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Top Ten Real Estate Agents List in Tampa Bay

Tampa, FL, 2017-Sep-30 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — Throughout recent years, Tampa has proven to be a booming real estate market. With exquisite waterfront homes, a bustling downtown district, and local attractions in the form of Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, and The Florida Aquarium, it’s no surprise that people from all over the country are flocking to homes in the Tampa Bay area.

When attempting to purchase a home, however, it is vital to have an experienced real estate professional guide you through the process in order to have as much money on the transaction as possible. The very same could be said about selling a home, as well.

Like any other industry, it can be difficult to sift through the incompetent professionals and find the best in the business.

Listed below are the top ten most trustworthy, experienced, and reliable real estate agents in Tampa Bay:

Number 10. Anthony Malafronte
A sales and marketing expert who has spent over 20 years working with Fortune 50 companies, Anthony Malafronte brought his skills and abilities to real estate over the past decade and has become a pivotal force within the local Tampa market.

His background in marketing, sales, and presentations allows him to showcase homes in an unforgettable way, illuminating the main selling points of a home and adeptly matching buyers with a home perfect for them. He is responsive, proactive, and easily reached, making him a solid choice for a real estate agent.

Number 9. John Pestalozzi
John Pestalozzi is renowned for his flexibility when it comes to communicating with clients. Whether buyers and sellers would like remote presentations, text message-only communication, or virtual HD tours of his current properties, he is able to accommodate them quickly and effectively.

Pestalozzi has resided in Tampa for over 37 years, which has provided him with a valuable insight into Tampa’s real estate market and community. He is aware that the search for Tampa homes begins online, which is why he spends extensive time and energy capturing high-quality photography and video footage of the properties he works with.

Number 8. Janet Lopez
Many real estate agents have less than a decade’s worth of experience in the industry. Janet Lopez has nearly thirty years of professionalism under her belt, and her sales record reflects this. Her intense focus on customer service has proven to be a worthwhile endeavor, as over 60% of her clients are referrals from those she has worked with in the past.

With a solid understanding of contract law, negotiation, and Tampa’s undulating real estate market, Janet strives to do all that she can in order to make the home buying and selling process as pleasant as possible.

Number 7. Crystal Brady
Crystal Brady, a native Floridian who has an undying passion for the state, focuses her real estate endeavors in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. She specializes in dealing with first-time homebuyers who are uninformed about what to expect when it comes to the transaction process.

Before she became a real estate agent, Brady worked as a customer relations manager for a property management company, solidifying her ability to work with clients of all types and help connect them with a home that will perfectly suit their needs.

Number 6. Kristy Darragh
As a veteran of the real estate industry with over 25 years of experience, Kristy has spent nearly three decades helping her clients not only purchase or sell a home, but also with listing, consulting, staging, and other processes that are integral to transactions in the real estate industry.

A self-admitted workaholic, Kristy Darragh spends much of her free time being involved in organizations throughout Tampa Bay, where she can not only better hone her craft as a real estate agent, but also benefit the professionals around her.

Number 5. Ray Mihara
Quick closing, responsive service, and strong negotiation tactics are just a few of Ray Mihara’s attributes that clients praise in their stellar review of the Tampa real estate agent. He is particularly well-versed in property investing, helping clients make informed financial decisions when they are looking to purchase a property that will later be sold for a higher price.

Due to his many accomplishments, Ray Mihara is among the top salesmen in the country, and consistently provides his clients with thorough, informative updates about the current state of their transaction.

Number 4. Bill Dallas
Like Ray Mihara, Bill Dallas is an expert on real estate investment, and is a powerful primary source for his clients to consult when it comes to deciding which properties to keep an eye on, and which properties to avoid.

In the past seven years, Bill Dallas has managed to significantly increase his sales volume from year to year, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Throughout his career, his reliability as a quality, honest real estate agent has set him apart from his peers.

Number 3. Wendy Ross
In terms of sales volume, Wendy Ross is ranked as one of the top 100 real estate agents by The Greater Tampa Association of Realtors. According to her past clients, he has been declared to be one of the most trustworthy real estate agents in the area, and has a reputation of being kind, approachable, and outstandingly quick with her services.

Due to her expertise in the field, it is no surprise she has won multiple awards that commend her outstanding customer service that helps her clients navigate the convoluted pathways of buying and selling a home.

Number 2. Raquel Zapata
Zapata has worked extensively with clients who seek relocation, luxury properties, vacant land, and those who are first-time homebuyers. Her extensive knowledge of Tampa’s real estate market equips her with the capability to ensure that all of her clients’ needs are met.

She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors, and is heavily involved in both organizations. Giving back to the community is just as important to Raquel Zapata as serving her clients, and she strives to use her skills as a real estate professional to serve others, both on and off the clock.

Number 1. Realtor Joseph Lewkowicz
Joseph Lewkowicz has been involved in Tampa real estate for over 40 years. He has a personal sales record of 3,000+ independently sold homes, which is a number that entire sales teams struggle to compete with. As one would expect from someone with over four decades of experience in the industry, Joseph Lewkowicz’s services benefit clients of any type, whether they are first-time buyers, those looking to sell, or those looking to invest in property.

He is nationally ranked in the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents, an achievement that earned him an invitation to the exclusive Celebration of Success event in 2016. His personal mantra “no one works harder to sell your home!” is something that he has consistently proven throughout his career, having connected thousands of buyers with a home that is a perfect fit.

Joseph Lewkowicz specializes in North Tampa, frequently working with properties in areas such as Lutz and Carrollwood. He also holds livestream conference calls on the second Thursday of every month that allow members of the community to interact with him directly, an endeavor that not many in the industry have taken advantage of, Joseph has thousands of satisfied clients that can attest to his unwavering dependability as a real estate professional.

Tampa is a haven within the Sunshine State, and has plenty to offer those who are looking for a home to enjoy the city’s natural beauty. Real estate transactions go far more smoothly with the help of a professional who knows the area, cares about their clients, and has a proven track record of successful negotiations. For more information visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

Joseph R. Lewkowicz Realtor
14502 N Dale Mabry Hwy #100, Tampa, FL 33618

Aulder Capital Delivers Transparency with Technology

New York, NY / Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 2017-Mar-13 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — Aulder Capital, formerly known as BZ Investments, was looking to improve engagement with investors, specifically post asset acquisition and needed a solution to better institutionalize their information. With the desire to break free from the perception of a traditional slower-moving investment property company, Aulder looked to the future of real estate to see how to best meet their needs. Several platforms offered partial solutions, but only one ensured ongoing connectivity with a promise of providing a smooth investor centric user experience. The utilities found on the MREN platform surpassed current competitors offerings and Aulder was able to leverage the easy to use functionality for a technologically savvy transformation.

The real estate investment firm was focused on expanding their value-add investment strategy, and Aulder knew that technology was key in mindful management and investing in their platform. “Before we deployed MREN, information was scattered throughout local systems,” recalls the principal, Jonah Bamberger.

“The solution has brought all that knowledge into one place.” The business results are a solidified network of Aulder’s investors and a stronger ability to maximize the management of properties. MREN enables transparency of all deals at any given moment and investors can access their deal information at their convenience. Aulder’s dedication to responsible investing and their proven track record is highlighted through the use of the MREN platform and will pave investor expectations for other real estate investment management firms. Aulder Capital plans to enhance their communication and collaboration effort via MREN to drive efficiency and expedite their growth.

Learn more about Aulder Capital’s value-add investment strategy, here: www.aulder.com

Learn more about the changing landscape of technology in CRE, here: www.mren.com

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

JAPANESE RENTAL HOUSING MANAGEMENT COMPANY BUYS WALDORF SERVICED APARTMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ENDS

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

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

 

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The same type of stock market metrics now available to the real estate market

Orlando, FL, May 18, 2015 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — SoftWorks Global LLChttp://realbench.net introduced an iPhone and Android real estate mobile application with the same green and red signals typically found in stock market software, but for the real estate industry targeted to home buyers, real estate agents and real estate investors.

The kind of metrics that have been available to the stock market are now available for real estate to home buyers, real estate investors and realtors. Until now it has been difficult for home buyers, real estate agents and real estate investors to identify real estate opportunities in a concrete and measurable manner. One of the things the stock market has always had is numerous charts and metrics to identify the deals, both individual stock pickers and stock brokers can easily go to a chart see red and green stocks and know which ones to buy. This same type of metrics has been lacking in the real estate sector.

There is such a tool now for the real estate industry, it is called RealBench; RealBench is a real estate mobile application for home buyers, real estate agents and real estate investors. it gives you all the financial numbers you will ever need when buying or selling a home, flip property or rental property. RealBench uses simple green and red signals that makes it simple for anyone to use, just like the stock market signals, but for the real estate industry.

Imagine searching for a real estate opportunity either as a home or investment, going from property to property taking a picture and entering in your mobile phone the basic financial information of the property (price, square footage, down payment ..), and tapping a single button on your phone to tell you with simple green and red signals whether the property is a good buy or not. That’s exactly what RealBench does, green means buy and red means don’t buy, it is that simple.

There are numerous http://realbench.net products in the market, but none of them provide simple to read signals that measure the financial characteristics and risks of potential properties using green and red traffic light signals.

Furthermore the app calculates different sets of green and red signals for homes, rental properties and flip properties. The type of metrics a first time home buyer needs to know are different from the metrics an investor needs to know; additionally an investors buying a rental property needs a different set of numbers and signals from an investor buying a flip property. RealBench generates different sets of signals for home, rentals and flip properties, commercial and residential, covering the entire spectrum of real estate purchases.

This is an indispensable tool for anyone looking to buy or sell a home either for personal use, on behalf of a client or as an investment. Home buyers can have confidence about their first or second home purchases, while realtors and real estate investors can maximize profits.

* For more information about our Real Estate Mobile App:

Go to http://realbench.net or send your inquiries at inquiry@realbench.net.

* Availability
The RealBench Real Estate Mobile App is available through the Apple Store and Google Play, simple type Realbench in the app search box.

For more information please visit http://realbench.net.

Contacts:
General Information:inquiry@realbench.net
Technical Support:support@realbench.net

Contact-Details: Juan Cabrera
juan.cabrera@realbench.net

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North Myrtle Beach Beach Home, The Original Tree House, For Sale Featured in Sandlapper Magazine

The Windy Hill “TreeHouse” in North Myrtle Beach, SC is for sale

Welcome to paradise in exciting and vibrant North Myrtle Beach, SC. Only 500 feet from the ocean, the original Windy Hill Tree House is up for sale . No need for flood insurance with this 4 bedroom/2 bath house which sits high on the sand dunes on 5 lots. The home takes up roughly 2 lots and there are 2, possibly 3 buildable lots in addition to the home. You also have the option of reducing the size of the house by removing the decks that surround the house or removing the home. This home was featured in Sandlapper magazine for its careful and detailed construction. The home melts into the natural environment giving you the feeling of living in the mountains at the Carolina coast. Wide expanses of glass and skylights enhance the feeling of living in nature. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home has an open layout, high ceilings in the great room and kitchen, and includes everything you need including a newly designed kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances with a thermodor gas/electric oven, Bosch dishwasher, Amana refrigerator, and new Asian inspired cabinets. Look down and you will see 200 year old pine heart wood floors from a historic church in Beaufort, SC. The ancient pine is visible in the beams of the lofted ceiling and the panels of the mantle piece that go straight up to the new skylights. Each room is drenched in natural light with lots of new Andersen windows and the master bath includes a whirlpool jetted tub, double sinks, and stone/wood walls. The stone walls in the bathroom as well as the stone wall up the exquisite driveway, lit with tasteful lights at night, are Green River stone from Asheville, NC. New decking wraps around the house and includes large live oaks sprouting out making you feel like you’re in a nature preserve in the middle of N. Myrtle Beach. Outside every window you can see abundant wildlife. The original builders/owners wanted their home to blend into the natural environment and offer peace and seclusion. They accomplished that goal. The outside of the house is now wooden cedar shingles which really blend into the natural surroundings.

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US Residential Asset Fund launches as REO-to-Rental fund

US Residential Asset Fund, LLC (http://usresifund.com/), implemented a unique strategy by launching as an REO- (real estate-owned) to-Rental fund. Christopher J. Crippen, the Fund’s manager, announced, “We put together a strategy that allows us to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities available in the REO-to-Rental markets and to support the communities we invest in.

US Residential Asset Fund’s investment strategy is focused on acquiring, renovating, leasing, managing, and exiting distressed single-family properties in multiple U.S. metropolitan areas. Tenants have the option to rent the properties with a “contract for deed,” paving the road to homeownership for those who otherwise would be lifelong renters. The tenants work with the Fund’s strategic partner, Sagamore Home Mortgage, to resolve their credit challenges, qualify for a mortgage, and purchase the home they are renting.

Mr. Crippen, an industry expert, explained, “This is really a unique Fund. We can do something good for the communities we invest in, enable our tenants to become homeowners, and provide double-digit returns for our investors. It’s a win-win-win strategy, which is hard to find in this market. I am proud to be a part of it.”

US Residential Asset Fund was founded by Mr. Crippen, Dana Bradley, Al Espinoza, Patrick Cipolla, and Amos Alexander. Focusing on the $3 trillion single-family rental market, the Fund expects to invest more that $20 million over the next two years, beginning with acquiring assets in the Charlotte, Memphis, and Chicago, MSAs. Phase two acquisitions will be in the Atlanta, Indianapolis, Tampa, Orlando, MSAs.

“My partners, Innotion Enterprises, Inc. (www.innotion.com), and Performance Holdings (http://www.performanceholdings.com/), have been operating in the single-family and REO arenas, and have built a world-class acquisition, renovation, and management platform uniquely designed for these properties,” Mr. Crippen continued. “We work with Sagamore Home Mortgage to work with our tenants to qualify them to purchase our properties.” Christopher J. Crippen formerly headed Prescient Asset Management’s FDIC ORE Disposition.

Mr. Crippen described how the program works, saying, “All of our properties are offered as ‘rent to own’ (RTO) to our tenants. This encourages homeownership in the markets we are investing in. Studies show that RTO tenants take better care of their properties than strictly rental tenants. The benefits are a more secure investment and the ability to give back to the communities in which we invest. It’s a win-win-win situation.”

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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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Pricing Nation Updates Predictions – Average Home Values in Boston MSA Will Go Up in October 2013 by 1.21 Percent

Pricing Nation Econometrics forecasts that the average home value in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will increase by 1.21 percent over the next twelve months. A table with the top 10 biggest increases and decreases per zip code can be found below. With housing prices still declining in many parts of the country, Boston Area residents should be pleased that their home prices will actually start going up in 2013. The Pricing Nation Econometrics Heat Map (also below) visualizes how the average home prices will vary across zip codes in the Boston MSA. Pricing Nation Econometrics is a division of Pricing Nation LLC, and more information can be found at www.pricingnation.com.

For more information on future changes in individual home values visit us at www.pricingnation.com

Pricing Nation Announces Updated Forecasting Models
Pricing Nation is dedicated to providing the most reliable home value forecasting data, by continuously improving the overall accuracy of our methodology. We are extremely pleased to announce that we have strengthened our line of home value forecasting models, resulting in predictions which are almost identical to reported actuals.

For our most recent update, we incorporated additional economic data sets into our models after months of active monitoring and tracking of back-data. As a result, our individual Home Investment Report Cards, Neighborhood Reports, and Metropolitan Statistical Area Reports offer the best value to customers, by providing them the most accurate predictions available. In order to provide the highest level of service to our customers as per our mission, we would like to reward any users who previously purchased our reports by offering free revised Home Investment Report Cards. If you purchased one of our reports, please send us an email at sales@pricingnation.com with the Order Number, and we will send a promotional code that allows you to access your revised forecasts.

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Pricing Nation Econometrics Forecasts That The Average Home Value In The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Will Decrease By 0.119 Percent Over The Next Twelve Months

Pricing Nation Econometrics forecasts that the average home value in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will decrease by 0. 119 percent over the next twelve months. A table with the top 10 biggest increases and decreases per zip code can be found below. Residents will be pleased that housing price declines continue to bottom out in September 2013. The Pricing Nation Econometrics heat map (also below) visualizes home price changes for each zip code in the Boston MSA. Pricing Nation Econometrics is a division of Pricing Nation LLC, and more information can be found at www.pricingnation.com.

For more information on future changes in individual home values visit us at www.pricingnation.com

About Pricing Nation
The purchase of a home is historically the largest investment one will make in their life. However, due to recent volatility from the Credit and Housing Crisis, home buyers no longer believe that home values are always guaranteed to increase.

To ensure that buyers and sellers are confident in their investment decisions, Pricing Nation has developed a portfolio of regression based models that forecast housing price changes at the MSA, zip, and house level.  These models are highly statistically significant as they were built using local housing demand/supply and macroeconomic data from the last ten years, which saw extreme upward and downward movements. Of particular note is that Pricing Nation’s forecasting model would have anticipated the severe downturn in Boston MSA home values in August 2006, a full twelve months before the actual downturn hit in August 2007, and 16 months before the U.S. officially entered a recession*.

Pricing Nation is offering its individual home value forecast reports for an introductory price of $19.99 per home (regular price $49.99 per home).  The forecast for each home includes “ The Home Investment Report Card” (sample below), which provides the future change in home value, grades the local and national factors impacting home value, and outlines the significance of each factor toward future changes. “The Home Investment Report” card is designed to be easy to use for all homebuyers and sellers as they make one of the biggest decisions of their lives.

Pricing Nation has initially launched its product in the Boston MSA and is expanding its offerings to other cities in the near future.

For more information, please contact Raj Koganti at raj@pricingnation.com

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Pricing Nation Econometrics Predicts That The Average Home Price In The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Will Decrease By 0.225 Percent Twelve Months From Now

Pricing Nation Econometrics, a division of Pricing Nation (www.PricingNation.com), predicts that the average home price in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will decrease by 0.225 percent twelve months from now. Boston residents can be pleased that housing price declines continue to bottom out in August 2013.  Pricing Nation Econometrics has also just released their heat map (see attached) predicting home price changes for each zip code in the Boston MSA one year from now. The zip codes with the largest predicted improvement in home prices areMilton Mills, NH (03852) with a 5.10 percent increase followed by Melrose, MA (02176) with a 1.95 percent increase. The zip code with the largest predicted decrease in home prices is East Hampstead, NH (03826) with a 8.21 percent decrease followed by Newton Upper Falls, MA (02464) with a 6.98 percent decrease.Pricing Nation will provide its monthly projections, initially just for Boston and its related zip codes, at 7:00 a.m. of the last Tuesday of each month.

Pricing Nation has developed an integrated suite of regression based models that predict housing price changes at the MSA level, zip level and house level.  These models have been built using data over the last ten years which is a robust training period as there has been both an upswing and downswing in prices during that time.  The model results for the Boston MSA are statistically highly significant. Of particular importance is that the Pricing Nation model, when used for historical periods, would have predicted the severe downturn in Boston MSA housing prices in August, 2006, 12 months before it actually occurred in August, 2007 (downturn data reported by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices) and 16 months before the U.S. officially went into a recession according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a nonprofit group entrusted by the government with determining when recessions begin and end.

Pricing Nation believes it is important to predict home price changes.  From the Great Depression through 2008, homeowners generally made money investing in their homes if they owned them for a considerable amount of time.  It became common ‘wisdom’ that home prices across the country would always go up.  With the advent of the Credit and Housing Crisis, we now know that this common ‘wisdom’ was flawed.  Housing prices will go up and down in the future based primarily on local demand and supply factors combined with a number of macroeconomic variables. These factors are the drivers in the Pricing Nation predictive models.

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Pricing Nation Econometrics Predicts That The Average Home Price In The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Will Decrease By 0.299 Percent Twelve Months From Now

Pricing Nation Econometrics, a division of Pricing Nation (www.PricingNation.com), predicts that the average home price in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will decrease by 0.299 percent twelve months from now. Boston residents can be pleased that housing price declines continue to bottom out in April 2013.  Pricing Nation Econometrics has also just released their heat map (see attached) predicting home price changes for each zip code in the Boston MSA one year from now. The zip codes with the largest predicted improvement in home prices areMilton Mills, NH (03852) with a 4.19 percent increase followed by Melrose, MA (02176) with a 1.83 percent increase. The zip code with the largest predicted decrease in home prices is East Hampstead, NH (03826) with a 8.96 percent decrease followed by Newton Upper Falls, MA (02464) with a 7.12 percent decrease.Pricing Nation will provide its monthly projections, initially just for Boston and its related zip codes, at 7:00 a.m. of the last Tuesday of each month.

Pricing Nation has developed an integrated suite of regression based models that predict housing price changes at the MSA level, zip level and house level. These models have been built using data over the last ten years which is a robust training period as there has been both an upswing and downswing in prices during that time.  The model results for the Boston MSA are statistically highly significant. Of particular importance is that the Pricing Nation model, when used for historical periods, would have predicted the severe downturn in Boston MSA housing prices in August, 2006, 12 months before it actually occurred in August, 2007 (downturn data reported by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices) and 16 months before the U.S. officially went into a recession according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a nonprofit group entrusted by the government with determining when recessions begin and end.

Pricing Nation believes it is important to predict home price changes. From the Great Depression through 2008, homeowners generally made money investing in their homes if they owned them for a considerable amount of time.  It became common ‘wisdom’ that home prices across the country would always go up.  With the advent of the Credit and Housing Crisis, we now know that this common ‘wisdom’ was flawed.  Housing prices will go up and down in the future based primarily on local demand and supply factors combined with a number of macroeconomic variables. These factors are the drivers in the Pricing Nation predictive models.

The purchase of a home is typically a family’s largest investment and given the uncertainty in the housing markets, Pricing Nation is making their unique forecast of price change for each home in the Boston MSA available at www.PricingNation.com for an introductory price of $19.99 per home (regular price is $49.99 per home). The forecast for each home comes with “The Home Investment Report Card” (see a sample attached), which also rates all of the local and national factors influencing the forecast and educates the consumer about factors that have a positive or negative impact on their investment. “The Home Investment Report” card is designed to be easy to use for all homebuyers and sellers.

Pricing Nation is committed to provide individuals with the information they need to make the major financial decisions in their life.  Pricing Nation has launched its product in the Boston MSA and will be expanding its offerings on a city by city basis.

For more information, please contact Raj Koganti at raj@pricingnation.com

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Pricing Nation Econometrics Predicts That The Average Home Price In The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Will Decrease By 0.347 Percent Twelve Months From Now

Pricing Nation Econometrics, a division of Pricing Nation LLC (Pricing Nation), predicts that the average home price in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will decrease by 0.347 percent twelve months from now. Boston residents can be pleased that housing price declines look like they are essentially bottoming out.  Pricing Nation Econometrics has also just released their heat map (see attached) predicting home price changes for each zip code in the Boston MSA one year from now.  The zip code with the largest predicted improvement in home prices is Milton Mills (03852) with a 3.39 percent increase and the zip code with the largest predicted decrease in home prices is East Hampstead (03826) with a 9.44 percent decrease. Pricing Nation will provide its monthly projections, initially just for the Boston MSA the related zip codes, at 7:00 a.m. of the last Tuesday of each month.

Pricing Nation has developed an integrated suite of regression based models that predict housing price changes at the MSA level, zip level and house level.  These models have been built using data over the last ten years which is a robust training period as there has been both an upswing and downswing in prices during that time.  The model results for the Boston MSA are statistically highly significant. Of particular importance is that the Pricing Nation model, when used for historical periods, would have predicted the severe downturn in Boston MSA housing prices in August, 2006, 12 months before it actually occurred in August, 2007 (downturn data reported by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices) and 16 months before the U.S. officially went into a recession according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a nonprofit group entrusted by the government with determining when recessions begin and end.

Pricing Nation believes it is important to predict home price changes.  From the Great Depression through 2008, homeowners generally made money investing in their homes if they owned them for a considerable amount of time.  It became common ‘wisdom’ that home prices across the country would always go up.  With the advent of the Credit and Housing Crisis, we now know that this common ‘wisdom’ was flawed.  Housing prices will go up and down in the future based primarily on local demand and supply factors combined with a number of macroeconomic variables. These factors are the drivers in the Pricing Nation prediction models.

The purchase of a home is typically a family’s largest investment and given the uncertainty in the housing markets, Pricing Nation is making their unique forecast of price change for each home in the Boston MSA available at www.PricingNation.com for an introductory price of $19.99 per home (regular price is $49.99 per home).  The forecast for each home comes with “The Home Investment Report Card” (see attached), which also rates all of the local and national factors influencing the forecast and educates the consumer about factors that have a positive or negative impact on their investment. “The Home Investment Report” card is designed to be easy to use for all homebuyers and sellers..

Pricing Nation is committed to provide individuals with the information they need to make the major financial decisions in their life.  Pricing Nation is launching its product in the Boston MSA and will be expanding its offerings on a city by city basis.

For more information, please contact Raj Koganti at raj@pricingnation.com

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Heather Gennette Earns Real Estate, Short Sale Designation to Help Homeowners in Danger of Foreclosure

Heather Gennette of Vernazza Realty has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance, with a particular emphasis on short sales. At a time when millions of homeowners are struggling with the possibility of foreclosure, the skills and education amassed by Gennette will help benefit South Orange County area residents and communities.

Short sales allow the distressed homeowner to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even if it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.

Today, more than 13 percent of homeowners are delinquent on their mortgage or in the foreclosure process. This is occurring across all price ranges, and the fastest-growing category of homes in foreclosure is the luxury home market.

“The CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with homeowners and lenders on complicated short sales,” said Gennette. “It is so rewarding to be able to help families save their homes from foreclosure.”

Alex Charfen, co-founder and CEO of the Distressed Property Institute in Austin, Texas, said that agents such as Heather Gennette, with the CDPE Designation have valuable perspective on the market, and training in short sales that can offer homeowners real alternatives to foreclosure, which can be devastating to credit ratings.

“These experts better understand market conditions than the average agent, and can help sellers through the complications of foreclosure avoidance,” he said.

The Distressed Property Institute provides live and online courses to train real estate professionals how to help homeowners in distress, with a strong focus on handling short sales.

“Our goal is to help as many homeowners as possible, by educating as many real estate professionals as possible,” Charfen said. Heather Gennette has demonstrated a commitment to struggling homeowners, a commitment that can provide much-needed stabilization to the community.”

For more information about CDPE Designation, visit www.cdpe.com. For more information about Heather Gennette visit www.heathershomesoc.com.

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Real Estate Professionals Invited To Tell All To Gossip Blog

Having hundreds of credible professional sources that provide information about real estate owned by celebrities is a dream come true for many publications. This is the unique selling point of Richcrib.com which is operated by an agency that has relationships with thousands of international real estate professionals.

One of the things we love most about celebrities is their fantastic homes however when a celebrity buys or sells a home it is often in secret. Now, with the launch of a brand new website it’s easy to follow all the celebrity gossip and get a glimpse into the luxury properties of the rich and famous.

Nick Marr, the brains behind RichCrib.com explains: “The idea behind RichCrib.com is to showcase on one website the amazing properties that celebrities buy. Whether it’s a beachfront mansion owned by Halle Berry or Andie MacDowell’s Carolina estate, Rich Crib showcases the luxury and designer properties of the rich and famous.

We help celebrities gain more exposure in a different environment, gossip sells and can attract a huge audience.

Many celebrities would never admit to promoting a home they want us all to see on a gossip website. So our contacts do this on their behalf.

“We also include all the latest celebrity gossip, so Rich Crib really is the one stop shop for following the lifestyles of the world’s biggest stars.”

With a collection of celebrity news including black celeb news from the web, gossip and pages dedicated to the luxury homes of film stars, pop singers.

Mr Marr believes the site is the perfect place to get your fix of celebrity lifestyle. “As well as dedicating the site to showcasing some of the world’s most expensive and desirable property, RichCrib.com is also full of the latest news on the planet’s top stars. Whether you want to learn more about Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen or Madonna, RichCrib.com is the new place to go.”

And, Rich Crib also has a section dedicated to those celebrities whose homes leave a little something to be desired in terms of taste and class.

Mr Marr added: “Not even multi millionaires can buy class and we’ve all seen film stars and sportspeople in astonishingly tacky and poorly designed homes. That’s why we have also included a ‘House Fail’ section to showcase those properties that prove that money doesn’t buy good taste.”

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San Diego Real Estate Website Gets New Design

MovingSD.com, a popular San Diego-area real estate website, has been completely redesigned. The site, which is owned by Chris Muckley of Ascent Real Estate, Inc, features consumer information for buyers and sellers in the San Diego area, including property listings and search features, industry news, local information and more.

“I first publised MovingSD.com in 2005, and it has been a great way for me to offer information to real estate consumers,” said Muckley. “But I really wanted to take the site in a more interactive direction.” The new MovingSD.com is a blog-based site which is intended to allow Muckley and his team to constantly add new posts, tips and information for the public. The site also has been integrated with RealBird property search widgets, that allow users to search for homes nationwide.

Chris Muckley’s team consists of San Diego realtors Kelly Shilling, Ryan Johnstone and Becky Bickmore. Shilling is a listing specialist and also works with buyers in San Diego and Chula Vista. Johnstone, known as “The Downtown Guy,” is a buyer and seller specialist who focuses on the Downtown condominium market, and frequently hosts walking tours of listed properties. Bickmore works with buyers and sellers in the metro area, and has collaborated with Muckley on many of his bank-owned listings. Muckley mostly works with institutional sellers and oversees the day-to-day operations of the team, as well as all the marketing.

The agents mentioned above are happy to have their San Diego real estate website redesigned, and look forward to networking with consumers through its pages.

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Macarena – Belize Relocation Specialist

Cancer survivor, explorer, Mother, inventor (www.PropupPillow.com) and Realtor Macarena Rose is proud to announce she’s in the running to be the next host of TV’s “Paradise Hunters.” The show, which visits people around the world who are living their dreams in their version of paradise, is looking for a person who loves exploring new worlds and meeting the people who call them home.

Macarena certainly fits that description. Born and raised in Washington, DC, she lived in St. Petersburg Florida for 20 years and then moved to Cayo District, Belize with her 15-year-old daughter five years ago, with 10 animals in tow.

“Since moving to Belize, life has been such an adventure. No monotony for sure!” she says on her website,http://www.macarenarose.com/. “I have been blessed to have had dinner with a prime minister, coach the semi pro Men’s futbol (soccer) team, be the voice on the SMART cell phone in Belize, host a weekly TV show featuring Belizeans lives and become part of Belize and sign the Bi-Lateral agreement with N.A.R. (National Association of Realtors) accepting Belize National Association of Realtors as an Cooperating Association.” Macarena says, “See, I believe if you are to relocate anywhere, you must bring good to where you go, and decide what it is you will do, before you go.” Macarena has done that, as an ordained Minister she has helped children in the education, arts and the feeding programs. Her life is “real” and she loves to show others how to “Keep it Real” in their own life.

Through her work as a Realtor, Macarena says she has become a relocation specialist, helping people find the right home for them, wherever in the world that may be. She has also made herself quite at home in Belize. In her audition video, she gives viewers an in-depth look at the country, with all the passion and knowledge of an expert tour guide.

“Ah! It’s pitahaya!” she exclaims while visiting a local market. “I have to tell you: it looks like an artichoke, but inside it tastes like a red kiwi and it is luscious… it grows all over Belize.”

As if the way she lives her li fe was not enough- Even her very name sets her apart from the competition.

“As your host, I can offer you one thing that no one else can: my name is Macarena, and in many different countries, I can have people do the Macarena,” she says in her video.

Macarena has committed to American Cancer Society and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, and we are asking for you to commit to her !

The contest closes December 14, 2010. Time is running out, so go to Macarena’s contest page and VOTE for her to be YOUR host to “Keep It Real”. See here to VOTE for Macarena to keep it “REAL”.

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La Costa Destinations Partners With PathFinder To Assist People Find The Best Real Estate Deals In Punta Cana

Has looking into buying real estate in Punta Cana crossed your mind? Does your idea of retirement include tropical sunshine, laidback vibe and proximity to the US?

Pathfinder’s aims scouting the globe to find the most unique and value-oriented real estate opportunities the world has to offer. Every year they investigate hundreds of projects around the world. Their rigid scrutiny ensures that only the best places make it to their list.

La Costa Destinations is a premier real estate company in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Speaking on the strategic partnership, Scott, CEO, of La Costa Destinations reveals “We continue to build strategic alliances with local as well as international real estate professionals such as Pathfinder International. They have recognized our company as the leader in the Punta Cana market and selected us for having the best one stop full service real estate company in the area. We are ethical, forward-thinking and results-oriented professionals who take a proactive approach to real estate. Consumers can have total confidence that they are dealing with consummate professionals demonstrating the highest level of service and integrity. Our goal has always been to value our reputation for quality service and customer satisfaction in the marketplace by applying a belief that every person is important and by using a strong work ethic. We are close to reaching the $5,000,000 sales mark in 2010 and we expect 2011 to be even stronger especially with the new strategic alliance with Pathfinder International.”

Are you yearning for a picture perfect Caribbean getaway? The Coconut Coast, a 32 kilometers stretch in the island of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is definitely the place to be. Perfect turquoise blue beaches, sparkling sand, all year long tropical weather and numerous chain hotels are just some of the things you can expect from this Caribbean paradise.

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Local Realtor Achieves National Recognition

Mark Howard, Owner, Broker and Founder of Hawaiian Americana Realty, Inc has been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR®) designation by the Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT Council, Inc. (REBAC) of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR).

Mark Howard joins more than 32,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR® designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience.

To promote and reach out to Buyers worldwide, Mark Howard of Hawaiian Americana Realty, Inc utilizes the company’s most dynamic services. To list all of them here would take some serious time.  But here are some of the more impressive ones:

• www.HawaiiAmericana.com
• www.808Brokers.com
• www.HawaiiAmericanaBlog.com
• www.FaceBook.com/HawaiiAmericana

Most buyers have a focus on Oahu condos and prime Oahu real estate; the company now handles premier niches such as Waikiki condos for sale, Honolulu condos for sale, and all Honolulu real estate, to other more diverse residential and commercial real estate holdings. Of course, condos for sale in Honolulu are a major niche for the company, and some of its featured properties already include Island Colony, Allure Waikiki and the swank Hokua.

For more information about Hawaiian Americana Realty, Inc. please refer to the complete contact info herein below.  Owner/Founder Mark Howard is available for questions, media interviews and reviews, and can also be contacted as noted below.

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Real Estate Investing Website Company Releases New Designs

A real estate investing Website Company, RealEstateInvestorsWebsites.net, has released new designs for their real estate investor websites. This comes as a back-to-back upgrade just 3 days after releasing multiple language translation on the web sites.

Real estate investors can now chose from 136 designs which can be fully customized to reflect company branding and identity. Each website comes complete with proven copy carefully choreographed for converting leads into closed deals. A welcoming speaking model on each website serves to capture instant attention and boost conversion rates.

The websites can also be translated to 12 languages on the fly enabling real estate investors to reach a wider audience where they buy and sell houses.

They also come with the ability to adapt to any real estate investing business model with just a few clicks, fully personalized for each real estate company. Additionally, each website delivered has its content targeted to a geographical region where the real estate investor buys and sells houses.

Each website is also submitted to search engines so that it can start generating leads for real estate investors.

Using advanced technology, a real estate investor can have their website up and running ready for business and fully personalized in less than one hour.

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Luxury Home Sales Outperform Other Price Ranges This Summer

Gloomy news that July sales of existing homes dropped 25.5% year-over-year has overshadowed new statistics showing summer sales of million dollar plus homes significantly outperformed other price ranges.

“Luxury home buyers have been buying this summer,” said Patty Da Silva, Broker – Owner REALTOR® of Green Realty and member of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing . “After waiting in the wings, many affluent buyers spent the summer shopping for value and snapping up trophy properties.”

Statistics would indicate that he’s right. According to The National Association of Realtors (NAR), for 2009 million-dollar and above home sales were just 1.2% of total sales or about 61,500 sales nationally. In July 2010, million dollar plus market share was up to 1.9%. While sales of homes in the $500,000 and above range rose dramatically in June, the million-dollar-plus market segment was the only price range in July showing positive growth compared to last year. “The mix of what is selling has shifted in favor of homes priced at $750,000 and above,” said Christopher Green, CDPE, REALTOR® and Manager of Green Realty.

NAR’s report that July’s median sales price increased 0.7% year-over-year may be more a function of increasing sales of expensive properties relative to other price ranges than an indicator of across-the-board home price appreciation.

According to the Institute for Luxury Home Market (ILHM) National Luxury Market Report — which does a weekly analysis of luxury homes for sale in more than 30 major markets — after a dramatic rise in upper-tier inventory, which started in January of this year, the numbers of luxury homes for sale has declined about 5% since the beginning of July. Along with a decrease in inventory, there has been a decline in asking prices. Forty three percent of luxury homes currently on the market have had at least one reduction in asking price over the last 90 days. An additional 19% have been pulled off the market and subsequently relisted.

“While I wouldn’t say the luxury market is in recovery,” said Da Silva, “the growing market share of luxury sales relative to total sales, a slight downward trend in inventory, and sellers who are more realistic about price are factors shifting the affluent into a buying mode.”

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