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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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The Rose receives 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award from the Urban Land Institute

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — PLACE is pleased to announce that The Rose and three sister developments at Portland and Franklin Avenues (South Quarter) in Minneapolis were selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. This annual award honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes. Representing the completion of South Quarter, The Rose offers 43 market rate apartments and 47 income-restricted affordable apartments in profoundly sustainable buildings that have neither furnaces nor conventional air conditioning equipment.

In 2010, affordable housing developer Aeon, in partnership with Hope Community, selected PLACE by competition to add specialized development consultant capacity as Sustainability Champion for the last phase of South Quarter. Aeon wanted the final buildings to be the best performing buildings of their kind in the country, on an affordable housing budget. A 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to public benefit, PLACE provided disruptive environmental design analysis, assisted in assembling and facilitating a world-class collaborative design and construction team, deepened community engagement, and refined financial modeling in furtherance of creating high-performance, healthy buildings for Aeon’s residents.

Minneapolis has the harshest climate of any large city in America. The biggest challenge for PLACE was to ensure that the team could deliver a building envelope capable of keeping residents cool in a scorching summer with high humidity and a frigid winter with temperatures plunging to minus thirty degrees Fahrenheit. Buildings in the U.S. are built each day to standards that cause them to consume 70% of America’s primary energy, with 52% of that energy going to heating and cooling. The Rose is 75% more energy efficient than local standards require, which also deepens affordability for residents; it represents PLACE’s most cutting edge restorative development work to date.

“This project is on the leading edge of workforce housing development and preservation,” said J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners in Atlanta. “It has it all—mixed-income housing, environmental sustainability, long-term affordability, and long-term financing.”

“The efforts of Aeon and Hope Community, with their many public and private sector partners, prove that previously disinvested communities can point the way forward for mixed-income, environmentally sustainable redevelopment in our cities,” said Stockton Williams, executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center.

PRESS CONTACT
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Chris Velasco
Executive Director
PLACE
100 Portland Avenue South
Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 309-3889
www.welcometoplace.org

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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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GREAT OPPORTUNITY! BEAUTIFUL DUPLEX PROJECT UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN BOQUETE, PANAMA

Looking for the perfect investment near picture perfect Boquete, Panama? Look no further than this beautiful duplex project under construction in El Frances, Boquete. Featuring three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a one car garage, and stunning views of the lush mountains and ocean, this duplex – convenient to both mountain town Boquete and province capital David – is a great buy.

The duplex project, offers a comfortable 187 square meter floor plan with all the modern conveniences. Both kitchen and master bathroom will feature beautiful granite countertops, and the duplex will offer imported tiles throughout. The duplex will also offer wooden kitchen cabinets and closets, a gala tile roof, and a one car garage. With stunning views of lush green rainforests and the clear, blue ocean, this is a perfect place to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.

Convenience is key for this beautiful, new duplex. This new build is less than a 12 minute drive from the popular tourist and retirement mountain community of Boquete, and only 20 minutes from David, the capital city of Chiriqui Province, ensuring easy access to shopping, restaurants, and other modern conveniences. The duplex is also less than 2 kilometers away from a new government hospital currently under construction and a new, state-of-the-art international school, Boquete International Academy. For more information about the school, visit http://www.aib.edu.pa/web/welcome/.

For more information about hospitals and health care in Panama, visithttp://www.insidepanamarealestate.com/resources/health-care-in-panama/.

To view this listing, visit: http://www.insidepanamarealestate.com/all-listings-in-panama/panama-property-for-sale/for-sale-duplex-with-great-views-and-price.htm

To view a video about this project, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfDiW-jKHSg

About 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.

About Inside Panama Real EstateInside 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 oversees every detail of the real estate transaction to ensure it is a smooth and enjoyable experience. Whether you are buying or selling a home, or just beginning the process of learning about living in the beautiful country of Panama, Inside Panama Real Estate is a great partner and resource. IPRE specializes in assessing the needs and desires of each of our customers, providing helpful information about the region, finding the perfect property, and even helping customers relocate and gain residency. IPRE also offers exceptional online and social media marketing, brochure, and VIP tours for sellers. For your #1 source for living in Panama, look no further than Inside Panama Real Estate.

For more information about the duplex and other projects in progress, visithttp://www.insidepanamarealestate.com or contact Mike at +507-6756-5850

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

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The Door Store Pines For Some Excellent Doors

The Door Store has an excellent range of doors to suit the whole of the building trade requirements. The choice of doors and the number of different options that have come onto the market in recent years is immense. The quality has improved and the prices have remained excellent during this period. The Door Store has been at the forefront of supplying top quality doors for all occasions and all types of building from a range of different materials.

The Door Store has an excellent range of Pine Doors and they have taken a great deal of care to choose some of the best available pine doors to supply at some of the lowest prices available. In particular The Door Store is very proud to be able to supply the JB Kind range of Pine Doors. There is a range of different designs but one of the best standard designs is the JB Kind Clear Pine Swansea Internal Door.

The Swansea door is a classic design of Pine door with four panels fitted with two smaller oblong panels in the bottom half of the door and two longer almost elongated panels in the top half of the door. The bottom of the top panels is horizontal and the sides are vertical but the top has a classic half bow at the top of each panel going from low to high from the edge of the door towards the centre. This classic design can be used throughout the house and will enhance the general appearance of the building. The curved detail of the panelling is excellent and provides a great focal point for the doors.

The Door Store notes the exceptional quality and affordability of solid timber pine doors. These doors have a pine central core with a laminated veneered finish, which can either be stained or painted. The Door Store notes that care must be taken with Pine Doors as when they are made the wood is kiln dried to reduce the moisture content to a very low level and if they are exposed to high humidity they will obviously absorb water and the reaction can ruin a door. It is essential that the door is sealed to preserve their integrity and this can be carried out either by use of a good stain or by painting. The Door Store note that in general Pine Doors are not recommended for a new build situation as the high humidity can effect this high quality door.

The Door Store (http://www.the-door-store.co.uk) notes that the pine internal door is of a first class construction and one of the best values for money of all modern doors. Pine is a wood that fits well in modern surroundings and will compliment a large range of decorations and general fixtures and furniture. It is noted that the doors can be painted to fit in with the general house decoration scheme or made to stand out as a feature. A greater choice can be viewed on The Door Store web site and any queries will be answered promptly.

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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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Ace Sheds Have A Lovely Design In The Hastings Summerhouse

Ace Sheds are very proud of their range of summerhouses and they have a lovely selection that will meet almost any requirements that come to mind. The company has worked hard over many years to develop a system of building that has enabled them to manufacture to a very high quality and very strong designs whilst maintaining the garden feel about the summerhouses, these are built using a standard wood based system that has ensured a quality product at a price that is not only very competitive but also which can be purchased at a price acceptable to the customer. The summerhouses not only look good but they have a good shiplap or loglap wood panels with a range of different felt roofs. Wood can be temperamental material, but the pressure treatment systems are very often standard and are not expensive if not standard and provide a security against any sort of wood diseases and rots that can be found in the UK.

Ace Sheds builds the summerhouses to an easy erection design, which is ideal for self erection as it can easily be erected by 2 men (Or 2 women) without expert joinery skills and if that is not possible they can arrange for an installer to erect it for the customer.

The Hastings summerhouse has been around for some time now and it is equally as popular as it was years ago, the octagonal shape gives it that very pleasing look with a great amount of small glass panes across the whole of the front of the building and around the two angled sides and the two side panels. This means some 60% of the vertical area of the summerhouse is glass. The traditional design is such that while the overall length and width is only 8 feet x 6 feet it stands its ground excellently. Ace Sheds are proud of this design which will suit the small garden as it fits into a small space which can be in a corner at an angle to gain the best advantage of the view and also to give the best aspect of the summerhouse from the house. The Hastings Summerhouse is ideal for the small family and is very popular with the couple who have a family that have left home. It has plenty of room for two with enough space for the extra luxuries that makethe summerhouse a special oasis in the garden. It fits in well with the garden and can be enhanced by careful garden planting around the structure.

Ace Sheds provides the market with a number of niche summerhouses and it has worked hard to provide the niche ranges with a number of options that can be used for individual preferences. Why not take a look at the Ace Sheds’ gallery which is full of custom sheds and summer houses in our clients gardens. These can make the use of the building so much more than it was originally designed for with little effort or cost. These can include door positions, number of windows and roof tiles as well as security systems. Ace Sheds are always pleased to answer any question and enquiry.

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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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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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NY Office Space in the 21st Century

In the course of adapting ourselves to the modern world, we have come to rely on the Internet as a physical entity, a space that “really exists,” as opposed to the skepticism and unfamiliarity that first accompanied the “dot com” explosion. For the most part, everyone has “their sites” – those pages you check daily when work comes to a lull, and whose familiar home screens provide a sense of stability and comfort. This is analogous to how (I imagine) it felt 50 years ago, when you walked into your neighborhood pharmacy and were met with familiar faces in a comfortable setting.

Unlike a physical environment, however, the internet is never truly static and unchanging – and the speed of change online is instant. A site rolling out a new homepage is equivalent to a full physical renovation to the entrance of a building – in our experience, change of this magnitude should not occur overnight! You should hear hammering and see the work being slowly, painfully, brought from a beginning to a well-deserved final result. While the speed of achieving results has been shortened to a matter of hours in a digital space, the amount of thought and trial-and-error that go into planning these instant results is almost unbelievable.

Jay Suites’ unveiling of a new homepage this week is a perfect example of how the“instant” change perceived by you, our wonderful web audience, was preceded by a staggering amount of work and collaboration, both within our company and with external experts. While there were no physical undercurrents of change visible to those on the outside, Jay Suites has been pursuing a more targeted web strategy, focused on making our online identity as personalized and approachable as we are in person.

“Jay Suites’ new homepage has been in the works for a long time, and making it live was one of the easier elements in the process,” said COO Jack Srour, the day after the homepage makeover debuted. “That’s really how we approach everything – all you see is the immediate result, not how much goes on behind the scenes to make it happen.”

In addition to the new user-friendly landing page, which includes easy access for new and existing clients to the sites’ relevant content, Jay Suites has been aggressively pursuing an increased focus on social NY Office Space media development. “It’s so important to personalize your company, and make your products and services relevant to your target audience – if our clients are on Facebook and Twitter, we need to be there, too,” emphasized General Manager Caitie Bucci.

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The Long-Lost Principle of Customer Service

In today’s world, word-of-mouth referrals have all but disappeared. Multitudes of websites offer peer and professional reviews of everything from restaurants to retailers, and cover any and all imaginable and reviewable points. Gone are the days when one exceptional dish was enough of a reason to trek to a friend’s favorite restaurant – unless, of course, it got a great review on Yelp for every possible applicable category (and then some)!

Jay Suites’ commitment to service is much deeper than a desire to rise to the top of every web-based ratings site possible. Our feedback (in our opinion) comes from much more expert sources than teams of reviewers brainstorming around a table; rather, we rely on our tenants to let us know what kind of a job we do every day. It is understandably difficult to run a restaurant that gets both good reviews and repeat customers – it is even more difficult to run a serviced-based organization where your reviews come exclusively from the same clientele base day after day. Our tenants are not just operators of their own business organizations – they are also our clients. Whether they are in their offices working away, using a conference room for the most important sales pitch of the year, or taking a much-deserved day off, we care that we are doing the best for them and their businesses. We strive to provide the best for every individual that we expect to walk in our doors every morning, and we do so without compromising the excellence of our products.

In the serviced office space business, one of the hardest days to get up and go to work is a day when a long-standing tenant is scheduled to move out. For the company that’s relocating, this is an amazing day – they’ve likely grown enough in size and revenue to build out their own office space and sign a long-term lease; this is the corporate equivalent of going away to college. For those of us that have helped these firms grow from their start-up days, and watched last years’ major crises inspire this year’s next big thing, these are bittersweet occasions. The “-sweet” side of these experiences are the realization that even as the boxes are loaded onto the truck and bound for a new prestigious address, we at Jay Suites are still in the process of marketing ourselves and impressing our tenants. It is the same commitment to excellence that made our clients choose us initially, and that we will bring to moving day. We’ve spent between six and 24 months watching businesses grow from shaky start-ups to major market powerhouses, and we are not about to stop providing the services and personalized support synonymous with the Jay Suites brand, simply because a business is no longer located in our space.

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NYC Flexible Office Space Provider, Jay Suites, Begins Tenant Spotlight Series

‘Jay Suites’ “Tenant Spotlight” series highlights the diversity of industries and companies that have made our business centers their headquarters. The vast array of corporate profiles we support is proof of the highest caliber professional services Jay Suites provides. Our business centers’ sleek decor, ultra-modern technology, and unsurpassed professionalism allows our tenants to save time and money and focus on what really matters: their business. Subscribe to our blog for future Tenant Profiles, and see first-hand the advantages in locating your company in one of Jay Suites
prestigious business centers.”

Founded in May 2008, BeautyBlitz is the world’s first entirely web-based beauty magazine – “first” and “best” are rarely synonymous, but BeautyBlitzis anything but typical: the site was rated the “#1” online beauty magazine by Weekend Today in New York. The staff of BeautyBlitz boasts over 125 years’ combined experience in the beauty and magazine industries – that’s right, one-and-one-quarter centuries’ experience is pumped into the content of Beauty Blitz daily! It’s no wonder that millions of women world-wide log onto the site to pour through product recommendations, insider tips, and posts from celeb guest-editors (notable past contributors include models Iman and Adriana Lima, reality star Bethenny Frankel, and actress Michelle Tractenberg, just to name a few).

Unlike typical women’s publications, a quick browse through the photo gallery of notable contributors shows women of every size, color, profession, and age. Where else can you find tips for taming the most unruly tresses (from the Branch sisters, founders of the famed Miss Jessie’sproducts), and then click over to tried-and-tested beauty advice from members of the U.S. Olympic team (from Allison Baver, speedskating, and Noelle Pikus-Pace, skeleton racing)? You got it – nowhere but here.

As if you need another reason to love Beauty Blitz, their across-the-board focus on results guarantees that BeautyBlitz readers need not worry about wasting money on pricey products boasting ineffectual promises. The editors test everything from drugstore mainstays to department store splurges, checking off every brand and price point in between. BeautyBlitz editors are frequently buzzing about “the next big thing you’ve never heard of” – and since many of their discoveries don’t hit the pages of mainstream magazines for months, they really are on the cutting edge of beauty news.

Polly Blitzer, founder and CEO of BeautyBlitz, is more than just a pretty face. This Columbia-educated entrepreneur gained experience in diverse disciplines before founding BeautyBlitz (among them: a stint in investment banking with Solomon Smith Barney, an editor at Marie Claire, and over six years’ as beauty editor for InStyle, where she is still a contributing editor). In addition to helming the website, Blitzer also founded “Kiss and Make Up,” a New York-based nonprofit providing makeovers to children with cancers. As often as possible, the editors at BeautyBlitz ship off boxes filled with brand-new beauty products to women’s shelters and hospitals in the greater New York-Metro area. Blitzer’s pragmatism and social savvy is evident in everything she does, including her desire to give back: “Beauty doesn’t have to be superficial. Sometimes it only takes a swipe of nail polish to make a sick child feel like a princess – and that is beautiful.”

For more information on BeautyBlitz, including the latest product reviews and to subscribe to their blog, check them out at: www.beautyblitz.com.

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Executive Suites Provider, Jay Suites, to offer Flexible, Furnished Offices in the Financial District

Downtown New York City. The Financial District. Wall Street. The Stock Exchange. Soon entrepreneurs and small businesses will be able to take advantage of a flexible, furnished office plan in the heart of the financial capital of the world.

Jay Suites has secured its fourth New York City location at 30 Broad Street in the Financial District, company President Juda Srour announced. The company is now scouting out sites in Chelsea and the Plaza District for more locations.

Jay Suites — a serviced office suite provider which rents out fully furnished office spaces to both corporate clients and small businesses — signed a 13-year lease last Tuesday with Gotham Holdings for the entire 14th floor of the 50-story limestone building at the corner of Broad Street and Exchange Place, which is adjacent to the New York Stock Exchange. The classic art-deco tower is at the crossroads of the world’s banking, insurance, and financial industries.

The 16,000-square-foot space will be fully renovated and ready for lease by December 1, Srour said. Rents will range from $800 a month to $4,000 for office spaces of 100 square feet to 2,500 square feet.

Jay Suites is a three-year-old venture run by brothers Juda and Jack Srour, the company’s CEO. “The space is ideal for both start-ups and corporate clients that need the prime Manhattan address, and a flexible office plan,” Srour said. He added,“30 Broad Street will open up limitless opportunities to companies who desire a base in the heart of the financial district.”

The company recently signed a 10-year lease for 16,796 square feet at 1370 Broadway, a deal which was finalized in mid-July. Though the space — the fifth floor of the 17-story building, between 36th and 37th streets — won’t be open until Nov. 1, several suites have been snapped up already. “People have expressed interest and we have pre-sold ten suites on Broadway,” Juda said. “We are very excited to open these new centers and to have such great locations steps away from all the main subway lines.”

Jay Suites’ other two offices, which are up and running, are at 369 Lexington Avenue between 40th and 41st streets near Grand Central, and at 2 West 46th Street at Fifth Avenue in the Rockefeller District. The business centers are fully furnished with secured Internet and phone access, as well a staffed reception area, conference rooms, copiers and a daily cleaning staff.

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Bruntwood Scores A Hat Trick Of Office Deals At Atria

Bruntwood, North of England commercial property company, has welcomed two new customers to Atria in Bolton and also let an additional 2,000 sq ft of office space to one of its current customers, MRH Solicitors Ltd.

Centric Sports Management has taken 575 sq ft and Best Practice Group has taken 400 sq ft at the building. MRH Solicitors Ltd, which specialises in personal injury claims, moved into Atria in December 2009, taking 3000 sq ft and following recent expansion plans now occupies 5,000 sq ft.

Mohammed Patel, Managing Director of MRH Solicitors Ltd said, “Atria is perfect for our office requirements and provides us with the flexibility to expand as our business expands. The building is very impressive, with an exceptional on-site customer service team, as well as being in an ideal location, just two minutes’ walk from Bolton town centre.”

Andrew Butterworth, Director of Sales at Bruntwood said “We’re delighted to be able to accommodate MRH Solicitors Ltd’s office requirement at Atria. This letting highlights the flexibility that Bruntwood offers in allowing customers to move seamlessly within our buildings, as their requirements change.”

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Bruntwood Purchase City House in Leeds

Bruntwood, the commercial property company has announced the recent purchase of City House in Leeds city centre marking Bruntwood’s fifth acquisition in the city in as many years.

Comprising 120,000 sq ft of office space over 12 floors, City House is situated above Leeds central train station and is currently in a shell condition having been stripped out by the building’s previous owners. Now, family-owned Bruntwood plan to work closely with Network Rail and Leeds City Council to regenerate this landmark building, incorporating Grade A office space and serviced office space to accommodate all sizes of business, and in addition there will be meeting and conferencing spaces for hire.

The acquisition of City House will bring Bruntwood’s total Leeds office space offering to 390,000 sq ft, spread across the buildings of West One, Hepworth Point, West Gate and 14 King Street. Currently, Bruntwood are running at 95% occupancy across the Leeds portfolio.

Like all Bruntwood buildings, City House will be both owned and managed by Bruntwood, with an onsite customer service team overseeing day to day management of the building. This ensures customers can focus on running their business.

Craig Burrow, Bruntwood’s Head of Sales and Development in Leeds, commented: “Bruntwood are delighted with the purchase of City House and we are looking forward to transforming and managing the building in the long term. With extensive experience of similar schemes in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham, we’re confident that we can revitalise the building, enhancing the building’s existing infrastructure in what is without doubt, a fantastic business location in Leeds city centre.

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Bruntwood Starts New Business Breakfast Scheme

Bruntwood has organised a new ‘Breakfast by Bruntwood’ morning programme as part of its quarterly breakfast seminars held at the company’s most recent investment, the reinvigorated McLaren Tower.

The purpose of these new breakfast business meetings is to provide an appropriate scenario for officials at Bruntwood to discuss issues regarding the company, the projects it is involved in and developing within the region of Birmingham.

Regarding the future of the Midlands Business Breakfast, Chris Oglesby said, “We’re exceptionally keen to play an integral part in the city’s future and allied to our property plans for the city, these breakfast events are a great way to help integrate the business community further. Bringing a group of likeminded people together to discuss topics key to Birmingham’s long-term development will hopefully go some way to achieve this.”

The first of the new events proved to be a great success as Birmingham International Airport’s chief executive, Paul Kehoe, announced BIA’s response to the scrapping of Heathrow’s Runway 3, whilst renowned Birmingham architect, Glenn Howells added further insight into the city’s major transport issues and possible solutions, such as High Speed Rail 2.

About Bruntwood:
Bruntwood is a privately owned commercial property company with over 30 years experience of providing great offices. Bruntwood owns over 90 office buildings and has office space in Liverpool, Leeds office space, Manchester and also has Birmingham office space. Bruntwood provides office space, serviced offices including serviced offices in Birminghamvirtual offices in Birmingham and virtual offices in other cities, from one desk for one month, to entire office buildings for 25 years.

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Bruntwood Attracts Major New Customer To Halyard Court

Bruntwood, a North of England property company, has attracted the North West Collaborative Commercial Agency (NWCCA) to take 9,000 square feet at Halyard Court, in Salford Quays.

The NWCCA is a collaborative commercial and procurement organisation established by the National Health Service and drives improved procurement and commercial efficiencies across the North West health economy.

Blending public sector values with private sector ethos the NWCCA maximises the NHS’s enormous purchasing power, not just to save money, but also to improve quality, patient safety and reduce inefficiencies. Over the past five years, it has helped Trusts to achieve savings of more than £110 million which has been reinvested to further enhance the quality of patient care.

Talking about the collaborative, Michelle McCusker, the head of business and performance at the NWCCA, said “Our office requirements were specific. We were looking for good quality, cost effective, office space that was more economical than our previous arrangement and flexible enough to work with our contract dates and future expansion plans. Bruntwood has been more than helpful in accommodating our needs at Halyard Court”.

Halyard Court is undergoing extensive public realm improvements, including a new entrance leading directly to the Quays, as well as landscaping and signage works to provide the building with further prominence in the area.

Bruntwood are renowned for letting office spaces, serviced office spaces and virtual office spaces in the Manchester and the Greater Manchester area as well as across the rest of the United Kingdom.

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