Friday, November 14, 2014



ABOUT WEICHERT REALTY

·       Independent research ranks Weichert.com among the top five of all real estate broker websites

·       Site averages over 3MM visits monthly and 700,000 to mobile website

·       Average visit duration of 11+ minutes outpaces most major real estate companies and in some cases nearly doubles them

·       Our full-time internet marketing team ensures maximum exposure by bidding on over 1MM keywords on major search engines to lead to Weichert.com

·       Weichert.com listings gain additional exposure on an ever-growing list of sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Wall St Journal and New York Times

MARILYN FARBER JACOBS is licensed with WEICHERT-Heath & Joseph, Boynton Beach – 82 agents in our office who may come to a caravan of your property when Marilyn lists it, for an open house!  Keep in mind that MARILYN KNOWS THE COUNTRY CLUBS, THE WATERFRONT, ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITIES, HOMES IN A-RATED SCHOOL DISTRICTS and can list and quickly sell your property (even if it did not sell so far) and find you “the home of your dreams”!  Need an agent in another area?  No problem… ASK MARILYN!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

MANDATORY CHANGES COMING TO YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE








Homeland Security developed the federal REAL ID ACT OF 2005 for the issuance of state-issued drivers licenses and identification cards.  After 2016, those under age  50  will need the new star on your drivers license for access to federal buildings and commercial airline flights (though 2 forms of ID suffice for airlines).  For those over 50, the date is 2017.  The purposes of this change are to reduce fraud and to fight terrorism.

This process cannot be done online.  You must appear in person at a service center (https://www.pbctax.com/locations) and have with you proof of date of birth, social security number and residential address.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LOCAL "TASTE HISTORY CULTURAL TOURS OF HISTORIC PALM BEACH" PROVIDES HISTORY, CULTURE, ART AND TRAVEL INFORMATION


This multi-cultural culinary tour is for history buffs and foodies.  The Culture Trip, an international news agency cited this tour among their Florida’s 10 Best Food Festivals and Fiestas.   TripBuzz ranked this tour as #7 out of 118 nearby activities.  South Beach Wine and Food Festival and the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival recognize this tour.



Visit 3 to 4 restaurants for hearty food tastings and trips to historic districts, unique restaurants, historic buildings, art districts and art galleries.  



Areas toured include Northwood Village/West Palm Beach; Lake Worth and Lantana; Delray Beach and Boynton Beach and private tours can be arranged. These local tours are available year-round and go on, rain or shine.



These guide-narrated 4-hour tours are done by bus for 15-20 people.  In Delray Beach, it’s early history is described from its first Midwest founders, William Linton and David Swinton, to early landowners including Henry Flagler and William and Sara Gleason.



Some eating experiences are standing-only.  Dietary restrictions and substitutions cannot be provided.  Some eateries are cafes, restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops, markets, food stands, an urban farm, historic buildings, cultural centers and art galleries.  See their facebook page for pix.




Tours are held on 2nd, 3rd and4th Saturdays at 11 a.m.  There is about 4-6 blocks of walking.  Tours travel through historic districts and neighborhoods.  Each tour varies its stops. 



Pre-payment of $40 per person is required; children under 18 are free when accompanied by an adult, but you must call to verify that space is available.  After February 15, 2015, the new tour rate will be $45 per person for Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana; $50 per person for West Palm Beach as bus rental and insurance fees have gone up. 



Tours board at Macy’s outside east entrance at the Boynton Beach Mall in Boynton Beach.  The tours are sponsored partly by Macy’s, famous for its culinary tools department, and discounts are given to trip participants.





Monday, October 13, 2014

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY BECOMING A CONDO CONVERSION sez THE REAL DEAL


As a condo conversion, it would be hard to find the privacy, security and exclusivity plus the historic feeling and water views... and it is a landmark!

The article states that parking will be featured at the base of the statue along with high-end retail stores, a five star restaurants and maids quarters.  Affordable housing would be limited.  Applicants just have to pass the reasonable credit check.

See more including layout of condos and prices at: http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/10/12/what-if-
the-statue-of-liberty-was-condo-conversion/#sthash.SFI2GuqF.dpuf

(THIS IS A SATIRE BUT CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE 

IDEAS FOR THE INTERIOR OF THE STATUE) 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

PALM BEACH CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS ARE FORGING AHEAD WITH NEW DEVELOPMENTS






The Dreher Park Zoo and Science Center are planning an ecotourism complex that is estimated to attract 2.2MM annual visitors, and to be the largest destination in the US focused on conservation and environment.  Cost slated to range between $93MM and $123MM, and result after 10 years, in an annual impact of $300MM. Joint venture agreement discussions to lay out roles and responsibilities are being held.  Plans call for a butterfly haven, rope canopy tour, IMAX theatre, outdoor Everglades exhibit, environment education center, and more.  Next February, completion is scheduled for the science center’s west wing, doubling its usable space over the past four years to 40,000 sq ft.  It’s last fiscal year ended with a $30,000 surplus.  By the end of the year, the zoo will have doubled the size of its Malayan tiger habitat.



 
The Norton Museum has begun rehabbing six historic houses it owns on Cranesnest Way and is planning an expansion to reorient the Dixie Highway entrance, and to add 15,000 sq ft of new or renovated gallery space.



Palm Beach Atlantic University’s 78-acre Marshall and Vera Lee Rinker Athletic Campus has raised more than $15MM to benefit the athletic campus, academic programs and scholarships.  The President of the College stated that the school’s economic impact on the community is $345MM.


Monday, October 06, 2014

MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO ATTEND “AN AFTERNOON WITH ANN ROMNEY”

 
A most accomplished woman who focuses on being a wife, mother and grandmother, she also works with community and faith-based organizations and served a First Lady of Massachusetts when husband Mitt was Governor.
In 1998 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and volunteers time to raise awareness of this disease.
Mrs. Romney is a beautiful woman in so many ways.  The Romneys just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary, have 5 sons and 5 daughters-in-law and 22 grandchildren.
As part of the Esther B. O ‘Keeffe Speaker Series, this presentation will be held at 3  pm on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at The Four Arts’ Gubelmann Auditorium.    Show Membership Card (admits 2) at door; non-members pay$35 each and tickets are available one hour before the lecture (cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted).

BOCA RATON VOTED 7TH MOST EXCITING CITY IN FLORIDA BY MOVOTO REAL ESTATE BLOG

Cities with at least 30,000 residents were considered, and 99 were found.  Boca Raton was the 4th place active life and arts ranking with nightlife and music venues scoring high too.  Boca placed third in non-fast food restaurants.

Friday, October 03, 2014

GREAT AMERICAN PLACES NAMES WEST PALM BEACH'S HISTORIC CLEMATIS STREET AMONG TOP 10 BEST STREETS IN AMERICA








Since the 1890’s, Clematis Street has been the commercial district for Palm Beach County.  Initial surveyors and engineers for Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railroad (1893) planned the area’s configuration.  Since 1990 it has been a two-way street.  The 500 block is listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1996.  A waterfront park and pavilion connects the waterfront to Clematis Street.  From the park you can walk the waterfront and admire the really big boats docked there. Since 2009, there is a new library and city hall complex.

Locals and visitors are drawn to the street with festivals, annual events and concerts.  Catch the trolley that connects CityPlace, train and bus stations, Palm Beach Atlantic University and downtown West Palm Beach.  Some call it, “Main Street,” and “the entertainment center of West Palm Beach”, a living room, where people relax, have fun, shop, dine and do business.  There are antique shops to browse, colorful boutiques to find that one-of-a-kind item, nightclubs, a movie plex and some upscale stores and restaurants nearby. Have a drink and dine at Bradleys across from the Intracoastal Waterway and enjoy crowd watching.  Architecture is authentic and eclectic, evolving over the last century, including every era and style. 

Historic buildings abound with shops and restaurants on the ground floors of historic buildings.  On higher floors you can find startups, small tech companies, and artists.  Residents’ non –traditional work schedules activate and energize the street, often in the later hours. Some retailers have been there for 100 years.  Drop in to Segway Tours, “the best way to see the area”, and voted # 1 by Trip Advisor of 24 West Palm Beach Activities.  Rent a self-balancing “Personal Transporter,” a motorized “scooter” that changes direction by leaning that way.  Modern dance clubs and health food emporiums are included.  “Clematis by Night” offers a fountain-side concert series, food art and children’s activities.  .  After browsing an art gallery, sit outside and have coffee or wine and cheese.  “SunFest,” the annual boat show and “Corvettes on Clematis” are well attended events with the area drawing about 80,000 visitors a week.

Nearby places to enjoy are The Kravis Center where top stars perform, the Convention Center with art, antiques and jewelry shows, and lots of interesting street browsing.  The area encompasses 5 blocks from Flagler Drive to Rosemary Avenue.

Next time you are looking to have fun, head over to Clematis Street!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

PALM BEACH FOUR ARTS SOCIETY HAS NEW NATURE MURALS IN GUBELMANN AUDITORIUM



A 1930's building originally designed by Addison Mizner as The Embassy Club now houses the Four Arts Society, which includes the fabulous Gubelmann Auditorium.


Electrifying red colors that echo the Auditorium’s dominant color, and a newly exposed row of arches, add an illusion of looking through arched windows at a Florida sunset, according to the Palm Beach Daily News (“Shiny Sheet”). The previous “plain” look was said to be drab.  Budget surplus was used for these improvements.  The Auditorium seats 700 and features state-of-the-art electronics to ensure that the sound of a symphony playing in the Gubelmann Auditorium can be heard with great detail – even for those with severe hearing loss.

Included in the new arched murals are Florida-local birds and plants such as ibis, roseate spoonbill, hibiscus, magnolia, sea grape, palms and pines.  Mixed acrylic paint and casein were used to produce surface resonance for improved acoustics.

Presentations in the auditorium and within the complex include concerts, art exhibits, films, lecture series, library series, events in the botanical and sculpture gardens, classes on painting and art, and other cultural offerings.  There is a popular Children’s Library.  The Campus on the Lake offers cultural education lectures, workshops, classes and field trips exploring art, music, literature, drama and the art of living well.

The original 1930’s building was the Addison Mizner-designed Embassy Club. 

For more information: http://www.fourarts.org/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

1925 WYETH MEDITERRANEAN LANDMARKED HOME, Center of town, one block to beach, shop, dine



PHIPPS PLAZA 3-story Landmarked Mediterranean style home that can be single family, or have rental units and owner still live there.  Right now there are 3 long term renters in units.  One block to ocean.  fireplaces, high pecky cypress ceilings, frog fountain, courtyard with park view, master upstairs, no HOA.  Located in center of town, walk to shop, dine et al.  $3,595,000.

 
 
 


 
If you would like to see the property
call MARILYN FARBER JACOBS, 561-638-9818
 
LOCATION!   LOCATION!   LOCATION!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ISRAELIS DEVELOP BLOOD TEST FOR CANCER




Eventus Diagnostics, and Israeli life-sciences company, has produced a blood test for early detection of breast cancer, after 8 years of painstaking research.  Breast  cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, with 1.6MM new cases diagnosed in 2010. 

Called the Octavia Pink test, this first ever blood test to reveal cancer is available now in Israel and Italy and is undergoing clinical trials to receive US Food and Drug Administration approval.  It identifies markers that might indicate cancer or something else.  Its innovations also lie in its examination of antibodies in the blood to pinpoint this specific cancer.

The company released a peer-reviewed study that confirms the diagnostic accuracy of its Octava(TM) blood tests designed for use with screening mammography. The study showed that the Octava(TM) Blue test has excellent sensitivity and good specificity in helping to identify whether or not women who have had an abnormal mammography result actually have breast cancer. The study was conducted by researchers at Eventus Diagnostics and at major cancer centers in the U.S., Italy and Israel.

Galit Yahalom, Head of the 15-member Research Team, is a 43-year old Israeli mother of two who has worked on this project since its inception.  She says, “We know that it recognizes cancer as an external enemy that must be destroyed. It is possible that each of us has had instances of cancer we were unaware of, because our immune systems killed it when it was still very small. For whatever reason, the immune system of people with cancer is not functioning properly.” She also states, “For the last decade, we have known that there is a connection between cancer and the immune system.”

The Octava breast cancer tests are the first in a new class of rapid, accurate and cost-effective immune system-based blood tests that detect the presence or absence of cancer by measuring ratios of autoantibodies produced by the body in response to the presence of tumor-specific antigens.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MOVE!


·      Plan ahead: Start about 6 weeks before the move with a file and calendar handy.  Keep details for utility turn ons, copy of contract, lease or mortgage, and other important papers.


·      Get organized: Start with boxes and mark on the outsides which room the items will go to.  List furniture and which room they will go to.  Share with movers.


·      Don't crack under pressure: Keep plates in one piece by stacking Styrofoam plates between each one. Protect glasses by putting them inside pairs of clean socks.
 
·      Vacuum seal out-of-season clothing: Save space, and put into a storage shelf in your new home.


·      Think of the little things: Keep sandwich bags handy to hold small items that must be taken apart, such as screws for a mounted flat-screen television or a bed frame, and tape the bag to the back of the object. Label bags in case they get separated.


·      Sweet dreams: If it's time to replace an item, do so during the move to avoid extra packing. It might be a good time, for example, to replace an older mattress, pillows and sheets.


·      Green thumb: Transport plants delicately by using a plastic bag to keep all of the appendages safe and prevent snapping.


·      Survival kit: Pack an overnight kit to take and use your first day in the new home.  Put in night clothes, a change of clothes for the next day, toiletries and towels.  Include moving staples, such as a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags and power strips.  Be sure to pack pet’s necessities and a few cans or bags of pet food along with their favorite toys.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

HISTORIC INDEED... WITH ORIGINAL DETALS... COME SEE THIS 1926 BEAUTIFUL UPGRADED HOME AND COTTAGE

Palm Beach County is known for its historic homes
 
Who's footsteps will you be walking in?
This property has been occupied by prominent locals
including a former Mayor of Palm Beach
 
 1926 Historic Home plus two apartments to rent out in separate cottage
* NOW UNDER CONTRACT *
Let Marilyn Find You a HISTORIC HOME!

El Cid Lafayette Park Neighborhood between Antique Row
and the Intracoastal Waterway
UPGRADES GALORE
Double Lot - 30'x15' pool - sizeable Yard

Front of house with Chicago Brick Pavers (all around grounds)
arched windows, pecky cypress arched wood door, arched French Doors
 
Side of house with Chicago Brick Pavers, luxurious "fauna"

Guest House has two entrances, kitchen, 2 apartments

Living Room - 20'x14' with working fireplace

Dining Room - 15'x12' with French Doors


Upstairs Master Bedroom - 21'x15' with updated gorgeous Master Bath
and Walk-In Closet with WINDOWS!
 
Kitchen - UPDATED - 16'x12'
 
Two more upstairs bedrooms, two downstairs dens
3880 living sq ft - High Privacy Hedges in Front and Sides
Beautiful, Tranquil, Serene Views from All Windows
 
GREAT house for entertaining and/or family fun
 
May I give you a tour?
Call Marilyn at 561-302-3388
 
GREAT HOME FOR A HISTORY BUFF
 
$999,000
 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

FORGETFUL? MAYBE A FREE MEMORY SCREENING WOULD HELP!

FREE MEMORY SCREENING
Friday, June 20th, 2014
9 am – 3 pm
 
 
Call for an appointment
Or information
561-968-2933
 
JEM RESEARCH INSTITUTE
130 JFK Drive, Suite 203
Atlantis FL 33462

Sunday, June 08, 2014

LUXURY & MID-PRICED PROPERTIES ATTRACTING PURCHASES BY INTERNATIONAL BUYERS IN SOUTHEAST FLORIDA

 
The ten most expensive cities for real estate have only one US city: New York.  The other cities are Monaco, Hong Kong, London, Singapore, all outranking New York, and Sydney, Pairs, Moscow and Shanghai, reports Investors Business Daily. 

From February 2014 through February 2014, 788 homes were sold in the US for over $10mm, according to Zillow.  Over half the sales were in Los Angeles and the New York area.  Some of the most expensive transactions were in San Francisco, south Florida, Aspen and Vail.

Savills, the global real estate company in London, reports that the average luxury home in Hong Kong was valued at about $11,000 per sq ft.  In London, the average was $5300 per sq ft and in New York $4100 per sq ft. 

With strong economic growth in China, the National Association of Realtors states that the Chinese are buying up high-end US properties, attracted by America’s stronger property rights and a relative stable political and economic climate.  International buyers have found Florida real estate less expensive than in their own countries, according to 80% of surveyed Florida realtors.  While the median price paid by international buyers in Florida was $216,477, it appears that the segment of interest in properties for foreign buyers is very limited.

Channel 12 News reports that in 2013, Florida was visited by 266,000 Chinese tourists.  Orlando, Miami and Pinellas County have tourism leaders making pitches to and working with Chinese tourism operators in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai to start selling vacation packages in China that will showcase the beaches, museums and golf resorts in the county, aiming for Florida home buyers.
 
 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

CONSERVATION EXPERT TO SPEAK AT PALM BEACH ZOO ON FLORIDA PANTHER HABITAT CONSERVATION AND CONNECTIVITY





Conservation biologist Richard A. Hilsenbeck, Ph.D., says that “Panthers depend for their lives on the same basic natural resources that sustain our own livelihoods,….conserving lands for the Florida panther is important for protecting our own best interest.”  He further says that, “This is because having large natural areas and working lands, like cattle ranches, stay in productive agriculture is not only important for our food prosecution, but also vitally important to protecting the water supplies of Florida’s citizens.”
 
Dr. Hilsenbeck will be speaking on Thursday, June 12, and after guests have enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Zoo animal views from 6-6:30 pm. he will present the third Conservation Leadership Lecture of 2014.



 
Dr. Hilsenbeck, currently Director of Conservation Projects for the TNC Florida Chapter, has had 35+ years of experience in conservation biology, including about 23 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and is considered an expert in conservation easements, ecological assessments and descriptive ecology of Florida’s natural communities.




He has had statewide responsibilities for project initiation, design and implementation and has authored or co-authored 60+ projects, many focused on conservation of Florida’s ranch and timberlands, including Preservation 2000, Save Our Rivers and Florida Forever.   His is the primary responsibility within TNC for land acquisition issues, successfully guiding scores of projects through the State of Florida’s initial land acquisition process.  Thirty plus peer-reviewed articles of his have been published in scientific journals,  he has written chapters in several books and many technical reports, provided to private, state and federal agencies.



Seating is limited; tickets are $20 per person.  You can purchase tickets online at www.palmbeachzoo.org or call 561-547-WILD, ext 285.




Photo below of my own active, tame, smart Bengal cat, Purrfect Posh, descended from a baby leopard:



If you are interested in rescuing a Bengal cat, email me at marilynfjacobs@gmail.com and I will tell you where to look online.