Friday, September 28, 2012

How to Know Where to Live



 How to know where to live

This is a pretty generic blog considering there are millions of places to live all over the world. But when it comes time to move and relocate what’s the best way to choose where you’re going to live?
Randy Bocook, a Richmond Hill Georgia real estate agent, helps his buyers find exactly where they need to live by figuring out what their priorities are on a day-to-day basis. Randy finds out if people are going to be working at the local military base, if they need to be in certain school districts, or close to other work in Savannah Georgia, Hinesville, or in Richmond Hill itself.

A good way to determine the best place to live in a certain town or county is to determine what you do and what you need on a day-to-day basis. Do you need to be within walking distance to a market, schools, banks or other necessities? Will you have multiple cars or be limited to one vehicle? Do you need to have easy access to commute routes and alternate routes if the major freeways are blocked with traffic?

If you’re moving to a major Metropolitan city there can be dozens if not hundreds of choices of smaller communities, neighborhoods, subdivisions, and districts. The Reed More Group in Anchorage Alaska knows this all too well. They have dozens of smaller communities and subdivisions all around the Anchorage area. From smaller communities in the North such as Wasilla and Palmer, to downtown Anchorage which is divided up for different ways, East, West, North, and South Anchorage. They want to get a feel for your lifestyle and your daily routine so that they can help you find the right neighborhood and community that works for your lifestyle not just your budget.

Once you have figured out what neighborhood you want to be in it helps to determine what type of house or home you’re looking for. Condominiums, townhomes, and apartments are easier to maintain especially if you’re renting. If you’re looking for a single detached home you’ll need to decide if you want multi levels, split entry or split level, tri-level, or homes with basements. The exterior of the home is also something to consider; do you want a fenced yard, quiet cul-de-sac neighborhood and Street, sidewalks for easy walk ability?

How to know where to live is not an easy question to answer. It helps to discuss your lifestyle, needs, and day to day routine with your local real estate agent to find the best home in the best community for you and your household.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Do Contractors Still Issue Pension Plans



Do Contractors Still Issue Pension Plans

The Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 set the stage for contractors needing to have pension plans so they can work on any federal government construction project or federal assisted construction project.  The Davis-Bacon Act requires any contractor or subcontractor performing work on a federal government construction project or federally assisted construction project over $2,000, to pay their workers on-site not less than the local prevailing wages and fringe benefits paid on similar projects as determined by the Secretary of Labor.  Pension plans would fall under the definition of fringe benefits.
 
Pensions can be difficult to find in the private sector with only 21 percent of all private-sector workers being offered traditional pension in 2007. There is a direct correlation with the larger the companies who employ more workers have a higher the percent of offering traditional pension plans.  Some small employers band together to form large multiemployer pension arrangements.  A Union card could be your ticket to retirement in the private sector.  The need for Multiemployer Pension Plans is here and Legislation can affect those plans.

There are a number of Legislative issues being discussed about multiemployer pension plans.  The National Issues Conference - Campaign for Quality Construction was co-sponsored by SMACNA, FCA, ICE, MCAA, NEA, and NECA.  The conference guest speaker talked about an opportunity to begin an education process with lawmakers on how union contractors work and remain competitive in the private and public sectors while not burdening the federal government.  There is a need for educating what is out there and what is needed. There is also a need for pension relief as the economy has slumped in the past years.  Multi-employer Pension Reform has been at the forefront of legislative concerns for the past 5 years on QCA National Issues Conference Issue Sheets. 

SMACNA has the first construction industry trade association with a full time office on Capitol Hill.  They are playing an active role in shaping legislation affecting the sheet metal industry which affects the construction industry.  They have a number of Pension Funding relief initiatives and talking points.

Resources, Learn more about Prevailing Wage and Pensions at Davis Bacon.org.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Where to Live in Alaska



Where to live in Alaska – basic communities around Anchorage


                Alaska, deciding to move to Alaska is usually not an easy decision to make whether you are from a naturally hotter climate, to leaving behind your family and friends. Making the decision on where to live in Alaska can make it even more difficult. Determining where you will live can be decided based on your general wants and needs; if you base it on the scenery, you will never be able to make a decision. In order to help guide you, we have provided some information about the areas to help make your decision of where you would like to land. 

                To the north of the Municipality of Anchorage is Matanuska-Susitna Borough called Mat-Su for short, is made up of several cities and towns; Alexander (Creek), Big Lake, Buffalo Soapstone, Butte, Chase, Chickaloon, Dinglishna Hills, Farm Loop, Fishhook, Gateway, Glacier View, Houston, Knik River, Knik-Fairview, Lake Louise, Lakes, Lazy Mountain, Meadow Lakes, Palmer, Petersville, Point MacKenzie, Skwentna, Susitna, Sutton-Alpine, Talkeetna, Tanaina, Trapper Creek, Wasilla, Willow, and Y. Mat-Su contains Matanuska and Susitna rivers in their entirety, hence the name. Mat-Su is the fastest growing community in Alaska and stretches 25,000 square miles. Mat-Su is not only conveniently located to Anchorage and Denali National Park; life is simple here with no limits to the adventure. This is a great place to raise a family and you can get more land and more house for less money. This area has it all, fish-filled rivers and lakes, hiking, abundant Alaskan wildlife, mountains, glacier valleys, wetlands, tundra, farms, frontier communities, suburban homes, and isolated cabins.  Mat-Su is an ideal place to live with the moderate climate, big mountains, over 2,000 miles of trails, local theatres, 7 libraries, skating rinks, equestrian trails, swimming pools, golf courses, and an abundance of outdoor options with nearby Lake Clark National Park, Chugach National Forest, and 31 other state parks. This area of Alaska is a new-comers dream, why wouldn’t someone choose Mat-Su Borough to live in?


                Kenai Peninsula Borough is south of the Municipality of Anchorage is made up of the cities and towns of Homer, Kachemak, Kenai, Seldovia, Seward, and Soldotna. This Borough is divided into two land masses by The Cook Inlet, to the west the Chigmit Mountains, and running north and south are the Kenai Mountains. The Kenai is known as “Alaska’s Playground” offering an up close and personal extraordinary Alaskan experience, ranked one of America’s best towns for hunters and fishermen.  There is no safety glass or guard rail holding you back from your adventure. On the water, glacier and wildlife cruises, sea kayaking, rafting, and canoeing. On land, horseback riding, hiking & biking, golfing, flight seeing, camping, and dog sledding. Kenai offers an excellent education for children, ranking 9 out of 10 from data on the standardized tests, the cost of living is very low, and the great outdoor experience. Kenai Peninsula Borough is often used as a vacation getaway for residents of other cities within the state. Choosing one of the cities within Kenai Peninsula to live in would be just the beginning of an extraordinary experience and exciting adventure. 

                To the east of the Municipality of Anchorage is the Valdez-Cordova Census Area made up of the cities and towns of Chenega, Chisana, Chistochina, Chitina, Copper Center, Copperville, Cordova, Gakona, Glennallen, Gulkana, Kenny Lake, McCarthy, Mendeltna, Mentasta Lake, Nelchina, Paxson, Silver Springs, Slana, Tatitlek, Tazlina, Tolsona, Tonsina, Valdez, Whittier, and Willow Creek is situated along Prince William Sound. This area is considered a photographers dream with all the beauty and nature there is to see such as birds, whales, sea otters, sea lions, glaciers, waterfalls, etc. The mystic beauty that this area offers is astounding. Valdez-Cordova Census Area attracts most of its visitors for the excellent fishing. If looking for a peaceful, beautiful area to live in; then you can stop looking, it will be found here.

For more information on where to live in Alaska and to search all Anchorage areas, please contact the Reed Moore Group. 907-865-6573