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first_imgKorean Air to resume services to Russia’s summer destinationsCommencing April 21st, Korean Air will resume services between South Korea’s Incheon and Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg. The airline will operate three flights a week, utilizing Airbus A330 aircraft equipped with AVOD in all seats and accommodating up to 218 passengers.A gateway to northern Europe, St. Petersburg is a major European cultural center with a rich heritage and centuries old traditions. The city is home to more than two hundred museums; the best known being the famous Hermitage Museum. Korean Air is well known for its support of arts and culture and has sponsored the audio guide service at the Hermitage Museum since 2009.On May 13th, Korean Air will also resume seasonal flights between Incheon and Irkutsk, a city known as a gateway to Siberia and famed for its natural beauty. The service will operate twice a week, utilizing a B737-900 aircraft seating 159 passengers in two classes, equipped with AVOD in all seats.Geographically located at the border of Russia and Mongolia, Irkutsk is a popular tourism destination and the starting point for tours to Lake Baikal, considered to be the oldest, deepest and clearest freshwater lake in the world, also known as the ‘Blue Eye of Siberia’.Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 24 million passengers in 2015. Korean Air operates in excess of 462 flights per day to 129 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 167 aircraft including ten A380s. Fly Korean AirSource = Korean Airlast_img read more

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first_imgSource = Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts opens oceanfront property in Hua HinMövenpick Hotels & Resorts opens oceanfront property in Hua HinMövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin features 96 expansive suites and pool villas overlooking Thailand’s stunning gulf coast.Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce the debut of Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin, a stylish oceanfront property overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. The five-star property – previously the Asara Villa & Suite Hua Hin – has undergone a complete rebranding and refurbishment. The upscale resort blends contemporary design with traditional Thai charm in a prime beachside beauty spot surrounded by lush tropical gardens and soothing pools.Featuring a collection of 96 private suites and pool villas, the property is a haven of tranquillity, while being conveniently located just 10 minutes from the centre of Hua Hin and a two-hour drive from Bangkok.“Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most desirable beach destinations, and we are delighted to unveil such a stunning property on this golden stretch of coastline,” commented Mark Willis, President – Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “Our commitment to making moments for our guests, combined with Thailand’s famous hospitality and the resort’s spectacular beachfront setting, will create unforgettable experiences for everyone who stays at the hotel.”The resort’s 120 sqm suites offer large balconies or terraces featuring day beds, as well as bathrooms with indoor and outdoor rain showers and bathtubs, while the one- and two-bedroom villas span 150 and 200 sqm, respectively, and include luxurious indoor living areas, outdoor decks and private plunge pools.For the ultimate tropical lifestyle experience, the 400 sqm two-bedroom beachfront villa offers three separate pavilions, its own private beach area, large outdoor decks and a plunge pool overlooking the sea.Guests have a choice of two exquisite restaurants at the resort with a wide selection of authentic Thai cuisine, fresh seafood and international gourmet dishes on the menus. The restaurants offer indoor, terrace, poolside and beachfront seating options with cocktails and cool drinks served at the tropical beach bar.For fitness and relaxation, the property offers the Asara Spa, as well as a modern, well-equipped fitness room, private outdoor infinity swimming pool and resort gardens that are ideal for taking a peaceful stroll.“Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin is an intimate tropical retreat and the perfect place to get away from it all,” said Simon Dell, the resort’s General Manager. “Its idyllic location, spacious accommodation and extensive amenities appeal to a wide range of guests, from couples seeking a romantic break in paradise to families looking to spend quality time together. It is also an incredible destination for events and weddings.”Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin is the latest addition to Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ extensive collection in Thailand. It joins six existing hotels in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.Special opening rates start from THB 5,930 for a Junior Suite with breakfast valid until 30 September 2018.More information is available at www.movenpick.com/hua-hinlast_img read more

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first_imgSource = JNTO Japan National Tourism Organization partners with VICEJapan National Tourism Organization partners with VICEJapan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has partnered with youth media VICE to produce the new inspirational and travel-centric video series, Flavours of Tohoku.The series explores Japan’s beautiful northern Tohoku region to showcase the spectacular natural wonders, age-old culture, diverse festival activities and mesmerising food.Hopping on and off the region’s beautiful train lines, VICE host Bridie Shepherd traverses the wild forests and mountains of the northernmost point of Honshu island, with each stop offering an opportunity to immerse herself in Tohoku’s majestic culture. Meeting its characters and indulging in the region’s most sought-out flavours, Flavours of Tohoku takes in the world’s best sake and Japan’s great seafood, alongside onsen (hot springs), cacophonic lantern festivals, and epic samurai battles set deep within the region’s epic mountain ranges.Visit the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Akita and Yamagata with us.“Japan is full of new discoveries, especially in the Tohoku region which many travellers are unaware of. Tohoku boasts not only great local cuisine but also enchanting/awe-inspiring wilderness and cultural traditions.” said Kana Wakabayashi, Executive Director of JNTO Sydney Office.” We would love to share this area with intrepid travellers who are willing to challenge themselves and experience something beyond the big cities. “Royce Akers, Creative Director VICE Australia, said “Our audience loves culture-driven travel content, and we love making it. Flavours of Tohoku allowed us to show a side of Japan that’s wild, spectacular, and unseen by many Australian millennials. Working with JNTO on this project has been a perfect partnership and we have enjoyed their expertise and enthusiasm every step of the journey.”‘Flavours of Tohoku‘ will sit alongside a wider brand campaign including digital media, influencer and press trips and a broadcast documentary, encouraging Japanophiles and new visitors alike to consider areas outside of the tried and tested cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.About JNTOJapan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), an independent agency of the Japanese government, promotes Japan as a leisure and business destination to connect Japan to the world. Through its 21 offices worldwide, JNTO disseminates information, conducts publicity and exhibitions, supports tour development, carries out research and much more.last_img read more

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first_imgMauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) – India, in association with Air Mauritius recently organised seminars for travel agents in Trichy, Madurai, Jaipur, Kolkata and Amritsar. The events saw participation from India offices of Orange Tourism, My Value Travels, Akquasun, Shanti Maurice, InterContinental, Constance and Beachcomber Hotels.Vivek Anand, Country Manager, MTPA India and Vinit Gupte, Manager India & South Asian subcontinent, Air Mauritius conducted the product presentation. The DMCs and Hotels also gave product presentations to share information about their offerings. About four hundred travel agents across all cities were present at the seminars, which was an ideal platform to learn more about the destination. The seminars were aimed at updating the travel trade partners about the latest developments in Mauritius.“The responses of the travel trade partners in all five cities were awe-inspiring. More and more Indian travellers are planning to travel to the affordable luxury destination ‘Mauritius.’ We are getting enquiries for quite a few Indian weddings. Film producers are also showing interest in shooting Bollywood movies in Mauritius,” said Anand.He added, “Mauritius offers amazing activities for adventure lovers like skydiving, zip lining, quad biking, sea karting, submarine rides, helicopter tours and also life time experience of walking with the lions and safari. Indians while in Mauritius will definitely enjoy long drives, shopping, nightlife, delicious cuisines or simply rejuvenate themselves at the world class spas.”last_img read more

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first_imgNow being out in the wild doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort as Tanzania shows the world how to merge comfort and thrill in a single package with its new luxury safari. Source: CNNlast_img

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first_imgLOT Polish Airlines has appointed Alan Peter Chacko as their Sales Manager India. Based in New Delhi, Alan Peter Chacko will oversee the commercial activities and key account relationships on behalf of the Polish Star Alliance member. Before joining LOT Polish Airlines, Alan Peter Chacko held various senior positions within the Lufthansa Group in India. For the past four years he was Senior Manager Sales Products and Programs & Service Provider Coordination with responsibility for the entire South Asian market. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Group’s General Manager, Passenger Sales North India before he became Manager – Leisure Sales, Customer Care & Call Centre Business India.Commenting upon the appointment, Amit Ray, Regional Director India and DACH Markets of LOT Polish Airlines stated, “It is my pleasure to welcome Alan Peter Chacko into the newly formed team of LOT Polish Airlines in India. Alan is a seasoned sales expert with profound knowledge of both the airline and the travel trade industries. With his help and vast experience, I am convinced that LOT’s market entry in India will become a success story.”LOT Polish Airlines, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, will launch non-stop services between New Delhi and its Star Alliance hub in Warsaw on September 12, 2019. Flight LO 072 will depart from New Delhi at 11:15 am and land in Warsaw at 3:50 pm (8 hours flying time). Flight LO 071 will leave Warsaw at 10:40 pm and reach New Delhi at 9:00 am (next morning) with a flying time of just 7:05 hours.Business and leisure travellers from India can now easily connect to over 80 LOT destinations throughout Europe and North America via Warsaw. Due to short connecting times at Warsaw, passengers can experience seamless connectivity to cities such as London, Cracow, Budapest, Prague, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Oslo, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and many more.The new non-stop flights between New Delhi and Warsaw will operate five times per week using state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. In fact, all LOT Polish Airlines long-haul flights are solely operated by modern Boeing B787 Dreamliner, featuring three classes of service (LOT Business Class, LOT Premium Economy Class and LOT Economy Class).LOT Polish Airlines is a member of Star Alliance since 2003 and a fully-integrated member of the Miles & More frequent flyer programme.last_img read more

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first_img Agents & Brokers Confidence First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage HARP Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Inflation Jobs Lenders & Servicers Loan-to-Value Ratio Mortgage Rates Payrolls Processing Service Providers Subprime Loans Underwriting Standards Valuation 2011-11-08 Ryan Schuette in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Nearly three-quarters of Americans will look for positions on housing from presidential candidates for the 2012 election cycle, according to a recent survey.[IMAGE]””Move, Inc.””:http://www.move.com/company/corporateinfo.aspx?source=web released the findings in a “”survey””:http://news.move.com/index.php?s=11609&item=81808 that it facilitated in phone interviews with respondents in early October.According to the survey, some seven in 10 Americans, or roughly 70 percent, expect candidates for the presidency to address housing concerns.Of these, nearly 71 percent identified themselves as Millennials, which Move, Inc. described as “”the next generation of homebuyers and the segment expected to play as important a role in the 2012 elections as they did in 2008.””””After four years of living in a housing downturn, American voters clearly want answers and are looking to our elected leaders for solutions,”” “”Errol Samuelson””:http://people.forbes.com/profile/errol-g-samuelson/55102, chief revenue officer with Move, Inc., said in a statement. “”The survey illustrates candidates who share the concerns of the American people and make housing a top priority [COLUMN_BREAK]will win their confidence,”” he added.Approximately 82 percent, or four out of five survey respondents, favored notions that housing is “”critical”” to the broader economic recovery, Move, Inc. said.About 73 percent, or nearly three quarters, of all Americans cited concerns that home purchases will take more effort a year from now, compared with approximately 23 percent, or less than a quarter, of respondents who believe conditions for purchases will improve.When it came to questions about government participation in the housing market, one in three Americans, or 31 percent, held to the belief that Uncle Sam should continue his role in the industry as is, compared with about 42 percent of respondents ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô particularly those between ages and 64 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô who called for a reduction in the government’s housing role.In line with these questions, about 67 percent, or more than two-thirds, of all Millennial Americans said Congress and the president should reduce the role of the government in housing or maintain the status quo.The survey comes on the heels of modifications to the Home Affordable Refinance Program and a bevy of reports from news outlets that suggest Republican presidential candidates continue to stay mum on housing questions in their debates.””_National Public Radio_””:http://www.npr.org/2011/10/24/141584578/housing-crisis-a-hot-topic-for-presidential-hopefuls quoted candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and former Massachusetts “”Gov. Mitt Romney””:http://www.mittromney.com/ as recently answering a question about the housing crisis at a debate by saying, “”The right course is to let the markets work, and in order to get markets to work and to help people, the best we can do is to get the economy going.”” Nearly 70% Want Housing Solutions from Candidates: Surveycenter_img November 8, 2011 423 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgAvison Young Boosting Georgia-Based Operations Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-01 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Canada-based “”Avison Young””:http://www.avisonyoung.com/ is bolstering the company’s brokerage operations in Atlanta, Georgia. The commercial real estate firm recently hired Sean Moynihan to represent the organization throughout the Southeast U.S.[IMAGE]Joining Avison Young as a principal, Moynihan will be responsible for developing strategies for real estate expense management and assisting with long-term planning to mitigate risk. [COLUMN_BREAK]Additionally, Moynihan will conduct office-tenant representation, working with the company’s tenants to enhance cash flow.Prior to teaming up with Avison Young, Moynihan was a senior vice president for “”Grubb & Ellis””:www.grubb-ellis.com/ in Atlanta. Moynihan has also spent time with “”Newmark Grubb Knight Frank””:www.newmarkkf.com/, where he served as a managing director. “”Sean is recognized as one of the rising stars among brokerage professionals in Atlanta, and I am thrilled to have him join us,”” stated Steve Dils, Avison Young’s Atlanta-based managing director. “”His impeccable character and proven ability to deliver best-in-class solutions for his clients is very impressive and a direct match for Avison Young’s culture and platform. He has a huge career ahead of him and will make a major impact at Avison Young.”” Moynihan commented, “”I am looking forward to this next significant step in my career. I have been impressed with the rapid and amazing growth of Avison Young over the past couple of years and believe that the Avison Young platform, coupled with the company’s outstanding leadership, will allow me to service my clients in a superior manner.””center_img August 1, 2012 490 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-01-14 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing “”Redfin,””:http://www.redfin.com/#home a Seattle-based real estate broker driven by technology, is finding some of the nation’s top emerging markets in what the broker says are unlikely places. [IMAGE] Redfin “”studied””:http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2013/01/which_neighborhoods_will_be_the_hottest_in_2013.html 48 emerging neighborhoods located within 16 major metro areas across the country to determine which neighborhoods showed the most promise in terms of price growth this year. “”The results surprised us,”” said Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin. “”[T]he hottest neighborhoods aren’t the well-known bastions of privilege. They’re once-gritty urban areas and far-flung suburbs with school districts on the rise.””Kelman sees this trend as “”the surest sign that the recovery is broadening.”” [COLUMN_BREAK]Eight of the top 10 neighborhoods are located in California. The top neighborhood is Highland Park, located in Los Angeles. From December 2011 to December 2012, Highland Park has experienced a 48 percent drop in inventory along with a 72.7 percent rise in sales volume. Median prices in the neighborhood rose 31.2 percent over the year. Other top emerging neighborhoods, according to Redfin’s study, are located in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. The most drastic price increase from December 2011 to December 2012 took place in The Mission, a neighborhood in the San Francisco Peninsula, where the median sales price rose 79.8 percent. Sales volume increased most in Logan Square, a Chicago neighborhood, where sales rose 93.8 percent last year. Inventory, another factor in Redfin’s study, declined most in Livermore, located in San Francisco’s East Bay. The neighborhood now has 71.3 percent fewer homes in its inventory than it did last year. Kelman pointed out that while many industry analysts now concur the housing market bottomed out last year, “”the reality on the ground is sometimes more complicated than that.””center_img Redfin: Up and Coming Metros Show Broadening Recovery January 14, 2013 422 Views last_img read more

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first_imgBuilder Confidence Slips in February, South Leads Declines in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing February 19, 2013 447 Views Led by a sharp drop in the South, builder confidence slipped in February to 46–the lowest level since November–the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?sectionID=134&newsID=15792 (NAHB) reported Tuesday. Economists had expected the Housing Market Index (HMI), a measure of confidence, would improve to 48 from January’s reading of 47.[IMAGE]The national index has stalled since reaching an 80-month high of 47 in December.Builder confidence in the South dropped seven points to 44, its lowest level since October. The seven-point regional decline was the largest since 2006, when the South├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós index fell nine points from July to August as the housing market began its decline. Confidence rose in all of the other three census regions led by a five-point boost in the Northeast, the result of building activity in the recovery from Superstorm Sandy.Nationally, two of the three index components–current single-family sales and buyer traffic–declined, while the assessment of sales for the next six months edged up.NAHB reported a four-point drop in buyer traffic, the first since a similar four-point drop last May. That decline was followed by a 2.4 percent dip in new home sales in June. Buyer traffic in December was at its lowest level since September.The current sales index fell one point to 51, the first drop since October. The drop in the overall index was the first since April.The one-point increase in the outlook for sales for the next six month reversed a one-point drop in January.With the February report, the total index remained below 50–the tipping point between a positive and negative market assessment–for the 82nd straight month. [COLUMN_BREAK]The last time the HMI was above 50 was April 2006, when the index was at 51 and falling. NAHB began in the Index in 1985, and it peaked at 78 in December 1998. The dip in the current sales should be reflected in the government’s new homes sales report to be issued next Tuesday.That the HMI was flat in January was likely the impact of the fiscal cliff negotiations in which housing tax breaks were said to be on the table. The February index reading was the first since the end of the payroll tax holiday, which meant take-home pay dipped for all salaried employees, making a new mortgage obligation an even greater strain on household budgets.Indeed, NAHB chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, North Carolina, cited “”ongoing uncertainties about job growth and consumer access to mortgage credit”” as one of the reasons for the drop in confidence. At the same time, he said, “”[B]uilders are now confronting rising costs for building materials and, in some markets, limited availability of labor and lots as demand for new homes strengthens.””Even with the drop in February, the overall index is up 18 points in the last year, the 20th straight month of year-over-year improvement. The current sales index has risen 26 points in the last year, the sales forecast measure is up 20 points in the last year, and the traffic index is up 19 points.The HMI, considered a measure of builder confidence, could be reflected in permits and starts data reported for February. That report from the Census Bureau will be issued in March. Meanwhile, Census will report Wednesday on permits and starts for January, when the index read 47.The index, built based on surveys conducted jointly by the NAHB and Wells Fargo, gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “”good,”” “”fair”” or “”poor.”” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “”high to very high,”” “”average”” or “”low to very low.”” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor. _Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 a.m. and again at 9:40 Eastern time._center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Confidence Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Home Builders Private Construction Processing Service Providers 2013-02-19 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Prior to the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise mortgage rates, they were already ticking up without any additional help.Mortgage interest rates made a significant jump from November 2015 to December 2015, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages rose 12 basis points from 3.85 percent to 3.97 percent in December.The FHFA reported that the average interest rate on all mortgage loan increased by 10 basis points from 3.86 percent to 3.96 percent in December 2015.For conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $417,000 or less, the average interest rate was 4.20 percent in December, up 12 basis points from 4.08 in November.The FHFA reported that the effective interest rate, which accounts for the addition of initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage, on all mortgage loans was 4.10 percent in December, up 9 basis points from 4.01 percent in November.In December, the average loan amount for all loans was $318,000, down $1,800 from $319,800 in November, the FHFA said.Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate fell 0.6 percentage points from 3.81 percent to 3.79 percent for the week ending January 28, 2016, as the Fed kept interest rates at their current level in its Federal Open Market Committee meeting. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.66 percent.The 15-year FRM averaged 3.07 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week, down from 3.10 percent last week and up from last year when it averaged 2.98 percent.According to Freddie Mac, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.90 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.91 percent.Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following link for the Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.”The yield on the 10-year Treasury stabilized around 2 percent this week, and the 30-year mortgage rate dipped 2 basis points to 3.79 percent,” said Sean Becketti, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac. “The recent market turmoil has given the Fed pause; as was universally expected, the Fed stood pat this week but kept its options open for a rate increase in March. This week’s housing releases confirmed the momentum of home sales going into 2016. A hesitant Fed, sub-4-percent mortgage rates (at least for a little while longer), and strong housing fundamentals should generate a three percent increase in home sales this year.” The Ups and Downs of Mortgage Rates January 28, 2016 518 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img Share Federal Housing Finance Agency Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates 2016-01-28 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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first_img Inventory NAR National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Price Appreciation The week ahead 2017-03-26 Mirasha Brown in Data, Headlines, News Share March 26, 2017 595 Views center_img The Week Ahead: What’s Next for Pending Home Sales? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) will release its data on pending home sales for February 2017 on Wednesday. NAR’s previous data for January showed a decrease of 2.8 percent month-over-month, and a 0.4 percent year-over-year increase.”The significant shortage of listings last month along with deteriorating affordability as the result of higher home prices and mortgage rates kept many would-be buyers at bay,” Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, said. “Buyer traffic is easily outpacing seller traffic in several metro areas and is why homes are selling at a much faster rate than a year ago. Most notably in the West, it’s not uncommon to see a home come off the market within a month.”Existing-home sales are expected to hit 5.57 million in 2017, which is an increase of 2.2 percent from 2016, which was at 5.45 million. According to the report, the national median existing-home price this year is expected to increase around 4 percent. Existing sales increased 3.8 percent and prices rose 5.1 percent last year.In the February report, Yun mentioned that interest in buying a home is the highest it’s been since the Great Recession. As the economy sees a spike in job growth and stocks, consumers are feeling more confident about their financial situation. However, consumers are facing obstacles in the buying process, especially with a lack of inventory and rising home prices.”January’s accelerated price appreciation is concerning because it’s over double the pace of income growth and mortgage rates are up considerably from six months ago,” said Yun. “Especially in the most expensive markets, prospective buyers will feel this squeeze to their budget and will likely have to come up with additional savings or compromise on home size or location.”The February 2017 Pending Home Sales Index will be released at 10 a.m. EST.This Week’s ScheduleAEI/First American National Housing Market Index (NHMI), Monday, 11 a.m. ESTS&P Corelogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index (HPI), Tuesday, 9 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTFreddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday, 10 a.m. ESTlast_img read more

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first_img Gateway Mortgage Group HOUSING Lending mortgage Scott Henley Stephen Curry 2019-02-25 Staff Writer in Headlines, News, Origination Gateway Mortgage Group Names Scott Henley Chief Production Officer Gateway Mortgage Group, a full-service mortgage company based in Jenks, Oklahoma and licensed in 40 states and the District of Columbia, announced today Scott Henley will become the company’s Chief Production Officer. In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing all strategic initiatives that drive mortgage volume across the organization. Henley will lead the sales and operations functions for both retail and correspondent lending. “Scott has worked in the mortgage industry for over 25 years and has a substantial amount of experience in correspondent and retail lending,” said Stephen Curry, CEO of Gateway. “He developed and launched Gateway’s correspondent lending division, which has been a huge success. We are fortunate to have Scott at Gateway and he will continue to be a valued asset to our executive leadership team.”Prior to joining Gateway, Henley was a leader in Bank of America’s Correspondent Lending Division. He was responsible for business development and driving revenue with correspondent clients. Henley attended Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics.center_img Share February 25, 2019 671 Views last_img read more

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first_img Limoneira completes Argentine citrus JV and land a … Argentine fruit industry welcomes export tax reduc … You might also be interested in “The Senasa is in charge of evaluating toxicity, allergies and that the nutritional attributes of the crop are not deteriorated, and this last point was the one that had been missing,” Andrés Murchison, Secretary for Food and Bioeconomy, was quoted as saying.Murchinson said that the new potato could help growers to reduce handling costs and could also boost the quality of the final product.PVY is the second-most severe potato virus in the world, after the potato leafroll virus (PLRV). It is transmitted by aphids, machinery, and tools.The tuber was developed through an agreement between government agency the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, and the Institute of Genetic Engineering and Experimental Biology (INGEBI).Other cropsIt is expected that regulatory processes for other crops will continue to be optimized in the future, said Murchinson.”It is likely that more releases will materialize before the end of the year and hopefully all of them will be the engine of our bioeconomy,” said the secretary.In Argentina, a Monsanto maize was also released, which has inducible male sterility, so when it is sprayed with glyphosate, at a specific time of plant development, the advance of pollen is slowed down, which leads to a better genetics control.In addition, work is being carried out on modified cotton, maize resistant to herbicides and drought-resistant soybeans. August 21 , 2018 center_img Argentine authorities have approved the commercialization of a genetically modified PVY-resistant potato.The transgenic potato, named TIC-AR233-5, will help growers avoid losses from the virus.The virus can result in yield declines of up to 70%, according to Argentina-based Tecnoplant, which holds the marketing license.The potato will also help growers to use fewer agrochemicals in its cultivation, the company said.The Health and Agri-Food Quality National Service, Senasa, said the product complies with all the necessary requirements, according to La Nación. Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo …last_img read more

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first_img Argentine blueberries: Country will be “niche” pla … “From now on, the high temperatures might continue to reduce the amount of fruit destined for fresh exports and also the prevision made last week about reaching a similar volume than the previous season around 110,000 tons,” it said.The season in the northern growing regions has finished, while harvests of the latest varieties in the north-central area are expected to end next week. Meanwhile, there are still significant harvesting activities taking place in some localities of the central-south area, with the main varieties being Legacy, Brigitta and Brightwell. However, there is currently a significant drop in volumes and the harvests are expected to end within four weeks.In the southern growing areas, there is currently a lower volume compared to the harvests of the same week last year, and the region is expected to continue harvesting very limited volumes throughout March.Exports of organic blueberries have increased dramatically this year. By week 6 they were registered at 11,870MT – 42% higher than last season.Blueberries are not the only fruit to be affected by the severe heat, with apple exporters recently saying that condition and storage life for that commodity may be impacted. Severe heat experienced in many blueberry-growing areas of Chile over recent weeks could limit exports of fresh fruit during what remains of the 2018-19 campaign.In a weekly crop report, the Chilean Blueberry Committee said the high temperatures could mean that total export volumes end up slightly lower than last season, against previous forecasts of similar exports.”On week 6, 4,192 tons of fresh blueberries were exported from Chile. This volume is lower than the initially expected due to the high temperatures in the central-south and south zones that affected the fruit and led to fruit discards,” it said.The accumulated volume is 98,573 metric tons (MT), which is 3% higher than last season year-on-year. February 15 , 2019 Blueberries in Charts: Higher prices are coming …center_img Blueberries In Charts: Higher market volumes lead … Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa … You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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first_imgAugust 08 , 2019 Opinion: Poland and Turkey have much in common wit … U.S. ends tomato suspension agreement, will impose … You might also be interested in U.S.: Late season Ruby Frost apple variety gives r … center_img The Tomato Suspension Agreement proposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce in July has deeply flawed provisions, according to the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA).The group said those provisions “infringe upon federal laws and are unlikely to survive antitrust and other legal actions that are sure to arise”.However, it believes that the Mexican growers’ proposal from August 5 “identifies a path forward that greatly reduces FPAA’s antitrust concerns” and “deserves full consideration by Commerce”, said FPAA president Lance Jungmeyer.“We have made two trips to Washington to meet with the Department of Commerce to explain how the Commerce proposal gives unfair advantage to one type of U.S. seller of Mexican tomatoes over other U.S. sellers of Mexican tomatoes, yet the unjustifiable provisions remain,” said Jungmeyer.“The Commerce proposal would allow repackers to profiteer on the condition of Mexican tomatoes at destination. By contrast, the new Mexican proposal provides a clear path to remove defective tomatoes from the marketplace. This is a step in the right direction.” Zespri operating revenue exceeds NZ$3B for first t … FPAA believes that Commerce is going “beyond its statutory authority” – particularly with sales price adjustments for defective tomatoes.It says Commerce’s proposal ” tramples on the rights of U.S. buyers and sellers of Mexican tomatoes to claim damages for breach of contract”, which are protected under U.S. law, including the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).Addressing another provision, FPAA firmly believes a new suspension agreement must remove the mandate for USDA to inspect every imported lot of Mexican tomatoes, an action that the Mexican government has said would invite reciprocal inspections on U.S. agricultural products.Indeed, inspections of Mexican tomatoes would “accomplish nothing”, it said. This is because USDA records show that 99% of tomatoes meet standards upon arrival at customers’ warehouse, it explained.FTE says Commerce’s proposed Mexican tomato deal “a good starting point”The Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE) in July welcomed Commerce’s proposal, saying it would protect domestic farmers from dumped Mexican tomatoes.”The Department’s July 17 proposal is a good starting point to resume negotiations with the Mexican industry,” the group said.”The proposal moves negotiations forward on a constructive basis by recognizing the need for a more enforceable agreement. A robust and enforceable structure is the only way the domestic industry will be able to support a new suspension agreement.”last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But it is just a complimentary move. Winston is a different deal. He’s 29. He’s started every game since 2007. He is there to take somebody’s job; it’s not a depth signing and it’s not as a role player. He is there to start.The question is, whose job is in jeopardy? Levi Brown? Bobby Massie (doesn’t seem likely but I’ll throw it out there)? Daryn Colledge (if Brown is moved to right guard)? Some other move that I can’t envision?I’m not sure and perhaps it will take a couple of weeks of camp for the answer to those questions. But there is no question the shrewd offseason for Steve Keim and company has continued right up to the preseason with these moves. It’s too bad it may not get the praise it deserves when you share a division with the Seahawks and 49ers. A solid offseason got better with the news that tackle Eric Winston has agreed to a one-year deal with the Cardinals. Add to that the Cards inking defensive end John Abraham to a two-year deal and it’s hard not to be impressed by the work Steve Keim is doing this offseason. Abraham is a nice complimentary piece. At 35, I have no idea how much tread is left on the tires, but as long as the contract is reasonable it’s worth a shot to see if he can make an impact in a scheme different than what he’s used to. He had 10 sacks and six forced fumbles last year so it’s worth a look. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Arians wonders, just the same.“I’d like to see him practice before he gets in the Dallas game,” said Arians. “That would be nice.”Despite the setbacks and tenderfootedness, Arians has no questions about Williams’ drive or work ethic.“I’m pulling for him,” he said. “I like him. I think he’s a great kid. He’s a hard worker.“And sometimes I think he’s too conscientious.” – / 37 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Bruce Arians, AZ Cardinals Head Coach Top Stories Since rupturing his right patella tendon in his rookie season, the 23-year-old Virginia Tech product has played in just five NFL games, also battling a shoulder injury last season.“I’ve never seen a guy work so hard to get back to play football, look so good in shorts, and then can’t play,” Arians told Bickley with Marotta. “And it’s a feeling that he has that his knee’s not ready. So that’s between he and the doctors.”Soreness is Williams’ self-diagnosis, and it has been incapacitating enough to hold him out of almost all of the Cardinals’ training camp activities. But early last week, Williams guaranteed he would be ready to suit up for his team’s preseason showdown with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium.“I know for a fact that I’ll be playing in the Cowboys game, for a fact,” he said. “I like to be a man of my word and I know that I’m playing the Cowboys game.” But on Wednesday, with Williams still held out from contact, Bickley and Marotta questioned whether the back would be ready for the game, which now stands just five days and three practices away. Regarded for his straightforward, transparent approach to coaching, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians minced no words when discussing running back Ryan Williams’ outlook for the 2013 season on Monday.“The handwriting’s on the wall,” Arians told Arizona Sports 620’s Dan Bickley Show with Vince Marotta. “Either get out there and play, or you probably won’t be here.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBest Western Hotels & Resorts has acquired renowned global hotel brand WorldHotels, representing a collection of approximately 300 unique and special hotels and resorts in premier destinations around the world, categorised as either Luxury, Elite or Distinctive.“There is tremendous synergy between Best Western and WorldHotels. By joining forces in this new partnership, we will create competitive advantages for both companies,” said David Kong, President and CEO of Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “I have the utmost respect for WorldHotels and believe in its vast potential.”The acquisition of WorldHotels was completed last week. The WorldHotels brand will play a critical role in enhancing Best Western’s portfolio of offerings to include the upper-upscale and luxury segments.WorldHotels will maintain its distinctive personality and individuality while benefiting from Best Western’s robust and scalable E-Commerce platform, strong partnerships, award-winning loyalty program, effective sales and marketing support, global distribution network and powerful revenue engines.“Best Western is one of the largest, most respected and trusted hotel brands,” said Geoff Andrew, CEO, WorldHotels. “As we join forces, the combined power of our brands sets the stage for a bright future for both Best Western and WorldHotels. Through its established senior leadership team and regional presence in each market, Best Western brings a new level of expertise that will undoubtedly help grow the WorldHotels brand in key markets.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more