DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront debuts

first_imgDoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront debutsDoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront debuts after property wide renovationHilton (NYSE: HLT) today welcomes the 30-acre DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as the latest addition to the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio of 465+ hotels after a property-wide renovation and expansion project of the resort. Formerly known as the Springmaid Beach Resort, the seaside hotel now boasts a 20,000 square-foot main building, ocean view restaurant and lounge, “grab & go” snack area and outdoor entertainment terrace.“From the area’s 100+ golf courses to Springmaid Pier’s world-class fishing and surfing, there are many reasons Myrtle Beach visitors have always felt welcomed, relaxed and rejuvenated,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “Beginning with a warm Chocolate Chip Cookie welcome upon arrival, guests at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront will be treated to the kind and caring service our brand is known for throughout their stay.”The centerpiece of the 12-month, multimillion dollar transformation is a new main building, which houses the new lobby area and guest registration, offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline as well as new entertaining amenities and offerings including restaurants and a food market.“Delivering a fantastic sense of arrival, the main building perfectly embodies the new look and feel of the resort,” said Michael Frits, general manager, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront. “Our guests are now immediately greeted by the expanse of shoreline and Atlantic blue waters through floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a sophisticated beach design and vibe created by vaulted ceilings, dramatic lighting, sleek furniture, and coastal colors and fabrics.”“Since the purchase, we were eager to complete the renovation of this celebrated resort, taking careful consideration to preserve its status on the Grand Strand, while introducing modern amenities and offerings for guests to enjoy for a lifetime,” said Kenneth Fearn, managing partner for Integrated Capital.The food and beverage offerings were a key component of the resort’s renovation with the addition of an oceanfront restaurant and lounge, the refurbishment of the Springmaid Pier restaurant and the introduction of a full-service commissary style market to give guests a wide variety of dining selections.Ocean Blue Restaurant illustrates its rich, southern culinary heritage with comfort foods, such as buttermilk fried chicken and slow-grilled BBQ ribs, as well as seasonal seafood and grilled meats with stunning views and indoor and outdoor seating.Ocean Blue Lounge is designed to stimulate conversation and energy with an open-air layout that is the hub of activity in the new building. From a bourbon- and rum-centric bar, the lounge features carefully crafted cocktails with fresh ingredients, as well as light bites and traditional appetizers.The Market provides “grab & go” options such as breakfast pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, pizzas and more.On the upper level, the Ocean Terrace outdoor entertainment deck, Ocean Boardroom and Ocean Blue Private Dining Area are available for private events and functions.Located on the iconic Springmaid Pier, the casual Southern Tide Bar & Grille is redesigned and overlooks the beautiful Atlantic. The restaurant also boasts HD TVs, foosball and a shuffleboard table and offers a variety of ocean-caught seafood, all-beef burgers, freshly-made salads and quick bar bites.For a quick snack, Fishtales general store offers drinks, ice cream and Starbucks coffee, in addition to a selection of sundries.Delivering comfort is also a top priority for the newest DoubleTree by Hilton. Located in the resort’s Live Oak and Palmetto Towers, all 452 redesigned oceanfront guest rooms feature 40-inch HD TVs, DoubleTree’s signature Sweet Dreams® bedding, mini-refrigerator, microwave and private balcony with outdoor seating. Outfitted with new ebony wood furnishings, the rooms are dressed in a fresh palette of ocean blues and cool grey, creating a contemporary coastal design with clean lines and practical appeal.Meeting professionals and attendees will appreciate the resort’s newly enhanced 35,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting space, which serves as the largest oceanfront conference center in Myrtle Beach. As part of the renovation, the three-story conference center was outfitted with new decor, wall treatments, carpet and paint and features versatile function space with floor-to-ceiling windows on each floor for sweeping ocean views with access to oceanfront covered balconies. The three ballrooms – Atlantic, Carolina and Springs – are divisible into 19 meeting or breakout rooms, offering plenty of space for 10 to 1,000 guests. The resort also has several small meeting rooms and hospitality suites available for use.“Adding a well-known resort to our portfolio was something we were proud to announce,” stated Stewart Cushman, partner for Integrated Capital. “Now, the opportunity to unveil and showcase the property-wide upgrades and renovations is even that much more exciting.”As part of the Hilton portfolio of brands, guests of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront are also encouraged to participate in Hilton HHonors, Hilton’s free-to-join loyalty program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly with Hilton save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, including:An exclusive member rate at more than 4,500 hotels worldwideInstant benefits, such as free Wi-Fi, the ability to earn and redeem Points for free nights as well as access to digital check-in with room selection and Digital KeyUnforgettable, exclusive experiences, available via Points at HHonors.com/auctions, such as access to private concerts or sought-after eventsIn addition to Hilton HHonors benefits and the iconic warm Chocolate Chip Cookie welcome, guests will enjoy other DoubleTree by Hilton amenities, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee selections, an array of refreshing natural skin and body care products and 24-hour fitness center.Purchased in December 2014, the Springmaid Beach Resort is owned by an affiliate of Los Angeles-based Integrated Capital, LLC, along with its joint venture partner KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT II, a public, non-traded real estate investment trust based in Newport Beach.Situated on a quarter-mile stretch of serene Atlantic shoreline at the south end of Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront features the popular Springmaid Pier, offering world-class fishing as well as a general store and tackle shop. The resort’s beach is one of the area’s best for surfing, is adjacent to the Myrtle Beach State Park and is close to the area’s 100+ golf courses. An ideal resort destination for guests of all ages, the property features six pools, an 18-hole miniature golf course, fitness center and two full-service restaurants. The resort also boasts expansive lawns for volleyball, soccer and other activities. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beachbook your stay hereAbout DoubleTree by HiltonDoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global collection of more than 465 upscale hotels with more than 112,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. Everything about DoubleTree by Hilton aims to return the human touch to travel, starting with the presentation of a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and continuing throughout with Team Members dedicated to Creating a Rewarding Experience (CARE) for hotel guests, other Team Members and the communities the brand proudly serves. DoubleTree by Hilton properties offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (selected locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Source = DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beachlast_img read more

Sofitel Dubai Wafi to become the luxury hotel brands largest in

first_imgSofitel Dubai Wafi to become the luxury hotel brand’s largest in the Middle EastSofitel has announced the largest Sofitel property in the Middle East with development partner MKM Commercial Holdings LLC. Expected to open in early 2019, Sofitel Dubai Wafi will join the luxury brand’s growing portfolio of 14 hotels and 4,400 rooms in operation and under development in the Middle East.Sami Nasser, Chief Operating Officer, Luxury Brands, AccorHotels Middle East, commented: “We are delighted to work with MKM Commercial Holdings, one of our long standing partners, to develop this impressive project that will undoubtedly become a future flagship for Sofitel in the region. The development of this property is aligned with our strategy to operate one of our leading luxury brands across strategic locations in the Middle East.” He further added, “Within the United Arab Emirates, we’ve established a strong presence with four operational hotels across landmark locations including Abu Dhabi Corniche, Downtown Dubai, the Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residences, and now Wafi – a major shopping destination set to undergo a comprehensive retail and leisure expansion.”Sofitel Dubai Wafi will feature 501 luxury guestrooms, inclusive of 86 suites, ranging in size from 55 square meters to 625 sqm, in addition to 97 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom serviced residences to be operated on an extended-stay basis. The property will offer a number of dining concepts including an Asian specialty restaurant, gastro pub, a unique destination restaurant, bar and lounge on 43rd and 44th Floors, a French lobby café, an all-day restaurant and a pool bar. Guests will have the option to relax and unwind at the SoSpa or use a comprehensive gymnasium, outdoor pools, private cabanas and a kids club. Business travelers will have access to 10 meeting rooms in addition to a 1,115 square meter ballroom.Guests of Sofitel Dubai Wafi will enjoy close proximity to Wafi Shopping Mall, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay and the Dubai International Airport. Corporate clientele will have convenient access to primary business and exhibition centers including the Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai Healthcare City and the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre. Located adjacent to the iconic Raffles Dubai, both properties will form a luxury cluster within Wafi offering guests a range of shared amenities and services.H.H. Sheikh Manna Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Chairman of MKM Commercial Holdings said: “We are excited to sign this agreement with AccorHotels, our trusted partner for the Sofitel Dubai Wafi. We are confident that the Sofitel, through its distinct brand positioning and expertise in the luxury segment, will be able to complement our existing Raffles Dubai while cementing the strength of hospitality offerings present within the expanded and revitalized Wafi.”Sofitel Hotels & Resorts offers luxury hotels with a difference, that combine French origin – a unique combination of elegance, savoir-faire and the art of hospitality – with the best of local culture in each destination. Sofitel Dubai Wafi will infuse the brand’s essence with Arabic culture and design elements reflective of Wafi. Over the coming years, Sofitel will introduce stunning new hotels with the openings of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, Sofitel Singapore City Centre, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Sofitel Mexico City Reforma.“Sofitel Dubai Wafi signifies our ongoing commitment to expanding AccorHotels’ presence in the luxury segment through our landmark design and quality driven concepts. Sofitel operates luxury hotels and resorts across key destinations in the Middle East including the Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel, Sofitel Jeddah Corniche, Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah and the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. Through the development of the region’s largest Sofitel, we look to strengthen AccorHotels’ luxury offerings and cement our position as a leading luxury hotel operator.” concluded Nasser.AccorHotels has 39 existing properties in the UAE, in addition to 23 others under development. In the Middle East and Egypt, AccorHotels currently operates 95 hotels encompassing 28,800 rooms across the luxury to economy segments. The Group’s regional network is expected to double in number, bringing over 25,000 additional rooms and nearly 2,400 branded residences to the Middle East. Source = Sofitel Hotelslast_img read more

Hilton announces new leadership in Australasia Heidi Kunkel

first_imgHeidi Kunkel – HiltonHilton announces new leadership in Australasia, Heidi KunkelHilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced that Heidi Kunkel has been appointed to the position of vice president, operations, Australasia with effect from April 4.Heidi will oversee the operations of Hilton’s 23 trading and 9 pipeline properties and lead the company’s growth strategy across Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. She will take over the role from interim incumbent Sean Wooden, who will return to his position as vice president, brand management Asia Pacific.“With Australasia being a key market for Hilton, I am confident that Heidi is the perfect candidate to leverage its potential and bring us to greater heights. With her at the helm, we will continue to build on our recent successes in Australasia, including our win as one of Australasia’s best companies to work for and the opening of our first Curio Collection property in the region, West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton,” said Alan Watts, area president, Hilton Asia Pacific.An Australian native, Heidi was most recently CEO New Markets Europe & Africa at Club Med, responsible for over 15 commercial market sources, including the UK, South Europe, and the Middle East. Her leadership contributed to Club Med’s Brand of the Year win at this year’s World Branding Awards, an accolade which recognized the holiday chain’s worldwide achievements. .Prior to the above role, Heidi also held key leadership positions in Club Med’s commercial offices and resorts, among them being CEO, South East Asia Pacific; President, North East Asia (Korea and Japan); and General Manager for Pacific (based in Sydney).“I am thrilled to lead Hilton’s operations in Australasia, as the company looks to an even bigger year in 2018. Hilton is renowned for its hospitality and innovation and I look forward to working with the team to further strengthen our position in the region,” Heidi said.Source = Hiltonlast_img read more

Luxe new addition to Melbournes hotel scene

first_imgSource = DoubleTree by Hilton – Flinders Street DoubleTree by Hilton – Flinders StreetLuxe new addition to Melbourne’s hotel sceneDoubleTree by Hilton – Flinders Street introduces Level 14, a bold new renovation and re-style of the hotel’s spectacular top floor.Guests exit the elevator into a compressed, warm lobby which dramatically opens to higher volumes when reaching the modern, plush rooms. Level 14 comprises of seven new hotel rooms that are distinctly Melbourne in style and feel: three loft-style suites with soaring double-height ceilings, two of these loft-style rooms feature incredible views across Federation Square. DOUBLETREE BY HILTON – FLINDERS STREET, LEVEL 14 Other rooms include: one King and King accessible room, plus one King room and one suite both with balconies which capture cityscape views of Melbourne’s most famous landmarks from the MCG across to the Arts Centre, Flinders Street Station, the Yarra River and beyond.On the opening of Level 14, Garry Lucas, general manager of DoubleTree by Hilton – Flinders Street said: “The seven rooms on Level 14 are each individually configured to offer flexibility and modern comfort to our guests. “At DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street we are passionate about embracing the unique and local character of our city. The design of Level 14 creatively encapsulates this philosophy by celebrating Melbourne’s bold yet reserved identity with one-off contemporary detailing and considered styleTHE DESIGNWhat was once a private penthouse, Level 14 has been reimagined by leading Australian designers and architects; world-renowned Woods Bagot and iWolff Atelier. The design pushes boundaries to create a new benchmark of bold yet balanced luxury in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.Stepping away from the traditional “marble clad” hotel luxury design, Level 14 offers luxury for the “meta” modern age with a design that celebrates authenticity and intelligent craft.A bold Melbourne look is represented through styling detail and furniture selections. Think mustard velvet desk chairs that mirror the iconic yellow façade of Flinders Street Station, original, exposed bright red beams in the loftrooms, and colour-blocked Italian side tables to add an edgy urban feel.Artisanal processes are celebrated with high-end, bespoke, locally made joinery and Italian-made furniture and upholstery. These bold accents are balanced with French washed walls and custommade pendant globe lights by Point of View, to enhance the elegant and considered touches of the room.THE ARCHITECTUREiWolff Atelier Architects have captured the opportunity of utilising the existing space on the uppermost floor of DoubleTree by Hilton Flinders Street, Melbourne.“Based on Melbourne’s bold philosophy of expressive architecture, iWolff have transformed the existing raw volumes into individually designed hotel rooms. Each room expresses the industrial structure where possible and captures framed vistas to the Yarra River and beyond. This led to an opportunity to individually design each of the rooms to have their own unique qualities” said iWolff Director, Gary Wolff.Three suites utilise the industrial qualities of the building to create loft rooms within the double height volumes. Each bedroom loft area is accessed via carefully crafted staircases with glazed balustrades allowing views into the living area below and through framed windows to the busy streets of Melbourne.“We meticulously coordinated the quality of finishes and exquisite detailing to provide a unique guest experience. The solution is a testament to unrivalled teamwork and cooperation of all parties delivering this bold project” said Wolff.With Melbourne design elements, industrialchic architecture and spectacular views across Federation Square and Flinders Street Station when you experience Level 14, there’s no mistaking which city you’re in.HILTON CELEBRATES 100 YEARS IN 2019The introduction of Level 14 to DoubleTree by Hilton – Flinders Street, coincides with Hilton, the world’s first global hotel company, celebrating its 100th anniversary on 31 May.The hospitality brand that pioneered airconditioned lobbies, in-room televisions, the computerised reservation system and even the piña colada has led the way serving more than three billion guests, employing ten million Team Members and expanding across the world opening a new hotel every day.Hilton continues to lead the way in developing game-changing technologies that enhance travel experiences for its guests and reinforces its commitment to the evolving needs of today’s travellers.last_img read more

Seychelles enters new partnership with Emirates and Jet Airways

first_imgEmirates has renewed its support for the Seychelles by extending a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which unites the two companies in jointly promoting the destination throughout the airline’s network. The MoU agreement was signed by Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa and Rosemary Hoareau, Director of Marketing, Seychelles Tourism Board.Under the agreement, Emirates has committed to working towards increasing the visibility of the destination with its agents, customers and media and to work with the Seychelles Tourism Board to support its promotional events and campaigns.Air Seychelles and Jet Airways have entered a codeshare agreement that offers travellers enhanced connections on their respective networks. The agreement heralds an era of closer cooperation between the two airlines which, in subsequent months, will include reciprocal frequent flyer programmes, cargo handling, and expansion of codeshare arrangements.Manoj Papa, Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer said, “Mumbai has, in a short space of time, proven to be very popular with our guests. This agreement with Jet Airways will enhance our travel proposition by offering Air Seychelles’ guests simple and convenient travel options within India. Thanks to our growing commercial ties with Jet Airways, we will be able to build our presence in India and provide Air Seychelles access to millions of potential Indian guests wishing to travel to the Seychelles, or beyond to Africa. Closer cooperation with cargo will further enable trade in the region and is in line with our business strategy.”last_img read more

Andaman and Nicobar to open up new islands to attract tourists

first_imgThe Administration of Andaman and Nicobar is undertaking aggressive measures to encourage tourism to the destination. This was informed by the Lt Governor, Lt. Gen A K Singh (Retd), during the 70th Independence Day celebration in the isles.Besides focusing on the infrastructure development in various sectors, with respect to tourism, the Administration is making efforts to develop and promote new tourist destinations. The views of the Administration have been submitted to the Government of India for proposed holistic tourism development of five silands namely Ross & Smith, Long Island, Havelock, Neil and Little Andaman. To speed up the process of development of more ecotourism sites, with focus on North and Middle Andaman, Administration has also moved a proposal under Swadesh Darshan/Coastal Circuit Scheme of Government of India. It has been accorded approval in-principle.The Administration is also encouraging ‘Homestays’ to create a product which will give tourists a unique experience of life of people and their history, art, culture and food. “We also remain committed to enhancing safety aspects for all tourism related activities,” the Lt. Governor added.The lush green forests and pristine beaches of these Islands have been attracting tourists in larger numbers. In order to give further boost to ecotourism, the Department is creating infrastructure at Long Island and also opening up new islands for promoting ecotourism for providing gainful employment to the youth living in and around the areas.Work on the Botanical garden is progressing as per schedule and the citizens and tourists alike will be able to avail this attraction soon, he said.last_img read more

Amadeus advances its work ecosystem during the GST compliance

first_imgFollowing the recent implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) across India, Amadeus worked around the clock to ensure its Global Distribution System (GDS) was ready to comply with the country’s new taxation system that has been effective from July 1, 2017.Amadeus ensured compliance to GST for its 45,000 Indian travel agency point-of-sale terminals in record time.Rakesh Bansal, CEO, Amadeus India, commented, “The introduction of the GST is among the most significant tax reforms in India’s economic history. Despite the limited time to apply the change, we are proud that Amadeus became compliant with the new GST structure so quickly. We had teams working 24/7 to make sure we could deliver what our customers needed on time. It is indeed a milestone moment for us as we demonstrate our commitment to offer best-in-class technology and services to our business partners across the Indian subcontinent.”last_img read more

Panel Debates on Qualified Mortgage Regulations

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Processing Regulation Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-10-24 Phil_Britt Share Panel Debates on Qualified Mortgage Regulations By clarifying the qualified residential mortgage (QRM) and QM (qualified mortgage) rules, regulators could attract private investors back into the mortgage market, Michael Held, president of “”Wells Fargo Home Mortgage””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/mortgage/, told the audience at the “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) Annual Conference and Expo in Chicago Monday.[IMAGE]Held, part of a panel discussing housing finance, said that some 90 percent of loans today are owned by government entities such as “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html, “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ and the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory (FHA). Private investors, which were a significant part of the market prior to the 2006-2009 financial crisis, have yet to come back into the market due to concerns over regulations, including undefined regulations like QM and QRM. As long as those rules are undefined, the size of the mortgage market is difficult to define, leading to private investors’ reluctance to participate in it.””There should be a sense of urgency to get private investors back into the market,”” Held added.””Do you need QRM on top of QM?”” Held asked, recommending that they be defined together rather than separately. “”Multiple rule patterns have to be balanced, otherwise it is harder to extend credit.””Held and other panelists agreed that mortgage lenders have returned to the core of the business-“”helping customers achieve homeownership,”” and that many of the lenders who had made risky loans based on “”short-term decisions”” have “”wrung themselves out of the industry due to those decisions.””[COLUMN_BREAK]Held, along with Bill Cosgrove, 2013 MBA vice chairman, did see validity in the safe harbor portion of the QM rules, saying it would help prevent frivolous lawsuits. However, John Taylor, president and CEO of the “”National Community Reinvestment Coalition””:http://www.ncrc.org/, said that the lawsuits come primarily “”when bad things are being done.””Taylor said that the level of lawsuits was very low before the housing crisis and expects litigation to drop off as the industry improves.””You don’t have to worry about litigation if you are doing the right thing,”” Taylor said.Taylor added that there was very little litigation or other industry problems before 1999 because lenders were focused on lending. But with the advent of investment banks, lenders started focusing more on immediate profits. He called the crisis itself “”an example of brokers gone wild. Everyone from investors to borrowers to everyone in between made a lot of bad decisions. No one was paying attention until the market collapsed.””However, Taylor agreed with Held and Cosgrove that too much regulation will do more harm than good, saying “”there needs to be a balance.””The concerns over lending rules, primarily those concerning risk, has lenders denying loans at a higher rate than any other time in the last 25 years, according to Cosgrove. “”A lot of good borrowers are being denied. Underwriting is not so much a science as an art. I don’t think that Washington gets that,”” Cosgrove said.Taylor concurred, reflecting that lenders at one time didn’t make a loan if they questioned the borrower’s ability to handle it. During the crisis, however, the focus was too much on financial literacy and not enough on the borrower’s ability to repay a loan.center_img October 24, 2012 443 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

Price Increases Slow as Housing Market Heads Into Fall

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies CoreLogic Demand Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2013-10-01 Tory Barringer October 1, 2013 463 Views Home prices improved year-over-year for the 18th straight month in August, though the arrival of housing’s usual “”off-season”” brought negligible monthly growth, “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/ reported Tuesday.[IMAGE]According to the company’s monthly Home Price Index (HPI) report, house prices nationwide (including distressed sales) increased 12.4 percent on a yearly basis in August. [COLUMN_BREAK]No states reported year-over-year depreciation, and only one of the top 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) posted a decline: Akron, Ohio (-0.3 percent).On a monthly basis, prices were up only 0.9 percent.Excluding distressed sales, home prices increased 11.2 percent over August 2012 and 1.0 percent over July 2013. Again, no states experienced depreciation.””After a strong run, the rate of home price appreciation slowed in August. In addition to normal seasonality, the recent sharp rise in mortgage rates off their historic lows was a clear driver behind the slowdown,”” said Anand Nallathambi, CoreLogic’s president and CEO.For September, the company’s Pending HPI indicates prices (including distressed sales) will gain 12.7 percent on a yearly basis and 0.2 percent on a monthly basis, continuing the slowing trend. Removing distressed sales, home prices are poised to rise 12.2 percent year-over-year and 0.7 percent month-over-month. Price Increases Slow as Housing Market Heads Into Fallcenter_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

5 Things Investors Need to Know About the SingleFamily Rental Market

first_img March 17, 2016 634 Views in Commentary, Daily Dose, Headlines, News The single-family rental (SFR) market has experienced dramatic growth over the last decade due to more consumers opting out of homeownership and higher rental costs due to an imbalance of supply and demand, but what does this mean for investors?The National Rental Home Council (NRHC) President of the Board and President and CEO of Invitation Homes, John Bartling, sat down with MReport to discuss opportunities for investors in the SFR market and how they can capitalize on them to grow their businesses.MReport: What are the biggest trends you are currently seeing in the SFR market?Bartling: There has always been a vibrant single-family rental market. But over the past few years, we’ve seen an exciting level of growth and a real effort to professionalize what has traditionally been a fragmented marketplace – much the way multi-family was professionalized thirty years ago. The National Rental Housing Council  (NRHC, the single family rental association) members have pioneered a new model for SFR that leverages best practices from well-established rental industries, such as multifamily and hospitality. Combined with enhanced property management, service and maintenance systems, we are starting to deliver an unparalleled resident experience.MReport: What opportunities are there for investors in the SFR market?Bartling: SFR offers tremendous opportunities for investors to realize an attractive risk adjusted return.  As an industry, the U.S. housing economy is evolving, rental demand is surging, and professionally-managed single-family rental homes will continue to be a desirable option, with a quality of choice, for many Americans.  At the same time, the industry is maturing and investors are becoming more sophisticated about the asset class. NRHC members are demonstrating a strong track record of performance that investors are starting to appreciate.There is an opportunity to show investors that SFR industry margins and growth rate are equivalent or better than multifamily. In addition, there is on-going consolidation in the industry and institutional SFR companies only represent less than 200,000 units out of 15.5 million units.MReport: What are the largest hurdles or challenges facing the SFR space?Bartling: This is still a fragmented industry. Institutional SFR scaled quickly, and in a short period of time, our members have successfully transitioned from aggregators of homes to traditional institutional owners and operators of rental properties. We feel good about where we stand today and the resident experience we offer. But as the market continues to grow and serve more residents, it will be important for decision makers at the federal, state and local level to recognize the benefits of professionally managed rental housing and pursue public policies that preserve and strengthen this important affordable, high quality choice for those who choose it.MReport: What do you expect in the coming years to happen in the SFR market? Bartling: In the short-term, we think there will be continued consolidation in the industry. But over time, we expect several things to happen. First, more providers will enter the space and consolidation will continue. Second, the lines between multi- and single-family rental providers will dissolve, meaning companies will do both. Third, the SFR industry will be viewed as a profitable business that is attractive to investors as NHRC members lead in transparency and disclosure of key financial and operating metrics.  And finally, technology will continue to unlock greater efficiencies, even better financial performance and an enhanced resident experience.MReport: What areas/metros/cities are experiencing the most growth in terms of SFRs?Bartling: NRHC members have properties in most regions of the country. The strongest SFR markets are located in communities that are experiencing significant job and population growth, and we are focused on continuing to expand access to professionally managed single-family rental homes throughout the United States in communities where economies are strong and where Americans want to live. Investors National Rental Home Council Single Family Rental Market 2016-03-17 Staff Writercenter_img Share 5 Things Investors Need to Know About the Single-Family Rental Marketlast_img read more

HFG Pavaso Collaborate on Successful Digital Closing in Arizona

first_img in Headlines, journal, News, Origination, Technology April 9, 2018 821 Views Company News eClosing HFG Homeowners Financial Group Pavaso 2018-04-09 David Wharton HFG, Pavaso Collaborate on Successful Digital Closing in Arizonacenter_img Share Homeowners Financial Group (HFG) is one of the first Arizona-based mortgage lenders to complete an eClosing with Pavaso, a leading eClosing technology provider.“Pavaso was tasked with supporting HFG’s National Builder Division by making the entire homebuying experience easier and more efficient,” said Pavaso CEO Mark McElroy. “In providing a superior digital closing experience, HFG is better able to attack one of the traditional pain points in the homebuying process—the closing—and transform it into the gateway to homeownership.”HFG’s primary goal and focus is to make dramatic improvements to the client experience for consumers that come to Homeowners for their mortgage needs. Potential homebuyers have seen virtual reality being used to see what their new house will look like, and even what their view will be when their house is completed. In keeping with this high-tech experience, HFG and Pavaso are continuing to provide the consumer with a great high tech and just better experience in the lending process also. With Pavaso Digital Close, HFG can now continue to offer a more convenient digital process to their clients from start to finish.Pavaso’s cutting-edge technology provides a single NPI secure portal for all parties to the transaction—lender, title, and consumers, which promotes collaboration, transparency, and improved business processes. Its technology is flexible enough to apply in all environments and enables users to conduct the full breadth of digital closings ranging from hybrids to eNotes and eVault.“There are two ways to implement great technology that enhances the client experience: build it yourself or trust an experienced vendor that can work with you to offer the best solution,” said Patrick Lamb, President, Homeowners Financial Group. “We firmly believe that Homeowners provides the best experience to our clients by focusing on what we do best—offering the best service and a competitive price across a broad range of mortgage products. We rely on Pavaso to give us the digital process they have developed to enhance that experience because they are the experts in offering the tools that make eClosing seamless.”last_img read more

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first_imgbrochurekangaroo islandSeaLinksouth australia SeaLink has released a new 63-page brochure – ‘Discover the Best of Kangaroo Island and South Australia 2018/19′ – featuring day and overnight Kangaroo Island Coach tours, one, two and three-day personalised 4×4 Kangaroo Island Odysseys tours, SeaLink’s two, three and six-day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail packages and the two-day/one-night Kangaroo Island Wilderness Explorer Tour.There is also a new, fully-inclusive, two-day Food, Wine & Natural Wonders of Kangaroo Island Tour that focuses on experiencing the island’s renowned local food and wine, and exploring some of KI’s famous natural attractions.Self-Drive Holidays are featured, with 24 pages devoted to accommodation options all over KI – from camping and caravan parks to holiday houses, motels and hotels. The brochure combines Kangaroo Island with other South Australian destinations including Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Hahndorf, Victor Harbor, Barossa and cruising on the Murray River. ‘Discover the Best of Kangaroo Island and South Australia 2018/19’ brochure can be viewed or ordered online. last_img read more

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Skelton started four games as a rookie last year, winningtwo games and throwing for two touchdowns and twointerceptions.Experience is key at the quarterback position and headcoach Ken Whisenhunt believes Skelton has grown since lastyear.“I think it helps from his perspective, being morecomfortable,” Whisenhunt said. “I know the guys in thehuddle are probably more comfortable with him from the wayhe calls the plays and handles the situation.” If Skelton does get the start, the Cardinals will be readyfor him.“I think guys are comfortable with him, we understand whohe is, what his strengths are and we know that we have togo out there and play better ourselves,” Fitzgerald said. Top Stories With Kevin Kolb still battling turf-toe and sitting out ofpractice, the likelihood of backup John Skelton startingon Sunday seems to be growing.If that is the case for the Cardinals, they will at leastbring in a backup who already has some experience withinthe offensive system.“He played well for us down the stretch last year when hegot his opportunity and he can make all the throws,” widereceiver Larry Fitzgerald said.center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals have struggled at the beginning of football games in 2013.Sure, they marched on an 80-yard touchdown drive on their first possession in a road loss to New Orleans, but for the most part, the Cardinals have taken awhile to “warm up.”Arizona has been outscored 30-14 in the first quarter of games this season, a trend that head coach Bruce Arians wants to reverse this week against the Atlanta Falcons. “One thing, stressing to the team, is we need to start faster at home,” Arians said Wednesday. “Defensively, offensively, the entire team — to get off to a better start in the first quarter.”To Arians’ point, it has been even worse at home. In three games at University of Phoenix Stadium this season, the Cardinals have mustered just three first-quarter points, prompting the coach to do a little investigating.“I asked each guy, because we’ve had very good Friday practices and crisp walk-throughs,” he said. “It’s that time from 11:00 a.m. Saturday to kickoff…whatever you’re doing, change it. Try something new and see if we can’t come out of the gate a little faster.”Atlanta, despite a 2-4 record, have dominated opponents in the first quarter of games, outscoring them 41-3.“They’re a good, fast football team — their offense usually gets off to a good start, because Matty (Ryan) is so sharp,” Arians said. “And even with the weapons they (haven’t) had, they still get off to good starts.”The Falcons have been hampered by injuries to skill players so far in 2013. Running back Steven Jackson has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones is out for the year with a foot injury and fellow wideout Roddy White has been hampered by hamstring and ankle injuries. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img – / 22 0 Comments   Share   “This to me is a guy who could really transcend into one of the top, all-around tight ends at some point in his career.”Niklas is the second Notre Dame player ever to be taken by the Cardinals since they moved to the Valley, joining wide receiver Michael Floyd (2012).Nephew of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, Niklas is the first tight end taken by Arizona since Rob Housler was picked by the organization in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.The Los Angeles Times lineman of the year in 2010, the former Servite High School product transitioned to tight end before his sophomore season in South Bend.“I think it’ll help to let Coach [Arians] mold me in to the type he wants, instead of having to change me from something that I’ve already become,” Niklas said.Since the NFL merger, Niklas is the 10th Irish tight end to be taken in the first or second round of the draft. In attempt to give quarterback Carson Palmer yet another offensive weapon this offseason, the Arizona Cardinals used the No. 52 pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas.The 6-foot-7 Niklas played two years with the Irish and caught 37 balls for 573 yards and six touchdowns.“It’s been extremely hard to fight the tight end that’s a duel threat, can do both things and do them well,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “That’s what this guy is. There’s a few of those players left in the NFL, guys like Heath Miller and those sort of players. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact In four years at West Texas A&M, the 5-foot-9, 184-pound receiver caught 174 passes for 1,978 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   The NFL Veteran Combine led to at least one player getting another shot, and this one happens to be with the Arizona Cardinals.Ex-Jaguars & West Texas A&M WR Nathan Slaughter has agreed to terms with #Cardinals, source said. 1st veteran combine player to get a job.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 23, 2015 Slaughter joined the NFL last year as a rookie free agent with the Houston Texans, but was released in May. He then spent training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was waived/injured on August 6. Prior to that, he caught 50 passes for 516 yards and three touchdowns for West Texas A&M in 2013. He also scored three touchdowns on 36 kickoff returns, while averaging 36.1 yards per return.last_img read more

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first_img“There are some parts in the game where sometimes one individual might see something different in the coverage, but I think it’s just all, individually, we’ve got to look at ourself,” he said. “For me, just going back, looking at the film by myself, and just seeing what the quarterback is seeing and make the corrections and talk to him after you make the corrections and see how we can get better the next week.”Floyd getting on track would do a lot for both the Cardinals and his future. The 26-year-old is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of this season, and with a good year could find himself on the receiving end of a nice new contract.He admitted there is no way to completely remove thoughts of next season from his head, and noted they are in his head “for sure.”“But I can only control what I can control, and that’s going out there and making plays and starting off fast,” he said. “And when those 50-50 balls come to me, it’s all about making the plays.”Injury updateThe official injury report can be found here, but Wednesday saw the return to practice for a couple of ailing Cardinals, with guard Evan Mathis and linebacker Kareem Martin practicing on a limited basis. The only players who did not practice were defensive lineman Frostee Rucker (knee) and punter Drew Butler (achilles). The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I think, for sure, for me, there was a play down field where I saw the coverage differently,” Floyd said. “I spoke with Carson after that, he was correct, we made the corrections during meetings and we move forward. I don’t plan on having that mistake again, and we settled it there.”While Floyd’s start may not be up to the standard he set for himself, Palmer believes there has been no drop-off in play from the fifth-year pro.“Mike Floyd’s catching balls in practice every day,” he said. “He’s catching balls consistently with his hands. I have a ton of faith in him and I expect every ball I throw to him for him to make a catch or jump over somebody to make a catch. But he’s made tons of plays and that’s that.”The only thing missing from Floyd’s game compared to last season, according to Arians, is consistency, both in practice and in games.“He shines and then all of a sudden he’ll drop an easy one,” he said. “You just can’t do that.”Floyd is not the only player on the offense who has not played up to his normal standard, and in the passing game especially, things for whatever reason seem to be off. Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Oh, and Floyd’s head also hit the turf hard at one point, and though he passed a concussion test during the game, was entered into the protocol on Monday after waking up with a headache.By Wednesday, Floyd had been cleared to resume practicing, and he went through the session in a yellow non-contact jersey without any symptoms. So, he should be completely cleared by Thursday.The matter of his early-season struggles, however, still remains.“I would say some of the balls, them 50-50 balls, I don’t think we would be having this conversation if I came down with them,” Floyd said after practice Wednesday. “But that’s just how it is now and I’ve got to look forward for next week and making big plays, because they’re going to come to me every single week. It’s up to me to make them.”On the season, Floyd has caught nine passes for 134 yards with one touchdown on 24 targets. Many of the passes thrown his way are of the contested variety, with Palmer trusting the 6-foot-2, 220-pound wideout to make a play. Some of them, like the one he dropped in the first quarter against Buffalo, are much easier.There are also some that, because of a misunderstanding, turn into turnovers. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img New specialistsOn Monday, Arians said even though Butler would not be available to punt, the plan was to possibly keep him active on game days to hold on field goals and PAT attempts. By Wednesday, however, that idea seemed to fall by the wayside.“I’m holding that as a secret,” Arians joked when asked if Butler could still be the holder. “That’s a secret. That’s so potentially dangerous that the Rams might know that. I doubt it. I doubt it. The reason is he’s in a boot. If he were actually to jog out there, he could do more damage than good. So, we’re probably not going to do that.”Holding in place of Butler would be the team’s new punter, Ryan Quigley. And snapping to him will be Aaron Brewer, who was signed to replace the released Kameron Canaday.Arians said he’s confident Quigley could handle the role as in practice Wednesday he performed well through a good breeze.Catanzaro, who confirmed his coach’s account by saying he went 8-for-8 in practice, said the new guys performed well Wednesday.But, there are things to work through.“Just the tempo, getting used to their tempo and how they do it,” he said. “We’re trying to just kind of get them kind of on the same page as far as the cadence goes for field goal for us.” On Brewer, who is replacing Canaday, Arians said the veteran has got a lot of tape and has proven to be consistent.The 26-year-old spent the last four seasons with the Denver Broncos, and comes to Arizona with more than 60 games under his belt. That experience, Arians said, is key to helping at the position.“It’s all about nerves,” he said. “When you talk about guys, I always use a putter (as an example). The guys on tour early, they can’t make it because of the nerves on their putter. They’ve got all the talent in the world, but the nerves have to be controlled. I want Kam back because the kid’s got a lot of talent. Once he gets his nerves under control, and it’s just like young guys on tour putting.”Canaday’s nerves may have cost him a job, but you would think now Arians will be more at ease with a veteran snapping the ball.“They were at ease before,” he said. “It was just a matter of watching a guy do it every day and then just not handling it on game day. But yeah, this guy’s done it, so it’s easier.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 22 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) during an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) TEMPE, Ariz. — There are plenty of reasons why the Arizona Cardinals are off to a poor start offensively, and a good number of players who could shoulder some responsibility.One player who might carry a larger share than others is receiver Michael Floyd, whose drop on Arizona’s first play from scrimmage against the Bills has been cited numerous times by head coach Bruce Arians as a killer. It was the beginning of what would be a pretty rough day for Floyd, who caught four of 11 passes thrown his way and in the fourth quarter appeared to read coverage wrong and in the process hung QB Carson Palmer out to dry on an interception. Generally teams do not like messing with their specialists during the season, as chemistry is seen as a very important part of the process. The Cardinals, however, had no choice but to add a new punter/holder, and after a couple of rough outings, decided Canaday could not longer be an option, either.It’s a considerable change heading into Week 4, but one Catanzaro will have to deal with.“It’s a little bit different, a little different look, but when it comes down to it, I shared with Ryan how I like the ball leaned, how I liked it set up, and he did a good job of that today; and Brewer snapped well,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to working with these guys, and I’m just looking forward to controlling what I can control and trying to just make kicks. Just trying to give myself the best chance to make kicks for the team.”Speaking of CanadayWhen an offseason battle between Canaday and Daniel Dillon was decided, the hope was that the winner would keep that job for a long time.In the NFL, capable long snappers tend to stick around for a while, and Canaday could have been beginning what would turn out to be a nice career.Less than a month after he earned the job, however, Canaday is without a job, as the Cardinals felt a need to make a change after bad snaps against the New England Patriots in Week 1 and against the Bills in Week 3 cost the team dearly.last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. — When the Cardinals traded for Chandler Jones in the offseason, the thought was they were getting a premier pass rusher.So far, so good, as he has four sacks in his first four games, and in doing so became the first player in franchise history to notch a sack in each of the first four games of a season.Fellow linebacker Markus Golden later joined Jones with the same feat, but Jones’ final line in a 17-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams Sunday of four tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a QB hit was arguably his best of the young season — and for the most part, exactly what the Cardinals were hoping for. The page has to be turned, and quickly.“Can’t feel too bad for ourselves, we have to play in like 72 hours,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “It’s going to be an opportunity for us to bounce back, primetime T.V. Hopefully we can be ready.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter “It just made me push harder to get back where I want to be.”Quick turnaround a good thing?Given their injury situation, the timing of the Cardinals’ next game could probably be better.Then again, given that they are coming off another disappointing loss, maybe the chance to get back on the field and right the ship cannot come soon enough.“Personally, for me, yeah. I’m hungry,” linebacker Chandler Jones said. “I want to win. The quicker we can get to that game, the better. I’m excited about this quick turnaround for sure.”Thursday night the Cardinals will be in Santa Clara, Calif., to take on the 49ers in their first and only Thursday night affair this season. Every team has to play in one, and the Cardinals will get theirs out of the way now. If they win, the benefit will be a little extra time off before their next game.It won’t be a bye week, but it will be close. And if nothing else, needing to prepare for another game so soon means the Cardinals cannot spend too much time focusing on Sunday’s outcome. Arians said the team has no time to dwell on the loss to the Rams — only time to watch the film.“We’ll be at work at 8 o’clock in the morning trying to get better and get a win,” he said. “The sky is not falling for us. I’m sure it is for a bunch of the fans. I’m disappointed to say that, but we’ve got a game Thursday night.” Jones’ performance likely had something to do with the fact that he was lining up all over the defensive front.“It’s what I’m familiar with,” Jones said after the game. “I was doing it in New England. Whatever the coaches ask me to do, I’m going to do it. That was my role this week.”Head coach Bruce Arians said his defensive staff has done a good job with Jones, allowing him to get a lot of pressure on the quarterback.“He’s not going to be in the same spot all of the time, that’s for sure,” he added.While this may have been Jones’ best game in his brief career as a Cardinal, he said he does not concern himself with the stats and knows there is room for improvement. He won’t know exactly how he fared until he watches the film.But regardless, he likes the idea of being moved around.“It’s different because you have threats from all directions,” he said. “When you’re at the edge of the line, you know who’s going to block you every play. When you’re at the tackle position, which I did most of the game, you can get the slide, you can get guys coming from inside, outside. You have to read who’s actually attacking you before you actually rush them. “I played defensive tackle a lot more this game. I’m not foreign to it. I played it over in New England. The coaches asked me to do that and that was my task at hand. It’s just different looks. I don’t want it to be predetermined or for them to predict where I am, so we changed up the look a little bit.”John Brown breaks outThough Arizona’s offense was mostly anemic, one of the bright spots from the game was the play of receiver John Brown.The third-year pro caught 10 of a team-high 16 targets for 144 yards and for the first time this season resembled the player who topped the 1,000-yard mark last year.“John Brown looked good for three weeks,” Arians said. “He’s had two-to-three great weeks of practice, and it’s finally showing up in games.”Brown said his slow start to the season could be attributed to rust after he missed so much time during the preseason due to a concussion, but he’s since been able to get his timing down and be more like himself.“Oh yeah, I feel good,” he said. “The receiving coach comes to me like, ‘We trying to put the ball in your hands. We need you to do this and that.’ Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 3 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories (AP Photos) UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was in the news recently for comments that he made about the difficulties of balancing academics with college football.In a Q&A with Bleacher Report, Rosen — a junior who some say is among the better QBs in D-I football — said “football and school don’t go together.”“They just don’t,” he told BR. “Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Josh Rosen needs to stop spouting off nonsense and worry about living up to the hype — which he hasn’t to this point.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) August 8, 2017 LISTEN: Olsen Pierre. Cardinals defensive end “Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have.”The comments have been met with varying feedback. Your browser does not support the audio element. But he has a college education, right? It depends on who you ask.It’s without question that the opportunity to play D-1 football is rare and coveted. Players who don’t like the deal that’s presented to them don’t have to take it.But it doesn’t mean Rosen was wrong. Nonetheless, Pierre gave props to his alma mater.“At the University of Miami, they helped us a lot with [school],” Pierre said. “They really made sure that school and football was combined. They made sure when it was football time, it’s football. When it’s school, it’s school time. They had the best tutors, the classes were smaller, the teachers were really hands-on.”But Rosen made at least two general points with his comments: 1) The schedule for student-athletes can be a barrier to getting the education that some athletes might really desire, and 2) School isn’t meant for everyone, athlete or not, but it’s a pre-requisite for the NFL.Pierre seemed to confirm at least one of Rosen’s points with his remark about changing his major.Rosen added another dimension to his comments when he was asked a follow-up question in the Bleacher Report Q&A.“It’s not that some players shouldn’t be in school; it’s just that universities should help them more—instead of just finding ways to keep them eligible,” Rosen said.Imagine a player who spent four years in high school taking non-honors courses and spending most of his time focusing on football and working toward a scholarship. He gets recruited to [fill-in-the-blank D-I school] where a student-athlete success coordinator guides him toward a general studies major. A few years later, he’s cut during training camp from an NFL team that signed him as undrafted free agent. Now he needs a job. A lot of hot takes on Josh Rosen based on headlines. I recommend taking 15 min and reading the actual article. He’s a smart kid.— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) August 8, 2017When Cardinals defensive tackle Olsen Pierre joined 98.7 FM, Arizona Sports Station’s Bickley and Marotta on Wednesday during Cardinals training camp, it just so happened that the subject of school came up.“I like to draw,” Pierre said. “I used draw really good until college and they made me change my major because it was getting in the way of football.”Pierre said he was a Liberal Arts major. He’s an alumnus of the University of Miami.“It was a lot of classes that it had to do with, and then we had morning practices and stuff like that, so I couldn’t really get into it,” Pierre said.last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals long-snapper Aaron Brewer suffered a broken wrist in the first half of his team’s Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.Head coach Bruce Arians relayed the news to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Stations Paul Calvisi at halftime of the game in which Arizona trailed 21-7 at half and lost, 34-7. Arians added Monday that the injury will require surgery, and Arizona will place Brewer on IR. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals long snapper Aaron Brewer (46) prior to an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Brewer injured himself on the second punt of the day, when the Eagles’ Kenjon Barner returned an Andy Lee punt 76 yards to set up the second Philadelphia touchdown of the day. The long-snapper appeared to injure himself attempting to make a tackle on Barner; Brewer collided with several players after the tackle attempt.The Cardinals signed Brewer in September of 2016 after releasing rookie Kameron Canaday, who struggling in taking over the long-snapper role previously held by veteran Mike Leach.Arizona replaced Brewer on Sunday with defensive tackle Josh Mauro and after one snap by him switched to right guard Evan Boehm.Arians told Calvisi after the game that the team would look at signing a new long snapper this week.“We’ll bring three guys in and try to pick one out,” Arians said. – / 29 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more