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Six years have passed since the global news coverage of Sofia's abduction to Syria and she has now been waiting for more than two years for the Broward County Court's decision in Florida to evict the occupants of her home, so she can return to the U.S. and "finally" resume her normal life at the age of eight. In 2011, her mother's Florida Attorney Susan R. Brown convinced Honorable Judge Arthur Birken to give temporary custody of Sofia to her mother; months later Sofia ended up in Syria with her mom and stayed there for several years until the civil war broke. A year after the Broward County Court's "worst custody ruling" in Florida, and after world-wide media outrage, Honorable Judge Arthur Birken contacted me and extended the sole custody of my daughter to me. This didn't help get Sofia out of Syria for three more years. In the mean time, since June 2015, Sofia's... (more)

Martinique Vacation Rentals

Everybody want to experience an unforgettable moments in their lives. Although, the event would depend on what you can undergo on your chosen destination. The location plays an important role to touch everyone's spirit. Martinique is a French Caribbean island which has long been creating a center of attention to many tourists all over the world. Vacationers will absolutely cherish their holiday experience in Martinique. The island features sophisticated French culture along with stunning beaches. You will be captivated by the dazzling white sands of some of the island beaches shore that shimmer like a diamond under the sun. With a wonderful Caribbean atmosphere, the island best beaches with white sand located on the south shore are Cap Chevalier and Plage de Salines. Not only can you enjoy a beach escapade but also you can explore other incredible attractions within ... (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, Yahoo! Real Estate,, 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)

Invitation-Only Social Network for Real Estate

Social networks and interactive Web 2.0 technologies have become dominant features of social life and news lately, and millions regularly spend hours each month on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. One startup company with a selective vision for a real estate investor oriented social network decided to focus on the quality of members as opposed to quantity. The invitation-only community, (, was founded in 2005 by real estate investor, entrepreneur, and author Ross Hamilton. Hamilton says he started the real estate investor focused social network to help other investors create a community to support each other as well as to serve as an online way to track deal flow and utilize all of the best-of-breed available web marketing tools like automated customer list building, automatic customer follow up, and audi... (more)

Low-Maintenance Vacation Rental Property

I know that sounds incredibly simple, but you might be surprised at how easy it can be to overlook things that should be obvious. After all, this is probably something you've never done before, and nothing is ever simple until you have some experience with it. The best way to find out the condition of a house is by employing a home inspector. It's always money well spent. Of particular interest in the home inspector's report will be the condition of the roof, electrical wiring, heating system, and the plumbing. These are all non-cosmetic items that often are not readily apparent to the naked eye. But they are some of the major areas of a house that tend to erode with time, and repairing them can be expensive and time consuming. Buy a home without these problems to begin with, and you will save yourself many days of headaches in the years ahead. Here's another consid... (more)

Concierge Auctions Announces That Bidding Is Closed And A Sale Is Pending For The Water Falling Estate, A 9.44-Acre Oceanfront Playground On Hawaii's Big Island

NINOLE, Hawaii, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New York-based luxury real estate auction firm Concierge Auctions is pleased to announce the pending sale of the Water Falling Estate, a remarkable Big Island residence over looking the Pacific Ocean, with views from each room of natural waterfalls. The property went under contract following a live auction in cooperation with Kelly H. Moran of Hilo Brokers, Ltd. "I am very satisfied with the way Concierge handled this process. They have a great bunch of people, and everything they did was impressive," stated seller Laurie Robertson. "On the day prior to the auction, they presented me with an exposure report detailing their efforts, and it was much more favorable than I could have even expected. They are true experts." Set on a breathtaking cliff along the Hamakua Coast, this former macadamia nut plantation has been tran... (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 (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, 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 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 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 to present a media-compatible property search for more than 5,000 mobile devices. A special iPhone version of Mobil is available at 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)