San Antonio Real Estate  - February 16, 2016

The San Antonio, Texas real estate market is booming! "San Antonio residential sales surged 6.6 percent last month from January 2015, with 1,534 homes sold, according to data from the San Antonio Board of Realtors. The median price of a home rose 5.3 percent year-over-year — from $176,700 12 months ago to $186,100 last month." - This is considered one of the most desirable real estate markets in the United States. An affordable housing market and affordable lifestyle attract baby boomers and millennials alike to this housing market. I provide website design for the San Antonio real estate market and related local businesses.

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Spa & Wellness News - February 16, 2016

Face & Body Midwest, the annual expo and conference for spa professionals will take place in Chicago at McCormick Place West. Dates are March 12-13, 2016. The annual event brings together spa and wellness professionals for an array of advanced education, innovative products and networking opportunities. Attendees will learn about everything from anti-acne to anti-aging treatments, LED light therapy, waxing techniques, the science of beauty, and so much more. Click here for details. I offer all expo attendees a 15% discount on exciting Spa website design.

Face & Body Chicago Spa Expo

Medical Spa News

AmSpa, the American Med Spa Association is holding a workshop for the New York Medical on February 22nd, that addresses legal issues of interest to medical spa practices. AmSpa's Northeastern Medical Aesthetics Regulatory Workshop is focused on regulations and legalities, HIPAA, employment issues and much, much more. Learn more information by following this link to the AmSpa website.

A New York City Real Estate Landmark Is For Sale

New York city's biggest commercial real estate landlords are all set to bid on one of the most desirable commercial properties now on the market. The Jehovah’s Witnesses office and factory complexes in Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights (Brooklyn, NY). Vornado Realty Trust, Silverstein Properties, L&L Holding and Taconic Investment Partners are all among the bidders, requesting detailed statements about the properties and signing confidentiality agreements, according to a report by Bloomberg News. Dozens of other firms based in the US and abroad are also inquiring. “The market as a whole is looking at this transaction as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Ofer Cohen, president of TerraCRG, told Bloomberg Business. “Every Manhattan office player is going to bid on this asset.” The combined properties are estimated to sell for over $900 Million.

New York City Real Estate

How Long Will the Nashville Real Estate Boom Last?

Young, college educated homebuyers are entering the Nashville, TN real estate market for its combination of appealing lifestyle amenities and lower than average home prices. That talent pool is attracting businesses to Nashville as well. According to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2016 report, the Urban Land Institute and accounting/consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers ranked Nashville among the nation's top 10 real estate markets to watch this year. Yet, some are questioning if the end of this boom market is in view. A recent article on this issue is available in The Tennessean.

Another story in Nashville real estate making the news this month: "Atlas Van Lines reported that Tennessee experienced among the greatest shares of inbound shipments in 2015 — the beds, couches, tables and all the other household items that followed residents new to the state." - Nashville Business Journal

Smartphone Battery Low? Plug It Into Your Shoe!

Research is being done in a novel way to recharge and power mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and flashlights! University of Madison-Madison mechanical engineers are developing a footwear based energy harvester that produces electrical power as we walk. "The technology could enable a footwear-embedded energy harvester that captures energy produced by humans during walking and stores it for later use." -  “Human walking carries a lot of energy,” Krupenkin says. “Theoretical estimates show that it can produce up to 10 watts per shoe, and that energy is just wasted as heat. A total of 20 watts from walking is not a small thing, especially compared to the power requirements of the majority of modern mobile devices.” This could be of great value to people in remote areas and in developing countries.

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Will the Concorde Rise Again?

Long considered the epitome of luxury travel, the Concorde offered supersonic international air travel for well-heeled customers. Its first commercial flight was in January 1976, and it retired from service in 2003. Well loved by aircraft enthusiasts, there are plans to resurrect the aircraft for charter travel and airshows. Airbus and Lockheed are both developing new supersonic aircraft that will lessen the sonic boom that led to the retirement of the Concorde. Read more travel news about the Concorde in this article from The Guardian.

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Great Tips for Selecting WordPress Themes and Plugins

There are some cautions that every WordPress user should be aware of when selecting a WordPress theme or plugin. Some themes may be so loaded down with unnecessary features that they are too slow or buggy to be reliable. Poor coding and malware can be a problem with both WordPress themes and plugins. This article offers some sound advice on choosing themes and plugins wisely. An essential read!

2016 New York International Bridal Week

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The New York International Bridal Week is considered the premiere event for New York brides and the wedding professionals who serve them. The next market is scheduled for April 16-18, 2016 at Pier 94, known for hosting art, fashion and design events. This show unites an international lineup of bridal manufacturers and retailers with brides seeking high-end and upscale lines. Learn more about this event here.

How Do Wineries Set The Price For a Bottle of Wine?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a $10 bottle of wine and a $30 bottle? How is the pricing determined? Is the more expensive wine always better? Here is an interesting article that provides insights that every wine merchant and wine consumer will find interesting.

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The Best Travel Photos of 2016

Well, 2016 is still young! Yet, is is not too early for CNN to begin collecting what it considers the best travel photos of the year. Well, in the spirit of starting the celebration early, here is my favorite travel agent website design for 2016 (so far).

2015 Car Dependability Ratings from J. D. Power

Each year J. D. Power releases its ratings of the most reliable car brands and models. The score is based on eight vehicle system categories: exterior; features/controls/displays; seats; interior; the driving experience; audio/entertainment/navigation; heating, ventilation and cooling; and engine/transmission. This guide is a great resource for choosing your next new car or used car purchase. Lexus had the best overall score for imports and Buick among domestic brands. Read more here.

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News Roundup – February 2016