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Inspiring Minimalist Bathrooms

Inspiring Minimalist Bathrooms | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
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Worth reading the small description below each image.  I embraced "rythmic shadows" and learned of "cantilevered toilets" and "walkin tubs".

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The rise of the global middle class

The rise of the global middle class | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty but can the middle class continue to grow?
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Truly global business is the end result I think, in addition to vastly improved standards of living on an equally global basis.  This study forecasts Europe and N. American middle class to only represent 1/3rd of the world total within 10 years.  And by 2050, China - India - Brazil who have economic growth equal to the industrialized G7, will surpass the G7 and represent nearly half the total world output.  What a staggering shift.

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The Joys Of Screwing Up

The Joys Of Screwing Up | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Innovation poses two enormous problems for most leaders given the way they are trained to think. First, it’s a time-based form of value. It goes sour like milk. This year’s “must
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Quotables: "Accelerate the failure cycle".  "Cross over your own boundaries".

 

Jeff Degraff's words resonate with me as an individual in addition to the fact I've specialized in nurturing and managing innovation in prior career points.

I never realized how much I might have in common with Einstein! ;-)

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What’s in a Commission? Qualify for a Preferred Rate.

What’s in a Commission?  Qualify for a Preferred Rate. | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
As many of you know, I come from a strong entrepreneurial background and hold degrees in business and finance.  But it’s taken me 4 years to fully answer (even for myself) the ugly real estate question about commission.  Read on and you may find...
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Such a simple answer to a complicated question.

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Q2 2013 PRICES IN PORT CREDIT, LORNE PARK, AND CLARKSON

Q2 2013 PRICES IN PORT CREDIT, LORNE PARK, AND CLARKSON | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) reported Q2 sales results for the GTA.  
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This is a snap shot of the Lakeshore corridor but in general the Q2 results, as reported for the GTA by the Toronto Real Estate Board show a strong yet tight market which is still very active now in July.

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Helping Mom & Dad

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It's Time to Move - Where Do I Start?
Thursday, July 25, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Revera Retirement Living

Constitution Place

3051 Constitution Boulevard,

Mississauga 905-279-8554

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Many discussions later...a change is made and everyone is happy.

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When you sit, others will stand...

When you sit, others will stand... | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
You aren’t open minded if you haven’t recently changed your mind. Discussing, debating, and exploring are window dressing if you aren't adapting. Manipulators pretend to be open-minded but they’ve ...
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Fron the article and from the response to the article, these are points I liked:

 

"Value people enough to let them speak, respect them enough to listen"

 

"most people are doing what they think is right"

 

"most people want to do good"

 

"An open mouth often indicates a closed mind"

 

"...when you sit, others will stand..."

 

"...only wishy washy if you never take action"

 

Now what I contemplate is what "infuse a does of will power" looks like.  Influencing the will of another?  Will is such a personal motivation.

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Success is a mythical destination

Success is a mythical destination | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
The up side of the need to succeed is hard work and passion. The down side of the need to succeed is it blocks lasting achievment. Needy leaders choose short-term success over medium or long-term w...
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...and setting the bar too low assures "mythical" success.  This article was my inspiration for the day.  For it is truly depleting sometimes in this world, particularly in my field (real estate and relocation) to persevere with hard work, passion, and true leadership in the face of competing value systems.

 

You see I'm the one who trusts myself to serve and make a difference, without doing it at the expense of clients, colleagues, or the industry in general.  But I work in a climate of distrust, so my work takes extra skin and patience.

 

This article speaks to the leadership journey we all face; to lead our lives in a sustainable and non-destructive (to others) way. I can say I've uncovered some amazing people, and their capabilities, with a little patience and respect.  They open up and voila - success by achievement!

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"Instant" and "Mobile" - Our New Reality

"Instant" and "Mobile" - Our New Reality | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
What companies are getting it right in mobile Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom praises Facebook Google and...Snapchat
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A thought provoking article from a few perspectives.  Like the painfully exciting and fast race to capture fleeting consumer attention.  Or how large companies leverage the edgy new ideas (think about where you want your bright star kid to work).  Or how exceptionally relevant these new instant mobile technologies have become in our lives.

 

For some of us they shape our day, and for others they are tools that leverage our work and time.  It's not just social - these instant and mobile innovations have become important tools of emergency alert and work sharing.

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Is real estate really that simple?

Is real estate really that simple? | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
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Great article telling it like it really is...and addressing where a lot of the dis-information to consumers is generated.

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People Illusions

People Illusions | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
What the heck is a Personal Branding Illusion? That's a good question, but it begs the question "What is a Personal Brand?", so let's start there.A personal brand is nothing complicated or
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Real estate is a great example of where personal branding or describing one's self is a big deal.  So many people licenced, and only so many actually working professionally, we fall all over ourselves trying to stand out to potential clients. ;-)

 

In this article the author talks about "framing"' something we all do as a matter of first impressions.  I look at the well established frame for real estate agents and wonder if I keep chipping away...will I be able to help create a new frame.

 

In the mean time, I believe as this author conveyed that we all have a "personal brand" - it just means we are individuals.  After all it's not the work we do, but how we do it.  So every person - for business or just social interaction could benefit from reminders in this article.  I thought it was quite well done and easy to relate to for everyone.

 

Laugh...when you come to the "trophies" tip (not to do) think real estate land and roll your eyes. ;-)  I know I did!

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Don't Call Obesity a Disease

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There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace, and the recognition of obesity as a
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Think more like drowning in calories. A well written point of view by a US doctor following a recent designation of obesity as a disease.  Personally I follow the view of Dr. Katz and the option of "cultural medicine".

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One tree, two neighbours – and a changed legal landscape

One tree, two neighbours – and a changed legal landscape | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
In neighbours’ dispute over fate of huge maple, judge establishes stringent ground rules for arboreal preservation
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Not even on the radar screen...many suburban and urban homeowners don't notice or consider maintenance on their trees unless forced by an event.

In fact most trees need regular professional management and pruning, which if done really does add value to the property and certainly mitigates many types of tree related damage and cost.  I say embrace the tree and give it equality in the grand scheme of house and home.

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Retiring the Family Home

Retiring the Family Home | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Tapping into my financial expertise, I will be uncovering the dual value of the family home and strategies for letting go.  Drop into this mini-presentation being held at Revera Retirement Living tomorrow August 10th.
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Book Team One Stop for your next networking or other group event!

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CMHC cools mortgage market with new cap for banks - Business - CBC News

CMHC cools mortgage market with new cap for banks - Business - CBC News | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is putting a cap on the amount of mortgage-backed securities sold by banks that it is willing to guarantee.
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This move is targeted at the banks, but the result will impact the Buyers. For a mortgage lender who has reached their limit with CMHC, and has used "historically low interest rates" to get that Buyer business, I would expect their next step to be higher rates since the bank now has more risk.

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Creating Games for Journalism - Learning - Source: An OpenNews project

Creating Games for Journalism - Learning - Source: An OpenNews project | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Source - Journalism Code, Context & Community
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"Game mechanics" are real life. This concept of using game design to inform or disseminate news is well...news to me!  I love this idea and see a future application in my business.

I find it so interesting to watch new technologies and mediums of expression become adopted and repurposed.

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Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math? | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Playing an action video game “can virtually eliminate” the gender difference in a basic capacity researchers call spatial attention, while at the same time reducing the gender difference in the ability to mentally rotate objects, a higher-level...
Heather MacDonald's insight:

So the real point here is that spacial skills developed by a certain age can be learned.  Outcomes traditionally the domain of boys, and the related "spatial skills gender gap" can swing.

The most significant quotable I took away was "spatial skills are malable, durable, and transferable".  Now that is a useful skill with "legs"!  Making thinking in 3D a well developed skill can benefit us in so many ways.

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Property Rights Not Enshrined...

Property Rights Not Enshrined... | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
If police need a warrant to search a property as part of a murder investigation, surely environmental inspectors should be required to do the same.
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My professional thoughts on this are when investing in property, be thoughtful about your expectations.  Local suburban purchases seem less threatened by serious fallout, yet they too have implications.  Like what the property, or adjacent property was used for in the past.

In rural or other less populated lands it's clearly not going to be your "right" to do as you please with the land you own.  Being as clear headed as possible, do the due diligence, and don't over pay based on speculative ideals.  As this article points out, Ontario as an example is a province of potential concern under current law.

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The Creators Project-Storytelling Sores to New Heights

The Creators Project-Storytelling Sores to New Heights | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
A look at the ways mobile apps are updating one of our most fundamental storytelling experiences.
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The essence for me is captured in the authors' last words..."...the openness and transparency - with the intent of encouraging engagement - is what defines the new direction in storytelling in the digital age."

 

Check out the YouTube video on the Creators Project - just that is awe inspiring.  I love this type of fluid creative work!

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$14.9 million sans lake

$14.9 million sans lake | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Rare piece of Stoney Lake real estate was Canadian singer’s private haven from the rigours of the road, an escape from the crowds.
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We all have a lifetime of memories in the places and spaces we call home. Our respite which clearly (see video) Ronnie Hawkins and family found in the Kawarthas.  Not all of us command such fan fare for a "...$100 house on a million-dollar property"" but then we are not all public legends.

 

And few of us own 4,000 feet of waterfront in such a beautiful area of Ontario, Canada.  For buyers who wish discretion and privacy this will be a property to look at seriously.  Anyone who loves being by the water is OK in my books.

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Finding a Home: Automated "recommendations"

Finding a Home: Automated "recommendations" | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
From left: Jennifer Berman, Glenn Kelman, Pete Flint, Greg Schwartz, Morgan Brennan and Errol Samuelson SAN FRANCISCO — The titans of the online real est
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Technology and tools in general are just that - tools - some effective in many ways, and some both effective and efficient...not to mention cool to use.

 

However, although this article alludes or even points directly to having customer insight, and treating "people like people", even searching for a house (using skilled insight) is only part of the real estate process.

 

Yet all the focus is here - on the finding.  What happens when you don't really understand what you found?  Or how what you found stacks up against other options.  Or beyond the pictures that may or may not be accurate, what exactly are you about to buy?  Finally, how can something be successfully negotiated if the negotiator doesn't really know the Buyer being represented.

 

The article suggests finding or buying a property is "higher stakes than finding a Facebook friend...".  Gee - you think?

 

Using technology for maintaining and advertising properties for sale is a valuable tool, and helpful in the finding a property process.  But that is only one process, in the highly dynamic and multi-faceted transaction of purchasing real estate.

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It's the work itself...social signaling is only the echo

It's the work itself...social signaling is only the echo | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Yes personal branding is crucial for you to get a job. But your work builds the brand.
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Yes!  I think this has always been true for brand is something that develops.  If the work is there (thank you) then the echo of brand awareness follows.  It does take time for a service or product brand to penetrate our collective awareness.

Think about how this impacts all of us as individuals, not just those of us delivering a service or a product in our work.

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Staying "original"

Staying "original" | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
No one can be original for long.In this age of lightning fast communication and technological advancement, it’s almost impossible to remain completely original. You may come up with a stunning
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I've certainly noticed this in my business, and this phenomena is historically true.  But the digital age has indeed speed up the process.  Those of us in a service business (different from a product) who seek to improve the customer experience, also compete against the very fact that information is shared.

 

My personal hot button is the dis-information and smoke & mirror campaigns in service related business. Once a consumer believes in information they've received - it is extremly difficult to help them adjust that perception to their benefit (or mitigate detriment).

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Songs that change the world...or hope to...

Songs that change the world...or hope to... | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Protest songs have helped shape history proving that when people come together and raise their voices extraordinary things can happen.
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We listen, we don't always hear.  This awesome site brings together many of the protest songs we know.  But do we know the story.  The songs the story are all here.  As a teacher, I agree with another curator, this is a great medium for voice and teaching tool for our children.  Check it out!

 

This site has brought together a wide variety of protests songs and has them searchable in the following categories:

* Anti-apartheid

* Anti-war

* Civil rights

* Anti-poverty

* Women's Rights

* Other

Once you choose a song you will be taken to a page that has the history of the original song (album, writer, year, artist, producer) as well as the lyrics, a short history of the song, a history of the song, a video, and possibly art. This site asks that you share your voice!

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On Disappearing Socks, Grandparents with an Agenda, and Arming Teachers

On Disappearing Socks, Grandparents with an Agenda, and Arming Teachers | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
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This is a humorous "Ask Dan" column that made me laugh starting with the sock response.  For those of you who don't know this man, he is a highly regarded professor of behavioural economics.  Incredibly interesting to read or hear him speak on our human irrationality.  So within this little satirical column (itself a way to sharing his research) I see threads of his subject matter insight - which I find funny because one must laugh at ones self once he shines the light on our behaviours.

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