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Atlanta Real Estate Trends & Fun Facts

June 14th, 2011

Atlanta, GA has several fun facts and great real estate trends!

Atlanta is the Capitol of Georgia.

Peaches and cotton are grown & produced there.

They have a vast amount of lumber in the state of Georgia.

They are known for their production of apparel and textile.

Poultry is far from scarce in Georgia as well.

The Top Atlanta Area Schools have very high math & reading scores and a low student per teacher ratio.

The Atlanta Real Estate trends are great there as well.

Tallahassee Real Estate Trends & Fun Facts

June 13th, 2011

Tallahassee, FL is known for many things!

Tallahassee is the Capitol of Florida.

Many fruit products are grown & produced there.

Ocean fishing is very popular as well as tourism.

They are known for their production of machinery and tools.

The Top Tallahassee Area Schools have great math & reading scores and a low student per teacher ratio.

The Tallahassee Real Estate trends are great there as well.

Hartford Connecticut Fun Facts

June 10th, 2011

Hartford, CT is known for many things!

Hartford is the Capitol of Connecticut.

They are known for apparel & textiles

Poultry and dairy are far from lacking in Connecticut

The Top Hartford Area Schools have good math and reading proficiency scores and small Student per Teacher ratios.

The Hartford Connecticut Real Estate Trends are very dynamic as well.

What can you add?

Denver Colorado Fun Facts

June 9th, 2011

Denver, CO is known for many things!

Denver is the Capitol of Colorado.

They are known for the mountain ranges and ‘The Rockies’.

Livestock and agriculture are far from lacking.

Electronics are very important in Colorado.

Tourism is very popular in Denver

The Top Denver Area Schools a very small Student per Teacher ratio.

The Denver Colorado Real Estate Trends are very dynamic as well.

What can you add?

Little Rock Arkansas Fun Facts

June 8th, 2011

Little Rock, AR is known for many things!

Little Rock is the Capitol of Arkansas

They are known for their trees and lumber.

They have an abundance of Apples.

Arkansas does a ton of food processing.

Cotton is very popular there and makes a great deal of money there.

The Top Little Rock Area Schools a very small Student per Teacher ratio.

The Little Rock Arkansas Real Estate Trends are very dynamic as well.

What can you add?

Carytown Watermelon Festival

June 6th, 2011

Carytown Watermelon Festival
115,000 people, over 2500 watermelons, 80 musicians, over 100 exhibitors, one of the largest kids areas of any festival and all of the great Carytown style, the Watermelon Festival has become the largest one day festival in the state of Virginia. Attendance is usually around 115,000 individuals.

Want to see more happening in Virginia… Check out the
Virginia Visitor Guide

Richmond Virginia Real Estate Trends

Want to see the neighborhoods around Richmond? Check out Richmond Homes for Sale

Software For Real Estate

May 11th, 2011

In today’s real estate industry, you have to really define yourself as an office, broker, and agent. There is not as much competition as a few years ago, but home owners and sellers are being more money conscious as to how they buy and sell real estate and with whom.

More and more people are using the internet to buy and sell real estate vs. offices and agents. They try to save the most by doing more on their own and those in the real estate industry have to work harder to prove themselves to shoppers and buyers.

Taro Systems, Inc. has solutions for you in the real estate business world. Our Software for Real Estate is not only cutting edge technology but will set you apart from the competition. ProGold i2 allows you to work smarter not harder. You can keep all information for the businesses front office and back office in one program and stay more organized as well as feed into real estate web pages for the agents on ViewMyListing.com.

We also have developed Software for Real Estate Agents to allow agents the top Google ranking on themselves and their listings while maintaining better communication with their sellers. By allowing the sellers to login to their own ViewMyListing account thru the agent they can see the activity on their listings without having to call the agent every time there is a showing or other activity on the listing.

Taro Systems, Inc. has produced ViewMyListing.com to be the Software for Real Estate Agents across the USA. Also, ProGold i2 Software for Real Estate Brokers and Offices.

Live chats can be found Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm EST as follows:
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Summer Arts Festival in Dever, CO

May 9th, 2011

May Fun in Denver, Colorado

Do you live in Denver, CO or near it? If you love Arts there are many Arts fairs there. To visit, rent, or buy a home closest to them check out Denver Homes for Sale.

May 27-29 Memorial Day Weekend is the Downtown Downtown Denver Arts Festival
Located at the Denver Pavilions mix & mingle with 150K art lovers and the best part, is this festival is FREE

The Different Types of Realtors to Help you Buy Lansing Homes for Sale and more…

January 7th, 2011

Have you ever tried buying a house where you and your loved ones can call your own? If you think you have already saved up enough money to afford buying one of the beautiful Lansing Homes for Sale, you should choose a good realtor. You will need the help of realtors if you are shopping for San Antonio Homes for Sale, and even Denver Homes for Sale.

Now, you have to choose which type of realtor you should partner with when scouting for a house. Purchasing real estate is one of the biggest investments in your life, and its something that needs to be dealt with carefully and correctly. Here are the different types of realtors you might come across with:

Part Time Opportunist
This is the type of realtor who already has a career unrelated to real estate and hence works as a part time realtor only. Because he or she has another job, real estate transactions might not be a priority. This realtor might not be available at critical times in the buying process, so it may seem like you are still doing all the dirty work.

Part Time / Full Timer
This is the type of realtor who is only after the perks of the job, suck as parties in cool houses and brushing elbows with the filthy rich. This realtor might not be available in the mornings, weekends, and days when he or she does not feel like working.

Full Time Professional
A true professional realtor is someone who can help you find your ideal home with ease. He or she can take you from one house to another until you find one that will suit your needs exactly. This realtor would try to explore your needs so that he or she can help you choose a house and even give sound advice, when needed. These realtors can easily contact home inspectors, real estate lawyers, and other brokers when you need them.

Now comes the “epiphany” of it all. Finding the right real estate agent, and your furutre home to invest your time and money into can be challenging but well worth it.

USA Paradise Islands to see, vacation at, or live near

December 14th, 2010

Michigan's own paradise

Michigan's own paradise

Don’t want to get a passport to go to a paradise place? Check out these!

With so many beautiful locations, you can get a quiet getaway by yourself, with you loved ones and / or family.

1. Boundary Waters, MN
2. Cantina Island, CA
3. Chincoteague Island, VA
4. Cumberland Island, GA
5. Lake Champlain Islands, VT
6. Mackinac Island, MI
7. Martha’s Vineyard, MA
8. Outer Banks Islands, NC
9. San Juan Islands, WA
10. Sanibel Island, FL
11. Thousand Islands, NY

See more information on these and original article at: Forbes.com

Taro Systems, Inc. Announces Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty as Newest Client to implement our innovative Customer Service Model

October 4th, 2010

Taro Systems, Inc. Announces Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty as Newest Client to implement our innovative Customer Service Model

Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 4, 2010 – Taro System Inc. has partnered with Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty to provide the Denver Colorado real estate buyers and sellers a unique customer service experience to address the age old problem of customer communication that has plagued the real estate industry for decades.

“We’re delighted to welcome Owners Scott and Todd Weber (father & Son) of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty as a customer and join the thousands of of Real Estate Brokers making a real commitment to customer service. Todd and Scott recognize that business must adapt and change or otherwise fall victims to the Internet, similar outcome of the travel industry many years ago.” Using our technology tools of Pro Gold i2 and ViewMyListing.com online tools will provide constant customer service in Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty multi office environment.” The greatest proof and testament to our processes is referral business. Scott Weber former owner of Coldwell Banker Premier of Salt Lake City, UT sold his company to Coldwell Banker Residential Realty (NRT) over 10 years ago. Scott put our business model in place prior to his successful sale of his company. Colwell Banker Residential Realty is the largest residential real estate company nationwide.

Designed to eliminate data duplication, the Pro Gold i2 real estate software integrates your office management processes – including front office, back office, MLS (multiple listing service), and franchise reporting – into a single streamlined package – this is Single Entry! Pro Gold i2 real estate software was the first Single Entry real estate software system available to real estate firms and continues to be the leader.

Pro Gold i2 and ViewMyListing.com operate within a SingleEntry, Single Source(SM) protocol to integrate all aspects of a real estate business to one central database, delivering critical information to all employees, agents, co-op agents and management.

“Real Estate is a great business to be in.” said Doug Lee, President and CEO. ”During the 29 years I have invested in the industry, I’ve learned that the people are optimistic, goal driven and have many great personality traits. However, most real estate companies lack control, and have little structure or uniform office procedures. Thus, the real estate companies follow the ebb and flow of economic times. Though they are survivors!”
What makes Taro Systems, Inc. unique is that it is not a franchise model nor provide branding, but does deliver a successful business model.

“Our success formula for real estate companies is literately in our name “TARO”, an acronym for Technology, Aligned with, Relationships, and Outstanding customer service.” added Lee. “Our goal is to provide the necessary tools and information so real estate owners can survive and become essential service used during the buying and selling of real estate.”

For more information on the www.ViewMyListing.com or Pro Gold i2 visit our website at www.ViewMyListing.com , www.Progoldi2.com or call 888-500-9315.

About Taro Systems, Inc.: Taro Systems, Inc., headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over twenty nine years in operation, possesses the knowledge needed to develop unique and dynamic solutions to address industry-wide problems. The proof of Taro’s dedication can be found in the successes of Taro Systems’ clients – real estate companies of all sizes – including some of the largest in the industry. Taro Systems is technology aligned with relationships, providing outstanding customer service to the people that count – the customers!

CONTACT:
Tom Wilkins
V.P. Customer Relations
Taro Systems, Inc.
6157 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: (888) 500-9315
Fax: (616) 940-2893
Email: twilkins@taronetwork.com
Website: www.taronetwork.com

Your Vote Counts!

September 30th, 2010

January 1, 2011, the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect.

They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves.

On January 1, 2011, here’s what happens… (read it to the end, so you see all three waves)…

First Wave:

Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief

In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for investors, small business owners, and families.

These will all expire on January 1, 2011.

Personal income tax rates will rise.

The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed).

The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent.

All the rates in between will also rise.

Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates.

The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:
• The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%

• The 25% bracket rises to 28%

• The 28% bracket rises to 31%

• The 33% bracket rises to 36%

• The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%
Higher taxes on marriage and family.

The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income.

The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child.

The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level.
The dependent care and adoption tax credits will be cut.

The return of the Death Tax.

This year only, there is no death tax. (It’s a quirk!) For those dying on or after January 1, 2011, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million. A person leaving behind two homes, a business, a retirementaccount, could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones. Think of the farmers who don’t make much money, but their land, which they purchased years ago with after-tax dollars, is now worth a lot of money. Their children will have to sell the farm, which may be their livelihood, just to pay the estate tax if they don’t have the cash sitting around to pay the tax. Think about your own family’s assets. Maybe your family owns real estate, or a business that doesn’t make much money, but the building and equipment are worth $1 million. Upon their death, you can inherit the $1 million business tax free, but if they own a home, stock, cash worth $500K on top of the $1 million business, then you will owe the government $275,000 cash! That’s 55% of the value of the assets over $1 million! Do you have that kind of cash sitting around waiting to pay the estate tax?

Higher tax rates on savers and investors.

The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent in 2011.

The dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 39.6 percent in 2011.
These rates will rise another 3.8 percent in 2013.

Second Wave:

Obamacare

There are over twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare. Several will first go into effect on January 1, 2011. They include:

The “Medicine Cabinet Tax”

Thanks to Obamacare, Americans will no longer be able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription,over-the-counter medicines (except insulin).

The “Special Needs Kids Tax”

This provision of Obamacare imposes a cap on flexible spending accounts (FSAs) of $2500 (Currently, there is no federal government limit). There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.

There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States , and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.

Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington , D.C. ( National Child Research Center ) can easily exceed $14,000 per year.

Under tax rules, FSA dollars can not be used to pay for this type of special needs education.

The HSA (Health Savings Account) Withdrawal Tax Hike.

This provision of Obamacare increases the additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.

Third Wave:

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and Employer Tax Hikes

When Americans prepare to file their tax returns in January of 2011, they’ll be in for a nasty surprise-the AMT won’t be held harmless, and many tax relief provisions will have expired.

The major items include:

The AMT will ensnare over 28 million families, up from 4 million last year.

According to the left-leaning Tax Policy Center , Congress’ failure to index the AMT will lead to an explosion of AMT taxpaying families-rising from 4 million last year to 28.5 million. These families will have to calculate their tax burdens twice, and pay taxes at the higher level. The AMT was created in 1969 to ensnare a handful of taxpayers.

Small business expensing will be slashed and 50% expensing will disappear.

Small businesses can normally expense (rather than slowly-deduct, or “depreciate”) equipment purchases up to $250,000.

This will be cut all the way down to $25,000. Larger businesses can currently expense half of their purchases of equipment.

In January of 2011, all of it will have to be “depreciated.”

Taxes will be raised on all types of businesses.

There are literally scores of tax hikes on business that will take place. The biggest is the loss of the “research and experimentation tax credit,” but there are many, many others. Combining high marginal tax rates with the loss of this tax relief will cost jobs.

Tax Benefits for Education and Teaching Reduced.

The deduction for tuition and fees will not be available.

Tax credits for education will be limited.

Teachers will no longer be able to deduct classroom expenses.

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts will be cut.

Employer-provided educational assistance is curtailed.

The student loan interest deduction will be disallowed for hundreds of thousands of families.

Charitable Contributions from IRAs no longer allowed.

Under current law, a retired person with an IRA can contribute up to $100,000 per year directly to a charity from their IRA.

This contribution also counts toward an annual “required minimum distribution.” This ability will no longer be there.

PDF Version Read more: www.atr.org

And worse yet?

Now, your insurance will be INCOME on your W2’s!

One of the surprises we’ll find come next year, is what follows – - a little “surprise” that 99% of us had no idea was included in the “new and improved” healthcare legislation . . . the dupes, er, dopes, who backed this administration will be astonished!

Starting in 2011, (next year folks), your W-2 tax form sent by your employer will be increased to show the value of whatever health insurance you are given by the company. It does not matter if that’s a private concern or governmental body of some sort.

If you’re retired? So what… your gross will go up by the amount of insurance you get.

You will be required to pay taxes on a large sum of money that you have never seen. Take your tax form you just finished and see what $15,000 or $20,000 additional gross does to your tax debt. That’s what you’ll pay next year.

For many, it also puts you into a new higher bracket so it’s even worse.

This is how the government is going to buy insurance for the15% that don’t have insurance and it’s only part of the tax increases.

Not believing this??? Here is a research of the summaries…..

On page 25 of 29: TITLE IX REVENUE PROVISIONS- SUBTITLE A: REVENUE OFFSET PROVISIONS-(sec. 9001, as modified by sec. 10901) Sec.9002 “requires employers to include in the W-2 form of each employee the aggregate cost of applicable employer sponsored group health coverage that is excludable from the employees gross income.”

- Joan Pryde is the senior tax editor for the Kiplinger letters.
- Go to Kiplingers and read about 13 tax changes that could affect you. Number 3 is what is above.

People have the right to know the truth because an election is coming in November!