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Twitter Tips for Beginners: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started

Twitter Tips for Beginners: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started | Real Estate | Scoop.it
A collection of Twitter tips for beginners, including who to follow, how to engage, and many ways to make the most of your time.

Via Kathleen Cercone, Salah ALhaj Ahmed
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Twitter Tips for Beginners: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started

Twitter Tips for Beginners: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started | Real Estate | Scoop.it
A collection of Twitter tips for beginners, including who to follow, how to engage, and many ways to make the most of your time.

Via Kathleen Cercone, Salah ALhaj Ahmed
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Content Curation Has Been Hijacked

Content Curation Has Been Hijacked | Real Estate | Scoop.it

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Are you creating value or noise?

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Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, March 21, 1:08 PM

We are all self-promoters but there is a way to do it and a way not to do it. Usually when you do it wrong, you get your hands slapped. That is a service afforded to the newbies who are feeling the system out. Sometimes the vets need a reawakening, too. :)

MyKLogica's curator insight, March 21, 2:07 PM

Personalmente, los denomino de formas diferentes, "Gestión" y "Curación" de contenidos, puesto que aunque en la gestión no se aporta el valor diferencial del punto de vista del curador, aún así es una gran labor la de seleccionar buen contenido y ayudar en su difusión.


Personally I call them differently as content "management" and "curation"; as though with management we haven´t the added value of the personal point of view of the curator, still it is a great job to find and select good, quality content.

Barbara Hart Radisavljevic's curator insight, March 26, 7:13 PM

Quality content curation takes time. It takes time to read sources before promoting them. 

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10 Amazing Facts about Renewable Energy

10 Amazing Facts about Renewable Energy | Real Estate | Scoop.it

“10 Amazing Facts about Renewable Energy”How much do you know about renewable energy? How much do we understand the sources of clean energy, their costs and benefits? Do you wonder why we aren’t taking more advantage of the renewable resources our planet offers? Is it a lack of awareness? To a certain extent, yes. So let’s take the blinders off and open our eyes to 10 amazing facts about renewable energy that everyone should know.To read the full article, click on the title.Get your Free Business Plan Template here: http://bit.ly/1aKy7km


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Discounted condos putting sales back on 78704 map

Discounted condos putting sales back on 78704 map | Real Estate | Scoop.it
“ An unusual sales strategy is helping the owner of several formerly distressed townhome projects in the trendy 78704 ZIP code move the units quickly: offering the residences at steeply discounted prices, so buyers have immediate equity upon moving in.”
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Cedar Park Town Center developers ask for change to lower density zoning

Cedar Park Town Center developers ask for change to lower density zoning | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Commercial developers Michael Anbinder and Scott Foster asked the City of Cedar Park to rezone property that had been intended to be the site of the much-touted, multiuse, high-density Town Center concept at the City Council meeting Nov. 17.
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Buying a home after Short sale!

Buying a home after Short sale! | Real Estate | Scoop.it
I have many clients who after completing the short sale process would like to purchase a home.  Are their lenders who are willing to do this?
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Shanghai Glut Rises With Tallest Tower: Real Estate - Bloomberg

Shanghai Glut Rises With Tallest Tower: Real Estate - Bloomberg | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Shanghai Glut Rises With Tallest Tower: Real Estate
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China Banking Regulatory Commission's Shanghai branch asked banks to pay “high attention” to financing risks of the city's commercial real estate, China Business News reported on Dec.
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Real estate: Look for value in in 2014

Real estate: Look for value in in 2014 | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Price gains are expected to slow and inventory will grow next year. 2014 will still be a seller's market but you (Real Estate Outlook: 2014 will still be a seller's market.
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Texas gubernatorial candidates outraged at light sentence for drunk rich-kid ... - New York Daily News

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Relax, Living Near A Wind Turbine Won't Hurt Your Real Estate

Relax, Living Near A Wind Turbine Won't Hurt Your Real Estate | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Time to abandon your NIMBYism: Your back yard is a totally fine place for wind power. (Relax, living near a wind turbine won't hurt your real estate.
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All About Interest ...: Real Estate Update - Solar Panel Installation ...

All About Interest ...: Real Estate Update - Solar Panel Installation ... | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Real Estate Update - Solar Panel Installation Approved! This has been a very long process. I originally started shopping and doing research in August of 2013. I decided that Buying a Solar System Can Be a Good Investment.
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Your Money: Buying a home with a baby on the way? - NewsOK.com

Your Money: Buying a home with a baby on the way? - NewsOK.com | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Your Money: Buying a home with a baby on the way?
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However, considering your wife's delivery date and the fact that it takes a while to find and complete the process of buying a home, I think I'd wait on this.
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Twitter / SprtsHumor: University of Texas fan really ...

Twitter / SprtsHumor: University of Texas fan really ... | Real Estate | Scoop.it
"@maynesworth: "@SprtsHumor: University of Texas fan really did this to his tree. Really http://t.co/WSkFj9jNW0" @JermichaelF88. "I Love It"
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Texas Fight!

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How to Make a Twitter Collage

How to Make a Twitter Collage | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Twitter's new photo features offer an unexpected side benefit: four pictures that somehow work together. It's DIY fun!

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Now this looks like it could work!

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RD House keeps naturally cool inside a Dominican Republic hillside | GizMag.com

RD House keeps naturally cool inside a Dominican Republic hillside | GizMag.com | Real Estate | Scoop.it

Cave homes, pit houses and other part or fully-underground dwellings all offer benefits in energy efficiency when compared to typical above-ground homes, thanks to natural insulating properties that help to maintain a near-constant interior temperature. Architectural firm Vasho made use of the same principle to keep RD House cool by partially burying it within a steep Dominican Republic hillside.Completed in 2013, RD House has a total floor space of 500 sq m (5,381 sq ft), and was a challenging project to bring about, requiring extensive waterproofing of the rear areas of the home, plus the laborious (and environmentally-destructive) process of excavating large quantities of rock. Much of the rock removed was however later re-used as a construction material.The home's rear sections come into direct contact with the hillside, so are naturally kept a constantly cool temperature by the huge volume of rock. The forward areas and balconies also feature ample natural sunlight and outdoor areas.RD House boasts extensive home automation, allowing fine control of lighting, entertainment devices, jacuzzi, and related amenities. It also contains a water treatment plant for the re-use of grey water, while multiple green roofs serve the dual purpose of helping the home blend into the hillside, and providing a degree of solar insulation.Click headline to read more and view pix gallery--


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Energy saving myths - what's true and what's false

Energy saving myths - what's true and what's false | Real Estate | Scoop.it
“ ITV News Energy saving myths - what's true and what's false ITV News Room thermostats turn the heat on and off when your home reaches the set temperature that you feel comfortable at.”
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Austin Dirt...the gist on Austin's real estate market: Where To Invest In Now? Austin, TX.

Austin Dirt...the gist on Austin's real estate market: Where To Invest In Now? Austin, TX. | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Where to invest now? Austin real estate, experts say.
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Housing market still a stabilizing force for Austin's economy

Housing market still a stabilizing force for Austin's economy | Real Estate | Scoop.it
“ Wondering what a housing bust can do to a city's economy? Residents of Las Vegas can tell you. So can homeowners in Phoenix, Orlando in Florida and Riverside/San Bernadino in California — the metro areas hit hardest when the housing bubble burst.”
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New federal rule gives home buyers better access to appraisals - Los Angeles Times

New federal rule gives home buyers better access to appraisals - Los Angeles Times | Real Estate | Scoop.it
New federal rule gives home buyers better access to appraisals Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — A new federal rule could give millions of home buyers insights they've never had before about a crucial element of their mortgage application: the...
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The 10 Hottest Real Estate Markets Around the World | TIME.com

The 10 Hottest Real Estate Markets Around the World | TIME.com | Real Estate | Scoop.it
It's a good time to buy in Dubai (The 10 hottest real estate markets around the world http://t.co/pyXGS693Nh)
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Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle - NPR

Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle - NPR | Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle
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Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music.
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Last Week's Three Biggest SF Sales: Designer Digs Sell - Real ...

Last Week's Three Biggest SF Sales: Designer Digs Sell - Real ... | Real Estate | Scoop.it
The skinny: Built in 1969, this home was designed by architect John Field. It was listed in late October and was in contract by early December. Cow Hollow · Pacific Heights · Presidio Heights · Real Estate Sold · Top.
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The Mayday Button, for Real Estate? - GeekEstate Blog

The Mayday Button, for Real Estate? - GeekEstate Blog | Real Estate | Scoop.it
The Mayday Button, for Real Estate?: According to many, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is considered the most brilliant t... http://t.co/hnKMRsUwg0
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When is the right time to sell your investment property?

When is the right time to sell your investment property? | Real Estate | Scoop.it
IT IS often said by real estate advisers and among property investors that you should never sell an investment property, rather, you should just keep adding to your property portfolio.

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Richard W J Brown's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:20 AM


To sell or not to sell…that is the question?  This in an interesting point - when to sell an investment property.

 

If we break down our property investment business, we typically have three key phases:

 

Growth

Consolidation

Exit

 

So, the most obvious time to consider selling a single property or even the entire portfolio would naturally be the exit phase under normal circumstances.

 

Why would someone seek an exit to their investment business anyway?  Well, approaching retirement or inheritance planning are the most likely triggers to consider such an approach.  In retirement, we may wish to wind down a little and so managing and maintaining properties may not be our top priority or may not even be within our wherewithal anyway (e.g. health issues).  Similarly, we may believe that leaving our vast property empire (we wish) to our kids is exactly what they are looking for but it may not be their bag so to speak.  So some kind of sale at this stage of life does make sense.  Personally, my aim is to have a portfolio that is sufficiently lowly leveraged that it can be refinanced very easily and combined with an outsourced management approach would be minimal hassle for my wife or kids to handle.  This should also enable them to have a decent income and a capital base after I have departed this world.  

 

I had this conversation with my accountant recently and he has around 40-50 properties himself but does not plan on leaving this many in his estate and I am working on a similar basis also...the reason being another consideration of when to consider selling...lifestyle, which I will come on to.

 

Returning to my three phases, the first one is obviously the growth phase - here we are looking to grow our portfolio and the income and equity base.  So, if growth is our objective then why should we consider selling any property at all here?  In the article it suggested upgrading the family home as one possible reason for selling an investment property.  Personally, I would tend not to consider doing this during my growth phase at least as this is counter-productive to the aim at this time.  However, we could consider releasing some equity from our portfolio instead to achieve the same end result.  Providing we don't remortgage over and beyond the original purchase price then there are no tax implications in refinancing to release equity and in fact the refinancing of our investment property is tax deductible also, so sensible refinancing to fund our own home improvements can be more tax effective than selling an asset to leave equity locked away into a non-earning asset (i.e. our home).

 

Another reason mentioned that could also arise during the growth phase (and also the consolidation or exit phases for that matter) is with an underperforming asset.  Whilst, I agree that we should set ourselves targets for individual properties and the portfolio as a whole we should be careful not to be too hasty when it comes to ditching assets.  The article suggests looking at recent capital growth as a trigger but I would be less worried about this, as over a long time period most properties should achieve some capital growth.  I would and do look at the income and cashflow of the properties in my portfolio but again I believe we need to take a longer term view and so one bad year does not necessarily mean we should sell up and move on.  I have spoken previously of how I sold my very first investment property in the 90s when I had some large repair bills and tenant issues but if I still had that property today I would be smiling I can tell you. I also have an overseas investment property that is not exactly setting the world on fire but would I be able to access the funding in a different country again if I needed to?  For now having that funding in place on reasonable terms is enabling me to pay down the debt on the asset that will appreciate over time and as I take more of a portfolio view I know and understand that within that there will be some 'stars' and some 'dogs' too.  So, I am happy to hold onto this for now at least.  There are also costs involved in both buying and selling that we need to factor in.

 

As an aside, I had a bit of a brainwave the other day and this article reminded me of it.  This article is directed at the Australian market really and so there is one aspect within in that applies to Australia but not the UK - the offset of tax bit to be precise, so if you are in the UK you should ignore that bit.  However, what I believe is possible in the UK is a neat tax saving strategy by offsetting capital gains tax by investing it into a pension and getting income tax relief instead. This is an appropriate time to state clearly that I am not an IFA and so do not treat this or any of my suggestions as advice and instead speak to your IFA and accountant before considering this.  Anyway, the digression is to highlight another possible reason for looking to sell an investment property – tax planning.

 

During the consolidation phase is clearly in between growth and exit and so we may still take on the odd new investment, we may start to ready ourselves for the exit phase by looking at certain properties that would be better off sold and we may also decide that selling some properties suits other goals that we may have such as lifestyle.  If we are fortunate enough to be prolific investors then there comes a stage when we will have enough properties for our long term goals (e.g. retirement and inheritance planning) and so we may decide to realise some of the inbuilt equity to enjoy the fruits of our labour as it were.  One such approach would be to look to sell an investment property regularly utilising the annual CGT limits to keep the tax bill under control and use the proceeds to fund lifestyle choices such as travel or an updated car say, or to help with some of life's larger expenses, such as helping our kids with their education, weddings or first homes. However, it would be a disaster if we ended up selling off all the family silver and be left with nothing to get us through our golden years wouldn’t it?

 

So, in conclusion the decision of whether to sell investment property does need some careful thought and planning.  It needs to be reflective of the stage of investing we are in and should also align to our wider medium to long term investment goals and not just our short term whims and wishes.  Whilst asset performance and lifestyle factors can have an influence also, we should not rush into selling for these reasons unless we are certain that we can offset the downsides, such as by efficient tax planning and leaving our own and our loved ones interests in a healthy place.

 

To sell or not to sell...maybe…it depends!

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When and how to buy your dream home - Economic Times

When and how to buy your dream home - Economic Times | Real Estate | Scoop.it
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When and how to buy your dream home
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Becoming a house owner means not having to deal with pushy landlords, poor maintenance and annual rental hikes.
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