In recent days, we have been working behind the scenes to establish contact with those in charge of the MH17 crash site.That contact has now been made. Under difficult and fluid circumstances, we have been discussing the problems that have occupied us all: securing vital evidence from the aircraft, launching an independent investigation, and above all recovering the remains of those who lost their lives.Tonight, we have established the basis of an agreement to do just that.Earlier this evening I spoke to Alexander Borodai, who is in command of the region where the tragedy occurred. We have agreed the following:Firstly, the remains of 282 people, currently in Torez, will be moved by train to Kharkiv, where they will be handed over to representatives from the Netherlands. The train will depart this evening Ukraine time, and will be accompanied by six Malaysian members of the recovery team. The remains will then be flown to Amsterdam on board a Dutch C130 Hercules, together with the Malaysian team. Following any necessary forensic work, the remains of Malaysian citizens will then be flown home to Malaysia.Secondly, at approximately 9pm tonight Ukraine time, the two black boxes will be handed over to a Malaysian team in Donetsk, who will take custody of them.Thirdly, independent international investigators will be guaranteed safe access to the crash site to begin a full investigation of the incident.I must stress that although agreement has been reached, there remain a number of steps required before it is completed.There is work still to be done, work which relies on continued communication in good faith. Mr Borodai and his people have so far given their co-operation.I ask that all parties continue to work together to ensure that this agreement is honoured; that the remains of our people are returned, that the black box is handed over, and that the international team is granted full access to the site.Only then can the investigation into MH17 truly begin; only then can the victims be afforded the respect they deserve. We need to know what caused the plane to crash, and who was responsible for it, so that justice may be done.In recent days, there were times I wanted to give greater voice to the anger and grief that the Malaysian people feel. And that I feel. But sometimes, we must work quietly in the service of a better outcome.I understand that for the families, nothing can undo this damage. The lives taken cannot be given back; the dignity lost cannot be regained.My heart reaches out to those whose loved ones were lost on MH17. We hope and pray that the agreement reached tonight helps bring them a clear step towards closure.Source = Malaysia Airlines
“Following the agreement Prime Minister Najib Razak brokered with rebel leaders, Malaysia has taken custody of flight MH17’s black boxes.As the Prime Minister said, they will be passed to the international investigation team for analysis.The international investigation team, led by the Netherlands, has decided to pass the black boxes to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch for forensic analysis.It is normal procedure for black boxes to be sent for analysis to the nearest laboratory authorised by the International Civil Aviation Association.The black boxes will therefore be flown to Farnborough, UK, accompanied by Malaysian experts and other members of the international investigation team”.The families may contact is +61 2 9364 3526 (Australia) and +64 9 379 3743 (New Zealand).Source = Malaysia Airlines
This week, Emirates have announced changes to their departure schedule leaving from Perth Airport, in order to create faster connections for travellers heading to Europe or America.Emirates’ afternoon flight from Perth to Dubai is moving to a later departure time, providing passengers on this flight with quicker onward connections to many of Emirates destinations across Europe and the United States.Emirates regional manager Western Australia, Darren Tyrrell said the changed flight time demonstrates Emirates’ commitment to providing Western Australians with a seamless travel experience.“Flying to Europe via Dubai already shaves up to three hours off more traditional routes via Asia and this shift in our afternoon flight means even shorter stopover times on this daily flight. Western Australian travellers choosing to depart late afternoon now have the chance to arrive at their final destinations even quicker than before,” Mr Tyrrell said.The connection to EK007 to London Heathrow for example now has a stopover of just under 140 minutes, while those travelling on EK423 and onward to Milan will have a stopover just shy of three hours.Other destinations with improved connections due to the later flight departure include Rome, Paris, Frankfurt, Manchester in Europe and Dallas and Washington in the United States.Emirates also operates two other daily flights from Perth to Dubai – EK425 departing at 6am and EK421 departing at 10.20pm, both offering convenient connections to Emirates network of destinations.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman
AirAsia X, the long haul affiliate of Asia’s largest low cost airline, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 55 A330neo aircraft.This is the largest single order to date for the best-selling A330 Family and reaffirms AirAsia X’s position as the biggest A330 airline customer worldwide, having now ordered a total of 91 aircraft.The announcement covers the firming up of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 50 A330neo signed during the Farnborough Air Show in July 2014, plus an additional five aircraft.AirAsia X co-founder and director Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, said that the new deal will enable the airline to cover the expected growth rate on the airline.“This latest deal with Airbus will enable AirAsia X to consolidate its growth rate in 2015-2017 before ramping up deliveries with the new A330neo models with the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine option series from 2018 onwards,” Mr Fernandes said.Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy, said that the A330neo is the most cost-efficient aircraft in its size category.“This order from AirAsia X is a major endorsement of the A330neo as the most cost-efficient aircraft in its size category, with the A330neo in its fleet, AirAsia X will benefit from even lower operating costs as it expands it network and reach, enabling more people to fly further more often than ever before,” Mr Leahy said.The A330 Family is part of the world’s most modern and comprehensive widebody product line, which also includes the larger A350 XWB and double deck A380.Together, the various versions of the aircraft efficiently cover all airline widebody requirements for regional, medium and long haul operations, seating from 250 to over 500 passengers and sharing unique levels of operational commonality.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
Air Partner on standby to keep clients in the airThere is widespread air travel disruption across Europe this week, as French air traffic controllers in Brest, Bordeaux and Aix-en-Provence take strike action until Friday 10th March. Hundreds of flights have already been delayed or cancelled, with the UK, Spain, Italy and Ireland believed to be the areas most affected aside from France.This is just the latest instance of industrial action in a recent run that has thrown travel plans into disarray for individuals and businesses alike. In this instance, scheduled carriers are being asked to cut schedules in the affected airspace by 33% – leaving thousands of passengers stranded miles from where they need to be. At Air Partner, we are on full alert at such times, ready to help our clients find alternative aviation solutions at a moment’s notice.While privately chartered flights can also be affected by air traffic control strikes, we have the flexibility to respond to disruption in a much more effective way than scheduled airlines. For example, we can change route plans at short notice in response to flow controls, or arrange for a flight to fly to or from a smaller airfield where there is less congestion. Flying privately also means you can skip the queues and general chaos at the main hubs – which can save you more time than you think. All these factors mean that we can get our clients to their end destinations within their desired timeframes.As always, our Ops24 team and European offices are keeping a close eye on the situation and are on standby to assist anyone caught up in this latest industrial action. Our broking division has extensive experience in dealing with short-notice requests, and in times of travel uncertainty, we pride ourselves on sustaining our world-class service while providing clients with timely alternatives.No matter where they are in the world, or whatever the time, we make sure clients’ aviation needs are met – which is why so many turn to us when the unexpected happens. Whether you are trying to get home from a business trip, or need a cargo shipment urgently delivered, private air charter can make it happen.About Air Partner:Founded in 1961, Air Partner is a global aviation services group that provides worldwide solutions to industry, commerce, governments and private individuals. The Group has two divisions: Broking division, comprising air charter broking and remarketing; and the Consulting & Training division, comprising the aviation safety consultancies, Baines Simmons and Clockwork Research. For reporting purposes, the Group is structured into four divisions: Commercial Jets, Private Jets, Freight (Broking) and Consulting & Training (Baines Simmons and Clockwork Research). The Commercial Jet division charters large airliners to move groups of any size. Aircraft Remarketing, which is formed within the Commercial Jet division, provides comprehensive remarketing programmes for all types of commercial and corporate aircraft to a wide range of international clients. Private Jets offers the Company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme and on-demand charter. Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly almost any cargo anywhere, at any time. Baines Simmons is a world leader in aviation safety consulting specialising in aviation regulation, compliance and safety management. Clockwork Research is a leading fatigue risk management consultancy. Air Partner is headquartered alongside Gatwick airport in the UK. Air Partner operates 24/7 year-round and has 20 offices globally. Air Partner is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIR) and is ISO 9001:2008 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide.Source = Air Partner
From left to right: Mr. Zeng Peng, Chairman, BCEG International Investment Co., Ltd; Mr. Chang Yongchun, Deputy General Manager, BCEG; Mr. Guo Ming-Xing, General Manager, BCEG; Mr. Rainer Stampfer, President, Hotel Operations – Asia Pacific, Four Seasons; Mr. Sadawut Taechaubol, Chairman of Country Group Companies; Mr. Ben Taechaubol, Chief Executive Officer of Country Group Development PCL; Mrs. Pan Mei, Chief Financial Officer, Ping An Bank; and Mr. Jin Chao, Chief Executive Officer, Ping An Bank, Shanghai branch.Country Group Development hosts topping-off ceremonyCountry Group Development PCL (CGD), the Thailand-based international real estate developer, has come together with its partners to celebrate the completion of construction work on the Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River.A topping off ceremony was held today on the rooftop of the spectacular 73-storey riverfront tower. This impressive collection of 355 branded luxury apartments marks the luxury residential component of the Chao Phraya Estate, the landmark USD 1 billion riverfront development in central Bangkok.Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is designed to elevate waterfront living to new heights. Taking full advantage of its unrivalled waterfront position, all residences are designed as corner units with unobstructed panoramic views of Bangkok’s “River of Kings” and the glittering city skyline.Senior executives from Country Group Development, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) and Ping An Bank attended the dramatic rooftop ceremony.“Not only does this ceremony mark an essential milestone in the construction of Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, but more importantly – it represents our commitment to ensuring the timely and successful project completion to the highest specification,” said Ben Taechaubol, Chief Executive Officer of CGD.Rainer Stampfer, Four Seasons’ President of Hotel Operations – Asia Pacific, commented; “It’s truly thrilling to see the development of the world’s largest Four Seasons Private Residences come to life. Not only will residents enjoy the luxury of Bangkok’s most prestigious address, they will also benefit from the unsurpassed services and facilities provided by Four Seasons.”Also attending Thursday’s topping out ceremony was Guo Mingxing, General Manager of Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG), which was tasked with engineering this extensive waterfront development, and Ms. Pan Mei, Chief Financial Officer of the project’s financier, Ping An Bank.“BCEG has successfully undertaken several significant projects around the world, but Chao Phraya Estate is one of our most ambitious and prestigious developments to date. We choose to work with strong partners and our joint-venture with Country Group Development is a fine example of two like-minded companies coming together to create something truly special,” Mr. Guo stated.“We are extremely happy to have been part of this historic project,” commented Ping An Bank’s Ms. Pan Mei. “To see the timely milestone achievement of this development solidifies the successful partnership between PAB and CGD and reiterates our choice to pursue sustained and stable developments – which has always been the cornerstone to our success”.Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok is a 73-storey branded residence featuring 355 ultra-luxurious units and supported by world-class amenities. These include the River Lounge, a private living, dining and gallery space on the water’s edge, and a third-floor river-facing infinity pool with private cabanas, a children’s pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre and other recreational spaces. The tower will be crowned by the Four Seasons Club, an exclusive three-level facility offering an array of luxurious amenities, including a wine room, and private cinema screening area, all topped by Bangkok’s highest residential infinity pool, which overlooks the spectacular skyline from the 66th floor.Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok will form part of the Chao Phraya Estate, which spans over 350 metres of waterfront across 35-2-68 rai (14.2 acres) – one of the largest waterfront plots of land in Bangkok’s CBD. Upon completion, which is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018, the breath-taking development will also include two ultra-luxury hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River and Capella Bangkok.Source = Country Group Development
Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) TAT marks 58th AnniversaryTAT marks 58th Anniversary with traditional Thai ceremoniesThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) proudly marked the 58th anniversary of its founding with traditional Thai ceremonies to commemorate its historic role in the development and promotion of the kingdom’s leading service-sector industry.The 19 March event at the TAT headquarters, led by Mr. Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the Board of the TAT, and Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, as well as TAT’s senior executives, was attended by former TAT Governors, TAT staff, representatives from the private sector and members of the media.The ceremonies to mark the auspicious occasion included a Buddhist monk blessing ceremony; a ritual to worship the Cham Devi Shrine, which houses a statue of Chao Mae Cham Devi; and a ceremony to pay respect to the bronze image of Field Marshall Sarit Thanarat, who established the TAT in 1960.Taking place in the afternoon was a ceremony to present Buddha image to former TAT Governors for blessing and in recognition for their valued contributions. Meanwhile, TAT also held a ceremony to award senior staff for their long-serving years.TAT marks 58th Anniversary
With tourism being the priority area of the present government, there has been an overall effort to give the Tourism Department a makeover. In the first step, West Bengal Tourism revealed its brand new identity ‘Experience Bengal’. The use of the logo is associated with a new tagline ‘The Sweetest part of India’, not only to remind Bengal’s fame and glory for sweets, but to highlight the humility and sweetness of the people in front of the international and domestic tourists.After launching the new logo, West Bengal Tourism has developed completely new sets of artworks for print, outdoor and FM jingles which are in sync with the new logo. Also a new promotional film featuring Shahrukh Khan with shorter edits for television are in the making.The tourism board also participated in the TTF west series and organised a roadshow on the sidelines of TTF Ahmedabad.Rajat Kumar Bose, Director Tourism, Government of West Bengal, informed that the government has come up with a Tourism Policy, 2016 which has laid down the action plan for development of tourism in the state. The policy has laid down six primary tourist circuits in the state namely- Darjeeling Himalayas, Dooars foothills, Bengal Heritage, Coastal Bengal, Kolkata and Sundarbans mangrove within which six primary products have been identified.Efforts are on to make the official website of the Department more clutter free, visually appealing and contemporary in look for synergy. The website in its new form will be launched before the Festival season.The budgetary allocation for tourism department has increased manifold over the years, from a meager Rs 44 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 257 crore in 2015-16.To attract more private investment in the hospitality sector, the new West Bengal Incentive Scheme, 2015 has been launched with some special benefits like Floor Area Ratio (FAR) relaxation and extension of Tourism promotion assistance @75% of VAT for 5 years in respect of Mega projects.As the concept Homestay is gaining ground, government is in the process of framing a Homestay Policy taking all the aspects of registration, booking, services, safety standards etc. Emphasis has laid on improvement of infrastructure, amenities, development of PPP model and MICE tourism.As per the MoT statistics of 2015, West Bengal has scaled up one point to become the 8th preferred destination among the domestic tourists and 6th preferred amongst the international tourists. In 2015 West Bengal recorded a tourist footfall of 7,16,82,950 as against 5,04,15,685 in 2014.
Belmond has enhanced its portfolio in Peru with the acquisition of Belmond Las Casitas in Colca Canyon and the launch of Belmond Andean Explorer, which is the first luxury sleeper train in South America. The development marks progress on the company’s 2020 strategic growth plan and cements its position as leaders of luxury travel experiences in Peru.Belmond Las Casitas is a 20-room property located in the Arequipa region of Southern Peru set amongst the beautiful Andes. Blending effortlessly with the natural environment, the hotel fully matches with Belmond’s brand personality of authentic escapes that relate to nature, culture and wellbeing.Located amongst lush gardens, each individual casita features a private terrace with a heated plunge pool and views of the canyon. Built around the energy of the canyon rock, the Samay Spa offers treatments using natural ingredients from the hotel’s kitchen garden and views of the surrounding canyon, inspiring deep relaxation.Belmond Andean Explorer recently departed on its inaugural journey from Cusco to Arequipa on a two-night journey. The elegant carriages took guests through some of the most breathtakingscenery in the world; offering vast, uninterrupted views of snow-capped mountains, enormous skies, majestic lakes and herds of alpacas, llamas.The luxury train’s interior designs reflect Peruvian culture, mixing vibrant colours with natural tones and large picture windows offering the perfect vantage point of the ever-changing scenery. The train also has an observation car with an outdoor terrace that is a social hub of the train.Stepping off the train, experiences include a private tour of the floating islands on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable water in the world and lunch on a private beach with views across to the glacial peaks of La Paz, Bolivia.
Churchill Mortgage Provides Buyer, Seller Guides for Consumers “”Churchill Mortgage””:http://www.churchillmortgage.com/ has delivered more than 60,000 free educational homeownership and financing guides to thousands of consumers all over the United States, the company announced.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The Tennessee-based lender offers “”11 reports””:https://www.churchillmortgage.com/FreeReports/Default.aspx, all of which are provided in an easy to understand format. Of the available reports, the most frequently requested are: “”Buying Your First Home,”” “”Credit Action Kit,”” and “”10 Steps to a Quicker House Sale.”” Lending and refinance reports have also become more popular as mortgage rates reach new lows, the company says.””Churchill’s consultative approach and strong commitment to local borrowers are primary reasons why we offer free reports,”” said Mike Hardwick, president of Churchill Mortgage. “”Purchasing a home is one of the biggest-if not the biggest-purchases a person will ever make. It’s an intimidating process and we found it necessary to provide easy-to-read guides that address common concerns. I’m thrilled that we’ve provided our reports to thousands of individuals and families, and we look forward to providing even more.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-24 Tory Barringer October 24, 2012 410 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Share
Existing-Home Sales Expected to Slow in October November 2, 2015 555 Views Supply and demand challenges are expected to slow down existing-home sales to early summer levels at 5.44 million units, according to Auction.com’s Real Estate Nowcast.On a wider scale, Auction.com projects that existing home sales for the month of October will fall between seasonally adjusted annual rates of 5.26 and 5.61 million annual sales, with a targeted number of 5.44 million. This is 2 percent below September’s number, but still in line with sales recorded during the early summer months.“Challenges on both the supply and demand side appear to be slowing down existing home sales,” said Rick Sharga, Auction.com, EVP, “Inventory levels remain stubbornly low, especially for entry-level buyers, despite rising home prices, and credit is still very tight for the average borrower. The good news is that, considering the weaker than expected jobs numbers, and the usual seasonal dip in purchase activity, it doesn’t appear that sales will fall off significantly for the balance of the year.”Existing-home sales reversed the downward trend recorded in August due to stock market declines, and rose 4.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rates of 5.55 million in September, the highest pace since February 2007.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that September’s rebound in existing-home sales marks a year-over-year increase for 12 consecutive months and all four major regions experienced gains.Consumers received an added boost of confidence to purchase a home from the slight moderation in home prices and low mortgage rates last month, says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist.”While current price growth around 6 percent is still roughly double the pace of wages, affordability has slightly improved since the spring and is helping to keep demand at a strong and sustained pace,” Yun said.This report confirmed Auction.com’s that August’s apparent decline was an aberration.In addition, Auction.com also believes that home prices will continue to rise in October, falling between $214,269 and $236,824 for the month, with a targeted price of $225,546. This represents an 8.7 percent year-over-year increase.The NAR report for September also found that the median existing-home price for all housing types was $221,900, 6.1 percent above the $209,100 recorded during the same period last year.“The recent drop in housing followed by what appears to be a return to modest growth reminds all of us of a key economics lesson: to not overreact to a single month of data,” said Peter Muoio Auction.com, chief economist. “While last month’s housing data caused a bit of a stir among economists, industry professionals and the media, the fact is the housing market remains strong. The recent weakening of job growth is something that we are watching closely for any impact on home demand, but consumer confidence continues to rise and households are noticeably benefitting from lower energy prices.”Click here to view the full report. Share Auction.com Existing-Home Sales Home Prices 2015-11-02 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination
Economic Growth Fannie Mae Housing Market 2016-03-17 Staff Writer Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group’s March 2016 Economic and Housing Outlook, growth in the economy will likely remain flat at 2.0 percent this year.The report noted that growth in financial markets such as stocks, U.S. dollar, and oil prices, has not been enough to offset the flatness in economic growth, nor raise the gross domestic product figure. This, in turn, could mean negative implications in the housing market for the rest of the year.”Weakness in net exports and oil-related nonresidential investment as well as the ongoing inventory correction process after unsustainable accumulations during the first half of 2015 should combine to drag on growth,” the report noted.On the upside, Fannie Mae noted that positives in the economy such as strengthening domestic consumer and business spending and a healthy labor market, should outweigh those negative factors.The report noted that stocks have recovered from February lows to near their highest level this year, credit spreads have narrowed, and oil prices have climbed. Meanwhile, the economy gained some footing after a fourth quarter slowdown during which real gross domestic product grew just 1.0 percent annualized. The employment situation remains solid, with job growth rising 242,000 in February. “The current pace of job gains is more than sufficient to keep up with growth in the working age population,” Fannie Mae said.“We see lingering effects of the strong dollar, low oil prices, and soft overseas demand creating a drag on economic growth,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “However, the economy appears to have regained some footing after a slowdown in the fourth quarter of 2015, as stocks bounced back and oil prices have risen amid a strengthening labor market. Current labor market and inflation conditions continue to support our expectation of a fed funds rate hike of 25 basis points each in June and December.”Housing market activity got off to a rough start in 2016, according to Fannie Mae. Real residential investment contributed 0.3 percentage points to growth in 2015 and is expected to be similar this year. In addition, existing-home sales saw small gains in January after a huge surge in the previous month and new home sales declined, while single-family starts also fell. Home builders’ confidence was shaky in February at the lowest reading since May 2015.Inventory, which has been an unresolved issue in the housing market, remains low at 4.0 months for existing homes. New home inventory have trended upward for the last few years but remain historically low.Fannie Mae also found that home price appreciation still outpaces income growth, placing a damper on affordability in the housing market, particularly for first-time buyers. The report showed that repeat buyers could see capital gains from rising prices if they were to sell their home to purchase another.Fannie Mae forecasts that housing starts and total home sales should increase 10.9 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively, while purchase mortgage originations will rise about 4.0 percent in 2016 to $951 billion. However, with a lower mortgage rate forecast of 10 basis points in 2016, his year, Fannie Mae said refinance originations are expected to increase approximately $50 billion to $609 billion.“A less optimistic outlook for future wage gains, especially among small business employees, coupled with continued strong home price appreciation boosted by lean inventory, is adding to the housing affordability challenge,” Duncan said. “Our latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index shows that high home prices are a top reason for consumers’ perception that it’s a bad time to buy a home. However, low mortgage rates should help support moderate housing expansion as we move through the year.” March 17, 2016 590 Views Economic Growth at a Standstill, What Does This Mean for Housing? in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Share
April 12, 2019 572 Views in Headlines, News, Servicing, Technology Michigan-based Best Homes Title Agency LLC has rolled out its new and improved website. The site which is available at the same address (BestHomesTitle.com) features separate sections for commercial and residential clients.Through the website, the company has enhanced its digital offerings which include providing clients with 24/7 online access that allows them to place orders at any time, get up-to-the-minute file status, view and print closing and title documents, and easily share files. It also includes e-closing services and fraud prevention.The residential section also features a full document library, that provides free downloadable and editable forms. They include FSBO Forms and construction forms such as:Notice of CommencementNotice of FurnishingSworn StatementConditional and Unconditional WaiversThe library also features easily downloadable documents and forms related to mortgage, escrow, land contracts, power of attorney, purchase agreements, and more.New customers can get free instant title quotes through the website’s mobile and desktop app, while its client portal helps existing customers to retrieve and manage all their title documents. The website also gives detailed descriptions of the services offered by Best Homes Title, which include:Owner & lender title insuranceFor sale by owner, new purchase, refinance, construction, cash transactionsCommercial closingsEscrow agentTitle & abstract searchesForeclosure guaranteesBest Homes Title Agency sees itself as a curator of what has made business great through American history while forging a strong footing in this ever-changing technological landscape. With a goal to bring value to customers through creative and cost-effective solutions.With 11 offices across Michigan, Best Homes Title is licensed to operate in 13 states and provides referrals across the country. Best Homes Title is a member of various title associations which include, American Land Title Association, Michigan Land Title Association, and Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association. Its sister company, Schneiderman & Sherman is a member of the Legal League 100. Best Homes Title Website Gets a New Look Best Homes Titles Documentation mortgage Schneiderman & Sherman Title 2019-04-12 Radhika Ojha Share
in Headlines, News, Technology May 17, 2019 519 Views CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider has announced new valuation services, software solutions and platform enhancements for mortgage lenders embracing the industry’s appraisal-modernization initiatives. Lenders, appraisers and appraisal management companies can easily and immediately implement these changes via CoreLogic’s ecosystem of valuation services, software, and collateral management platforms.As opportunities to implement an efficient, multi-contributor appraisal process have increased, CoreLogic has leveraged its suite of well-known, market-leading services and valuation technology platforms to create a full-spectrum valuation solution for lenders. CoreLogic has delivered tens of thousands of bifurcated valuations for the HELOC market to date. The TOTAL for Mobile application for appraisers processes over 100,000 on-site property inspections every month. CoreLogic collateral management platforms facilitate millions of orders to appraisers, inspectors, and title agents each year.“We can help our clients modernize and streamline their business anywhere along the appraisal work stream. From full-service appraisal management to self-service workflow platforms with direct connections to appraisers, CoreLogic has a proven solution,” said Vicki Chenault, Executive, CoreLogic Collateral Valuation Group.CoreLogic is prepared to help ensure vendor and lender readiness to meet the increased demand for bifurcated and other hybrid valuation products. “Between our services, software platforms, and training programs, CoreLogic is the absolute clear choice for any company looking to gain speed and efficiency in their appraisal and valuation operations,” Chenault concluded.Through its enhanced property data solutions, services and technologies, California-based CoreLogic enables real estate professionals, financial institutions, insurance carriers, government agencies, and other housing market participants to help millions of people find, acquire and protect their homes. Share CoreLogic Updates Collateral Valuation System Appraisal CoreLogic HOUSING Valuation 2019-05-17 Radhika Ojha
Opposition to Legislation That Could Harm Housing Affordability in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Secondary Market 11 days ago 188 Views The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced it opposes the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, stating it would mandate “overly costly” requirements that would harm housing affordability. The bill would also discourage states from amending codes to meet specific needs, and could encourage the Department of Energy (DOE) to move beyond its current role as a “technical advisor,” and bring forth “costly energy targets.” The NAHB, though, is supporting bipartisan legislation that offers a more cost-effective way to encourage energy efficiency. Introduced by Representatives Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) and Bill Flores (R-Texas), the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act would “accelerate cost-savings” for homeowners by requiring that any proposal supported by the DOE has a payback of 10 years or fewer. Additionally, the DOE would be prohibited from advocating for certain technologies, building materials, or construction practices. Affordability is an issue touching all markets across the nation. In June, Unison’s 2019 Home Affordability Report found that it now takes 14 years for those making a median income to save for a 20% down payment on a median-price homes, meaning many prospective millennial homebuyers won’t achieve homeownership until their 40s.The report states that the monthly payment needed to support a home purchase with a down payment of 20% grew by 12% between 2017 and 2018, far outpacing the growth of income during that period of 6%.Unison added that it takes prospective homebuyers in Los Angeles, California, an average of 43 years to save the necessary 20% for a down payment on a median-priced home. Prospective homebuyers in Detroit, Michigan, have to wait just seven years, the shortest in the nation, to save the necessary 20%.Increases in home prices are continuing to rise, as CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index revealed home prices rose 3.6% year-over-year in May 2019. The report adds that CoreLogic is forecasting prices to increase 5.6% from May 2019 to May 2020. The May 2019 gains was lower than the 6.4% increase of May 2018, but a slight increase from March 2019’s 3.3%. Afffordability Legislation 2019-07-22 Mike Albanese Share
Tropical distributors reduce shrink by 50% with Ha … Jazz apples off to Japan to Jazz up Golden Week … PRESS RELEASELos Alamitos, CA – Frieda’s Specialty Produce will celebrate the 95th birthday of its founder and produce industry pioneer, Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, on Friday, August 10.Despite the company’s birthday paid time-off policy, Frieda plans on coming in to the office on her birthday anyway. “I already have Thursdays off, that’s enough PTO for me,” she said. The subject of the 2015 documentary film “Fear No Fruit,” Frieda became the first woman in the U.S. to own and operate a produce company on the all-male Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. Starting with the unusual and new-to-market specialties including the successful introduction of kiwifruit to the American market in 1962, Frieda and her company would go on to inspire new food experiences for chefs and home cooks by introducing more than 200 exotic fruits and vegetables to American consumers over the years, including Sunchokes®, dragon fruit, habanero peppers, jicama, and Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes. Sun Pacific hires citrus veteran for VP of sales … Del Rey sees amazing opportunity in Peru … You might also be interested in In 1979, Frieda was the first woman to receive The Packer’s “Produce Man of the Year” award, which she handed back to the organizer. The award was soon renamed “The Produce Marketer of the Year,” and she received a new plaque with that title. In 1990, the Los Angeles Times’ “A Dozen Who Shaped the ‘80s” featured Frieda alongside Steve Jobs, Michael Eisner, and Jane Fonda.Frieda has received numerous awards and honors for her achievements over the years, including an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from CSU-Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for her achievements as one of the nation’s most successful female entrepreneurs. Currently, Frieda serves on the Board of Dramatic Results, a nonprofit agency that solves educational challenges by providing integrated arts programs to students and teachers in over 40 public school campuses in California, Oregon, and Alaska.Wish Frieda a happy birthday or share your favorite Frieda moment or how she has inspired you on social media on August 10, using hashtag #ThanksFrieda. August 06 , 2018
Australia: Queensland govt boosts TR4 funding, cal … Australia ups efforts against Queensland fruit fly … Carrots, Australia’s largest vegetable export, are at the forefront of the agreement with tariffs to be cut to 10% (down from 25%) for 5000 metric tons (MT) per year, increasing to 10,000MT after 10 years, and tariffs eliminated after 15 years.There will also be improved access for key Australian citrus exports.For mandarins, the tariff will be cut immediately to 10% (from 25%) for 7,500MT per year and reduced over time down to 0% after 20 years for an unlimited volume.For oranges, there will be duty-free access for 10,000MT, increasing 5% each year, while for lemons and limes here will be duty-free access for 5,000MT, increasing 2.5% each yearTariffs on potatoes will be cut immediately to 10% (from 25%) for 10,000MT per year, and after five years tariff further reduced to 5% for 12,500MT per year. AUSVEG welcomes first female ag minister … Australia’s National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed the recently signed free trade agreement with Indonesia, which will give improved market access for a range of agricultural products including carrots and citrus.It said “wide-ranging wins” for farmers were at the heart of the much much-anticipated Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), signed in Indonesia on March 4.”Today represents real tangible benefits to the hip pocket of many Australian farmers,” said National Farmers’ Federation CEO Tony Maharsaid. “IA-CEPA will deliver improved market access for live cattle, feed grains, beef, sheepmeat, dairy, sugar, fruit, carrots, potatoes and honey.”The tariff relief represents an extra AUD$5-10 million to Australia’s fresh vegetable exports per annum, Mahar said. You might also be interested in Australian table grape season in China “outstandin … March 05 , 2019
conferencesDiveplanitdiversdivingSolomon Islands IMAGE: Divers at Bonegi Beach This week the Solomon Islands played host to the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society’s (SPUMS) 48th Annual Scientific Meeting. The conference, held at the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel in Honiara, attracted just over 100 delegates.While many came from Australia and nearby Pacific nations, some came from as far away as South Africa, the Middle East, Washington DC and the United Kingdom. The five-day conference included practical underwater sessions each morning, with scientific meetings each afternoon.Providing conference facilities for 100 delegates is not a challenge for most hotels around the world, even in small Pacific nations such as the Solomon Islands. The challenge for organisers Diveplanit Travel, however, was getting this large group of delegates diving every day – with only one small dive centre in Honiara that has a normal capacity of around 12 divers.This enormous task was managed by Diveplanit Travel with help from many local businesses. Transportation for divers was provided by Travel Solomons, and dive guides were flown in from Dive Munda to assist the team at local dive centre Tulagi Dive. Help also came in various ways from other dive operators around the Solomon Islands, including Raiders Hotel & Dive, Dive Gizo, the Bilikiki and Solomons PNG Master liveaboards, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and Solomon Airlines.Here are the numbers:102 – total number of SPUMS delegates124 – SCUBA tanks filled at Honiara Fire Station each day68 – divers in the water every day (81 divers in total)94 – day trips managed by Travel SolomonsAccording to Diveplanit’s Deborah Dickson-Smith, benefits to the tourism industry are already evident. “Thirty or so delegates chose to extend their time in the Solomon Islands on pre and post-conference trips visiting other dive-rich areas including Tulagi, Munda, Gizo and Uepi Island and many more have enquired about return trips.”L-R Tourism Solomons Josefa Tuomatu and Fiona Teama, Diveplanit’s Simon Mallender, Permanent Secretary Andrew Nihopara and SPUMS president Professor David SmartSpeaking of the mammoth undertaking, Diveplanit’s Simon Mallender acknowledged the tremendous support received from the Minister for Tourism & Culture and Tourism Solomons.“We’re incredibly thankful to Tourism Solomons, the Ministry of Tourism & Culture and Solomon Airlines for their unwavering support, and to local business owners for stepping up to the challenge of managing such a large group of divers.”Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto, said that with tourism – growing in importance as a key economic driver for the Solomon Islands – the opportunity to host the SPUMS event represented a huge opportunity for the country.“International divers make up a large percentage of the 30,000-odd international visitors we host every year and the positive feedback we know will emanate from our staging of this event will undoubtedly create major awareness of our dive capability within the international dive community.”Wreck at HoniaraDickson-Smith says while the SPUMS Annual Scientific Meeting is fairly unique conference, organisations are looking more and more to marine-based activities to compliment conferences and corporate events. Last month, Diveplanit organised a charter for 100 delegates aboard Captain Cook Cruises Fiji’s Reef Endeavour; members of the Sydney Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organisation. The itinerary included three days of island-hopping, early morning yoga sessions, snorkel tours led by marine biologists, Discover SCUBA experiences and shark diving. Diveplanit is now in early planning stages for another similar event in Fiji’s Beqa Lagoon – raising the bar a bit higher, with the challenge of managing 120 divers every day for a week.
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cornerback Jamell Fleming took to Twitter Friday night and proudly donned his brand new Cardinals attire.“Here I come! #BirdGang!” said Fleming on his Twitter page.Fleming, who’s speed and physical presence was coveted by the Cardinals, was drafted 80th overall by the team.General Manager Rod Graves said Fleming was the “highest-rated player on our board.”Fleming has enjoyed tremendous success playing in Arizona. He was named the defensive MVP in both Oklahoma’s Insight Bowl win vs. Iowa last season and in the Fiesta Bowl win vs. Connecticut after the 2010 campaign. Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Cards’ 27-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.Fitzgerald caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in Arizona’s third straight win to start the season. His 37-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Kevin Kolb put the Cardinals up 17-0 midway through the second quarter.With his second catch against Philadelphia, Fitzgerald became the youngest player in the history of the National Football League to reach the 700-reception plateau. He accomplished the feat at 29 years, 23 days old, eclipsing Dallas tight end Jason Witten who reached 700 catches at 30 years, 133 days old. Top Stories Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Fitzgerald is the first wide receiver in team history to win the weekly award twice — he was also named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week following the Cardinals’ win at Philadelphia in 2011. – / 12 Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away