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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)

Fourth Quarter Existing-Home Sales Surge in Most States

Bergen County Real Estate News According to the latest survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), total state existing-home sales rose 13.9 percent in the fourth quarter, and are up 27.2 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. Existing-home sales increased from the third quarter in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and year-over-year sales were higher in 49 states and D.C., with all but three states having double-digit annual increases. "The surge in home sales was driven by buyers responding strongly to the tax c redit, combined with record low mortgage interest rates," said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. In addition, the national median existing single-family home price was 4.1 percent below the fourth quarter of 2008, marking the smallest price decline in more than two years. According to Yun, this new data supports "broadly balanced h... (more)

Training Center – Grand Opening Open House

Hurricane Labs and Information Security Summit are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of their new Corporate Training Center located at 4401 Rockside Road in Independence, Ohio. Featuring state of the art classroom technology, a large classroom for up to 30 students, 2 breakout rooms and a recording studio ideal for podcasting, the training center will be used by several hundred professionals from around the country. We offer a diverse array of training programs for Chief Security Officers, Security Managers, Network and Security Architects and Engineers, and other IT Professionals. We also provide ongoing learning experiences for a full range of employees within your organization to enforce security on all levels of the spectrum. Whether you are looking into firewall management or social media policies, we’ve got you covered. Our Training Center can accommodate ... (more)

City of Pompano Beach Fails "Lawn Inspection" For Best-Looking Empty Lot in South Florida

4051 North Federal LLC is planning to build a 10,000 sf retail center at 4051 North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach, Florida (front view). (back view) City of Pompano Beach on September 17, 2013 inspected the empty lot after demolition of an old restaurant building on 4051 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, Florida. The City inspectors failed the property on five counts of code violations, starting with the installed putting green lawn, which can only be found on best golf courses around the world. 4051 North Federal LLC, @4051NF the owner of the commercial property installed high grade top soil on 30-feet  by 200 feet highway stretch of the property on best grade potting green lawn, complete with sprinklers and an irrigation system. The empty lot is also displayed with a 200 feet long white decorative fence, including LED night lights on each of its 40 fence po... (more)

Indiana's First Design Build School Project Celebrates Completion

BERNE, IN -- (Marketwire) -- 07/20/09 -- South Adams Schools will celebrate the completion of their new Pre-K through 8th grade school with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 12 p.m. Members of the Class of 2022 will join school principals to cut the ribbon and officially open the school for the 2009-2010 school year. South Adams is distinguished as the first and only public school district in Indiana to utilize the construction delivery method known as Design Build under Indiana public law IC 5-30. The results speak to the priorities of the school community as well as Indiana's priorities for responsible spending with a focus on creating optimal learning environments. Scott Stewart, senior policy director, Office of the Governor, will attend the new school dedication. "The average cost to build a new elementary school in 2007 was... (more)

/R E P E A T -- Air Canada's Year-Long Anniversary Celebrations Continue with Launch of Fare Promotion to Mark Inaugural Flight/

MONTREAL, Aug. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - In celebration of the 75th anniversary of its inaugural flight September 1, 1937, Air Canada has launched a special promotion offering a 15 per cent discount off Tango and Tango Plus fares for travel this fall to 75 destinations within North America including its entire Canada-wide network and select transborder routes to the United States.  The discount is available on tickets purchased Thursday August 30 to Monday September 3, 2012 at and through travel agents for travel beginning as early as September 4 to December 14, 2012. "Seventy-five years ago on September 1st, Air Canada's predecessor, Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA), inaugurated its first flight carrying two passengers and mail between Vancouver and Seattle aboard a Lockheed L-10A Electra," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.... (more)

Plenty of time remains in Chevy Truck Month

BOERNE, Texas, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Cavender Chevrolet is a proud participant in Chevy Truck Month and the Chevy Open House Event. There are not many times during the year where there are such savings are available on such a wide range of Chevy cars, SUVs and trucks. The simultaneously running promotions will be ending at the close of business on Monday. Customers in the Boerne or San Antonio still have plenty of time to make an appointment with a Cavender Chevrolet sales professional to go through the selected vehicles to find the best fit. In addition to featuring outstanding discounts to customers, the Chevy Open House Event is meant to reintroduce Cavender Chevrolet customers to the wide range of service provided at the dealership. (Photo: Customers making the trip to Cavender Chevrolet of the... (more)

New Chevy models introduced to new cities

NAPERVILLE, Ill., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Chevrolet of Naperville is always on the lookout to bring their brand and style of automotive customer service to new people in new communities. The ideas of conducting an honest business by being respectful of people and understanding their needs are just the beginning with what sets them apart from the rest of the competition. Having an outstanding lineup of Chevy vehicles at their disposal is more than somewhat helpful as well. The staff at Chevrolet of Naperville would like to introduce the 2014 Chevy Malibu, 2014 Chevy Equinox and 2014 Chevy Silverado to the neighboring cities of Joliet, IL, Plainfield, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. (Photo: The 2014 Chevy Malibu serving Joliet, IL that is available at Chevrolet of Naperville has gone through a radical redesign... (more)

U.S. Foreclosure Activity Decreases 1 Percent in March Despite 4 Percent Increase in Bank Repossessions

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/15/14 -- RealtyTrac® (, the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for April 2014, which shows foreclosure filings -- default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions -- were reported on 115,830 U.S. properties in April, a 1 percent decrease from the previous month and down 20 percent from April 2013. The report also shows one in every 1,137 U.S. housing units with a foreclosure filing during the month. Despite the decrease in overall foreclosure activity, bank repossessions in April increased 4 percent from the previous month, although they were still down 14 percent from a year ago. There were a total of 30,056 bank repossessions nationwide in April. Bank repossessions increased from the previous month in 26 states and were up from a y... (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)