Laurie and Harvey Marcus's Blog Posts

Laurie and Harvey Marcus's Blog Posts

Life In The Earthquake Capital Of The US A Tale Of ManMade Disasters And Survival
Janice Bryant had just gotten out of bed when she heard a thundering boom, like dynamite going off under her feet. Then the ground beneath the modest, one-story...

8 Things You Need To Know About The Playboy Mansion Before Its Gone
Hugh Hefner's death at the age of 91 marks the end of an era. And while many are rightly lauding the Playboy founder as a cultural force who helped revolutioniz...

The Property Brothers Must Fix The Weirdest Layout Theyve Ever Seen
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling" stars Jonathan and Drew Scott know all about keeping things in the family—they are, after all, both brothers an...

Hurricane Harvey 70 Of Home Damage Costs Arent Covered By Insurance
The latest Hurricane Harvey cost estimates show about 70% of home damages caused by flooding won't be covered by insurance.New preliminary data from CoreLogic, a property analytics...

Tech Billionaire Michael Dell Pledges 36 Million To Harvey Relief Efforts
Tech billionaire and Houston native Michael Dell has committed $36 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.The pledge from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is the largest con...

Tapping Your Home Equity For Cash Is Big Again
Rising home prices are getting borrowers comfortable again with the idea of tapping their homes for cash.Home-equity lines of credit and cash-out mortgage refinances, two products ...

Tens Of Thousands Of HarveyArea Homeowners May Become Delinquent On Their Mortgages In The Coming Mo
Hurricane Harvey could have a more destructive impact on the mortgage market in Texas than Katrina did on the Gulf Coast, according to a report out Wednesday.Real estate data provi...

How To Clean Up Your Credit Score
's easy to fall in love with the idea of buying a home. You've got it all planned out: a five-bedroom home in your favorite neighborhood with a manicured lawn and—why not?...

HomeBuying Benefits For Veterans Military Buyers
Veterans, service members, and their families believe in homeownership. In fact, the homeownership rate among veterans far outpaces that of civilians.But the financial toll of mili...

7 Things Buyers Do That Real Estate Agents Hate
Buying a house is a process. One where you’ll spend a lot of quality time with your Realtor®. One where you might even drive him or her a little ... nuts.No, we’re n...

BacktoSchool ToDos
Parents themselves can be a little nervous about the first day of school, especially if they're seeing their little one off for the first time or if their child will be attending a...

BacktoSchool Tips
Whether their summer was jam-packed with activities or filled with complaints about being bored with nothing to do, kids often have a tough time making the back-to-school transitio...

Tiny Fixer Upper Home With A Supersized Price Is This Weeks Most Popular Listing
While the most popular properties on realtor.com® last week were all about fixer-uppers, this week’s most popular home is a true "Fixer Upper." As in pr...

New Homes Just Keep Getting Pricier But Buyers Keep Coming
Looking for a deal on a newly constructed home? Well, you're not likely to get one if current trends continue.The median price for a new home hit its highest level in May, as build...

Check Yourself 7 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle In July
The summer solstice has passed, July is upon us, and the temperature outside feels like the surface of the sun. We get it—manual labor around the house might not be your top...

Protect Indoor Air Quality In Your Home
Whether you live in an apartment, townhouse or single family home, an old home or are building a new home, there are many ways to protect and improve your indoor air quality.Indoor...

Should You Have The Air Ducts In Your Home Cleaned
Knowledge about the potential benefits and possible problems of air duct cleaning is limited. Since conditions in every home are different, it is impossible to generalize about whe...

Where Are The Bed Bugs
The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has long been a pest – feeding on blood, causing itchy bites and generally irritating their human hosts. The Environmental Protection Agenc...

A Smarter Way To Clean Your Home
Every home — big, small, apartment or vacation home — gets dirty. And while there's not just one way to clean your living space, there is a smarter way to get the job done. Tak...

Five MustSee Museums In South Florida
Art is a subjective medium, and there are many ways to express it. Some museums cater to the classically accepted contemporary art, while others have a more hands on approach. Howe...

Good Luck Buying A Home In This Hot Housing Market
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There Is No Boom In Coal Jobs
There is no boom in coal jobs, despite what President Trump and his surrogates say.Trump has been promising that his actions to lift environmental regulations on coal will bring ba...

Life Is Good For US Home Sellers
t's good to be a home seller right now ... really good.That's because it's the most profitable time to sell a home in almost 10 years.Homeowners who sold in the first three months ...

The Ultimate Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
Everything you need to do to keep your home and yard in tip-top shape this summer. With the change of each season comes a new set of maintenance tasks for your home. N...

Oprah Loses 40 Pounds Gains Big With Weight Watchers
Oprah Winfrey has lost more than 40 pounds using Weight Watchers even though she still is eating bread -- and she's also gained a different kind of dough in the process.Shares of W...

Gasoline Average Down 4 Cents From A Week Ago Further Declines Expected
Gasoline prices have declined for 10 straight days, and are expected to continue to drop this week.  The Palm Beach County average for regular fell to $2.49 a gallon Monday fr...

10 Most Overpriced Housing Markets
Denver Median home price difference : (2008-2015) +33.92% Inventory is tight and home prices are soaring in the Mile High City. "To us, it looks like everything is cl...

Craft Beer Bet Returns 2800 To Early Investors
A long-shot bet on craft beer is paying off massively for 1,300 investors.Scottish craft brewer BrewDog announced Monday that investors who supported its initial crowd-funding effo...

The Oftenoverlooked Reason United Can Kick You Off Your Flight
When United Airlines needed extra seats on its plane Sunday night, the airline bumped an unwilling passenger, whom authorities ultimately dragged -- down the aisle -- off the plane...

How To Stop The Smells And Funk That Invade Your Home In Summer
When did hanging out on your patio with that privacy wall you DIYed back in May stop being fun? All you can see is that rusty grill staring at you, and bird poop piling up on your ...

10 Home Maintenance Tips For Spring
After a long, dark winter, spring's bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked si...

Check Yourself Home Maintenance Tasks You Need To Tackle In April
Ah spring! It took you long enough to get here, but we’re happy to see you. In fact, we’re so grateful for the slightest hint of warmer weather that we’re ready to rush ...

Is Wawa Effect Pushing Gas Prices Down In Palm Beach County
Where is the cheapest gas in Palm Beach County? Since three Wawa convenience stores opened last Thursday, it’s likely to be at Wawa, as well as at numerous gas stations within a ...

Rebounding Florida Manatee No Longer An Endangered Species
The manatee — for decades the poster mammal for environmental decline in Florida — is officially no longer an endangered species.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Th...

How Smart Technology Is Making Floridas Electricity More Reliable
Energy companies are finding new ways to deliver better service using smart technologyIt’s hard to imagine a time when we didn’t have smart tech devices making our lives easier...

Contracts To Buy US Homes Hit Highest Level Since April
More people signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as warm weather and rising confidence appeared to encourage consumers to look for houses.The National Association of Realt...

Homebuilder Stocks Track For Best Quarter In More Than 2 Years
Mark Elias | Bloobmerg | Getty Images Construction workers set floor trusses in place that will support the second story of a home at the Lennar Corp. Madison Pointe at Central ...

Stores Are Scooping Up This Nutfree Ice Cream
Two years ago, restauranteur Marc Roth didn't know anything about making ice cream.Today he's the founder of A La Mode, a completely nut-free, egg-free and sesame-free ice cream th...

Cost Vs Value Which Home Improvements Offer The Highest ROI In 2017
With the many different projects reported annually in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost  vs. Value Report, not much has changed from last year...and that's not a bad thing. The 29 ...

4 Trends To Shape Real Estate In 2017
2017 promises to be an interesting year in real estate. Facing the Millennial Effect, interest rate questions and economic changes, it’s important for REALTORS® to devote time i...

The Misleading Math Behind The Rent Vs Buy Calculation
There’s about $13.1 trillion stashed away in the United States, in plain sight. Where? In our homes!Do we have your attention yet?That’s the total value of the equity held by o...

Florida Policy Makes Going Solar Easy For Homeowners
Power companies are fighting an uphill battle they are sure to lose and they’re blaming customers who are taking advantage of massive government savings programs. Specifical...

Firsttime Homebuyer Avoid These States
It's not easy being a first-time homebuyer these days.Around the country, home prices have been rising, inventory is limited, and banks have tightened lending standards.But Califor...

Mold Removal Cost What You Can Expect To Pay
The health and safety of your family is much more important than the price you’ll have to pay to remove the mold, but this guide will help you if you need to get a bid.If the are...

3 Reasons To Replace An Older Thermostat
The thermostat is the only part of the heating and air conditioning systems you really interact with. So by now, you may have gotten used to the settings or perhaps the little pecu...

Palm Beach County Home Prices Sales In Holding Pattern
Palm Beach County’s home prices and sales volumes are in a holding pattern, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.The me...

Make Sure To Take These Home Improvement Tax Deductions For 2016
Did you make home improvements in 2016? Then you might be eligible for a whole slew of home improvement tax deductions which can save you major money when you file your p...

3 Homeowner Tax Breaks That Ended In 2016and May Not Come Back
Perhaps you didn’t realize it, but like the average house mouse, or your driver’s registration, many tax breaks have a life span of only one year. Technically, a lot of those t...

South Florida Where The Worlds Collectors And Exhibitors Gather Every Winter By Palm Beach Show Grou
While the rest of the country shivers through winter, South Floridians luxuriate in tropical paradise. Yes, our year-round balmy climate makes us the envy of everyone — espe...

No Fed Rate Hike In First Meeting Of Trump Era
The Federal Reserve isn't rocking the boat yet in the Trump era.America's central bank didn't raise its key interest rate Wednesday at the end of its two-day meeting. The decision ...

South Florida Homes Keep Getting More Expensive
South Florida home prices are still rising despite a market slowdown.Home prices in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties rose 7.1 percent year-over...

Best Restaurants In West Palm Beach On The Water
Frigate's Waterfront Bar & Grill3.9  (123) · $$ · Grill Water-view seafood destination featuring an outdoor bar with buzzy happy hours, plus spo...

Why You Shouldnt Panic About Rising Mortgage Rates
Mortgage rates have been on a steady rise recently, but buyers shouldn't panic -- rates are still very low.The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.16%, up from...

6 Home Prices Rise 53 Amid Solid Demand Tight Supply
 – U.S. home prices marched steadily higher in November, pushed up by healthy demand for homes and a shrinking supply of available properties.The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic...

250 Million Mansion Is Most Expensive Home Listed In US
A newly-built Bel Air mansion has been listed for sale for $250 million in the US, making it the most expensive home currently on offer on the American market.The extravagant 38,00...

Mortgage Lender Fined 35 Million For Kickback Scheme
A major mortgage lender has been fined $3.5 million for allegedly using kickbacks to drum up business.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said that between 2011-2016 Prospect ...

Governmentbacked Mortgages Are About To Get Cheaper
The outgoing Obama administration just offered a small carrot to millions of would-be homeowners.The Department of Housing and Urban Development ...

6 Vices To Avoid If You Hope To Sell Your Home In 2017
Everyone has a few flaws. But if you plan to sell your home in 2017, these foibles can literally cost you—we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars. What...

Over 90 Of Americans Make This 401k Mistake
We all know that participating in a company-sponsored 401(k) can be instrumental in saving for retirement. Not only that, but we're encouraged to max out our contributions year aft...

Mortgage Rates Kick Off New Year With A Drop
Here's some good news to start the new year: mortgages are a little cheaper.The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.20% from 4.32% from last week, accordi...

Heres The Difference Between You And The Super Rich
The ultra rich. They're just like us. Except for a few small things.The wealthiest individuals in the U.S. tend to own several homes across the globe, have more than a dozen vehicl...

Tesla Reveals Its 35000 Car For The Masses
Even before Tesla unveiled its new Model 3 on Thursday night, more than 115,000 people had already paid $1,000 to reserve one of the highly-anticipated electric cars.These early bu...

France Gives Workers Right To Disconnect From Office Email
French workers have won the right to ignore business emails that arrive after hours.A new labor law that took effect on Sunday gives employees the "right to disconnect" from email,...

Housing Outlook Brightens Despite Higher Rates
The housing market is expected to pick up moderately next year on steady job and income growth and an easing supply crunch, but rising mortgage rates are likely to temper the gains...

Check Yourself Home Maintenance Tasks You Need To Tackle In January
We’re not gonna lie: Taking care of home maintenance tasks isn’t going to be any easier in January than it was during the holiday bustle of December. You’ve buttoned up ...

Is There A House In Your Retirement Plan
Single-family homes can offer an easy entry into property investment and help you diversify your portfolio. But even experienced real estate pros have to take care to ensure they g...

Tech Trends To Embrace In 2017
If you’re looking to increase your company’s tech savvy, then you need to be on board with these innovations.From big data to virtual reality, technology continues to make huge...

How To Protect Your Clients From Hackers
It's important to have conversations with your clients now about how to safeguard against scams, as hackers are increasingly targeting real estate transactions. Instances are ...

Should You Buy Flood Insurance
Did you know homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding? Here’s what you need to know about the federal flood insurance program.If you have a mortgage on your home a...

10 Most Dangerous Islands Around The World
10Ilha da Queimada, BrazilLocated off the coast of Brazil, this island is home to thousands of Golden Lancehead Vipers (hence the nickname Snake Island), one of the most venomous i...

Consumers And Realtors Show Greater Interest In Smart Home Technologies Certifications
 As smart homes become more popular among consumers, buyers and sellers are showing greater interest in those homes and smart-home technologies and Realtors® in a certificati...

Injunction Issued On Department Of Labor Overtime Rule
On November 22, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial overtime ...

When No Pet Rules Meet Assistance Animals
"No, you cannot move in with your emotional support dog; the condominium association does not accept pets." Realtors need to stop when they hear these wo...

Get Your Sleep On
We’ve all been there. The lights are low, alarms have been set. You’ve showered and, if you’re anything like me, did an interpretive dance to Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clea...

Shadow Banks Are On The Rise For Home Loans Should We Be Afraid
Where do home buyers go for a mortgage? To a bank, of course—or at least that’s what many might think. Yet a new force has taken over home financing, called “s...

Thanksgiving Hacks From Food Bloggers
The best part of hosting Thanksgiving dinner? You stay home, stuffed and sated, while your guests battle traffic wearing tight pants. The downside: It’s a big job.Go With What Yo...

Battle Of The Backsplashes Glass Mosaics Vs Natural Stone
One of the many great kitchen debates involves backsplashes. Just as they do when considering cabinets, countertops, paint colors and flooring, homeowners care about factors such a...

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You can’t predict the future—or control the toll that a fire, hurricane, or flood takes on your home. But you can take steps to ensure that you’re prepare...

How To Shop For Mortgages The Guide To Finding A Great Home Loan
Mortgages might not be as much fun to shop for as new shoes or a new car, but if you know how to do some smart comparison shopping, you’re going to save yourself a lot of ha...

Homeowners Workbook How To Remodel Your Bathroom
So you’re ready to remodel that bathroom. Congratulations! As you probably already know, you’ve got some tasks ahead of you. Even with the help of a professional bathroom desig...

HISTORY OF THE JACK O LANTERN
Every October, carved pumpkins peer out from porches and doorsteps in the United States and other parts of the world.Gourd-like orange fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illu...

The Closing Process What Home Buyers Can Expect On The Big Day
The hardest parts are over: You’ve found that perfect home in a haystack of listings, negotiated a deal you’re happy with, and secured a mortgage—and you’re now in the home...

5 Things To Never Ever Buy At Ikea
The problem with Ikea dressers isn’t primarily that they’re nearly impossible to cobble together (although that is certainly maddening). It’s that there have b...

How To Build A Fence Without Ending Up In A Feud With Your Neighbors
Good fences make good neighbors, but how do you make a good fence, exactly? After all, it’s not just a question of marking the division between two pieces of property. Do you and...

Its Not Too Late For A Furnace TuneUp
As the leaves begin to turn colors and the sweaters come out of storage, you may be trying to hold off on firing up the furnace to save money. It’s one of the mildest times of th...

Replacing Patio Pavers Or Restoring Them
In case you want to spend more time in the outdoor living spaces and you want to enjoy the time spent there, then you should definitely think about patio pavers. Patio pavers today...

Hey Single Home Owner You Are Not Alone
It’s National Singles Week, a week that recognizes single men and women, a population of 107 million Americans. Single men and women make up a large portion of the adult American...

What Is Curb Appeal How To Supercharge The First Impression Buyers Have Of Your Home
Curb appeal is the all-important practice of improving how your home looks to buyers right as they pull up and park—or even as they drive by (slowly, one hopes). That includ...

Getting A Divorce Heres Why You Might Not Get The House
Divorce may be on a three-decade decline in America, but as Angelina Jolie can attest, irreconcilable differences still drive formerly loving couples apart...

Make Your Home A Healthy Home
When the phrase ‘air pollution’ is mentioned, most people immediately think of traffic fumes, smoke from incinerators, or emissions from industrial plants or factories. Indoor ...

Sep 2 2016 24092 1Another Freak Storm For The MidAtlantic And Northeast
Hermine is just getting started. All of the drama last night in Florida with Gulf water rising up and pushing into coastal communities, and the rain and wind in the Carolinas today...

Aug 26 2016 24092 1The Best Drinks To Cure A Hangover
It’s one of those mornings: Last night was a crazy one and getting out of bed feels tougher than climbing out of a subterranean pit. Old-school wisdom preaches reaching for cold ...

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The World’s Most Packed Swimming Pool the “Dead Sea of China” Can Accommodate Over 10,000 PeopleAs the heat wave hits China, thousands of swimmers gather in a pool known as t...


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