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We are entering a critical time in the real estate industry for home buying. Almost half of U.S. adults who don’t own a home say they plan to buy one within five years, according to a Gallup survey. Half of Non-Homeowners Expect to Buy Homes in Five Years… https://t.co/PiAE8UHdqK pic.twitter.com/GssTmemUvM — GallupNews (@GallupNews) May 8, 2017 That’s up 8% from last year’s survey. If this real estate demand holds true,  home prices will only continue to rise. Homebuyers will need all the tools they can get to weigh affordability against their goal of owning a home. Buying a new home is arduous task that requires several steps. Prospective buyers may be asking: What kind of loan do I qualify for and how I get pre-approved? How will transaction costs and fees impact my decision? Besides the down payment, there is the deposit, appraisal, inspection, attorney, movers ... (more)

84% of Home Buyers Search Online

According to the National Association of Realtors, 84 percent of buyers now use the Internet to search for properties. This fact confirmed the acumen of First Team Real Estate, which had already begun to upgrade its extensive advertising and marketing to a higher level by building collective efforts and relationships with leading websites such as REALTOR.com, Yahoo! Real Estate, Zillow.com, Google and others. This aggressive online marketing strategy, boosted by the NAR finding, has manifested itself in "Rule #2" in The NEW Rules of Real Estate(SM), created by First Team Real Estate, an innovative strategy adapted to today's tough real estate market. Rule number two, which calls for maximizing demand and exposing property to the highest possible degree in the industry, represents the calculated approach of First Team to effectively present their listings to literally ... (more)

Luxurious Beachfront Property in the Dominican Republic

With recent concerns of the global economic climate and security of real estate properties worldwide, the Developer of Las Arenas, a 25-story residential oceanfront real estate development, is proud to announce an appealing offer to buyers with its exclusive selection of Founders Packages. Created for an elite clientele seeking an unparallel property and secure investment opportunity, the Founders Packages at Las Arenas present a 30 month, no-risk commitment to own in one of the most luxurious developments in the Dominican Republic. The process to becoming an owner at Las Arenas is completely transparent, simple and with no-risk to the buyer. Featuring three different options, the Founder Packages all encompass the same conditions to purchase with a reliable guarantee for the transaction. The Packages, which include Diamond, Platinum and Gold, require a $10,000 depo... (more)

Canada Post marks 100th-year anniversary of the Régiment de Hull with commemorative envelope

OTTAWA, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Canada Post is releasing a new commemorative envelope to recognize the Régiment de Hull and its 100 years of service. The envelope illustrates archival photographs that recall the earlier days and later service in Germany, Korea, Cyprus, Israel, Haiti, the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. The Régiment de Hull, known then as the 230th Battalion French Canadian Voltigeurs, was established in 1914, as a response to the outbreak of the First World War. Upon its arrival in Europe, the regiment served as part of the Forestry Corps. Volunteers also chose to serve at the front alongside the Royal 22nd Régiment, among other regiments. "Commemorating defining moments of this country's history is important, as is remembering the incredible stories as they truly mark the contributions Canadians have made," says Jim Phillips, Director of Sta... (more)

Escaping from the Blizzard of 2010 to Cat Cay Paradise

I left SYS-CON's offices in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, right on time just before the snow storm closed the airports. These live pictures below show East Saddle River Road through my iPhone on my way to the airport. I'm adding more pictures daily to my "live photo blog" from Cat Cay... This driver in front of me slipped and hit the sidewalk outside Yossi's Deli, at the corner of East Saddle River Road and Lake Street in Montvale, New Jersey. As I arrived in Ft Lauderdale, I met pilot Eric who was waiting to take me to Cat Cay. We took off on a Norman Islanders (BN-2) as soon as I parked my car behind the airport control tower. The Islander is a twin engine, high wing, fixed gear, STOL (short take-off and landing) aircraft. The Islander is operated in remote areas all over the world and has an excellent reputation of being a real work horse. It is particularly sui... (more)

From Cat Cay to Ft Lauderdale With Water Tornadoes in the Sky

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali (July 7, 2009 - 10:37 AM) - This morning after making myself a feta cheese and eggs breakfast, I feed the turkeys in the back yard ... (July 7, 2009 - 10:44 AM)  ... and the chicken family. (July 7, 2009 - 04:06 PM) - Arrive at the landing strip on a most beautiful June afternoon in the Bahamas, and take this picture with my blackberry. (July 7, 2009 - 04:07 PM) - I take another picture as I wait for my customs clearence. (July 7, 2009 - 04:19 PM) - And one more shot in front of the tail of the plane (July 7, 2009 - 04:21 PM) - We are ready to take off (July 7, 2009 - 04:23 PM) - We take off exactly at 4 23 PM (July 7, 2009 - 04:25 PM) - Circle over South Cat Cay (July 7, 2009 - 04:26 PM) - Say good bye to our home, chickens and the turkeys (July 7, 2009 - 04:46 PM) - 20 minutes into our flight we can see the sky over Ft Lauderdale ... ... (more)

Housing Bargains Under $100K in Naples, Florida

Welcome to Naples, Florida.  World renowned for the high-class lifestyle, a winter retreat for celebrities and fortune 500 CEO’s.  Naples has some of the most exclusive addresses in the country.  Where extraordinary mansions set along a beach which was once voted by the travel channel as America’s best all-round beach.  Where the county for which Naples is located is rated as the highest income per-capita in Florida and the 20th highest in the country. You may wonder how on earth you could even vacation here, let along be a year-round resident. Can you live in paradise for far less than the average home sold in the United States? The answer is, yes. The real estate bubble did hit here and it hit hard, many greedy investors and speculators looking to get rich over night, jumped in too late and too high.  Now though, prices are down to as low as 2001 values.  How abou... (more)

Agents To Pay For Buyer Stimulus

The website, Lookflorida.com states: 'A group of Florida real estate agents have agreed to participate in the FREBS program.  These agents will give you  a cash stimulus at closing on your Florida real estate purchase.  You could be eligible for up to $150,000' The stimulus program is an initiative to help buyers with closing costs, but could end up doing a lot more.  Like many recent cash stimulus programs, such as 'Cash for Clunkers' there needs to be plenty of money behind the project in order to make it successful.  To fund this program, the agents involved will give a portion of their commission back to the buyer at closing. The FREBS program is aimed at individuals, companies or businesses interested in purchasing Florida real estate.  The program works by agents allowing buyers to receive a percentage of the commission that the brokerage firm receives from th... (more)

The Faster Way to Better Living: Dream Properties at the Click of a Button on Your Mobile Phone

Axel Springer‘s real estate portal Immonet.de now enables property searches on a mobile phone, iPhone, Blackberry and on other smartphones. More than 950,000 houses, apartments and other properties can easily be found each month on mobil.immonet.de with the help of Netbiscuits, the leading software platform for the development, operation and marketing of mobile internet pages. This collaboration has enabled Germany’s cross-media real estate portal Immonet.de to present a media-compatible property search for more than 5,000 mobile devices. A special iPhone version of Immonet.de Mobil is available at iphone.immonet.de. Just enter a town or postcode and other optional criteria such as property price or size of the property to begin the search in two simple steps. The menu is straight-forward and enables the user to quickly narrow down, classify and flick through searc... (more)

Dealing With Balistreri Realty in Lighthouse Point, Florida Has Been A Nightmare

South Florida Real Estate Journal When we decided to sell our home last December we made the mistake of picking a realtor closest to our home, rather than doing a comprehensive research, interviews, and reference checks. I thought if a buyer wants to see the house, they could just come and show it very conveniently. We learned the hard way that there is more to listing a house for sale than just picking a realtor out of a hat. The second mistake we made was signing a listing contract with the realtor without an attorney review. The realtor I am talking about is Balistreri Realty in Lighthouse Point, Florida, and a nightmare we have been living in since we signed an agreement with this firm on December 19, 2008. We provided 30 photos of our home to Balistreri Realty to be used in online listings of the property. Two months into the listing, I discovered all photos but ... (more)

Barbara Corcoran's Real Estate Morality Play

Florida Real Estate on Ulitzer Florida Real Estate on Ulitzer- I remember seeing this woman, Barbara Corcoran, on TV walking inside a house with a fortune teller, spreading fumes as the fortune teller whispered some sort of prayer so that the house would sell real fast. What a crackpot scene that was. Anyway, Barbara Corcoran's fortune teller and magic spelling gypsies have not helped Florida residents sell their homes or pay their mortgages since the housing slump hit America. I thought that scene was a candid camera joke on me; I looked around my living room to see if there were hidden cameras secretly taping my reaction. I usually work with CNBC on in the background. For some strange reason I woke up to NBC this morning with Matt Lauer talking to Barbara Corcoran. Matt said, "Barbara, lots of home owners are walking away from their homes as they're not worth the m... (more)