Bad neighbors cost you big money when selling your home:
Bottom Line: Most of us have had bad or least less than ideal neighbors, somewhere along the way. Aside from being an annoyance, they can be extraordinarily expensive when it’s time for you to sell your home. Just how costly?
According to International Association of Real Estate Appraisers (aka Appraisal Institute), it will cost you 5-10% on your appraisal. Or to put it another way, in our area that’s about $13,000 to $26,000. So what constitutes an “official” bad neighbor?
So if you’re looking to sell your home, it’s worth a conversation (or perhaps even persuasion) with the neighbors to ship up. Keep in mind that even if you find a buyer willing to pay a non-bad neighbor market price, if they’re financing, the appraiser will have the final say as to what the property is worth and how much it can be sold for… And how much of a discount you may have to face because of the bad neighbor(s)…
Who owns what? Current smart phone market share:
Bottom Line: It’s Android’s and Apple’s world and the others are just living in it (or close to it). We now have the 2nd quarter smart phone market share courtesy of Kantar Worldpanel. The result:
Winners year over year:
Losers year over year:
So… It’s clear that Apple is still gaining momentum, Blackberry is all but dead and Windows is benefitting from their demise, though it’s really just a two horse race.
The next DVR will be the one to end the need for the DVR:
Bottom Line: Ok so the headline sounds a bit convoluted but the technology that Intel is working on is anything but… The WSJ is reporting that Intel is up to something new with DVR technology. So what will it do? Everything.
The DVR that Intel is looking to power would literally record every TV program you have access to for three days. That would in effect create an environment in which everything would be on demand. Rather than having to pick and record every program or series of programs – you would automatically have them. There is no timeline on when this will be ready to go but it should be a game changer in DVR tech and TV watching generally, when it is ready for your home.
Bottom Line: Google’s Chromecast has become an instant hit that could advance us very quickly into an internet TV (streaming) age. While many do own a Roku box, Apple TV or game system that enables streaming TV programming, we’ve not seen demand like this. At $35 and with the ease and size of a
If you want a Google Chromecast, you’ll be waiting for at least three weeks and more than likely a month at this point. Despite only having access to Netflix, aside from Google owned content like YouTube, the Chromecasts’ early success is leading to companies like Hulu and HBO to contact Google about a possible deal to distribute their content as well.
With the adaptation of the Chromecast, we’re beginning to see internet ready TV go from the early adaptation phase to mainstream TV watching.
Update on next gen iPhone(s):
Bottom Line: Apple released iOS 7 for beta testing on Monday and there are a few giveaways about some future enhancements that are on the way for the next iPhone. Perhaps the biggest change, aside from speed, is on the security side.
The software has the ability to interpret fingerprints. This would suggest that Apple is getting ready to move from the current 4 number security code to a finger print security method. This certainly would be a steep forward with iPhone security. Otherwise Siri is getting a facelift. There is a separate situation that recently occurred that could also be a telling sign of what’s to come at Apple.
A Chinese activist group recently plowed their way into a manufacturing site for Apple in