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Turkish Riviera on Ulitzer Today I arrived in Bodrum for a long weekend. Divan Palmira kindly declined my reservation request after my 2007 review of the hotel. They were nice enough to recommend another boutique hotel in the area, so I checked in to Maca Kizi Hotel. My first half day here so far, the view from my room is fantastic. It is too early to write a formal review but if they don't royally screw it up between now and Sunday morning, this hotel has a potential to me my Bodrum summer stop going forward. Today it rained here. I see it rain in Bodrum for the first time since more than a decade of my summer vacations here. I did walk to Divan Palmira to visit my paparazzi photographer friend Gokhan, he was not there. I had lunch at Divan Palmira, the young waiter said they opened the season on May 19 and he thinks today they have five or six rooms full out of 6... (more)

Summer Is Here on the Marco Island Florida

Vacation Homes Journal Marco Island represents the perfect fusion of the old world charm with the modern day marvels and natural glory with man made splendor. Situated on the northern tip of Ten Thousand Islands, It lies to the south of Naples with the Florida Everglades to its west. Marco Island has famously retained much of the natural splendor from the days when the Calusa Indians inhabited the Island. It is blessed with miles of beaches with pristine white sand, azure inviting water and the most glorious sunset view in Florida. The area is home to varied tropical fauna and almost 200 species of birds So, it is truly a nature lover’s paradise. The popular beaches in the area include the Tigertail Beach, the hot and happening South Beach and Residents Beach. Besides the beaches the area also boasts of numerous parks and recreational facilities for Florida beach vac... (more)

The Caribbean Paradise

Planning and deciding your next vacation destination is really tough especially there are lots of wonderful places to explore globally. If you want to experience the lifestyle and culture of French heritage, then don’t think twice. You will surely fall in love with the tropical beauty and ideal climatic atmosphere of Guadeloupe Island. It is known as a Caribbean paradise with European style and Creole charm. In Guadeloupe, there is an assurance for you not to experience boredom. There are plenty of activities you can engage yourself and your whole family with. The island is full of exciting attractions for sightseeing, photography, hiking and water sports. You will truly love the spectacular natural beaches were all beautiful to behold, it ranges from the long powdery white stretches of Grande-Terre to the darker sands of Basse-Terre. Don’t be surprised because topl... (more)

Haiti Vacation Rentals

Holiday tours have become part of our lives where people allot some of their times just to have a break and a change of environmental setting. In the Caribbean, there is an island known for its enormous beauty, the Haiti. However, Haiti has a problem with its image due to instability in the past but despite of this thought still many tourists are visiting this exciting island in the world. The government and Haitian are trying their best to restore the reputation of the island into a tourist haven. With the hospitality and friendliness of the Haitian and its vibrant culture in religion, music and food, this attracts many tourists to experience the Haitian lifestyle all over the world. The perfect city to visit in Haiti is the Port-au-Prince. Labadie Island is the major Haiti tourist attraction where you can experience a cruise ship to travel around the scenic island... (more)

84% of Home Buyers Search Online

According to the National Association of Realtors, 84 percent of buyers now use the Internet to search for properties. This fact confirmed the acumen of First Team Real Estate, which had already begun to upgrade its extensive advertising and marketing to a higher level by building collective efforts and relationships with leading websites such as REALTOR.com, Yahoo! Real Estate, Zillow.com, Google and others. This aggressive online marketing strategy, boosted by the NAR finding, has manifested itself in "Rule #2" in The NEW Rules of Real Estate(SM), created by First Team Real Estate, an innovative strategy adapted to today's tough real estate market. Rule number two, which calls for maximizing demand and exposing property to the highest possible degree in the industry, represents the calculated approach of First Team to effectively present their listings to literally ... (more)

Tobago Vacation Rentals

A Caribbean best kept secret island paradise is Tobago. It is a unique site with outstanding qualities and tourist attractions whether on business purpose or holiday destination.  You can truly experience a natural island paradise of serenity and breathtaking scenery that everyone can dream of. There are lots of attractions to discover and explore while experiencing your dream paradise come to reality. Nowadays, Tobago has become a very popular tourist destination of Caribbean from all over the world. The island has variety of Tobago Vacation Rentals as a mode of accommodation to suit your tastes and budgets. It depends on what kind of environmental setting you want to enjoy within Tobago – the choice is all yours to decide. Some of Tobago wonderful accommodation you can stay: Sunset Valley Estate – one of the most picturesque possessions in the Caribbean where the vi... (more)

Low-Maintenance Vacation Rental Property

I know that sounds incredibly simple, but you might be surprised at how easy it can be to overlook things that should be obvious. After all, this is probably something you've never done before, and nothing is ever simple until you have some experience with it. The best way to find out the condition of a house is by employing a home inspector. It's always money well spent. Of particular interest in the home inspector's report will be the condition of the roof, electrical wiring, heating system, and the plumbing. These are all non-cosmetic items that often are not readily apparent to the naked eye. But they are some of the major areas of a house that tend to erode with time, and repairing them can be expensive and time consuming. Buy a home without these problems to begin with, and you will save yourself many days of headaches in the years ahead. Here's another consid... (more)

The City of a Hundreds Spires

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic and an important centre of culture and learning. It is called Praha in the Czech language which is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in central Europe. It has been called the “City of a Hundreds Spires” because of its many churches. The city lies on both banks of the Vltava River, in the central part of the country. A number of bridges connect the two sections of Prague. The Charles Bridge, a stone structure lined with statues of saints, is one of the most famous combined of Gothic architecture and Baroque sculpture. Much of the city’s area is made up of scenic hills. Old Town Square Old Town, the historic centre of Prague, lies on the right bank of the Vltava, across from Hradčany (Castle Hill). Old Town Hall served as the seat of the city government for hundreds of years. It has a famous cloc... (more)

Agents To Pay For Buyer Stimulus

The website, Lookflorida.com states: 'A group of Florida real estate agents have agreed to participate in the FREBS program.  These agents will give you  a cash stimulus at closing on your Florida real estate purchase.  You could be eligible for up to $150,000' The stimulus program is an initiative to help buyers with closing costs, but could end up doing a lot more.  Like many recent cash stimulus programs, such as 'Cash for Clunkers' there needs to be plenty of money behind the project in order to make it successful.  To fund this program, the agents involved will give a portion of their commission back to the buyer at closing. The FREBS program is aimed at individuals, companies or businesses interested in purchasing Florida real estate.  The program works by agents allowing buyers to receive a percentage of the commission that the brokerage firm receives from th... (more)

Bryan J. Lima Earns NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification

Bryan J. Lima on Ulitzer Bryan J. Lima with DeFino Realtors has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows. According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures.  For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new "traditional" transaction. REALTORS® who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities. "As leading advocates for homeownership, REALTORS® believe that any family that l... (more)

Waterstone Resorts & Vacation Homes Brings Luxury to Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Waterstone Resorts & Vacation Homes (http://www.waterstoneresorts.com/) brings luxury condominium hotels to the community of Panama City Beach, Florida. The Ocean Ritz, opening soon, joins Calypso Resort and Towers, Twin Palms, Emerald Isle, and Ocean Villa, bringing five new beachfront resort luxury properties to Panama City, Florida. Each condo unit is equivalent to a four-star hotel suite with washer/dryer, full kitchen and baths, multi bedrooms, full service daily housekeeping, and a large balcony overlooking the beach. "Panama City Beach is fast becoming a preferred destination. New restaurants and shops are opening up each week, the weather is fantastic, and there is a lot to do including visiting the beaches and Frank Brown Sports Complex across the street. In the past twelve months we have exceeded all our e... (more)