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Barack Obama’s Hawaiian Hideaway

Returning to his former home of Hawaii as President-elect, Barack Obama and his family are enjoying a 13-day vacation. Obama is secluded at a compound of oceanfront estates, guarded by seven-foot walls made of stone and lava rock and situated along a quiet sliver of snow-white-sandy beach. The Kailua Estate seems is ideal for a […]

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America The Brave: Good Luck President-Elect Obama

In a world where the barriers of Nation States are barely barriers and the society and economies are global in every way, the victory of President-Elect Obama has caused excitement throughout the world that is similar to the fall of the Soviet Union and the bringing down of the Berlin Wall. It has been a […]

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Obama, "The Socialist"? It Is Time For Change

It’s almost impossible to ignore the fact that the US election is just one day away (Sydney time). The need for change of any sort is more apparent than ever and the change is needed for both domestic and international reasons. I have many friends and colleagues in the United States and they are some […]

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The Chicago Home of the Obama’s: Next Stop the White House?

It may not be too long until Barack Obama and his family call the White House in Washington their home. Until then, however, they’ll be making do with their property in Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois which was purchased in 2005 for $US1.65 million. Simon Turner FYI: More articles on Barrack Obama, the US Presidential Race, […]

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Real Estate News Making Headlines Around the World: 30 June – 6 July 2010

Interesting and topical real estate stories making headlines in print and online media from around the world for the week 30 June – 6 July 2010: including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Romania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA and Vietnam.

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Money and Business: The US National Debt Milestone

Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes writes: The last week has been significant in terms of the US National Debt – now passing the $12 trillion USD mark. This means that over $39,000 USD is owed for every man woman and child in America or more than $110,000 USD per tax payer.

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Real Estate Social Media in Australia

When I first heard about Facebook and Twitter I had no idea just how much it was going to be a part of my business life – I thought it was interesting but to be honest it was not my top priority. I watched the Obama campaign using Social Media to push a President into office and it was at that time that the penny dropped – Real Estate Agencies must use these tools to be effective marketers!

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The MASTERPLAN (Part 7c): Universal Health Care

Universal Health Care is an essential part of any long term economic recovery plan. The health of any nation has an enormous impact of what it can achieve. Michael Marquette, Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

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Michael Marquette’s “View from The Bridge”: Is America Heading Toward Bankruptcy?

I have been encouraged  over the last week at the willingness of vendors and buyers to listen to us and consider our advice. It would be a foolish person who would declare that the market has changed but deals are happening as all parties have been willing to give and take. Economically the news worldwide is worrying and finally we are starting to hear that this crisis is more than just a confidence issue – it is fundamental. The world immersed itself in debt, more debt than ever before as people bought houses, shares, personal goods and lived extravagant lifestyles that they could not sustain.

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Where on Earth is Your Money Safe?

There are many myths regarding our quiet Canadian friends, such as the fact that they live in igloos and inhabit snow all year long.  An igloo would be quite an experience I’m sure, however boring as it may be Canadians tend to live in regular homes like that of most countries, and anyone whom has spent a year in the vibrant coastal city of Vancouver would find that the climate can be quite mild in some regions.

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