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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to http://pennystockpaycheck.com for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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Palm Beach Periodontist Launches New and Improved Website Design

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Dr. Daniel Lauer Has Upgraded His Palm Beach Practice’s Website to a New, Responsive Format for a Fresh Look and Easy Navigation

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International City Bank (Long Beach, CA) (ILCY: Grey Market) | Symbol Change

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Fri, May 10, 2013 12:00 – International City Bank (Long Beach, CA) (ILCY: Grey Market) – Symbol Change – The symbol, ILCY, is no longer a valid symbol for International City Bank (Long Beach, CA). As of Fri, May 10, 2013, the new trading symbol is ILCN. You may find a complete list of symbol changes at otcmarkets.com.

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Vero Beach Plastic Surgeon Performs Facelifts for Dramatic Results

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Dr. John Sarbak, a Vero Beach Plastic Surgeon, Offers Patients an Effective Way to Look Younger Through the Facelift Procedure

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Seaside Inspiration for the Home

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MISSION, KS–(Marketwired – Apr 11, 2013) – (Family Features) Trips to the beach are popular getaways — but if you can’t get to the beach, you can bring it to your home.

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Couples Resorts and Casuarina Beach Club Conclude Negotiations for Almond Casuarina Beach Resort, Barbados

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MIAMI, FL–(Marketwire – Jan 19, 2013) – Glenn Lawrence, CEO Couples Resorts announced today that Couples Resorts and Casuarina Beach Club Limited have concluded negotiations for the lease of the 280 room Almond Casuarina Beach Resort, in Barbados, effective February 10, 2013. 

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BUYINS.net Continues Coverage on Premier Holding, Corp. (PRHL.OB)

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NEWPORT BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – Dec 28, 2012) – Randall Letcavage, CEO of Premier Holding, Corp. (OTCBB: PRHL), was pleased to announce today continued coverage by BUYINS.net (http://www.buyins.net) and its SqueezeTrigger analytics.

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CBO issues fresh ‘fiscal cliff’ warning – MarketWatch

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CBO issues fresh 'fiscal cliff' warning
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By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The US economy will contract instead of expanding in 2013 if scheduled tax hikes and spending cuts go into effect in January, the Congressional Budget Office warned on Wednesday.
Fiscal cliff could affect Florida defense jobs, Medicare paymentsPalm Beach Post

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Coda Octopus Group, Inc. (CDOC: OTC Link) | Long Beach Police Department takes delivery of Coda Octopus Underwater Inspection System (UIS™) system

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Lakeland, Fl. (August 20, 2012) – Coda Octopus Group, Inc. (OTC: CDOC.PK), announces that it has recently been awarded a contract for the supply of an Underwater

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TACO DEL MAR(R) Pop-Up Beach Heats Up Downtown Seattle and Serves Up Fun

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Beach Volleyball, Sand Castle Building and More in the Heart of Downtown Seattle

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Is it time to buy a holiday home on Spain’s ‘Costa Catastrophe’?

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Spain’s struggling banks are setting up English-language websites to sell off their property backlog. But beware: the market may still be falling

It has been dubbed the “Costa Catastrophe”. Hundreds of thousands of unsold new homes litter Spain’s coastal provinces – and now the banks are finally pulling the plug on developers and selling off their stock for whatever they can get.

All the major Spanish banks have opened real estate websites (each translated into English to appeal to British buyers) to offload the new and repossessed homes on their books, promising discounts of as much as 60% off asking prices. But many experts think that prices in Spain still have further to fall and that asking prices remain a long way from reality.

Santander’s Spanish property website, Altamira, promises “housing for all, at yesterday’s prices”. It talks of “retro prices” of less than €50,000 (£40,400), and after just a brief search we found a four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in Valencia for €18,000. Mind you, it was hardly holiday home material.

Many of Altamira’s more interesting properties are new-builds, where the developer has got into difficulty and left the bank with scores of flats. For example, in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, the bank is trying to sell 16 flats in a development with a swimming pool 15 minutes’ walk from the beach, pictured left. Prices for the two- and three-bed flats start at €85,456, but, tellingingly, none has yet sold. At the peak of the boom, similar properties were going for twice that price.

Servihabitat, the site for properties owned by La Caixa bank, tells buyers “you set the price … we’ll give you an answer in 24 hours”. If reports from property agents in Spain are true, buyers should put in silly offers and see if the bank bites.

Bankia, a collection of seven failed banks which recently sought a €19bn government bailout, sells its repossessed properties through BankiaHabitat. Currently it is running an “andando a la playa” (walk to the beach) promotion offering hundreds of beachside flats and apartments starting at €39,050.

At the height of the boom in 2006, Spain built more than 760,000 homes, five times the level of housebuilding in the UK. Housing starts have since collapsed by 90% and the struggling banks can no longer “extend and pretend” the unpaid interest on the colossal loans advanced to developers.

The banks know that as they bring the property to market, prices will fall even further, so many offer 95% or even 100% loans at low interest rates so long as the buyer is willing to pay the original, inflated price. It’s a gambit few believe will find many takers.

Official statistics mask the scale of price falls. The Bank of Spain says prices are 25%-30% below their peak, but estate agents say falls of 40%-50% are common in some areas.

Idealista, Spain’s equivalent to Rightmove.co.uk, says prices have fallen most in Lleida, the coastal province south of Barcelona. Meanwhile, many analysts reckon prices remain far too high and could fall substantially this year. SocGen’s Michala Marcussen expects prices to fall 15% this year, while Citi’s Willem Buiter believes Spain is only halfway through its price declines.

There are reports of bargain hunters flocking to Spain to buy at knockdown prices, lured by scores of websites promising ultra-cheap properties and loans. But Clare Nessling, director at Conti, an overseas mortgage specialist, warns: “Bitter experience has taught thousands of overseas property buyers that scrimping on independent legal advice can effectively cost them their holiday home. And ensure an independent valuation of the property is carried out, even if you’re buying with cash. This should point out any problems – subsidence, damp, wiring defects – and could also highlight possible boundary disputes.”

Many developments were built cheaply and shoddily, with frequent reports of breaches of planning rules and licences. Buyers should also factor in high fees – typically 10% – when purchasing in Spain.

“Be very selective. Many so-called bargains are being offered at bargain basement prices because they are of poor quality and in undesirable locations,” says Nessling.

“It’s very easy to be pulled in by descriptions of ‘cheap’ or ‘knockdown’ prices, but you really don’t want to end up with a toxic asset simply because you didn’t do your homework or tried to cut corners.”

Guardian Money contacted a number of estate agents around Spain, and the message was always the same: the best bargains are in the countryside, away from the beach where prices have fallen most. All were united in advising buyers that the asking prices on most websites are fantasy figures which vendors do not have a hope of achieving.

These are a few of the properties for sale which highlight price falls:

• A luxurious five-bed five-bathroom house, left, on a 2,754 square metre plot within the prestigious Sotogrande estate at the west end of the Costa del Sol has an asking price of €2.2m but would have sold for €3m-plus at the height of the market. Details from Savills International.

• Priced at €149,000 three years ago and now with an asking price of €57,000, a two-hectare country estate with a restored three-bed bungalow, left, almond, olive and pine trees has been “realistically priced for a quick sale” . Details from Ebro Valley Properties on (0034) 977 416 117.

• A 5,500 sq m country finca with a three-bed, three-bathroom bungalow and swimming pool two hours from Barcelona and 15 minutes from Reus airport was on the market for €220,000 in 2007; it is now for sale at €99,000. Ebro Valley Properties on (0034) 977 416 117.