We always wanted a loft apartment. We like wide open living. I never did like cramped individual rooms. My wife prefers a living room that melds into a kitchen and dining area. You can choose lofts that have open floor plans that even have your sleeping area with no walls. Of course, the bathroom is walled off for privacy. There is a lot of flexibility for loft style apartments. We found one we really liked at some Baltimore apartments we were looking at. It is a very nice brick building that has really big and open apartments.
Typical of loft living are the huge banks of windows that flood your living space with natural light. They have really nicely landscaped courtyards and they even have a pet washing station. That is pretty cool. I like it that our vehicles are also garaged. You don’t always get that luxury with many apartments. Where we were moving from was outdoor parking.
For the first two years of my college life, I was forced to stay on campus. The college had a rule that all freshmen and sophomore students had to live on campus for whatever reason. I guess the college wanted to foster some kind of community aspect, but I really think they just wanted our money. After those two years, I was finally able to decide whether I wanted to commute from home or have an apartment off campus. I started looking at apartments for rent in West Hartford CT, because I wanted to enjoy the freedom of an off campus apartment.
My parents wanted me to come home, but I wanted to be on my own. My parents told me that I could get an apartment, but I would have to pay for it out of my own pocket.
I am just about ready to start my new teaching job after the end of this semester. I am going to teach math and help out coaching the wrestling team at Howell Cheney Technical High School. I spent the day looking for apartments for rent in Manchester CT and of course I wanted to find something as close to the high school as was possible. I found one which was about perfect location wise. I could have basically walked to school, although that would probably have taken around ten or fifteen minutes and I am the sort of person who likes to lay in bed as long as it is possible for me to do it.
I shared a home with roommates for 10 years. I could not afford to buy one of my own because of the high down payment amount that you need in order to get one, so I figured the next best thing would be to share the cost of a great home with other friends who were in the same position. Earlier this year, two of my roommates got married, and this meant they needed to move out of our home. I couldn’t afford the house alone, so one of my roommates told me I should check out apartments in Atlanta that are more affordable. I really wanted to be in another house, so I told her I would think about it after I spoke to an agent to find out if there were any smaller homes I could rent.
I looked online to find leasing companies that could help me locally. I learned that they do most of the work to find you a great place, and they earn a referral fee for doing so. It does not raise the cost of your monthly rent.
ditors note: Today’s guest blogger is Colleen Barry, Director of Marketing for Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate company in Boston. Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty joins other real estate businesses like Baird and Warner, Ray White, and Cadillac Fairview in switching to Google Apps. Learn more about other organizations that have gone Google on our community map or test drive life in the cloud with the Go Google Cloud Calculator.
We are the Boston-based franchise of an international luxury real estate company. To support sales and marketing, as well as 200 independent agents who are constantly on the go, we needed a more mobile, secure, and fast solution for communication and collaboration. We were providing email services centrally for 300 mailboxes using SmarterMail, but this solution’s capabilities were very limited. People only had 10MB of storage. The service was slow and somewhat unreliable. Everyone had to use an email client, and because many are independent contractors, they chose whatever they wanted to use. This ultimately led to complexity and a higher likelihood of data loss. With Google Apps for Business, the company now has a more secure, consistent toolset that is increasing sales productivity while reducing IT complexity.
Over the years, I have had so many agents call me on the verge of tears because their machine had crashed and they lost everything on their hard drive. If Microsoft ® Outlook is your record-keeping mechanism, you’re in trouble unless you back it up – and let’s be realistic – people rarely do that. They also lose their computers and phones. We wanted to move into the cloud so that we no longer had to worry about data loss or data back-ups.
Another motivation for change was the need for better mobile access. We were using POP mail so agents and others could see emails on their mobile phones, but the experience was limited and ultimately frustrating. Because the email wasn’t in the cloud, you couldn’t do much more than view it. In an industry like real estate, it’s essential that our agents can access their information instantly from wherever they are.
We were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to deploy Google Apps. We worked with Google reseller, SADA Systems, to purchase Google Apps, but two office administrators and I completed the implementation on our own. Because Google is so great at making information available, we didn’t even need to hire anyone to migrate our data. We brought 300 email accounts to Google Apps, without needing a partner for the deployment.
The ability to share and collaborate on Google documents and spreadsheets has saved us from having to do a lot of repetitive and manual tasks. For example, we can now share “show sheets” – brochures about a property listing – in Google Docs directly with our clients. We previously created PDFs and emailed them around to agents and then the agents downloaded them and attached them in emails sent to clients.
We’re also using Google Forms for requests for services that we offer to our agents. Instead of receiving countless email requests, we can now just circulate a survey, which populates instantly into a Google spreadsheet. That spreadsheet also lets us track trends and forecast. All of the essential data is there and accessible to the entire team.
With all of the snow we’ve gotten this year, Google Talk has been a lifesaver. People can work from home yet still preserve the connected, social aspect of their work while getting questions answered and discussions taken care of in minutes. These examples may not seem like much, but they add up to big productivity gains and help our employees feel connected and part of a team, even when we’re not physically in the same office.
Our employees are happier, and our IT costs are decreasing. With Apps we are dealing with fewer IT problems and are operating at a much quicker pace. Google Apps quickly begins to pay for itself. Our employees know that we’re investing in them and giving them the tools to do their jobs better and work together. We are providing a more valuable service to our agents and, ultimately, to our clients. We believe moving to Google Apps will be one of our great achievements this year.
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Even though the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is cautiously claiming that the current recession is over, the housing market is likely to still suffer a glut of bank-owned foreclosures in 2010.
The Federal Reserve president is predicting that the jobless rate may improve very slightly even though employment fell in the last month of the year and many other experts are forecasting that more jobs will be lost over this current year. Though the official unemployment rate is merely sitting at around ten percent, the percentage of people across the country who are either out of work of struggling with a part-time job instead of a full-time job is much higher. The unemployment rate only reflects the percent of people out of the work force who are actually looking to re-enter it at that time; after being out of a job though, many people give up the search for a while, at least temporarily.
The national GDP rose in the third quarter of 2009, a hint that indeed points towards economic recovery. However, a double-dip in the bottoming out of the economy during a recession is also very common. A general rise in GDP is a good sign, but it would also be more telling if there were rises in particular areas of the GDP that specifically support economic recovery. The anticipated increase in the GDP over 2010 is estimated to be around 3% for the year.
However, even with these signposts of economic recovery, it is still quite certain that the housing market will not be leading the way to recovery as it is inevitable that the market will be seeing an increase in foreclosed home in stock very soon. At this point, many homes are in a pre-foreclosure stage; a huge number of home owners are delinquent in their mortgage payments or struggling to meet the government criteria to have their mortgages modified. However, due to a number of reasons, only about 4% of homeowners with delinquent mortgages have been able to negotiate the process and succeed in mortgage modification with their lender.
This year we will be seeing an increase in foreclosed on inventory that the banks have been holding on to, possibly in hopes that the market would improve enough that they could recoup more of their investment in these properties. This flood of homes combined with the end of the home buyer’s tax credit and the Federal Reserve program ending is going to make for a major disruption to the recovery of the housing market; it may prove to be a stifling combination of unfortunate circumstances that may well delay the normalizing of the real estate market.
Puerto Vallarta is one of the most vibrant cities in Mexico. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise to know the Puerto Vallarta real estate market is also vibrant. The property market in Puerto Vallarta is always in news for new developments.
Such is the confidence of the investors in Puerto Vallarta’s long term future that the real estate market in Puerto Vallarta didn’t slow down considerably even when the recession scourged USA and much of the western world. The prices did dip and demand also slowed down but what was quite evident was this was a knee jerk reaction of short term investors. The long terms investors who acknowledge Puerto Vallarta preeminence as a tourist magnet stayed invested in the real estate market and just waited to storm to pass over. Real estate investors know the crises are cyclical in nature. Puerto Vallarta is blessed with so much beauty and tourist infrastructure that it will continue to perform strongly in tourism sector.
Tourism sector is the precursor to all other development and economic activities in Puerto Vallarta. A strong tourism sector promotes infrastructure development, ramping of city amenities, gives renewed life to economy of a city and increases the demand for real estate. Land, hotels and homes are needed not only for tourists and expatriates but also for the work force that migrate to Puerto Vallarta for jobs. This has resulted in the rise of middle class in Puerto Vallarta with disposable income and aspirations to live a good life.
Real estate developers have been introducing new projects to this ever increasing demand for luxury Puerto Vallarta condos. One such development is Signature by Pinnacle. On 4th august, 2011, there was a ground breaking ceremony at ‘Signature by Pinnacle’. The excavations are in full force now and soon, the work on foundations will commence.
‘Signature by Pinnacle’ is a 40 unit development located block from Pinnacle Residences in the heart of Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town. It is just a short walking distance- just hop the Pinnicular down to Las Olas. All amenities and facilities are within your reach and a walking distance sway. This is also the heart of Puerto Vallarta. If you have heard about the charming character of Puerto Vallarta, this is where you will experience it.
The views of the area are also spectacular. One can see the Banderas Bay and downtown Puerto Vallarta. No wonder, Signature by Pinnacle has the one of the most convenient and coveted locations in all of Puerto Vallarta.
The project consists of 15 one bedroom, 20 two bedroom and 5 three bedroom Penthouses.
Each condo has marble flooring throughout, granite countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances, private laundry, built in BBQ and bar, and large terraces with bay and town views.
If you are looking for a Puerto Vallarta condo with great location, view, close access to beach and near all the amenities, then Pinnacle will surely grab your attention.
Welcome to the Department of Marketing and Real Estate at the University of West Georgia.
Our Marketing degree prepares students for a wide range of careers in Marketing, including Brand/Product Management; Sales Promotion; Sales Management; Personal Selling; Advertising; Public Relations; Retailing; Direct Marketing; International Marketing; and Marketing Research .
Our Real Estate degree prepares students for careers in all aspects of Commercial and Residential Real Estate, including Sales and Marketing; Appraising; Brokerage; Mortgage Banking; and Investment Analysis.
We also offer a Certificate in Sales and a Certificate in Advertising program which can be completed by business or non-business majors along with classes for their degree programs. These certificates can significantly enhance the chances of securing a job and succeeding in any sales or advertising related field.
A Marketing Minor or a Real Estate Minor (15 credit hours) is recommended for non-business majors interested in these fields of study. Adouble major is recommended for business majors interested in more than one area within business.
Working with the College of Education, two Master of Education Degrees are offered in Business Education. These degrees prepare students for careers in teaching, instructional service and leadership positions in secondary education, and for business positions requiring business/teaching backgrounds
Qualified juniors and seniors have a chance to work on internships with local businesses, enroll in our study abroad programs in Londonand China, and to join the local student chapter of the American Marketing Association (The Marketing Club). Our department is strongly committed to the university’s philosophy of educational excellence in a personal environment, and our highly qualified faculty makes every effort to ensure the success of our students.
House pricing is getting more and more expensive these days. Finding Ohio homes for sales sometimes takes quite a long process. There are plenty of things to consider when purchasing a house especially is Westerville or anywhere else. Despite the difficulty of finding the right house to buy; finding the right real estate agent is also a somewhat daunting task. It is difficult since you are looking for someone you can trust to help you find the right house to buy. If you are planning to buy a house and still not sure which real estate agent to work with; no need to worry, here are some guide to choosing the right real estate agent.
Research – always do your research when looking for an agent; you can go online or ask family and friends for a recommendation. There are indeed plenty of different agencies to choose and it is important to take a closer look at them before hiring one. If the agency has a website; you can take a closer look at their websites and get a few insight on how they work as well as testimonials from the previous user.
Look local – the real estate agent will represent you and the property. You need to know the potential house for sales as well as make comparison to it. Therefore, it is important to choose an agency who knows exactly the local scene, so that they can give you the vision of houses on sales. For example our company in which we are expert in the Westerville and Ohio area. If you are looking for homes on that area, you can trust Westerville, Ohio homes for sales.
Get searching – after you narrow down the choices, you should go to the local agency to get to know them. You do not have to sign a contract with them in the first place; you just need to observe their way of communications, interactions, friendliness, reliable, and such thing. You can also ask them to give you information for the previous houses that they sold to other clients for your recommendation.
Choose an agent with credentials – similar to doctor specialize, real estate agents also have credentials. It means that they have received training such as ABR or Accredited Buyers Representative which is the education to represent buyers in the transaction. You should ask them to show you what credentials they have. The most important thing is the agent has formal pledges as well as supports the ethics code.
As other houses for sales – a good agent should know what houses are on sales in nearby. If they can tell you what house are on sales or recently sold houses as well as give you few details; it means that they know your area well. You certainly want to work together with agents who really know the area.
For your dream house, make sure to choose the credible real estate agent. If you are looking for a house in Westerville, we are gladly to help you out for your dream house.
As the saying goes, home is where the heart is and it’s also the place for eventual comfort. Whether we had a long day at work or we just got home from a hard night of partying, there is truly no place like home. It’s our sanctuary, a place where we can just put our feet up and let our troubles melt away. One of the ways to make your home more comforting is to add extra comfort and luxury.
Adding home decor does not just mean your home is going to look charming, you will be mesmerized by the added luxury overall. When you know and you are confident about the ornaments that you have placed inside your home, it suddenly gives you a soothing feeling that makes you excited to go home everyday. You can start by decorating your house with antiques, expensive paintings, formal bedding, transforming your regular bathroom into a posh bathroom and replacing your flooring would boost the look of your home as well.
But it’s not just about luxurious home decorations we are talking about here, it’s also all about the most expensive and luxurious homes in the world. There are so many luxury houses all around the world equipped with amenities that offer extreme comfort and relaxation. It also depends on the house’s location and land area, it’s one of the factors the makes a house expensive.
Donald Trump Palace
If you are looking for a luxury house in Florida, Donald Trump Palace is known to be an extremely deluxe house in the Sunshine State. Since this house is located in the richest community in the world, and has exotic beach within reach – the price of this house is $125,000,000.
Villa La Leopolda
If you are heading out to Europe and want to see the one of the most luxurious house in the world, then you should check out The Villa La Leopolda in France. This house is known to be once owned by Bill Gates, but the new owner is much richer than he is. Roman Abramovich bought the house for $ 398,350,000. The Villa La Leopolda’s total area is about 10 acres and it is surrounded by lush green gardens with trees and orchards. It’s been said that it takes 50 gardeners to take care of it everyday.
One of the most spectacular high-rises going up in the New York real estate market is the iconic One57 luxury tower. Penthouses are going for upwards of $50 Million and apartments on the lower floors still run at about $15,000,000 up to $30,000,000. One of the buildings top real estate agents, Noble Black, believes this building will be the premiere New York high-rise for years to come.
Ira Rennert Mansion
If ever you are in New York, look up one of the most luxurious houses in the world – Ira Rennert Mansion. It costs $180,000,000 and it has 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, huge dining rooms, sports courts, swimming pools and so much more!
When there is serious leak under the basement which is full with water or under kitchen sink; hiring a good plumber is important more than anything else. Hiring one from the result of Google search is not enough since not every plumber has the same skills and experience to perfectly fix the leaking problem. It is important to know about the qualifications as well as the experience of the plumber. Some of us choose fixing the leaking problem by ourselves or known more as do it yourself project. However, no matter you love DIY, it is better to leave plumbing and leaking to the expert.
It is critical to consider the standard plumbing system as it relates to safety and health as well. When there are plumbing problems such as leaking and there is no immediate action; it can possibly cause major issues and damage to the house. Most people start to call for professional plumbing when the problems already occur or it is in severe condition. If you are looking for a professional plumbing service, the Sav On Plumbing in Scottsdale Arizona is probably the one that you need.
The Sav On Plumbing offers high-quality plumbing service, repair, preventive maintenance, and replacement for every plumbing needs. Not limited to plumbing service only, we also able to replace and repair toilets, service and install water heater system, provide drain cleaning and sewer, provide inspections using camera video and electronically leaking detection. As the plumbing Scottsdale AZ, we have the wide experience in handling any range of repair and installation needs. We have been in the industry for over 20 years and offer any kind of plumbing service such as fixing leaks, install water heaters as well as repairs, and many more. As the plumbing Scottsdale AZ, we open for 24 hours of emergency plumbing service to meet your convenience. For every plumbing service, we only use high-quality plumbing parts and fixtures for your satisfaction.
The importance for hiring professional plumber
Some of you probably still do not realize that for every plumbing problem; it should be handled only by the professional plumbing. Even though there are plenty of plumbers outside promising a good quality service with a relatively cheap price; you should not just pick any plumbing company. There are still some strong reasons for hiring professional plumber only.
Insurance and license
It is important to check the local authority to check whether the plumber you are looking for has already registered and insured or not. The professional plumber will likely to already have a plumbing license and able to show the evidence upon request. If the plumber cannot or refuse to show you the license; make sure to cross the name out of your lists. Also, ask the plumber about the insurance to make sure coverage if there is damage during the work. Moreover, the plumber is also a workman which indeed needs insurance to protect against accidents and injuries while working at your home.
Professional plumbers work according to the procedure and training; they likely to never work in random. This means that they do their best for the customer satisfaction and trust. They will have 24 hours emergency service and will come immediately after the customers call. They will check the leaky condition and repair the damage. If the damage is severe and impossible to repair, they will suggest the customer to replace with the new one. Also, as the part of the professionalism, they will apologize immediately if they do any mistake and respond to the complaint fast and polite.
Worth money and time
No one will spend their money for some unprofessional plumber. The unprofessional plumbers will work as they like and sometimes hide certain costs which will surprise you when looking at the bill. When you fix the plumbing problems by yourself; you may save some money on labor fees and time. However, the plumbing problems can occur again one day and appear more severe which will cost you more. Also, when you are spending your time to fix the broken sink, you loose your time to do other important tasks. Just leave the plumbing problems to the professional hands only to save your money and time.
There are two different types of flood damage that can occur to your home, and you should be ready for any of them at one particular time. It is known for homeowner’s insurance to only cover flooding due to a burst water pipe but only if was not caused by your neglect in failing to repair a minor leak. As a result of any natural disaster, this is not usually taken care of by the insurance cover and instead this calls for a special flood policy to assure coverage. This cover is available for both homeowners and tenants with varying rates depending on risk.
To know if your home need a water damage restoration the most important step is to ensure you are adequately insured in the event of flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has set aside maps to identify areas that are in the top list of flooding. The homeowners in those areas are usually required by their mortgage lenders to have flood insurance.
Moderate to low risk areas are located outside the identified floodplains, but are supposed to have the insurance, while undetermined risk areas may still have some risk of flooding. Rates for the insurance cover depend upon the risk classification.
In places where hurricanes and tornadoes can cause flooding, the neighborhood may have different homes in each of the flood classifications, depending on the outlay of the land.
Flood Restoration Process Guideline
In case of any damage caused by flooding the first step to make is to notify your insurance agent. If there is significant damage in the area then there may be other homeowners filing claims for the same. So the sooner you get to them, the higher you’ll be in line and the faster you receive your compensation check. Before entering the premise check for any structural damage. This is important so that you do not get trapped inside if the building collapses.
Take pictures of any still standing water as well as damaged property and make a list of the latter along with purchase price and its current value and receipts if you have them for reference with the insurer.
Be careful when handling power where there is water damage and if possible call an electrician to handle the repairs or to make recommendations on what needs to be done.
Once you experience flooding, you need to act fast to prevent the growth of mold and mildew which may be detrimental to your family’s health. Areas like drywalls may have to be replaced to prevent the growth of mold and mildew behind them.
You can fasten the drying of damp areas by opening windows and doors and turning on air conditioners and fans within. Put on gloves and boots to clean and disinfect the flood. After the whole activity watch the area for any musty smell and mold growth.
Rather, you can call the flood restoration company to do the work for you since hiring of professionals can save you time and effort while assuring you a thorough job.
Home moving comes with some emotional heartbreak and also some operational hassles. The same place which has been home to you for years or even decades will no longer be so. The very same place where your memories of joys and sorrows were formed is no longer going to be there with you for the rest of your life. Nevertheless, you cannot wade in self-pity for too long and mess up the moving process. Get things into control and plan to move out at the earliest to avoid any more emotional outbreak. Here are some tips to reduce the burden you will feel when you want to move your belongings to your new residence.
Get a professional packing and moving professional
Trust us on this. Professional packers and movers Richmond VA will do a better job of sending your things in a safe and secure condition to the destination. They will save your from the physical labour that you along with your family will otherwise will have to put in to move the heavy stuff around.
Pack things in boxes
There is no better way to make moving in and out easier than with boxes. Boxes of all sizes, small and big will make it easier for to sort and classify fragile and non-fragile items. Moreover, they are also easy to carry and transport than moving the articles as they are.
List down your belongings
Imagine the horror when you reach your new home and find tiny yet handy things like mobile charger, power chords or some furniture missing? Avoid that situation by making a list of all your belongings as and when you pack them. Give each box a serial number to make it easier to track them when you reach your new home. Alternatively, you can also use coloured tapes for identifying different boxes.
Tips to follow while packing
- Pack in all your clothes with their hangers into a large plastic bag
- Lock and tape your shelves and cabinets from the outside
- Tell your packing and moving firm of the exact location where the things have to be kept well in advance.
- Make sure you check off all the items in the list once you reach the destination.
Home moving not necessarily be stressful if you plan for it perfectly. Get hold of a reliable packing and movers Richmond VA firm to make your shifting process a breeze through.
Having a pool in the yard is a good thing. You can spend leisure time with families and friends by swimming there. Still, you have a responsibility to maintain the pool in a regular basis. You even need to get help from a pool repair Glendale AZ service to deal with some problems. Pool repairs make sure the pool well maintained and safe. There are some parts which can wear and tear such as suction, covers, and filters. Never overlook the importance of pool maintenance and repairs. An unhealthy and damaged pool is harmful for people. So, what are the common problems of the pool? How can you determine a good service? Read more to find out the answers.
Common Pool Problems
The most common pool problem is related to its tile replacement. Almost all pool owners experience this problem. If you have a pool with ceramic tiles, you have a higher risk of damages. The bad becomes worse when the tiles aren’t properly installed. They can even float on the surface of the water due to such reason. Floating tiles may injure swimmers or anyone who use the pool. In fact, the edges of the tiles are quite harmful. The worst thing is that you don’t notice the tiles when in the water.
Regular checking for pool repairs can save you on the water. Aside from broken tiles, there are also the other problems including leaks. The preemptive method is to measure the pool water daily. It gives you thorough information regarding your pool condition. The results are visible so you can deal with problems sooner. If the pool water level remains the same every day and yet your water bill skyrockets, there must be something wrong with the plumbing. In this case, you need to check any leaks on the pipes inside the filtration system. Unfortunately, you can’t do this job by yourself. You need to hire professionals to deal with it.
There are many other problems that you may encounter in the pool. Aside from the leaks, there are fixtures on some parts it. For example are the diving boards and pool ladders. Broken or damaged ladders may cause accidents for the people. You don’t want to let your kids climbing those things, do you? Both the ladders and the diving board should be always in a good shape. Pool services are able to fix them for you. Plus, they will check any potential problems thoroughly. There are many options including pool repair Glendale AZ services.
Hiring Professional Pool Services
Professional pool services will do anything required to deal with the problems. Although you can do some tasks by yourself, there are other intricate works which give you many troubles. In this case, you should look for the help from professionals. They will give you peace of mind while performing their jobs. You need to stop swimming activity for the moment when the pool repairs take place. The overall procedure won’t take much time and you can rely on their expertise. It’s a different story if you accidently choose pool repair services that have a reputation. Thus, always choose the right companies if you don’t want to get disappointed.
In these days, a swimming pool has become a compulsory amenity for a home. It provides both fun and appeal for the homeowners. In summer, the pool is the most useful facility so you can enjoy the water with your family. You are proud with it and you want to keep it clean. However, pool cleaning and repair are quite troublesome sometimes. You don’t have the appropriate tools and time to do those jobs. In this case, hiring reliable pool services will be a good help. You can relax at home while they take care of any problems of your pool.
Pool repair isn’t a simple task. It requires much time and energy. In order to keep your pool healthy and safe, you need to get the help from the expert. The problem is that there are too many companies to hire. If you live in Arizona, you can call for help from Pelican Bay Pools. They have the reputation and expertise in dealing with any types of pool problem. They can deal with leaks, cleaning, maintenance, and many others. In a nutshell, they are the perfect pool repair Glendale AZ for you. Not to mention they are quite affordable.
Having an HVAC system indeed is a compulsory necessity in these days. Still, they need to maintain it properly. The system wears over time and a repair is needed to overcome the problems. There are many ac repair Phoenix services to hire. The problem is that not all of them are reliable. Why do people need to look for a professional repair company? The common reason is to ensure the repair process done properly. DIY repair doesn’t give a satisfying result, especially when lacking experience and skill. On the other hand, a professional repair service has both the expertise and tools to deal with any types of problems.
Reasons to Hire Reliable Companies
Efficacy is an important thing when it comes to repairing HVAC system. It should be fast and efficient. Reliable ac repair companies will do the job faster for the clients. It’s because they have been in this field for years. They have the equipment and knowledge to do the job in a timely manner. If you do the repair yourself, you may take much time and the result isn’t perfect. Not to mention you need to read the manuals and instructions in order to understand some parts of the system. It doesn’t only take your time but also your energy.
Professional ac repair services are able to spot the problems thoroughly. They may fix any potential damages and problems in the system so there won’t be any troubles in the future. If you repair it yourself, you only deal with the particular problem that you only know. Hiring professional services give you a complete insight about the problems so you can avoid big issues in the future. Thus, it saves you money and trouble. Not to mention the quality is assured when using professional repair services. You will get the best service at an affordable cost.
Reliable ac repair Phoenix services give the safety. It means that you put your family’s safety at a stake with the help from professionals. On the other hand, you can’t ensure the safety when repairing the HVAC system by yourself. Though you have no intention of hurting your family, lacking experience in repairing ac system may lead to many troubles such as gas leaks. You don’t want to harm your family, do you? Thus, you should rely on professional services so they can deal with the job properly without hassles. Plus, they will minimize the risks of troubles.
Hiring AC Repair Phoenix Services
An HVAC system can last up to 8 years. It can be more depending on how good you maintain it. Still, you will need the help from professionals when it comes to repair. They also help to maintain the system to be in a perfect condition. It means you can expect longer lifespan from it. Even though you need to spend a small amount of money, you can get the best value from it. The services will maximize the performance of the system and they will check any potential problems within. They will deal with any damages before getting worse.
It’s important to hire professional services for repairing the ac system. Why? You will never know what kind of problems with the machine. With the help from professionals, you can fix any types of problems in the system. Aside from this benefit, you can also save your time. It’s because you don’t need to read the manuals to repair it by yourself. DIY repair takes much time and energy. The worst part is that the result isn’t quite satisfying. On the other hand, hiring professional repair services help you save money in the future. They are able to conduct efficient and high-quality repairs so you will get better performance from the ac system.
When it comes to hiring professional ac repair services, you should pick the one that comes to your house for an estimate. There may be many companies offering recommendations without coming to the client’s home. It’s bad as you can’t tell the issues thoroughly without their presence. Thus, always choose a service that comes to your home for an estimate. They will give you time to decide whether you want to simply check or repair the system. They may execute the jobs based on your instructions.
Needless to say, you need to choose the most reputable company in your town. There are many ac repair Phoenix services out there. One of the best options is Morehart Air and Heating. They are both reliable and experienced when it comes to repairing HVAC system. If you want your machine repair done perfectly, you need to get their help. Moreover, they have gained a good reputation in Phoenix AZ.
The air conditioner is a compulsory system for a house, especially if we live in tropical regions. It provides cool and comfortable air for the room. However, the system wears and tears over time. How can we deal with such problems? Hiring a professional ac repair sun city az is a good solution. Even though we can do the repair by ourselves, the result won’t be satisfying. When it comes to hiring AC repair services, we can find many references in Arizona. The problem is that not all of them are qualified. If we choose the wrong service, we get disappointed later.
Being Picky when Choosing AC Repair Service
Shopping for AC repair services takes time. We need to use our time for comparing and reviewing several companies to deal with our AC system troubles. Instead of using the phone book, we can take advantage of the internet. It is much safer and we can inspect the whole details of the company. The most important thing is that we need to specify some factors to consider. The company should be both reliable and trustworthy. We can look for past client’s testimonials in order to determine how well the service is. As for the local reference, we can ask friends or relatives about the best AC repair service around the town.
A license is an important thing for an AC repair service. We will definitely go for a company with a license. Make sure they have an up-to-date license also. If we find disciplinary actions or complaints that have been performed against them, we should look for the other options. How can we check the availability of contractor’s license? Well, we can inspect it either from the internet or local service. Aside from it, insurance is also important. AC repair services should be covered with common liability insurances. The purpose is to protect both the workers and property.
Hiring the Best One
We must think about the qualifications before hiring ac repair sun city az. Air conditioning system is quite intricate. In fact, it becomes more complex over time. Due to this reason, we need to rely on professionals to deal with the repair. The contractor should have both the expertise and skills to deal with different types of AC model. If not, we will put our air conditioning system at a stake due to contractor’s lacking of a qualification. A qualified contractor usually has years of expertise. What are the other characteristics?
Qualified contractors should have many positive testimonials from the clients. It means we need to check on their references and past clients. Solid and loyal customers always provide us with positive feedbacks. As a result, we can trust their service. If they don’t have many clients, we should keep looking others. Perhaps we can check with BBB to make sure the reputation of those contractors. The simplest way to find out their reputation is by asking references from our families and friends. We will find out whether our closest people get satisfied with the service or not.
Next, the best AC contractors are those who are easy to contact and comfortable to deal with. We must ensure they have a good history. They should operate in our city for years and they have built a good reputation in the neighborhood. It will be great if we can reach them without hassles. We should be able to locate them either physically or through our mobile phone. The best thing if we can reach them 24/7, especially for emergency situations. Also, we need to find contractors who we are comfortable with. It depends on our intuition, though. Establishing a good connection with such service isn’t as easy as we thought.
In summary, we won’t get satisfied with a particular AC repair service if we don’t research the options. There are many contractors in Sun City AZ. The question is which company we should choose. The best service indeed has both the license and reputation. Among any available air conditioning services, Norris Air is quite popular. We can rely on their expertise to deal with many AC problems including leaks. When it comes to the pricing, this qualified ac repair sun city az offers a reasonable charge. It means we can get the best AC repair without spending too much money.
We have been familiar with a particular service called a real estate agent. In fact, we always need their help when it comes to buying and selling properties. Sometimes, we find it hard to review several homes for sale Peoria AZ. Real estate agents can be our mediators and find us a new home. When working with the, we should consider several things in order to get the best service. These people work based on the commission from us. It means that they don’t have monthly salaries. Their primary income comes from the commission paid by the clients. Once a transaction is finalized, they will get the money.
Let’s Learn the Basic
As a client, we need to understand how real estate agents work. They don’t work for charity. It means that we need to pay for their help. Although you are the boss, we must give them courtesy and respect. We shouldn’t be late when we have made an appointment with them. Also, real estate agents are unique. We need different people to deal with our buying or selling home. Some agents work for both fields, though. When we work with buying agents, we must sign an agreement. Make sure that we understand about the agreement thoroughly before signing.
Unless we have signed the agreement, real estate agents won’t show us any homes. The agreement is a crucial thing so we need to be careful with it. It determines our satisfaction when using their services. As a buyer, we should get the disclosure from the agency. It serves as the proof of agreement. The important key is that we need to sign a document that we understand. Never sign any unclear statements or words. We should ask the agency about anything we don’t understand. Also, building a good relationship with the real estate agent is a must. It will make the transaction smoother.
The question is whether we need to hire a real estate agent or not. If we have troubles either buying or selling homes, the help from an agent is important. We will get better insight regarding the neighborhood. Some real estate agents have abundant knowledge of our neighborhood. They help us to find a perfect house based on our criteria. They work well in providing data to us. In fact, they can also help us with details including crime, public facilities, demographics, and more. Not to mention they are able to perform a skilled negotiation. They are perfect to be our mediator indeed.
Hiring Real Estate Agents Things to Know
There are several things to know before hiring a real estate agent. First of all, we need to recognize how they work. They look for a commission once the transaction is done. They don’t work for salary so we need to provide how much money to give beforehand. We should never expect these people to work for free. Next, we should make an appointment. The most important thing is that we need to be punctual. We need to respect their time as they are busy with their schedules. If we are going to be late, we should let them know beforehand.
Before hiring a real estate agent, we must talk with previous clients. Ask them whether they are satisfied or not with a particular agent in our city. If most of them are disappointed, it means we should look for the other options. With the help from the past clients, we are able to identify the best agent. Likewise, we can avoid poor quality agents so we don’t get disappointed in the future. Also, we should check the experience collected by the agencies. How long have they been on the market?
The safest way to choose real estate agents either for buying or selling homes for sale Peoria AZ is the license. It’s the symbol of expertise and regulation. We can avoid troubles by using the help from licensed real estate agents. Overall, we should be picky when it comes to hiring property agents in Arizona. It’s because there are some unqualified agents who don’t have any license. They will make us disappointed with their service for sure. Not to mention we may lose much money for nothing. Reliable real estate agents will do the job professionally so we can eliminate all the stress when buying and selling homes.
The roof is a vital part in our house. We need to inspect whether there’s any damage or not on it. When it is about roof replacement, we have three options. Our first option is to perform DIY roofing replacement. Second, we can hire an unlicensed regional roofer with affordable price. The last but not the least is to get help from professional and licensed roofing contractors Phoenix AZ. The safest one indeed is roofing contractors who have a license to perform their business. In fact, almost all people will choose bonded roofing companies when it comes to replacing their roof. We should know the reasons, though.
Quality vs. Price
Well, unlicensed roofing contractors are cheap and easy to find. We can save much money by using their service. However, we will get troubles when any accidents occur. Sometimes, the roofers get injured and fall off our roof on our property. If they aren’t insured, the cost will be skyrocketing. It means we need to think twice before hiring a roofing company that has no insurance and license to work on our roof. One more, we can’t make sure the roofing project is finished without any guarantee from the company. These risks are troublesome so we need the help from insured roofing contractors.
We can avoid hassles and troubles by hiring insured roofing companies. All materials and workmanships are fully guaranteed by them. Not to mention they can include the whole team to deal with our roof when the deadline is coming near. They will do anything to fulfill their responsibility. What about the workmanship quality? This is also an important thing to pay attention. Licensed contractors are the best choice as they have the number one quality of workmanship. They have years of experience in a specific field, especially roofing replacement. We can rely on their expertise either to inspect or fix our roof.
Hiring Qualified Roofing Contractors
There are many considerations when it comes to hiring qualified roofing companies. The most important thing is the insurance. It means that we need to find insured contractors. Any company we hire must have insurance. For example is the liability insurance. It will protect our property for unexpected damages caused by workers. Also, roofing contractors also need to carry compensation insurance for the workers. What is it? It’s a type of insurance that will protect us and the workers due to injuries. If they don’t carry this kind of insurance, we may be liable for sure. Make sure that we check the insurances before working with roofing contractors Phoenix AZ.
Next, we must find licensed roofing contractors. A license is an imperative thing for roofing companies. Any of them may claim to be the expert in roofing repair. However, they are unreliable if they can’t show their license. Hiring unlicensed roofing contractors may cause potential harm. On the other hand, licensed roofing companies can guarantee their level of quality. They have the qualifications and high standards of professionalism. In a nutshell, the license is the symbol of quality. We can decide whether they are qualified or not to be our partner when it is about roofing repair.
Here’s one important thing to consider. Roofing contractors should guarantee their work. Just because roof materials are guaranteed doesn’t mean the roofers will provide us with a warranty. Thus, we need to ask for it from them. Any roofing company should guarantee their work. At least, they need to guarantee their project for a year. We need to get the written guarantee and it must include defective materials, workmanship, and leaks. Also, we need to understand the situation where the warranty is invalid. Overall, we shouldn’t work with a company that can’t guarantee their work.
To sum up, roofing contractors are the primary helps when it comes to repairing and replacing our roof. Hiring professionals to do the job can save us energy and time. However, there are many available contractors out there. The question is which one we should hire. The basic consideration indeed is related to the license and insurance. Good contractors will do the best for their clients and they don’t want to make us disappointed. Any damages, injuries, and liabilities should be covered by insurances as well. Stapleton Roofing is one of the most reliable roofing contractors Phoenix AZ. We can rely on their expertise.
Owning your first home is an unbelievable and unparalleled experience but getting a mortgage can be equally daunting.
Even though the whole process of getting a mortgage can be a very complicated process, following the below given process can make it hassle free and relatively easy.
- Preparing for the process: The decision to buy your own home is big enough to warrant certain changes in your life. These changes can be categorised into
- Mental changes wherein you have to be mentally ready to deal with the implications of living with a loan and
- Financial changes wherein you might have to make certain financial adjustments in order to pay off the mortgage taken on the house.
- Exploring: From the first time that the thought of buying a house comes to your mind, it is important to explore the various options available with regards to
- The area where you want to buy the house
- The prevalent loans and interest rates
- The amount of money you can spare as down payment and
- Your comfort level with the amount of monthly installments that you have to pay.
- Evaluating your credit worthiness: This is a very critical point as it will give you a rough idea of the amount of credit that a mortgage expert like the First Rate Financial Group, will approve for you.
- Shopping for the right mortgage: This is a crucial step and while determining the mortgage agent or loaning firm, the following points have to be kept in mind.
- The terms and conditions of the financial group or institution offering the loan and the degree of flexibility they have with regards to the same,
- The interest rate charged and the equated monthly installments that you would have to pay,
- The tenure of the loan and
- Conditions for foreclosure of the same.
- Plan for the unexpected: You also need to plan for unforeseen circumstances which might come in way of your procuring the bank loan and work towards resolving them as soon and as effectively as possible.
Lastly signing on the required documents sets the whole process in motion and after the approval, you become the proud owner of a new house.
Replacing or improving the windows in your house can be the most important project. Making the right decision which type of replacement windows to choose needs cautious research and concern. Take into account that if a window replacement plan is on the prospect you should think about the most appropriate type of windows replacement in Camrose. However, here are the main benefits of new windows:
1) Replacing your home windows with energy saving replacement windows will end in an important lessening in your heating bills. Keep in your mind that you will see that this plan will pay for itself at once. It doesn’t matter what type of windows replacement in Camrose you choose, however be sure that, for instance, double pane replacement windows will exclude cold air in the winter seasons and keep the cool air inside your house in the summer seasons. Fixing vinyl basement replacement windows will remain your basement from being drafty and can make better the calmness of your living space considerably.
2) There are lots of types of windows that are good-looking and will develop your home’s cost. One of the most frequent reasons that people select vinyl window for their houses is for the reason that they look superior than wood or aluminum. Most frequently the aluminum frames are tinted and as they age the paint breaks off, which begin to look bad during the time. However, this will not occur with vinyl windows. Keep in your mind that vinyl window products come in a variety of regular colors and lots of different nice-looking finishes. In addition, windows replacement in your house will make better its curb appeal and resale value radically.
3) Take into account that for example, vinyl replacement windows are preservation free, very long-lasting and built to last. In addition, if you choose vinyl windows for replacement then be sure that vinyl windows will not rust or corrode like aluminum windows. They are as well very easy to look after. Moreover, vinyl replacement windows are cleaned without difficulty with soap and water. Homeowners can take pleasure in a care free window that will last for a long period of time. On the other hand, if you have old wooden double hung windows you will detect a vast upgrading by installing vinyl replacement windows. As a result choose the most appropriate windows replacement in Leduc to be satisfied with your decision in future.
4) Noise reduction is one more great reason to decide windows replacement in Camrose. A vinyl dual paned window can present you with an outstanding barrier to outer noise. There is no necessity to cope with the barking dogs and noisy neighbors. You can get pleasure from a great night sleep in addition to calm and quiet of your house
As a result, there are a lot of great benefits of planning Leduc windows replacement. You can choose windows that are good-looking, energy efficient and almost maintenance free. As a result, you can benefit very much by replacing all of your old windows with new ones, as well as cellar replacement windows.
Though overlooked most of the time, the roof of your house is one of the most vital aspects of your property. It seems that homeowners put a great deal of effort into fixing leaking walls but the roof stays unattended. What they don’t understand is that if something is leaking, that leads to dampening in the walls which is why you have to attend to the roof first. The post below offers a brief introduction on the typical warning signs of roof replacement or repair.
Shingles curling & buckling
Buckling or curled shingles is a major sign of roof damage that stresses the need of immediate roof replacement. Take a look at the slopes of the home which receive direct sunlight and if you find curled shingles or shingles with lost granules, it implies that the shingles have gone past the life expectancy and you need a roof replacement immediately.
Damaged roof valleys
The roof valley is an important part of your roof as rain and snow flow via the valley on their way to the gutter. If the valley is damaged, your home will be vulnerable to serious leaks. If you are facing leaking issues lately, you should take a look at the roof valley to see if there are broken or missing shingles. In the event you find your valley is compromised, waste no time in contacting a good roofing contractor like http://www.
Loose granules in gutters
You also should to check the gutter to evaluate the health of your roof. If you find loose shingle granules in your gutter, you will know that it’s time for a new roof.
This is another important point that signifies roof replacement. Moss growth is common on roof surfaces which do not receive much sunlight. Moss growth isn’t just a cosmetic issue and it can seriously hamper the roof health. Excessive moss growth on top of roof shingles ends up damaging the granules leading to broken granules. So you’ll want to check whether your roof is facing excessive moss growth as you might need to replace your roof if the problem is severe.
Daylight through roof boards
Go to your attic and check whether any daylight is coming through the roof boards. If this is the case, it signifies that your roof has got cracks in places. This further signifies that your roof needs an immediate repair or replacement.
Age is a factor
You must pay attention to the age of your roof as aging roofs call for fast replacement. According to experts, a roof should last for about 20-25 years. If your roof is nearing the 25 year mark or has crossed that, you should make sure to get a new roof.
Antriksh group is excited to announce the launch of their magnificent project Eco Homes. This residential project is recommended to be constructed in the great locations of L zone, Dwarka Phase 2, Delhi. This township shall not be missed at any cost as people will never get anything like this again.
Property prices go up and open land areas are about to be escaped. In this case, people are confused about what should they do. The Antriksh group introduces housing complex that fit into any standard budget. Antriksh Eco Homes is changing dreams into reality. The project offers unique blend of technology and daily essentials, a complete housing solution where you can party, work, relax and spend time with your family.
Delhi, India’s going to be first smart city will experience transformation in coming future. The area where the township is suggested to be built is the epicentre of many activities. L zone is full of pipelined projects in various sectors. Antriksh Eco Homes is spread in acres of land and promises to offer high speed web connectivity, 24×7 power back up, regular water supply and security system.
Apart from these facilities township offers healthy environment for living. The township is furnished with solar power plant, rain water harvesting system and waste management. The group will use good quality material which spread lesser amount of pollution in terms of air, water and noise. The group plans to offer high quality fitting and services but with notice on the positioning of manufacturing companies certified on pollution index.
People of Delhi are now getting familiar with terms such as green building, waste management, solar plants. These features prove beneficial for betterment of living standards. The group is working in direction to provide maximum advantage to people through these systems.
Prior to booking of unit in Antriksh Eco Homes, people should understand what green building is all about. Green building refers to the structure that is environment friendly and resource efficient with design, construction, operation and maintenance. The concept of green building complements build up area, financial condition, utility and durability of people living in and around.
LEEDS- Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design maintains the ranking of green buildings. The rating is done on the basis of design, construction, operation and maintenance of these buildings. The main feature of green building is to reduce the bad impact on human health and environment by efficient use of energy, water & other resources, protecting occupant health & improving employee productivity.
The township is a standard residential complex offered to the middle class section of the society who wishes to buy property but rethink their decision due to their limited budget. The group also focus on waste management.
Waste management include activities required to manage waste from its original place to the final disposition. The process includes collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of waste with proper monitoring. Waste management is introduced to reduce ill effect of waste on health and environment. The wastage is disposed according to 3 R’s that are reducing, reuse and recycle. Working system classifies waste management according to the value of waste.
Rainwater harvesting technique includes collection of rain water which shall be used for providing adequate water supply in the township. Rainwater can be collected from rivers, rooftops, borehole, lake, well, dew and fog. The stored water can be used for drinking water purpose, groundwater storage and many other purposes.
For More Information: Antriksh Eco Homes
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Entering the apartment or house every person wants to feel warmth and comfort. People need cozy atmosphere in the house not only morally, but also physically. That is why it is so important to know how to make a home cozy and beautiful.
Having looked through MLS listings Ottawa and chosen a home for yourself you start thinking about its interior. The house becomes comfortable when it acquires nice details: your holiday photos with friends or relatives, gifts and souvenirs brought from different countries and many others. All such memorable and pleasant details create psychologically cozy and comfortable atmosphere in your home.
Miniature carpets, fabrics, paintings, photographs and sculptures play an important role in the regeneration of your home. Various wooden and ceramic things harmonize perfectly with modern furniture and decorative fabrics. However, choosing a product, it is necessary to be guided not only by your taste. Do not forget about the style of the interior.
Different interior objects can decorate your home and improve some of its shortcomings simultaneously. For example, you can make a window visually wider with help of curtains if to hang them on the cornice which is stretched across the width of the room.
Try to make your home ecologically clean. Natural stones, clay bricks, straw, wood are considered eco-friendly products.
To comply with environmental trends in your home, you can replace the plastic containers with wicker baskets, pillows with synthetic padding should be replaced by cushions with natural feathers and fluff. Use such fabrics as chintz, linen or wool.
It is better to use natural materials, because they are environmentally friendly and have special energy. Domestic work and its results which can be built into the interior have a very good impact on your mood and mental health. You can embroider pillowcases and towels, draw pictures, make bouquets of artificial flowers. You can also upgrade upholstery and lampshades.
A pleasant smell in the house is an important element of comfort. For this purpose you can use automatic air fresheners, aromatic lamps and sticks and so on.
The most important detail in the interior of the house is color. Undoubtedly, color is the basis of the entire interior. The state of your health and your mood are closely connected with the colors used in the interior of your home. To set the desired tone, you can simply use the textiles of the right color or choose harmonious decor items. Also, in order to change the color scheme of the house you can find suitable tablecloths, curtains, cushions and many other things.
Every human is a personality, and you should have such a home that reflects your personality, character, lifestyle and hobbies. You can find a good house with a proper interior in Kijiji “immobilier a Montreal” section and enhance its look according to your taste and personal needs.
To understand how to make your home cozy and comfortable, you should follow the tips given above. You will not have to do major repairs in the house, you will be able to do without spending a huge amount of money.
The logistics that go into purchasing the right television service provider isn’t easy.
Between cable TV, satellite television and third-party services, such as Netflix and Hulu—things can get easily misinterpreted regarding viewing options and could threaten to put you into a financial difficulty you weren’t anticipating. Each service varies in terms of pricing, programming/channel selection, customer service, bundling deals and promotional opportunities—so it’s imperative that you know the ins and outs of each service before the choosing the right one that best suits your viewing preferences and economic status.
If you happen to be in the shopping process of your home entertainment, review the advantages and disadvantages of satellite television, which is quickly becoming the go-to alternative for many consumers seeking high quality and premium program entertainment.
Advantages of Satellite Television
When comparing satellite television availability with cable TV, one of most obvious benefits of its services is channel uniqueness and premium network access. The sheer content that is available through satellite television versus cable TV is quite substantial. For individuals with a varied taste in entertainment or homeowners with a family of assorted program preferences—you have a better to chance satisfy your own entertainments needs and your families when opting to go with satellite television services. Depending on the service provider you choose to go with, you may have the opportunity to find bundling opportunities or chances to receive more channels for fewer payments.
If you’re live in a rural area, satellite television is the preferred choice among most homeowners because of satellite transmission. Metro or populated areas have a better connection to a provider’s network due to the surplus of electricity and cable networking. So, basic cable TV connection is more feasible.
When you live in an isolated region, the only thing you’ll need if you choose to install satellite television is a clear path to the sky above you, where your streaming feed relies solely on transmission from earth to space and into your living room.
Disadvantages of Satellite Television
Achieving a viable connection is one of the principal concerns to homeowners regarding satellite television. Being as though you need a physical satellite to be placed on top of the roof or upper level of your place of living—finding a location without a hindering viewpoint of the sky can at times be a difficult (and expensive) task. High-rise buildings, trees and other obstructive objects may cause your feed to be poor in quality or slower in broadcasting.
Inclement or severe weather also plays a factor in satellite television connection. So, homeowners who live in these types of areas may experience more tribulations than other locations.
If you compare the overall pricing and installation fees of satellite television versus cable TV, the more affordable option is to purchase a basic cable television package. However, price is relative when you consider the service provider you choose to go with, your decision to bundle channels versus buying each channel separately as well as promotional opportunities and/or new customer discounts. In general, opting to go with satellite television will cost you more in the long run versus cable TV.
Credit reports are a standard whenever anyone applies for a loan or a mortgage. If you would like to buy property, for instance, the lender will get a credit report from a credit reference firm so they can see how financially stable you are and how capable (and trustworthy) you are in making your repayments.
A credit report contains a host of detailed information on your financial situation and status, including any debts or loans you have incurred in the last six years, any accounts you have opened and closed during this period, any issues you have had with repayments, and even court records. But aside from this, you should know that recently, utility providers (such as British Gas) have begun providing detailed reports on their customers’ payments, which may also be included in the credit report.
First, get your own report
If you are thinking of applying for a mortgage and want to increase your chances of getting approved, then you should first get a copy of your own credit report.
Getting your credit report is naturally the first step. All you need to do is contact a credit reference firm (there are currently three major firms in the UK) and ask for a copy. Some of these credit reference firms offer 30-day trials for free where you can view your report online as many times as you want within the 30-day period. If you want a hard copy of your credit report, however, all you need to do is pay a small fee.
Since there are three major credit reference firms in the UK, it would be a good idea to obtain a credit report from all three. A credit report contains general information, but some reference firms include more information than others, so it would be good to see what these contain as well. When you are requesting your credit report online, be prepared to fill in details such as your present and previous address, your debit or credit card details, and more – the reference firms do this in order to confirm your identity.
Reading your report and understanding what it means
When you have received your credit report, it is important that you read through it carefully to check if all the information included in it is true or accurate. One of the most basic things you should check is your present address and the addresses you have had prior to the present one. Even a small mistake in the number of your house or flat can result in major difficulties.
If you have any old credit accounts, you should check if these are already closed as well. Another important piece of information you should confirm is your repayments. If you have had debt issues in the past, you should make sure these have already been closed and paid off. Contact the respective reference firm if there is any wrong information or information that is not updated, particularly with regards to court orders on bankruptcy and the like. If there is any wrong information on debts and loans, you should contact the respective lender or bank as well. Once the lender or bank has confirmed that the information is wrong, they have a total of 28 days to rectify the error and contact the credit reference firms.
Applying for a mortgage need not be as difficult as it seems. With help from the mortgage advisors at Flagstone.co.uk (learn more about their services by visiting Flagstone.co.uk), you can secure a mortgage that is right for your budget, needs, and preference.
Knowing the pros and cons in buying a Winter Haven homes for sale will help you settle the never-ending argument of whether to buy or rent. This knowledge will go a long way in helping you make your decision. Homeownership is a great privilege but it is important to look at the advantage, as well as the disadvantage of enjoying this privilege.
- Enjoy the tax breaks for homeowners. You can deduct interest payment of your mortgage together with property taxes when Feds itemized your income taxes. In a way, the deductions counterbalanced your housing cost.
- Use your home as an investment. After buying a home and you decide to leave it, you can generate income by either renting or selling it for a good price. The house will serve you best if you use the rental payments to cover your mortgage.
- You become part of a community. Once you decide to be a home owner, you will become part of a community and perhaps become an active member. You get to know your neighbors, become a member of the homeowners’ association, or even volunteer for projects beneficial to the community or the local school.
- Shoulder all payments for maintenance of your place. As the owner of your home, you use your time and money to keep your home in good condition. You must have a budget to meet unexpected expenses, such as breaking down of appliances, service contract for your furnace, or replacement of cracked window glasses.
- Your home remains an illiquid asset. It means there will be times when you have to sell it due to your job or unavoidable change in your life; however, selling a house takes time to get the best price. It is not like a bank deposit that you can immediately withdraw or an expensive jewelry that you can be pawned in the shop.
- Annual payment of property tax. Unlike renting, owning a home requires payment of annual taxes and sometimes it could go up. As many people have learned in the past, there is no assurance that the value of your home will increase over time.
After you decided to take the plunge, you will now prepare a checklist in buying Houses for sale in Winter Haven Fl. If you are really for the big buy, your best option is to drop ByDesign Real Estate Services that service the entire Central Florida area. You can even visit their web http://bydesignre.com/. Homes in Winter Haven FL. are located in the area famous for its “Chain of Lakes” and you will be near all conveniences that cater to your lifestyle. Do you know that Winter Haven is considered the “waterski capital of the world”?
The market of real estate is always changing; it is important to have someone that understands the current market conditions that you can rely on to give you the best deals.
It has indeed been an uneven and long road to rejuvenate the housing market. But since the last few years, things have been heating up like never before. The prices of homes took off in 2012 and then they went on a tear in the next year. Although the double-digit growth has somewhat slowed down, the prices are still heading towards a higher state. According to recent reports, the housing rebound is on a roll. Gradually, home prices continue to soar higher and there are too many indicators that show that there will be enough economic improvement in the housing market, so much so that the Federal Reserve won’t have to take any further step to keep the good times going.
Some of the local markets are literally on fire and they’re bidding wars and offers above the asking price. During the housing boom, home prices in Dallas and Denver have surpassed the levels that hit during the housing boom. This price seems to outpace the income and inflation in these areas and this will eventually become an issue. Increases in price in the most desirable places can’t ever outstrip the growth of income. There will be a point of time when you won’t be able to afford a home. What are the factors that are driving home prices higher? Check out some.
- Homeowners are not selling enough: Presently the homeowners only list their homes either to downsize or to trade up. But as soon as they do so, they open up inventory for the novice homebuyers to get into the market. One can’t happen without the other option and hence the whole train requires moving at the same time. The present homeowners are flooding the market just after seeing the “For Sale” signs and some others are worried that they won’t find a new house. Existing home sales have already increased for 7 consecutive months and without extra inventory, the first time homebuyer will soon be boxed out of the market.
- Builders are not building enough homes: The homebuilders have become extremely cautious during the housing recovery as they needed to know that the homeowners would upgrade to the houses that they had built. As per the experts, a usual housing market has 1.6 million new single & multi-family homes that were built in a single year. In 2014, the market hit a million but the single family homes consumed just 700,000, while it’s typically more than just a million.
- Mortgage rates are surging: Although the economy is getting back on the right track, the mortgage rates are increasing like never before. The higher is the rate, the fewer bangs the homebuyers would get for their bucks. There is very little reason to predict a change in the trend. The Fed recently claimed that they are ready to start tapering the rate-suppression plan that was planned by the bond purchasing by Federal Reserve. The interest rates are likely to continue moving higher in the coming year.
- This is no longer the house hunting season: According to the National Association of Realtors, there were three consecutive months of decline in the current home sales. Housing bulls will argue that the market is still strong and the association representing the real estate professionals still predict 5.2 million homes which were ultimately sold in 2014 and that was till now the highest since 2007. Is this news worth bragging of? Well, this is the way in which housing bubbles are caused and the market experiences it in this manner.
- Lenders aren’t still lending money: Due to strict lending practices, it has become harder for the buyers to secure a mortgage since the housing bubble of 2008. Recently banks have loosened up a little and lending has still become significantly tighter than what it was before the housing crash. The underwriting standards have become strict like never before and this is giving birth to a kind of overreaction among the homebuyers who are about to get a mortgage loan.
Therefore, if you’re wondering about the ways in which a housing bubble is caused, you can take into account the above mentioned causes. If you’re a prospective homebuyer, make sure you don’t step into the market during a housing bubble as it will become unaffordable for you. In case you owe unsecured debts, you can learn more on how you can release yourself from the debt burden before taking out a mortgage loan.
Although the recession might be over, the US housing market still bears the scars. If you check the homeownership rate, in 2005, the homeownership rate was 69.2% but today it is 62.8%, statistically the lowest level that the nation has seen since the year 1993. However, there is good news for the real estate sellers as the demand for housing is again back and the prices are always on the rise. But on the other hand, for the first-time homebuyers, increasing price tags on houses is certainly not a positive matter. Apart from the rising rates on houses, the rapidly rising house rent is adding fuel to the fire. Sluggish growth in wages, enormous loads of student loan debt is keeping the Americans from realizing their dream of becoming a homeowner. This kind of issues are having a ripple effect on the entire economy as there is lack of enough people on the first belt and this is gradually slowing down the entire process.
Experts on the other hand, expect the prices of homes and mortgage rates to increase slowly during the next year. During a recent panel discussion regarding the 2015 real estate market, market, the chairman David Blitzer, of Standard and Poor’s Index Committee was asked to describe in one word how the housing market will look like. Pat went his reply, ‘Mysterious!’
The Housing market has reached a point of inflection – Some predictions
- Demand will be on the rise: Within the largest markets of the nation, it is still now cheaper to own a home than to rent by a whopping 40% on a national basis. Real estate is local and the housing conditions vary according to different regions. Yet, the rent versus buy trade off won’t shift unless the mortgage rates hit the 10.6%, as per the predictions of Trulia. The gradually recovering job market is yet another reason for increased demand of houses. In 2014, the entire nation gained three million jobs and 2015 will witness an addition of another 2 million. With the pickup in the job market, the demand for housing is also on the rise.
- There won’t be too many homes for sale: The most important story for 2015 that will shake the investors and the homebuyers is dearth of inventory. In spite of the fact that the investors have left the market due to the fact that there are no such great deals that were available during the recession, regular people are still into the competition for buying the few homes there in the market. In the month of May, 2015, groundbreakings stood at the annual rate of 1.045 million.
- Too many homes will be listed at very high prices: In order to solve this problem, the builders are focusing too much on high-end homes. New homes usually sell for around $25,000 more than the homes that were previously owned but these days the new homes are selling almost $75,000 more than the previously owned ones. This number clearly indicates that the builders are catering only to the affluent people. This change in focus is due to the reason that the first-time homebuyers are stuck at 30% when it should have been at around 40%.
- Rise in mortgage rates: There were too many analysts that believed that the mortgage rates would rise with the backdrop of an improving economy and the bond-buying program; the market didn’t comply with the predictions. 2015 started with the news that the US economy shrank in the initial quarter and this put the market on an edge over others. A fixed rate mortgage fell to its historical lows but then again experts from the Federal Reserve agree that 2015 will be the year when the rates will rise again.
- Keep your offer letter ready: As a result of all the above mentioned factors, homes will move like hotcakes in the second half of 2015. It is being predicted that over one-third of homes will sell in 2 weeks and property sales will be the second-fastest sales since the National Association of Realtors started tracking this metric. 50% of homes that were sold in April were there on the market for even less than a month. Homebuyers will experience a sense of fatigue with the fast selling of homes and this will have an indeed good impact on their affordability.
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Unlike the usually positive outlook of the Obama Administration for the financial markets, experts and analysts don’t see any noteworthy speedy recovery that is going to help the real estate industry in 2015. According to reports, it has been seen that the real estate sector has gone through some tightening situations in the credit markets, perhaps more than any other sector due to its immense dependence on capital. Ernst & Young reports that the financial conditions for the real estate industry are worsening unnaturally and this financial landscape is going to stay here for the next few years. Nevertheless, he also notes that amidst this great monetary uncertainty and dearth of liquidity, there are many companies that are actively looking for ways in which they can streamline operations and manage risk.
The perspectives of the bigger picture of the real estate industry are pretty rare as the experts tend to focus mainly on the corner of the real estate world, whether commercial or residential or construction or funding. But as the Counselors of Real Estate, an international professional group, researched recently, they identified few issues that the real estate market will face in the coming few decades. An entire group of high-profile experts and thinkers came up with the list of the different trends in global uncertainty and their impacts on the real estate industry.
- A population that is aging: When the baby boomers step into their golden years or retired life, this will eventually have an impact on the real estate markets, for instance there will be a sudden increase in the demand for multi-family senior housing. This will also lead to some changes in the commercial real estate industry, from the retail housing industry to the health care centers. This phenomenon speaks of the large elderly demographic who have pretty different ways of doing things. On a smaller level, the aging of Americans could have some adverse effects on capital too as the entire pension-contributing generation would now become a pension-using generation.
- Massive student loan debt burden: When majority of the college students are graduating not only with a degree but huge loads of debt ($25,000), their expenditures become hugely restricted and this bars them from forming their personal households, getting married and buying a home. Already, there has been a trend of too many students moving back to the house of their Moms and Dads only to save expenses and it is needless to say that this will have an effect on the residential housing market.
- A change in demand for space for constructing offices: Increasingly large numbers of employees are working remotely and are only halting at the office periodically and this is gradually diminishing the requirement of excessive office space. There are companies like Cisco that have reduced their office space from 200 square feet for a single employee to 50-60 square feet. As more and more younger generation is hired within the companies, the requirement for office space will keep decreasing as the employees will be adept with working remotely through different technologies.
- Changing demand for space by retailers: You must be familiar with the trend of retailers changing the way they do business. Most of the brick and mortar businesses have changed into online businesses and this eliminates the entire requirement of a big office space. Hence with personal space, retail space will also see a huge change. As online sales volume has always been on the rise since the last few years, majority of the companies are reorganizing their physical stores in order to adapt themselves with the new environment.
- Global uncertainty: The financial crisis of Europe and sluggish nature of the economy of China is definitely having an impact on the companies which transact with these countries or do business in a large scale. The uncertainty that is being felt by the companies has a huge potential to throw an impact on their real estate decisions.
- Focus on sustainability: There has been more focus on sustainability in the workplaces and offices and this is gradually becoming a theme of most companies. More and more businesses are concerned about saving energy, water and creating a healthy environment for the employees. This is not only good for attracting new customers but it also helps in retaining your existing customers as well. So, one can expect this change to become a vital component of commercial properties if they wish to remain competitive in the industry.
Therefore, if you’re someone who is into the real estate industry, you should watch out for the above mentioned threats so that you can take precautionary measures for the long run. And in case you’re taking out debt consolidation loans to meet your financial needs, make sure you repay the loan on time to avoid having a bad impact on your credit score.
You’re planning to move, but unlike your previous moves, this one will take you to a new city. And that city isn’t entirely familiar to you. Indeed, you have enough questions about the new locale to wonder if it is right for you and your family. Fortunately, there are ways to uncover everything you need to know about the new area, through online sources and with professional assistance.
Your Online Search
Begin your research by visiting the new city’s website. Typically, such cities have sites with a .gov extension, providing everything you need to know about your new community.
Some government sites are very detailed, offering neighborhood-by-neighborhood information about the community. Pull up a map for the city, get to know its layout, including the location of each neighborhood, its shopping areas, businesses, schools, entertainment, food, and more.
You can also pull up the local media sites, including television and radio stations, newspapers, and popular local blogs. This information should appear in the search engine results pages (SERPs) when you perform research based on the community. Review the top sites for additional information including neighborhood news. If there are two or three neighborhoods that stand out for you, search for articles about them. You can quickly learn what your future neighbors have to say about the area, including problems and challenges, such as crime, parking, lighting, and related details.
Hire a Professional
You cannot possibly conduct a full search for a new home in a new community miles away. Sure, various real estate sites can offer invaluable information. At the same time, there are too many holes in that information to provide satisfactory answers for all your questions.
The best thing to do here is to work with a real estate agent. Likely, you have already seen some familiar names, including national companies with a local presence. It would be good to review several of the local office sites, pull up the agent profiles and gauge what they have to offer.
You may learn that an agent is a native to the community and is entirely familiar with the area. You may also find an agent who transferred to the city and has first hand experience on what you’re up against. When you find someone who seems to have the background and knowledge you need, call and speak with them. If you’re satisfied that the professional can help you, then ask for him or her to send listings your way. Then plan a trip with your spouse to the city to meet the agent and to see the homes in person.
Visit the Area
Not only should you work closely with a real estate professional to see homes, but you and your spouse should visit the area and take in the local flavor. Go out to eat. Visit a park. Drive by the local schools. See where people shop.
This also means that you need to schedule enough time to take in the lay of the land. A quick weekend visit with a real estate agent certainly is not enough. You’ll need an extended stay of at least four to five days. Take pictures, Write down your notes. Discuss with your partner what you have seen. Your agent can answer your questions too and provide guidance on the right neighborhood for your family.
Make Your Decision
Once you and your spouse have all the facts, find a home you like and have gained a good feel for the city, its neighborhoods, and surrounding towns, then you’re ready to make your purchase decision. Go ahead and sign the contract, then return to your city and begin to pack.
At home, begin to declutter and identify the items you’ll be moving with you. Then, contact at least three moving companies, have their representatives stop by to survey what you’ll be moving, obtain estimates, then choose your company advises the Allied Moving Company. You’ll soon be well on your way to transition from your current home to a new one in a new city.
When it comes to travel, one must be aware of the place in advance and should clear all their doubts related to their journey before embarking on the shores of an unknown city, especially about the accommodation. Here is a list of the FAQS on hotels in Amsterdam. The place is true delight if you are doing all the right things and are aware about in beforehand.
- What are the chances of finding good and budget hotels in the city?
The chances of finding good, in fact great budget hotels in the city are very strong. The place is known for being easy on the pocket. So, you can get good budget hotels on the outskirts of the Old city. This place is also near good tourist attractions so you won’t have any problem going around the city. The budget hotels range from $60 to $80 per night. So, you can now decide your budget and act accordingly.
- How are the luxury hotels in the city? Are they worth the price?
The luxury hotels that you will come across in this city are worth every penny. They offer you all the comfort and revelry that you will pay for. The best part about the luxury hotels is that they offer spas and restaurants. Some 5 star hotels even offer roof top restaurants. There are luxury hotels near the central station that will absolutely take you in the maritime days as they are built on that theme. You can experience all this and much more in the luxury hotels.
- What can one say about the hotels near the airport?
There is a string of good hotels available near the airport. These hotels are comfortable and you get these in various range either very inexpensive or the ones that will give you all the comfort, it all depends on your pocket. The hotels near the airport also provide the guests with shuttle service to and from the hotels.
- What kind of independent hotels are available in the city?
There are the eco friendly hotels also known as the boutique hotels. Either you can stay in these hotels with all the luxury you want or you can stay in here getting to know nature and being eco friendly for a few days. When you talk about luxury, you can get hotels that will give you the best views of the city. Anything you want, the city has got for you.
- What about the transportation in the city?
To travel and explore the city, you can either take the metro, the tram, taxi ride or a cab. While all the modes are available, the cheapest and the best way to take a tour around the city are the metro or the tram. They offer you the glimpse of what is going outside and you can see things while when you travel through taxi or a cab, chances are you might get stuck in traffic and not enjoy everything that the city has to offer. Moreover, they are expensive.
Beginning a limo Toronto business can be generally basic on the off chance that you have all the right assets with you. In the meantime, keeping pace in this business turns out to be hard in the event that you don’t have the best possible arrangement. Along these lines, before you begin, you ought to discover that an effective limo rental business incorporates considerably more than just driving around the city of Toronto. Rather than that, this business incorporates numerous different things like promptness, uncommon administration furthermore finish consideration regarding consistently detail. Here in this bit of composing, you will discover data about the things that are truly vital to begin the limo rental business.
Obviously, you require limos to maintain your Toronto limousine business. Yet at the same time, before you go out and buy an armada of vehicle for your business, you need to set your objective of how you are going to work your business. For instance, on the off chance that you plan to subcontract your business to some other organization, which is as of now working with these vehicles, then you won’t need to contribute on the limos. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you need to secure limos for your own organization, then you need to take incredible thought into exchange. Keep in mind one thing that customers just incline toward limos that are new and additionally in the flawless condition. Along these lines, you ought to buy the limos as opposed to taking those on lease. Along these lines, you will likewise have the capacity to keep away from the charges and mileage limitations.
Another critical thing to begin the limo Toronto business effectively is the business protection, regardless of how this works. For a complete assurance, you must pick a general business protection approach first alongside a for-contract uniform protection arrangement. The general business arrangement would cover the business in alcohol liabilities, business contracts, labourers pay and business intrusions. Then again, the attire protection for the Toronto limousine business offers specific insurance for the armada of limos and also finishes scope for the travellers and the drivers of the armada if there should be an occurrence of any harm or harm in the event of the mishap brought on by the driver.
Last yet not the minimum the limo business additionally needs a perpetual business saving money represent handling the operation costs and the customer installments. You ought to have the capacity to acknowledge charge card installments as this is thought to be a standout amongst the most standard installment strategies accessible in this industry.
The hatchback segment is one of the fastest growing in India and the options in this are now mindboggling. More and more auto manufacturers are coming up with cheaper as well as enhanced compact cars year after year. The numbers of facelifts are also increasing, thanks to the fierce competition in this segment. Both Maruti and Hyundai refined their top selling cars last year – the Alto and the Eon. Let us try to figure out which hatchback is a better buy.
Maruti Alto 800, although carries a conservative design, looks a little more contemporary than the original Alto. However it is nowhere near to Hyundai when it comes to styling. Hyundai Eon – with its curvy lines and fluidic design, is definitely the winner when it comes to looks and style. Although both cars look small from outside, there is enough space for 5 adults inside. But Eon offers more legroom than the Alto 800. Moreover the boot space is pretty large in Eon at 215 litres compared to Alto 800 which carries only 177 litres. It likewise gets many smart storage spaces inside the cabin which are missing in the Maruti car. Hyundai also offers an overall better fit and finish and many added comfort and safety features.
The engine of the Maruti Alto 800 is not as powerful as Hyundai Eon. Alto 800 is powered by a 3 cylinder, 0.8 litre, F8D 796 cc engine which has the capacity to produce 48 PS of power and a peak torque of 69 NM. Hyundai Eon runs on a 3 cylinder, 814 cc engine that produces 56 BHP and a torque of 74.56 NM. But then, the Alto 800 is very fast in pick up and acceleration. This may be due its lower kerb weight.
And the major area where Maruti Alto 800 scores over Hyundai Eon is fuel economy. Eon does offer good fuel economy at 21 kilometres per litre but Alto delivers a highermileage of 22.74kilometres per litre by the petrol engine while its CNG counterpart works with an outstanding mileage of 30.46 kilometres per litre. The overall handling and ride quality stands almost parallel in both the cars. However Alto 800 gets a quieter cabin with lesser vibration and noise. Hyundai offers Eon in the price range of Rs 2.87 to 3.85 lakhs, while Maruti Alto 800 falls in the price range of Rs 2.41-3.53 lakhs.
On the whole, Eon is a better car in terms of looks, performance and features, but it loses out to Maruti Alto 800 in mileage and pricing. And most of the times, it is these two factors that decide the final purchase of the buyers in this segment.
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Like any other profession, there are good and bad things about what are available. Each of the things that happen in the profession is just part of the business. If you want to know what you are getting into, you will want to make sure that you know all sides of the coin of the profession. This will help you to be prepared for looking into property or buying into the occupation of real estate.
The good part of real estate is that you will be helping others to find a home. Anyone involved in real estate will say that the largest perk of being in the profession is that you are able to help people with their living situation. Another good benefit of being a real estate agent is that the finances are usually stable and do not come in small doses. For those that love their jobs in real estate, they will most likely base it on these two factors.
Despite the benefits of being a real estate agent, there are also some tough parts of being involved. One of the major frustrations is that the properties that are available will be dependent on the type of market, the neighborhood and the sales of that area. At times, there may be an overflow of properties available, while at others, everyone will be holding onto their property. For those involved in finding or buying real estate, this can cause for a challenge in finding what you want and when you want it.
Of course, for anyone becoming involved in real estate, other frustrations may come from the terms and the details that are used in the process as well as the process itself. It is not uncommon to find a home, have it inspected and then not have the ability to buy the home because of the condition of the home. You do have the option of purchasing a home that needs a lot of work and then performing the renovations and repairs necessary on your own. You can employ the help of professionals like Roof Worx to assist you in the restoration process. You will be able to plan exactly how you would like your home to look. If you find a good deal on property but the home is in terrible condition, don’t feel the need to pass over a potentially incredible opportunity. There also may also be financial problems with real estate during the process of finding a home for an individual. All of these factor in to spending a lot of time looking at homes without the benefit of buying.
Whether you are buying or selling, it will be important to know what to expect from real estate. By factoring in the different parts of property, you will have the ability to decide what is best for you and can stay ready for the potential problems that may occur while you are going through the process. Knowing what to expect will help you to get past half of the battle of the real estate market.
It’s something you may hear casually thrown about at the office, or maybe something you even say it to yourself after you barely avoid an accident on your way to work—I need a will. And while everyone needs a will, small business owners have very special needs that they themselves may not even realize.
Your business, and the value you have built into it, is the greatest asset you can preserve for your heirs. Surprisingly, many business owners do not have a clear plan of action for how to protect that asset if they should suddenly be “out of the picture.”
First of all, every business owner should incorporate their business into some form of filing entity (corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, etc.).
Second, every business owner should have a written agreement which controls the governance of their company. This is especially true if there is more than one equity owner, but still prudent even if owned by a single individual.
Finally, every business owner should have a will which acknowledges and cooperates with the written agreement that controls the business. Nothing is more frustrating than having to litigate two documents which conflict with each other after the person who signed them is long gone.
When creating these documents you should contemplate the following questions:
- Who will run the business after I am deceased?
- Who will own the business after I am deceased?
- How will the above transfers take place?
- Will my business have enough capital to survive the transfer?
- Should I integrate life insurance into my business planning?
- How will this affect my business partners (if any)?
- How will this affect my creditors (loans, lines of credit, etc.)?
Having a defined and well thought out plan, will make a difficult time easier for those you leave behind. Additionally, the plan will also give you a plan should you suddenly be disabled or otherwise unable to maintain your previous duties, and can also serve as a jumping off point for a retirement plan. And as all good business plans, they should be made with the advice of financial and legal professionals with very careful consideration given to continued smooth operations. At the Vethan Law Firm, P.C., we work with business owners and financial planning professionals to help them protect and preserve what they’ve built. We assist business owners with choosing the best corporate form for their business, drafting the written agreements that outline and describe management of the business, and work with or recommend financial planning professionals to help ensure the final plan is effective and accomplishes the business owner’s goals.
Last night I presented a seminar in Edmonton to a group of customers invited by our Ottewell and Wagner Road branches. All of the customers are owners of their own businesses. What a fun time we had! There were plenty of questions and lots of laughs too. Nobody thinks that estate planning seminars can be fun, but this group proved otherwise.
Thanks go to Morgan Ree of Roynat for giving us some great examples of creative financing for business owners. And I’d particularly like to thank the folks who had read my book called Succession Planning Kit for Canadian Business and told the group how much they liked it. Feels great to get positive feedback from readers.
In the commercial and residential real estate investment market condo conversions have become a controversial topic. Many experts say there are still profits to be made with condo conversions, while others assert that condo conversions are high risk and potentially lead to big losses. According to a January 16th, 2007 article in the New York Times, “Buyers Scarce, Many Condos Are for Rent”, written by Vikas Bajaj, “Since the middle of 2006, the frenzied condominium market here and in several other big cities like Las Vegas, Miami and Boston has collapsed.” “Once roaring sales have slowed to a trickle, sparse inventory has mushroomed into a glut and soaring prices have flattened out and started falling,” Bajaj continues, “In many cities, banks have significantly scaled back loans to condominium builders. Some have demanded that developers sell half or more of the units in a building before even beginning construction.”
Many condo conversion projects have reverted back to apartments due to slow sales. Often referred to as “repartments”, these projects leave large holes in the pockets of investors who didn’t do their homework before construction began. Although condo conversions are high risk, if an investor thinks carefully, completes research on the local region and investigates the potential buyers most prominent in the market profits can still be made.
Real Estate and Affordable Housing: The American Class War
The United States of America was built on the sweat, commitment and integrity of the working class. So why is it so hard for fire fighters, police officers, nurses, teachers and average Americans in general to buy real estate for an affordable price? As the United States economy shifts and changes, the middle class continues to shrink. Increasing health care, real estate, education and utility costs often exceed a typical middle class income. Working class people employed in the city can’t afford to live or purchase real estate in the city, yet as gas prices rise commuting becomes more difficult. Many of the companies who have recently invested and lost on condo conversion projects were overly focused on the luxury market. Condo conversions can be built with more affordable prices in mind if the property is chosen correctly and the plan is designed with working class buyers in mind.
Economic Growth Means More Opportunity for Everyone
It doesn’t make good economic sense that people who risk their lives to protect the public, teach our children and nurse us back to health should have trouble finding homes they can afford. Condo conversions can create affordable housing available to working class families, especially in areas where single family home prices are too high for middle class residents. Investors interested in selling condos to the working and middle class have a great chance of being successful if they buy the right property, in the right location, where affordable housing is a necessity. Savvy commercial and residential real estate investors have the power to make condo conversions part of the affordable housing solution rather than a problem. All it takes is the creativity, knowledge, planning and the courage to think outside the box.
Tips for Condo Conversion Success
One of the keys to making a successful and profitable condo conversion investment is research! Don’t invest in a property you plan to use as a condo conversion without following these tips:
Tip 1. Learn everything you can about the area where your property is located. Find out the local standard of living and what resources are in close proximity such as hospitals, schools, shopping centers, etc.
Tip 2. Explore the various target markets you will have for your units. Who are your potential buyers? What is their lifestyle? What kind of properties and perks are they searching for? When marketing a condo conversion property think carefully about your niche markets. First time homebuyers, single mothers or women and retiring baby boomers often search for condo solutions because they are safe, easy to maintain and cost less.
Tip 3. Consult a professional. Make sure you fully understand the local zoning, permit and construction laws. Do your homework and don’t make any decisions until you have all the information to consider.
Think Outside the Box with Condo Conversion: Commercial Investment Options
If you invest your money in a project that is smart and has appeal to the community your condo conversion project has a better chance of success. In addition to these tips consider rehabbing the property and creating both residential and commercial floors. A condo conversion investment can be more profitable if residential space is sold on upper stories while first floor property is sold as retail or office space. Also consider offering lease to own options to buyers. If you think creatively about your condo conversion investment you will discover all the possibilities. If you are looking to buy a conversion property educate yourself as much as possible before you purchase. The real estate you buy with condo conversion in mind must be well suited for this kind of project.
If you live in an apartment in Ottawa, in particular in the Westboro or Nepean, you will be happy to know that these districts are full of activity shopping street of many possibilities. In addition, many small independent shops (including several outdoor sports shops),
Major shopping centers
There are many large shopping centers in the area, including Bayshore Shopping Center. The mall with three levels of more than 150 shops and services, is located on Highway 417 can also visit the Carling Wood Shopping Center, over 125 shops and services is plenty of free parking.
Other sites include Lincoln Fields Ottawa West Shopping Center (includes a Wal-Mart and a Loeb), Pine Crest Shopping Center (with the famous treasure of IKEA to the Queensway), University Square (a popular destination for Algonquin College students and people with rental holiday near Baseline and Woodroffe) and Westgate Shopping Center (with a priceless 24 hours Shoppers Drug Mart).
Museums and Art Centers
For those who live in an apartment in Nepean compare and study more about the history of their community where Nepean Museum (16 Rowley Avenue), a number of antiques (including some over 100 years) is the weekend afternoons ideal.
For fans of outdoor sports, the head of the Canadian Ski Museum (200-1960 Scott Street). Founded in 1971, is the best album of the memoirs of the public to ski in Canada, housing more than 6000 photos and ski equipment from more than 150 years.
Theatre lovers will want to ride Center Pointe Theatre (101 Center Pointe Drive). The 1000-seat theater is home to several excellent local groups, including Orpheus Musical Theatre Society, society and Savoy Petits Ballets.
A vital Properties West Ottawa apartment is ideal for students of Algonquin College, as our Maples Apartments are only a few minutes walk from the school and our Green Bank, Wellington Park and Carling homes, you quickly to the campus by bus . And for those with young families, West Ottawa also has about 20 primary schools, 9 Catholic elementary schools, five secondary schools and two Catholic high schools.
If physical activity is for you, and you’re looking for apartments in Ottawa, especially in Nepean, you can not go wrong with a day of Nepean Sports Plex (1701 Woodroffe Avenue). This is a huge deal includes a lot of you want to play baseball, hockey, soccer, basketball, curling, soccer, squash, bowling and much more! Sports Plex also offers a range of excellent programs for children and the elderly.
Along the Ottawa River is the gorgeous beach Westboro, which is the city of Ottawa and became a public bathing place since the early 1920s.
Britannia Park is a paradise picnicker, many tables dotted on the grass and the trees provide a range of dark warm sunny days. There are two play structures and swings for children to have fun, and it is a good place to swim or surf, is a service rescue swimmer from mid June to September. Also in the park is Ron Kolbus Lakeside Center, the banquet hall and community center can be up to 300 people for special occasions.
The Ottawa River Parkway is a partial access parking services Carling Avenue Portage Bridge near downtown Ottawa. Full of lookout points, maintains the National Capital Parkway Commission (NCC), and is balanced over 20 km of cycle paths, so you can drive all the way to the center of Kanata. Sunday during the summer months, the Parkway is closed to vehicular traffic for the Alcatel Sunday Bikedays – Preferred day of the week for pedestrians and cyclists.
When many people think of Mexico beachfront for sale, they imagine it’s the same everywhere you buy. Not so. Let’s take, for example, two of Mexico’s biggest real estate markets for expats – Puerto Vallarta real estate and Cancun real estate; a comparison of the two will show the contrast in style and the variety of opportunities.
Of course, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun share some important common factors, including:
– Beautiful beaches
– Full modern services and easy and affordable air access
Yet the two areas are very distinct in their visual style and lifestyle atmosphere. Consider some of the following contrasts.
Sunsets vs. Sunrises – Condos in both locations offer splendid views. However, since Puerto Vallarta is on the Pacific, facing westward, the views included the magnificent sunsets over the Pacific. These views are incredible. While Cancun doesn’t offer sunsets it does offer beautiful views of the sunrise for those who enjoy rising early and drinking a coffee with the chill of the night can still be felt. Cancun’s views also include the unique turquoise of the Caribbean Sea, which is fairly unique to the area.
Hillsides vs. Lagoons – Closely related to the views is the style of the surrounding nature. In Puerto Vallarta the surrounding hillsides actually form part of the views, and offer beautiful places for real estate owners to make little excursions into the countryside. Around Cancun, on the other hand, one of the most enjoyable features of the natural setting is the naturally occurring lagoons, one of which is located directly “behind” the beachfront hotel and real estate area. There are also naturally occurring fresh pools called “cenotes” which are wonderful for sight-seeing as well as swimming.
Old town vs. New town – Both areas have developed into thriving, modern tourism and real estate regions. Yet Puerto Vallarta grew up around an old town which still forms the center of the city, and still has little white homes and cobble stone roads. Cancun, on the other hand, was created from scratch just over 40 years ago, and is defined by wide, easy-to-use access roads and completely modern buildings – much like a newer American suburb.
Tequila vs. Mayans – Both areas offer residents a good deal of history. Not too far from Puerto Vallarta is the region where the famous liquor was born. Near Cancun there are many fine examples of Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza, one of the “New Wonders of the Ancient World.”
For those who have been to both areas, the hard part is choosing between them!
Once you’ve decided to buy Tulum real estate, if your final goal is to enjoy a home in Tulum, you have two basic choices; one is to buy Tulum land for sale and have your home built, and the other is to buy a complete Tulum home for sale. The following are a few advantages of each to help you choose.
Having a Home Built on Your Tulum Land – Advantages
– Lower initial investment: Buying land, you can wait until you have the rest saved up to invest in the construction of the home. Some of the finishing details can also be completed as you have the funds available. For many, this is one attraction of buying land in Tulum.
– High-potential market: Just as importantly, as a real estate market that is just beginning its boom, land in Tulum has a high potential to increase in value significantly compared to total investment, especially if you have a home built on it. This fact is currently attracting many investors to Tulum.
– Large market to choose from: Since Tulum is just a small town, but interest is growing, there are a large number of land developments putting lots up for sale as well as raw land sales appearing on the market. Buyers can choose between different locations, prices, zoning areas, development types, etc. and have a good deal of options within each style.
– Custom design: Again, from the perspective of simple home ownership, buying a lot means you can have a home built the way you want it, in the style most appealing to you and the size you need.
Buying a Complete Home for sale – Advantage
– Immediate use: Those who wish to use their property immediately will find greater value in a home ready to use. There are a number of fine homes available on the market, and some are even sold furnished. This means no waiting and a lot less planning.
– Investment potential: While land holds the highest investment potential, all property in Tulum promises to be a good investment over the next few years. Certain properties may also hold rental income potential.
– Mortgages available: On a completed home in Tulum, American and Canadian buyers will be able to gain mortgage financing. This helps to make a vacation or retirement property more accessible more quickly in financial terms.
Which is better for you will depend largely on your needs. Carefully consider the timeline of when you need your property and how much you can invest how soon. On the most basic level, simply consider which type you feel most comfortable with.
When you consider your options in Playa del Carmen real estate, an option very worth considering is a home in a gated community; there are two general approaches you can take; buy a completed Playa del Carmen home for sale, or buy Playa del Carmen land for sale and have a home built. Each approach has its advantages.
First of all, let’s briefly review what both share in common in gated communities:
– Security – Regardless of the property type, a gated community offers added security. While Playa del Carmen is already a very safe community, this added security can offer complete peace of mind for Americans and Canadians living here.
– Quiet lifestyle – A gated community also prevents unnecessary traffic from passing through the community. On the whole, gated communities tend to be quiet and relaxing. At the same time, the often offer basic services and close driving access to shopping areas.
– Green, natural setting – Besides living close to the beach, residents can enjoy living in a community with lots of trees lining the roads, bike trails and plenty of green areas. Combined with reduced traffic, this makes the air very fresh and offers a pleasant atmosphere!
The advantages of buying a complete home in a Playa del Carmen gated community include:
– Immediate use – A completed home allows buyers to enjoy it immediately upon physical delivery. Many homes are also sold furnished making this even more immediate.
– Mortgage and financing options – Completed homes qualify for mortgages directly from a Mexican bank; this offers buyers certain advantages. If they are being sold by the developer, there are some who will offer direct financing options as well.
The main advantages of buying a lot and having a home built include:
– Custom design and style – When someone buys a lot, they can have the home built exactly the way they want it; they can plan everything from scratch, from the shape and size of the bedrooms to the location of the flower gardens.
– Lower initial investment – The cost of buying a lot is a small chunk; the construction and completion of landscaping, etc., can be invested in stages as well.
– Save money overall – On the whole, buying a lot and having a home built usually saves money in the total amount. Buyers must consider the factors of time investment as well, but in purely financial investment, having a home built can often be a cheaper way to go.
The choice between these two will depend a good deal on each buyer’s needs, and, of course, their patience to start their life near the beachfront!
Green building is the exercise of enhancing the effectiveness along with which any of the buildings and their sites utilizes energy, water and materials, and decreasing building effects on the health of human body and the environment during the complete life cycle of the building. Green building concepts are not just confide till the building walls but have extended its arms to site planning, community and land use planning issues as well.
Human growth and development has a significant effect on the natural environment around. The factors that are responsible for the consumption of natural resources include manufacturing, design, construction and operation of the buildings in which we live and work.
There are some rating systems founded on prevailing national and international “building codes” like regular codes such as the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and the National Building Code. One of the rating systems is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This rating system was created by the United States Green Building Code (USGBC) and now conformed by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
In India, the organization called TERI has built its own independent rating system called the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA). This rating system has been supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.
All these rating systems assist in evaluating the green proportion of buildings with nationally/ internationally admissible standards. Normally there are ratings scales to decide whether the constructed building should be given a 5 star rating for saving the environment, or lesser such ratings.
The ECBC, as developed by the BEE under the Ministry of Power, facilitates in converting an air-conditioned building energy efficient. Although, it doesn’t help out in categorizing a building as green as there are lot many factors involved other than power conservation which should be taken into account. Factors like water and waste management, renewable energy applications, low embodied energy materials usage also need to taken into consideration prior to name any building “green”.
– Enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems
– Enhance air and water quality
– Decreases waste streams
– Conserve and restore natural resources
– Reduce operating costs
– Improve occupant productivity
– Enhance asset value and profits
– Optimize life-cycle economic performance
– Enhance occupant health and comfort
– Improve indoor air quality
– Minimize strain on local utility infrastructure
– Improve overall quality of life
Restaurants are a favorite commercial property for many investors because
1. Tenants often sign very long term, e.g. 20 years absolute NNN leases. This means there are no landlord responsibilities so you have time to do what is important to you. The only time you have to raise a finger is when you start your car engine to take the rent check to the bank for deposit! Some tenants even wire the rent to your savings account on the due date.
2. People have to eat whether it rains or shines. Americans are eating out more often as they are too busy to cook and cleanup the pots and pans afterwards which often is the worst part! According National Restaurant Association, the nation’s restaurant industry currently with 937,000 restaurants is expected to hit $537 billion in sales in 2007, compared to just $322 billion in 1997 and $200 billion in 1987 (in current dollars). In 2006 for every dollar Americans spend on foods, 48 cents are spent in restaurants. As long as there is civilization on earth, there will be restaurants! So you feel comfy that the property is always in high demand.
3. You know your tenant will take very good care of your property because it’s in their best interest to do so. Few people want to go to a restaurant that has a filthy toilet or lots of trash flying in the parking lot.
However, restaurants are not created equal from an investment viewpoint.
Franchised versus Independent Restaurants
You often hear that 9 out of 10 new restaurants will fail in the first year. However, this is just an urban myth as there are no studies with such conclusion. There is only a study by Associate Professor of Hospitality, Dr. H.G. Parsa of Ohio State University tracking new restaurants from 1996-1999 just in Columbus, Ohio (you should not draw the conclusion that the results are the same everywhere else in the US.) Dr. Parsa observed that seafood restaurants were the safest ventures and that Mexican restaurants experience the highest rate of failure. His study also found 26% of new restaurants closed in the first year. Another 19% closed on the second year and 14% closed on the third year. So 59% of the new restaurants closed within 3 years. The closing rate is slightly different between franchised and independent restaurants – 59% versus 61%. Besides economic failure, the reasons for closing include divorce, poor health, and unwillingness to commit immense time to operate the business. Based on this study, it may be safe to predict that the longer the restaurant has been in the business the more likely it will be around next year to pay you the rent.
For franchised restaurants, the franchisee has to pay a one-time franchisee fee about $30-50K and on-going royalty between 4-12.5% of sales revenue. In turn, the franchisee receives training on how to set up, and operate a proven and successful business without worrying about the marketing part. As a result, a franchised restaurant gets customers as soon as the open sign is up. The king of franchised restaurants is the fast-food chain McDonalds with 30,823 locations (about 14,000 in the US) as of 2006 with an average $2M in revenue per US location. McDonalds currently captures 46% market share of the $58.88 billion US fast-food market. Distant behind is Burger King with 14.3% of the market share. Fast-food chains tend to detect new trend faster. For example, they are open as early as 5AM as Americans increasingly buy their breakfast earlier. They are also selling more cafe latte. All these things should increase the revenue and in turn make your investment safer.
Independent restaurants will take a while to for customers to come in and try. Their business is especially tough in the first 12 months of inception, especially to those whose owners have not had a proven track record. So in general, mom and pop restaurants are a riskier investment for you because revenue is weak initially. If you choose to invest in a non-brand name restaurant, make sure the return is proportional to the risks you take.
Sometimes it is not easy for you to tell if a restaurant is a brand name or non-brand name. Some restaurant chains only operate or are popular in a certain region. For example, Johnny Carino’s restaurant is a very popular Italian restaurant chain in Texas and Georgia but there is only one in California as of 2007. Brand name chains tend to have a website listing all the locations plus other information. So if you can find a restaurant website from Google or Yahoo you can quickly tell if an unfamiliar name is brand name or not. The website <target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.entrepreneur.com”>www.entrepreneur.com also has useful information for investors about various restaurant franchises.
Lease and Rent Guarantee
The tenants often sign a long term absolute NNN lease. On top of that, they may also guarantee the rent with their own or corporate assets. So in case they close down the business, they continue paying rent for the life of the lease. However, not all guarantees are the same. The guarantee by McDonalds Corporation with a strong S&P corporate rating is much better than a small corporation owned by a franchisee with 4 restaurants. Sometimes a multi-location franchise will form a parent company to own all the restaurants. Each restaurant in turn is owned by a single-entity LLC (Limited Liabilities Company) to shield it from further liabilities. So the rent guarantee by the single-entity LLC does not mean much as it does not have much asset.
In general the interest rate is higher than average for restaurants due to the fact they are a single-tenant properties. To the lenders the risk for lending to purchase a restaurant is higher because when the restaurant is closed down, you could potentially lose 100% of income. They also prefer brand name restaurants. In addition, some lenders will not loan to out-of-state investors especially if the restaurants are located in smaller cities. So it may be prudent to invest in restaurants in a major metro area, e.g. Atlanta.
You may want to consider these factors before deciding to go forward with the purchase:
1. The restaurant business is very labor intensive in which on the average each employee generates only about $55K of revenue a year. The foods cost should be 25-30% of revenue, labor around 30-40%, operating expenses 10-20%. As a rule of thumb if the revenue is less than 10 times the annual rent than it’s likely the business is not profitable. So do review the profits and loss (P&L) statements if available with your accountant. In the profits and loss statement, you may see the acronym EBITDAR. It stands for Earnings Before Income Taxes, Depreciation (of equipment), Amortization (of capital improvement), and Rent. If you don’t see royalty fees in P&L of a franchised restaurant or advertising expenses in the P&L of an independent restaurant, you may want to understand the reason.
2. Parking spaces: restaurants tend to have higher number of parking spaces because diners tend to stop by within 2 small time windows. You will need at least 8 parking spaces per 1000 Square Foot (SF). Fast food restaurants may need about 15-20 spaces per 1000 SF.
3. Some of the long term leases give the tenant an option to terminate the lease should there be a fire. Of course, this is not desirable to you. So make sure you read the lease.
4. Price per SF: you should pay about $200-500/SF. In California you have to pay a premium, e.g. $1000/SF for Starbucks restaurants which are normally sold at very high price per SF. If you pay more than $500/SF for the restaurant, make sure you can justify for doing so.
5. Rent per SF: ideally you want to invest in a property in which the rent per SF is low, e.g. $1-2/SF per month. This gives you room to raise the rent in the future. Besides the low rent ensures the tenant’s business is profitable so he will be around to keep paying rent. Starbucks tend to pay a premium rent $2-3/SF a month since it is often located at a premium location with lots of traffic and high visibility. If you plan to invest in a restaurant in which the tenant pays more than $3/SF a month, make sure you could justify your decision because it’s hard to make a profit in the restaurant business when the tenant pays that kind of rent.
6. Location: a lousy restaurant may do well at a good location. However, a restaurant with a good menu may fail at a bad location. Please refer to the article title “What Location Means in Commercial Real Estate” by the same author.
7. Risks versus Investment Returns: as an investor, you like properties that offer very high return, e.g. 8-9% cap rate. And so you may be attracted to a brand new franchised restaurant offered for sale by a developer. In this case, the developer builds the restaurants completely with Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FFEs) for the franchisee based on the specifications of the franchise. The franchisee signs a 20 years absolute NNN lease paying very generous rent per SF, e.g. $4-5/SF per month. The new franchisee is willing to do so because he does not need to come up with any cash to open a business. Investors are excited about the high return. However, it may be a very risky investment. The person who is guaranteed to make money is the developer. The franchisee may not be willing to hold on during tough times as he does not have any equity in the property. Should the franchisee fail, you may not be able to find a tenant willing to pay that kind of high rent and end up with a vacant restaurant.
8. Track records of the operator: the restaurant running by an operator with 1 or 2 recently-open restaurants will probably a riskier investment. On the other hand, an operator with 20 years in the business and 30 locations may be more likely to be around next year to pay you the rent.
Sale and Lease Back
Sometimes the restaurant operator may sell the real estate part and then lease back for a long time, e.g. 20 years. This is a quick and easy way for the restaurant operator to get cash out for various reasons: business expansion, other investments, or simply cashing out the capital gain. You will often see 2 different cash out strategies by looking at the rent paid by the restaurant operator:
1. Conservative market rent: the operator wants to make sure he pays low rent so his restaurant business has a good chance to be profitable. He also offers conservative cap rate to investors, e.g. 7% cap. As a result, his cash out amount is small to moderate. This may be a low risk investment for you because your tenant is more likely to be able to pay the rent.
2. Significantly higher than market rent: the operator wants to maximize his cash out. Investors are sometimes offered high cap rate, e.g. 8%. As a result, the restaurant business at this location may suffer a loss due to higher expenses, i.e. rent. However, the operator gets as much money as possible for his investment, e.g. business expansion. This property may be riskier for you. If the tenant’s business does not make it, you will have to offer lower rent to the next tenant to lease it.
Atlantic Beach is a city located in Duval County, Florida. It has 12 parks within its city limits, one of which is the Jordan Park and Community Center. The park covers 1.5 acres of land and contains a children’s playground, basketball court and a picnic area. The community center is 2,000 square feet and is available for rent. Guests of the city are welcomed at all events held at Jordan Park, and so are future Atlantic Beach real estate owners.
Atlantic Beach is the northernmost of Jacksonville’s three beach communities; the other two are Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. In 1899, railroad tycoon Henry Flagler purchased the local railroad and extended it north to the seaport village of Mayport, at the mouth of the St. Johns River. Atlantic Beach was established as a depot and given its straightforward name for its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.
People passing through were impressed by the coastline’s natural beauty, and before long, prestigious northern families, including the Vanderbilts, were heading south to Atlantic Beach to soak up the Florida sun and fresh ocean breezes. Heading north along residential Ocean Boulevard, it’s easy to see why people are continually drawn to this place. Bikers and lollygagging couples far outnumber cars on the narrow roads overhung by live oaks and lined with houses with mellow monikers like “Idyll Hour” and “Sandstill.”
Most streets end in a discreet public beach approach that passes between stately homes. On the boardwalks leading to the beach, surfers gather to scope the waves and neighbors chit chat. Shells decorating mailboxes and surfboards as lawn art add to the eclectic appeal of what is undeniably a well-to-do neighborhood.
One of the ambiances you’ll love is at Beach Avenue. If you’re ever in Atlantic Beach, you must drive it, starting right in town, from the resort One Ocean, heading north on Beach Avenue and go all the way to 20th Street, where it ends. It’s two miles long. It wends its way about, and you’ll be treated to an eclectic view of homes of various price points; some still in their original humble beginnings and others, obvious tear-downs replaced by Majestic Mansions. Either way, it’s total immersion in Atlantic Beach oceanfront living.
Beach Avenue is a unique and prominent street, where the oceanfront homes are situated in Atlantic Beach. This house is on the opposite side of the ocean. It’s almost like a promenade, Beach Avenue, with cars moving only one way, and lots of bikers, skaters, joggers, trikes, baby strollers, power walkers, dog walkers – you name it – ambling up and down this street.
This Avenue has the most interesting houses lining both sides of the street. Many of the oceanfront homes are set away from the street; their garages with carriage houses at street’s edge and often used as rentals. Anyway, it’s a really interesting street and very unique. It’s fun to travel it (slowly; it’s the ONLY way to go) to gaze at what people are building, renovating, or selling here.
After the trmendous success of Jobs, Hotels and Metrimonial websites in India. How can Real Estate Market remain untouched. If you have a property to sell and are planning to upgrade or move to another location, now is the good time to do…
The markets in India, be it a metro or a smaller city, have been buzzing with real estate activity. Residential developments, malls, commercial centers, IT hubs, FDI, real estate mutual funds, among others are commonly heard terms in almost all the cities across India. It is whole new generation marketing, reforms and evolutions of sorts.
OnlineGhar.com, India’s largest real estate portal. It employs secure registration methods, which attracts only serious users and the technology employed gives prime importance to user privacy. In this website one can advertise a property and also search for a property on the basis of type, price, range and location. The search has been organised after assessing the specific requirements of the Commercial sector.
According to a report of Nielsen/ NetRatings, real estate-related Internet traffic reached 21.6 million users in April 2005, a 26 percent increase from November 2004. And this is the segment that OnlineGhar.com intends to tap. OnlineGhar.com aims to become India’s premier property portal that meets every aspect of the consumer’s needs in the real estate industry and will be a one – stop source for buying, selling or leasing any type of property anywhere in the country.
The CEO of the company Mr. Mahajan has developed this Real Estate Portal.
While talking with him he said, real portal should have a commercial segment that should cater to all possible commercial requirements of the real estate market in India. Properties of the leading property developers from various parts of India should be focused. Whether commercial or residential, www.OnlineGhar.com understands the customer’s requirements and serves with state of the art quality and assurance in every job.”
Coming 5 years will be resourceful for Real Estate Investors. Indian real estate market is booming. $8000 Million will be invested in India before common wealth games. Governments are making best strategies to motivate investors but Real Estate Portals like http://www.onlineghar.com will definitely play an important role.
Buying a condo in Mexico and moving there forever is a dream of many Americans and Canadians. Mexico conjures up an image of a Caribbean paradise with abundance of sun, sand and luxurious lifestyle. But many people put off buying their retirement home for later years. Ideally, you should buy a luxury home for yourself now when all the conditions are in your favor.
Mexico real estate is at a juncture which makes it very lucrative for people who understand how investments work. No doubt, these savvy investors are investing and taking advantage of this scenario.
Mexico is acknowledged the world over as one of the leading retirement destinations in the world. In fact, Mexico was rated #1 on International Living’s Global Retirement Index for the years 2007-2008.
This indicates that Mexico competes with the best when it comes to retirement and is comes out as the winner. In fact it’s better than USA! Mexico is just south of the border of USA. It’s very accessible and has friendly relations with its big neighbor. It is very well connected through road and air. Infrastructure is improving all the time and keeps pace with developed countries. The medical care system is state of the art and affordable when compared to USA.
For the benefit of common investors, today we will explain why Mexico and more specifically, Puerto Vallarta real estate region and Playa del Carmen condos are such good option
1. Affordability: The main reason why retirees come to Mexico is its affordability. The first reason to come to Mexico is affordability. One can buy luxurious beachfront condos at very low prices compared to USA.
Actually, Mexico offers a wide array of property options to suit everyone’s budget.
Cost of living in Mexico is quite low. One can lead a good lifestyle in Mexico at a fraction of cost of living in USA. Moreover, you will be able to afford lot more luxuries in Mexico.
The medical care in Mexico is world class and quite economical. This is a very important reason as far as retirees are concerned who just have savings and no other sources of income.
2. Buyer’s Market: During recession, demand dried up and prices plummeted. Though, economy is improving, general public sentiment is low. With people shying away from investing, the property prices are at historic low. A good investor believes in the saying, “Buy low, Sell higher”. Right now, market calls for investing. Prime real estate in the most exotic settings are been offered at such bargain prices. The markets will improve soon than later and then the prices will move north. Would you rather be buying a home now when prices are low and an expensive home later?
3. Safety: Life in Mexico is as secure as anywhere in world. In fact, main Mexico cities are much safer than cities in USA. Though, mass media may want you to believe that violence is rampant in Mexico, the fact is that they are lying or are unaware of facts. The areas sharing borders with USA do have drug related problems but apart from that rest of Mexico and especially tourist areas are safe, secure and comfortable.
Mexicans are very friendly and warm people who welcome outsiders with open arms. Mexican culture is ancient and rich, which pervades the atmosphere of this great country.
So if you are thinking about buying a retirement or a vacation home in Mexico, then you better call up a Mexico real estate agent and find your dream home.
It is more important than ever for you to choose the right property if you want to get in on the Florida property market. While the market is beginning to recover nationwide the fact is that the real estate market in Florida is still struggling to recover. There are a number of factors for this, one being tighter lending conditions. Even though some counties are suffering more of a slump than they are elsewhere in the state it is still worthwhile to get into the real estate market in Florida. Here is what you need to know in order to choose the right property.
Condo sales are up
While house sales and commercial real estate sales may be down, existing condominium sales are actually up. In the last month existing condo sales are up by 17% in the state of Florida. What this means for buyers is that condominium properties may be a better choice for anyone who wants to get into developing residential properties.
It also means that you may have more luck selling an existing condominium property rather than choosing a new build project to get involved with.
Pricing is also important
It is also important to check out the prices that are being put on the properties that are selling. The last thing you want as a property developer is to choose properties that are so far above the median selling price that they are out of reach to the average buyer. In Florida, the existing condo median price is $98,200 and the existing median home price is $135,000. . If you compare the median home price in Florida to that of the national average of $166,500 you will see that properties are still much lower in Florida than they are elsewhere in the country. Choosing properties that are priced in that neighborhood may help you guarantee a sale.
Get your finances in line before you start shopping
It is even more important for you to get your finances in order before you begin looking. Financial conditions have changed and it is now much more difficult for some lenders to secure financing. A higher down payment is often needed and an investor’s credit rating now needs to be higher in order to qualify for a mortgage. Taking the time to find out how much you can borrow before you look at properties is a good idea. The last thing you want is to find out that you cannot afford the property that you want to buy.
Put together an experienced investment team
It is more important than ever for you to put together and work with an experienced real estate team. It should be made up of three key people or teams. One is an experienced real estate professional. Because market conditions are so different in various areas of Florida it is important to choose someone that not only is familiar with the conditions where you are buying but also how they compare to national real estate performance
You also need to work with a finance company that is willing to lend you the money you need to secure the properties you want to purchase. The final component of your team is a licensed contractor who can help evaluate properties so that you choose the ones that can give you a great return on your investment.
Charleston is always known as the east coast’s “best kept secret” in the world of real estate. Considering the city’s top record sale and low tax and interest rates, buying any Charleston homes for sale has never been great as compared a few years back. Other advantages observed in the Charleston real estate market is the arrival of many retirees or “baby boomers” and finally living in the city.
Another good point observed in the market is the magnificent houses generally found in the city. There are breathtaking waterfront homes, historically architectured mansions for discovery in the area. Once you plan to get a house in the city you will never run out of home style options to select from. Oceanfront homes for sale on the beaches, condos for sale downtown, plantation-style homes in Summerville and two storey homes with grand architectural designs are just some of the diverse real estate that you’ll enjoy in this city.
Houses in Charleston are designed to withstand the humid weather of the city therefore a ventilation system is seriously added in the design of homes. These homes are almost always constructed with one room wide design because it gives its occupants the much needed cross-ventilation in the days before Central Air. Sometimes climate conditions in the city somehow limit the volume of outdoor air that comes in the house that’s why some of these houses have considered installation of blowers that allow for fresh air to enter the home.
Meanwhile, some houses are naturally crafted to avoid the usage of blowers and exhausts. Examples of these houses are two-storey homes with internal “piazzas” to give shade and comfort in the heat of the day. These piazzas-installed homes are also designed with the front door near it, giving the entrance hall more privacy being at the center on the other side of the structure. Several houses of this type have double front porches and are usually found in downtown Charleston and are still seen even today.
Many of the city’s earlier built homes as well as those that are recently built look architecturally great and grand without losing its modernity and effectiveness today. If you are a homeowner who always wanted to build a custom-designed house but in a limited budget, or a home owner of a one of a kind waterfront house that needs an equally remembered home style, or a home builder looking for an option to single out your lot from the rest of the city’s housing market, Charleston will provide you lots of home building variances.
Finally, Charleston homes are mostly known because of its prevalent single-side houses. Some of these types of structures are great for small or limited lots even if it has an added side feature style. Some homes also have living and dining rooms divided by a staircase in the middle while adding a nice copy of this unique style. There are also double houses highlighted with a porch upon entry in a beautiful foyer. There are also houses that feature an open-railed staircase that went up to a window, usually a triple clerestory window.
Homes in Charleston are so famous that even some of the home buyers outside the city want to copy the style of a Charleston style home. No wonder why an average buyer always wanted to buy a Charleston real estate.
History and architecture are intrinsically related and the architecture of Santa Cruz, California, is no exception to this statement. Santa Cruz’ architectural landscape is shaped by multiple historical influences, making for a wide variety of designs for home and business buildings. Of particular interest are the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. These styles are original to Santa Cruz in that they are influenced by the history of Santa Cruz, rather than European history, as in the Victorian, Gothic Revival, or Italianate architecture also popular in local residential and commercial buildings.
Mission Revival architecture refers back to the original Spanish Style (or Mission) era when Santa Cruz experienced its first contact with Europeans. At that time, the Spanish missionaries who came to the area wished to build missions in the late Baroque Spanish style they were accustomed to in their homelands of Mexico and Spain. However, because of the lack of available and suitable labor and materials, they were unable to exact the exquisite ornamental detail characteristic of this approach. They ended up creating simple but sturdy structures from adobe, stone, timber, tile, and brick, with exposed wood beams. Thick walls to kept the heat at bay and belfries were common fixtures.
Inspired by the features of this early architecture, Mission Revival architecture came into being approximately 100 years after the advent of Mission. It was most prominent from 1890 to 1915. Because of more efficient transportant technology and more advanced roadways, high-quality materials and skilled labor were easier to procure, resulting in a cleaner, more elegant aesthetic than the original style. Features of buildings constructed during the Mission Revival architectural period include low-pitched roofs covered in clay tiles, large arched doorways and decorative arched openings, bell gables (with or without the bell itself), long exterior arcades, courtyards, and curved gables on the main facade. All walls, as in the original Mission style, were covered with stucco, and side eaves protrude far away from the building. Originally this was to weatherproof the adobe encased within, but it became an aesthetic practice as more durable materials came into usage.
Picking up where Mission Revival left off, Spanish Colonial Revival enjoyed its peak popularity between 1915 and 1931. Although influenced by Mission Revival as well as more ornate Spanish architectural details, Spanish Colonial Revival did overlap somewhat with Mission Revival. At this time, many Californians were interested in Spanish style, due to the opening of the Panama Canal and other events in pop culture. Features include wrought iron, colorful and intricately-painted tiles and, sometimes, ornate carving and/or terracotta/cast concrete ornaments. Red or brown tile floors and interior shutters were commonly used to cool these buildings. Spanish Colonial Revival eschewed the curved gables of Mission Revival, but mostly kept the low-pitched red-tile roofs. Stucco also carried through into this genre from Mission Revival. Many Spanish Colonial Revival buildings include small verandas or balconies and wood casement or double-hung fenestration.
The southeastern United States, particularly California, were greatly affected by Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival. Santa Cruz itself has many buildings of these styles. 1912 Piedmont Court and La Bahia Hotel, respectively, are fabulous examples. Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture is important to know about because of how inextricably both styles are related to Santa Cruz’ past, and also because of how they may influence Santa Cruz architecture in the future.
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