social, strategic and yes…fun… but not a huge time suck!

    If you need help getting your message and brand out there on social media here you go. This is a
    great opportunity to have your assistant, secretary or admin learn so they can leverage your message.

    I have tips, tricks and time saving short cuts that work to get your message, events,
    information and more out there to your past, current and new customers in a simple,
    minutes a day or week, shoestring budget way to brand yourself!

    You can send me an email through the contact link here on #SoooBoca.

    Fundraiser

    Facebook Biz Page Audit & Mini Training Now Available

    Ah Facebook for Biz…you know you need it in your business but how do you set it up for max exposure or fix what you started! Leverage and automation are the name of the game. Let me be your guide! Includes:

    • Setting up your page properly.
    • User name, about section, cover, profile picture.
    • Getting people to like your business page.
    • Using your date base and personal page to generate likes and new followers.
    • Content, polls, questions to engage your audience.
    • Auto schedule industry updates and other engaging posts.
    • How to use your personal page and your business page together to generate “top of the mind” presence throughout the day, week and month.
    • Going “Live” for your business   Examples: grand opening, a new product, weekly show.
    • 3 Call-to-Actions for you to implement today.

     

    Instagram Biz Page Audit and Mini Training

    Instagram is where it is happening these days especially for real estate agents! Time to up your game and have your
    profile stand out and understand how to use Instagram Stories to leverage your brand as the digital mayor of your community.

    Client Avatar Brand Strategy

    • User name and bio
    • Theme and strategy
    • Business goals and marketing goals (do they align)
    • Images and content
    • Engagement practices
    • Following and followers
    • Stories – how to use them effectively, behind the scenes, product launches, take overs
    • Geo tagging (huge by the way)
    • Analytics (what is working, what is not)
    • 3 Call-to-Actions for you to implement today!

     

    Fundraiser

    If you are thinking of selling your home or upsizing or downsizing let me help you out.

    You can click on this link to see what your home is worth and the latest neighborhood values…be that nosy neighbor…I am!

    My estimated home value report will help you determine how much time, energy and money
    to put into your home BEFORE you sell to net you the most money.

    For all things real estate check out TheMicheleBee on Instagram  as well  Michele Bellisari Realtor on Facebook page  and specifically targeted real estate topics at Michele Bellisari Probate Senior Downsizing Divorce Real Estate

    PS: Attorneys, CPA’s, Financial Planners,Estate Professionals if you need a free
    comparable market analysis for a client please let me know and I will gladly help
    you or your clients out by putting one together!

    The Bellisari Real Estate Team is walking again and raising money to find a cure for Alzheimer’s
    at the 2017 Boca Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Mizner Park November 8, 2017.
    Please click on this link to donate and or join my team http://bit.ly/MicheleBellisariAlzheimersFundraiser

     

    I have 3 new listings hitting the market this week in
    Aberdeen, Highpoint and Vista Verde.

    Free List of Homes Near Your Work

    Fundraiser

     Michele Bellisari

    Information deemed reliable, not guaranteed. I do not give legal, financial or tax advice in regard to real estate transactions. Please refer to the appropriate professionals such as your attorney, cpa or other trusted advisor you work with. Home value reports are estimates and not an appraisal of value. If you property is currently listed with a Realtor please disregard this email as it is not my intention to solicit offerings of other real estate brokers or their agents

  • #SoooBoca Weddings

    Five Authentic Fall Wedding Trends

    So many choices so little time when it comes to figuring out the perfect Fall wedding color palette for your perfect day…but don’t fret… here are some great ideas to get your wedding color vibes flowing for the perfect shade, tone and feel you are going for!

    Deep Berry Tones

    Summer berries fit the perfect fall color palette. Whether in a bouquet, on a cake, or placed in an element of an elegant place setting, these deep blues and vibrant reds fashion a cozy edge in a blissful event.Fall

     

    Fall

    Source: https://ruffledblog.com/moody-burgundy-and-gold-wedding-inspiration/

    Fall

    Source: https://greenweddingshoes.com/an-intimate-rock-n-roll-romance-in-portugal/

    Yellow is the New Nude

    Yellow is the new nude. A fall wedding isn’t complete without warm tones emulating that golden hour we all know and adore. A color that spreads among a myriad of shades, this color crafts a seamless look for your beloved ladies standing by your side or even your gorgeous florals!

    Fall

    Source: https://greenweddingshoes.com/a-desert-road-trip-elopement/

    Fall

    Source: http://www.magnoliarouge.com/inspiration/yellow-mustard-wedding-ideas/

    Fall

    Source: http://www.magnoliarouge.com/inspiration/yellow-mustard-wedding-ideas/

    Wild Florals

    Out with the pristine and in with the imperfect. Time to ditch the impeccably arranged peonies and roses. Wild flowers are the go for your autumn-inspired wedding. A colorful arrangement of soft washed florals of all shapes and sizes can add that unique element you have been longing for.

    Fall

    Source: http://catherinecoons.com/2017/09/06/noelle-braden-washington-festival-wedding/

    Fall

    Source: https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wildflower-wedding-inspiration/

    Fall

    Source: http://junebugweddings.com/wedding-blog/magical-mendenhall-glacier-wedding-with-waterfalls-and-wildflowers/

    Era Inspired

    Era-themed weddings are IN. From the Victorian ages to the 1970s, your wedding can emulate these trendy times in more ways than you can imagine! From your style choices to your photographer, you can start a wildfire with your vision!

    Fall

    Source: http://chicvintagebrides.com/convertible-bridesmaid-dress-jenny-yoo/

    Fall

    Source: http://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog/2012/07/a-soft-and-romantic-victorian-inspired-1970s-wedding-dress/

    Fall

    Source: http://www.inspiredbythis.com/wed/boho-moody-ranch-wedding-inspiration/

    Halloween Elegance

    I know what your thinking! Halloween = Scary = Not wedding appropriate. BUT hear me out. Think “dark enchanted elegance” — Dark tones, crystal glasses, romantic florals, black tie ball. This strays far from your “classic elegance” but, if done right, will exceed your expectations of the wedding of your dreams.

    Fall

    Source: https://greenweddingshoes.com/enchanted-halloween-wedding-inspiration/

    Fall

    Source: http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2016/10/i-feel-you-in-my-bones-dark-moody.html

    Fall

    Source: https://greenweddingshoes.com/vintage-haunted-harvest-wedding-inspiration/

    So there ya go! No matter what your theme is formulating in that beautiful thought bubble over your head you can find inspiration throughout the seasons and create your very special #SoooBoca wedding designed exclusively by you and for you 💖

    Read more about Weddings in Boca Raton HERE!