Wednesday Reading – Growth #Hashtags & Construction Jobs

- Last week ASAP had a panel discussion on growth, population growth and ramifications of said growth. It was an interesting conversation. I stand my my statement:

“We don’t want to restrict growth, and I think saying ‘no growth’ is absurd,” Duncan said. “I think saying ‘unbridled growth’ is equally absurd. Somewhere in the middle, between those two extremes, there has to be some sort of solution.”

- Buyer psychology and reading buyers – being able to read and guide buyers is a critical skill. This is one reason that I don’t know what my buyer clients want until we’ve gone out once or twice.

- Housing has been booming! Construction jobs haven’t. Here’s why. – I’d be curious to see data this localized to the Charlottesville area market (and out of area contractors don’t count). The Charlottesville area didn’t seen larger construction companies laying off people so much as it saw a reduction in the number of construction companies – big and small.

- Why Bitcoins Are Just Like Gold – an interesting concept in the face of Cyprus and the US’ insistence on printing “money” infinitely. And then this – Cypriot vending machine markets in everything?

- I’m really proud of the community that’s been built around RealCrozetVA (including RealCrozetVA on twitter & Facebook) – it hasn’t been deliberate other than I’ve wanted to build something for the good of Crozet. That said, this is an interesting post on how to build a community on a blog.

- Hashtags considered #harmful – I’d argue that #hashtags are less harmful than #tinylinks – urls shortened by a service like goo.gl, bit.ly, etc – once those short links expire (of the service providing them expires) – those links are gone.

- Home Value Highest Since ’07 as U.S. Houses Make Cash – Keep in mind, this is a national report.

– My outline for for April’s monthly note is taking shape … if you’re interested in reading a somewhat more personal, not-published-anywhere-else note from me, I’d be honored if you’d choose to read it.

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  • http://www.bankforeclosuressale.com/ Simon Campbell

    I agree completely with the statement “We don’t want to restrict growth, and I think saying ‘no growth’ is absurd,” Duncan said. “I think saying ‘unbridled growth’ is equally absurd. Somewhere in the middle, between those two extremes, there has to be some sort of solution.”

    Growth must be monitored, guided and structured if a community wants to remain viable in the years to come.Too much growth, too quick can ruin a city in the event of a lengthy economic downturn.

    • http://www.realcentralva.com Jim Duncan

      I fear that we are in the midst of recognizing that now … probably too late …

  • Stormy

    There was some construction labor hoarding locally, but not nearly as much as the firms would have liked. Many had to let quality people go and are unsure if they’ll ever get them back.

    • http://www.realcentralva.com Jim Duncan

      True … but I’d also say that there was not so much hoarding as there was total loss of companies – the larger firms were able to withstand the recession a bit better.