South Florida Named Luxury Home Market of the Week

Beachfront Luxury HomeReal Estate Marketing Insider (REMI). This area was chosen because it is making a tremendous comeback since the housing crash of 2008, which may have affected luxury homes more so than average priced homes.

During the housing crash, sellers would usually have to wait longer than a year to find a buyer; they constantly slashed prices in the hopes of finding a buyer, but still had no luck. Even waterfront homes priced at 50 cents on the dollar were not selling.

In the last year, however, experts have seen rising prices, increased transactions, and renewed buyer confidence. South Florida was also chosen because the wealthy, cosmopolitan area is a hot-spot for tourists. South Florida offers beautiful, sunny weather year-round, which is very appealing for snowbirds around the world.

REMI says buyers and realtors should be inspired to invest in South Florida with confidence.

Negative Effect of France’s Higher Taxes for 2013

Taxes in FranceSince the election of the new socialist French President, Francois Hollande, in May 2012, over 5,000 senior and chief executives have moved out of France into neighboring countries, according to Forbes magazine, and many are also moving to the United States.

France has always had high taxes for the “super rich,” but now it is affecting an even greater percentage of the population. International companies are moving their executives out of France, businessmen and women who make a good living are also joining this trend, and it is likely to grow in the coming months.

Although the President was elected last year, his policies, especially regarding higher taxes, are seriously questioned by many people who have assets or businesses, sometimes dating back generations, and who have worked to make them grow.

If you are currently living in France and have the skills and assets to invest in a new business, you should consider coming to the United States through an E-2 or EB-5 investor’s visa. The American dream is still alive today and could be a solution for many French citizens with the means.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, we have French-speaking paralegals and attorneys. If you would like to discuss you options, please contact us today.

Source: Forbes

Jaxport Looking for New CEO

JaxportThe Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) is looking for a new CEO, and a state representative and the current interim CEO both want the job. The position opened last month when the former CEO Paul Anderson left to take the top post at the Tampa Port Authority.

Jaxport is a full-service, international trade seaport in Jacksonville, Florida. It handles containerized cargo, automobiles, recreational boats and construction equipment, dry and liquid bulks, breakbulk commodities, and oversized and specialty cargo.

The facilities owned by Jaxport include dock and wharfs, cranes, a passenger cruise terminal, warehouses, paved open storage areas, and road connections to the public highway system. Their mission is to contribute to the economic growth and vitality of Northeast Florida by fostering and stimulating commerce through the Port of Jacksonville.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, we have assisted clients through the processes of trade, importing and exporting goods, and customs law. If you need help with any of these areas in Jacksonville or other parts of Florida, please contact us today.

Sources: Jacksonville Business Journal ; Jaxport.com

 

An Overview of the E-2 Visa Process

An E-2 Visa (investor’s visa) allows citizens from certain treaty countries to come to the United States when they invest a certain amount of capital in a business in the United States.

In order to qualify for an E-2 visa, the applicant must invest a “substantial” amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States. The “substantial” amount is not specified. Certain employees of the applicant or the company may also qualify for E-2 visa status.

Boyer Law Firm has helped clients obtain E-2 visas through investments in:

–          Gas Stations
–          Restaurants
–          Hotels
–          Grocery/ Convenience StoresE-2 Visa
–          Software Companies
–          And more

The process to obtain an E-2 visa can be long (around four months if everything goes smoothly), and a lot of the responsibility will fall on the client to provide documents. The “application” consists of a binder that can be over an inch wide when everything is compiled. Because of this complexity, it is important for both the applicant and their immigration attorney to work together and stick to set deadlines.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, we are very familiar with every aspect of this process. We have customized our own list to comply with USCIS regulation, we can help clients create a corporation or LLC, one of the requirements for the visa, and we can also help them draft a five-year business plan, another requirement.

There are many paths to getting a visa in the United States and they all depend on the applicant’s needs and assets. If you think you may qualify for an E-2 Investor’s visa or any other kind of visa, contact Boyer Law Firm today. We can help you navigate the seemingly complex path of coming to the U.S.

5 Tips for Finding a Good Business Partner

Treat the process like dating.Bad Business Partner

Don’t jump in too quickly. You wouldn’t marry somebody after the first date, so don’t go into business with somebody you don’t know. (You probably don’t want to go into business with the guy in the picture.)

Work Networks

If you want a business partner, start looking. Tap into your current business networks, consider co-workers you enjoyed working with, or even tap into your old sorority or fraternity.

Look for someone who compliments you.

It is not necessary for you and your partner to agree on everything, but you should have similar values and goals. On the flip side, don’t partner with somebody who is just going to be a “yes-man.” You and your partner should challenge each other and come to compromises to create the best business possible.

Don’t just work: Play.

If you enjoy being around your business partner in social settings, then it will make the work environment much better. The ability to laugh can make miserable or complicated situations much easier to handle.

Go with your gut.

Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel right about the situation, then don’t go through with it. At the very least, you should talk to your potential business partner about any doubts or concerns you may have BEFORE you go into business together. Don’t rush into a partnership you’re not comfortable with because you don’t want to wait.

 

Once you have found a business partner, it is important to draft a contract detailing things such as how profits and losses will be distributed, who will have rights to intellectual property, what will happen if one of the partners leave, and more. You should consult with an attorney to draft this contract to ensure your assets are protected.