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The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people

The Strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people! Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of
Developed and written by Liz Ernst for Spencer Caldwell, Gentry Real Estate Group

West Valley rent prices are highest in Scottsdale

Rental apartments in Scottsdale bring investors the highest rental incomes in the West Valley according to the latest report from online rental platform Zumper. The report ranks 11 Valley cities according to the rental price of one-bedroom apartment units. In Scottsdale, the median one-bedroom rental unit goes for $1,250, slightly above the national one-bedroom median rental price of $1,198. Gilbert, Arizona places second to Scottsdale with a median one-bedroom rental price of $1,000. accordin
Developed and written by Liz Ernst for Spencer Caldwell, Gentry Real Estate Group

Energy conservation tips for Phoenix summers

16 energy-saving tips that will make summer in Phoenix more manageable than you think! Whether you’re a long-time resident of Phoenix or recently relocated and settling into your first West Valley home, chances are you’re at least a bit apprehensive about the cost of keeping your home cool enough to be comfortable throughout the sweltering desert summer. Staying cool and comfortable during Arizona’s summer months is vital to your health, well-being, and will to live.
Developed and written by Liz Ernst for Spencer Caldwell, Gentry Real Estate Group

Metro Phoenix apartment demand attracts investors and developers

Metro Phoenix apartment demand is high—so high, one developer is tearing down a full block of 20 homes in Central Phoenix to accommodate a 329-unit apartment complex. The 20 homes, built between 1915 and 1950, met the wrecking ball this month as crews began razing the aging and, in some cases, rundown structures and clearing the 3.6-acre site, located on the block between Third and Fifth Streets, Early Drive, and Cheery Lynn Road in Central Phoenix.
Developed and written by Liz Ernst for Spencer Caldwell, Gentry Real Estate Group

Phoenix old home renovations: preserve the iriginal architectural design details of an old home for maximum resale value

The Phoenix area is one of the most popular areas in the U.S. for home flipping. The area has a generous supply of older homes that attract real estate investors looking to renovate and resell for a profit.  When it comes to renovating older homes for resale, the rule of thumb is to do strictly what is necessary to make it profitable (without doing too little), and not only to stay within a predefined reno budget but also to avoid damaging or removing traditional interior and exterior elements
Developed and written by Liz Ernst for Spencer Caldwell, Gentry Real Estate Group

Rental home investment returns nearly as profitable as stocks,

The millions of small-scale rental property owners in the U.S. and others who are considering joining these ranks may be surprised to learn that, as an investment, rental home ownership is nearly as profitable as stocks and substantially more profitable than bonds, investment deposit accounts with risk, and other investment instruments according to a new study.
Developed and written by Liz Ernst for IdeaGist blog

Startup leadership skills: 4 key practices that all entrepreneurs need to adopt to achieve success

Startup leadership skills are fundamental to achieving a business’s goals. Successful startup leaders do what it takes to establish an integrated team that is motivated to work together toward a mutual goal. For a startup leader, this means encouraging open communications and providing leadership by example. A team-centric environment goes a long way toward creating an inclusive workplace culture that is best suited to growing and scaling a business more quickly.
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Why startups fail: 20 reasons why startups fail - a comprehensive research brief

Most startups that fail do so for a multitude of reasons. Knowing the whys and hows of startup failure can help entrepreneurs plan ahead for success. From deficient product-market fit to team member conflicts, new data from CBInsights analyzes 101 startup failures post-mortems and breaks down the top 20 reasons why startups fail. After examining 101 startup postmortems, CBInsights discovered that there is no single reason for startup failure, but they did identify a pattern to each failing startup, but they did identify a pattern to each failing startup’s story.
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Blockchain is writing new rules to recreate the financial industry

There is an opportunity to recreate the financial world as we know it in the parallel universe that is the blockchain. We are writing rules for this whole new universe. ~ Patrick M. Byrne According to an article in Inc. Magazine by Bill Carmody, Founder, and CEO, Trepoint “For a company founder or even a professional who works in and around the technology space, there is perhaps no better time to invest in understanding the fundamentals of blockchain and bitcoin. Here are three reasons that startups should care about (cryptocurrencies and decentralized systems):”
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Startup odds are tipped against you. You can beat them.

Startup odds are tipped against you. Here is some advice for beating them. In this era of startups, a good idea is a good start, but it’s just the beginning. You still need to raise money, market your product or business, and attract customers. It’s a lot of work and requires a lot of strategic planning, which is most likely why While the likelihood of entrepreneurial success may seem slim, there are some actions you can take to help tip the odds in your favor. Keep the following pointers in mind when launching your startup:
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When you feel like quitting, take these 5 steps to help you reassess

If you’ve been trying to grow your business alone, discouragement can easily undermine you and make you question whether accomplishing your goal is even possible. If you’re experiencing this trepidation, you are not alone. Plenty of now successful entrepreneurs have felt this way. Here are some tips that will help you keep moving forward when you feel like giving up:
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Books for entrepreneurs: Forbes Magazine released a list of the top 10

According to Brian Rashid, a Forbes contributor, “Every entrepreneur needs an active reading list. After all, books are one of the most valuable knowledge resources. Even the best podcasts and YouTube videos cannot replace the in-depth lessons found in a good book. “The challenge, however, is sifting through and finding the right material. Find something that will not only resonate with you and inspire you to aim higher, but will also guide you through that process as well.
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