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Commercial and Investment Properties


Chuck Harris

Property can be more than just a place you live it can become a way to generate income. As an investor there is a wide variety to invest in real estate. Commercial properties are defined as land or buildings that are zoned for and intended for the generation of profit. There is a broad range of properties that fall into this category which ranges from residential rental units all the way up to large industrial complexes.

Residential rental units range from small duplex properties, or all the way up to large high rise type apartment buildings. Landlords experience a wide variety of challenges such as tenant issues, building maintenance and taxes but an ability to deal with issues and placate tenant can be a great way to generate regular income while building equity in a property. Obviously being able to provide housing for a number of tenants without having to maintain several properties has benefits such as reduced maintenance costs however issues regarding individual tenancies tend to increase as does the time commitment required to properly manage the property. Residential apartment complexes offer an affordable housing solution in densely populated areas for tenants.

Office buildings, including medical offices, are designed to accommodate various professional organizations in a convenient location. The professionals who lease office space in these buildings tend to provide related services to consumers. This benefits the professional, the consumer and the landlord.

The professional benefits from convenience realized by the consumers and may even save time and costs when contacting and referring consumers to another service that compliments the consumers needs. A good example of this type complimentary service is a physician’s office in the same building as the medical laboratory and an x-ray clinic.

The consumer benefits from the convenience of parking in one place and being able to accomplish a number of things all in one building. The example above regarding the medical clinic would allow the consumer to visit with the family physician, go to the medical laboratory for blood work and in some cases, return to the physician’s office for immediate follow up.

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Of course the landlord benefits from this relationship by reaping the financial benefit of competitive rents and even income from parking fees. Consumers and professionals alike are often willing to pay a little extra in order to receive efficient service.

Gasoline stations often combine complementary services for consumers such as convenience stores, car washes, and even vehicle repair shops. Other larger stations, which are typically located along major roadways, include amenities for travellers such as restaurants, television lounges and even shower facilities. Owners benefit from the increased income from consumers who are often delighted that they are able to get the necessities that they require all in one place. Similar to the landlords of multi-plex and office buildings, owners of gas stations are able to benefit from the reduced maintenance costs in comparison to managing several different locations.

Restaurants tend to be located in areas which offer various services to consumers. A shopping plaza often houses an eating establishment of some sort in. Another example would be an area that caters to tourists and other visitors. Often times a hotel or motel will be nearby.

Shopping centres are commercial buildings that house a number of amenities for consumers. These centres typically contain a grocery store, a clothing store, an eating establishment, a financial institution, and in larger shopping centres an office section. Landlords benefit from long term leases and stable tenancies. Leases tend to be more complex than residential tenancies but the long term payoff can make owning a shopping centre very rewarding.

Hotels, motels and other accommodation properties are designed to generate a profit to the owners similar to those of residential multi-plex buildings. The primary difference being the shortened lease term. Most people do not realize this but they are actually entering into a short term lease agreement when staying at a hotel or motel even when it is only for one night. Owners of accommodation properties often provide a reduced rate for longer term stays as this reduces the expense of changing the room after daily lease terms.

Parking lots, in some market places, are clearly intended as profit centres. Large cities with limited parking have rather pricy pay per parking services. Often times these higher priced parking lots are located close to high traffic amenities such as shopping centers, theatres, and other attractions. The increased fees may be due to additional services provided by the parking lot owner such as security and valet services. Parking lots also benefit from low overhead due to the fact that there is not a structure to maintain and in some cases payment can be taken through an automated system.

Convenience stores, as mentioned above, are typically located in or nearby gasoline stations but are also in shopping centres and small communities or as a standalone business. As the name indicates these stores are designed to be convenient but also to generate a profit for the owner. They carry a wide variety of connivance items that consumers regularly seek which creates a regular income stream.

Industrial Buildings are best suited to business owners. These consist of warehouse space, manufacturing as well as wide variety properties suites to other industrial uses. These properties have meet zoning requirements allowing specific industrial uses. Industrial properties traditionally have features that are tailored to the business they house like, truck level loading docks, 3 phase electrical service, high ceilings, and specialized equipment. Industrial space is typically isolated from residential area and required multiple employees to operate and maintain the facility.

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encompasses a wide range of properties. The most common uses of

commercial and investment properties

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 | Author:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

French fishing vessels have blockaded the English Channel ports of Calais, Bolougne, and Dunkirk.

Not a boat will go in nor out

The protest is an industrial action over tighter fishing quotas imposed by the European Union, with French fishing unions asking for their government to provide financial assistance or take a tougher line. CFTC Fishermans Union spokesman Bruno Dachicourt told Agence France Presse: “There are easily twenty boats blocking the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in organized ranks. Not a boat will go in nor out.”

The fishermen are protesting the lowering of European Union quotas on fishing, which place a ceiling on the amount of fish that the fishermen of each member country are allowed to catch and sell. The EU has lowered quotas in response to concerns about the sustainability of fisheries, but each drop in quota reduces the amount of work each fishing vessel can do. “The feeble amount of the quota obliges us to close the fishing zones three months after the beginning of the catch”, said Stéphane Pinto, spokesman for the CFDT trade union group representing fishermen in Boulogne.

Ferry sailings between Dover in the United Kingdom and Calais were suspended, with UK authorities implementing the Operation Stack management plan in response. Under the plan sections of the M20 motorway are closed to traffic and used as a managed lorry park. Motorists have been advised to seek alternative routes if possible. Most cars and passengers from the P&O Calais-Dover sailings at 16.10 (apparently the first sailing affected), 17.40 and 18.25 left on the “Pride of Dover” at 11.47 arriving Dover at 12.30. Two SeaFrance ferries, Renoir and another, left slightly earlier.

Fishermen have also used fires and roadblocks to interfere with access to the ports by road.

The blockades come eight days after a similar incident in the Mediterranean, when French fishermen in Marseille, Ajaccio, Toulon and other port cities interfered with oil tanker movements and blockaded ports throughout the south of the country.

Wikinews is unaware of any official statement from the British or French Governments in response to the blockade.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Businessman Rocky De La Fuente took some time to speak with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The 61-year-old De La Fuente resides in San Diego, California, grew up in Tijuana, and owns multiple businesses and properties throughout the world. Since getting his start in the automobile industry, De La Fuente has branched out into the banking and real estate markets. Despite not having held or sought political office previously, he has been involved in politics, serving as the first-ever Hispanic superdelegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention.

De La Fuente entered the 2016 presidential race last October largely due to his dissatisfaction with Republican front-runner Donald Trump. He argues he is a more accomplished businessman than Trump, and attacks Trump as “a clown,” “a joke,” “dangerous,” and “in the same category as Hitler.” Nevertheless, De La Fuente’s business background begets comparisons with Trump. The Alaskan Midnight Sun blog described him as the Democrats’ “own Donald Trump.”

While receiving only minimal media coverage, he has campaigned actively, and according to the latest Federal Election Commission filing, loaned almost US$ 4 million of his own money to the campaign. He has qualified for 48 primary and caucus ballots, but has not yet obtained any delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Thus far, according to the count at The Green Papers, De La Fuente has received 35,406 votes, or 0.23% of the total votes cast. He leads among the many lesser-known candidates but trails both Senator Bernie Sanders who has received nearly 6.5 million votes and front-runner Hillary Clinton who has just shy of 9 million votes.

With Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn?, De La Fuente discusses his personal background, his positions on political issues, his current campaign for president, and his political future.


  • 1 Interview
    • 1.1 Background
    • 1.2 Campaign
    • 1.3 Issues
    • 1.4 Future
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External link
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  • 1 Wikinews News Brief January 04, 2008 23:35 UTC
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Israeli troops kill 9 in Gaza
    • 1.3 Georgian President faces election challenge
    • 1.4 US unemployment hits two-year high
    • 1.5 Israel plans crackdown on West Bank settlement outposts
    • 1.6 Transaven Airlines plane carrying 14 people crashes off Venezuelan coast
    • 1.7 Sportswriter Milt Dunnell dies at 102
    • 1.8 2007 was particularly good year for aviation safety
    • 1.9 U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race
    • 1.10 Intel ends partnership with One Laptop Per Child program
    • 1.11 British Investigators arrive in Pakistan to join Bhutto investigation
    • 1.12 Disgorge bassist Ben Marlin dies from cancer
    • 1.13 Egypt lets 2000 pilgrims through Rafah
    • 1.14 Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis once again delayed
    • 1.15 Study suggests hospitals are not the best place for cardiac arrest treatment
    • 1.16 US dollar no longer accepted at Taj Mahal and other Indian historical sites
    • 1.17 Footer


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Hire A Custom Furniture Maker


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While most buy furniture in shops and outlets, whose stock of furniture is generally based in price competition, instead of high quality, many consumers may have not considered other options. Custom furniture is a great option for customers who want quality furniture, that will not need replaced, or furniture to specification. Its design is not only personalized to the consumer, but it is durable, and will not wear out like cheaply manufactured models. For those who prefer custom made, finding a custom furniture maker is the first step to enjoying quality-crafted furniture.

Not only will this type of furniture not easily wear out, but consumers can take a personal design, and work with

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, to create furniture to consumer specification. This type of furniture is often ordered as a gift for a wedding couple, as a specially crafted piece that incorporates special interests, hobbies, or a lifestyle. Pieces for offices of businessmen often incorporate this concept, as do retirement pieces, or gifts to those starting a business.

Personalized gifts of desks for offices, a curio cabinet, or china cabinet for a wedding couple are unique and special when personalized. This makes them unique, as well as items that can be considered family heirlooms throughout the years. Cabinets may be personalized with initials, names, the date of the marriage, or pictures of the couple on the wood.

For business men who love the hobby of fishing, desks can be personalized with pictures of a big fish catch, or sayings of fishermen. It might also be crafted with a favorite sports team, a military emblem, or business logos, with personalized features. It can also be inlaid with special metals, glass, or other elegant designs.

For those with special hobbies or businesses at home, such as quilt making or embroidery, a special sewing table or custom sectional sofas might not only be special, it might be an item that needs to be made with the seamstress in mind. For instance if the seamstress has special concerns with hands related to long hours, or heavy use, the tables can be made in such a way to give more support to hands, or reinforce areas of heavy use. Personalizing these tables with special features might be a must for those who work long hours.

A business or special enterprise might also need quality tables that can be designed to be used for multiple purposes. Such furniture might need extra support, durability, and to be made of the highest quality materials. Low quality materials used in such a piece of furniture would only result in minimal usage, and extra expense for the business owner, when replacement becomes necessary. When seeking long-lasting furniture options, hire a custom furniture maker, and get furniture crafted to consumer specifications, with beautiful, optimum results.

The author has written this article to inform the readers about the custom made sofas and the benefits that it delivers. The author has extensive knowledge about these kinds of sofas and advises to buy it from a reputed maker.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

On Friday, German football captain and Manchester United F.C. midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from international football.

Debuting in 2004, Schweinsteiger has won 120 international caps, Germany’s fourth all time most capped player. He was part of the German squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France and became the first German to play eighteen Euro matches, surpassing the fourteen-match record of Philip Lahm. Schweinsteiger has played in four Euro tournaments — 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.

Schweinsteiger said, “I have asked the national team coach to not consider me for Germany selection in future, as I would like to step down from the national team. I would like to thank the fans, the team, the DFB, the coaches and the national team’s backroom staff.”((de))

Schweinsteiger won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He has featured in three FIFA World Cup tournaments — in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He has played 38 matches in major international tournaments, which is a world record. Schweinsteiger’s last match in Germany’s jersey ended in a 2–0 defeat against France in the Euro 2016 semi-final.

After Schweinsteiger announced his retirement, his former Bayern Munich teammate and German player Thomas Müller tweeted, “Thanks for 120 international caps with the @DFB_Team [German Team] and many great and shared hours with the national team”((de)).

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Sir Edward Heath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970-1974 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1965-1975, has died at his home in Salisbury just a week after his 89th birthday.

Heath implemented the decimalization of the British coinage, led the United Kingdom into the European Economic Community, attempted to end industrial unrest with the Industrial Relations Act, initiated a failed power-sharing government in Northern Ireland, and, in order to cope with a coal strike on top of the 1973 fuel crisis, instituted a three-day work week in the UK.

Today he was eulogised by fellow politicians, including Baroness Margaret Thatcher, who succeeded Heath after he was ousted from the Conservative Party leadership in 1975. She said that with Heath’s death Britain had lost a ‘political giant’. There was also praise, from Heath’s former political secretary Sir Douglas Hurd, for his contribution to the EEC.

‘He got us into the European Union,’ Sir Hurd said. ‘I mean that is a huge step, a very difficult one, which I doubt would have happened without his particular kind of thoroughness and determination. That was an amazing achievement.’[1]

Prime Minister Tony Blair issued a statement describing Sir Heath as ‘a man of great integrity and beliefs’.

Heath was offered the post of Ambassador to the United States in 1979, but declined. He continued to represent the constituency of Old Bexley and Sidcup as a backbench MP until his retirement in 2001. He was created a Knight of the Garter in 1992.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Joshua J. Goyette allegedly confessed to breaking into a Saxonburg, Pennsylvania retirement home and beating 86-year-old Gertrude “Trudy” Johanson in the early morning of June 25, 2005. The crime, which shocked the small community north of Pittsburgh, was not the only one which occurred recently at area retirement homes. Goyette is also suspected in a May incident where another apartment at the Commons of Saxonburg was broken into through a first floor window and the 90-year-old woman inside was groped while she slept.

Goyette, 25, has addresses listed in court documents in New Bedford, Massachusetts; and in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, his mother’s home.

The alleged confession was given last Thursday, June 30, 2005, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to Pennsylvania state police investigators. Goyette is currently being held in the Butler County prison in lieu of $300,000 cash bond. He faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, burglary and criminal mischief.

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 | Author:

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By Trevor Price

The Stressless chair was first built by Ekornes furniture in 1971. It was designed to be the “ultimate” recliner, one that could provide comfort and support whether in the upright or reclined position. Today, the company still does a brisk business and has over 20 different models in its recliner line alone.

Likely, if you’re familiar with the Stressless brand, you’ve seen their infomercials or displays in your local furniture store. And you may be wondering if the Stressless recliner is really worth the $1299 asking price? Is it that comfortable? Does the company back its product? Is the chair durable? For a full review of the Stressless recliner and the answers to these questions, keep reading.

Glide Reclining

The Stressless chair uses gliding wheels to take the chair from an upright to reclined position and back again. Rather than springing you back and forth with a traditional lever mechanism, the chair simply relies on your body weight and cues to tell it when to sit up and to recline.

Rather than the forced, jarring feeling of your average La-Z-Boy, the Stressless wheels move smoothly and easily. That said, they make a subtle noise with every move and, if the chair isn’t properly maintained and cared for, likely would become a louder problem later.

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Comfort for Lumbar and Head

The Ekornes Stressless chair has great lower back and head support that adjust with the headrest. By default, the headrest sits up so you are able to watch TV in a reclined position, but can lay flat with a simply adjustment.

That said, though the headrest is designed to lean back as you lean back your head, the springs are fairly strong and for those with weak neck muscles, it can often feel like it is forcing your head forward. The best solution is to keep the headrest reclined.

Customized Sizes

A great feature of the Ekornes Stressless is that many models come in both small and large sizes. Whether you need to accommodate a smaller living space or a larger body, there’s a Stressless chair that will likely meet your comfort need.


Ekornes offers customers a 10-year warranty on the internal mechanisms in all its chairs. Basically, the metal frame, headrest, lumbar system, metal springs and gliding system are all covered under that 10-year commitment.

While a lengthy guarantee is great, consumers should keep in mind that warranties on the Stressless chair do not include coverage for the leather, fabric upholstery or the woodwork. In lieu of manufacturer’s support, customers will have to rely on local upholsterers and wood workers.

As you consider the prospect of investing in furniture, there are obviously many factors that must be weighed before committing not only to the expense, but also the volume of space taken up in your home. This is even more so when a change of heart would result in fairly significant return delivery charge. Take full advantage of any opportunity to “test drive” the Stressless chair in a store before making the financial plunge.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Neverland Valley Ranch, owned by Michael Jackson, is to be sold at auction on March 19, 2008, unless Jackson pays over US$24 million.

Financial Title Company, the trustee of his Santa Barbara County, California, home and amusement park, has foreclosed on the property. They notified Jackson of the foreclosure and sale on Monday. Jackson had only just recently paid an overdue property tax bill of $600,000.

The court filing, addressed to Jackson, says, “You are in default of a deed of trust … Unless you take action to protect your property it may be sold at a public sale.” Fox News published the filing.

The foreclosure includes the ranch and all possessions on the property, inside or out.

The foreclosure auction will take place in front of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Barbara. Jackson has until then to pay $24,525,906.61 he owes the title company.

In 2006, Jackson refinanced previous loans that had been bought up by Fortress Investment Group. The $300-million loan was secured with the aid of Sony Music Entertainment. However, the Neverland property was not part of that deal.

Jackson has not lived at Neverland since June 30, 2005, when he moved to Bahrain after a rape charge and subsequent acquittal.

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