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What is the NGA?

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is the country’s main source of geospatial intelligence for the Department of Defense and the US Intelligence Community. This world-leading government organization supports US national security, defense, and disaster relief. The NGA enables our nation and ally nations with a decisive advantage in policymaking, war, and emergency response.

Every GPS and location-dependent service used in the US relies upon the NGA to function from flying US aircraft to the GPS system on your phone.

The NGA headquarters is in Springfield, Virginia, with a major location in Arnold, Missouri, and a new location currently being built in the City of St. Louis. That new location is a huge project head up

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In some ways, Nashville, TN, is a lot like many American cities. For example, the median home price was right in line with the national average: around $263,000 in Nashville to around $267,000 across the country. But there are some things aren't so average — the city more than doubled the national year-over-year home price increase. 


What's driving the huge spike in prices? There are a lot of factors, but one of the biggest ones is demand. People just really want to live here for the vibrant, urban lifestyle. Here is what a cool half million could buy in today's market. 


Two of the neighborhoods that shoppers in this price range should consider are The Gulch, where many of Nashville's newest buildings are going up, or over in Germantown,

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Although the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles hasn’t been overnight, its momentum has picked up dramatically in recent years. In the past five years, the area has seen the emergence of more than 500 new restaurants, bars, nightclubs and retail shops.

Overall, Luxury condo/loft prices in DTLA are holding steady at an average Sold Price of $680/Square Foot with a .7% annual price change. Although the sold volume for DTLA dropped to 459 units in 2018 from 482 units in 2017, it represents over 50% of the sold volume in all Los Angeles areas covered by the MLS (See the chart below on Condos Market Statistics).  This is indicative of the continued high demand for Downtown LA real estate. 


The median Price Per Square Foot for DTLA

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Austin, TX, is, a very cool place to live by all accounts. Not to mention, it is one of our top ten cities to watch in 2019. There's live music everywhere and the city has a vibrant arts scene. However, if you're considering moving to Austin these days, it's probably because you're taking advantage of one of the job opportunities that have been popping up all over the metro area.

It would be hard to mention new jobs in Austin without talking about Apple. The tech mega-giant just added 5000 new jobs to the area, and that has a definite effect on housing in the city. Here's what $500,000 could get you in the Texas capital's newly competitive market. 

The two places you would probably want to look to get the most for your money in a centrally located

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You've likely heard some less familiar names coming up in discussions of hot real estate markets. San Francisco, New York, LA and Chicago are still amazing places to live. However, cities such as San Antonio and Nashville are making the news by becoming some of the biggest boomtowns of the year. These cities are experiencing some of the fastest population, economic, and job growth in the country. Here is the list of our top ten Highrises.com up-and-coming cities, 2019 edition.


1. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is pretty friendly to builders, but that isn't stopping people from buying up inventory faster than it comes on the market. Consider a pre-construction sale if you want to compete with the wave of buyers moving here. 


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One of the most common questions we are asked is whether or not a condo is able to be used as a short term rental, for AirBnb. AirBnb can be a great investment opportunity but so can more stable long term investments. 

If you decide that AirBnb is for you, the path forward isn't always simple. You'll likely deal with competitors, opposition from community organizations that have an interest in exclusivity, long-term tenancy or other factors. The positives are, you will have support from companies like Airbnb and HomeAway that facilitate the brokerage of short term rentals (STRs), if you learn their systems. Real estate brokers, hotels, home-owners' associations, management companies, state governments, insurance companies, zoning boards —

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Miami sits at the crossroads of contemporary art, design, and high fashion which is evident across the city. Especially in its real estate market where you'll find a glittering array of high-end luxury tower developments adorning the coast with more on the way.

What draws the the most influential, innovative, and avant-garde people to Miami?  It could be the beauty of where the beach meets the ocean, the non-stop parties, the art, or the confluence of culture. What's known for sure is that the city is a place where worlds meet and opportunities is everywhere.

There are many ways in which fashion has influenced Miami's architecture and lifestyle. For those interested in living fashionably, surrounded by the influence of major fashion houses, here is

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What's happening in downtown San Diego this Month? Everything! From concerts, open-air activities, and family-friendly fun. There is plenty to choose and something for everyone.

Musical Performances

March kicks off on a weekend this year, so there's plenty to do in the first couple days. Many of the downtown bars host events like live music, karaoke, stand-up comedy, and other entertainment. Two of our favorites are Casbah and the House of Blues. If you’re in the mood for a show, be sure to grab tickets to Disney's Aladdin on Broadway at The San Diego Civic Theater, or Diana at the La Jolla Playhouse.

Here is a list of March concerts and Festivals:
  • March 1: Expand your musical palette with a classical-jazz fusion flute event at the
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Call it what you will: Rincon Hill, East Cut, or the Financial District. Regardless of the name, this is one of the most desirable areas of the city — and LUMINA San Francisco is one of its freshest and most desirable buildings.

Lumina stands out in more ways than one. It places world-class amenities on a prime downtown location overlooking one of the best urban vistas in the country. here are our top favorite things about this new, iconic building.


1. The Amenities

Lumina's amenities are all world class, but the builders went above and beyond with a truly massive gym on site for residents. In addition to the gym, there's a heated lap pool and a full spa. The architects devoted two levels and over 7,000 square feet to this health center and

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There are a lot of moving parts that come with sending your kid to college and after determining which school they'll attend, one of the next big decisions is choosing where they'll live. Things to consider in order to create the best environment for your child while they are attending school in Denver involve making sure there's good physical access to the campus, community, and the resources the city has to offer.

Are You Considering All of Your Options? 

The dorms might be a good start. Many colleges in the city — and across the nation, for that matter — require your freshman to come in and spend a year in on-campus housing. Few kids want to stay there long-term; dorm situations are often densely populated, not to mention quite expensive for the

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