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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)

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)

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)

Bryan J. Lima Earns NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification

Bryan J. Lima on Ulitzer Bryan J. Lima with DeFino Realtors has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows. According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures.  For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new "traditional" transaction. REALTORS® who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities. "As leading advocates for homeownership, REALTORS® believe that any family that l... (more)

Eliot Harris Announces Campaign to Sell Your House in Marble Falls

MARBLE FALLS, Texas, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Homeowners looking to sell house in Marble Falls will be pleased to learn that their city is the first city targeted by Harris' campaign. Harris has engaged in similar campaigns in the past, and has enjoyed great success for his clients by employing these campaigns.  By obtaining several similar listings in an area, Harris is able to generate substantial interest in the properties, generally resulting in quick sales. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140228/MN73846) Homeowners looking to sell house Marble Falls are not the only ones who will benefit from Harris' campaign. Nearby Burnet, the county seat of Burnet County, is also listed as part of the campaign. The real estate market in the Burnet area is quite unique, as many of the available properties are in close proximity to many historic and we... (more)

Retail Vacancy Rate in Northern New Jersey Climbed to 6.6%

With the rash of recent retailer bankruptcies and downsizings adding to an inventory that included unclaimed spaces from earlier failures, the vacancy factor in retail properties along northern New Jersey's six major shopping corridors jumped to 6.6% during 2008 from 3.6% a year earlier, according to R.J. Brunelli & Co., Inc. Routes 4 and 23 were the only roadways to show an improvement from 2007. While the six-county region remains one of the most vibrant retail markets in the nation, the firm warned that it could take several years for the vacancy factor to get back to customary levels. In its nineteenth annual study of the northern New Jersey market, the Old Bridge, N.J.-based retail real estate brokerage found 1.84 million square feet of vacancies in the 27.96 million square feet of space studied along the six corridors, with availabilities seen in 118 of the 808... (more)

CDC Software’s Cloud-Based On-Demand eCommerce Platform

Enterprise Cloud Computing Track at Cloud Expo CDC Software, a global provider of enterprise software applications and services, on Monday announced it plans to integrate its cloud-based on-demand eCommerce platform with one of North America’s premier auction marketplaces as part of a strategic partnership with Bidz.com, an online jewelry auctioneer in North America. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! This partnership is expected to help CDC eCommerce customers increase sales volume, as well as leverage an alternate channel of distribution for their products. As part of this partnership, customers can list items, like consumer electronics, computers and sports related products, which are not specialities of this jewelry auctioneer, exclusively into Bidz.com through its CDC cloud-based eCommerce system. This will help CDC eCommerce cu... (more)

Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Sensors and Data Collection

I am reading a book titled Spying with Maps.   It details the amazing sensors that are available on cameras and infrared scanners today.  Perhaps not on your typical handheld camera, but if you have a heavy duty spy camera or infrared scanner hanging from an orbiting satellite you could have these capabilities.  Here are some examples: sensors able to distinguish camouflage from natural vegetation sensors that can pinpoint distressed crops sensors that can identify heat loss and soil moisture sensors that can identify and classify vegetation sensors that can detect changes in objects (the object moved since yesterday) A Whitepaper by Kevin Benedict Perhaps you are scratching your head wondering how this will be useful at your next family reunion, but it gets even better!  In this MacWorld article titled Photo Measures and Measured for iOS, the author describes severa... (more)

Current Craze in the Open Source World: Responsive WordPress Themes

Responsive WordPress themes are the current craze in the open source world.  But are they a true requirement or just a bunch of hype thrown out to sell more premium themes to unsuspecting buyers?  Do WordPress users really need to consider upgrading their existing themes to one that is responsive and mobile friendly? At first I was a bit skeptical, but responsive websites have grown on me and it is now a part of daily life for me and my coding team.  I will admit that I considered it hype at first, but once I understood what responsive was all about, I now consider it a requirement for new website designs and builds. Most People Don’t Understand What a Responsive Website Really Means Since the start of 2012 I’ve received a ton of inquiries asking for responsive theme design.  The majority of the prospects I speak with want their website to be responsive, which in its... (more)

Michigan State University Picks Open Source & WordPress

In July we went launched a new WordPress website for Michigan State University.  The website was designed for one of MSU’s long-term research projects, the Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site, which is part of the LTER Network established by the National Science Foundation.  My team and I were thrilled at the opportunity to work with a big ten university.  We were also extremely excited to be able spread our love of WordPress and open source technology. The Integration of WordPress and Ruby on Rails MSU was a unique web design project for us. It was our first collegiate project and our first integration to Ruby on Rails.  I’ll admit I was a little scared about the whole ROR integration.  But my fears were unjustified as MSU’s resident technical wizard, Sven, was able to pull it all together.  My senior coder, Chris, wrote a custom plu... (more)

Avison Young Expands Into Florida, 30 members Join From Flagler

Pike Rowley becomes Managing Director, South Florida; expansion adds 3.4 million square feet to Avison Young's property management portfolio TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young, Canada's largest independently-owned commercial real estate services company, announced today that it has expanded its operations into Florida. Effective immediately, 30 members from South Florida's leading brokerage and property management firm Flagler Real Estate Services, LLC (FRES) join Avison Young, forming the nucleus for Avison Young's entry into the Florida commercial real estate markets. The move further expands Avison Young's market coverage in the Southeast U.S. Avison Young's new Florida operations will be headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, with branch offices in Boca Raton and Miami. The newest American offices collectively represent Av... (more)