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Landmark Links August 17th – All in the Family

  Must Read of the Day: California is increasingly becoming a place where first time home buyers can only do so with down-payment assistance from their families. Economy Downward Spiral: The Great Recession never ended for humanities majors as college students shun them for degrees that will actually generate income. Independence Day: A surge in oil price […]

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Landmark Links August 14th – Temptation

  Every now and then one comes across an idea so dreadful that it’s almost as if the people behind it have run out of ideas and are simply throwing shit up against the wall in a desperate attempt to find something that sticks, consequences be damned.  This crossed my mind last week as I […]

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Landmark Links August 10th – Reflection

  One of the best things about taking a long vacation is the ability to take a step back from the day-to-day demands of life and take inventory of what you are doing well and what needs improvement.  I started writing Landmark Links on March 19, 2015 as a way to sharpen my writing skills, […]

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Landmark Links July 24th – Misaligned

  Quick programming note: I’m taking off this afternoon for my annual east coast family lake trip tonight which means that I’m going to be on a news and social media diet (including writing this blog) for a couple of weeks.  I posted about why I do this last year if you’re interested.  See you […]

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Landmark Links July 20th – Alternative Use

  Lead Story…. Every once in a while I like to write about real estate related startups that seem interesting – either in a good or bad way. As I’ve written previously, restaurants are facing a difficult business environment as upward wage and rent pressures mount and delivery services continue to eat away at the […]

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Landmark Links July 17th – Virtue Signaling

  Lead Story…  If you were following the news last week, you may have noticed that WeWork, co-working’s $20 Billion behemoth, made an announcement that it will no longer let employees expense meals that include meat.  Via Time Magazine (emphasis mine): The startup has told its 6,000 global staff that they will no longer be […]

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Landmark Links July 13th – Risky Business?

  Lead Story…. During the mid-aughts housing bubble, there was a very common business plan regularly deployed by housing speculators.  It roughly followed this script: Buy a house as an “investment.” When that house appreciates in value, either refinance or take out a line of credit against it. Use the proceeds as the down-payment for […]

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Landmark Links July 10th – Balancing Act

  I’m busy cramming for my broker exam so haven’t had a lot of time to put together a lead story.  However, there is still a ton of interesting things happening the the world, real estate and otherwise so here’s your Tuesday linkfest: Economy Living On The Edge: Most rate forecasts indicate that the Federal […]

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Landmark Links June 29th – Full Service

  I’m going to take a break from blogging next week and enjoy the 4th of July holiday.  Before signing off for a few days, I want to share an interesting anecdote about a recent experience with a last mile delivery concept that I was very impressed by. Lead Story….  With the rise of e-commerce, […]

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Landmark Links June 26th – One Stop Shop

  Lead Story….  A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article from the NY Times about prefabricated home construction and how soaring construction costs are leading to substantial new investments in the space.  I want to revisit that article written by Conor Dougherty today because it contains one of the best descriptions of the […]

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