by Jodi Summers What Home Buyers Really Want: Ethnic Preferences is an actual study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. We responded as Americans, undeterred by our heritage. More than 80% of people who took part in the study would like to live in “an environmentally friendly home,” but 65% are not willing […]

by Jodi Summers You are the green businessman. You’re in solar stocks, net zero options.  You’ve got a zero net energy home. You’ve got a zero net energy car. You are on top of the green world. Now, be on top of the next wave of green trends… *    Global spending on smart energy management […]

edited by Jodi Summers Ok…so you didn’t snap up one of those new model condos with the smart pad in the wall and electronics that respond to voice command. We live in a smart world, so instead of paying that extra 5% for the I-pad in the wall…with a little ingenuity, any old home can […]

by Jodi Summers Looking for your fantasy Beverly Hills mixed use development project? One of the most desirable pieces of real estate in the country —9900 Wilshire Blvd., is for sale again. Price in the mid-$300-million range for the 8-acre parcel. “A truly rare circumstance in the highly regulated and supply-constrained city of Beverly Hills,” […]

by Jodi Summers When Chicago was built, the city had a clean slate. In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire broke out, destroying an area of about 4 miles long and 1 mile wide –  a large swath of the city at the time. It was a city planner’s dream and set the precedent for worldwide […]

by Jodi Summers Man may now be aware of global warming, but we’ve been melting ice caps for more than 150 years. A NASA-led team of scientists has uncovered strong evidence that soot from a rapidly industrializing Europe caused the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps that began in the 1860s, a […]