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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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Large Japanese property corporation entered the Australian & NZ serviced Apartments/accommodation Industry

JAPANESE RENTAL HOUSING MANAGEMENT COMPANY BUYS WALDORF SERVICED APARTMENTS

Sydney, Australia, 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — Daiwa Living Management Co. Ltd (DLM), one of the largest Rental Hosing management companies together with Cosmos Initia Co, Ltd (CI), a Residential Developer in Japan, have jointly purchased 75% of Waldorf Australia and New Zealand Group.

Waldorf is a privately owned company which commenced operations in Sydney in 1982. Since then, the business has grown to more than 1,500 apartments and operates in Sydney, Central Coast, Canberra, Leura, Geraldton, Perth and Auckland.

Waldorf is currently one of the largest Serviced Apartment operators in Australasia.
DLM manages approximately 500,000 rental housing properties across Japan.

The Serviced Apartment business has undergone significant transformation in Australasia in recent years with almost all leading operators entering into ‘Joint Ventures’ with international operators.

DLM and CI are subsidiary companies of Daiwa House Industry Co. Ltd, the largest publically listed Construction and Development Company in Japan.

“The sale to DLM Group will bring forward our plans to further improve services and allow the business to expand significantly in the coming years.” said the Waldorf Group founding Director and CEO, Avi Rubinstein. He added that “We expect to grow our business to more than 5,000 apartments in time and this will greatly enhance our brand awareness and increase our competitiveness.”

“Serviced Apartments are an attractive alternative to Hotels as they offer spacious, high quality self -contained accommodation at reasonable prices and they are becoming increasingly attractive to domestic and international tourists as well as to the corporate traveller.” Mr Rubinstein said.

DLM has been seeking an opportunity to enter the Australasian market and is excited about the Waldorf acquisition. Waldorf is a well-established and successful business which is ‘scalable’ and presents DLM with an ideal platform to grow across many sub markets in both Australia and New Zealand.

The existing owners of Waldorf will continue their involvement in the business as Directors and their main focus will be to acquiring new properties for the newly enhanced group.

ENDS

For further clarification, please contact Avi Rubinstein at webmaster@waldorf.com.au

Contact-Details:
Avi Rubinstein, Waldorf Australia & NZ Group
110 James Ruse Drive,Rosehill, NSW 2142
Tel 02 88378000
www.waldorf.com.au

 

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Community Investment Strategies Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Bloomfield Affordable Senior Housing Community

Heritage Village at Bloomfield Addresses Need for Affordable Housing Post-Hurricane Sandy

Bloomfield, N.J., March 11, 2016 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — State, county, and local officials joined Community Investment Strategies, Inc. (CIS) for a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil Heritage Village at Bloomfield – an 82-apartment affordable 55-plus housing community in Bloomfield, Essex County that serves seniors on a fixed income.

After Hurricane Sandy, nearly 100,000 homes in Bloomfield were without power for several days. Of the 859 units in Essex County that suffered flood damage, 54 percent were low- to moderate-income households, leaving a high-demand for affordable housing options. Heritage Village at Bloomfield not only addresses the demand, but it was constructed with resiliency features to protect residents from future weather-related disasters. Resiliency features include high-quality, cement board exteriors; LED lighting; emergency generators; ground level bathroom and a shower that are accessible during times of extended power loss; and an energy-efficient ventilation system.

“As both a developer and owner of affordable housing complexes, Hurricane Sandy taught us that our communities need to be built stronger so they can withstand weather-related events and keep our residents protected,” said Christiana Foglio, CIS founder and CEO. “We took great care in making Heritage Village at Bloomfield resilient, preparing for the worst so residents can feel safe in the event of an emergency.”

Funding for Heritage Village at Bloomfield includes Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity provided by Boston Capital and JPMorganCHASE, a construction and permanent loan from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA), and Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Funds.

“At NJHMFA, we are happy to have provided an integral part of the financing for Heritage Village at Bloomfield’s now completed redevelopment, which will directly benefit seniors while expanding affordable housing opportunities and community facilities,” said NJHMFA Executive Director Anthony L. Marchetta. “We awarded the redevelopment project federal 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits that have generated approximately $12.7 million in private equity and $5 million in federal CDBG-DR dollars through the Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing (FRM) Program. This community represents another important revitalization program that has fully restored the quality and safety of each of these units from normal wear and tear as well as damage sustained in the wake of the superstorm.”

Heritage Village at Bloomfield is comprised of 74 one-bedroom and 8 two-bedroom apartments, as well a community room, wellness and fitness centers, library, and on-site management office. Apartments include heating, air conditioning, new, energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, and emergency pull cords. Residents will also enjoy a range of programmed activities.

“Our town was devastated after Hurricane Sandy. Some houses were nearly 10 feet underwater and others experienced property damage, downed power lines and fallen trees from the strong winds,” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael J. Venezia. “CIS shared our same vision for rebuilding Bloomfield after Hurricane Sandy, and we are grateful for the hard work they put into creating a community where residents can feel safe and comfortable and where our seniors will have the opportunity to continue living here and contributing to our community in affordable housing.”

Rent for a one-bedroom apartment ranges from $493 for residents at or below 30 percent area median income (AMI), $700 for residents at or below 50 percent AMI, and $862 for residents at or below 60 percent AMI. Rent for a two-bedroom apartment ranges from $592 for residents at or below 30 percent AMI and $1,028 for residents at or below 60 percent AMI. For leasing information, please call 973-748-1952.

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Representatives of Community Investment Strategies, local officials, and community residents at the ribbon cutting for Heritage Village at Bloomfield in Essex County.
Representatives of Community Investment Strategies, local officials, and community residents at the ribbon cutting for Heritage Village at Bloomfield in Essex County.
Bloomfield Mayor Michael J. Venezia; Christiana Foglio, CIS founder and CEO; and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo.
Bloomfield Mayor Michael J. Venezia; Christiana Foglio, CIS founder and CEO; and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo.

About CIS

Since 1994, Community Investment Strategies has been a leading developer of multifamily housing, including 55-plus, senior housing and mixed-use redevelopments, as well as market-rate and affordable housing. The company’s diverse portfolio includes more than 3,000 apartment rental units. CIS has been recognized for its award-winning communities, corporate citizenship and advocacy, as well as its people-first philosophy. A woman-owned business enterprise, the firm is committed to promoting gender and ethnic diversity throughout its own organization as well as the communities in which its projects are located. For more information, visit www.communityinvestmentstrategies.com.

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

www.welcometoplace.org

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FIRE SALE: 62+ Hectare Nature Sanctuary

Boquete, Panama, December 22, 2014 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — Incredible doesn’t begin to describe this unbelievable property, a peaceful sanctuary high in the cool mountains of paradisiacal Volcan, Panama. Imagine a lush forest enveloped in seasonal, low-level cloud cover, visited by rare tropical birds with breathtaking mountain and ocean views. Large tropical trees and cleared areas on the property are all ready for development or preservation. Fully titled, with a master plan completed, this 62+ hectare property would be the perfect eco-project and/or development, ready for sale at only $1.12/m2.

Volcan is a mountain town in the Chiriqui province of Panama known for its cooler climate, mountainous landscapes, and agricultural production. Think perfect June weather, year round. Just one hour from the popular mountain town Boquete, and a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from David, this area is remote and secluded, but accessible. Volcan is 4,000 feet above sea level and sits in the shadows of the Baru volcano, the highest point in Panama.

You can view the listing here: http://www.insidepanamarealestate.com/all-listings-in-panama/panama-property-for-sale/fire-sale-62-hectare-nature-sanctuary-in-volcan.htm

More 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.
Boquete, Panama: (Volcan is just 1 hour from Boquete.) Just a short flight from Panama City near the border of Costa Rica rests the green mountain town of Boquete. Described by locals as having perfect, June-like weather all year long, Boquete offers lush mountain vistas and clean air, lightly scented by a profusion of tropical plants and flowers. The town, formally established in 1911 when coffee gained hold as a cash crop, is now a popular place for tourists to visit and retirees to call home. There is plenty to do in Boquete: hike, bike, or drive through several scenic loops for a picturesque view of the mountain region, soak in hot springs, birdwatch, or enjoy the annual Flowers and Coffee festival held in the town each January. English is widely spoken, and with many excellent restaurants and local guides, enjoy the conveniences of modern living and the charm and beauty of Panama in Boquete.

(Information on Volcan found on http://www.volcan.chiriqui.org/chivolcan-intro.htm and on Wikipedia)

For more information about this property or others like it, visithttp://www.insidepanamarealestate.com/ or contact Mike at 1+507-6756-5850.

 

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

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Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Cos. Announces New Executive Vice President

After months of work and consideration, the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties (HBADOC) announces that Holly Fraccaro of Chicago, Illinois, has been named HBADOC’s new Executive Vice President (EVP).

HBADOC’s Executive Committee and the full Board of Directors recently approved Fraccaro as the person to take over the reigns of the non-profit trade association that serves the home building industry throughout the three counties.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties at this time,” Fraccaro said. “My goal is to capitalize on the up-swing we’re seeing in the housing market and to use this momentum to engage, support, and promote our existing members and to increase the recruitment of new members. In the building industry, we all know how important a strong foundation is. Former EVP Nick Tennyson has done an incredible job of building the foundation. And now, together with the phenomenal staff and Board of Directors, I will build on that foundation to further the mission, to grow the organization, and to support our members.”

Holly Fraccaro is originally from North Dakota. She moved to Chicago for graduate school 18 years ago. Most recently, she served as executive director at North West Housing Partnership, a nonprofit organization in Chicago dedicated to creating and implementing programs to promote economically diverse housing by bringing public and private resources together. Before that she was executive director of the Single Room Housing Assistance Corp., a nonprofit that provides supportive housing to homeless adults in Chicago. A triathlete, she received her degree in psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.

Fraccaro and her husband, attorney Kyle Fraccaro, are in the process of moving to North Carolina from Chicago. She will start work full time on October 7th.

According to Andy Krichman, HBADOC president, the selection process was involved and meticulous. The HBADOC’s selection committee first conducted focus-group interviews with key stakeholders to determine key aspects of the position in order to create job postings as well as assessments.

The committee also used an online application process with supplemental questions to be able to compare the applicants and metrics at each step of the process so the preferred answer or “best fit” answer for the organization was pre-identified and the applicant then compared to that.

Finally, the best candidates went through three stages of screenings during an intensive two-day interview process that culminated in a unanimous decision that Holly Fraccaro is the best EVP candidate for the HBADOC.

“Holly is the type of person who accomplishes whatever she sets her mind to,” Krichman said. “Holly is an energetic, positive, go-getter who enjoys working as a team player to accomplish goals. Together we will all help our HBA to build on what we have created and take it on to more growth and the next level.”

For more information on the HBADOC, visit www.hbadoc.com.

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The Door Store Goes Forward In Pairs

The Door Store has had an exceptional record at developing a superb range of internal doors for the building trade. They have developed a vast trade in doors which cover the complete requirements of almost any designer ranging from the simple plain door to the exotic range of moulded and wood machined finishes.

A model that The Door Store is particularly proud to promote is the JB Kind Moulded Panel Classique internal doors. These are a great set of doors, which are white primed and moulded, ready for painting in whatever colour that is decided for your home. JB Kind doors come with an excellent pedigree and give The Door Store a great deal of confidence in the product.

The Classique design is such that it has a six pane glass insert in the top half of the door of almost a Georgian design of six panes built in to the door in 3 pairs. The top panes have an ornate arch type top edge design to them and a single rebated type square design in the bottom half of the door. This really does provide a classic style and design, which can be used in a number of quite different situations.

The Door Store supply large quantities of pairs of cheap internal doors, which can be used for entry and exit to and from any room, and the appearance of these doors will really offset the entrance, which they are closing. The Classique design will give a richness to the look, which is most important to the house, and this will fit in with the general view of the property. Double entry doors do give any property that feel of space and luxury, which is difficult to get inn any other way. This is an excellent pair of doors and at a price of £137 plus VAT this is excellent value for money. The doors are a moulded hardboard construction with the grain textured and ready for final painting. The glass is safety tempered glass and if the doors are required as a fire door, Door Store are happy to supply a full pair of fire doors as JB Kind make the Classique design in a fully compliant fire door variant too.

These types of doors are themselves classics, and look at their best when displayed as a barrier between two rooms, which would otherwise be an open plan room.

There are of course doors which will match the Classique moulded door so that a full range of these doors can be fitted throughout the house and give a theme which will suit the whole design.

The Door Store – http://www.the-door-store.co.uk – has always examined all its ranges of doors in the light that a careful designer can mix and match as necessary and to that effect it is pleased that the present range can fulfil this function.

Whether the aim is luxury or good standard doors The Door Store can provide what is required and their web site is well worth contacting to see the vast range that can supply.

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Luxury Vinyl Tiling From Beautiful Flooring Direct

Beautiful Flooring Direct have put together a superb range of all types of flooring for the complete floor covering market and the company is pleased to note that one of the most hard wearing and popular of all the ranges is the luxury vinyl tiles which are becoming such a staple workhorse of the market. The quality of the product is one, which Beautiful Flooring Direct has been proud to put at the forefront of their full range of luxury flooring business. The luxury vinyl tile is an expanding market, which has been growing quite quickly for the past few years. Increasingly, you’re now able to buy luxury vinyl tiles online, as more and more retailers get involved with what is a booming and ever popular type of flooring.

Beautiful Flooring Direct has been pleased to supply their full range to a large variety of different applications where the tiles have invariably been used where their major qualifications have been used to the full. The vinyl tile is ideal for use in areas where there is a need for a hard wearing surface that can be cleaned instantly and returned to its former glory. The lifespan of the luxury vinyl tile is excellent and when such a floor is installed it will outlive most of its users and it is more likely to be changed from the wish to see something new or change the design of the room. Beautiful Flooring Direct recommend this type of flooring for use in the kitchen, hallways and utility rooms where there is a regularly hard wearing pattern and the possibility of spills or muddy shoes as the quality of the flooring will result in a standard cleaning bringing the floor back to its original state. Indeed luxury vinyl tiles in bathrooms are becoming more of a common sight too, as the surface is ideal to contain spills without becoming overly slippery.

Beautiful Flooring Direct – http://www.beautifulflooringdirect.co.uk – has seen some excellent designs using the luxury vinyl tile as the versatility of the range allows a superb style range to be achieved. The luxury vinyl tile range can come in almost any type of material finish. The tile may look like stone with all the imperfections and grain styles and striations or it may look like quartz or a fantastic Italian marble effect. The advantage that this has to the designer is that the designs that suit the particular materials can be reproduced with the luxury vinyl tile. It is quite usual to see the luxury vinyl tile system being used in a typical modern take on the Roman marble floor. The Roman patterns can be reproduced and there are ranges of border or edging strips, which can be used to profile the design or to set the boundaries of the design. The door strips, ramps and cover strips are used to finish the design and provide a great boundary to the edges of the flooring.

The range sold by Beautiful Flooring Direct give a fabulous amount of options to the designer and the complete range of different types of luxury tiles can be seen on the company’s web site. If there are any queries the company will be only too willing to answer any queries by email or telephone. This is a great range that will give the interior designer or the ambitious owner a blank canvas on which to work and achieve great results.

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Riba Housing Report Commended By Global Construction Firm

A study by the Future Homes Commission, a body instigated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) calling for 300,000 extra homes to be built every year as part of a “housing revolution”, has been welcomed by Homes by Skanska – the UK residential arm of global construction firm, Skanska.

Sue Warwick, Interim Sales and Marketing Director of Homes by Skanska commented: “There have been a number of calls to increase the UK’s housing output over recent years; however the study by RIBA presents the industry with a tangible solution to the housing crisis we are currently facing. With the study proposing such large-scale construction without the need to use government finance, we will be interested to see how the housing minister reacts to this study.

“Notably, it is a step in the right direction to see the report call for a greater focus in design across all new homes, which is something we as housebuilders have a huge responsibility to deliver. Reinforcing calls to build more homes to address the nation’s housing shortage is vital, but of equal importance is the need to create desirable yet affordable homes fit for families and future generations.

“At Homes by Skanska we have begun to show how Scandinavian design principles can be adopted by the UK housing industry to create exactly the kind of practical living spaces proposed by RIBA. High ceilings, large windows and well-planned, built-in storage can be combined with insulation and energy-efficient technologies to balance functionality with desirability.

“The housing sector will no doubt embrace many of the proposals laid out by RIBA in order to make the most of the funding pledged by the coalition in September.”

For more information on Homes by Skanska and its first development, Seven Acres, a group of new homes Cambridge, visit www.skanska.co.uk/homes.

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LGI Homes Named a Texas Top Employer

LGI Homes is proud to announce that it has been named one of 2012’s “Best Companies to Work For” by Texas Monthly magazine. The award acknowledges LGI Homes’ ongoing commitment to the integrity, happiness and success of its workforce, and honors the company’s achievements in sound workplace policies, philosophies and practices. LGI Homes will formally receive the award at a ceremony during the Texas Association of Business’ 2012 Annual Conference in Austin early next year.

The “Top Employer” designation comes during a banner year for LGI Homes, in which it has placed over 475 new homeowners into its communities—a company record. Despite difficulties in the homebuilding industry, LGI Homes continues to break through monthly and quarterly records with its popular communities and new homes in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. This success has been driven by the company’s unwavering dedication to offering quality, affordability and value to its customers, in superior locations that offer the best aspects of urban and suburban lifestyles. 2012 will see LGI Homes expand this business model to new markets in Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona.

About LGI Homes
Founded in 2003, LGI Homes is one of Texas’ most robust homebuilders, named one of the nation’s fastest growing companies by INC Magazine, and lauded by its industry for its groundbreaking marketing techniques and ongoing sales success. The company was also recognized as a New Home Quality Award winner for its communities in the Houston area. For more information about LGI Homes, please visit LGI Homes’ Company Blog or our main website lgihomes.com.

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Home and Garden Consumers Now Have a ‘Fitting Room’ for Trying On Products with this Free Website

Visual Applications, Inc., a developer of visualization software applications for the home improvement and landscape industry, recently launched Showoff.com, an interactive community for home and garden enthusiasts and businesses alike.

Home and Garden Consumers Now Have a 'Fitting Room' for Trying On Products with this Free Website

Termed the Home and Garden Hub, Showoff brings products straight to the homes of interested customers where visitors can shop for ideas, products and services from the comforts of home and receive support from experts in the home industry.

Consumers “try on” products using the Visualizer, a free online tool that allows users to upload their own photographs to visualize any home improvement project in minutes including landscape, remodeling and interior design projects.

Showoff provides a place for contractors, manufacturers, dealers and designers to showcase their products and services for users to browse in places like the Product Showcase and Portfolio Gallery. Landscape and remodeling contractors, designers, and other industry professionals can get in front of a captive audience by uploading photos of their own work into the Portfolio Gallery for customers to peruse.

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LocalQuoter.net Releases The Latest In Damp Proof Membrane Technology

Online home improvement price comparison site LocalQuoter.net has responded to customer demand and the UK weather with the launch of a value for money damp proof membrane for their online customers. Offering essential home improvement products like this damp proof membrane is the next logical step for Local Quoter, who already provide customers with competitive quotes for home improvement needs from hundreds of suppliers.

LocalQuoter.net Releases The Latest In Damp Proof Membrane Technology

“We have already established ourselves as a leader in supply and fit price comparison online and demand from our new and existing customer base is now also for value for money home improvement products – hence the launch of this damp proof membrane”, says Les Yates of Local Quoter.

Damp proof membrane is used to form a horizontal barrier within a wall to prevent damp rising from the ground up through the structure. UK householders whose properties have not already got damp proof membrane installed are recommended to do so to keep their homes safe from the threat of rising damp. Rising damp is a particular problem in the UK due to the high rainfall levels and resulting ground water.

Local Quoter offers competitive prices on supply and fit needs by comparing quotes from hundreds of suppliers and can now also offer customers the best value for money on essential home improvement products such as the damp proof membrane.

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Don’t Be Caught Cold By Another Freezing Spell

When the country found itself in the icy grip of winter last month, many people reached for their central heating thermostats to turn them up. And while that might have warded off the immediate chill, home services comparison website LocalQuoter.net says many householders will soon be paying the price for keeping themselves warm as the next energy bills land on the doormat.

Don't Be Caught Cold By Another Freezing Spell

It’s at times like these, too, when lots of good intentions regarding using less energy to help cut down our CO2 emissions go out of the window. So next time we feel an icy blast, everyone can be better prepared – and will reduce their carbon footprint – by having the latest, most energy-efficient windows and doors fitted.

“Having windows and doors manufactured to the most up-to-date standards fitted in the home is an investment which pays off immediately in helping cut energy use, and reducing heating bills,” says Les Yates of LocalQuoter. “Modern, state-of-the-art windows are made from glass which contains an invisible metal coating between the panes. This reflects the heat back into the home, and keeps it warmer in winter and cooler in the summer,” he adds.

LocalQuoter helps householders find the best company to supply and install the latest double-glazed windows and doors and passes cheap double glazing quotes on to the customer. It chooses companies based on personal recommendation, so if a firm uses the latest materials, and customers see the savings, then they are likely to be rewarded by gaining more recommendations.

And the benefits for homeowners in having the most efficient windows fitted are both short and long term. “Upgrading windows and doors has double benefits, in bringing cost savings, and making a home look much more attractive, which will help substantially in increasing its value,” Les Yates added.

Getting old windows replaced with double glazing at any time is a sensible idea. But getting it done before the cold weather bites again not only makes sense – it will make people better off in the long run.

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LocalQuoter, The UK-Based Price Comparison Specialist, Is Looking To Make Inroads Into The American Home Improvement Market

LocalQuoter, the UK-based price comparison specialist, is looking to make inroads into the American home improvement market in 2010 by establishing itself in Florida.

LocalQuoter, The UK-Based Price Comparison Specialist, Is Looking To Make Inroads Into The American Home Improvement Market

The company, which was set up in England in 2008, has just expanded to serve the whole of America, and intends to build on its reputation for finding the best deals for customers wanting sunrooms, conservatories, sidings, pergolas and replacement windows and doors.

Through an extensive network of suppliers and fitters across the US, the company puts customers in touch with the best tradespeople, whatever the job. LocalQuoter America has access to over 4,000 companies specialising in windows and doors and allows people to choose between 1,500 conservatory experts.

LocalQuoter’s presence in America will also allow customers access to more than 2,500 firms involved in building sunrooms. Having a sunroom adds a new dimension to your home visually, provides a great living space where you can relax all-year-round, and can significantly add to the value of your property when the time comes to sell up.

Another benefit of using an online comparison service is that once one quote form has been filled out, no more work is required on the part of the customer. They can simply sit back and let LocalQuoter do the hard work and find the best company to carry out the project such as sunroom quotes, windows and Pergolas as well.

Les Yates, boss of LocalQuoter America, said by going through the company’s brand new US website www.localquoter.net/us people can obtain no obligation quotes from reputable companies who have been accepted onto an approved suppliers list.

He said: “We’re delighted to have been able to expand our business to serve the whole of America and are confident of being able to replicate the success of LocalQuoter in the UK.

“Often when homeowners are looking to have work carried out on their properties they worry about ending up with a rogue trader. The beauty of a service like LocalQuoter is that every single one of our suppliers is vetted and has to conform to a certain set of criteria.

“We believe there is a gap in the market and people across the United States will welcome the arrival of a company that can act as a reliable and trustworthy source, providing them with honest, local tradespeople who don’t charge the earth.

“Our massive database of contacts across America’s home improvement industry allows us to ensure our customers get to choose from the best deals available and we can’t wait to help people start saving.”

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A Simple, Flexible, Non-Recourse Lending Alternative Without Liquidating The Borrower’s Assets

Securities Based Funding, Inc. announces a unique financing advantage to borrowers against the value of their securities portfolio at below-market, simple interest, fixed rate loans ranging from 2.5% to 4.5%.

These   non-recourse   loans will assist Domestic and international buyers, sellers and developers of properties worldwide. The loan proceeds can be used for any purpose except to buy securities or carry securities in a margin account.

Despite the credit crunch and while access to liquidity through traditional capital markets is difficult in today’s uncertain economy, security-based loans enable borrowers to access liquidity at below-market rates by pledging the securities they own as collateral for the loan. Securities based loans offer residential and commercial real estate owners and developers, a viable alternative, that are being frozen out of the market, by their banks and traditional sources of financing.

Eligible securities are publicly trades stocks, bonds, tradable mutual funds, unit investment and real estate investment trusts as well as foreign positions on international exchanges. Ineligible securities include, privately held stocks, securities held in retirement accounts, such as, IRAs and 401Ks. The borrower retains all upside market appreciation and receives any dividends or interest to which the securities are entitled. Loan to security values (LTV) range from 35% up to 80%. The more liquid and actively trades the securities, the higher the LTV.

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Thracian Cliffs Golf And Spa Resort Bulgaria – One Of Europe’s Top 3 Golf Courses

Soon, Bulgaria will be home to one of Europe’s top 3 golf courses, in the form of Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa Resort, which boasts an 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course.

Thracian Cliffs Golf And Spa Resort

At the heart of the luxury mixed-use development is the Gary Player Signature golf course, located on 164-hectares of wild, scenic Black Sea coast terrain, spanning 4.5 kilometres of coastline and bestowing a truly exhilarating golfing experience with stunning sea views.

Mr Player cannot speak highly enough of the course. “I’ve been designing golf courses for a long time all over the world – in China, India, Africa, America – all over the world. And I must say that I have never seen such a beautiful golf course as this here.

I am certain that it will bring a lot of tourism to Bulgaria and I am confident that Bulgaria will become a favourite place for holding world class golf tournaments within the next two to three years.”

The Golf Clubhouse will offer casual luxury with a comfortable, sophisticated and inviting social atmosphere for golfers and friends.

The facility will include relaxing restaurants, an elegant bar and lounge with fireplaces and terraces overlooking the 18th green and seaside views to the Gary Player Signature golf course.

The Clubhouse will include workout facilities, indoor and outdoor pools with dramatic views in all directions.

Gary Player has the final word, “You will never see a golf course like this anywhere in the world. Never.”

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Astute Investors Can Enlist Help Of Quality Tradespeople To Boost Returns

It has long been the case that investors have seen renovating and modernising a run-down property as a good opportunity to make money.

But in times like the present, when anyone who is still in the market for property can drive a hard bargain, such investments offer an even more appealing deal.

This is because, with good properties scarce, investors’ attention will increasingly focus on what is available lower down the market, where the potential long-term gains are greater.

Les Yates, of Bolton-based trade comparison site, LocalQuoter, believes that, with lots of tradespeople working at less than capacity due to the recession, there is also plenty of help and advice available for would-be investors.

“Competition is fierce among quality tradespeople, whose workload has slowed with the onset of the recession,” Les points out.

“So they have more time to advise on which improvements are needed to a run-down property, and which will bring potentially the highest return.”

Measures such as a new fitted kitchen, double glazing and a new bathroom always have the greatest appeal for buyers, and are one way to make money in a flat housing market, it has been claimed.

But with renewed emphasis on energy efficiency, any improvements which enhance a house’s energy-saving performance are also likely to bring good returns for investors.

Local Quoter can provide you with all the information you need to embark on any home improvment or enovation project such as Double Glazing QuotesCheap Double Glazing and Conservatory quotes.

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Soon, Bulgaria Will Be Home To One Of Europe’s Top Golf Courses, In The Form Of The New Gary Player Signature Course, Which Is Part Of Thracian Cliffs Golf & Spa Resort

Soccer mad Bulgaria traditionally hasn’t had much time for golf, but that is changing as people realise that the Bulgarian climate would suit the golfing season perfectly- stretching it out to eight or nine months a year.

Europe’s Top Golf Courses

Nine years after the first golf course was built, Bulgaria is on the fast track to becoming an established world golf destination and the development of the golf industry would double the all-important summer season on the Black Sea coast.

The Government is also backing the drive to boost golf in Bulgaria and plans to develop the industry and attract an increasing number of upper-class affluent tourists. It sees the construction of golf courses as an alternative to the property boom on the Black Sea Coast and in mountain resorts.

Soon, Bulgaria will be home to one of Europe’s top golf courses, in the form of the new Gary Player Signature course, which is part of Thracian Cliffs Golf & Spa Resort.

The 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course forms the core of the luxury mixed-use development which is located on 164-hectares of wild, scenic Black Sea coast terrain.

The Golf Clubhouse will offer casual luxury with a comfortable, sophisticated and inviting social atmosphere for golfers and friends. The facility will include relaxing restaurants, an elegant bar and lounge with fireplaces and terraces overlooking the 18th green and seaside views to the Gary Player Signature golf course.

The Clubhouse will include workout facilities, indoor and outdoor pools with dramatic views in all directions.

And just in case you find yourself on the golf course without your dictionary, here are a few useful phrases to help you get ‘a-round’….

‘Did you see where that landed?’
Видя ли тази топка къде падна?
Vidia li tazi topka kyde padna?

‘That is a horrible lie’
Това е ужасна лъжа.
Tova e uzhasna lyzha.

‘Surely that’s a gimme’
Тази топка е вътре със сигурност.
Tazi topka e vytre sys sigurnost.

‘This to go all square. No pressure.’
Резултатът от тази дупка е равен. Спокойно.
Rezultatyt ot tazi dupka e raven. Spokojno.

‘I didn’t touch it’
Не я докоснах.
Ne ia dokosnah.

‘No I definitely scored 4 not 5’
Не, със сигурност отбелязах 4, не 5.
Ne, sys sigurnost otbeliazah 4, ne 5.

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One Day Waterfront Sales Event – August 29, 2009

The Sailing community in Coastal North Carolina. Very protected, .5 to 2.5 acre homesites, nice breezes, friendly atmosphere. Share stories with fellow sailors and cruisers at our clubhouse inspired by the lifesaving stations along the Outer Banks. Just off the ICW with direct ocean access and deep water with 40′ to 60′ foot boat slips.

One Day Waterfront Sales Event - August 29, 2009

Community located near Oriental and New Bern. If you’ve been thinkin about a lifestyle on the water, now is the time. With planned completion for Fall 09/Spring 10 we are still offering our remaining homesites at pre-constrution pricing and for this one day only event, 5 waterfront homesites will be offered at an additional price reduction.

Event begins at 9am and features property tours by land, or see the property by water on a 40′ sailing yacht. This is not an auction.

Visit our website to register for this event:

http://www.nc-waterfrontsalesevent.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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