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.
August 20th, 2014
There are different factors to consider before a city becomes a good place to live in. This is because there are some cities in the world that are declared as cities yet do not possess the real city setting. A good city to live in should not be overly populated. It should also be safe and ensures that the crime rate does not overflow. It will help you decide to settle down especially when you are bringing a family with small children with you. Vienna, Austria is among the 5 top cities in the world. It has good standards of quality living, cultural activities available and clean environment to live in. However, the cost of living in Vienna is also high. Zurich, Switzerland is also considered a good place to settle down. It is financially stable where good and stable jobs are abundant. Auckland, New Zealand is also included in the best city to live in list. This is because of low crime rates with great public officials serving the city.
June 28th, 2013
We cannot deny the satisfactory security that we have nowadays. This is why it is vital to always prioritize and consider a proximity alarm for your place or valuables.
Motion-sensor car alarm is also a must. These alarms are equipped with microwave frequencies may be able to detect movements within or that surrounds the automobile thereby sending warnings to the car thief and to you as well.
Parents who have toddlers or kids who love to wander around should consider having a kiddie alarm bracelets. These proximity alarm bracelet comes in cute and adorable design to match up the mood of your child. The range of this alarm could be pre-set in such a way that it could produce beeping sounds when the child is outside the vicinity.
Hand-held mobile gadgets are also hot in today’s society. The smaller the equipment is, the costly and eye-catching it becomes. So why not keep your valuables safe by acquiring a security device? It’s typically a small transmitter card that can be attached to your mobile gadget and screams loudly when it goes out of the programmed boundary. Hence, your laptops, PDA’s, digital camera, and cellular phones could easily be located when out of reach or is at the hands of the thief.
April 9th, 2013
There are so many cities in the world and all of them have so much character but only a few that are actually great to live in. What makes a city a good place to live in? It should be safe, not over populated, good community, etc. So if you are trying to look for the best city to settle down in, here’s a list of the top 5 best cities in the world.
1. Vienna, Austria- This city is on the top because of it’s best quality of living. There are so many cultural activities available, clean environment, good public transportation. The only downside is that rent is expensive.
2. Zurich,Switzerland- This beautiful city is doing well financially. There are number of good and stable jobs available. Great healthcare system and public transportation.
3. Aukland, New Zealand- The quiet city is known for having low crime rates and great public service officers.
4. Munich, Germany- popular with the expats, this place is where a lot of foreigners want to move to. It is financially stable and people are not worried about keeping their jobs.
5. Vancouver, Canada-
February 13th, 2013
It started in Asia where people are everywhere, places are always crowded and space is limited. Micro-Apartments has existed and was already popular in Tokyo and Hong Kong for awhile now and it seems like the trend has also reached the United States. Last January 22nd, New York City Mayor Bloomberg waved the zoning restrictions on new apartments to be larger than 400 square feet. This gave way to the building of 55 units the size of 250 square-feet. The rent for these micro units are also going to be affordable starting at $973 a month. San Francisco and Philadelphia are also now following suit with the rise of new teeny tiny apartments for an affordable price.
Micro Apartments are built in a way that all the space inside are used and needed. Like a regular home, it would include a dining area, living room area, kitchen and bed. Dividers are used and placed strategically to maximize the space.
January 9th, 2013
City living can be so exciting especially if it is your first time. But just like every other place you will encounter, there are pros and cons. If you are considering moving to the city or are already in the city but confused if you should stay or go, here are the factors that can affect your decision.
1. There’s so much to do! It’s hard to get bored because the city always has a busy feel to it. There are malls, museums, clubs and bars that are always accessible.
2. Public transportation is always accessible. Getting from Point A to B is not gonna be a problem because there are several ways to do it.
3. There’s always quick help if you need it. There are people around all the time, 24/7
1. The noise will easily be a distraction. It will be hard to find a place that feels peaceful.
2. It’s always crowded and you can easily feel lost.
December 12th, 2012
Living in Hong Kong doesn’t come cheap. This city has been home to the rich and famous for a long time but now it seems to be losing its luster. Recent survey showed that Asian millionaires now prefer living in Singapore than Hong Kong because it’s continuous increase in cost of living. Jakarta, Singapore and Shanghai topped the survey in terms of property investments. These cities all have a “Fair” amount of living costs compared to Hong Kong. Singapore being the lead (to the richer people) because it has always been a safe place to raise a family. Hong Kong is more likely known for it’s very business-like and modern setting. The lack of “homey” vibe does not appeal to people who are raising a family/ would like to start a family. The crowded city also doesn’t impress education wise and this is a major factor. Unlike cities like Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.