California Wildfires: 9 Large Fires, 2 Deaths, 100’eds of Homes Destroyed

California Wildfires: 9 Large Fires, 2 Deaths, 100’eds of Homes Destroyed






California Wildfires: 9 Large Fires, 2 Deaths, 100’eds of Homes Destroyed Here are the latest stats on the major wildfires currently burning in the State of California More than 5,200 firefighters are working Monday to battle nine large blazes across the Golden State as fire season rages on. Cal Fire is warning of increased fire […]






China’s Investing in the United States Extends Beyond Real Estate

China’s Investing in the United States Extends Beyond Real Estate






China’s Investing in the United States Extends Beyond Real Estate The growing Chinese investment in the United States has extended beyond real estate, with more companies eyeing sectors closely related to Chinese domestic demand. In recent years, more Chinese companies have been investing in the United States irregardless of size, industry and ownership, Shau Zhang, a […]






Miami Beach Yacht Charters

Miami Beach Yacht Charters






Docked at the Fontainebleau Marina and Miami Beach Marina, Miami Cruiser is proving to be a popular hotel alternative with 2 and 3 bedroom yachts that are a great way to enjoy Miami. Private yacht charter pricing includes Captain, Crew, Sodas, Water and Idle Fuel. Extra costs are sales tax (7%) and crew gratuity (normally […]






FEMA Flood Insurance Expert to Answer Property Owners Questions

FEMA Flood Insurance Expert to Answer Property Owners Questions






FEMA Flood Insurance Expert to Answer Property Owners Questions If you are among the many Staten Islanders (NYC) who have questions about your home’s flood insurance policy, you can get those questions answered at a forum of experts on Thursday, 30 June Rep. Daniel Donovan is hosting the event in conjunction with Council Minority Leader […]






Real Estate: NYC’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel Converting to Condos

Real Estate: NYC’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel Converting to Condos






Real Estate: NYC’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel Converting to Condos $HLT New York’s landmark Waldorf Astoria Hotel to close in the Spring of Y 2017 so owner Anbang Insurance Group Co. can begin converting most of the more than 1,400 rooms to luxury condominiums. The luxury hotel, managed by Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HLT)  is set […]






“Red Flag” Warnings in Massive California Wildfire

“Red Flag” Warnings in Massive California Wildfire






“Red Flag” Warnings in Massive California Wildfire Hundreds of firefighters were struggling Saturday to contain a massive wildfire that has so far killed 2 people and burned at least 100 homes and  ravaging lakeside communities in Central California. The Erskine Fire broke out Thursday afternoon in the foothills of Kern County about 42 miles northeast […]






The Fed Policy Makers are Fighting for Their Lives

The Fed Policy Makers are Fighting for Their Lives






The Fed Policy Makers are Fighting for Their Lives Something interesting happened the Friday (Quad Witching) before Brexit; trading volume exploded on a decline in the Dow Jones.  In the BEV chart below I inserted the daily trading volume (mils) for the Dow Jones instead of the usual BEV values to highlight what happened. It […]






US Real Estate: Strong Gains in Public Works, Power Plants & Multifamily Housing

US Real Estate: Strong Gains in Public Works, Power Plants & Multifamily Housing






US Real Estate: Strong Gains in Public Works, Power Plants & Multifamily Housing At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $636.7 billion, new construction starts in May increased 5% from April, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Much of the growth came from the nonbuilding construction sector (public works and electric utilities), which was lifted […]






Historic Flood Ravage West Virginia, 20 Dead and Counting

Historic Flood Ravage West Virginia, 20 Dead and Counting






Historic Flood Ravage West Virginia, 20 Dead and Counting Friday, the West Virginia Governor’s communication director, said some areas were “probably looking at flooding that’s going to be the worst in 100 years.” Tens of thousands of people were without power, and several roads are impassable, hundreds of houses have washed away. At least 20 […]






Florida Real Estate Report

Florida Real Estate Report






Florida’s housing market reported higher median prices, more closed sales, increased new listings and fewer days to a contract in May, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 25,518 last month, up 4.5 percent over the May 2015 figure. “Florida’s housing market is growing at […]






Look Inside the Homes of Baseball’s Biggest Stars

Look Inside the Homes of Baseball’s Biggest Stars






Every baseball fanatic wonders how their favorite players live. For the third consecutive year, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the original Silicon Valley real estate startup founded in 1906, and MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, have teamed up to give baseball fans an exclusive look inside the homes of baseball’s biggest stars […]






Wildfires in Southern California Raging, 100’s in Danger

Wildfires in Southern California Raging, 100’s in Danger






Wildfires in Southern California Raging, 100’s in Danger A wildfire in Southern California more than 3X’d in size overnight and forced officials to close a major highway, 100’s of homes in danger,  another blaze in New Mexico had communities on edge after destroying 24 homes, officials said on Friday. California’s Sherpa Fire, burning in chapparal […]






Coverage Initiated on Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:XIN)

Coverage Initiated on Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:XIN)






Coverage Initiated on Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:XIN) Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:XIN) is a Chinese Real Estate Developer and Property Manager. Xinyuan Real Estate, acting through its U.S. division, XIN Development Group International Inc., made its 1st entrée into the U.S. multi-family market with the $54.2 million acquisition of a […]






The Common Exclusions in Homeowner’s Insurance

The Common Exclusions in Homeowner’s Insurance






The Common Exclusions in Homeowner’s Insurance American homeowners are often surprised to learn that earthquakes, flooding, and a sump pump malfunction are not covered by their homeowner insurance policy. Earthquakes, unexpected deductibles, and flooding are just a few of the costs your homeowners policy may not cover. But if you are like most Americans, you […]






Qatar Investment Authority Acquires $2.5-B Singapore Tower

Qatar Investment Authority Acquires $2.5-B Singapore Tower






Qatar Investment Authority Acquires $2.5-B Singapore Tower $BLK, $JLL, $GOOGL, $C The acquisition of Asian Square Tower 1 marks the largest single tower real estate transaction in Asia Pacific Sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has acquired a 43-story office tower in Singapore from US private equity firm BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) in a $2.45-B transaction. […]






The Why of Sustainable “Green” Building Worldwide

The Why of Sustainable “Green” Building Worldwide






The Why of Sustainable “Green” Building Worldwide The Trends The Top 2 reasons for building Green: client demand (35%) and market demand (33%). The global Green building market grew in Y 2013 to $260-B, including an estimated 20% of all new US commercial real estate construction. This trend is expected to intensify in the coming […]






Dubai Property Plateau Suggests End to Down Cycle

Dubai Property Plateau Suggests End to Down Cycle






Dubai Property Plateau Suggests End to Down Cycle The monthly ValuStrat Price Index indicates the ‘bottoming-out’ of Dubai residential real estate prices Dubai residential real estate prices may have bottomed out after plateauing in May 2016, according to the property consultancy firm ValuStrat.The company said prices stabilised in April and May after almost 2 years […]






US Real Estate Report: Mortgage Rates Fall

US Real Estate Report: Mortgage Rates Fall






Mortgage rates continued to fall this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate sinking to 3.74 percent, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.18 discount and origination points. The larger jumbo 30-year fixed fell to 3.71 percent and the average 15-year fixed mortgage rate slipped to […]






Brushfires in South Australia Described as Horrific Catastrophe

Brushfires in South Australia Described as Horrific Catastrophe






Brushfires in South Australia Described as Horrific Catastrophe Last November an emotional South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill described the brushfires burning North of Adelaide as “horrific,” survivors told of traumatic experiences. With two people confirmed dead and 16 hospitalized with injuries, Mr. Weatherill said the situation was “hard to get in touch with”. “It’s an […]






US Real Estate: Negative Equity Ratio Improving

US Real Estate: Negative Equity Ratio Improving






 As the housing market continues to recover, homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages are increasingly concentrated in the Rust Belt, while West Coast homeowners are less likely to be in negative equity, according to the first quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Reporti. Nationally, 12.7 percent of homeowners with a mortgage were in negative equity, meaning […]






Australia’s East Coast Battered by Deadly Storms and Flooding

Australia’s East Coast Battered by Deadly Storms and Flooding






Australia’s East Coast Battered by Deadly Storms and Flooding Australian insurance companies exposed to deadly storms that struck the east coast at the weekend. It is just Monday, and so far, insurance companies have received more than 11,000 claims with estimated insured losses of $38-M. There was more severe damage on Sydney’s northern beaches, some […]






Offshore Buyers Drive Canadian Home Prices Higher or Are They

Offshore Buyers Drive Canadian Home Prices Higher or Are They






Offshore Buyers Drive Canadian Home Prices Higher or Are They With house prices up by double digits in Canada’s Toronto and Vancouver areas, offshore buyers, mainly from China, have fueled public concerns over whether they are inching the Canadians’ home-ownership dream further out of reach. These concerns have been dismissed by local economists, who say […]






Donald Trump’s Campaign Comments Have Not Hurt His Businesses

Donald Trump’s Campaign Comments Have Not Hurt His Businesses






Donald Trump’s Campaign Comments Have Not Hurt His Businesses Lawyers for Donald Trump say the controversial comments he has been and continues to make while running for the GOP’s US Presidential nomination have caused business to increase at his hotels and their restaurants to grow, not shrink, just as Washington celebrity chef Jose Andres has […]






Bark Beetles Ravage Drought-stricken Forests in California

Bark Beetles Ravage Drought-stricken Forests in California






Bark Beetles Ravage Drought-stricken Forests in California Armies of bark beetles are ravaging drought-weakened pine trees forests throughout California in a fast spreading epidemic that biologists fear could soon turn catastrophic. Local, state and federal officials are helpless against the pestilence, which has turned hundreds of thousands of acres of forest brown and left huge […]






US Real Estate Report: Mortgage Rates Lower

US Real Estate Report: Mortgage Rates Lower






US Real Estate Report: Mortgage Rates Lower Mortgage rates were down very slightly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inching lower to 3.81 percent, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.18 discount and origination points. The larger jumbo 30-year fixed fell more sharply, to […]






Haute Ho Chi Minh

Haute Ho Chi Minh






Eat, pray, love? No, stay, spa, shop. This is the mantra driving a new experience offered by one of the world’s hottest new hotels, The Reverie Saigon.  Dubbed “Haute Ho Chi Minh”, the hotel’s first-ever package marries a three-hour shopping experience in one of Asia’s most dynamic cities with three spa treatments in a venue […]






Bushfires on the Rise in Australia, + 40% Since 2007

Bushfires on the Rise in Australia, + 40% Since 2007






Bushfires on the Rise in Australia, + 40% Since 2007 The number of bushfires in Australia is on the rise, +40% since Y 2007 local scientists have found. In a new research paper, published earlier this year in the journal Royal Society Open Science, scientists from CSIRO and University of Tasmania also say the increasing […]






Former US President Bill Clinton Crashed the Housing Market

Former US President Bill Clinton Crashed the Housing Market






Former US President Bill Clinton Crashed the Housing Market The way to trading and business riches is simple “Buy low, Sell high.” Donald Trump has been very good at buying low and selling high, and it helps account for his success in business. Last week the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton painted that a crime. While […]






Wanda City Opening to Rival to Shanghai Disney (NYSE:DIS)

Wanda City Opening to Rival to Shanghai Disney (NYSE:DIS)






Wanda City Opening to Rival to Shanghai Disney (NYSE:DIS) $DIS China’s Wanda Group on Saturday opened a RMB 40-B (US$6.1-B) theme park in the eastern city of Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi Province. Wanda Cultural Tourism City (Wanda City), is the latest rival to Shanghai Disney (NYSE:DIS) opening to the public in June. At the opening […]






Water Homes is Part of Dubai Mega Project

Water Homes is Part of Dubai Mega Project






Water Homes is Part of Dubai Mega Project The project, called Marasi Business Bay, will be developed by Dubai Properties State-owned conglomerate Dubai Holding has announced a new Dhs 1-B project in Business Bay which will be developed by its real estate arm, Dubai Properties Group. Called Marasi Business Bay, the waterfront development will extend […]






Heavy Storms and Heavy Flooding Across Houston Texas

Heavy Storms and Heavy Flooding Across Houston Texas






Heavy Storms and Heavy Flooding Across Houston Texas Heavy storms roared across the Houston area Friday evening causing multiple roads closing and evacuations because of the floodwaters. In Galveston, torrential rain came down on the area as the swirling winds as severe weather moved through the area. The waters continue to rise in and around […]






New York Real Estate Report

New York Real Estate Report






Key facts for April 2016: Manhattan’s median resale price growth continued to slow, increasing only 2.9 percent year-over-year to $975,017. Median resale price for the least expensive homes in Manhattan grew 3.9 percent from last year, compared to flat sales price growth among luxury homes. Low inventory and high demand fueled rising prices for Manhattan’s […]






A Ft. McMurray Like Wildfire Could Easily Happen In Australia

A Ft. McMurray Like Wildfire Could Easily Happen In Australia






A Ft. McMurray Like Wildfire Could Easily Happen In Australia As a huge and destructive wildfire burned a path through central Canada, an Australian fire expert has issued a strong warning, “it could easily happen here “It sounds extreme, our cities could burn down, or parts of our suburbs could burn down, but it could happen,” […]






Swire Properties Limited (HKG:1972) Miami Update

Swire Properties Limited (HKG:1972) Miami Update






Swire Properties Inc, one of South Florida’s leading international developers of urban real estate, along with retail co-developers Whitman Family Development and Simon Property Group, have announced 11 more retailers set to join mega-project Brickell City Centre’s 500,000 square-foot shopping center that will open this November in the heart of Brickell. The latest collection of […]






Hotel Real Estate Update USA

Hotel Real Estate Update USA






Occupancy levels at US hotels have begun to stabilize after reaching peak levels in 2015, according to Hospitality Directions, the lodging forecast released today by PwC US. Coming off the heels of a lackluster performance for the US lodging sector in Q4 2015, average daily rate (“ADR”) growth in the first quarter was the lowest […]






US Real Estate Report

US Real Estate Report






Low Inventory Pushing Up Home Values More Quickly than Expected Buyers in the market for a higher-end home will have more options, while those looking to buy a less expensive or entry-level home will find very limited supply and rising prices. – Experts predicted home value growth would slow to historic norms early this year, […]






Setting Up Business in Dubai Design District

Setting Up Business in Dubai Design District






Setting Up Business in Dubai Design District With world class facilities and smart initiatives, d3 is calling creative people across world Dubai is known for its unique sky scrapers, beautiful beaches and luxurious hotels. Now Dubai wants to become the design capital of the world. Dubai Design District, popularly known as d3, is calling designers […]






Ft McMurray Wildfire, Canada’s Most Expensive Natural Disaster

Ft McMurray Wildfire, Canada’s Most Expensive Natural Disaster






Ft McMurray Wildfire, Canada’s Most Expensive Natural Disaster The raging wildfire in Alberta Canada will go down as the most expensive natural disaster in Canada’s history, damaging the environment, homes, businesses and the struggling economy in their path. Recently released data suggests that activity in the Canadian Province was firming near the end of Q-1 […]






HEFFX and Investing in Real Estate

HEFFX and Investing in Real Estate






HEFFX and Investing in Real Estate Our focus in Real Estate has been in the 5 Star hotel sector with investments in the USA and South East Asia. HEFFX has long been a leader in the development of private real estate equity investment strategies. We actively manage separate account and commingled fund portfolios in North […]






California Wildfire Season, “May be Dangerous and Difficult”

California Wildfire Season, “May be Dangerous and Difficult”






California Wildfire Season, “May be Dangerous and Difficult” A 5-year drought has left 40-M dead and dried-out trees in California, including 29-M that died last year California may be facing a dangerous and difficult wildfire season in Y 2016 despite a relatively wet Winter, federal officials warned Tuesday. Most of the rest of the country […]






Miami Still a Real Estate Boom Town

Miami Still a Real Estate Boom Town






 Realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA]; [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc., today released its list of America’s Top ‘Boom Towns’. Led by Gilbert, Ariz. (85297); Los Angeles (90012), and Dallas (75201), these neighborhoods are striking it rich when it comes to new home construction, job creation […]






US Real Estate Report

US Real Estate Report






The value of new construction starts in April fell 8% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $608.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.  Nonresidential building pulled back following its sharp March increase, and residential building also declined due to a slower pace for multifamily housing. Meanwhile, the nonbuilding construction […]






Slow Growth in USA Economy

Slow Growth in USA Economy






 Economic growth is expected to continue in the United States throughout the remainder of 2016, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in their Spring 2016 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2016 continue to be positive in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. These projections are part of the forecast issued by […]






Chinese Investment in US Real Estate Tops $300-B

Chinese Investment in US Real Estate Tops $300-B






Chinese Investment in US Real Estate Tops $300-B Chinese investment in the US real estate market has surpassed $300-B and is growing despite China’s economic weakness and increased currency controls, the authors of a new report said Monday. Between Y’s 2010 and 2015 Chinese buyers bought $93-B in residential real estate, nearly $208-B of mortgage-backed […]






Westgate Resorts Completes Securitization of Timeshare Loans






Westgate Resorts Completes Securitization of Timeshare Loans On April 26, 2016, Westgate Resorts completed a securitization through Westgate Resorts 2016-1 LLC (the “Issuer”). In connection with the securitization, fourteen (14) investors purchased $200 million of notes (the “Notes”) from the Issuer. The Notes were offered in a private placement within the United States to qualified […]






Dubai’s Expo 2020 Masterplan

Dubai’s Expo 2020 Masterplan






Dubai’s Expo 2020 Masterplan The 438-hectare site in Jebel Ali will be divided into several sections The Masterplan of the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai was revealed last week at the Arab Media Forum, explaining the overall structure of the massive site. The exhibition area within the 438-hectare site in Jebel Ali will include a 2 […]






Massive Wildfires are Burning Around the World

Massive Wildfires are Burning Around the World






Massive Wildfires are Burning Around the World Alberta’s unusually early and large fire is just the latest of many huge fires on an earth that’s grown hotter with more extreme weather. Earlier this year, large wildfires hit spots on opposite ends of the world, from Tasmania to Oklahoma-Kansas. Last year, Alaska and California pushed the […]






The Latest on the Ft. McMurray Wildfire

The Latest on the Ft. McMurray Wildfire






The Latest on the Ft. McMurray Wildfire In Alberta, Canada there is a Province wide ban on open fires, including campfires and the use of charcoal briquettes. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went to Fort McMurray Friday to survey the damage firsthand and meet with emergency responders. He was also meeting Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in Edmonton. As crews […]






Dubai Headed to a Period of Accelerated Growth

Dubai Headed to a Period of Accelerated Growth






Dubai Headed to a Period of Accelerated Growth Dubai is weathering the Crude Oil-led economic slowdown afflicting its GCC neighbors and will enter a period of “rapid acceleration” in the buildup to the Expo 2020 trade fair, the International Monetary Fund says. Speaking to the media, the IMF’s mission chief for the UAE, Zeine Zeidane, […]






America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency

America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency






America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency When single family home builders talk about customer service, they focus on how to make the building process smoother, how to speak to customers so that they understand, and how to mitigate problems and delays. Last year in a presentation at the 2015 Avid Conference […]






Dubai Buildings to be Given Star Ratings

Dubai Buildings to be Given Star Ratings






Dubai Buildings to be Given Star Ratings The new Star system being developed by the Emirate’s land department aims to simplify rental and service charge calculations Properties in Dubai will be subject to a new Star rating system under plans announced by the Emirate’s land department, a DLD statement confirming the move. It said Dubai’s buildings […]






Florida Real Estate Report

Florida Real Estate Report






Florida’s housing market reported more new listings, higher median prices and fewer days to a sales contract during the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 57,913 in 1Q 2016, slightly up (0.3 percent) over the 1Q 2015 figure. “In the […]






Australia & New Zealand Disaster and EM Conference

Australia & New Zealand Disaster and EM Conference






Australia & New Zealand Disaster and EM Conference  CRC research will feature with two complete streams at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference on the Gold Coast. CRC researchers speaking include Dr Chris Bearman, Dr Paula Dootson, Dr Katharine Haynes, Dr Danielle Every, Laura Gannon, Dr Jim McLennan and Lyndsey Wright. Earlybird […]






Convoys Evacuate Ft. McMurray Wildfire Victims, Oil Sands Operators Cut Production

Convoys Evacuate Ft. McMurray Wildfire Victims, Oil Sands Operators Cut Production






Convoys Evacuate Ft. McMurray Wildfire Victims, Oil Sands Operators Cut Production Friday and Saturday, Convoys of evacuees stranded by a wildfire raging in and around Ft. McMurray made their way through the heart of the devastation on the only highway out of the region. Wind-whipped flames roaring through forests and brush parched by a Spring […]






Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi Opens

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi Opens






Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi Opens The 200-Room hotel is located on Al Maryah Island The third Four Seasons in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and 1st in Abu Dhabi, saw its 1st guests Thursday. Located on Al Maryah Island, the 200-room hotel adjoins the Abu Dhabi Global Market Square,  the UAE capital’s new international […]






Extreme Weather Strains Australian Firefighting Resources

Extreme Weather Strains Australian Firefighting Resources






Extreme Weather Strains Australian Firefighting Resources Australia’s firefighting resources will come under increasing strain as climate change causes Northern and Southern hemisphere bushfire seasons to overlap. Dozens of Australian firefighters have traveled to the United States to help fight more than 70 wildfires as the nation weathers one of its worst wildfire seasons in recent […]






Strong Demand in Dubai’s Prime Office Market

Strong Demand in Dubai’s Prime Office Market






Strong Demand in Dubai’s Prime Office Market CBRE said demand outstripped supply in some office locations despite a general decline across the market Despite declines in Dubai’s residential market, demand is outstripping supply for office space in certain areas, according to consultancy firm CBRE. Average office rentals declined 2% on average during Q-1 but the company said […]






LED Source Makes for a Greener Starbucks

LED Source Makes for a Greener Starbucks






LED Source Makes for a Greener Starbucks America’s leading LED manufacturer LED Source is making the World a greener place 1 light bulb at a time. LED Source will be a Public Company in the near future, for information contact www.ledsource.com, there are also growing opportunities in the LED Franchise space. Starbucks® has been a […]






The Cost of Natural Disasters in Australia in the Billions

The Cost of Natural Disasters in Australia in the Billions






The Cost of Natural Disasters in Australia in the Billions The cost of natural disasters, fires and floods, in Australia is now 50% more than previously estimated, A$9-B in Y 2015, and is set to increase to $33-B by Y 2050 even ignoring the effect of climate change, according to 2 reports commissioned by the […]






Raging Wildfires Force Evacuations in Western Canada

Raging Wildfires Force Evacuations in Western Canada






Raging Wildfires Force Evacuations in Western Canada Massive Fort McMurray wildfires torching 750+ hectares Wildfires causing evacuation notices for hundreds in Alberta and BC, Canada, as crews continue to battle several blazes and experts say the dry temperatures could make for a long and brutal fire season. A wildfire raging in Fort McMurray prompted mandatory […]






The US Forest Service Spent $1.72-B on Firefighting in 2015

The US Forest Service Spent $1.72-B on Firefighting in 2015






The US Forest Service Spent $1.72-B on Firefighting in 2015 The US Forest Service, the nation’s primary firefighting agency, spent a record $1.72-B on firefighting in Y 2015. More than 50% of the land burned in the US by wildfires last year was in Alaska, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates firefighting […]






Hampton’s Home Buyers on the “Sidelines”

Hampton’s Home Buyers on the “Sidelines”






Hampton’s Home Buyers on the “Sidelines” Home sales in New York’s Hamptons fell to the lowest marks in 3 years as potential buyers of luxury properties stayed on the sidelines during this past volatile Quarter on Wall Street. Purchases in the 2nd-home market popular with Wall Street bankers and celebrities, totaled 437 in Q-1 of […]






Do Insect Outbreaks Reduce Severity of Subsequent Forest Fires?

Do Insect Outbreaks Reduce Severity of Subsequent Forest Fires?






Do Insect Outbreaks Reduce Severity of Subsequent Forest Fires? Analyzing 81 fires over 25 years, the study is the largest to date on forest fire severity following insect outbreaks. Researchers focused on sites in Oregon and Washington State with past outbreaks by the Mountain Pine Beetle or Western Spruce Budworm, 2 of North America’s most […]






Top Locations for Renting, Buying Property in Dubai & Abu Dhabi

Top Locations for Renting, Buying Property in Dubai & Abu Dhabi






Top Locations for Renting, Buying Property in Dubai & Abu Dhabi Despite price declines, yields remained high in both Emirates UAE real estate markets were stable in Q-1 of Y 2016 as major developers continued to launch mega projects, according to property site www.Bayut.com  The company said there were welcome signs of recovery in the […]






Wildfires can Pump more CO2 into the Atmosphere than Cars

Wildfires can Pump more CO2 into the Atmosphere than Cars






Wildfires can Pump more CO2 into the Atmosphere than Cars As forest fires devour trees and other plants, they release the carbon stored in the vegetation into the atmosphere. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of California used satellite observations of fires and a computer model to estimate just […]






No-fly Zone Introduced In Dubai

No-fly Zone Introduced In Dubai






No-fly Zone Introduced In Dubai Dubai’s Civil Aviation Authority has introduced No-fly zones for drones banning the use of the devices near all Airports and Royal Palaces. A DCAA official said the demarcation of Red and Green zones follows an incident last year when a drone was flown into the airspace around Dubai International Airport. […]






Deforestation, Prime “Man Made” Contributor to Global Warming

Deforestation, Prime “Man Made” Contributor to Global Warming






Deforestation, Prime “Man Made” Contributor to Global Warming Deforestation may well be the Key “man-made” contributor to global warming. Cut down trees gradually rot, giving off CO2 (carbon dioxide) the most important of the man- made, heat-trapping ‘Greenhouse gases’. Burn them, they give off CO2 faster. A possible solution is to manage this deforestation prudently, […]






Damac Properties Reveals its Aykon Daredevil Attraction

Damac Properties Reveals its Aykon Daredevil Attraction






Damac Properties Reveals its Aykon Daredevil Attraction The development will allow daredevils to venture to the edge of the roof in just a harness Dubai property developer Damac has revealed more details about its adrenaline-fueled project Aykon Dare, which allows daredevil visitors to lean over the edge of the roofline. The 1st-of-its-kind tourist attraction will […]






Emaar Hospitality Plans 35 New Hotels and Residences

Emaar Hospitality Plans 35 New Hotels and Residences






Emaar Hospitality Plans 35 New Hotels and Residences Dubai property giant to add 14 hotels and 11 serviced apartments to portfolio Dubai property developer Emaar’s hospitality unit has unveiled plans to launch 35 new hotels and serviced residences under its Address, VIda and Rove brands. Under the plans, the company will add 14 new hotels […]






NYS Residential Brush-Burning Ban Remains in Effect Through 14 May

NYS Residential Brush-Burning Ban Remains in Effect Through 14 May






NYS Residential Brush-Burning Ban Remains in Effect Through 14 May New York State (NYS) and Local Emergency Personnel Actively Engaged in Fighting a Brush Fire in Sam’s Point Preserve That Has Consumed Nearly 300 Acres Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed additional state emergency personnel to the wildfire at Sam’s Point Preserve near Ellenville in […]






More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market

More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market






More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market About 28% of respondents said that they are “very or quite satisfied with” the current Singapore property market, while more residents said they intend to purchase residential property in the next 6 months, according to Property Affordability Sentiment Survey 2016, a regular survey of Singaporean residents that provides […]