A new album from Triptykon hit stores today, continuing a metal legacy that started with Hellhammer more than 30 years ago. Frontman Tom G Warrior, also of Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun, rewards his loyal fans with Melana Chasmata, a beautifully written and engineered neo-gothic slab of extreme metal. Early reviews of the set have been positive, with many reviewers claiming Melana Chasmata as Warrior's best work since the 2006 Celtic Frost finale, Monotheist.
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We've all heard the stories. A neighbor finds this unbelievable deal on a foreclosed home and ends up nearly doubling his money. But how do you find those deals? Get some help, most experts say. A good starting point is to try and find a local real estate agent who specializes in foreclosures. These agents have developed relationships with the banks by bringing them buyers quickly, and should be the first to know when a new foreclosure is about to hit the market. It's also a good idea to pay a local information company to supply you with regular updates. Some of these companies cover multiple counties and will send you regular email updates for about $40 to $50 a month. There are a handful of national companies that provide the same information, though the updates typically roll in a little slower, meaning the information you get from them may be dated.
Earth Day Celebration at Garden of the Gods
In honor of Earth Day, the Friends of Garden of the Gods are sponsoring several event on Saturday, April 19th at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. There will be exhibitions put on by the Air Force Academy Falconers, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the American Indian Dancers group. There will also be a chemical magic show and educational exhibits from the Wolf & Wildlife Center and Nature's Educators organizations. Visitors will also be treated to free admission that day to the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Festivities will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N 30th St in Colorado Springs.
In 2013, we saw the average price for a home sold rise almost 14%. The trend is expected to continue through 2014, however, analysts suggest those numbers will remain in the single digits. But cities with solid job growth could see those numbers trend higher.
The good news is lenders seem to be easing their standards, which will allow more 'qualified' buyers to enter the market.
NAR Joins Move, Inc. Lawsuit Against
The National Association of Realtors this week joined in a lawsuit filed by Move, Inc. against Zillow and its new Chief Strategy Officer, Errol Samuelson. Filed in the Superior Court of King County, WA, the suit accuses Zillow and Samuelson of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and other actions. NAR subsidiary Realtors Information Network, Inc. and Move divisions RealSelect and Top Producer Systems are also listed as plaintiffs in official court documents. Samuelson previously spent years working for Move, and the company believes he is sharing sensitive industry secrets with his new employer since he was hired less than two weeks ago. Samuelson and Zillow have so far declined to comment on the lawsuit, while spokesmen for Move and the NAR expressed confidence that the judicial system will back their claims.
In a 2011 interview, the founder of Diverse Solutions, Justin LaJoie, said
"They (Zillow) did not acquire Diverse Solutions to slowly kill it and the products that we have developed over the years."
"with the added resources from Zillow, we will be able to more quickly develop new enhancements"
He went on to say how Zillow and Diverse Solutions hoped to prove the "naysayers wrong."
Now, pause a moment and take that in. Zillow owns Diverse Solutions.
Soon Zillow branded and put their links on every website that used Diverse Solutions as their idx provider. In a moment, a massive flood of organically-ranked realtor websites linked to Zillow. I didn't judge it too much when it happened but over time you couldn't help but notice how Zillow's search continued to make huge advancements. Does Diverse Solutions get that same level of attention? Even after a series of recent changes in 2014, it's still, for the most part, the same as it was. As of the day I'm writing this review, Diverse Solutions is still having trouble figuring out how to put a menu on the mobile site. If a visitor is on your site and chooses to search, it will automatically convert the site to a mobile version (if the visitor is on a mobile device). Once the search is done, the visitor has no way of returning to your website. So if you have spent a lot of time creating custom searches for your website, the visitor is out of luck because there is no return unless they retype the domain again.
Page Load Times
Diverse Solutions runs at a snail's pace - I have seen normal load times of up to 15-20 seconds - In fact, I have seen it take more than 30 seconds on countless occasions (Let's not even get into the times when it doesn't load at all). Meanwhile, Zillow's site is hosted on different servers, coupled with a better design it moves at greater speeds enabling pages to load much faster.
In my experience, people don't seem to like it very much and if they do sign up, they rarely return. I have overseen Diverse Solutions accounts in three completely different real estate markets around the country and the one common thread? Diverse Solutions produced less leads than any other idx we ever used. After being accustomed to generating 3 to 20 leads per DAY on the same website, Diverse Solutions only generated 1 to 7 leads per WEEK on average. Sometimes we would go a week or two without 1 lead. Up to that point I never even knew that was possible.
My conclusion: Diverse Solutions is a slow, outdated dinosaur that will continue to guide realtors directly into the tar pit. Tread lightly my friends.