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April 24, 2007

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer...04/24/07

Foreclosures Shooting Upward...Yahoo Adds Them To Web Site

Nearly 900 Californians a week are losing their homes because they can’t afford to pay the mortgage, up from 100-weekly a year ago...providing fresh evidence that the housing market’s troubles are nowhere near being over.

Yahoo has subdivided its web site to include a home foreclosure center to help bargain hunters capitalize on the slumping real estate market. Although accessing addresses of specific troubled properties will require a subscription to RealtyTrack, which contributes to the section.

Federal Government's Properties Mismanaged?

The U.S. Government currently owns hundreds-of-billions of dollars in real property assets. In addition the government owns or manages one in every four acres of land in the U.S.

According to the Federal Real Property Asset Management Initiative, it is not clear how much of it is actually being used in an efficient manner, or serves the needs for which it was originally intended. As a result there is a great deal of underused and unneeded real property within the Federal Government.

Staggering Drop In Real Estate Investment Funds

New money going into mutual funds that own real estate has plunged to just $2 million, on average, from nearly $400 million a week as recently as mid-February, according to AMG Data Services.

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IMS Announces 111% Trade Volume Increase For March

International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:INLM), which serves more than 16,000 customers in 44 U.S. markets, provided the following sales volume and revenue figures for March, 2007:

  • Trade volume for the month totaled more than $9.5 million (for sales only). Compared to trade volume of $4.5 million in March of 2006 this is an increase of 111%.

  • Gross revenue billed was more than $1.1 million compared to $564,000 for March of last year, a 95% increase.

  • New client enrollments established another high with 289 new members joining the barter network. This was fifty more than last month’s record, and nearly triple the 97 signed up in March of last year.

Don Mardak, CEO of IMS, commented, “It is becoming apparent that our sales figures in all categories will show substantial increases during 2007. Our expanded sales force is enrolling new members at historic levels for the barter industry.

“And our trade volume and gross revenue have increased nearly 100% for the first quarter. These numbers once again validate our long-term strategy of strong organic growth coupled with the acquisition of strategically located trade exchanges.”

For further information go to www.internationalmonetary.com.


BBX China’s CEO Visits Australia For Training

Mr. Wang Lei, the CEO of BBX China, an international franchise of ASX-listed BBX Holdings, recently visited Sydney with senior managers of his team for training and mapping out their future strategy of continued expansion.

BBX China was formed in September 2006, when the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing Barter Trade Committee entered into a master franchise agreement with BBX International—a wholly owned subsidiary of BBX Holdings Ltd., which will have 20% equity in BBX China.

Lei said that the visit to Australia has been a vital step in BBX China’s ongoing development. “Our visit to Sydney has helped us to better understand the BBX operating system and commercial model, which we are now focusing on modifying and developing according to Chinese conditions and the requirements of our markets,” he explained.

“We’re in the process of organising a training program, to help businesses in China better understand (our) commercial model and learn about the benefits of transferring to BBX,” Wang said.

China is BBX Holdings’ third international operation. Franchises are already established in New Zealand and India, while others are currently being negotiated with some in the advanced stages, affirmed BBX Managing Director Michael Touma.

BBX has offices and/or franchises situated throughout Australia, and operates in both islands of New Zealand. Member businesses in these two countries traded in excess of $146 million in the financial year ending June 30, 2006, averaging over $33,000 per active member business.

For more information on BBX see www.ebbx.com.


Universal Law-Of-Reciprocity Key To Trade Exchange Success

Every trade exchange owner in the world should not only be aware of the law-of-reciprocity, but using it, in the operation of their business.

Trade exchange owners are invited to e-mail bmeyer@barternews.com for more information on how you can become “the exchange of choice” in your area. When e-mailing Bob Meyer, put “Law of Reciprocity” in the subject line.


Online Classifieds Show Potential

While the $100 billion global classified-advertising market is still largely the pursuit of newspapers (on the mainstream media side), thanks to their online outlets TV, cable and radio stations are making inroads into print publications once secure monopoly.

A study by ClassifiedIntelligence.com found that TV station web sites in all top 50 U.S. markets offer classifieds, as do radio sites in 47 of the top 50 markets.

For TV station classified sites, real estate is the strongest category in the top 10 markets. However, when you look at the TV markets that are below the top 10, real estate is relatively even with both automotive and job classifications.

In the case of radio stations, the top 10 markets have tended to ignore the use of online classified ads. Penetration is more perceptible when it comes to markets ranked 11 to 50, especially for autos and jobs.


Former Media Mogul’s Wife Gets $125 Million Mansion

A Los Angeles mansion, modeled on Versailles and other French palaces, is being placed on the market for $125 million by Suzanne Saperstein. She is the recently divorced wife of Texas millionaire David I. Saperstein, and is the current owner of the 45,000-square-foot estate, known as Fleur de Lys.

Ms. Saperstein, 46, recently finalized her divorce from her husband, who founded Metro Networks, the nation’s largest provider of traffic reports until its sale to Westwood One in 1999 for $900 million in stock.

(A story on how Saperstein founded and built Metro Networks was published last week on our blog. Click here.)


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