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What we’re reading – Aug. 9 – 13, 2010

Some of the items that caught the attention of NAR Information Central’s staff this week:

The iPad may not be the magical device that Apple claims it is, but sales aren’t slowing down. However with the new high-resolution screen on the iPhone 4, at least one Gizmodo writer is ditching his iPad for the convenience and functionality of the smaller device.

The apartment market often follows the broader economy, but lately things have been turning up even though unemployment remains high. Experts aren’t quite sure why vacancies are trending down but theorize it could be due to renters feeling a bit more sure of their own situation, parents willing to co-sign for their children just to get them out of the house, or continued general skittishness over housing.

Facebook is the dominant social media channel today, but one real estate agent learned the hard way that putting all your eggs in one basket can be risky when Facebook disabled his primary marketing vehicle for several days.

MarketWatch recently gave advice on how to get through a home loan modification. Their advice? Don’t let your feelings get in the way, bBe rational, ask for names and contact information, and do not hesitate to call the banks repeatedly to talk to someone.

Is the Internet making us smarter or dumber? Nicholas Carr discusses this issue in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brain. Do we still have the patience and attention span to read an entire book or are we only able to jump from one hyperlink to another, never stopping to think deeply? Along with the impact of the Internet, Carr writes about the history of reading and writing, the decline of print, the history of the book, losing the need for memorization because we have the “outboard brain” of the computer that can retrieve any fact in an instant and much more.

Dave

Senior Information Specialist

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