A Circular Perspective on Recent Gun Control Debates

I was just thinking the other day about the response to incidents involving innocent people [unarmed black men] dying at the hands of police officers, and how more and more frequently it is becoming normalized as “Well if he didn’t ________, he wouldn’t have been shot.”

As if any of the possible blanks in these scenarios should ever warrant a death sentence.

And then, I question why the abnormally high rate of gun violence by law enforcement is never part of the gun control debate.

How can we as a society scrutinize video games, music, TV shows, etc for normalizing a culture of gun violence every time a tragedy involving guns occurs, but never consider the cultural impact made when we continuously allow authority figures — the ones we are told are best trained to use their guns — to grossly abuse their power in the form of gun violence?

And then my mind wanders to Reagan’s push for gun control in reaction to the Black Panthers’ arming themselves… I wonder, as I usually do, whose side some of these anti-gun, 1%-er politicians are really on.

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Tiny Homes, Tiny Price: How Tiny Homes Could Have a Big Impact on the Housing Landscape

Having a Tiny Home is a goal of mine!
Imagine having a couple friends with Tiny Homes in different areas of the world, and you could trade them off like time shares for vacations. Awesome stuff.

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“Tiny House” is becoming quite the household name, and while such homes are tiny, as a movement they are primed to have a huge impact on the housing market, community development, and the way we look at living in general.

The average tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet, significantly smaller than the 2,600 square feet that make up typical American homes.  Though small, these homes offer a surprising range of architectural and aesthetic diversity.

One major motivation that is driving more and more people towards tiny living is the desire for financial freedom.   Only 29.3% of all U.S. homeowners own their homes fully, meaning they do not have a mortgage.  For Tiny Housers, though, 68% own their tiny home.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, 8 in 10 American workers say they live paycheck to paycheck each month.  A similar Harris Poll study found 78% of American workers…

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Timeless Advice from Calvin and Hobbes

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A friendly reminder not to set a seller’s expectations too high! Keep it realistic with your client! If the price they want to hear is too high, explain to them the benefits of pricing it appropriately. Many realtors make false promises to sellers about how much they can get their home sold for, but kindly explain to your client that those are usually the listings that expire with no real activity. If a client’s priority is netting the most money for their home, overpricing is not the only option and it certainly isn’t the logical option. Instead, help your client understand how much money they would be spending on mortgage payments and taxes should they list their property for months and months at a price that won’t get it sold, vs how much they would save if the price was right and sold overnight. Show them the value behind the…

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“We’re Waiting Until Spring” – Why You Should Sell Your Home During Winter.

New content I wrote for both people in the market to sell their home, and the agents that might be assisting them!

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We’re still recovering from the holidays; the weather’s terrible; the kids are back in school for the second half of the year; nobody’s looking to buy right now:

We just want to wait until Spring.

It’s that time of year again, where potential sellers go into hibernation and agents are afraid to snap them out of it.   As an agent, how can you approach and address these objections in a way that keeps a potential client’s best interests at the forefront? And for sellers, what are the advantages of listing now instead of waiting?

The most obvious advantage to listing in the winter is that others, for the same reasons listed above, are not motivated to sell. Less houses on the market will mean greater demand for the houses that are listed.

Not only will demand for your house be higher, but with fewer options cluttering the MLS and agents…

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“Time For a New Place?”

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Standing out in a world of Stand Outs.

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The competitive nature of the real estate market has attracted an influx of equally-competitive niche marketing businesses seeking to provide agents with all sorts of tools, ideas, and materials to make them stand out from the rest.

Similar to the idea that “College degrees are the new high school degrees,” real estate agents and the niche marketers competing for their business have reached a turning point where these strategies are less effective at making an agent stand out, and instead are becoming baseline necessities for agents to maintain their footing in the real estate landscape at all.

You need an Instagram. A Facebook. A Twitter. A LinkedIn. A Website. A Blog.
You need to create and post engaging content.
You need to optimize your website for search engine visibility and mobile compatibility.
You need to engage with followers…

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“Time For a Change?”

Standing out in a world of automation

I love reading and learning about fields and trades outside of my own strengths so I can integrate new ideas and strategies into what I do.
Here is something I wrote to jump-start my real estate blogging with The Right Agency, and hope it can serve as some food for thought for others!

 

Standing out in a world of Stand Outs.

james-pond-191266.jpg
Photo byJames Pond

The competitive nature of the real estate market has attracted an influx of equally-competitive niche marketing businesses seeking to provide agents with all sorts of tools, ideas, and materials to make them stand out from the rest.

Similar to the idea that “College degrees are the new high school degrees,” real estate agents and the niche marketers competing for their business have reached a turning point where these strategies are less effective at making an agent stand out, and instead are becoming baseline necessities for agents to maintain their footing in the real estate landscape at all.

You need an Instagram. A Facebook. A Twitter. A LinkedIn. A Website. A Blog.
You need to create and post engaging content.
You need to optimize your website for search engine visibility and mobile compatibility.
You need to engage with followers and respond to potential clients in a timely manner.
You need a lead generation service.
You need a personal ISA.
You need direct mail campaigns.
You need email campaigns.
You need templates and content for these campaigns.
You need to do all these things more creatively, more extravagantly, more effectively than all the other agents that also need to do these things more creatively, extravagantly, and effectively.

You get the point.

And while I’m not here to tell you these things don’t deserve your attention, I do think what used to be common sense is becoming a best-kept secret:

To stand out in a world of automation, you have to give people that increasingly uncommon sense of human connection.

“Time for a new place?” You might ask when you see someone post on social media about their noisy neighbors preventing them from sleeping, or having trouble with a landlord, or talking about needing a change.

We are looking too hard for ways to attract “buyers” and “sellers” that we are forgetting we are here to help people solve their problems and live a happier life.

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How to start investing in Litecoin (or Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other Cryptocurrencies)

A beginner’s guide to trading Litecoin

Hi All!

 

I’m writing today as Litecoin surged past $200 and all the way up to $400 per coin. After seeing great returns of my own, and answering questions for many of my friends who aren’t sure where to begin, I thought it’d be helpful to pass along one of the best resources for beginners I’ve found!

The following is a great guide to Litecoin sourced by u/Sparkswont!
Whether you’re new to cryptocurrency and have no clue what a ‘litecoin’ is, or a seasoned investor in cryptocurrencies, the resources below will answer all your questions. If you still have questions, feel free to ask below in the comments!

What is Litecoin?
Litecoin (LTC or Ł) is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency and open source software project released under the MIT/X11 license. Litecoin is one of the largest, oldest, and most used cryptocurrencies in the world. Similar to Bitcoin, Litecoin uses blockchain technology to process transactions.
So what’s the difference? To process a block, Litecoin takes 2.5 minutes rather than Bitcoins 10 minutes. This allows for faster processing times. Litecoin also has the capability to produce a total of 84 million units, compared to Bitcoins 21 million. In addition, Litecoin uses scrypt in its proof-of-work algorithm, a sequential memory-hard function requiring asymptotically more memory than an algorithm which is not memory-hard.
Still confused? Take a look at this video!

Where can I buy Litecoin?
There are many websites and applications where you can buy and sell Litecoin, but make sure the exchange you are using is trusted and secure. Here are some exchanges that are trusted in the cryptocurrency community:

Coinbase USD/Euro/GBP

Binance USD & Many Alt Coins

Bittrex USD & Many Altcoins

Quadrigacx CAD

Bithump KRW

OKCoin Euro/Yen/USD

OKex CNY l

Where can I securely store Litecoin?
Litecoin (and other cryptocurrencies) is stored in a digital wallet. When storing Litecoin, you want to make sure you trust the place you store them. This is why it is best to store them yourself through the electrum wallet. It is highly suggested to not store your Litecoin in an exchange (such as Coinbase, Poloniex, Bittrex, etc.) because you don’t control the private keys. If the exchange ever goes offline, or becomes insolvent, your Litecoin essentially disappear.
Some other options are:

Electrum Lightweight Wallet

Official Core Wallet

LiteVault Secure Web Wallet

Paper Wallet Generator

If you’re a fan of mobile devices, then Loafwallet is the wallet for you. Developed by a Litecoin Foundation Dev, /u/losh11, this mobile wallet works great! And remember to always make sure to write down your seedkeys.

Hardware wallets are another great option, in fact, they are said to be the most secure way to store cryptocurrencies. Below is a list of the litecoin flexible hardware wallets.

Ledger

Trezor

Keepkey

Where can I spend Litecoin?
Litecoin is in the top ten of all cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Websites are rapidly adopting Litecoin as a method of payment as well. If you yourself want to accept LTC as a business, you can refer to these merchant manuals. Alternatively, if you would like to explore websites that accept Litecoin, head over to /r/AcceptingLTC.
Here are also several of our favorite merchants accepting Litecoin.

Where can I discuss Litecoin?
The Litecoin community is extremely kind and robust. There are many forums and places where you can discuss Litecoin with others who are interested in the currency. Here are the main ones:
Platform

Reddit

Litecoin Markets Subreddit

Discord

Official Forum

IRC

Additional Resources and Help
If you have more questions, or are genuinely interested in learning more about Litecoin then be sure to read this series. If you have a specific question that you can’t seem to find the answer too, ask below and someone will help you out!