Events in Broward County, FL – September 2018

Events in Broward County,FL-September 2018

Hello, September!

Summer is finally over. Kids are back in school. Lets check it out what is going on in Broward County during the first month of fall:


The Weepies- Completely Acoustic And Alone Tour.

With Special Guest Carsie Blanton

Time and Date: September 1th, 2018 @ 8 PM
Location: Amaturo Theater at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Laudredale, FL
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With their beautiful harmonies and lyrical songwriting, The Weepies duo of Steve Tannen and Deb Talan quietly sold more than a million records, with over 30 million views on YouTube and 90 million streams on Spotify. Don’t miss the chance to hear their intoxicating folk-pop sound live.


Way of the Ninja

Presented by The Consulate General of Japan in Miami

Time and Date: September 5th, 2018 @ 3:30 PM & 6:30 PM
Location: Abdo New River Room at The Broward Center for the Performing, Fort Laudredale, FL
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  • FREE — RSVP required

Reservations are required for this free event. RSVP here.
Please note that the 6:30 PM event is sold out.


Iga Ninja, Ninjutsu artist and Ninja stunt performer Tomoyoshi Ukita presents Way of The Ninja, a free demonstration and lecture presented by the Consulate General of Japan in Miami. A specialist in Japanese swords, shuriken (throwing ninja stars), shichihode (the art of disguise), kaginawa (the art of grappling hook and rope) and kusarigama (the art of chain and sickle), Ukita is a living descendant of the ancient Iga Ninja clan and has appeared in the U.S., Spain, France, Italy, China and Korea.


Paul Simon

The Farefell Tour

Time and Date: September 8th, 2018 @ 8 PM
Location: BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL. 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, Florida 33323
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Legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon has announced a stop at BB&T Center on his Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour.


Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Kids Expo

Time and Date: September 8th, 2018 @ 10 AM – 5 PM
Location: Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 
More Info: here

This year, at the 6th Annual Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Kids Expo get excited to experience:

Over 75+ activities for kids, Celebrity Meet & Greets, Storybook Character Photo Opps, Fun STEAM Activities, a Live Concert for all ages with Disney’s Kevin Quinn, Baby Love Zone, and all Museum of Discovery and Science Exhibits! Plus, enjoy Publix Aprons Kids Cooking School demos!

Join us Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10am-5pm at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Tickets are $16 for Adults, $13 for Kids (2-12) and $15 for Grandparents.

Register now here and we’ll email you a voucher for 1 FREE* Kids Ticket! –

Whether you’re 2 or 82, enjoy a full day of family fun at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Kids Expo!


Disney on Ice.

Mickey’s Search Party.

Time and Date: September 13-16, 2018 @ Various times
Location: BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL. 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, Florida 33323
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Join Mickey Mouse and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts! Help them follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco in Miguel’s Disney On Ice debut, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky above you as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen. Make memories with your whole family during Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration on the ice, in the air, and all around!


Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

Time and Date: September 22, 2018 @ 8 PM
Location: BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL. 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, Florida 33323
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The critically acclaimed Game of Thrones® Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi will bring the world of Westeros to BB&T Center on Sat, Sept. 22, 2018. Fans will have the opportunity to watch in wonder as famed composer Ramin Djawadi leads an orchestra and choir performing music from all seven seasons of the iconic, Emmy® Award-winning HBO series. The new dates for the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi will include new music and footage from Season 7, as well a new custom stage design and mesmerizing visuals courtesy of state of the art video technology.

Sale Price and List Price Ratios

List price and sold price ratio

What are sale prices and list priceratios for single family homes in Broward County, Florida?

Close price to list price ratio. Broward. Jan 2013-July 2018
Close price to list price ratio. Broward. Jan 2013-July 2018


Real estate is somewhat seasonal.

If you woud look at the chart above you can see very interesting information about Broward County, FL real estate. The chart I did using all the information I had gathered from MLS of the Palm beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale. These numbers are said to be reliable but are not guaranteed.

The chart shows the real etstate market from the period of January 2013 up untill July 2018. It is based on sales of 97,537 single family listings.

The green line in the chart shows the closed price to the list price ratio. You can see that during summer 2018 the ratio was the closest to 100% during this period. It was above 97.6%

The bigest discrepancy between closed and sold price was around the January 2015.  It was around 96.5%

If you look in more detail information, you will notice that around every January of each year, there is a close price and listing price ratio decrease. There are usually fewer homes around Christmas holidays. We usually notice the increasing number of the homes for sale after the holidays. If you look closely, you will notice the closed price and list price ratio is the highest during the summer months. Some of it has to do with people buying habits.

It is still a great time to sell.

Sears Is Liquidating and Closing Some of the Stores

Sears Store (2)
Sears store

Sears Holdings Corp. announced that in order to strenghten capital position and focus on best stores, the company released a a list of 46 unprofitable stores all across 28 states that it will close in November 2018.

The number includes 33 Sears stores and 13 Kmart stores. The struggling department store chain said liquidation sales at the closing stores will begin as early as Aug. 30.


Out of 46 total stores closing, 3 of the stores are located in Florida:

  • Sears – 2266 University Square Mall, Tampa-University, FL
  • Sears – 1625 NW 107 Avenue, Doral-Miami, FL
  • Sears – Coastland Center, 2000 9th Street North, Naples, FL


Here you can find the list of all 46 stores that wil be closing in November 2018.

I have wrote a blog article about the stores that were closing last year.

National Dog Day is August 26th

National dog day August 26th
Black and tan miniature dachshund

Every year  August 26th is a National Dog Day.  It is the day to celebrate man’s best friend- the dog.

We love our dogs and they love us back. People and the dogs have a long history together. It started at least 14,000 years back when they separated from wolfes and became more domesticated and lovable animals.

Since then, the dog became a part of human life. So, on August 26th, celebrate the best friend in your life- your fur friend the dog.

Mortgage Rates Dropped During the Week

Gate to the side yard
Gate to the side yard in Hollywood, FL

Freddie Mac released another weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey on August 23rd ,2018. It shows U.S weekly average mortgage rates for the week ending August 23rd, ,2018.

Mortgage rate dropped during the last week:

Freddie Mac 8_23_2018. Primary Mortgage Market Survey
Freddie Mac 8_23_2018. Primary Mortgage Market Survey

The highest interest point for 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was for the week ending May 24th, 2018. It was 4.66 percent.

The highest interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortage was for the same week ending May 24th, 2018, and it was 4.15 percent.


Freddie Mac 8_23_2018. US weekly mortgage averages
Freddie Mac 8_23_2018. US weekly mortgage averages

30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped by 2 points since August 16th, 2018, when it was 4.53 percent, and current is at 4.51 percent.

30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased by 65 points since August 24th, 2017, when it was 3.86 percent.

15-year fixed-rate mortage dropped by 3 points since the last week’s August 16th, 2018 results of 4.01 percent. Now the 15-year fixed rate mortgage is at 3.98 percent.

15-year fixed-rate mortage increased by 82 points in one year since the August 24th, 2017 when it was  3.16 percent.