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Are REITS (Real Estate Investment Trusts) a sound vessel – or a sinking ship?    REITs, or Real Estate Investment Trusts, have been hot product for investors the last few years, a sophisticated and risk-adverse method of leveraging a rising and rebounding real estate market. Simply put, REITs are...
What luxury homebuyers are looking for, version 20.15.  Surveys show that today's highly affluent homebuyer is looking for some things old and some things new, like technology, green homes, and outdoor living.   As our economy climbed out of the doldrums of recession into today’s landscape of blu...
20 Fascinating facts about home ownership in the United States.  What percentage of people in the U.S. do you think own their own home? Has that number gone up or down in the last 30 years? What age group owns their home more than any other? What states have the highest and lowest home ownership ...
Your year-round home maintenance checklist.   If you’re a homeowner, then you’ll agree that it’s a whole lot of work to clean and maintain your house and yard. It might even feel like more of our time is spent mowing and painting and cleaning than with our families! But if you don’t stay on top o...
What's in a name? The most memorable, hilarious, and questionable street names in the U.S.   Where do our streets get their names? With over 8 million miles of roads in the U.S., so many that even our government can't estimate how many streets, roads, lanes, and courts exist, highlighting the mos...
Wild and ridiculous copyrights and trademarks that were denied (or still pending). Part 2 of 2  "The under-funded and over-extended United States Patent and Trademark Office does not have the resources to adequately evaluate the burgeoning number of applications, and too many low-quality patents ...
“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”  -Rabindranath Tagore   Almost every home contains a few houseplants and probably some fine landscaping outdoors, but now, architects and homeowners are taking the green living movement to a new level by incorporating live ...


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