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Real estate in Miami is about to go down again…

Housing Bubble Bursting

Time for real estate to go down again…

Almost a year ago, I was writing about the Real Estate in Miami, and I was already aware that the time for good deals was gone. There were no longer any spaces available at a bargain price. As I had forecasted: things are now quite bad, markets are slow, realtors that were making millions a few years ago are now looking for different jobs, and cranes are still standing high but some new buildings are starting to look deserted.

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Domino’s, Social Media, & Leveraging Twitter

Twitter Best Practices Infographic

I want to write today about Domino’s Pizza, an international franchise restaurant and pizza restaurant with delivery. Their website is https://www.dominos.com/en/

The company was founded by Tom Monaghan in 1960 and now has an annual volume of $1.8 billion USD and 220,000 employees worldwide. Previously the company specialized in pizza. Indeed its name was Domino’s Pizza, but then it started to also sell pasta, sandwiches and bread and it changed its name in 2012 to just Domino’s.

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Price Discrimination

Antonio Velardo price discrimination graph. Image credit Everett Rogers.

Price discrimination may sound strange to people, but it’s a strategy used by companies to take advantage of the willingness to pay by different groups of people.

Large companies and great marketing strategists use it. Smaller companies do not really use it, so I would like to dig in a bit more and give an overview on the benefit of price discrimination.

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Charitable Campaign: Helping Seniors Improve Their Quality of Life

Senior Citizen Hands - solving a jigsaw puzzle

Good evening. This is just a short note here to discuss something very important. I love writing. I love sharing my experiences so that others can learn from them and hopefully have success also. It was once said that with great success comes great responsibility. This is not something that I have hid from or take lightly.

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Kickstarter is the way to go?

What is Crowdfunding

I know many crowdfunding platforms, and everyday a new one is born. However, Kickstarter is the one with more users by far, and it is the most successful platform— not only for number of users, but also for projects funded.

I will be frank. I don’t like their model. I understand why they are are successful, and I will explain in this post: why I prefer other platforms instead and why I personally find little value in using it from an investor point-of-view.

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Scan Me- Reputation Managment

Reputation Management - thumbs up with speech bubbles

This week all our studies were concentrated on online reputation and its effect on every aspect of a career and business, but also its effect on personal lives.

I have not been very active on the Web. I am an investor, and I usually find deals around the world buying shares in companies and installing new management that can produce profits.

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Zillow’s App- a Real Estate App

Zillow Trulia Logo

Being in the Real Estate Industry, I downloaded Zillow’s app.

Zillow is the biggest real estate portal in America. Through the Zillow app, there many options to find useful real estate information from decorating your home to renting an apartment or finding professional help.

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The Dreadful Word: VACANCY

vacancy

The concept of vacancy, which I touched on in the last post, is one of the most important factors when investing in real estate for cash flow / income purposes.

People lose money or make bad investments primarily because they do not understand how to calculate it correctly.

Obviously, calculating vacancy is terribly difficult. What most investors seem to do is simply discount 10%, sometimes even only 5% from the gross value of the rent that they are supposed to get…and then they just hope that it works.

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Second Life – A Digital Community

Second Life

I began my life in Second Life. At the start I have to admit I was discouraged and bored. But then I slowly built interest due to the interaction with people made me feel a like an Anthropologist trying to get the essence of that community, learn their language and their behavior. Yes, it was my first ever research into a digital community.

I began with a normal avatar. I was trying to stick with an integrated self, but then I went for somebody that was similar but not too similar. The simplicity was due in part to a lack of interest in spending hours to adjust my avatar.

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Survey – Acai Berry

Acai Berries

I spent a lot of time thinking the topic of this survey. I guess the topic could have been anything, but I want to make sure that my exercise makes sense to the reader. I did use Qualtrics and I think is amazing.

I am an entrepreneur and I have several companies in different fields. I have intentions to invest in a health-food store chain, specializing in serving natural acai berry bowls.

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