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
GLOBAL USE OF GREEN BUILDING PRODUCTS SKYROCKETING
By Jodi Summers
Keep studying those lists of top rated green building products, because global purchasing of green building products will grow to $571 billion by 2013. This growth is more than tenfold from the $455.3 billion spent on green materials in 2008, notes the study by Allied Business Intelligence Research.
“Innovation, particularly in wood and insulation, is a key driver behind the growth of green building products,” observes Larry Fisher, research director of ABI Research’s next generation practice.
“The most significant driver of growth in the green building materials sector is concern for the environment. While environmental preservation has been a topic of discussion for decades, only recently has the level of concern for the environment driven governments, manufacturers and consumers to respond.”
The study notes that businessmen and builders will look toward products with greater energy efficiency produced in an environmentally-friendly manner. Preferred lumber and wood products will come from well-managed forests.
Now if we can only figure out an efficient way to make drinkable ocean water.
Edited by Jodi Summers
An engineering school has published a list of what they consider to be the 50 greenest buildings in the world – and the Alamaden Tower in San Jose wins! A SoCal property came in fourth – the Robert Redford Building, home of the Natural Resources Defense Council 1314 2nd Street in Santa Monica comes in fourth. The school – Top Online Engineering Degree, does not that “Greenest is, of course, always a highly subjective and nebulous term.”
As there is no international green building code, http://toponlineengineeringdegree.com, they ask that you not consider this a definitive compilation of the latest and greatest in environmentally-friendly architecture, but rather a brief overview of some highlights instead.
1. Alamaden Tower
Location: San Jose, California, USA
Achieved platinum rating on Dec. 1, 2006
Adobe Systems is the first organization to have three platinum-rated buildings–including the Almaden Tower, pictured here–and it’s the only major corporation to have any buildings on the list. Since it started converting the buildings in 2001, Adobe has seen a 115% savings on its water and utility bills.
2. India Tower
Location: Mumbai, India
Once the construction team puts the final touches on India Tower and officially opens its doors in 2010, it will be considered amongst the tallest, greenest building in the country.
3. William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Although initially built up to LEED’s silver level certification standards, the combined forces and finances of Powers of Arkansas, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and The Leonardo Academy renovated it up to platinum.
4. Robert Redford Building
Location: Santa Monica, California
Home of the Natural Resources Defense Council
CNN states that at the Robert Redford Building toilets flush themselves with rainwater — except for the urinals, which use no water at all — the floors are made of bamboo and the carpets from hemp.
5. RIT’s University Services Center
Location: Rochester, New York, USA
Sustainability highlights from the University Services Center’s operation include:
•48.6 percent energy cost reduction over industry standards for heating and cooling efficiency
•43 percent reduction in water usage over national requirements for fixture performance
•35 percent of the building’s electricity is supplied from renewable sources, including on-site solar photovoltaic panels
•33 percent recycled content of materials used in facility’s operation
6. Philip Merrill Environmental Center
Location: Annapolis, Maryland, USA
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation makes its headquarters here and includes some interesting green features such as composting toilets, bioretention, and natural lighting – among others…
7. United States Green Building Council
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Surely, you’d expect those who administer the certifications themselves strive for the highest possible level of achievement as a way of setting an example.
8. Tahoe Center
Location: Incline Village, Nevada, USA
Tahoe Center serves as one of only five platinum-certified science laboratories in the world, playing host to the University of California Davis Environmental Research department.
9. Cundall Sydney Office Fitout
Location: St. Leonard’s, New South Wales, Australia
Engineering firm Cundall obtained the first LEED-certified platinum honor for their office fitout as the first in the Southern hemisphere.
10. East and West Towers
Location: San Jose, California, USA
Another Adobe Systems venture, Forbes states that this building sports state of the art irrigation in perfect tune with nearby weather stations.
And there are 40 more to learn about…Get the whole list @ http://toponlineengineeringdegree.com/?page_id=122
GLOBAL EDGE TOP 10 BUSINESS DESTINATIONS
edited by Jodi Summers
Global Property Guide has put together a list of the most attractive
property investment destinations across the world. Their research team
has ranked 77 of the world’s largest cities according to the average
gross rental yields.
The top 10 destinations are dominated by Asian cities, with Jakarta,
Kuala Lumpur and Manila all making the list.
THE GREENEST CITIES IN THE WORLD Edited by Jodi Summers We like lists, it means a lot of research has been done. Today’s dynamic list is from Reader’s Digest; they have come up with a list of world's greenest, most livable cities. To compile this list, they have an alyzed data from two top sources covering 141 nations. We’ll give you the top 26 greenest cities (as 26 happens to be San Francisco), the rest you can find @ http://www.rd.com/your-america-inspiring-people-and-stories/best-places-to-live-green/article45734.html
1. Stockholm, Sweden
2. Oslo, Norway
3. Munich, Germany
4. Paris, France
5. Frankfurt, Germany
6. Stuttgart, Germany
7. Lyon, France
8. Dusseldorf, Germany
9. Nantes, France
10. Copenhagen, Denmark
11. Geneva, Switzerland
12. Zurich, Switzerland
13. Glasgow, United Kingdom
14. Barcelona, Spain
15. New York, United States
16. Brussels, Belgium
17. Hamburg, Germany
18. Hong Kong, PR China
19. Newcastle, United Kingdom
20. Tokyo, Japan
21. Helsinki, Finland
22. Washington, D.C., United States
23. Chicago, United States
24. Vancouver, Canada
25. Dortmund, Germany
26. San Francisco, United States
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More than $1Trillion Invested In Green Development
By Jodi Summers
Did you know that Toyota, Boeing and Samsung have each invested more than $4 billion in green technology? They’re part of a growing trend. Experts say that more than $1.248 trillion has been invested in green projects since 2007. Tallies are now available from the Global Climate Prosperity Scoreboard, which tracks private investment in companies growing the green economy globally.
This newly calculated number shows $1,248,740,645,993.00 in total investment in solar, wind, geothermal, ocean/hydro, energy efficiency and storage, and agriculture since 2007. The details indicate how investors and entrepreneurs are leading governments in promoting sustainable growth.
The scoreboard, posted by Ethical Markets Media and The Climate Prosperity Alliance
indicates which investments have been publicly announced and committed by major companies for 2010 and beyond. For example, the Egyptian company Desertec, is behind a 400 billion Euro plan to power Europe with sunlight from North Africa and the Middle East. If their project goes as planned, Desertec could supply 15 percent of Europe’s power needs by 2050.
“Private capital investment is now leading globally in promoting technological innovation and resource efficiency that will accelerate environmentally and socially sustainable industrial growth and economic development throughout the world,” noted Dr. Marc A. Weiss, Chairman and CEO of Global Urban Development and Chair of the Climate Prosperity Alliance.
The Climate Prosperity Alliance uses the Climate Solutions 2 computer model of Australia’s Climate Risk Party, concludes that if $1 trillion is invested every year for the next 10 years can assure the global transition to sustainable prosperity and job growth.
Check out the Global Climate Prosperity Scoreboard @ http://www.ethicalmarkets.com/wp-content/uploads/Global-Climate-Prosperity-Scoreboard.pdf
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