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Stadium situations for Athletics and Rays; where both clubs stand in pursuit of new ballparks

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Here’s a stat that always blows my mind: Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, is the third oldest ballpark in the National League. It opened in 1995 and only Wrigley Field (1914) and Dodger Stadium (1962) have been around longer in the Senior Circuit. How did that happen? Didn’t the Rockies join the league like last week? Good gravy.

Anyway, baseball’s stadium boom has seen 16 of the 30 current ballparks open this century, and in all likelihood two new ballparks will open within the decade. The Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays are actively working to secure new stadiums and both are desperately needed. RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg are not fit for major league franchises.

“Both Oakland and Tampa need new facilities. It’s kind of beyond debate at this point,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in October. “Oakland is probably critical, just in terms of the condition of the ballpark. Whatever you want to say about Tampa, it’s playable for right now and they have a lease that goes through 2027. Oakland’s in a critical situation. We need to find a way to get new ballparks built in those two cities or — particularly in the case of Oakland — we’ve had to open up the opportunity to explore other locations just because it’s dragged on so long.”

As the commissioner noted, the Rays’ lease at the Trop runs through the 2027 season. They have some time to figure out their long-term ballpark situation. The A’s situation is a bit more dire. Their lease at the Coliseum runs only through 2024. Considering how much time is needed to plan and actually build a stadium, they have to figure it out their ballpark situation soon.

With that in mind, here’s where the A’s and Rays currently stand in their pursuit of a new ballpark, and how they got here.

Oakland Athletics
The A’s played in Philadelphia from 1901-54 and Kansas City from 1955-67 before moving to Oakland and what was then the two-year-old Oakland Coliseum. It is MLB’s fourth oldest ballpark behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Dodger Stadium. The Athletics have explored new stadium options since the early 2000s.

On Nov. 15, 2006, A’s owner Lew Wolff told reporters, “Today marks the beginning of a new era in A’s baseball in the Bay Area.” That day Wolff and the A’s announced their intention to move the team 20 miles south to Fremont, and build a new 32,000-seat ballpark. Cisco Systems Inc. had already agreed to a 30-year deal for the new ballpark’s naming rights.

Two years and two months later, the project was dead after being met by opposition from Fremont residents who questioned the new stadium’s economic benefits, and expressed concerns about traffic and property taxes. The $1.8 billion project included retail space and townhouses in the areas surrounding the ballpark.

“I thought the overwhelming pluses of having our A’s in your community for the next 40 years and longer would have resonated in a more positive manner even with those who might perceive some negatives,” Wolff said at the time.

In 2009 and 2010, the City of San Jose attempted to woo the Athletics, but the San Francisco Giants hold territorial rights on Santa Clara County and wouldn’t budge. San Jose’s attempts to lure the A’s went nowhere as did a proposed 35,000-seat ballpark in the Eastlake neighborhood of Oakland in 2017. The city later sued MLB, claiming there was a “blatant conspiracy” to keep baseball out of San Jose, and eventually the Supreme Court rejected the city’s bid for the team.

In March 2017 the NFL’s Raiders announced they would move out of the Oakland Coliseum and into a new stadium in Las Vegas for the 2020 season. That happened five years after the NBA’s Warriors announced they would leave Oakland for a new arena in San Francisco for the 2019-20 season. Soon after the Raiders announcement, the A’s debuted their #RootedInOakland advertising campaign to show their commitment to building a new park locally.

“Our priority this year was to highlight our amazing city,” A’s team president Dave Kaval said in a statement at the time. “Our players loved shooting (promotions) in Oakland and it was great to have fans watch and participate. From our downtown light pole branding to a large outdoor billboard presence, our fans and community will know that the A’s are truly Rooted in Oakland.”

That brings us to the A’s current ballpark pursuit. In Nov. 2018, the team announced plans to build a new 34,000-seat ballpark at the Howard Terminal site at the Port of Oakland, roughly five miles north of the Coliseum. The A’s also announced their intentions to purchase the current Coliseum site and build housing, among other things.

“This design will allow us to blur the boundaries of a traditional ballpark and integrate into the surrounding neighborhood,” Kaval said about the Howard Terminal project. “… We’re building more than a ballpark here. We’re building a new neighborhood in this part of the city. We’ve always liked the idea of a waterfront, downtown location for a ballpark, with the 81 days that baseball provides for home games. It really is the best, most conducive environment for success both on and off the field.”

Progress with the Howard Terminal project has been slow. The project includes a $1 billion privately financed ballpark, plus another $12 billion in private investment for residential and commercial space in a waterfront neighborhood. The A’s are also seeking $855 million in public funds for infrastructure and to develop land around the ballpark.

Last July, the Oakland City Council approved a non-binding term sheet for the Howard Terminal project, though it did not include the $855 million. Kaval said the team would not accept the term sheet as presented before the vote. The County of Alameda approved a non-binding term sheet in October. Non-binding means the city and county can walk away at any time, but politically, it’s difficult to change those votes once they’ve been cast.

“We’re not asking you to be in the sports business, we’re asking you to be in the affordable housing and public parks business along with us, to be our hometown heroes,” Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf said to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors prior to their vote. The Howard Terminal project took another step forward last month, when a required environmental impact report was approved.

“Tonight’s Planning Commission recommendation to send the Final Environmental Impact Report onto the City Council for certification is a huge win for our entire region and puts Oakland one step closer to building a landmark waterfront district with the highest environmental standards,” Schaaf said in a statement after the environmental impact report was approved.

While all that was going on, Kaval toured Las Vegas and Portland, two potential relocation cities, and wasn’t shy about it. He posted about his visits on social media, ostensibly to pressure the city and county into approving the A’s term sheet. MLB gave the club permission to pursue relocation options last year because the Howard Terminal project had met resistance.

Soon after the county vote, the A’s placed a bid on a potential ballpark site on the Las Vegas Strip, according to the Las Vegas Journal-Review. This does not mean the Athletics are moving to Las Vegas. The bid can be withdrawn or the land can be treated as an investment. It is another way for the A’s to apply pressure to get the Howard Terminal project done on their terms though.

“Las Vegas is a viable alternative for a major league club, and there are other viable alternatives that I haven’t even turned the A’s loose to even exploring at this point,” Manfred said in July, following the city’s vote. “Thinking about this as a bluff is a mistake. This is the decision point for Oakland.”

Even after the environmental impact report vote, the Howard Terminal project still has several more hurdles to clear. The Athletics need to firm up the financial details and reach a development agreement, which ABC 7’s Casey Pratt says could happen early this year. Then a binding term sheet must be approved by the city, the county, and the Port of Oakland. Those votes are still a ways off.

What happens if the Howard Terminal project doesn’t come together? The A’s could follow the Raiders to Las Vegas, relocate somewhere else entirely, or pursue other ballpark sites in the Bay Area. Last year Oakland native and former Athletics pitcher Dave Stewart submitted a $115 million bid to purchase the city’s portion of the Coliseum site with the intention of developing it, and possibly even building a new stadium.

To have their new stadium ready for Opening Day 2025, the Athletics need to finalize their ballpark plans this year, realistically. That leaves a little more than two years for planning and construction, and keep in mind COVID and supply chain issues could delay construction. If this drags into 2023, the A’s may need to pursue a new lease at the Coliseum (even just a short-term lease until a new stadium is ready), which is something no one wants.

“The affirmative vote is a positive step. The A’s will continue to pursue the Oakland project as well as the Las Vegas alternative,” Manfred said following the county vote in October.

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Hobbies to pursue as an online gamer

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As a gamer, you’ve probably heard a lot of negative comments about your hobby – “it’s not a real talent”, “it’s a lazy person’s hobby” etc. Few people realise just how much skill, dexterity and focus goes into playing most video games. The good news is that those valuable skills can also be used for many other things, so if you ever wondered what else you could be doing with your knowledge of video games, here are a few ideas:

Streaming online

Perhaps the most obvious thing you could be doing when you’re great at video games is… play more video games! Fortunately, due to the internet and an increase in platforms for streaming (like Twitch), it has become much easier to actually turn your gaming hobby into a money-making endeavour. In order to become a successful streamer, you will need to be passionate and knowledgeable, have a consistent social media presence, and maybe even combine that with video-making for YouTube, to present some of your streaming highlights. 

Online casinos

Another way to easily monetise your gaming skills is by taking up online games like poker or blackjack. These may seem like games of chance at first, but they actually employ strategy and quick decision-making, all skills already in an online gamer’s arsenal. Online gamers do have an edge over total beginners, meaning you may be able to win substantial amounts of money from this one hobby. If you don’t know how to get started, check out review websites like Fruity Slots to make sure you choose a safe, high-quality online casino.

Coding

Coding is at the core of every video game, so it’s not a surprise that a lot of online gamers pursue coding as a hobby and even as a career. A lot of game developers started out from simply being gamers, and that could be you as well.  If you have some favourite games, look into the kind of programming languages they use – it could help you get some inspiration if you decide to work on something yourself.

Luckily, there are plenty of free online courses on coding, so whenever you feel like taking a break from your favourite video games, simply watch a few courses and work on personal coding projects – those are really what will keep the passion alive.

Digital art

Video games could be considered a high form of art – they combine storytelling with music, amazing visuals, and just an overall immersive experience. A lot of gamers are drawn to the visual aspect of video games and may get inspired by the amazing art they find in them. For those gamers, digital art is a surprisingly cheap hobby to get into: a small graphic tablet won’t cost more than $30, and plenty of digital art software is actually free, so pretty much anyone can give it a try. 

You can try your hand at landscape art, character design or simply illustration – there is no limit to what you can create. 

3D modelling

Another creative hobby perfect for gamers is 3D modelling – that is, creating 3D objects, characters or even landscapes using 3D modelling software like Blender or ZBrush. Game development doesn’t stop at just coding as it involves all these artistic elements as well, so it’s not a surprise that the people involved in creating graphic elements are also, in turn, gamers. Because of that, if you enjoy online gaming there’s a chance you may enjoy pushing your creativity to create assets for games yourself – you can even sell them online for extra cash or use them as a portfolio if you decide to pursue this hobby as a career.

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Are pleated blinds durable?

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When it comes to window treatments, there are a lot of different options to choose from. If you’re looking for something that is durable and long-lasting, pleated blinds may be the right option for you. But are they really as durable as they seem? Here’s what you need to know.

Material of pleated blinds:

Pleated blinds are made from a variety of materials, including fabric, wood, and plastic. They’re designed to fold up into neat pleats when not in use, which gives them a very slim profile. This makes them ideal for small windows or for areas where you want to maximize light flow.

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One of the main benefits of pleated blinds is that they’re extremely durable. They’re often made from high-quality materials that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. And because they fold up so neatly, they don’t tend to get damaged as easily as other types of window treatments.

Things to keep in mind:

However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering pleated blinds for your home. First, they can be tricky to clean. The pleats can trap dust and dirt, making it difficult to get them really clean. Second, if you have pets, you’ll need to be careful that they don’t pull on the cords or fabric, as this could cause the blinds to come loose or even break.

Overall, pleated blinds are a great option if you’re looking for something durable and long-lasting. Just be sure to take care of them so they stay looking their best. Visit Solemlux.ee

Conclusion paragraph: 

Durable pleated blinds are a great investment for your home. Not only do they provide aesthetic appeal and privacy, but they also last longer than traditional window coverings. If you’re looking for an affordable way to update the look of your windows, consider investing in durable pleated blinds.

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Some Considerations to Know Before Selling Diamond Ring In Market

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In this modern time, who does not love to have a diamond ring? It is not always necessary that it should be worn by couples, it can be worn by normal people as showing their love for diamonds. Well, there are plenty of people who want to do something new with their old diamond ring. Earlier the designs of diamond rings were limited but things have changed now. There are different kinds of diamond cut designs available in the market, which are fancy and trendy. 

Diamond rings are always considered classy options as in earlier times it was worn with pride and class. Even now, the class of diamond things can be seen on customers’ faces. However, there is a common mistake that customers usually make while they sell diamond ring Sydney. They do not know the actual price of their diamond ring and sell the ring as much as they get from the buyer.

Hence, there is some consideration that customers should know before selling diamond ring in the market, these are: 

  1. The type

If the diamond ring is made of real diamond which is referred to as a natural diamond, then the buyer must pay a large amount of money. As the price of a real diamond ring is worth much in the global market, a seller can easily expect good cash in return. The situation can be different if the diamond ring is made of lab diamonds as the buyer won’t give much money while selling it. As a seller having a good idea of the diamond ring type is mandatory. 

  1. Selling place 

Selling a diamond ring may not be a cakewalk for customers as if the selling place is not decided then it can be a mess. The seller should first and foremost decide where he can try selling the diamond ring. Some good options that can be marked are Sydney pawn shop, jewellery shops, online credible websites, and many more. These sources can provide real cash with the real value of a diamond ring and if anything gets wrong legal actions can be taken with solid proof. 

  1. Market value

The value of a diamond ring is much in the market but the prices can be inconsistent at times. Sellers from all around should know the actual market value of used and unused diamond rings and try to bargain with the buyer to pay more. 

Therefore, if these considerations are considered well then, the seller will be on the favourable side while selling his or her diamond ring. 

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Buying Gold In Sydney: What You Need To Know For Your Next Purchase

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If you’re thinking about buying gold in Sydney, there are a few things you should know. First, the price of gold is constantly changing, so you’ll need to keep an eye on the market. Second, you’ll need to find a reputable dealer to buy from.

Finally, you’ll need to decide what type of gold you want to buy. Here’s a closer look at each of these factors to help you make your next gold purchase in Sydney. 

Buying Gold Bars – Everything You Must Know (Beginner’s Guide)

Looking to add some gold to your investment portfolio? Or maybe you’re just looking for a special gift for a loved one. Whatever your reasons for wanting to buy gold, Sydney is a great place to do it.

Here’s what you need to know to make your next purchase: There are many places to buy gold in Sydney. You can find gold bullion dealers, coin dealers, and even some jewellers that sell gold.

When buying gold, you need to be aware of the purity. The higher the purity, the more expensive the gold will be. Purity is measured in karats, with 24 karats being the purest.

Gold prices fluctuate, so it’s important to check the price before you make your purchase. It’s also a good idea to compare prices from different dealers to make sure you’re getting the best deal. 

How to invest in gold for beginners

If you’re a gold buyer thinking about investing in gold, here are a few tips for beginners: 

1. Decide why you want to invest in gold.

2. Consider different ways to invest in gold. You can buy gold bars, coins, or ETFs.

3. Consider your investment goals. 

4. Do your research. Before investing in gold, it’s important to understand how gold prices are determined and what factors could affect them.

5. Start small. If you’re a beginner, it’s a good idea to start with a small investment and then gradually increase your exposure to gold. 

What is the best way to buy gold in Australia?

There are a few different ways to buy gold in Australia, and the best method for you will depend on your individual circumstances. If you are looking to invest in gold for the long term, then buying gold bullion or coins is likely the best option. Gold bullion can be purchased from a range of dealers, both online and offline, and you can also find coins at coin dealers or online auctions.

If you are looking to buy gold for jewellery or other purposes, then you may be better off purchasing gold bars or ingots. These can be bought from jewellers or bullion dealers, and you will usually need to pay a premium over the spot price of gold. Whatever method you choose, make sure that you only buy from a reputable dealer to avoid being scammed. 

Conclusion 

Gold is a popular investment in Sydney, and with good reason. The city is home to some of the world’s largest gold dealers and refineries. 

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Is Buying Real Estate With Cryptocurrency A Good Idea?

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The rise of cryptocurrency has affected the way we usually spend our money. The money we are using to buy our necessities is tangible. Over the past few years, there’s been a cryptocurrency craze sweeping the world. 

Despite a lot of sceptical thoughts from people, cryptocurrency’s popularity is rising. You can use it for coffee shops, major retailers, buy cars, and you can even buy real estate with bitcoin

Cryptocurrencies’ booming market brings us to one question. Is buying real estate with cryptocurrency a good idea? Here are all the things you need to know.

What is a cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is a digital payment system based on blockchain technology. It is a digital asset with a decentralized structure. This means that it exists without the government’s control. It has very secure cryptography and algorithms which is impossible to counterfeit. 

Cryptocurrency is an alternative method of payment. Cryptocurrency has a virtual accounting system, and this will enable you to either buy, sell or trade. 

What are some examples of a cryptocurrency?

To discuss, here is a list of some cryptocurrencies in the market:

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is one of the original cryptocurrencies. The most famous cryptocurrency in the market. Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that started as open-source software. It works as a peer-to-peer electronic payment.

Due to the demand for Bitcoin, there are ATMs called Bitcoin Kiosks. These kiosks will allow you to withdraw cash in exchange for a Bitcoin. Many industries allow Bitcoin as a form of payment, this includes:

  • electronic and software industry
  • restaurant and food industry
  • the automotive and manufacturing industry
  • fashion industry
  • mobile carriers and television 
  • internet service providers
  • banking and finance industry
  • travel and tours industry
  • online media and marketing industry
  • gaming and gambling industry
  • charities

Litecoin

Litecoin, like bitcoin, is a peer-to-peer electronic payment with open-source software. It is similar to Bitcoin in its technical details. It is a global payment network that enables instant and near-zero cost payments.

Litecoin is now used for a lot of services, including:

  • web services
  • food and beverages
  • apparel stores
  • movie and theatre
  • jewellery industry

Ethereum

Ethereum is one of the biggest cryptos in market capitalization next to Bitcoin. It is a blockchain-based software with smart contract functionality. Ethereum is for sending and receiving value without third-party interference. 

Ethereum supports self-executing contracts. It uses a technology that creates and secures digital ledgers

Ethereum works for many day-to-day transactions, this includes:

  • paying for trips
  • flight aggregator
  • buying jewellery and mattresses
  • buying phone
  • settling your telephone and broadband bills
  • for online betting

Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin cash is a fork of Bitcoin. The reason is to allow more transactions on one block, and Bitcoin cash can accommodate a larger block size. Yet, it still shares and works on the exact mechanisms as Bitcoin. Bitcoin cash went to another fork. The result is a split of Bitcoin Cash into Bitcoin Cash ABC and Bitcoin Cash SV. 

There are things you do with Bitcoin cash, this includes:

  • online shopping
  • buying gift cards
  • investing 

Chainlink 

Chainlink is a decentralized oracle network from Ethereum. Its network provides tamper-proof computation to support advances in the blockchain industry.

You can use Chainlink in:

  • decentralized finances
  • insurance
  • gaming
  • cryptocurrency investments

Cardano

Cardano is a public blockchain having an open-source system. The transparent system that Cardano uses is flexible. 

The purpose is to transfer and receive funds instantly. It has a sustainable blockchain platform that has a scalable design. 

You can use Cardano in a lot of things, like:

  • purchasing pharmaceutical or health-related products
  • finance-related transactions
  • for agricultural purposes

How can you buy real estate with crypto?

There are many ways to use cryptocurrency in our everyday lives. In the United States, you can legally buy some real estate through Bitcoin and Ethereum. Here are some ways you can purchase real estate using cryptocurrency:

Using cryptocurrency as payment

You can buy real estate using crypto through a direct wallet-to-wallet transfer. You can establish an agreement with the seller of the house. Cryptocurrency has a decentralized system. 

It is best to have the agreement in writing. You should only sign documents with the guidance of a lawyer who knows about crypto and real estate to avoid complications.

Using crypto as collateral

Some cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin can function as collateral for a loan. There are crypto lenders available in the market. They accept cryptocurrencies as collateral in your real estate transaction. However, using crypto as collateral is not yet available to all states. So you have a limited place to pick where you can buy real estate. 

Cash-out your crypto

You can also buy real estate by cashing out your cryptocurrency. Make sure to cash out when the value of your assets is high or enough for you to secure the payment of the real estate in cash. 

You can cash out using crypto kiosk machines or crypto debit cards. You can also try peer-to-peer exchange or use a centralized exchange. Another option would be selling from your crypto wallet or through a money transfer application.

What are the advantages of buying real estate through cryptocurrency?

There are many benefits to using cryptocurrency when buying real estate, including:

Low transaction cost

Unlike conventional money transfers, cryptocurrency helps you eliminate unnecessary transaction costs. Cryptocurrency transactions do not use go-betweens. The result of this is you won’t deal with higher transaction costs. 

Easier international transactions

International transactions are easier to do because all transactions are digital. Many countries accept cryptocurrency in real estate transactions. Countries including:

  • USA
  • Ukraine
  • UAE
  • Thailand
  • Montenegro
  • Turkey
  • Ivory Coast
  • Georgia

Secured transaction

Security is a huge factor when considering real estate as an investment. Cryptocurrency with blockchain technology provides the best security, and it is almost impossible and a rare chance to breach. 

Privacy of the transaction

Some cryptocurrencies have great technology that is hard to breach. Every transaction you do gets encrypted on the system, and it means that your privacy is not compromised.

Quick buying process 

Cryptocurrencies have smart contracts which cut the waiting time in every transaction. Smart contracts give quick, accurate, and automated marketing. This is an important factor to consider when buying real estate. 

Timely payment

Cryptocurrencies have fewer intermediaries than an average transaction, which would mean that you will have more efficient processing. Cryptocurrencies allow you to send and receive payment at your convenience. 

Lesser paperwork

You will need a digital wallet to secure all cryptocurrencies in one place. All transactions will reflect on the wallet’s data, and Cryptocurrency’s blockchain technology replaces the paperwork that most real estate transaction involves. 

What are the disadvantages of buying real estate through cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency has some downsides. Here’s a list of them you might need to consider before buying real estate:

Volatile nature of cryptocurrency

The constantly changing value of cryptocurrency makes your real estate transaction risky. Some people do not want to take the risk. This is because of the uncertainties lodged in the price fluctuations of cryptocurrencies. 

Lack of sellers who accepts cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies are an emerging market. Not all dealers of real estate are into cryptocurrency at the moment. You have limited options due to lacking sellers available for a transaction. 

Opportunity cost

The opportunity cost of losing the value of cryptocurrency is possible when you buy real estate. The value of cryptocurrency is volatile. It can go up anytime. Once you decide to buy, you might have to miss that surge. 

Complicated tax

Cryptocurrencies are currently unregulated. There is no intermediation with the government, which could result in complications with real estate taxes. In the US, cryptocurrency trading is taxable. It makes it more complicated when you buy real estate. 

The legal and financial risks are high. 

Regulations about cryptocurrencies are still not settled. Cryptocurrencies have a decentralized structure. The requirements are unclear. There is no central authority to govern cryptocurrency, and the legal and financial risks in the transactions are high. 

Susceptible to fraud

Typical real estate transactions are not susceptible to fraud because they involve a lot of paperwork. As cryptocurrency enshrines a streamlined and faster process, it would be easier to create a scheme. Cryptocurrencies also have no reason to hold someone accountable when fraud happens. 

Seller not willing to take cryptocurrency as payments

Cryptocurrency is not a global legal tender. Sellers of real estate do not want cryptocurrency as payment. The value of cryptocurrency is fluctuating. This makes it hard for the seller to trust and be willing to take it as payment for real estate. 

Is buying real estate with crypto a good idea?

The future of real estate is changing. The use of cryptocurrency as a financial investment is becoming more open. Cryptocurrency is a risky market. You can either win or lose. 

Normally, you will have things to consider before buying real estate. You would check the price of the property and the location. You will also need to allocate your budget. 

Like buying real estate through cash, buying through cryptocurrency is also a big decision. You should study everything about it. Keep learning before deciding when to buy real estate with a cryptocurrency. 

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