We're fired up for the 49th annual Boca Raton holiday boat parade! One of the most popular events in Boca Raton is nearly five decades old, returning for its next installation. The Boca Holiday Boat Parade is a coalescing event that incorporates much of what sets this community apart. The bright lights, beautiful boats, balmy weather, and neighborhood camaraderie are exemplified at this event. For our part, we've got our eyes on the water and our thumb on the pulse of our backyard, and are here to bring you everything you need to know about the 2023 Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade!
- When: Saturday, December 16th 2023. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
- Where: Boca Raton Intracoastal Canal (C-15 to Hillsboro Bridge)
The Parade Route
The Parade will follow its usual path beginning in the C-15 Canal of the Boca Raton/Delray Beach border. The parade boats will turn due south at the Intracoastal and follow along until the route end at the Hillsboro drawbridge. The boats will pass several waterfront communities in Boca Raton including the Boca Marina Yacht Club and Golden Harbour among several others. There are three drawbridges along the route: Spanish River, Palmetto Park, and Camino Real, beginning with Spanish River and ending beyond the picturesque twisting drawbridge...
The Champagne & Parisi Blog has become quite the holiday institution if our readership numbers are any indication. We've covered Thanksgiving and the holiday boat parade, and once again, here we are sharing the best places to view Christmas Lights near you in the Boca Raton area & beyond. Without further ado, here are some of the most well-known and picturesque places to enjoy Christmas lights and holiday displays, in the way only South Florida can provide!
THE 49TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE - BOCA RATON
- Where: The Intracoastal Waterway, from the C-15 Canal to Camino Real
- When: Saturday, December 16th 2023
For the best and most detailed information on this nearly 5-decade Boca Raton holiday event, visit our dedicated Holiday Boat Parade blog!
The 100 Ft Christmas Tree and Holiday Village - Delray Beach
Gratitude. It's the basis for being a good person. It begins with humility, transmutes to gratefulness, and is expressed in kindness. A tradition of Champagne & Parisi Real Estate in recent years, we love writing our many thanks to the few fortunate enough to make our list. While we could easily quadruple our list and add many more people and businesses we're grateful for, we had to narrow it down to a select few. We're grateful for life, opportunity, friendship, and the generosity of all we're blessed to work alongside, but these mentioned people, places, and things are as deserving as any for our Thanksgiving 2023 gratitude list.
We'll begin by thanking three of our most crucial business partners, starting with Patch Reef Title Company. When it comes to real estate title work, Patch Reef is more than just our partner. They are the absolute gold standard in the industry and work tirelessly for our clients. Whether it's facilitating the final stages of a deal, resolving disputes, or educating our team on the latest in Real Estate titling, Patch Reef is one of many title companies serving the area, but a steadfast partner who proves their worth at every turn.
Boca Raton is a city renowned for its inclusive yet glamorous lifestyle. Whether retiring to one of the illustrious 55+ communities throughout the city, raising a beautiful family in the likes of Boca Chase, or hitting the fast lane at a Downtown condo, there are so many ways to live your best life in Boca Raton. Besides the numerous city beaches that attract locals and tourists from across the world, the elegant retail options and incredible shopping experiences are sure to coax tourists from their beachfront hotels and locals from their living rooms to enjoy a little soiree downtown. For today's Boca Raton Real Estate blog, we show newcomers where the best shopping in Boca Raton can be found and remind the locals that a lovely day of retail therapy is at their fingertips.
The Boca Town Center Mall
The Boca Town Center Mall is the largest indoor mall in the Boca Raton area. Despite brick-and-mortar stores experiencing a significant downturn following the advent and expansion of online retail, the Boca Town Center Mall has held firm as one of the premier attractions in Boca Raton. The mall features numerous high-end luxury shops selling everything from fine wines and culinary goods to jewelry, watches, and textiles. In addition to...
Can anyone else believe that 2023 is already winding down?! It may be a cliche, but it's as true as ever and seems to only accelerate as the years go by. With the fall season fully underway and pumpkin patches popping up around town, it's time to line up our favorite options for Thanksgiving dinner around Boca Raton. Whether ordering in or dining out, sometimes it just makes more sense to skip the hassle and get things taken care of for you. We're all for family traditions and home cooking, but when half the family is coming in from out of town and showing up with nothing but suitcases, the burden of hosting can become the theme of the holiday, rather than the holiday revelry itself. Here is a list of a few of the best options for ordering Thanksgiving Dinner in Boca Raton this year!
The Capital Grille
- Address: 6000 Glades Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33431
- Phone: (561) 368 - 1077
- Price: $50/adult $20/children
The upscale and prized Capital Grille is offering a reasonably priced Thanksgiving meal alongside its full dinner menu. This meal will include a centerpiece of slow-roasted turkey with...
Windows are the gateways to your home and have a significant impact on the beauty, light, and color within. Beyond offering visibility to the world outside, windows are opportunities to make your home your own. From curtains to colors, to framing, and modern tech, windows are one of the most important and often underrated means of decorating your interior. 2023 has given way to some significant changes in the way we decorate our properties. Gone are the days of heavy Mediterranean hues, replaced by whites, blues, and light palettes to suit a more refined and minimalistic visage. Today, we discover and review some of the most popular ways Boca Raton residents have been treating their windows, and why you might consider one of these ideas for yourself.
Anyone who has ever rented a home with cheap Venetian blinds knows just how important window treatments can be. Roller shades are often cordless, canvas-style, neutrally colored, thick and durable fabric. They are effective for preventing heat intrusion as well as providing optimal privacy. Without the pull strings and easily snappable thin plastic blinds, Roller shades are easily deployed, affordable, attractive, and effective.
Contingencies in real estate contracts are specific clauses that trigger or prevent certain events from occurring. They are often routinely added to ensure certain conditions are met before entering the contractual phase. Many of these contingencies are common, and sometimes even required to ensure a fair and balanced transaction occurs. In today's Boca Raton Real Estate blog, we're bringing several of the most universally observed contingencies in real estate contracts, and how they shape the nature of buying or selling a Boca Raton home.
A mortgage contingency is a way to protect home buyers from rejection by a financial institution. This contingency, also known as a loan contingency or financing contingency, allows buyers to cancel the contract without legal penalty or loss of deposit in the event they are unable to secure a mortgage. The loan contingency period is usually 30-60 days, and permits the buyer a grace period to search for a financial product that works for them. If unable to, both parties can walk without repercussion.
It sounds ludicrous to not pay a loan off early. After all, in the commission of a 30-year mortgage, oftentimes more than half of the loan is paid in strict interest. However, in part to some seemingly perverse and conflicting financial incentives to the way our system is set up, it isn't always the wisest to pay off your mortgage early. There are credit, tax, and future loan considerations to take into account, along with the principal and interest of the home itself. In today's blog, we give you the pros and cons of paying your mortgage early and hope you find a way forward that best suits you.
Pro: Free Up Cash Flow
Paying off your mortgage faster means more cash in the future. Even if your mortgage is still active, you can pay down heavily in the beginning, creating a healthy habit that reduces the term of your loan, freeing up cash flow in the future. In addition, automating extra payments will ensure you build your budget around this higher number. In the event, you require a few extra bills to take care of a one-time problem, you've already been overpaying and can safely regress to the mean without losing any momentum. Now, imagine the beauty of paying down your mortgage 3, 5, or maybe 10 years early. All of that money thrown at interest is now back in your pocket for all those years to come!
It's officially autumn in South Florida! With the slight inward breeze and a resurgent Miami Dolphins, we have so much to celebrate as the year winds down and the days grow shorter. For this year, we've organized a myriad of events for kids, families, and adults for our Halloween 2023 blog. Whether looking to dress up and party on, or bring the kids to some wholesome family fun, our Boca Raton Real Estate blog has you covered!
Halloween Brunch at Throw Social - Delray Beach
- When: Saturday & Sunday, October 28-29, 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
- Where: Throw Social - 29 SE 2nd Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33444
Delray Beach is always abuzz when learning of festivities at the ever-popular Throw Social. Just a few minutes north of Boca Raton, this off-the-Ave. hotspot is as exciting during brunch hours as it is into the night, combining kinetic activities like ping-pong, axe throwing, and giant Jenga with craft cocktails, dancing, and more. Thematic cocktails will headline the party, with four stations featuring Frankenstein Jello shot syringes, Witches brew sangria, and even a drag brunch and doggie costume contest!
A long-term loan can be a tricky prospect. The timing of paying it down can affect not only your bottom line, but also your taxes, credit, and ability to pursue future loans. Refinancing a mortgage is part of this challenge - a stressful miasma to some, a unique opportunity to others. With interest rates as high as they've been in decades, the time and place to refinance matters more than ever. Our Realtors have insisted to their clients that despite the high rates, the price of waiting for unknown speculation to potentially come true is often more financially damaging than buying now. If you're hesitant about high rates and are buying with the intent to refinance in the future, read today's blog and consider these examples as indicators that it might be the right time to refinance your Boca Raton home.
If you can reduce your rate by 1% or more
Refinancing isn't something you can do whenever you just feel like it. Certain prerequisites must be met in order to ensure your refinance is successful. In the event your refinancing lender provides a rate decrease by a minimum of 1%, you should consider it time to refinance. With rates standing above 7% as of today's writing, that single percentile won't return you to the pre-COVID days but will surely reduce your monthly payment by a considerable amount and allow you to pay your mortgage faster with the leftover funds when possible.
Through the decades Boca Raton has grown from an idyllic waterfront prize to something so much more. While always defined by luxury, glamor, and the magnificent beaches that attract visitors from around the world, Boca Raton is now as much of a business center as a vacation destination. There are many reasons (well beyond the six listed here) to relocate your business to Boca Raton, but through our research and the discussions we have with local business leaders, we believe these six are as impactful as any. Read on and learn more about these six reasons should be moving your business to Boca Raton, FL.
Florida is one of the best tax havens in America, especially for the personal. From the sales tax your employees pay at the register, to the many incentives to run your business with a Florida HQ. If you're relocating employees, they can expect a heightened quality of life, along with the lack of a state income tax to add to their income by subtraction. To further incentivize business relocations, the state provides many state-specific tax credits to improve your bottom line.
An open house is more than just a chance to view the home for yourself. It's an opportunity to get the pulse of the community, to learn about the neighborhood, the history, and the work that's gone into the home you're touring. When attending an open house, you should feel relaxed and at ease. After all, it's the selling agent's job to entertain you - to provide a welcoming atmosphere and even a little snack to keep you going throughout the day. However, as attendees to an open house, it shouldn't be all about the fruit platter and good energy. You're there for a reason, and it's not for the free coffee. Here are some insightful, and important questions you should consider asking when attending your next open house.
How Many Offers Are There On The Home?
Keep your eyes on the listing agent, whose disposition and attention to guests may give away whether the house has offers or not. Oftentimes, the agent will initiate the conversation and deliver the news that multiple offers have been given themselves. Their hope is to create a sense of urgency and subsequently, a bidding war. By getting out in front of the agent and asking ahead, you're showing intent but not allowing them to take point on the conversation. In addition, you may not want to endure the stresses and back and forth of a bidding war. Finding out this important detail will help determine your next step...
The Summer is waning to a close for much of the planet, but in South Florida, it winds down in name only. While we won't likely enjoy the respite from the extreme heat that our northerly neighbors will, we can expect the fall hues and hints of cinnamon spice to waft in the air. For our part, we're rounding up some of our favorite ideas for folks of all ages and types to find something to do in the Boca Raton area. For the best of September events in Boca Raton, read on and get your plans ready!
Boca End Of Summer Festival
It's the proverbial end of Summer! Though the heat will drag on long after the Autumn Equinox, the city of Boca Raton is excited to throw a wonderful all-day festival to commemorate the first week of Fall. This family-friendly event will include the usual favorites for kids and parents - including food vendors, live music, a petting zoo and adoption area, carnival rides, and a beer garden for the parents among us. The first of two events we're listing at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, the End of Summer Festival will take full advantage of the welcome confines of Mizner Park and the surrounding...
With the peak of Summer upon us and beach season heating up, the finger foods and cool cocktails of the summer months are on our minds. In a city absolutely overflowing with delectable culinary options representing the global palate, we decided to take America's favorite, and possibly most refreshingly sweet drink into focus. Learn where we found some of our favorite margaritas, whether it's with a full meal or a quick cocktail on a beach day, these spots are sure to suit your love for this iconic adult beverage.
Calaveras Cantina has carved quite the name for itself in a relatively short time. Seated right in the thick of Mizner Park, Calaveras serves some of the best margaritas and tacos in town. The ambiance of ornate ceilingwork, deep wood and brick hues allows for a relaxed atmosphere perfect for anyone. Whether sipping the finest mezcal or enjoying a refreshing margarita on their Margarita Monday's, the location and flavors at Calaveras will surely have you coming back for more.
Millennials have now outpaced the Baby Boomers and are the largest home-buying demographic in the United States. This generation has been at the forefront of some of the most challenging economic circumstances and changing times. From bearing the brunt of the student loan crisis, and rightfully dismayed at the lack of education regarding these high-interest calamities, to experiencing the final years of the analog world, millennials have become quirky, unique home buyers who look for things that prior and likely future generations may not have emphasized. This is as true among Boca Raton home buyers as it is nationwide. After reading many articles, speaking with young people (including the author), and reviewing some of the favorites of recent millennial clients, we've compiled a list that represents the demographic's wants and needs - from floor to ceiling, and everything in between.
Hardwood always speaks to elegance. However, hardwood in South Florida is not the most apt of flooring solutions. Modern textured tiling has come to the rescue, providing easily installed, beautiful wood grain designs that function at the highest level while still providing that attractive signature look. Shades of grey, mahogany, beige, ebony, and many other solutions color and texture your home, bringing an upscale energy from the ground up....
2023 thus far has been reflective of the efforts to revert our economy to a more level basis. With the surge in prices and the massive reduction in inventory, the nation's builders are working diligently to provide home buyers with what they're looking for while developing new land into available housing. As a result, the ongoing major construction projects nationwide will better reflect the latest trends in real estate, rather than sporadic construction in smaller pockets. We've studied these trends, especially those most seen in Boca Raton Real Estate, and reviewed some of the most prominent to grace our area have been.
Low (But Growing) Inventory
In recent years, the inventory has bottomed out in some areas, especially South Florida. Low supply and high demand have driven up costs, but area developers are hard at work providing additional units in the form of new single-family developments and condominiums alike. While the housing shortage is more acute in South Florida, the escalation of mortgage rates along with the expected delivery of several marquee new developments will ensure the next 3-5 years expect a gradual easing of the skyrocketed prices we saw during the apex of COVID.
The dog days of Summer are well underway and the final month of the season looms large. While Florida's summers may not adhere to the expected dictates of our Gregorian calendar, the "summer" proper is soon to end. Before the snowbirds show up and our roads get too busy, find out what's happening around town with our August Events blog.
Puppy Yoga with Bianca - Boca Raton
- Where: Fabletics, Boca Town Center Mall - 6000 Glades Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33431
- When: Saturday, August 19th. 9 AM
Fabletics, in partnership with The Yoga Joint is hosting a puppy yoga class at the Fabletics storefront in the Boca Town Center Mall. For many healthy,...
As you age and grow wealthier, you may have children or a special someone in your life you'd like to share your prosperity. Oftentimes this can lead to considerable financial risk on behalf of both parties, but co-signing is nonetheless one of the most potent and impactful ways you can benefit another person. When co-signing a mortgage, you are likely taking one of the biggest financial risks of your life. For such a risk and little reward, you should be certain you are very close to, and trust your co-signee. For our part, we're drawing from our experience and discourse with our partners at Supreme Lending to learn what cons and pros (if any) there are to co-sign a mortgage.
Pro: The Spirit Of Giving
Admittedly, there are few pros to co-signing a mortgage for someone else. Very rarely does it lead to a financial boon for the secondary signer, and more than often is a lateral move made out of good faith. Considering student loans still loom large and younger people are facing economic circumstances unique to themselves, its incumbent on the prior generation to support its younger people as they seek the benefits of homeownership. Obviously, no personal relationship should be transcended by money, but co-signing a major investment such as a home loan can lead to great potential for the strain or...
Home buyers may have vastly different needs. After all, a burgeoning young family and a successfully retired couple may not have much in common save for their shared destination: Boca Raton Real Estate. When Realtors "sell" a home, they are acting both as your advocate in the home buying or selling process and as keys to the city at large. The adage about location is one of the most consistent market principles known to mankind, as it is entwined with our very DNA. Humans are creatures of habit and work to seek comfort both in times of distress and to increase this comfort in times of prosperity. After all, if the earliest Boca Raton Pioneers had access to central AC, wouldn't they enjoy it? All of this esoteric talk leads us to acknowledging one principle: despite the diversity of needs, backgrounds, and budgets, many of the "turnoffs" that break a deal are similar across all demographics. Protect your home from these commonalities, and ensure your home sale goes off without a hitch. Read on and learn what these super common turnoffs for home buyers are, and prepare your home for a smooth, easy sale.
Dirty/Muddy Front Door Mat
First impressions are everything, right? A messy exterior with unkempt shrubbery, dust, cobwebs, and a muddy mat as its centerpiece is...
Boca Raton is one of two centerpieces of Palm Beach County, with the other being its namesake city. This magnificent luxury destination has proven to be a sustainable and accelerating real estate market, with more growth on the horizon. Following the extreme circumstances of 2020 and the market fallout that followed, we're rounding up what should be a responsive but stabilizing year after a rip-roaring ride through real estate. At this midsummer point in 2023, it's time to take a look at Boca Raton Real Estate and the changes that we've seen, and how the numbers reflect our on-the-ground observations.
All data is sourced from FlexMLS and compares the current 6-month period with the previous year.
NEW CONSTRUCTION HOMES AND CONDOS IN Boca Raton
Boca Raton has been at the epicenter of massive growth throughout South Florida since the post-2020 acceleration. The population has grown by over 13,000 people since the 2010 census and continues its meteoric growth. To provide for this unyielding expansion, Boca Raton has continuously developed its western corridors and beachfront condos, including new additions like ...