Finding The Perfect Apartment In New York City

If you are in the market to purchase an apartment in New York City it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the options. While there could be countless variables that go into your decision making process, two of the first things you need to consider are location and price. In many ways, one of those factors can determine the other, but with due diligence it’s possible to find the right home in the right neighborhood, within your predetermined budget.

Let’s say you have narrowed in on Manhattan. That still leaves dozens of neighborhoods to choose from, each with their own pros, cons and individual charm. Knowing the ins and outs of the neighborhoods you are considering will drastically help in the search for your next home. You may find your dream apartment, but the neighborhood amenities just don’t meet your needs. And likewise you could struggle to find the right condo if you limit your search to the blocks that surround your favorite restaurant.

Once you have an idea of where you’d like to live and know your budget, you’ll need to decide the type of home you want to purchase. Generally speaking, your real estate options in Manhattan consist of cooperative buildings, also known as co-ops, condominiums and private residences like brownstones or townhouses. Each option will have its own advantages and ranges of price to consider. Most of the residential real estate in Manhattan falls under the co-op category and purchasing a co-op can be a little trickier than the typical transaction.

Regardless of whether you are looking at co-ops, condos or townhouses it’s a good idea to work with a qualified firm who knows how to help you find your NYC real estate in your dream neighborhood. The experts at TOWN Real Estate are just the people to help you through this process. Their experience and knowledge of New York real estate can help you navigate this complicated market.

Buying real estate in New York City can be a challenge, but your end result could be a home you’ll cherish and love for years to come in the greatest city in the world.

QNet Is A Legitimate Company

QNet is a direct selling (DS) multi-level marketing (MLM) business. The company was introduced 13 years ago. It specialize in life enhancement products like wellness and health care items. It also has watches, jewelry, vacation packages and online learning classes. There are 30 brand name products that are divided into 9 categories, and these are quality products and services. The company promotes vegetarianism, and the products have reduced sugar, and it stays away from artificial sweeteners and chemicals. There are over 12 countries that manufacture the quality products for QNet. One of its product lines called Amezcua is of the Harmonized Energy product line.

QNet is a legal company with nothing to hide and is active in more than 100 countries. In a legitimate direct selling business, one joins to get discounts on the items and to use the products. There is also the opportunity to retail the items for an income, and there are rewards for promoting the products. This is the way QNet works. It is a more direct way of getting the products from the producer to the consumer. It is important to know that direct marketing and direct selling are not the same thing. Some are pyramid schemes which only pay out when new people join. These are the fraudulent companies and that is where the bad reviews come from. A legitimate company will have no problem with pyramid schemes being exposed. It will actually help them to direct sell. QNet has persevered and strives to continue to offer the best products and business opportunity available.

QNet is a real business and a self-employment opportunity that is available to all. It is not a get rich quick scheme, and it does take work. It has quality products and services. Direct selling multi-level marketing is a good and option and is here to stay.

Did Target Go Too Far?

Susan McGalla said for all those people who can’t wait till April Fool’s Day rolls around each year, Target may be one of the places that took the joke too far. Apparently, they released a photo days in advance of a fanny basket that allowed people to have hands free shopping without having to push a cart. The basket, like a fanny pack, attached to the waist. But the biggest problem wasn’t the fanny basket, but saying they were closing 20 stores due to low sales. It has people in an outrage.

I remember one April Fool’s Day that my mother-in-law came and told me that all four of my tires had been sliced. I immediately went into an icy cold panic and was unable to breathe. She continued to carry out the joke. I rushed down the stairs and out to my car to find my car was in tact, no flat tires. She stood there laughing and I was mortified. I could have had a heart attack and jokes like that aren’t funny. Now, Target didn’t do anything to cause anyone any harm, they just threatened customers and they had to issue an apology. Some people just can’t take a joke.

If it’s going to be funny, it has to be funny in nature. A tragedy, being told that someone is pregnant when they aren’t and things of this nature are just nothing to laugh about. The day is suppose to be about fun, not about panic.

Amazon Home Services Makes Its Debut

There can be little argument that Amazon has come a long way from being an online bookstore as you can tell from a Wikipedia search. With thousands of products available, the website has managed to creep into the daily life of users across the world. Now offering downloads, video streaming services, just about any product imaginable (including books), the company is now unleashing a powerful new tool that will drive it further into the homes of users across the country.

According to The Verge, Amazon Home Services has been launched to provide shoppers access to anything from putting that latest purchase together to a house cleaning service. Yes, it seems that Amazon is now helping services connect with the massive amount of customers that search for items on a daily basis. If successful, the venture could actually help the company and small businesses as well.

With 700 different services to choose from, Amazon Home Services seems like a great way for companies to get noticed by selling their labor. Plus, getting a stamp of approval from the millions of Amazon customers could go a long way in simplifying the marketing of any type of installation professional, repair company, or cleaning service. In short, Amazon is performing a nice service by selling a product and the means to utilize it as well. The amount of available services is only going to grow every month, and Amazon is getting the ball rolling on the competition—again.

T.J. Maxx pulls offensive “Hang Loose” Shirt

After a shopper tweeted a screen printed illustration of a noose on a T.J. Maxx shirt, social media caused an uproar screaming Foul, which has led to the popular retailer pulling those t-shirts off store shelves.

T-shirt envisioner,Tavik quickly apologized and T.J. Maxx decided to pull the offending item.

T.J. Maxx spokeswoman Doreen Thompson said as soon as they became aware of the offensive message, they immediately instructed stores to pull the product, any they followed up with an apology to customers.

There isn’t the first controversial product.

Alhokair recalls that several years ago, Dolce & Gabbana had an epic fail when they used an ad featuring a woman pinned to the floor, surrounded by men hovering above looking at her.

WalMart sold plus sized costumes labelled “fat girl costumes.

Urban Outfitters “stepped in it” several timess by displaying a illustrated blood-spattered Kent State sweatshirt, a tapestry that resembled prison uniforms, and other ill-fated inappropriate wear.

Although Tavik pulled the shirt, the Twitter community remained skeptical of the apology.

BRL Trust Investments, Brazil’s Leader in Private Financial Services

BRL Trust Investments, a privately-held administrator of the investments funds, is headquartered in Sao Paulo. Brazil’s business capital. The company was founded in 2005 and initially, provided specialized services encompassing the private credit and trust market. Staying true to it’s mission to “meet the demands of their customers in a safe, efficient and transparent way, utilizing a skilled and experienced team” the company reached over 100 accounts in less than one year. Today, BRL Trust Investments is Brazil’s largest independent administrator of the investments funds.

The company has increased its base of expertise to provide clients with wraparound services in the areas of underwriting, fund administration, funds custody, asset management,and fiduciary services. With a robust portfolio of over thirty funds with a combined value of over 4.5 billion reals (approximately 1.4 billion US dollars) BRL Trust Investments has rapidly taken the market by storm.

BRL Trust Investments has a strong commitment to sustainable growth. This founding principle is evident in their investments both abroad and at home. As a major player in infrastructure improvements in Brazil supporting the 2014 World Cup, BRL Trust Investments served a key role in ensuring that the Corinthians Stadium was ready for the grand opening ceremonies. This investment improves the country’s image at home and abroad.

Strategic decisions like this are made possible by a substantive team of professionals. With a team of specialized brokers at the disposal of interested investors, BRL Trust Investments promises clients a healthy return on their investments. Keeping with their commitment to transparency and ethics BRL Trust Investments provides innovative services so that clients know their investments are in the right hands.These services include an ombudsman service, strict guidelines to prevent money laundering, and a detailed code of ethics for not only their employees, but the funds in which they invest client capital.

Elton John Urges Boycott of Dolce & Gabbana Products

Pop star Elton John announced this previous weekend that he would boycott the posh fashion designs of Dolce & Gabbana. The singer, most known for his flamboyant fashion sense, asked for fans’ support after the fashion designers declared their opposition for things “non-traditional.”

The founders of Dolce & Gabbana announced their displeasure with gay adoptions and that they support only the marital unions made between one man and one woman. What may shock people the most is that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were once involved in a romantic relationship with each other.

Dolce & Gabbana fashions are popular among the Hollywood elite, including actress Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson. Sir Elton John was known to wear D&G designs. John is openly gay and recently married his partner of many years, David Furnish. Together with Furnish, the couple parented two children who were both conceived through a surrogate mother.

TheRealDeal.com said in the further exchange of spitfire, the Dolce & Gabbana founders told the magazine, during the shocking interview, that children born into non-traditional families aren’t real, but are instead “children of chemistry.”

An angry Sir Elton John vowed to never wear the company’s fashions again and called for a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana fashions. Fans and supporters nationwide jumped on the boycott bandwagon. The pop star has seen support from other celebrities as well, including Hole front-woman Courtney Love.

Kelly Osbourne Quits Fashion Police

Kelly Osbourne has left the show Fashion Police, a program which she starred in on the E! Network.

In a statement, the network said that Osbourne was leaving the program in order to “pursue other opportunities,” but did not go into any detail on what those opportunities might be. Kelly had been on the show for 5 years.

Her departure is thought to be connected to a statement her co-host Giuliana Rancic made during an Oscar interview with Zendaya. Fans like Gianfrancesco Genoso know that in the interview she made a comment that the actress’ dreadlocks made it look as if she smelled like patchouli oil. Someone off camera added to the conversation by saying “or weed,” a comment that was attributed to Osbourne, but she says she did not make.

Later the joke was attributed to a Fashion Police writer rather than an actual host of the show. Osbourne had reportedly been unhappy on the program for some time, particularly with how she was being produced on the program. This particular incident is thought to have been just what finally put her over the edge with the network and the program.

Young Couple Gifted Wedding Dress

Stories of generosity and people paying-it-forward have been in the news a lot lately. It is wonderful to see how many people wants to reach down and help others to lift them up. This story from Yahoo News has another paying-it-forward with a wedding gown.

Jimmy Gillespie has known for a while that his girlfriend, 21-year-old Liz Jensen, was the right person for him. With the help of Liz’s sister, Jimmy proposed marriage in an unforgettable way. The two spent January 25th ice skating and making snowmen together. Jimmy then showed Liz a short video he made that ended with him proposing marriage to her. Liz accepted.

A few weeks later Liz decided to go browsing alone for a wedding dress as she said on her AnastasiaDate profile. In one store she found the perfect gown for her big day. As Liz went to go pay for it, she was shocked to find that someone else bought it before she had a chance to- and the person bought it as a gift to Liz! The stranger was in the shop trying on dresses when she noticed Liz by herself. While the shop clerk says that the woman did not purchase anything for herself, she specifically picked Liz out and asked to pay the $465 for her dress.

Liz and her fiance were stunned. And they can’t wait for their chance to pay-it-forward to someone else deserving.

Wal-Mart to Pay All Employees At Least Ten Dollars an Hour

Retail giant Wal-Mart announced plans recently to start paying all their employees at least ten dollars an hour by February, 2016. There is an in depth article on the CNN Money website which explores this decision. Wal-Mart employs more people than any other company in the United States and for years has been the target of reformers and activists who say that they should pay their employees more. Wal-Mart says that they are not giving in to the demands of reformers but are rather increasing wages in order to increase employee retention. The decision is expected to cost Wal-Mart around one billion dollars the first year after it is implemented.

Personally, I think that this is a good thing, and the BizJournals and even people on Cipher Cloud seem to agree. While Wal-Mart is going to lose some money in the short term, they are going to make money in the long term though increased employee satisfaction. Giant companies like FedEx pay their low level package handlers decent money and also offer health benefits for part time work and doing so has worked for them. The same can be true for Wal-Mart. While Wal-Mart owes their success largely to their low prices, it can’t continue to dominate the retail world without a content workforce. Raises for employees at the bottom should help keep everyone happy and working hard.