What We’re Reading: January 18-22

Doppelgängers, tiny houses, passwords, play, severe cold, cool tools, Powerball, environmentalism, Zika virus, and snow.

Wow, this is uncanny. And now you can find your dog doppelgänger.

Leave it to Seattle to build a village of tiny homes to relieve a portion of the city’s homeless population. 8367819239_5e698eb014_m Tammy Strobel/flickr/2012

1-2-3-4-5…that’s the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!” The annual list of the year’s worst passwords has been released.

Priorities change between generations all the time. This time it finds Millennials looking for dedicated indoor play space for the next generation.

Winter is in full effect in the midwest producing frigid temperatures. Some Minnesotans are having fun with the weather.

Shut up and take our money.

The recent Powerball Jackpot excitement raised a lot of questions about how to handle windfalls of cash. Put it in real estate, of course!

This dog is doing her part for the environment. Are you? If you are, the government might reimburse you in some way. Take inspiration from this incredibly energy-efficient home in the UK!

There is a new mosquito-borne illness that has caused thousands of cases of microcephaly in Brazilian infants. New cases are popping up elsewhere, too.

Snow squeak is as bad as fingernails on a chalkboard! Here’s why snow squeaks when you walk on it. BTW, is it supposed to snow this weekend?

What We’re Reading: January 11-15

Big Brother, IE, good vibrations, squirrels, Apple, ritual, Powerball, green roofs, shells, social media, and Netflix.

How would you react if you showed up to work and found motion sensors attached to your desk?

Use Internet Explorer as your browser? Make sure you upgrade!

Here’s an explanation to the sensation your phone has vibrated, only to find it hasn’t.

Apparently, squirrels are a bigger threat to the grid than rogue hackers. 15571693270_9c5b3555b6_m Moyan Brenn/flickr/2014

Apple is finally granting our request for a display that is easier on the eyes at night!

A pot IPO? Yes, this medical marijuana dispensary has gone public!

Not the morning person you wish to be? Follow these 7 steps to have a better morning and day!

Did you win the Powerball drawing this week? Take precaution before you announce your news8227653273_012e09fd59_m Upapa4me/flickr/2012

Chicago, like many cities now, has extensive green rooftops. Brad Temkin, a photographer, made them the subject of his latest project.

Some shell corporations could feel a pinch soon. The FBI will crack down on big ticket all-cash transactions in selected cities in the US.

So now we have to adopt Snapchat? Ugh. How soon until Peach is forced upon us? And get off our lawn! *Shakes fist

Did you know you can configure Netflix to show more categories?


What We’re Reading: January 4-8

Chemistry, game changer, coffee, sales strategies, art, New Year’s resolutions, hoodies, Uber, travel, tiny living, Twitter, diet guidelines, and Millennials.

Great news! There are now FOUR more elements to memorize!

OKScience Activism/flickr/2015

This is more proof that we live in the future. We are excited to see which cities follow suit.

We gave up coffee once. It didn’t take. Here’s an account of a month without the glorious brew.

Real estate agents will use just about any tactic to sell a home — and why not, if it works?

New Year’s Eve photo or Renaissance masterpiece? You decide.

New Year? New (office) you! 23818125830_4ed7bf0dd9_m iluvgadgets/flickr/2016

Shut up and take our money!

Now this is what we call “transferable skills.” Real estate agents know their areas like the back of their hand!

Everything you need to know about the 2016 travel changes.

The Tiny House movement hasn’t gone to the dogs, it was just taken to a new level.

Twitter is considering a 10,000 character limit for tweets — quite a jump from the current 140 limit!

Don’t let them eat cake! The new US Diet Guidelines have been published. Don’t be shocked, but people aren’t happy about them! “Big red meat and big soda” influence! Environmentally unsound!

Millennials might want to buy real estate, but what can they really afford?

Top Field Guides for December 2015

Field Guides are one-stop resource packages on dozens of subjects of interest to REALTORS®. On each page you’ll find links to articles, books, web sites, statistics, and other material on each subject. The list of the most-used field guides from Information Central for the month of December 2015 was released today:

  1. Field Guide to Quick Real Estate Statistics
  2. Field Guide to Being a New REALTOR®
  3. Field Guide to Opening a Real Estate Brokerage
  4. Field Guide to 1031 Exchanges
  5. Field Guide to Writing a Business Plan
  6. Field Guide to Farming & Prospecting
  7. Field Guide to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID)
  8. Field Guide to Compensation Plans for Real Estate Agents
  9. Field Guide to Real Estate Office Policy Manuals
  10. Field Guide to Errors & Omissions Insurance

Have an idea for a new field guide? Let us know!