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It’s hard to go anywhere without hearing people talk about bitcoin, and apparently you can now use it to buy real estate.

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I just read about a man in Miami who bought a condo for 17.7 bitcoin (aka about $275,000). He didn’t convert his bitcoin into cash, which is what people usually do - the buyer and the seller actually exchanged cryptocurrency. I think we’re only going to see this trend continue, and it’ll be very interesting to see how it impacts the market. Are you doing anything with cryptocurrencies?

If you have any questions - bitcoin related or not - about the market, you’re always welcome to reach out to me.

Best,
Kristie

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I just read about a man who has been on 850 cruises back to back - that’s 6,000 days of buffets, dance parties, and towel animals. He also books them out two years in advance so he never has to change rooms.

I’m torn on whether I’d want to do something like this. It would be nice to never have to cook or clean, although I wonder if it might be a case of “too much of a good thing.”

What do you think? Could you ever see yourself doing an extended vacation like this?

Best,
Kristie

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We all know that exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body, so in the spirit of brain health, I’m giving you today’s “workout.” You can thank me later (or maybe curse me).

Take a look at this picture. Based on the shape and arrangement of the pathways, which cup do you think gets coffee first?



This puzzle has stumped thousands of people online and it definitely got me, too. Probably should’ve had a cup of coffee first...

Let me know your best guess (no Googling allowed) and write me back. I’m looking forward to hearing your answer!
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Do you ever look around at people on the street and notice that just about everyone is on their phones, lost in their own worlds? And I admit to being one of them (at least some of the time).  I admit sometimes I am one of them!

That’s why I was interested to read what one luxury apartment building is doing to encourage residents to put their phones down and be more social. For $700 a year, they offer an amenity package that’s filled with social activities like movie nights, mixology classes, and even “field trips” to go apple picking.

What do you think? Is this something you’d want to see implemented in your neighborhood?

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If you’ve ever wanted to own a pool table but had nowhere to put it, check this out:

It’s called the Fusion Table and I can only imagine how popular my dinner parties would be if I owned one. You could be sitting around enjoying a delicious meal one minute and challenging your guests to a game of pool the next – how cool is that? I love items that have multiple functions – might have to put this on my Christmas list.

What do you think? Would you want one of these in your dining room?

Best,
Kristie
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When summer ends, some people cover their patio furniture and stash their gardening tools away until the first sign of spring in the next year. More and more people, however, are embracing the great outdoors outside their homes with a number of interesting landscape trends.

Fire features are big, with everything from new twists on fire pits (like the glass gas fire pit, below) to outdoor fireplaces controlled with your smartphone.



Plan a fall garden with as much fervor as you’d plan your spring garden, focusing on plantings like boxwoods and maples that reach peak bloom during fall and winter.

And when you can’t stand the cold any longer, you can bring the green inside with whole walls made out of green plants and tropical gardens nurtured inside

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Ever wanted to live in a governor’s mansion but the idea of running for office doesn’t sound all that appealing?

The good news is there’s one for sale in North Dakota. The bad news? You’ll have to move it yourself and that alone will cost you at least $250,000. Oh, and it might have a little asbestos and lead paint, but that just gives it character, right?

The reason the 10,000 square-foot mansion is for sale is because the state is planning to build a more modern $5 million structure. They’d like to preserve the old one, but if no one puts in a reasonable offer by the end of September, they’re going to demolish it. Seems a little more complicated than your transaction, doesn’t it?



What do you think of the mansion? Worth saving or not?
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