Great Investment Ideas

great investment ideas
  • An act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result
  • investing: the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit
  • A thing that is worth buying because it may be profitable or useful in the future
  • The action or process of investing money for profit or material result
  • outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism
  • the commitment of something other than money (time, energy, or effort) to a project with the expectation of some worthwhile result; "this job calls for the investment of some hard thinking"; "he made an emotional investment in the work"
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  • a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field; "he is one of the greats of American music"
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  • of major significance or importance; "a great work of art"; "Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th centurey"
  • A thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action
  • (idea) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
  • (idea) mind: your intention; what you intend to do; "he had in mind to see his old teacher"; "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"
  • A concept or mental impression
  • (idea) a personal view; "he has an idea that we don't like him"
  • An opinion or belief
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Five Minutes to Great Real Estate Marketing Ideas (with CD-ROM)
Five Minutes to Great Real Estate Marketing Ideas (with CD-ROM)
As a real estate professional, would you like to seize the power of one office suite in your daily businesses, but don't know how to implement the programs to marketing strategies within your real estate career? This book will help alleviate this problem and show you exactly how to leverage one software application such as Microsoft Office to improve the success of your business. The principles and applications presented can also be used with other applications like Top Producer, Online Agent and other marketing programs by Hewlett Packard. 5-MINUTES TO GREAT REAL ESTATE MARKETING IDEAS is a collection of powerful marketing tools, valuable ideas, and do-it-yourself strategies to help real estate professionals like you set up action plans for existing clients, past clients, for-sale-by-owners, expired listings and much more. You'll learn the secrets to using free reports, letters and documents, sample flyer and postcard templates, listing and buying presentations along with other tools to help streamline and improve your daily real estate business. This book also incorporates the ideas, documents, templates and other marketing proposals through use with the Microsoft Office Family of products such as Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and more. The bonus CD-ROM included in the book provides all of the forms, documents, checklists and presentations found throughout the book.

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Canoeing under the bridge to "Eagles Nest" a famous Great Camp in the Adirondacks
Canoeing under the bridge to "Eagles Nest" a famous Great Camp in the Adirondacks
Harold Hochschild a New York City business executive, long-time seasonal Adirondack resident and lay historian published Township 34, a history of the Central Adirondacks, in 1952. The book furnished a plan and its author guidance and financial support for the Adirondack Museum through the first decades of its development. William West Durant was born in Brooklyn in 1850, and educated in England and Germany. His father, Dr. Thomas C. Durant, a vice-president of the Union Pacific railroad, accumulated one of the great fortunes in nineteenth century America. By the 1880s the Durant family had acquired 658,261 acres of Adirondack land and William arrived in the region to manage the family's investments. Accustomed to refinement, Durant modeled his Adirondack developments after the baronial hunting estates of European aristocracy. In the process he developed the unique architectural style for what became known as Adirondack Great Camps. Owners of Great Camps acquired vast land holdings, which included wilderness lakes, ponds, and rivers. The camps, actually small isolated villages, were self-sufficient, and often included working farms, greenhouses, icehouses, and even chapels. They were very expensive to build and maintain. The region's isolation was a major obstacle to Durant's development plans. In an effort to attract wealthy tourists, the family built and operated railroads, steamboats lines, roads, sawmills, and a grand resort hotel, the Prospect House in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. By the 1890s Durant was financially overextended. Despite his growing money problems, Durant began a new project in the spring of 1899; the Eagle's Nest Country Club. In the summer of 1900 the country club and its golf course were opened with a series of exhibition matches played by the Scottish professional, Harry Vardon. Vardon's fee was $500 for the week and a bottle of Scotch whiskey every night. On Saturday night, August 4, to celebrate the opening, Durant gave a dance at the club's casino, to the music of an eight-piece orchestra, brought from Utica. Durant spent nearly $70,000 building the Eagle's Nest Country Club. By 1904, awash in a sea of lawsuits, including one brought by his own sister, Durant lost control of his Adirondack lands. The assets of Durant's company were seized by creditors who, in turn, sold the country club's land to three New York City men: Ernst Ehrman, Henry Morgenthau Sr., and Berthold Hochschild. The three formed a holding company for the land called the Eagle Nest Country Club. Beginning in 1904 Berthold Hochschild, his wife Mathilde, and his sons Harold and Walter spent June through September every year at Eagle Nest. First the father, then the sons, commuted on the New York Central's sleeper car from Grand Central Station in New York City to spend weekends at the family's summer home Durant's railroad-steamboat network was still the principal means for getting to the region in 1904. Twelve-year-old Harold Hochschild was captivated by the train and the steamboats. Hoping for a chance to handle the steam-engine's throttle, he cultivated a friendship with Rassie Scarritt, driver of the H.K Porter Engine on the Marion River Carry Railroad, the shortest standard-gauge line in the world. The engine towed two open passenger cars and a baggage car purchased from the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Co. in 1900. The total distance covered in the trip was 1300 yards. Early on Harold began collecting information about the region. He amassed boxes of research materials, letters, Photostats, typescripts, and notebooks containing his penciled notes. His folders, ranging from "Adirondack Iron Works" to "Wild Animals," are organized by subject in alphabetical order. Harold's research notes were the basis for an extensive history of the region. Serious work on the project did not begin until after World War II. Working nights and weekends, Harold researched his book, interviewing as many "old timers" as possible. When Township 34 appeared in 1952, it contained 614 quarto-sized pages, 470 illustrations, 39 maps, 24 appendices, a bibliography, index, and weighed seven pounds without its slipcover. 600 copies were printed. The publication of Harold Hochschild's book coincided with William Wessels' idea of converting the Blue Mountain House, a summer resort high above Blue Mountain Lake, into a museum dedicated to Adirondack history. The Adirondack Museum was a marriage between a wonderfully scenic site supplied by William Wessels, and the intellectual framework and financial support provided by Harold Hochschild. Many of the museum's original exhibits were derived from Township 34. The Adirondack Museum opened to the public on August 4, 1957. Nothing reflects the Adirondack region's powerful hold on Harold Hochschild's imagination as much as the museum's Marion River Carry Pavilion. The pavilion contains the H.K. Porter Engine and passenger cars of Durant's Marion Riv
Power in Words
Power in Words
As part of the new projects I am working on as inspiration for others and my own work. Here is a little something I put together to remind people of the power of words. I have been researching, reflecting and study the philosophy of many great leaders, inventors, the wealthy and succesful people throughout history to see what inspires them and how they think. Most have a unique philosophy and idea that motivates them. Words have power my friends. Soon I will be taking my ideas, learning and acquired skills to my images and creating an entirely new set of imagery. My hope is to inspire thought, productivity and remind people not to forget their dreams and goals. We are capable of a great many things when we put our minds to it.

great investment ideas
great investment ideas
Houseonomics: Why Owning a Home is Still a Great Investment
“This book couldn’t be timelier. With hundreds of thousands of Americans expected to lose their homes because they took out mortgages beyond their ability to pay, it is clear that home buyers need assistance—beyond the reassurance of the mortgage broker trying to close the deal and get his commission. This book, written in an easily accessible manner, provides that assistance; it lays out the economics of buying, owning, and financing a home.”
–Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University, 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics

“The purchase of a home is the most significant investment decision confronting nearly all adults. Yet sound advice, untainted by the self—interest of real estate and mortgage brokers, is extremely scarce. In Houseonomics, the Smiths provide simple and understandable answers to the vexing questions surrounding homeownership, making it a valuable resource for anyone serious about their financial future.”
–Bryan White, Managing Director, BlackRock

“Houseonomics offers great insights about how to think about homeownership. Its approach is innovative, but the analysis is grounded in common sense. A useful primer for what is the most important investment most people make in their lives.”
–Paul Efron, Retired Partner and Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

“This book is a common sense response to those who question the value of homeownership. The Smiths validate the argument that homeownership is normally a key component of lifelong wealth building. They present a practical guide to basic financial analysis for those planning on owning a home or who currently own a home.”
–Doug Duncan, Chief Economist, Mortgage Bankers Association

“There is a lot of wisdom in Gary and Margaret Smith’s Houseonomics regarding the biggest investment that most people ever make. It is so well written that reading it is a joy and yet almost everyone can gain valuable knowledge in the process. The time you take to read this book will be a smart investment indeed. Having taught economics at Stanford for 35 years, I can only wish that more authors were as knowledgeable as the Smiths and wrote this well.”
–John B. Shoven, Stanford University, co-author with Secretary George P. Shultz, Putting Our House in Order: A Guide to Social Security and Health Care Reform

“The “Home Dividend” is a powerful concept and, indeed, an engine for prosperity.”
–Ed Yardeni, President, Yardeni Research

For generations, buying a home has been the best investment Americans could make. But, now, some so-called “experts” claim that it’s foolish to be a homeowner. They’re wrong. Houseonomics explains why a home is still an excellent investment for most people in most places…and helps you make smarter housing decisions wherever you are.
This book isn’t for aspiring slumlords or flippers: It’s for anyone who wants to move toward financial security, with a roof over their heads, and a home to call their own. You won’t find “too good to be true” schemes here: You’ll find a sensible, intelligent, and totally up-to-date explanation of the real economics of homeownership.
Discover how to develop an achievable vision for financial prosperity via homeownership, and treat housing decisions as the investment decisions they really are. Then, learn how to negotiate more effectively when purchasing, selling, financing, refinancing, or remodeling; decide whether to prepay your mortgage…even intelligently evaluate rental/vacation properties.
It’s never been more important to get clear-headed, sensible, objective advice on homeownership—and that’s exactly what Houseonomics delivers.

•Your home: an investment, not a speculation
Understanding and calculating your “home dividend”
•Why now is still a good time to own a home
Even if home prices don’t increase in the coming years
•Choosing the right house—and the right mortgage
Sensible advice that cuts through the lies, hype, and fear
•Refinancing, home equity loans, and remodeling
The right ways to make the right decisions