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Reports estimate that the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show offered somewhere in the vicinity of 1500 boats at an estimated total worth of $5 billion, drawing yachting enthusiast and marine businesses from over thirty countries. 

 The results? About $20 million in revenue for Fort Lauderdale—and rumor has it that all the local Dom Perignon was sold out. Not bad for a long weekend event!

While I understand the international draw of the Boat Show, the extent of its attraction did not hit until strolling among the mega-yachts, Ferraris, Lamborghini’s, Bentleys, private helicopters, luxury boat tenders and an RV to rival any house, while listening to more conversations spoken in different languages or spoken in English with exotic and

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The International SeaKeepers Society is a non-profit organization which focuses on the health of the world’s oceans and climate. SeaKeepers mission is to increase current knowledge about the oceans, promote and facilitate scientific discovery and raise awareness about critical ocean issues by working directly with the yachting community as an essential component and contributor to ocean research, education and conservation efforts. In its pursuit to fulfill its mission, SeaKeepers engage and work in partnership with opinion leaders, scientists, businessmen, government agencies, educational institutions, both private and public organizations, as well as environmental advocates.

A critical component of SeaKeepers strategy is the DISCOVERY Yachts

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Fort Lauderdale has been a leading destination in South Florida for international real estate buyers in the United States.

International buyers, and later as sellers, are drawn to Greater Fort Lauderdale because of what they recognize as attractive prices, economic stability, outstanding infrastructure, unparalleled quality of life and incredible opportunity for investment with tax advantages. Sun-seekers from all over the world come to Fort Lauderdale to play, relax, and sometimes to work.

More than 300 miles of navigable inland waterways wind through luxurious estates, citrus groves and the unique Everglades, beckoning boats of all shapes and sizes. Fort Lauderdale is internationally renowned as the Venice of America for its picturesque

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Before summer languorously drifts into fall, buyers should take advantage of the calm before the storm, namely the 2015 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to assess and evaluate real estate options especially if one is looking to buy or upgrade the boat. Luxury real estate prices in Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America; especially waterfront residences with deep-water dockage often appreciate due to the high demand and limited supply. Identifying real estate needs, requirements and goals and prioritizing them will speed the process along, minimize frustration and guarantee the equity investment will be a time of celebration and not regret.

In the Fort Lauderdale luxury real estate industry, the summer is the perfect time to explore the various communities by

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Buying a Home Near Schools in Florida

For many people, the decision to purchase a property is one of the biggest financial transactions they will ever make. Price and location are often the major influencing factors; however there are other considerations to buying a home, such as accessibility and proximity to good local schools. In the era of Tiger Mothers and the maternal instinct to provide the best opportunities such as access to quality education for their children, it is not surprising that school rankings is increasingly becoming an important consideration in a buyer’s decision to purchase a home.

According to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 29% of home buyers listed school quality and 22%

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extraordinary women leading changeIn anticipation of the third annual Women's Conference presented by GCI Corporation, Jose A. Gouvea and Maria Seltzer of Florida Luxurious Properties hosted a breakfast event on July 18, 2015 for the "Extraordinary Women Leading Change" members at 38 Isla Bahia Drive in Harbor Beach, Fort Lauderdale.

Members of the Board of this organization had the opportunity to visit this stunning luxurious property and learn about all the finest features this residence has to offer.

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For many who enjoy the year round Florida sunshine and live in Fort Lauderdale, "The Yachting Capital of the World", nautical pursuits are a popular pastime. Lobster season, or “bug hunting” as the locals affectionately call it, just kicked off. Anglers with an appetite for game fishing have been warming up the waters pursuing Blue Marlins as they wait for the coming Sailfish and Blackfin Tuna season in September and October.

Always ready to “float your boat”? The almost rain-free summer has provided good visibility and calm waters for free divers, scuba divers, snorkelers and anglers. For a more relaxed activity, simply take a boat ride through the grand canals or the intracoastal waterways and enjoy the summer breeze. Any boat enthusiast will

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Rio Vista, meaning “River View” in Spanish was christened by C.J. Hector an Iowan developer who began developing the area in the 1920s. It is one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s most coveted and charming luxurious residential neighborhoods. As one of our oldest communities, Rio Vista’s charm stems from its history reflected in the eclectic mix of architecture which spans decades. Driving through this community, you will notice Spanish/Mediterranean Revival homes, sprawling mansions, quaint cottages, warm inviting bungalows and prominent modern estates. Every house is unique and is representative of the period in which it was constructed.

This sense of community reflects a tight-knit bond amongst residents which draws families to Rio Vista. It is

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Harbor Beach is a prestigious neighborhood in East Fort Lauderdale. It is and remains the oldest and most desirable luxury residential community. Estates in this idyllic community consist of a mixture of contemporary and Mediterranean architecture. Most homes are waterfront with private dockage to accommodate yachts and speed boats and unobstructed access to the ocean. The serious yachtsman’s would be thrilled to know that Harbor Beach is one of the few neighborhoods that has its own marina and offers residents who are members of the Harbor Beach Surf Club access to 300 feet of private shoreline that extends all the way to Lake Sylvan.

Harbor Beach is all about location, location and location! The ocean is to the east, the Intracoastal to the west

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South Florida appeals as one of the most important global regions for ultra-high-net-worth individuals. International buyers, and later as sellers, are drawn to the region because of attractive prices, economic stability, outstanding infrastructure, unparalleled quality of life and incredible investment opportunities with tax advantages.  

Foreign buyers continue to invest in South Florida’s real estate and contribute to its diversity. Canada, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom and more recently China represent the leading nations in real estate sales in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Located on Las Olas Boulevard, Florida Luxurious Properties is proud of its presence in Fort Lauderdale – The Venice of

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