Bob and Maryellen Castellano's Blog

What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean to You?

If you're planning on financing, this is information you need to know interest grates are going up. For every 1% increase in interest rate, you lose 10% in buying power. http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?p=1&id=331098   #purchasepower #mortgage #livinginparadise...

Molly's House:

Molly's House is a Hospital Hospitality House, their misson, keeping familes together, providing short term accomodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and outpatients since 1996. "It"s a small community and we are like family," said Bob Castellano Click here to view...

Buying or Selling a Home: Escrow

 Ever wonder about all of those real estate words? Today's word is escrow. #realtorlife #liveinparadise #escrow #BobCastellano #MaryellenCastellano #realtor #home #stuartfl #martincounty Click here  to view the video  ...

Visit Downtown Stuart

Another breezy but beautiful day in Stuart, FL! Today I'm in downtown Stuart. For more information on Stuart and Martin County, please visit our website www.StuartRealTeam.com #stuartfl #martincounty #downtown #realtorlife #liveinparadise #home #hometown #realtor #BobCastellano #MaryellenCastellano...

Beautiful Sewall's Point Video

Let me tell you about beautiful Sewall's Point, Florida. We'd love to help you find your home in #paradise. Please visit our website at www.StuartRealTeam.com. #livinginparadise #realtorlife #sewallspoint #martincounty #BobCastellano #MaryellenCastellano #realtor #home #liveinparadise   Click...

Time to Party!

Summer evenings can be a little sleepy here in Martin County, but I have found something that’s both entertaining and interesting.  Please join us on Friday, July 24 from 6-10 PM at the Stuart Knights of Columbus for the Arnold’s Wildlife Wine and Cheese Party.  For only $15...

Free today! Room Planning App

I have often wished I had the kind of app that interior designers have:  where I could enter my room dimensions and then start moving furniture around on the screen.  Well, I think I found one and since this neat floor planning  app is free today, I wanted to alert you to it. I...

DIY Project Ideas

It's that time of year that many of you think about selling your home.  School is letting out, summer vacation is starting and what better time to move than before the start of the new school year.  Whether you want to add some pizzaz to spruce up your home for prospective buyers or you're...

Great Plants That Don't Need Watering

Since Florida is located in a tropical zone, we often go for long periods without rain.  (No complaining here!) However, this rain can make landscaping a little challenging.  Do you need some ideas on plants that will do well without a lot of fuss and water? I have a brown thumb.  If...

The "Real" News May, 2015

Memorial Day weekend evokes so many thoughts and images for us.  Having grown up in the northeast, it was the unofficial start of summer.  We loved visiting the beaches on this long weekend and enjoyed hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill each evening.  As a Girl Scout, Maryellen marched...

Stuart Named Top Small Town by Smithsonian

Stuart is an incredible place to visit, and just as wonderful a place to live.  During Spring Break of 2000, we decided to take a trip to Stuart, Florida. I remember it like it was yesterday.  When we left New Jersey it was 40 and lightly raining.  The sky was battleship grey--you...

Just Listed! 3/2/2 CBS Home

You'll love this custom built 3/2/2 CBS home on over 2/3 acre property.  You'll immediately feel welcome and at home with beautiful landscaping and a house that's been lovingly cared for, inside and out.  Screened patio and plenty of room for a pool, mother-in-law suite or guest...

Working to Help You!

It's official! I have earned my Graduate Realtor Institute designation.  I'm proud to have taken this extra step and gained an extra level of expertise that will benefit my clients. #Stuart, #Florida, #houses, #homes, #Rescue, #Dog, #Cats, #JensenBeach, #Jupiter, #SewallsPoint,...

The "Real" News March, 2015

It’s almost spring and we have been enjoying the most beautiful weather here in Martin County.  While the rest of the country has struggled with snow and cold, we are enjoying beautiful days in the 70’s and 80’s.  In addition to spring approaching, did you know that the ultimate...

The "Real" News November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!  One thing we love about this holiday is that it gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on all the gifts we have. We truly appreciate all of you who help make our business successful and we wanted to share the joy of gratitude captured with this short video: Click here...

Stuart Named Top Retirement Town

Yet another source has recognized a beautiful Martin County town. Stuart was named the Best Place to Retire by “Where to Retire” magazine.  I’m not retired, but I’m not surprised about this latest honor either.  Bob and I moved to Stuart thirteen years ago,...

Halloween Fun

Every year, Premier Realty Group celebrates Halloween in a big way.  You may have noticed the big, black, sparkly spider on the roof and the witch crashed into the utility pole.  We also host a Halloween party on Halloween night. (Let me know if you’d like to join us.)  There is...

Great Night in Downtown Stuart

Our youngest daughter was home visiting this weekend so we decided to check out The Gafford with her.  Spoiler alert:  we loved it.  The location is great—downtown Stuart is charming and always a fun place to spend an evening.  There are entrances to the restaurant on both Flagler...

Martin County is Dog Friendly

One of the neat things about sharing your home with a dog is the social aspect—a marked difference from living with a cat.  Dogs by nature love to socialize with each other, as well as field trips to just about anywhere but the vet. In addition to the beautiful weather that makes outdoor...

The "Real" News October Real Estate Report

The real estate market is ever-changing and it's important that you have the most up-to-date information. As we look back at the past 18 months for perspective, we saw a very busy, almost overheated market in spring of 2013. Prices increased by about 12% year over year from 2012 to 2013 and the market...

Have You Been to Duffy's Lately?

My husband and I went to Duffy's last night for dinner.  They had given him a free appetizer for his birthday and we decided to take advantage of the offer. As soon as we looked at the menu, we noticed some real changes. There were still 2-for-1 happy hour drinks all day and our classic favorites...

Independence Day on the Treasure Coast

  It’s been so busy lately (always a good thing) that I haven’t been able to blog as much lately.  But Independence Day is worth writing about, three weeks later.  We decided to go to the St. Lucie Mets Game.  There is always fireworks for Independence Day, and what...

Memories of Independence Day, 2013

Over the course of this year, the server that held our blog crashed and we lost our entire website and blog.  We have rebuilt our webstie and dare I say, it's better than it ever was; however, there was no way to just recover our blog without reposting everything. I saved this blog...

Best Places to See Stuart's Fireworks

We’re so fortunate in Stuart to have a fabulous fireworks show planned for Independence Day . Fireworks will be set off over the St. Lucie River at 9:00 PM.  I’ve got a few suggestions of places to celebrate and enjoy the show: Arrive early, bring a chair and get a...

Gourment Thai in Stuart

Thai food is one of my favorite cuisines.  While I am not of Thai descent, I still consider it a comfort food.  The combination of spices, the sweet, sour, salty, hot flavors and the sticky rice all combine to put a smile on my face on the worst of days.  Corner Gourmet is Thai taken up...

Stuart Fine Dining

If you’re looking for the perfect place for a special occasion in Stuart, or you just like fine dining, Chop House 88 is the place for you.  I consider it somewhat of a hidden gem.  It’s location in Plantation Plaza doesn’t prepare you for the experience that awaits you when...

Random (Neat) Social Media Tip

I just learned a neat little social media tip I’d like to share.  Between Facebook switching the way I view updates from friend (most recent vs. top) and posts from numerous LinkedIn connections, it’s easy to miss something important that a friend or colleague posted or shared. By linking...

All for the Kitties

It’s springtime, so all cat lovers know what time that is:  kitten season!  Every year around this time, Caring Fields Felines (formerly Hobe Sound Animal Protection League) holds its “Kitten Shower” at its Palm City location.  The kitten show is a fun event, featuring...

Flag Day

Seeing our American flag waving in the breeze, being saluted or displayed during the National Anthem always brings a feeling of pride to me. So each year when Flag Day rolls around, I reflect on this beautiful symbol and its significance to our country.   The first United States flag was adopted...

Sectrets for Home Sellers and Buyers

Many of you know that Bob and I are Realtors (R), but did you know thatweI can help you buy or sell a house, be it in NJ, Florida, California, or almost anywhere in the world? Through our network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, we can connect you with a quality realtor. Don't...

Spotlight on Sewall's Point

Sewall’s Point, Florida is a beautiful small town in Martin County, with a population of about 2000 people.  A peninsula town located a little over two hours southeast of Disneyworld between the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon, Sewall’s Point has some of the prettiest waterfront...

Hobe Sound Florida Named Top US Beach Town

Are you a beach lover looking for the perfect place to live?  Realty Trac selected Hobe Sound, Florida as the top beach town in the United States for 2014.  Hobe Sound is located in Martin County, about a half hour north of West Palm Beach and about two and a half hours southeast of Disney....

The Land of the Free Because of the Brave

To me, Memorial Day is so much more than just the start of summer. It is a solemn day of reflection and gratitude to the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom.  Fortunately, I live in a town that recognizes the meaning and importance of this day.  Like every year,...

Musings on Mother's Day

Mother’s Day doesn’t go by without my thinking of the gift my Mother gave me by bringing me into this world.  I am her fifth child and some people might have stopped after the first four.  And sadly, she became very ill soon after my birth and passed away just after my second birthday. ...

Celebration Ideas for Mother's Day in Florida Paradise

Everyone wants to spoil Mom on Mother’s day and there are opportunities aboundin Martin County to do so.  Some restaurants even offer a free meal for mom. Take Mom to Tropical Smoothie where she’ll get a free lunch with the purchase of your lunch.   If you take Mom to...

Real Estate Update

It’s May in Florida and it couldn’t be prettier.  Time for a real estate update from Team Castellano Have you seen “Premier Insiders”  Martin County Real Estate report ?  If you did not receive a copy of the report, click here.  This report...

Attention Bunny Lovers

 Anyone who knows Bob and me knows that we support animal rescue and adoption.  If you are a rabbit lover, have we got the event for you.  The Humane Society of the Treasure coast (www.hstc1.org) is organizing Bunfest 2014, “a day all about rabbits and the people who love them.”...

The Best Pizza in Martin County

Have you noticed how many of my posts are about food?  It's no coincidence:  there are so many great places to eat here in Martin County. For this reason, I just can't pick one favorite pizza place. Having moved here from New Jersey thirteen years ago, I'm pretty fussy about...

A Neat Place in Stuart: Two Olive Trees

One of the things I love about living in Stuart is the small town feel combined with the convenience of living in a city.  While chains and franchises have their benefits, I love the funky little stores and restaurants unique to the area. A welcome new addition to Stuart is Two Olive Trees. ...

Beach Baby

One of the advantages of living in Stuart is the proximity to the beach (or the shore, as our northern friends and visitors like to call it).  From Jupiter Beach Park, to Hobe Sound Beach, to Stuart Beach to the many beaches on Hutchinson Island, there are so many wonderful beaches that it’s...

Tomorow is Taco Tuesday!

If you are a fan of authentic Mexican food, I am going to let you in on a secret.  I have discovered the best Mexican restaurant that you will ever visit.  No, it’s not flashy and pricey like those television start restaurants.  What it is is a gem diamond in the rough, a gem right...