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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)

Gathering Diagnostics from Windows Azure

All systems require a degree of monitoring. We monitor on premise installations for usage, performance, outages, tracing, and for a multitude of other reasons. Services which are deployed on premise operate in a controlled environment. The organisation’s IT team is very much aware of what systems are running on the organisation’s servers. It is an environment which can be managed by the organisation’s own IT team. On the contrary cloud environments tend to be disruptive by nature. Thus in cloud environments monitoring is crucial. In this article we will walk through the steps required to : configure a Windows Azure application  for the gathering of data for diagnostic purposes; configure the application to persist the gathered data in a Windows Azure Storage Account; read the data and post to your Monitis Account. Configure the Diagnostic Monitor from within an Wind... (more)

Maca Kizi Hotel, Bodrum

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)

From Cat Cay to Ft Lauderdale With Water Tornadoes in the Sky

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali (July 7, 2009 - 10:37 AM) - This morning after making myself a feta cheese and eggs breakfast, I feed the turkeys in the back yard ... (July 7, 2009 - 10:44 AM)  ... and the chicken family. (July 7, 2009 - 04:06 PM) - Arrive at the landing strip on a most beautiful June afternoon in the Bahamas, and take this picture with my blackberry. (July 7, 2009 - 04:07 PM) - I take another picture as I wait for my customs clearence. (July 7, 2009 - 04:19 PM) - And one more shot in front of the tail of the plane (July 7, 2009 - 04:21 PM) - We are ready to take off (July 7, 2009 - 04:23 PM) - We take off exactly at 4 23 PM (July 7, 2009 - 04:25 PM) - Circle over South Cat Cay (July 7, 2009 - 04:26 PM) - Say good bye to our home, chickens and the turkeys (July 7, 2009 - 04:46 PM) - 20 minutes into our flight we can see the sky over Ft Lauderdale ... ... (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)

Bodrum Mess and a Mayor Missing in Action

Yacht Charter Blog Dear Salvatore, I thank you very much for taking the time to bring to everyones attention the mess in Bodrum and the lack of action from the Mayor of Bodrum, Mehmet Kocadon. I live in Chicago and have a summer/retirement home in Yalikavak and I have to admit I have been amazed at how much the Mayor of Bodrum is getting away with. He is only available for photo shoots and media blitz but when it comes to hard work the man is a ghost... I am glad that people like you bring this up to the attention of the general public. I only hope that they will react to this type of constructive criticism. The area is absolutely beautiful but needs to be managed better. I commend you for your work. Thank you. Hal ... (more)

Vacation Homes: Saint Barth Real Paradise

Saint Barthelemy, also known as Saint Barth, is one of the must see islands in the West Indies nowadays. The island has unique characteristics as of a real paradise which reflects its charming Swedish and French heritage that is why many European tourists and other foreign people are visiting the island to have a different ambiance and a taste of its exotic cuisine. It is an ideal getaway for people from France, Europe and North America especially during winter. Beachgoers automatically have the pleasure to experience an excellent swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing or even sailing at Saint Barth 22 spectacular white sandy beaches with clear emerald waters. Saint Jean is the liveliest places in Saint Barth which has twin beaches where you can enjoy shopping, great cuisine while having your fun at the beaches. The Inter-Oceans Museum is a place to have a ... (more)

Social Networks & Blogs Now 4th Most Popular Online Activity

Now visited by over two-thirds (67 percent) of the global online population, "Member Communities," which includes both social networks and blogs, has become the fourth most popular category online - ahead of personal email. It is growing twice as fast as any of the other four largest sectors (search, portals, PC software and email), according to The Nielsen Company's "Global Faces and Networked Places," a comprehensive report published today revealing the new global footprint of social networking. "Social networking has become a fundamental part of the global online experience," says John Burbank , CEO of Nielsen Online . "While two-thirds of the global online population already accesses member community sites, their vigorous adoption and the migration of time show no signs of slowing. Social networking will continue to alter not just the global online landscape, but... (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)

Whatever Happened to Build Time?

Zero is the best possible metric! If something takes zero time, it would be impossible to improve on its performance. Since end-user performance is judged by how long the user sits twiddling his thumbs waiting for a web page to magically appear, everything the computer is doing during this time is a performance issue and everything done outside this time is not. Why then do we execute code during the user’s wait time when it could be executed at other times? In particular, why is code being executed during page load/render time when it could be executed at build time?Whatever happened to build time? As part of the transfer to production process, there was always a build time back in the good ol’ days. That’s when the code got compiled and a whole lot of other things happened. It seems like we threw away build time when we moved to non-compiled code (i.e., JavaScript)... (more)

Savvy Developer Hires Tranzon Driggers to Expedite Home Sales in GA & FL; Live Auction with Internet Component Scheduled for August 30 in Jacksonville

OCALA, Fla., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A savvy developer with a sterling reputation is betting the live auction scheduled in Jacksonville, Florida on August 30 will present golden opportunities to expedite sales of the few homes remaining in several communities in the Sunshine State as well as neighboring Georgia. To up the ante, the live auction -- scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel -- will be augmented by an on-line version simultaneously over the Internet via http://www.bidspotter.com/. The hotel is located in the downtown section of the city at 1201 Riverplace Blvd. Jim Watson, president of Watson Custom Home Builders in Jacksonville, FL, hired Tranzon Driggers -- specialists in accelerated marketing and auction sales of everything from prime real estate to oil rigs -- to organize the auction of 12 single-family homes. A pri... (more)