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Statons Estate Agents Flies the Flag for New-Generation Customer Service in London

Barnet, Hertfordshire, UK, January 26, 2016 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — Part of the local community for no less than 25 years, Statons Estate Agents continues to fly the flag for outstanding statons-logocustomer service. Specialising in exquisite properties across Hertfordshire and North London, the Statons team built its enviable success story on real community pride and passion. Rather than simply offering premier representation for property sellers and buyers, Statons serve as seasoned ambassadors for their home county.

Offering a comprehensive range of appraisal, sales and letting services for properties at all levels, Statons provides the total package of expertise and real value for money. Acknowledging the fact that home sale and purchase is a life-changing decision, the team offers fully independent, customer focused advice and guidance without exception.

Local Focus, Global Connections

“With six networked Hertfordshire and North London branches (located in TotteridgeHadley Wood, Hadley Green, Barnet, Radlett and Brookmans Park) and our vast network of international buyers through our associates in Mayfair, Moscow, Monaco, China and the U.S.A., Statons Estate Agents are perfectly placed to showcase all that this wonderful region has to offer for an unparalleled quality of life.” – Statons Estate Agents

With a reputation that extends far beyond the confines of the United Kingdom, Statons Estate Agents is uniquely able to target prospective overseas buyers, as well as domestic customers. Shamelessly proud of all the North London area has to offer, their ability to highlight and sell not only properties, but also the local way of life is entirely unrivalled.

For those considering a move to the area though unsure of the most important amenities, highlights and points of interest, Statons even offers free drive-around tours from any of its six offices.Winning over prospective buyers is often as simple as giving them a first-hand glimpse at the life they could soon be living.

Your Move, Your Agency

“This is a sophisticated part of the world with the huge added benefit of being equally within reach of both Central London and some of our loveliest countryside, as well as enjoying easy access to excellent transport links – all three major London airports are a short distance away.” – Statons Estate Agents

The entire Statons Estate Agents service has been built on the back of decades of customer feedback and the kind of deep local knowledge that’s the rarest of assets. For help with buying, selling, letting or further information on what’s on offer, give the Statons service team a call today on +44 7970 700 600.

About Statons Estate Agents:
Specialist estate agents in North London, the Statons team possesses unrivalled local knowledge and a true passion for the wider county.

Contact-Details: Jenny Shearsby, Statons Estate Agents, 1 Hadley Parade, High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 5SX, U.K. Tel 020 8449 3383. Email JS@statons.com

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The Metropolitan Council approves a $2M grant to fund a landmark, transit-oriented development in the heart of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

St. Louis Park, MN, December 11, 2015 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — On December 9, 2015 and after overwhelming enthusiasm and support from a rigorous application and vetting process, the Metropolitan Council approved funding for PLACE’s St. Louis Park Community. The Council approved 2 million dollars in funding from its Livable Communities Account for a Transit-Oriented Development (LCA-TOD) grant after the proposed project demonstrated a breakthrough approach to meeting housing and economic development needs in the Twin Cities. The funds will be used to help secure site acquisition at the former McGarvey Coffee property, pioneer alternative energy sources, and integrate stormwater improvement with infrastructure like green roofs and an urban forest.

A nonprofit called PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community, and Environment) heads up the community endeavor in concert with the City of St. Louis Park, fellow eco-minded and socially conscious companies like Allianz Life, Stantec, Shaw-Lundquist, Lindquist & Vennum, MSR, LIFT, and Rachel Contracting that have invested in the project, other private partners, and public collaborators like Hennepin County. The community will elevate affordable living, design, and artistic culture in the city and will be located near the expected Green Line extension (Southwest Light Rail) Wooddale Station. The development’s potential positive impact is staggering, with healthy homes for 300 households across the income spectrum supported by a mobility hub, urban agriculture, live and work spaces, a hotel, and a renewable energy generation system that consumes food waste created by its inhabitants and surrounding neighbors.

Chris Velasco, PLACE’s Executive Director, observed, “I think this project will be of national significance for communities that want to effectively leverage their scarce resources.”

Ryan Kelley, City of St. Louis Park Planner, says, “The City of St. Louis Park is extremely proud to be the co-recipient with PLACE of the Met Council’s largest transit oriented development grant for a new sustainable community of regional significance.”

“PLACE is an excellent project, for the city and the region. Turning vacant, unused property into a community space with alternative energy features, that is connected to other uses, like transit, is just the kind of investment the Council wants to make toward a livable communities and a prosperous region” – Erin Heelan, TOD Grants Coordinator, Metropolitan Council Livable Communities.

Executive Director Velasco thanks the Metropolitan Council for its confidence and support on behalf of the entire team and the residents of St. Louis Park.

MEDIA CONTACT

Peter Sieve (612) 326-0409 pete@welcometoplace.org
Elizabeth Bowling (612) 326-0399 elizabeth@welcometoplace.org

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RECENTLY REDUCED: 3 BEDROOM CONDO IN BIJAO CLUB & RESIDENCES

PACIFIC BEACHES, Panama, September 18, 2014 –Want to enjoy beautiful tropical Panama without giving up the comforts, conveniences and amenities of modern life? Look no further than this beautiful 3-bedroom condo in the Bijao Club & Residences! Recently reduced to $298,000, this second floor condo pairs the tropical beauty you’re dreaming of, plus all the amenities you need to enjoy and relax in Panama.

This gorgeous 3-bedroom unit is warm and inviting, and features an open living area and modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Enjoy lush tropical vistas and cool ocean breezes on the relaxing patio. There is plenty of space for guests or family, and featured furniture can be negotiated.

Just 30 minutes from the bustling beach town of Coronado, and only 1½ hours from Panama City, the condo faces a beautiful 9 hole golf course and has a large pool and barbeque area in the rear. Just a short walk away is the beach, infinity pools, fitness center, cabanas, and a clubhouse. You will never be bored with so many activities on site or nearby: shopping, restaurants, boating, kayaking, parasailing, biking, hiking, horseback riding, a basketball court, a health/beauty spa, and more. Act now to learn about this fantastic deal today!

To view this listing, visit: http://www.insidepanamarealestate.com/all-listings-in-panama/panama-property-for-sale/gorgeous-3-bedroom-condo-in-bijao-beach-club-residences.htm
About Coronado & Surrounding Area: Searching for a simpler life surrounded by natural, coastal beauty? Look no further than beautiful Coronado, Panama. Just an hour away from Panama City, this low-stress beach town offers extensive world-class beaches and a vibrant community equipped every amenity you would need. Coronado features a pleasant, safe, small-town atmosphere while offering good restaurants, shopping malls, pharmacies, and other desirable modern conveniences. Looking for fresh seafood? Fresh lobsters, snappers, and other seafood is sold daily right from local fishermen on the beach. Spend your time surfing, golfing, and shopping, or just relax and soak in the beautiful seaside views and sunsets. If you’re looking for a place that feels like a relaxing tropical vacation every day, Coronado is for you.

About Inside Panama Real Estate: Inside Panama Real Estate was founded in 2009 to provide high quality real estate services throughout Panama. With over 30 combined years of experience in the industry, our staff of English, Spanish, and French speakers oversee every detail of the real estate transaction to ensure it is a smooth and enjoyable experience. Whether you are buying or selling a home, or just beginning the process of learning about living in the beautiful country of Panama, Inside Panama Real Estate is a great partner and resource. IPRE specializes in assessing the needs and desires of each of our customers, providing helpful information about the region, finding the perfect property, and even helping customers relocate and gain residency. IPRE also offers exceptional online and social media marketing, brochure, and VIP tours for sellers. For your #1 source for living in Panama, look no further than Inside Panama Real Estate.

For more information about this home or others, visit http://www.insidepanamarealestate.com or contact Mike at +507-6756-5850

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Contact:
Inside Panama Real Estate
Mike Vuytowvecz
The Village Mall
Coronado, #43
+507-6756-5850

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SPECTACULAR BEACH HOME IN COSTA ESMERALDA

PACIFIC BEACHES, Panama, September 18, 2014 –Imagine waking up and enjoying your very own piece of paradise. This beautiful beach home in Costa Esmerelda, Panama, with spectacular views, easy access to the ocean, and plenty of space to entertain, will offer a lush escape to help you relax and enjoy the simple things in life.

This gorgeous home, a mere 20 minutes from the bustling beach town of Coronado, Panama, was built in 2001 and is situated on a 2250 meter squared lot on prime beachfront property. The gated home offers ample space and privacy, with a sprawling courtyard and covered parking. Guests are greeted at the magnificent entry with a cool-blue tiled water feature, an elegant chandelier, and stunning large dark wood doors.

Upon entry, enjoy refreshing ocean breezes and views from nearly every corner of the home, upstairs or down. The spacious main floor features high ceilings, and an open kitchen, dining, and living room. The home is fully decorated and furnished, and natural stone and wood accents throughout contrast with the clean white paint and furniture. The modern kitchen features stainless steel appliances and a long, blue tiled counter with a stunning view of the terrace, swimming pool, lush tropical plants, and ocean beyond.

A sweeping staircase takes you upstairs to the four bedrooms, each with their own in-suite bathroom. Large balcony doors in the bedrooms offer the same unfettered views of the pool and glistening ocean below. AC units are provided to keep the home cool and comfortable.

The large outdoor terrace is easily accessible from the main floor and features plenty of space and seating to accommodate visitors or family. Cool off in the pool, relax and rest on the patio, or just the enjoy the tropical foliage and ocean view. Make your tropical paradise dreams a reality and call to learn more today; this gorgeous beach home is priced to sell and won’t last long!

To view this listing, visit: http://www.insidepanamarealestate.com/all-listings-in-panama/panama-property-for-sale/for-sale-spectacular-beach-home-in-costa-esmeralda-panama.htm

About Coronado & Surrounding Area: Searching for a simpler life surrounded by natural, coastal beauty? Look no further than beautiful Coronado, Panama. Just an hour away from Panama City, this low-stress beach town offers extensive world-class beaches and a vibrant community equipped every amenity you would need. Coronado features a pleasant, safe, small-town atmosphere while offering good restaurants, shopping malls, pharmacies, and other desirable modern conveniences. Looking for fresh seafood? Fresh lobsters, snappers, and other seafood is sold daily right from local fishermen on the beach. Spend your time surfing, golfing, and shopping, or just relax and soak in the beautiful seaside views and sunsets. If you’re looking for a place that feels like a relaxing tropical vacation every day, Coronado is for you.

About Inside Panama Real Estate: Inside Panama Real Estate was founded in 2009 to provide high quality real estate services throughout Panama. With over 30 combined years of experience in the industry, our staff of English, Spanish, and French speakers oversee every detail of the real estate transaction to ensure it is a smooth and enjoyable experience. Whether you are buying or selling a home, or just beginning the process of learning about living in the beautiful country of Panama, Inside Panama Real Estate is a great partner and resource. IPRE specializes in assessing the needs and desires of each of our customers, providing helpful information about the region, finding the perfect property, and even helping customers relocate and gain residency. IPRE also offers exceptional online and social media marketing, brochure, and VIP tours for sellers. For your #1 source for living in Panama, look no further than Inside Panama Real Estate.

For more information about this home or others, visit http://www.insidepanamarealestate.com or contact Mike at +507-6756-5850

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Contact:
Inside Panama Real Estate
Mike Vuytowvecz
The Village Mall
Coronado, #43
+507-6756-5850

 

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North Myrtle Beach Beach Home, The Original Tree House, For Sale Featured in Sandlapper Magazine

The Windy Hill “TreeHouse” in North Myrtle Beach, SC is for sale

Welcome to paradise in exciting and vibrant North Myrtle Beach, SC. Only 500 feet from the ocean, the original Windy Hill Tree House is up for sale . No need for flood insurance with this 4 bedroom/2 bath house which sits high on the sand dunes on 5 lots. The home takes up roughly 2 lots and there are 2, possibly 3 buildable lots in addition to the home. You also have the option of reducing the size of the house by removing the decks that surround the house or removing the home. This home was featured in Sandlapper magazine for its careful and detailed construction. The home melts into the natural environment giving you the feeling of living in the mountains at the Carolina coast. Wide expanses of glass and skylights enhance the feeling of living in nature. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home has an open layout, high ceilings in the great room and kitchen, and includes everything you need including a newly designed kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances with a thermodor gas/electric oven, Bosch dishwasher, Amana refrigerator, and new Asian inspired cabinets. Look down and you will see 200 year old pine heart wood floors from a historic church in Beaufort, SC. The ancient pine is visible in the beams of the lofted ceiling and the panels of the mantle piece that go straight up to the new skylights. Each room is drenched in natural light with lots of new Andersen windows and the master bath includes a whirlpool jetted tub, double sinks, and stone/wood walls. The stone walls in the bathroom as well as the stone wall up the exquisite driveway, lit with tasteful lights at night, are Green River stone from Asheville, NC. New decking wraps around the house and includes large live oaks sprouting out making you feel like you’re in a nature preserve in the middle of N. Myrtle Beach. Outside every window you can see abundant wildlife. The original builders/owners wanted their home to blend into the natural environment and offer peace and seclusion. They accomplished that goal. The outside of the house is now wooden cedar shingles which really blend into the natural surroundings.

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There is More to London Offices Than the Buildings Found on the Postcards

LondonOffices.com, a leading online resource for serviced offices in London, offers premier office space in the city’s iconic buildings and many others which can be just as beneficial.

London is home to some of the most important and prestigious business addresses in the world, but companies don’t have to choose the properties on the postcards to make the right move for their company.

The extensive range of serviced offices in London is diverse, with something for businesses of every size, in every commercial sector.

One of the keys to finding the right serviced office space in London for any business is choosing the right part of the city for your industry. The capital is home to thriving hubs of finance, media, information technology and much more. The most important part on a new office search is choosing serviced offices in the area of the city which suits the company best.

The vast majority of serviced offices in London will offer the facilities required to meet the day to day need of a business, but they won’t all be in the perfect part of the city. Why is this important? Because the close proximity of their peers, networking opportunites and the major players in their industry are advantage not to be missed.

With a little research into the various exciting business hubs that are active within the capital, it’s possible to choose a commercial location at the heart of an industry hotspot. The perfect office building might not be found on a postcode or the cover of a glossy magazine, but it can play a pivotal role inallowing the organisation to thrive and compete.

The City of London is one of the financial capitals of the world, so for hedge funds, investment firms and commodity traders, it pays to set up shop in The City. Many major banking and financial institutions have headquarters here, and they rub shoulders with the offices of 500 banks. The LondonOffices.com online portfolio features a variety of premium serviced offices in the city. These bespoke commercial locations have been carefully selected for the quality of their facilities and the strategic benefits of their locations and nearby transport links.

For IT start-ups the steely skyscrapers of The City have nothing on the off-beat office environments of East End London. Internet and technology giants like Google and Apple have taken residence in the East End. Intel, Facebook and Cisco are also neighbours, as East London Tech City continues to be seen as the UK’s Silicon Valley. You won’t find many of these quirky commercial spaces on the postcards either, but they could be the different between the success and failure of a web-based venture.

At the LondonOffices.com site a selection of handpicked serviced offices are waiting to be explored; by area, by postcode or by interactive street map. It couldn’t be simpler to browse the LondonOffices.com portfolio and find excellent commercial properties for any organisation. Premium Office Space Reports are available by request and a team of serviced office experts are waiting to deal directly with any queries at 020 7166 7981.

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Pricing Nation Forecasts That The Average Home Values in Boston MSA Will Go Up in March 2014 by 1.45 Percent

Pricing Nation Econometrics forecasts that the average home value in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will increase by 1.45% through the next twelve months. Some of the drivers of local change include homeowner vacancies and average weekly wages.  While there is a decline in supply (52.4% decrease in vacancies from Q3 to Q4 2012), there is not much improvement in the average weekly earnings (0.42% increase from Q3 to Q4 2012), which suppresses growth.

A table with the top 5 biggest increases and decreases per average home value per zip code can be found below. The Pricing Nation Econometrics Heat Map (also below) visualizes how the average home prices will vary across zip codes in the Boston MSA. Pricing Nation Econometrics is a division of Pricing Nation LLC, and more information can be found at www.pricingnation.com.

As the “Most Reliable Real-Estate Forecasting Company,” we strive to consistently provide the most accurate, relevant, and transparent real-estate data. In fact, as of July 2012, our forecast results have been less than one point away from actual results as reported by Case-Shiller. Visit www.pricingnation.com to access your free Neighborhood Report and consult a Home Investment Report Card with home value forecasts for your home.

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Pricing Nation Forecasts 0.64% Increase in Average Home Values Over Next 12 Months for Boston MSA

Pricing Nation Econometrics forecasts that the average home value in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will increase by 0.64% over the next twelve months. One of the biggest contributors to the slowdown of home price growth will be the decrease in wages across most counties.

A table with the top 10 biggest increases and decreases per average home value per zip code can be found below. The Pricing Nation Econometrics Heat Map (also below) visualizes how the average home prices will vary across zip codes in the Boston MSA. Pricing Nation Econometrics is a division of Pricing Nation LLC, and more information can be found at www.pricingnation.com.

As the “Most Reliable Real-Estate Forecasting Company,” we strive to consistently provide the most accurate, relevant, and transparent real-estate data. In fact, as of July 2012, our forecast results have been less than one point away from actual results as reported by Case-Shiller. Visit www.pricingnation.com to access your free Neighborhood Report and consult a Home Investment Report Card with home value forecasts for your home.

About Pricing Nation
Pricing Nation is a home value forecasting company that provides reports for individual homes, zip codes, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Our regression based models were designed to ensure that home buyers and sellers are confident in one of the biggest investment decisions of their lives. Of particular note is that Pricing Nation’s forecastshave consistently been less than one point away from actual changes in home values as reported by Case-Shiller. This is one more reason we are the “Most Reliable Real-Estate Forecasting Company.”

Visit us at www.pricingnation.com for a free Neighborhood Report or to purchase a “Home Investment Report Card” today! For media inquiries, please contact Brian Ramirez atbrian@pricingnation.com. For sales inquiries, please contact sales@pricingnation.com.

Pricing Nation currently covers the Boston MSA and is expanding its offerings to other cities in the near future.

For more information on future changes in individual home values visit us at www.pricingnation.com.

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Pricing Nation Announces New Neighborhood Report for Boston MSA Zip Codes

Pricing Nation is excited to announce its latest service for home buyers, sellers, and owners: the free Neighborhood Report.

Our Neighborhood Report is a free service to anybody interested in understanding the future change in average home values across their zip code of interest. Home owners, sellers, and buyers will now be able to monitor local changes to future home price values month to month. This service is currently unavailable from our competition within the Boston MSA. Coupled with our Home Investment Report Card, which provides detailed home price forecasts for individual homes, our free Neighborhood Report will provide home owners, sellers, and buyers with a complete understanding about future real-estate changes for one of the biggest investments of their lives.

As the “Most Reliable Real-Estate Forecasting Company,” we strive to consistently provide the most accurate, relevant, and transparent real-estate data. In fact, as of July 2012, our forecast results have been less than one point away from actual results as reported by Case-Shiller. Visit www.pricingnation.com to access your free Neighborhood Report and consult a Home Investment Report Card with personalized forecasting data for your home.

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Pricing Nation Forecasts That The Average Home Values in Boston MSA Will Go Up in December 2013 by 2.34 Percent

Pricing Nation Econometrics forecasts that the average home value in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will increase by 2.34% over the next twelve months.

The Pricing Nation Econometrics Heat Map (below) visualizes how the average home prices will vary across Boston MSA zip codes. A table with the 10 largest increases and decreases in home values per zip code can also be found below.

Pricing Nation Econometrics is a division of Pricing Nation LLC. For more information on future changes in individual home values, visit us at www.pricingnation.com.

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Pricing Nation Econometrics Forecasts That The Average Home Value In The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Will Increase By 1.97 Percent Over The Next Twelve Months

Pricing Nation Econometrics forecasts that the average home value in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will increase by 1.97 percent over the next twelve months. A table with the top 10 biggest increases and decreases per zip code can be found below. With housing prices still declining in many parts of the country, Boston Area homeowners should be pleased that their home prices will continue to increase in 2013. The Pricing Nation Econometrics Heat Map (also below) visualizes how the average home prices will vary across zip codes in the Boston MSA. Pricing Nation Econometrics is a division of Pricing Nation LLC, and more information can be found at www.pricingnation.com.

For more information on future changes in individual home values visit us at www.pricingnation.com.

About Pricing Nation
The purchase of a home is historically the largest investment one will make in one’s life. However, due to recent volatility from the Credit and Housing Crisis, home values are not always likely to increase. To ensure that buyers and sellers are confident in their investment decisions, Pricing Nation has developed a portfolio of regression based models that forecast housing price changes at the MSA, zip, and house level. These models are highly statistically significant as they were built using local housing demand/supply and macroeconomic datafrom the last ten years, which saw extreme upward and downward movements. Of particular note is that Pricing Nation’s forecasting model would have anticipated the severe downturn in Boston MSA home values in August 2006, a full twelve months before the actual downturn hit in August 2007, and 16 months before the U.S. officially entered a recession.*

Pricing Nation is offeringitsindividualhome value forecast reports for an introductory price of $19.99 per home (regular price $49.99 per home). Our “The Home Investment Report Card,” displays the actual prediction for the future change in value for your selected hometaking into account the unique characteristics of each home and the surrounding area. In addition, it also providesgradesfor the local and national factors impacting home value, and outlines the significance ofeach factor toward future changes. “The Home Investment Report” card is designed to be easy to use for all homebuyers and sellers as they make one of the biggest decisions of their lives.

Pricing Nation has initially launched its product in the Boston MSA and is expanding its offerings to other cities in the near future.

For more information, please contact Raj Koganti at raj@pricingnation.com

Downturn data reported by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, and recession data reported by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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WhatNewHomes.com Reveal Survey Of Most Sought After UK Locations To Raise Children

UK property website WhatNewHomes has just announced the results of a survey seeking to find out the best UK towns and villages in which to raise a family. The survey, which takes into account a comprehensive array of factors including childcare costs, crime statistics, schools and house prices, compared over 2,500 different UK postcodes.

The top ‘performing’ location according to the survey, is a village called Winkleigh, in the county of Devon, a county that has become one of the most desirable parts of the UK to move to, and forms part of the ‘English Riviera’.

The village scored highly on all criteria, especially quality of life, schooling, and housing affordability. And whilst its certainly the case that we can’t all move to this one village, the results of the survey do reveal a lot about the kind of factors that young families look for when moving to a new location. Accessibility to countryside and open spaces has been shown to be a key factor when relocating, and this explains why so many rural and semi-rural locations have performed so well in this survey.

Second on the list of locations is South Petherton in Cornwall (which is also from the South West region of England). This rural town scored particularly highly in terms of its historic heritage and architecture, as well as access to countryside and local amenities.

City locations fared quite poorly in the survey, with the highest ranking ‘city’ location being Sutton Coldfield, which now forms part of greater Birmingham in the UK’s Midlands. The survey seems to reflect the current trend for young families to move away from the bigger conurbations to rural and semi-rural locations in order to better raise their children.

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Real Estate Professionals Invited To Tell All To Gossip Blog

Having hundreds of credible professional sources that provide information about real estate owned by celebrities is a dream come true for many publications. This is the unique selling point of Richcrib.com which is operated by an agency that has relationships with thousands of international real estate professionals.

One of the things we love most about celebrities is their fantastic homes however when a celebrity buys or sells a home it is often in secret. Now, with the launch of a brand new website it’s easy to follow all the celebrity gossip and get a glimpse into the luxury properties of the rich and famous.

Nick Marr, the brains behind RichCrib.com explains: “The idea behind RichCrib.com is to showcase on one website the amazing properties that celebrities buy. Whether it’s a beachfront mansion owned by Halle Berry or Andie MacDowell’s Carolina estate, Rich Crib showcases the luxury and designer properties of the rich and famous.

We help celebrities gain more exposure in a different environment, gossip sells and can attract a huge audience.

Many celebrities would never admit to promoting a home they want us all to see on a gossip website. So our contacts do this on their behalf.

“We also include all the latest celebrity gossip, so Rich Crib really is the one stop shop for following the lifestyles of the world’s biggest stars.”

With a collection of celebrity news including black celeb news from the web, gossip and pages dedicated to the luxury homes of film stars, pop singers.

Mr Marr believes the site is the perfect place to get your fix of celebrity lifestyle. “As well as dedicating the site to showcasing some of the world’s most expensive and desirable property, RichCrib.com is also full of the latest news on the planet’s top stars. Whether you want to learn more about Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen or Madonna, RichCrib.com is the new place to go.”

And, Rich Crib also has a section dedicated to those celebrities whose homes leave a little something to be desired in terms of taste and class.

Mr Marr added: “Not even multi millionaires can buy class and we’ve all seen film stars and sportspeople in astonishingly tacky and poorly designed homes. That’s why we have also included a ‘House Fail’ section to showcase those properties that prove that money doesn’t buy good taste.”

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Letting Web Business Leads the Way with iPad Technology

Lettingweb.com is the first UK property website to announce the development of an iPad application; to add to its property search offering.

Letting Web Business Leads the Way with iPad Technology

After the success of the iPhone and great buzz surrounding Apple’s newest creation – the iPad, Lettingweb has decided to embrace this new technology which is certain to take the UK by storm.

Apple delivered over 500,000 iPads during its first week in the US and has experienced an overwhelming demand for the newest must-have Multi-Touch screen tablet computer.

The Lettingweb iPad App will allow users to search for available UK rental properties in their chosen area with a few quick actions. The unique app will let property seekers to view the property’s particulars, Google map location and see an album of photos for the property before deciding to enquire directly with the agent. Users can also forward details to friends or add the property to a shortlist so there’s nothing for them to try to remember either. For the agent, the chances of receiving an enquiry are also greatly improved as it all happens instantly.

Lettingweb.com’s, Marketing Manager, Mr Richard Matthews, said:

“As a technology business we are focused on providing the most innovative and practical solutions for our letting agent customers. As many home hunters currently use our iPhone App to search for properties to rent we decided to invest in the technology to make searching for a property even easier and faster with the release of the iPad. This should translate to even higher enquiries for our member firms.”

“The Lettingweb iPad App is due for release on the App store very soon. So far from our usability testing days we’ve had excellent feedback from several groups of home hunters who have tested the application. This technology is sure to be the next big thing in the property industry.”

Lettingweb’s statistics for 2008 and 2009 based on over 7,000 properties every month, show supply of rented accommodation in the first half of both years outstripped demand making it a tenants market. 2010 has seen the reverse happen with demand outstripping supply and as a result rental prices have increased suggesting a landlord market for beginning of the year, which would go against the trend for the past two years.

About Lettingweb
Based in Edinburgh, Lettingweb.com was established in 1999 and is now the largest marketplace for private rented property in Scotland with circa 6,000 properties to rent posted live per month through the majority of Scottish Letting agents (circa 300 member firms). Lettingweb has one of the widest selection of flats to rent in Edinburghflats to rent in Aberdeenflats to rent in Glasgowflats to rent in Dundee and flats to rent in Inverness in Scotland. Lettingweb also represents nearly 450 agents in the UK as a whole.

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Letting Web Business Leads the Way with iPhone Technology

Lettingweb.com has become the first letting only UK property website to introduce an iPhone application with a Global Positioning System (GPS) to identify the user’s current location in relation to available properties to rent in that area.

Users of the Letting Web iPhone App can also view a photo slideshow and the property’s particulars on their iPhone, call the agent with an enquiry, forward details to friends or e-mail immediately from their phone so there’s nothing for them to remember later. For the agent, the chances of receiving an enquiry are greatly improved as it all happens instantly.

Richard Matthews, Marketing Manager at Lettingweb.com, said:

“As a technology business we are focused on providing the most innovative and practical solutions for our letting agent customers. As many home hunters use iPhones, we decided to invest in the technology to make searching for a property easier and faster. This should also translate to higher enquiries for our member firms.

“We tested the application with a group of home hunters and almost 400 users downloaded it during testing. Since then the app has received some very favourable reviews on Apple’s iTunes website. This technology is now available to view all of the 5,500 Scottish properties to rent each month on www.lettingweb.com“.

Lettingweb’s statistics for 2008 and 2009 based on over 5,000 properties every month, show the supply of rented accommodation in the first half of both years outstripped demand making it a tenants market. The reverse happened in the second half of both years with demand being greater than the supply of rented properties. However, industry experts believe rental prices are going to increase in 2010 due to a drop off in supply suggesting a landlord market for the beginning of the year which would go against the trend of the past two years.

Mr Matthews added:

“If demand outstrips supply and the market gets competitive for the best properties, home hunters with our iPhone application will be able to access details of rented properties on location quicker which gives them an edge over others using more traditional methods.”

Lettingweb.com works with the majority of letting agents in Scotland to provide highly sought after flats to rent in Edinburgh and flats to rent in Glasgow, but it also has properties to rent in other UK cities including Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and has recently added Wales and Northern Ireland to its portfolio.

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Housing the New Majority: 78 Million Seniors

If you are looking for an idea with legs, take a closer look at this mashup: 78 million new senior/baby boomers “coming of age” in the next 20 years and planned cohousing communities of 50+ adults sharing independent lifestyles and solid financial health.

Architect and author Charles Durrett’s recently released book Senior Cohousing Handbook comes at a time of high interest in greening, sustainable housing and affordable living concerns. Durrett’s new book is a comprehensive guide for baby boomers wishing to continue vibrant, active lifestyles.

Senior cohousing is ready for the fast growing baby-boomer demographic — healthy, educated and proactive adults who want to live in a social and environmentally responsible community and maintain a quality lifestyle while stretching their dollars further into the future.

Durrett is the leading cohousing architect. His awards include the United Nations World Habitat Award and the Best of 50+ Housing Award. He coined the term cohousing, introduced the idea to the U.S. and is currently the U.S. leader in the field as an architect and consultant.

I caught up with Chuck Durrett between project meetings and book signings and quizzed him on the “hows and whys” of senior cohousing.

Q: What are some of the unique characteristics of senior cohousing communities?

A: One word: proactive. These communities are filled with individuals who are choosing to take control of their destinies through planning, not leaving things up to chance. For instance, accommodations are made for shared caregivers to live on site and long-term mobility and access issues are examined. Just the process of thinking things through as a group changes cohousing participants, preparing them with realistic views of their future.

Q: What are some senior cohousing benefits?

A: Emotional well being, saving money through shared services and community and maintaining independence for much longer than is commonly possible.

The biggest factor by far is living with kindred and having a number of close friendships. But it cannot be overlooked that cohousing costs significantly less than other senior facilities and gives the longest possible independent lifestyle—good for living a full life and conserving financial resources

Q: How does cohousing reduce an individual’s carbon footprint?

A: Cohousing takes an individual out of the single home mindset. Top of mind: better lifestyle, greener lifestyle. Seniors realize that it’s really okay to leave their ranchette and move closer to town knowing they will be living with people they are comfortable with and that they are creating a home they can easily maintain for the next 20+ years.

Last year Americans drove 5 billion miles caring for seniors in their homes (Meals on Wheels, Whistle Stop Nurses, and so on). In our small, semi-rural county in the Sierra foothills, Telecare made 60,000 trips in massive, lumbering, polluting vans-buses – usually carrying only one senior at a time – schlepping a couple thousand seniors total over hill and dale to doctor’s appointments, to pick up medicine, or to see friends.

In our cohousing community of 21 seniors, I have never seen a single Telecare bus in the driveway. In cohousing it happens organically by caring neighbors: “Can I catch a ride with you?” or “Are you headed to the drug store?”, etc.

This alternative is much more fun and inexpensive for all involved, and much less damaging to the environment. For instance, Wolf Creek Lodge, a new senior cohousing community about to start construction, has 30 units to be built on 1 acre within walking distance of downtown Grass Valley, population 12,000.

Senior cohousing is a mind shift that is not just greener—it makes a better life.

Q: How does cohousing effect my retirement planning?

A: Cohousing is a proactive, realistic way of addressing issues. Really, it’s an ultra-responsible approach to assessing how to provide for one’s own future. Everyone in the process is dealing with understanding that mortality is real and that aging successfully means examining the whole person benefits—economic, emotional and physical well being. Cohousers choose to place themselves in a fun, life-affirming and embracing community.

The big thing here is that by living independently longer, money is saved at every juncture, so by taking control, resources can go much further. Turns out that an independent, quality life costs less than facilitated retirement.

Q: What kind of start-up process is involved?

A: First off, contact a cohousing company. They will find out what considerations and requirement are needed for your specific area. They will also be able to guide you in forming a group.

Next, read the book. Then start talking to friends. Host a presentation in your town, secure a site. You may already know some of your new cohousing neighbors.

Hear Durrett speak about how the 50+ population is redefining its future by applying cohousing concepts.

Contact Charles Durrett by calling The Cohousing Company at 530.265.9980. Visit:http://www.cohousingco.com/.

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Federal Tax Credit Of $8000 If You Haven’t Owned A Home In The Past Three Years. No Money Down! 100% Financing! The Cottages At The Highlands, Grass Valley, CA

Federal Tax Credit of $8000 if you haven’t owned a home in the past three years. No Money Down!!! 100% Financing! Prices Reduced to Below Cost!!! Investor Says Sell Now!!!

The Cottages At The Highlands, Grass Valley, CA

Come and see for yourself. Compare these new homes to others in Grass Valley and you will find they are a great value. You can have a newer home in a well planned neighborhood vs. an older home or fixer upper.

In real estate, it’s location, location, location. Then Cottages are located in a quiet enclave a short walk to all the shopping and services of the Brunswick basin. In these times of high gas prices, this central location is an added benefit.

The homes are energy efficient with R-19 walls and R-38 ceilings. A solar option (additional $) is available on most homes.

The Highlands front yards are maintained by the Highlands Homeowners Association, resulting in a uniform, well kept neighborhood. Private yards and patios are screened by maintenance free vinyl fencing.

Common sense tells us that five years from now, comparable new homes will cost even more to build. What will your Cottage at The Highlands be worth then?

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Cohousing – The Case for Change America’s Small House Movement

Job insecurity and the mortgage crisis are combining to drive change in America’s housing market, and cohousing is a concept coming of age.

Cohousing, which groups 20-30 individual, self-contained homes around a neighborhood plan with shared common kitchens and community spaces, originated in Denmark in the 1960’s. Brought to America by architects Katie MacCamant and Charles Durrett, this sustainable model is gaining momentum, with over 115 cohousing communities in the United States to date.

Cohousing projects are known for reducing the carbon footprint of housing in at least three key ways—green and re-used building materials; shared community features allows individual homes to be smaller, and lastly; changing behaviors to community living, which results in less car travel and localized lifestyles.

Smaller houses, shared spaces and environmentally sound building practices successfully trade out excess for improved quality of life and reduced cost of living. David Wann’s book, Simple Prosperity, suggests, “If the United States and other wayward nations are wise enough to substitute moderation for excess, our world can come back into balance, maybe just in time.” Author Wann lives in a cohousing community and has served on Cohousing Association’s Board of Directors.

The biggest benefit to cohousing though, may just be living with neighbors and the natural reduction of duplicated community resources through sharing common space, dining and chores. “Knowing our neighbors, feeling like we belong, being a part of something that we care about and that cares about us…” Chris Scott Hanson, The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community

If you are ready for Cohousing 101, the Cohousing Association of the United States is holding it’s annual conference, Growing Community, in Seattle, June 24-28. This event brings together international thought leaders, professionals, cohousing grass-roots experts, and those interested in cohousing. Growing Community features seminars, presentations and tours. Presenters include one of Denmark’s cohousing concept originators, Jan Gudmand Hoyer, architects and authors Charles Durrett, Katie McCamant, cohousing consultant Chris Scott Hanson.

Cohousing Association’s slogan “Building a better society, one neighborhood at a time” may just be the type of housing change America can truly believe in.

To learn more or register, visit www.cohousing.org, email growing@cohous.org or call 866-758-3942 (toll free) or 314-754-5828.

Event details:
WHO: Cohousing Association of the US
WHAT: Growing Community, International Cohousing Summit, Pre-Conference Workshops and Tours, National Cohousing Conference
WHEN: International Cohousing Summit (by invitation)—Sunday, June 21 thru Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Pre-Conference Workshops and Tours—Wednesday, June 24 thru Friday, June 26, 2009
National Cohousing Conference— Friday, June 26 thru Sunday, June 28, 2009
RESERVE: http://www.cohousing.org/conference
WHERE: Conference events will be at the University of Washington plus a variety of regional onsite tours
FEES: Some offerings are free; workshops begin as low as $20, full conference registration $375 ($325 for first 50 registrants)

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Jeff Joyner & Chip Williams have combined to become the best Real Estate team in Pinellas County, Florida

Jeff Joyner and Larry “Chip” Williams have combined forces to become the best Real Estate team in Pinellas County, Florida. The new team name is Joyner-Williams Collection, Purveyors of fine homes for fine people with a new website located at www.joynerwilliams.com. Jeff and Chip are both natives of St Petersburg, Florida and can answer many of your questions about the “Sunshine City”, the Great Tampa Bay surrounding area and everything related to Real Estate.

Jeff is a 4th generation Realtor with his family roots dating back to 1928 in St Petersburg. He has the drive and dedication that gives him a competitive edge in the real estate business. His success thus far can be attributed to his honesty, communication skills and proficient negotiation techniques. Jeff takes great pride in finding his clients their dream home or getting the most value for the sale of their home.

Chip is a real estate professional with specialized expertise in the Pinellas county market. A lifetime resident of St Petersburg, he has a strong working knowledge of all the bay area has to offer. Since graduating from Eckerd College, his career has been dedicated to real estate finance, sale and/or purchase. Chip’s highly professional service has turned my business into over 65-70% referral based.

The Joyner-Williams Collection portfolio consists of Single-Family Homes, Condos and Land with $10,600,500 worth of listings. Since combining forces on September 1st, the Joyner-Williams Collections has listed $6,000,000 worth of properties and sold $1,595,000.


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New Website Offers Many New Lead Generation Tools For Home Owners And Real Estate Agents

MilitaryForSaleForRent.com (MilitaryForSaleForRent.com), a real estate website especially designed for military families, announced today the launch of its redesigned website featuring industry standard tools for home owners, home seekers as well as real estate agents. http://www.militaryforsaleforrent.com

“Every year one-third military relocates. This figure crosses 500,000 making it a huge real estate market for many real estate service providers. Relocation order brings a new challenge in daily life, no matter how many times you have relocated in past. You have to start from the ground. Find new home, sell existing one (if owned), relocate and get settled. In this process many service providers work for you but it’s hard to find them when you have limited time. We understand the mess and started MilitaryForSaleForRent.com to bring home owners, buyers, renters, sellers, real estate professionals on the same ground.”

RSS is a popular format for syndicating information on the internet and MilitaryForSaleForRent.com provides different RSS feeds for its listings. This can be very useful tool for real estate agents to re-publish their listings in other websites without re-posting. Listings’ RSS feed contain complete listing data with property images. Agents may decide how much information they want to display using these feeds.

There are many RSS to HTML conversion tools available on internet which may convert RSS in simple HTML format, ready for copy and paste.

Home seekers can save search in their favorite rss/news reader, either online or offline. If using desktop RSS reader, internet is required only for updating the feeds, and information will be stored in desktop pc which is accessible even without internet connection.

Realty-Flyer (color flyer) is another eye-catching tool of MilitaryForSaleForRent.com. Just click a button and your flyer’s HTML code is available to you with a permanent link to hosted version of flyer. You may either send the link to your friends, family or colleagues or use the provided “html” code to post your listing in other classifieds website or blog etc.

Printable flyer is old but effective tool to generate leads. MilitaryForSaleForRent.com provides you printable flyer for offline distribution of property details available for sale/rent.

Virtual Property Show (VPS) is an eye-catching feature of MilitaryForSaleForRent.com. It converts your property images in dynamic virtual show and displays on property details page. Remember, a photo has million words but VPS adds a few more million words value to your photos by converting it in virtual property show.

Google map locator on listing details page helps visitor to locate the property on street map, with option to change view from street to satellite for more live preview.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Calculator is one of the most popular tools of MilitaryForSaleForRent.com among military. Just input your rank and zip code and it displays your basic allowances for housing with and without dependents in your area.

MilitaryForSaleForRent.com and its network of websites promote property listings to large community of home seekers, which result more leads. It’s a power of RSS and XML feeds which MilitaryForSaleForRent.com knows how to utilize.

About MilitaryForSaleForRent.com:
MilitaryForSaleForRent.com is a small team of professionals, working hard to provide the best marketing platform to military community for their housing and relocation needs. For more information, please visit http://www.militaryforsaleforrent.com

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