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HomeOpenly Reaches 147 Million US Properties with Aggregate Real Estate Savings

Menlo Park, California, 2018-Apr-10 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — HomeOpenly continues to leverage the latest Internet technology in its effort to make real estate process less costly and more transparent. With its latest release HomeOpenly aggregate savings database now outperforms aggregate savings offered by the Redfin Corporation, a well-known online savings broker. HomeOpenly now advertises savings for more than 147 Million residential properties across the United States.

HomeOpenly works to transform real estate process with an OPEN Marketplace as the first platform of its kind to advertise closing costs savings to consumers without referral fees. The final output for its service are widely-accepted, current and fluid real estate closing commission rates and services defined by local competitive markets. HomeOpenly is estimated to help save US residential real estate consumers anywhere $10-15 Billion each year in closing costs by allowing competitive local real estate agents an opportunity to fairly represent a much greater number of real estate consumers nationwide.

The start-up operates an algorithm that is free from the influence of any referral fees revenue – all local results provided to users always match their best options. With its platform now successfully running on a national scale, HomeOpenly becomes a cost-saving alternative to referral fee brokers, such as Redfin. HomeOpenly actively advertises actionable and current savings in all 50 States.

“Redfin Corporation is heavily dependent on referral fees for revenue; the same independent agents who wage 30% of their commissions back to Redfin can freely advertise at HomeOpenly,” said co-founder Dmitry Shkipin, “we run our platform as an open system built on fair advertising methods to challenge all major referral fees models with genuine Internet principles and innovation.”

HomeOpenly allows real estate agents to comfortably participate in an OPEN Marketplace and to advertise competitive commission rates, service levels for a specific transaction price range, flat fees, quickly opt-in, or modify service advertisements at any time. Home buyers and sellers send their own leads requests to agents they like and HomeOpenly forwards these leads directly without any middle-man fees involved. These features, together, make up for the best and the most effective platform for home buyers and sellers to find and connect with competitive local agents for their real estate transactions.

“Co-founded a year ago working in a team effort with key help from early adopters, friends and fellow Internet companies, HomeOpenly now delivers the best aggregate advertised savings in the US, far outperforming savings offered by Redfin, without any referral fees to anyone,” continued Dmitry Shkipin, “this information directly benefits our users and encourages independent local real estate agents to list their best rates. The best part of our platform is that it only takes few minutes for home buyers and sellers to acquire local agent results without any strings attached – the user experience is 100% unbiased and secure.”

HomeOpenly is the first online platform rapidly allows real estate agents across the United States to effectively compete locally on 0% referral terms. HomeOpenly is built to advertise savings, however, the platform does not lock anyone into any referral agreements or specific rates, instead, competitive market guides the process. HomeOpenly acquires organic users with local search index results and generates revenue with independent advertising, real estate data analysis and optional premium services.

HomeOpenly is maintained in the heart of Silicon Valley as an Internet platform designed to promote lower cost of homeownership in the United States by generating an unbiased real estate match experience for all users. The service operates on its patent-pending model that allows users to advertise and receive the best local real estate agency savings information absolutely free. HomeOpenly can easily be found online at (https://homeopenly.com).

 

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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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The realWITS Company Launches Websites for Real Estate Companies Dubbed “Smarter”

An experienced and respected real estate participant and An experienced and respected real estate participant and SEO adviser has launched a new company, realWITS, to help brokers design actionable real estate company websites, get better results and learn how to integrate sales campaigns with modern techniques of leveraging real estate SEO benefits, providing interactive customer service and challenging not only with local online competitors but also with highly recognized online consumer real estate portals.

Real Estate Web Development Demands Compelling Websites

The company’s mantra is “Smarter Real Estate Websites,” and its mission is to educate real estate professionals about online marketing trends so that they can create more functional websites, optimize searches, integrate modern applications and produce dynamic content.

The real estate industry has traditionally resisted change, but modern real estate Web development and real estate SEO for websites require transformations from conservative advertising and marketing strategies to engage new generations of clients.

Randi Thornton, founder of realWITS, has built a reputation as the go-to SEO Google Gurufrom many years of experience in website development, online promotion and the real estate industry. Many real estate websites treat their online efforts as sideline activities or hobbies, and after working with big branded real estate company websites, Thornton feels strongly that the industry fail to take advantage of their full online marketing potential.

Major problems in most company real estate websites include the following shortcomings:

• Brokers do not control their online presence and messaging.
• Website designs fail to meet the needs of people who search online.
• Real estate websites struggle to achieve strong SEO rankings because of the original website build-out.
• Lack of regular technology upgrades force websites to become outdated.
• Failure to take advantage of website lead-generating capabilities.

Smarter Websites Integrate Design, Content and Functionality

Many real estate companies limit their prospects by only trying to compete with other brokerages, a strategy which fails to take advantage of today’s technologies used by other successful industries and the interactive potential of online marketing.

A popular destination real estate broker website strategically focuses on integration of successful leading websites approaches across all industries, and marketers need to incorporate key elements of design, fresh content, Google rankings, mobile technology, and fast processing speeds to keep up with competitors.

Savvy real estate brokers can optimize website performance by considering the following elements of design and function:

Create Distinctive Designs

Website design generates the platforms that launch successful online real estate marketing campaigns, and conceptual elements should compel a casual online website visitor to engage with actionable functionality by incorporating visually appealing design, easy to navigate structures and an intuitive user experience.

• Forward-thinking real estate brokers will take a look around them and learn from other applications that have gone viral.
• Stunning designs often depend on using a simplistic look and feel, clean site architecture, complementary color schemes, accessible search and intuitive controls.
• Functional copy includes compelling content that delivers quantifiable local communications that help buyers make informed and quicker buying decisions.
• A real estate company website needs to offer photo-centric platforms for property listings.
• Websites attract and retain buyers and sellers with property explore functionality that exposes robust search activity.
• Proper usage of on-site real estate SEO including keyword density, on-page SEO best practice techniques, optimize company brands, local authority rankings and online reputations.

Fluidity VS Static

Smarter real estate company websites create fluid designs that make incorporating changes and updating copy easy to accomplish. Google search engines now place great emphasis on freshness of content when ranking websites in organic searches. Effective sites leave room to make modular changes in designs and copy to take advantage of new technology and online trends.

Growing Impact of Mobile Devices

Consumers increasingly use their mobile devices to find products and services, keep track of personal appointments, make social connections and interact with local businesses. Real estate company website designs need to look good and provide searches with the information they seek on a variety of mobile-device screens.

Monitoring Traffic and Online Behavior

Analytic tools study behind-the-scenes practices and chart consumer behavior to help website owners tweak their designs, change their design strategies and respond to customer concerns and feedback. Smarter real estate company websites use these tools to generate leads, predict consumer behavior, stay ahead of marketing trends and create better real estate SEO campaigns.

Real Estate SEO Marketing

Real estate SEO (search engine optimization) marketing works differently than traditional advertising, and learning to leverage the benefits of on-site SEO helps real estate companies establish online authority, build reputations, interact and create enthusiasm for buyers and sellers, regions and neighborhoods.

Clever brokers will take advantage of unique community real estate data so people revisit for information and connections with a relevant, trend setting online real estate source.
Pinterest Type Usage of Imagery

Effective online real estate marketing requires correct usage of photos to productively showcase properties. No matter how well written a property description is it will never grab the attention of a buyer better than a picture will.

The main emphasis of a company real estate website should be imagery that tells a story and conveys “I want to see more” from buyers, says Randi Thornton.

The realWITS company offers expert real estate company website design, on site-SEO application, education, and strategy for savvy brokers who want to produce above-average returns from their online marketing dollars. The company will function as an authoritative source of designs, strategies and consultations on all the issues that impact a real estate company website.

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Pricing Nation Forecasts 0.64% Increase in Average Home Values Over Next 12 Months for Boston MSA

Pricing Nation Econometrics forecasts that the average home value in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will increase by 0.64% over the next twelve months. One of the biggest contributors to the slowdown of home price growth will be the decrease in wages across most counties.

A table with the top 10 biggest increases and decreases per average home value per zip code can be found below. 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.

As the “Most Reliable Real-Estate Forecasting Company,” we strive to consistently provide the most accurate, relevant, and transparent real-estate data. In fact, as of July 2012, our forecast results have been less than one point away from actual results as reported by Case-Shiller. Visit www.pricingnation.com to access your free Neighborhood Report and consult a Home Investment Report Card with home value forecasts for your home.

About Pricing Nation
Pricing Nation is a home value forecasting company that provides reports for individual homes, zip codes, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Our regression based models were designed to ensure that home buyers and sellers are confident in one of the biggest investment decisions of their lives. Of particular note is that Pricing Nation’s forecastshave consistently been less than one point away from actual changes in home values as reported by Case-Shiller. This is one more reason we are the “Most Reliable Real-Estate Forecasting Company.”

Visit us at www.pricingnation.com for a free Neighborhood Report or to purchase a “Home Investment Report Card” today! For media inquiries, please contact Brian Ramirez atbrian@pricingnation.com. For sales inquiries, please contact sales@pricingnation.com.

Pricing Nation currently covers the Boston MSA and is expanding its offerings to other cities in the near future.

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

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Pricing Nation Announces New Neighborhood Report for Boston MSA Zip Codes

Pricing Nation is excited to announce its latest service for home buyers, sellers, and owners: the free Neighborhood Report.

Our Neighborhood Report is a free service to anybody interested in understanding the future change in average home values across their zip code of interest. Home owners, sellers, and buyers will now be able to monitor local changes to future home price values month to month. This service is currently unavailable from our competition within the Boston MSA. Coupled with our Home Investment Report Card, which provides detailed home price forecasts for individual homes, our free Neighborhood Report will provide home owners, sellers, and buyers with a complete understanding about future real-estate changes for one of the biggest investments of their lives.

As the “Most Reliable Real-Estate Forecasting Company,” we strive to consistently provide the most accurate, relevant, and transparent real-estate data. In fact, as of July 2012, our forecast results have been less than one point away from actual results as reported by Case-Shiller. Visit www.pricingnation.com to access your free Neighborhood Report and consult a Home Investment Report Card with personalized forecasting data for your home.

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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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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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Pricing Nation Econometrics Forecasts That The Average Home Value In The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Will Increase By 1.97 Percent Over The Next Twelve Months

Pricing Nation Econometrics forecasts that the average home value in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) will increase by 1.97 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 homeowners should be pleased that their home prices will continue to increase 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.

About Pricing Nation
The purchase of a home is historically the largest investment one will make in one’s life. However, due to recent volatility from the Credit and Housing Crisis, home values are not always likely 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 datafrom 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 offeringitsindividualhome value forecast reports for an introductory price of $19.99 per home (regular price $49.99 per home). Our “The Home Investment Report Card,” displays the actual prediction for the future change in value for your selected hometaking into account the unique characteristics of each home and the surrounding area. In addition, it also providesgradesfor the local and national factors impacting home value, and outlines the significance ofeach 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

Downturn data reported by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, and recession data reported by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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EquityRelease.net Publishes New Beginners Guide Factsheet For Equity Release Mortgages

The equity release resource website EquityRelease.net is pleased to announce that they have added The Essential Equity Release Factsheet to the website to provide UK residents with a concise and easy-to-read introduction to equity release schemes in the UK. EquityRelease.net is an independent equity release information resource website that provides a detailed information resource of equity release as well as free equity release advice and quotes.

Many older UK residents look forward to retirement as a time when they can engage in hobbies and activities that were not possible when they worked. Unfortunately, there is growing concern over whether people’s pension and retirement savings are enough to maintain their standard of living and spend their time as they please. As many retiring homeowners look into equity release as a means to provide the income they desire in retirement, the information website EquityRelease.net hopes to answer their basic questions with the addition of “The Essential Equity Release Factsheet” to the website.

“Our goal as always is to help older UK residents understand how equity release in their homes actually works, and the new infographic reduces our voluminous information contained on the website to its most basic terms, primarily using graphics to explain how equity release works,” said an EquityRelease.net representative.

As an introduction to equity release, the fact sheet begins by explaining the basic nature of home equity release. The equity of a home is the current value on the open market minus the debts held against it. Equity release allows the homeowner to obtain cash for this value without having to move out of their home. Equity release is for individuals over the age 55 who own property valued at around £70,000 or more, and most schemes also stipulate a minimum and maximum amount that can be released.

A common question answered by the fact sheet is who can take advantage of equity release. The new infographic shows the general profile of people that routinely take advantage of equity release as well as the eligibility requirements that they must meet to qualify. Many people have a fear of losing their home with equity release schemes so the fact sheet explains the limited risk of losing a home and how it can be avoided.

When it comes to the basics of releasing equity, readers will learn about its two forms, which include lifetime mortgages and home reversion plans, which are both approved and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). While the Essential Fact Sheet infographic is meant to be an introduction to equity release, readers can find far more detailed information on the website about all aspects of equity release. Website visitors can also take advantage of free advice and a quote provided by one of their specialists. For more information, please visit http://www.equityrelease.net/

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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.

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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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Government Will Relax Planning Rules on Home Extensions in a Bid to Boost the Economy

For a limited time only, government will free up planning rules for extensions, in order to reinvigorate the construction industry and boost the British economy.

The new planning legislation, or Permitted Development Rights, will allow people to build larger extensions on their houses without planning permission. The new home extensions can reach a size of 8 metres for detached homes and 6 metres for others. The rulings apply to commercial properties also, with shops and offices allowed to grow to the edge of their premises; 100 square metres for shops and 200 square metres for industrial units.

With the recession ongoing, the newly reshuffled coalition government are looking for ways to ease the collective financial woe. These ways will include making it easier than ever to enjoy your dream home extension, and also making it more affordable to get onto the housing ladder. The latter could also bolster the construction industry by providing the impetus to build more homes.

This fresh plan of attack comes after the construction industry has performed particularly badly during the recession. But by cutting through considerable red tape, now is arguably as good a time as ever to extend your home and make space for a growing family or a better lifestyle, without having to move.

Companies such as Simply Extend, one of London’s premier extension providers, can deliver modern and high quality kitchen extensions, bathroom extensions and much more in just a matter of weeks. If you have wanted to extend your home, now really is a fantastic time to do it.

Robert Wood, Director at Simply Extend commented on the new development, “Quite often when undertaking any house extension project the planning permission and approval process can be a stumbling block and can significantly impact on homeowners’ plans and aspirations for their home.

“The relaxation of planning rules for extensions will certainly interest a number of homeowners who may have considered making a worthwhile addition to their home’s space, especially as growing families look to develop their current property as opposed to relocating, which isn’t always possible for everyone”.

Robert added, “At Simply Extend we welcome the new rulings as it ultimately means greater convenience for our clients. We deal with the planning process on their behalf, but the ruling makes this easier to complete than before, allowing our expert builders to begin work sooner”

Simply Extend are London’s premier extensions company who offer an all-in-one extensions service, with efficient project management and expert London builderscompleting a wide range of household extensions such as bathroom or kitchen extensions in London as well as flat refurbishments and other services available on the website atwww.simplyextend.co.uk/

Will you take advantage of the all new Permitted Development Rights, and transform your home?

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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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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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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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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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LGI Homes Named a Texas Top Employer

LGI Homes is proud to announce that it has been named one of 2012’s “Best Companies to Work For” by Texas Monthly magazine. The award acknowledges LGI Homes’ ongoing commitment to the integrity, happiness and success of its workforce, and honors the company’s achievements in sound workplace policies, philosophies and practices. LGI Homes will formally receive the award at a ceremony during the Texas Association of Business’ 2012 Annual Conference in Austin early next year.

The “Top Employer” designation comes during a banner year for LGI Homes, in which it has placed over 475 new homeowners into its communities—a company record. Despite difficulties in the homebuilding industry, LGI Homes continues to break through monthly and quarterly records with its popular communities and new homes in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. This success has been driven by the company’s unwavering dedication to offering quality, affordability and value to its customers, in superior locations that offer the best aspects of urban and suburban lifestyles. 2012 will see LGI Homes expand this business model to new markets in Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona.

About LGI Homes
Founded in 2003, LGI Homes is one of Texas’ most robust homebuilders, named one of the nation’s fastest growing companies by INC Magazine, and lauded by its industry for its groundbreaking marketing techniques and ongoing sales success. The company was also recognized as a New Home Quality Award winner for its communities in the Houston area. For more information about LGI Homes, please visit LGI Homes’ Company Blog or our main website lgihomes.com.

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How MLS Integration Can Boost Realtors’ Business?

MLS integration takes the feed of all the available properties from the MLS provider and using a property listing software, transfers and displays the data onto your website.

Once the data is transferred onto your website, when someone searches for a property, a larger quantity of properties will be displayed matching their requests.

MLS expands the real estate market, spinning a web of properties that connects different brokers and agents in a given area. It opens more opportunities to sell and please your clients. More minds, more properties, more happy clients, and more revenue.

Licensed brokers or agents, members of local boards/associations or members of NAR CREA, all have access to MLS.

Through the MLS Feed, you are given most of the available properties in your area, providing you with opportunities to have your properties come and go fluidly. It’s a two sided business, where both sides can equally profit.

They list a property and you fulfill your clients’ needs.

You know what MLS is, but how can you use MLS to its full potential? The key is simply,MLS Integrationhttp://rpl.realtyna.com/mls/mls-integration

MLS integration takes the feed of all the available properties from the MLS provider and using a property listing software, transfers and displays the data onto your website.

Once the data is transferred onto your website, when someone searches for a property, a larger quantity of properties will be displayed matching their requests. Most small real estate business’ work based off of their website.

If you’re a small company and you crave more opportunities to grow, your main focus should be personal and excellent customer service. Instead of only showing the limited amount of properties you have in your system, with MLS integration, you can provide your clients with the maximum amount available in their area.

This generates more leads, more matches for properties and will result in more sells. Realtyna (RPL) has an MLS integration add-on (with a one-time purchase) that can easily be synchronized with your MLS provider.

Every twelve hours, your website will be automatically updated with newly added properties from the MLS feed, freeing up your time to focus on your main purpose as a realtor, to sell homes.

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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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