Friday, January 18, 2013

New Apartment Sales and Construction in Colorado Springs


Colorado Springs distressed properties The Colorado Springs apartment market is making a strong comeback, as shown by recent sales and new construction starts.

Major investors from out of the area have recently purchased large multifamily properties in Colorado Springs. In October, Sequoia Property Partners of New York closed on the South Circle Arms, a 112-unit apartment complex built in 1969. Many new upgrades were completed in the last five years, including new 30-year roofs on all the buildings. The $5.4 million purchase price produced a value of just over $48,000 a door.
Another October purchase was of the Rustic Hills Park Apartment, one of the last large distressed properties in Colorado Springs. The 243-unit property went for the bargain price of just over $17,000 per unit, or $4.2 million.
The new owners, Connexion Asset Group of Lakewood, CO, need to address a backlog of deferred maintenance and a low occupancy rate to stabilize the property. They have a successful track record of turning around failed assets, which is why they were selected from the 15 bidders on the offering.
This past summer Advenir, a Florida-based real estate company, bought the 220-unit Briarglen Apartments for $16.3 million, or $74,000 a door. They have announced plans to buy up to 2,000 units in the Denver and Colorado Springs markets. Chief Acquisitions Manager Todd Linden says, ""We think, long-term, Colorado is a great state to invest in. There's going to be a lot of job growth there."
At the end of September they purchased the Cheyenne Crossings Apartments for $19.5 million, coming in at over $85,000 per unit for the 220 units.
Seagate Properties of California now has a Denver office and hopes to build their Front Range portfolio to 2-3,000 units. They already own a couple of smaller apartments in downtown Colorado Springs, and in 2010 purchased the 115-unit Fillmore Ridge Apartments for $2.8 million, or just over $24,000 a door.
After years of little or no multifamily development, several new projects are under way, or awaiting final approval.
Grading is already underway at the corner of Woodmen Road and Union Boulevard, where Denver-based Southwestern Investment Advisors and Utah-based Talos Holdings have teamed up to build a 230-unit luxury apartment complex.
Up north in Monument, local group Vision Development has begun a 177-unit complex and at the south end of town, long-time local developers, the Nor'wood Development Group, has broken ground on the 240-unit Mesa Ridge Apartments. This project is close to Fort Carson, which should continue to add troops coming back from tours in Afghanistan, as well as the aviation brigade, expected to arrive with their helicopters and support staff in 2013.
On the east side of town, near Peterson Air Force Base, there is a large mixed-use project in the planning stages that would include 450 apartment units in addition to two military office buildings, restaurants and retail space. It will be near the intersection of two major arterials, Powers Boulevard and Airport Road.
All of this new construction activity has pushed the number of multifamily permits granted this year to 407, the most since 2002, when 1,664 permits were issued. That single year had more permits issued than all the subsequent years combined. In fact, in 2009, exactly zero multifamily permits were pulled.
With 44,000 apartment units now available, this year's total will add less than 1% to the total. With its low vacancy rate and rising rents, it's no wonder the Springs is looking so attractive to investors and developers.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Writing Essays at University - Drafting Your Essay Plan

www.essaytobuy.com Have you ever borrowed some books to start your research and realised you did not know where to begin?

Have you ever spent time reading a great deal of information that in the end was irrelevant to the essay or assignment you were working on?

Have you ever started to write your essay and realised you had too much information on one topic, and not enough information on another topic?

If you write a first draft of your essay plan before you begin your research, you will be organised, prepared and save time.

You must write the first draft of your essay plan before you start your research. This will give your research direction and ultimately make it easier for you to write your essay. Having a plan will let you know what you need to research and how much research you need on each topic or subject that you will be writing about.

You will base this first draft of your essay plan on your essay question, and your current knowledge of your subject. It will not happen very often that you are asked to write an essay on a topic you know nothing about, since you will already be studying the subject and will normally have had one or more lectures or tutorials on the topic.

It is acceptable if your essay plan is rough or vague at this point, or if you do not have a great deal of detail. You will develop your essay plan (expanding it and including more detail) and possibly even change it as you go through the research process.

What does a first draft of an essay plan look like?

The first draft of your essay plan will show you what main topics you will discuss in your essay, how the essay will be structured, and roughly how many words you will spend on each part.

If your essay question was 'Is Critical Thinking relevant to the role of a Registered Nurse?' and you had to write 1,500 words, then your essay plan might look like this:

Essay question: 'Is Critical Thinking relevant to the role of a Registered Nurse?'
Essay length: 1,500 words

Introduction (150 words)

1) Thesis statement: Through an examination of the evidence, it is clear that Critical Thinking is highly relevant to the role of a Registered Nurse for a number of reasons.

2) Introduce main points or topics to be discussed: accuracy of diagnoses, patient outcomes, prevent and solve problems, communication

Topic 1: Accuracy of diagnoses (300 words)

Topic 2: Patient outcomes (300 words)

Topic 3: Prevent and solve problems (300 words)

Topic 4: Communication (300 words)

Conclusion (150 words)

1) Concluding statement: Thus, it can be seen that the concept of Critical Thinking is invaluable and highly relevant to Registered Nurses.

2) Sum up main points or topics that have been discussed: accuracy of diagnoses, patient outcomes, prevent and solve problems, communication

Introductions and conclusions

As you can see from the example essay plan above, an introduction and a conclusion will normally be approximately 10% of the word count of the entire essay. (This is a general guide and does not apply to essays longer than 5,000 words).

In order to be considered a true introduction your first paragraph must do two things: 1) answer the essay question in a clear statement (this is called your thesis statement) and 2) introduce the main points your essay will make to support your argument. You cannot discuss any major points or topics in your essay if you have not introduced them in your introduction. Also, you must discuss all your main points or topics in the order that you introduce them in your introduction. This helps to maintain the flow and structure of your essay.

Similarly, in order to be considered a true conclusion your last paragraph must do two things: 1) re-state the answer to the essay question and 2) sum up the main points your essay has made to support your argument. Remember, a conclusion cannot contain any new information.

Body of the essay and topic sentences

You can find out how many words you will write in the body of your essay by taking away the number you will spend on your introduction and conclusion from the total amount. How you divide the number of words in the body of your essay between your main topics will depend on how important each topic is to your argument. How long you spend writing about each topic should reflect the importance of each topic. If all of your topics were of equal importance, you would write roughly the same amount of words on each. If one topic was more important, you would write about it first and spend longer discussing it. If one topic was less important, you would write about it last and write fewer words on it.

Using topic sentences at the beginning of each new paragraph is essential for ensuring that your essay is well organised and well structured. It also ensures that the essay flows logically and reads well. A topic sentence must do two things: 1) introduce the new topic about to be discussed and 2) shows how this new topic helps to answer the essay question or support your argument in answering the essay question.

If your essay question was 'Is Critical Thinking relevant to the role of a Registered Nurse?' and you were about to discuss the topic 'accuracy of diagnoses', then your topic sentence might sound like this: 'Another way in which Critical Thinking is highly relevant to the role of a Registered Nurse is in ensuring accuracy of diagnoses'. This sentence clearly demonstrates to the reader that you are about to discuss 'accuracy of diagnoses' and you are doing so because it is another way that Critical Thinking is relevant to Registered Nurses, which is what your essay is arguing.

The next article in this series is: 'How to Write Distinction Essays Every Time: Step 3. Conduct the Research'.

Cabin Rentals Make Family Vacations Special

Treat you and your family to a cabins rental on your next vacation or weekend getaway. Imagine yourself relaxing for a moment, laying in a hammock outside of your beautiful log or cedar cabin. You have plenty of space around you and you are enjoying the fresh air and magnificent scenery, instead of looking out at all of the cars jammed into the parking lot of the hotel. Can you picture yourself beginning to unwind now that you are away from the office and the fast pace of city life? There is something special about renting a cabin for your vacation. You will be glad that you did, and your kids will talk about it for years. We rented a log cabin on our last vacation, and our kids still think that it was the neatest place that we ever stayed.

Cabin rentals come in all shapes and sizes. Choose from rustic pioneer cabins or lookout towers, small cozy log or cedar cabins, or opt for a large luxurious cabin or vacation home. Cabins range from small 1-bedroom cabins to large cabins with 10, 12 or more bedrooms. Whether you are looking for a small intimate cabin for two or something that can accommodate dozens of family members or friends the right cabin is waiting for you. Cabin rentals are available throughout the United States. Often, located in out-of-the-way places with magnificent scenery, cabins provide a great alternative to an ordinary hotel stay, and there are cabin rentals that fit any budget.

Here are some top cabin rental locations to consider for your next family vacation or getaway. Each of these areas offer a wide selection of cabin rentals, and plenty of fun for the entire family.

Big Bear Cabins - Big Bear Lake, California is a four seasons resort community surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. It is approximately 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. The area offers a wide range of cabin rentals, and vacation rentals for year-round family fun. Activities include boating and water sports, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, golfing, skiing, snowboarding and many other fun family activities.

Smoky Mountain Cabins - The Great Smoky Mountains are a major mountain range in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains. Also called the Smoky Mountains or the Smokies, they straddle the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, and attract millions of visitors each
year. There are many wonderful cabins and cabin rentals available throughout the Smoky
Mountains. Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are two great communities that offer a nice selection of cabin rentals. While you are in the area visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ride the country's largest aerial tram to the top of Ober Gatlinburg, and visit the famous Dollywood Theme Park.