One Step at a Time

I have a number of runners in my family.  My kids run cross country and track, my wife is a regular runner and my brother runs ultra-distances.  My run is more of a jog and a majority of my “training” is probably spent walking, but I do enjoy the challenge of training, the encouragement from (slight) improvements and the exhilaration of the race.  I also see a lot of comparisons between the sport of running and the challenges that we face in our careers. Read More »

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Scotland Sees Strong Lettings Growth

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Exceptionally strong annual growth in Edinburgh.

The latest figures released by Citylets show that rents in Scotland have soared 7.9% in the last year to reach an average of £732 per month. This is a significant increase from 2013 when the private rental sector recorded just 1% growth. Read More »

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Oil Boom and Bust in Houston?

Over the past decade growth in the energy industry has fueled housing growth in many metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) across the United States, most notably, Houston, TX. While other MSAs have experienced tremendous economic growth and demand for housing, the Houston housing market has developed into one of the most mature markets in the U.S. Read More »

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Prime Central London Rents Continue to Rise

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Rental values in Knightsbridge increase in fourth quarter of 2014.

After a subdued 2014, rents in prime central London have maintained momentum and begun to show signs of sustained recovery. Read More »

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Be a Doer of Deeds

I always enjoy when I get the opportunity to apply my love of history to a business/leadership topic in the present.  I have been reading about Theodore Roosevelt recently and I ran across a great quote. Read More »

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Driver License Application in California: Update

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has implemented a new policy requiring formal appointments for all first-time driver license applicants. This policy was implemented to support the influx of applicants now eligible for a driver license under Assembly Bill (AB) 60 which went into effect on January 2, 2015.  AB 60 requires the DMV to issue an original driver license to any applicant, regardless of whether she/he is able to provide satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States. Driver license applicants under AB 60 must meet other qualifications for licensure and must provide satisfactory proof of identity and California residency. Read More »

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Proposals for 90-Day Short Lets in London

To-Let-90daysDespite wide criticism in the House of Lords, the government is standing by its proposal to allow London home-owners to let their properties for up to 90 days without paying for a council permit. Read More »

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Spotlight On: Chester

 

Chester is a historic, spotlight-on-chesterwalled city located on the banks of the River Dee in Cheshire with a population of approximately 80,000. Once voted one of Europe’s top five prettiest cities, it has a unique character and charm all of its own. Read More »

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A New Year, A New Word

It is that time of year again, time for people to make their New Year’s Resolutions.  I found some interesting statistics on statisticbrain.com about New Year’s Resolutions.  45% of us make New Year’s resolutions, less than half of us make it past six months and only 8% are ultimately successful.  Among the current list of most popular resolutions are-losing weight, spending more time with family, getting in shape, quitting smoking, getting organized and saving more money. Read More »

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Rust Belt Cities Make a Comeback

The rustbelt roars back from the dead! How Cleveland, Detroit and other rustbelt cities have made a comeback. Read More »

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