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How far will retailers go to understand how you buy?

Todd Clarke @ December 29, 2008 # Comments Off on How far will retailers go to understand how you buy?

In the December 20th, 2008 issue, the Economist covers the latest trends in how Retailers are analyzing your shopping habits. Would you believe? – Camera’s that read your facial patterns? – receiver’s that record your wherebouts based on your cell phone? – reorganizing the store so the things you buy the most are in the […]

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Where does US immigration come from?

Todd Clarke @ December 29, 2008 # Comments Off on Where does US immigration come from?

My thanks to my good friend and fellow Commercial Realtor, Brent Tiano, for sharing this link: Immigration to the US, 1820-2007 v2 from Ian Stevenson on Vimeo. The link shows global immigration into the United States from 1820 though 2007…

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Google earth gets more realism

Todd Clarke @ December 27, 2008 # Comments Off on Google earth gets more realism

The latest version of Google Earth has an update to the New York skyline – more realism! Googe Earth blog Thanks to the folks over at Gizmodo.com for noticing the update.

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Another example of how the media doesn’t understand how real estate works…

Todd Clarke @ December 26, 2008 # Comments Off on Another example of how the media doesn’t understand how real estate works…

In a story created by the Daily News (yes created, not reported), the Daily News “stole” the Empire State buidling by filing fraudulent deeds on the property transferring ownership to themselves. The story then goes on to report, that once ownership is obtained, its easy for the new owner to obtain a mortgage. While I […]

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The oddest Christmas present?

Todd Clarke @ December 24, 2008 # Comments Off on The oddest Christmas present?

Still looking for your partner for the coolest real estate gift? How about this gigantic map that illustrates where our tax dollars go? How could your partner possibly live another day without this fine gift?

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If it has a garage, is it real estate?

Todd Clarke @ December 22, 2008 # Comments Off on If it has a garage, is it real estate?

There is often a fine line between real estate and personal property. Manufactured homes are often considerd personal property, unless they are affixed to the ground, wheels removed, and the appear to be even more like real esate if a garage is added. So what happens when you add a garage to a mobile home […]

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Thanks to CIRE Magazine – an overview of how a commercial Realtor can position themselves in the downturns

Todd Clarke @ December 21, 2008 # Comments Off on Thanks to CIRE Magazine – an overview of how a commercial Realtor can position themselves in the downturns

One CCIM shares how starting a consulting business can help during an economic downturn By Todd D. Clarke, CCIM  After a few years in the business and having completed more than 400 apartment transactions, I became focused on how to get paid for what I knew versus what I could do. Having been through the […]

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FAA approves Upham, NM for a space port…

Todd Clarke @ December 20, 2008 # Comments Off on FAA approves Upham, NM for a space port…

The old adage about location, location, location certainly applies to Upham, NM. Whats that you say? Where the H-E, double hockey sticks is Uphan? As a native NM who was born not too far from there, I’m afraid to tell you I didn’t know where Upham was until a couple of years ago when the […]

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Crossword: Commercial Real Estate Names

Todd Clarke @ December 20, 2008 # Comments Off on Crossword: Commercial Real Estate Names

Crossword 12/20/2008 (PDF version) Crossword 12/20/2008 (interactive/online version)

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ABQ in photo’s

Todd Clarke @ December 19, 2008 # Comments Off on ABQ in photo’s

If you are as much of a shutterbug as I am – you will love this website – source of great photos from my home town…

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Multifamily Financing Update – A roller coast ride!

admin @ December 19, 2008 # Comments Off on Multifamily Financing Update – A roller coast ride!

I’d like to thank Jamie Dick for allowing me to reprint this fabulous overview of the current capital markets and their impact on multifamily.   The roller coaster that is the 10-year Treasury has continued to be a wild ride with today’s rate closing at an astounding 2.60%!!!  A quick review of the attached chart […]

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Higest and Best Use Analysis…for a space shuttle?

Todd Clarke @ December 18, 2008 # Comments Off on Higest and Best Use Analysis…for a space shuttle?

Tampa Bay Fox News is reporting that NASA has issued a Request for Inquiries for potential uses for three soon to be retired space shuttles.  Space shuttles Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour are slated to be mothballed and sold off for approx. $42M each.  Shipping is likely to be $6M, and I’m guessing that since these […]

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Book Reccomendation – Measuring America (the tie between Democracy and Real Estate ownership)

admin @ December 14, 2008 # Comments Off on Book Reccomendation – Measuring America (the tie between Democracy and Real Estate ownership)

Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy by Andro Linklater This book has turned out to be one of my favorite real estate reads.  Although many of America’s founding fathers were surveyors (George Washington and Thomas Jefferson included) this book extends its reach much further than […]

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Federal Reserve for Sale?

admin @ December 13, 2008 # Comments Off on Federal Reserve for Sale?

Government Garage Sale I was recently in Kansas City, driving their downtown when I came across the beautiful Federal Reserve Building.  Imagine my shock when I saw these signs… Keep in mind, this was just about the time some banks were starting to fail, and that the Federal Reserve chairman was requesting funds for a […]

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