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What We’re Reading this Week: Jan. 5 – Jan. 11

Post-Millennial trends, CES, and the home in Les Miz.

Millennials are the young buyers of today, and REALTORS are stretching their social media skills in order to reach them. But what about the next round? While not scientific, Josh Miller’s examination of his tenth grade sister’s social media world is eye-opening. While teenagers use a lot of the same social media channels as adults (though I bet not many REALTORS use Snapchat like they do), how they are used can be different. Will the young embrace twitter as they grow older? Facebook? Or are they both just MySpaces-to-be?

Although there’s no sunken living room, there is a sauna and granite countertops in the kitchen. The house in the opening credits of the ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ is for sale for $2.8 million.

This week is the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. Although several of the big boys dont’ attend anymore, you can still find some interesting gadgets there. The Pebble smartwatch has been in the news for a few years. It’s Kickstarter campaign was one of the most wildly successful ever. At this year’s CES, the firm once again demo’d the watch and announced that shipments would start to backers later this month. While it’s pretty cool, I wonder if people who now use their smartphones as their watches will actually go back to a watch…? Or maybe the market is those that still use a watch but also have a smart phone? Anyway, it’s better than the fork that nags you to slow down eating.

You’ve sobbed your way through Anne Hathaway singing “I Dreamed a Dream” in Les Miserables.  After you dry your tears, Coldwell Banker points out the importance of home to the characters and the plot in this movie:

You may think the relation to home in some of the songs might be a stretch, but consider the multiple story lines. The entire book/play/movies is about the French Revolution where the people are fighting for the place they call home and what their idea of that place should be. Valjean is constantly seeking a place to call home and desires to provide that place for Cosette. In fact, Valjean’s last request to Javier is to allow him to return home before he turns himself in. You also have the home of Marius, Bishop Myriel and of course the residence of the corrupt Thénardiers which are all central places in the story.

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Dave

Senior Information Specialist

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