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Homes and Villas Abroad enlarges holiday homes portfolio

The Italian lakes region has for millennia enraptured visitors, with some of the country’s most sought-after property located here.

Now HomesAndVillasAbroad.Com, one of the leading Italian property companies, can announce it is significantly broadening its portfolio of apartments and villas for sale in the region in response to demand from its clientele seeking to purchase real estate here.

To this end the company has signed partnerships with a number of real estate agents in the lake district to market their portfolios to a wider, multinational client base.

Homes and Villas Abroad is a complete package provider for people purchasing in Italy and has also hired a team of bilingual specialists in the lakes area to ensure the company offers as tailor-made a service as possible to its customer base, drawn from throughout the world.

Languages that the company caters for are English, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, Russian and Spanish.

Marketing head Simon Llewellyn commented: “Demand for homes in the lakes arearemains solid, in particular with clients from Russia, with units boasting a lake view understandably being most important on their wishlist.

“It is an area in which we were already had a presence, but we decided to seek additional partners to help us in meeting increasing demand.

“Despite the enduring appeal of Tuscany, the lakes region is one of Italy’s most beautiful areas but is not as out of reach financially as many people think; our prices start at about US$130,000 for a single-bedroom condo.

“Despite famous names such as actor George Clooney, soccer coach Jose Mourinho and airline tycoon Sir Richard Branson all owning expensive mansions here, there is something to suit pretty much all pockets.”

The region’s principal lakes are Como, Maggiore, Garda, Orta, Iseo and Endine.

There are excellent transport links, thanks to the six nearby airports. The nearest is 30 minutes away in Lugano, just over the Swiss border. There are three others in Milan, all within a 90-minute radius, while the final two are slightly further afield in Verona and Brescia.

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Bangkok Property World.Asia Is Ready To Establish Itself As An Excellent And Leading Site To Make It Possible For Buyers, Sellers, And Renters Of Properties In Asia To Find Each Other And Do Business Together

Bangkok Property World.Asia is proud to announce that we are bringing our successful real estate portal first seen in Bahrain athttp://www.bahrainpropertyworld.com to Bangkok. Bangkok Property World.Asia is ready to establish itself as an excellent and leading site to make it possible for buyers, sellers, and renters of properties in Asia to find each other and do business together.

At Bangkok Property World.Asia, we are no stranger to success and we know what it takes to make property portals successful. In 2009, we won the prestigious Arabian Property Awards, part of the world’s most innovative and buzzworthy competition focused on identifying the most successful real estate professionals around the planet. We won the Arabian Property Awards for our work in the Middle East with our Bahrain Property World real estate portal.

Bahrain Property World’s success in attaining one of these highly desired awards indicates we have the skills and experience necessary to bring similar results and profits to our newest enterprise in Bangkok, Thailand.

It is absolutely free for every real estate company to register in order to list and promote their properties, and they can do so here and now.

What is this real estate portal about?

Bangkok Rental Apartments and Condos

Bangkok is easily one of the most extraordinary, enchanting, and magnificent locations on the globe, and it is certainly the place to be if you find yourself in Thailand. However, if you have never been to the area or are otherwise unfamiliar with it, you might have trouble finding the perfect rental or condo listing that meets all of your needs.

This is precisely why Bangkok Property World.Asia is here to help you. Through your research on our portal listing, you can figure out what kind of listing you are looking for, decide on the location that you find most important, and get a good idea of just how much it should cost.

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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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2011 Migration Monitor report released by reallymoving.com

Following a detailed analysis of over 60,000 home movers in the UK throughout 2011, reallymoving.com has released its annual Migration Monitor. The study highlights postcode regions that retain their residents, as well as those that lose people to other areas of the country.

One of the UK’s leading home moving service providers, reallymoving.com indicates that the leading moving trend throughout the last 12 months is residents choosing to move away from London and the South East, with many of its regions showing significantly lower numbers moving in than out.

In stark contrast the South West proved the most desirable destination for home movers. reallymoving.com received ‘from’ and ‘to’ postcodes of over 60,000 home movers and the quintessential seaside town of Torquay ranked as the most popular UK destination for home movers last year, as well as Truro and Exeter.

Rosemary Rogers, director of reallymoving.com, said: “Our research shows that during 2011 the South West claimed the highest percentage of movers into the region. Torquay, Truro and Exeter all appear in the top five results.

“Cities which retain their residents make a healthy mix across the UK: Sheffield, Belfast, Chester and Newcastle all lead the way for residents staying within their postcode regions, which is a great reflection on the success of those cities.”

Residents in the Oxford area are the biggest movers according to the report, with 69% more moves per head of population than the national average. Commuter towns such as Reading and St. Albans also rank highly in terms of population mobility.

The survey also shows areas where residents were happier to sit tight in their current properties. Belfast and Kilmarnock held onto the top spots as the least active moving markets last year in the UK by a significant margin.

The annual 2011 Migration Monitor report is available on the reallymoving.com website. It is also downloadable and printable in PDF format.

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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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Kenn Renner Unveils Website For The Avery Ranch Golf Course Community

Kenn Renner has long been the top producer for one of the most desired real estate locations in Central Texas. The popular Avery Ranch was much awaited when first opened in 2000, with Kenn sold 17 homes the first day they went on sale.

Avery Ranch Golf Course Community

In addition to the traditional items found on a real estate website, Kenn states that his site gives extensive history of Avery Ranch, provides videos and provides additional information on multiple aspects of home buying. Kenn provides seminars as well, with more information available on his new website www.BuyAveryRanch.com.

Kenn has now dedicated an entire website to this premium real estate location. Kenn says, “Avery Ranch has over 4,000 homes and over 1800 acres, with an award winning golf course and club house.” He highlights the amenities on his site, such as the pools and beautiful outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition to these amenities, there are playscapes, tennis courts – and an outdoor amphitheater.

In the Avery Ranch predevelopment stage, Kenn had visited one of original homes, and was attracted to the history of the Avery Ranch location. During this time, Renner states that he walked nearly all the lot lines personally and watched almost all of the homes being built. Kenn embraces the rich history of Avery Ranch, as it is a “true icon of central Texas.” Kenn states that the developers managed to “preserve the integrity of the Texas Hill Country experience” while still giving residents a great place to live, shop and work.

With over 200 home closings in the Avery Ranch since the golf course community opened, Kenn has sold more homes than any other realtor in the Avery Ranch location. As a top performer, his new website allows home buyers and sellers to view and market properties.

Kenn’s new website, www.BuyAveryRanch.com, is dedicated not only to the established neighborhoods in the Avery Ranch Real Estate, but also features the new additions of Pearson Place and Avery Station. “These two new developments,” says Kenn, “are just south of Avery Ranch,” and Avery Ranch’s “legacy continues to grow” as this area remains one of the top selling areas in central Texas.

Buyers and sellers alike are continuing to benefit from Kenn’s experience as he launches his new website to showcase not only the homes available in the beautiful Avery Ranch, but he highlights the new developments happening in the community as well. Avery Ranch homebuyers and sellers alike can easily view the homes for sale and comparison shop.

Visit either one of his websites for more information on buying or selling a home in Avery Ranch or one of the new additions of Pearson Place or Avery Station. www.BuyAustin.com or the site specifically for Avery Ranch – www.BuyAveryRanch.com to find useful information.

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Kenn Renner with BuyAustin.com Updates Austin on the First Time Home Buyer Extension

The First Time Homebuyer Credit was signed into Law in February 2009 to help stimulate the slumping housing market. The original Bill contained an $8000 tax credit for first time home buyers who purchased a home between January 1, 2009 and November 30, 2009. This past Friday the $8000 tax credit was extended past the November 30th deadline.

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This extension will extend the tax credit to include contracts signed by April 30th and are closed by June 30th next year. In addition, the extension will include a $6500 tax credit to those who have had a least 5 years of consecutive homeownership 5 out of the last 8 years. “Therefore, this extension not only benefits first-time homebuyers, but also homeowners, says Kenn Renner, first-time home buying expert with BuyAustin.com.

Mr. Renner says his office had been inundated with calls about the first extension. With the credit having been extended he said, “The fact there is a cutoff for contract leads me to believe that this will not be extended again. So anyone who is eligible and wants to take advantage of the tax break needs to take action sooner than later.”

Kenn Renner reminds those who want to take advantage of this extension that there are a few rules that new homebuyers need to be aware of:

1. Homes must be under contract for purchase by April 30th, 2010 and close by June 30, 2010.

2. Home buyers can receive the tax credit by amending their current tax returns, thus not having to wait until filing their tax returns next year and receiving the credit quicker.

3. Income limitations have been expanded.

4. The tax credit is no longer limited to just first time home buyers (considered those that have not owned a primary residence in the past 3 year), repeat home buyers that qualify and have lived in a primary residence for 5 out of the past 8 years qualify.

5. New or resale, Single Family, Condos & Townhomes all qualify for the credit as long as they become primary residences.

It is projected that 1.8 million homebuyers will benefit from the first time homebuyer credit by the end of this November. The National Association of Realtors believes approximately 355,000, nearly 20%, would not have purchased their new home without the First Time Home Buyer Program.

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Homeowners Should Treat Winter as a Threat to Their Home

Homeowners in regions that receive the nasty end of winter weather should listen up: a quality homeowners insurance policy is essential to make it through the harsh and brutal winter unscathed. According to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com, homeowners should follow several simple tips to make sure that their home stays protected and they avoid having to file a homeowners insurance claim.

“Winter also brings periods of heavy snow, ice, and other elements that could endanger a home and force a homeowner to file an unwanted homeowners insurance claim,” according to the InsuranceAgents.com article titled, ‘Winter Hazards and Homeowners Insurance.’ “With winter rapidly approaching, you should be sure that your homeowners insurance policy is adequate enough to hold up during any kind of winter-type damage that could be sustained by your home.”

The first tip that all homeowners should exercise is keeping their sidewalks and driveway shoveled and salted as much as possible. This not only avoids a liability suit if someone should accidentally slip and fall but it also avoids a damage claim should a vehicle slip and slide into the garage thanks to an unsalted driveway.

Also, homeowners should do their best to keep their roof clear of snow. Obviously, it isn’t necessary to shovel the roof every time it snows but if the homeowner notices interior doors sticking then that might be an indication there is too much snow weight on the roof. It could lead to bigger and more expensive problems such as a roof collapse if that snow isn’t dealt with promptly.

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Self Directed IRA Holders Find A Silver Lining To The Foreclosure Crisis

With foreclosures at all time highs and the stock market still not quite on solid ground, investors are focusing their activities on other markets, especially stable commodities and real estate. According to the latest indicators, it seems certain that the unprecedented level of foreclosures is set to continue even as the housing market slowly recovers. For many, it’s a tragic situation – and for others, a time of unparalleled opportunity.

There are quite a few IRA holders who are also interested in making investments in real estate given the sheer number of homes either in the foreclosure process, or already owned by financial institutions. However, traditional IRAs don’t allow the holders of these accounts the freedom to decide that they would like to take advantage of current market conditions to make investments in this very exciting market.

The answer may lie in something known as a self directed IRA, which as the name implies, is a retirement fund, which allows for the holder to make decisions about where their contributions to the account are invested – including in real estate, as president of the Austin firm Truly Self Directed, Josh Moore explains:

“Unfortunately, it does not appear that the current wave of foreclosures is going to subside anytime soon. Many investors are uncertain about the stock market and a lot of people are turning to what they know versus the unknowns of the stock market.”

“People with IRA / 401ks are looking for something they know can provide them a return on their investment – and that’s real estate. Investors who purchase real estate with IRA funds may actually be an important part of a viable free market solution to a less than ideal situation,” adds Moore.

About Truly Self Directed:
A self directed IRA such as those offered by Moore’s firm allow investors to take funds earning very low returns in traditional investment vehicles and put them to work as they see fit, including profitable sectors like real estate and development.

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MLK Insurance Announces Renters Insurance Website

MLK Insurance, recognizing the growing need for New York renters to insure their belongings, has announced the launch of NY-RENTERSINSURANCE.COM, a site dedicated solely to the renters insurance maket in New York. Many residents in New York are under the impression that their personal property is covered by their landlord in the event of a fire or theft.

Consequently, by not carrying the necessary coverage, there has been a huge number of New York renters left out in the cold when it comes to replacing their damaged or stolen contents. These contents can add up to significant amounts when you factor in the cost of replacing major items like tvs, computers, stereo equipment and furnishings. Increased burglaries in the current economic environment coupled with the coming holiday season which historically has triggered an increase in crimes against personal property, make the next few months a key time to secure the proper coverage. With that in mind, NY-RENTERSINSURANCE.COM was launched to have a quick and easy portal in which consumers can get a quote on the coverage they need. In most cases, same day coverage is available and low deposits of as little as $10 are needed to secure coverage.

Policies start for as little as $55 year for basic coverage which includes $100,000 liability coverage-in case you are sued by someone accidentally injured in your apartment. In addition, the policy pays for any additional living expenses you incur if you are forced out of your apartment while repairs are made. Policyholders have used this coverage for reimbursement on the cost of hotel rooms and eating out and it has prevented them from having to seek out a shelter.

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Kenn Renner Teams Up With DR Horton To Warn About Expiring Federal Tax Credit

Top Austin real estate broker and author, Kenn Renner, with Buy Austin (www.BuyAustin.com) and DR Horton, Austin’s largest home builder, has reported they can only accept contracts for individuals who qualify for the first time home buying federal tax credit for a few more weeks. Although a hard deadline has not been set by either organization, first time homebuyers who do not take action now seriously risk missing the November 30th cut-off set by the government.

Top Austin real estate broker and author, Kenn Renner, with Buy Austin www.BuyAustin.com and DR Horton, Austin’s largest home builder reminds first time homebuyers of the impending deadline for the $8000 Federal Tax Credit, which is due to expire on Monday November 30th, 2009. Kenn urges first time home buyers who want to make use of the $8000 tax credit, “to purchase their home within the next few weeks in order to meet the first time home buyer federal tax credit deadline.”

Last February, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in order to help kick start the sluggish US housing market. One of the key components of the Act was the creation of the $8000 first time home buyer federal tax credit. “The $8000 federal tax credit is essentially a free gift from the federal government,” says Renner, www.BuyAustin.com broker and a first time home buyer specialist.

The first time home buyer federal tax credit has been received favorably by many consumers, real estate professionals, and home builders across the US. “The first time home buyer federal tax credit has been successful because there is always a positive economic ripple effect each time a home is purchased,” says Renner. In addition, “its success has been fueled by “pent up demand, low interest rates and lower home prices,” Renner continues.

The National Association of Realtors recently reported that 53% of today’s homebuyers are first timers due in part to the $8000 federal tax credit. “Homebuyers just need to realize that the tax gift is going away and that now is the time to take action,” Renner urges.

Renner warns home buyers who wish to take advantage of the $8000 federal tax credit to focus primarily on available housing inventory. Renner adds, “although there are great deals for buyers in the short sale market, foreclosures and with bank owned REO companies, they unfortunately cannot process the contracts quick enough to meet the deadline. Therefore, buyers should focus on builder inventory or resale homes that are owner occupied in order to close before the impending deadline.”

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Thracian Cliffs Golf And Spa Resort Bulgaria – One Of Europe’s Top 3 Golf Courses

Soon, Bulgaria will be home to one of Europe’s top 3 golf courses, in the form of Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa Resort, which boasts an 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course.

Thracian Cliffs Golf And Spa Resort

At the heart of the luxury mixed-use development is the Gary Player Signature golf course, located on 164-hectares of wild, scenic Black Sea coast terrain, spanning 4.5 kilometres of coastline and bestowing a truly exhilarating golfing experience with stunning sea views.

Mr Player cannot speak highly enough of the course. “I’ve been designing golf courses for a long time all over the world – in China, India, Africa, America – all over the world. And I must say that I have never seen such a beautiful golf course as this here.

I am certain that it will bring a lot of tourism to Bulgaria and I am confident that Bulgaria will become a favourite place for holding world class golf tournaments within the next two to three years.”

The Golf Clubhouse will offer casual luxury with a comfortable, sophisticated and inviting social atmosphere for golfers and friends.

The facility will include relaxing restaurants, an elegant bar and lounge with fireplaces and terraces overlooking the 18th green and seaside views to the Gary Player Signature golf course.

The Clubhouse will include workout facilities, indoor and outdoor pools with dramatic views in all directions.

Gary Player has the final word, “You will never see a golf course like this anywhere in the world. Never.”

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Astute Investors Can Enlist Help Of Quality Tradespeople To Boost Returns

It has long been the case that investors have seen renovating and modernising a run-down property as a good opportunity to make money.

But in times like the present, when anyone who is still in the market for property can drive a hard bargain, such investments offer an even more appealing deal.

This is because, with good properties scarce, investors’ attention will increasingly focus on what is available lower down the market, where the potential long-term gains are greater.

Les Yates, of Bolton-based trade comparison site, LocalQuoter, believes that, with lots of tradespeople working at less than capacity due to the recession, there is also plenty of help and advice available for would-be investors.

“Competition is fierce among quality tradespeople, whose workload has slowed with the onset of the recession,” Les points out.

“So they have more time to advise on which improvements are needed to a run-down property, and which will bring potentially the highest return.”

Measures such as a new fitted kitchen, double glazing and a new bathroom always have the greatest appeal for buyers, and are one way to make money in a flat housing market, it has been claimed.

But with renewed emphasis on energy efficiency, any improvements which enhance a house’s energy-saving performance are also likely to bring good returns for investors.

Local Quoter can provide you with all the information you need to embark on any home improvment or enovation project such as Double Glazing QuotesCheap Double Glazing and Conservatory quotes.

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Brasil Investments Helps Foreign Investors Find Prime Real Estate In Brazil

Brasil Investments is leading the charge to help foreign investors find prime real estate properties in and around Brazil. The land division program within Brasil Investments has created a team of knowledgeable experts who specialize in acquisition and development of real estate properties. These experts include a legal team that understands the intricacies of Brazilian law and a knowledgeable group of financial authorities who understand the Brazilian real estate market inside and out.

Properties that are offered by Brasil Investments meet the highest standards. We work closely with all our investors and ensure that they are only selecting a top property f r o m the best available land and properties available. The investment professionals on staff help guide investors through the process of purchasing land for both personal and commercial use and only offer properties that they would be willing to purchase for themselves.

Brasil Investments offers the widest range of first-class Brazilian properties available f r o m any single firm and offers a 1,000 Euro cash back incentive for investors upon receipt of a signed contract and first payment. In effect, this is to show that the team at Brasil Investments values their clients and wants to instill the highest amount of confidence possible with their investors.

For additional information regarding Brasil Investments and a complete prospectus on properties offered, please contact them through their Web site at http://brasilinvestments.com/contact.

About Brasil Investments:
Brasil Investments is a property and real estate investment firm located in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. They provide investment services and property tours to foreign clients wishing to do business in Brazil.

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Renters Take Responsibility with Renters Liability Insurance

As an apartment or condo renter, it’s your responsibility to take care of your guests. Part of that responsibility includes owning renters liability insurance to avoid falling into a financial hole if a guest were to get injured on your property. A recently published article on InsuranceAgents.com discusses the significance of renters liability insurance and how it’s become a necessity rather than a luxury to own.

“If you are renting a house, condo, or apartment and you haven’t looked into purchasing renters liability insurance then you might want to start,” the article, Get Covered With Renters Liability Insurance, suggests. “Renters liability insurance is one component of a larger renters policy. A standard renters insurance policy generally comes with contents coverage, liability coverage, and external living expense coverage. However, you should not consider a renters policy unless it has adequate renters liability insurance coverage.”

You should also not consider a policy if it excludes the following: coverage for damage or injury caused by you or your property in your home as well as outside of your home (not including auto accidents), coverage for medical costs and legal bills that could result from said damage or injury, and a substantial coverage limit of at least $500,000.

Go to InsuranceAgents.com for renters or homeowners insurance quotes from up to five local agents.

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Inspect Your Home and Save on Homeowners Insurance Quotes

Even though all homes are required to be thoroughly checked out by a licensed inspector before move-in, you should employ the do-it-yourself method of following up the official inspection with one of your own because it could bring you lower homeowners insurance quotes.

According to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com, “It’s imperative that you conduct a home inspection before purchasing the house,” states the article, ‘Inspect the Unexpected: Take Control of Your Homeowners Insurance.’ “Although the home must be inspected by a licensed residential inspector, you should inspect the property yourself beforehand to look for any problems or issues. If it’s a resale house that is older than 20 years, chances are you will find a handful of issues.”

If you already know your home is a “fixer upper” then the inspection shouldn’t yield many surprises. However, many homeowners have a preconceived notion that their home is perfect in every way. Don’t fall into that trap. If you don’t fix some of the minor problems your new home has then you could pay for it with higher homeowners insurance quotes because you are a more high risk consumer.

For more information on home inspection and what to look for then go online to InsuranceAgents.com to talk to an insurance agent. While there don’t forget to compare homeowners insurance quotes from a number of different providers to find the most complete rate out there.

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First Time Home Buyer $8000 Federal Tax Credit Is Set To Expire

In February, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. One of the key components of the act was the $8000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit. Basically, a gift from the federal government to be credited to qualified first time homebuyers. The act has been received favorably by consumers, real estate professionals, and homebuilders. The program has been successful because there is always a positive economic ripple effect each time a home is purchased. The National Association of Realtors recently reported that 53% of today’s homebuyers are first timers due in part to the $8000 tax credit. Pent up demand, low interest rates and low prices have also played a big part in the home buying activity.

“Buying a first home at the right time is always a good move,” comments Kenn Renner, real estate expert with Keller Williams Realty. “Homebuyers just need to realize that the tax gift is going away and that now is the time to take action,” Renner added.

Just as the “Cash For Clunkers” program is now history – the first time homebuyers tax credit is set to expire. The deadline is Monday, November 30th. The Monday after the Thanksgiving Day holidays. Title companies, escrow companies, and mortgage companies have been alerting the real estate community and their clientele to not wait until the last minute to close on a home as they will be overwhelmed with home buyers trying to beat the deadline.

“I have heard some title companies indicate they will need purchase contracts in by late October to ensure they have plenty of time to meet the deadline,” Renner explains. “There is no grace period – there is ‘talk’ that the government might continue the program, but right now we cannot assume any date except the current deadline that is stated in the law,” further adds Renner.

About Kenn Renner: Kenn gained national exposure from his numerous appearances on HGTV’s #1 rated show “House Hunters” and as a guest expert on business talk radio. He is a broker associate with Keller Williams Realty. He has sold and financed over $200 Million in real estate since 1983. His new book “First Time Home Buying Secrets Revealed” (www.FirsttimeHomebuyingSecrets.com) will be published nationwide this fall. On September 29th, Kenn will be presenting his popular “American Dream Home Buying Seminar” in downtown Austin. Visit www.BuyAustin.Com for more information.

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Homeowners Insurance Quotes Reflect The Age Of Your House

According to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com, whether or not you’re purchasing a new home or resale home is a big factor in what kind of homeowners insurance quotes you will receive. The article, titled ‘New or Used? Homes That Affect Your Homeowners Insurance,’ states, “Part of what makes a good choice for you depends on the advantages and disadvantages of the two different types of property: new houses and resale houses. Each possesses different characteristics.”

New homes, which are commonly referred to as “tract houses,” usually come in bunches as parts of a larger housing development. These homes generally come with reduced privacy and less property attached but are build with the latest innovations in construction and therefore are more low risk. You will find lower homeowners insurance quotes regarding new homes.

However, resale homes are a whole different ballgame. Although they generally have more character and can be purchased at a cheaper price, resale homes that are older than 20 years are deemed high risk by insurance companies. This is because they are more susceptible to fire, flood, and other dangers that can cause home damage and lead to insurance claims.

Both new homes and resale homes come with their own set of pros and cons. Before purchasing you must decide how important low cost homeowners insurance is to you. Just because it is important to you doesn’t mean you have to purchase a new home. There are other factors that could come into play that could make it cheaper for you to purchase a resale house.

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Soon, Bulgaria Will Be Home To One Of Europe’s Top Golf Courses, In The Form Of The New Gary Player Signature Course, Which Is Part Of Thracian Cliffs Golf & Spa Resort

Soccer mad Bulgaria traditionally hasn’t had much time for golf, but that is changing as people realise that the Bulgarian climate would suit the golfing season perfectly- stretching it out to eight or nine months a year.

Europe’s Top Golf Courses

Nine years after the first golf course was built, Bulgaria is on the fast track to becoming an established world golf destination and the development of the golf industry would double the all-important summer season on the Black Sea coast.

The Government is also backing the drive to boost golf in Bulgaria and plans to develop the industry and attract an increasing number of upper-class affluent tourists. It sees the construction of golf courses as an alternative to the property boom on the Black Sea Coast and in mountain resorts.

Soon, Bulgaria will be home to one of Europe’s top golf courses, in the form of the new Gary Player Signature course, which is part of Thracian Cliffs Golf & Spa Resort.

The 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course forms the core of the luxury mixed-use development which is located on 164-hectares of wild, scenic Black Sea coast terrain.

The Golf Clubhouse will offer casual luxury with a comfortable, sophisticated and inviting social atmosphere for golfers and friends. The facility will include relaxing restaurants, an elegant bar and lounge with fireplaces and terraces overlooking the 18th green and seaside views to the Gary Player Signature golf course.

The Clubhouse will include workout facilities, indoor and outdoor pools with dramatic views in all directions.

And just in case you find yourself on the golf course without your dictionary, here are a few useful phrases to help you get ‘a-round’….

‘Did you see where that landed?’
Видя ли тази топка къде падна?
Vidia li tazi topka kyde padna?

‘That is a horrible lie’
Това е ужасна лъжа.
Tova e uzhasna lyzha.

‘Surely that’s a gimme’
Тази топка е вътре със сигурност.
Tazi topka e vytre sys sigurnost.

‘This to go all square. No pressure.’
Резултатът от тази дупка е равен. Спокойно.
Rezultatyt ot tazi dupka e raven. Spokojno.

‘I didn’t touch it’
Не я докоснах.
Ne ia dokosnah.

‘No I definitely scored 4 not 5’
Не, със сигурност отбелязах 4, не 5.
Ne, sys sigurnost otbeliazah 4, ne 5.

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