31 May

Extended Stay Apartments Work for the Business Traveler

Traveling can be fun, and often is seeing new places, meeting new people, getting out of your comfort zone are activities many people enjoy. In the case of business travel, travelling can be a bit more stressful and extensive. Staying in a small hotel room is fine for a few days, but after a week it can wear on you, especially if that hotel is not just your bedroom, but also your office.

Corporate housing is perfect for these sorts of travelling situations. For multiple week work stays, short term housing cant be beat for comfort and price. Corporate housing is generally a few times larger than your average hotel room, allowing you to stretch out and get away from work when you want to. These are furnished apartments, and that includes refrigerators, ovens, and washer/dryers so you can accomplish necessary tasks like eating and laundry without leaving the house. Instead of staying near an airport, youll be able to live in a residential area, potentially close to the business or cultural districts of the city youre visiting. These advantages will cut down on homesickness and allow you to feel part of the city youve travelled to for the short time that you are there.

Short term housing also allows you a comfortable space where you can invite business colleagues or family to visit. You could potentially bring family members along on the trip, or have roommates to save on expenses if it is a multiple-employee contract.

The corporate housing solution, while more luxurious, can also be less expensive than a hotel. After staying for 30 days, hotel taxes are no longer applicable to extended stay apartments, so that sizable expense (nearly 25% of the room sometimes) is removed from your or your companys bill.

Your employees will also most likely appreciate the corporate housing experience more than being stuck in a hotel for weeks. Being able to take advantage of the amenities of an apartment complex, like pools or fitness centers, being able to cook and welcome your family into your temporary home, all of these things are important to the business traveller. They may be especially important for the business traveller who is relocating somewhere new and needs a place to stay while they search for an apartment or house near their new job.

Corporate housing can be an excellent solution for the business traveller or relocating worker. Your employees will appreciate you for providing the comforts of a home away from home and your employee will more than likely be happier and more productive. Its a win-win situation in the world of short term housing.

30 May

Property Investment Vs Property Speculation

Most people get Real Estate wrong for two simple reasons.:

1. They don’t understand the difference between an asset and a liability
2. They don’t understand the difference between investing and speculating

The broke majority live under the misguided belief that their family home is an asset. An asset by definition is Something valuable that an entity owns, benefits from or has use of, in generating income. The key is the words generating income. By that definition your home is not an asset, it is a liability. It does not generate income, it costs you money.

The broke majority will borrow as much as they possibly can, to buy the most expensive home they can afford, in the mistaken belief that this is a good investment. In fact they are are burdening themselves with the worst kind of debt. Long term, expensive, non-deductible debt that produces no income in return. The same kind of debt that lead to the housing collapse in the USA.

Successful investors understand this crucial point. Your home is not an investment.

The Business Dictionary defines an investment as Money committed or property acquired for future income. Now some will argue that an investment doesn’t have to produce an income and cite as an example gold bullion, collectibles or share futures contracts. By definition, none of these are investments, they are items of speculation. They can go up in value or, just as easily, go down. You are speculating on the future trade-able value, not investing in the inherent value of the income an asset represents. Tens of thousands of homeowners around the world discovered in 2009 that home values can fall and can fall dramatically and disastrously.

If you buy a house to live in with no income return expected from it, but in the hope it will increase in value, you are speculating not Investing.

If you buy a house to rent out, you are investing. The Australian government has long recognised the difference and that is why they allow you to claim the expenses relating to a rental property, including interest payments, as a tax deduction but do not allow any deductions for expenses incurred in buying a house to live in. In other words, the government is willing to share the risk of investing in income generating real estate because the risks are lower than tying up your money in your home.

Smart investors have a small or no mortgage on their own home and the majority of their borrowings are for rental property because that is the lowest risk strategy. They also get the best advice they can on quickly reducing the mortgage on their home.

30 May

Berlin Is A Great City To Visit On Vacations, And Apartment Rental Is A Great Accommodation Option

Some of the attraction sites you can visit are the museums; one particular museum you can visit is called Pergamon Museum. Many tourist visit this museum, because it contains ancient Greek artifacts and sculptures. In addition the museum has a beautiful architecture. Visitors never regret coming to the Pergamon Museum. You can also experience an over view of Berlin by taking tours. The City Segway Tour is known to be very a cool, exciting and informative. The tour usually lasts four hours or less. You may want to stay in Berlin for three weeks to a month so that you can experience all that Berlin has to offer. If you don’t have any family or friends in Berlin, Germany, you may want to consider renting a holiday apartment.

A holiday apartment is a furnished residential place that can be rented from foreign visitors. The holiday apartment could occupy a family or a single person. The cost of holiday rentals varies; it depends on how many bedrooms you want to rent, how big the rooms are, and where the room is situated. Most places offer studio, one bedroom to two bedroom apartments. Rooms that allows you to have a nice view of the city will be more expensive. Most holiday apartment rentals charge their customers per night, week or per month. The holiday apartments can be rented for as long as one decides to stay for a vacation. Before traveling to Berlin, you should book a holiday apartment with a company by searching online for reviews on the best holiday apartment rental companies .

Some perks of a holiday apartment rentals include access to free wireless internet, to pools, hot tubs, washing machines and driers, terrace or patio to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner with your company. If you have pets, you may want to find out if the place you choose to stay allows pets. Some allow an other places don’t allow pets. Some holiday apartment rentals have a beverage and snack bar, where you can enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Some of them provide laundry service.They may serve breakfast , lunch or dinner. If the holiday apartment rental you choose doesn’t serve food, you can buy food at a local food stores. At certain places you can get entertainment with out leaving the property. They may have a ball room with live entertainment at a certain time of the day. An arcade room maybe available for kids to enjoy themselves.

Another great perk of holiday apartment rentals is that some of them give sightseeing touring services to their customers. They may give visitors a tour to the cities best shopping sites, restaurants and attraction sites. If you’ve planned out all the places you want to visit, all you need is a GPS system and a car or van. Fortunately some holiday apartment rentals offer automobiles for rent.

29 May

Details to Remember When Leasing an Apartment in Atlanta, GA for Rent

When you are ready to begin a new search for an apartment in Atlanta, GA for rent, you know that you have a huge task ahead of you. It will require you to spend a lot of money to locate, move into, and set up your new place, so you want to make sure that when you agree to your new place that all your details are correct. Here are a few tips that will make your move into your new place run smoothly and your move out run even smoother.

Check Out the Management Company or Landlord You are Dealing With

It is a given that when you look for a place to rent they will check you out. They want to know everything about you, your rental history, your credit rating, and your financial status. Many people however, do not stop to think that they should check out the management company as well. Remember, apartment rental is a big business; just as a company will not issue a credit card to an unworthy recipient, managers do not usually rent to unstable tenants. So why should you rent from a manager that has a history of poor tenant relationships? You can check them out through Google, the Better Business Bureau or other online websites.

Read the Lease Carefully

Some landlords want to rush you to sign a lease because they are impatient and have busy schedules. Don’t let them push you, read all the details of the lease and make sure that you understand them. It is a legal and binding document so this will be your only opportunity to question or challenge anything written in it. If something makes you feel uncomfortable, this is the time to ask for changes.

Ask for a Checklist

The landlord should provide you with a detailed list of everything they will check and the condition each piece is expected to be in when you move out. Go through this list item by item to make sure that you agree with them before you sign. Take your camera and photograph anything that might be questionable in the apartment so that you do have tangible documented proof of the condition of the apartment when you moved in. It would be great if you had two sets of prints made, one for your records and the other set to give to the manager before you move in.

Remember that signing a lease agreement should go both ways. Since renting is a business, it makes sense that both parties should have a say in the final rental agreement.

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29 May

Are new tracker mortgages good or bad

Over the last few months and again today I’ve seen new tracker mortgages being pushed by lenders here in the UK and it got me thinking about the current mortgage market and if these products are a good or bad thing if I had to remortgage right now?

I’ll use an example of a 2 year base rate tracker mortgage, this is an actual mortgage on offer in the UK but I won’t say which lender it is. The interest rate tracks the Bank of England base rate (at the moment this is 5 per cent) and you pay +0.98 per cent on top. So if you took out this mortgage today you’d be paying 5.98 per cent interest.

CUstomers can borrow up to 75 per cent of the value of their property and there is a 999 arrangement fee, which is fairly cheap in comparison with other fees around.

Firstly I must say it’s good to see a fairly competitive interest rate with the added benefit of a reasonable product arrangement fee. I say ‘reasonable’; personally I think mortgage fees are a rip off becuase the lender is providing mortgages to people every day, at the very least I think there should be a cap on mortgage fees. However, in today’s market a fee under 1,000 is a good start.

It’s also quite a warning sign for me that all the tracker mortgages seem to have competitive interest rates and low fees at the moment, compared to fixed rate mortgages. I say this because industry experts are predicting interest rate rises in the coming months, on-one knows when exactly of course but I’d say interest rates will rise again before the end of 2008.

This means that everyone taking out a tracker mortgage now will end up with higher monthly payments by the end of the year. It seems like lenders may be trying to attract new customers with the low fees and relatively low interest rates of a tracker mortgage rather than a fixed rate mortgage. No wonder the fees and interest rates of fixed rate mortgages are increasing – lenders don’t want people to take out these products so they’re pricing consumers out.

One thing is for sure though, everyone has a choice when it comes to mortgages.

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27 May

Fair Employment And Housing Act (feha) Claims Processes

FEHA claims and hearings usually deal with sexual harassment and other discrimination suits in California.

FEHA or the Fair Employment and Housing Act, is a statute of California which provides protection from employment discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, age and medical condition.

It is a powerful statute that is often used in conjunction with existing federal discrimination laws.

Although it is mostly the same as its federal counterparts, it provides discrimination and harassment victims better avenues in pursuing their claim.

Aside from providing better avenues, it also provides stiffer penalties or punishments that are often not included in the federal discrimination laws.

Some of those are the imposition of attorney fee awards and reimbursement of case related costs.

The FEHA, together with California state laws, also allow the award of punitive damages if the victims are able to prove that corporate directors, officers or managers committed acts of discrimination and harassment, or if they have cultivated a culture where discrimination and harassment is allowed.

Filing a FEHA Claim

Whether youre are seeking to initiate an investigation or filing a lawsuit for harassment or discrimination, the process usually starts with the victim filing a complaint to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is the governing body that enforces the FEHA laws.

The statute of limitation for this type of claim is one year from the incident of harassment or discrimination.

The California Supreme Court though, gave consideration to employees who try to resolve the discrimination issue within the internal grievance and remedy system of the company before filing a FEHA complaint.

The decision was made to remove the confusion on whether the employee should consider resolving the issue internally or just skip it altogether and just file a FEHA complaint to avoid going past the statute of limitation.

Getting a Lawyer

Pursuing a FEHA claim can be very complicated. Choosing whether you would file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Act can be confusing.

Filing to either can be useful in investigating discrimination and harassment charges to alert the employer that they should review their policies and do something to curb the problem

If it is a case of wrongful termination though, it would be somewhat useless to report to either agency.

Neither agency has the power to reinstate you to your job or make the employers pay for their unlawful conduct.

Most employment law attorneys advise their clients to use the right to sue system, where you forego the investigation, and move on to filing a civil liability suit against the employer.

This would prove to be a faster route to getting a conclusion on your claim.

27 May

ATS Ellur Residential Project Presents For Your Dream Home

Perception is the most important thing for making any decision. And, when it comes to buy a residential property, people always go with it. Modern age residential societies are being developed keeping in mind the perception of people towards living. One can see high-rise residential township and low rise vials, which means there are different kinds of perception. Some people want to enjoy their life amidst high density residential township. However, others aspire to live away from the noise and crowded locales. ATS Realty, a renowned real estate company, has been developing world class residential projects since a long time. It is now mastered in real estate construction and develops every project with innovative style. Recently, this company has launched a high-rise residential society with the aim of catering the growing need of apartment living in Yamuna Expressway.

A large number of home buyers in Delhi-NCR region are constantly searching for a place where they can get a feel of colonial living. ATS Ellur will fulfill this demand of people. This mega residential society boasts of high-rise towers in which luxuriously carved 2 and 3 BHK residences have been built on the respective land area of 1150 square feet and 1350 square feet. Moreover, a number of exotic features including international standard club house, restaurant & caf, multipurpose hall etc, help people in enjoying their life with great ease. Life here enjoys great freedom and luxury that can’t be experienced at any other residential society. Its establishment at Yamuna Expressway makes it easy for the people to reach any important place of Delhi-NCR. Delhi’s IGI Airport, Lajpat Nagar, South Ex and Noida’s City Center Metro Station are hardly 20 to 30 minutes drive away from here.

Besides Yamuna Expressway, other major road transits of NCR including Noida Expressway, DND Expressway and Greater Noida Expressway are located in the close vicinity of ATS Ellur Noida. Construction of entire building is being done as per the architectural design prepared by renowned architects. Strong structure of building provides safety to the residents from low intensity tremor of earth quake. In addition, its eco-friendly features help in environment and energy conservation. People will enjoy excellent neighborhood of prominent educational institutions, hospitals, industries, shopping arcades and other exotic places, while staying at this newly launched residential society. Furthermore, as a privilege resident, they can avail state-of-the-art facilities, such as 24X7 security, quality maintenance, constant water supply, complete power backup, swimming pool etc.

26 May

Reasons And Benefits Of Hiring The Dot Net Developers For Web Development

There are lots of companies which are seeking to find the quality dot net developers for the purpose of dot net development due to a number of reasons which are as follows.

As we all are well familiar with the fact that dot net development is always known to be the best and reliable source of development, every day, there comes new trends, where people find the new ways of developing and new techniques by following that, IT specialists and Dot net developers take their websites to the heights of success. In this way, dot net development framework is a latest technique for the purpose of dot net development and people find it to serve the people where they take an opportunity of making their developments as well as possible. A new arrival in IT related field demands the update of development as well, thats the reason, development frameworks cater all sorts of new technological arrival and new technology for the development, in this way, dot net development is always beneficial for the development, and it offers you the best and dedicated development facilities to develop the dynamic and unique websites for the business purposes. And thats the reason development frameworks are the best option for the developers and it allows the people to have the best and reliable services of development. When you take the services of dot net framework, you are always on the way of development, and you will find the best way of dot net development. With the help of dot net framework, you will have dependable, highly scalable, and consistent environment of development to develop the unique and outstanding the web based applications.

The use of dot net framework means that you are using the highly qualified framework having an authentication from the Microsoft, and this is always the best option of development to develop the unique development applications for the websites. Because of its interoperability features, lots of developers develop their own applications with the help of dot net framework, and this is always the best option of development for the developers. This is the reason dot net platform is one of the simplest, best, and modern available platform of development for the developers.

Applications with the help of dot net development enables the users to access their information from any device, and this is the best available feature of the dot net development framework for the developers. In this way, there are lots of benefits of having the dot net development framework, and in this way, it becomes important to take the services of the highly dedicated and highly professional dot net developers who can serve your needs as best as possible to deliver you the best outcomes of development.

25 May

How to Hire A Good WA Roof Repair Contractor

Having a good and long-lasting roof is essential, but you will need a professional roofing contractor to help you should you ever need to repair it. In order to do this, you have to stay calm and remain proactive when choosing the right roofing contractor.

The first thing you should do is talk to different contractors; this way, you’ll know your price range. You have to make sure that the service price is not beyond the ideal rate; one company may offer you a thousand while the other may give you affordable roof repair in WA for half the price. Talking to several contractors will allow you to pick the right company depending on your budget. This will also allow you to gauge if you are comfortable with whom you’re dealing with. Remember not to be pressured with your decision because this type of work brings long-term impact.

Once you have the list of contractors you like, you have to research about them to ensure that they are licensed. As professionals, they should provide you with proper references to verify that they are indeed reliable roofing contractors and not scam artists. Furthermore, don’t forget to take note of their services and make sure that what they offer will meet your roofing needs.

After picking the right company, you will be given a contract for your perusal. Make sure to read it thoroughly before signing. A professional contractor should give you enough time to go through the agreement to avoid problems that may arise from misunderstandings.

Most licensed contractors that offer reliable roof repair in WA provide detailed proposals that mention the materials that have to be used, the work that has to be done, the approximate start and completion date for the job, the length of warranty, and the payment options. Good contractors should also agree to sit down with you to discuss any vague items if needed.

To know more about hiring a reliable roofing contractor, log on to bbb.org/us/article/bbb-advice-for-hiring-a-roofing-contractor-you-can-trust-34059. This article from the Better Business Bureau lists all the particulars you will need to know in order to hire the best contractor in the state.

24 May

How to Choose the Right Apartment

Thinking about relocating? You’re not alone. Every year millions of people search the internet and classified section of their local newspaper for apartments for rent and even though there may be a lot of great apartments available, very few can be called a real apartment.

To save you time and money here are five things that will help you to find a great apartment and the right living situation for yourself or your family.ly.

Location, Location, Location

The first step to finding the right apartment is finding out where it’s located. If it’s in a bad part of town where -shady- characters are known to hang out, you should continue your search. This step is important because, if you sacrifice your principles for a lower rent, you could be putting yourself or your family in danger later on.

How Old Is It?

The next step to finding the right apartment is choosing an apartment that’s less than 40 years old. This step is important because, older apartments contain asbestos and other harmful materials that have been known to cause cancer over time. You can find out how old an apartment building is by speaking with the building manager or researching that building with your local department of planning and land use department.

Interview Your Neighbors

Before spending $30 or more so the apartment manager can run a credit check on you, spend 10 minutes to interview your potential neighbors in the apartment complex. Don’t be afraid to ask them the following questions:

1.How long have they lived there?

2.Has management helped fix any problems in their apartment?

3.Is it a safe and quiet neighborhood?

4.Do kids play outside?

5.Have the met the owners? If so, are they nice people?

These questions are important because, someone who is currently living there won’t lie and tell you something that they think you will want to hear. Honesty is always the best answer and will enable you to make a sound decision every time.

You can also know if it’s the right apartment for you or not by researching that apartment complex online too. Many times people will post messages on forums or blogs about where they live and you can get positive or negative feedback about that building.