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September 29, 2008

NCO Continues to grow International Condo Inventory

Filed under: International Condos — Schnitz44 @ 10:23 am has just started advertising for Marisol, a fantastic new condo development in Puntarenas, Costa Rica Inspired by the hillside communities and dramatic resorts found in Thailand and Bali. Marisol is an intimate resort enclave of just 54 Cost Rica condominiums all with 1,500 sq feet in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica.

“Barefoot tropical elegance” can best describe the design of these one and two bedroom condominiums perched on Marisol Ridge featuring stunning white water ocean views.

The Marisol resort-like amenities will include a fitness center, three separate pools and yoga platforms offering dramatic ocean views in lush rainforest settings. Tropically landscaped walking paths and boardwalks meander throughout Marisol. A stream flows through the rainforest behind the homes offering a soothing and natural ambience. Toucans and howler monkeys in the trees surrounding the condominiums add a unique, magical touch.

September 27, 2008

Costa Rica develops — Hacienda Matapalo

People who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones in the Costa Rica Rain Forest

Hacienda Matapalo, the leading Costa Rica Real Estate development has just released the Crystal House. This innovative masterpiece enables a 360 view of the Rain Forest and an ongoing peek of your nearest neighbors including several types of monkeys, Blue Morpho Butterflies, and numerous species of birds.

Hacienda Matapalo has just released the Crystal House enabling a 360 view of the Rain Forest and an ongoing peek of your nearest neighborly visitors including several types of monkeys, Blue Morpho Butterflies, and numerous species of birds.

The Crystal House was designed by award winning architect Miguel Wong, and provides the best that Costa Rica Real Estate has to offer. Located in the Pre-Construction Resort style community of Hacienda Matapalo, the Crystal House is surrounded by the sanctuary of a private 125 acre nature preserve, waterfalls, and is located near the Beach Club, Clubhouse, Equestrian Center, Retail Center, and of course, the Pacific Ocean.

Hacienda Matapalo is the best selling development in Costa Rica, and has been featured by International Living Magazine, Newsweek, and will be featured in the November issue of Smart Money Magazine as one of the leading Eco friendly projects in the Costa Rica Real Estate environment. Location has been the key to success in determining where to build the best project in Costa Rica, and the choice of "where the mountains meet the sea" has proven to be the best location in the Costa Rica Real Estate marketplace, as evidenced by the $40 million dollars in sales by this Developer in the first year. Having frontage on the Pacific Coast Highway (Castanera), and proximity to a new 80,000 SF hospital, and a soon to be constructed International Airport has added substantial value to the location factor of success of this project.

Living in the Crystal House, one is reminded of being part of the environment and ecofriendly culture that is Costa Rica, and the ambiance of the Crystal House illustrates quite clearly that this may be the best opportunity in Costa Rica Real Estate. The other proverb that alludes to the Crystal House is "Having ones cake…" Imagine being able to use an IRA/401k to purchase a dream of Costa Rica Real Estate? The developers of Hacienda Matapalo have coordinated an investment vehicle that drives you to ownership of the Crystal House in a tax sheltered investment that appreciates from the moment you place your deposit.

Remember, "People who live in Glass Houses…"

September 25, 2008

NCO Exands Focus to Include Rentals and More International Property

Filed under: NCO News — Frogman235 @ 10:17 am launched its new website on September 21, 2008. The company, which is currently the largest online marketplace for new construction condos, townhomes, and resort communities, has expanded their focus to include rental property and European real estate. Through partnerships with other online real estate portals, now offers its users access to thousands of rental communities and real estate for sale all over the world.

“We are in a rapidly changing economic environment, which requires companies like to be versatile in what we offer our users as well as how were serve our clients. Many of our current customers are changing their new condo developments to rentals for the time being and we need to be able to service that marketing need as well, “say Brandon Fishman, CEO.

As the housing industry continues to navigate the difficult market cycle, condo developers will continually have a need adjust their strategies based on sales and financing availability. Should this necessity result in changing a for-sale property to rentals, that does not negate the need for effective online marketing.

“These days we are approached frequently by current clients that are changing their developments to rental communities. is now positioned to adequately continue to market these former condominium properties as rentals, “says Brent Gleeson, President.

The company has been marketing international properties for some time but with an emphasis on Mexico, Latin America, and Central America. The new website places an additional focus on luxury condos and resort properties in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Through existing media outlets, will be providing its online marketing services to new condo, resort, and apartment developments in countries like Dubai, India, and Italy.

About New Condos Online: is a real estate advertising portal offering users access to listings all over the world. The company, which is based in California, has grown dramatically in size over the last few years and now offers users more resources than ever before. New Condos Online showcases new construction condos, townhomes, lofts, resort communities, investment property, apartment rentals, foreclosures, and international for-sale real estate. The website also provides real estate agents from all over the world a social network platform where they can upload profiles, listings, and communicate with other real estate professionals.

September 24, 2008

Wake up…

Filed under: Real Estate — Thimble @ 10:15 am

If you’re somewhat cognizant of current events, you would know that some banks – rather large banks – have gone under and some more are on the verge of going under on Wall Street as well. And you may know that Washington may help bailout Wall Street with $700B. You’ve got to wonder how we have all this money? Where is it coming from to bailout Wall Street? I mean, we’re in the middle of this small little blunder in Iraq, Afganistan, and soon to be Iran which only costs us upwards of $9B/month. You know – a relatively small budget for us hardworking Americans. Now, because we’re already in the red and taxpayers are already paying for the government’s decision to invade parts of the Middle East, we’re going to be paying more out of our monthly paycheck because US real estate has taken the Buddy Holly plane. I don’t think taxpayers realize that this $700B will do nothing in the long-run to help out real estate prices. Condos, townhomes will still be going down for a while. Now I ask you, is it fair that the majority of Americans pay for the greed of Wall Street executives and hungry mortgage and real estate brokers? What kind of democracy do we live in? These banks were giving the thumbs up to loans to borrowers with no jobs and no credit. Did these banks think that there was no chance of default? Did these banks not learn anything from the stock bubble that burst recently? New condos have decreased in value all across the country and soon the world (the U.K. is soon to be feeling the pinches of a housing crisis). Americans will have to bear the brunt of this $700B over time and taxes will sure go up. If anyone tells you they can lower taxes, you better wake up. People who believe this are in for a treat when they are slapped with 45 – 50% of their monthly paycheck going to Uncle Sam. Just something to think about…

September 19, 2008

Condos and Homes – New Real Estate Auctions by JP King!! Sep 19 by Frogman235 edit add comment

Filed under: Real Estate Auctions — Frogman235 @ 10:12 am

It has been an interesting week in the financial sector – one for the history books for sure! Unfortunately, predatory lending is one of the main reasons we are in this mess and won’t see the light at the end of the tunnel until next year or possibly the year after. However, now is a great time to buy a home or condo. Next year will be a great time to buy also, if not better. Many builders are using creative methods to move units. Home sellers are using the same tactics. Real estate auctions are not a new phenomenon by any means but are really regaining popularity in the housing industry.

New Condos Online has partnered with JP King, one of the oldest and most respected auction companies in the country today. We are now featuring condo auctions and luxury home auctions all over the country. We will be rotating these properties on the site based on auction dates. Some of the auctions we are currently featuring are:

Broadway Station – Myrtle Beach, SC: Condo development in Myrtle Beach, SC with one, two, and three bedroom condos up for auction. 87 condos will be up for auction coming soon. READ MORE

French Quarter Mansion – New Orleans, LA: A beautiful historic luxury residence in the heart of the French Quarter. This house has three bedroom and three and a half bathrooms. READ MORE

Island on Lake Travis Condominium – Lake Travis (near Austin): 36 condos are being auctioned at this amazing island community with boat access right on Lake Travis near Austin, TX. The community has stucio, one, two, and three bedroom condominiums. READ MORE

Check out the details about these auctions today! Auction purchasing is a great and fun way to acquire a home for less than market value – assuming you are not up against some competitive bidders!

September 16, 2008

Costa Rica project Hacienda Matapalo to make waves – Costa Rica Evolves

New Condos Online is pleased to present Hacienda Matapalo in the Central South Region of Costa Rica contain some of the most enchanting environments in the world, both natural and those created to enhance the comforts of their residents. Such conditions definitely contribute to Costa Rica’s real estate market boom in recent years. This project in the preconstruction phase and has seen a consistent interest from U.S and Canadian investors and new home buyers.

Costa Rica has been the buzzword for those seeking a tropical Disneyland-like eco-tourism experience, with
monkeys, birds, and butterflies frolicking and is called the place with the richest biodiversity in the world.

Nature has smiled on this small country of 52,100 square kilometers, with the geography, and climate making it
an ideal location for tourism and real estate appreciation approaching 34% annually since 1994.
Historically, the only tourists venturing down south on the Pacific coast were those going to see Manuel Antonio
Park (the most widely visited park in Costa Rica), and the surfing crowd going to Dominical, or to view the area
where "the mountains meet the sea" .

Changes are coming-

1) A new international airport in being built in Palma Sur and is scheduled for completion by the year 2010

2) A new 80,000 S.F. hospital has been completed

3) The Costenera Highway (Pacific Coast Highway) is in final stages of being fully paved (to Panama)

4) The largest marina in Central America is being built in Quepos

This has led to a new construction boom, with most of the developers just now seeking the right property to
purchase and begin planning a development. However, one developer, saw the writing on the wall, and was able to be ahead of the curve in this booming region. The developers of hacienda Matapalo purchased a 665 acre parcel of oceanview land before the changes mentioned above and are offering a luxury gated community with amenities never before seen in the region at Pre-Construction pricing. Hacienda Matapalo is in the final stages of the permitting process, and is offering an opportunity for savvy investors and those seeking a retirement/second home.

Hacienda Matapalo: The Project

Completely surrounded by lush forest, cascading waterfalls and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean is Costa Rica’s extraordinary gated community of Hacienda Matapalo. With 665 private acres, Hacienda Matapalo offers a world of natural beauty. Hacienda Matapalo is located just 800 meters (2,624.67 ft) off the beach and reaches back three kilometers into the primary forested mountains to an altitude of nearly 2,000 feet above sea level. With its 125 acre dedicated nature preserve, nature is and always will be an integral part of this unique community. Set amongst countless species of birds, butterflies, and wildlife Hacienda Matapalo offers 1.25+ acre home sites, single-family homes, town homes, villas and condominiums all equipped with state-of-the-art connectivity including satellite, Internet, telephone, and 24-hour security.
Three of the area’s most beautiful beaches are within minutes of Hacienda Matapalo — Playa Linda, Playa
Matapalo and Playa Ventanas. Whether it is walking the sand for that perfect seashell, horseback riding on the
beach, or just soaking up t he sun while palms sway in the ocean breeze, the choices are yours and the activities are abundant

Enjoy our private beach club where owners and guests can spend the day and then rinse off in a cool shower
before heading back home. If adventure is what you seek, you will soon see why the area is often called "Nature’s Playground."Follow a whim. Surfing, white-water rafting, sport fishing, mountain biking, scuba diving, rappelling and treetop zip lining are just some of the daily activities here. Prefer something a little tamer? Try cloud forest walks, world-renowned bird watching, butterfly garden tours and even whale encounters. At Hacienda Matapalo you may seek out your own experiences. or met your neighbor at the magnificent Community Center replete with infinity pool and swim-up bar and lounge.

For information on investment/home opportunities at Hacienda Matapalo, visit, or
email We are available by phone in the U.S. at 954-630-8339 or 800-281-4145


Webinar Update: Ed Sklar with Hacienda Matapalo will be conducting a Webinar to discuss the development and real estate in Costa Rica.

Free E-Seminar on Lifestyle, Environment and Amenities in Paradise!

Join us for a Webinar of September 17th — Space is limited. Reserve you seat now by visiting:

Developer of Hacienda Matapalo will discuss why the Central South Region of Costa Rica is Booming with Infrastructure and Amenities.

To ensure that you don’t miss out on the eSeminar, please use the chart below to match up the time of the eSeminar with your time zone.

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Title: Free eSeminar on Lifestyle, Environment, and Amenities in Paradise

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT


Tax Sheltered Asset Protection and Appreciation in Paradise-Costa Rica

Join us for a Webinar on September 23

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Top Law Firm and Top Real Estate Development will explain laws and
investment opportunities to maximize ROI and be able to shelter and protect assets

Audience is primarily Baby Boomers and others seeking an alternative opportunity for retirement and estate planning

To ensure that you don’t miss out on the eSeminar, please use the chart below to match up the time of the eSeminar with your time zone.

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Title: Tax Sheltered Asset Protection and Appreciation in Paradise-Costa Rica

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

September 12, 2008

In trying times music and games can help comfort

Filed under: Condos — Thimble @ 10:03 am

In my experience, when you’re feeling blue, music and song and dance always seems to make things better. In these trying times of trying to sell condos, homes, and really any other real estate for that matter, we need music and games that can help us get through this. I propose that we use the Limbo as the motif for what we’re going through in this real estate makret. How Low Can You Go? I used to love the limbo and I was always pretty good at it. I mean, I won most of the prizes at all the bar and bat-mitzvah’s I attended as a child. So let’s apply it to the real estate market as it’s very apropo. Of course, this is intended for developers and home owners who are doing everything to try and sell their home. Is this idea wrong? I mean, it’s kinda true. Prices for condos, even new condos, are going lower and lower by the day and their is nothing the market can do to stop it. It doesn’t help that banks such as Bear Sterns went under and Lehman and Washington Mutual are close to going under and the government had to bail out the two biggest mortgage companies in America. Should I stop there? I don’t think we’ve seen the worst of it yet but we’re going to get through this because we’re Americans and we can get through anything. When the books are written about this time, this credit crunch will simply look like a comma (yeah, that was a jab at george bush). In all honesty, the market will continue to go lower – just like the limbo bar. It’s going to take us as Americans to bend that much further to get out on the other side, unscathed.

September 11, 2008

Marketing: It’s Not Rocket Science

Filed under: Real Estate Marketing — Frogman235 @ 7:32 pm

Marketing is a relatively simple science but it does take experience and creativity to execute it correctly. Many associate marketing with sales or advertising and while they definitely overlap, they are completely separate powers. These powers must be aligned in order to compliment one another, but they must be focused upon as unique categories that are all part of the success puzzle. This is true for marketing in all industries and it does not matter if you are talking about B2B or business to consumer marketing. Both utilize different strategies but they hold equal importance.

Far too often, especially in the real estate marketing world, people say they can not afford marketing or they intentionally keep their marketing budgets low because money is tight. In the end, if budgets are small, margins thin, and funding diminishing one can only do what is possible. However, marketing budgets can be streched through strategic media buying and wise choice of advertising outlets. Advertising of course is just one component of the "marketing plan" but it is a BIG part. Creative and successful marketing plans that produce sales will make or break a marketing professional in the eyes of their manager or boss. Especially, when sales are harder to come by.

Giving a real estate marketing director a tiny budget will almost always ensure their failure – not ALWAYS but most times. It depends on the project, product or service being marketed. In this case we are talking about marketing condos, new homes, resort communities, etc. Below are tips for streching the budget and allocating funds in sales producing outlets that are measurable.


  • Use a well-established media buying firm to use their "buying power" in order to purchase advertising on your behalf
  • Choose cost effective media outlets such as online advertising, low cost listing sites and free listing sites
  • Negotiate price!


  • whether most people want to realize it or not – the Internet is the way to go. It is cost effective, measurable (print is NOT!!!) and its where ALL the buyers are doing their research
  • some creative print add should be done but in spurts – not ongoing because its FAR too expensive
  • Email marketing

All of these tips and comments are coming from the experts, not just me. Marketing condos for sale and resort communites takes creativity in the marketplace where there are fewer willing buyers. Rest assured that you ARE competing for a smaller group of buyers who have countless choices of inventory and lower cost deals. In the end it all boils down to how and when you reach those buyers!

September 6, 2008

Are we a nation of hypocrites?

Filed under: Condo — Thimble @ 7:29 pm

Did you hear the news today that unemployment reached 6.1% in the US? Wow – that’s not good at all! More jobs are being shifted overseas for cheaper labor. Our real estate market is lagging right now and a lot of construction workers are out of a job. Condo projects are being pulled left and right and on the whole the market isn’t coming back anytime soon. There are car factories and banks laying off people and it’s sad but you know what – this was meant to happen. As I have said before, we live in a global world in a global economy. A lot of US real estate developers want to market their project to Europeans, Canadians, and other countries – why? That’s where the money is. Should US Developers of high-end condo projects be scrutinized when they market their community outside the US? No – they are praised as "outside the box" thinkers and really being proactive in this economy as thinking of the world as one big marketplace. But when a company chooses to fire his US workforce and hire cheaper labor in other parts of the world, or manufacture goods in other parts of the world, they are scrutinized and treated unfairly. You know what that makes us? A nation of hypocrites. That’s right – I said it. Hypocrites. I had this epiphany recently after watching the presidential hopefulls talk about how they wish to restore jobs in America because more Americans are losing their jobs to overseas workers. Well if you want Wal-Mart prices, you have to understand the economics behind it. Wake up, America and start to understand that progression is happening faster than you think or like to think. If you’re not offshoring or outsourcing work that you could, you’re losing money. I wish either of the Presidential contenders the best of luck if they can really restore a lot of the blue-collar jobs in America in this economy. I will be the first to say I was wrong but I think that I’m right about this one. We have to understand that a global economy is a "GLOBAL" economy and that offshoring and outsourcing are part of the game. Whether you’re outsourcing manual labor or marking new condos to people livng in Asia, we are one big nation.

Condo and New Home Sales Coming Around Again

Filed under: Condos — Schnitz44 @ 7:23 pm

Some good news to think about for builders and developers out there. We have all already heard this.. "sales of new condos and homes posted an unexpected gain of 2.4 percent in July 2008, and sales of existing homes rose 3.1 percent, more than expected." Although this is not significant by any means, it is a very good sign. According to David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at Standard & Poor’s recently has said, "If you look at the year-over-year numbers they are still going down but not accelerating to the downside quite as much as they had been in a number of cities." Thus, we are seeing some signs of stabalization. As time goes on, condo developers will continue to lower prices to lure some buyers off the sidelines, and even with tighter financing guidelines, everything should start to fall back into place in the next six to nine months for a slow but sure recovery. Here at, we continue to see developers building and advertising accross the country, which also identifies some strength in the market and and units selling. Take a look at some thriving markets including Arizona condos, Seattle condos, and Atlanta Condos.

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