Archive for June, 2011

  • Nancy Helle Communications Free Lance Writer & Public Relations Consultant Nancy Helle is a free lance writer and public relations consultant with over 20 years experience. Her articles on art, architecture, real estate, travel, lifestyles and business have appeared in many Fairfield County newspapers and magazines and she is currently a Contributing Writer for New Canaan Darien and Rowayton magazine. Her public relations career began with Bonwit Teller and Tiffany’s in New York and since moving to New Canaan has included clients such as the Whitney Shop, the former New ...Read More »

  • The Barocas Law Firm LLC Corporate, real estate, and trust & estate law The Barocas Law Firm LLC is a corporate, real estate, and trust and 
estate law firm located in New Canaan, Connecticut. Attorney Barocas is dedicated, accessible, and approachable. He strives to bring innovative 
solutions and exceptional service to his clients in a cost effective 
manner. His dedication to practicing law in a manner both personal and professional has rewarded attorney Barocas with satisfied clients and has attracted many new clients. If you need legal ...Read More »

  • State Farm Insurance Life, home, auto & business insurance State Farm’s mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and build a ladder to their dreams! Our success is built on a foundation of shared values, quality service, strong relationships, honesty, integrity and financial strength. We are a triple A rated mutual company.Read More »

  • JB Design Corporate branding, identity & marketing JB Design is dedicated to creating superior visual identity across 
a range of media. We work with clients from Fortune 50 global companies 
to local non-profit organizations, all with a similar objective: to translate their business objectives into a unique brand, and new business 
opportunities. We are a full-service firm. Our clients rely on our 
capabilities of business strategy, branding, technology and design to 
create communications such as company logos, brochures, web sites, packaging, and brand identity programs that define and ...Read More »

  • William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Residential and commercial real estate sales Carol Hollyday is a real estate agent with William Pitt Sotheby’s 
International Realty. Whether you are looking to buy or sell or rent or relocate anywhere in the world, she is here to assist you with the greatest of ease. She is a member of the firm’s prestigious Platinum Circle and Top Producers and is consistently ranked among the top 3% of the firm’s brokers. As a team, Carol and Rita Kirby are at your service.Read More »

  • Interiors By Anna Maria Residential and commercial interior decorating & feng shui consultants Anna Maria Kinberg is an Interior Decorator and Feng Shui Consultant for 15 years. Her company is a full service interior design firm that offers color consultations, space planning, lighting design, furniture, kitchen and bathroom design including material selections, children’s rooms, faux finishes and she also works with landscape designers, builders, and architects. She has a broad knowledge of Feng Shui studying with great teachers as Lillian Too, Master Yup and Jamie Lynn in Malaysia, Bangkok, ...Read More »

  • William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Residential and commercial real estate sales Rita Kirby is a real estate agent with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. Whether you are looking to buy or sell or rent or relocate 
anywhere in the world, she is here to assist you with the greatest of ease. She is a member of the firm’s prestigious Diamond Circle and Top Producers and is consistently ranked among the top 3% of the firm’s brokers. As a team, Rita and Carol Hollyday are at your service!Read More »

  • Insurance Navigation Health insurance solutions for businesses and individuals Health insurance is our specialty – with so many plans, so many 
companies, and so many options, it’s not easy making a decision when it comes to health insurance. For businesses and individuals, we’ll help you navigate your insurance needs and find the best plan for you. Because there are many forks in the road, Insurance Navigation will make sure you choose the right direction. Group health & benefits – Individual policies – Medicare plans – COBRA – Consultation. Read More »

  • John B, Nelson CPA Tax Planning and Representation John Nelson provides a wide range of tax, financial and consulting services to individuals, trusts and small to mid-sized businesses throughout Fairfield County. Areas of concentration involve: tax return preparation and tax planning, financial statement preparation, new business start-ups, projections and forecasts, cash flow management, accounting systems design, record keeping, interaction with banks for loan financing, and resolving tax issues with the IRS and other governmental agencies.Read More »

  • A flood can happen anytime, anywhere.

    By Bill Bergner A flood can happen anytime, anywhere. All 50 states experience some type of flooding, even in low risk areas. Just a few inches of water can damage your home and your personal belongings. A severe flood could destroy a home and all its contents. You can prevent a major financial loss with flood insurance. Many people do not realize the standard renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover damages caused by floodwaters. If your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), you can purchase a flood insurance policy from the federal government or a participating insurance agency. Flood ...Read More »

  • Can you build a house today for less?

    By Andrew Nuzzi If one were to ask this question to the average person, the answer would of course be YES. If you were to ask the same person why, the obvious answer would be that the real-estate market has dropped about twenty percent in value in the past few years, therefore today you can build for less. Before the end of 2010 I was told by Northeast window representative that their windows would be going up in price about five percent in the start of 2011. The windows are just one component that goes into building a home. If one were to multiply ...Read More »

  • Feng Shui in the Northeast in 2011

    By Anna Maria Kinberg Northeast has very favourable feng shui energies of the White star # 1 in 2011. The right nourishment of these energies will strengthen the career and good luck energies in one's home or office. Metal element is good here. Good feng shui colors for this feng shui area in 2011 are water and metal colors, such as black, blue, charcoal gray, white. You can also add other water feng shui element decor cures, choose the ones that work best with the decor of your space. Avoid fire feng shui element colors, such as red, purple, hot pink, orange, etc, as ...Read More »

  • The strength of any business is its employees

    By Mike Gregor The strength of any business is its employees. Hiring, developing and managing employees is critical to your success — and mistakes can be costly. That’s why ADP’s Complete Payroll package is designed to give you everything you need to manage your employees and your payroll. Accessible at any time from any computer via the Web, offering a wide range of features to help your business save time and money. These are some of the features offered… Tax Filing — ADP calculates, files, deposits and reconciles your payroll taxes. New Hire Reporting — Helps protect your company from penalties due to ...Read More »

  • Top Small Business Tax Write-offs

    By  John Nelson Maximizing your small business tax write-offs is a year-long process. While it involves meticulous record keeping and a moderately high level of organization, the end result is worth the work put in. The key, though, to getting the best break is recognizing tax write-offs for your small business in the first place. Here are a few of the top write-offs that your business should be taking advantage of. Car Deductions This is one example of a deduction that requires in-depth record keeping. Keep receipts for parking, tolls and gas as well as a detailed log of your trips' mileage from start to ...Read More »

  • Helpful tips for Home Loan Refinancing

    By Patrick Hoey Refinancing has become a very popular option for many homeowners today. Borrowers can get into better interest rates and terms, and sometimes they can pull out cash from their existing equity for other financial ventures. With the plethora of refinance mortgage loans available today, you should consider the following helpful tips to get the best loan for you: First you should start by finding out your credit score. Lenders depend on credit information to determine what type of loan and mortgage terms you qualify for. You can get a free copy of your credit report once a year from ...Read More »

  • Health Insurance – Fact vs. Fiction – Dispelling popular “myths”

    By Don Moyle Fiction #1: I can’t really control how much I pay for health insurance. Fact: If you think you’re paying too much for health insurance, you probably are. A simple check of the market and understanding your options – including various tax advantages – can save significant money now and in the future. For example: A family of four was paying $2,100 per month for COBRA coverage. After reviewing their options, they purchased a high-deductible individual health plan with a Health Savings Account for $900 per month – a savings of over $14,000 per year. Fiction #2: Health insurance options are very ...Read More »

  • Challenging Your Property Tax Assesment

    By Morris Barocas With the rapidly declining home prices, I frequently hear complaints about the property tax assessments.   In many instances the property tax assessment is greater than the purchase price of the home.  This is because properties are assessed once every five years and many homes in lower Fairfield County were assessed in 2007 or 2008 when home prices were near their peak. However when challenging the assessment, I do not look at present market values.  Instead I look at the value of the property at the time of the assessment to see if property is valued equitably with similar ...Read More »

  • Data Loss Fast Facts

    By Manny Louis Each year, 1 in 10 laptops are lost or stolen; 1 in 4 computers suffer data loss; and 7 in 10 firms with major data loss go under. Never risk your critical data files on undependable manual backups or inferior data storage solutions. Notebook computers are the perfect tool for busy on-the-go executives -- powerful, compact and portable. But those same attributes make them vulnerable to a variety of data loss risks. You only need to suffer data loss ONCE to significant damage your business... and they do happen more often than you might think. Could your business recover if ...Read More »

  • Halted Foreclosures: Positive News for Buyers

    All real estate is local is the old adage and while Lower Fairfield County was certainly seriously impacted by the recession, we can say with confidence that in 2010 we turned the corner and have begun the road to recovery, therefore leading the country in that recovery. Today Fairfield has had  five consecutive quarters of market acceleration, in both number of single family residences sold and dollar sales gains.  The Northeast as a region showed the strongest sales performance of the US in 2010. Buyers are seeking homes that they perceive to be extraordinary value in order to take advantage of current market ...Read More »