Why Become a Florida Resident

Of course, the weather is the original draw to people from other parts of the world. I mean it’s a high of 80 degrees here today in February. What’s not to love?!?! But there are also many financial benefits to living in FL that would make your decision to move to the Sunshine State even more attractive.

First and foremost Florida has NO STATE INCOME TAX!!! We are one of very few US states that can boast this. Moving to Florida from a state like New York can save someone in a high-income tax bracket many thousands of dollars in taxes. This prohibition against collecting an individual income tax is part of the Florida Constitution, so Florida won’t be imposing a state individual income tax anytime soon. A constitutional amendment would be required to change this provision. The state’s constitution also prevents counties and municipalities from imposing any sort of income tax at local levels.

As a Florida resident you also get two property tax benefits if you declare your FL property as your primary “homestead” residence. First, you’ll receive an exemption for the first $50,000 of your home’s value for property tax purposes, except for school district taxes which only receive a $25,000 exemption. There’s also the Florida “Save Our Homes” cap on annual assessments. The cap is set at 3 percent or the change in the consumer price index (CPI), whichever is less. This means that the assessed value of your homestead for property tax purposes can’t increase on annual basis by more than the change in the CPI or 3 percent if the change in the CPI is more than 3 percent. For example, the change in the CPI is 2.9 percent in 2018, so the 2018 assessed value of a homestead residence can’t increase by more than this. It’s less than the 3 percent cap. The change in the CPI was 4.1 percent in 2008, but the increase was limited to 3 percent because this was less. It you plan to own your home for several years, this can be a huge savings.

Now seems like the perfect time to explore Florida homeownership.  You know right before Snowpocalypse hits over the weekend.  Call us today at 321-697-8230 to get started!!!

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Tile to the Max

White kitchens, white baths, white couches, white walls. It was only a matter of time before the pendulum started swinging back. In kitchens, baths, and entry ways, designers are punching up the sea of white with intricate patterns of encaustic tile. It goes by many names—Cuban tile, cement tile, concrete tile—as it’s been around for centuries. Spain, Morocco, Mexico and Italy have been using this building material for years (for its cool feel under the feet); tile is made by baking in colorful decorative designs into cement, usually 12” square.

The tile can also be used on floors or walls to great effect. Here it gives a fresh spin on a deck and enlivens the white and gray outdoor furniture

The tile, incredibly durable, can be finished in gloss or matte, and can make a very luxe appearance. The graphic black and white tile pattern in this kitchen provides a stunning base for the touches of black in cabinetry, shelving, rafters, and window mullions.

Encaustic tile is a natural in the bath and makes a bold statement in this contemporary design. As an alternative to the usual marble slab and travertine in today’s baths, the tile brings a fresh look that is both practical and beautiful.

While cement tile can be dramatically bold and eye-catching, it doesn’t always have to shout. In this sunroom, a quiet, low-key color palette makes for an inviting conversation nook.

The versatility of encaustic tile is undeniable. While the tile has ancient roots, it’s a natural fit for mid-century modern tastes as shown in this living room design. The Moorish-style motifs in these mixed-pattern tiles provide a pleasing contrast to the angular simplicity of the furnishings.

Encaustic tile may be just the thing to spice up the trend for white and gray interiors. It’s like a new neutral, but with a lot more pizazz.

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Tile to the Max

White kitchens, white baths, white couches, white walls. It was only a matter of time before the pendulum started swinging back. In kitchens, baths, and entry ways, designers are punching up the sea of white with intricate patterns of encaustic tile. It goes by many names—Cuban tile, cement tile, concrete tile—as it’s been around for centuries. Spain, Morocco, Mexico and Italy have been using this building material for years (for its cool feel under the feet); tile is made by baking in colorful decorative designs into cement, usually 12” square.

The tile can also be used on floors or walls to great effect. Here it gives a fresh spin on a deck and enlivens the white and gray outdoor furniture

The tile, incredibly durable, can be finished in gloss or matte, and can make a very luxe appearance. The graphic black and white tile pattern in this kitchen provides a stunning base for the touches of black in cabinetry, shelving, rafters, and window mullions.

Encaustic tile is a natural in the bath and makes a bold statement in this contemporary design. As an alternative to the usual marble slab and travertine in today’s baths, the tile brings a fresh look that is both practical and beautiful.

While cement tile can be dramatically bold and eye-catching, it doesn’t always have to shout. In this sunroom, a quiet, low-key color palette makes for an inviting conversation nook.

The versatility of encaustic tile is undeniable. While the tile has ancient roots, it’s a natural fit for mid-century modern tastes as shown in this living room design. The Moorish-style motifs in these mixed-pattern tiles provide a pleasing contrast to the angular simplicity of the furnishings.

Encaustic tile may be just the thing to spice up the trend for white and gray interiors. It’s like a new neutral, but with a lot more pizazz.

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

BBQ Bash

Recipes for Outdoor Dining

Sizzle… crack… pop! The only things that are better than the sounds of outdoor grilling are the smells and the good company. We’ve got you covered on the former.

Check out these recipes for outdoor dining that will be sure to turn your next barbecue bash into a gastronomic success.

Dip and sip

Start the party off right with dips and sips for your guests to enjoy as they arrive.

Goop has two recipes for summery (but not too sweet) cocktails we’re itching to try, including this spiked strawberry lemonade made with fresh strawberry purée and vodka.

No feast would be complete without Martha Stewart. This cool and creamy feta radish spread is made from Greek yogurt and takes less than 30-minutes to whip up.

Pro Tip: Station your pre-dinner treats away from where the main course is being served so guests can mingle without spoiling the pièce de résistance.

Main course

While the burger is a classic staple at barbecues, why not kick it up a notch with these grilled shrimp tacos courtesy of bon appétit made with fresh serrano chile, chipotle chile powder and ground cumin.

Can’t get the image of a burger on the grill out of your mind? Try these recipes that break away from using the conventional beef patty, including lamb with tangy fennel slaw and ginger-scallion salmon with miso yogurt.

Frozen treat

Don’t let the heat stop you from enjoying a glass of hot chocolate. This frozen version from Ina Garten is just as rich and creamy as its warmer counterpart with an added kick from the coffee liqueur (thanks, Contessa).

Photos courtesy of goop.com, marthastewart.com, realsimple.com, barefootcontessa.com, and bonappetit.com

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

BBQ Bash

Recipes for Outdoor Dining

Sizzle… crack… pop! The only things that are better than the sounds of outdoor grilling are the smells and the good company. We’ve got you covered on the former.

Check out these recipes for outdoor dining that will be sure to turn your next barbecue bash into a gastronomic success.

Dip and sip

Start the party off right with dips and sips for your guests to enjoy as they arrive.

Goop has two recipes for summery (but not too sweet) cocktails we’re itching to try, including this spiked strawberry lemonade made with fresh strawberry purée and vodka.

No feast would be complete without Martha Stewart. This cool and creamy feta radish spread is made from Greek yogurt and takes less than 30-minutes to whip up.

Pro Tip: Station your pre-dinner treats away from where the main course is being served so guests can mingle without spoiling the pièce de résistance.

Main course

While the burger is a classic staple at barbecues, why not kick it up a notch with these grilled shrimp tacos courtesy of bon appétit made with fresh serrano chile, chipotle chile powder and ground cumin.

Can’t get the image of a burger on the grill out of your mind? Try these recipes that break away from using the conventional beef patty, including lamb with tangy fennel slaw and ginger-scallion salmon with miso yogurt.

Frozen treat

Don’t let the heat stop you from enjoying a glass of hot chocolate. This frozen version from Ina Garten is just as rich and creamy as its warmer counterpart with an added kick from the coffee liqueur (thanks, Contessa).

Photos courtesy of goop.com, marthastewart.com, realsimple.com, barefootcontessa.com, and bonappetit.com

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Gorgeous Furniture for the Home

With the right pieces, furniture can help turn a house into a home. A living room becomes a special place for family and friends to gather together and laugh. A dining room transforms moments into memories as loved ones raise a glass and share stories.

Here are a few pieces of gorgeous furniture we want in our home now.

This Chesterfield Sofa by Anthropologie comes in a variety of colors that span the spectrum from bold to demure.

While the origins of the Chesterfield are debated, some believe it was inspired by an earl in 18th century England of the same name. This modern version pays homage to the classic style with its button-tufted pattern, nail head trim, and rolled arms. The velvet upholstery adds a luxuriously modern twist that will catch the eye of any passersby.

This Wesson Roman 114” Dining Table from the Wesson Collection is the perfect marriage of geometry and style.

Using industrial materials like oxidized iron and bronze, it creates a truly unique dining experience for those who gather around it.

A leather piece is essential to making a house a home. The simplicity in this Sorensen Leather Chaise by Restoration Hardware will add warmth and depth to any space it occupies.

The Ancient Greek version of the chaise lounge, known as the kline, was the main piece of furniture used at festivities. A fun piece of history to share with guests as they take a seat.

Photos courtesy of anthropologie.com, thekhazana.net, and restorationhardware.com  

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Gorgeous Furniture for the Home

With the right pieces, furniture can help turn a house into a home. A living room becomes a special place for family and friends to gather together and laugh. A dining room transforms moments into memories as loved ones raise a glass and share stories.

Here are a few pieces of gorgeous furniture we want in our home now.

This Chesterfield Sofa by Anthropologie comes in a variety of colors that span the spectrum from bold to demure.

While the origins of the Chesterfield are debated, some believe it was inspired by an earl in 18th century England of the same name. This modern version pays homage to the classic style with its button-tufted pattern, nail head trim, and rolled arms. The velvet upholstery adds a luxuriously modern twist that will catch the eye of any passersby.

This Wesson Roman 114” Dining Table from the Wesson Collection is the perfect marriage of geometry and style.

Using industrial materials like oxidized iron and bronze, it creates a truly unique dining experience for those who gather around it.

A leather piece is essential to making a house a home. The simplicity in this Sorensen Leather Chaise by Restoration Hardware will add warmth and depth to any space it occupies.

The Ancient Greek version of the chaise lounge, known as the kline, was the main piece of furniture used at festivities. A fun piece of history to share with guests as they take a seat.

Photos courtesy of anthropologie.com, thekhazana.net, and restorationhardware.com  

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Dining Alfresco

With the weather getting warmer and our days getting longer, it’s all the more reason to spend more time outdoors. Whether it’s a rooftop patio, seating by the pool or a balcony overlooking the ocean, dining alfresco is a perfect way to enjoy mother nature this summer.

Presented by: Dunes Properties

This low country home comes with breathtaking views of the marsh and luxurious comfort at the beach. With wide front porches AND an eagle’s nest, the home is elevated to provide the best ways to take in the sunrise and sunset, all while dining alfresco.

Presented by: CORE

If city life is more your speed, take in these cinematic skyline views of Madison Square Park, the Empire State Building and the Met Life clock tower residence. The 2,413-square-foot wrap terrace delivers unparalleled private space in New York City for dining alfresco.

Presented by: The Boutique Real Estate Group

Situated in the lush, California rolling hills, this estate offers secluded tranquility. With an observation deck, a saltwater pool and spa, and a certified-organic 430-tree lemon grove, there are ample options to dine alfresco throughout the summer.

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Dining Alfresco

With the weather getting warmer and our days getting longer, it’s all the more reason to spend more time outdoors. Whether it’s a rooftop patio, seating by the pool or a balcony overlooking the ocean, dining alfresco is a perfect way to enjoy mother nature this summer.

Presented by: Dunes Properties

This low country home comes with breathtaking views of the marsh and luxurious comfort at the beach. With wide front porches AND an eagle’s nest, the home is elevated to provide the best ways to take in the sunrise and sunset, all while dining alfresco.

Presented by: CORE

If city life is more your speed, take in these cinematic skyline views of Madison Square Park, the Empire State Building and the Met Life clock tower residence. The 2,413-square-foot wrap terrace delivers unparalleled private space in New York City for dining alfresco.

Presented by: The Boutique Real Estate Group

Situated in the lush, California rolling hills, this estate offers secluded tranquility. With an observation deck, a saltwater pool and spa, and a certified-organic 430-tree lemon grove, there are ample options to dine alfresco throughout the summer.

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Kitchen Envy

The kitchen is the heart of every home and where memories are made. Whether you are a seasoned home chef, a microwave master, or have your neighborhood restaurant on speed dial, the kitchen is more than a place for food. It’s where we all gather with friends and family to share our time and to share our stories. These days, there are numerous options for kitchen décor to create that jaw dropping design for families to enjoy. Here are some kitchens that will leave you envious:

 

Presented by: Partners Trust

This beach home has a wine room that leads into an over-sized kitchen that is perfect for entertaining. With a custom breakfast nook, additional dining area and doors that open to dine alfresco, this modern kitchen has views of the Pacific that any family would love.

Presented by: Total Property Resources

This single level home boasts a gourmet kitchen and has a unique custom paneled design with quartz counter tops and pops of bright red. Beyond the sleek contemporary design, you will find a Wolf range with double ovens, custom paneled Subzero refrigerator and wine fridge that will make any host want to invite everyone over.

Presented by: Partners Trust

This California home has a kitchen begging to play host. With a classic, crisp white aesthetic, this large chef’s kitchen has a huge marble island for the whole family to gather around. This kitchen also has double ovens, built in range and gorgeous chandelier that brings a little glamour into the beautifully functioning space.

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com