New Book Released About History Of Log Cabins And How Hearthstone, Inc. Recreates The Cabins Of Yesteryear

Log Cabins: Past & Present is an incredible collection of imagery that takes you on a tour of old and new log homes, offering restorers and new homebuilders alike a chance to recreate architectural traditions in a home for today’s family. There’s inspiration for every room inside, as well as the exteriors of structures that are part of time-honored landscapes. Examine details of log finishing and chinking, staircases, windows, doorways, and floors that work together to frame the log home lifestyle. Hundreds of photos make this a priceless reference for planning and furnishing your dream log cabin.

Hearthstone began thousands of homes ago in 1971 as a restorer of old log homes in the southern Appalachian Mountains. It wasn’t long until there were more people who wanted those homes than there were old logs for restoration. When Hearthstone set out to learn how to craft new homes – it was imperative to keep the quiet strength of character of those original log and heavy timber homes of the Early American Timberwright®. Though thoroughly designed and engineered to reflect the experience of thousands of homes and the best in modern technology and comfort, Hearthstone’s log homes remain what they were at our modest, yet proud, beginning: faithful reproductions of those 150-200 year old, heart-stopping, hewn, and dove-tailed homes that were the pride and labor of our forefathers.

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is based in Atglen, PA on the Schiffer Book Farm. The company is known for publishing high quality Antique, Arts, Architecture, Lifestyle, and Military History books, as well as a successful line of ghost books. Tommi Jamison of Hearthstone teamed up with Tina Skinner of Schiffer Publishing to discuss the history of Log Cabins and the recreation of the historic style cabin from yesteryear. Tina Skinner is a professional writer and editor specializing in home design and landscaping. Tommi Jamison studied interior architecture and design at the University of Tennessee.

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Balli Real Estate Raises Profile By Continuing To Pursue New Opportunities In Middle East, As Part Of 3 5 Billion Of Real Estate Expansion Plans

Balli Real Estate, the property investment and development division of Balli Holdings, is raising its profile in the Middle East as part of a $3.5+ billion property development and investment portfolio expansion strategy.

Balli Real Estate is the property investment and development division of Balli Holdings and has a portfolio of over $3bn under management. This is comprised of over 900,000 sq ft of property under development with a gross development value (GDV) of some $800 million, and an additional 2 million sq ft and a GDV of almost $2.5 billion in the pipeline.

In addition to its real estate operations, Balli’s operations extend to steel trading, commodities trading, logistics, project and trade finance solutions.

Balli Real Estate has already invested in four major residential and mixed use projects in the UAE, under the Peacock Ventures brand, with a total of over 1,000 luxury residences. These include properties in the sought after Culture Village district and the prestigious Waterfront precinct.

As part of the drive to expand its portfolio of projects, Balli is now seeking more real estate investment opportunities in the region provided by developers, agents and landowners. As part of this, Balli Real Estate is sending a senior team to Cityscape Dubai 2008 (6th-9th October) to identify and review investment and development opportunities in the region. Balli’s representatives are looking forward to discussing its current and ongoing plans with its existing partners and to developing new relationships with other leading players in the real estate industry.

Vahid Alaghband, Group Chairman of Balli Group commented: “Balli Real Estate is a business that is growing rapidly and real estate represents a central pillar of Balli Group’s expansion and diversification strategy. We have found Dubai to be highly profitable and, as part of the Group’s commitment to identifying and capitalising on lucrative opportunities across a variety of industries and markets, we will continue to expand Balli Real Estate’s and Peacock Ventures’ operations in the Middle East and beyond in 2009.”

Hassan Alaghband, Director at Balli commented: “CityScape affords us the opportunity to inform and update the industry on Balli Real Estate’s ongoing and forward looking activities. In light of the significant returns the Group has enjoyed from our existing portfolio of investments in the Middle East and the impending establishment of our Dubai-based property fund, we are looking forward to using CityScape as a venue to meet with existing and new joint venture partners, developers, agents and contacts as well as potential investors wishing to take advantage of the market opportunities that the region undoubtedly presents.”

About Balli Real Estate
Balli Real Estate is the UK-based, internationally-focused real estate investment and development subsidiary of Balli Holdings – and leverages Balli’s global presence and local expertise to underpin its growing Global real estate activities.

About Balli Holdings
Balli Holdings, established in 1982 and headquartered in London, is one of the UK’s largest privately held multi-national corporations. Its affiliate companies deliver market leading solutions in industries that include project and trade finance, commodities tradinglogistics, risk management, aviation, manufacturing and real estate. Balli operates through a global network of offices in key economic and business hubs in over 20 countries.

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Select Property Announces An A-List Party Which Will Be Hosted By Hilary Swank To Launch Their New Aquitainia Dubai Development

Whilst most people are facing a long miserable winter with a nose-diving economy, it appears that the cream of London’s A-listers are setting their sights to sunnier (and more profitable) climes as they flock to the biggest and most prestigious party of the year in London.

On the 25th September, Select Property and Select Group Limited will be celebrating the launch of their latest development in Dubai, named ‘Aquitainia’ which will be hosted by the ‘million dollar baby’ herself, Hilary Swank.

Two-time Oscar winner Swank, who is renowned for her astute business brain and love of Dubai, will play host at boutique hotel ‘The Hempel’ in Notting Hill showcasing the deluxe beachfront properties that epitomise glamour and style and are attracting fellow A-listers in droves.

This is the first time since 2006 that Miss Swank will be back in London Town, and she brings with her Grammy Award winner Kelly Rowland. Miss Rowland, a regular visitor and huge star in Dubai, will be setting the live soundtrack to the evening, whilst the guests rub shoulders and mingle with their potential new neighbours and many other guests – to be announced nearer the time.

Everyone who is anyone is expected to want a piece of this million dollar action and with names in Aquitainia like ‘Cannes Beach Villas’, ‘Monaco Villas’ and ‘St Tropez Marina’ these new properties are a world away from the doom and gloom of the UK’s headlines.

Miss Swank will provide a press statement before entering the venue in a prior approved area outside the venue.

About Select Property
Since coming into operation in 2004, Select Property has become the UK’s leading specialist in off-plan overseas investment property, identifying and delivering high quality projects, which offer high returns to its customers. The success of Select Property is driven by an innovative and unique approach to the overseas property market, which focuses on exceptional customer service and product innovation.

Aquitainia is a private island combining the islands of ‘France’ and ‘Spain’ on ‘The World’. Located four kilometres off the Dubai coastline, at the centre of The World project, Aquitainia sits amidst the crystal blue waters of the Gulf. Offering contemporary, luxurious properties to those residents who demand the best the World has to offer, and complemented by exquisite restaurants, marinas, a spa and boutique hotel. The property takes its name from the province of ‘galia aquitaine’ in the middle ages, a region encompassing white sandy beaches and embracing the Atlantic Ocean to its western side and the Pyrenees to the south.

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Real Estate Expert Kenn Renner Is Hosting A Series Of Timely Real Estate Seminars And Webinars Free Of Charge For Homeowners And Homebuyers

Real estate expert Kenn Renner rolls out timely seminars and webinars for homeowners and homebuyers in Austin, Texas. The educational series will cover an array of timely subjects with an emphasis on real estate. Topics include: investment, HUD foreclosures, debt cancellation, credit repair, college and retirement housing, goal setting and time management as well as property tax and income tax strategies. The seminars and webinars will be free of charge and will be held at various locations around Austin and Central Texas including colleges, universities and financial centers, including Amplify Credit Union (formerly IBM Credit Union).

One of Kenn’s timely presentations will include an in-depth study of the new legislation benefiting thousands of home seekers – “The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008” and will focus on the IRS’s $7,500 first time homebuyer tax credit. This credit will allow first time homebuyers (those who have not owned a home in the past three years) to receive a $7,500 tax “credit” akin to a tax refund. Home buyers that qualify must purchase and close on a new or resale home by July 1, 2009.

To register for one of these events visit: contact Kenn Renner directly – call/text (512) 423-5626.

About Kenn Renner:

Kenn is a national speaker and author on the subject of real estate and investment. He was recently featured on national television with appearances on several episodes of the top rated HGTV show “House Hunters”. Kenn is an active real estate broker and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 5 agents of “sold homes” by the Austin Business Journal. His real estate career spans over twenty five years and in the past three years he has closed over $80,000,000 in residential transactions.

Because of the advances of video technology online, many of Kenn Renner’s seminars are offered for free on video and can be viewed on various websites including:


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Oyster Festival Coming To Ocean Isle Beach Great Time To Buy Nc Beach Property

The Ocean Isle Beach Oyster Festival should not be missed! Come see for yourself and take advantage of the great prices and buy NC beach property…

The waters of Brunswick County produce an abundance of oyster and each year the North Carolina Oyster Festival is held to celebrate the mollusk. Ocean Isle Beach is proud to present the 28th anniversary of the Oyster Festival on October 18-19. Over 45,000 people attend this festival and it is a great time for to buy NC beach property!!

The 28th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, festival food, a road race, kid’s area, North Carolina Oyster Shucking Championships and an Oyster Stew Cook-off.

The Ocean Isle Beach Oyster Festival should not be missed! Come see for yourself and take advantage of the great prices and buy NC beach property! Check out our available properties at

For more information contact Sarah Harris at 910-209-2535 or

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Builder Superstore Have A Vast Range Of Interior Floor Tiles And Exterior Paving At Prices To Bowl You Over

It’s well documented – flooring is the most important surface in the home, but it’s suggested that not enough time is spent on finding the right materials. In the current climate of staying put it is worthwhile making an effort to spruce up your property for a nicer stay or to achieve higher yield from tenants. Builder Superstore offer interior floor tiles and exterior paving slabs at trade prices with next day timed deliveryand bulk discounts. Also the same day sample despatch gives specifiers and customers the chance to make a quick decision.

Currently Builder Superstore are offering trade customers an EXTRA 10% OFF when atrade account* is opened. Simply apply for an account when placing an order to receive the 10% CASH BACK.

An eye-catching floor can make all the difference to a home’s general appearance. Even shabby and tired looking properties can be turned around with a beautiful floor.

Lifestyle of residents and the design of home should establish the type of floor selected. The amount of wear the floor receives in each space should be calculated and materials chosen accordingly.

Using similar flooring throughout the house has been the trend for some years but this is getting boring and does not capture different needs from each room. Once again developers and DIYers alike are using different flooring surfaces for each living space. The key to this is selecting different options that have a common design element, such as a similar colour or texture. This will help the eye flow easily through the space.

Commonly transitional areas, such as entranceways, doorways and at the foot of the stairs, take a lot of foot traffic. With much prominence given to indoor/outdoor flow, interior and exterior flooring is often contrasted and visible.

Strong links are needed between flooring chosen for indoor and outdoor use. Rather than using timber decking outside and real wood flooring indoors with contrasting direction, it is more stylish to select an outdoor tile, which links to the interior via a complementary colour or similar texture. Builder superstore offer a wide range of quality tiles for both inside and out, with super savings to be made and orders before 12pm guaranteed next-day delivery.

Porcelain Tiles

Durable and hard wearing ensures porcelain tiles have longevity of appearance. Available in a wide variety of styles such as stone effect, and patterns from Builder Superstore, why not take advantage with the latest 10% OFF on all porcelain. Available for indoor and outdoor use, they create a seamless flow, are low maintenance and great for repelling spills and dirt.

Natural Stone

While still desirable, marblegraniteslate and limestone are extremely porous and need to be sealed. An authentic finish is created by using any of these materials and an added benefit allows them to be installed indoors and outdoors. Remember to use the different stone treatment products all available with Builder Superstore to ensure these items stay looking great.

Looking for Paving or Tiling? Speak to Builder Superstore

Builder Superstore is an online building supplies site that helps builders to get the supplies they want at great prices. With next-day delivery to most of the UK, a wide range of ceramic tilespaving slabsgroutadhesive and sealant, Builder Superstore can supply all of your tiling and paving needs. Offering secure payment facilities so the choice of tiles and paving ordered from Builder Superstore are done so with complete peace of mind. Browse the site, call us on 08000192 405 or

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ThinkMoney welcomes the Government’s new housing rescue package, but have commented that it is not a complete solution to the trouble the housing market faces

Following the announcement of a new Government housing rescue package, financial solutions company Think Money commented that while it is a welcome help to many homeowners, it is by no means a complete solution to the trouble the housing market faces.

The new measures, according to the Government’s News Distribution Service, include:

• Offering 10,000 first time buyers currently frozen out of the mortgage market the chance to get onto the property ladder through a new £300m shared equity scheme;

• Supporting up to 6,000 of the most vulnerable homeowners facing repossession to remain in their home through a £200m mortgage rescue scheme;

• A £400 million boost in spending power for social housing providers, including registered social landlords and councils, to deliver 5,500 more social houses over the next 18 months by bringing funding forward;

• Working with Regional Development Agencies to support the most critical regeneration schemes with the most potential to transform their communities.

Melanie Taylor, Head of Corporate Relations at Think Money, commented: “The housing rescue package is targeted at first-time homebuyers and those who are facing the possibility of repossession – the groups who need it most of all.

“The shared equity scheme should help to kick-start the housing market for first-time buyers, who may have been previously unable to obtain a mortgages, and this may push up house prices as demand rises. However, there is still the possibility that many would-be homebuyers might still want to wait until house prices begin to recover.”

“It also needs to be considered whether the scheme to help households facing repossession will truly put them back on track, or if it is just delaying the inevitable for people who are struggling with repayments.”

Taylor continued that while the housing rescue package has its obvious benefits, a large part of the housing crisis remains unaddressed.

“There is still something of a middle ground, in which existing homeowners – many of whom are still greatly affected by the housing market slump – find that their situation has not changed much at all. Many will still find it hard to sell their homes, meaning prices may continue to fall, and mortgage rates could still rise.

“On the whole, the package fails to address the underlying causes of the housing slump – in particular, low supply of mortgages and tight lending criteria. While this remains the case, a large proportion of homeowners will continue to suffer. It’s also a relatively short-term measure – once the scheme finishes, we may well find many households in similarly difficult situations, unless the mortgage market itself improves.”

ThinkMoney are a financial solutions company based in Salford Quays, Manchester. They specialise in a wide range of debt advice and solutions, including debt management plans, debt consolidation and IVAs (Individual Voluntary Arrangements).

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As the credit crunch hits the UK housing market, thinkproperty reveals bad first impressions mean home owners are losing out on all important property sales

thinkproperty, consumer property portal, has announced that as the credit crunch hits the housing market, thousands of homeowners are turning potential buyers off their property, resulting in a failure to sell.

According to the latest evidence from thinkproperty, home owners are losing out on quicker, easier property sales due to basic mistakes resulting in bad first impressions and a failure to sell at the required asking price.

Mark Goddard, MD of, commented: “Most house buyers reach a conclusion about a property within the first 10 minutes after arriving at a viewing, so first impressions truly can affect whether a home sells or not. It is surprising that so many sellers make silly mistakes when trying to sell a property. The smallest flaws and imperfections can lead to an assumption by the buyer, that bigger, more important things have also been neglected, making it so much harder for the home owner to receive an offer.”

The top 10 most common mistakes that home owners make when trying to sell their property are:

1 – Hiding potential
2 – Not making an effort
3 – Not defining spaces.
4 – Out-dated décor
5 – Showing a dirty space
6 – Forgetting the first impression is outside
7 – Making viewings difficult
8 – Being sentimental
9 – Allowing smells to linger
10 – Unfinished DIY

He continued, “We are working towards reminding home sellers that a small amount of time and effort really can make the world of difference. Selling a property by behaving less like an owner and more like a professional property marketer can improve your chances and affect the asking price.” holds over 600,000 properties from the UK and overseas, including 40,000 rental properties, and is currently working with over 6,000 agents who are uploading their stock to the site and benefit from an increasing number of leads originating from the property portal. places Web 2.0 methodology at the heart of its functionality, with market-leading functionality including Google mapping; property ranking; RSS; sold house prices; and Video Tours being core features. is wholly owned by GMG Property Services, a division within Guardian Media Group.

GMG Property Services Group also owns Vebra, the UK’s leading provider of software to independent estate agents, Core, CFP, The Media Design House and, the consumer-facing portal.

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Secureasale Has Relaunched Its Website At A Perfect Time For Desperate Home Owners Looking For Fast House Sales

SecureASale, a premier cash home-buying service in London has this week relaunched its website,

The online refurbishment comes at the perfect time for many home owners, desperately looking for fast house sales to release home equity as the credit crisis looks set to continue for the next year.

Run by property experts, Tim Jackson and Eli Robinson, SecureASale offers home owners up to 90% of the value of their property in cash and can, in many cases, exchange contracts within a week of the initial home viewing!

As many families are looking at ways to tighten their belts, SecureASale’s cash home-buying service can ensure that those that need to move for any reason (whether it be a new job elsewhere, a divorce or repossession and money worries) are able to quickly and easily thanks to their fast house sales policy.

Because SecureASale always buy directly from the owner, clients do not have to worry about estate agent fees either, so 100% of the sale price goes to the seller. SecureASale even guarantees to pay all solicitors’ costs.

This week, leading estate agent publication, The Negotiator, heralded Jackson and Robinson as, “not a pair to dismiss” and “a bad estate agent’s worst nightmare!”

Through its fast house sales service, SecureASale hopes to reinvigorate the stagnating London property market by offering Londoners fair cash prices for their homes.

Visit the brand new website for further details of this exceptional service

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Builder Superstore launches a new underfloor heating product to help your tile floors feel luxuriously warm

The first thing to consider when tiling the floor of any room in a home is to pick the right size of tiling to fit in well with the overall size of the room itself. Of course, tiling comes in all shapes and sizes and this is something that isimperative to get right before you proceed with the tiling of a room. Generally speaking, tiling can be found in sizes varying from 1” up to sizes of around 2 feet so, it’s safe to say, you should be able to find a variety of tiling to suit; whether it is the bathroom, living room or kitchen floor that they are tiling. It goes without saying that they don’t want their choice of tiling to overwhelm the room completely which it is always a good idea to do research and speak to tiling experts beforehand who will be well versed in finding the right sort of tiling for all manner of rooms within the home.

Heat From the Floor Up

The installation of green technology doesn’t need to be restricted to just renewable energy. High efficiency systems such as underfloor heating require significantly less energy to heat a space than traditional methods. Scandinavian building techniques have used both wet and dry systems for many years and the UK needs to catch up as they are missing a trick! Combining low energy input and intelligent distribution of warmth is what makes energy work longer for less. When powered by a renewable energy source it achieves tip top energy efficiency for the household and the environment. Customers can potentially heat their home for years to come for little or no on-cost. Builder Superstore provide underfloor heating systems for domestic purposes currently however there are wet systems coming online in the near future. Current systems work on both wooden and concrete sub-floors and can be installed under any tiles.

Tiling – The Importance of Matching Décor

Few things can derail the style of tiling more than it being a mis-match with the décor that is chosen for the room. The décor of a room should be one of the first considerations when it comes to tiling a room. For example, if a room has a decadent feel, then tiling that complements this is necessary. Similarly, if a room is striving for a minimalist feel, there would be little benefit from installing highly intricate tiling that may well look out of place in a room that is designed with simplicity in mind. Tiling is all about complementing the features of a room and it is simple to find a variety of tiling that will more than meet customers’ needs.

Tiling – How to Maintain Tiling

Tiling is a fairly simple material to maintain and ceramic tiling is invariably the easiest sort to keep looking ship-shape. Tiling can be made to keep its clean and shiny surface for many years with the simplest of cleaning regimes and, in order to create the best visual impact, it is very important to keep tiling looking spick and span. That’s why we at Builder Superstore bring you the best tile maintenance products with our ultra grout and adhesive range.

Looking for Paving or Tiling? Speak to Builder Superstore

Builder Superstore is an online building supplies site that helps builders to get the supplies they want at great prices. With next-day delivery to most of the UK, a wide range of tiles, paving, grout, adhesive and sealant, Builder Superstore can supply all of your tiling and paving needs. Offering secure payment facilities so the choice of tiles and paving ordered from Builder Superstore are done so with complete peace of mind. Browse the site, call us on 08000192 405 or email

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Cognitive Technologies Signed An Exclusive Deal For The Electrical Works, Intelligent Pre-Wiring, High Definition Distribution & Audio Pre-Wiring At 3 Prestigious Apartment Blocks In Manchester And Acomb

The apartment blocks have been developed in exclusive locations & when completed will offer all the latest in design and thanks to Cognitive, the technology too.

A spokesperson for the company said: “This is a great opportunity to work for a prestigious developer such as DKNP. We have been talking to many developers about the advantage of using Intelligent Home Control Equipment and DKNP are forward thinking enough to see the benefit.

“We are hoping to include this type of system as standard in to all DKNP properties over the next 2 years.

“The 3 apartment blocks – Ingenta Manchester, Aspire Bootham and The Rise Acomb will all be fitted with our top of the range Intelligent, Entertainment & Audio systems, a real must for any prestigious new build!”

“The Intelligent Home Control systems will provide the owners with the peace of mind that their home is safe & secure. It can detect possible leaks & shut the relevant supply down. It has sophisticated intruder detectors & it can offer more flexibility & independence for those with disabilities. What sets the system apart from its rivals, though, is the ease of use. It is the first central intelligence system in which all functions are controlled from a simple, centralised hub.

“The Multi Room Audio & Entertainment systems provide the ability to listen to music and watch TV all around the home. They offer the highest levels of performance, excellent reliability and importantly, a high degree of interconnectivity. They are really seen as one of the major components in a modern home.”

The work is due to be completed in 2010.

About Cognitive Technologies GB
Cognitive are the specialists in home technology. Formed with over twenty years experience within the fast-changing Audio Visual / IT industry, we pride our self on offering our customers the complete solution.

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Select Property Has Launched West Avenue, A 32 Storey Luxury Manhattan Style Complex On Dubai Marina

Select Property, UK based overseas property developer, launch new 32 storey luxury Manhattan style Dubai Marina complex following six previous sell-out off-plan developments

West Avenue is a joint development partnership for Select Property combined with Dubai based Select Group, and is the seventh tower to be launched by the companies – who have already sold out six off-plan developments on Dubai Marina.

Contemporary in style, West Avenue offers studios, one and two bedroom apartments, along with two bedroom Marina and City Suites and luxury penthouses. All 273 units in the exclusive West Avenue development have been designed specifically for spacious, open plan living.

Acknowledged as the height of Dubai living, Dubai Marina is the largest man-made marina in the world. Situated in the central part of the marina, studios in West Avenue are available with a 15 year non-status payment plan. Purchasers also benefit from the security of an Escrow account, protecting their funds during the build phase.

Prices for property in Dubai Marina have soared over the last few years with the average price per square foot rising from £120 in 2005 to £342 in 2008, making properties in the area a sound capital investment. A key driver for the continued growth is Dubai Marina’s excellent location.

Mark Stott, CEO of Select Property, explained: “Dubai Marina is undeniably one of the most desirable locations for residential property in the Emirate. Located off the Sheikh Zayed Road and Jumeirah Beach, and in close proximity to the commercial areas of Dubai Media City and Internet City, Dubai Marina appeals to both the business and leisure resident. It is perfect for investors looking to benefit from the ongoing Dubai propertyboom.”

West Avenue will offer facilities catering for all needs including a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, modern gym, shopping, dining facilities, and 24 hour security.

Dubai attracts a number of markets to its sun kissed shores, not least property investment. In an economy that is defying the credit crunch, Dubai is still hugely popular with the holidaymaker and those looking for a more permanent luxury home, and demand for property looks set to outstrip supply until the end of the decade (Source: Meed Real Estate report 2007).

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Even With The High Gas Prices And The Down Economy Endless Summer Vacation Rentals Did Well

Sloan Realty & Management Ltd. and Endless Summer Vacations announce. Even with the high gas prices and the down economy Endless Summer Vacation Rentals did well. The real estate market did slow down over the summer but the last two weeks of August Sloan Realty & Management had an increase in calls from people looking to purchase condos and single family properties. The sales associates are looking for a better fall with the low interest rates and real estate prices back to the 2001, 2002 price levels. Also, there is plenty of inventory, that means the sellers will negotiate their price in order to sell first.

Sloan Realty & Endless Summer Vacations specializes in real estate sales and vacation rentals. They have been in the Myrtle Beach area for over 35 years and plan to serve the area for many years to come.

If you would like more information on the article please contact Bill Genovese BIC.

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The National Stone Restoration Alliance Is Ready To Put Radon In Granite Accusations To Rest With Live Webcam Testing

As you are probably very aware, there have been on-going accusations that have been consistently made against natural granite products having the ability to cause cancer, because of the high levels of radon that they have been said to produce. These accusations have been going on for quite a while, and it is time to put them to rest.

Who better to accomplish this, than professionals who strive to ensure the safety, as well as the satisfaction of all customers? The National Stone Restoration Alliance is ready to put accusations to rest. Josveek Huligar, a proud member of the NSRA is willing to conduct a very important test in his own home. This is a test that can ultimately change the world of granite, as we know it.

Huligar plans to have the very slab of granite, which was said to be ‘hot’ and to have contained radon, installed in his own home. The entire process will be on camera no less, for the entire world to see. Before the slab of granite is to be installed, samples will be taken, and the air will be tested in the home, as described by the EPA, and then sent to be evaluated by AirChek ( ), to check for traces of radon and radiation. When this test is complete, the granite will be installed, and then his home will be tested once again to check the levels of radon and radiation. You can monitor this entire process yourself on a public web cam at

The slab being used for this test has been provided by Mr. Tim Scarlata of Atlantic Granite & Marble ( ), located in Rochester N.Y. After searching extensively to find the perfect slab for the test, Scarlata was able to locate two slabs of granite that did in fact produce higher than normal readings of radiation. Atlantic Granite & Marble will also be fabricating and installing the counter top while on video for the public to view.

There have been some individuals who have spent large amounts of money on not only the installation of natural granite in their homes, but then they have turned right around and paid tons more money in having the granite removed because of the scare that has been put on society with the radon issues. Huligar, being in the business of ensuring customer satisfaction and quality, also takes this issue very seriously, because the health and well being of his customers are at stake. He plans to do everything possible to ensure the continued safety and reliability of NSRA customers.

You could certainly be seriously hurt, or even killed if granite were to fall on top of you, but at this time, this is the only way that has been proven to cause harm to anyone.

It is the believed that the radon scare is nothing more than marketing strategies, and it has done exactly what it was intended to do, and that is cause fear of using granite in the general public. Huligar and associates of NSRA do not believe this to be true. However, he knows how important it is for the public to see that he stands behind the good name of The Natural Stone Restoration Alliance and their objective to supply clients with the natural beauty of stone, and that every effort will always be taken to do so in a safe manner. To further put the publics mind at rest, solutions to any unfavorable characteristics have already been found.

This test is vital to the natural stone industry, and Huligar is ready to stand up to the test to prove that granite is not harmful to the general public. People need to be able to see these accusations called upon.

The Natural Stone Restoration Alliance (NSRA) has already done their own research, and released their information that looked at both past and present studies, as well as the marketing strategies used by manufacturers that birthed the scare of radon in the home. The findings of this research are quite simply that levels of radon have no significant difference when granite has been installed in a home.

Do not let yourself fall into the trap of letting unproven fears cost you hundreds of dollars, find out the truth yourself by watching the web cam at Natural Stone Restoration Alliance | Home, and let this door be closed once and for all. Viewers can also comment on the research that is being performed at

The set up and testing of the hot slabs starts 9/6/2008 at 10am.

The test will be ending September 8, 2008 @ 6:15

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The NSRA Pointed Out That Adding Granite In A Home Does Not Make Any Significant Difference In Radon Levels In The Residence

With all the news about dangerous levels of radon being emitted by some granite materials, why would a stone restoration professional install one in his home?

Due to the recent issue of granite producing high levels of radon emissions, Josveek Huligar, of The Natural Stone Restoration Alliance, ( considered a plan to test for himself the effects and the results of radon emitting granite surface.

The over all feeling of the stone industry is that this marketing campaign against natural stone needs to be settled once and for all. Huligar will test his home for radon and radiation before the hot granite was install. Once the granite was installed, the home will be tested again; All testing will be done as described by the EPA. Mr. Huligar adds,”Some people that invested major amounts of money in granite counter tops found themselves ripping out the natural stone fueled by the fear of death lurking in their countertops. As of today, there is no proof that natural stone can kill you unless it falls on you.”

The members of the Natural Stone Restoration Alliance (NSRA) released its own research information that not only looked at the past and present studies, but also focused on the marketing strategy that was being used by the manufacturers that were responsible for perpetuating the scare. In the paper the NSRA pointed out that adding granite in a home does not make any significant difference in radon levels in the residence; and for this Mr. Huligar is will to but his fate in the hands of the NSRA research group, seen that they are asking the rest of the public to do the same.

The first task was to find one of these alleged radiated slabs. Mr.Tim Scarlata of Atlantic Granite & Marble ( a fabricator located in Rochester NY. Searched the country for a slab of granite that was considered “hot”. Mr.Scarlata was able to locate a slab that was emitting higher than normal readings and condsider dangerous acording to the sinence that all of this started over in the first place. Atlantic Granite & Marble supply not only found the slab but is willing to fabricate and install the counter top, all on video for the public to view.

The NSRA plan was testing granite for radon as well as working with independent studies to come to a true conclusion of this issue. The plan ultimately became a bit more extensive. Along with a collaborative effort of AirChek ( – The Radon Information Center a leader in Radon testing and mitigation and Atlantic Granite & Marble, an event was in the making.

Not only is the granite going to be installed in a residence that was tested before hand for radon emissions and after the installation, the process will be on a webcam for the public to monitor. The webcam can monitored at (

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Italian Real Estate Specialists, Realitalia And Their Restoration Partner, Sextantio Are Revealing The Secrets Of Medieval Restoration

Dedicated to the principle of protecting both the environment and culture of the thirteenth-century town, the teams are creating unique Italian homes that are historically accurate, visually appealing, and environmentally friendly. The current restoration in Santo Stefano requires a well-informed team of artisans to demolish and reconstruct these medieval buildings with historical accuracy.

The restoration of the medieval homes in Santo Stefano is centered on discovering and staying true to the original character of each property. Any element in the structure that does not conform to the structure’s original design is removed. This starts with an exhaustive undertaking to remove layers of inaccurate and unattractive refurbishments that have been done over the years. The team of workers searches behind doors and above ceilings to discover hidden niches and rooms. Once the building is stripped to its core, it is carefully reconstructed according to the original plans and upgraded with modern amenities that don’t detract from the ancient architecture. The end result is a true restoration with well-concealed modern comforts like under floor heating and low voltage electricity.

After restoring each building to its original foundation, the homes are individually furnished and decorated with antique furniture and fittings. This requires an exhaustive search throughout the local Abruzzo region for aged furniture and decorative pieces that reflect the local culture and traditions. These are restored and fitted for the home, creating a customized look within the home. This dedication to preserving local customs is also evident in the use of materials and furniture reclaimed from demolished buildings.

Realitalia was founded with the mission to provide customized holiday homes along with a management service that takes away the stress of owning a second home. Their one-of-a-kind homes are built within restored ancient structures and are designed to meet the individual needs of the owner. The company prides itself in its ability to restore these buildings using methods and materials that protect the environment and the culture of the local regions.

Santo Stefano is a small thirteenth-century town in Italy’s Abruzzo Mountains. The village has long been an important cultural and merchant center and is steeped in cultural traditions that are still evident in the residents’ daily lives.

Realitalia is the Homes for Pleasure boutique by Realinvest Ltd. This dedicated team is committed to create Homes for Pleasure in quality projects that respect local communities and the environment, located in beautiful, unspoiled, and in many cases undiscovered areas of Italy. The restorations are designed for those who are passionate about Italy and want to understand more about what the country can offer for the second home market.

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New Website Offers Many New Lead Generation Tools For Home Owners And Real Estate Agents (, a real estate website especially designed for military families, announced today the launch of its redesigned website featuring industry standard tools for home owners, home seekers as well as real estate agents.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Calculator is one of the most popular tools of among military. Just input your rank and zip code and it displays your basic allowances for housing with and without dependents in your area. and its network of websites promote property listings to large community of home seekers, which result more leads. It’s a power of RSS and XML feeds which knows how to utilize.

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

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