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5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Texas Storage Unit Development

In 1964, Russ Williams and his stepson Bob Munn built the first self-storage facility with garage-style doors in Odessa, Texas. Over the years, self-storage facilities have cropped up all over the nation. Currently, self-storage is a multi-billion dollar industry, bringing in $38 billion in annual revenue. Almost 10 percent of all American households rents a self-storage unit and spends an average of $91 a month on their rent. In the United States, there is 2.3 billion square feet total of rentable self-storage space in about 50,000 storage facilities. To put that number in perspective, self-storage developments outnumber both McDonald’s restaurants (over 14,000) and Starbucks locations (around 12,000) in the US. These commercial real estate developments can be money-making properties. Or they can be money pits. To help you make a wise choice when purchasing a self-storage development in Texas, here are some things you need to know: Adequate Population and Income to Support the Facility […]

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The 4 Things You Need to Know Before Developing a Microhospital

In healthcare, small is the new big. While some hospital systems have been busy expanding their services and extending their campuses by adding new buildings, in other places, some systems are offering healthcare on a smaller scale. Termed ‘microhospitals,’ these facilities are often associated with and developed by larger healthcare systems. Microhospitals frequently provide services to people who live far from large hospitals. These smaller-scale facilities allow healthcare systems to care for these patients without investing in new, full-scale hospitals. They also make for great commercial real estate investments if you have a knowledgable medical office broker. What do Microhospitals Offer? On the surface, these healthcare facilities may sound like urgent care facilities, but they offer more than walk-in care. Although they are small, microhospitals offer full-service care — primary care services, emergency care, and even outpatient surgery. Many facilities also offer lab, imaging, and diagnostic services. All microhospitals are different, but they all have […]

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How to take back a nasty email

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to properly dodge a bullet or wrestle free from an alligator then you could do a lot worse than pick up an instant classic, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Through a mix of diagrams and real tips sourced by Navy SEALS, stuntmen, and other authorities, the book manages to be straightforward while talking you though some unlikely and absurd situations, and that’s what makes it funny. Decidedly unfunny, however, is that moment when you realize that you just sent an angry email in haste or have sent a message to the wrong person.  If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation, you know that nothing quite matches the chill and the horror that comes over you, making you wish you could instead wrestle an alligator or dodge that bullet. Speaking of dodging a bullet, the Worst-Case book has spawned sequels as well as a highly entertaining Worst-Case Scenarios […]

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How to discourage unwanted advances

You could argue that there are worse problems than receiving unwanted romantic advances, but at the end of the day if the advances really are unwanted, it’s still a problem. Women in particular don’t have to be told that at the very least, unwanted attention from a man can be a nuisance, and sometimes when that attention comes from a neighbor or “harmless” guy in the neighborhood, the solution is sometimes to grin and bear it. But what if Mr. Harmless is also a little touchy feely? If you’re a woman or care about one, pass on this story of “Anonymous from New Mexico,” who in her letter to New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes, complained about a touchy-feely grocer who had “always been friendly. But lately he’s started patting me on the arm and kissing my fingers as I reach past him.” She goes on to say that she wants to shut […]

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Unsure if the coffee pot is off? Ask it.

Reader’s Digest has been reporting on life management trends since before most of us were born, so it’s all the more satisfying that the “next big things” roundup in their May issue is not only relevant, but also includes gadgets that we haven’t seen discussed in too many other places. Among them is Intel’s Home Dashboard, a device that communicates with your home appliances and also permits you to control said appliances while away from home via your smart phone or laptop. It’s worth taking a moment to scan some of the dashboard’s nifty features but there are some particularly cool things worth noting here. For starters, the dash does more than “talk” to your appliances – it manages them. A smart thermostat can adjust the overall heating and cooling in your house (whether you’re there or not) and, according to Intel, adapt “its settings based on the weather conditions, the current energy price and […]

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