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According the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR), Home sales last month on Marco Island are up 16% from last month and up 30% from August '08. The average sale price is also up 40% from last year to $786K. Condominiums sales are slowed from last month, down 35%. More dramatically though, the average sale price is down 55% to $308K from last August. The least expensive single family home on Marco Island is $179K and the most expensive is 1572 Shores Ct for $9.9M. The least expensive condo is $69K and the most expensive is the Madeira beachfront penthouse for $7.45M There are 59 single family homes in foreclosure on Marco Island. 8.2% of all homes on the market. Of the 203 homes that have sold on Marco Island so far this year, 50 (24%) have been foreclosures and a further 84 homes are currently pending (Under contract) of which 51 (60%) are foreclosures.... (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)

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)

Location, Location, Location on Google

Content Marketing Journal Effective content marketing online drives Chris Griffith’s blog powered website to number four on search rankings. You might think that Realtor.com, Yahoo real estate, the Yellow Pages, either of the two local newspapers or all of the big area real estate companies would trample an individual realtor on Google. But, you’d be wrong. In fact, when you search for "Bonita Springs real estate" in Google, you pull up a total of 557,000 results. But, standing at an impressive #4 is LifeinBonitaSprings.com. That’s the blog powered website of Chris Griffith, a realtor with Downing Frye real estate. It’s worth noting that, although Downing Frye is a successful, well-established local realtor, their company website doesn’t show up until page 3 of the listings. Although Chris gets a terrific ranking, does that translate into business for her? You bet it... (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)

Exceptional Minds Marks First Year as Vocational School and Working Studio for Young Adults on Autism Spectrum

Sherman Oaks, CA, June 24, 2012 --(PR.com)-- It’s a wrap for Exceptional Minds, which celebrated its first successful year Friday as a nonprofit vocational school and working animation studio for young adults on the autism spectrum. The school marked the event with an open house at its Sherman Oaks studios, where actor Ed Asner, actress Isabella Hoffman, Tamara Miles from Warner Brothers and other supporters gathered to celebrate a long list of accomplishments, including three film projects, Adobe testing accreditation and an accomplished student body preparing for careers in post production and media graphics. Among its more notable accomplishments: Exceptional Minds received credit as the post-production studio for the closing credits of the movie Lawless, a Weinstein Company production that was accepted into the prestigious 2012 Cannes Film Festival competition. ... (more)

Srinergy Showcases Solar Installations at Great Oak Cohousing

NOVI, MI -- (Marketwired) -- 05/07/14 -- Residents of Great Oak Cohousing in Ann Arbor are recognized for building a strong sense of community through shared resources and civic mindedness. With the recent installation of roof-mounted solar panels on nine of 37 condominiums in this close-knit community, homeowners are also demonstrating their commitment to conserving energy and protecting the environment. "During the past few years, we've researched various solar options," said Elph Morgan, Great Oak resident who was involved in the community's design and construction more than 10 years ago and helped to spearhead the solar installations. "A friend, who works for the non-profit EcoWorks, introduced us to Srinergy and its President Prasad Gullapalli. Srinergy's team did an excellent job helping us through the entire process that included design, engineering, and ins... (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)