Jobs in Southwest Florida on the Rise!

Unemployment

Lee Counties unemployment numbers that were  just released shows 9.5%……..down from the prior month of 9.8%. That number in itself does not show any significant change, however the real number to look at is the one from the same time period last year…….. it was 11.5%.

Collier Counties new unemployment number is 9.6%, down from the prior month of 9.7%. Their number a year ago was 11.6%.

Charlotte Counties just released number is 9.3% and remained steady from the prior month. Their number a year ago was 11.2%.

In Lee county,  the job’s improvement came from the private sector with additions of around 800 new job’s  in private education, retail,  and the health services segment.  Also the return of some 2400 public school employees made an impact.  Also to note, as we enter the winter snow bird season, is the Port Authority and Airport Terminal Services which already employs 110 gate and ramp agents, hired 42 new part-time positions just this week. No doubt the expected return of our winter population had a key factor in those hirings. …continue

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Lingerie Shop Humiliates Trans Woman In The Name Of “Privacy”

Lingerie Shop Humiliates Trans Woman In The Name Of “Privacy”

Shopping for bras sucks, are we right? There’s the choking scent of Eau de Angel in the air, atrocious fitting-room lighting, the fact that Oprah told us we’re wearing the wrong band size, but who even owns a measuring tape? Oh, and then there’s the super-intrusive questions about our ladyparts — wait, what? The third degree should never be part of a bra-shopping experience, but that’s what happened to Kylie Jack, an Austin resident and trans woman, when she went shopping at local lingerie store Petticoat Fair on Monday. According to a post on Jack’s Facebook page, a Petticoat Fair employee barred Jack from Stay in style with the Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Neverfull MM which is available in the Handbags Louis Vuitton replica line. entering the fitting room, asked her for ID to prove she’s female, and stated that she “needed bottom surgery in order to get a fitting.” Jack described feeling “humiliated” by her experience, and called for Austinites to boycott the shop until it removes its “transphobic and cissexist policies.”As Petticoat Fair’s own Facebook page flooded with comments in support of Jack, the store’s owner, Kirk Andrews, issued a rather defensive and contradictory semi-apology, citing the need to keep the dressing room private:”[T]here seems to be a misconception that Petticoat Fair has a policy of not working with the transgendered community. That is not the case. In fact, we have served the transgendered community for most of our 50 years in Austin. What we do have is a policy regarding who may or may not enter our fitting rooms. […] The dressing room is a particularly private and vulnerable place for many women Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Neverfull MM and girls, so it’s a protected area. If it’s unclear whether a customer is a man or a woman, we err on the side of caution as a protocol, but never on the side of discrimination or intolerance.”Of course, not letting a transgender woman into your fitting room because she does not adequately “pass” as a cisgender woman is an inherently discriminatory policy. Not to mention the fact that surgery is besides the point, because genitalia replica lv handbags does not a gender identity make. Aside from the fact that it’s really nobody’s business where Jack is in her transition, what store employee publicly grills customers about the current state of their bits prior to serving them? There’s a reason the phrase “Welcome to Chipotle, how’s it hanging, can I take your order?” doesn’t ring a bell.Predictably, the Internet did not take well to the non-pology. So today, store owner Andrews reported that he’s scheduled a meeting with the Transgender Education Network and transgender advocate Meghan Stabler to develop a policy that is “inclusive read more here, respectful, and sensitive to all of Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Favorite MM 18926715 our customers and employees.” He also stated simply, “We messed up. We are sorry for that, and we are working diligently to do better.” Let’s hope the real apology is just the start of change, because providing “privacy” for some of your customers should never mean humiliating others. (The Gloss)More style scoop:This NSFW Bikini Will Revolutionize Nudity, SocietyDrop EVERYTHING And Watch This Fashion Movie Tonight14 Things Ladies Can Learn From replica lv handbags Men’s FashionThe 11 Most Important Juicy Couture Moments Of All Time

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Tight Lending Practices are Hurting Home Sales

[Just released excerpts from the National Association of Realtors]

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR says there would be enormous benefits to the U.S. economy…….if mortgage lending conditions returned to a more favorable posture with consumers.

“Sensible lending standards would permit 500,000 – 700,000 additional sales in the upcoming 2013 year” Yun said. The economic activity created through these additional home sales, could add 250,000 to 350,000 jobs in related trades and services almost immediately, and with minimal cost impact.”

Most Realtors, and some high quality lenders like the one shown to the right, have widespread concern over unreasonably tight credit conditions for residential mortgages. Realtors also are concerned that they may be wasting their time showing homes to a buyer needing financing, who ultimately wont be able to get a mortgage on the home they want to purchase.  As gas is back in the almost $4,00 range again, some Realtors are choosing to work with cash buyers only! Other Realtors who list property “For Sale” are advising their sellers to place greater weight on cash offers……….even if they are less than an offer with a finance contingency. …continue

August 2012 a Record Month in Real Estate!!

Existing home sales jumped 7.8% in the U.S. in August for over 4.8 million dollars in value!!

That data is the very best we have seen in the market since May of 2010……..when sales were fueled largely by Federal Home buying Tax credit.  At the same time, this new report indicated that the housing market was 9.4% better than the same month in 2011. That is a significant increase in just 1 year.

These figures were just released by the government 2 days ago, and certainly shows that the housing market is leading the way toward economic recovery in this country.

Here is an interesting statistic contained in the report……..Foreclosures accounted for only 12% of the August sales and Short Sales only accounted for only 10% of the sales. This is a leading indicator,  that the huge supposedly  “Ghost”  inventory of foreclosure inventory soon to bombard the market……..really does not exist. It has long been my opinion that lenders and banks are holding onto assets and plan to rent them out thru local property management companies, to obtain and maintain an income stream. With an increase in home sale prices we have witnessed during the first half of this year, equity positions for homeowners has begun to creep back into the mix. …continue

How to SLOW or STOP a Foreclosure Procedure Against You!

There is a way to slow or even stop the lenders foreclosure on the loan on your home. But before I show you the method, I want you to have a good idea of the steps in the foreclosure process.

A foreclosure case is a judicial proceeding that allows the lender to get legal title [deed] and possession of your property. Once obtained, the lender will re-sell to try and recoup as much of its money as possible. Unlike some states, Florida requires all foreclosures to go thru the courts and adhere to set guidelines.  As of May 2012 the turn around time from the first missed mortgage payment to the bank is taking 24-30 month’s. …continue