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FlippingBook Just Got Better: FlippingBook Online Service Launch

FlippingBook Just Got Better: FlippingBook Online Service Launch

NEW YORK/ Oct. 21, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News) — FlippingBook, a company that develops professional software for turning PDFs into interactive online documents, announced the launch of its new web-based service — FlippingBook Online. After developing FlippingBook Publisher, a desktop software for Windows, the company went online and created an easy-to-use service that works in any browser on both Windows and Mac.

FlippingBook aspires to create a user-friendly service that helps people make professional and high-quality documents. The company combines these two goals in its new product. It is now easier for companies from different industries, be it manufacturing, real estate, or education, to be more effective in their marketing activities. With the help of FlippingBook Online, they can turn a plain PDF into an online document with videos, interactive navigation, and custom design.

There’s no need to download and install any software to work with FlippingBook Online — the service works in a browser to help quickly create HTML5 online catalogs, brochures, magazines, and newsletters. All these online documents are hosted together in one convenient place. Anytime there’s a need to share a catalog or brochure, it can be simply sent by email, embedded to website or posted in social media.

Powerful HTML5 documents, made with FlippingBook Online, open in any browser and on any device — and their beautiful professional look grabs readers’ attention.

About FlippingBook

FlippingBook started out in 2004. Since then, it developed FlippingBook Publisher and FlippingBook Online — a professional software and web-service for turning PDFs into interactive HTML5 documents. Its clients are the companies from different industries, including manufacturing, real estate, healthcare, education, and retail. https://flippingbook.com

SOURCE: FlippingBook

Record Dow Jones Close Past 23000 Has Not Impacted Strong Demand for Self-Directed IRAs, According to IRA Financial Group

Record Dow Jones Close Past 23000 Has Not Impacted Strong Demand for Self-Directed IRAs, According to IRA Financial Group

NEW YORK/October 20, 2017 (PRWEB)(StlRealEstate.News) –IRA Financial Group, the leading provider of “checkbook control” self-directed IRA LLC and Solo 401(k) plan solutions, announces strong third-quarter results from self-directed IRA and solo 401(k) plans in light of record setting Dow Jones results. “We have seen continued strong interest in our self-directed IRA and solo 401(k) plans from clients seeking to exit the equity markets,” stated Adam Bergman, a partner with the IRA Financial Group. “We have benefited from the nearly $36 billion net pullout of funds from the U.S. stock mutual and exchange-traded funds in the third-quarter in which a percentage has been used to invest in alternative assets, via as self-directed IRA,” stated Mr. Bergman.

The primary advantage of using a self-directed IRA LLC to make investments, such as real estate, is that an investment can be made by simply writing a check. In addition, all income and gains associated with the IRA investment grow tax-deferred and return to the IRA LLC.

With IRA Financial Group’s self directed IRA LLC solution, traditional IRA or Roth IRA funds can be used to buy real estate throughout the United States and globally in a tax-deferred account by simply writing a check and without the need of custodian consent or high custodian fees.

IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed IRA LLC for real estate investors, also called a real estate IRA with checkbook control or a Self-Directed real estate IRA, is an IRS approved structure that allows one to use their retirement funds to make real estate and other investments tax-free and without custodian consent. The Self-Directed IRA LLC involves the establishment of a limited liability company (“LLC”) that is owned by the IRA (care of the Roth IRA custodian) and managed by the IRA holder or any third-party. As a result, the Self-Directed IRA LLC provides the retirement account holder with greater control over his or her retirement assets allowing the individual to make traditional as well as non-traditional investments, such as real estate tax-deferred and with much lower annual fees.

The IRA Financial Group was founded by a group of top law firm tax and ERISA lawyers who have worked at some of the largest law firms in the United States, such as White & Case LLP, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, and Thelen LLP.

IRA Financial Group proudly announces the latest book titled “The Checkbook IRA” written by tax partner Adam Bergman, which is now available on Amazon. Mr. Bergman has written six books on the taxation of self-directed retirement plans including, the best selling book,“Going Solo” , which is also available on Amazon.

IRA Financial Group is the market’s leading provider of self-directed IRA LLC and Solo 401(k) plans. IRA Financial Group has helped thousands of clients take back control over their retirement funds while gaining the ability to invest in almost any type of investment, including real estate without custodian consent.

HouseCanary’s Third Quarter Rental Investment Index Attests to Health of Single-Family Rental Market

HouseCanary's Third Quarter Rental Investment Index Attests to Health of Single-Family Rental Market

SAN FRANCISCO/ Oct. 19, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News) — HouseCanary Inc., the leading modern data analytics company for real estate professionals, today announced the release of third-quarter data for its HouseCanary Rental Investment Index (HCRI Index), allowing single-family rental home investors, lenders, and renters to benchmark the health of the single-family for-lease market by individual state, ZIP code, and block.

The nationwide Effective Gross Yield (EGY) for U.S. single-family rentals held steady at 8.0 percent, sustaining a healthy yield in spite of the continued rise in housing prices.

“HouseCanary’s latest HCRI Index results show that the recalibration of home prices to historic norms is continuing to put overall downward pressure on effective gross yields for the single family rental sector,” noted Alex Villacorta, PhD., HouseCanary’s Executive Vice President of Analytics. “In particular, the accelerated growth in the Western and Northeast regions over the past few years has seen the strongest effect of compressing yields as the cost to acquire continues to increase.

“Of the top 50 metros, only 3 metros have shown positive growth in yields over the last quarter, suggesting that nationwide, the growth of rents is slowing relative to that of home prices,” Villacorta added. “Though the most abundant double-digit opportunities reside in the Southern region of the country, there are still several localized pockets of high-yield opportunities in most markets throughout the country.”

There remains a stark difference between the statewide average yields in the Midwest and South, where EGY ranges from 8.3 percent to as high as 12.7 percent, and the West and New England, in which no state surpasses 7.0 percent.

There also remains heavy variation within individual states. While the average EGY in the state of New York is a mere 6.7 percent, Rochester, New York, remains the highest-yielding individual city in the nation at 13.9 percent EGY.

It is worth noting that while Rochester maintained the top EGY in the nation, it dropped 3.3 percentage points since last quarter, indicating that there may be a softening at the top of the market.  EGYs for all 381 U.S. metropolitan areas, as well as for ZIP codes and blocks within the MSAs, can be accessed on HouseCanary’s website at https://www.housecanary.com/rental-investment-index.

HouseCanary’s vast granular dataset of rent and home values enables the company to compute EGY at the national, state, and ZIP code level, and for 3 million census blocks across the country. The HouseCanary Rental Investment Index helps investors avoid the challenges traditionally presented by fractured information in the single-family rental sector. By providing the market with a uniform, centralized index of rental yields, HouseCanary is making it easier than ever for investors to amass large-scale SFR profiles remotely and with confidence.

The HCRI Index measures Effective Gross Yield for the industry, computed as the current fair market annualized rent minus estimated property tax, divided by the current fair market home value. Effective Gross Yield is an important profitability metric for single-family rental home lenders and investors, who have historically only been able to calculate gross yields for individual properties or for their own portfolio of properties.

Click here to see the full report, along with more granular insights on state and MSA levels.

Methodology

HouseCanary’s data analytics group has indexed, normalized, and analyzed 40 years of U.S. residential property data, spanning over 1 billion transactions and 100s of macroeconomic and local data points, to derive an accurate view of current home values and rental values nationally. The single-family, non-owner-occupied portion of these home and rental values is used to derive the Effective Gross Yield discussed in this document. Effective Gross Yield is defined as the current fair market annualized rent minus estimated property tax, divided by the current fair market home value. Effective Gross Yield can be computed for individual homes, U.S. census blocks, zip codes, states, and the national level. Homeowner association (HOA) fees and insurance costs are not included, as investors are able to add those costs at an individual portfolio level.

About HouseCanary:

Founded in 2014, HouseCanary’s mission is to help people make better real estate decisions. Built on a foundation of great data, powerful models, and predictive analytics, the HouseCanary platform aggregates millions of data elements, including more than four decades of property data and a rapidly expanding arsenal of proprietary calculations and analytics, to accurately define and forecast values and market influences. HouseCanary is financed by notable investors including Hillspire (Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s family office), PSP Growth/PSP Capital (firm founded by entrepreneur and former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker), Alpha Edison, ECA Ventures, Raven Ventures and others top Silicon Valley investors. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. Learn more: www.housecanary.com.

SOURCE: HouseCanary

The Tech That is Taking Over Finance

The Tech That is Taking Over Finance

LONDON, October 18, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News) –Most American investors missed the first boat on the wildly profitable cryptocurrency market, which hit $158 billion in August and is set to hit nearly $3 trillion by 2023. Now, another boat is setting sail, and this time there’s an easy way to get onboard.

 Bitcoin-soaring to $5,000 per coin— is now worth four times as much as an ounce of gold. A simple $100 investment a few years ago would have amassed multiple millions in profit. In focus today includes: Celestica Inc. (NYSE: CLS), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), Shopify Inc. (NYSE: SHOP)

Profits like this have been hard to come by for the majority of investors because this is a complicated playing field, and Wall Street has been dragging its heels. But for the first time in history, we can add a basket of cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups to any brokerage account, IRA or 401k.

That’s because Canada is hot on the cryptocurrency trail, and Global Blockchain Technologies (BLOC.V; BLKCF) just announced trading of the first-ever investment company which plans to hold a blockchain-based company and currency basket on the TSX Venture Exchange.

So investors can get in on it, too-before the next wave of money comes into a market heading into the trillions.

Here are 5 reasons to keep a close eye on Global Blockchain (BLOC.V; BLKCF), an investment company poised to become the first-ever vertically integrated originator and manager of startup blockchain and digital currency companies, balanced by investments in well- established cryptocurrencies.

#1 This is the Next Wave of Cryptocurrency Investing

Blockchain technology is automation and collaboration on steroids. It could become the biggest market disrupter we’ve ever seen because it cuts across every industry imaginable-from banking and healthcare, to shipping, real estate and even government and crowdfunding. It could be as disruptive as the Internet of Things (IoT), and right now, it’s the backbone of the multi-billion dollar cryptocurrency market.

By the end of August, the total market cap of cryptocurrencies had risen 800% this year, and analysts expect total cryptocurrency market caps to exceed $200 billion by the end of this year. That’s an amazing feat for a market that didn’t even exist ten years ago.

The crypto millionaires were created with Bitcoin mining. That created a flurry of crypto crowd sales and new investment vehicles like Ethereum and Litecoin-and then another generation of millionaires. Now we’re readying for the next wave, and this time it’s about commercial use and mass adoption. That’s when Wall Street will stop dragging its feet, but by that time the boat transporting the third generation of crypto millionaires will already have set sail, along with big profits.

The opportunities are mind-boggling, but so is figuring out where to put your money. Global Blockchain (BLOC.V; BLKCF) could have figured it out.

#2 Exposure to the Blockchain System

Global Blockchain (BLOC.V; BLKCF) will respond to existing investor demand with its plan to acquire a basket of holdings within the blockchain space, making it poised to become the first global investment company with exposure to a wide range of the blockchain system-and with start-up equity and token diversification.

You can buy it right now from an online broker, and even add it to your IRA or 401K.

Its plans, if successfully carried out, would diversify your exposure to minimize risk for investors, by balancing blue-chip companies with high-growth potential small-caps. It also diversifies portfolios by balancing crypto currencies by category.

But it’s not just about a basket of currencies to speculate on. It’s much more than that: It’s set to become a technology company planning to build an investment portfolio based on the token economy. And it may be the only public company of its kind.

The opportunities here are much bigger than simply holding crypto currencies. The Global Blockchain business model is about creating protocols.

It’s all about smart asset allocation that has the potential to change this space entirely for investors.

#3 Top Crypto Pioneers Lead This Innovation

No other market requires the level of experience that Blockchain-based cryptocurrency does just to attempt to invest in something that really qualifies.

The dream team behind Global Blockchain (BLOC.V; BLKCF) qualifies investments for you, plans to buy those investments for its portfolio, and its crypto and blockchain basket is all about reducing uncertainty.

Remember the Ethereum ICO? It’s risen over 94,000 percent. Global Blockchain’s Chairman and CEO, Steve Nerayoff not only was a senior advisor to Ethereum in the time leading to its ICO, but was the architect of the Ethereum crowsdale, the way the project was funded. He also was a senior advisor to the Lisk Cryptocurrency project, which is now a $526-million market cap company. Nerayoff is an early leader of the blockchain industry, and one of its most important pioneers.

But the Global Blockchain prowess doesn’t stop with Nerayoff.

  • Rik Willard, CEO, is another cryptocurrency and ICO veteran, the co-founder of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society and advisor to Luxembourg and other countries’ blockchain initiatives.
  • Shidan Gouran, President, is also a cryptocurrency and ICO expert with a long track record.
  • Kyle Kemper, Chief Strategy Officer, is the executive director of the Blockchain Association of Canada.
  • Jeff Pulver, Advisor, has consulted and invested in 350 startups.
  • Michael Terpin, Advisor, is the co-founder of BitAngels, the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups. He’s also the managing partner of bCommerce Labs, the first Blockchain incubator fund in the world. He founded Marketwire, one of the largest company newswires, which was acquired in 2006 and sold to NASDAQ for $200 million.

And it’s not just their blockchain successes and expertise investors will be harnessing: It’s their exclusive access to assets that many investors may never be able to invest in otherwise.

#4 Smart Crypto Balancing Act

If the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approves crypto ETFs, many predict it will push digital currencies even higher, with some analysts predicting that as much as $300 million could pour into a bitcoin ETF in its first week, Bloomberg reports.

Europe also has a Bitcoin exchange traded note (ETN) for investors, and analysts are widely expecting the SEC to approve a Bitcoin ETF soon.

One of the biggest hints is the tapping of the lawyer for one of the three proposed ETFs to head the SEC’s division in charge of EFTs. The same lawyer represents the Winklevoss twins’ efforts to create a Bitcoin ETF.

The SEC rejected the Winklevoss ETF in March, but now regulators have agreed to hear an appeal-and with their own lawyer at the helm, analysts are optimistic on a green light.

In the meantime, we’re looking at a total market cap of tokens at $8.79 billion, and more than $2 billion has already flowed into ICO (initial coin offering) token sales.

Global Blockchain (BLOC.V; BLKCF) comes into play right here.

This team knows blockchain and crypto currencies. Their extensive and diversified expertise will assist them in selecting ICOs with what it takes to be winners; and distinguish those likely to fail. And they plan to balance large-cap holdings with small-cap and emerging cryptocurrencies so investors can benefit from the stability of one, and the growth potential of the other at the same time.

But it’s also intending to become an incubator for new crypto technologies, which means that investors are not just investing in assets-they’re investing in innovation.

“Blockchain solutions in finance are virtually endless, and the gaming industry, too, will be massive. But the verticals here are astounding. Imagine creating a protocol for diamond trading, or renewable energy credits,” says BLOC Chairman Steve Nerayoff. “Any centralized market place that is dominated by a few middle men will likely be taken over by blockchain technology. Anything you can think of where the marketplace can become more democratic.”

#5 New Savvier Coins Offer Upside

Global Blockchain (BLOC.V; BLKCF) also plans to create additional value by developing its own tokens. That’s because it sees a major gap in the token world: new ICOs have teams that are only one-dimensional-they’re developing but not following through in the market. Global Blockchain is planning to pick up the slack here …

They don’t plan to just build, they’ll help brand and distribute.

This is the next phase of maturity in an industry that is starving for a development lab that is run by a team with real world experience, and backed by some of the top blockchain programmers in the world.

This team isn’t just a group of techies: They’re crypto pros across the spectrum, and they are planning on harnessing every vertical connected to the industry.

Bottom line?

Crypto investing is high-speed, and when the next wave comes, it won’t wait for investors to figure out how to get on the boat of third-generation millionaires. The speed of growth here could outpace anything that’s ever come before it, but this complicated playing field has kept many investors from joining in. Until now.

Now, with Global Blockchain, if their plans prove successful, we have a unique opportunity to wade through the endless ICOs for a diversified basket of cryptocurrencies. And we have the opportunity to do it before Wall Street hedge funds jump in.

As investors scramble for a way to profit from the blockchain massive market disrupter, Global Blockchain plans to offer the first real solution: a basket of holdings within the blockchain and crypto-currency space that:

  • answers growing demand from investors
  • Is currently a unique opportunity to find and navigate exposure to this extremely complicated space
  • Is a publicly listed security accessible in the U.S., Canada and Europe that can be bought through an online broker, with Asia and Australia to follow
  • Its business plan is designed to give the average investor access to ICOs that they may never be able to access on their own
  • Is led by major crypto pioneers who just took the cryptic out of the crypto world

Other tech companies to keep an on over the coming months:

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT): When you think of Walmart, you might think of the horrifyingly dull retail business-but think again. Walmart is one of the biggest movers in terms of mobile payment apps, and it’s quite a few steps ahead of others in this respect. It’s even a threat to Amazon’s online shopping dominance, down the road.  The big news is that Walmart and Google are partnering beginning in late September so customers can order groceries from Walmart using Google Assistant or Google Express..

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is a leader in multiple fields of technology. The forward-thinking industry giant is the backbone of many laptops and PCs running the Windows operating system. The company has been so successful in its deal-making and advertising that it is impossible to escape its influence.

Not only is Intel running our laptops, it may soon be taking over the self-driving car industry. In August 2017, Intel announced that it will be testing self-driving technology as it tries to compete with other chipmakers in the industry

Savvy investors are definitely following Intel closely, as many see it as a leader in the race to create an entirely new internet.
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is one of the most innovative and well-known companies within the tech sector, but with its Xbox video game system, the company has made waves in the gaming world. Microsoft’s Xbox Live gave gamers a way to communicate, face off, or make purchases on an entirely new platform. The landmark addition created an ease of access that has changed the gaming market forever.

But Microsoft is appealing to investors for more than just its gaming platform. Like Intel, Microsoft is diving head first into an entirely new market. With key partnerships utilizing and implementing blockchain technology, the company’s upside could have huge potential as the tech takes off.

Kinaxis Inc is a provider of cloud-based subscription software for supply chain operations. The Company offers RapidResponse as a collection of cloud-based configurable applications. The Company’s RapidResponse product provides supply chain planning and analytics capabilities that create the foundation for managing multiple, interconnected supply chain management processes, including demand planning, supply planning, inventory management, order fulfillment and capacity planning.
Kinaxis is a growing company, but the company has already carved out a significant piece of the pie. As a leader in its field, Kinaxis is a force which investors are keeping an eye on.

Computer Modelling Group is a software technology company producing reservoir simulation software for oil and gas companies. Computer Modeling Group LTD. Is a tempting trade for investors as it brings together two essential industries – tech and resources- which are going anywhere any time soon. Especially as the need for security grows, a tech company involved in the oil and gas industry has an incredible opportunity to offer other services.

While Computer Modelling Group focuses on the resource industry, its technology is definitely breaking ground. Founded nearly 40 years ago by Khalid Aziz, a renowned simulation developer, the company has proven that it has staying power.  As the resource industry meets technology, this will be a stock to pay attention to.

Shopify Inc (NYSE: SHOP) is a Canadian e-commerce company with more than 500,000 companies rely on Shopify’s real-time e-commerce, including Tesla, Budweiser and Red Bull, among many others. Shopify manages their e-commerce machines, and its stock is now up to over $106 right now, with a market cap of over $10 billion. CNET called the application “clean, simple, and easy-to-use” in a review of the Shopify platform.

The company’s online presence and sheer reach make it an ideal buy for investors. Shopify makes purchasing goods and services easy for anyone – and in a time where convenience is king, Shopify surely has staying power.

Blackberry Ltd This well-known cell-phone pioneer is engaged in the sale of smartphones and enterprise software and services. The Company’s products and services include Enterprise Solutions and Services, Devices, BlackBerry Technology Solutions and Messaging.

Blackberry used to be a worldwide leader in phones, but Apple, Google and other Android manufacturers have rapidly acquired market share. Blackberry has since focused on software and is now developing systems for autonomous vehicles. Tech giants such as Apple and Google won’t be able to repeat Blackbery’s success in this sector that easily.

Celestica Inc. (NYSE: CLS) is a manufacturer of electrical devices used in IT, telecommunications, healthcare, defense and aerospace industries. The company has seen strong growth YoY which we expect to continue as the sales expectations are almost 3% better than last year’s.

While many investors thought the stock was overvalued after a stellar run in 2016, the recent correction and volatility in the stock has attracted new buyers and the stock has recovered since.

While telecommunications stocks have been volatile recently, defense, IT and aerospace industries have outperformed and while many see limited upside, these industries continue to surprise both investors and analysts.

By. Charles Kennedy

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FAU: For Real Estate Agents, Being Attractive, Using Superlatives to Describe a Property Does Not Always Sell, Study Says

FAU: For Real Estate Agents, Being Attractive, Using Superlatives to Describe a Property Does Not Always Sell, Study Says

BOCA RATON, Fla./ Oct. 18, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News) — Think being attractive and using lots of superlatives to describe a property helps a real estate agent be successful? According to recent research published by the American Real Estate Society (ARES), that thinking may be off the mark.

The study, published by ARES in the Journal of Housing Research, was conducted by Michael J. Seiler, Ph.D., of the College of William & Mary; Aaron Arndt, Ph.D., and Mark A. Lane, Ph.D., both of Old Dominion University; and David M. Harrison, Ph.D., of the University of Central Florida.

 “Seiler’s work in experimental real estate is ground-breaking, as we can now begin to see buyers’ decision-making process for the first time and how it influences transaction outcomes,” said Ken Johnson, Ph.D., real estate economist at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business, ARES publication director, and co-developer of the Beracha, Hardin and Johnson Buy vs. Rent Index.
The researchers investigated whether customers’ overall impression of online property listings can be influenced by the real estate agent, and whether this influence depends on the customer’s demographic characteristics. A sample of 1,594 potential homebuyers took an online audio/visual tour of a typically priced home in their area. Subjects were shown one of eight conditions in which the researchers varied agent gender, agent attractiveness and pathos (enhancing the verbal description of the property with superlatives). The results show that segments of customers are drawn to different real estate agents, but contrary to expectations, customers were not necessarily drawn to similar agents or more attractive ones.

The study found that targeting customers with the same demographics is not necessarily an effective marketing strategy, that agent attractiveness does not entice customers in a way that is consistent with the customer’s sexual interest, and that there was no significant difference by gender or marital status. Enhancing the verbal description of the property with superlatives influenced some subjects positively and others negatively.

“Our study shows that an agent’s physical attractiveness, similarity to the prospective home buyer, and use of pathos influences the overall impression of the home, but not in a consistent enough way to specifically instruct agents to adopt a certain strategy,” Seiler said. “Importantly, adopting the incorrect strategy could very well work against the agent.”

SOURCE: Florida Atlantic University College of Business

RE/MAX Realtor Vicki Westapher Shares Fall and Winter Home Selling Secrets

RE/MAX Realtor Vicki Westapher Shares Fall and Winter Home Selling Secrets

Colorado Springs, CO/ October 16, 2017 (PRWEB) (StlRealEstate.News) –Spring and summer are typically the height of homebuying season, while fall and winter usually see the market slow down. “However, there are still ways to better ensure a home sells in fall or winter,” said RE/MAX Properties, Inc. Realtor Vicki Westapher, who was recently featured on the cover and pages of Colorado Springs Real Producers and in Cordera Living magazines.

In order to help sellers get their homes sold this fall and winter, Westapher, a member of the Peak Producers, the top 10% of Colorado Springs Realtors, as well as a RE/MAX Hall of Fame, Chairman’s Club and Lifetime Achievement recipient, shares the following six tips:

No. 1: Utilize an expert. It is imperative to hire an expert agent early on in the selling process to review the property to see what really needs to be done to improve the market value and, more importantly, what does not need to be done. This ensures sellers can get the best return on their investment of time and money.

“Not every improvement needs to cost a lot of money; sometimes it comes down to a new, inviting doormat. The front door sets the stage for the buyer’s perception of the rest of the house,” noted Westapher. “Additionally, the real estate agent should determine current market value and then revisit it just before the house goes on the market for any needed adjustment.”

No. 2: Staging. Not all agents offer or encourage staging. “Some agents may think it’s not important in a hot market; however, staging creates a stronger perception of value, your home will stand out from the competition, and the offers will be stronger if the house is staged,” stressed Westapher.

No. 3: Professional photography. Almost everyone makes buying decisions online, which is why enticing professional photography is important. “A potential buyer will eliminate your home if it doesn’t reach out and grab their attention with value based on great photography,” said Westapher. “It’s important to have top-notch marketing exposure over a wide range of media to attract buyers from all different areas of the market.”

No. 4: Pricing. “Never over-price,” advised Westapher. “Price as close to what your agent believes it can sell for, from the beginning. The longer your home stays on the market, the less it will sell for and over time the property will become stigmatized with people wondering what’s wrong.”

No. 5: Make the home easy to view. Make it easy for buyers to schedule showings. “When your home is on the market it becomes a commodity on the shelf and accessibility is critical,” added Westapher.

No. 6: Ensure the agent has strong negotiating skills. This is one of the highest values that a great agent brings to the table, and includes negotiating their own commission. “If you hire an agent that is willing to give away their own commission up front, they will probably not be able to help you negotiate the best price and terms for your home,” concluded Westapher.

About Vicki Westapher, RE/MAX Properties, Inc.

Vicki Westapher has been a licensed real estate broker in Colorado Springs since 1998, and is committed to providing the highest level of service possible to both buyers and sellers before, during and after the transaction. She is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Certified Residential Specialist, E-Pro, Graduate Realtor Institute, Luxury Home Professional, Quality Service Certified and Seniors Real Estate Specialist. For more information, please call (719) 495-8007, or visit http://www.makeyourbestmove.com. The office is located at 1740 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.

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West Virginia top court rejects challenge to landlord fees

West Virginia top court rejects challenge to landlord fees

CHARLESTON, W.Va./October 15, 2017 (AP)(StlRealEstate.News) — West Virginia’s top court says state consumer protection law doesn’t regulate the residential rental fees landlords charge under their leases.

In a case brought by the state attorney general in 2015 against Copper Beach Townhome Communities Twenty Six LLC, the Supreme Court says the laws against deceptive practices and debt collection don’t apply.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alleged the law is violated by fees in that landlord’s leases for redecorating, debt collection, dishonored checks, multiple checks, written receipts, late payments and attorneys.

Justice Menis Ketchum writes the only provision of the 1974 law specifically mentioning “the rental of space to be occupied for residential purposes” requires leases in plain language.

Since those rentals aren’t specifically cited in other provisions, he concludes the Legislature didn’t intend that they apply.

Think Realty Announces 2017 Think Realty Honors Winners

Think Realty Announces 2017 Think Realty Honors Winners

KANSAS CITY, MO./October 14, 2017   (PRWEB)(StlRealEstate.News) —Think Realty, the industry leader in residential real estate investor resources, education and ethics, announced its 2017 Think Realty Honors winners at the Think Realty National Conference and Expo, October 14 at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta. The winners are peer nominated investors who excel within their industry niche.

Master Investor of the Year: Marco Santarelli, Norada Real Estate Investments.

Multi-Family Investor of the Year: Dan Butler, CrestCore Realty.

Single-Family Investor of the Year: Marcus Painter, MC Properties LLC.

Educator of the Year: Jan Britt, Jan Britt Interiors.

Property Manager of the Year: Linda Liberatore, Secure Pay One Inc.

Service Provider of the Year: Kevin Ortner, Renters Warehouse.

Rising Star: CityLink Real Estate Group – Keith Murray, Tyler Weitz.

Private Lender of the Year: Bill Green, LendingOne.

Commercial Investor of the Year: Tammy Phelps-Keglovich, Capital City REIA.

R. Michael Wrenn Humanitarian of the Year: Steve Down – Financially Fit, Even Stevens, The Falls Event Centers.

“We’re proud to offer a platform for these REI industry shapers that honors their contributions and achievements,” said Eddie Wilson, president of Think Realty. “They inspire others to strive for excellence, stand out among their peers and make a difference in their communities.”

Think Realty is a central education and information resource for new investors and seasoned professionals, providing members with valuable tools that help them to optimize their competitive advantage, succeed in the industry, achieve wealth-building goals and live a life of purpose. Think Realty is part of Affinity Worldwide. More information about Think Realty can be found at http://www.thinkrealty.com; more information about Affinity Worldwide can be found at http://www.affinityworldwide.com.

Marlin Bay Homes in the Florida Keys – A Tested Role Model for Hurricane Resistant Construction

Marlin Bay Homes in the Florida Keys - A Tested Role Model for Hurricane Resistant Construction

MIAMI/ October 14, 2017 (PRWEB)(StlRealEstate.News) –This week, Real Estate Scorecard toured Marlin Bay on the island town of Marathon in the Middle Keys, to see how well the West Indies-style homes overlooking the Gulf of Mexico withstood the fierce Category 4 winds of Hurricane Irma. Marlin Bay is a gated community with low maintenance, oceanfront luxury homes and perhaps the finest deepwater marina in the Florida Keys.

The private yacht club’s superior construction meets or exceeds the strictest City of Marathon building codes and shines like a beacon. Other than to-be-expected landscape damage, Marlin Bay looked the same way it did when they were there last August. It was as if Hurricane Irma was never there.

The solid concrete roof terraces, hurricane impact resistant windows and doors, reinforced concrete floor systems, steel reinforced exterior walls for each of the detached residences and concrete docks and piling foundations withstood the ultimate test, as well as the decorative balconies, arches and pergola gardens and timber framed Tiki Bar pavilion. The solid infrastructure is now a tested role model for hurricane resistant Florida Keys vacation homes.

Even their freeform, 4,000 square foot resort-style swimming pool did not sustain damage unlike every other swimming pool they’ve seen in the Middle Keys since Hurricane Irma. The sparkling gem they saw today rivals the finest swimming pools found in the Caribbean or luxury Keys resorts.

Palm Hill is a national developer based out of Stuart, Florida, whose award-winning projects include River Dunes in Oriental, North Carolina, repeatedly honored as a ‘Best Boating Community’ with a 400 slip 5 star marina on the Inner Banks. Other Palm Hill projects include 2015 Community of the Year The Thoms Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, and the Napa City Resort and Spa in Napa, California.

Palm Hill is a well-funded real estate developer who has zero debt on Marlin Bay. The Middle Keys luxury home community already has over $100 million invested in the project. There are 13 new homes built to date that are ‘move-in’ ready and soon to be released to the market place. At the project’s completion, the gated community will accommodate 84 luxury residences, all within walking distance of delicious restaurants which include Florida Steak & Lobster House, Keys Fisheries and Overseas Pub & Grill.

Marlin Bay’s location is special built on a 10 mile island in the middle of an intimate ocean reef. It faces the Gulf of Mexico, the ideal place to gaze at the colorful sunsets. It’s located less than 3 miles from one of America’s most scenic bridges, the 7 Mile Bridge with an aquatic playground all around it. The turquoise waters, unpopulated islands and natural white sandbars are a boater’s dream. Just beyond the 7 Mile Bridge, or 10 minutes by boat, is another treasure. The 142 foot high Sombrero Lighthouse, the Keys’ tallest and most impressive lighthouse surrounded by one of the most beautiful, protected snorkeling reefs.

To the north side of Marlin Bay is the Vaca Cut Bridge, another gateway out to the ocean side. Here you’ll find another sandbar where boats hug the channel and families play in the white sand and clear waters at low tide. Boat ten minutes further to the north, beyond the island of Key Colony Beach and Coco Plum Beach, is Valhalla sandbar, a local’s half mile hangout only accessible by boat. Something only locals know – during the winter months at Vahalla, it’s easy to find frisbee-size orange starfish on the white sandy bottom. You can always find live conch, baby sharks and stingrays at Vahalla. And this just scratches the surface of the number of tropical reefs and places to explore within a 5 mile radius of Marlin Bay.

Fishing in the Florida Keys is unquestionably an angler’s dream. But what one might not know is how special Marlin Bay’s location is to two distinctly different venues. Fish the ‘oceanside’ for yellow tail snapper and yummy porgies along one of the 7 Mile Bridge columns or anchor at one of the nearby deeper reefs such as Lucille’s or Sam’s Ledge. Troll along the inner reef shelf for game fish or head out to the deep blue for dolphin, wahoo and tuna. On the ‘bayside’, spend the day chasing a ‘Grand Slam’, catching permit, bonefish and tarpon all in the same day.

Boating is one of the dominating reasons folks own homes to the Florida Keys and finding a waterfront home that can withstand a Category 4 hurricane with a protected marina is rare. Marlin Bay offers this in a perfect way. Their marina features 99 deepwater concrete docks, wet slips up to 70 feet and boat lifts on select slips. The marina is divided into 3 areas: inner basin, outer basin and boot canal. All areas are deepwater drafts. There is full power, water and wifi to beach of the individual slips through pedestals on the seawall. The marina is equipped with cameras. Real Estate Scorecard anticipates the deepwater Florida Keys marina will soon be home to luxury yachts, sport fishing boats, and sailboats.

When the marina officially opens later this year, they were informed the dock master services will include assistance releasing and re-docking, pump out, and traditional dock management. A Captain’s Store is coming soon with provisions, ice and bait. Pursuit’s Landing is a floating dock planned for kayaks and paddle boards. All of these are equity club privileges that come with owning a luxury home at Marlin Bay.

Amenities reach beyond the water. Its 10,000 square foot two story clubhouse exudes the elegance of a private yacht club. Here property owners will enjoy a newly appointed elegant entertainment area, full workout facility and aerobics room, steam and sauna rooms, spa treatment room and business center.

Real Estate Scorecard highly recommends Marlin Bay to folks searching for low maintenance, oceanfront luxury Florida Keys vacation homes, homes one can count on to weather the storm. An oceanfront community on the Gulf of Mexico unlike anywhere else. Spacious oceanfront homes are priced from $1.75 million.

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Cushman & Wakefield Announces Global Partnership with Smart Building Technology Provider MCS Solutions

Cushman & Wakefield Announces newCommerce Service Team to Help Clients Navigate Changing Retail and Logistics Landscape

CHICAGO/ Oct. 12, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News) — Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate services firm, has announced a new global agreement with Smart Building Technology provider MCS Solutions, an Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm with over 25 years of industry experience in more than 60 countries.

By bringing together expertise in many areas of real estate, workplace, and facilities management—ranging from a buildings occupant comfort to cleaning to catering, technical maintenance, energy management, space optimization, and smart working among others—the partnership will allow clients to have a greater positive impact on the occupants experience and control over their building portfolios enabling the ability to turn big data into actionable intelligence.

The solutions benefit a wide range of companies, from those considering IoT for the first time to those who are already invested in the technology. For instance, a new global solution will enable companies to view their portfolios in real-time, aiding more immediate understanding and efficient workflow.

“Our goal with this partnership is to create value for companies through more flexible, responsive, and efficient solutions across our global portfolio,” said Steven Quick, Chief Executive of the Global Occupier Services for Cushman & Wakefield. “It’s not just about providing smart building technology for our clients, but also about providing predictive analytics and insights to improve future occupancy planning.”

“We are excited to partner with Cushman & Wakefield to provide their clients with meaningful insights from big data and make them actionable. Our products built on the COBUNDU™ platform will boost their real estate performance and facilities management efficiency, reduce costs, and improve employee experience in the workplace. COBUNDU™ is all about moving from managing buildings to managing the user experience across multiple touchpoints,” said Koen Matthijs, CEO of MCS Solutions.

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. Our 45,000 employees in more than 70 countries help occupiers and investors optimize the value of their real estate by combining our global perspective and deep local knowledge with an impressive platform of real estate solutions. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $6 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Cushman & Wakefield brand. 100 years of taking our clients’ ideas and putting them into action. To learn more, visit www.cushwakecentennial.com, www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

About MCS Solutions

Active for more than 25 years in 60+ countries, MCS Solutions is a technology firm focused on integrated software solutions in real estate, facility and workplace management for large private or public organizations. Through the synergy between expert advice, innovative workplace software, and IoT-related technologies, MCS helps organizations improve real estate performance in terms of total cost, risk reduction, employee satisfaction, brand perception and sustainability. To learn more, visit www.mcssolutions.com or www.cobundu.com.

SOURCE: Cushman & Wakefield