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5 Delicious Fruits Grown In Florida | Florida Rare And Exotic Fruits

5 rare and exotic fruits grown in Florida

As America's only subtropical climate, Florida has the lone benefit of growing some of the most exotic fruits & vegetables found anywhere in the world. Much like our state plays host to some of the most extreme and distant equitorial invasive species, we also enjoy the upside of such a unique clime - fresh fruits and vegetables! Florida is fortunate to grow fruits with origins in East Asia, The Middle East, Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America. Warm weather climates often play a role in increased biodiversity, so while you're searching for your new Boynton Beach home, be sure to consider venturing out and trying these 5 exotic fruits found almost exclusively in Florida!

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Jackfruit

For those who've never seen them, Jackfruit is one of the most alien looking fruits one could imagine, and they might be the heaviest. These harshly spiked dinosaur eggs often far exceed the size and weight of watermelons, and look more like they would be flung from a catapult than eaten at home. Jackfruits are harvested at both young and ripe stages, with the unripe flesh serving as a go-to meat substitute in vegan dishes such as "pulled jackfruit," giving the perfect consistency to match tender shredded meat. When ripe, these goopy yellow pods are the direct source of flavor for Juicy Fruit gum! Be wary when prepping on your own, however, as...

Thanksgiving In Boca Raton | Giving Thanks From Champagne & Parisi

Champagne & Parisi Thanksgiving Gratitude list

We'd be lying if we weren't a little excited for the end of this work day and the moments ahead with our friends and family. Thanksgiving is the ultimate opportunity to take a much needed break while the holidays ramp up, and the antecedent to when the holidays truly begin. We think its a sin to watch our local craft store skip straight from pumpkins to peppermint. In honor of Thanksgiving and the many special people we have to thank, the Champagne & Parisi Team has assembled our official (way too short) gratitute list. We wish we had the words to thank everyone, but we'll start with these amazing contributors to our tremendous 2021. THANK YOU!

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Our Champagne & Parisi Agents

We wouldn't be a real estate brokerage without our team of 100 agents - all of whom are family to us. In our years of service to our community, we've seen our fair share of Realtors come and go. We couldn't be more thrilled with this team of hardworking, intelligent, and perhaps most importantly, compassionate Realtors we've assembled through the years. Our team looks out for each other as much as they do for our clients, and the success...

Thanksgiving Dinner In Boca Raton | Where To Go On Thanksgiving

thanksgiving dinner in boca raton

What an interesting couple of years it's been, especially for holiday logistics. Not everyone will have their family pile in this year, and not everyone wants to be saddled with three days of cooking and cleaning. Fear not! These incredible Boca Raton restaurants offer pre-fixe, a la carte, dine-in, and take-out options to keep the labor off your plate and the good food on it!

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Farmer's Table

Once again, Farmer's Table finds its way into our Boca real estate blog. In the past, it's been for their fastidious attention to detail when developing their menu. Their food is delicious and reflects their mantra of "feel-good food" through their selection of ingredients and standard of quality. For a place that deals in only the crispest, freshest, and cleanest - you're sure to win big by choosing Farmer's Table for your Thanksgiving restaurant.

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Veterans Day 2021 | A Tribute To South Florida's Veterans

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This Veterans Day, like all others, we give thanks and honor the incredible sacrifice these brave men and women made to secure our freedom and protect our homeland. We all have family or friends we can turn to and show our support, but today the Champagne & Parisi team looks to honor 5 notable South Florida veterans and shed light on their incredible stories. The Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame was established in 2011 by the State of Florida to recognize Floridians who have shown the values that reflect our greatest veterans during their service and in their communities afterward. Their website is a wonderful resource into the tales of valor and commitment to service that may not have made our textbooks. Today we give thanks - here are 5 members of The Florida Veterans Hall of Fame that we are humbly grateful for!
Robert White, Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame member

ROBERT WHITE

Sergeant Robert White served the United States Army during the Vietnam War. His motto "keeping the promise" kept him (literally) on track as he's carved out a remarkable career as both a serviceman and civilian. Sergeant White has spent over 40 years counseling veterans on their mental health, as a licensed counselor with an M.S. in Psychology, among other academic plaudits. His unyielding advocacy for veterans, particularly in the area of mental...

Boca Raton Rental Homes | A Boca Real Estate Investors Guide

tips for boca raton rental investors

Whether looking to live full time, seasonally or simply invest in our explosive Boca Raton housing market, there are significant factors to consider when making your investment - especially as a landlord. Our rising prices, prime real estate, and a seemingly unyielding quantity of new candidates flocking to rent your home are substantial contributors to our overall buyers' boom. Still, there are many unique challenges that we face in our Boca Raton real estate market. Here are 5 of those challenges, as part of our rental home investor's guide, learn and adapt - as we've done over the years in South Florida.

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Consider Flood Insurance

Hurricane Andrew was our (no pun intended) watershed moment. Building codes were updated, new preparedness measures were adopted, and the entire real estate market was forced to adapt from breaking ground to final sale. A plurality of South Florida real estate from Homestead to the Palm Beaches is less than 30 years old, with much of it post-dating Hurricane Andrew's landfall in 1992. With wind damage largely mitigated, we now turn our attention to some of the most deleterious elements of hurricanes, and our summer storms in general - flooding. Whether it be a massive storm or days of ongoing subtropical downpours, did you know most homeowners insurance doesn't come with flood coverage? This simple, specialized insurance...

November Events In Boca Raton | Things To Do In Boca

November Events in Boca Raton

It may have been a sweltering summer, but on this fresh, beautiful November 1st morning we're all reminded of why so many choose to spend their lives in Boca Raton. Whether spending a weekend, a season, or a lifetime, Boca Raton is certain to provide a vibrant slate of family-friendly and adult events alike. For our part, we've put together a list of some of the many November events in Boca Raton to check out. See below for the details!

Boca Police Athletic League | kids playing baseball

Boca Raton Police Athletic League 30th anniversary celebration

  • Where: The Addison of Boca Raton, 2 East. Camino Real. Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • When: Wednesday, November 3rd. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Police Athletic League is a renowned nationwide organization known for its congealing effect on communities. The PAL uses the community-building impact of sport to uplift families, prevent juvenile crime, and develop stronger ties between the police offers who patrol our neighborhoods and the people who live amongst them. Join the Boca Raton Police Athletic League to celebrate 30 years of community bonding and athletic endeavor!

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The Top 4 Cost Estimator Tools | Boca Raton Real Estate

4 of the best online cost estimator tools

You'll never truly know the value of your home until an in-person appraisal is undergone. A full walkthrough and boots on the ground with an appraiser that knows the area is the surest way to know you're getting a solid valuation of your Boca Raton home, townhome, or condo. However, without an appointment, time allotted, and often a hefty fee, you won't know much without finding an easier way to track your home value.  We often weigh ourselves without knowing our exact body fat percentage, so in applying this same logic, get an educated guess on your home's current value through these powerful home cost estimator tools!

Eppraisal

eppraisal logoEppraisal offers some of the most user-friendly data aggrandizement found anywhere online. Without entering so much as an email, you can freely obtain powerfully pertinent information that'll give you a solid estimate of your home value - without the deluge of marketing emails. Eppraisal offers prices on homes, details on homes solid nearby, refinancing rates, and more. For no commitment and no hassle, you can learn a great deal about your home value, or the true value of the home you're seeking to buy.

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5 Cons Of Homeowner Associations In Boca Raton

HOA's seem to be a mainstay in many of the upscale Boca luxury homes and condos found in every zip code through town. While they hold many merits, maintaining the civility and presentation of your neighborhood, HOA's can often be overbearing and expensive, requesting fees for services you may not agree with or want at all. We shared the 5 reasons to consider a Boca HOA neighborhood. In this article, we'll discuss the many drawbacks of the HOA system in Boca and abroad.

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The Fees

HOA's keep so many things in line, you'd often think it was worth the cost of the sometimes high fees to live in an HOA regulated development. HOA's often employ landscaping, pest control, and security, among other key upkeep personnel as part of your fees. For many the value of an HOA sits in the prospect of paying a monthly stipend and watching these otherwise individual responsibilities go away. For others, however, the lack of choices, independence, or simply the desire to cut costs and handle their own labor is taken away and replaced with an uncomfortable fee.

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Restrictive Regulations

Much like the above, HOA's tend to have strict regulations that can often border on the ridiculous. Many homeowners find that the height...

Pet Friendly Home Guide | 4 Tips To Make Your Boca Home Pet Friendly

how to make your boca home pet friendly

Having pets can be the greatest joy, but sometimes our daily lives don’t necessarily mesh with our little friend’s needs. Boca Raton homeownership offers the best of everything for pet owners. From pet-friendly condos to Spanish  Being a pet parent requires some research if you truly want your pet to be able to enjoy their home as you do. With some little tips and information, you won’t need to worry about their well-being, giving you the peace of mind you deserve. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes happen, and going outside or to work is when trouble strikes. These 4 pet-friendly tips can make your home the ideal living situation for both you, and your little sidekick.

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Pets Need Help As We Do

Pets, like human beings, are privy to all sorts of physical complications. The older your pet gets, the worse things get. Providing your fur child with special furniture to snuggle on the couch with you will make your baby happy. With the aging process, many four-legged variants struggle to leap onto the couch, or simply leap down. Spines, hips, arms, and legs can suffer some aging blows, but with the right set of pet stairs or ottoman, your animal can move to and from with ease. Aged pets aside, younger pets become overzealous and want the attention of their owner, prompting them to make dangerous leaps. With this simple solution, your pet...

Halloween Events In Boca Raton | Boca Raton Halloween Fun

halloween events in Boca

It's mid-October and Boca Raton is ready to celebrate the welcome breeze and cooler days ahead. With no leaves to watch fall and plenty of heat through the winter months, Boca Raton's real estate landscape doesn't carry the same autumnal gravitas that many communities up north naturally benefit from. For that reason, our fall festivals, Halloween events, and haunted houses are a celebration of our community. With the people, not the foliage, setting the tone for fall - here are a handful of the best and most popular Halloween events in Boca Raton.

Halloween at the Addison Boca Raton

Halloween At The Addison Presents "Raising Spirits"

  • October 31, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 2 Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

The Addison is one of Boca Raton's premier venues for weddings, private parties, and events such as the Halloween "Raising Spirits" brunch planned for the midmorning and early afternoon of the day itself. This family-friendly brunch has become a mainstay of the Addison, often coinciding these special events with holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas among others. There will be plenty of exciting activities to keep the kids busy, and for the adults, their five-star cuisine and unlimited bloody marys should keep the fun going from end to end!

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The Best Pho and Ramen In Boca Raton | Where To Get Pho In Boca

the best pho and ramen in boca raton

Boca Raton has long been renowned for its trendy cocktail bars and exquisite cuisine. Thanks to South Florida's position as one of the biggest trending real estate markets in the country, people from around the world venture to visit and take residence in our beautiful beachfront community. Thankfully, their flavors tend to follow! Asian noodle bowls like the Japanese ramen and Vietnamese Pho have taken root in our hearts and carved their place in our local cuisine. Check out 5 of the best places to get pho and ramen in Boca Raton today!

Kapow Noodle Bar

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This trendy pan-Asian restaurant sits at the heart of Mizner Park, and seems to always be full of happy customers. Formed from a triumvirate of South Florida restauranteurs, this comic-themed contemporary Asian restaurant brings the vibrancy of South Florida to the modern twist of pan-Asian cuisine. Specializing in small plates, noodles, and shareables - Kapow is one of the most fun places to enjoy pho and ramen in Boca Raton.

Basilic Vietnamese Grill

ramen with corn and soy base

Perhaps the most purely Vietnamese place to get pho in Boca Raton, Basilic has a longstanding tradition of being one of the foremost East Asian restaurants in Boca Raton. Situated off U.S. 1 in the Mizner Park area, this unassuming tan-painted corner...

5 DIY Tips for Your Home | Home Renovation on a Budget

In today's world, renovations can be an extremely costly project. With families looking to save money through couponing and rewards programs, folks can have access to savings at the touch of a phone or advertisement...But what about homes?

There are a ton of ideas online that allow virtually anyone to renovate a home, but what if you are doing the home renovation on a budget? The statement itself makes Boca Raton homeowners cringe, knowing that breaking out the tarp and busting down tile will be a financial nightmare. Let's face it--nobody wants to renovate, but in the event of moving or planning for a child, sometimes life tends to throw us a curveball. If you need some simple, DIY tips for your home--fear not, we have you covered. 

Re-Paint the Walls

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Okay, so this is an obvious observation, but an idea that is in actuality very overlooked. Sometimes a simple change like color can be an automatic game-changer. 

Now, we know that some designer paints and higher-end brands can go up to an expensive $120 per can, but let's focus on simple color. An average can of flat, matte paint is around $30-$40, and can truly turn any vibe around in an instant. Even if you aren't fixated on painting your entire home, renovating your bathroom or even your living room can make a difference. Sometimes the simplest of solutions can be met with basic tasks! And, besides--it's a great opportunity for you and your partner to have some quality bonding time. 

Change the Curtains

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4 Ways to Build the Perfect Real Estate Team | Boca Raton Real Estate

In today's world, the real estate market can be a hit and miss. With the fluctuation of the real estate market, some agents often wonder how they will survive. The business is hard, but working remotely can pose even more of a challenge. 

Luckily, the rise of real estate teams has allowed remote agents the opportunity to work with a solid team that will build off each other's goals. Making the switch itself can be a scary leap off that ledge, but any agent looking to switch to a team setting immediately sees the benefits versus the latter. 

Availability

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We understand--life is hard, and sometimes we can't handle the stress. When you're a real estate agent, oftentimes you are forced into the field to do open houses--disallowing you from being at the office to tackle those important clients. But one thing you can count on when it comes to a real estate team is access to availability. 

Rising to the challenge and tackling those responsibilities yourself is a noble cause, but realistically it's important to have backup when you need it. With a real estate team, everyone in the unit has a role or a task they are specifically assigned to, meaning you have more of an opportunity to make deadlines or deal with clients. 

Choice of Role

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We know our strengths and weaknesses. Every real estate agent, of course, has parts of the job that they absolutely dread. It's...

Is An HOA Neighborhood Right For Me? | Boca Raton HOA Homes

When we think of Boca Raton, one of the first things that pop into our heads is palm trees, beach, the ritzy lifestyle of the rich, and many gated communities. While these are common tropes, they're not necessarily wrong! Boca Raton is arguably one of the most expensive places in the nation to live, but for every gated community, there's a suburban alternative that's more affordable for the family. 

If you look between the playgrounds of the rich, you'll find suburban neighborhoods that are picturesque paintings of safety, uniformity, and tranquility. There are many misconceptions about HOA; while they are not exactly for everyone, we are going to list some of the reasons why a Boca HOA may be for you. 

Property Value Increases

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Yes, sometimes an HOA's strict rules and regulations are tough, but did you know that there is a reason for it? Pressure washing those driveways once a month will contribute to a long-term effect. One of the reasons why so many Homeowners’ Associations apply these rules is for the property value of your home. 

Proper care and attention to the exterior details of your home and yard will certainly attract home buyers. Upholding these rules will also prevent future maintenance on your home, further keeping you from expensive costs and stressful situations. Upkeep on your home can sometimes be stressful, but if you are planning on selling your Boca home, you can guarantee you will receive top-dollar for your home!

Amenities Are Always Available

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Find the Right Real Estate Broker: 4 Essential Traits to Look For

4 essential traits of a real estate broker

The market is red hot right now! We can’t blame you if you’re looking to sell and move on to greener (and cheaper) pastures. Nowadays, it seems like there are more Boca Raton realtors than actual houses on the market. You certainly have the pick of the litter. In a city where our local realty looks good and our brokers even better, it may be hard to find the right one for you. Here are 4 essential traits to look for when choosing a real estate broker.

Efficient Communication

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Do they reply to your e-mails within one business day? Do they use full sentences and proper punctuation? Some of us have taken these skills for granted, so it comes as a shock when the person you’re looking to entrust with closing the sale on your home writes at an 8th-grade level. Aside from a baseline of literacy, is the broker you’re speaking to transparent, or do they dance around the subject? Do you have a sense that they don’t have your best interests at heart? Seek out opinions from your friends, a simple referral can weed out the shysters. With transactions the size of your home, overcommunication from your realtor is much better than one who disappears for days at home.

Adequate Experience

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The Best Italian Fine Dining In Boca Raton

italian fine dining in boca

Casa D'Angelo

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Casa D'Angelo  is the flagship brainchild of renowned Chef Angelo Elia's restaurant group, which also includes Angelo Elia's Bakery Bar, and Angelo's Pizza Bar & Tapas. Casa D'Angelo features locations in Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale, bringing an old-world flavor to our modern Boca home. Casa D'Angelo's dedication to quality and carefully sourced ingredients begins with the chef's upbringing in Salerno, learning from his mother while watching his father, the local butcher. Enjoy a truly authentic tour of Italy's most spectacular flavors and curated wines at Casa D'Angelo.

Trattoria Romana

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Through its flavors and decor, Trattoria Romana brings a truly rustic Italian aesthetic to your dining experience. Trattoria Romana opened its doors in 1993, and has been here to stay as one of Boca Raton's longest-running Italian fine dining establishments. Their prices are surprisingly accommodating considering the quality of the cuisine they provide, with their antipasti bar in particular lending to a wonderful atmosphere for group gatherings and birthdays. Like the romanesque atmosphere they've crafted for their guests, their menu is a fine dining crash course on classic Italian fare.

Frank & Dino's

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Boca Raton Pets on the Move | Moving Your Pet

guide to moving pets

Anyone who has moved knows how exhausting, stressful, and chaotic things can become. With the South Florida population on the rise, hundreds of people are moving into the area by the minute. If you are a Boca Raton native, then you've probably seen how busy the streets are becoming, excluding rush hour!

Pop-up condos, apartments, and multi-million-dollar homes are now inhabited by people out of state. South Florida has become a haven for people around the country, and the influx of people shows it! 

However, with the influx of people, comes the influx of their four-legged companions. Moving is already a tedious task none of us want to be a part of--but what about our pets? Pets feel the pinch, too, and stressing a pet out can be just as detrimental to them as it is to us. We will be discussing some key tips on how to move without upsetting Fido. Moving is difficult for all parties involved, but keeping your pets relaxed can be one of the best ways to avoid unnecessary problems. 

Reduce the Action

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We all know pets can be annoyed by a multitude of noises and sounds. Involving your pet in the process itself could easily irritate your four-legged friend--leading to your pet becoming scared or acting out. A common mistake most homeowners make is allowing their pets to roam freely among the chaos. It's important to make sure your animal is comfortable but placing your pet in a carrier or empty room will keep him/her out of the action. It's a stressful situation, but a barking dog certainly will not help in any way, shape, or form. 

Tag Information

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Best Steak In Boca Raton | Finest Steakhouses In Boca

the best steakhouses in boca raton

Perhaps no trio says "fine dining" quite like steak, lobster, and red wine. In Boca Raton, where so many of the finer things in life are cultivated, we're blessed to host some of the finest dining and entertainment options anywhere in the world. When you think date night, corporate dinner, swanky party, or simply a night of decadent living, look no further than our very own Caesar Parisi's Top 5 Steakhouses in Boca Raton.

NY PRIME

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New York Prime is one of the most prestigious steakhouses in Boca Raton. Its classy upper-class vibe welcomes the diner to the ultimate in red meat and red wine. This timeliness combination is cultivated to the fullest extent, with USDA Prime-only beef flanked by superb seafood offerings and the classic sides expected at a high-end steakhouse. NY Prime is currently promoting their Stags' Leap Wine Dinner this upcoming September 19th. 

ABE & LOUIE'S

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This swanky location in the Glades Plaza is an offshoot of the legendary Boston flagship restaurant. Their prime-aged midwestern steaks and fresh seafood...

Tips To Stand Out On LinkedIn

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The job market is red hot, and so is South Florida's booming real estate industry! Millions of Americans are putting in their 2 weeks’ notice and moving on to greener pastures, leaving their lightly used green pasture for you to move into. You should always keep your LinkedIn profile up to date, not simply for a job search, but to make the right impression on any new connections you encounter in your professional life. There are some best practices for how to set yourself apart from the crowd on LinkedIn!

Use a Good Photo

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You might be thinking, “How can I market myself on LinkedIn,” as you look at yourself in the mirror one morning, followed by “Damn, I look good.” You flash yourself a smile as your confidence grows and then…you walk away. Wait! Come back! The answer was staring you right in the face. Put your best face out there and use a professional photo. Profiles with one, and we cannot stress this enough, up to 25 times more likely to be viewed than those without one. This is one of the most overlooked LinkedIn tips out there. “Smile at the world and the world smiles back,” goes the old adage. You could also say, “Smile at the world and the world clicks connect.”

Skill Me Up

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There is a certain baseline of modesty out there. We understand, most of us are mild-mannered people going about our...

In Ground Swimming Pools In Boca Raton | A Quick Guide

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We are very lucky to have miles and miles of public beaches here in Boca Raton. Many of us spend every weekend soaking up the rays and swimming with friends and family. However, there are the annoyances of going to the beach like faraway bathrooms, burning the soles of your feet on hot sand, and a general lack of privacy. That’s why many Boca residents enjoy the added luxury of an in-ground pool in their backyards. With all the comforts of your home only steps away, a restful staycation is always within literal reach. Do you have a big patch of grass that looks like it could be your next private grotto? Here are 4 things to consider when buying a pool in Boca Raton!

The Price

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We might as well get this out of the way as soon as possible! You may think you can afford a pool, but exactly what kind of pool will it be? You have more to choose from than a simple concrete hole in the ground. On top of the purchase price, you’ll have to factor in the ongoing costs of maintaining your pool, lest your private lagoon turns into the community swamp. Swimming pool builders will be quick to point out that you can choose from fiberglass ($$$$$), concrete ($$$), or vinyl liner ($$). Don’t forget, you’ll also have to take into account the cost of rebuilding your landscape around it!

The Role Of Inclement Weather

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For a myriad of reasons, severe weather in Florida can heavily impact your in-ground swimming pool....