Posted by Little Blue Plane on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 12:29 PMBy Little Blue Plane / July 29, 2021Comment
Florida is a tropical paradise. The sun, the palm trees, the beach, and the islander vibe allow many Boca natives the chance to experience the perfect staycation. While some of us enjoy going out and retreating to the beach for some R & R, others are comfortable enjoying relaxing at home. And what's not to enjoy? With many yards adorned with flowers and plants that are native to many countries in the Caribbean and Central/South America--it's no surprise that many of us take up the wonderful art of home gardening. Many folks with a green thumb understand the difficulties of growing plants and flowers in these tumultuous conditions. From the intense humidity and sun--to the constant thunderstorms that roll in from the west, gardens can take a beating, but these 5 flowers can improve your Boca garden.
No, not the road located in Lake Worth, but a beautiful perennial of the verbena family. These shrubs can grow up to a maximum of 6 feet tall and make any garden pop. The array of colors these flowers produce ranges from reds, oranges, blues, and even multi-colored variants as the flower matures. Aside from its hardy exterior and favor of hot, humid climates, Lantana attracts a multitude of butterfly and bird varieties, making it popular for anyone here in Boca forming a butterfly garden. Fun fact: while being a nuisance in Australia and prompting some gardeners to remove it altogether, its removal can have negative impacts. Lantana's absence decreases biodiversity...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:01 AMBy Little Blue Plane / July 29, 2021Comment
The market has never been more competitive. We certainly chase quality leads and commissions, but the most valuable commodity of all tends to be overlooked: time. With a constant undersupply of properties and an oversupply of real estate professionals, only the leanest and meanest will be able to call this work a full-time career. There are no half-measures and managing your day-to-day is paramount as all industries demand higher productivity each year. It’s time to hack your routine with these 5 tips to maximize your time as a real estate agent.
Set Appropriate Boundaries
Want to go all-in for the first few years to build your reputation? Do it! Is it your priority to raise your family? Set your schedule to make sure you are available for them consistently. This is easier said than done, but regardless if you’re a fresh-faced agent with a newly minted license or a seasoned pro with a family, setting clear boundaries between your work and home life will stave off resentment for your work and eventual burnout.
It’s been proven that lots of little distractions that take you away from your work rob you of your momentum. Just like a car that has to stop for gas, it...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 6:25 PMBy Little Blue Plane / July 28, 2021Comment
Florida has a semi-comical reputation as the "Australia of America" mostly due to its numerous venomous and predatory animals. the flora and fauna of Florida have adapted to our subtropical environs, providing a backdrop for both prehistoric and invasive species. While these animals are something to be wary of encountering, by no means should we live in fear of these incredible creatures. A healthy respect and a basic body of knowledge will go a long way in keeping our Boca Raton environment clean and preparing you for the potential of an encounter. Remember, these animals largely want nothing to do with you, and it's their environment we call home. Here are 5 predatory and venomous creatures that call Boca Raton home.
Also known as the Water Moccasin, this aquatic dwelling pit viper can be found largely in muddy flats, lakefronts, puddles, and moist woodland. Given their name for their distinctively white mouths, these are among the most commonly encountered venomous snakes in Florida. While bites are infrequent and rarely deadly, these snakes should not be taken lightly, especially after heavy rains and flooding.
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 9:12 AMBy Little Blue Plane / July 27, 2021Comment
In Boca Raton, we’re blessed to have a prosperous city with a special Floridian balance of vitality and an easy-going lifestyle. We’re also a generous crowd and many of us heed the call of public service. We’re proud to boast dozens of community service organizations in Boca Raton. If you’re looking to donate your time to worthy causes, here are some of our recommendations for Boca Raton community service.
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services
21300 Coleman Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33428
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides senior, food and financial, mental health, and career services to all members of the community regardless of religious affiliation. Volunteer opportunities include chaplaincy, a community mentoring program, senior ride program (with mileage per diem), telephone reassurance to homebound seniors, substance abuse counseling, and a local food pantry. JFS is one of the most active community service organizations in Boca where your help will be directed to the ones who need it most.
Church World Service
220 S Congress Park Drive, Suite 301, Delray Beach,...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Monday, July 26, 2021 at 9:07 AMBy Little Blue Plane / July 26, 2021Comment
It seems like there will always be an ample supply of real estate agents. Thanks to the booms of the 90s and the 2000s, more and more people have snagged licenses to help with a career change or augment their income from a normal day job. Even when the market is flush with inventory, there will always be more licensed agents than available rooms. You probably know a handful of real estate agents casually and outside the sphere of mailers, billboards, or referrals. But how does one know which real estate agent is the real deal? Here are 4 ways to spot a good real estate agent.
They Present Themselves Professionally
Putting romance aside, imagine that you’re on a date with your agent. Have they dressed appropriately? Can they keep a conversation going? Do they know what they are talking about? Are they self-aware and honest? Can they keep your interest? Is the dashboard of their car clear of a three-month build-up of fast-food packaging? If you can answer yes to all six of these questions, mazel tov, you’re off to a strong start!
They Are Knowledgeable
Good real estate agents will know their market like the back of their hands. They stay constantly informed of the local home buying trends, which neighborhoods have seen the highest rates...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 9:05 AMBy Little Blue Plane / July 25, 2021Comment
For the past decade, Millennials have been the butt of late-night monologues and satirical cartoons. Often portrayed as listless, unmotivated hedonists, it’s a common misunderstanding that Millennials are flighty and entitled. These notions could not be further from the truth, especially as the 19-year old effigies of Millennials that have been so mercilessly lampooned no longer exist. The Pew Research Center identifies a Millennial as someone who was born between 1981 and 1996, meaning that the eldest of their cohort has just begun to turn 40. It’s highly unlikely that they’ll only be obsessed with Starbucks and Kanye, as the stereotypes may claim. More than likely, their Grande Frappuccino is cooling-off in the center console of their Camry with Kanye’s Graduation playing as they drive to the closing of their new South Florida home. Here are 3 things realtors need to know about millennials.
They’re All on Social Media
If you haven’t already, you’re behind the curve on this one. When the pandemic initiated a mass exodus of tenants from all metropolitan areas in Spring/Summer 2020, those residential real estate agents still left standing had to deal with a massively oversupplied rental market. Among them were Millennial and some enterprising Gen Z agents who took to social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram, collectively garnering millions of views and impressions that would have been out of reach to even the most seasoned realtor a...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 9:04 AMBy Little Blue Plane / July 22, 2021Comment
As the housing boom of 2020 continues into 2021, a shortage of available homes on the market has spurred a feeding frenzy with home prices skyrocketing to their highest levels in decades. One might think that this is the perfect time to be a real estate agent but think again, as a dearth of inventory and an oversupply of real estate agents means that this is one of the most competitive eras in the industry’s history. Here are 5 skills successful real estate agents need to stand out in 2021 and beyond.
Mastery of E-Mail Marketing
The personal computer has been stable in the average American household since the 1990s. Phones keep us connected to our inboxes constantly. The age of being justifiably incommunicado is long past, as we can be contacted at any time. Now is the time to use that to your advantage! E-mail marketing software with built-in automation has never been more affordable. Maintaining a slow and steady, but continuous e-mail marketing campaign will allow you to remain present within the short and long-term memory of your would-be clients, making you the first person they’ll think of when the time comes to buy, sell, or make what will hopefully be a lucrative referral.
Show-Up as The Professional
We understand that some of you make work day in and day out in 90% humidity. While some of the most competitive...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 9:16 AMBy Little Blue Plane / July 18, 2021Comment
We are certainly not wanting for good cuisine in Boca Raton. You could probably dine out for dinner every evening in Boca Raton and never tire of what we have to offer. Nevertheless, you didn’t buy that seaside home to use its impressive kitchen as a place to pour wine. Well, we’d hope not! For the proud members of the culinary cohort, here are some of the best kitchen accessories for the modern Boca home.
Vitamix Food Cycler FC-50
There’s no shame in admitting that you can’t finish your plate, but what if your plate was already leftover? You can toss it in the trash, but wait a couple of days and the smell will remind you that it’s time to trek out to the mosquito den that is your city-issued garbage can. Simply place your unused food waste in the FC-50 and it will break it down to 10% of its volume and store it safely and unobtrusively thanks to its carbon filtration system that eliminates odors. When your FC-50 is full, you now have nutrient-rich and chemical-free fertilizer for your soil! As far as modern kitchen tools go, this is useful inside and out.
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 9:08 AMBy Little Blue Plane / July 13, 2021Comment
Boca Raton is home to some of the best fine dining in South Florida. You are never far from outstanding Italian food or sensual French cuisine. However, often overlooked is the cuisine of our closest international neighbors: the island of the Caribbean. Below are some of the best Boca Raton Caribbean restaurants for your dining pleasure!
Craving some ackee and saltfish? No? Ever heard of it? It’s the Jamaican national dish and you will forevermore after your first plate of it at Rocksteady, one of the best places to find Jamaican food in Boca Raton and all of South Florida. You’ll find favorites such as jerk chicken or shrimp, baby back ribs, or brown stew chicken, along with some curry goat to leave your comfort zone. Inside, you will be greeted by modern décor and authentic personalities from the island. You will be well taken care of from your first visit.
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 4:11 PMBy Little Blue Plane / July 11, 2021Comment
The comfort food that transformed America - the 20th-century contribution of Italian-Americans to our national cuisine cannot be ignored. From massive delivery pizza chains to high-end trattorias, Italian food in boca Raton is a flourishing culinary scene, with a spot for every moment and a dish for every taste. see where some of the best Italian food in Boca Raton can be found below!
Maggiano's has endured as one of Boca Raton's best Italian restaurants. Just northeast of our Central Boca Raton office, Maggiano's has been a popular destination for birthdays, date nights, graduation parties, and whatever reason calls you and your loved ones to gather. Their menu covers it all - classic Italian favorites, high-end steaks, and delectable cocktails. There's a reason Maggiano's is still a popular Italian restaurant in Boca Raton - and they continue to forge ahead with a great reputation around the community.
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11:25 PMBy Little Blue Plane / July 8, 2021Comment
Hurricane season is always something to reckon with. following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, the state of Florida never looked back when it came to hurricane preparedness. thankfully, there are many public messages, available info, and helpful guides on how to protect your home and loved ones. however, there are less obvious, locally known tips and tricks that can change the outcome of a hurricane for your home and family. here are 5 lesser-known but incredibly crucial hurricane safety tips to employ this year at your Boca home.
Cut Down Your Coconuts
Other than savoring that sweet nectar and the deliciously healthy meat of this tropical fruit, cutting down your coconuts serves a very important purpose. While the gale-force winds and powerful gusts are what carry the damage of a storm to fruition, it's often the projectiles that cause most inland property damage. Aside from the storm surge and potential flash flooding, your coconuts turn to cannonballs when left on their own to sway in the wind. Be safe, and hire help if you must, but be sure to remove these excess fruits lest they turn to a destructive force with winds at their backs.
Bring In Potted Plants
Another way to prevent projectiles from destroying your and your neighbor's property is to bring in potted plants. Everything from a small plastic herb pot to a massive, ornate ceramic piece...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Monday, July 5, 2021 at 9:24 AMBy Little Blue Plane / July 5, 2021Comment
In Boca Raton, we love green! It’s the year-round color many of us move here for, so why shouldn’t your home share the same shade? Not as in a new coat of paint, we can’t help you with swatches, but by making your Boca Raton home friendlier to the environment! Here are 4 tips for a green Boca home!
1. Watering Your Lawn at Night
We’ll admit, we Boca Raton homeowners can be a little vain when it comes to our lawns. Who doesn’t relish a verdant welcome whenever we return home? But with temperatures in the 80s and 90s for most of the year, your little plot of paradise will need plenty of TLC from you and the skies above. Even with our summer rains, which are almost a daily occurrence in our Boca Raton neighborhoods, our lawns can become dry and parched later in the year under the Florida sun. Take our advice and water well dark sunset. With no sun in the sky, you won’t have to contend with evaporation on both the grass and in your wallet when you get your water bill. Your lawn will thank you for it!
2. Research Solar Energy Solution
We've had water heaters powered by solar energy here...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Friday, July 2, 2021 at 6:25 PMBy Little Blue Plane / July 2, 2021Comment
We’ve got the beaches, the golf courses, the shopping, but our little leisurely slice of paradise would not be complete without fine dining in Boca Raton. Whether you are looking for the romantic or the Zagat rated, we have the perfect place for your extra special night.
Abe & Louie have often fought and won for the crown of the best steakhouse in Boca. One of two restaurants (the other can be found in Boston), our Zagat-rated Abe & Louie’s offers the classic steak and seafood presented on white linens against a dark backdrop of mahogany paneling. Dinner there will set the scene for a serious meeting, or a romantic evening.
From its dramatic cathedral-esque arched windows to its art-deco-inspired chandeliers, few restaurants have such flair as Lucca. Located in the Boca Raton Resort & Club, reservations are required if you intend to dine as a non-hotel guest (and shorts are not permitted at dinner). Its menu is modern Italian, presenting to the diner a blending of traditional and progressive fare. If only measured by its décor, Lucca ranks...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 12:28 AMBy Little Blue Plane / June 30, 2021Comment
Boca Raton may be a sleepy paradise along the Atlantic, but we are as American as apple pie and our colors fly proud and true every Fourth of July! If you’re looking for a powerful annual bash or a quiet celebration, here are the best Fourth of July Events in Boca Raton!
4th of July Drive-in Fireworks Display
Sunset Lake in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park
11200 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton, FL
Gates Open at 7:00 pm, Fireworks at 9:00 pm (15-minute presentation)
Roll into this special FREE event! Want to stretch your legs? All attendees are welcome to walk outside of their personal vehicles to take in the summer air and fireworks show. For your convenience, there will be an on-site radio broadcast of the show’s accompanying music. We recommend that you arrive as early as possible, as space is limited. Best of all, this event is rain or shine. The show must go on!
2901 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
You don’t need to drive all the way to Miami to find a happening spot! Dance the night away at The Boca Plaza Hotel’s Norman’s Tavern. This is a fantastic event for grown-ups with a taste for live jazz and flowing drinks. Each admission ($15.00 per person) comes with July 4th goodie bags...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 9:38 AMBy Little Blue Plane / June 28, 2021Comment
The Boca Raton lifestyle is one of leisure and relaxation. Life carries at its own pace under our verdant canopy of palm trees. But hidden within that thick foliage is another world of creepy crawlies and critters that would like to share your beautiful Boca home as soon as the thunder and lighting come calling. Here are 5 pest control trips to try in your Boca home!
Eliminate Standing Water
Mosquitos and flies are an especially tiring nuisance around our fair city, especially in the legendary humidity of August. Get those pests off the dole by eliminating pockets of standing water, which are mosquito's favorite places to breed. These could be found in buckets being left out after housework, hammocks, gutters stuffed with debris, or a slump in the elevation of your lawn.
Remove All Food Waste
Did you know that a cockroach can live for days off of a single crumb? Think twice about eating that cookie on the couch! Leaving food out overnight is a juicy opportunity for our multi-legged friends. Even our faithful garbage cans are no match to keep out the tiny opportunists. If you must throw out raw items or unfinished meals, dispose of them in a plastic bag to contain the smell before dropping them in the trash can. If you love to grill during our perpetual summer, make sure the grill and grease trap has been properly scrubbed...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 9:02 PMBy Little Blue Plane / June 26, 2021Comment
over the past decade, Hurricanes have been infrequent, but are still inevitable. For all residents, but especially buyers of single-family homes, it is fundamental to have a plan and the supplies needed to weather the storm. Here are 4 must-have items for your Boca home to be hurricane-ready.
Solar Powered Fan
The silver lining of a hurricane is that due to its cyclical nature and megalithic formation, the weather shortly before and immediately after is often pristine. In the Sunshine State, this means the opportunity to soak up those precious rays and take advantage of solar tech. When the power goes out, perhaps nothing makes the aftermath more uncomfortable than the dearth of air conditioning. A solar-charged fan won't change the world, but it'll make things a bit easier as you work to get things up and running.
Battery Powered or Hand Cranked Radio
Emergency services have dramatically improved with technology. The devastation of Hurricane Andrew in particular amplified the call for South Florida homes to vault towards the 21st century. Thus, the need for emergency communications is reduced, but not altogether eliminated. Hurricane first-timers experiencing their power, cable, and cell service going out at once may be safely ensconced in their home, but unable to learn what hazards and post-storm alerts may be sent across...
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 9:35 AMBy Little Blue Plane / June 25, 2021Comment
We pride ourselves on Boca Raton’s lifestyle of leisure. It’s certainly one of the safest cities in all of Florida, thanks to a close-knit community of neighbors, good schools, and a general sense of well-being. However, crimes of opportunity have been on the rise in some pockets of the country, and here are 4 simple home safety tips to keep your Boca home safe!
Close Your Garage Door
We know how relaxed life is in the cul-de-sac. You know your neighbors well. The neighborhood kids ride their bikes in the street. No need to worry about anything it seems, so keeping the garage door open seems like a good idea. It even signals to the neighbors that you’re home and they’re welcome to stop by. But you’re not thinking about the ride-share drivers, the out-of-town workmen, or the opportunists cruising through your little piece of heaven. Many a Boca Raton resident has seen power tools, bikes, electronics, even their cars disappear thanks to an open garage door. More reason not to make it a habit of leaving it open? You could easily forget it’s still up by the time you go to bed.
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 10:55 PMBy Little Blue Plane / June 24, 2021Comment
The Boca Raton's lifestyle is elegant but relaxed, but we certainly love our creature comforts. Almost anything you need is within a ten-minute drive to some of the best malls or cutest boutiques that our seaside town has to offer. Here are 5 of the best shopping centers, malls, and retail districts in Boca Raton!
Undeniably the gold standard for malls in Florida, or nationally for that matter. Town Center is the once, present, and future center of life for many a teenager, working professional or the leisurely retired. With its wide, avenue-like hallways with ceilings that reach up to three stories, and, most importantly, impeccable A/C maintenance in the summer, Town Center offers Boca Raton residents shops from the mid-range to Louis Vuitton. There are also ample restaurants, such as The Capital Grille or Grand Lux Café, to Earl of Sandwich and Chick-fil-A. Come as you are, because there is simply something for everyone at this Boca Raton mall!
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12:22 AMBy Little Blue Plane / June 23, 2021Comment
In a place that's as humid and searingly hot as Boca Raton, with so much beach to explore, fitness is at a premium. Part environmental and part cultural, South Florida's workout and fitness culture is thriving, and growing! As we learn more about the many benefits of frequent exercise, find out where to try something a little different in Boca Raton - with these 4 incredible Boca gyms to check out!
Pit Fitness is a multipurpose HIIT (high intensity interval training) facility with an indoor/outdoor vibe, located just off Federal Highway. Pit Fitness is not for the faint of heart, and despite training all ages and body types, these classes are intense and driven - built around the fusion of hard work, motivation, and modern exercise science. For those recently moving to Boca Raton, Pit Fitness is a great place to socialize and meet new people, all while working on that beach body.
Busy Body Fitness Premium in East Boca is the place to get the upscale treatment at a cost most can afford. Setting out to marry the deluxe with the discernible, Busy Body Fitness East Boca provides luxury amenities, high quality exercise technology, and one of the best personal training staff's in Boca Raton.
Posted by Little Blue Plane on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 7:41 PMBy Little Blue Plane / June 19, 2021Comment
The housing market in 2020 and 2021 has roared to life with reckless abandon. With double-digit growth from Florida to Idaho (the second fastest-growing state in the nation), homes are being snapped up like popcorn on movie night. While existing homes are staying on the market for tens of hours, new home builds are backed up and purchased before a hammer meets a nail. Here are 4 home building trends that are pacing the market in 2021!
Specialized Office Space
With the pandemic, work from home became a once-in-a-while event to take on a slow Friday to a distinct way of life. One day soon, we expect PBS will dedicate an episode of their prestigious “American Experience” to the move from office to home. If you, too, have been touched by this tectonic shift in earning a living, you may be tired of staking out the sofa or the kitchen table to take Zoom calls between meals or fits of frenzy from your four-year-old. Homebuilders have taken note and an addition of an extra 80sq. ft in a living room to lavish ensuites have been repurposed in newbuilds to accommodate the new work from home lifestyle.