2016 Real Estate Market Predictions

The New York City real estate market is never static and is constantly undergoing pressures that lead to movements in desirability, demand, and ultimately to the pricing of real estate. Understanding these movements can be difficult for market participants but can have a large impact on the cost of or sale price of real estate. In an area like New York City, where real estate is particularly expensive it often takes a professional real estate company to sort out the noise and understand the issues being faced. One such entity is Town Residential Real Estate.

Town Residential Real Estate is an agency that has a significant amount of experience in the New York City apartments for rent market and even puts together a quarterly analysis of the real estate market in a report they issue known as “The Aggregate” which parses governmental statistics and data and provides insight and analysis on these movements to give their customers an better understanding of the local market. In January 2016, Town Residential released their 4th quarter report which provided some insight into the direction that the NYC market will take in 2016.

Some organizations use this and other data to create predictions for the 2016 real estate market. A recent article by the New York Daily News put together eight predictions based on their expectations for the NYC real estate market that generally involve a tightening of prices, further movements towards more attractive parts of NYC, and increased interest in new development buildings.

The impetus for these predictions was thought to be raises in interest rates that were caused by the Federal Central Bank raising rates in 2015 and future increases in 2016. In addition, challenges in foreign markets such as China may be contributing to the decrease in demand from foreign investors. Finally, demographic changes are also underlying many of the movements in NYC real estate including baby boomers increasingly moving into the city after downsizing their homes in the suburbs. Overall, there is an expectation of a decrease in the demand and prices of NYC real estate which results in slower transactions.

Fresh Meats and Veggies Aren’t Just for People

Recent years have placed a heavy emphasis on the importance of fresh, organic, food. Not too long ago people were relying heavily on processed foods due to their convenience. But the health effects of that choice started to make itself clear. And as such, people have been making a quick turn to fresher options. But the Daily Herald offers a new perspective on that cultural shift. Because it’s not just people that are making a change to healthier foods. Dogs are finally starting to join their owners when it comes to developing a more refined palate.

The story looks at several examples of dog food companies that are looking at their wares in a manner much closer to that of chefs. Instead of just focusing on creating heavily processed pastes that are formed into shapes, they’re working on creating actual meals for dogs. Foods that have real flavors, real textures, and which are sometimes even pattered after meals that people love. Beef stroganoff and lasagna are great examples. They’re two foods that humans love to find on their plates when dinner time rolls around. But they’re also two flavors that are being marketed as dog food.

The trend might seem groundbreaking at first. But like many trends it was growing steadily before gaining such heavy attention from the public. In fact, a company called Purinastore’s Beneful has been working with high quality ingredients for their dog food since 2001. The company began with a seemingly simple mission statement. They wanted to create dog food which could bring the full nutritional benefit of healthy food to a dog’s life. And to accomplish that the company investigated new methods of packaging and preparing fresh foods that could be delivered right to a dog’s bowl every day.

Beneful accomplished something more than just creating a nutritionally packed meal though. By including the freshest vegetables and juiciest cuts of meat Beneful were able to also make dog food which tasted great. Today this high quality dog food brand is especially notable for what one finds when opening up a bag. Instead of processed shapes, one will find easily identifiable ingredients. The chicken looks like chicken, the vegetables like vegetables and so on. It’s high quality food that dogs absolutely adore.


George Soros Works

George Soros was born in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary. Soros was born to a jewish family, which proved difficult during Nazi occupation. When World War II ended, the Nazi occupation did as well. However, they were replaced with a communist regime. At the age of 17, Soros fled Hungary and went to London. He worked as a waiter and railroad porter in order to get through school at the London College of Economics. After graduation, Soros worked in London for a year but then immigrated to the United States.

Soros worked for over a decade for various investment firms around New York, including Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, Wertheim & Company and F.M. Mayer. In 1973, Soros decided it was time to start his own fund, Soros Fund Management, which is now known as the Quantum Fund. It was with this hedge fund that Soros made billions of dollars for himself and for his clients. His fund reported returns of between 30 percent and 100 percent on an annual basis.

In the 1980s, Soros decided it was time for him to step back from his position and pursue his other interests in philanthropy. Soros founded the Open Society Foundations. The goal of the foundation is to create more open societies around the world, more human rights for individuals and more transparent governments. Most recently, Soros has been concerned about the future of the European Union.

In an article that was published by Project Syndicate. In the article, Soros explains his fear that the European Union will fall if the United States and the EU do not soon realize that President Putin of Russia is not on their side. President Putin understands that if he can bring down the European Union, his country’s economy will be in a much better situation in 2017 when their foreign debt matures.

Putin understands that the European Union is currently facing multiple crises and and that due to fear of terrorism, a fear of foreigners has been reignited. Putin’s goal is to flood Europe with refugees at a rate that they can not be absorbed. In order to do this, he is ordering air strikes on the northern and southern regions of Syria. Tens of thousands of refugees have been forced to flee their homes to countries like Lebanon and Turkey where they hope to then get safe passage and asylum into Europe.

Soros explains in the article that one of the few people that understands the threat that this refugee crisis has is Chancellor Angela Merkel. In fact, she recently visited Turkey in order to request that their government induce refugees to lengthen their stay in Turkey, which would provide Europe with a needed buffer.

Securus Technologies Introduces A New Video Visitation App

Securus Technologies is known all over the United States as the leading provider of the civil and criminal technology especially for public safety, investigations, and corrections and sometimes even monitoring. The company recently announced the launch of a new application that helps the inmate’s visitation. The video application that will be launched will be easily available to all smartphones, iPod’s, tablets and ipads. 

Using the new app, inmates and their loved ones will have an opportunity to connect easily. The new mode of inmate communication offered by the app will be simple and very convenient, and the families’ won’t spent hours driving to come to visit their inmates in prisons. According to Russell Robert the current vice president of the company, the new technology will change the lives of any inmates. Before the introduction of the new app, family and friends who wanted to meet inmates had few options for visitation. 

The company has introduced the video visitation so that families and friends can get better and more options for visitations. With the new app, there will be a lot of mobility especially to the people who understand just how tough life in prison can be. Everyone involved in the visitation process will surely benefit from it. 

The new video application will make sure that loved ones share the most important events in life together. Inmates will now have an opportunity to participate in bedtime stories, birthdays and any other special event. People will be able to connect using the video application regardless of their location all over the entire world. Consumers can easily get the new app from Google play and app store. If an individual wants to use the service, they will have to download in into their device from this link >> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.securus.videoclient&hl=en

With the new video application from Securus Technologies, consumers will not have to use web cameras, computers or any other additional hardware. The inmates or the families will only require their mobile device.

Securus Technologies is currently based in Dallas in Texas. The organization is believed to serve more than 3400 public safety, correction facilities and even law enforcement facilities. The company serves 1.2 million prisoners all from America. The institution main aim is to connect inmates with their loved ones in the most convenient and easy way. They want everyone to be happy regardless of where they are. With the new application, the company will have achieved its goal.

The Booming Pet Food Industry

The pet food industry is a competitive business. There are so many companies trying to see who is the best. One thing for certain, if companies are not producing all natural foods, they may find themselves squeezed out of the competition, because most pet owners are trying to find ways to keep their best friends, happy and healthy. Freshpet in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is one of the leaders in the $23.7 billion pet industry war, that aims to please.

This company only uses the freshest of ingredients; no preservatives. The company believes that this decision makes the food taste better nd, even states that it as good as what you are having for dinner. Freshpet and Blue Buffalo Co, are among the rising stars for fresh pet food. Some companies have also starting using lamb and salmon when making their kibbles. Others has been using organic food for sometime now.

Colgate Palmolive has been in the industry for years, now has food to help your dog stay at a healthy weight. On Nestle’s Purina website, pet owners can come up with different blends that they know their dogs would love. Mars Petcare would not be undermined, they are considered the leader in the world for pet food. They have introduced their Nutro Farm Harvest brand, with ingredients such as blueberries and cranberries, that are picked at their peek and freeze dried. This they say, helps to seal in all the nutritional value.

Over at Mars’ Cesar Home Delight, they are rolling off their presses a savory meal to tempt any dogs palette. Here pet owners will find lasagna and beef stroganoff with a catchy tag line “they will have what you are having”. Milo’s kitchen, another name in the tug of war, has purchased Big Heart Pets Brands for a hefty price of $5.8 billion, manufactures duck jerky and grilled beef burgers treats for dogs, that are also preservatives free.

Then we have the food at Beneful that looks like beef stew, at least that’s what pet owners thinks. This company was the fourth largest in 2012, bringing in roughly $1.5 billion yearly. They have upgraded to a warehouse in St. Joseph, Missouri to increase their supply of wet food.

Beneful has put food in stay fresh packages, that doubles as a dog bowl. So with all the different brands and variety on the market, the companies are sure that you will find something to please your four legged buddies.


The Success of Dick DeVos As He Enters the Liquor Market

Recently in news, Dick DeVos and his wife have dedicated their time and efforts into the liquor business to create a collection of delicious choices for their community as well as others around the world. Mr. DeVos and his wife have recently invested in the purchase of the Coppercraft Distillery. Though it is confirmed that Mr. DeVos and his wife are beginning to get involved with the liquor business, it is too soon to discuss with Walter Catton III, the owner of the distillery, about the logistics. 

One event that the DeVos will be involved with is the Tulip Time Festival. The distillery overall distributes to over 100 different locations across Michigan. These different locations include restaurants, events, parties, as well as individual clients. Other locations that this company is popular in includes both Illinois as well as Colorado. With new expansion plans, Mr. Catton has added a kitchen to the tasting room for the purpose of cooking up delicious appetizers that will pair well with the provided cocktails. The kitchen is expected to be open just in time for a large May festival that will take place at the company’s location. 

Mr. Catton and Mr. DeVos’ workers consist of full-time and part-time workers that make a variety of spirits that includes whiskeys, vodkas, gin, and rum. The specialty of the company are the aged spirits. In addition to this, the company will continue expansion by now including handcrafted beer and wine. 

This opportunity has enabled Mr. DeVos to be even more involved with the community. His well to do family and him are proud members of the Michigan community and have given millions of dollars of donations as well as many volunteer hours with the purpose of serving the community. 

Congratulations to all the local residents and businesses who work hard to make West Michigan an incredible place to live, work, and visit!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dick is a successful businessman and entrepreneur who has extensive knowledge of the business industry as he was an executive leader at Amway Corporations. http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html His role for many years was to oversee international sales at Amway. With his help, Amway’s international sales increased dramatically to account for 50 percent of the company’s overall sales. 

Mr. DeVos’ dedication to helping the community has been demonstrated through his continuous donations to organizations through his family foundation. One of his main beliefs is that education is the key to improving the future. With that in mind, Mr. DeVos even donated money to create a new aviation charter school that offered free education to everyone regardless of the financial situation.