Britons Increasingly Considering Holiday Homes Should Consider Secondary Costs Say Parcel Delivery Experts Parcels Please

As the economic climate for holiday homes looks up, European delivery company Parcels Please warns holidaymakers to factor in additional costs.

Despite the many dreary reports surrounding the housing market, it seems that one sector is on the increase. According to estate agents Knight Frank, the second home market grew again last year, showing modest increase in figures compared to 2009.

With 245,750 homes across England already bought as holiday homes or homes to let, and many people looking to Europe for a second home out of the UK, it seems that financing a second home is still possible even during the current economic woes.

However, it has been suggested that while lenders are willing to lend money to help purchase a second home, it is likely they are specifically targeting affluent buyers. This means that if you are able to afford a second home, banks are more than likely to be willing to do business with you.

While this could be a boon for many people hoping to find an alternative to holidaying in hotels, parcel delivery experts Parcels Please have cautioned those thinking of buying a second home in Europe. A spokesperson explained: “When people first consider a holiday home, they don’t often really think about the nitty gritty of the situation.

“Deciding where to buy your home is really a crucial factor. If you choose a property abroad, it is necessary to factor many additional costs into your budget – from the price of your groceries while you’re there to the cost of keeping the house in a liveable condition all year round.”

The warning also follows news that British holiday homeowners in France are to be hit by a new tax, which could cost thousands of pounds a year. The new levy could hit up to 200,000 British holiday homeowners, but this is only one of the expenses they could find themselves subject to.

Taxes such as these are unlikely to deter those who are determined to enjoy a home away from home, and the benefits of owning a second property abroad are multi-fold.

There are a number of financing options open to people who hope to enjoy a second home abroad, including re-mortgaging UK properties, taking a second mortgage in the second country or buying into a lease back deal in a tourist development.

Experts in European parcel deliveries Parcels Please said those who can afford it should also look into ways to improve their holiday home. “Making sure you get as much benefit out of your holiday home as possible means furnishing and stocking it with everything you need. You could find that if some of your favourite creature comforts are not available in your chosen destination, you end up spending a lot of money couriering items backwards and forwards.

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Miller Homes Give Househunters The Star Treatment

Miller Homes is set to roll out the red carpet for househunters this May by adding free energy bills for a year to its blockbuster line-up of incentives.

House hunters looking for new property for sale can get their hands on star quality homes at affordable prices, with help from a cast of incentives that include home exchange, shared equity, deposit match and a recommend a friend reward. Plus for everyone who reserves before 22nd May 2011 on selected plots, 12 months free energy bills will also be awarded!

May also sees Miller Homes add a brand new purchase incentive to its existing selection. Family Deposit is a groundbreaking scheme, which allows another family member to pay the deposit for a new home and earn 5% interest on their investment for the 5 years that follow. The 5% interest will be paid in a lump sum after legal completion.

These offers comes from the multi-award winning housebuilder, Miller Homes – recently voted private housebuilder of the year for the second year running by the readers of First Time Buyer magazine.

Before the credits roll on this latest instalment of epic offerings, fans of Miller Homes on Facebook and Twitter also have multiple chances to win one of a range of five-star prizes, including DVD box-sets and cinema ticket packages.

Sue Warwick, National Head of Sales and Marketing for Miller Homes, said; “We wanted to give our new campaign a touch of Hollywood glamour and decided there was no better way of doing so than creating a blockbuster campaign with a movie theme.

“Over the coming weeks, our line-up of incentives will be sharing the limelight as we look to offer buyers free energy bills for a full twelve months.

“The script for our latest campaign doesn’t end there, as our growing fanbase on Facebook and Twitter will have the chance to claim one of a number of prizes which are sure to have them on the edge of their seats.

“Ultimately, our aim is to offer star quality and award winning homes at affordable prices and we hope that our range of incentives will prove to be our very own smash hit this Summer!”

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McCormack Baron Salazar Launches New Web, Social Media Sites

McCormack Baron Salazar is pleased to announce the completion of a new website and online social media presence to highlight its real estate and community development work across the United States.

“Our new online presence, which includes a new corporate website and a network of individual websites for our communities and residents, reflects the growth and needs of our business,” says Vincent Bennett, Chief Operating Officer of McCormack Baron Salazar, a St. Louis-based leader in mixed-income and affordable real estate development. “This effort reflects a broader strategy to highlight our unique approach to urban revitalization and connect more effectively with our business partners and resident families.”

McCormack Baron Salazar’s new online resources include:

• A new corporate website at that highlights the company’s array of real estate and community development services, its diverse team of leaders and employees, its award-winning communities developed across the U.S., its holistic approach to urban revitalization, and the property management work of its affiliate, McCormack Baron Ragan Property Management Services.

• A network of websites to support the communities McCormack Baron Salazar has built in 35 cities, representing more than $2.6 billion in development investments. “These community websites will provide greater connectivity between our property managementteams and the families they serve,” Bennett says. “The websites are designed to provide resources for our residents and assist prospective residents in finding a new home in our communities.”

• An enhanced corporate presence in social media, such as a Facebook page and a YouTube channel. “We recognized it was time for us to actively participate in the social media spaces where growing numbers of our business partners and residents spend their time online,” Bennett says.

To develop its enhanced online presence, McCormack Baron Salazar turned to St. Louis-based v-Fluence Interactive to develop and execute its online corporate strategy and Dallas-based Ellipse, Inc., to assist with websites for individual McCormack Baron Salazar communities.

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Single Property Sites Launches MoreLoans4U for Loan Officers and Lenders

Single Property Sites has launched a new Mortgage Marketing Solution MORELOANS4U, which is a property co-marketing system, or Single Property Websites solution for Loan Officers and Lenders.

The solution is showcased at where Loan officers will be able to see an example of a Single Property Website that highlights the Listing Agent and Co-listing Agent, as well as a sponsoring Loan Officer and multiple Banner Ads.

The Moreloans4U solution allows a Loan Officer to work with unlimited Agents and not only help them with a comprehensive property co-marketing solution but also turn every listing into a lead generation opportunity by allowing them to advertise direct to the buyer market.

The MoreLoans4U solution is designed to support an entire Lender Office, Team of Loan Officers or just an individual Loan officer – each with their own login and each being able to work separately with their own Agents and their properties.

The unique Multi-tier, hierarchical solution lets Lenders set up a complete Property Co-marketing system for any number of Loan Officers and any number of Agents for just $49 per month.

“Single Property Sites is now the premium option for Lenders who are looking to get more leads and work more closely with Realtors and FSBOs”, says Paul Eastwood, President of Single Property Sites Inc. “The new MORELOANS4U solution has been developed to meet the needs of Lenders with some very unique features such as allowing advertising direct to buyers on every property website and also being a multi-user system.”

See a sample Single Property Website that highlights Agents, Loan Officers and banner ads at

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New Scott/Carver Community Website Launched by McCormack Baron Salazar

McCormack Baron Salazar is pleased to announce the completion of a website ( to complement its efforts to revitalize the former Scott and Carver Homes sites in Miami-Dade County.

“The website will help us keep residents, the local community, and area media informed of our progress to create more than 350 new apartment homes that will offer high quality living options for residents from all income levels,” says Julie DeGraaf Velazquez, a McCormack Baron Salazar vice president and project manager for the New Scott/Carver Community.

The website offers sections that detail the history of the Scott/Carver housing development, from its opening in 1954, to the vision for the community revitalization effort that pairs McCormack Baron Salazar, the Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency and other partners to provide high-quality, environmentally sustainable, and accessible housing options, and community resources for residents.

The website also provides updates on construction progress and leasing information for apartment rentals, which are slated to become available this coming fall.

About the New Scott/Carver Community: The New Scott Carver Community development effort began in 2008 when the team of McCormack Baron Salazar, Reliance Housing Foundation and Urban Strategies were approved by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency to help implement a new HOPE VI Revitalization Plan for Scott/Carver Homes. The plan is transforming the former Scott and Carver Homes sites into a vibrant and thriving mixed-income, sustainable community that features energy-efficient, high-quality units and amenities; serves families from a broad range of income levels; and provides access to training, education and employment resources.

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