Category Archives: Location Based Services

House Hunting in Auckland with the Barfoot & Thompson Real Estate App

It’s been 5 years since I last looked at the Barfoot & Thompson Real Estate App. I did a brief review of it back in 2013. That version was a finalist in the Designers Institute Best Designers Award and they … Continue reading

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Buying a Family House – In a Child Friendly Area

One of the reasons we buy a house is because we have or are planning to have children. We focus a lot on the house and property itself, but if you think back to your own childhood, it was very … Continue reading

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On Neighbors, Earthquakes and Terrorism

Yesterday I read an article called What to do in a Terrorist Attack in your Neighborhood on a website called RealEstateAgent.com. I thought why would this be relevant to me? I live in a country where the only terrorism attack … Continue reading

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There’s a Facebook Stalker Waiting to Burgle Your Home

I recently wrote an article on LinkedIn about how there are criminals who prey on people who put out ‘public’ posts about cool big boys toys or other items that they own. Things like shots of the boat on a … Continue reading

Posted in Best Practice GPS, burglary, Buying a House, car insurance, Checkins, Cool Tech, Crime, Crime Prevention, cybercrime, Facebook, First Home Buyer, Foresight, Gadgets, GPS, GPS features, GPS Maps, GPS Problems, GPS Track People, Hackers, home, insurance, insurance risk, location based apps, Location Based Services, Mobile Apps, mobile holiday apps, mobile travel apps, neighborhood crime, Neighbourhood Crime, News, people tracking, Personal security, Personal tracker, photo apps, Privacy, risk, Skiing, SmartPhone, Social Media, Social Media Insight, stolen, Stolen cars, Stolen truck, Stories, theft, Tourism, Tourism apps, tourism tech, track crime, Track phone, Tracking a cellphone, Tracking criminals, tracking data, Tracking stolen property, Travel, Travel Apps, Vacation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding a Mortgage Calculator AND Why You Need to Borrow More Than You Thought

I think the common denominator is that banks can’t afford for you to fail financially when you are buying a house. Sure they want your business, but they want your successful business, because they know that if you buy a house and can make the repayments. Sometime in the future you will sell it and buy a more expensive home and borrow even more money from them. That’s how they make money, not by you saving money. Continue reading

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First Home Buyers can save a lot of time and grief with Google Street View

A few years ago I was looking for low cost houses that I could invest in as rental properties and I found one that sounded great, going by the story the Real Estate Agent told in their book of current … Continue reading

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Social Location-Based Chatter is a Goldmine

I was listening to the latest Convince and Convert podcast with Carlos Garcia  from HYP3R this morning, which resonated with my passion for loyalty and location based services. This is one of my current favorite podcasts and always has some gems. … Continue reading

Posted in Business Consultant, Communications, Customer Research, Customers, Foursquare, Hospitality, Hotel, Hotel Apps, Location Based Services, Map apps, New retail ideas, Proximity Based Marketing, Restaurant, Retail, retail apps, Social Media, Social Media Insight, Social Media Marketing, Twitter, Word of Mouth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment