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Miami Residential Sales, Prices Continue Upward Trend in March

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2015

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaThe Miami real estate market, one of the most popular in the nation with international and domestic buyers, continued to gain momentum in March, as single-family home transactions registered double-digit growth year-over-year and existing condominium sales rose despite an increase in new condo construction, according to a new report by the 35,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
Single-family home transactions — which set an all-time Miami annual record in 2014 — increased 10 percent year-over-year in March 2015, from 1,129 to 1,242. Existing condominium sales — which posted the second best year in Miami history last year— rose 4.2 percent from 1,413 in March of last year to 1,472 last month. Combined, Miami-Dade County residential real estate sales increased 6.8 percent to 2,714 last month compared to 2,542 a year ago.Single-family home prices, which again increased in March, remain at affordable 2004 levels despite more than four years of consistent year-over-year increases. Condo prices also increased in March 2015, marking 45 months of growth in the last 46 months. The median sale price for single-family homes increased 10.6 percent, up to $260,000 in March 2015 from $235,000 in March 2014. The average sale price for single-family homes increased 3.2 percent to $473,677 last month from $459,102 during the same time period last year.The median sale price for condominiums surged 7.5 percent in March to $215,000 from $200,000 a year ago. The average sale price for condos increased 5.8 percent to $398,994 from $377,290 in March 2014.
Miami single-family homes and condominiums continue to sell close to asking price, reflecting a strong consumer demand. The median number of days on the market for single-family homes sold in March 2015 was 54 days, an increase of 14.9 percent compared to the same period in 2014. The average percent of original list price received was 94.6 percent, down a negligible 0.3 percent from a year earlier.The median number of days on the market for condominiums sold in March 2015 was 60 days, an increase of 1.7 percent compared to the same period in 2014. The average percent of original list price received was 93.5 percent, a 0.7 percent decrease.Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops increased 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million in March from 4.89 million in February—the highest annual rate since September 2013 (also 5.19 million), according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). National sales have increased year-over-year for six consecutive months and are now 10.4 percent above a year ago, the highest annual increase since August 2013 (10.7 percent).Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 24,811 last month, up 24.6 percent over March 2014, according to Florida Realtors. Statewide sales of condominiums totaled 11,083 last month, up 13.7 percent compared to March 2014.The national median existing-home price for all housing types in March was $212,100, which is 7.8 percent above March 2014. This marks the 37th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains and the largest since February 2014 (8.8 percent), according to NAR.The statewide median sale price for single-family existing homes last month was $190,000, up 9.2 percent from the previous year, according to Florida Realtors. The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties in March was $152,000, up 8.6 percent over the year-ago figure.Cash deals represented 54.2 percent of Miami’s total closed sales in March 2015, down from 60.5 percent in March 2014. Nationally, just 24 percent of all national housing transactions are made in cash. Since 82 percent of foreign buyers in Florida purchase properties all cash, Miami’s high percentage of cash buyers continues to reflect South Florida’s ability to attract international buyers.Condominiums comprise a large portion of Miami’s cash purchases as 67.3 percent of condo closings were made in cash in March compared to 38.6 percent of single-family home sales.Short sales and REOs accounted for 5.6 percent and 22.4 percent, respectively, of total Miami sales in March. Short sale transactions decreased 42.6 percent year-over-year while REOs increased 13 percent. Nationally, distressed sales were 10 percent of sales in March, down from 14 percent a year ago.Seller confidence continues to result in more properties being listed in Miami. Active listings at the end of March increased 8.2 percent year-over-year, from 16,879 to 18,266. Active listings remain about 60 percent below 2008 levels when sales bottomed. Inventory of single-family homes increased 0.4 percent from 6,074 active listings last year to 6,096 last month. Condominium inventory increased 12.6 percent to 12,170 from 10,805 listings during the same period in 2014.At the current sales pace, there is a 5.3-month supply of Miami single-family homes, a decrease of 4.8 percent from 5.6 months in March 2014. There is a 9.0-month supply of condominium inventory, up from 7.5 months in March 2014, an increase of 18.8 percent. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six and nine months supply of inventory.New listings of Miami single-family homes increased 3.1 percent from 2,090 in March of last year to 2,155 last month. New condominium listings increased 6.0 percent to 3,228 last month, compared to 3,045 during the same time period in 2014.
Nationally, total housing inventory at the end of March climbed 5.3 percent to 2.00 million existing homes available for sale, and is now 2.0 percent above a year ago (1.96 million). Unsold national inventory is at a 4.6-month supply at the current sales pace. Strong sales in the preconstruction condominium Miami market east of Interstate 95 continue to reflect significant demand for new properties, according to the latest New Construction Market Status Report released by Cranespotters.com and MIAMI.
Since 2011, 12 towers with 1,771 units have been completed in Miami-Dade County east of I-95. There are 73 towers with 9,588 units under construction in Miami east of I-95, according to Cranespotters.com and MIAMI’s April 20 report. About 74 towers with 11,354 units are planned, but have not begun development. There are also 56 towers with 8,978 units that have been proposed in Miami east of I-95.
Overall in Miami-Dade County, developers have announced 215 towers with 31,691 units since 2011. Of the above projects in Miami-Dade:
▪101 projects with 117 towers comprising 17,043 units are currently selling.
▪70 percent of units have been sold.
▪The mean minimum price per square foot of these units is $952, compared to $907 last month.
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 95 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of five organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, the YPN Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents more than 35,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S., and has official partnerships with more than 125 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

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International Committee of the Red Cross, World Jewish Congress to hold commemorative event drawing lessons from Holocaust

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2015

ginevraGENEVA the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) will host a commemorative event in Geneva, Switzerland on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps. The conference “Remembering the Shoah: The ICRC and the International Community’s Efforts in Responding to Genocide and Protecting Civilians” will provide a forward-looking perspective on the international community’s efforts to protect civilians and prevent atrocities.Ahead of the gathering, an exhibition about the ICRC during the Holocaust, showcasing relevant material from the ICRC archives, will be opened at the Humanitarium in Geneva.Following will be speeches by ICRC President Peter Maurer and WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, and a panel discussion moderated by WJC CEO Robert Singer and including President Maurer, the American Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt and the Canadian physician, writer, and humanitarian activist James Orbinski. The event will be attended by senior members of Geneva’s diplomatic corps and reflect on the international community’s failure to respond vigorously to the Nazi mass murder of Jews during World War II.“We hope that this important conference will allow us to learn from the past and help ensure that humanitarian organizations such as the ICRC can fulfill their critical role in preventing genocide from ever happening again,” declared WJC President Lauder.
The conference will also reflect on how legal and political tools to respond to large-scale killings have developed since the Holocaust.During World War II, the ICRC, headquartered in Geneva, was the principal humanitarian institution maintaining communications with both the Allied and Axis powers. While the ICRC did provide assistance and protection to allied prisoners of war held by Nazi Germany, it could not do the same for Jewish deportees as Berlin refused all humanitarian requests to help Jewish victims. At the same time, the ICRC did not publicly denounce the deportation of Jews to concentration camps. In 1995, the then-president of the ICRC, Cornelio Sommaruga, apologized, stating: “Our failure to speak out at that time was a moral defeat.”
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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Joint Statement on Mediterranean Crossings

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2015

Onu palaceUN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration and Development Peter Sutherland, and Director-General of the International Organization for Migration William Lacy Swing. A tragedy of epic proportions is unfolding in the Mediterranean. We, the undersigned, strongly urge European leaders to put human life, rights, and dignity first today when agreeing upon a common response to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.The European Union is founded on the fundamental principles of humanity, solidarity and respect for human rights. We urge EU Member States to demonstrate moral and political leadership in adopting a holistic and forward-looking action plan centred upon these values.The European Union response needs to go beyond the present minimalist approach in the 10 Point Plan on Migration, announced by the EU on Monday, which focuses primarily on stemming the arrival of migrants and refugees on its shores. As a paramount principle, the safety, protection needs, and human rights of all migrants and refugees should be at the forefront of the EU response. EU leaders must look beyond the present situation and work closely with transit and origin countries both to alleviate the immediate plight of migrants and refugees and address in a more comprehensive way the many factors that drive them to resort to such desperate journeys by sea. Enforcement alone will not solve the issue of irregular migration, but could increase the risks and abuse faced by migrants and refugees.We would therefore encourage bold, collective action to expand the range of measures under consideration to include:Setting in place a State-led, robust, proactive, and well-resourced search-and-rescue operation, urgently and without delay, with a capacity similar to Mare Nostrum and a clear mission to save lives.
Creating sufficient channels for safe and regular migration, including for low-skilled migrant workers and individuals in need of family reunification, and access to protection where needed, as safe alternatives to resorting to smugglers.
Making a firm commitment to receive significantly higher numbers of refugees through EU-wide resettlement, in addition to current quotas, and on a scale which will make a real impact, combined with other legal means for refugees to reach safety.
Bolstering arrangements to support those countries receiving the most arrivals (Italy, Malta, and Greece) and to distribute responsibility more equitably across the European Union for saving lives and protecting all those in need. Combatting racist and xenophobic rhetoric vilifying migrants and refugees.

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Frost & Sullivan Customer Contact Visionaries Herald Next-Generation Innovations

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2015

Copenhagen-docks. Frost & Sullivan is pleased to announce that Ann Mari Dalon, Quality to Customer Director, Europcar; Ray Biggs, Head of Customer Contact, Sainsburys; and Kenny Jacobs, Chief Marketing Officer, Ryanair are among the top speakers poised to discuss designing, engineering and delivering real customer contact change at the 9th Annual Customer Contact 2015 Europe: A Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 8-10 June 2015.“We are truly fortunate to have such an impressive group of executives guiding us towards next-generation change,” said Brian Fitzpatrick, Partner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Frost & Sullivan. “As the customer contact arena continues to evolve, it is important to have true leaders in their fields exploring the use of customer-focused technology and articulating how innovation is driving the customer experience at every level.”Featured sessions at the pan-European event include ‘Empowering Employees to Engage in Personal Customer Interaction’, ‘Delivering a Great Omni Channel Brand Experience’, ‘B2B Nuances: Transforming Your Customer Support to Drive Business Development and Growth’ and ‘Smashing Silos: Winning Ways to Get Your People on Board and Embracing Change’.As announced in March, the keynote speakers will be Dr. Phil Klaus, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield University School of Management Centre for Advanced Research in Marketing, and Chris Brindley, Managing Director of Metro Bank. The Master of Ceremonies will be Derek Williams, author and creator of The WOW Awards, The WOW! Group. Mr. Williams is widely regarded as the guru of customer service. Other featured speakers include Jo Mayes, head of customer data and experience, Standard Life, Gill Kersey, head of support, customer sales and service centers, Marks and Spencer and Tory Flash, international customer experience manager, E.ON
As customer expectations continue to increase and communication methods continue to proliferate, it becomes increasingly important to deliver the “right customer experience at the right time.” Participants at the 9th Annual Customer Contact 2015, Europe: A Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange will benefit from the latest research and best practices delivered in a highly-interactive format. They will also have the opportunity to interact with a community of peers and experts in the field.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Imprese: Innovation Day

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2015

intigliettaGe.Fi. – Gestione Fiere Spa e MIT Technology Review hanno dato vita a una sinergia che mira alla valorizzazione delle imprese artigiane più innovative.In quest’ottica, nell’ambito dell’«Innovation Day» andato in scena ieri all’Università di Padova, l’edizione italiana della rivista del Massachusetts Institute of Technology, alla presenza del presidente del MIT Italia Alessandro Ovi, dell’editor in chief della versione americana Jason Pontin e del presidente di Ge.Fi. Antonio Intiglietta, ha premiato Antonio Volentieri come “artigiano più innovativo del 2015”.Espositore de L’Artigiano in Fiera e titolare di una vetrina digitale nel portale e-commerce Artimondo, Volontieri ha messo a frutto un significativo bagaglio di competenze maturate, come dirigente di stabilimento, nel campo della produzione di accessori metallici.
In collaborazione con “Fast Assembler” (azienda di Bareggio che opera dal 1984 nel comparto meccanico), il sessantenne laureato in Fisica ha recentemente creato una linea innovativa di gioielli e accessori in titanio. Il progetto, basato su un brevetto per l’ossidazione anodica, estende l’uso del metallo – già diffuso nel settore medico e avionico – alla bigiotteria.La collaborazione tra Ge.Fi – Gestione Fiere Spa (che a Milano organizza la più grande mostra-mercato internazionale dedicata all’artigianato e gestisce lo shop on line Artimondo) e il MIT Technology Review Italia (magazine dedicato a dirigenti, ricercatori, finanziatori e politici) è stata avviata nel 2014.Lo scorso anno la rivista, che ogni anno seleziona e documenta le innovazioni tecnologiche più significative, ha collocato Artimondo (denominato, nella sua prima fase, Make Hand Buy) tra le 10 “Smart Disruptive Companies”. Tra le realtà nazionali capaci di introdurre nel mercato idee originali o nuovi modelli di business. La nuova piattaforma di commercio elettronico, nata dall’esperienza ventennale della fiera, è stata giudicata, nella passata edizione dell’iniziativa, una “risposta alle sfide dell’internazionalizzazione e dell’innovazione poste dalla globalizzazione”.Un’opportunità concreta per rilanciare l’artigianato a livello globale e fornire una prospettiva di crescita alle micro imprese dell’Italia, dell’Europa e del mondo.(foto: intiglietta)

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Équipes di ‘cervelli’ per l’innovazione tecnologica

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2015

Campus biomedical TrigoriaRoma Équipes di ‘cervelli’ impegnati nel campo delle bioscienze incontrano i bisogni d’innovazione tecnologica e la domanda di esperienza delle piccole e medie imprese del territorio laziale, fornendo loro supporto nella progettazione e sviluppo di dispositivi e soluzioni d’avanguardia per il settore biomedicale: è il cuore del progetto ‘INTESE’, promosso dall’Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma e finanziato per il 50 per cento dalla Regione Lazio, nell’ambito di un Bando riservato alle Università e ai Centri di Ricerca. Il progetto, di durata biennale, è stato presentato stamane a Roma, presso la sede italiana della Commissione Europea, insieme ad altre iniziative co-finanziate dalla Regione Lazio.Con ‘INTESE’ il know-how dei ricercatori del Campus Bio-Medico si mette al servizio del rafforzamento di alcuni tra i settori produttivi con più forte ricaduta sociale: dispositivi biomedici, neuroscienze, biorobotica, farmaceutica, agroalimentare, tecnologie dell’informazione, della comunicazione, dell’automazione e della robotica per il settore salute. Il suo obiettivo principale sarà lo sviluppo di un ‘ecosistema dell’innovazione’ sul territorio regionale che renda più stabile e sistematico il legame tra l’universo dei ricercatori provenienti dall’Università e il mondo delle imprese produttrici di beni e servizi. Sono già una quindicina le aziende che hanno dato disponibilità ufficiale alla partnership con il Campus Bio-Medico di Roma nella concretizzazione degli scopi dell’iniziativa.
“Le università – ha sottolineato il Rettore dell’Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Andrea Onetti Muda – siano esse statali o non statali, sono parte integrante del sistema pubblico dell’Alta Formazione. In quanto tali, non possono sottrarsi alla sfida della cosiddetta ‘terza missione’, ovvero trasformare e rendere disponibile alla società e al sistema economico la conoscenza prodotta. È questo il contesto in cui si inserisce il progetto ‘INTESE’: contribuire a creare un collegamento stabile tra il mondo della ricerca e il mondo della produzione di beni e servizi. Lo scopo del progetto, in continuità con le nostre esperienze degli anni passati, è di costruire e mantenere una rete dotata di una massa critica di competenze e risorse in grado di aumentare la competitività tecnologica delle imprese del territorio”.Grazie a ‘INTESE’, in particolare, verrà data l’opportunità a neo-laureati, dottorandi e giovani ricercatori del Campus Bio-Medico di effettuare stage, tirocini e collaborazioni per attività di ricerca congiunta con e nelle aziende, per un totale di oltre 22mila ore complessive. Inoltre, potranno essere depositati brevetti in contitolarità con le imprese o concesse licenze d’uso di soluzioni tecnologiche e prototipi brevettati all’interno del Campus Bio-Medico per favorirne la commercializzazione. Ci sarà la possibilità di veder nascere ’spin-off’ in compartecipazione tra aziende e ricercatori e il progetto favorirà anche l’avvicinamento delle start-up tecnologiche appena ’nate’ alla micro-finanza, rendendole più competitive nelle loro prime fasi di vita.L’immissione dei ‘cervelli’ provenienti dal Campus Bio-Medico nei meccanismi di ricerca e sviluppo delle imprese garantirà, peraltro, un più rapido passaggio di dispositivi brevettati e di tecnologie sperimentali dai banconi di laboratorio alle catene produttive, perché verrà assicurata fin dall’inizio un’interazione in entrambe le direzioni. Gli interventi d’innovazione più appropriati e i prodotti innovativi più utili da sviluppare saranno selezionati dalla Commissione Scientifica del Centro Integrato di Ricerca dell’Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma. Alla base del progetto ‘INTESE’ ci saranno, da un lato, la mappatura delle competenze e delle tecnologie sviluppate dalle Unità di Ricerca del Campus Bio-Medico, con la valutazione del loro potenziale commerciale; dall’altro, le visite in aziende e la predisposizione di studi di mercato per evidenziare in quali ambiti le PMI del Lazio hanno oggi più bisogno d’innovare i loro prodotti.
I risultati ottenuti nell’ambito dell’iniziativa saranno promossi attraverso l’organizzazione di workshop ed eventi scientifici per la diffusione della ‘cultura del trasferimento tecnologico’. Inoltre, sul sito Internet dell’Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma (www.unicampus.it) verrà attivata una pagina web che presenterà brevetti e altri risultati di ricerca in fase di sviluppo avanzato presso l’Ateneo. Infine, sarà disponibile un indirizzo di posta elettronica dedicato al quale scrivere per ottenere informazioni e indicazioni di massima su consulenze o servizi legati all’innovazione tecnologica delle PMI.

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