Posted: December 8th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Business News, Renovation Planning | Tags: Alan Dixon, New York Property Market, Renovation Planning, Wealth Creation | Comments Off
An Australian businessman’s investment fund has divided locals after amassing hundreds of properties and becoming the largest single investor in family homes in the New York region.
Over the past three years, Alan Dixon’s fund has spent $610 million on residential property, buying nearly 600 houses and making his company the biggest investor in single family homes in New York.
Mr Dixon’s fund buys historic houses, many of them abandoned or rundown. They buy them cheap, renovate them, and turn them into luxury homes which command top dollar on the rental market.
The purchases are made entirely in cash, and real estate broker Victoria Hagman said Mr Dixon’s all-cash deals are driving up prices :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 6th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Indeep Media, Renovation Planning | Tags: Green Building, Urban Development Planning, Urban Planning, Urban Sprawl | Comments Off
Urban planners and researchers warn increasing housing density in Australian cities must not be at the expense of tree cover and its cooling benefits.
A pilot study done by a team from the University of Melbourne warned “treeless” outer suburbs were a risk to health and wellbeing :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 4th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Business News, Socially Engineerd | Tags: Asia-Pacific, Asian Development Bank, Credit Corporation, Kiva, Microfinance, Poverty, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Social Lending | Comments Off
Scooters, coracles, beasts of burden and even crop stocks are providing the poor in the Asia Pacific region with new business opportunities. It’s a huge leap of faith for usually stayed banks and finance companies, but ‘movable asset’ loans are taking off.
Intangible assets, goods that are easily hidden, lost or sold, present unique risks for financiers. Since the global financial crisis the appetite of bankers for taking unnecessary risk has significantly reduced.
To overcome this, countries wanting to offer movable asset loans are passing legislation to set up “secured transaction” registers, one lender in PNG – Credit Corporation – secures 90 percent of its loans against movable assets and all of those loans have gone to Indigenous entrepreneurs :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 15th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Indeep Media | Tags: Interview Tips, Job Search, REBLOG, Unemployment | Comments Off
It’s a question that can toss an interview from smooth skiing too a railing downhill tumble, “So do you have any questions for me?”
While employers will score you on the answers you give throughout your interview, they are more likely to judge harshly at the questions you ask them.
Flipping roles, grilling your interviewer is potentially the deal closer in an interview, don’t be tempted by precariously obvious questions: salary, work hours or benefits, interviewers are more often than not put-off by a shallow, thoughtless, self-serving response.
How do you avoid a ten-eighty-three? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 30th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: Australia, Australia Votes, Australian Landmark, Australian Sports Party, Breasts in Politics, Clive Palmer, Naked, Socially Engineered, Topless, WA Senate Election 2014 | Comments Off
As polling booths prepare to open across Perth, one political party has ramped up its media presence with that standard Aussie manoeuvre, a pair of strategically place boobs.
In this latest round of political campaigning – Senate seats for Western Australia – The Australian Sports Party has posted a joke on it’s Facebook page that has many wondering what direction – if any – the party intends to canvas punters on.
Australia has a rich history of political cranks, our last election, 2013, witnessed a cacoffiny of crazy, odd-ball candidates.
From Clive Palmer’s paranoia – the billionaire turned politician still reckons lefty Greens are funded by the CIA – to the dope (hemp if you must) party, This latest election – a senate only re-run due to bungling by the Electoral Commission – will surely see politics over-run by mental micro opinion?
The big question has to be ‘has Australian politics become, well, too Aussie?’ As minor, micro parties busily stitch together preferences, swapping deals in the hope of riding an unpredictable wave into the Australian Federal Parliament, the marriages are likely to be idiosyncratic matches, The Hemp, Sports and Sustainable Pollution Parties have little in common but are likely to swap preference in order to gain seats.
The Australian Sports Party -ASP – should apologise for the above Facebook photo, a prominent women’s rights group says. The picture is accompanied by an anecdote about the woman, described as “voluptuous” and a “babe”, who is running with a sign around her neck saying, “If you catch me, you can have me” :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 13th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Facebook, Media, Online Media, Social Media, Social Network Sites | Tags: Facebook Video Advertising, Online Video Advertising, Social Media Advertising | Comments Off
An array of video advertisements are poised to debut in Facebook user feeds, as the social media behemoth sets itself up to grab a slice of the US TV advertising market.
The new advertisements will be up to 15 seconds long, similar to most TV comercials, and will begin spilling into feeds next month.
The advertisements will however be silent, and will play as users scroll by them, expanding into full screen – with sound – when clicked on. The new ads will be cross platform, running on desktop and mobile versions of the social media site.
It’s noteworthy that the video ads had been slotted for release in October last year, the company had been pitching the ads heavily for more than a year. The delay is thought to have been based on concerns over the impact the ads might have in ‘user experience’ according to advertising monitors AdAge.
Facebook is working with a select group of US advertisers on the new program – Premium Video Ads – the rollout comes on the heels of tests that the company ran in November/December 2013, clearly to it’s liking :: Read the full article »»»»