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Spring 2015 Home-Buying Guide: 5 Insider Tips From Real Estate Pros Across the Country

Spring and all its glory is right around the corner—just take a look at the signs all around you.<p>No, we’re not talking about the budding flowers or the chirping birds—we’re referring to those “For Sale” signs that start popping up on lawns across the country as the weather starts heating up.<p>And …

House Hunting? 2015 Trends That Will Change The Way You Buy

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>The American dream is alive and well—it just looks a little different from decades past.<p>Much of this, of course, is due to the recent housing market crash.<p>It was only about five years ago that the subprime mortgage crisis pulled the carpet out from under …

Real Estate

Advancing Forward: The Top 60 US Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms

After the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012, crowdfunding as a new investment vehicle for investors in the US has flourished, and you can find platforms that specialise in real estate crowdfunding all across the country. The industry is full of platforms which offer innovative services which have …

Real Estate

Why You’re Losing Design Proposals

All that hard work for nothing! Here, 11 tips for winning proposals and securing lucrative contracts.<p>Losing proposals, and the potentially lucrative contracts that come with winning them, just plain sucks. You know you can do that job–knock it out of the park, even. But for some reason, the …

Communicate

We’re Marketers, Not Soldiers: How Combative Competition Is Killing Creativity

Douglas Van Praet argues marketers should focus less on conquest and more on unleashing the imagination of creators and customers.<p>Why do marketers revel in military jargon? Must we really rally troops to deploy conquest ads or fire quick hits of bleeding-edge apps? Is it not ironic that we call …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

<i>“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,”</i> William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, <i>”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like</i> …

Career Rocket Fuel: Whether You’re A Millennial Or Eyeing Retirement, Here’s What You Really Need To Get Right About Work

Ogilvy One’s Brian Fetherstonhaugh spends a lot of time thinking and talking about careers. Here, he offers a detailed plan for each stage of work life, designed with long-term success in mind.<p>Having spent over 35 years in business in global firms, I have seen tens of thousands of career …

Kickstarter of the Day: Crafty Manual Coffee Maker

Chicago designer Craighton Berman creates a bespoke brewer for your morning ritual.<p>It’s difficult to tell someone jonesing for coffee to slow down before their morning cup and appreciate the prep process. But after they get their hands on Chicago industrial designer and strategist Craighton …

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Why You Shouldn't Buy a U.S.-to-Europe Flight More Than 2 Months in Advance

10 Scientific Insights That Could Make You A Better Designer

Insights from fields such as behavioral economics and cognitive psychology can help designers build better products. Here, Nikki Pfarr of Artefact shows how.<p>In the design world, the term “persuasive design” tends to be met with a mix of intrigue, skepticism, and occasionally repugnance. (Doesn’t …

Psychology

6 Steps to Stop Overthinking Your Life

You share an elevator with your boss and she doesn’t say hello. Do you tell yourself that she’s quiet because it’s the end of a long day? Or is this …

Etsy says sellers can now use factories for handmade goods

The move will allow those who use the online marketplace to build larger businesses<p>Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Etsy Inc., an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, will let its sellers use outside manufacturers and hire as many employees as they need, loosening rules amid confusion over …

The Real Reason Creative Workers Are Good for the Economy

The Mistake Smart People Make: Being In Motion vs. Taking Action

There is a common mistake that often happens to smart people — in many cases, without you ever realizing it.<p>The mistake has to do with the difference …