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Thursday, 15 April 2010 11:37

How to Spot Drywood Termites

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Drywood TermitesSpring is here and so are the termites... 

Yes, spring brings lots of flowers, warm days, beautiful sunsets on the beach, lots of college kids and definitely more bugs—including those pesky termites. Spring is a time when drywood termites swarm and you just might find them in your home.

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EmailChoosing the right email address as a small business owner is a vital step in setting up the communication lines for the company. There are several criteria that must be met.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010 15:36

Our Bustling Real Estate Market

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Pam Ryan Anderson of Ryan RealtyThe word is finally out—this is THE time to be buying real estate! Prices are low, interest rates are low, and you can still qualify for either the first-time home buyer rebate of $8,000 or 10% of your purchase price, whichever is less, or the rebate for people that are stepping up in price and buying a more expensive home.

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Plan B Expo

Tuesday, March 23rd, Plan B Expo will hold Lean, Green and Mean Business at the Conmy Center at Our Lady of Lourdes in Dunedin. The focus of the expo will be health and wellness, green and safe products, financially beneficial goods and services, and business opportunities. The event will feature over 120 vendors and exhibitors, representing businesses from sole proprietors to major corporations.

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Federal Housing Authority Makes Changes to Home Loan RequirementsThe FHA has typically been a good avenue for first-time home buyers, allowing buyers that have less than perfect credit, very little money down, gift money from family members, explanations about credit problems that other lenders would balk at, or a high ratio of debt compared to their income, be able to purchase a home.  However, the FHA announced at the end of January that they are making changes to their program in order to lessen the number of FHA foreclosures.

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Real Estate Sales are Up!As 2009 wound down, real estate wound UP!  The year ended in a frenzy of real estate sales with Realtors showing and selling property like crazy, lenders too busy to get to files, Title Companies having to juggle things to get to closings – WOW!  What a great way to end 2009! 

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A new house for a new year! Holiday house hunting

The Ultimate Shopping for the Holidays: House Hunting! 

Even though I’ve been selling real estate for almost a quarter of a century (Man, that seems like a long time!) it always surprises me how busy real estate gets just before the Holidays. This year one of the best gifts you can give yourself is a new home. Prices are lower than they’ve been in prob¬ably two decades, interest rates are down, and there are tons of deals just waiting for their new owner.

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The Digital Art Gallery - Photo by Heidi LuxPainter and photographer Leni Betes, originally from Spain, is perhaps best known for her signature collection of delicate and life-like flowers (previously on display at Downtown Clearwater's Pangea Café in the Spring of 2009). Betes originally created one painting of each flower and reproduces multiple copies of her images through the process of giclée (a high-quality method of making fine art print replicas of paintings), and is now offering this process for hire at her Clearwater store, The Digital Art Gallery.
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:02

Chef Theo Tillson Returns to Nature's Food Patch

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Chef Theo TillsonChef Theo Tillson will return to Nature's Food Patch as the Food Service Director after a long hiatus. Chef Tillson held this position for the health food store from 1997 to 2002.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009 14:28

Black Friday Sales Clearwater Listings

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Black Friday SalesBlack Friday is the name given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving. This day marks the first day of the Christmas shopping season, and is a popular day for shopping since many people have the day off of work, and many stores offer wonderful sales.

The term “Black Friday” refers to the accounting practice of marking negative amounts in red ink, and positive amounts in black ink. It is supposedly such a lucrative day for retailers it makes their books go from “in the red” to “in the black,” hence the term, “Black Friday.”

Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:10

DV&A Huge Warehouse Sale and to Take Place Dec 5 and 6

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The DV&A Warehouse Sale Will Take Place December 5 and 6 - Photo by Brad KuglerEntertainment liquidators DV&A will open their Palm Harbor premises to the public for their Fifth Annual DV&A Warehouse Sale, on the weekend of December 5th and 6th. “It gets bigger every year,” says Brad Kugler, Chief Operating Officer of DV&A’s Florida offices, noting that this year is no exception. “It’ll be really fun.”

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The new location of Intuition Salon and Spa - Photo by RGP MediaIntuition Salon & Spa, a downtown Clearwater fixture for over eight years, has expanded again despite a tough economy. On October 16th, Clearwater City Councilman John Doran was on hand to help cut the ribbon on Intuition’s new location at 432A Cleveland Street (entrance on Ft. Harrison). The space is over three times the size of the former location on Laura Street, featuring twice the facilities to service clients with everything from hair styling and mani-pedi’s to spa treatments. Intuition specializes in natural and organic products and services, and owner Dawn Shannon thinks this, plus excellent customer service, contributes to her continuing success and growth.

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The Tax Credit for First Time Homebuyers Has Been ExtendedHONEY – STOP THE CAR! THE $8,000 REBATE ISN’T OVER YET!!!

If you gave up hope that you could buy a home before November 30 and qualify for the first-time homebuyers tax credit, you’re going to love this news!

Thursday, 29 October 2009 14:52

Website Designing and Marketing Tips - SEO

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How Will People Find My Website?

SEO Friendly Website TipsBuilding a website that gets frequent visits can seem difficult: there are literally tens of billions of pages listed in search engines, and there are thousands of registered domain names, most of them we don't know or remember. How does one put oneself above this sea of websites and actually get some business from your cyberspace real estate?

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Plastic Handcuffs - One Man's Alternative to BankrupcyCredit card debt is a problem for many people, but one man’s negative experience with it has inspired him to help others.

Peter Repak, president and founder of Clear Financial – a debt settlement company – emigrated from Hungary with his wife. In order to establish credit when he arrived in America, as is required in modern times, Repak got a credit card. He paid his bills on time, never missing a payment, but found himself in hot water when his wife became ill. She required two very expensive surgeries, and was unable to get health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. Under such financial strain, Repak called his credit card company, to ask if it would be alright to miss a single payment. The company said yes, assuring him there would be no penalties. However, Repak soon discovered the company had raised his interest rate from 6% to 29%. He was financially ruined.

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The Lobster Pot - Photo by Simaen SkolfeldOn September 15th, the Harborview Center in Downtown Clearwater played host to the Taste of Clearwater. This annual event provides attendees with the opportunity to sample food from more than fifty restaurants and five beverage providers in the Clearwater area. Samples and tastings were free with the purchase of the $20 admission ticket. An estimated 1,000 people attended the event this year. There was “a variety of dishes from American cuisine to more exotic fare – from hamburgers and spicy wings to sashimi and Thai food,” said Sherri Callahan of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The goal [of the event] is to bring the community together for food and fun.”

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