October 29th, 2014
There is currently a hospital boom that is being felt in the rural areas of Philadelphia where a total of $518 million were invested in three projects during the last six months with more additional projects to be launched soon. Philadelphia and surrounding counties have been the beneficiary of $4 billion worth of projects including the addition of one million square feet of hospital space in western Pennsylvania by the year 2009.
Out of the 148 Minnesota hospitals built since 2002, 56 are planning to either expand or construct new buildings with an estimated total cost of $1.57 billion. Signs of remarkable hospital construction surge can be observed everywhere with the expansion and replacement of the post World War II U.S. hospitals having the most significance.
October 22nd, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Rick Black Architects is a partnership between husband and wife Rick and Cindy Black. A 2520-square-foot artist’s residence-cum-studio situate in Long Branch Valley was completed this year. Also upcoming is the Volkshaus, four upcoming single family houses with shared carports, also in Austin. Each residence is envisioned to achieve a five star Green Building Rating. Aside from houses, Rick Black Architects also works on buildings and commercial establishments, drawing on Rick Black’s experience with Frank O. Gehry and Associates. The residence they designed for a graphic designer and a choreographer was featured in the March 2008 edition of dwell magazine.
October 15th, 2014
The CityLiving Home Program is a project jointly sponsored by the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. It gives homebuyers a chance to buy, build or renovate a property with a below-market-rate mortgage loan. It is limited to first-time homebuyers whose income and property price are below the set limits, except if the house is within the target area specified by the city. Limits may be increased if the home to be purchased is in the target area, the household is is at least five persons, the loan includes improvement costs, or the property is currently vacant. Interest rates vary, depending on the Down Payment Assistance Grant, which can be up to 4% of the mortgage amount.
October 8th, 2014
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Put extra locks on the windows and doors of your home leading to the pool area which cannot be reached by small children. Use a removable fence inside the permanent one if you need another temporary layer of protection like for example while the children are still young. Stick an alarm to the side of the pool so you are alerted if someone is in the pool when no one is supposed to be there. Or you can also use an alarm that floats. Let a safety professional put a safety cover compliant with industry regulations and remove it completely before using the pool to prevent somebody from being trapped underneath.
October 1st, 2014
You have watched the real estate market in a few years, and now you are ready to take a plunge into home ownership. Do you know what you are looking for?
It might be tempting to make your offer on the nicest houses in the block, but this is a big mistake. If you buy the most expensive house, you will no longer be able to add equity through home improvements. If for example, the homes around you are selling for $300,000, you will not get much above this. A better approach would be to buy a home with horrible landscaping, cracks in the driveway, peeling paint, etc. because cosmetic problems are the easiest to fix, and you actually save money in doing so.
September 24th, 2014
Many people believe that there are already safeguards when entering or investing in the real estate industry. But this is where they are wrong. There may be a load of benefits in investing but there are still some procedures that require attention so as not to cause unnecessary consequences.
The author shall then discuss in the following articles about the possible ways on how to eliminate or avoid risks. This especially goes for amateur investors who are just about to purchase a home of their own. Intuition or feelings alone are not enough in this industry. You have to know and be sure so as to avoid jumping into a pit of trap.
September 17th, 2014
Formed in the year 2000 as the body that is tasked to oversee the implementation of the Cityâ€™s Heritage Preservation Ordinance, the Heritage Preservation Commission through the ordinance can provide various tax incentives for historic property owners (residential and non-residential properties).
There are also Federal Tax Credits (10% to 20% of restoration costs) that are given to restoration efforts of property owners depending on the historical significance of the property. Administration is done by the Texas Historical Commission in coordination with the National Park Service. Funding of restoration projects can be done thru a low interest financing that is offered by the Citizens National Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas or Vintage Bank.
September 10th, 2014
The Texas Solar Energy Society invites you to cool houses in Austin on Sunday, June 22nd, from noon until 6pm. The eighteen sites that are part of the tour are models in energy efficiency and green building practices. A variety of homes using combinations of solar energy, rainwater collection systems, green building materials, energy-saving climate control, and water-saving techniques will be open to visitors. To join the tour, purchase the guidebook online or from the Austin Central Market (starting June 1st). The guidebooks contain directions and the features of each site. Visitors also get the chance to talk to the designers, builders and owners of these homes.
September 3rd, 2014
Malls collapsing cannot be a good sign and it isn’t looking good for the many distressed commercial properties that dot metro areas. It also gives clues to the overall health of the consumer’s buying will power, that seems to be on hold at the moment. These malls have been suffering well before the markets collapsed, victims of less consumer spending as people saved as much as they could when the financial market collapse became apparent. Most of these malls close due to huge debts, accumulated from previous years as their owners buffered their properties hoping the economy was going to get better, it didn’t and there was nothing else they could do more that close shop.
August 27th, 2014
Coral Springs was ranked as the 10th safest places to live in the U.S., according to the 2005 research of Morgan Quitno Press. Aside from being safe, it is also one of the most planned communities that were ever built in Broward County. This city is now 40 years old, and several times has been awarded as the premier South Florida community.
Since 1993, this city began to use a business model that considered data analysis and customer input as one of the initiatives in mapping its business and strategic plans. The managers of the city helped develop the process improvements while comparing the results to top local governments and Fortune 500 businesses.