Lakewood Ranch is successful after over 20 years of consulting from Parker Associates.

Big Year at Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch surged to 391 new home sales at an average price of $397,149 in 2011, more than double the encompassing Sarasota/Manatee average new home sales price of $150,097. At the same time, a total of 307 resales were reported in Lakewood Ranch.  The long-awaited Lost Creek Resort rental community also opened during a busy 2011, as well as a variety of new commercial/institutional establishments.

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Search Engine Optimization is part of the services offered by sister company PTC Computer Solutions.

SEO, SEO, SEO!!! Search Engine Optimization…

SEO – Search Engine Optimization – That’s about all we hear about these days when it comes to web sites.  The days of “you need to have a web site” have moved to “you need to be found on the Internet” these days.  Having a web site is not enough.  There are two pieces to successfully launching and having people visit your web site.  The first is to create a dynamic and aesthetically pleasing web site.  The second is being found by the search engines. The reality of search engines is that 90 percent of people searching on the Internet are using Google.  This may change with the market being […]

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Parker Associates was the primary land development consultant to Hacienda Pinilla in Costa Rica.

New Health Center at Hacienda Pinilla

Parker Associates is excited to observe the opening of the new Health Center at Hacienda Pinilla, the 4.500 acre resort community on the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica, positioned by Parker Associates a decade ago. The Health Center was a dream of HP founder “Pat” Patillo of Atlanta when he began developing his family vacation ranch in the 1990s. In addition to maintaining a doctor in residence (Dr. Rojas) to attend to the medical needs of residents, guests and employees 24/7, the Center held its first annual Health Fair this year to serve the surrounding community with public health services (provided in conjunction with the Costa Rica Public Health System […]

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Parker Associates has over 30 years of expertise in the Florida Housing Market.

Best Florida Housing Markets

According to Realtor.com’s “Top 10 Turnaround Report,” based on Third Quarter 2011 data, the following six Florida markets are included as exhibiting the best positive year-over-year housing median price appreciation, inventory reductions and inventory age while also experiencing lower unemployment rates: Miami, Orlando, Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota-Bradenton, and Lakeland-Winter Haven. Most of these same markets were featured just three years ago as having the worst impacts in the nation from the Great Recession.  This report also notes that the number of foreign buyers purchasing homes in these markets increased from 10 percent in 2007 to 31 percent in 2011.

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Mobile Phone Internet Usage

There was this year a neat infographic highlighting statistics on how people are using mobile phones in 2011.  The infographic shows that over 1 billion of the worlds 4+ billion mobiles phones are now smartphones, and 3 billion are SMS enabled. In 2014, mobile internet usage will overtake desktop internet usage and already in 2011, more than 50% of all “local” searches are done from a mobile device. It is all part of a media blitz.  People are multitasking with their phones. 86% of mobile users are watching TV while using a mobile phone, 200+ million users access Facebook from a mobile device and 91% of all mobile internet use […]

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Jacksonville, Florida based website design and development experts PTC Computer Solutions new Client WorldFitEquip engages new website design.

PTC Computer Solutions Involved with New Client

PTC Computer Solutions has recently been retained to assist in the redesign and installment of Search Engine Optimization best practices on the web site for WorldFitEquip based out of Jacksonville Beach, Florida.  This will involve an extensive redesign and will put WorldFitEquip at the top of the Search Engine Listings across the world. If you have Search Engine Optimization needs or any online marketing questions, please contact David Parker at info@ptccomputersolutions.com or see our web site at www.ptccomputersolutions.com for more information.

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Cell Phone Usage Survey Results

PTC Computer Solutions conducted a survey of a random group of individuals to ascertain the types of services people are using their cell phones for.  PTC Computer Solutions makes research and demographics a significant part of their marketing strategies for all of their clients and this information was to assist in ascertaining the importance of the cell phone in the community as a whole.  There was no specific demographic cross-tabbing of the demographic to the usage or efforts to delineate between the demographic differentiators and the raw usage information, so it is important to note that this data is specifically for understanding what people are doing on a daily or […]

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Parker Associates has expertise in the Canadian Real Estate Development Market and Trends.

Oh Canada!

Marilynn and I frequently travel back to our homeland of Canada to visit friends and relatives. But, the impact of the recession restrained our travel habits, and our trip to eastern Ontario this month was our first experience in Canada since 2006.  We were amazed at the changes. Although our 12-day motor trip to and from the Buffalo airport only included the small portion of Canada encompassing the vast area of metropolitan Toronto, this is the sector of the country exhibiting the strongest impact from the growing economy.  Yes, while the United States became mired in economic distress, our neighbor to the north has maintained a steadily increasing economic growth […]

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Parker Associates is well versed on the world's infrastructure.

Infrastructure Disaster

For the past five years, the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young have sponsored an annual report on infrastructure in the United States and around the world.  The ULI then sends spokesman Ed McMahon to its regional meetings to summarize the report.  Ed is a great speaker and presents the dismal state of U.S. Infrastructure in piercing fashion with the aid of excellent data illustrated in clear graphics.  For those of us in the real estate development industry, his message is shocking. The condition of American infrastructure – roads, bridges, water lines, sewage treatment plants and dams serving the primary economic centers – is deplorable.  What’s worse is that […]

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