Find UK Survey Show The Top Reasons Why Overseas Residents Including UK Expats Are Buying UK Property Jul 22, 2014 04:27AM

Lancashire, UK (PRWEB UK) 22 July 2014

Previous surveys done by Find UK Property have shown Investment and "Holiday Use" to be equally important reasons why overseas residents are looking for UK Property. Their latest survey shows the most important reason now is clearly purchase for pure investment.

UK nationals living and working overseas (also known as Expats) form a large proportion of overseas residents buying property in the UK. Whilst many buy for their own use, an increasing number of Expats have also been buying for pure investment and this trend seems to be increasing. Added to this are residents of other countries who may not be UK nationals, but still see the UK as a "safe haven" when considering long term investment in property. For them, the UK is attractive as UK property buying process and selling laws are well regulated and long term title ownership is clear cut.

A survey conducted in June 2014 by 'Find UK Property' on the buying intentions of overseas buyers, shows that an even higher percentage are now looking to buy for investment. In 2009 survey, only 31 % of clients were considering a property purchase in the UK for pure investment. In 2014 the percentage is significantly higher at 42%.

The main reasons for purchase are:-
Buying for Pure Investment - 42%
Pure Own Residential use – 24%
Renting and holiday use – 20%

Andy Noble, Senior Marketing Consultant at Find UK Property explains that a large proportion of this increase is from UK Expats working in the Middle East and Far East. Such clients have high earnings and are now realizing that investment in suitable property offers them better returns than other forms of investment. Rather than investing in property abroad, which can be higher risk, they are now buying UK investment property whilst continuing to work abroad."

Many such clients are looking at these property investments for the very long term and intend to keep them to generate pension income. They also qualify for the £10,000 UK personal allowance, which means that for many the UK rental income is effectively tax free.

He added, "Find UK Property helps overseas investors purchase low cost fully managed property in the UK. Many of our customers are investors and Expats based in the Middle East and Far East who purchase via our partner company, Sandcastles based in Dubai. This trend of buying for investment has increased the demand of our low cost 2-bed and 3-bed houses, particularly in the Lancashire area. These 2-bed houses at £54,995 are much lower cost than properties near London and come with 8% rental yield which is more than double the rental yields of properties in the South."

Whilst many non UK nationals are still attracted to London, the trend amongst knowledgeable UK expats living abroad is to opt for lower cost properties away from London in areas such as the North West including Lancashire, Manchester and Liverpool.

About "Find UK Property"
Find UK Property are the 'buyers' agent and specialise in helping serious overseas buyers find the most suitable investment property for their needs. The company conducts regular surveys on overseas investors and findings are printed at their "UK Property News" Blog at

The most popular purchase are the fully managed low cost houses in the price range of £55,000 to £70,000 that come with full management, repair guarantees, and guaranteed rent. Many clients are seasoned investors who may have purchased investment property in other countries via sister companies Openshore Property and Sandcastles based in Dubai. Further details can be found on the Find UK sales website at

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StackOps Opens Portal, Its OpenStack Management Software to All Distros Jul 22, 2014 04:26AM

Madrid, Spain (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

StackOps, the leading business in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms based on OpenStack™, has announced the availability of Stackops Portal, a piece of software that allows you to have all the capabilities of the OpenStack™ Cloud Operating system in an agile way which is attractive for end users.

StackOps Portal is a user interface designed for the complete customization of a Cloud solution. It is extensible thanks to its development framework and lowers the barrier to entry for OpenStack™. For example, it manages tasks such as Authentication, Authorization, Cross Site Scripting (XSS) and Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), as well as the hot deployment of new components and settings on the fly.

The solution is designed for any company that wants to offer their internal customers a top-quality user experience for their Private Cloud, Service Providers who need to customize the user experience for their Public Cloud or ISVs which develop their products around OpenStack™and want to offer an integrated and unified interface solution.

It incorporates the advanced features of Hybrid Cloud for managing multiple clouds, whether public or private. Its user interface can connect multiple environments and manage them all as one. It has native integration with the OpenStack™ Authentication and Authorization system, which allows secure management of the visual components, based on fine-grained roles.

StackOps has developed more than 20 freely-available plugins, which are updated constantly so that all users have access to the latest capabilities offered by OpenStack™ and Stackops products. The administrator can upgrade to new versions as soon as they are available in a discreet manner which is fully transparent to the end user and in any case causes no service outage.

For over a year StackOps has been offering its OpenStack™ Hosted Managed Services with Stackops Portal and its users have expressed great satisfaction. Now this new version allows users of other distributions of the OpenStack™ ecosystem also to leverage their capabilities. The only requirement is for them to adhere to the standards and API defined by the OpenStack™ Community.

Stackops Portal is ready for download from

Company Information:
StackOps is a European company, created in 2011 for the development and management of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms based on OpenStack™. StackOps has rolled out its solutions across four continents and manages its clients' IaaS platforms in its service zones of Amsterdam and Madrid efficiently, thanks to the development of its own technology of self-provision, operations and pricing.

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PhatWare's WritePad 7.4 Features Improved Handwriting Recognition and Note-Taking on iPads Jul 22, 2014 04:26AM

Spokane, WA (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

PhatWare Corporation, leading professional software and application developer, announces the immediate availability of WritePad 7.4, the significantly improved version of the popular handwriting recognition and note-taking app for iPads. WritePad 7.4 now improves note-taking experience and includes all eleven supported languages with the app price in addition to a reduced application size. Find out more about WritePad by visiting

WritePad 7.4 is designed to deliver considerably faster note-taking by offering multiple suggestions for words and phrases as notes are taken in the user's own handwriting. As a user writes anywhere on the screen or in a designated area, alternative recognition results and word completions are presented in a scrollable suggestion bar next to the text, allowing a user to select an alternative result if the initial translation of the handwriting is incorrect.

To further speed-up and simplify the process of taking notes on the iPad, spell-checker suggestions are presented to a user in real-time when the text cursor is positioned on a misspelled word.

In addition to providing users with more features, WritePad also delivers more value. The app now comes with all eleven supported languages included, rather than requiring an in-app purchase to obtain additional languages. WritePad's size has also been reduced by 30%, providing more features with less space requirements.

A video demonstration of WritePad is available at

"I used [WritePad] to write two of my novels - The Jaws of Life and The Lazarus Serum. It's a word processor that lets you write your books by hand rather than by keyboard on your screen. It has built-in handwriting recognition that will translate your scribbles (even cursive) into neatly typed words." – Fallon Jones, author

About WritePad

WritePad, an advanced note-taker for iOS, converts practically any handwriting into computer text. Notes created with WritePad can be sent via email or SMS, tweeted, saved, posted on Facebook, printed, exported as PDF, translated to other languages, synchronized with major computing cloud services, and exchanged directly between two or more iOS devices. WritePad also features integration with the Events, Contacts, Maps, and other apps.

With WritePad, users can:

   •  Create and edit text documents while using the advanced handwriting recognition engine or the iPad keyboard for text entry
   •  Improve handwriting recognition quality with WritePad's Statistical Analyzer, which learns and adapts to the user's handwriting style
   •  Email, Tweet, print, and post Facebook updates directly from WritePad
   •  Synchronize WritePad documents with Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, and iTunes

Availability and Pricing

WritePad 7.4 is priced at $4.99 and available now in the iTunes App Store. For more information about the WritePad product line, please visit PhatWare's website at

About PhatWare

Founded in October 1997, PhatWare Corporation is a leading provider of powerful and easy-to-use software products and professional services for the mobile and desktop computing marketplace. PhatWare specializes in handwriting recognition, digital ink, note-taking, database, and network management software development. To learn more about PhatWare, visit

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"Old School" Approach Helps Hometown Meats Find Years of Success and Strong Connection to Customers Jul 22, 2014 04:25AM

Inver Grove Heights, MN (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

In an era of superstores that offers customers more choices than ever, a local business has found that bringing back an older tradition has given them to chance to find success that are rooted in strong connections with customers.

In August, Hometown Meats, located two miles east of Highway 52, at the intersection of 80th Street and Cahill, will celebrate its sixth year in business. Owner Rob Reitberger is an Inver Grove Heights native and Simley High School graduate and his wife and co-owner, Robin is from neighboring South St. Paul. They decided to bring back a tradition to help them compete in a changing retail market.

Hometown Meats is a throwback to the neighborhood butcher shop, updated to reflect today's faster pace but devoted to customer service. "We pride ourselves on greeting our customers by name and knowing what they want to order before they do," said owner Rob Reitberger. "People have more choices and options today than ever before. We worked hard to create a business that connects and serves our customers in a way that builds a long-term relationship that is good for everyone."

One of their goals when they opened their shop was to restore that hometown, neighborly feeling to everything they did. Hometown Meats invests in the community and the community invests back in them. The Reitberger's will specially make products using customers' family recipes. "Last Christmas, a customer had 30 family members coming into town and he asked us if we would be able to make this old-fashioned potato sausage that had been their family's tradition for years. We gave it a try and now it's in our sales rotation," recalled Rob. "Its that type of connection to the community that makes our job so worthwhile," added Robin.

That community connection runs deeper than just Rob and Robin's hometown roots. About eleven years ago Robin was in a very serious automobile accident and she spent 30 days in the hospital. The Inver Grove Heights community rallied around Robin and her family; bringing food and helping in all sorts of ways. "This shop is kind of a way for us to pay back the people in this town for everything they did for us. We want to set an example for our kids so they can truly see what it means to be a part of something bigger than themselves," commented Robin. "Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul are the types of communities that embrace and support their local small businesses. We are so proud to be a part of this community," added Rob.

Rich Whelan, a loyal customer who visits Hometown Meats twice a week since they opened, says, "I keep going back to Hometown Meats because of the combination of the quality of their products and their connection with the community." Whelan goes on to say that he "finds value in Hometown Meats" that a corporate grocer could not give him.

"Traditional" Social Media Marketing
Hometown Meats relies mainly on word of mouth and customer loyalty to market their shop and six years later, their efforts are working. To thank customers like Rich, Hometown Meats offers a Loyalty Card. After purchasing a certain amount of dollars, the Hometown Meats Loyalty Card offers customers a significant discount on their next order. Rob and Robin are very active with Simley High School which is located across the street from their shop. "Our location sees a lot of traffic and we advertise at most of the high school's athletic events. The school is one of our best customers! The athletic teams buy hot dogs and burgers for most of their events and we will donate portions of our sales to the athletic department. It's a great connection," explained Rob.

Added Robin, "And, the River Heights Chamber of Commerce has also been very good to us. We are members and we know many of the Chamber's members go out of their way to support us. It's just another example of how this community works together."

Inver Grove Heights City Council member and President of the Economic Development Authority, Rosemary Piekarski Krech, confirmed the city's commitment to small businesses. "The EDA offers a number of different tools to help new and existing businesses build and grow in Inver Grove Heights. We know how critical these businesses are to the area's economic health and want to make sure we are doing what we can to help them succeed."

Part of that economic development arm is Progress Plus which "works with the Cities of Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul to assess the needs of the overall community and grow the region's economic base," explained Jennifer Gale, President, Progress Plus. "Hometown Meats is a great example of what matters most for businesses; customers and the community. Small business is the backbone of this country and Hometown Meats is doing it right."


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The Last Well to Host Clean Water Press Conference in Liberia on July 29 Jul 22, 2014 04:25AM

Sulphur Springs, TX (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

Texas-based charity The Last Well (TLW) has started 267 water projects this year, bringing clean water and the good news of Jesus to 200,000 Liberians who previously only had access to dirty water. To help meet TLW's goal of finishing 450 new and rehabilitated wells by 2015 and bringing border-to-border water to Liberia by 2020, founder Todd Phillips will host a press conference with the nation's dignitaries and media at 11 a.m. on July 29 at Monrovia's Royal Grand Hotel. After the conference, TLW will host a VIP luncheon.

"In 2004, an earthquake created a tsunami off the coast of Indonesia that killed more than 200,000 men, women and children," Phillips said. "Tragically, the same number of people die each month from waterborne illnesses around the world. Unlike natural disasters, deaths from waterborne illnesses can be prevented. With the help of the Liberian government, tribal leaders and Christian NGO partners, we can help end this problem across this entire nation, as well as sharing the Gospel with each person we serve."

Among those attending the conference and dignitary luncheon are Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai, the traditional Queen of Liberia (Ambassador Judi Ende) and Chief Zaza Khaba, Chieftain of Liberia. Senior members of the Liberian news media will also be present. During his two-week trip to Liberia, Phillips also will meet with TLW partners who are drilling wells and ministering to Liberians across the country's 15 counties (the equivalent of US states.) To date, TLW has reached 556,680 people through 614 water projects.

"We have a very good indication of how many wells are needed to bring fresh water to Liberia, and have the logistics in place to complete these projects," Phillips said. "Now all we need is a strong commitment from Liberians and the money required to meet our goal before 2020."

Anyone wishing to donate to TLW can do so via the organization's secure website. Those who prefer contributing by check can send one to:

The Last Well
attn. Jennifer Holland
PO Box 1153
Rowlett, TX 75030

About The Last Well
The Last Well exists to do something that has never been done: "provide access to clean water for the entire nation of Liberia -- border to border -- and offer the Gospel to every Liberian we serve by 2020." At the same time, we're encouraging the next generation of Christ-followers to live out God's purpose for the church and to be the agent of change for the world, regardless of the need. Learn more at

About Access
Hundreds of hospitals worldwide use paperless Access solutions to integrate e-forms, electronic patient signatures and clinical data into EHRs. Access helps improve care, eliminate financial and environmental costs and enhance patient safety and downtime planning initiatives. Learn more at

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