REAL ESTATE THROUGH TIME
- 334 BC – Alexander the Great’s defeat of the Persians shows aggressive acquisition of real estate by force
- 1066 – William the Conqueror decrees that he owns all of the land in England after his defeat of the Normans
- 1689 - John Locke writes the Two Treatises on Civil Government, which outlines a man’s right to preserve “life, liberty, and estate.”
- 1783 – Napoleon begins seizing real estate in the form of countries
- 1803 – The U.S. acquires some swampy new land in the Louisiana Purchase
- 1855 – Baird Warner is formed and has remained the oldest real estate brokerage in the nation
- 1867 – U.S. gains a bit of icy tundra from Russia in the Alaska Purchase
- 1916 – National association of real estate agents coins the term Realtor
- 1929 – The largest stock market crash sparks the Great Depression and the collapse of the real estate market
- 1934 – National Housing Act creates the FHA (Federal Housing Association)
- 1938 – The Federal National Mortgage Association – now Fannie Mae – is chartered by the federal government
- Late 1940′s - Adoption of fixed-rate mortgage as industry standard
- Early 1960′s – The National Association of Real Estate Boards creates national MLS system based on unilateral offer of cooperation
- 1970 – Congress charters Freddie Mac and the secondary loan market
- 1980′s – Interest rates zoom upward and halt construction of new homes
- 1994 – Property listings begin to become publicly available on the Internet
- 1995 – Craigslist is launched
- 1999 – ZipRealty introduces Internet lead generation to Real Estate
- 1999 – Move (formerly HomeStore) goes public, the first real estate company to do so
- Early 2000′s – Launch of IDX feeds for real estate websites
- 2004 – Popular real estate blog, Curbed, is founded in New York City
- 2005 – Google announces Google Base, Google Earth, and Google Maps
- 2005 – Movoto.com launches real estate Mapsearch using Google Maps
- 2006 – Zillow.com launches its Zestimate
- 2007 – Trulia launches Trulia Voices, a real estate question & answer site
- 2007 to 2010 – The “Housing Bubble” bursts, causing the financial crisis in the U.S.
- 2008 – NAR (National Association of Realtors) settles with the DOJ (Department of Justice) over accusations of hampering rivals’ ability to post home listings online
- 2009 – Real Estate phone apps become all the rage
- Late 2000′s – Brick and Mortar offices decrease in number as virtual real estate companies become more prevalent
- 2010 to Present – Real Estate data (homes-for-sale, sold history, etc.) becomes more easily accessible for all
- 2010 to Present – Foreclosures and Short Sales become the dominant listing type in the market
edited by Jodi Summers
Here’s a really cool widget that lets you identify schools and districts in Los Angeles. Play with it, and you’ll discover…
School zones by address
Neighborhood boundaries for a particular school
How to assess and compare public school assignments in a city or school district
Please note that the data presented is for general information purposes only. To verify, please contact the school district directly.
By Jodi Summers
We love the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier. The vibrant designs which dazzle our evening sky are created by more than 160,000 LED lights. The wheel’s light patterns are conceived by Dana Wyatt, Director of Operations for Pacific Park…this is how he makes his designs.
The wheel, manufactured by Chance Morgan Rides, is a $1.5 million dollar investment for Pacific Park. Its use of LED lights cut costs and energy consumption for the park, while a solar application generates up to 71,000 kilowatt hours of photovoltaic power.
The original “Pacific Wheel” featured 5,392 light bulbs (2,392 white, 1,500 red and 1,500 blue) and appeared in at least 71 television commercials, 28 films and 13 music videos during its 12-year run. In 2008, the wheel was then sold on eBay for $132,400 with half of the winning bid being donated to the Special Olympics.
Edited by Jodi Summers
The City of Santa Monica’s latest bicycling innovation is the bicycle detection systems at several major intersections. Just as vehicles get detected by waiting in the proper lane,
cyclists can now trigger green lights at an intersection. Look for new bike detection lane markings where a bike lane meets a signalized intersection to learn where to position yourself to get a green light.
Fun videos showing cyclists how to use the markings from YouTube.
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