What We’re Reading: April 18-22

Music, unique homes, drones, energy, hackers, MickeyD’s, cicadas, streaming video, earthquakes, lifespan, outdoor spaces, sleep, and power plants.

2016 has not been kind to music icons. We lost Prince yesterday, but his impact on the music industry goes farther than you might know.

There are those among us that prefer homes with character and unique features…you will be surprised to see what this living room features!

When will offenders be prosecuted for tampering or destruction of drones, which are considered aircraft by the FAA?

California is leading the pack on renewable energy with laws regulating rooftops of new buildings.

Not all heroes wear capes.

As users become more sophisticated, so do cyber criminals. Don’t fall for one of their tricks.

Unlimited fries at McDonalds? Epic win or epic fail? Nicholas LabrynthX 2005 Nicholas LabrynthX/flickr/2005

Has it been 17 years already?

Amazon has just released a subscription service to their streaming Prime Video collection, but at $8.99/month, why not just buy a $99 Prime membership and get the other perks, too?

Ecuador and Japan suffered tremendous loss and damage from earthquakes in the last week. San Francisco marked the 110th anniversary of its own devastating earthquake this week, as well.

Eat well, exercise…and live near green spaces? New ingredient for a long life.

These are perfect for those of us who are ready to get outside, but still experiencing chilly evenings!

Have trouble falling asleep in a new place? Science is here to tell us why.

What a great idea for people who don’t rely on their phone to remind them to water plants.

What We’re Reading: April 11-15

Sleep, language, travel, Millennials, weather alerts, censorship, lawncare, blisters, GoT, small eviction, Star Wars, taxes, and more!

Sleep is our favorite! We’d clean up at Aetna!

Did we have a schnapsidee or a luftschloss? We’re going to end this snippet before we verschlimmbessern.

This app would have been so useful when we traveled from Chicago to San Diego for annual!

There are so many conflicting reports about what Millennials will or won’t spend the money (they don’t have) on.

This is a smart move…the NWS sometimes felt like the boy who cried wolf, especially when you get an alert about FLURRIES.

Feel like talking to a random Swede? Go for itflattop341 2007 flattop341/flickr/2007

How satisfying is it when your lawn has perfect diagonal lines? Wait, what does that say about us?

Anyone who has ever had to break in new shoes can appreciate this life hack!

Everyone is a fan of Game of Thrones, even SiriSiri_Siliconborn_house_Apple Mashable

Speaking of things born out of Silicon Valley, here is a follow up story on the guy who lived in a box in his friend’s apartment.

Some movies are just meant to be seen on a big screen!

Still haven’t filed your taxes? You have three extra days to do so this year!

The real estate market is shaped by many players, but some are cloaked by shell corporations.

How many of your Facebook feeds are filled with what seems to be the same cooking video over and over and over again?

We’ve read a lot about boomerang kids moving back in with their parents, so we’re not surprised by builders are looking to cater to these multi-generational households.

Nature is strange. We wish there was an explanation for the behavior of these crabs!

A vehicular collection: A horse-drawn bookmobile!?!?! Space-exploring nanocraft!?!?! A Ford that costs how much?!?!





New eBooks – April 2016

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection.

Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

millennialsWorking with Millennials
by Marc Robertson

This book directly addresses the issues and problems that leaders face in today’s business environment―and provides tangible and usable techniques to overcome these challenges.

• Offers information that benefits both managers of Millennial employees and Millennials themselves
• Provides proven techniques for overcoming the issues confronting managers and leaders―strategies that have worked successfully in the real world
• Presents case studies that document specific management and leadership issues or show how techniques or skills were applied to resolve the situation
• Teaches humanistic leadership and the benefit of valuing people
• Trains new managers on the leadership skills needed to instill the confidence that will enable them to immediately earn the trust and respect of their teams

snapSnap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma
by Patti Wood

From business meetings to social events to first dates to job interviews, we all encounter new people every day. Our ability to read body cues and convey the right first impression drives the success and quality of our personal and professional lives. Body language expert Patti Wood, a sought-after consultant and speaker to Fortune 500 companies, helps businesses and individuals stand out, create profitable relationships, and thrive in competitive circumstances. Now she brings that knowledge to our daily lives, offering practical and proven guidance on accurately interpreting body cues and creating impressions both in person and digitally.

downsizingDownsizing the Family Home
by Marni Jameson and Mark Brunetz

It’s a rite of passage almost no one will escape: the difficult, emotional journey of downsizing your or your aging parents’ home. Here, nationally syndicated home columnist Marni Jameson sensitively guides readers through the process, from opening that first closet, to sorting through a lifetime’s worth of possessions, to selling the homestead itself. Using her own personal journey as a basis, she helps you figure out a strategy and create a mindset to accomplish the task quickly, respectfully, rewardingly—and, in the best of situations, even memorably. Throughout, she combines her been-there experience with insights from national experts—antiques appraisers, garage-sale gurus, professional organizers, and psychologists—to offer practical wisdom and heartwarming advice so you know with certainty what to keep, toss or sell.

trophyNot Everyone Gets a Trophy
by Bruce Tulgan

Adapt your management methods to harness Millennial potential. Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials provides employers with a workable game plan for turning Millennials into the stellar workforce they have the potential to be. The culmination of over two decades of research, this book provides employers with a practical framework for engaging, developing, and retaining the new generation of employees. This new revised and updated edition expands the discussion to include the new ‘second-wave’ Millennials, those Tulgan refers to as ‘Generation Z,’ and explores the ways in which these methods and tactics are becoming increasingly critical in the face of the profoundly changing global workforce.

dreamDream Home
by Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott

Jonathan and Drew Scott have taken HGTV by storm with their four hit shows, Property Brothers, Property Brothers at Home, Buying & Selling, and Brother vs. Brother. The talented duo’s good-natured rivalry, playful banter, and no-nonsense strategies have earned the popular twins millions of devoted fans who have been anxiously waiting for a Scott Brothers book. Dream Home is a comprehensive source, covering the ins and outs of buying, selling, and renovating a house, with hundreds of full-color photos throughout. The brothers cover numerous topics including the hidden costs of moving, savvy negotiating tactics, and determining your home must-haves. Other handy features include a calendar of key dates for finding the best deals on home products and a cheat sheet of worth-it fix-its. Look inside for a wealth of information on attaining what you want—on time and on budget. Dream Home also includes all the tips and tricks you won’t see on TV, making it a must-have resource not just for fans but for any current or aspiring homeowner.

linkLink Out
by Leslie Grossman

Proven networking strategies to achieve lifetime professional success. In today’s competitive market, the typical ways of communicating don’t serve the purpose of building strong, long-term connections. We need to build collaborative relationships that are memorable and influence others to aid in achieving our goals. What is the first step to connecting with the right person? It’s not simply passing along a business card or rattling on about yourself, it is listening to what to the other person has to say. Link Out is filled with strategies that can turn strangers into connections that can change your career or business. Link Out delivers an entourage of people willing and eager to make introductions, connections, and referrals–propelling one’s resume or business to the top of the heap.

actsOutrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
by Gloria Steinem

A bestselling first collection of humorous and insightful essays by a luminary of the women’s liberation movement. These essays from Gloria Steinem’s first three decades of work offer a portrait of a woman who was not only one of the savviest leaders of the women’s liberation movement, but also a profoundly humane thinker with a wide-ranging intellect and irresistible wit. In “If Men Could Menstruate,” Steinem engages readers in a flight of imagination as incisive as it is hilarious. She offers first-person journalism in her underground exposé “I Was a Playboy Bunny,” provides heartbreaking memoir in the story of her mother’s struggles in “Ruth’s Song,” and stakes important positions in feminist theory in “Erotica vs. Pornography.” This is Steinem at her most provocative—and most compassionate.

Top Field Guides for March 2016

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 March 2016 was released today:

  1. Field Guide to Quick Real Estate Statistics
  2. Field Guide to Being a New REALTOR®
  3. Field Guide to 1031 Exchanges
  4. Field Guide to Preparing & Staging a House for Sale
  5. Field Guide to Opening a Real Estate Brokerage
  6. Field Guide to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule-(TRID)
  7. Field Guide to Farming & Prospecting
  8. Field Guide to Compensation Plans for Real Estate Agents
  9. Field Guide to the Best Places to Live
  10. Field Guide to Marketing Tips for REALTORS®

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