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Yucatan MLS Real Estate – Warm

When we’re browsing through Yucatan MLS listings, we see inspiring pictures of the luxury beachfront condos in places such as Cancun, and beautiful images of colonial Merida, among many other top-notch options on the Yucatan Peninsula. A visit to the Cancun MLS or Merida MLS page from back home will show us a lot of necessary and important information about the properties we are interested in. Yet, there is one thing that a visit to a web page can tell us, but only experience can make us fully appreciate; what is winter like for Yucatan real estate owners? Or, just as importantly, what ISN’T winter like for Yucatan real estate owners.

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May 29, 2010 Posted by | Business, Finance | , , , | 2 Comments

Credit Card Reward Cards

Reward cards what details to look on these of cards offered with your credit card.

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No matter where you look, there is always a credit card company that is offering reward programs with their credit cards.  New ones pop up all the time, making it sound too good to turn down.  Even though they may sound great, you may wonder if the rewards are truly worth it.  In some cases they are, although in others they may not be quite as good as you would like.

Although having more than one reward card is something many people instantly think about, you should always keep in mind that not all of them are worth having.  Even though using your credit card is always good, you can sometimes end up paying quite a bit if you don’t pay attention to what you are buying.  When it comes down to credit card reward cards, you should use caution – with a dash of common sense.

Any reward cards that come with high interest rates should always be avoided.  With most reward cards, you’ll find that they include higher rates of interest than standard cards.  This higher interest rate can quickly and easily offset any type of reward.  To be on the safe side, you should always look at the interest rates and determine if the reward is indeed worth it.  If you pay off your entire balance at the end of every month – then this won’t be a concern at all for you.

You should also keep your eyes peeled for reward cards that offer a high annual fee.  These cards can be very tough to keep a grasp of, and they can also interfere with any type of reward you may think your getting.  If you look at the fine print before you get choose your reward credit card, you can help to eliminate problems.

Cash back is a type of reward card that is becoming very popular.  A lot of the top credit card companies and banks offer cash back programs that are normally around 1% for every purchase that you make.  Before you rush out and get a reward card, you should always make sure that you read the fine print and see if there is a maximum limit on the card.

Another type of popular reward credit card is the type that give you points for every purchase you make using that card.  Once you have accumulated enough points, you can redeem them for items and other cool things.  Some cards will have limits as to how many points you can receive, which again makes it your best interest to shop around.

There are also credit cards with frequent flyer miles, which have been around the longest.  Some cards will base their rewards on points, while some choose to use actual miles.  For every dollar you spend using your frequent flyer credit card, you’ll receive either a point or a mile.  Once you get enough accumulated, you can redeem them.  Most frequent flyer rewards take about 25,000 points or miles in order to redeem them, which can make it nearly impossible for some to reap the benefits of using the card.

No matter where you look, finding the right credit card reward card can take some time and effort.  You may have no problems finding the card to fit your needs, and if you doScience Articles, you should consider yourself lucky.  Before you choose your card however – you should always take the necessary time to read the fine print and compare what each unique company has to offer you.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Finance | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clock ticking for low interest rate time bomb

UK Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) say repossessions have shrunk by 25% year on year. However mortgage largue that mass repossessions are a disaster waiting to happen.

According to statistics released from the CML today, the number of repossessions was 9,800, down from 10,600 in the previous quarter and 13,200 in the first quarter of 2009. Also there was a reported reduction in the overall arrears numbers.

However, mortgage experts fear that low interest rates may be masking a future problem and artificially making mortgages more affordable for beleaguered borrowers.

During the boom times many mortgages were granted from specialist lenders with cheap fixed rates for a limited period to borrowers with a poor credit history or were self employed. The rates after the fixed period were very high, although recently they have been forced down by low interest rates.

Experts argue that these kinds of mortgages are now a ticking time bomb as when normal market conditions resume these mortgages will double in interest rate overnight, in many cases to over 10% interest rates.

Mortgage Expert, Chris Gardner, of UK mortgage and property website Obligo.co.uk said “these types of deals are at rates today that are much lower than they would be under normal market conditions. Borrowers have found themselves with mortgages that are artificially affordable. When rates begin to raise the effect will be disastrous”

Obligo.co.uk calculates that the average £150,000 interest only mortgage for these types of mortgage will increase £625 per month to over £1250 per month.

Gardner went on “Clearly when rates rise back to pre-recession levels these borrowers will struggle to pay and many will get into arrears, and sadly then on to repossession. The problem is compounded by the fact that these self same borrowers cannot remortgage to cheaper deals with other lenders – the lending rules are now so tight for these kinds of borrowers that they now effectively mortgage prisoners – trapped in high rate loans they cannot afford”

Consumers who find themselves in trouble with a mortgage are urged to try renegotiate the terms with their existing lender if possible. In some instances lenders may reduce penalties and exit charges and in some cases have reportedly even paid borrowers to go elsewhere. If direct action with your mortgage lender fails find a reputatable broker and see what can be done. According to Obligo, even in the current market there are lenders who will listen if the loan to value and circumstances are right.

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May 17, 2010 Posted by | Finance, Mortgage | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

H-3 and EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa Compared

In this article we will take a closer look at the H3 visa and the EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa to see how their paths to a Green Card Visa compare and contrast.

The fifth preference employment based visa (EB5) was created in 1990 as a way for foreign investors to gain United States permanent residency (and eventual citizenship if desired), through an investment in a new or pre-existing American business that sees the creation of at least 10 new full-time jobs for American workers. The H-3 Nonimmigrant Trainee visa is described by the government’s website as being “for individuals who been invited by an individual or organization for the purpose of receiving training in any field including, but not limited to, Commerce, Communications, Finance, Government, Transportation, Agriculture or other professions.” In this article we will take a closer look at the H-3 Non-Immigrant Trainee visa and the EB5 Green Card visas to see how the two compare and contrast.

H-3 Non-Immigrant Trainee Visa: As per the government’s website: This visa is described as“for individuals who been invited by an individual or organization for the purpose of receiving training in any field including, but not limited to, Commerce, Communications, Finance, Government, Transportation, Agriculture or other professions.”

You are not eligible for this classification if you are coming to the United States for graduate education or training. If you are coming to the United States for graduate education or training please refer to the J-1 and F-1 classifications. This classification is not intended for employment within the United States. It was designed to provide you with job related training for you to work in your home country.

This visa category is also available for someone who wishes to enter the United States in order to participate in a structured program that provides for practical training and experience in the education of children with physical, mental or emotional disabilities.  This is called the “special education” H-3 classification and has slightly different eligibility requirements.

Qualifications: In order to obtain H-3 classification, a U.S. employer or organization must provide:

1)     Detailed description of the structured training program in which you wish to pursue. The description should indicate the number of hours per week that you will be in classroom training and the number of hours per week that you will be involved in on-the-job training

2)     Summary of your prior training and experience

3)     Explanation of why your training is needed

4)     Explanation of why you can’t take the training in your home country

5)     Explanation of how the training will benefit you in pursuing your career in your home country

6)     Explanation of how your employer or organization will pay for the cost of providing you the training without actually employing you

Eligibility Criteria

In order to obtain H-3 classification, a U.S. employer or organization must provide:

1)       Detailed description of the structured training program in which you wish to pursue. The description should indicate the number of hours per week that you will be in classroom training and the number of hours per week that you will be involved in on-the-job training

2)       Summary of your prior training and experience

3)       Explanation of why your training is needed

4)       Explanation of why you can’t take the training in your home country

5)       Explanation of how the training will benefit you in pursuing your career in your home country

6)       Explanation of how your employer or organization will pay for the cost of providing you the training without actually employing you

“Special Education” H-3 Training Visa

In order to be eligible for the “special education” H-3 training visa, the U.S. employer or organization must submit a description of the training you will take as well as a description of the staff and facilities where you will be trained. The employer should also explain the details of your participation in the training.

In addition, the U.S. employer or organization must show that they are doing one of the following:

1)     Nearing the completion of a baccalaureate degree program in special education

2)     That you already have a baccalaureate degree in a special education program

3)     That you have experience in teaching children with physical, mental or emotional disabilities.

EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa – In stark contrast to the H-2B visa, lays the EB5 Investor visa. According to the government’s web page, to qualify for the EB5 visa program you must:

1)     Invest or be in the process of investing at least $1,000,000.  If your investment is in a designated targeted employment area (A Targeted Employment Area is defined by law as “a rural area or an area that has experienced high unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national average.) then the minimum investment requirement is $500,000.

2)     Benefit the U.S. economy by providing goods or services to U.S. markets.

3)     Create full-time employment for at least 10 U.S. workers.  This includes U.S. citizens, Green Card holders (lawful permanent residents) and other individuals lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. (however it does not include you (the immigrant), or your spouse, sons or daughters).

4)     Be involved in the day-to-day management of the new business or directly manage it through formulating business policy – for example as a Limited Partner, corporate officer or board member.

We see in this comparison that despite the H-2B and EB5 immigrant investor visas both relying on certain job based requirements…

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Finance | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Missouri Auto Insurance – Four Questions

Using the right tool for a job is key to success in any profession. Experts say the same principle applies when selecting a Missouri auto insurance policy.

Using the right tool for a job is key to success in any profession. Experts say the same principle applies when selecting a Missouri auto insurance policy. Having the right type of policy can help ensure that you, your employees and your business are all protected in the unfortunate event that one of your vehicles is involved in an accident.
If you’re a business owner and you or your employees use a vehicle for business-related deliveries or to carry certain materials to and from a job site, you may need a commercial auto insurance policy that’s tailored to more closely suit the needs—and risks—of a business vehicle operator.
Here are some questions that can help you determine if you might need a commercial auto policy instead of a personal Missouri auto insurance policy, courtesy of Comfort Insurance:
• Do you need more liability coverage than your personal auto policy provides? Generally, a commercial auto policy provides higher limits of liability, but less or no coverage in areas that are typically not associated with commercial auto risks.
• Do you need special coverage for situations associated with con-ducting business? Commercial auto policies also usually offer certain coverages—such as hired and non-owned auto coverage and coverage for towing a trailer for business use—that are not available with personal auto policies.
• Do you need to list any employees as drivers? You can do this with a commercial auto insurance policy.
• Do you use your vehicle for business purposes? If you use your vehicle for things like pizza or newspaper delivery, catering, door-to-door consulting service, landscaping or snowplowing service, logging business, day care/church retreat van service and/or farm-to-market delivery, you might need a commercial auto policy.
Comfort Insurance is an independent insurance agency – trained, licensed insurance professionals who offer personal service and advice. We can help match you with the type of Missouri auto insurance policy that best suits your needs and those of your company.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Finance | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Qualifications for the Federal Pell Grant

The federal Pell Grant program has expanded for 2010-11, and the number of Pell Grant qualifications has also changed slightly. If you want to apply for this grant you must pay attention to these changes, and adjust your methodology for applying in an appropriate manner.

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Students can receive up to $5,500 each year for their educational costs by applying for the Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is only available to the financially needy. Students who receive Pell Grants do not have to make any kinds of payments if they are awarded money.

The federal Pell Grant is only available to students who have not yet earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree. However, sometimes exceptions are possible. In order to qualify you must be an eligible noncitizen, or a citizen of the United States, and you must possess a GED or high school diploma.

If you apply for a Pell Grant, the US Department of Education will determine if you qualify for the program. They use a special formula to determine if students qualify for the program. They will look at your income, and your family’s income. Other Pell Grant qualifications that are used to determine your eligibility include the cost of your tuition and whether or not you attend school part-time or full-time.

You must complete the FAFSA in order to qualify for a Pell Grant, and you must submit your application by the appropriate deadlines. If you do not follow the rules of the Pell Grant program, your application may be denied. However, you may be able to receive a grant for the following semester. After you submit the application, a decision will be made and you will receive a letter informing you about the status of your application.

Federal Pell Grants are only available for participating institutions and colleges, and you can look up to see whether or not your school is a participating institution by going onto the official government website where you filled out your FAFSA. You can read important information about the Pell Grant Program in the guidebook that is provided there, as well as in the forum. The guidebook lists the eligibility requirements, the goals of the program, the criteria, contact and funding information. The best part about the Federal Pell Grant program, is that students can also collect other kinds of financial aid, like government student loans and scholarships for their educational costs in concert with the grantFind Article, so get cracking and go fill out your FAFSA!

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Finance | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Credit Card Terminal Services

Credit card terminals are as well recognized as processors and machines. These are utilized to swipe the value card in it and later than, it confirms the verification. After receiving the right sanction a fixed sum of money is mechanically subtract from the account and against it on a paper slip which is created. Thus in a method, these terminals save time, power and the service charges also.

Traditional Credit Card terminals

The present processors are an enhanced structured of traditional form. The regular design of such terminals consists of a magnetic stripe, a keyboard, a backlit display along with an inherent or divide printer. The modern credit card terminals are also very fast and reliable.

Virtual Credit Card Terminals

Occasionally you are operating a business where you not required having a physical office system. You can manage your business throughout the internet only and therefore you are not needed to have a place of work. In that case, if you want to obtain or make payments you can immediately ask your merchant to give you a number, using which you simply require typing the card number and the sum is straight transmitting into your account.

Wireless Credit Card Terminals

The wireless credit card terminals are the elegant billing or imbursement alternatives that let you liberty to go anyplace. They are prepared with most recent technology as GPRS Connectivity, a built – in receipt printer and advance role like “store” and forward”. They offer eventual coverage and make concurrent position obtainable with utmost advantage from it.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Credit, Finance, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What You can Squeeze out of the Best of Equity Release Plans

The equity buried in one’s home is the net value of the property. This can be calculated by deducting the previous loans and debt secured against the property with its current market value. The equity release plans allow one to convert the equities into cash flow without selling the property or moving out of it.
The equity release plans work the best for the elderly persons. The retired persons want to live their remaining lives with the utmost ease and without facing any financial hazards. After experiencing so many ups and downs in the professional arena, they now wish to live happily till the end of their lives. A strong feel of monetary security assures the smooth sailing during the last phase of the life. But in reality, many a retired personnel gets trifling amount as pension that can hardly cover the monthly expenses. Instead of enjoying the retired life to the fullest, they have to sink into the deep thought over how to manage their day-to-day expenses. If these cash-starving persons own properties they can adopt the equity release plans to give a good run to the rest of their lives.
The equity release plan or life time mortgage policy hands over a part of the value of the residence in exchange for the proceeds that can be earned once the proprietor takes his or her last breath. The equity release plans provide the needy person the required cash flow that can be used for a myriad of purposes besides supplementing the scanty monthly income. One can utilize the proceeds to buy a car, plan a holiday trip or simply to help the children or grandchildren in meeting their needs.
Thrashing out the worst equity release plans to take the best pick is the toughest task the old persons face very often. The requirement of every individual is in great variance with the other. So what works the best for one is the worst plan for the other person. Therefore, the interested persons should approach an expert to guide them to choose the best equity release deal.
The equity release plans can be narrowly classified into two categories—one that yields a lump sum amount and the other that secures the monthly flow of income. The mix and match policies are also available to satiate the needs of a certain section of the borrowers. The value of the property and the age of the borrowers are the two main criteria in the equity release plans. The older a person is, the greater is the amount to be squeezed out of the equities. The best equity release plan must provide the guarantee of negative equity feature which refers to a fall in the debt in the event of any decrease in the property value

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Finance, Mortgage | , , , , , | Leave a comment