July 29, 2011
Los Angeles is Closer Than You Think for Two Olson Homes Communities
Introducing two great new home communities designed to get you to LA in 20 minutes or less
COVINA, CA. – July 27, 2011 – The Olson Company, the leading developer of in-town urban living, announces the debut of two communities within a 20 minute commute to downtown Los Angeles. Citrus Walk, located in the heart of downtown Covina and within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and MetroLink, and Rio Walk in Montebello just 8 miles from LA Civic Center. Both communities offer LEED Certified homes that are innovatively designed to fit active, urban lifestyles.
Citrus Walk is The Olson Company’s fifth new urban living residential development in the Covina area. The Citrus Walk community will offer 37 townhomes and 8,000 square feet of new retail space along downtown Covina’s Citrus Avenue, with 12 flats over the new retail storefronts. The townhomes, each with approximately 1,580 square feet and three stories, will have 2-3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1-2 powder rooms, and 2-car garages. Metrolink’s Express service from the Covina station is a fast pass to downtown LA and just a short walk from Citrus Walk’s front door.
With prices starting in the high $290,000’s, Rio Walk is an exceptional value and highly desirable option for prospective homebuyers looking to live in the heart of Los Angeles County close to employment centers, retail, dining, transportation, recreation and entertainment.
Rio Walk is located in historic Montebello and just 8 miles from downtown Los Angeles and the newly opened L.A. Live Entertainment Complex adjacent at Staples Center. Montebello’s neighborhood community features rolling hills, bike baths and much more while providing quick access to the newly created downtown Los Angeles entertainment district, giving many young homebuyers the option of having the best of both worlds close at hand. Combine this great location, affordable pricing, and under 20 minute commute to LA; the choice for selecting a new home becomes clear to understand.
The homes, built to exceed LEED green living standards, feature energy efficient amenities including Energy Star appliances; water efficient and lead-free faucets; highly water efficient toilets; auto shut-off motion sensors in all baths, space saving tank-less water heaters, and built-in recycle bins, among many other features.
“The Citrus Walk community represents the culmination of years of work with the City of Covina to create a new brand of ‘walkable’ community within Covina’s downtown, offering the best of an in-town lifestyle,” said Steve Olson, Chairman/CEO of The Olson Company. “Located close to shops, restaurants, and MetroLink’s new San Bernardino Express line, Citrus Walk embraces and caters to active lifestyles.”
The Olson Company’s numerous successful urban living developments across Southern California over the last 22 years reflect its commitment to the homebuyer as top priority. With its notable homeowner satisfaction, The Olson Company has garnered prestigious Eliant Awards in six categories in 2010, including a number one ranking for the “Design Selection” experience, and second for delivering an incredible experience during the Purchase, Construction, and Customer Service phases, and ranked second for “Overall Quality” and “Sales from Referrals.” The Olson Company believes in “livability,” and implements a thoughtful and detail-oriented approach from concept through execution. As part of their unique approach to providing these communities, The Olson Company understands all that goes into buying a new home and provides tailored services to support the needs of homebuyers, such as financial education and continued support services.
The Citrus Walk sales center is located at 158 Clementine Court Covina, CA 91723. To learn more about Citrus Walk please visit CitrusWalk.com.
The Rio Walk sales center is located 945 S. Bluff Road Montebello, CA 90640. To learn more about Rio Walk please visit riowalkhomes.com.
About The Olson Company
Established in 1988, The Olson Company and the Olson Homes brand are nationally recognized for creating unique in-town neighborhoods in urban communities throughout California. Headquartered in Seal Beach, California, The Olson Company has successfully partnered with governmental agencies and private landowners to create innovative housing solutions designed to fulfill the lifestyle needs of today’s buyer. The company works diligently with community and neighborhood groups to build a high level of awareness and broad-range community consensus around its neighborhoods. The Olson Company was awarded the prestigious “Builder of the Year” award by Professional Builder Magazine and the National Association of Home Builders.
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Seattle Condos Sell For 90% Of The Original Price
Often times, it is true that every man’s dream to have his own house or condo. We all want to live in one of those luxury condos in the city. Unfortunately, our budget is too tight. Then, we often wonder what is the reasonable price to buy a condo for and how much less buyers could offer. Now, let’s look at the condos in Seattle.
According to the article, “Seattle condos sell for 10% less than listed”, Seattle condos sell 10% less than the original price and 5% less than the last list price on average. Now, you might think that the condo you purchase would lose its value. Don’t worry. Buyers could negotiate the best price for you. The list price varies depending on many factors such as the market environment, inventory level, competition with other buyers, time on market, and last but not least, how much you want to sell your place. In any case, the price value is pretty flexible.
Indeed, it is unlikely for buyers to reduce 20-30% from the list price. It’s possible. But it is very unlikely. Moreover, if your properties are bank-owned or short sale, you might get a great offer. Those great opportunities make up for 25% of all sales in Seattle Condos. Now, let’s search Seattle Condos for sale!!
July 28, 2011
Condo market sales up in Miami
The condo real estate market in Miami has been on the rise over the past year, but it has not been a result from US consumers. A recent boom in the Latin American economy in addition to new favorable exchange rates has brought a flock of foreigners into the US real estate market, and for some reason, to the beaches of Miami. Prior to this trend, US consumers that fueled the Miami condo market had used up to 100% leverage to finance their latest purchases. Recently all of Miami’s international real estate buyers have been paying in cash. 59% of closed sales in June 2011 were cash transactions. These cash transactions consisted of 39% sales in single-family homes and 73% sales in condominiums. This is not only helping to increase real estate sales, but is also allowing new condo projects to be put into action, as well as helping to finish older projects that have been put on hold due to insufficient funding. But people are asking: will this market keep growing? According to a group of analysts, if this trend continues, it looks like there will be a shortage of condos in Miami by the end of 2011. As was calculated in June, there was proof of a drastic increase in Miami’s year-over-year condo sale by 54%. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) also reported in March 2011 that the total number of international residential sales was up $16 billion dollars from 2010. The recent upward trend looks positive for the Miami real estate market and hopefully it will continue since this has proven to be the Miami’s first real break since the economic downfall.
July 16, 2011
Minto Communities Launches Harbour Isle on Anna Maria Sound on New Condos Online.
Located on Perico Island, Harbour Isle is a 686 home community that features a Southern coastal resort living architectural style with retreats and observatories for enjoying scenic views, premium standard features and decorative shake-tile roof and standing seam metal. Starting in the $320s for incredible resort style, waterfront living, Minto will offer 96 two- and three-story homes on the Eastern side of the property as part of its first neighborhood – Mangrove Walk on Harbour Isle.
“We’ve done a considerable amount of research and work to match the design of our homes and the resort feel of our community with what the buyer wants,” states Michael Belmont, president, Minto Communities. “We feel we have created a unique carefree, coastal lifestyle they will want to call home.
“The style we selected is unlike any we’ve seen in this market, which has lead realtors to embrace our design, approach and pricing. We’re excited to open our sales office at Harbour Isle on Anna Maria Sound.”
Within its first neighborhood, Minto will offer six floor plans ranging from 1,600 to 2,500 sq. ft. All homes are two-story (one level coach living over a two-car garage) with the option of an additional third story rooms that would increase the square footage by an additional 500 feet. All homes will be built to LEED standards and include ENERGY STAR® certified products.
A generous offering of premium standard features will be included, such as:
• 10’ tray ceilings • 18” ceramic floor tile • Complete GE® Energy Star® appliances • Covered screened lanais
• Dumbwaiter system from the garage to the main floor with elevators optional
Granite countertops in kitchen, baths and laundry rooms • Low-E double pane, insulated impact resistant windows • Upgraded wood kitchen cabinets
The exterior of the block-constructed homes will feature Hardy board with a stucco finish to enhance the coastal theme. Decorative cement shakes or metal will be used for the roof.
To preserve the lifestyle that personifies Southern coastal resort living, the first phase will offer its residents a gated entry, putting green, miles of walking trails to explore the nature within Harbour Isle, a gathering area and pool and a community kayak launch to explore the man-made one mile interior lake.
The Grand Beach club will be built in later phases along the shores of Anna Maria Sound as well as the 119-slip marina that will be located at the entrance of the community.
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July 7, 2011
REACH YOUR INVESTMENT AND LIFESTYLE OBJECTIVES
In this period of global recession, it is crucial make informed decisions. The Discovery Event in Nicaragua celebrates its fifth year as the must-attend event for the real estate industry in Nicaragua. More than 50 delegates will form partnerships, make deals and gain insight into the latest Latin American trends.
INTERACT WITH TOP INDUSTRY LEADERS
Meet and engage with government leaders, top international investors, developers and other high caliber professionals at the Discovery Event in Nicaragua. Find ways to drive your investment and lifestyle forward with the help and advice of expert advice and experience.
NAVIGATE THROUGH THIS TUMULTOUS MARKET
Find out how to take advantage of the current business climate and share strategies for success during the conference sessions. Gain insights into key topics such as Opportunities in the Current Economic Environment; Central American Real Estate Market and Where Investment & Development Still Rises.
MAKE EVERY MINUTE COUNT
The Discovery Event in Nicaragua provides a host of opportunities to network with industry leaders in a relaxed atmosphere. Whether at the Participants lounge, opening cocktail party, developer dinners or the closing night reception, use every minute to build relationships and interact with key players in the industry.
In periods of financial uncertainly, it is more important than ever to identify new investment opportunities and lifestyle choices. The Discovery Event in Nicaragua helps you do this by bringing together real estate industry leaders to exchange ideas and deliver insight into the latest trends and investment opportunities at this must-attend event.
The deadline for registration is October 15, 2011 and there are only 50 spaces available, so you’ll need to act now so you don’t miss out.
Unlike other conferences and seminars, which may cost $1,000 or more, the Discovery Event in Nicaragua is only $695 per person or $595 per person based on double occupancy.
RESERVE PRIOR TO AUGUST 30, 2011 AND RECEIVE A $150 DISCOUNT OFF THE REGISTRATION FEE
If you’re even remotely considering investing in Nicaragua, this could be the most valuable week you will ever experience, and I strongly urge you to attend.
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July 6, 2011
The Allure of a Tropical Island in Nicaragua
Take a moment to imagine what it would be like to live on a tropical island…
Actually take a second and visualize yourself in that paradise-like setting. Imagine waking every morning to the sound of gentle ocean waves lapping at the shore. Imagine relaxing in a hammock caressed by warm air, surrounded by palm trees. Imagine the feel of soft sand beneath your feet and diving into the cool and refreshing surf.
For many people, imagining this lifestyle is difficult because they assume that owing property on a tropical island would be out of reach.
But there is a special place, a truly unique and remarkable place, where this lifestyle is not only possible but also affordable.
Isla Mariana Beachfront Retreat, located on a pristine island off the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, features the absolute best in tropical island living. Located along 10.5 kilometers of private beach, Isla Mariana is the perfect place for the entire family. Where else can you find a protected marina—which is a rarity in the region, as well as a gently sloping beach that provides safe swimming for children?
Isla Mariana also features some of the best sport fishing in the country as well as surfing, sailing, nature hikes and more, all close to one of Nicaragua’s most well preserved colonial cities.
Ask Yourself This Question
After hearing all this, ask yourself this question: When you picture your future what does it look like?
Most can envision a future filled with luxury, mystery, exotic experiences, relaxation, romance and adventure. Does that sound familiar? If so, the question then becomes: What are you doing to bring this future to reality?
If you are lying low at home, tying to hold on to what you have while being deluged with negative reports from the media, this dream may seem more distant than ever. Fortunately, it does not have to be that way.
There is a Better Way
The good news is that Nicaragua can offer you this future now. You do not have to wait. Gone are the days of the 9 to 5 grind, cold winters, high prices and money concerns. Instead of worrying about sinking stock portfolios, those who have taken the leap into Nicaragua are seeing the value of their assets rise.
And there is still time to get in early because the prices in places like Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico and the Dominican Republic are substantially higher. In Nicaragua it is just beginning. For those who have experienced the recent financial malaise in North America, Nicaragua could be the answer you’ve been searching for.
After years of hard work, don’t you and your family deserve it? After all, what are you working for? Many people have actually forgotten why they are working. But now Isla Mariana brings it home. There is an amazing future waiting for you; one that you and your family deserve. Isla Mariana brings you the ultimate in Tropical Island living and places it within your reach logistically and financially.
Your Security Comes First
As we all know, no dream would be complete without safety and security. To that end, Grupo Mariana, the parent company of Isla Mariana, offers you an unparalleled level of safety and security, on a multitude of levels. From title insurance guaranteed by one of the world’s leading title insurance companies to stellar sales records and past performance to a world class team of professionals working on all aspects of the projects, to branding that is unrivaled in the region.
To top it all off, the founders of Grupo Mariana are extremely dedicated to improving the lives and livelihoods of the people of Nicaragua. Your investment with Grupo Mariana brings school supplies, sports supplies, medical supplies and more to the people of Nicaragua through Fundacion Grupo Mariana. Grupo Mariana’s 5% For Futures Program will build a school in Salinas Grandes. Salinas Grandes and develop educational programs to benefit the entire communities—children and adults alike.
Through Grupo Mariana you can live a life of leisure and adventure in the tropics while your investment grows rather than declines. Furthermore, you will be enjoying an unparalleled level of safety and security and you will be helping the community at the same time. It’s a winning situation on all levels.
The Ultimate in Tropical Living
If like most people, you are especially captivated by the notion of owning ocean front property on a genuine tropical island, Grupo Mariana can help you with that as well. Isla Mariana received a high volume of interest in its recent offerings. Fortunately there are still some home sites remaining with an excellent selection to choose from.
The home sites on offer at Isla Mariana are feet-in-sand beachfront home sites. These home sites are the cream of the crop, at prices that are unmatched. With the quality of the surf, the sand and the protected marina, we challenge you to find anything rivaling it in the region.
Isla Mariana Brings You Absolute Beachfront
As you will see, these home sites are located directly on the sand. It doesn’t get any closer or better. We think you’ll agree that the prices on offer for these absolute beachfront home sites are simply too good to pass up.
Nicaragua Luring Chinese Investment and Trade
NICARAGUA REACHES OUT TO CHINA WITH TRADE OFFICE IN BEIJING
In its ongoing drive to further energize its economy, Nicaragua recently opened a trade and investment office in China “to promote business opportunities and foster the development of economic relations between the two countries.” Chinese companies and investors have shown increasing interest in Central America, with the second annual ExpoChina show in Managua drawing over 50 Chinese representatives interested in trading electronics, automobiles, farming equipment, medical equipment, cell phones and energy technology. China reportedly is very interested in importing more Nicaraguan agricultural products, sugar, wood and leather goods.
The opening of the trade office in Beijing is in direct response to the growing involvement of China in Latin America, with investment topping $180 billion in 2010. This amount is projected to top $220 billion in 2011. The office is managed by the Nicaraguan Business Council for Economic and Trade Development with China (CEFECH is its Spanish acronym), which is presided over by Ajax Delgado. In his comments at the office’s opening, Delgado “showcased Nicaragua as an ideal destination for foreign direct investment due to factors such as the country’s strategic location in the center of the Americas, the sustained positive economic performance, the high levels of personal safety, the solid legal framework and the generous investment incentives.”
DIVERSIFYING TRADE MARKETS IS THE OBJECTIVE
The outreach to foreign investment is part of an ongoing effort by Nicaragua to diversify its trading markets and also attract more direct foreign investment. Nicaragua’s economic performance has been steadily improving in recent years, with the outlook extremely positive for 2011, according to recent data. The country’s exports increased by over 30% in 2010 and are expected to achieve that same level of growth this year. The Central Bank of Nicaragua reported the country’s exports to China rose by 121% in 2009, making it the fourth largest market in Asia at that time but still trailing other key trading partners. In terms of individual countries, the United States currently remains Nicaragua’s largest trading partner.Production for export has been one of the key drivers of Nicaragua’s overall economic growth in recent years. Traditional products such as coffee, meat and sugar continue to head the list of Nicaraguan exports, but increases have been seen in such nontraditional exports as apparel, bananas, gold, seafood and other agricultural products.
FOREIGN INVESTMENT CONTINUES TO GROW
Another very positive development for Nicaragua is the steady increase in foreign direct investment (FDI). The growth in exports is just one of the key areas that are expected to push FDI over $600 million in 2011, according to PRONicaragua, the country’s economic development organization and one of the supporters of the new China office. The push to attract more business from China could have a substantial impact since that country now has the world’s second-largest economy and a growing appetite for investment. In addition to trade opportunities, three key Nicaraguan projects are being promoted to interested Chinese investors: the Monkey Point deepwater port on the Caribbean coast, the Nicaraguan Interoceanic Pipeline development and the Coastal Highway construction.
DIRECT TRADE WITH CHINA MARKETS MAKES SENSE
Direct trade with China makes economic sense for Nicaragua. As Delgado noted in an interview with The Nica Times, it’s an important step for the country to develop more markets and lucrative trade relationships. “Right now we’re buying Chinese products through Panama, the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico,” Delgado explained. “But we want to buy directly from China.”
The opportunities appear lucrative, and certainly Chinese interest in Latin America is increasingly visible. Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping toured Latin America in early June and reiterated his country’s interest in stepping up investment and solidifying economic ties in the region. Nicaragua’s step forward with the new Beijing office promises potential for the future that can have a positive impact across the country as it continues to push ahead.