As Sales of Lake County Properties Rise, Local Expert Outlines Reasons to Move Here

Lakeport, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2013

As the median home price and number of sales in the market for Lake County properties rise, leading local Realtor Cassie Pivniska takes the opportunity to report on the primary reasons homebuyers cite for moving to the area. Its a varied and extensive list that includes reasonably priced real estate and a high quality of life.

Lake County is still something of a hidden jewel, but thats been changing in recent years as more and more people are discovering the myriad joys that living and vacationing here brings, says Pivniska, who specializes in all kinds of properties throughout the region, from Lakeport, CA real estate to vineyards, ranches and vacant land. To those of us who live here its no surprise at all why all kinds of buyers want to move to our area or invest in a Lake County vacation property. Apart from the fact that were easily accessible from San Francisco, Sacramento and the Napa Valley, we have our own award-winning wineries, we never run out of fun things to do, and were home to Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the state.

Lake County also boasts the cleanest air in California. It tied with Maui in 8th place in the American Lung Association (ALA)s ranking of the Top 25 Cleanest Counties for Year-round Particle Pollution. It also numbers among the Cleanest Counties for Ozone Air Pollution.

As proof of the regions enduring appeal as well as the current positive economic climate, the housing market here has performed well in the past year. December 2012s median sales price was higher by 11.7 percent compared to the same period in 2011 and the number of home sales rose by 6.8 percent.

Its definitely a good time to invest in property in Lake County, says Pivniska, and whether youre interested in residential Kelseyville, CA real estate or a large parcel of land, I can point you in the right direction.

For more information on Lake County, its real estate market, and the wide range of services Cassie Pivniska provides, visit her website at or schedule a consultation with her directly.

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Top 10 Reasons to Retire in Western North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina (PRWEB) February 27, 2013

After decades of research, Real Estate Scorecard reveals the top 10 reasons why Baby Boomers choose to retire in Western North Carolina:


There are hundreds of artists who live near the best of Asheville NC and they dont mind welcoming you into their art studios. For example, in downtown Asheville, NC along the French Broad River in the River Arts District, you’ll find 165 year round working artist studios. Thirty minutes to the north in Burnsville NC, the Toe River Studio Tour takes place twice a year where youll find 100 more local artists opening their studio doors to the public.


A lady said to Real Estate Scorecard recently, If you dont stay young living in this place, its your own darn fault! Science has proven a stimulated mind and body improves the quality of our life, especially as we age. Real Estate Scorecard considers Asheville NC to be ahead of the curve by recognizing how desirable this region has become to retirees and delivering community forums geared towards mature adults. For example, the University of North Carolina Asheville founded the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. The NCCCR offers an impressive list of lifelong learning courses for mature adults and cultural entertainment on campus.


Do you know by living beyond the city limits of Asheville NC, you can save $ 665 per $ 100,000 of your homes value in real estate taxes per year. On a $ 300k home, you will save about $ 2,000 per year or $ 166 per month. If you are concerned about real estate tax increases, move to a county whose infrastructure is in place and is up to date. Study the hospitals, public school system and roadways in addition to evaluating the best master planned communities. Study the countys annual budget and future capital improvements. If a county needs to build and expand social services, it would be reasonable to expect property tax increases.


Getting in and out of Western North Carolina to see your family and friends is quick, easy and is becoming less expensive. Asheville Regional Airport ( AVL ) currently offers the following non-stop flights from these major cities:

Atlanta – Delta Charlotte – U S Airways Chicago – United Detroit – Delta Houston – Continental Newark – Continental Orlando – Allegiant Philadelphia – U S Airways


From the farm to the dinner table, if eating healthy food is important to you, there is no better place to live than in Western North Carolina. How you’ll wish you had more time to shop at all the Saturday Green Markets and organic health food stores in the area. The city of Asheville appeals to the most demanding taste buds and health conscious obsessions. Ashevillians pride themselves on fresh grown mountain produce. Apples, herbs, homemade cheeses, breads, grass fed beef and free range poultry are just a few of the items you can find at the 88 tail gate markets in the Appalachian Mountain range.


Asheville, NC – Bele Chere Festival

Asheville, NC – Big Band Swing and Dance Weekend

Asheville, NC – Comedy Classic Weekend

Asheville, NC – Festival of Flowers

Asheville, NC – Winter Warmer Beer Festival

Black Mountain, NC – Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF)

Brevard, NC – White Squirrel Festival

Hendersonville, NC – North Carolina Apple Festival

Waynesville, NC – Folkmoot USA


From the Virginia state line at mile post 216.9 south to mile post 469.1 bordering Tennessee and Western North Carolina, this 253 mile stretch is among the most scenic roadways in America overlooking more than 1,000,000 acres of protected national forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes through the Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest and leads to the gateway of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Blue Ridge Parkway is easily accessible from Asheville.


Dating back to 1565, the first master planned community in the US was established in St. Augustine Florida. Master planned communities are carefully planned and usually designed around a theme such as golf, tennis, equestrian or beach activities. In Western North Carolina, the are a number of high quality best master planned communities to choose from.


Mission Hospital Asheville, NC – Ranked a Top 100 Heart Hospital

As bizarre as it sounds, your chance of dying in Mission Hospital Asheville are 21% less than a typical hospital according to Dr. Ronald A. Paulus, president and CEO of Mission Health. The Asheville Mission Hospital Health system is ranked among the Top 15 Health Care Systems in the country by Thomson Reuters, a measurement of excellence. Asheville Mission Hospitals comprehensive geriatric specialties serve the community by providing preventive care and inpatient care in the heart of Western North Carolina.


Whether youre a Florida half backer seeking to escape the summer heat or a northerner leaving the frigid winters behind, Western North Carolina offers four mild seasons, incredible mountain beauty, intriguing art, rich culture, quick access to major cities and home affordability. How many more reasons would you need to retire in Western North Carolina?

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REMI Announces its Top 3 Reasons to Go Commercial

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) January 05, 2013

The Real Estate Marketing Insider announced its top 3 reasons for real estate agents around the country to add commercial properties to their inventory in the new year. The list was prompted by news out of Sacramento that the local commercial real estate market is showing signs of life and growth in the early days of 2013.

Sacramento was hit hard by the housing crash of 2008, but its residential numbers began to improve at the beginning of 2012. Now, a year later, commercial real estate in the area is finally picking up steam. The movement is vast, and varied. New commercial tenants in the area include Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and Sprouts. Existing commercial lessees, like Track 7 Brewing, are looking to expand in the new year.

This growth is only the beginning. Many analysts are predicting further expansion in the commercial real estate market this year. REMI believes that this growth isnt limited to Sacramento, and that all realtors should look at commercial holdings for their portfolio. Here are the Real Estate Marketing Insiders Top 3 reasons for real estate agents to get their hands on commercial properties:

1.????Big-Ticket Sales. While luxury housing and some residential properties can deliver big sales (and big commissions), the prices of housing pale in comparison to the tickets possible with commercial real estate. One of Sacramentos most prominent commercial deals in 2012 was a purchase of warehouses and office buildings by a New York investment firm. The price of the deal: $ 600 million, with the assumption that rents will rise. Track 7 Brewing pays the lowest rent in their commercial complex roughly $ 1100/month. Thats substantially higher than most residential properties in Sacramento.

2.????Built-in Publicity. Realtors can build reputation in many different ways, but working with commercial clients can be a big help with no extra work. Commercial buyers often look at a realtors track record with previous clients when deciding who to work with to purchase space; if businesses do well after buying new space through a given realtor, the agent must have an eye for business potential. A resume of successful placement for business clients can endear a realtor to the commercial world, and become an important component of a real estate marketing plan.

3.????Growth potential. While the residential market will grow in 2013, the commercial market is poised to grow even more. Business-friendly tax policy changes will encourage new small businesses, and those enterprises will need commercially-zoned space to do business. A realtor poised to suit their needs could see their commissions skyrocket in 2013.

The Real Estate Marketing Insider announced its Top 3 Reasons for realtors to include commercial property in their real estate portfolio. REMI advised agents that commercial property can lead to big-ticket sales, free publicity if client businesses do well, and potential for growth.

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The Real Estate Marketing Insider is the internets premiere source for real estate tips, news, and analysis. REMI helps real estate buyers, sellers, and agents stay informed through daily reports and up-to-the-minute news.

American Sentinel University Profiles Seven Reasons to Pursue a GIS Masters Degree

AURORA, Colo. (PRWEB) December 18, 2012

As more dollars are earmarked for geographic information systems (GIS) technology in corporate and government landscapes, the demand is greater than ever for highly educated technologists who can apply geospatial concepts and insights to strategic development and decision making.

2012 has been the year of GIS and has been fueled by the current trend in location-based services. GIS has become the framework for analysis and decision making in most industries and economic sectors. Many companies are incorporating location-based data into their strategic planning, business decision making and competitive position, says Dr. Stephen McElroy, GIS program chair at American Sentinel University.

Dr. McElroy says now is an excellent time for GIS technology professionals to make themselves more marketable and shares seven reasons why now is a great time to earn an online GIS masters degree to help maximize professional impact in almost any industry.

1. GIS Saves Lives. Within the past two years, GIS technology helped survivors in more than two-dozen natural disasters, including the Japan tsunami, Joplin tornadoes and most recently, Hurricane Sandy. The world is increasingly at risk every year from the number of natural disasters and needs highly educated GIS professionals.

2. Existing Positions Now Require GIS. As companies begin to understand that location-based data is the key to better decision making, many organizations are adding basic GIS duties, such as mapping demographic information, to existing positions.

For example, a district manager in a fast food chain must now create theoretical customer models using GIS for purchasing real estate. Six years ago, a GIS technician would have executed this job, but now the average businessman or woman understands the software. However, these same companies still hire well-educated, highly experienced GIS professionals to build programs or educate these district managers. In other words, theres greater opportunity for top-level GIS pros.

3. Foreign Governments. As smaller governments are just beginning to use GIS technology, the consulting opportunities for high-level GIS personnel are only just beginning in the international market.

4. Google. Google has changed the world since its inception and its been one of the greatest GIS technology contributors since 2004. In October 2011, Google Earth announced one billion downloads. PC World also named Google Maps the most reliable and easy to use map on the Internet. The tech firm has also invested in smaller GIS companies, like Navagis, to build future GIS infrastructure. Simply put, Google makes smart business decisions and theyre investing a lot into GIS.

5. Military Technology. The government spends more on new military technology than most states earn annually. Each year, the technology is enhanced with more superior GIS equipment than the year before. Unfortunately, most of the new technology is classified. But, we do know the military works with only the top minds to perfect the next big thing.

6. Health Care is Bound by Geography. Disease surveillance can highlight important information that hospitals can use to anticipate volumes and demands for resources and outreach, says Kathy Wright, DNP, APRN, C-PNP, an American Sentinel University assistant professor of nursing. GIS can also be of vital importance to strategic planning, regulatory compliance, financial forecasting, business development and risk management for hospitals.

7. GIS is Crucial to Almost Every Industry. Every second of the day, different types of data are being generated in different ways, within different systems, communities and organizations in different locations all around the world. Traditional businesses, not-for-profits and local and federal government organizations have identified that this complex flow of data is the next frontier of business performance, market competitiveness and innovative, informed decision making in nearly everything we choose to do. While the data types may vary in their core content, their source and their meaning, one key factor applies to all types of data and is proving to be the critical factor in allowing this data to be truly valuable location.

Dr. McElroy points out that for professionals to use location-based information in assessing real-world problems and providing solutions, they must have an advanced level of higher education that includes knowledge and skills in areas such as spatial analysis, remote sensing, applied geography, cartography and computer science skills that can only be acquired from a GIS masters program.

Learn more about American Sentinel Universitys GIS masters degree program at

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American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited associate, bachelor’s and master’s online degree programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors, including information technology, computer science, GIS masters programs, online GIS certificates, computer information systems and business intelligence degrees. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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The Top Five Reasons Why San Antonio Real Estate Market is Looking Up

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For everyone still reeling from the tough San Antonio real estate market in 2010, it’s now time to get up, dust yourself off, and look forward to a more promising 2010.

Don’t expect the market to surge ahead quickly, though, as regrouping from the last year’s national recession is going to take time. However, many real estate professionals are quite optimistic that 2010 will be a better year for anyone involved in the San Antonio real estate industry.

The San Antonio Board of Realtors, in fact, has projected not only an increase in the number of home sales, but also price appreciation for San Antonio real estate. In other words, for everyone who has managed to survive last year’s hit, it’s going to be a much better year ahead.

There are some sticking points in the San Antonio real estate market, make no doubt. For example, home builders are still finding it difficult to get financing to complete projects. And on the other side of the loan process, many would-be homeowners are still being turned down by banks for home loans. Short sales and foreclosures have no doubt had a negative impact on the lending industry over the past year, so it only makes sense that lending will continue to remain fairly tight during the upcoming year.

1. However, the San Antonio real estate market for homes priced under $ 200,000 are sure to experience the biggest jump, both in sales and real estate appreciation. There is currently a 5.9-month supply of homes priced under $ 200,000 on the market; a six-month inventory is generally considered to a balanced market.

2. Combine that with low interest rates and the extension of the federal homebuyer tax credit, and there appears to be plenty of interested buyers entering the real estate market in 2010.Homes priced over $ 1 million are still struggling, though, and will likely to continue to struggle throughout the upcoming year. In fact, this market is now inundated with a 61 month inventory of homes.

3. Many analysts see the upswing in the San Antonio real estate market to continue, as demand for homes usually coincides with consumer confidence, which has continued to improve over the last few months.

4. San Antonio is also expected to see an increase in its real estate market because job losses continue to decline. As San Antonio starts creating new jobs in the upcoming year, San Antonio real estate demand will certainly follow suit. San Antonio recently announced the addition of thousands of new jobs in the military and private sector, which means that there will be an influx of workers looking for homes.

5. A recent study conducted by Metrostudy found that builders in San Antonio are expected to build about 8,000 homes this year, a nearly 12 percent increase from 2008. The sales incentives and discounts being offered by builders are sure to spur the growth of new homes sales throughout San Antonio, and are sure to help rebuild San Antonio’s bruised housing market.

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