Daily Real Estate News June 19, 2007
What’s the Most Expensive City in the World?Moscow is the most expensive city in the world, according to this year’s annual Mercer Human Resource Consulting survey. London comes in second place, up from third last year. Overall, Asian cities dominated the top 10 of pricey cities. On the other hand, Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, is the least expensive city for the fifth year in a row. Mercer surveys the cost of living in 143 cities, comparing the cost of more than 200 household items. Strong currencies dropped New York City to 15th place and Los Angeles to 42nd. No Canadian or Latin American cities were in the top 50.

Top 15 Most Expensive Cities in the World
Moscow, Russia
London, United kingdom
Seoul, South Korea
Tokyo, Japan
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Copenhagen, Denmark
Geneva, Switzerland
Osaka, Japan
Zurich, Switzerland
Oslo, Norway
Milan, Italy
St. Petersburg, Russia
Paris, France
Singapore, Singapore
New York City, U.S.

Daily Real Estate News June 20, 2007
Five Inexpensive Ways to Revitalize a Kitchen

Replace the flooring. Install laminate floor over old linoleum, vinyl or chipped tile. It costs just $1 to $5 a square foot and looks like wood, stone or tile.
Replace the lighting. A new ceiling fixture costs less than $100 and will brighten up the place. Adding some under-the-cabinet lights will illuminate work surfaces.
Give the cabinets a new life. A coat of paint and new knobs is the cheapest way to go. If you’re able to spend $4,000 to $6,000 on the project, hire a refacing company to replace the doors and drawerfronts.
Refinish the appliances. For a few hundred dollars, an appliance refinisher will re-enamel your stove, refrigerator and dishwasher door in the color of your choice, including a stainless steel look-alike.
Update the backsplash. Replace the space between your cabinets and the countertop with fashionable stone or inexpensive wallpaper. Source: Money, Josh Garskof (07/01/2007)

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Florida Property Tax Update: Alex Sink: Reducing property tax may cost jobsOCALA, Fla. – June 8, 2007 – If the Florida Legislature passes a property tax reduction measure in its upcoming special session, Florida will lose jobs, a top state official said Wednesday.Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink told those attending the quarterly meeting of the Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corp. that property tax reduction is necessary, but will come at a cost.“If we have a 20-percent decrease in property taxes, thousands of Floridians are going to lose their jobs,” she said.The Legislature will meet in special session from June 12 through June 22 to consider property tax-relief measures.Full Story