Are Foreclosures Good Deals? Or Not So Much?

By Tim Frater / August 29, 2014

If you’re paying any attention to the local real estate vibe, you’ve probably heard it said: “Maybe I can pick up a foreclosure property for cheap. . .” We in the biz hear that sentiment expressed often. But are foreclosure properties really offered to the buying public at a discount? The answer might surprise you.…

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The Stanley – a History of Theater in Downtown WPB

By Tim Frater / August 26, 2014

If roaming the sidewalks along Clematis is part of your daily or weekly routine, odds are that you’ve paid a visit to Center City Pharmacy at 416 Clematis Street. If you’ve been there, you know it as a full service pharmacy, wrapped by a nicely appointed convenience store that carries various snacks and drinks, perfect…

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It All Started with a Plumber

By Tim Frater / July 31, 2014

Looking across the landscape of downtown West Palm Beach today, it’s hard to imagine that this entire area was once purely vacant land.  And not all that long ago, historically speaking. Henry Flagler was responsible for much of our start when he rolled into town in the early 1890’s, scouting out a route for his…

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Six Reasons You Won’t Regret Moving to South Florida

By Tim Frater / July 17, 2014

Life is hard. Compound the normal, everyday difficulties we all have to face with neverending winters, hectic lifestyles, and a very limited number of daylight hours and you might find it harder than you ever imagined to sit back and be able to really enjoy your daily life. The weather, which dictates many of our…

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A ‘Ray of Sunshine’ on the 4th of July

By Tim Frater / July 2, 2014

As we rapidly approach another Independence Day celebration, folks are lining up at grocery and beverage stores to load up on beer, burgers, brats, and whatever else might surround a (hopefully sun-drenched) barbecue. It’s safe to assume that we can expect an especially festive celebration this year, with the 4th falling on a Friday, and…

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Get Your Baby Grand at Philpitt’s

By Tim Frater / June 27, 2014

Back in the day, if you were in the market for a piano, odds are you were going to pay a visit to Ernest Philpitt to check out his selection. In fact, Ernest would not only sell you a piano – or a sax, or a Jew’s-harp, or most any other instrument – he’d sell…

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Before Pioneer There Was Edmar’s on Clematis Ave.

By Tim Frater / May 25, 2014

Folks who know anything about the history of Clematis Street and the downtown West Palm Beach area know that Pioneer Linens has been around for a very long time. Pioneer moved to Clematis Street – then called Clematis Avenue – in 1931, having already established itself as a successful enterprise elsewhere in town. The store…

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Prime West Palm Beach Land Sells at Auction

By Tim Frater / May 20, 2014

A notable stretch of vacant land in downtown West Palm Beach sold on Wednesday, May 14, at auction. An bidder paid $3.47 million for the parcel of land located at the southeast corner of Banyan Boulevard and Rosemary Avenue. The identity of the buyer has not yet been made public, and a new deed has…

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Sage Advice for Anyone Looking to Rent in Downtown WPB

By Tim Frater / May 19, 2014

There is a good article in today’s Palm Beach Post, written by Kim Miller, entitled “Top Ten things every renter should know.”  According to the article, the list was compiled by two Realtors who work in the Miami market.  You can check it out in its entirety here, but you’ll find it’s mostly just a…

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