Boat docked at a waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale

It’s no secret that Florida is a haven for boaters. There are numerous communities on the Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast that cater to those who love to get out on the water. Whether you’re looking for a world-class marina to dock your yacht, a coastal community with a great sailing club or a quiet spot where you can set sail on fishing trips and pleasure cruises, you’ll find it here. These are our picks for the best boating communities in Florida.

Fort Lauderdale

Known as ‘The Venice of America’, Fort Lauderdale features numerous canals that feed into the Atlantic Ocean. There are over 100 marinas here, and many waterfront homes have their own private boat slips, so you’ll always have a place to dock your vessel. The city also hosts several…

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Man holding a model of a home to represent property management

If you own a second home or rental property in Florida, you may have considered using a property management company. Maintaining a property is no easy task, especially if you’re not living in your home year-round or you’re dealing with tenants. A professional manager can help ease the burden. But is it worth the cost? These are some pros and cons of using a property management company.

What Does a Property Management Company Do?

The main job of a property management company is to oversee real estate on behalf of the property owners. Depending on the type of property you own, this could include ensuring everything is functioning properly, taking care of maintenance and repairs, handling accounting and taxes, and dealing with tenants. 

Benefits…

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Street view of shops in downtown Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach may be best known as the home of the Daytona International Speedway and a vibrant vacation destination, but it’s also a pretty spectacular place to live. In fact, the city is home to just over 70,000 residents who enjoy a beautiful coastal location, year-round warm weather and countless opportunities for outdoor activities and entertainment. These are some of the top reasons why Daytona Beach is a great place to call home.

Beach Life

Life in Daytona Beach centers around the beach, which stretches for 23 miles along Florida’s stunning Atlantic Coast. The wide, white-sand beach is perfect for sunbathing and beach sports, and the warm waters are great for swimming, boating, parasailing and fishing. The beach also has numerous sections…

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Beautiful home for sale in Florida with a For Sale sign out front.

Selling a home can be tricky because you want to make sure you reach the right buyers at the right time. In many states winter is a slow season for house sales, but that’s not always the case in Florida. In fact, winter can be the ideal time of year to sell your Florida home. These are just a few reasons you may want to consider a winter home sale.

Large Market of Second Home Buyers

During the winter months, numerous people flock to Florida from all over the country and abroad either as visitors or seasonal residents. This includes a large number of people who are in the market for second homes they can escape to during the cold winter months or rent out as vacation homes. This is a great opportunity for home sellers to tap into the snowbird and…

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New Year's resolutions for the home 2023

So many people set new year’s resolutions focused around health and happiness, but forget to factor in one of the biggest contributors to overall well-being—the home. Getting your house in order can do wonders for helping you feel more comfortable, secure and focused. If you’re a homeowner in Florida, these are some great home goals for the new year.

Clear Out the Clutter

A new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. However, it’s hard to start fresh with your home when you have tons of junk lying around. The key to decluttering is to start small with one room or area at a time. Take items out of cupboards and drawers and think about whether those items serve a purpose or are just taking up space. Donate or toss out anything that you don’t…

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Fireworks over the water in Florida for New Year's Eve

It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by and we’re almost at the beginning of 2023! 

Looking back at 2022, it was a great year for The Real Estate Collection. We’re so proud and incredibly honored to have the opportunity to help so many people buy and sell homes across Florida, from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic and in between.

As we move forward into the new year, we’re excited for what the future holds and as ready as ever to help you with whatever real estate needs you may have, whether it’s finding your dream home, determining the best time to sell or managing your vacation rental.

We have amazing teams in our offices who are committed to providing every client with exceptional service and care. We realize that we’re only…

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Christmas carousel at a holiday event in Delray, Florida

The holidays are a wonderful time of year in Florida. Wherever you are in the state you can expect bright lights, festive decorations and tons of fun events taking place for all ages. If you’re looking for something exciting to do this December, we’ve rounded up the very best holiday events in Florida. Clear your calendar because you won’t want to miss these spectacular shows, shindigs and shopping extravaganzas.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

If you’re in Miami, you won’t want to miss Santa’s Enchanted Forest. This is the largest holiday theme park in the world with over 100 rides, games and performances. Step through the gates and you’ll be greeted with dazzling lights, thrilling roller coasters, acrobats, magic shows and stalls selling delicious…

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Person using a smart home app on a phone

Smart home technology has come a long way in just a few years. Now you can find devices that allow you to do everything from unlocking your door remotely to monitoring energy usage and feeding your pets from an app on your phone or device. Smart home gadgets are great for all types of Florida real estate because they not only make managing your home easier, they can also add value if you’re thinking of selling your home. These are some of the most useful smart home gadgets for Florida homes.

Smart Air Conditioner

On hot, humid days in Florida, air conditioning is an absolute must. Smart air conditioners allow you to turn your cooling unit on or off with just the push of a button on your device. You can activate the A/C before you get home so…

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Beautiful park in Lakeland, Florida

Like the name suggests, Lakeland is a community surrounded by beautiful lakes. Ideally located between Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland has it all—historic charm, natural beauty, a vibrant downtown and easy access to major cities in Florida. If you’re thinking about making Lakeland home, these are just a few reasons why residents love living in this alluring Florida community.

Beautiful Lakes

There are 38 lakes in Lakeland, so no matter where you are in the city, you’re never far from a body of water. Some of the largest lakes include Lake Parker, Lake Mirror and Lake Morton. Lakefront promenades and trails offer plenty of opportunities for jogging, cycling and bird watching. Many of the lakes are frequented by swans that are descendents of a pair of…

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Freshly baked bread at a farmers' market in Florida

What better way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning than at a farmers’ market? There are tons of amazing outdoor markets in Florida where you can pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, peruse artisan creations, and chat with local growers and creators. Whether you’re in South Florida, Central Florida or along the Gulf Coast, you’re never far from one of these fabulous farmers’ markets.

Winter Park Farmers’ Market

The biggest farmers’ market in Central Florida takes place in Winter Park every Saturday throughout the year. You can find everything you need for the home here, from fresh local produce to natural dog food, handmade pasta, flowers, candles, tropical decor and more. And you don’t have to wait until you get home to sample great food…

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