DS006: Lessons & Insights from the First Five Interviews

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[iframe style=”border:none” src=”//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/6008547/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/yes/render-playlist/no/theme/custom/tdest_id/601692/custom-color/00b274″ height=”100″ width=”480″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] In this episode, I’m joined by my friend Morgan Dix, the Showrunner for the Developer Spotlight. He interviews me about our first five episodes and we discuss some of the key takeaways. I feel fortunate to have had such an extraordinary lineup of guests on the show to date. …

DS005: Carlos Plazola on Developing Real Estate for a Quadruple Bottom Line

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[iframe style=”border:none” src=”//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5944303/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/yes/render-playlist/no/theme/custom/tdest_id/601692/custom-color/00b274″ height=”100″ width=”480″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Carlos Plazola Carlos is the CEO of BuildZig and the buck stops with him. He is the leader of the BuildZig team, providing vision and focus to ensure we meet our mission, core values, and goals.  Prior to helping form BuildZig, Carlos was President and founder of an entitlements …

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Defining the Essense of Smart Growth

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The name that we decided to give our company, Smart Growth, as a concept, has received much attention over the last few years. We decided to take on this name as a statement of our dedication to making an impact on real estate congruent with this type of development. But how do the experts define it? In its essence, “smart …

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The Rise of the Smart Home is Coming

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A smart home is a home incorporated with advanced home automation systems and green technology to provide the household with optimum performance. Its features and functionality can be monitored and controlled remotely by mobile devices or computer. With an increase in the internet of things, the rise of the smart home is coming faster than ever. If you skim through …

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Why is Oakland a Hot Real Estate Market?

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The city of Oakland witnessed a major growth in the 20th century because of its shipyards, busy port and a booming automobile industry. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, several San Franciscan residents relocated to Oakland. This led to enlarging of city’s population, elevating its housing market and improvement of infrastructure. Even in the present day, Oakland is a transportation …

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10 Tips to Make Your Home More Sustainable

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Sustainability has gained a lot of attention recently, but what precisely does it mean? Sustainability is about meeting your present needs without having an adverse effect on the needs of future generations. Making a sustainable home does not call for full-out renovation. It is far easier than you think. Here are 10 easy tips to make your home more sustainable: …

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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Your First Home

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Buying a home is a complex, multi-step process. Especially, if you are buying a home for the first time, becoming a first time homeowner is not as easy as it seems on board games like Monopoly. Be it the Bay Area real estate market or anywhere else, buying a modern home, with smart and sustainable amenities, requires careful planning, and …