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Using data to drive strategic focus: The journey

“Everyone talks about data, but I think the first thing any business needs to do is start collecting it and understand what they’re looking at,” says the CEO of, Brendon Skipper. half-year loss may lead to company closure or sale

"In the absence of a sale agreement for the and media businesses, they will be closed by April 2016 at an estimated closure cost of circa $1.7 million," the company said in a statement.

The Factory, a former gay club, deemed eligible for National Register of Historic Places

But it might never end up on the register The Factory, a 1920 building that once housed both a former gay club and a movie camera manufacturer, has been deemed eligible for the U.S. National Parks Department’s National Register of Historic...Show More Summary

BuyMyPlace reports strong first half FY17 results

“We offer an expanded choice for vendors - everything from a DIY model right through to our new full service offering, where our vendors have access to an agent and all the services they have previously only been able to access via a traditional agent. We estimate our latest full service offering increases our addressable market to more than 90% of vendors."

Two affordable housing projects headed to South LA

Just a few blocks apart, the buildings will include 99 units of housing Construction is getting underway on a pair of affordable housing projects along Crenshaw Boulevard. Situated within a few blocks of one another between Adams and...Show More Summary

1900s home in Australia gets airy modern concrete update

Quite lovely This early-1900s-built home in Sydney, Australia has undergone a significant expansion that integrates seamlessly into the existing structure. Helmed by local firm CO-AP, the renovation involved “modernizing” the home as...Show More Summary

Amazing photos of Central Subway beneath Chinatown

Enormous transit project pushes on The 1.7-mile, $1.5 billion-plus Central Subway project is reportedly 65 percent done and ahead of schedule, according to CBS SF, who note that the expensive expansion of the city’s light T Third Street...Show More Summary

Modern rainforest home lives large under a tent roof

A rad solution for a special site It’s a house...It’s a tent...It’s a Tent House! Rising in a rainforest near Australia’s Sunshine Coast, this new family retreat didn’t just don a big tent for looks alone. Indeed, the striking coverShow More Summary

Striking Oakland Firehouse brick loft asks $649,000

Too hot Built in 1895, the Oakland Firehouse on 59th Street was seismically retrofitted and transformed into six condo units in the mid 1990s. Today, one of those prized units returns to the market for a comparatively scorching price. Featuring one bed, one bath, two floors, and 1,460 square feet, unit #4 stands out with gorgeous original brickwork. Show More Summary

The English country house goes mod in this handsome timber home

Construction took just 11 months When one hears “English country house” they’re likely thinking more Downton Abbey than Villa Savoye. And that’s okay: We have a deep and abiding love of the ol’ historic, landmarked U.K. manor. This gorgeous...Show More Summary

This 355-square-foot Stockholm studio has it all

Smeg refrigerator, farmhouse sink, marble countertops For micro-apartment-living inspiration with a Scandinavian twist, look no further than this 33-square-meter (that’s approximately 355 square feet) studio apartment in Stockholm, Sweden. The...Show More Summary

Herzog & de Meuron’s Hamburg concert hall marries math and music

Elbphilharmonie has 10,000 acoustic panels Herzog & de Meuron’s recently completed concert hall, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, fuses acoustics seamlessly into the architecture so that sound shapes the space and vice versa. The 26-story building is perched above a former warehouse and includes 1,000 windows. Show More Summary

Could heavy rains really trigger earthquakes?

Gives new meaning to the term “earthquake weather” On top of everything else, California’s recent slew of huge rainstorms may have primed the state’s faults for a major earthquake, or so claims an article by science journalism site the...Show More Summary

Mortgage rates hit lowest percentage since first week in December

Long-term rates have broken down this week (versus unanimous expectations for going up), now the lowest since the first week of December -- and if they fall another inch might drop another quarter-percent or more, taking lowest-fee mortgages back into the threes...

LA County’s median home price rises to $525K

That’s a 7 percent increase over January of last year Los Angeles County home prices are continuing to climb in the new year, with the median price jumping to $525,000 in January, according to a new report from CoreLogic. That’s a 7.1 percent increase over January of 2016, when the median sale price for LA County was $490,000. Show More Summary

Sea Ranch home by Charles Moore asks $2.8 million

Wood you? As winter makes an exit, it’s time to start thinking about your springtime pipe dreams. How about this 1971 Charles Moore gem in Sea Ranch? Featured in the New York Times and Dwell Magazine, it’s the perfect fodder for real...Show More Summary

Independent Brokers Find Their Secret Sauce

Real Estate is among the most competitive industries in America. On Main Street in America, only clothing stores and restaurants have as many offerings. Although Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is the clear leader in the independent broker category; they focus primarily on the largest independent brokerage in a given community. Show More Summary

Grand 1930s mansion comes with original murals and a fur vault

On Pasadena’s Millionaire Row This lavish, nearly 20,000-square-foot residence in Pasadena most recently served as the headquarters of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter of the Red Cross, but its history dates back to the 1920s and 1930s, when Pasadena was cementing its status as an ultra-wealthy enclave. The mansion, known as the John S. Show More Summary

Nine and Half Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Alla Samchuk, 45, Roseville, California, was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison for a mortgage fraud scheme and obstruction of justice. A federal jury returned a verdict in August 2016 finding her guilty...Show More Summary

Sony's Xperia Touch makes any flat surface an interactive screen

It’s the latest Jetsons-esque product from the folks at Sony This year’s Mobile World Congress kicked off today in Barcelona, Spain, and already some home tech news is out: Sony today unveiled the Xperia Touch, an Android ultra-short-throw...Show More Summary

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