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Miami Home Sales Break Record in 2011

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Miami home sales set a new record in 2011, exceeding transaction levels during the height of the real estate boom in 2005, according to the 26,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (SEFMLS). Total 2011 sales, including both condominiums and single-family homes, in Miami-Dade County were 24,929, up four percent from the 24,025 in 2005 and 46 percent from 17,068 in 2010. Year-end closed sales of condominiums surged 54 percent, from 9,760 in 2010 to 15,009 in 2011. Total single-family home sales increased 36 percent from 7,308 in 2010 to 9,920 in 2011.
The sales of existing single-family homes in the Miami Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) rose 16 percent in December, from 734 to 734, compared to December 2010. Sales of condominiums increased 22 percent, from 985 to 1,200, compared to December 2010.Statewide sales dropped two percent to 6,836 for condominiums and two percent for single-family homes to 15,290. Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops rose five percent from November and were 3.6 percent higher than they were in December 2010, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
In the Miami MSA, the median sales price of condominiums in December spiked 31 percent to $129,900 from a year earlier. The median sales price of single-family homes jumped 16 percent to $182,300. Statewide median sales prices in December increased four percent to $91,900 for condominiums and one percent to $134,300 for single-family homes. The national medianexisting-home price for all housing types was $164,500 in December, a 2.5 percent drop from December 2010. The year-end median sales price dropped nine percent for single-family homes and three percent for condominiums when comparing 2011 to 2010. In December, the average sales price for single-family homes in Miami-Dade County increased 8.3 percent, from $302,098 in 2010 to $327,060 in 2011. The average sales prices for condominiums jumped 21.5 percent, from $223,962 to $272,186.
The inventory of residential listings in Miami-Dade County dropped 39 percent from 24,278 in to 14,087 over the last year. Compared to last month, the total inventory of homes dropped eight percent. Currently, there is a 4.9-month supply of condominium inventory and a 5.8-month supply of single-family homes in Miami-Dade County, reflecting a very healthy marketplace. Total housing inventory nationally fell 9.2 percent at the end of December.
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating more than 90 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of four organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, and the International Council, it represents more than 26,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local association in the National Association of Realtors, and has partnerships with more than 100 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

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Zebrano Rattan Shows all Round Vision With 360° Images

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 gennaio 2012

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Aylesbury, England Zebrano are set to become the UK’s premier online specialists in rattan garden furniture with their new look website http://www.rattanfurnitureuk.co.uk. The Zebrano website winter upgrade now includes industry leading photography. The new photography enables the customer to view their products with a 360 degree rotating image. The aim is to give customers every possible angle of the products to help make a better informed decision.A spokesman at Zebrano said. “We find our customers want to see every angle of the furniture to fully appreciate what it is they are buying. Often on the internet you are not fully sure what you are purchasing as the image is static and flat. We wanted to ensure that you could view the product online as clearly as if you visited our showroom.”So far the new images have been well received and it certainly adds to the overall buying experience. Zebrano have also expanded there blog http://www.rattanfurnitureuk.co.uk/blog to have a questions and answers section. Again this is intended to give the online customers the chance to get there questions answered without the need for a phone call or a visit to the showroom.With busy lifestyles and ever expanding internet availability consumers want the option to surf their chosen site and get all their questions answered without the need to talk to sales staff or physically see the product. Zebrano have embraced this interactive customer experience and intend to expand and update their website with new mobile apps available soon.

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New Breed of European Shoppers Outpacing USA in Use of Technology

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London. A new breed of ‘Xtreme shoppers’ has been identified, amongst whom the European ones are outpacing their American counterparts when it comes to use of technology for shopping. Over nine out of ten European Xtreme shoppers (95 per cent) like to research products online, compared to just over six out of ten of the American Xtreme shoppers (66 per cent). This is despite a higher percentage of the US shoppers agreeing that shopping online is more efficient (90 per cent and 80 per cent respectively).These are the findings of a recent study by GfK into the Future of Shopper Marketing, which was carried out across the France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Spain, the UK and the USA. Alison Chaltas at GfK explains, “Xtreme shoppers are a new segment of consumers defined by their specific shopping attitudes and behaviours across all demographic groups. They are present across all seven of the countries in this study, accounting for over two out of five of the European consumers, and just under that in the US. More importantly, they appear to be a rapidly expanding segment that is largely made up of 25-44 year olds in full time employment – a prime target group for many retailers.” Born out of the combination of a belt-tightening economy and readily available technology, Xtreme shoppers show increasing levels of value-oriented shopping behaviour. The European ones are currently leading the way in use of the internet for researching and buying products, with three-quarters saying they are using the internet more than before to research products (75 per cent), compared to just over two-thirds of US Xtremes (68 per cent). Direct buying over the web is also increasing amongst this segment – with the European contingent leading the way here too, with seven out of ten using the internet more than before to shop for products (70 per cent). In Poland and the UK, in particular, three quarters or more Xtremes are increasing their use of the internet to purchase products, while the US tails the chart alongside Spain at 62 per cent – but well ahead of Germany at 52 per cent. Chaltas states, “There is clear indication that the trends we are seeing are set to rise, with the Xtreme shopper segment increasingly adopting their mobile phones and tablets to help them shop. This is especially strong in Russia and Spain, where a third of shoppers are using their mobiles more than ever to shop

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Screwfix Kicks off 2012 With New Catalogue Launch

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Yeovil, England, With its 200th store launch this month, 2012 set to be a big year for Screwfix, and kicking off the year as it means to go on, the leading multi-channel trade supplier has launched the latest edition of its coveted catalogue. Available for busy tradesmen on the move to conveniently pick up from one of the existing Screwfix branches nationwide or one of the 14 brand new branches scheduled to open this month, the new catalogue is the first of many exciting Screwfix launches in 2012.Whether you’re buying products for your latest project, or just looking to find some great deals, the Screwfix catalogue, which is packed full of firm favourites, is available from your nearest trade counter and is the essential ‘tool’ for any tradesman who want convenience from their trade supplier.The eagerly anticipated first catalogue of the year features over 500 new products which have been added to Screwfix’s already extensive range, ensuring tradesmen have all the tools needed for the job in hand. Exclusive power tool brand Erbauer has extended its range by adding a selection of new and improved power tools and accessories, incorporating enhanced specifications and design, all available at prices that don’t break the bank.Also featured in the catalogue, are hand tools from Stanley and professional plumbing tools from Rothenberger. The Screwfix lighting range now includes new products from LAP with highly efficient commercial batten lamps and holders, as well as LED domestic kitchen downlighters.Tradesmen looking to put their customer’s safety first in the New Year will find a significant selection of the latest security brands added to the catalogue, such as top-of the-range products from Swann and Tate.With the added bonus of Screwfix’s click, pay and collect service, customers are able to order their selected products online or by phone and pick up their items within 15 minutes of placing the order at their nearest trade counter. And with more trade counters opening around the UK throughout January, customers won’t have to travel far to get their trade essentials.
About Screwfix: Recognised as being “where the trade buys” and promising a fast, reliable service, Screwfix is the UK’s leading multi-channel supplier of thousands of high quality screws, fixings, hand tools, power tools, plumbing and electrical supplies. Combining trade prices and a massive range of leading brand name items, Screwfix offers over 18,000 products and is fully committed to customer care and support.

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Hungary: it’s time to act and abide by EU rules and values

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 gennaio 2012

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Concerns about the fate of democracy, freedom and the rule of law in Hungary were voiced by many MEPs in a heated debate with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Commission President José Manuel Barroso on Wednesday. The decision to start legal action against Hungary over the compatibility of its new laws with EU rules was welcomed by a majority, but some MEPs felt that this did not go far enough, and called for a “fundamental rights check”.”Let me be absolutely clear: all Member States must comply with the rules of the Treaty. This goes for Hungary as it goes for any other Member State”, said Danish Minister for European Affairs, Nicolai Wammen, speaking on behalf of the Council.The Danish presidency supports the Commission’s role as guardian of the treaties and welcomes its legal assessment, the minister said. “This is the basis on which the next steps should be taken” and “we expect Hungary to comply with EU treaties and laws”, he concluded. Mr Orbán thanked Parliament, as the “home and heart of democracy”, for enabling him to report first-hand on Hungary’s experience. In 2010, Hungary had been “on the brink of economic collapse” he said, with many people living off state funds and paramilitary groups taking to the streets. Wholesale reforms, in line with EU values and principles, were urgently needed to reduce public debt, get the paramilitaries off the streets, and protect all minorities, he said, citing structural reforms in local government, the judiciary, education and health care, pensions and welfare. The sheer scope of these reforms meant they were bound to give rise to debate. However, the issues raised by the Commission had nothing to do with constitution as such, but merely with transitional provisions, which should be relatively straightforward to rectify, he said, urging MEPs to “please support transition and transformation” in Hungary.
Hungarian citizens elected Mr Orbán by a large majority in 2010 “with a clear mandate: cut ties with all the political trends from the past and reform the country”, the last Eastern European country to have kept “a Stalinist constitution”, said Joseph Daul (EPP, FR). Although the new laws were adopted by an elected parliament, there are, however, concerns as to their compatibility with EU law, he continued.

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Nato Commander meets Chinese Counterpart in Gulf of Aden

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Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Commander of the NATO Counter Piracy Mission Operation Ocean Shield, met with his Chinese counterpart Rear Admiral LI Shihong. They paid reciprocal visits to each others’ flagships on the same day while the Chinese Task Group ships were escorting a convoy and the NATO flagship, TCG Giresun was patrolling through the Gulf of Aden. During these warm and constructive meetings both Commanders had an opportunity to share information and experiences about their counter piracy operations, learn more of each other’s capabilities and also discuss matters of mutual concern in how to tackle piracy. Speaking about the visits, Rear Admiral Sinan Azmi TOSUN stated “the Chinese Navy has supported the counter piracy efforts by providing escorts to merchant vessels passing through the region in cooperation with other navies. These escort missions support provided by other actors in theatre allow NATO maritime forces to fight against piracy in different ways such as intercepting any upcoming threat to the maritime community which increase the effectiveness of our mutual efforts. We both expressed our determination to improve the cooperation between NATO and Chinese units.

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Concerto nella Cappella Paolina e cambio della Guardia d’Onore al Quirinale

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Roma 22 gennaio 2012 nel corso dell’apertura al pubblico del Palazzo del Quirinale, si svolgerà alle ore 11.50 nella Cappella Paolina un concerto di Giovanna Carone, voce e Mirko Signorile, pianoforte, dal titolo: Betàm Soul.L’anima del canto yiddish Il concerto sarà trasmesso in diretta da Rai Radio 3.Nel pomeriggio alle ore 16.00 si terrà il tradizionale cambio della Guardia d’Onore al Palazzo del Quirinale, al termine del quale la Fanfara dei Carabinieri eseguirà un concerto di cui si indica il programma:A. Vessella: Vecchia Marcia;J. P. Sousa: Semper Fidelis;J. Cantico: La Gallega;V. Borgia: Speroni e Sciabole;L. Cirenei: La Fedelissima

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