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    Real Estate Planning | Four Seasons Hualalai, Hawaii

    Originally planned as a typical high rise hotel resort the project was abandoned in the late 1980's. LUE staff were part of the team asked in 1995 to update the plan.

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    Investinor, AS, Norway

    LUE was commissioned as part of team that involved mountain planners, ski area operators, and a private equity fund to develop a strategy for growing the ski and resort industry with Investinor as a direct equity partner.

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    Real Estate Research | Santa Lucia Preserve, California

    This historic 20,000 acre ranch originally planned 4,000 units, our solution limited development to fewer than 300 units and dedicated over 17,000 acres to a conservation easement.

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    Squaw Valley USA, California

    Squaw Valley is a major contributor to the tourism marketing budget for North Lake Tahoe. A special study determined ways to broaden the market appeal and reduce seasonality.

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    Market Research | Tourism Strategy, Island of Sardinia

    LUE was part of an interdisciplinary team led by Bechtel Corporation to develop a tourism strategy for an undeveloped portion of Sardinia.

The Argument for Immigration

The chosen Republican presidential candidate is consistently waging a war on immigration, claiming repeatedly that immigrants are stealing American jobs, and are the root of our social problems. By happenstance we took a hard look at population growth in this country about three years ago. While the numbers undoubtedly have changed with new census information, the broader long term trends are the same. The long and short of the data is that without immigration we would have a declining population, lower job growth, lower worker productivity (see WSJ article http://on.wsj.com/2aTfh4I), and a shrinking economy, nearly 70 percent of which is driven by consumer spending.

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The Quest for Affordable Housing Continues

Our little company has chosen to live and work in one of the more expensive housing markets in the United States. San Francisco is blessed with a Mediterranean climate, a spectacular natural setting, a truly international flair, great recreation and lifestyle choices, and a concentration of highly educated workers, making the Bay Area a perineal favorite for new business development.

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Trends in the Second Home Market

A second home purchase is largely a lifestyle decision, based on one's confidence in a career, in personal income, net worth, as well as perceived use. As such, the growth in the industry has been one defined by a general rise in disposable income and by demographic shifts, regardless of buyer source or location. The post WWII emergence of a strong middle class, rising automobile ownership and use providing reasonable access to recreation locations, and the 'age wave' of the Baby Boomer precipitated an increase in the incidence of second home ownership starting in the early 1970's, reaching a crescendo in the 2005 to 2009-time frame.

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