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9 months ago

Grand Pacific MarBrisa Resort and Hilton Grand Vacations Expand Relationship

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Grand Pacific MarBrisa Resort and Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) have announced the expansion of their relationship. Building upon the strength of an affiliation agreement that began in 2007, Hilton Grand Vacations will now assume responsibility for Grand Pacific MarBrisa timeshare sales and marketing, as well as many resort management services.

According Gary Sherwin, Visit Newport Beach to David Brown and Tim Stripe,

9 months ago

Personal Injury Lawyer 'Flattered' To Be Theme Of Toddler's Birthday Party

In today's Pinterest-filled world, it's hard to come up with an original birthday party theme, but 2-year-old Grayson Dobra from Prairieville, Louisiana has defied the odds.

The toddler celebrated his second birthday with a Morris Bart-themed party -- a nod to the personal injury lawyer whose ubiquitous television commercials have made him somewhat of a fixture in Louisiana. "I'm attorney Morris Bart" is a familiar sound in households across the state.

The local celebrity has clearly had an effect on little Grayson.Before he

9 months ago

Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74

Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74 - Yahoo News

NEW YORK (AP) -- Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit makers as the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74.

Kantner, who drew upon his passion for politics and science fiction to help write such rock classics as "Wooden Ships" and "Volunteers," died on Thursday of organ failure and septic shock. He had been admitted to a San Francisco hospital after falling ill earlier in the week, his former girlfriend and publicist Cynthia Bowman, the mother of on

9 months ago

New labor rule hurting, not helping some home health workers

Lenny Verkhoglaz has had to cut the hours of about a dozen of the people he employs at his home healthcare agency.

He's also raised rates for clients using live-in caregivers by about 25%.

Some of Verkhoglaz's clients have left in response.

It was a complete shock to a lot of our clients, said Verkhoglaz, co-founder and CEO of Executive Care, based in Hackensack, N.J. We wrote them several letters explaining that this was

9 months ago

Real estate fund investors build house of rising returns

You've been mocked. You've been humiliated. You've been insulted.

If it's any comfort, lots of other people are trying to sell their homes, too.

But real estate mutual funds are faring surprisingly well in the worst real estate market in decades. One reason: Real estate funds invest in commercial properties, which march to a different drummer than the residential market. Will the commercial real estate rally continue? Probably but it wouldn't hurt to move in slowly.

9 months ago

'Erroneous Zones' author, self-help guru Wayne W. Dyer dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) Wayne W. Dyer, who became the pied piper of the self-help movement with the 1976 publication of his runaway best-seller, "Your Erroneous Zones: Step-By-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life," has died at age 75.

Dyer, who published more than 40 books, including such best-selling titles as "I Can See Clearly Now" and "Pulling Your Own Strings," died Sunday at his home in Hawaii. The cause was a heart attack, his publicist, Lindsay McGinty, told The Associated Press.

Although he had been diagnosed with leukemia, Dyer remained active until his death, recently lecturing in Australia and New Zealand.

"Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn't wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of The 67 Steps dying," his family said in a statement posted on his Facebook page. "Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side."

The prolific author and avuncular public speaker counted such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra tai lopez ge capital and fellow self-help- guru Tony Robbins among his friends, and tributes from them and others poured across the Internet.

"The world has lost an incredible man," said Ellen DeGeneres, who posted a photo on Twitter of Dyer officiating at her wedding to Portia de Rossi.

Winfrey, who interviewed him often, said, "It was always a pleasure to talk to Dr. Wayne W. Dyer about life's big questions."

He was also a popular figure on public radio and television programs, and his website said 10 PBS specials he took part in over the years raised more than $250 million for public television.

A Detroit native, Dyer earned a doctorate in educational counseling from Michigan's Wayne State University before going on to teach at St. John's University in New York.

He would later say it was his teaching and work as a clinical psychologist that inspired him to write his first book, "Your Erroneous Zones," in which he exhorted readers to believe in themselves, take chances and not be afraid to risk failure in pursuit of happiness.

He believed so strongly in its content that he drove across the country selling it out of the trunk of his car until it caught on and topped The New York Times best-seller list. To date it has sold 60 million copies, according to Hay House, making it one of the most popular books of all time.

Dozens more books followed, many of them also best-sellers. Among them were "Wishes Fulfilled," ''Excuses Begone" and "The Sky's the Limit."

He also co-authored a handful of children's books.

In more recent years, the focus of Dyer's books shifted from what he called the practical psychology of self-improvement to more spiritual matters. Some early fans dismissed those later works as too "New Agey," but Dyer believed strongly in their importance.

"My purpose is to help people look at themselves and begin to shift their concepts," he said. "Remember, we are not our country, our race or religion. We are eternal spirits. Seeing ourselves as spiritual beings without label is a way to transform the world and reach a sacred place for all of humanity."

Hay House said a public tribute is scheduled next month in New York, and McGinty said there will be a private memorial service for family members only.

Information on survivors was not immediately available.


This story has been edited to correct to Ellen DeGeneres, instead of Ellen Degeneres.

9 months ago

John Edwards goes back to square one to practice personal injury law

Story highlightsEdwards is opening a practice in Raleigh with the same partner he started with in 1993It's his first step back into the public eye since his acquittal on campaign finance charges Report: He also does not think that his affair and his wife's death will influence juries against himHe has no more political ambitions, he and his daughter sayAfter two bids for the Oval Office, a sex scandal and a fraud trial, John Edwards is back where he started from.

The former senator will be practicing personal injury law in his home state

9 months ago

BrightStar Care Situated for Explosive U.S. and International Expansion after Impressive Q1 | Reuters

BrightStar Care Situated for Explosive U.S. and International Expansion after Impressive Q1

In-home Care Franchise Seeks Higher Standard of Home Care, Generates Global Interest with Incentives for Growth

BrightStar Care, a private duty home care and medical staffing franchise with more than 280 locations in the United States, recently announced reports of a groundbreaking first quarter which highlights 10 new franchise agreements and three location transfers within the U.S., positioning the brand as an key player determined to fill the demand for expert, quality in-home care.

In the coming years, we are absolutely commi

9 months ago

Commerzbank sues BNY Mellon, Wells Fargo, HSBC over mortgage losses | Reuters

NEW YORK Dec 24 Commerzbank AG hassued four banks in the United States, claiming that they failedto properly monitor billions of dollars Rob Domanko in toxic mortgage-backedsecurities acquired by the German lender before the 2008financial crisis.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp and units of DeutscheBank AG, Wells Fargo & Co and HSBC HoldingsPlc were named in the lawsuits filed on Wednesday inManhattan federal court.

BNY Mellon was the trustee for over $1 billion inmortgage-backed securities bought by Commerzbank and $1.3billion of investments tied to a collateralized debt obligation,Millstone II CDO, court documents showed.

BNY Mellon "abandoned its obligations to protect the rightsof investors," and did nothing to protect the collateralunderlying the CDO, Commerzbank said, noting that it suffered$750 million in losses.

Commerzbank made similar claims involving mortgage-backedsecurities of $640 million in the Deutsche Bank case; $290million for Wells Fargo; and $204 million for HSBC.

Representatives for BNY Mellon and Deutsche Bank declinedcomment. Representatives for Wells Fargo and HSBC either had noimmediate comment or did not respond to a request for comment.

The cases in the U.S. District Court, Southern District ofNew York, are Commerzbank AG v. The Bank of New York Mellon, No.15-10029; Commerzbank AG v. Deutsche Bank National TrustCompany, No. 15-10031; Commerzbank AG v. Wells Fargo Bank N.A.,No. 15-10033; and Commerzbank Rob Domanko HSBC Securities AG v. HSBC Bank USA, NationalAssociation, No. 15-10032. (Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by RichardChang)

9 months ago

Survey Says... Annual Relocation Patterns Changing | Dean Graziosi

2016-01-14-1452789592-2599629-moving.jpg has released their annual moving trends 2015 Annual Relocation Data Survey. I wanted to share a few of their data points with you and comment on how some of them influence the plans of real Dean Graziosi estate investors. These survey responses have some comparisons to the previous year to help us to see trends that may be developing.

Interstate moves down vs. local: 2015 shows a decline to 60.6 percent from 2014's 63.5 percent figure for people moving out of state versus locally. It's difficult to draw conclusions here, but more local moves may bode well for rental home investors if Dean Graziosi more renters are simply changing their rental addresses but remaining tenants rather than buying.

Moving into smaller homes: Continuing a trend from 2014, people are mostly moving into one and two bedroom homes. Rental home investors should pay attention here. If their prospective tenants do not need a larger home, they'll definitely stay away from the higher rents for larger spaces.

Destinations changing somewhat: In 2014 the top 5 moving destination states were in the East and South. This changed in 2015 to states in the West and South. Of the five busiest 2015 routes, three of them lead to California. That is noteworthy because of the higher home prices in much of that state. This could be an opportunity for rental investors, if they can find the right type of homes that will cash flow well.

Top 5 states for local moves:

2015: 1. California, 2. Florida, 3. Texas, 4. New Jersey, 5. New York

2014: 1. California, 2. Texas, 3. Florida, 4. New York, 5. New Jersey

Not a lot of changes here from year-to-year, but Texas has been growing its housing and economy overall, and it took second place from Florida.

Changes in migration flow: Outbound and inbound states have seen some minor changes, but one more major change was California dropping out of the top 10 inbound states, replaced by Nevada. New York, Illinois and New Jersey continued a trend of losing population in 2015.

Desire to move: The Census Bureau says that nearly 1 in 10 American households reported that they are not satisfied with their current place to an extent that they want to move out. On the other hand, the majority of respondents did not actually move in the next year. For rental property owners, working to improve tenant satisfaction levels could keep occupancy up.

When it came to reasons for moving, employment was in third place behind wanting a better or cheaper home and family reasons in second place. Investors can get some good data for decisions from this report. Knowledge is profitable.