Second Home Prices Soar in Central Florida

Kissimmee, FL (PRWEB) February 16, 2005

In 2003 there were more 46 year olds than any other single age cohort. These “baby boomers” are the largest second home demographic in the United States, and with more people becoming disillusioned with other venues of investments, property, and more specifically second homes, are becoming a great way to show impressive returns and enjoy the tax benefits of a second home.

Typically second homes have one inherent downside, the mortgage and running costs. If you rent the property on a long term yearly basis, you cannot use the property yourself, and if the mortgage exceeds the rental rate for the area, then other methods of income will be required to sustain the property while you build equity. In central Florida, Disney World™ executives have projected 55 million vacationers will visit the Orlando area, and this steady stream of people is the secret to many investor’s success. For several years, British visitors have shunned the traditional overpriced hotel rooms for single family pool homes, rented out by reputable management companies on a nightly basis. This “short term” rental market provides the income needed to cover almost, if not all, of the running costs associated with a second home, and also allows the owners to enjoy the property themselves. As more people peruse the internet looking for better deals, this emerging vacation option is gaining market share, and this can benefit both the homeowner and the vacationing family. At you can find helpful tips and FAQ for anyone interested in property management.

Now we have found the method of maintaining the property while building equity, what returns can we expect. Although no-one can predict the future, according to previous years, the equity growth is superb. Several communities on US 192 have shown an increase of 39% in two years, which if the home owner had put 10% down would have realized a “cash on cash” profit of 390%, considerably more than the 2%-3% realized from CD’s or other typical methods of investment. These single family pool homes show the best appreciation when purchased at preconstruction, for more information please visit .

Since 1991 we have bought and sold properties in the Disney™ area, and with our eperiance we know that we can assist you in finding the second home of your dreams. Please visit our second home website at


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Second Annual Pampered Pet Expo in Orlando — Florida’s Most Anticipated Pet Event Focuses on Education

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 10, 2009

Pet lovers across Central Florida will be flocking to the second annual Pampered Pet Expo at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center on August 7-9, 2009.

The Pampered Pet Expo is owned and produced by entrepreneurial sisters and animal lovers Joyce Perhac of ProShow Inc. and Janice Blasko of The Abbey Group. ProShow is a meeting and event-planning company owned by Perhac and based in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Abbey Group is an Orlando-based website development company owned by Blasko. Blasko also serves as President of a Central Florida animal rescue and education organization.

The event focuses on educating pet owners through fun classes and informative presentations, while offering a large pet vendor shopping area with products and services including food, clothing, spa products, beds, accessories, safety equipment, housing, toys and health care. The variety of free and low-cost seminar choices include: Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR, Canine Behavior, DOGA (yoga with your dog), Animal Communication, How to Choose the Right Pet, Wildlife and Your Pets and many more. Tammy Roussin will be offering a seminar on “How to Build a Profitable Petsitting Business.” Roussin makes $ 100,000 a year as the owner of Absolutely Pampered Pets, a pet-sitting/dog walking business in St. Louis, MO and was recently featured in Parade Magazine’s 2009 Real People, Real Salaries. Professionals in their fields of expertise such as the Ask-a-Vet Center will be available for free consultations for guests.

Also spotlighted at the Expo is the Petfinder Adoption Center where Florida’s top local pet rescue organizations will be available to answer questions and showcase their adoptables in need of forever homes. These groups also provide guests an opportunity to volunteer their time and donate to help support these important community groups.

Entertainment includes acts such as the Disc-Connected K9s’, a professional, world famous frisbee dog touring show featuring rescued dogs performing cutting edge acrobatics who have appeared at NFL, MLB & NBA half-time shows, on ESPN, the CBS Morning News, USA Network, Animal Planet and more; the Swanky Pooch runway fashion show with plenty of doggie bling and ShowBirdz!; a parrot show featuring Teddy the rollerskating, basketball playing Cockatoo from ESPN Sports commercials and his pals and much more.

Expo sponsors and partners include Banfield, the Pet Hospital; PETSMART; Fizzion; Pet Planet Magazine; The New Barker; Center for Animal Therapies; PetAPotty; Faithful Friends; Park, Bark & Fly; Lake Howell Animal Clinic and

The Pampered Pet Expo is being held in the West Building, Hall D of the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center. Expo hours are from 4pm to 9pm on Friday, 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Daily adult admission is $ 10 in advance and $ 12 at the door. Children 10 and under are free. Parking at the Convention Center is $ 8 per car. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting or by calling 800-249-3154. Due to the event’s location, the public is asked not to bring their pets.

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort Near Orlando Completes the Second Phase of a $54 Million Renovation

Orlando, FL (Vocus/PRWEB) March 16, 2011

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, one of Orlando, Florida’s premier resorts, is pleased to announce the completion of the resort’s second phase of a $ 54 million renovation.

The legendary resort completed its extensive transformation with a modern restyling of all 65,000 square feet of meeting space. The meeting space has been restyled to have a more modern feel and serve as an extension of the guest tower renovations that were completed in December of 2009.

WPPI Announces Second Annual Road Trip

Culver City, CA (PRWEB) June 21, 2010 –

Following its 30th anniversary this year, Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) announces its second annual WPPI Road Trip. Taking the fun and excitement of its annual convention and trade show in Las Vegas, NV, and bringing it on the road to 10 major U.S. cities this coming August and September, the 2010 WPPI Road Trip features a full day of educational classes conducted by the hottest most sought-after speakers in professional photography today.

“Coming off our record breaking attendance for WPPI 2011 we are so excited to be brining our world-class education on the road for the second consecutive year,” said George Varanakis, WPPI’s Group Publisher and Executive Vice President. “Road Trip offers the convenience of being close to home and minimal time away from the studio so that professional or aspiring professional photographers can turn around and immediately apply what they learn to their work and business. Plus, the WPPI Road Trip provides a mid-year educational refresher like no other.”

The WPPI Road Trip full day of educational classes cover important topics such as Business and Marketing, Lighting, Posing, Wedding and Portrait photography, Photoshop and Postproduction workflows. The Road Trip will take place in the following 10 U.S. cities: Irvine, CA, Sacramento, CA, Seattle, WA, Dallas, TX, Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, Orlando, FL, New Brunswick, NJ and Detroit, MI.

WPPI Road Trip guest speakers include: The Boudior Divas, Becker, Bambi Cantrell, Kay Eskridge, Andy Marcus, Doug Gordon, Jasmine Star, Dawn Shields, and Amber Holritz to name just a few. For more information about locations, dates, speakers and registration, please visit:

If booked before July 30th, the early bird registration rate is $ 135 for a full day of education, lunch, and mini trade show. The Road Trip rate also includes free registration to WPPI 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. After July 30th, the registration price is $ 149.

WPPI is the largest annual expo and conference in the United States for professional photographers. Each year more than 11,000 professional photographers gather in Las Vegas, NV, to learn from the best and see the latest and greatest products from the hundreds of exhibitors that participate in the trade show. WPPI 2011 will take place February 17-24, 2011.

About WPPI

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) is an organization that serves the educational and business needs of wedding and portrait photographers. Celebrating its 30th convention anniversary in 2010, WPPI is a professional organization that exists to help member photographers by providing them with exclusive information, programs and professional services to assist with their photographic artistry and business needs. WPPI routinely supplies its members with new benefits and valuable industry information enabling them to compete effectively, especially in tough economic times. WPPI membership gives photographers the resources they need to succeed and the tools they require to build and develop a strong personal support network.

In 2010, WPPI completed its 30th annual Convention and Trade Show, drawing over 14,000 attendees and 320 exhibitors to its convention space in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. For more information visit:


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Second Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival Hits Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia March 2-4, 2012

(PRWEB) November 03, 2011

This March 2-4, check out the Second Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival, taking place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Presented by Folk City Tattoo and Twisted Ink magazine, this highly anticipated event will celebrate all aspects of the tattooing industry and welcome talented artists from as far away as California.

“Last year?s festival was a tremendous success,? said Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival organizer John Cann. ?This year will be even bigger and better than last year, with awesome tattoo artists, a guest appearance by Ami James of NY Ink, performances by The Enigma, and some very special surprises.?

During the event, interested attendees have the option of speaking with tattoo artists from across the country and having the work performed on-site at the convention center. The cost of each tattoo is in addition to the entrance fee price and is negotiated between customer and artist. Please note that many artists book fast and the best way to secure a tattoo at the festival is to set appointments with artists before the event.

As stated, this year the Second Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival welcomes Ami James of TLC?s NY Ink and Miami Ink fame. The Israeli-born tattoo artist is co-owner of the Miami Beach, Florida-based tattoo parlor Love Hate Tattoos and owner of the NY, New York- based tattoo parlor Wooster St. Social Club. He has appeared on both Miami Ink and New York Ink, two television programs featured on TLC. The second season on New York Ink will debut in December 2011.

In addition, the Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival welcomes the return of The Enigma in ?Show Devils.? A sideshow performer, actor, and musician, The Enigma was also a founder of the Jim Rose Circus, a sideshow act in the 1990s that toured with Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Lollapalooza, and was hailed as an ?absolute must-see act? by Rolling Stone magazine. He has appeared in television programs such as The X-Files and to date has had more than 200 tattoo artists work on him (as many as 23 at one time). He is easily recognized by his blue puzzle-piece tattoos and horn implants.

Other highlights of this year?s festival include live music, fire spinners, pro wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts exhibits, tattoo contests, food, and more.

On November 18 and 19, to build momentum for the festival, festival producers with Folk City Tattoo and Twisted Ink magazine will attempt a world record for the longest tattoo session. Currently, Alessandro Bonacorsi of Italy is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for tattooing multiple people during a single session lasting 30 hours. The action will be held at Folk City Tattoo in Suffolk at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 19. Spectators are welcome and proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

?The purpose of the Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival is to provide a festive environment for tattoo enthusiasts and entertainment for those just curious about tattoos,? said Cann. ?We also use it as an opportunity to bring our colorful community together under one roof for a weekend of fun and camaraderie.?


$ 25 Daily

$ 45 Weekend Pass (includes all three days)

$ 35 Military Weekend Pass


Friday, March 2- Noon until 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 3- Noon until 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 4- Noon until 6:00 p.m.

All ages welcome. Some adult content.

MUST be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo

Hampton Roads Convention Center

1610 Coliseum Drive

Hampton, VA 23666

For more information on the Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival, call

757/484-1319, email hrtattoofest(at)yahoo(dot)com, or check out A full schedule of events and activities will be released in January 2012.

Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America’s first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX Celebrate 1st Anniversary of Second Booking Office

Costa del Sol, Malaga (PRWEB) June 30, 2009

Costalessgolf S.L., the well respected and long established travel agency continues to grow from strength to strength with the celebration of the1st anniversary in May 2009 of the second booking office located in Fuengirola on the sunshine coast of the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain.

The opening day was a great success and well supported by many friends, business partners and local residents who book golf holidays in Spain regularly with the tour operator and are thanked for their continuing loyal support.

With the golf company based in the world’s No.1 golfing destination, the Costa del Golf, the company’s knowledge of the industry and relationships between the golf, car hire, transfer service and hotel directors are at a premium and continually improving.’s services and products have expanded rapidly with the introduction of several new golfing destinations incorporating some of the world’s top ranking golf courses. Increasing numbers of clients have been coming to the new booking office where they have had an opportunity to talk directly to experienced staff who have been available to discuss and advise clients about the very best products available and quoting the lowest prices relative to the particular golf season and destination they require.

With improved communication the tour operator has been able to provide some exceptionally cheap golf packages to many groups of golfers to several different countries without comprising quality, service or their personal individual needs and requirements.

Whilst in the booking office clients have also been able to purchase general golf equipment, the company currently carries a stock of Srixon golf clubs, golf gloves, golf balls and other accessories as well as Golf Clothing from Kartel — the main sponsors of the famous golfer Padraig Harrington — winner of both the British Open and American PGA in 2008/09.

Over the past year CostaLessGolf S.L. have worked very hard to bring clients even more opportunities to play golf around the world. Last June the team travelled to the sunshine state of Orlando, Florida and personally experienced the supreme high quality service which is second to none that Americas golf industry has to offer, this trip was shortly followed by the introduction of Turkey, where you can experience the luxury of a golf holiday in Turkey and staying in some of the most prestigious Golf Resorts Turkey has to offer in the prime locations of Belek & Antalaya.

Costalessgolf S.L. is also a specialist provider of the very best discounted tee times and golf package holidays in the following countries and regions:- Spain, Portugal, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, U.S.A and Turkey.

New for 2009/10

Costalessgolf S.L. will be introducing even more destinations in the future such as Morocco or prestigious golf clubs in the U.K. Soon you can book a holiday to play golf at Celtic Manor, St. Andrews or The Belfry.. To keep yourself updated with the latest deals from Costalessgolf S.L. check out our website at

In April 2009 Costalessgolf S.L also launched, our new online Superstore, with an extensive range of products including all the leading Top Brands in clothing and golf equipment with free U.K delivery.


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Orlando Condominium Resort — WorldQuest Resort — Makes Second Phase of Units Available to Prospective Owners after Impressive Opening Months

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 29, 2007

Situated in close proximity to Disney, Universal Studios, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club, and Epcot Center, it is hard to imagine a better Orlando location than WorldQuest Resort. For this reason, the luxury Orlando condo hotel has found great popularity among condo hotel buyers seeking property in the world’s most popular tourist destination — with 55 million travelers arriving each year. After an exceptional opening with Phase I, WorldQuest Resort is now offering Phase III of the condo hotel for sale.

Purchasing a condo hotel unit at WorldQuest Resort allows owners personal usage — as well as the opportunity to place their unit in the onsite rental management program. Managed by renowned Remington Management, the luxury Orlando condo resort received the AAA Three-Diamond Rating, the highest rating available for condominium resorts, and WorldQuest Resort ranks as one of’s top room revenue producers regularly — topping all other Orlando resorts on multiple occasions.

In addition to a highly successful on-site management program, resort condo owners at WorldQuest enjoy floor plans ranging from 1,286 square feet to 1,547 square feet with Mediterranean architecture, well-appointed interiors, high ceilings, full kitchens, whirlpool tubs, and private patios. WorldQuest’s clubhouse, featuring a fitness center, coffee bar, business center, and signature swimming pool (of 10,000 square feet) appeals to the Orlando condo hotel owners and leisure visitors alike.

Just 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and 10 minutes from the Convention Center, WorldQuest Resort continues to be sought after by business travelers and groups desiring an Orlando condo resort with proximity as well as luxury amenities. International vacationers enjoy ease of access to Epcot, Disney, SeaWorld, and Premium Outlets, among other attractions nearby the Orlando condo hotel.

Construction of Phase II is underway and includes the development of Buildings 4 and 5, bringing 68 new resort condominiums into inventory. Over the next several months, construction will be completed and interiors finalized so that the new condo hotel units will be available to owners and guests in October of 2007. Buildings 6 and 7 will begin construction this spring and these buildings still have a few units available for purchase.

About WorldQuest Resort:

Located in one of the world’s most popular destinations, the Orlando condo hotel features full ownership opportunities in luxury suites accompanied by a successful on-site management program, making the accommodations available to business and leisure travelers. A top room revenue generator on and AAA Three-Diamond rated condominium resort property, WorldQuest Resort offers owners a unique Orlando condo hotel investment.

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Minneapolis (PRWEB) December 13, 2010

Construction industry accolades keep coming for VAST Composite Permeable Pavers. On November 16, 2010 at Greenbuild, Environmental Design + Construction (ED+C) and Sustainable Facility magazines announced that VAST Composite Permeable Pavers were voted Best Exterior Product in the annual Readers’ Choice Awards . Now the December 2010 issue of BUILDERNews is out with the editors’ annual Best Product picks. They selected VAST Composite Permeable Pavers for Mixed-use/Multifamily projects based on the pavers’ durability, innovation and sustainability.

The editors of BUILDERNews praised the performance and weight advantage of VAST Composite Permeable Pavers and highlighted VAST’s installation grid as a unique innovation. “The VAST pavers weigh eight pounds per square foot (versus about 30 pounds per square foot for concrete permeable pavers), making VAST less energy-intensive and less costly to transport, easier to work with on job sites, and great for use in flat and green roof applications,” said John Chilson, editor-in-chief. “But we really liked the patented grid system because it saves time and reduces the amount of labor required for paver installation.”

“VAST installation grids are laid out on a sub-base prepared just as it is for conventional landscape or permeable pavers,” explained Steve Smith, chief technology officer, VAST Enterprises, LLC. “When VAST pavers are inserted into the grids, they are automatically spaced and aligned correctly for excellent results.”

VAST Enterprises is the materials science research and manufacturing company that invented and patented composite masonry: the world’s first and only rubber-plastic composite that offers the strength, durability, natural appearance, and design versatility to replace molded concrete and traditional clay brick in hardscape and landscape applications. BuilderNews is a national building trade publication with a monthly circulation of 80,000 and monthly readership of 307,000 — including builders, contractors, developers, suppliers, and construction product specifiers in high-growth residential and multifamily homebuilding markets.

VAST Composite Permeable Pavers infiltrate rainwater into the soil to reduce rain runoff into storm drains and decrease stormwater pollution. The pavers have a tested infiltration rate of more than 450 inches per hour (4.9 gallons per square foot per minute) when installed with aggregate conforming to ASTM D448 No. 8.

Like all VAST composite masonry products, the permeable pavers are manufactured in VAST’s engineered composite material, a proprietary blend of up to 95 percent recycled car tires and plastic containers. The VAST production process requires 94 percent less energy and releases 89 percent less carbon dioxide than concrete product manufacture.

“We engineer our composite masonry products to be more than green. We design them outperform the products they replace,” said Andy Vander Woude, chief executive officer, VAST Enterprises, LLC. “That’s why VAST continues to win awards from construction industry professionals and experts in materials science technology.”

VAST Enterprises won the Minnesota Cup as the most innovative start-up company in Minnesota in September 2006. Since then VAST has continued to win awards, including:

First Place, Mid-Am Innovation Showcase, Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show, January 2009

Top 10 Green Building Products, EcoHome Editors’ Choice Awards, August 2009

Minnesota High-Tech Association Tekne Awards: Cleantech Award and Innovative Collaboration of the Year Award, October 2009

Best Exterior Product (VAST Composite Landscape Pavers), Environmental Design + Construction Readers’ Choice Awards, November 2009

Environmental Stewardship Award, Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), February 2010

Honorable Mention, Innovative Green Design Awards, New York House magazine, July 2010

Best Exterior Product (VAST Composite Permeable Pavers), Environmental Design + Construction Readers’ Choice Awards, November 2010

Best Products of 2010, Mixed-use/Multifamily (VAST Composite Permeable Pavers), BUILDERNews, December 2010

VAST Enterprises, LLC

VAST applies its patented technology to transform recycled materials into a new resource for green building: composite masonry. VAST composite products — including landscape pavers, permeable pavers for stormwater management, deck pavers and thin brick — offer an engineered alternative to molded concrete and clay brick. VAST meets the most demanding requirements for aesthetics, durability, sustainability and installation efficiency. Award-winning VAST pavers deliver rich colors, superior slip resistance and unbeatable strength at one-third the weight of concrete pavers. VAST can contribute to more LEED

Advanced Metal Roofing Announces Winner of Second Annual MetalBucks Sweepstakes

Wilmington, N.C. (Vocus/PRWEB) February 10, 2011

Advanced Metal Roofing, a North Carolina-based metal roofing company, announces the winner of their second annual MetalBucks Sweepstakes. James and Kimberly Crutcher of Kernersville, N.C. were selected at random from a drawing of over 500 entrants to win a free installed MetalMan Roofing System for their home.

The MetalBucks Sweepstakes welcomes entrants throughout the year for a drawing to be held in December. Available to North Carolina homeowners, the MetalBucks Sweepstakes requires only that participants submit a form online to enter, available at, or alternatively call 1-877-858-7663 (specific details can be found online at the above URL). No purchase or participation in a sales presentation is necessary to enter the MetalBucks Sweepstakes.

The Grand Prize in the MetalBucks Sweepstakes is an exclusive MetalMan Roofing System custom installed on the winner’s home, valued at up to $ 22,500. This leading metal roofing system guarantees 42% in home energy savings, no-fade and no-rust vibrant metal roofing colors, and a transferable Limited Lifetime Warranty. Homeowners benefit from added protection for their home, a roof that requires minimal maintenance and will last a lifetime, significant energy savings, an attractive improvement for their home, and added resale value on their property.

Advanced Metal Roofing Marketing Manager, Zach Hanner, comments that the 2010 MetalBucks Sweepstakes winners James and Kimberly Crutcher of Kernersville, North Carolina, were particularly deserving of the Grand Prize as they attempted to purchase a MetalMan Roofing System in October, 2010 but were unable to qualify for financing due to a struggling economy and underemployment. “The timing is also particularly appropriate,” says Hanner, “as James Crutcher is facing surgery on his shoulder and won’t be able to work for several weeks. The MetalMan Roofing System installation means that their home will be made sound and secure in the meantime and that is serious peace of mind for them.”

The MetalBucks Sweepstakes for 2011 is currently underway. North Carolina homeowners interested in reaping the rewards of a MetalMan Roofing System for their home are invited to enter the contest between now and December 23, 2011 by submitting a form at

For more information about Advanced Metal Roofing and the exclusive MetalMan Roofing System, please visit and or call 1-877-858-7663.

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