Fun Real Estate Facts

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Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart Did Not Live in Bend

But her husband, George Putnam, did. George moved to Bend in 1909 and quickly become a city mover and a shaker. He was the editor and publisher of the Bend Bulletin and married Dorothy Binney (heiress of Crayola Crayons) in 1911 and became the town's youngest mayor in 1912. George later became a war correspondent and he worked in politics in Salem.

In 1919 George sold his Bend home and his interests in the Bend Bulletin and left Oregon, moving to New York where he worked in his family's publishing business (Putnam books), including publishing the autobiography of Charles Lindberg. It was here he also met Amelia Earhart, eventually becoming her publicist.

George and Dorothy divorced in 1929 following her affair

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Empire State Building SpireBuilt in 1930, the Empire State Building is one of the most memorable buildings in the world and is an iconic representative of New York City and Manhattan Island. The skyscraper has been the location of famous movies (i.e. King Kong), the office of many businesses and at one time, the tallest building in the world.

The 200 foot spire on the top of the 1050 foot tall building was placed, according to former New York State Governor Al Smith and the construction chairman of the building, to serve as a mooring mast for the docking of dirigibles with the argument that the closest port for these blimps was in Ocean County, NJ at the time.  However, many believe that the reason the spire was really placed was to top the 1046 foot tall Chrysler Building as

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home doorknobsDid you know that brass doorknobs actually disinfect themselves?  It's called the "Oligodynamic Effect," and according to Wikipedia, "Brass doorknobs disinfect themselves in about 8 hours, while stainless steel and aluminum knobs never do."  Other metals including brass, copper, silver, and iron also have antimicrobial qualities and would be good choices, but brass is the most antimicrobial of them all.  This is one very big reason that you see not only homeowners, but also hospitals installing or switching to brass doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, and even light switches.

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Real Estate Tallest BuildingCan you imagine a building so tall that you could watch the sunset twice?  At the Burj Khalifa in Dubai you can watch the sunset at the base of the building, then take the elevator to the observation deck on level 148 (highest in the world) and watch the sunset all over again.  Of course it doesn't hurt that the elevators can wisk you to the to the observation deck at 1823 feet in less than a minute.  Currently the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa measures 2717 feet in height (828 meters), including 163 floors above ground, 58 elevators, a 304 room Armani hotel, 6 exclusive restaurants, and 900 residences. It took 6 years, 12,000 workers, and 22 million man hours to complete.  But despite all the amazing technology that went into this

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Real Estate MonopolyJust about everyone is familiar with the board game Monopoly. We would be quick to pick our favorite markers… the top hat, Scottie dog, thumbnail, or my favorite -  the sports car.  Then we were given a small amount of money to start from the bank.  And for the next several hours we would try to buy real estate, develop our properties with houses and perhaps a hotel or two, collect rent from other players who landed on our developments, and hopefully end up monopolizing the entire board by driving the other players into bankruptcy.  But few people know that today’s modern version of the game has its roots in a game called “The Landlord Game,” developed by a politically liberal woman named Lizzie Magie in the early 1900’s whose primary goal was to point

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Red doors in BendWhen you drive around Bend, have you noticed there are a lot of red front doors? Although for these homeowners the reasons might be aesthetic, around the world red doors actually have a lot of meaning. The Chinese, for example, believe red is a lucky color and would paint their doors red before the Chinese New Year. Red doors can be an important element of Feng Sui by allowing “chi” to be drawn into the home. Catholics often paint their church doors red to remind people of Christ's sacrifice. During slavery, red doors were used to by the Underground Railroad to show this particular home could provide safe haven. There is even rumor that people would paint their doors red as a sort of “no solicitation” sign to that annoying Fuller Brush salesman… but

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Warren Buffet's HomeEver wonder about where the richest people in the world live? Many would be surprised that billionaire Warren Buffett still lives in the Dundee-Happy Hallow Historic District of Omaha, Nebraska where he grew up in the same home he purchased in 1958 for a mere $31,500. Surprised? I know we were.  Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world, this 6000 square foot relatively modest stucco house (recently appraised for under $1 million dollars) is just a tiny fraction of his estimated net worth of $66.2 billion dollars. But to be fair, Warren Buffett also owns a second home in Laguna Beach, California estimated at about $4 million, but still just a small fraction of his net worth. We're guessing one of the secrets to his success

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Trade Red Paperclip for HouseIt's not that Kyle MacDonald had a "paperclip fetish." Actually, he says that "the best thing I ever did was to trade away that silly red paperclip in the first place." Which is exactly what he did when in 2015 he posted a picture of the red paperclip in the barter section of Craigslist and asked if anyone had something they were willing to trade for it which was "bigger and better." The first trade was for a writing pen shaped like a fish.  Then Kyle traded the fish pen for a doorknob.  Each trade was always for something "bigger and better" until after just 14 trades he ended up with a house located at 503 Main Street in Saskatchewan.

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St. Joseph home sales in Bend OregonOne of the hot selling items on Amazon.com right now is the St. Joseph Home Seller Statue Kit.  According to tradition that sellers say goes back thousands of years, burying the statue in the yard of your home and saying a prayer to St. Joseph will always bring a quick offer on your home for sale.  But it is important that you bury the statue in the right spot, lest you accidently help your neighbor sell their home quickly, and upside down so St. Joseph will work “extra hard to get out of the ground, and into a safe comfortable home.”  Reviews on Amazon.com where this kit is often sold include comments such as “I put this in my front yard and the next day we had an offer on our house,” and “My house sold in 2 1/2 hours and had 3 other offers, sight unseen

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