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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Bruntwood Attracts More Customers To Sale Point

Bruntwood, the privately owned commercial property company, has announced that debt management company, Harrington Brooks and Trafford Housing Trust have both taken up office space at Point Sale in Greater Manchester, with each company taking 16,375 sq ft and 21,110 sq ft respectively. This now means 80% of office space available at the property has been pre-let, three months before refurbishments are due to complete.

Bruntwood Attracts More Customers To Sale Point

Andrew Butterworth, Sales Director at Bruntwood said: “We are delighted to welcome these new customers. These deals truly reflect the high quality and cost effectiveness of the office space available and our ability to successfully accommodate business specific requirements.”

Sale Point is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment to create high specification offices with a new entrance and reception on Washway Road in Sale.

Matthew Cheetham, Chief Executive Officer at Harrington Brooks said: “We’re impressed with the way the new works are shaping up. The new reception and entrance will provide an impressive welcome for our staff and visitors and we’re looking forward to taking occupation at the building this summer.”

With this 37,485 sq ft of offices secured, Bruntwood and retained agents King Sturge and WHR are now talking to other parties regarding much of the remaining 9,656 sq ft of office space.

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‘Shut Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,’ says James Boswell, Award-Winning Public Risk Manager and Author of Crush Depth Alert

In the early 1990’s James Boswell managed risk for Ginnie Mae’s $500 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities during the Savings & Loan crisis. A hands-on manager, Boswell used his unique analytical skills to help rescue the U.S. mortgage banking system and to save taxpayers billions of dollars during those years, for which he received a Vice-Presidential Hammer Award.

Today, housing is once again the linchpin to a financial crisis. In his new book, Crush Depth Alert: Solutions for Supplying Power to American’s Distressed Financial Systems, Boswell brings to the current mortgage debt crisis his insider’s view on the risks and operations of mortgage-backed securities. Using statistical data and qualitative analysis, he shows why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cannot be allowed to continue in their current forms. They dominate the housing market touching 90% of all new loans by some estimates; they set home mortgage interest rates while having the option to cherry-pick what they will sell from their portfolios; they have manipulated consumer dynamics to create family and national debt while paying dividends to shareholders.

Taking aim at these Government Sponsored Enterprises—not as an academic or political pundit, but as a risk manager—Boswell recommends an immediate shut down, but he goes further. “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be replaced with a simple program that rewards responsible homeowners, who have excellent credit and significant equity, with a fixed 30-year mortgage at a 4% interest rate on any home up to $500,000. People who are paying down their mortgages are the real heroes in this economy and should be treated as such.” Boswell also adds, “This new program should be under the Federal Reserve where other interest rates are handled. Such a move would do much to stimulate our economy and reward the deserving. I’m working on these figures now.

Continuing as we have maintains the same weaknesses and encourages another housing crisis down the line.”

A Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac shut down is just one of the solutions covered in Crush Depth Alert, the only book written about this financial crisis by a manager who has successfully navigated a previous one.

Look to Crush Depth Alert—
* to understand the incentives and poor oversight that led to this crisis,
* to understand the role of panic in accelerating a crisis rather than solving it,
* for actions to strengthen institutions that are working well, such as the FDIC, and to eliminate those that are not, such as Freddie and Fannie,
* for monitoring the health indicators in financial systems through an effective perfor- mance ranking and rating system (detailed in Chapter 8). Prevention is the best solution!

James Boswell, B.A., M.P.A., M.B.A., worked in the late 1980’s to the late 1990’s as a Risk Manager at the public accounting firm, Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He guided Ginnie Mae and its $500 billion government-guaranteed portfolio through a Savings & Loan crisis in which more than 700 financial institutions collapsed. He received a Vice-Presidential Hammer Award for his efforts and significant industry recognition, including publications with Mortgage Banking Monthly and The Handbook of Mortgage Banking. He is a product of Admiral Rickover’s highly regarded Nuclear Submarine program and holds graduate degrees from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He resides in Culver. Indiana, working as Executive Director of his company, Quanta Analytics, which provides consulting services and a list of 374 U.S. Banks in trouble for 2010.

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The Jay Suites Promise: Modern, Upscale Manhattan Office Space at an Affordable Rate

When Brian Akaka, a NYC-based developer and marketer of iPhone apps, launched his own business, he faced one major challenge: finding suitable office space. His low budget and 6-month outlook may have been perfect for a space in Queens, but Brian knew that networking and corporate image would be integral to his venture’s success. His company, Appular, needed the prestige of Manhattan.

Then he came across Manhattan-based executive space provider Jay Suites, which offered just what Brian needed: pre-built, ready-to-use office suites on flexible terms and at a comfortable price. The concept works for many other professionals, as well: attorneys, accountants, insurance agents, technology consultants, hedge funds, and any other startup looking to minimize costs and risk.

While traditional flexible office space and business centers have been around for years, Jay Suites seriously raised the bar on design, service, and technology. Every center has the marble floors, Venetian plaster walls, and sleek furniture that constitute the company’s signature look – and a head-turning one at that. Lease terms and office layouts are customizable, and all plans include a receptionist, kitchen access, and conference room time, among other amenities that cost upwards of $100/month at traditional centers. Other perks that Brian appreciated included high-speed internet, VoIP phones, teleconferencing, and advanced presentation systems with surround sound.

If you think these services come at a price, think again. Monthly plans start at just $1,000 – including utilities, furniture, and cleaning. And because the space is already built out, Brian was able to move in just a day after signing up. To top it all off, Jay Suites is waiving phone and internet fees for all leases signed through June 30.

It’s a proposition that caught the attention of many – including the hosts of WPIX real estate show Metro Residential, which recently featured Jay Suites in an episode about the office space industry. “What we saw in the market was a need for space suitable for small businesses,” CEO Jack Srour says. “And having our unique concept recognized by so many is amazing. We’re planning to grow [beyond the Grand Central and Rockefeller Center locations but still want everyone to feel at home here.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New iPhone Application Finds International Real Estate

HomesGoFast.com founder Nicholas Marr announced today the release of the company´s free property search and inquiry Iphone app.“It is available to our users free of charge and as far as we know, it is the only one that allows users to search a database mixed with agents and owners international real estate, and it is compatible with Iphone, Ipod, and Ipad.”

Marr said the idea is to enable users to shop as easily more than 300,000 properties listed on HomesGoFast.com in 70 countries, as checking their email. Marr said the app was aimed at making finding overseas property “extremely easy and convenient. And when you find the property of your dreams, you can make an enquiry direct to the sellers,” Marr added.

Marr founded HGF in 2003 and it has gained recognition as one of the most visited websites in the overseas property niche. The site lists properties offered by agents, developers and individuals covering the full spectrum of property types,“off plan real estate, condos, beachfront property villas, and luxury homes and city pads from all over the globe. Whether your searching for a real estate in Asia, Africa, North America, South America,Europe, and Australasia the app has it covered.” Said Marr.

The exposure you receive as a seller when listing with Homesgofast.com includes its own network of overseas property websites and the global audience of iPhone users.

Homesgofast.com are using social media to help promote the app they are offering one lucky Twitter user the chance to win an iPod Touch, it’s easy to enter, all you have to do is tweet a pre-defined message. By using twitter the company can pick one winner at random from a pre defined tweet

To enter simply click on the following link http://clicktotweet.com/9Mb6f login to Twitter and then click the Tweet button, it’s that simple! Terms and conditions found here 
http://www.homesgofast.com/iphone-apps-property.php

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JB Goodwin Realtor Rocky Breon Says Drop In Mortgage Rates Is Good For Real Estate

Home mortgage rates dipped to their lowest point all year the second week of May 2010. Greater Austin area JB Goodwin Realtor Rocky Breon says this lower rate should make homes more affordable just in time for the busy Summer selling season.

JB Goodwin Realtor Rocky Breon Says Drop In Mortgage Rates Is Good For Real Estate

“People who are planning to buy a home in the Cedar Park and Leander area this Summer should take advantage of these lower mortgage interest rates,” Breon says.

The most commonly used loan, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, averaged 4.93 percent for the week of May 13, down from the week before of 5 percent, according to a survey released by Freddie Mac. Reuters reported that this is the lowest the rates have been since December 2009.

“With the homebuyer tax credit now over, this is a welcome reprieve for individuals looking to buy now,” adds Breon. “Summer is a widely-known as a busy time for the real estate business here in Austin. The drop in mortgage rates is an added benefit for both buyers and those looking to sell their homes.”

The deadline for apply for the homebuyer tax credits was April 30 and those who signed contacts before that date still have until June 30 to close on the sale.

“The federal tax credits gave the housing market a shot in the arm, and now lower home mortgage rates should help the real estate market recover even more. I am optimistic about the future of the real estate market, especially in the Cedar Park and Leander area.”

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Get Your House Sold With Your Own RealEstate.TV Channel

BrandLab, LLC, today launched RealEstate.TV, a turn-key solution that makes it easy for agents and private home sellers to use video and virtual tours to help get their properties sold.

The service lets members share high definition videos and slideshows on their own easy-to-find Channel, located on a custom RealEstate.TV subdomain. Uploads can then be embedded throughout the Web, accessed on the go using an iPad or iPhone and inserted into MLS postings.

Custom Rider Signs

With just a few clicks, members can order custom riders that attach to the top of their existing “For Sale” yard signs. The rider signs vibrantly display the URL of the member’s Channel and let passers-by know where to look if they want to see a virtual tour of the property.

“Combined with the site’s iPad and iPhone compatibility, RealEstate.TV’s riders have the potential to substantially increase leads,” said Ben Van Dyk, a national award winning realtor for over 20 years. “Buyers that spot the sign while driving are able to view immersive virtual tours without even leaving their car.”

Packages and pricing

All packages come fully-loaded with features designed specifically to address the needs of private home sellers and realtors. Members can watermark their videos, add their own banners and even customize their Channel’s wallpaper and logo.

Packages start at $19.99 per month and bulk pricing is available. To learn more and to try a free demo, visit http://RealEstate.TV

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Letting Web Business Leads the Way with iPad Technology

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

Letting Web Business Leads the Way with iPad Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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