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How buyer bias affects the real estate market—Part II

Jun 29th, 2015 | FCT

Last time, in part I, we did a haircut (as they say in Hollywood of quick and dirty surveys) of the major biases which influence buyer and seller psychology around a housing…

How buyer bias affects the real estate market—Part I

Jun 24th, 2015 | FCT

In the upcoming July newsletter, we’ll been casting a hard eye at the dearth of hard data around the (very) human process of buying a house. In this blog and its successor,…

Gross national happiness (part 1)

May 19th, 2015 | FCT

New measures of prosperity, from the Harvard Business School to the UN to Bhutan to EU—goodbye GDP, hello human progress index Three decades ago, the king of Bhutan, a tiny kingdom in…

Tiny goes big: micro-housing goes mainstream

Apr 20th, 2015 | FCT

When Steve Jobs gave his famous Stanford commencement address, he mentioned The Last Whole Earth Catalog, which, amongst other innovations that soon came true, predicted (at a time when North American suburbs…

Service, service, service: the rise of the concierge realtors

Apr 9th, 2015 | FCT

When iTunes disintermediated record stores, an entire industry reeled. The real estate industry faces a similar disruption, with the pragmatics of Craigslist and owner-sold homes beginning to win traction for some homebuyers…

Cleveland’s green plan: rehabbing a great city’s economy

Mar 25th, 2015 | FCT

Last time, we looked at how the tiny town of Sangudo, Alberta, staked its future on the business savvy of its own talent, investing through a co-op whose success has remade the…

Sangudo’s saga: how’d you like your steak?

Mar 12th, 2015 | FCT

In 2010, like so many small towns in Alberta whipsawed by change and outmigration for the bright lights of Calgary and Edmonton, the small town teetered on the abyss, with sheets of…

Will homebuyers still want solar in the age of cheap oil?

Feb 25th, 2015 | FCT

Here’s the thing. Cheap oil has caused all kinds of chaos over the past quarter. Does the new low in oil prices mean that residential solar is over? Will homebuyers consider a…

Danish negative mortgages: a cautionary tale

Feb 4th, 2015 | FCT

We all remember Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-glass, correct? What few recall, however, is that Lewis Carroll was actually by training a logician; a century before logician/computer innovator Alan…

The housing bubble: who’s on first?

Jan 28th, 2015 | FCT

Then there’s the story of the 102 year-old stockbroker, who, back in 2009, was asked by a reporter what he thought of the “biggest crash since the Depression.” The old guy smiled…