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Albanian tourism and Real Estate Property investments are on the rise

Being the first UK and Albanian based Albanian agents with over 10 years experience in the Albanian property market, Albania Properties Ltd is proud to announce the extended plans in assisting the most prestige companies in introducing golf resorts, blue chip companies relocation in Albania, collaborating on opening the largest shopping mall in Tirana and other major projects.

Albania has become a regional tourist destination with lots to offer and much to explore its hidden treasures.

Among the populated beaches of Durres and Vlora, Albania offers unexplored stretches on the north and south coasts of the Adriatic and Ionian seas, which are attracting more interest among foreign tourists, foreign investors and holiday property buyers.

The numbers of visitors are increasing sharply year on year and statistics from June recorded a 20% increase of visits to Albania from the same period last year minister Ylli Pango said a press conference. Continue Reading

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Villa-World Launches the Web’s Most User-Friendly Vacation Property Rental Site

Listing a vacation home or lodging house for rent just got easier, thanks to an innovative new website. The site, Villa-World announced its launch to the general public according to Stephen Frieze, President and CEO of Villa-World.

“We spent several years and quite a lot of money researching the existing vacation home rental market” says Frieze. “What we found was that there was a lot of room for improvement, and that’s where Villa-World comes in.”

According to Frieze, Villa-World takes the concept of online vacation rental bookings to a much more sophisticated and user-friendly level, both for the consumer and the property owner. “Many of these other sites are a mess—difficult to navigate and even harder to book from,” says Frieze. “That can be a real turnoff for someone who wants to rent a home, and if they sign off without booking, that hurts the homeowners as well.” Continue Reading

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Building the biggest Sandcastles in Dubai

Dubai property portal,, has vastly increased the selection of residential and commercial property available on their website.

The total number of properties for sale in Dubai, including residential apartments, villas and townhouses, is now over 1900, with a further 200+ properties currently listed for sale or rent across the other Emirate states.

Sandcastles aims to be the largest single portal offering property and land in Dubai. Over the last 6 months it has increased the number of properties listed from 150 to over 2000. This in turn has seen visitors to the Sandcastles website looking to buy property in Dubai go up from 800 unique visitors per month in September 2007 to over 5000 unique visitors in March 2008. Property investors are obviously keeping a close eye on the latest new developments in Dubai, as 58% of visitors to the Sandcastles website in March 2008 were repeat visitors. Continue Reading

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Experience Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas From $199 per Night

trump international hotel and tower las vegasTrump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas, the city’s newest landmark, today announced special Trump Experience rates, effective immediately, for a limited time. From $199* per night mid-week, and from $239 per night Friday and Saturday, guests can enjoy an elegant studio or one-bedroom suite boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, custom-designed furniture, European kitchens, marble bathrooms with spa tubs, and Trump by Stearns & Foster sleep systems with 500-thread-count linens.

The tallest hotel on the Strip, clad in 24k gold glass, Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas delivers an unprecedented level of personalized service and world-class amenities.

The 10,000 square foot Spa at Trump features exclusive products and treatments, along with a 1,500 square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center. Guests may dine at DJT, the hotel’s chic signature restaurant, showcasing the talents of Executive Chef Joe Isidori, or poolside at H2(eau), by the sundeck and air-conditioned cabanas. Continue Reading

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Costa Rica – the Undiscovered Southern Central Pacific Real Estate Boom

costa rica real estateChanges are coming … this out-of-the-way place is not so out-of-the-way anymore.

1) New International Airport (Costa Rica’s third) is being built in Palmar Norte

2) New 80,000 square foot Hospital is currently under construction

3) Costanera Highway (Pacific Coast Highway) is in the final stages of road improvement.

Costa Rica has been the buzzword for those seeking a tropical Disneyland-like eco-tourism experience. A place where monkeys, birds, and butterflies playfully share their piece of paradise. A country known by biologists as having the richest biodiversity in the world.

Nature truly smiled on this small country of only 52,100 square kilometers, with the geography and climate making it an ideal location for tourism and real estate appreciation. Property values have increase nearly 34% annually since 1998, with an even higher return on land with a home.

This appreciation has been primarily reflected in the Northwest region of Costa Rica, the Province of Guanacaste. This is where Costa Rica’s second International Airport was built and new infrastructure made this primarily arid region the area of choice for both investors and those seeking a retirement/vacation home. Continue Reading

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Archimedia to provide Home Automation for Villas at Sanctuary Falls in Dubai

Shaikh Holdings, a leading Dubai-based real estate investment and development company, has appointed Archimedia to design and install a custom-built home automation and entertainment system for all 96 resort villas in its prestigious Sanctuary Falls development in Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Archimedia is one of the region’s leading residential systems integration company and this is the first time the company has been contracted to fulfill a home automation project of this depth and magnitude.

The Sanctuary Falls home automation system is perhaps the most advanced, yet simple-to-use system conceived to date for a residential community globally. This custom-built home automation system covers a diverse range of functionality covering six key areas – full lighting automation and climate control, seamless audio and video distribution throughout the home, unique safety and security features, as well as an integrated intercom system and future-ready infrastructure. Continue Reading

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Las Terrazas Real Estate Development in Belize Releases Phase II Residences at Pre-construction Prices

After a very successful ribbon cutting ceremony that was attended by the prime minister of Belize a few months ago, Las Terrazas began welcoming occupants into its finished phase I construction. Now Las Terrazas is making available recently released phase II residences at pre-construction prices for a limited time this spring.

Amid North America’s housing and mortgage gloom, investors and second-home buyers are finding that the sun is still shining brightly in the Caribbean hotspot of Belize. The 4.8-acre community of Las Terrazas ( ), a premier real estate development on the island of Ambergris Caye, has seen its new beachfront villas and condos in Belize remain a hot investment opportunity – as well as one of the country’s most sought-after destinations.

Elsewhere, the headlines have been downright dismal. As the Associated Press recently reported for new home sales in the United States: “The median price of a home sold in March of this year dropped by 13.3 percent compared with March 2007, the biggest year-over-year price decline since a 14.6 percent plunge in July 1970.”

That report comes fast on the heels of another measure of the housing slump throughout the U.S., with the median price of existing home sales declining by 7.7 percent from one year ago. Canada hasn’t seen the same meltdown and home prices are expected to rise, albeit more slowly than in recent years, according to the Bank of Canada. Continue Reading

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