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Why Ecosystems, Not Inventions, Truly Change the World

An initial discovery of a new phenomenon, such as electricity and internal combustion, is eventually used to create a new invention, like the light bulb or the automobile. This creates some excitement, and builds the fortunes of a few entrepreneurs, but has little impact on society as a whole.

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Does a Larger Home Bring More Happpiness?

The data shows that ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ is real. A study describes a situation where an individual has to choose between society A in which he will live in a 4,000 square-foot house and others will live in 6,000 square-foot houses; and society B in which he will live in a 3,000 square foot house, while others will live in 2,000 square-foot houses. Most people favor society B over society A, namely a situation in which their absolute house size is smaller but their relative house size is higher.

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The Transition of Construction to Manufacturing

More automation and less on-site construction means fewer safety incidents. Additionally, quality checks in the factory will help discover issues early. The later a problem is discovered, the more it will cost to fix it. If a problem is found in the design phase of a building that costs $1 to fix, that same problem discovered in the construction phase will cost $20. If the building reaches its operational phase before the problem is discovered, it is estimated to cost $60.

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The Upside of Downsizing Your Home

One of the joys in life comes when discovering something that really fits you and becomes an extension of your personality and values. This can occur with finding a best friend, a new hobby, or discovering a style of clothes where you feel

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How the ‘Fix and Flip’ Model Needs to Change

There are literally hundreds of programs available that teach entrepreneurs and real estate professionals how to earn money quickly through various real estate strategies. And there are several television series that are now based on this real estate program and how to earn

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No Fixed Address and the Digital Nomad

How long has it been since you mailed a letter to a friend?  Not an email – but an actual paper version using a pen, envelope, and a stamp. Without doing a google search or checking your phone contacts, do you know the

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Top 10 Reasons Modular Housing is the Future

Costs. Cities globally are facing an affordable housing crisis. And with more of the population choosing city living, it is only going to get worse. It is estimated that generation Z will spend over 1/2 of their gross income during their first decade

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City, Countryside, or Suburbia? Four Benefits of Each.

There is a saying that ‘You either want to live in the city, or out of the city, but not in between.’ This dilemma between city, countryside, and suburbia is interesting to look at from a quality of life standpoint. Obviously, your priorities

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Affordable Housing – Lessons from the Model T

Why does it cost more to build a living room than a car?  The average cost to build a home addition is $48,000.(1) And those costs are only expected to increase with labor shortages and increased material costs. Consider the materials used and

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Three Benefits of the Modern Mansion

If living in a mansion is your dream, you may be closer than you think. I don’t mean the traditional type of mansion where you reside alone in a giant house behind closed gates. I mean the modern mansion that is far more

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Welcome to the E-Community!

What are the first thoughts you have when you hear the word ‘community’? Or ‘neighborhood’? Do you picture a row of homes plotted along a street? Or did you think of your electronic community and your digital neighborhood you can access at all

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Empty Rooms and Transforming Spaces

Have you ever stopped to consider that most rooms remain vacant most of the time? Think about the rooms that are sitting vacant right now in your own home. How often is that living room utilized? Or the spare bedroom just in case

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Global Citizens and the Lightweight Lifestyle

In Japan it is common for parents to take their children to a community play center where there are toys to check out. In London there is an ‘everything library’ with household items such as vacuums, sewing machines, and drills for neighbors to

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PropTech and the Future of Real Estate

Real estate is a very large asset type. Global residential real estate is valued around $250 Trillion. Global commercial real estate is valued around $65 Trillion. For comparison, global annual GDP is $78.3 Trillion. The world of real estate is changing. And it

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Venture Capital and the Venture Angle

Venture Capital is the case for ambitious risk-taking and has been credited with advancing our societies with companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber. No doubt there has been much good that has come from it with entire ecosystems built around innovation, bold

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Modular and your Forever Home

Modular housing delivers the benefits of precision steel frame engineering, global supply chains, and responsible factory automation. This leads to lower costs and faster construction timelines. But did you know that a modular home can be your forever home? This forever home can

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Realize Your Own American Dream

‘The American Dream’, for some, conjures up images of home ownership with a white picket fence and a manicured yard in a prominent suburb. This suburban sprawl imagery has been promoted since the 1950’s and links directly with home ownership and success. The

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Home is More Than a Place – It’s a State of Mind

The foundation of every local community are people and the homes in which they live. However, there are changes as to the way we feel towards and interact with our ‘homes’. According to Google, a ‘home’ is defined as: n- ‘The place where

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