Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Property Condition Assessments can save your business money

Barry O'Farrell taking to business owners at H...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Many home owners and business owners live and work in buildings and homes that are outdated. Although this problem mostly affects the real estate values of home owners, it can pose a serious problem for business owners. Not only does it make the property holder liable for a lawsuit if an accident were to happen, but a simple problem can lead to expensive repairs and costs that could bankrupt a business within a few years. One way to avoid this and catch problems before they occur is to get a property condition assessment. Typical services include looking at a property before someone makes a big purchase on it, and assessing damages occurred to a property that has existed for extended periods of time.
Typically what is searched meticulously for are structural flaws that can lead to expensive repairs, and life threatening issues that puts occupants at risk. Running a business demands a great deal of attention, and worrying if the building is structurally sound shouldn't be a large priority. If you have never conducted a PCA before, it might be a good time to call up an agency to take a look at your property.

Team Cooper

Today's guest post comes from Team Cooper, the opinions and views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Real Estate Guide

Tommy and Connie Cooper make up the dynamic team of expert Southern Delaware Realtors known as “Team Cooper”.  We are experienced, connected and proactive.  We build relationships based on trust and integrity.  We offer our clients individual marketing plans for every listing.  Our marketing includes cutting-edge technology for the new millennium, and we provide unparalleled caring service and communication.  YOUR goal is OUR goal; WE LISTEN!
Licensed in 1972, Tommy has personally settled in excess of $500 million in Real Estate Transactions in Southern Delaware.
He established Cooper Realty Associates in 1984, after serving as Executive Vice President and C.O.O. of one of the largest publicly traded real estate firms on the East Coast.
A former Chairman of the Delaware State Real Estate Commission, he is currently the Chairman of the State Chamber of Commerce, a Commissioner of the State Magistrate Screening Commission, a Trustee of the Beebe Hospital Foundation, a member of the Riverfront Development Corporation Board of Directors, and a former Delaware River and Bay Authority Commissioner, having been unanimously confirmed by the Senate. These affiliations enable him access and close association with all State and Federal Agencies, so to better serve his clients and customers.
Tommy was awarded "Five Star Status" in 2010 for being in the top 6% of Real Estate Professionals for total satisfaction and performance.
Connie, licensed in 2004, embarked on her real estate career after 15 years in public education -6 years as an elementary school teacher and 9 years as a guidance counselor. Based on this experience, Connie is knowledgeable about the school districts in the Sussex County area and the various programs that they offer. She enjoys helping families who are relocating to the area find the educational services that meet the needs of their children. Connie is devoted to her clients and customers, is highly energetic, thorough and committed to professional service.
Connie was awarded "Five Star Status" in 2010 for being in the top 6% of Real Estate Professionals for total satisfaction and performance.

Tommy and Connie have the expertise, connections, knowledge and respect within the real estate community and local associations to serve you with your next real estate transaction concerning the Resort Coastal Beaches of Bethany Beach, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Fenwick Island & Dewey Beach and inland towns of Milton, Ocean View, Laurel, Millsboro, Dagsboro, Millville, Georgetown, Frankford, Seaford & Milford.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Things to do in the Dominican Republic

Caribbean Isle
Planning out a trip to the Caribbean can be a fun and exciting process, but knowing where to begin can slow things down right from the start. That's why we've provided a list of some of the top tourist activities to partake in in our favorite place in the Caribbean; the Dominican Republic.

1. Catamaran Cruise: There are plenty of boats around the port cities in the Dominican Republic, and almost all of them have small businesses that offer tours on sailboats and catamarans. Typically you can rent out the boat for a few hours and pay one lump sum. It's much cheaper if you can get a bunch of friends to join so you can all split the bill at a low rate for everyone.
2. Zipline: Getting off the coast, there are plenty of higher elevations that are perfect for those looking for a bit of adventure. At a fairly cheap price, you can zipline through the tree tops and don't worry it's perfectly safe.
3. Buggy Adventure: If you want to take a real look at the area, hop on a buggy adventure or a truck safari. These tours usually last an hour or so, and the tour guides can teach you a lot of interesting information.
4. Snorkel Trips: Snorkeling or scuba diving is a must while being in the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic is a great place to do it. Take a cruise along the Bavaro coastline, and the boat will drop you off at some of the most colorful reefs in the world.

Make sure you have a place to stay while you're in the area. Dominican Republic villa rentals are a great option for any size of accommodation. Just make sure you book your reservations well ahead of time!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mexico's Yucatan Mayan Beach

Costa Maya Bacalar and Yucatan beachfront.
Costa Maya Bacalar and Yucatan beachfront. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I'm dreaming of beaches today in far away places, so why not write about the beautiful Yucatan peninsula. Known for their beautiful white sandy beaches, gorgeous sunrises, and bright sunny skies, it's hard not to call the region paradise.
One of the more popular regions on the peninsula is the Costa Maya area, which is relatively close to the border of Belize. The area is quite open to tourism and has great amenities, while also providing the seclusion and natural feel desired by anyone looking for a place to get away for a while. Things can get a little crazy if a cruise ship is in town, and the area can be overrun for a day with tourists looking to buy local souvenirs and tan out in the sun for a few hours before heading back for the boat.
If you're looking for a place to rent out for your vacation down there, there are plenty of rentals available. Mayan Beach vacation rentals has both homes and hotel B&B rooms available. Mahahual (and the Costa Maya) is a new upcoming vacation area with less than 400 rooms, so make sure you book yours in advance because they tend to fill up pretty quickly, especially around holiday and spring break periods. This is especially more difficult with larger parties as many of the rentals are bed and breakfast houses owned by families.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

California City Real Estate

Paradise Valley in Kings Canyon National Park
Paradise Valley in Kings Canyon National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It's a cold one up here in Oregon today, and on days like today I wonder why I'm spending my spring in a place so chilly. Today's featured location is a place a bit warmer in the great state of California. California is home to many of the top tourism attractions in the world, and is home to great beaches, warm sunny weather and lots and lots of people. If you want to live near all those great things minus the crowds, then take a look at California City. Located northeast of Los Angelos, California City is the largest city in a fairly rural area. The city is surrounded by national parks, with Kings Canyon and Death Valley to the North, and Los Padros and Angeles to the South.
The open expanses and natural terrain of the area make it a great place to watch any sunrise or sunset. Because it is a fairly dry area, days can be hot and nights can be cold, but braving through both is well worth the natural beauty of the area.
If you're looking to relocate, there are several great California City real estate companies. This one offers affordable California real estate, homes, land, commercial, industrial and income properties for sale or rent in the area.