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Barack Obama’s Hawaiian Hideaway

Returning to his former home of Hawaii as President-elect, Barack Obama and his family are enjoying a 13-day vacation. Obama is secluded at a compound of oceanfront estates, guarded by seven-foot walls made of stone and lava rock and situated along a quiet sliver of snow-white-sandy beach. The Kailua Estate seems is ideal for a […]

America The Brave: Good Luck President-Elect Obama

In a world where the barriers of Nation States are barely barriers and the society and economies are global in every way, the victory of President-Elect Obama has caused excitement throughout the world that is similar to the fall of the Soviet Union and the bringing down of the Berlin Wall. It has been a […]

Obama, “The Socialist”? It Is Time For Change

It’s almost impossible to ignore the fact that the US election is just one day away (Sydney time). The need for change of any sort is more apparent than ever and the change is needed for both domestic and international reasons. I have many friends and colleagues in the United States and they are some […]

The Chicago Home of the Obama’s: Next Stop the White House?

It may not be too long until Barack Obama and his family call the White House in Washington their home. Until then, however, they’ll be making do with their property in Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois which was purchased in 2005 for $US1.65 million. Simon Turner FYI: More articles on Barrack Obama, the US Presidential Race, […]

2009: Imagine What Could Happen

It’s worth imagining what 2009 could bring. I am a not a pessimist but it is worth glaring into the crystal ball and letting go of today and dreaming – dreaming it is December 2009. Has the US Fed pumped trillions of dollars into the US economy and what has been the result? Have property […]

Where The Clinton’s Lay Their Hat

Hillary Clinton appears ready to accept President-Elect Barack Obama’s offer to be US Secretary of State in his Administration once he takes office on January 20th, 2009. By giving up her New York Senate seat where she has carved out a respected position, she will become the face of US diplomacy overseas and the third […]

The Seven Deadly Sins – One of them is Greed

It’s amazing to look at what has happened over the last 18-24 months with regard to oil pricing. It was announced earlier in the year that it was almost a certainty that the price of petrol/gas would reach $8 a litre in the next 12 months in Australia. Like most other people around the world […]

The Latest MTLH e-magazine: Nov 14, 2008

With news that Germany is now officially in recession, is the domino effect in full swing?  Can Australia resist – maybe, maybe not – hopefully New South Wales is not the trendsetter.  As the only Australian state in recession, the hapless State government has decided that the best way to stimulate growth and kick-start the […]

The Home of Vice-President-Elect: Joe Biden

The Democratic US Senator from Delaware, Joe Biden, is soon to be “former-Senator” when he becomes US Vice President in January 2009, currently calls Wilmington, Delaware home. His property is set on 1,803 sq ft and has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a swimming pool all amongst a stunning setting (images from Google Earth). Simon Turner […]

The Latest MTLH e-magazine: Nov 7, 2008

Barack Obama has changed the face of a nation by winning the US Presidential Race, and has already etched his name in history.  The mammoth task ahead of him should not be understated, but the boost of confidence that American’s and global citizens will take from his win should also not be underestimated.  Belief and […]

Place Your Bets: The Interesting Interest Rate Debate

Tuesday 4 November 2008 is shaping up to be a historical day:   The US Presidential Election will either see the first African-American President (Obama) or the first female Vice-President (Palin) together with the eldest first-term President (McCain). The Reserve Bank of Australia will meet and, all things being equal, will almost certainly cut interest rates. […]

VOTE 2008 – What If The Whole World Could Vote In The US Presidential Election?

It’s a salivating thought for anyone that has an interest in the outcome of the US Presidential race, and the Economist magazine is providing the opportunity. I already had an interest prior to our visit to the US two weeks ago for the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Awards, and hearing of the Economist’s […]

The Price For Power & Fame

Being in the United States you just have to wonder why some people choose to be in the public eye? Is it the power? Is it the celebrity or is it the wealth? I can’t begin to answer that question but when looking at Michael Bloomberg with his own TV channel and of course a […]

The Latest Issue of the MTLH e-magazine

The October 17, 2008 edition of the MTLH e-magazine, coming to you this week from New York City, can be viewed right now. The amazing reach of the internet has never been more evident than right now – two young Australian’s have just won a global, luxury award and Barack Obama, having just eloquently seen […]

The US Election, Property Pricing & Interest Rates

As part of our experience in the United States on this occasion both Simon and I found ourselves in the middle of a massive political rally in Philadelphia. With the Presidential Election only a few weeks away campaigning is in full swing throughout the country and some States have even started voting – although the […]

Hand-in-Hand: Encouraging Equal Rights will Stimulate Economic Success

There is no doubt that difficult economic times can encourage discussions on a number of topics. Such discussions should be about improving the quality of people’s lives by promoting two mutually beneficial factors: Encouraging fundamental human rights and freedoms Encouraging financial success and overall wealth Both are achievable when both are actively promoted as harmonious. […]

The Dow Jones Recovers after Massive Fall

This morning the Dow Jones plummeted by more than 800 points before recovering and is currently trading in positive territory. Commentators on CNN, Bloomberg and Fox have been touting what would happen if the Dow were to drop to 7479 which would result in trading being halted for 30 minutes. The enormous recovery has excited […]

Is the US Heading for a Recession or the Almighty “D” word?

On my way across to the US yesterday I really couldn’t help but hear people on the plane discussing the state of the US economy. Confidence is very low and it would seem as a foreigner that Americans are looking for change which seems to be Barack Obama. The Americans I have met so far […]

The Billionaire Club: Oprah Winfrey’s home

Montecito, California Net Worth: $2.5 billion The self-made media mogul paid $50 million in 2001 for the 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style home she calls the “Promised Land.” Last year the spread was appraised at just under $85 million. For such a public persona, Winfrey ferociously guards the privacy of her home, situated on 43 acres. At a […]