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Kokes Properties Expands to Build In-House Services

BRIELLE, N.J. -- Kokes Properties welcomes two new executives to the full-service real estate organization led by founder and third-generation developer Michael J. Kokes. Matthew Stephens has been named Vice President of Development and Paul Kavka is Project Manager. Stephens and Kavka will be shaping Kokes Properties' entitlement and construction projects.

"Bringing Matt and Paul on board bolsters our team's entitlements and project management," says Michael J. Kokes. "Their years of solid expertise, reputations and industry contacts strengthen Kokes Properties' real estate development mission as the size and scope of our projects increase," he adds.

Matt Stephens' experience spans more than 15 years. The past five years, he served as Senior Project Manager at Toll Brothers overseeing construction, sales and marketing of Toll communities; including the largest Toll community built in New Jersey. During that period, he earned a Master of Engineering degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Stephens also spent 10 years building custom homes at the Jersey Shore.

Paul Kavka is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He brings to Kokes Properties years of experience overseeing project design, permitting, approvals and construction coordination. His tenure in the industry has focused on site planning, civil engineering design, project management, and construction. Kavka spent years with design firms including DW Smith Associates, Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, and was a partner in Gladstone Design, Inc. He graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

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About Kokes Properties

Kokes Properties turns untapped land potential into thriving real estate assets by prioritizing the impact and longevity of its developments. Michael J. Kokes is a third-generation real estate developer who aims to meet new market demands while honoring the principles and reputation established by his grandfather and father. Kokes Properties' purpose and success are aligned with its customers, trade and business partners, staff and government officials. To learn more, visit

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Economic Growth and Public Policy Propel Homeownership Rates

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the first of a three-part series on the impact of economic growth and public policy on homeownership rates, housing policy consultant Allen Jones, Managing Director, Housing Finance Strategies, provides commentary on the drivers of recent increases.

"Today's economic climate combined with private sector recognition of the value of all hard-working Americans is lifting homeownership prospects across the board," says Jones.

The housing crisis of 2008 wreaked havoc on millions of individuals and families. The allure of building generational wealth proved illusory to many who saw the promise of homeownership slip away, taking with it down payments and credit ratings.

Some communities are still recovering, but recent data published by the Census Department may point to a glimmer of light to those hardest hit by the crisis, including African American homeowners. With statistics now supporting incremental improvement to African American homeownership rates from Q4 2016 to Q4 2019, rising from 41.7% to 44% in 2019, it is appropriate to examine the trend and consider the macro factors involved.

It has been said that a rising tide lifts all boats, and that may be true in this case. The US Department of Labor's G. Bryan Slater, Assistant Secretary for Administration, notes "Historically disadvantaged groups are benefiting the most from today's tight labor market. In 2019, the unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans all hit record lows. Those without a high school degree and people with disabilities also set record-low unemployment rates last year."

It is clear that the increasing labor participation rate is a boon to all, but add to it pointed economic incentives such as the federal government's Opportunity Zones and the private sector's Second Chance programs, a case can be made that homeownership rates in all socio-economic groups may be the beneficiary of economic success.

Yet, even as many housing experts acknowledge the positive direction of African American homeownership, they lament the burgeoning gap compared to white homeownership which is some 28 percentage points higher. Policy makers therefore must continue to sharpen the pencil to level the playing field - or widen it - so that homeownership opportunities can be aspirational for all.

The 2020 Presidential campaign is already producing an overdue discussion on criminal justice reform that follows bi-partisan legislation passed in December 2018 called The First Step Act. That bi-partisan legislation was designed to prepare inmates to successfully rejoin society and is supported by a broad coalition spanning the political spectrum, including business groups, faith-based organizations, law enforcement and State and local leaders.

In fact, ahead of the legislation, a big bank announced several major steps to encourage second-chance hiring for those with criminal records. The bank is officially "banning the box"-removing all questions about criminal records from its job applications. The bank also launched a new "policy center," and its first agenda item is reforming rules that effectively bar former felons from employment, in finance and elsewhere.

A further alignment of government and private sector efforts must continue to grow economic investment so that all workforce participation increases and the opportunities for homeownership broaden. Because what Jack Kemp said in 1989 rings just as true today: "Homeownership is essential, we think, to the American dream."

About Housing Finance Strategies:

Housing Finance Strategies provides currency to a broad constituency of mortgage influencers. These include mortgage company executives, fintech leaders, regulatory compliance senior management and public policy officials working in the Capitol and for Washington, D.C. based trade associations and academics.

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Media may contact: Allen Jones, Managing Director, Housing Finance Strategies, at: (202) 441-1854.

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UpsideHōM Launches In South Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- UpsideHōM has officially launched in the United States. The fully managed, shared living concept for senior citizens is an entirely new approach to senior living. The company utilizes standalone single-family homes in lively neighborhoods and provides a turnkey and frictionless living experience for those who desire simplified living, later in life.

Currently, there are 11,000 people a day turning 65 in the US and loneliness among seniors is an epidemic that's putting a tremendous burden on the healthcare system and families alike. According to the Harvard Business Review, loneliness is as damaging to a person's health as smoking 15 cigarettes day. UpsideHōM recently launched with living accommodations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, with the goal of scaling nationally by mid-2020.

"In dealing with my own family members, I saw first-hand how vast this problem of social isolation was and thought that there had to be a better way," says Jake Rothstein, UpsideHōM's Founder and CEO. "Seniors today, from the time their kids move out until the time they require full-time care, simply lack sustainable and viable options. We knew we needed to create suitable and enjoyable living arrangements for the senior citizen population - from there we started looking at the statistics and realized just how massive the need for a creative solution was, now more than ever."

UpsideHōMs are standardized across markets and meet a strict set of criteria to maximize safety, comfort, mobility and design. All UpsideHōMs include interior and exterior maintenance, housekeeping, basic cable/internet, companionship visits, a dedicated UpsideHōM Manager and single-bill simplicity. Modern furniture options are also available. Leases are individualized by bedroom for convenience and affordability. UpsideHōM managers offer residents a single point of contact and handle everything from coordination of basic repairs to rides for personal errands. Additionally, they can arrange and organize dozens of other senior-focused activities and services. Because UpsideHōMs are shared, each location is able to provide the incredible benefits and amenities of facility life for up to 70% less than the cost of traditional independent senior living.

UpsideHōMs are now available in all South Florida counties. Interested senior citizens and their families can reserve UpsideHōMs in their desired locations at

For more information contact Jake Rothstein at or at 754-300-1928.

"Senior Living, Remodeled."

About UpsideHōM:

UpsideHōM was founded on a simple premise; to enhance the quality of life for all people in their golden years. We are doing so by building the first and only fully managed, shared living concept for seniors in the nation. Because life is better together. Learn more at

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Silk Title Co. Focuses on Digital Mortgage Closing Experience, Triples Client Base, Achieves Single-Month Record in 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Silk Title Co., the leading provider of digitally-driven mortgage closing services, announced it achieved record growth in 2019, enabling the firm to deliver on its "service at scale" promise to its institutional bank and independent mortgage lender clients nationwide.

Throughout the year, Silk Title Co. tripled its client base and maintained a zero percent client attrition rate, enabling it to achieve several successive record months. The firm experienced a 582% increase in revenue over 2018, requiring the addition of just 13 employees to its staff due to its strategic infrastructure investments.

"'Service at Scale' is a motto we take seriously, and to that end we have invested considerable resources in developing a business model that maximizes our people, processes and technology to deliver virtually flawless title, settlement and closing services significantly faster and cheaper than the competition," said Silk Title Co. President and CEO Marc Trachtenberg. "Our organization is fully committed to executing mortgage closings as digitally as possible, and our like-minded mortgage lending clients have reaped the benefits of this commitment through reduced costs, faster closing times and an overall better experience for their borrowers and real estate agent partners."

"Our industry assumes that technology is a panacea to the operational problems in loan manufacturing and closing. At Silk Title we've observed that injecting innovative technology into a fundamentally broken process is far from the cure-all everyone assumes," Trachtenberg explained. "That's why we crafted our proprietary process first and then built out our customized technology environment to support it. As a result, we've cultivated a tech-driven, process-oriented client base that recognizes the value of a centralized operating environment and is committed to collaborating with Silk to deliver a seamless closing experience to their borrowers."

About Silk Title Company

Silk Title Co. provides title insurance, search and settlement services across the nation to the top institutional banks and independent mortgage lenders. Additionally, the firm also provides services for foreclosure, default, REO, and traditional real estate transactions. Leveraging a proprietary blend of people, process and technology, Silk Title Co. is able to deliver digital mortgage closing services at scale, resulting in some of the fastest turn times in the industry while delighting homebuyers, real estate agents and lenders alike.

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Palm Beach Premier Real Estate Lists Rare Find on Boca Raton Waterfront Point Lot

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Palm Beach Premier Real Estate has just listed an intracoastal dream estate in the heart of Boca Raton. Built in 2002, this Tuscan-inspired villa is situated on a rare-to-find, oversized point lot that boasts panoramic views and a south side location, showering it with sun all day long. With 233 feet of water frontage, this modern-day estate is an absolute gem.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity to own a remarkable piece of luxury Boca Raton real estate on a rarely available oversized waterfront point lot," Listing Broker Grant Freer says.

The property located at 898 Glouchester Street features six bedrooms, eight and a half baths and nearly 9,000 square feet of interior living space.

Upon entry, a grand staircase with stunning wrought-iron railings and an elegant statement chandelier makes an extraordinary first impression. The luxury architectural details throughout the estate include coffered ceilings, crown moldings, a grand entry foyer, custom mill work, imported marble and stone, a chef's dream kitchen with high-end gas appliances, dual refrigerators, spacious island, breakfast nook overlooking the water, large bar area and high-end elements throughout.

"Thoughtful design and detailing are truly found in every room," Grant adds.

The spacious master retreat offers beautiful design elements, a stunning fireplace and built-in TV unit. The suite connects to a private balcony overlooking the water and there's also a water view from the large soaker tub in the hers master en-suite.

There's an elevator, upstairs and downstairs laundry spaces, home theatre, gym, fireplace and four-car garage. Additional features include all new air conditioning units, an outdoor grill area, generator and so much more.

The listing price for this beautiful Boca Raton estate home is $5.65 Million. Click here for the full listing:

This Boca Raton waterfront property abuts the intracoastal and access canal and has dockage that can accommodate a 75-foot yacht. A stunning sitting room overlooks the waterway and pool area too.

"This property truly offers endless luxury," Broker Associate/Office Manager Gia Freer says. "The prime waterfront views coupled with extraordinary landscape details only add to the property's elegance and serious wow factor."

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About Palm Beach Premier Real Estate

Founded in 2006, Palm Beach Premier Real Estate is a boutique real estate company that specializes in luxury homes, multi-million-dollar condominiums, gated communities and waterfront properties. The company embraces a five-star customer experience and concierge-style philosophy.

Broker/Owner Grant Freer is originally from the United Kingdom and is respected as a clear communicator with strong negotiating skills. He has a background in accounting, finance and business and has managed multiple successful ventures. With more than 25 years of experience, his knowledge of the housing market combined with his sales and marketing skills make him one of the Palm Beach region's premier real estate brokers.

Gia Freer has more than 20 years of real estate experience. She is intimately familiar with luxury real estate throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties. She's been an early adopter of many new technologies, finding ways to help clients through social media and online video. Much of Gia's success can be credited to her passion for helping people. Her positive energy and attention to detail have earned her great praise for providing high-quality service.

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Jim McCann Announces a Prime Location Palm Beach Monterey Style Residence

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Luxury Palm Beach Agent, Jim McCann, lists an incredible Palm Beach residence offered for $6.7 Million. The treelined avenues of Palm Beach are home to some world's most iconic luxury properties, delivering a lifestyle of privilege and style. And now, it's your turn to experience this sought-after way of life with this stunning Monterey style home. Perched in a prime location and shrouded by a canopy of thriving greenery and lush foliage, this gorgeous house oozes a cheerful, yet sophisticated ambience and is perfectly positioned on a 19,284 square foot lot.

More information on 267 Dunbar Road can be found at:

Proudly boasting 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 partial baths in its 5,236 square foot floorplan, this is a remarkable home in every way. Showcased by soaring ceilings adorned with cypress paneling, flawless wood, marble flooring, and an elegance which is etched into every finish, it is brimming with beauty and intrigue.

A cozy living room with warm wood finishes and fireplace promises to be an inviting haven for relaxation or gathering with guests, and the centrally placed wood paneled library overlooks spacious grounds. The well-designed kitchen and dining room are gleaming examples of elegance, with the kitchen boasting a surplus of storage, stainless steel appliances, and an eat-in counter. The centrally placed family room opens to the sunny patio via French doors and will foster happy, heartfelt memories.

Residing on the second floor, the sumptuous, sun-infused master suite is a restful and superior sanctuary complemented by a dressing room with dual walk-in closets, master bathroom with spa, and a balcony with a spiral staircase to ensure you can access the beautiful backyard with ease. Two more bedrooms - one with en-suite and both with walk-in closets - also await, while the upstairs study can be utilized as a 4th bedroom.

Outdoors, indulge in a peaceful and private oasis while you soak up the eternal sunshine which spills over the 16' x 32' swimming pool, manicured gardens, and areas zoned for relaxation. You can also dine, alfresco style, in the covered loggia and sip cocktails under the shadows of towering palms which sway gently in the Floridian breeze, or retreat to the secluded rooftop balcony and be mesmerized by the glorious views.

Considered one of the top residential streets on the Island, Dunbar Road is flanked by the glistening white sands and pristine North Atlantic Ocean on one end and the famed Lake Trail which hugs the Intracoastal Waterway at the other. You're also less than 2 miles from the Everglades Club and the Palm Beach Country Club and central to the renowned Worth Avenue, with its Michelin star dining and world-class designer shopping. Midtown shopping is on hand at The Royal Poinciana Plaza, and if the local social scene should beckon, The Breakers, Mar-a-Lago, the Flagler Museum and The Society of the Four Arts Museum & Gardens are also close by. Finally, travelers can take advantage of private and commercial air services at Palm Beach International Airport, located less than 15 minutes away.

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About Jim McCann:

Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach Board of Realtors, Jim McCann, is ranked in the top 200 Real Estate Agents in the nation for 2019 and has been included on this list since 2007, selling over $100 million in high-end Palm Beach homes each year. Over the course of his 30-year career in Palm Beach real estate he has represented over $2Billion+ in sales transactions. He is known for his unparalleled real estate marketing expertise, his masterful negotiating abilities, and for his excellent professionalism providing top customer service. Jim is constantly on the forefront of implementing cutting edge strategies to get his client's listings mass exposure. He continues to surpass the luxury real estate competition in Palm Beach year after year all while maintaining a reputation for doing business with utmost integrity. To find out more about the opportunity to own the most luxurious homes in Palm Beach, please visit:

Jim McCann & Associates
Contact- Jim McCann
Phone- 561.655.5560
Address- 125 Worth Avenue, Suite 221, Palm Beach, FL 33480

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Atlanta Luxury Realtor Debra Johnston Lists an Exquisite Luxury Listing with Colossal Car-collector Steel Showroom

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Debra Johnston of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties presents Georgia's best custom masterpiece estate offered for $15.5 Million. For the epitome of sprawling sophistication, indulgent luxury, and decadent opulence there is none that rival this exceptional Atlanta estate. Ensconced at the heart of 446 rolling emerald green acres, this serene sanctuary, renowned as Georgia's most prized property, boasts all the trimmings you'd expect from such a sumptuous offering. Showcased by a 10,000 square foot exquisite and expertly customized home, three caretaker residences, and a one-of-a-kind 40,000 square foot "car barn," there is simply nothing which can compare to this exceedingly rare, magnificent masterpiece and its majestic surrounds.

More information on 3509 Tanners Mill in Gainesville, GA can be found at:

Perfectly positioned just one hour north of Buckhead Atlanta, a stone fence marks the auspicious entry before unveiling a winding driveway which curls its way past manicured lawns and mature trees to where the grand main residence awaits. A meandering river, complemented by gentle waterfalls and a 6-acre lake surrounds this landmark abode, while inviting walkways dotted with intriguing sculptures and a charming covered bridge, will also tempt you to explore the outdoors.

It won't be long until you're drawn towards the stately residence highlighted by an incredibly ornate and intricately carved front door imported from Santa Fe which sets the tone of unrivalled grandeur. Marvel at the views which beckon from every room, along with the flawless finishes throughout - created from only the finest materials. The main level living space exudes a regal splendor, where a stone fireplace and rows of oversized picture windows draws attention to the lofty ceiling height, also echoed in the foyer. A family room oozes cozy appeal and there is a richly wood-paneled billiards and bar room plus a great room off the gourmet kitchen. Infused with a sense of refined country charm, this well-equipped space is designed for culinary delights which can be enjoyed in the distinguished dining room adorned with a glittering Baccarat Chandelier.

The bedrooms have also been carefully cultivated to honor the classic, enduring beauty of this home. The main level master suite, which opens up to the patio, is balanced by a lavish en-suite and a double-sided fireplace that leads through to a graceful sitting room. A sweeping staircase, set under a ceiling created from 100-year-old reclaimed wood beams, delivers you to the next level where four elegant bedroom suites await, including a second master suite.

An expansive 6,000 square feet of covered patios with slate floors wraps itself around three sides of the main residence, where you can sit back and bask in the spectacular handiwork of mother nature and be spellbound by the hypnotic rhythm of soothing waterfalls and rivers.

The shining standout of this enviable offering is the 40,000 square foot 'car barn'. This converted equestrian center proudly hosts a car collection of over 70 vehicles, as well as a stunning office, a 1900's-style saloon, replicas of a period gas station, dealership façade, barber shop, soda shop as well as a movie theater ticket booth and marquee.

Along with the replica of a mahogany bar from a historic hotel in New Mexico, reclaimed beams, wide plank floors and library - the property also boasts a unique red slate roof, specifically selected to enhance the custom doors.

Situated an hour north of exclusive Buckhead, and a short drive from Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton, this is the lifestyle many aspire to, but few are privileged enough to enjoy.

For a sneak peek tour of this grand luxury property and estate, visit:

About Debra Johnston:
Debra Johnston is one of Atlanta's top luxury agents with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties and is a current Chairman Circle Diamond member for the past 3 consecutive years and the #1 individual agent in the Buckhead Office of Berkshire Hathaway for the past six consecutive years. In 2019, Debra had a record-breaking year selling $42 million in 18 closed transactions representing both luxury buyers and sellers. She continues to surpass client expectations as demonstrated in her sales volume performance year over year serving her extensive clientele network which includes the music and film industry, athletes, Fortune 500 executives, and entrepreneurs. Debra is the exclusive 'News Partner Realtor' for the Atlanta real estate market, which uniquely differentiates herself as a leader in utilizing her proprietary cutting edge marketing strategy of using her media connections to get her client's homes featured on high-authority channels like Yahoo Finance, Reuters, Bloomberg, FOX, ABC, NBC, and more. Debra is constantly on the forefront of implementing progressive tactics to get her listings mass exposure through this distinctive complementary blend of press-marketing, search engine optimization, and technology coupled with superb photography and video production. She is known for her genuine enthusiasm for luxury real estate and for her excellent professionalism providing top customer service. With over sixteen years of experience in the luxury market, Debra is a leader in the real estate field and consistently delivers uncompromising professionalism and ultimately a positive experience for her clients. Representing clients from Los Angeles to New York to Miami, Debra continues to surpass the luxury real estate competition in Atlanta while delivering exceptional service each and every time.

To find out more about the opportunity to own Atlanta's premier luxury properties, please view Debra Johnston's website at

Debra Johnston - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices GA Properties
Address: 3500 Lenox Road NE #300, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, United States
Contact Name: Debra Johnston
Phone: +1-404-312-1959

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Luxury Condominium Project by Forest Development Approved For Lake Park

LAKE PARK, Fla. -- Lake Park, Florida-based Forest Development has received unanimous approval from the Town of Lake Park to build Nautilus 211, a 332-unit, 1.15 million sq. ft. luxury condominium project with mixed use components that will rise along the Intracoastal Waterway, overlooking the Lake Park Harbor Marina. Nautilus 211 will be the largest development project in the Town's history, and construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2020. Completion is estimated in the summer of 2023.

The project's two, 23-story towers will offer dramatic, unobstructed views across the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean and premium finishes and amenities. It features two pools: one on the sixth-floor deck with a pool-side bar and lounge, hot tub, and private cabanas. A second pool on the 23rd floor also includes an outdoor kitchen for resident use. Nautilus 211 will be known for its many extras, including pickleball courts, putting green, game room, children's play center, private theater, club room, resident bowling alley, wine storage, library, large fitness center with a yoga studio, and giant chess board. A fifth floor entertainment area will offer a music studio, arts and crafts room, billiards room and Pilates studio. There are also four guest suites available for rent.

"This remarkable project is the result of five years of planning," said Peter Baytarian, Managing Partner of Forest Development. "The community rallied its support around the project that will bring vitality and world-class architecture to Lake Park, and we are very appreciative of our new neighbors. Once completed, Nautilus 211 will allow the Town to truly thrive, and achieve some of its other goals that benefit all residents."

"This project is a game-changer for us," said Lake Park Mayor Michael O'Rourke. "Nautilus 211 will bring in more than $1.7 million in annual revenue to the Town, which will help us create new programs and potentially reduce taxes, plus generate hundreds of construction jobs and dozens of permanent jobs for area residents."

Nautilus 211 was designed by RD Architects of Miami, and Kast Construction will be the general contractor. The interiors were created by the highly respected Interiors by Steven G design team of Fort Lauderdale. Inclusive of the over-the-top amenities, Nautilus will be clearly distinguished by the value it offers vis-à-vis comparable new condominium units in surrounding pockets of affluence. Pricing has not yet been released but Baytarian says the initial unit offering will run at a significant discount to comparable units (not counting all the amenities) in Palm Beach County markets.

In addition to the 332 condos, the 2.78-acre site at Federal Highway and Lake Shore Drive will include 13,000 sq. ft. of office space, 8,058 sq. ft. of retail and 14,550 sq. ft. of space for two waterfront restaurants. Five floors of parking will offer 863 spaces for residents and the public.

Nautilus 211 will be directly adjacent to the 87-slip Lake Park Harbor Marina, with access for ships up to 140 feet. The marina is conveniently located just minutes from the Palm Beach Inlet providing access to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. The location is ideal for boating, fishing, scuba diving and day trips to The Bahamas.

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Mold Inspection Sciences Texas and Blackmon Mooring and BMS CAT Collaborations Deliver New Mold Response Efficiencies

AUSTIN, Texas -- "The Secret Life of Mold," a podcast released by Mold Inspection Sciences Texas, recently sat down with Robby Jackson, general manager of Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT Austin, to discuss the solution for a more efficient response to mold.

"Mold remediation is the process of treating mold-contaminated areas, effectively stopping, reducing, and repairing the growth of mold," said Jackson. "Mold needs warmth, moisture, and food. Anytime there is a water loss, it needs to be dealt with immediately. It only takes 48 to 72 hours for mold to become present."

"Not enough people know that mold assessments and remediation are two different processes that should be kept separate and professionally handled," he said. "However, when used in a collaborative effort, they can help solve a mold issue much more comprehensively."

So what makes this relationship so much more efficient? According to Jackson, it's the checks and balances, the open lines of communication, and having that unique detection expertise available while the restoration is in process.

"During mold inspections valuable data is collected, so assessment and remediation can successfully work together," says guest co-host and Mold Inspection Sciences Texas Chief Operating Officer Mike Marshall. "Investigating, collecting samples, and laboratory testing is the only way to know for sure what type of mold is present, how much mold is present, and how it may be impacting the indoor environment."

"That is how we know for sure that we are properly containing, cleaning, and restoring impacted areas," Jackson adds. "Without a scope of work, we are left to assumptions."

"That open line of communication with a consultant and a partner like Mold Inspection Sciences Texas is critical in that type of transition, if necessary. And we've done that on quite a few occasions with unbelievable success."

It can also be downloaded on Apple Podcast:

About The Secret Life of Mold:
Mold can lurk undetected, wreaking havoc and making you, those around you, and your property sick. The Secret Life of Mold team know the plethora of myths, misconceptions, and scare tactics that cause confusion and fear. The Secret Life of Mold podcast is armed with proven and experienced tips, tools, strategies, and information on all things mold, allergy, and air quality issues that you need to know.

About Mold Inspection Sciences Texas:
Mold Inspection Sciences Texas - - was founded in 2007 by CEO Michael Bains with one simple goal in mind: to provide affordable, professional, and high-quality mold inspection and testing services to people across Texas suffering from the nuisance of mold. Over the past 12 years, MISTX has successfully performed and solved thousands of investigations, providing safer and healthier conditions for a wide variety of clients to thrive in.

About Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT:
Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT started in 1948 as a furniture and dye shop. Blackmon Mooring has grown to become a leader in each service area where it practices - from fire and water restoration to storm damage recovery. The earliest founders of Blackmon Mooring built their business on reliability, quality, and superior customer service. In 1981, the company expanded its reach globally with the addition of the BMS CAT division, and since then it has responded to some of the world's most devastating disasters. Today, the company follows the same principles it was founded upon, and always remembers that the customer is the cornerstone of the business. Learn more:

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Vermont Company Jamaica Cottage Shop Ships 10 Thousandth Building

SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt. -- Jamaica Cottage Shop has hit a milestone. After 25 years of being in business, it's excited to announce it just shipped its 10 thousandth building. And, considering the company's owner first started out building dog houses, that's a pretty impressive accomplishment.

Domenic Mangano, owner, Jamaica Cottage Shop, attributes the company's success to its direct to consumer model which keeps cost low and to its post and beam construction which keeps quality high. Shipping is free in the continental U.S. and eastern Canada which adds quite a bit to savings too.

The post and beam design uses rough hemlock and Eastern white pine, milled predominately in Vermont sawmills. Only superior hardware is used.

Jamaica Cottage kits ship in self-contained shrink-wrapped bricks and are designed for easy, onsite assembly. Lumber is American grown, sustainably harvested and native rough-sawn.

Perfect for every use, top sellers include the Vermont Cottage, a charming, one-room 16 x 20 building; the Vermont cabin, a 20 x 30 post and beam dwelling; the Gibraltar and the Xylia - both ideal candidates for a tiny home or cabin.

Vermont Cottage Company also makes the projects very affordable by offering fast financing in the checkout process.

"We try to make everything easy for our customers," Mangano says. "That's what sets us apart from the competition."

In addition to four season tiny homes and cottages for living, Jamaica Cottage Shop also offers storage, garden and livestock solutions. There are DIY kits with easy-to-follow, color-coded directions and pre-assembled options too.

"It's all about keeping it simple," Mangano says. "And, when you combine quality and savings, it yields success. It's time to start working towards the next 10,000 now."

About Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc.

Founded in 1995 by Domenic Mangano, Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. is a privately-held company. The name is derived from the town where it was first launched - Jamaica, Vermont. It's a group of premier builders of fine post and beam buildings such as tool sheds, cottages, wood sheds and livestock shelter. Built by Vermont tradesmen, each structure is crafted with a personality of its own creating a distinctive and aesthetically pleasing sight that will enhance any landscape. It offers complete design-to-finish solutions for clients searching for a special sanctuary.

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