Financial

Chase Home Value Estimator

You might get a better home value estimate asking Chevy Chase his opinion than other online sources.
THE ACCURACY OF THE VALUATIONS ARE ESTIMATED BASED ON AVAILABLE DATA AND DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN APPRAISAL OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON IN LIEU OF UNDERWRITING OR AN APPRAISAL.”     – Chase on its own estimates

Chase customers can take advantage of home value comps reports offered online but as accurate as one from your local relatorbecause they’re done by a local agent.  Chase offers a home estimator on its website but even they call it an estimator.  When you’re talking about a purchase thats usually six figures you need a more accurate assessment of a home’s value as 5 – 10% off could cost you tens of thousands over the duration of your mortgage.

Chase’s estimator notes this on the page. They’re basically saying here is a guess but don’t put money on it being accurate.

Guessing Home Value

Zillow, Trulia all offer estimates on a home’s value with little context about the neighborhood or the home.  They rely on reports from open records but those aren’t even available in about half the states they cover.

You can have the accuracy of an agent created report with the ease of an online site today.  RealEstateCompsToday.comcan usually provide you with the information that Chase Home Estimator doesn’t have access too in a couple days.

The ordering process is fast and accurate comps start at around $5.  So before you chase home value get an agent report to know how much you’re chasing.

Chase Mortgage Home Value Estimate Challenge

A recent article on this very subject includes a mock home value search.  The challenge is before you accept the value provided by these automatic guessing sites, compare 3 or 4 other sites.  If you get a difference of more than 10% those tools failed your challenge and you should get an accurate home comp.

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Legal, Medical, Technology, Fitness and Business Mentor Partnerships

Mentors serve in every field and sometimes unlike professors or instructors these real world practitioners can offer insight into fields of study that can only be experienced.

University Sites, which operates several university themed sites, has partnered with several professionals in fields that are complementary with the majors and ambitions of student members.  We are working to make these mentors available to interested students.  These professionals include:[wpts_spin]

Legal

Chris Coffman an independent defense attorney practicing in Kentucky for nearly a decade.  Chris specializes in a range of legal fields ranging from criminal defense, Divorce Law and Business Contracts including Real Estate law.  His law site includes a Question and Answer tool for short and quick legal discussion.

Armand Judah a lawyer in Louisville, KY for forty years  who has experience in many fields including civil litigation, family law, divorce law, probate law and criminal defense.

Medical

Dr. Kim Murray a leading plastic surgeon in Florida who specializes in Rhinoplasty at his clinic in Miami.  Dr. Murray has managed to maintain time for his music interest while practicing for over a decade.

Nutrition Health and Fitness

Traci Danielson  is a popular health blogger who has written books on what makes us youthful and healthy past our twenties.  Traci’s diet and exercise tips  remain solid and true.  A spoiler alert, the worst thing you may be eating today for breakfast are those bagged fake eggs.

Entrepreneurism and Real Estate

Lori Greene is a Real Estate coach and partner with her sister offering home comparison reports online that include the convenience of large sites such as Zillow and Chase Home Value but provides a unique distinctive product using a network of local real estate agents to provide the most accurate home comps reports online.

Travel and Experiences

Burning Man has grown into an iconic event that tops many people’s bucket list.  Before you walk out into the desert you may need to understand what it takes to live in Black Rock City.   He may be one of the most interesting men to blog.  Brian Henry is your guide to Everything Burning Man, as a seasoned Burner he offers insights into the event, ticket process and costumes.

Information Technology Managed Services

Global Point works with other businesses providing IT consulting services on a range of needs including networking, cloud computing and disaster recovery.  Greg Zejer serves as our resident technologist there and brings technology management expertise from Sharepoint servers to contracted help desk teams.

Mentor Panel

The university sites will work to rotate these professionals through the various school sites and we anticipate being able to provide additional professionals to these student communities shortly.

To learn more about these professionals check out their sites and keep a watch out for our mentor’s hosted discussions with your student communities. [/wpts_spin]

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Louisville Real Estate Attorney Site – Chris Coffman

We had a little fun with the name I will admit that.  Honestly I wasn’t even aware that .rocks was a valid domain, it feels more like an 80s throwback which predates the internet.  With that said it is memorable and I’ve gone with it.

Chris Coffman is in fact an attorney in Louisville, KY whom I’ve known for twenty years.  Which is likely the only reason why he agreed to allow me to toss up a site in his name and SEO it.  Chris has been told over and over by the established attorneys in Louisville that a web site yields little result and that referrals are the means to gain clients.

I do not believe that is accurate.  Today, people find their spouse, music, work, pets and news online.  I do believe that if you fail to maintain a web site then sure, referrals are the only way a lawyer will attract clients.  If you only leave people with one avenue to reach you then that will be the way most people find you.  But it’s important to realize that people can not find you in ways that you neglect.  No profession or business is beyond the internet and even people looking for legal representation likely begin their search online.

Site To Serve As Case Study

So for that reason I’ve picked up a side project to build ChrisCoffman.rocks into a legal site that brings relevant clients and traffic.

Criminal Defense

Drug Charges both Possession and Trafficking 

Real Estate Contracts including Commercial Contracts and Business Law

Family Law

Divorce Law

Louisville Attorney Chris Coffman is now represented on chriscoffman.rocks if you’ve received a DUI or a traffic ticket you do need an attorney.  The justice system in Louisville, KY can either send you into a downhill tumble or you can be guided out of the trip falls.  The Jefferson County Attorney and his prosecutors don’t get elected for how much justice they seek, it is all about convictions.  You are just another notch in their crusade to keep Louisville’s jails overcrowded and to squeeze as much money out of anyone’s pocket that has the misfortune of finding themselves needing a defense.

If you’ve been hurt and are seeking damages from an insurance company you need a lawyer.  They have a lawyer and it is in their best interest to pay you as little as they have too.  Personal injury law is complicated and often they will take advantage of the situation if you lack an attorney.

Through this new site Louisville residents can book consultations with Chris, read about his work and even submit a question that Chris can answer on the site.  Check it out, Chris practices law in Kentucky and is often in Lexington, Frankfort and many other KY cities.

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Legal Site Launches To Teach A Lesson

We had a little fun with the name I will admit that.  Honestly I wasn’t even aware that .rocks was a valid domain, it feels more like an 80s throwback which predates the internet.  With that said it is memorable and I’ve gone with it.

Hall of Justice in Louisville, KY

Hall of Justice in Louisville, KY

Chris Coffman is in fact an attorney in Louisville, KY whom I’ve known for twenty years.  Which is likely the only reason why he agreed to allow me to toss up a site in his name and SEO it.  Chris has been told over and over by the established attorneys in Louisville that a web site yields little result and that referrals are the means to gain clients.

I do not believe that is accurate.  Today, people find their spouse, music, work, pets and news online.  I do believe that if you fail to maintain a web site then sure, referrals are the only way a lawyer will attract clients.  If you only leave people with one avenue to reach you then that will be the way most people find you.  But it’s important to realize that people can not find you in ways that you neglect.  No profession or business is beyond the internet and even people looking for legal representation likely begin their search online.

Site To Serve As Case Study

So for that reason I’ve picked up a side project to build ChrisCoffman.rocks into a legal site that brings relevant clients and traffic.

Criminal Defense

Drug Charges both Possession and Trafficking 

Real Estate Contracts including Commercial Contracts and Business Law

Family Law

Divorce Law

Louisville Attorney Chris Coffman is now represented on chriscoffman.rocks if you’ve received a DUI or a traffic ticket you do need an attorney.  The justice system in Louisville, KY can either send you into a downhill tumble or you can be guided out of the trip falls.  The Jefferson County Attorney and his prosecutors don’t get elected for how much justice they seek, it is all about convictions.  You are just another notch in their crusade to keep Louisville’s jails overcrowded and to squeeze as much money out of anyone’s pocket that has the misfortune of finding themselves needing a defense.

If you’ve been hurt and are seeking damages from an insurance company you need a lawyer.  They have a lawyer and it is in their best interest to pay you as little as they have too.  Personal injury law is complicated and often they will take advantage of the situation if you lack an attorney.

Jefferson County Judicial Center, Louisville KY

Jefferson County Judicial Center, Louisville KY

Through this new site Louisville residents can book consultations with Chris, read about his work and even submit a question that Chris can answer on the site.  Check it out, Chris practices law in Kentucky and is often in Lexington, Frankfort and many other KY cities.

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List of Cloud502 Web Hosting Addresses

Mostly as a test of this site and the RSS feeds here is a list of the sites administered and or owned by Cloud502.

Matt2.info
Some sites such as this one have no real intended public purpose. Many of the projects I do from Upwork present challenges that I must test outSome of these sites are simply use case studies or prototyping.

This is not a complete list.

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Global Point Offers Chicago IT Managed Services

Managed IT Services company in Chicago, IL.

Global Point LLC is the leading provider of computer network services and technology solutions for businesses in the Chicagoland area. Our Mission is to provide the infrastructure and technology tools your business needs allowing you to succeed at the highest levels. We have delivered excellent, cost-effective IT service to many satisfied customers. Global Point has been helping businesses like yours for over 10 years. Global Point LLC is the leading provider of computer network services and technology solutions for businesses in the Chicagoland area.

Website
http://www.globalpointllc.com/
Industry
Computer Networking
Company size
11-50 employees
Headquarters
Northbrook, IL
Type
Privately Held
Founded
2001
Specialties
Computer Networking, Computer Security, Server Maintenance and Support, Network Security, Technology Services, I.T. Consulting, Chicago IT Services, Chicago Tech Services, Chicago Information Technology, and Computer Services
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SoftBank’s Vision Fund says portfolio reached 65 companies so far

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Speculators pare U.S. 10-year T-note net shorts before Fed minutes

(Reuters) – Speculators’ net bearish bets on U.S. 10-year Treasury note futures fell a tad earlier this week before Federal Reserve’s release of minutes from its policy meeting last month, according to Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday.

The Treasuries market had stabilized earlier this week from heavy losses in the previous two weeks due to jitters about rising inflation and a faster pace of interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve.

The Fed’s record of its Sept. 25-26 meeting suggested a few policymakers are open to raising short-term interest rates above a “neutral” level as the economy has been growing faster than their forecast.

The latest minutes sparked a dramatic selloff in the money markets that caused a sharp spike in key short-term rates on Thursday. Bond yields however were buffered by safe-haven demand from losses on Wall Street.

The amount of speculators’ bearish, or short, positions in 10-year Treasury futures exceeded bullish, or long, positions by 615,970 contracts on Oct. 16, according to the CFTC’s latest Commitments of Traders data.

A week earlier, speculators held 622,422 net short positions in 10-year T-note futures.

In addition to the FOMC minutes, big swings in global equity prices and worries about Italy’s budget, Brexit negotiations and strained relations between United States and Saudi Arabia have stoked volatility in the bond market the latter part of this week, analysts said.

On Friday, benchmark 10-year Treasury yield ended up 2 basis points at 3.196 percent, holding below the 7-1/2 year high of 3.261 percent reached last week.

By investor groups, asset managers increased their net longs in 10-year T-notes to 987,547 contracts, while hedge funds raised their net 10-year T-note shorts to 833,471 contracts.

Bond dealers’ 10-year net shorts slipped to 231,145 from prior week’s 232,818, which was the highest level since late August, CFTC data showed.

Among other bond contracts, speculative net shorts in ultra bonds reached a record peak of 244,975 contracts on Tuesday.

On the other hand, speculators pared their T-bond net shorts to 103,937 contracts from previous week’s 138,382, which was the highest since June 2007.

Among interest rate futures, speculators rebuilt their net shorts in Eurodollar to 2.59 million contracts from 2.47 million contracts which were the fewest since late December.

They increased their net shorts in federal funds for first time in four weeks to 30,038 contracts.

Reporting by Richard Leong in New York; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Matthew Lewis

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ZF takes 35 percent stake in autonomous driving specialist ASAP

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen said on Friday it acquired a 35 percent stake in ASAP, a Germany-based maker of software and testing systems for autonomous driving applications and electric vehicles.

ASAP specializes in car-to-x communication, human-machine interfaces and electronic architecture and last year generated sales of 84 million euros. It employs 1,100 staff.

ZF’s Chief Executive Officer Wolf-Henning Scheider recently said ZF will invest about 12 billion euros in electromobility and autonomous driving over the next five years.

A purchase price for the ASAP stake was not disclosed.

Reporting by Arno Schuetze, editing by Riham Alkousaa

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Comcast says its fastest internet reaches more U.S. homes than any other provider

(Reuters) – Comcast Corp said on Thursday that its fastest-speed gigabit internet service now reaches more homes than any other provider in the United States after it completed rollout to nearly all 58 million homes and businesses it serves.

The milestone widens its greater coverage over telecoms rivals. Competitor Verizon Communications Inc races to deploy its next-generation 5G wireless service on mobile phones and in the home with speeds theoretically rivaling cable company products. Verizon launched its home internet 5G service in October, the first commercial offering of its kind in the United States.

Comcast’s high-speed internet business is one of its biggest contributors to revenue and profit as customers for its video services decline. The segment has helped prop up the media and communications conglomerate’s finances.

So-called cord cutters, many of whom continue to rely on broadband providers such as Comcast for internet services, have started defecting to video-streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Youtube TV for television programming.

That trend sparked a wave of media company mergers. Walt Disney Co struck a deal to buy 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion and AT&T Inc bought Time Warner for $85 billion, and both have vowed to build streaming video services for consumers looking for a lower-cost alternative to traditional pay television services.

Comcast lost to Disney on a bid to buy Fox this year but prevailed against Disney in an auction to buy satellite television broadcaster and media company Sky.

Reporting by Kenneth Li; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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