A Brief Real Estate Info Guide October 31, 2009 Pictures: Above: Darlene Leegate, my life’s partner since 2001. Right: A climb on Mt. Major in Southern New Hampshire this past summer. My "Geography" The Marine Corps (1968-1974) taught me to be a Navigator so Google Earth is a natural place for me to introduce you to my neighborhoods. I am intimately familiar with my home neighborhood of Weston in Broward County. I've lived in the area since 2000 when I immigrated here from Lexington Kentucky. If you visit Weston from Google Earth you will see that it is strategically located at the intersection of I-595, Sawgrass Parkway and I-75. These three paths provide quick access to Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Davie, Cooper City, and Plantation. It is a 14 minute drive East to Ft. Lauderdale (FLL International Airport), 38 minute drive to central Miami, Miami International, South Beach or Aventura (Large Brazilian population); it is a 20 minute drive to Boca Raton, 44 minute drive Northeast to West Palm, 70 minute drive West to Naples and 3 hour drive North to Orlando. Our living habits tend to take us mostly into the Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, Plantation areas; our entertainment and cultural excursions take us to the "East", that is Ft Lauderdale by the Sea, Pompano Beach, and Hollywood Florida. Weekend getaways are to Naples, Ft Pierce or Orlando. Every six weeks or so we take visits to Boston, Cape Cod and Southern New Hampshire to visit family and enjoy New England's lifestyle of Americana.
<ul><li>Weston Florida </li></ul><ul><li>City Overview </li></ul><ul><li>As of 2009, Weston's population is 64,157 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 33.34 percent. </li></ul><ul><li>The median home cost in Weston is $392,590. Home appreciation the last year has been -26.60 percent. </li></ul><ul><li>Compared to the rest of the country, Weston's cost of living is 28.91% Higher than the U.S. average. </li></ul><ul><li>Weston public schools spend $5,624 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $6,058. There are about 25 students per teacher in Weston. </li></ul><ul><li>The unemployment rate in Weston is 6.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 8.50%). Recent job growth is Negative. Weston jobs have Decreased by 4.60 percent. </li></ul>Picture: Weston Sunset, 1482 Garden Rd, Our back yard.
<ul><li>Weston Florida, October 31, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>City Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Homes for Sale: </li></ul><ul><li>Total Homes for Sale: 1781 </li></ul><ul><li>New Home Communities: 26 </li></ul><ul><li>Foreclosures today: 744 </li></ul><ul><li>Recently sold in Weston: 606 </li></ul>
<ul><li>Weston Florida, October 31, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>City Overview </li></ul><ul><li>The median sales price for homes in Weston FL for Jul 09 to Sep 09 was $334,000. This represents an increase of 17.2%, or $49,000, compared to the prior quarter and a decrease of 8.3% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have depreciated 4% over the last 5 years in Weston. </li></ul><ul><li>The average listing price for Weston homes for sale on was $607,696 for the week ending Oct 21, which represents an increase of 0.7%, or $4,393, compared to the prior week and a decline of 0.2%, or $988, compared to the week ending Sep 30. Average price per square foot for Weston FL was $158, a decrease of 4.2% compared to the same period last year. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The United States does not have an official language ; however, the majority of the population speaks English as a native language (some 82%). The variety of English spoken in the United States is known as American English ; together with Canadian English it makes up the group of dialects known as North American English . 96% of the population of the U.S. speaks English "well" or "very well".  There have been several proposals to make English the national language in amendments to immigration reform bills.   None of these bills have become law with the amendment intact. </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish is the second most common language in the country, and is spoken by over 12% of the population.  The United States holds the world's fifth largest Spanish-speaking population, outnumbered only by Mexico , Spain , Argentina , and Colombia . Throughout the Southwestern United States , long-established Spanish-speaking communities coexist with large numbers of more recent Spanish-speaking immigrants. Although many new Latin American immigrants are less than fluent in English, second-generation Hispanic Americans commonly speak English fluently, while only about half still speak Spanish.  </li></ul>