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    The most expensive Domain names in the world     You might be interested what investment some companies have made in buying a domain name. Have a look on the figures below-you’ll get an idea about the fortunes spent over a particular Domain Name. You can also check what the present Alexa Global Rank on each site (domain) is.Insurance.com was sold for $35.6 million in 2010Alexa Global Rank of insurance.com today is: 173,360*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/insurance.com http://www.vacationrentals.com was sold for $35 million in 2007Alexa Global Rank of vacationrentals.com today is:48,481*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/vacationrentals.com PrivateJet.com was sold for $30.18 million in 2012Alexa Global Rank of privatejet.com today is:2,645,838*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/privatejet.com Internet.com was sold for $18 million in 2009Alexa Global Rank of internet.com today is:154,941*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/internet.com 360.com was sold for $17 million in 2015Alexa Global Rank of 360.com today is:87*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/360.com Insure.com was sold for $16 million in 2009Alexa Global Rank of insure.com today is:68,915*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/insure.com Fund.com was sold for £9.99 million in 2008Alexa Global Rank of fund.com today is:2,355,773*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/fund.com Sex.com for was sold for $14 million in 2014Alexa Global Rank of sex.com today is:954*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/sex.com  Hotels.com was sold for $11 million in 2001Alexa Global Rank of hotels.com today is:573*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/hotels.com Porn.com was sold for $9.5 million in 2007Alexa Global Rank of porn.com today is:929*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/porn.com Porno.com was sold for $8.9 million in 2015Alexa Global Rank of porno.com today is:128,271*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/porno.com Fb.com was sold for $8.5 million in 2010Alexa Global Rank of fb.com today is:6,836*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/fb.com Business.com was sold for $7.5 million in 1999Alexa Global Rank of business.com today is:26,724*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/business.com Diamond.com was sold for $7.5 million in 2006Alexa Global Rank of diamond.com today is:2,810,617*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/diamond.com Beer.com was sold for $7 million in 2004Alexa Global Rank of beer.com today is:1,452,518*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/beer.com iCloud.com was sold for $6 million in 2011Alexa Global Rank of icloud.com today is: 334*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/icloud.com Israel.com for was sold for $5.88 million in 2008Alexa Global Rank of israel.com today is:3,230,837*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/israel.com Casino.com was sold for $5.5 million in 2003Alexa Global Rank of casino.com today is:20,146*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/casino.com Slots.com was sold for $5.5 million in 2010Alexa Global Rank of slots.com today is:3,308,428*http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/slots.com Toys.com - Toys 'R' Us was sold for $5.1 million in 2009Alexa Global Rank of toys.com today is: Unknownhttp://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/toys.com  *The given data is valid for 20th September, 2016 Click on the hyperlink below if you’d like to participate or to learn more about the campaign of Andres Kello http://www.therecordbreakingdomain.com/  Save Save
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    The list below is alphabetical and includes all significant (both- ocean and river) cruise lines of 21st  century.   AIDA Cruises https://www.aida.de/ The company offers cruises to North America, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Canary Islands, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Baltic Sea, Red Sea, Black Sea and Dubai.AIDA is one the brands, owned by Carnival Corporation. AmaWaterways http://www.amawaterways.com/ The company is a river cruise line that operates worldwide and offers various River cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa. AmaWaterways has gained the reputation of the premier river cruise line, operating on the world’s most scenic waterways. American Cruise Lines http://www.americancruiselines.com/ American Cruise Lines provides river cruising experience while exploring the historic waterways of the United States.The company owns a modern fleet of river boats and paddle wheelers. Avalon Waterwayshttp://www.avalonwaterways.com/ This cruise line was established in 2004 and offers luxurious river cruising & small-ship cruising in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Avalon Waterways is owned by the Lugano, Switzerland-based Globus family of brands, a family-owned tour operator. Azamara Club Cruises https://www.azamaraclubcruises.com/ The cruise line owns two mid-sized ships and offers luxury cruising, longer stays in ports, more overnights, and night touring.Azamara Club Cruises offers voyages to the following destinations : Mediterranean, Northern & Western Europe, Asia, the West Indies, Australia & New Zealand, and the Panama Canal, Central & North America. Azamara is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line http://www.bahamasparadisecruise.com/ The company owns one ship and offers 2-nights cruises from Florida to Bahamas.Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the only cruise line that provides you with the option of adding a two, four or six-night stay at a beach resort in Bahamas. Birka Cruiseshttps://www.birka.se/ The company owns one ship and apart of the short cruises between Stockholm and Mariehamn offers a number of weekend cruises during summer time, plus special cruises at Christmas and New Years Eve. Birka Line is a subsidiary to Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö. Carnival Cruise Lines http://www.carnival.com/ The company owns 24 ships and offers 3 to 16-day voyages to Europe, the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.Carnival Cruise Lines is owned by the largest cruise line in the world Carnival Corporation & plc. CDF Croisières de Francehttp://www.cdfcroisieresdefrance.com/ The company offer cruises in Mediterranean, Caribbean, the Atlantic and to the Norwegian Fjords.Most of the CDF (Croisières de France) cruises are all inclusive.The company is a subsidiary of Pullmantur Cruises (owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) catering to the French cruise market.French is the primary language used on board. Celebrity Cruises http://www.celebritycruises.com/ The company is voted among the top cruise lines in the world. Celebrity Cruises offers destinations such as Alaska, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada & New England, Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos, Hawaii, Panama Canal, South America, plus Transatlantic & Transpacific voyages . Celebrity Cruises is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Celestyal Cruises http://www.celestyalcruises.com/ The company offers cruises from Greece, Turkey and Cyprus , including destinations such as Santorini,Mykonos,Kusadasi,Athens,Syros,Kos,Ios,Samos,Cesme,Istanbul,Crete and many more. Celestyal Cruises (ex. Louis Cruises) is the fifth largest cruise operator in the world. Compagnie du Ponanthttp://en.ponant.com/ The company owns 6 small capacity vessels and operates yacht cruises.Compagnie du Ponant promises to its customers authentic experiences, mythical destinations and secret ports .The destinations include Latin America, Asia, Russia, Arctic, Mediterranean, Antarctica, the Pacific & Oceania, Alaska, Northern Europe & the Baltic, Caribbean Adriatic, Africa and ocean voyages. Costa Cruiseshttp://www.costacruise.com/ The Italian cruise company’s destinations include Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, South East Asia and South America. Costa Crociere S.p.A. offers cruises for adults, young people, couples, families, honeymooners, singles, groups of friends and businesses.The brand is under the control of Carnival Corporation & plc . Cruise & Maritime Voyages http://www.cruiseandmaritime.com/ The company is a privately owned cruise line that offers various ocean and river cruises. The company promises to its customers a traditional British Cruise experience onboard of small and mid-sized ships. Cruise & Maritime Voyages has a fleet of four ocean-going and two river-going ships and operates no fly cruises from a choice of 8 UK ports. CroisiEuropehttp://www.croisieurope.com/ With a large fleet of vessels, the family-owned company is one of the pioneers in the river’s cruises and considered as the largest and most experienced river cruise line in Europe. CroisiEurope promotes coastal, river and canal cruises on all of most popular rivers in Europe and also traveling up the Mekong River. Crystal Cruiseshttp://www.crystalcruises.com/ The American luxury cruise line operates eight medium-sized, high-end ships and offers various ocean and river cruises worldwide. The destinations include Africa,Alaska,Antarctica,Australia,Carribean,Europe,Hawaii,South Pacific & Pacific Coast,Mediterranean,Mexican Riviera,Middle East,New England & Canada,Panama Canal,New Zealand,Seychelles,Latin America. Crystal Cruises also promotes trans-ocean and world cruises. The company is owned by Genting Hong Kong. Cunard Line http://www.cunard.com The British-American Cunard Line, owned by Carnival Corporation & plc is one of the pioneers in the luxury cruising. The company offers its customers enchanting and elegant cruising experience.Cunard’s unique fleet serves not only the traditional transatlantic sailings, but an impressive set of destinations and itineraries all over the world. Disney Cruise Line https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/ DCL or Disney Cruise Line propose worldwide itineraries including Alaska, Bahamas, California Coast, Canadian Coast, Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Transatlantic cruises. The four ships of the fleet are great for a family vacation and as the brand advertises them - you can find “Something For Everyone” onboard. Disney Cruise Line is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. European Waterwayshttp://www.gobarging.com/ The company provides slow paced cruise vacations on some of the most beautiful inland waterways in Europe, onboard on luxury hotel barges. The customers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the gastronomy, culture and history of the visited places onboard of the various sizes’ vessels, which can accommodate between 6 and 20 passengers. European Waterways operates a fleet of 17 vessels. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lineshttp://www.fredolsencruises.com/ The Norwegian-owned company promotes a large number of worldwide destinations. The fleet of five ships sails to Africa, Asia, Australasia, Oceania, Europe, North America & Caribbean, plus South and Central America.Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers various cruises from different UK ports.Amongst the packages available for the customers can be found: Adult Only Cruises, Single Cruise Offers, River Cruises, Mini Cruises, Norwegian Fjords Cruises and many more. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines headquarters are located in Ipswich, United Kingdom. Hapag-Lloyd Cruiseshttp://www.hl-cruises.com/ The Germany-based company owns four ships and the announced itineraries include the Middle East, Asia, Antarctic, the Eastern & Western Mediterranean, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the North and Baltic seas, Central and South America, the Pacific coasts and the South Seas.Along with the mentioned Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offer grand adventures and breathtaking experiences onboard their smaller expedition ships. The Themed cruises, Golf Cruises, Gourmet Cruises, Music cruises, Family Cruises, Event Cruises are other options, promoted by the brand. Holland America Line http://www.hollandamerica.com/ Holland America Line’s fleet consist  of fifteen ships and offers more than five hundred cruises to 350 ports in more than hundred countries, territories or dependencies.The company is one of the pioneers and indisputable leaders in the cruise industry. The customers can choose from different itineraries, varying from 2-days to 110-days and  have a chance to visit all continents.The promoted highlights include South America, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, and Asia voyages,a Grand World Voyage plus popular sailings to a range of ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and /New England, Europe, and Panama Canal. Holland America Line is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. Hurtigruten https://www.hurtigruten.com/ The Norwegian reputable brand is one the oldest companies in the world who operate daily passenger and freight shipping services. Hurtigruten also offers to the customers voyages around Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, South America , Europe, and Transatlantic cruises. The company’s fleet is presented by fourteen vessels of various sizes. The highlighted explorer voyages include trips to the beautiful Norwegian coasts, Brazil, Uruguay, Cape Verde and many others. Lindblad / National Geographichttps://www.expeditions.com/http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/ The symbiosis between the two experts in the adventures and the expeditions-the National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions provide the customers with the chance to join extraordinary, small-ships journeys to some of the world's most remote and spectacular places, without sacrificing comfort. The alliance now operates hundreds of trips around all seven continents and more than 60 destinations every year.The fleet consists of six intimately-scaled and nimble expedition ships, allowing the guests to reach authentic, remote places and capitals of culture. Mano Maritimehttp://www.mano.co.il/ The Israeli company offers a range of cruises from Israel to a number of attractive locations in Europe. Mano Maritime owns two mid-sized passengers vessels .The customers can choose from two to twelve days cruises and the destinations include Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Greek Islands, Malta and Italy. MSC Cruiseshttp://www.msccruises.com/ The fourth-largest cruise company in the world is also the world's largest privately owned one. MSC Cruises is today the market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, Brazil and South Africa. MSC Cruises sails year-round in the Mediterranean and offers a wide range of seasonal itineraries in Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Sir Bani Yas, Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, Cuba and Antilles, South America, South Africa. MSC Cruises is part of MSC (the Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.)-one of the biggest container shipping operators in the world.   Norwegian Cruise Line https://www.ncl.com/ An innovator in the cruise travel business Norwegian Cruise Line promotes the Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving the customers more freedom and flexibility. The guests can choose between the fourteen ships owned by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).The offered destinations include Hawaii, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Panama Canal, the Mexican Riviera, South America, Alaska, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, the Bahamas. As many other companies do, NCL also offers transatlantic cruises.The worldwide operating cruise line is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has also offices in Europe. Oceania Cruises https://www.oceaniacruises.com/ Oceania Cruises owns six luxury cruise vessels and offer to the guests a spectacular array of diverse and exotic places. The itineraries include destinations such as South Pacific & Tahiti, Mediterranean, South America, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Asia, Africa, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Canada & New England, the Baltics, Scandinavia.The company is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.   P&O Cruises http://www.pocruises.com/ Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc., P&O Cruises is the oldest cruise line in the world.The fleet of the British-American company serve worldwide and amongst the offered to the clients destinations are Africa, Asia & Orient, Australasia, the Baltic, Canary Islands, Caribbean, Central America, the European city breaks, East Mediterranean, the Fjords & Iceland, Iberia, Indian Ocean, Panama Canal, South America, South Pacific, North America and West Mediterranean.The eight ships of the cruise line visit many famous destinations such as Amsterdam, Bruges, Barcelona , Bilbao, Lisbon, Monte Carlo, Rome, St Petersburg, Venice .The famous brand is promoted as best for guests “who love new experiences, a sociable atmosphere and a sense of occasion”.   P&O Cruises Australia https://www.pocruises.com.au/ The Australia's largest fleet offers a large number of ports in Australia and New Zealand, but these are not the only destinations. The ships of the brand also visit Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Tasmania, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and many other exotic places in the South Pacific. There are various cruises advertised for the adventurers, the explorers and the lovers of idyllic remote beaches. The guests who like to party can enjoy the organized onboard various activities.P&O Cruises Australia is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. Paul Gauguin Cruises http://www.pgcruises.com/ Paul Gauguin Cruises offers exotic voyages and operates one luxurious cruise ship which sails year-round .The promoted destinations include Tahiti, the South Pacific, and Fiji.The brand is owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C. - the leader in French Polynesia luxury destination resorts. Phoenix Reisenhttp://www.phoenixreisen.com/ The German company operates a fleet of four vessels and suggests to its customers a variety of sea and river cruises. Phoenix Reisen offers many selected routes to and around Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Indonesia, Caribbean, Mediterranean, New Zealand, Baltic, Panama Canal, and Thailand. In addition to the ocean cruises Phoenix offers river cruises across Europe, Russia, Asia and Africa. The exotic rivers and coastal regions you can visit with Phoenix Reisen include Nile, Amazon, Yangtze, Mekong or the Gambia River. Poseidon Expeditionshttp://poseidonexpeditions.com/ The company is one of the leading providers of polar expeditions in the cruise industry.Poseidon Expeditions deliver luxury expedition cruises aboard specially equipped for the purpose- icebreakers and ice-strengthened vessels.The exotic areas offered to the guests include Antarctic, the North Pole, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Spitsbergen, Russian Far East-Kamchatka, Kuril Islands, Wrangel Island. Princess Cruiseshttp://www.princess.com/ Princess Cruises operates its large fleet - various by sizes and classes ships worldwide and apart of the promoted World Cruises, the other highlights s are Alaska, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, California & Pacific Coastal, Canada & New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Japan, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, South Pacific. The famous brand offers different choices for its passengers including the Getaways-cruises from three to five days.The company is part of Holland America Group and one of the cruise ship brands owned by the world's largest cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation & plc. Pullmantur Cruises http://www.pullmantur.es/ The largest Spain-based cruise line is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.The cruises advertised by Pullmantur include Mediterranean, Caribbean, Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Northern Europe, Greek Islands, Transatlantic .The Spanish brand also presents its Special Cruises. The guests can book all inclusive packages if preferred. The fleet consists of four mid-sized vessels and amongst the visited destinations are Salvador de Bahía, Hellesylt, Helsinki, Marseille, La Guaira, Rostock and many others “must-see” spots. Quark Expeditions http://www.quarkexpeditions.com/ One of the leaders in expedition cruising and the polar adventures, Quark operates small comfortable expedition vessels, authentic icebreakers and a small exploration boat, each with a capacity fewer than 200 passengers. The ships of Quark Expeditions can reach the most isolated and breathtaking wilderness areas on the planet-the Arctic or Antarctica, the wilds of the Galapagos Islands and many others, providing safe transfers from ship to shore, allowing the passengers to enjoy the comfort and see some of the world’s most remote places. The headquarters of the company, owned by TUI Travel are based in Seattle, USA. Regent Seven Seas Cruises http://www.rssc.com/ One of the world's top-rated leaders in the luxury cruising.The ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises provide a limited number of guests aboard, plus the 6-star standard of cruising excellence, combined with exciting opportunities for discovery around the world.The fleet of Regent Seven Seas consist of four All-Inclusive vessels with a capacity from 490 to 750 passengers and the promoted luxury cruises include World Cruise, Africa, India, Alaska, Asia, Pacific, Canada and New England, Caribbean region, Panama Canal, Grand Crossings, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America.The brand is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Royal Caribbean Internationalhttp://www.royalcaribbean.com The based in Miami cruise line owns one of the largest fleets of passengers vessels in the world. The 25 exceptional cruise ships offer ocean voyages, amazing variety of family adventures, thrilling activities, spectacular entertainment, mouth-watering dining, comfortable accommodation and sailings to more than 260 cruise destinations all over the world. The promoted regions include Asia, Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, South America, Canada, Alaska, Dubai, Mediterranean, and Northern Europe. The brand is property of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. which is the world’s second largest cruise line after Carnival Corporation. Saga Cruiseshttp://travel.saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises.aspx A division of the Saga Group, Saga Cruises is a British-based cruise line.The two ships owned by the company are with capacities of 449 and 720 guests respectively. The promoted ocean cruise regions include the Americas, Baltic, British Isles, Ireland, Canaries, Caribbean, Europe, Iceland, Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, Norway and Scandinavia. Seabourn Cruise Linehttp://www.seabourn.com/ The luxury cruise line Seabourn pioneered small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising and operates all around the world, from short seven days cruises to exotic 100+ day cruises. The fleet of four intimate, all-suite ships carries between 450 and 600 guests each and sail to the world’s most desirable destinations, providing "unique style of travel" experience to its customers. The ships of Seabourn attract "accomplished people who enjoy traveling well, and sharing fun and adventures with other interesting people".Seabourn Cruise Line is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and it is owned by Carnival Corporation, which also includes Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Carnival Cruises, P&O Cruises, Holland America Line, AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises. Sea Cloud Cruiseshttp://www.seacloud.com/ The German company from Hamburg, Sea Cloud Cruises operates two traditionally rigged tall ships. One of the vessels enchants romantics and nostalgic, while the other combines two exciting worlds by offering both the authentic and the exclusive sailing experience. The two hand-sailed windjammers cruise the world's finest sailing waters. Amongst the highlighted areas promoted by the brand are the Caribbean, Central America, Northern and Southern Europe.   SeaDream Yacht Clubhttp://www.seadream.com/ The Norway-based, family owned company SeaDream Yacht Club operates two innovative cruising mega yachts. “It’s Yachting, Not Cruising” is the motto of the brand. The both yachts, providing unprecedented levels of luxury and service sail in the Mediterranean Sea and the Caribbean. The guests onboard can enjoy ocean view in all cabins, a pool, a Spa, a Golf simulator and many other tempting pleasures. Silversea Cruiseshttp://www.silversea.com/ Based in Monaco, Silversea Cruises is a privately owned luxury cruise line. The company operates ten small ultra-luxury ships. Apart of the announced Grand Voyage or World Cruise the customers are offered the opportunities to explore the 7 continents and over 800 fascinating destinations, provided by the all-inclusive voyages. Star Cruiseshttp://www.starcruises.com/ Star Cruises is the third largest cruise line in the world. The company dominates the Asia Pacific market and amongst the highlighted destinations, proposed to the customers are China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The Star Cruises’ fleet consists of six vessels which combine a fine mix of business and pleasure. Star Cruises offer flexibility for a family vacation and business meetings at an affordable cost.Star Cruises is owned by Genting Hong Kong. Swan Hellenichttp://www.swanhellenic.com/ Swan Hellenic is a luxurious British cruise line, part of All Leisure Holidays Ltd. The cruises in comfort and style onboard the ship with a capacity of up to 350 passengers include Mediterranean, Black Sea, North Africa, Central America, South America, the Caribbean. The Majestic Linehttp://www.themajesticline.co.uk/ This company owns 4 three mini-cruise vessels with accommodation for up to 12 passengers and promotes the opportunity to visit Argyll and the Hebrides, Islay, Skye, the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda and the Small Isles. The Majestic Line offers three or six nights cruises for some of the destinations and six or ten days cruises for the others.   Thomson Cruiseshttp://www.thomson.co.uk/cruise/ Thomson Cruises operates a fleet of five vessels and offers to its customers a wide range of destinations and inclusive services onboard. Some of the destinations promoted by the brand include Central America, the Caribbean, Canary Islands, the Atlantic, Fjords, Iceland, the Arctic, United Kingdom, Northern Europe, Baltics, North Africa, Middle East, Eastern and Western Mediterranean. The guests have the chance to book a trip to many other exotic spots, such as Cuba.The British cruise line is operated by Thomson, a subsidiary of TUI Group. TransOcean Cruiseshttps://transocean.de/ The German company stands for a highly convenient way of traveling on the water - on the world seas or the most beautiful rivers and famous canals in Europe. Transocean Tours operates two ocean-going and four river-class stylish ships. The announced top destinations offered by the brand include North and Baltic seas, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, UK, Ireland, Western Europe, the Mediterranean and  more. TUI Cruiseshttps://tuicruises.com/ A joint venture of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG, TUI Cruises is promoted exclusively on the German market. The brand presents premium cruise experience, custom-tailored for the German customers' tastes and its fleet consists of five vessels.TUI Cruises provides an exotic variety of dream destinations worldwide. Uniworld River Cruises http://www.uniworld.com/ The atmosphere on board of one of the nineteen boutique type ships is different than on any other vessel.The unique, all-inclusive, luxury, river sailing ships of Uniworld proffer to their guests the most spectacular destinations in Europe,Vietnam, India, Cambodia,Russia, China and Egypt. Un-Cruise Adventureshttps://www.un-cruise.com/ The Un-Cruise promotes the combined experiences of adventure travel on yachts and small ships cruising. “Unrushed. Uncrowded. Unbelievable.”Alaska, Mexico's Sea of Cortes, Pacific Northwest, Galapagos, Hawaiian Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia and Snake Rivers are some of the hidden wonders to be explored. The guests aboard the various vessels will enjoy a raw beauty, active adventures, wildlife, history and authentic cultures. Viking Cruiseshttp://www.vikingcruises.com/ Viking Cruises operates a fleet of river cruising vessels and ocean going ships.The river cruise division is the world’s largest river cruise line and offers cruises along the rivers of Europe, Russia, China and Egypt.Both of the product lines - Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises offer destination-focused itineraries that are mix of cosmopolitan and smaller ports of interest. The schedules are specifically designed to offer more time in port and including late evening stays or overnights to take advantage of the night  life. The highlighted ocean cruises include Baltic and Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean and North America.The main headquarters of the company are located in Switzerland. Windstar Cruiseshttp://www.windstarcruises.com/ Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of six small luxury sailing yachts and power yachts, each with a capacity between 148 and 310 passengers.Windstar’s themed voyages offer the guests intimate access to some of the world's most exclusive destinations and events - Monte Carlo’s Grand Prix, the Europe’s best seafood in Spain’s Galicia region or the world-famous wines in Bordeaux .The other highlighted gems include the Greek Isles, Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Turkey, Italy, Caribbean, Tahiti, Costa Rica and Panama Canal.  
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  • The list below is alphabetical and includes all significant (both- ocean and river) cruise lines of 21st  century.   AIDA Cruises https://www.aida.de/ The company offers cruises to North America, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Canary Islands, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Baltic Sea, Red Sea, Black Sea and Dubai.AIDA is one the brands, owned by Carnival Corporation. AmaWaterways http://www.amawaterways.com/ The company is a river cruise line that operates worldwide and offers various River cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa. AmaWaterways has gained the reputation of the premier river cruise line, operating on the world’s most scenic waterways. American Cruise Lines http://www.americancruiselines.com/ American Cruise Lines provides river cruising experience while exploring the historic waterways of the United States.The company owns a modern fleet of river boats and paddle wheelers. Avalon Waterwayshttp://www.avalonwaterways.com/ This cruise line was established in 2004 and offers luxurious river cruising & small-ship cruising in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Avalon Waterways is owned by the Lugano, Switzerland-based Globus family of brands, a family-owned tour operator. Azamara Club Cruises https://www.azamaraclubcruises.com/ The cruise line owns two mid-sized ships and offers luxury cruising, longer stays in ports, more overnights, and night touring.Azamara Club Cruises offers voyages to the following destinations : Mediterranean, Northern & Western Europe, Asia, the West Indies, Australia & New Zealand, and the Panama Canal, Central & North America. Azamara is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line http://www.bahamasparadisecruise.com/ The company owns one ship and offers 2-nights cruises from Florida to Bahamas.Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the only cruise line that provides you with the option of adding a two, four or six-night stay at a beach resort in Bahamas. Birka Cruiseshttps://www.birka.se/ The company owns one ship and apart of the short cruises between Stockholm and Mariehamn offers a number of weekend cruises during summer time, plus special cruises at Christmas and New Years Eve. Birka Line is a subsidiary to Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö. Carnival Cruise Lines http://www.carnival.com/ The company owns 24 ships and offers 3 to 16-day voyages to Europe, the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.Carnival Cruise Lines is owned by the largest cruise line in the world Carnival Corporation & plc. CDF Croisières de Francehttp://www.cdfcroisieresdefrance.com/ The company offer cruises in Mediterranean, Caribbean, the Atlantic and to the Norwegian Fjords.Most of the CDF (Croisières de France) cruises are all inclusive.The company is a subsidiary of Pullmantur Cruises (owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) catering to the French cruise market.French is the primary language used on board. Celebrity Cruises http://www.celebritycruises.com/ The company is voted among the top cruise lines in the world. Celebrity Cruises offers destinations such as Alaska, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada & New England, Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos, Hawaii, Panama Canal, South America, plus Transatlantic & Transpacific voyages . Celebrity Cruises is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Celestyal Cruises http://www.celestyalcruises.com/ The company offers cruises from Greece, Turkey and Cyprus , including destinations such as Santorini,Mykonos,Kusadasi,Athens,Syros,Kos,Ios,Samos,Cesme,Istanbul,Crete and many more. Celestyal Cruises (ex. Louis Cruises) is the fifth largest cruise operator in the world. Compagnie du Ponanthttp://en.ponant.com/ The company owns 6 small capacity vessels and operates yacht cruises.Compagnie du Ponant promises to its customers authentic experiences, mythical destinations and secret ports .The destinations include Latin America, Asia, Russia, Arctic, Mediterranean, Antarctica, the Pacific & Oceania, Alaska, Northern Europe & the Baltic, Caribbean Adriatic, Africa and ocean voyages. Costa Cruiseshttp://www.costacruise.com/ The Italian cruise company’s destinations include Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, South East Asia and South America. Costa Crociere S.p.A. offers cruises for adults, young people, couples, families, honeymooners, singles, groups of friends and businesses.The brand is under the control of Carnival Corporation & plc . Cruise & Maritime Voyages http://www.cruiseandmaritime.com/ The company is a privately owned cruise line that offers various ocean and river cruises. The company promises to its customers a traditional British Cruise experience onboard of small and mid-sized ships. Cruise & Maritime Voyages has a fleet of four ocean-going and two river-going ships and operates no fly cruises from a choice of 8 UK ports. CroisiEuropehttp://www.croisieurope.com/ With a large fleet of vessels, the family-owned company is one of the pioneers in the river’s cruises and considered as the largest and most experienced river cruise line in Europe. CroisiEurope promotes coastal, river and canal cruises on all of most popular rivers in Europe and also traveling up the Mekong River. Crystal Cruiseshttp://www.crystalcruises.com/ The American luxury cruise line operates eight medium-sized, high-end ships and offers various ocean and river cruises worldwide. The destinations include Africa,Alaska,Antarctica,Australia,Carribean,Europe,Hawaii,South Pacific & Pacific Coast,Mediterranean,Mexican Riviera,Middle East,New England & Canada,Panama Canal,New Zealand,Seychelles,Latin America. Crystal Cruises also promotes trans-ocean and world cruises. The company is owned by Genting Hong Kong. Cunard Line http://www.cunard.com The British-American Cunard Line, owned by Carnival Corporation & plc is one of the pioneers in the luxury cruising. The company offers its customers enchanting and elegant cruising experience.Cunard’s unique fleet serves not only the traditional transatlantic sailings, but an impressive set of destinations and itineraries all over the world. Disney Cruise Line https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/ DCL or Disney Cruise Line propose worldwide itineraries including Alaska, Bahamas, California Coast, Canadian Coast, Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Transatlantic cruises. The four ships of the fleet are great for a family vacation and as the brand advertises them - you can find “Something For Everyone” onboard. Disney Cruise Line is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. European Waterwayshttp://www.gobarging.com/ The company provides slow paced cruise vacations on some of the most beautiful inland waterways in Europe, onboard on luxury hotel barges. The customers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the gastronomy, culture and history of the visited places onboard of the various sizes’ vessels, which can accommodate between 6 and 20 passengers. European Waterways operates a fleet of 17 vessels. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lineshttp://www.fredolsencruises.com/ The Norwegian-owned company promotes a large number of worldwide destinations. The fleet of five ships sails to Africa, Asia, Australasia, Oceania, Europe, North America & Caribbean, plus South and Central America.Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers various cruises from different UK ports.Amongst the packages available for the customers can be found: Adult Only Cruises, Single Cruise Offers, River Cruises, Mini Cruises, Norwegian Fjords Cruises and many more. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines headquarters are located in Ipswich, United Kingdom. Hapag-Lloyd Cruiseshttp://www.hl-cruises.com/ The Germany-based company owns four ships and the announced itineraries include the Middle East, Asia, Antarctic, the Eastern & Western Mediterranean, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the North and Baltic seas, Central and South America, the Pacific coasts and the South Seas.Along with the mentioned Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offer grand adventures and breathtaking experiences onboard their smaller expedition ships. The Themed cruises, Golf Cruises, Gourmet Cruises, Music cruises, Family Cruises, Event Cruises are other options, promoted by the brand. Holland America Line http://www.hollandamerica.com/ Holland America Line’s fleet consist  of fifteen ships and offers more than five hundred cruises to 350 ports in more than hundred countries, territories or dependencies.The company is one of the pioneers and indisputable leaders in the cruise industry. The customers can choose from different itineraries, varying from 2-days to 110-days and  have a chance to visit all continents.The promoted highlights include South America, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, and Asia voyages,a Grand World Voyage plus popular sailings to a range of ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and /New England, Europe, and Panama Canal. Holland America Line is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. Hurtigruten https://www.hurtigruten.com/ The Norwegian reputable brand is one the oldest companies in the world who operate daily passenger and freight shipping services. Hurtigruten also offers to the customers voyages around Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, South America , Europe, and Transatlantic cruises. The company’s fleet is presented by fourteen vessels of various sizes. The highlighted explorer voyages include trips to the beautiful Norwegian coasts, Brazil, Uruguay, Cape Verde and many others. Lindblad / National Geographichttps://www.expeditions.com/http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/ The symbiosis between the two experts in the adventures and the expeditions-the National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions provide the customers with the chance to join extraordinary, small-ships journeys to some of the world's most remote and spectacular places, without sacrificing comfort. The alliance now operates hundreds of trips around all seven continents and more than 60 destinations every year.The fleet consists of six intimately-scaled and nimble expedition ships, allowing the guests to reach authentic, remote places and capitals of culture. Mano Maritimehttp://www.mano.co.il/ The Israeli company offers a range of cruises from Israel to a number of attractive locations in Europe. Mano Maritime owns two mid-sized passengers vessels .The customers can choose from two to twelve days cruises and the destinations include Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Greek Islands, Malta and Italy. MSC Cruiseshttp://www.msccruises.com/ The fourth-largest cruise company in the world is also the world's largest privately owned one. MSC Cruises is today the market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, Brazil and South Africa. MSC Cruises sails year-round in the Mediterranean and offers a wide range of seasonal itineraries in Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Sir Bani Yas, Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, Cuba and Antilles, South America, South Africa. MSC Cruises is part of MSC (the Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.)-one of the biggest container shipping operators in the world.   Norwegian Cruise Line https://www.ncl.com/ An innovator in the cruise travel business Norwegian Cruise Line promotes the Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving the customers more freedom and flexibility. The guests can choose between the fourteen ships owned by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).The offered destinations include Hawaii, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Panama Canal, the Mexican Riviera, South America, Alaska, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, the Bahamas. As many other companies do, NCL also offers transatlantic cruises.The worldwide operating cruise line is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has also offices in Europe. Oceania Cruises https://www.oceaniacruises.com/ Oceania Cruises owns six luxury cruise vessels and offer to the guests a spectacular array of diverse and exotic places. The itineraries include destinations such as South Pacific & Tahiti, Mediterranean, South America, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Asia, Africa, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Canada & New England, the Baltics, Scandinavia.The company is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.   P&O Cruises http://www.pocruises.com/ Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc., P&O Cruises is the oldest cruise line in the world.The fleet of the British-American company serve worldwide and amongst the offered to the clients destinations are Africa, Asia & Orient, Australasia, the Baltic, Canary Islands, Caribbean, Central America, the European city breaks, East Mediterranean, the Fjords & Iceland, Iberia, Indian Ocean, Panama Canal, South America, South Pacific, North America and West Mediterranean.The eight ships of the cruise line visit many famous destinations such as Amsterdam, Bruges, Barcelona , Bilbao, Lisbon, Monte Carlo, Rome, St Petersburg, Venice .The famous brand is promoted as best for guests “who love new experiences, a sociable atmosphere and a sense of occasion”.   P&O Cruises Australia https://www.pocruises.com.au/ The Australia's largest fleet offers a large number of ports in Australia and New Zealand, but these are not the only destinations. The ships of the brand also visit Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Tasmania, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and many other exotic places in the South Pacific. There are various cruises advertised for the adventurers, the explorers and the lovers of idyllic remote beaches. The guests who like to party can enjoy the organized onboard various activities.P&O Cruises Australia is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. Paul Gauguin Cruises http://www.pgcruises.com/ Paul Gauguin Cruises offers exotic voyages and operates one luxurious cruise ship which sails year-round .The promoted destinations include Tahiti, the South Pacific, and Fiji.The brand is owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C. - the leader in French Polynesia luxury destination resorts. Phoenix Reisenhttp://www.phoenixreisen.com/ The German company operates a fleet of four vessels and suggests to its customers a variety of sea and river cruises. Phoenix Reisen offers many selected routes to and around Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Indonesia, Caribbean, Mediterranean, New Zealand, Baltic, Panama Canal, and Thailand. In addition to the ocean cruises Phoenix offers river cruises across Europe, Russia, Asia and Africa. The exotic rivers and coastal regions you can visit with Phoenix Reisen include Nile, Amazon, Yangtze, Mekong or the Gambia River. Poseidon Expeditionshttp://poseidonexpeditions.com/ The company is one of the leading providers of polar expeditions in the cruise industry.Poseidon Expeditions deliver luxury expedition cruises aboard specially equipped for the purpose- icebreakers and ice-strengthened vessels.The exotic areas offered to the guests include Antarctic, the North Pole, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Spitsbergen, Russian Far East-Kamchatka, Kuril Islands, Wrangel Island. Princess Cruiseshttp://www.princess.com/ Princess Cruises operates its large fleet - various by sizes and classes ships worldwide and apart of the promoted World Cruises, the other highlights s are Alaska, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, California & Pacific Coastal, Canada & New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Japan, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, South Pacific. The famous brand offers different choices for its passengers including the Getaways-cruises from three to five days.The company is part of Holland America Group and one of the cruise ship brands owned by the world's largest cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation & plc. Pullmantur Cruises http://www.pullmantur.es/ The largest Spain-based cruise line is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.The cruises advertised by Pullmantur include Mediterranean, Caribbean, Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Northern Europe, Greek Islands, Transatlantic .The Spanish brand also presents its Special Cruises. The guests can book all inclusive packages if preferred. The fleet consists of four mid-sized vessels and amongst the visited destinations are Salvador de Bahía, Hellesylt, Helsinki, Marseille, La Guaira, Rostock and many others “must-see” spots. Quark Expeditions http://www.quarkexpeditions.com/ One of the leaders in expedition cruising and the polar adventures, Quark operates small comfortable expedition vessels, authentic icebreakers and a small exploration boat, each with a capacity fewer than 200 passengers. The ships of Quark Expeditions can reach the most isolated and breathtaking wilderness areas on the planet-the Arctic or Antarctica, the wilds of the Galapagos Islands and many others, providing safe transfers from ship to shore, allowing the passengers to enjoy the comfort and see some of the world’s most remote places. The headquarters of the company, owned by TUI Travel are based in Seattle, USA. Regent Seven Seas Cruises http://www.rssc.com/ One of the world's top-rated leaders in the luxury cruising.The ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises provide a limited number of guests aboard, plus the 6-star standard of cruising excellence, combined with exciting opportunities for discovery around the world.The fleet of Regent Seven Seas consist of four All-Inclusive vessels with a capacity from 490 to 750 passengers and the promoted luxury cruises include World Cruise, Africa, India, Alaska, Asia, Pacific, Canada and New England, Caribbean region, Panama Canal, Grand Crossings, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America.The brand is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Royal Caribbean Internationalhttp://www.royalcaribbean.com The based in Miami cruise line owns one of the largest fleets of passengers vessels in the world. The 25 exceptional cruise ships offer ocean voyages, amazing variety of family adventures, thrilling activities, spectacular entertainment, mouth-watering dining, comfortable accommodation and sailings to more than 260 cruise destinations all over the world. The promoted regions include Asia, Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, South America, Canada, Alaska, Dubai, Mediterranean, and Northern Europe. The brand is property of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. which is the world’s second largest cruise line after Carnival Corporation. Saga Cruiseshttp://travel.saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises.aspx A division of the Saga Group, Saga Cruises is a British-based cruise line.The two ships owned by the company are with capacities of 449 and 720 guests respectively. The promoted ocean cruise regions include the Americas, Baltic, British Isles, Ireland, Canaries, Caribbean, Europe, Iceland, Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, Norway and Scandinavia. Seabourn Cruise Linehttp://www.seabourn.com/ The luxury cruise line Seabourn pioneered small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising and operates all around the world, from short seven days cruises to exotic 100+ day cruises. The fleet of four intimate, all-suite ships carries between 450 and 600 guests each and sail to the world’s most desirable destinations, providing "unique style of travel" experience to its customers. The ships of Seabourn attract "accomplished people who enjoy traveling well, and sharing fun and adventures with other interesting people".Seabourn Cruise Line is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and it is owned by Carnival Corporation, which also includes Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Carnival Cruises, P&O Cruises, Holland America Line, AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises. Sea Cloud Cruiseshttp://www.seacloud.com/ The German company from Hamburg, Sea Cloud Cruises operates two traditionally rigged tall ships. One of the vessels enchants romantics and nostalgic, while the other combines two exciting worlds by offering both the authentic and the exclusive sailing experience. The two hand-sailed windjammers cruise the world's finest sailing waters. Amongst the highlighted areas promoted by the brand are the Caribbean, Central America, Northern and Southern Europe.   SeaDream Yacht Clubhttp://www.seadream.com/ The Norway-based, family owned company SeaDream Yacht Club operates two innovative cruising mega yachts. “It’s Yachting, Not Cruising” is the motto of the brand. The both yachts, providing unprecedented levels of luxury and service sail in the Mediterranean Sea and the Caribbean. The guests onboard can enjoy ocean view in all cabins, a pool, a Spa, a Golf simulator and many other tempting pleasures. Silversea Cruiseshttp://www.silversea.com/ Based in Monaco, Silversea Cruises is a privately owned luxury cruise line. The company operates ten small ultra-luxury ships. Apart of the announced Grand Voyage or World Cruise the customers are offered the opportunities to explore the 7 continents and over 800 fascinating destinations, provided by the all-inclusive voyages. Star Cruiseshttp://www.starcruises.com/ Star Cruises is the third largest cruise line in the world. The company dominates the Asia Pacific market and amongst the highlighted destinations, proposed to the customers are China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The Star Cruises’ fleet consists of six vessels which combine a fine mix of business and pleasure. Star Cruises offer flexibility for a family vacation and business meetings at an affordable cost.Star Cruises is owned by Genting Hong Kong. Swan Hellenichttp://www.swanhellenic.com/ Swan Hellenic is a luxurious British cruise line, part of All Leisure Holidays Ltd. The cruises in comfort and style onboard the ship with a capacity of up to 350 passengers include Mediterranean, Black Sea, North Africa, Central America, South America, the Caribbean. The Majestic Linehttp://www.themajesticline.co.uk/ This company owns 4 three mini-cruise vessels with accommodation for up to 12 passengers and promotes the opportunity to visit Argyll and the Hebrides, Islay, Skye, the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda and the Small Isles. The Majestic Line offers three or six nights cruises for some of the destinations and six or ten days cruises for the others.   Thomson Cruiseshttp://www.thomson.co.uk/cruise/ Thomson Cruises operates a fleet of five vessels and offers to its customers a wide range of destinations and inclusive services onboard. Some of the destinations promoted by the brand include Central America, the Caribbean, Canary Islands, the Atlantic, Fjords, Iceland, the Arctic, United Kingdom, Northern Europe, Baltics, North Africa, Middle East, Eastern and Western Mediterranean. The guests have the chance to book a trip to many other exotic spots, such as Cuba.The British cruise line is operated by Thomson, a subsidiary of TUI Group. TransOcean Cruiseshttps://transocean.de/ The German company stands for a highly convenient way of traveling on the water - on the world seas or the most beautiful rivers and famous canals in Europe. Transocean Tours operates two ocean-going and four river-class stylish ships. The announced top destinations offered by the brand include North and Baltic seas, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, UK, Ireland, Western Europe, the Mediterranean and  more. TUI Cruiseshttps://tuicruises.com/ A joint venture of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG, TUI Cruises is promoted exclusively on the German market. The brand presents premium cruise experience, custom-tailored for the German customers' tastes and its fleet consists of five vessels.TUI Cruises provides an exotic variety of dream destinations worldwide. Uniworld River Cruises http://www.uniworld.com/ The atmosphere on board of one of the nineteen boutique type ships is different than on any other vessel.The unique, all-inclusive, luxury, river sailing ships of Uniworld proffer to their guests the most spectacular destinations in Europe,Vietnam, India, Cambodia,Russia, China and Egypt. Un-Cruise Adventureshttps://www.un-cruise.com/ The Un-Cruise promotes the combined experiences of adventure travel on yachts and small ships cruising. “Unrushed. Uncrowded. Unbelievable.”Alaska, Mexico's Sea of Cortes, Pacific Northwest, Galapagos, Hawaiian Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia and Snake Rivers are some of the hidden wonders to be explored. The guests aboard the various vessels will enjoy a raw beauty, active adventures, wildlife, history and authentic cultures. Viking Cruiseshttp://www.vikingcruises.com/ Viking Cruises operates a fleet of river cruising vessels and ocean going ships.The river cruise division is the world’s largest river cruise line and offers cruises along the rivers of Europe, Russia, China and Egypt.Both of the product lines - Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises offer destination-focused itineraries that are mix of cosmopolitan and smaller ports of interest. The schedules are specifically designed to offer more time in port and including late evening stays or overnights to take advantage of the night  life. The highlighted ocean cruises include Baltic and Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean and North America.The main headquarters of the company are located in Switzerland. Windstar Cruiseshttp://www.windstarcruises.com/ Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of six small luxury sailing yachts and power yachts, each with a capacity between 148 and 310 passengers.Windstar’s themed voyages offer the guests intimate access to some of the world's most exclusive destinations and events - Monte Carlo’s Grand Prix, the Europe’s best seafood in Spain’s Galicia region or the world-famous wines in Bordeaux .The other highlighted gems include the Greek Isles, Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Turkey, Italy, Caribbean, Tahiti, Costa Rica and Panama Canal.  
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    When traveling, renting a car saves us time, adds convenience and make it possible to travel quickly, without being dependent on taxis or public transportation.   As customers, we always consider the following criteria, before choosing a rental car company: the pricing, what the services actually include the location of the pick-up place, the types of the available vehicles, the ease of use and the customer support. Do you need wheels on your next trip?   The Pricing Rental car costs can vary dramatically depending on duration, dates, discounts, loyalty programs or location. Renting a car from the counter at the airport can be very convenient , but normally  it's costlier. If it’s possible, rent from a place that is not directly tied to the airport in order to get lower rates.  Most of the people who hire a car are interested in a round-trip rental, where the car is picked up and then brought back to the same location. The one-way rentals are another option, but this may cost a little extra. For customers who will need a car for longer period than just a few days, the long-term rentals are a good choice to go. The majority of the famous car rental companies offer such special business rental programs. It’s recommended to search in Internet for rental deals without hidden fees and to compare the offers from various rental companies’ websites. Booking at the counter might put you at risk of getting stuck with more expensive model, or a car that doesn’t meet your needs.   Many of the world’s top airlines offer the customers an opportunity to book flights and to rent a car together, in a single package. Something to consider – just before the weekends the customers have usually better opportunities to get a really good offer for a rental car, or even a choice to upgrade vehicle for an economy-vehicle price.  In most cases it’s cheaper to prepay for a rental car when you book, rather than at the agency counter. Pay attention on cancellation policies and fees though. For instance-returning your rental car few days earlier, might result in your weekly rate being changed to daily rate,or- returning the vehicle even half an hour later than the agreed in the contract can lead you to being charged for an extra day! Don’t miss to read the fine prints.  If anything happens to a rental car, the renter may be liable for the damage,plus-some rental car companies offer additional insurance on vehicles for a daily fee. Sometimes your credit card will cover the insurance on any car you rent, hence-you don't need to buyadditional insurance through your car rental company.The secondary coverage means your auto insurance policy will pay out first, if any damages or losses occur. When driving a rental car the gas, parking violations, tolls or other fees are normally the responsibility of the driver. Some rental companies though allow renters to prepay some of the expected costs.      The location of the Pick-up/Drop-off place Picking up a car at an airport usually costs more than picking it up downtown, so consider is it really necessary to get your car immediately at the airport or the at the railway station. An airport pickup may still be worth it though– some of the central car-rental offices have shorter hours or can be a challenge to locate, sometimes. Plus - you may find that the train-station office is handier than the other office, located in urban or suburban location.It’s generally an advantage to choose a larger company, with a wide choice of pickup and drop-off locations. Before choosing a rental location, find it on a map first and think about the small tips, mentioned above.   The Available Vehicles and the Ease of use You have multiple choices when it comes to rent a car during your travels.Almost anything can be found  these days, depending on our needs- a van for your big happy family or a Cabrio, a luxurious sedan, or a Smart. The larger companies provide an array of choices, such as minivans, pickups, convertibles, compacts, and commercial vans and trucks.Almost all popular car rental services offer hybrid vehicles and other fuel-efficient options for economically or environmentally conscious customers. Usually, there are differences between the typical rental cars services offered on the different continents. For instance -in Europe, the offered midrange car will probably have less passenger room, smaller trunk space and a manual transmission as a standard offer. Automatics are more expensive and may only be available as an extra, or if you upgrade to a, pricier,bigger car. Since supplies are limited - if you must have an automatic- arrange it well in advance.Another option, of course is just to skip the automatic and to go for a manual gearbox. Well, at the end-the choice is yours and depends on you, your needs and your budget.   Things to check before driving off Make sure the car’s tank is full (if it supposed to be), and record the mileage for your reference. The present mileage of the vehicle has to be written in your contract too.  When you get the car, before you leave, go around the car and have a thorough look for any damage or mark/s on the vehicle’s exterior. Even the minor scratches should be noted on the rental agreement. Same is valid for the condition of the interior.Check the appearance of the tires. And the spare wheel- is it there, ready to be used?   The Customer Support We usually don’t pay much attention at this point, by the time we really need it. My experience in various foreign countries taught me to consider the communication as a top priority  when choosing various services abroad. Since  English is not always the most popular language in a certain area, make sure the people who provide you the services talk your language. Or you know their language well enough. Usually, you won’t have troubles with the well-known car rental company representative offices in the various countries, but better get ready for this one too. If you get involved in a road accident abroad (which occasionally might happen) you’ll need a reliable support, which can be difficult to be provided unless the communication between you and the company representatives is poor or missing at all. What the services actually include These days the rent-a-car companies have begun charging for everything, but the steering wheel. Some companies offer additional services as extras, like - a GPS, a child seat or an air-conditioner, while other companies will offer some of these as a standard. It’s probably cheaper to simply buy your own baby seat or get your own GPS device with you, so you don’t have to pay extra fees. The optional features always affect the price of a rental, hence-ensure you order what you’ll really need.  A number of car rental companies have a policy on a full-to-empty fuel tank on rentals.This means you’ll pay for a full tank of fuel and then bring it back empty.This one seems very ok, but if you aren not using the car much, in some cases you'll have to pay for the remaining fuel you actually didn't use.Of course it all depend on the company which offer the service- not all of them have the same policy, but it’s a thing to be checked. Taking a car with the basic package only usually means saving. Many of the companies will sell the add-ons, which you won’t really need for a good amount of money, so - the actual cost of a rental can end up much higher than advertised. An important catch is the insurance-make sure you are aware what part of an eventual damage will be covered by the insurance or do you need exactly the most expensive offer, if other cheaper options exist at all.   The Alternatives The traditional car rental companies promote these days their own Car Sharing offers. Unlike the traditional car rental service, with the car sharing the customers can rent a car just for a few hours, pick it up locally, and expenses like gas and insurance are covered.Such an option is great, if you only need a car for less than half day. However-in some cases it might be better and cheaper option than renting a car.       Additional Info More advices about renting a car can be found here. Do you want to read some more Car Rental Tips?   Would you like to find out which rental company is the most trustable as per the customers’ reviews or to see the ratings of the car rental companies, given by real consumers?     Useful Links Poplar websites for car rental or car booking: https://www.sixt.com/ http://www.rentalcars.com/ https://www.alamo.com/en_US/car-rental/home.html https://www.avis.com/car-rental/avisHome/home.ac http://www.budgetinternational.com/ https://www.thrifty.com/ https://www.europcar.com/ https://www.enterprise.com https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/reservation/ https://www.centauro.net/en/ https://www.nationalcar.com/en_US/car-rental/home.html https://www.carrentals.com/ https://www.expedia.com/Cars https://www.easycar.com/ https://www.travelocity.com/Cars https://www.dollar.com/ https://www.skyscanner.es/carhire?locale=en-GB https://www.orbitz.com/Cars https://www.onetravel.com/car-rentals http://www.economybookings.com/?lang=en http://www.rhinocarhire.com/ https://www.southwest.com/car-rentals/search-car-rentals.html http://www.autoeurope.com/ https://www.carrental8.com/ http://www.booking-centre-online.com/car-rental/car-hire.htm http://www.holidayautos.com/ https://www.goldcar.es/en/ http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/cars http://www.bookingbuddy.com/car.php https://www.hotwire.com/car/index.jsp http://www.carhire.com/ https://www.kayak.com/cars https://www.foxrentacar.com/ http://www.mobissimo.com/search_cars.php http://www.priceline.com/rentalcars/ https://www.orbitz.com/car-rental/ https://www.travelauto.com/car-rentals.html         Websites for Car Sharing: http://www.zipcar.com/ https://www.lyft.com/ https://www.uber.com/ https://flightcar.com/ https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/productservice/index.jsp?targetPage=hertzondemandAU.jsp https://www.enterprisecarshare.com/ https://www.car2go.com/ https://www.gocarma.com/ https://turo.com/ http://www.vride.com/ https://www.getaround.com/         iOS applications for car rental and car booking: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skurt-rental-cars-delivered./id976963158?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/getaround-instant-car-rental/id412017926?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/izzirent-car-rental/id395912603?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turo/id555063314?mt=8     Android applications for car rental and car booking: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gaarajas.gaaraj https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sgsstudio.cheapcarrental https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.carsscanner https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uco.co.il.carrental https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.carrentalsnet.autorent   iOS applications for car sharing: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drivenow-carsharing/id435719709?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flightcar-car-sharing-car/id971393285?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/urbi-carsharing-aggregator/id804024567?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carpool-school-edition/id353403771?mt=8   Android applications for car sharing: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghm.carjump&hl=en https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dn.drivenow&hl=en https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dn.drivenow https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.bahn.multicity   Software developed for Car rental and Car booking services: http://www.asaprent.ca/ http://www.rentalbooking.co.uk/car-hire-broker/ http://app.navotar.com/landing/ http://www.limoanywhere.com/ http://reservationengine.net/ http://www.carhiremanagerweb.com/ https://bookridesonline.com/ http://www.oto.rent/ http://www.missionsoftinc.com/ http://www.carprosystems.com/ http://www.thermeon.com/ http://rategain.com/pricegain-car/ http://www.rentalcarmanager.com/     Software , developed for Car sharing services: http://www.zemtu.com/en/ http://www.invers.com/en-eu/carsharing/carsharing-software/ https://www.rentcentric.com/products/car-share-software/
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  • When traveling, renting a car saves us time, adds convenience and make it possible to travel quickly, without being dependent on taxis or public transportation.   As customers, we always consider the following criteria, before choosing a rental car company: the pricing, what the services actually include the location of the pick-up place, the types of the available vehicles, the ease of use and the customer support. Do you need wheels on your next trip?   The Pricing Rental car costs can vary dramatically depending on duration, dates, discounts, loyalty programs or location. Renting a car from the counter at the airport can be very convenient , but normally  it's costlier. If it’s possible, rent from a place that is not directly tied to the airport in order to get lower rates.  Most of the people who hire a car are interested in a round-trip rental, where the car is picked up and then brought back to the same location. The one-way rentals are another option, but this may cost a little extra. For customers who will need a car for longer period than just a few days, the long-term rentals are a good choice to go. The majority of the famous car rental companies offer such special business rental programs. It’s recommended to search in Internet for rental deals without hidden fees and to compare the offers from various rental companies’ websites. Booking at the counter might put you at risk of getting stuck with more expensive model, or a car that doesn’t meet your needs.   Many of the world’s top airlines offer the customers an opportunity to book flights and to rent a car together, in a single package. Something to consider – just before the weekends the customers have usually better opportunities to get a really good offer for a rental car, or even a choice to upgrade vehicle for an economy-vehicle price.  In most cases it’s cheaper to prepay for a rental car when you book, rather than at the agency counter. Pay attention on cancellation policies and fees though. For instance-returning your rental car few days earlier, might result in your weekly rate being changed to daily rate,or- returning the vehicle even half an hour later than the agreed in the contract can lead you to being charged for an extra day! Don’t miss to read the fine prints.  If anything happens to a rental car, the renter may be liable for the damage,plus-some rental car companies offer additional insurance on vehicles for a daily fee. Sometimes your credit card will cover the insurance on any car you rent, hence-you don't need to buyadditional insurance through your car rental company.The secondary coverage means your auto insurance policy will pay out first, if any damages or losses occur. When driving a rental car the gas, parking violations, tolls or other fees are normally the responsibility of the driver. Some rental companies though allow renters to prepay some of the expected costs.      The location of the Pick-up/Drop-off place Picking up a car at an airport usually costs more than picking it up downtown, so consider is it really necessary to get your car immediately at the airport or the at the railway station. An airport pickup may still be worth it though– some of the central car-rental offices have shorter hours or can be a challenge to locate, sometimes. Plus - you may find that the train-station office is handier than the other office, located in urban or suburban location.It’s generally an advantage to choose a larger company, with a wide choice of pickup and drop-off locations. Before choosing a rental location, find it on a map first and think about the small tips, mentioned above.   The Available Vehicles and the Ease of use You have multiple choices when it comes to rent a car during your travels.Almost anything can be found  these days, depending on our needs- a van for your big happy family or a Cabrio, a luxurious sedan, or a Smart. The larger companies provide an array of choices, such as minivans, pickups, convertibles, compacts, and commercial vans and trucks.Almost all popular car rental services offer hybrid vehicles and other fuel-efficient options for economically or environmentally conscious customers. Usually, there are differences between the typical rental cars services offered on the different continents. For instance -in Europe, the offered midrange car will probably have less passenger room, smaller trunk space and a manual transmission as a standard offer. Automatics are more expensive and may only be available as an extra, or if you upgrade to a, pricier,bigger car. Since supplies are limited - if you must have an automatic- arrange it well in advance.Another option, of course is just to skip the automatic and to go for a manual gearbox. Well, at the end-the choice is yours and depends on you, your needs and your budget.   Things to check before driving off Make sure the car’s tank is full (if it supposed to be), and record the mileage for your reference. The present mileage of the vehicle has to be written in your contract too.  When you get the car, before you leave, go around the car and have a thorough look for any damage or mark/s on the vehicle’s exterior. Even the minor scratches should be noted on the rental agreement. Same is valid for the condition of the interior.Check the appearance of the tires. And the spare wheel- is it there, ready to be used?   The Customer Support We usually don’t pay much attention at this point, by the time we really need it. My experience in various foreign countries taught me to consider the communication as a top priority  when choosing various services abroad. Since  English is not always the most popular language in a certain area, make sure the people who provide you the services talk your language. Or you know their language well enough. Usually, you won’t have troubles with the well-known car rental company representative offices in the various countries, but better get ready for this one too. If you get involved in a road accident abroad (which occasionally might happen) you’ll need a reliable support, which can be difficult to be provided unless the communication between you and the company representatives is poor or missing at all. What the services actually include These days the rent-a-car companies have begun charging for everything, but the steering wheel. Some companies offer additional services as extras, like - a GPS, a child seat or an air-conditioner, while other companies will offer some of these as a standard. It’s probably cheaper to simply buy your own baby seat or get your own GPS device with you, so you don’t have to pay extra fees. The optional features always affect the price of a rental, hence-ensure you order what you’ll really need.  A number of car rental companies have a policy on a full-to-empty fuel tank on rentals.This means you’ll pay for a full tank of fuel and then bring it back empty.This one seems very ok, but if you aren not using the car much, in some cases you'll have to pay for the remaining fuel you actually didn't use.Of course it all depend on the company which offer the service- not all of them have the same policy, but it’s a thing to be checked. Taking a car with the basic package only usually means saving. Many of the companies will sell the add-ons, which you won’t really need for a good amount of money, so - the actual cost of a rental can end up much higher than advertised. An important catch is the insurance-make sure you are aware what part of an eventual damage will be covered by the insurance or do you need exactly the most expensive offer, if other cheaper options exist at all.   The Alternatives The traditional car rental companies promote these days their own Car Sharing offers. Unlike the traditional car rental service, with the car sharing the customers can rent a car just for a few hours, pick it up locally, and expenses like gas and insurance are covered.Such an option is great, if you only need a car for less than half day. However-in some cases it might be better and cheaper option than renting a car.       Additional Info More advices about renting a car can be found here. Do you want to read some more Car Rental Tips?   Would you like to find out which rental company is the most trustable as per the customers’ reviews or to see the ratings of the car rental companies, given by real consumers?     Useful Links Poplar websites for car rental or car booking: https://www.sixt.com/ http://www.rentalcars.com/ https://www.alamo.com/en_US/car-rental/home.html https://www.avis.com/car-rental/avisHome/home.ac http://www.budgetinternational.com/ https://www.thrifty.com/ https://www.europcar.com/ https://www.enterprise.com https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/reservation/ https://www.centauro.net/en/ https://www.nationalcar.com/en_US/car-rental/home.html https://www.carrentals.com/ https://www.expedia.com/Cars https://www.easycar.com/ https://www.travelocity.com/Cars https://www.dollar.com/ https://www.skyscanner.es/carhire?locale=en-GB https://www.orbitz.com/Cars https://www.onetravel.com/car-rentals http://www.economybookings.com/?lang=en http://www.rhinocarhire.com/ https://www.southwest.com/car-rentals/search-car-rentals.html http://www.autoeurope.com/ https://www.carrental8.com/ http://www.booking-centre-online.com/car-rental/car-hire.htm http://www.holidayautos.com/ https://www.goldcar.es/en/ http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/cars http://www.bookingbuddy.com/car.php https://www.hotwire.com/car/index.jsp http://www.carhire.com/ https://www.kayak.com/cars https://www.foxrentacar.com/ http://www.mobissimo.com/search_cars.php http://www.priceline.com/rentalcars/ https://www.orbitz.com/car-rental/ https://www.travelauto.com/car-rentals.html         Websites for Car Sharing: http://www.zipcar.com/ https://www.lyft.com/ https://www.uber.com/ https://flightcar.com/ https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/productservice/index.jsp?targetPage=hertzondemandAU.jsp https://www.enterprisecarshare.com/ https://www.car2go.com/ https://www.gocarma.com/ https://turo.com/ http://www.vride.com/ https://www.getaround.com/         iOS applications for car rental and car booking: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skurt-rental-cars-delivered./id976963158?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/getaround-instant-car-rental/id412017926?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/izzirent-car-rental/id395912603?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turo/id555063314?mt=8     Android applications for car rental and car booking: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gaarajas.gaaraj https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sgsstudio.cheapcarrental https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.carsscanner https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uco.co.il.carrental https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.carrentalsnet.autorent   iOS applications for car sharing: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drivenow-carsharing/id435719709?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flightcar-car-sharing-car/id971393285?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/urbi-carsharing-aggregator/id804024567?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carpool-school-edition/id353403771?mt=8   Android applications for car sharing: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghm.carjump&hl=en https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dn.drivenow&hl=en https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dn.drivenow https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.bahn.multicity   Software developed for Car rental and Car booking services: http://www.asaprent.ca/ http://www.rentalbooking.co.uk/car-hire-broker/ http://app.navotar.com/landing/ http://www.limoanywhere.com/ http://reservationengine.net/ http://www.carhiremanagerweb.com/ https://bookridesonline.com/ http://www.oto.rent/ http://www.missionsoftinc.com/ http://www.carprosystems.com/ http://www.thermeon.com/ http://rategain.com/pricegain-car/ http://www.rentalcarmanager.com/     Software , developed for Car sharing services: http://www.zemtu.com/en/ http://www.invers.com/en-eu/carsharing/carsharing-software/ https://www.rentcentric.com/products/car-share-software/
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    Buying a new home is usually the biggest financial commitment in our life and small mistakes can cost a lot.If you’ve decided to move forward with purchasing your first home, get your finances in order. The entire process can be time-consuming, expensive and frustrating. Andtedious too.Is buying the right thing for you?   Owning your first home is a good experience for many people and you can make the process easier by ensuring you know all the right information and anything that might interfere with the normal flow of the entire procedure of purchasing a new home.If you have decided to buy a new home, the first question you have to ask yourself is for how long you plan to use it. Consider your future plans. Is this a home you plan on living in for years , or will it become an investment later on ?   Before you buy a new home- a house or a flat- there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself. Whether it is a new or old building, its location, what is the number of rooms you will need, the price and method of financing, and many other… Before taking a look at any properties, summarize everything you want in a home, considering the input from all family members. Then choose your priorities.   1. Location Decide on the area you want to buy your new home. This involve spending some time in that area or at least doing some research at home in order to make sure you are getting value for money. Talk to real estate agents, check recent sales in the chosen location and visit as many places as you can looking for properties that fit your criteria.Thus you will have a good idea of what your money can buy. Finding the desired location for living is the thing we normally start with. Take into account carefully the area in which you might live.Of course-some areas might be quite expensive, but consider the fact that living in a remote area, where the properties’ prices are affordable might cost you more money in the future, for transport, for instance. What about the children? The families, who already have or plan to have kids, must look for kindergartens and schools in the chosen area. If you have to drive your child every morning this rather will complicate your life.Then- how your child will go home after school?   2. The Neighborhood Even if you find what feels like the right home, you can’t underestimate the importance of the neighborhood that surrounds it. Think about your personal life and the routines do you go through on a daily or weekly basis.Compare with the parts of your current neighborhood-what irritates you or make your life better, how save is it to live there? These criteria should factor in to what you personally want in a neighborhood.    3.Proximity How close is everything? Do you have a relative, that you may well "inherit" in the future? If the answer is positive, you should consider even more what services they will require ahead of time . You will probably notice some of the little conveniences a bit later, when you need them.Look carefully at everything. If you dase orient yourself, ask someone living in the area, where everything is and what the situation is. For example- where’s the nearest bus stop, hospital, shops, post office,police station, pharmacy? Grocery store? Nearest mall? The other public-service buildings, the doctor’s office?  And the most importantly – good educational options, from daycare to high school, which was already mentioned above.   4. Convenience Let’s presume you are on the place, taking a tour of the “home of your dreams”, together with the real estate agent. Pay attention to the condition of the entrances, staircases, elevators (if applicable) and space around the property.You may not have the slightest problem with stairs, but this is one of those times it’s helpful to think about the future.If you plan to age in place, a long, steep staircase may not be the best feature. The ease with which you can move from indoor to outdoor living areas and back, can make a huge difference in your day-to-day experience of living in a home.   5. Building You should consider the age of the building and what facilities might require repairs or replacement. Other essential point about the building, where your home will be, is about the charges for regular maintenance. Many people don’t think at this aspect when they buy a new apartment-the various taxes and fees, water charges, common electricity charges, elevator charges and charges for hired help, like the garbage cleaner and security. Find out how and what is included and not included in the charge.How about the security of the building, the used materials and the thermal insulation, which is not obligatory in various places yet?   6. Interior The the interior layout, also called a floor plan, can have a big effect on your daily life. Walk through the rooms and try to imagine your typical day. This might give you some ideas, or notice some new “details”. Think about not just what you want today but what you might want in the future and how achievable is it. Where possible- check under the carpets-this will allow you to see the condition of the floors below.   7. Furniture Is the home you are looking for brand new and still empty or it’s an old property and the owners sell it together with the existing furniture? Buying a pre-owned property has its advantages and disadvantages.Do you like the previous owner’s style choices, for instance? Sure- you are looking to buy a new home, not just furniture. One important factor that must be considered though is the “hidden” costs, that will be mentioned later. A compete furnishing of the living place can cost a ton of money, sometimes -more than the actual property’s price. Don’t think yet about rushing into a new furniture purchase-you will have plenty of time to do it.   Buying a property is usually an aspirational purchase- people want to be excited about a house or a flat, be inspired, to be seduced, and it’s not very likely that will happen with an empty home.For a brand new property it all starts from a scratch and also - you must have considerable resources. However-if the furniture is not present in the desired property yet, or you just plan to buy new one- imagine setting up your own furniture in the rooms as you walk through and don’t forget to bring measurements- this is the right moment and it’s very important.   8. Rooms Not toobig,but not too small either - you must choose the right room size for your lifestyle, before it is late. Are the rooms enough as a number for your family? How big the doors are? What about the windows? Look for the presence of sliding or accordion glass doors leading from the main living spaces to the outdoors.Would it be easy to get your furniture and appliances in (and out)? Many people can underestimate this important point, especially the non-experienced, or the first time buyers.   Bathroom-in many countries the bathroom is only one as a standard, while in others the minimum is two. Adding a bathroom is expensive, so better choose a home with enough baths to meet your family’s needs. Even if you are a household of only one or two people, an extra room on the main floor can be a big benefit.If you have this opportunity- flush the toilets and just check to make sure the faucets all work before buying to eliminate the back ache. Kitchen- whoever does most of the cooking in your household has to take a detailed look about the kitchen. Do you usually cook on a gas stove? If so, be sure to check if the house is connected to a gas line. Think about where you'll store your cookware, whether there's enough room in the cabinets and cupboards (if present) or if you'll want to hang a pot rack somewhere. By the same token-other things to consider in the kitchen includes its general layout, the sources of natural light, the number of sinks,the location of the various outlets, if the appliances (if present) and outlets work and if the room’s overall size will it be enough for your needs. Make sure the kitchen have proper ventilation and exhaust air extraction, which is functional. You might want to taste the water from the faucet, or at least to flush the water into a glass –this might give you an idea about the condition of the water supply pipes and if extra spending might be required soon.   Bedroom-this is one of the most important spots you should look onto. Even if you can't afford to replace the hideous wallpapers in the bedroomm now, it might be worth it to live with such things for a while in exchange for getting into a home you can afford. Don't make a compromise that will be a major strain. As an example - don't get a one-bedroom home when you know you're planning to have children and will want one, two, or even three more bedrooms.   You most probably have an idea about which will be the most important rooms in your new home, like in any other home. We will just mention the laundry room and the study, but they are not as important (apart of the location of the washing and the drying machines) as the above described rooms.   Living room-this is the place where the families spend most of their time at home, hence this area deserves a special attention.In this room the family members gather to listen to music, watch a TV, chat,play games or enjoy other activities.The living room, (also named a lounge room) is usually the most spacious room in the apartment or the house and often adjacent to the kitchen.These days the living room normally becomes a part of the kitchen itself. This room have another important function-meeting and entertaining your guests-relatives or friends. What important things you should observe about this room - its location, sizes and the possibilities for design and decoration, including installing an entertainment center, if you decide and not available yet.   9. Light and windows Look carefully at the light .There are many benefits to have more natural light into your home. This is something with a paramount importance, yet it’s surprisingly easy to overlook when attending different properties. Ideally, look for a home with ample, well-placed windows. Once you have a few homes on your list that are the strongest contenders, make appointments to give them a second look at a different time of day. Of course, you can add and modify windows, but it’s not the cheapest replacement to make to a house.By the way (and this is not a joke) – try to open and close all the windows.Isn't exactly rocket science to understand why this is necessary.    10. The balcony, the terrace or the veranda Having at least one of the three options would be nice. Does the home of your dreams have a balcony, a terrace, or a veranda so you can enjoy the romantic view or afternoon sunshine,or you will be blocked by other buildingsaround? Of course, this is a matter of a personal point of view-there are lot of families living in buildings, without balconies or terraces, especially in the largest world cities. Probably you’ll agree though, even if you’re not a smoker-having the opportunity to go and get some (maybe even fresh) air outside from time to time, seems to be better choice. Ideally-with a nice view, in front of you.   11. Air-conditioning (HVAC) One more topic, which deserves your attention. In short-make sure the air-conditioning systems, when they are present, are operational. Knowing that these things work prior to actually needing them is an important item.Check if these systems work properly- make sure they blow their respective temperatures in addition to just turning on. It’s useless to remind how expensive investment a new HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system) can be.   12. The Garage Do you have a car or cars? These days many families often own more than one, so most probably you’ll have to think about yours too. Will car parking be provided and do you have to pay extra for it? It might seem awkward, but the lack of a parking slot or a garage in the vicinity of your future property might change your opinion, even if you thought you’ve found the best place to live in.   13. The “Hidden” expenses There are a variety of related immediate and ongoing costs,which can add about extra 20 per cent onto the cost of your new property – and even more if you plan to undertake significant development or complete redecoration of your new home. A lot of buyers, especially first-time home buyers, go over budget on the purchase of their new home. Something really, really important (especially when planning to buy anpre-owned property) is to include in your calculations the so called “hidden” costs - as many as you can think of. The minor upgrades and cosmetic fixes are inexpensive tricks are a seller's dream for playing on your emotions and eliciting a much higher price tag.Yes-you can probably live with the old chairs for some time. Try to evaluate though - how long would take and how much will cost you to completely renew the whole electrical system, the sewage drain lines or the water supply piping- quite important if your new home is in an old building and there are no signs of recent improvements.     If you think I have missed something in this article-please don’t hesitate and comment it. And if it makes sense-it will be added to the content. <!--[if !mso]> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> 12.00 <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false 21 false false false BG X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Arial; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Arial; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} <![endif]--> 13 small things to consider before buying a new home   Buying a new home is usually the biggest financial commitment in our life and small mistakes can cost a lot.If you’ve decided to move forward with purchasing your first home, get your finances in order. The entire process can be time-consuming, expensive and frustrating. Andtedious too.Is buying the right thing for you?    Owning your first home is a good experience for many people and you can make the process easier by ensuring you know all the right information and anything that might interfere with the normal flow of the entire procedure of purchasing a new home.If you have decided to buy a new home, the first question you have to ask yourself is for how long you plan to use it. Consider your future plans. Is this a home you plan on living in for years , or will it become an investment later on ?   Before you buy a new home- a house or a flat- there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself. Whether it is a new or old building, its location, what is the number of rooms you will need, the price and method of financing, and many other…  Before taking a look at any properties, summarize everything you want in a home, considering the input from all family members. Then choose your priorities.   1. Location Decide on the area you want to buy your new home. This involve spending some time in that area or at least doing some research at home in order to make sure you are getting value for money. Talk to real estate agents, check recent sales in the chosen location and visit as many places as you can looking for properties that fit your criteria.Thus you will have a good idea of what your money can buy. Finding the desired location for living is the thing we normally start with. Take into account carefully  the area in which you might live.Of course-some areas might be quite expensive, but consider the fact that living in a remote area, where the properties’ prices are affordable might  cost you more money in the future, for transport, for instance. What about the children? The families, who already have or plan to have kids, must look for kindergartens and schools in the chosen area. If you have to drive your child every morning this rather will complicate your life.Then- how your child will go home after school?   2. The Neighborhood Even if you find what feels like the right home, you can’t underestimate the importance of the neighborhood that surrounds it. Think about your personal life and the routines do you go through on a daily or weekly basis.Compare with the parts of your current neighborhood-what irritates you or make your life better, how save is it to live there? These criteria should factor in to what you personally want in a neighborhood.   3. Proximity How close is everything? Do you have a relative, that you may well "inherit" in the future? If the answer is positive, you should consider even more what services they will require ahead of time . You will probably notice some of the little conveniences a bit later, when you need them.Look carefully at everything. If you dase orient yourself, ask someone living in the area, where everything is and what the situation is.  For example- where’s the nearest bus stop, hospital, shops, post office,police station, pharmacy? Grocery store? Nearest mall? The other public-service buildings, the doctor’s office?  And the most importantly – good educational options, from daycare to high school, which was already mentioned above.     4. Convenience Let’s presume you are on the place, taking a tour of the “home of your dreams”, together with the real estate agent. Pay attention to the condition of the entrances, staircases, elevators (if applicable) and space around the property.You may not have the slightest problem with stairs, but this is one of those times it’s helpful to think about the future.If you plan to age in place, a long, steep staircase may not be the best feature. The ease with which you can move from indoor to outdoor living areas and back, can make a huge difference in your day-to-day experience of living in a home.   5. Building You should consider the age of the building and what facilities might require repairs or replacement. Other essential point about the building, where your home will be, is about the charges for regular maintenance. Many people don’t think at this aspect when they buy a new apartment-the various taxes and fees, water charges, common electricity charges, elevator charges and charges for hired help, like the garbage cleaner and security. Find out how and what is included and not included in the charge.How about the security of the building, the used materials and the thermal insulation, which is not obligatory in various places yet?   6. Interior The the interior layout, also called a floor plan, can have a big effect on your daily life. Walk through the rooms and try to imagine  your typical day. This might give you some ideas, or notice some new “details”. Think about not just what you want today but what you might want in the future and how achievable is it. Where possible- check under the carpets-this will allow you to see the condition of the floors below.   7. Furniture Is the home you are looking for brand new and still empty or it’s an old property and the owners sell it together with the existing furniture? Buying a pre-owned property has its advantages and disadvantages.Do you like the previous owner’s style choices, for instance? Sure- you are looking to buy a new home, not just furniture. One important factor that must be considered though is the “hidden” costs, that will be mentioned later. A compete furnishing of the living place can cost a ton of money, sometimes -more than the actual property’s price. Don’t think yet about rushing into a new furniture purchase-you will have plenty of time to do it.   Buying a property is usually an aspirational purchase- people want to be excited about a house or a flat, be inspired, to be seduced, and it’s not very likely that will happen with an empty home.For a brand new property it all starts from a scratch and also - you must have considerable resources. However-if the furniture is not present in the desired property yet, or you just plan to buy new one- imagine setting up your own furniture in the rooms as you walk through and don’t forget to bring measurements- this is the right moment and it’s very important.   8. Rooms Not  toobig,but not too small either - you must choose the right room size for your lifestyle, before it is late. Are the rooms enough as a number for your family? How big the doors are? What about the windows? Look for the presence of sliding or accordion glass doors leading from the main living spaces to the outdoors.Would it be easy to get your furniture and appliances in (and out)? Many people can underestimate this important point, especially the non-experienced, or the first time buyers.   Bathroom-in many countries the bathroom is only one as a standard, while in others the minimum is two. Adding a bathroom is expensive, so better choose a home with enough baths to meet your family’s needs. Even if you are a household of only one or two people, an extra room on the main floor can be a big benefit.If you have this opportunity- flush the toilets and just check to make sure the faucets all work before buying to eliminate the back ache. Kitchen- whoever does most of the cooking in your household has to take a detailed look about the kitchen. Do you usually cook on a gas stove? If so, be sure to check if the house is connected to a gas line. Think about where you'll store your cookware, whether there's enough room in the cabinets and cupboards (if present) or if you'll want to hang a pot rack somewhere. By the same token-other things to consider in the kitchen includes its general layout, the sources of natural light, the number of sinks,the location of the various outlets, if the appliances (if present) and outlets work  and if the room’s overall size will it be enough for your needs. Make sure the kitchen have proper ventilation and exhaust air extraction, which is functional. You might want to taste the water from the faucet, or at least to flush the water into a glass –this might give you an idea about the condition of the water supply pipes and if extra spending might be required soon. Bedroom-this is one of the most important spots you should look onto. Even if you can't afford to replace the hideous wallpapers in the bedroomm now, it might be worth it to live with such things for a while in exchange for getting into a home you can afford. Don't make a compromise that will be a major strain. As an example - don't get a one-bedroom home when you know you're planning to have children and will want one, two, or even three more bedrooms.   You most probably have an idea about which will be the most important rooms in your new home, like in any other home. We will just mention the laundry room and the study, but they are not as important (apart of the location of the washing and the drying machines) as the above described rooms.   Living room-this is the place where the families spend most of their time at home, hence this area deserves a special attention.In this room the family members gather to listen to music, watch a TV, chat,play games or enjoy other activities.The living room, (also named a lounge room) is usually the most spacious room in the apartment or the house and often adjacent to the kitchen.These days the living room normally becomes a part of the kitchen itself. This room have another important function-meeting and entertaining your guests-relatives or friends. What important things you should observe about this room - its location, sizes and the possibilities for design and decoration, including installing an entertainment center, if you decide and not available yet.   9. Light and windows Look carefully at the light .There are many benefits to have more natural light into your home. This is something with a paramount importance, yet it’s surprisingly easy to overlook when attending different properties. Ideally, look for a home with ample, well-placed windows. Once you have a few homes on your list that are the strongest contenders, make appointments to give them a second look at a different time of day. Of course, you can add and modify windows, but it’s not the cheapest replacement to make to a house.By the way (and this is not a joke) – try to open and close all the windows.Isn't exactly rocket science to understand why this is necessary.   10. The balcony, the terrace or the veranda Having at least one of the three options would be nice. Does the home of your dreams have a balcony, a terrace, or a veranda so you can enjoy the romantic view or afternoon sunshine,or you will be blocked by other buildings around?  Of course, this is a matter of a personal point of view-there are lot of families living in buildings, without balconies or terraces, especially in the largest world cities. Probably you’ll agree though, even if you’re not a smoker-having the opportunity to go and get  some (maybe even fresh) air outside from time to time, seems to be better choice. Ideally-with a nice view, in front of you.   11. Air-conditioning (HVAC) One more topic, which deserves your attention. In short-make sure the air-conditioning systems, when they are present, are operational. Knowing that these things work prior to actually needing them is an important item.Check if these systems work properly- make sure they blow their respective temperatures in addition to just turning on. It’s useless to remind how expensive investment a new HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system) can be.   12. The Garage Do you have a car or cars? These days many families often own more than one, so most probably you’ll have to think about yours too. Will car parking be provided and do you have to pay extra for it? It might seem awkward, but the lack of a parking slot or a garage in the vicinity of your future property might change your opinion, even if you thought you’ve found the best place to live in.   13. The “Hidden” expenses There are a variety of related immediate and ongoing costs,which can add about extra 20 per cent onto the cost of your new property – and even more if you plan to undertake significant development or complete redecoration of your new home. A lot of buyers, especially first-time home buyers, go over budget on the purchase of their new home. Something really, really important (especially when planning to buy anpre-owned property) is to include in your calculations the so called “hidden” costs - as many as you can think of. The minor upgrades and cosmetic fixes are inexpensive tricks are a seller's dream for playing on your emotions and eliciting a much higher price tag.Yes-you can probably live with the old chairs for some time. Try to evaluate though - how long would take and how much will cost you to completely renew the whole electrical system, the sewage drain lines or the water supply piping- quite important if your new home is in an old building and there are no signs of recent improvements.     If you think I have missed something in this article-please don’t hesitate and comment it. And if it makes sense-it will be added to the content.     Save Save
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  • Buying a new home is usually the biggest financial commitment in our life and small mistakes can cost a lot.If you’ve decided to move forward with purchasing your first home, get your finances in order. The entire process can be time-consuming, expensive and frustrating. Andtedious too.Is buying the right thing for you?   Owning your first home is a good experience for many people and you can make the process easier by ensuring you know all the right information and anything that might interfere with the normal flow of the entire procedure of purchasing a new home.If you have decided to buy a new home, the first question you have to ask yourself is for how long you plan to use it. Consider your future plans. Is this a home you plan on living in for years , or will it become an investment later on ?   Before you buy a new home- a house or a flat- there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself. Whether it is a new or old building, its location, what is the number of rooms you will need, the price and method of financing, and many other… Before taking a look at any properties, summarize everything you want in a home, considering the input from all family members. Then choose your priorities.   1. Location Decide on the area you want to buy your new home. This involve spending some time in that area or at least doing some research at home in order to make sure you are getting value for money. Talk to real estate agents, check recent sales in the chosen location and visit as many places as you can looking for properties that fit your criteria.Thus you will have a good idea of what your money can buy. Finding the desired location for living is the thing we normally start with. Take into account carefully the area in which you might live.Of course-some areas might be quite expensive, but consider the fact that living in a remote area, where the properties’ prices are affordable might cost you more money in the future, for transport, for instance. What about the children? The families, who already have or plan to have kids, must look for kindergartens and schools in the chosen area. If you have to drive your child every morning this rather will complicate your life.Then- how your child will go home after school?   2. The Neighborhood Even if you find what feels like the right home, you can’t underestimate the importance of the neighborhood that surrounds it. Think about your personal life and the routines do you go through on a daily or weekly basis.Compare with the parts of your current neighborhood-what irritates you or make your life better, how save is it to live there? These criteria should factor in to what you personally want in a neighborhood.    3.Proximity How close is everything? Do you have a relative, that you may well "inherit" in the future? If the answer is positive, you should consider even more what services they will require ahead of time . You will probably notice some of the little conveniences a bit later, when you need them.Look carefully at everything. If you dase orient yourself, ask someone living in the area, where everything is and what the situation is. For example- where’s the nearest bus stop, hospital, shops, post office,police station, pharmacy? Grocery store? Nearest mall? The other public-service buildings, the doctor’s office?  And the most importantly – good educational options, from daycare to high school, which was already mentioned above.   4. Convenience Let’s presume you are on the place, taking a tour of the “home of your dreams”, together with the real estate agent. Pay attention to the condition of the entrances, staircases, elevators (if applicable) and space around the property.You may not have the slightest problem with stairs, but this is one of those times it’s helpful to think about the future.If you plan to age in place, a long, steep staircase may not be the best feature. The ease with which you can move from indoor to outdoor living areas and back, can make a huge difference in your day-to-day experience of living in a home.   5. Building You should consider the age of the building and what facilities might require repairs or replacement. Other essential point about the building, where your home will be, is about the charges for regular maintenance. Many people don’t think at this aspect when they buy a new apartment-the various taxes and fees, water charges, common electricity charges, elevator charges and charges for hired help, like the garbage cleaner and security. Find out how and what is included and not included in the charge.How about the security of the building, the used materials and the thermal insulation, which is not obligatory in various places yet?   6. Interior The the interior layout, also called a floor plan, can have a big effect on your daily life. Walk through the rooms and try to imagine your typical day. This might give you some ideas, or notice some new “details”. Think about not just what you want today but what you might want in the future and how achievable is it. Where possible- check under the carpets-this will allow you to see the condition of the floors below.   7. Furniture Is the home you are looking for brand new and still empty or it’s an old property and the owners sell it together with the existing furniture? Buying a pre-owned property has its advantages and disadvantages.Do you like the previous owner’s style choices, for instance? Sure- you are looking to buy a new home, not just furniture. One important factor that must be considered though is the “hidden” costs, that will be mentioned later. A compete furnishing of the living place can cost a ton of money, sometimes -more than the actual property’s price. Don’t think yet about rushing into a new furniture purchase-you will have plenty of time to do it.   Buying a property is usually an aspirational purchase- people want to be excited about a house or a flat, be inspired, to be seduced, and it’s not very likely that will happen with an empty home.For a brand new property it all starts from a scratch and also - you must have considerable resources. However-if the furniture is not present in the desired property yet, or you just plan to buy new one- imagine setting up your own furniture in the rooms as you walk through and don’t forget to bring measurements- this is the right moment and it’s very important.   8. Rooms Not toobig,but not too small either - you must choose the right room size for your lifestyle, before it is late. Are the rooms enough as a number for your family? How big the doors are? What about the windows? Look for the presence of sliding or accordion glass doors leading from the main living spaces to the outdoors.Would it be easy to get your furniture and appliances in (and out)? Many people can underestimate this important point, especially the non-experienced, or the first time buyers.   Bathroom-in many countries the bathroom is only one as a standard, while in others the minimum is two. Adding a bathroom is expensive, so better choose a home with enough baths to meet your family’s needs. Even if you are a household of only one or two people, an extra room on the main floor can be a big benefit.If you have this opportunity- flush the toilets and just check to make sure the faucets all work before buying to eliminate the back ache. Kitchen- whoever does most of the cooking in your household has to take a detailed look about the kitchen. Do you usually cook on a gas stove? If so, be sure to check if the house is connected to a gas line. Think about where you'll store your cookware, whether there's enough room in the cabinets and cupboards (if present) or if you'll want to hang a pot rack somewhere. By the same token-other things to consider in the kitchen includes its general layout, the sources of natural light, the number of sinks,the location of the various outlets, if the appliances (if present) and outlets work and if the room’s overall size will it be enough for your needs. Make sure the kitchen have proper ventilation and exhaust air extraction, which is functional. You might want to taste the water from the faucet, or at least to flush the water into a glass –this might give you an idea about the condition of the water supply pipes and if extra spending might be required soon.   Bedroom-this is one of the most important spots you should look onto. Even if you can't afford to replace the hideous wallpapers in the bedroomm now, it might be worth it to live with such things for a while in exchange for getting into a home you can afford. Don't make a compromise that will be a major strain. As an example - don't get a one-bedroom home when you know you're planning to have children and will want one, two, or even three more bedrooms.   You most probably have an idea about which will be the most important rooms in your new home, like in any other home. We will just mention the laundry room and the study, but they are not as important (apart of the location of the washing and the drying machines) as the above described rooms.   Living room-this is the place where the families spend most of their time at home, hence this area deserves a special attention.In this room the family members gather to listen to music, watch a TV, chat,play games or enjoy other activities.The living room, (also named a lounge room) is usually the most spacious room in the apartment or the house and often adjacent to the kitchen.These days the living room normally becomes a part of the kitchen itself. This room have another important function-meeting and entertaining your guests-relatives or friends. What important things you should observe about this room - its location, sizes and the possibilities for design and decoration, including installing an entertainment center, if you decide and not available yet.   9. Light and windows Look carefully at the light .There are many benefits to have more natural light into your home. This is something with a paramount importance, yet it’s surprisingly easy to overlook when attending different properties. Ideally, look for a home with ample, well-placed windows. Once you have a few homes on your list that are the strongest contenders, make appointments to give them a second look at a different time of day. Of course, you can add and modify windows, but it’s not the cheapest replacement to make to a house.By the way (and this is not a joke) – try to open and close all the windows.Isn't exactly rocket science to understand why this is necessary.    10. The balcony, the terrace or the veranda Having at least one of the three options would be nice. Does the home of your dreams have a balcony, a terrace, or a veranda so you can enjoy the romantic view or afternoon sunshine,or you will be blocked by other buildingsaround? Of course, this is a matter of a personal point of view-there are lot of families living in buildings, without balconies or terraces, especially in the largest world cities. Probably you’ll agree though, even if you’re not a smoker-having the opportunity to go and get some (maybe even fresh) air outside from time to time, seems to be better choice. Ideally-with a nice view, in front of you.   11. Air-conditioning (HVAC) One more topic, which deserves your attention. In short-make sure the air-conditioning systems, when they are present, are operational. Knowing that these things work prior to actually needing them is an important item.Check if these systems work properly- make sure they blow their respective temperatures in addition to just turning on. It’s useless to remind how expensive investment a new HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system) can be.   12. The Garage Do you have a car or cars? These days many families often own more than one, so most probably you’ll have to think about yours too. Will car parking be provided and do you have to pay extra for it? It might seem awkward, but the lack of a parking slot or a garage in the vicinity of your future property might change your opinion, even if you thought you’ve found the best place to live in.   13. The “Hidden” expenses There are a variety of related immediate and ongoing costs,which can add about extra 20 per cent onto the cost of your new property – and even more if you plan to undertake significant development or complete redecoration of your new home. A lot of buyers, especially first-time home buyers, go over budget on the purchase of their new home. Something really, really important (especially when planning to buy anpre-owned property) is to include in your calculations the so called “hidden” costs - as many as you can think of. The minor upgrades and cosmetic fixes are inexpensive tricks are a seller's dream for playing on your emotions and eliciting a much higher price tag.Yes-you can probably live with the old chairs for some time. Try to evaluate though - how long would take and how much will cost you to completely renew the whole electrical system, the sewage drain lines or the water supply piping- quite important if your new home is in an old building and there are no signs of recent improvements.     If you think I have missed something in this article-please don’t hesitate and comment it. And if it makes sense-it will be added to the content. <!--[if !mso]> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> 12.00 <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false 21 false false false BG X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Arial; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Arial; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} <![endif]--> 13 small things to consider before buying a new home   Buying a new home is usually the biggest financial commitment in our life and small mistakes can cost a lot.If you’ve decided to move forward with purchasing your first home, get your finances in order. The entire process can be time-consuming, expensive and frustrating. Andtedious too.Is buying the right thing for you?    Owning your first home is a good experience for many people and you can make the process easier by ensuring you know all the right information and anything that might interfere with the normal flow of the entire procedure of purchasing a new home.If you have decided to buy a new home, the first question you have to ask yourself is for how long you plan to use it. Consider your future plans. Is this a home you plan on living in for years , or will it become an investment later on ?   Before you buy a new home- a house or a flat- there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself. Whether it is a new or old building, its location, what is the number of rooms you will need, the price and method of financing, and many other…  Before taking a look at any properties, summarize everything you want in a home, considering the input from all family members. Then choose your priorities.   1. Location Decide on the area you want to buy your new home. This involve spending some time in that area or at least doing some research at home in order to make sure you are getting value for money. Talk to real estate agents, check recent sales in the chosen location and visit as many places as you can looking for properties that fit your criteria.Thus you will have a good idea of what your money can buy. Finding the desired location for living is the thing we normally start with. Take into account carefully  the area in which you might live.Of course-some areas might be quite expensive, but consider the fact that living in a remote area, where the properties’ prices are affordable might  cost you more money in the future, for transport, for instance. What about the children? The families, who already have or plan to have kids, must look for kindergartens and schools in the chosen area. If you have to drive your child every morning this rather will complicate your life.Then- how your child will go home after school?   2. The Neighborhood Even if you find what feels like the right home, you can’t underestimate the importance of the neighborhood that surrounds it. Think about your personal life and the routines do you go through on a daily or weekly basis.Compare with the parts of your current neighborhood-what irritates you or make your life better, how save is it to live there? These criteria should factor in to what you personally want in a neighborhood.   3. Proximity How close is everything? Do you have a relative, that you may well "inherit" in the future? If the answer is positive, you should consider even more what services they will require ahead of time . You will probably notice some of the little conveniences a bit later, when you need them.Look carefully at everything. If you dase orient yourself, ask someone living in the area, where everything is and what the situation is.  For example- where’s the nearest bus stop, hospital, shops, post office,police station, pharmacy? Grocery store? Nearest mall? The other public-service buildings, the doctor’s office?  And the most importantly – good educational options, from daycare to high school, which was already mentioned above.     4. Convenience Let’s presume you are on the place, taking a tour of the “home of your dreams”, together with the real estate agent. Pay attention to the condition of the entrances, staircases, elevators (if applicable) and space around the property.You may not have the slightest problem with stairs, but this is one of those times it’s helpful to think about the future.If you plan to age in place, a long, steep staircase may not be the best feature. The ease with which you can move from indoor to outdoor living areas and back, can make a huge difference in your day-to-day experience of living in a home.   5. Building You should consider the age of the building and what facilities might require repairs or replacement. Other essential point about the building, where your home will be, is about the charges for regular maintenance. Many people don’t think at this aspect when they buy a new apartment-the various taxes and fees, water charges, common electricity charges, elevator charges and charges for hired help, like the garbage cleaner and security. Find out how and what is included and not included in the charge.How about the security of the building, the used materials and the thermal insulation, which is not obligatory in various places yet?   6. Interior The the interior layout, also called a floor plan, can have a big effect on your daily life. Walk through the rooms and try to imagine  your typical day. This might give you some ideas, or notice some new “details”. Think about not just what you want today but what you might want in the future and how achievable is it. Where possible- check under the carpets-this will allow you to see the condition of the floors below.   7. Furniture Is the home you are looking for brand new and still empty or it’s an old property and the owners sell it together with the existing furniture? Buying a pre-owned property has its advantages and disadvantages.Do you like the previous owner’s style choices, for instance? Sure- you are looking to buy a new home, not just furniture. One important factor that must be considered though is the “hidden” costs, that will be mentioned later. A compete furnishing of the living place can cost a ton of money, sometimes -more than the actual property’s price. Don’t think yet about rushing into a new furniture purchase-you will have plenty of time to do it.   Buying a property is usually an aspirational purchase- people want to be excited about a house or a flat, be inspired, to be seduced, and it’s not very likely that will happen with an empty home.For a brand new property it all starts from a scratch and also - you must have considerable resources. However-if the furniture is not present in the desired property yet, or you just plan to buy new one- imagine setting up your own furniture in the rooms as you walk through and don’t forget to bring measurements- this is the right moment and it’s very important.   8. Rooms Not  toobig,but not too small either - you must choose the right room size for your lifestyle, before it is late. Are the rooms enough as a number for your family? How big the doors are? What about the windows? Look for the presence of sliding or accordion glass doors leading from the main living spaces to the outdoors.Would it be easy to get your furniture and appliances in (and out)? Many people can underestimate this important point, especially the non-experienced, or the first time buyers.   Bathroom-in many countries the bathroom is only one as a standard, while in others the minimum is two. Adding a bathroom is expensive, so better choose a home with enough baths to meet your family’s needs. Even if you are a household of only one or two people, an extra room on the main floor can be a big benefit.If you have this opportunity- flush the toilets and just check to make sure the faucets all work before buying to eliminate the back ache. Kitchen- whoever does most of the cooking in your household has to take a detailed look about the kitchen. Do you usually cook on a gas stove? If so, be sure to check if the house is connected to a gas line. Think about where you'll store your cookware, whether there's enough room in the cabinets and cupboards (if present) or if you'll want to hang a pot rack somewhere. By the same token-other things to consider in the kitchen includes its general layout, the sources of natural light, the number of sinks,the location of the various outlets, if the appliances (if present) and outlets work  and if the room’s overall size will it be enough for your needs. Make sure the kitchen have proper ventilation and exhaust air extraction, which is functional. You might want to taste the water from the faucet, or at least to flush the water into a glass –this might give you an idea about the condition of the water supply pipes and if extra spending might be required soon. Bedroom-this is one of the most important spots you should look onto. Even if you can't afford to replace the hideous wallpapers in the bedroomm now, it might be worth it to live with such things for a while in exchange for getting into a home you can afford. Don't make a compromise that will be a major strain. As an example - don't get a one-bedroom home when you know you're planning to have children and will want one, two, or even three more bedrooms.   You most probably have an idea about which will be the most important rooms in your new home, like in any other home. We will just mention the laundry room and the study, but they are not as important (apart of the location of the washing and the drying machines) as the above described rooms.   Living room-this is the place where the families spend most of their time at home, hence this area deserves a special attention.In this room the family members gather to listen to music, watch a TV, chat,play games or enjoy other activities.The living room, (also named a lounge room) is usually the most spacious room in the apartment or the house and often adjacent to the kitchen.These days the living room normally becomes a part of the kitchen itself. This room have another important function-meeting and entertaining your guests-relatives or friends. What important things you should observe about this room - its location, sizes and the possibilities for design and decoration, including installing an entertainment center, if you decide and not available yet.   9. Light and windows Look carefully at the light .There are many benefits to have more natural light into your home. This is something with a paramount importance, yet it’s surprisingly easy to overlook when attending different properties. Ideally, look for a home with ample, well-placed windows. Once you have a few homes on your list that are the strongest contenders, make appointments to give them a second look at a different time of day. Of course, you can add and modify windows, but it’s not the cheapest replacement to make to a house.By the way (and this is not a joke) – try to open and close all the windows.Isn't exactly rocket science to understand why this is necessary.   10. The balcony, the terrace or the veranda Having at least one of the three options would be nice. Does the home of your dreams have a balcony, a terrace, or a veranda so you can enjoy the romantic view or afternoon sunshine,or you will be blocked by other buildings around?  Of course, this is a matter of a personal point of view-there are lot of families living in buildings, without balconies or terraces, especially in the largest world cities. Probably you’ll agree though, even if you’re not a smoker-having the opportunity to go and get  some (maybe even fresh) air outside from time to time, seems to be better choice. Ideally-with a nice view, in front of you.   11. Air-conditioning (HVAC) One more topic, which deserves your attention. In short-make sure the air-conditioning systems, when they are present, are operational. Knowing that these things work prior to actually needing them is an important item.Check if these systems work properly- make sure they blow their respective temperatures in addition to just turning on. It’s useless to remind how expensive investment a new HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system) can be.   12. The Garage Do you have a car or cars? These days many families often own more than one, so most probably you’ll have to think about yours too. Will car parking be provided and do you have to pay extra for it? It might seem awkward, but the lack of a parking slot or a garage in the vicinity of your future property might change your opinion, even if you thought you’ve found the best place to live in.   13. The “Hidden” expenses There are a variety of related immediate and ongoing costs,which can add about extra 20 per cent onto the cost of your new property – and even more if you plan to undertake significant development or complete redecoration of your new home. A lot of buyers, especially first-time home buyers, go over budget on the purchase of their new home. Something really, really important (especially when planning to buy anpre-owned property) is to include in your calculations the so called “hidden” costs - as many as you can think of. The minor upgrades and cosmetic fixes are inexpensive tricks are a seller's dream for playing on your emotions and eliciting a much higher price tag.Yes-you can probably live with the old chairs for some time. Try to evaluate though - how long would take and how much will cost you to completely renew the whole electrical system, the sewage drain lines or the water supply piping- quite important if your new home is in an old building and there are no signs of recent improvements.     If you think I have missed something in this article-please don’t hesitate and comment it. And if it makes sense-it will be added to the content.     Save Save
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