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Monthly Archives: December 2014

As Adam said to his wife, “It’s Christmas, Eve.”

Christmas time, it’s no secret, can be a tough slog for a lot of people. Recognizing this, many experts of one kind or another are more than happy to share their expertise in the form of tips. With no effort at all, one can find tips for reducing Christmas-induced stress, tips for being the perfect host/hostess at your Christmas party or family gathering, tips for buying the best possible gifts for the significant people in your life, tips for cooking the most perfect turkey anyone ever had, tips for selecting the perfect music—the tips go on and on. I gave my wife a gift certificate for Christmas. She ran out ... Read More »

Cheaper to buy than to rent in most US cities

It is cheaper to buy a home than to rent in the United States, except in the cities where millennials want to live. Those are the cities with the jobs and amenities, cities like San Francisco, New York and Washington DC. But in hundreds of counties all over the US, it is more affordable to buy a median-priced home than to rent a three-bedroom property. Using data from the US Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD), market analyst RealtyTrac found that in 473 counties across the US, the rent for a three-bedroom property in 2015 will require 27 per cent of a median household income. Buying a property in ... Read More »

Public opinion often frighteningly wrong, occasionally right

It’s very common for people to be “misinformed” about numbers. If you were to ask random people on the street, “What is the unemployment rate in this country?” or “What percentage of eligible voters voted in the last election?” or “How many teenaged girls become pregnant each year?” the average person would be way off in his answers. A poll done by Ipsos Mori in fourteen countries around the world found that people had exaggerated, incorrect notions about issues like immigration, crime and religious affiliation, wrongly over- or underestimating the numbers in what appears to be a reflection of their own fears and prejudices. In Canada, which has the second ... Read More »

3D technology changing the way we look at real estate

Most online real estate listings these days include photographs of the property. Some include virtual tours, which are often in the form of edited videos. The typical video tour doesn’t allow the viewer much control, other than stop and start, often with a generic musical track and a sales pitch. Now, thanks to developments in 3D technology, virtual tours are coming online that let the viewer control the view and walk through a space, even if that space has not yet been built. In some cases, the virtual tour lets the virtual tourist behave the way he would if he were actually in the space: check out the view from ... Read More »

CREA buys .MLS top-level domain for $3.3 million

After a determined effort and some not insignificant costs, which included a US $185,000 evaluation fee, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has won an auction of the Internet top-level domain name .MLS. CREA paid $3,359,000 for the TLD. CREA was acting in cooperation with its US counterpart, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), which owns the .MLS domain and the REALTOR® mark in the United States. CREA has also registered Canadian certification marks for the term “multiple listing service,” a statement says. Competing with CREA for the .MLS TLD was Afilias, the domain registry services company. The president of NAR said it was important to keep .MLS “in the ... Read More »

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