Archives for February 2013

How to Be Energy Efficient During Texas Summers



Texas does everything big, and that includes the summer heat. Air conditioning bills can soar during the long, hot summers the Lone Star state experiences. But there are still plenty of ways to save money on summer cooling bills without breaking a sweat. With a bit of practice, you can keep your family comfortable and your energy bill manageable.

Prague Finally Gets New 5 Star Hotel



According to news from Loyd’s Property Investments group member Company Akroterion, preparations are underway for a new 5 star hotel at the city center of Prague. A long awaited city center luxury redo, the property will add great value to an already priceless city.

Builders Say Britain Needs More Energy Efficient Homes



The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) thinks making Britain’s homes more energy efficient should be supported with measures included in the UK’s upcoming budget. By adopting such measures, the British government would boost the construction industry and help householders deal with the issue of rising fuel bills. Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, warns that over nine million British households might be in fuel poverty by 2016 some nine million British households could be in fuel poverty.

Jones Lang LaSalle Boosts Russia – CIS Presence with Millard Appointment



Jones Lang LaSalle has announced a new Head of Advisory Group Russia, Tim Millard (at left) joins the firm with a decade of experience in the region.

Howard Hughes Corporation Closes Woodlands Resort Loan



In development news, U.S. Bank and The Howard Hughes Corp. have now closed a loan of $95 million for the expansion and redevelopment of The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center in Houston. The property, a 440-room luxury resort that includes 60,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, is but one major development around Lake Woodlands.

Six Common Mistakes Made by First-Time Home Buyers



Buying a house is a stressful process, especially if you’ve never done it in the past. However, be sure to avoid these common pitfalls of first-time home buyers.

Guardian Real Estate Services Promotes Social Equity and Diversity Policy



West Coast property management and development company Guardian Real Estate Services (Guardian) has taken action to express their long standing concern with social issues and has made a formal commitment to increase diversity in its workforce and supply chain.

Ernst & Young Report Points to Russia Real Estate



With many world real estate markets stagnant or worse, news that Ernst & Young has a report out showing Russia property being more attractive for investors than Europe proper, this is fascinating and disturbing news all at once. Outdistancing the stigma of a cold and mysterious place on Earth, Russia’s potential may finally be shining through.

NAHB Survey Reveals What Buyers Want



Home buying activity is finally beginning to pick up, and so builders are naturally interested in finding out the latest trends among buyers in order to better understand their wants and needs. With that in mind, the NAHB recently carried out a large survey of buyers to ascertain how the recession has affected their thinking when it comes to consumer’s home buying wish lists.

Challenging Low Appraisals: Think Like An Appraiser!



Problems with “low” appraisals continue to be an issue, and even more so in markets where home values appear to be on the rise. A rising market moves faster than the appraisals; consider that appraisers are required to use only closed sales