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The small market towns and the picture postcard villages in rolling countryside make owning a latest luxury home in East Sussex something further special. With its great road and rail links to the coast and to London, easy access to Gatwick airport and first-class schools, East Sussex is a well-liked destination for families looking for something special. Described as â€˜the cream of the crop’ by developers Ward Homes, Ashdown Place enjoys a stunning spot in the village of Five Ash Down, just outside the market town of Uckfield. These traditionally designed and built new homes comprise the luxury five-bedroom â€˜Crowborough’, a separate home over three floors. The large kitchen/breakfast room lies at the heart of this family home, and is fitted to the highest standards, with open views of the rear garden and separate utility room. A formal dining room and large lounge make this the wonderful home for entertaining. Five bedrooms are set over two floors, with two en suites, a family bathroom and further shower room.
Mayfield Grange, Mayfield, lies in the heart of the county, just fifteen minutes from Royal Tunbridge Wells, with fast road and rail links to London. Weston Homes has completely refurbished the 19th-century Great Hall at Mayfield Grange, creating a series of superb new homes set in 20 acres of grounds. Plot 5 is a two-bedroom, first-floor fully furnished show home, priced at Â£545,000. This unique luxury home comprises 20-feet master bedroom, with en suite and 22-foot second bedroom, both with en suite bathrooms featuring Roca sanitaryware and solid-oak cupboards. Across the hallway, a 600-sq-ft living room leads to a fitted kitchen including a full range of Smeg appliances, stone work surfaces and under-pelmet lighting for that extra luxury feel.
Berkeley Homes is offering luxury by the sea at its All Saints development. Another stunning refurbishment of an historic building set in manicured lawns and gardens, All Saints sits close to parkland leading to Beachy Head and near to the beaches and facilities of the thriving town of Eastbourne. A limited number of two-bedroom apartments are available with prices ranging from Â£275,000 to Â£375,000.
Plot 14 is a luxury apartment set over two floors. Accommodation includes an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area, large bathroom and upper floor master bedroom with en suite and study. Finished to the highest standards, and close to all amenities, All Saints makes the perfect home by the sea, or retirement home for those seeking to downsize, with a full concierge service, including laundry, taxi and chauffeur services, reading room and residents’ gym.
There is just one home left for sale at Emett Gardens in the sought-after village of Ditchling. Hillreed Homes is presenting a rare opportunity to purchase a high-specification new-build home in this charming location. There are just three homes at Emett Gardens and the remaining five-bedroom detached property, the â€˜Bromley’, exemplifies the attention to detail and uncompromising standards that have been applied at the development. The Â£1.2 million price tag secures a superbly designed, spacious home with ample reception rooms, two en suite bedrooms, an integral double garage and a large, secluded plot.
Crowborough is a busy market town with prosperous town centre, high street and regular farmers’ market. Two golf clubs and good local schooling and amenities make this a highly attractive area that is less than one hour by train from central London. Antler Homes is offering luxury living at Milne Square, Crowborough Hill, with prices from Â£417,950. Quality finishes are the hallmark of the â€˜Hatch’ four-bedroom detached house at Milne Square, which benefits from spacious rooms and offers a wow factor in the shape of a spectacular vaulted ceiling lantern in the open-plan kitchen/family area.
A large living room leads onto a good-size rear garden and a separate study and downstairs cloakroom add to the feeling of space. Four bedrooms are set over the first floor, and include two en suites, a family bathroom and built in wardrobes. Alongside the house, which is priced at Â£525,000, is a double garage with private drive way offering parking for two additional cars.
The veteran actor, 74, was last seen at the property, in the ski resort area, with daughter Lorraine over Christmas.
According to Realtor.com, the estate was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1987, boasts of five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and overlooks Hallam Lake in Aspen’s West End, the Daily Mail reported.
The green gabled home is known as Newberry House and was built in 1895 for one of Aspen’s early residents, William Shaw.
The 5,790 square foot property has a 2 1/2-story wood frame, and a large veranda, and boasts of a vernacular interpretation of the Shingle style and an unusual carriage house which was incorporated into the overall design of the home.
The remainder of an unfinished housing estate at Woodlands Park, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan, is to be auctioned off by property-agents Allsop Space in Dublin.
Three vacant houses and four acres of land on the part finished, half occupied estate are being sold as one lot with a reserve price of â‚¬40,000 (Â£33,000). The site has planning permission for 31 townhouses.
There are earlier 38 finished houses sold in the original part of the development.
Former housing minister Willie Penrose, who has advocated the fire sale of ghost estates, welcomed the move last night, saying: â€˜I hope that like an acorn seed, this idea will grow and bring trust to thousands of families trapped on unfinished housing estates.â€™
The three properties, which at their peak were selling for â‚¬220,000 (Â£181,000), are four-bedroom townhouses. Two are semi-detached and one is detached. Though externally complete, they need kitchen, utility and bathroom fittings.
He said: â€˜Obviously, weâ€™re wary that even with a reserve price of â‚¬40,000, thereâ€™s still a lot of work to be done on this lot… It may suit a developer or interested buyer who might have plans more down the line to finish off the estate.â€™
It is one of 106 lots for auction at the Shelbourne Hotel on May 3. Also for sale, with a reserve of â‚¬515,000 (Â£425,000), is the 43-bedroom Darby Oâ€™Gills Hotel, about 4km outside Killarney. Weirs Pub on Lower Georgeâ€™s Street, DÃºn Laoghaire, has a reserve of â‚¬450,000 (Â£372,000). The Bank pub,Â Oâ€™Connell Street, Limerick, has a reserve of â‚¬395,000 (Â£326,000); the Coolgreaney Inn near Gorey, Co. Wexford is on offer for â‚¬220,000 (Â£181,000); and Shorttâ€™s Bar and Crystal Nightclub in Waterford has reserve price of â‚¬495,000 (Â£409,000).
The prices exemplify the horrendous state of the Irish property market.
Only last week, MailOnline ran a story about a five bedroom property in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, which was bought for â‚¬3.3million (Â£2.7m) for the period of a fierce bidding battle at the height of the property boom.
But currently, following a disastrous period for the country’s economy, the property is on the market for just â‚¬395,000 (Â£325,500).
The 4,080 sq ft house had been purchased in 2006 by developerâ€™s aim on building a 60-bed nursing home.
That was little shock in light of a survey earlier this year which consider the performance of the world’s mainstream housing markets placed Ireland firmly at the bottom.
While at the end of last month, new data from the Central Statistics Office exposed that residential property prices fell by almost 18 per cent in the year to February.
The property crash has lead in more than 1,600 ghost estates across Ireland.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny is at present implementing huge budget cuts to get the country back on track after it was forced to accept a Â£70bn bailout from the EU – signalling once and for all the end of the Celtic Tiger boom years.
Currently faced with the threat of home foreclosure? Well, if this is the case then you would be very glad to know that there are a few ways of preventing this from continuing. At the moment, you have two very viable solutions. The first of which is to negotiate with your lender and figure out if there is a way of delaying the procedure or completely stopping it. Most of the time, being very honest about your current financial situation helps. However, if this doesnâ€™t work then you can always take out a stop foreclosure loan from your local bank. Doing so would provide you with the money that you need in order to pay off your mortgage and stop the foreclosure sale on your home. Do keep in mind, however, that there are certain requirements that must be met before you qualify for this type of loan. But what happens if none of the above mentioned works for you? What options do you have then? In such cases, you might want to turn to your government help to stop foreclosure.
To help you understand better, here are four things that you ought to know about.
1. Mortgage Modification Program â€“ This plan was introduced by President Obamaâ€™s office and was also recent revamped in order to accommodate a more efficient processing and approval system. This would basically homeowners to make changes when it comes to the terms and conditions as well as interest rates of their current mortgage loans together with their lenders as a way of making them more affordable and flexible. Before the modification, this was rather difficult to apply for but with all the changes made, youâ€™ll find it much easier nowadays.
2. Financial Assistance â€“ Were you aware that the government has actually initiated programs through its various agencies that would provide people with financial assistance if they are currently facing home foreclosure? A good example of such programs would be the FHA Secure Refinance Program. Even though it is fairly new, it would actually allow homeowners to change their Adjustable Rate Mortgage to a Fixed Rate Loan. More information can be found online by visiting the Department of Housing and Urban Development Website.
3. Project Lifeline â€“ This is a program which was created by the federal government as a means of assisting homeowners who are currently overcome by complications from their mortgage troubles including home foreclosure. Basically, project lifeline would actually buy you time to sort out your finances and think about your next move. How are they going to do that? Well, they would negotiate the postponement of any foreclosure proceedings against you. This way, you can have a good think and formulate a good plan.
4. Counseling â€“ The government also offers counseling for individuals and families who might be suffering from the mental effects that going through a foreclosure can cause. After all, when it comes to these things, you want to remain as stable as you can in order to get through the ordeal.
So there you have it, just a few ways through which the government help to stop foreclosure.
Under the deal, the investors would have to rent out the properties they buy from Fannie and not sell them for several years, the Journal said.
The sale consists of 2,500 homes divided into eight regional pools that have a current market value of $320 million, and the bids are due by mid-April, the Journal said, citing an offering document prepared by Fannie’s adviser Credit Suisse.
Officials are looking to complete the first transactions by late May, the Journal said.
The Journal named New York based broker dealer Amherst Securities Group and a fund run by mortgage-bond pioneer Lewis Ranieri as interested bidders. Hedge fund manager Paulson & Co and private-equity investors Colony Capital LLC are also considering bids, the Journal said.
Spokesmen for Fannie Mae and Credit Suisse declined to comment to the Wall Street Journal on the sale.
“They are not expensive housing loans due to high interest rates; [it is] because of the obscene price per square meter,” Association of Serbian Banks general secretary Veroljub Dugalic told SETimes.
Per square meter, the average cost of an apartment in Belgrade is 2,000 euros. For an apartment offering 70 square meters, a 20-year loan installments without interest — is over 500 euros per month.
“We need an apartment, but my wife and I do not dare take [a loan] because the euro is more expensive in Serbia,” Darko Lakitic of Belgrade told SETimes. He is a young doctor, with a monthly salary of 550 euros.
Interest rates on housing loans in the euro range are between 4% – 8% annually, while the banks argue that there are no conditions to lower them. Loans in local currency are available through the Societe Generale Bank, but the interest rate is 17.63%.
Serbia lacks 20,000 to 30,000 new apartments per year, but builds less than 10,000. Minister for Planning, Environment and Mining Oliver Dulic has described the situation as disastrous for the construction and building materials industry. He blames this lack of residential construction on the National Bank of Serbia, which has tightened lending, forcing buyers to put 20% down of the total amount of loan in cash, rather than 10% as before.
“The sale of apartments has been reduced by nearly 30%,” Dulic told SETimes.
Since the middle of last year, the number of commercial mortgage loans approved has plunged by 15.3%. Before this credit crunch, about 1,000 apartments were selling per year in small towns. In contrast, across all of Serbia last year, there were only about 2,000 contracts.
To help the construction industry, the government adopted a decree on relief for the purchase of subsidised housing, offering a lower interest rate to everyone, including couples over the age of 45. Before, only 20-year mortgages were available. Now, 30-year terms are available.
“While property prices in the world fell more than 50% because of the crisis, in Serbia, despite falling sales, vendors do not want to give up their profits,” economic analyst Radojka Nikolic told SETimes.
Comparisons show that in Zagreb and Ljubljana, the average salary requires a potential homeowner to work ten years to buy an apartment of 60 square meters. In Serbia, that same person would take 20 years.
Apartment sales are off in Croatia as well, but for a different reason, a glut of available homes. There are nearly 50,000 dwellings built, for which there are no customers. Croatia enjoyed a construction boom in recent years, but the economic crisis took a toll on customersâ€™ savings. So in the last three years, prices have skidded more than 15%, and it is estimated that they will fall further over the next five years. In Zagreb, the price per square meter has dropped from 2,050 euros to 1,750.
EU membership in 2013 may attract some buyers, but not enough. “It will be interested foreigners, but they certainly will not buy all the apartments that are now empty and losing value,” Vjekoslav Dolac, a construction company owner from Dubrovnik, told SETimes.
In Montenegro, apartment sales are virtually flat. Prices are lower by up to 30%, compared to the “golden” year of 2007, when a wave of Russian buyers swooped in. Five years later, there are no more foreign buyers, and for locals, the prices are too high.
The government initiated a campaign “1.000 plus” to address the housing problems of young people, but interest has been low. The number of new apartments sold is down by more than 60%. Buyers simply donâ€™t have the money, even for an average price of 1,200 euros per square meter.
“Weâ€™re selling an apartment of 68 square meters for 70,000 euros, but havenâ€™t had a customer in nine months,” Podgorica resident Smiljana Dedic told SETimes. Her family bought their home four years ago for 83,000 euros, but is forced to sell it now because Dedic lost her job.
A marketing plan is your road map to get from where you are to where you want to be. If you havenâ€™t taken the time to put one together for your real estate business, consider taking a few minutes today to draw one up. A marketing plan will help you focus on your most critical tasks to grow your business while saving you time and money. Here are six easy steps for creating your marketing strategy.
1) Review your business. What were your key metrics for last year (sales commissions, listings taken, listings sold, number of clients, etc)? What were your successes? What do you want to improve?
2) Decide where you want to be. What do you want to accomplish over the next year? Based on last yearâ€™s performance, what key metrics do you want to hit? Be specific. How much will you make? How often will you work? What types of clients do you want to attract?
3) Review your performance. Which marketing activities are bringing in business? Which are a waste of money and can be cut out? What marketing activities should you invest in, such as publishing a monthly newsletter, developing your online marketing strategy, or doing more business networking?
4) Select your marketing tactics. It can take seven to ten contacts with someone before they hire you. Plan for it. What is the step-by-step process you will implement to convert a complete stranger into a paying client? What marketing tactics will you use to:
* Market to strangers: How will you attract the attention of those people who have never heard of you?
* Market to suspects: How will you follow up with people who have opted in to receive more information but you havenâ€™t yet talked with one-on-one?
* Market to prospects: How will you sell your services to those who contact you?
5) Schedule your activities. Now that you know what needs to be done, schedule your activities in your calendar. What activities will you do each week? For instance:
* Strangers â€“ Run weekly classified ads.
* Suspects â€“ Publish a weekly email newsletter.
* Prospects â€“ Follow up with phone calls, mailed letters and emails.
* Clients/Past Clients â€“ Take a past client out for coffee each week.
* Referral Network â€“ Subscribe to blogs, newsletters, and social media channels where colleagues interact. Each day, post a new comment on someoneâ€™s blog or engage with them on Twitter/Facebook.
6) Schedule a monthly review. Block off a few hours each month to review your marketing calendar and your goals. Are you hitting your targets? What is or isnâ€™t working? What do you need to modify to achieve your goals?
As a political bloc in Finland pushes for a federal bill to limit the purchase of real estate to Finns and other European Union citizens, Russians wanting to buy property in their northern neighbor are facing a cold gust of Nordic air.
Though both precedent and political sentiment in Finland give the bill little chance of becoming law, the proposal suggests mixed feelings about Russians, who in 2010 bought more than 400 properties in Finland for a total of 56 million euros ($75 million).
The bill, spearheaded by the Center Party, a bloc that makes up about 18 percent of Finland’s parliament, makes the case for EU-only real estate ownership by citing national security and heritage. It was drafted in November and introduced to parliament this month.
There is little doubt that it’s targeted at Russians, as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland, which aren’t EU nations, are exempted, while Russia, other CIS countries and the countries of the former Yugoslavia would be affected.
Pertti Salolainen, vice chairman of the Finnish parliament’s foreign affairs committee and a member of the National Coalition Party, told The Moscow Times that his party isn’t backing the proposed legislation. The country’s new president, to be sworn in March 1, is a National Coalition member.
“We think that it’s a good thing that there are more Russians buying in Finland,” he said in a telephone interview Friday.
News articles in Helsingin Sanomat, a Finnish publication owned by the same company as The Moscow Times, have commented on Russians who “bring revenue to eastern Finland but also arouse suspicions,” as one headline read. According to Salolainen, Russian purchases of homes have raised speculation about money laundering, while at the same time improved the economics of Finland’s east, which had experienced an exodus of Finns.
According to 2010 figures from Finland’s National Land Survey, Russians bought 413 properties in Finland that year, with more than 300 of those purchases concentrated in two regions. There were about 400 properties picked up by Russians in 2009 and 780 properties in 2008, the Land Survey’s Mervi Laitinen said by e-mail.
Though Salolainen’s National Coalition Party doesn’t like the anti-foreigner sentiment in the bill, it does have its own concerns with Russian-Finnish real estate: It wants the Russian government to give Finland “reciprocity” by allowing Finns to buy property close to home.
Since January 2011, when President Dmitry Medvedev banned foreigners from acquiring land in the republic of Karelia and other northwest border areas, Finns have been prohibited from owning property in some of the territories nearest to them.
“We don’t think that [such] large border zones are necessary,” Salolainen said, referring to the buffer that Russia has effectively established between it and Finland.
Finland’s dominant party also wants Russia to make its land registry more transparent, so that it will be easier to determine if Finns can acquire a given property, Salolainen said.
The property long known as the location of Tomâ€™s Dinner, which more recently went through a remodel and branding to Pennyâ€™s Diner, is on the market.
A marketing flyer for the property lists both the diner location and a neighboring night club also owned by diner owner Penny Folino at 1719 and 1721 Carson Street as available for $1.6 million.
The sale includes a liquor license and two neighboring restaurant equipped storefronts that offer a total of 40 feet or frontage on a busy stretch of Carson Street. Jared Imperatore and J.R. Yocco of Grant Street Associates are representing the property.
Imperatore emphasized that the remaining business continues to operate through the sales process but not as Pennyâ€™s Diner. Folino wants to sell the property in order to pursue other ventures, added Imperatore, who expects the place in the 1700 block of Carson Street to generate plenty of interest.
â€œThat stretch between Nakama and Fatheadâ€™s is the best retail place on Carson Street,â€ he said.
Aaron Sukenik, the business district manager for the South Side Local Development Co., said the plan to sell marks the end of a long-popular breakfast spot on the South Side, where Tomâ€™s Diner had a long run before recently being converted to Pennyâ€™s Diner.
The neighborhood only has a few other places that serve a breakfast customer, he added, noting Caffe Davio, Oâ€™Learyâ€™s and Brueggerâ€™s Bagels as examples.
â€œItâ€™s disappointing because she has a pretty long standing legacy with Tomâ€™s Diner,â€ he said.