Month: July 2008

Jobs with Long Vacations

Compared with workers in other countries, Americans work too much. We take little time off for rest and pleasure. More than half of us don’t use any vacation time at all, adding up to more than 421 million unused vacation days a year. We’re workaholics. Most Americans only earn on average 14 vacation days a year, compared with our Italian…

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Places to Play: Outside the Box

With the real estate market in the United States being such a risky game, seasoned investors are looking outside the box for a place to play.  They are finding islands to buy, and lots of them.  One real estate company has over five hundred private islands available.  That is just one company.  Who knew there were so many islands for…

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Outdoor Home Shower

By Billie Cohen SUMMER means the beach, the sand, the sun, the pool — factors that prompt many second-home owners to think about installing an outdoor shower. Whether the goal is to wash off the ocean brine after a swim, to prep for the pool before you jump in, or to serenely bathe au naturel outdoors, an exterior shower can…

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Looking For the Perfect Kitchen

More and more people are naming the kitchen as the most important room of the house.  Homework is done there, board games are played there, people gather there, business is done there and oh yeah, meals are made there, too!  Here are some of the best features for any kitchen. Cupboard and counter space are at the top of the…

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Summer = Bikini Season = Florida

Think sea, sand, sun and surf and automatically comes to mind is the picture of hot ladies in even hotter costumes. Yes, the bikini is the quintessential piece of fashion accessory that can be found in almost every woman’s wardrobe. Nothing beats spending a lazy Sunday afternoon at the beach wearing a sexy bikini of the latest fashion. Women, it…

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The FSBO 411

Everybody wants to make as much money as they can when it comes time to sell their house, but it is necessary to maintain realistic expectations if there is to be a successful sale transaction.  The For Sale By Owner option is one way perceived to make the highest profit on a home’s sale.  In theory, that makes perfect sense,…

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Real Estate Deal Breakers

Buying a home is both fun and stressful. Once price and terms are met between buyer and seller comes the time to take care of a little business.  Get that loan finalized, have the home inspection and tests done, and then once the appraisal comes in, it is smooth sailing.  Usually. Once the paperwork is all signed and all conditions…

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Celebrities Facing Foreclosure: Where did the money go?

They’re rich, they’re famous and they are running out of money. There are many everyday people who understand very little about how a rich and famous person can have their home sucked out from under them by the foreclosure beast. The normal questions come to mind. Where did all their money go? Who spent the millions they earned? Why didn’t…

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Today’s Housing Market: An Overview

Today’s housing market is full of foreclosures and houses with declining values. This is a great time for individuals to buy homes, but a very hard time for those who are looking to sell the home for more than they bought it for. This is a hard time to get a loan as well since the economy is doing poorly…

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Mortgage: Benefits of Local Banks Versus Large Corporations

Most individuals trust their banks with their money every day.  These individuals cash all of their checks, pay their bills, and store money at these banks.  These banks are trusted with out finances every day, but they are not usually the place that people think to look for their mortgage. Large lending institutions have very large advertising teams with a…

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Tampa4U Customer Service

Julia didn’t want me to post this photo…. but this is how she starts and ends her day. All of us at Tampa4U are committed to service. This is really what this industry is all about. It’s not about how many designations you have, it’s not about your credentials and conquests in the real estate industry. It’s about service. Service…

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The Essence of Feng Shui

The measurement of a successful design is known by how comfortable a person lives in his personal space. Feng shui focus on the flow of energy throughout the house so it can help a lot of making personal spaces look and feel better. You should note that energy we get from good feng shui is also our personal life force;…

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