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The Wall Street Journal: Maine Home of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ Goes on the Market for $3 Million Under Teles Properties

Harriet Beecher Stowe was the mother of six when she sat down to write the novel that would become “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” According to Arline Pennell Lay, Ms. Stowe’s home in Brunswick, Maine, was too noisy for her to get any work done. So the abolitionist rented a room in a nearby house. That is where, between 1850 and 1851, much of the novel was written in a room on the second floor, said Ms. Lay.

That nearby house, which is owned by Ms. Lay, is now on the market for $3 million with Teles Properties agents Ernie Carswell and Karen Nation. The family said receipts were found in the house showing rent that Ms. Stowe paid for her room.

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Fast Times with Ferrari Motorsports

February 5, 2014-News0

Is there anything that serves up a bigger dose of adrenaline rush than spending time at the race track? We’re looking forward to an entire year of thrills, thanks to Ferrari North America Motorsports. Brandware will be supporting Ferrari’s United SportsCar Championship (USCC) and Ferrari Challenge investment for the 2014 racing season. Follow www.ferraridoesitagain.tumblr.com and @FerrariUSA on Twitter for all the latest competition action.

Bloomberg News: Berkshire Adds Concierge for Mercedes in MyAssist Deal

January 27, 2014-Client Buzz, MyAssist0

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) is betting on a service that helps companies including Ford Motor Co. (F) and Daimler AG (DAI)’s Mercedes-Benz provide live, in-car support to drivers.

Berkshire agreed to buy the assets of MyAssist Inc., a concierge and personal-assistant service, from Noel Group, according to a statement today from a unit of Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based company. John Noel, founder and chief executive officer of Noel, will continue to lead the company.

“We do a branded product that allows our business customers to, in essence, be the superhero for their customers in solving day-to-day problems,” Noel said in an interview. For Mercedes-Benz, MyAssist “takes care of things like location-aware technology, mobile applications, push notifications.”

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Automotive News: Manheim’s DealerMatch sibling grows as it sidesteps auctions

January 27, 2014-Client Buzz, DealerMatch0

DealerMatch — a corporate sibling to Manheim that helps dealerships buy and sell used vehicles among themselves while avoiding the auctions that are the core of Manheim’s business model — has upped its base price, launched optional enhancements and more than doubled its paying members from last summer.

DealerMatch lets dealerships buy as many vehicles as they want for $399 a month, up from an introductory $249 last summer.

The idea is to help dealerships avoid traditional auctions and fees and tap into the dealer-to-dealer used-vehicle market, says DealerMatch President Greg Easterly.


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Autoweek: Hilton Head Island Concours set to break into the big time

The modern automotive car show, a concours d’ elegance, seems perfectly at home on the rolling fairways of a golf course. It is not the cars’ natural environment — these wide ribbons of perfectly manicured fairways or the tweezer-attended greens rolled smooth and inviting — but it somehow is the appropriate canvas on which this art should be painted. It is much better than an open field of dirt, or a crowded parking lot, both of which are perfectly fantastic venues to show cars but not for this pinnacle of automotive exhibition.

No, a golf course is ideal. This is why nearly 60 years ago, the developers of property along the Northern California peninsula determined it would be a good thing to show cars on the then-underdeveloped land surrounding the Pebble Beach Golf Course in the Del Monte Forest. Who would have thought that a bunch of oil-leaking boxes could be used to entice well-heeled auto enthusiasts from nearby San Francisco into “discovering” the beauty of its surrounding area, and thus have them sign on the dotted line for vacation homes on 17-Mile Drive? The granddaddy of all car shows started as a real-estate play, a come-on if you will; come to this event and instead of giving you a television or time-share condo, you could own a piece of devastatingly beautiful property. God’s country.


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