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Aulder Capital Delivers Transparency with Technology

New York, NY / Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 2017-Mar-13 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — Aulder Capital, formerly known as BZ Investments, was looking to improve engagement with investors, specifically post asset acquisition and needed a solution to better institutionalize their information. With the desire to break free from the perception of a traditional slower-moving investment property company, Aulder looked to the future of real estate to see how to best meet their needs. Several platforms offered partial solutions, but only one ensured ongoing connectivity with a promise of providing a smooth investor centric user experience. The utilities found on the MREN platform surpassed current competitors offerings and Aulder was able to leverage the easy to use functionality for a technologically savvy transformation.

The real estate investment firm was focused on expanding their value-add investment strategy, and Aulder knew that technology was key in mindful management and investing in their platform. “Before we deployed MREN, information was scattered throughout local systems,” recalls the principal, Jonah Bamberger.

“The solution has brought all that knowledge into one place.” The business results are a solidified network of Aulder’s investors and a stronger ability to maximize the management of properties. MREN enables transparency of all deals at any given moment and investors can access their deal information at their convenience. Aulder’s dedication to responsible investing and their proven track record is highlighted through the use of the MREN platform and will pave investor expectations for other real estate investment management firms. Aulder Capital plans to enhance their communication and collaboration effort via MREN to drive efficiency and expedite their growth.

Learn more about Aulder Capital’s value-add investment strategy, here: www.aulder.com

Learn more about the changing landscape of technology in CRE, here: www.mren.com

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MN Lender, Britni Price of Envoy Mortgage, releases her new Facebook page: Pride Mortgage Center- Gay Community Mortgages of Minnesota

https://www.facebook.com/pridemortgagecenter

With the exciting launch of the new Pride Mortgage Center Facebook page, Britni Price of Envoy Mortgage, is providing an easy answer for mortgage solutions for everyone. As an equal-opportunity local lender, the Pride Mortgage Center Facebook page looks to be an added resource for the Gay Communities of Minnesota, in addition to anyone looking for mortgage solutions.

“As a gay-supporting and gay-oriented local loan officer I am proud to reach out to the gay communities and their mortgage needs,” Britni said. She continued, “Everyone deserves an equal opportunity at achieving their goals and dreams.” Britni Price enjoys working hard to help anyone with their goals of homeownership.

Supported by the helpful and experienced team at Envoy Mortgage in Blaine, Minnesota, one of Minnesota’s leading home loan providers, the Pride Mortgage Center has easier processes than most big banks and most often faster closings. “I am excited to reach out to gay couples and families during such an exciting time of their lives as obtaining homeownership,” Britni said. The Facebook page provides Britni’s direct contact information and also links to the online application so she can start helping with anyone’s mortgage needs.

Experienced with new home purchase, refinance, conventional loans, VA loans, HARP, USDA, FHA and other programs, Britni Price works hard and personally to help each of her clients.

Contact Britni today for more information at 651.503.1213, visit her Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/PrideMortgageCenter or her direct Envoy site at www.PrideMortgageCenter.com

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The realWITS Company Launches Websites for Real Estate Companies Dubbed “Smarter”

An experienced and respected real estate participant and An experienced and respected real estate participant and SEO adviser has launched a new company, realWITS, to help brokers design actionable real estate company websites, get better results and learn how to integrate sales campaigns with modern techniques of leveraging real estate SEO benefits, providing interactive customer service and challenging not only with local online competitors but also with highly recognized online consumer real estate portals.

Real Estate Web Development Demands Compelling Websites

The company’s mantra is “Smarter Real Estate Websites,” and its mission is to educate real estate professionals about online marketing trends so that they can create more functional websites, optimize searches, integrate modern applications and produce dynamic content.

The real estate industry has traditionally resisted change, but modern real estate Web development and real estate SEO for websites require transformations from conservative advertising and marketing strategies to engage new generations of clients.

Randi Thornton, founder of realWITS, has built a reputation as the go-to SEO Google Gurufrom many years of experience in website development, online promotion and the real estate industry. Many real estate websites treat their online efforts as sideline activities or hobbies, and after working with big branded real estate company websites, Thornton feels strongly that the industry fail to take advantage of their full online marketing potential.

Major problems in most company real estate websites include the following shortcomings:

• Brokers do not control their online presence and messaging.
• Website designs fail to meet the needs of people who search online.
• Real estate websites struggle to achieve strong SEO rankings because of the original website build-out.
• Lack of regular technology upgrades force websites to become outdated.
• Failure to take advantage of website lead-generating capabilities.

Smarter Websites Integrate Design, Content and Functionality

Many real estate companies limit their prospects by only trying to compete with other brokerages, a strategy which fails to take advantage of today’s technologies used by other successful industries and the interactive potential of online marketing.

A popular destination real estate broker website strategically focuses on integration of successful leading websites approaches across all industries, and marketers need to incorporate key elements of design, fresh content, Google rankings, mobile technology, and fast processing speeds to keep up with competitors.

Savvy real estate brokers can optimize website performance by considering the following elements of design and function:

Create Distinctive Designs

Website design generates the platforms that launch successful online real estate marketing campaigns, and conceptual elements should compel a casual online website visitor to engage with actionable functionality by incorporating visually appealing design, easy to navigate structures and an intuitive user experience.

• Forward-thinking real estate brokers will take a look around them and learn from other applications that have gone viral.
• Stunning designs often depend on using a simplistic look and feel, clean site architecture, complementary color schemes, accessible search and intuitive controls.
• Functional copy includes compelling content that delivers quantifiable local communications that help buyers make informed and quicker buying decisions.
• A real estate company website needs to offer photo-centric platforms for property listings.
• Websites attract and retain buyers and sellers with property explore functionality that exposes robust search activity.
• Proper usage of on-site real estate SEO including keyword density, on-page SEO best practice techniques, optimize company brands, local authority rankings and online reputations.

Fluidity VS Static

Smarter real estate company websites create fluid designs that make incorporating changes and updating copy easy to accomplish. Google search engines now place great emphasis on freshness of content when ranking websites in organic searches. Effective sites leave room to make modular changes in designs and copy to take advantage of new technology and online trends.

Growing Impact of Mobile Devices

Consumers increasingly use their mobile devices to find products and services, keep track of personal appointments, make social connections and interact with local businesses. Real estate company website designs need to look good and provide searches with the information they seek on a variety of mobile-device screens.

Monitoring Traffic and Online Behavior

Analytic tools study behind-the-scenes practices and chart consumer behavior to help website owners tweak their designs, change their design strategies and respond to customer concerns and feedback. Smarter real estate company websites use these tools to generate leads, predict consumer behavior, stay ahead of marketing trends and create better real estate SEO campaigns.

Real Estate SEO Marketing

Real estate SEO (search engine optimization) marketing works differently than traditional advertising, and learning to leverage the benefits of on-site SEO helps real estate companies establish online authority, build reputations, interact and create enthusiasm for buyers and sellers, regions and neighborhoods.

Clever brokers will take advantage of unique community real estate data so people revisit for information and connections with a relevant, trend setting online real estate source.
Pinterest Type Usage of Imagery

Effective online real estate marketing requires correct usage of photos to productively showcase properties. No matter how well written a property description is it will never grab the attention of a buyer better than a picture will.

The main emphasis of a company real estate website should be imagery that tells a story and conveys “I want to see more” from buyers, says Randi Thornton.

The realWITS company offers expert real estate company website design, on site-SEO application, education, and strategy for savvy brokers who want to produce above-average returns from their online marketing dollars. The company will function as an authoritative source of designs, strategies and consultations on all the issues that impact a real estate company website.

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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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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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Pricing Nation Econometrics Forecasts That The Average Home Value In The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Will Decrease By 0.119 Percent Over The Next Twelve Months

Pricing Nation Econometrics forecasts that the average home value in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will decrease by 0. 119 percent over the next twelve months. A table with the top 10 biggest increases and decreases per zip code can be found below. Residents will be pleased that housing price declines continue to bottom out in September 2013. The Pricing Nation Econometrics heat map (also below) visualizes home price changes for each zip code 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 their life. However, due to recent volatility from the Credit and Housing Crisis, home buyers no longer believe that home values are always guaranteed 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 data from 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 offering its individual home value forecast reports for an introductory price of $19.99 per home (regular price $49.99 per home).  The forecast for each home includes “ The Home Investment Report Card” (sample below), which provides the future change in home value, grades the local and national factors impacting home value, and outlines the significance of each 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

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Pricing Nation Econometrics Predicts That The Average Home Price In The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Will Decrease By 0.225 Percent Twelve Months From Now

Pricing Nation Econometrics, a division of Pricing Nation (www.PricingNation.com), predicts that the average home price in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will decrease by 0.225 percent twelve months from now. Boston residents can be pleased that housing price declines continue to bottom out in August 2013.  Pricing Nation Econometrics has also just released their heat map (see attached) predicting home price changes for each zip code in the Boston MSA one year from now. The zip codes with the largest predicted improvement in home prices areMilton Mills, NH (03852) with a 5.10 percent increase followed by Melrose, MA (02176) with a 1.95 percent increase. The zip code with the largest predicted decrease in home prices is East Hampstead, NH (03826) with a 8.21 percent decrease followed by Newton Upper Falls, MA (02464) with a 6.98 percent decrease.Pricing Nation will provide its monthly projections, initially just for Boston and its related zip codes, at 7:00 a.m. of the last Tuesday of each month.

Pricing Nation has developed an integrated suite of regression based models that predict housing price changes at the MSA level, zip level and house level.  These models have been built using data over the last ten years which is a robust training period as there has been both an upswing and downswing in prices during that time.  The model results for the Boston MSA are statistically highly significant. Of particular importance is that the Pricing Nation model, when used for historical periods, would have predicted the severe downturn in Boston MSA housing prices in August, 2006, 12 months before it actually occurred in August, 2007 (downturn data reported by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices) and 16 months before the U.S. officially went into a recession according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a nonprofit group entrusted by the government with determining when recessions begin and end.

Pricing Nation believes it is important to predict home price changes.  From the Great Depression through 2008, homeowners generally made money investing in their homes if they owned them for a considerable amount of time.  It became common ‘wisdom’ that home prices across the country would always go up.  With the advent of the Credit and Housing Crisis, we now know that this common ‘wisdom’ was flawed.  Housing prices will go up and down in the future based primarily on local demand and supply factors combined with a number of macroeconomic variables. These factors are the drivers in the Pricing Nation predictive models.

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Pricing Nation Econometrics Predicts That The Average Home Price In The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Will Decrease By 0.299 Percent Twelve Months From Now

Pricing Nation Econometrics, a division of Pricing Nation (www.PricingNation.com), predicts that the average home price in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will decrease by 0.299 percent twelve months from now. Boston residents can be pleased that housing price declines continue to bottom out in April 2013.  Pricing Nation Econometrics has also just released their heat map (see attached) predicting home price changes for each zip code in the Boston MSA one year from now. The zip codes with the largest predicted improvement in home prices areMilton Mills, NH (03852) with a 4.19 percent increase followed by Melrose, MA (02176) with a 1.83 percent increase. The zip code with the largest predicted decrease in home prices is East Hampstead, NH (03826) with a 8.96 percent decrease followed by Newton Upper Falls, MA (02464) with a 7.12 percent decrease.Pricing Nation will provide its monthly projections, initially just for Boston and its related zip codes, at 7:00 a.m. of the last Tuesday of each month.

Pricing Nation has developed an integrated suite of regression based models that predict housing price changes at the MSA level, zip level and house level. These models have been built using data over the last ten years which is a robust training period as there has been both an upswing and downswing in prices during that time.  The model results for the Boston MSA are statistically highly significant. Of particular importance is that the Pricing Nation model, when used for historical periods, would have predicted the severe downturn in Boston MSA housing prices in August, 2006, 12 months before it actually occurred in August, 2007 (downturn data reported by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices) and 16 months before the U.S. officially went into a recession according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a nonprofit group entrusted by the government with determining when recessions begin and end.

Pricing Nation believes it is important to predict home price changes. From the Great Depression through 2008, homeowners generally made money investing in their homes if they owned them for a considerable amount of time.  It became common ‘wisdom’ that home prices across the country would always go up.  With the advent of the Credit and Housing Crisis, we now know that this common ‘wisdom’ was flawed.  Housing prices will go up and down in the future based primarily on local demand and supply factors combined with a number of macroeconomic variables. These factors are the drivers in the Pricing Nation predictive models.

The purchase of a home is typically a family’s largest investment and given the uncertainty in the housing markets, Pricing Nation is making their unique forecast of price change for each home in the Boston MSA available at www.PricingNation.com for an introductory price of $19.99 per home (regular price is $49.99 per home). The forecast for each home comes with “The Home Investment Report Card” (see a sample attached), which also rates all of the local and national factors influencing the forecast and educates the consumer about factors that have a positive or negative impact on their investment. “The Home Investment Report” card is designed to be easy to use for all homebuyers and sellers.

Pricing Nation is committed to provide individuals with the information they need to make the major financial decisions in their life.  Pricing Nation has launched its product in the Boston MSA and will be expanding its offerings on a city by city basis.

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

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Bangkok Property World.Asia Is Ready To Establish Itself As An Excellent And Leading Site To Make It Possible For Buyers, Sellers, And Renters Of Properties In Asia To Find Each Other And Do Business Together

Bangkok Property World.Asia is proud to announce that we are bringing our successful real estate portal first seen in Bahrain athttp://www.bahrainpropertyworld.com to Bangkok. Bangkok Property World.Asia is ready to establish itself as an excellent and leading site to make it possible for buyers, sellers, and renters of properties in Asia to find each other and do business together.

At Bangkok Property World.Asia, we are no stranger to success and we know what it takes to make property portals successful. In 2009, we won the prestigious Arabian Property Awards, part of the world’s most innovative and buzzworthy competition focused on identifying the most successful real estate professionals around the planet. We won the Arabian Property Awards for our work in the Middle East with our Bahrain Property World real estate portal.

Bahrain Property World’s success in attaining one of these highly desired awards indicates we have the skills and experience necessary to bring similar results and profits to our newest enterprise in Bangkok, Thailand.

It is absolutely free for every real estate company to register in order to list and promote their properties, and they can do so here and now.

What is this real estate portal about?

Bangkok Rental Apartments and Condos

Bangkok is easily one of the most extraordinary, enchanting, and magnificent locations on the globe, and it is certainly the place to be if you find yourself in Thailand. However, if you have never been to the area or are otherwise unfamiliar with it, you might have trouble finding the perfect rental or condo listing that meets all of your needs.

This is precisely why Bangkok Property World.Asia is here to help you. Through your research on our portal listing, you can figure out what kind of listing you are looking for, decide on the location that you find most important, and get a good idea of just how much it should cost.

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Pricing Nation Econometrics Predicts That The Average Home Price In The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Will Decrease By 0.347 Percent Twelve Months From Now

Pricing Nation Econometrics, a division of Pricing Nation LLC (Pricing Nation), predicts that the average home price in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will decrease by 0.347 percent twelve months from now. Boston residents can be pleased that housing price declines look like they are essentially bottoming out.  Pricing Nation Econometrics has also just released their heat map (see attached) predicting home price changes for each zip code in the Boston MSA one year from now.  The zip code with the largest predicted improvement in home prices is Milton Mills (03852) with a 3.39 percent increase and the zip code with the largest predicted decrease in home prices is East Hampstead (03826) with a 9.44 percent decrease. Pricing Nation will provide its monthly projections, initially just for the Boston MSA the related zip codes, at 7:00 a.m. of the last Tuesday of each month.

Pricing Nation has developed an integrated suite of regression based models that predict housing price changes at the MSA level, zip level and house level.  These models have been built using data over the last ten years which is a robust training period as there has been both an upswing and downswing in prices during that time.  The model results for the Boston MSA are statistically highly significant. Of particular importance is that the Pricing Nation model, when used for historical periods, would have predicted the severe downturn in Boston MSA housing prices in August, 2006, 12 months before it actually occurred in August, 2007 (downturn data reported by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices) and 16 months before the U.S. officially went into a recession according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a nonprofit group entrusted by the government with determining when recessions begin and end.

Pricing Nation believes it is important to predict home price changes.  From the Great Depression through 2008, homeowners generally made money investing in their homes if they owned them for a considerable amount of time.  It became common ‘wisdom’ that home prices across the country would always go up.  With the advent of the Credit and Housing Crisis, we now know that this common ‘wisdom’ was flawed.  Housing prices will go up and down in the future based primarily on local demand and supply factors combined with a number of macroeconomic variables. These factors are the drivers in the Pricing Nation prediction models.

The purchase of a home is typically a family’s largest investment and given the uncertainty in the housing markets, Pricing Nation is making their unique forecast of price change for each home in the Boston MSA available at www.PricingNation.com for an introductory price of $19.99 per home (regular price is $49.99 per home).  The forecast for each home comes with “The Home Investment Report Card” (see attached), which also rates all of the local and national factors influencing the forecast and educates the consumer about factors that have a positive or negative impact on their investment. “The Home Investment Report” card is designed to be easy to use for all homebuyers and sellers..

Pricing Nation is committed to provide individuals with the information they need to make the major financial decisions in their life.  Pricing Nation is launching its product in the Boston MSA and will be expanding its offerings on a city by city basis.

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

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Bower Welcomes the ReLaunch of SHIP

Bower Retirement Services, winners of the 2011 Equity Release Awards, welcome the relaunch of Safe Home Income Plans (‘SHIP’) as The Equity Release Council (The Council). Bower welcome also the decision of the trade body to broaden its membership to include financial advisers, solicitors, surveyors and other interested parties.

SHIP was established in 1991 by the major product providers as the body to safeguard the interests of consumers entering into equity release plans. Over the past 20 years, SHIP has been very successful in improving the reputation of equity release and in promoting consumer awareness of the products available. The main focus of the Equity Release Council will be to protect consumers and increase education, awareness and understanding of how equity release works, the options available and the consumer safeguards that are in place.

Geoff Charles, Managing Director of Bower commented:

“We welcome the new organisation and look forward to joiningand supporting the Equity Release Council. The changes are excellent news for elderly homeowners who are seeking to release capital from their homes in order to raise a lump sum and/or to supplement their retirement income. The extension of the membership and SHIP standards to all participants in the sector will strengthen consumer confidence and reinforce the message that equity release plans are now mainstream retirement products.”

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Organic MLS Integration

In order to show MLS data on a real estate website, MLS Integration needs to be deployed. There are quite a number of IDX and RETS providers in the market, each with a different technology and pricing. After the integration, the end result may look similar, but the underlying technology plays an important role in the popularity of your website, especially from the search engine point of view.

Organic MLS is a method of MLS integration that brings search engine value to your website by inserting the MLS properties directly to your website database. For search engines it is very important to read the properties directly from your database, rather than through a third party database such as MLS or IDX providers.

In Organic MLS integration, metaphorically the downloaded properties (from MLS to your website) become like the living organs of your own website. As a result, the search engines will consider your website as an informative website with hundreds of URLs to index.

As a realtor you should know that there are quite a number of famous MLS/IDX providers that do not use the organic method.

Non-organic MLS integration methods might seem cheaper at first glance, but at the end of the day they cost much more. The integration providers use methods that take all the search engine advantages of your marketing efforts, leaving you with nothing.

How to identify Organic MLS Integration from non-organic ones?

Fortunately realizing whether a real estate website uses organic or non-organic MLS integration is easy. Suppose that the website name is MYDOMAIN.COM and the MLS IDX provider’s website is IDXPROVIDER.COM

1- Each property MUST have a unique URL. In some websites, no matter you open which property; the shown URL in your browser’s address bar remains the same, for example ‘www.mydomain.com/something’. This proves that the website is using iFrame or Framing method which is NOT organic.

2- In addition to the above, the URLs must NOT be in one of the following formats:
a. idxprovider.mydomain.com/rest_of_the_url
b. mydomain.idxprovider.com/rest_of_the_url
c. idxprovider.com/mydomain/rest_of_the_url
d. idxprovider.com/rest_of_the_url

3- The individual URLs of each property should be in the following format:
mydomain.com/rest_of_the_url

In order to see and inspect the URL of each property:

1- Position your mouse over one of the links of a property, for example ‘details’ button and right-click (Windows) or secondary-click (Mac)
2- Click on ‘Open in new Tab’ and look at the address url on top address bar (in your browser).

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etc.venues Discard London Travel Worries

etc.venues, owners of purpose built luxury conference centres in London and Birmingham, are today reacting to suggestions London’s entire transport network will be affected during this summer’s Olympic Games; claiming organisers are ‘overly exaggerating’ the situation and ultimately discouraging travel in the capital.

With the Games fast approaching there are concerns London’s ageing transport network will be unable to handle increases in passenger traffic – leading to major disruptions and congestion on the capitals roads, rail lines and underground tube lines during the event.

Organisers are already exercising caution with advertisements scattered throughout the city urging resident Londoner’s and commuters to plan their journeys before using public transport networks. However Alistair Stewart, managing director at etc.venues, believes Olympic officials are only adding to existing visceral doubts over the city’s transport networks and goes on to claim only certain areas will be affected by the Games itself.

“ Of course there will be disruptions- that’s a given during such a popular event- but with all these exaggerated warnings of congestion, road grid-lock, etc., organisers are putting fans and commuters off travelling into London altogether .” says Mr Stewart

“ It won’t be busy everywhere . According to recent reports by Transport for London (Tfl) 70% of roads in the capital will not be affected by the Games directly. It’s a similar story for the London Underground: only 35% of stations have been identified as ‘busier than usual’ .”

“ The best advice is to take heed of the information given, consider route changes and re-time your travel plans if need be. ”

With ten London conference venues, etc.venues is considered one of the capitals leading training and conference producers. And despite the Tfl admitting that business in London is expected to drop by 20%, etc.venues is still opening its doors to clients throughout the duration of the Games.

“It’s business as usual for us. We want our clients to travel into London during the Games. Not only can they organise their events, they can soak up the amazing atmosphere and buzz created across the city.”

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Pall Mall Estates joins forces with anyspacedirect.co.uk

Leading commercial property provider teams up with anyspacedirect.co.uk, providing a new source of tenants for Pall Mall Estates’ nationwide property portfolio.

UK commercial property provider Pall Mall Estates has announced it has become a provider on anyspacedirect.co.uk, an online portal providing direct contact with business space operators throughout the UK.

Established for over three decades, Pall Mall Estates owns and manages over 5 million sq ft of commercial property valued in excess of £450 million, accommodating close to 300 tenants.

Tenants range from SMEs through to multi-national blue-chip organisations, with their premises situated in over 100 locations across the country.

As a provider on anyspacedirect.co.uk Pall Mall Estates will receive increased exposure to potential tenants, on the UK’s largest online portal for cost-effective and reliable commercial property operators.

anyspacedirect.co.uk puts entrepreneurs and SMEs directly in touch with operators, with no middleman charges at all, with powerful on-site functionality to search for premises dependent on business requirements.

Barbara Sullivan, of Pall Mall Estates, said: “We are naturally delighted to become an associated operator on anyspacedirect.co.uk. With its excellent reputation for a diverse selection of commercial property, we are confident our portfolio will have the right platform to connect with a new source of potential tenants.

“Our own customer-focused culture mirrors that of anyspacedirect.co.uk and we sing from the same hymn sheet in wanting to provide commercial premises for businesses to thrive.”

Pall Mall Estates – a leading provider of office space and industrial units, is currently offering a range of attractive offers for businesses looking to relocate, expand or contract. Reduced rent premises and short term let solutions can help businesses enjoy the benefits of a reduced initial rental period or a low-commitment tenancy agreement.

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Controversial House-Buying Tax To Be Re-Introduced

The amnesty on first-time buyers paying stamp duty is set to end on 24 March, despite figures showing a significant rise in mortgage activity during the ‘holiday’.

First-time buyers currently do not have to pay the one per cent tax on properties valued at less than £250,000, resulting in a flurry of activity in the housing market. Agents, such as House Simple, have reported “viewings flooding in at unprecedented levels”.

Recent data from the Bank of England shows a £1.6 billion increase in lending secured on properties in January, which is double that of the previous six-month average of £800 million. A fifth of surveyors registered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors predict that transaction levels will increase during the next three months.

William Hunter, the founding director at Hunter Wealth Management, predicts the rush to buy caused by the stamp duty amnesty will result in a slump in the market once the deadline passes.

“The number of new home loans will almost certainly settle down in the months ahead, as the mortgage market clicks back into conservative mode,” he says.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is already asking for an extension on the stamp duty holiday while others are calling for a complete overhaul of the tax. Sophie Gosling, House Simple’s company director, says: “The way that stamp duty is levied is inherently very flawed. At the moment the jump from one per cent to three per cent at the £250,000 level causes all sorts of issues. It makes no sense that a property worth £250,000 should have stamp duty of £2,500 applicable, but a property worth £1 more should have stamp duty of £7,500 applied.”

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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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Top Tips On How To Sell Your Home Online

House Simple is helping customers sell their home online in 2012 by offering essential tips. With the start of a new year, home owners looking to sell their houses are searching for fresh ideas to help them achieve the asking price. Get ahead of the competition with these top tips.

Developing a good working relationship with your agent can help make the whole process of moving less stressful. In contrast to a private house sale, when you use an agency they will do all the hard work for you. When you’re happy with your agent you can let them do the pictures, market the property and guide you through the negotiation. A good rapport means you can work together, and this will save you plenty of time and trouble.
When it comes to selling your home, you should highlight the house’s strengths. This might be a large garden, loads of light or stunning period features, so make sure you display these strengths to the fullest. Open up spaces, create as much light as possible, and show off the unique touches in your home. You’ll really help your internet estate agent sell your home by being flexible and prepared for viewings. The more open you are about having potential buyers come to see your home at different times, the more likely it is you will get a sale. Expect viewers to want to come in the evenings and at weekends, and prepare your home ready for them to see.

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Brits Enjoy Best Choice of Home Improvement Companies Thanks to Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk Local Search

Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk is helping more UK consumers to source the perfect locally-based home improvement company thanks to the website’s dedicated local search facility.

Powerful local search capabilities like that available through Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk allow consumers to quickly and conveniently source the best locally-based home improvement company for their needs – whether they are looking for windows, solar panels or double glazing doors.

Peter Jakubek, Interactive Director at DoubleGlazingLocal.co.uk, says, “We are able to help our site users source the ideal home improvement company in their vicinity thanks to the power of our local search functionality. We want to help UK consumers continue to learn the lessons of unscrupulous traders – there are far too many cold-callers and dishonest suppliers around these days.”

“Our site and local search functionality only ever offer our users approved companies which have adhered to our strict standards and guidelines. Local search has helped us to build lots of new business and leads recently, with suppliers listed able to give quotes on everything from standard patio doors through to sash windows prices.”

Google continues to dominate the online local search sector, and is being joined by other services this year including those offered by Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. Companies are today aware that local search gives them enhanced exposure and access to new customers all over the country.

Peter Jakubek goes on, “Local search has helped us to build our own business and to offer better, approved companies to our users. Consumers know that they can trust Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk to put them in touch with the most trustworthy local suppliers in the home improvement space – for all solutions from standard windows through to even triple glazing.”

DoubleGlazingLocal.co.uk reports that consumers are now more aware of the tricks utilised by rogue salesman and cold callers, and third party recommendation is enabling them to make more informed choices of suppliers.

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2011 Migration Monitor report released by reallymoving.com

Following a detailed analysis of over 60,000 home movers in the UK throughout 2011, reallymoving.com has released its annual Migration Monitor. The study highlights postcode regions that retain their residents, as well as those that lose people to other areas of the country.

One of the UK’s leading home moving service providers, reallymoving.com indicates that the leading moving trend throughout the last 12 months is residents choosing to move away from London and the South East, with many of its regions showing significantly lower numbers moving in than out.

In stark contrast the South West proved the most desirable destination for home movers. reallymoving.com received ‘from’ and ‘to’ postcodes of over 60,000 home movers and the quintessential seaside town of Torquay ranked as the most popular UK destination for home movers last year, as well as Truro and Exeter.

Rosemary Rogers, director of reallymoving.com, said: “Our research shows that during 2011 the South West claimed the highest percentage of movers into the region. Torquay, Truro and Exeter all appear in the top five results.

“Cities which retain their residents make a healthy mix across the UK: Sheffield, Belfast, Chester and Newcastle all lead the way for residents staying within their postcode regions, which is a great reflection on the success of those cities.”

Residents in the Oxford area are the biggest movers according to the report, with 69% more moves per head of population than the national average. Commuter towns such as Reading and St. Albans also rank highly in terms of population mobility.

The survey also shows areas where residents were happier to sit tight in their current properties. Belfast and Kilmarnock held onto the top spots as the least active moving markets last year in the UK by a significant margin.

The annual 2011 Migration Monitor report is available on the reallymoving.com website. It is also downloadable and printable in PDF format.

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