News Alerts. Oct. 14, 2013. Morning Edition. #RealEstate

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  1. Crews begin work on city's first 'stackable' apartments | Seattle News | KOMO News

    SEATTLE – There's a seven-story building going up in Belltown that is the first of its kind in Seattle, and could represent the building blocks for more urban housing down the line."Why do you suppose they build a refrigerator in a factory instead of in your kitchen?" says builder Dale Sperling. "It's more efficient."

    When do you think they'll construct a building that will build itself? Just have an elevator that lifts the units and elevator itself into place without a crane in the street or wherever. A unitvator. You heard it here first folks, we think.

    Source … http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Crews -begin-work-on-citys-first-stackable-apa rtments-227535221.html


  2. Team Austria: High-Tech Home At Solar Decathlon 2013 (VIDEO) | CleanTechnica
     

     

    The Solar Decathlon is the world's most challenging sustainable building university-level competition and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, reports the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Team Austria: a collection of Austrian research institutions has entered the competition with the high-tech "LISI – Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation" energy-plus house, which generates more energy than is consumed by its occupants.

    Standing under the canopy and inside the fabric facade creates a surprisingly shaded and air cooled environment. It also gives a sense of semi-privacy while establishing movable living boundaries. It is an experience that offers the feeling of expansive comfort. The following is an official St. Pölten University news release:

    The outdoor curtains might require a great deal of care. How long would they last? How dirt and wind resistant are they? Are they fire proof? What questions do you have?

    If you're interested in seeing other such videos, go here: http://www.youtube.com/user/DOESolarDeca thlon

    Source … http://cleantechnica.com/2013/10/10/team -austria-high-tech-home-solar-decathlon- 2013-video/


  3. Colorado hemp offers hope for struggling farmers | NEWS.GNOM.ES

    Leaving aside the issue of whether the farmers should have jumped the federal gun, so to speak, do you agree that industrial-hemp farming and the whole industry of industrial hemp should be reintroduced into the US economy and that doing so would be a boon to that economy, including of course, real estate in general?

    SPRINGFIELD, Colo. — Out near a lonely highway southwest of town, a farmer's son stuck some seeds in the ground last spring to see what would happen. What he pulled from the soil made history and has sown new hope for struggling farmers both here and across the nation.

    Last weekend, 41-year-old Ryan Loflin, a fifth-generation Coloradan, along with an enthusiastic crew of 45 volunteers, harvested what is being called the first U.S. crop of commercial hemp in more than half a century.

    Source … http://news.gnom.es/news/colorado-hemp-o ffers-hope-for-struggling-farmers


  4. Berlin committed to European banking union solution -German finance minister | Reuters

    "There will be no European backstop, but rather national backstops," Schaeuble told reporters on Friday.

    In our view, doing it that way will cause it to be too weak during various national downturns. It doesn't sound like a solution.

    Source … http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/10/12  /us-imf-eurozone-bankingunion-germany-i dINBRE99B01U20131012


  5. The flow of trade, the flow of capital and the Eurozone: Guest post by Klaus Kastner | Yanis Varoufakis

    Was the euro without political and fiscal integration a bad idea? Should Europe have form a federation, the way the US is a federation of the 50 states?

    Klaus Kastner observes:

    … prior to Bretton Woods, leaders would have understood that the issues are trade and capital flows and, since the Euro, no one paid attention to them. All the numbers showed the scary development since the Euro but no one seemed to deem them important.

    … the free flow of trade and capital, combined with a common currency, has deprived a country like Greece of its productive capabilities and until that issue is properly addressed, the losers of the Euro-structure can have little hope to ever utilize their economic potential.

    For additional reading, see: http://blog-imfdirect.imf.org/2013/10/11  /europes-choice-risk-stagnation-or-purs ue-integration/

    You will also note that European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has said that they are not pursuing a European (collective) backstop but will leave that to the individual nations. See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/finan cialcrisis/10369503/Mario-Draghi-Europe- not-moving-towards-federal-super-state.h tml

    Here's something of interest on that:

    The EC has proposed a single resolution mechanism and claimed for itself the power to disburse funds. This does not set well with several creditor nations, especially Germany. Germany is reluctant to endorse the establishment of yet another fund and is opposed to what it sees as a power grab, preferring national governments retain the final approval.

    That came from this post: http://www.marctomarket.com/2013/10/back stop-before-asset-quality-review.html

    Main-link source … http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2013/10/12/the -flow-of-trade-the-flow-of-capital-and-t he-eurozone-guest-post-by-klaus-kastner/


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