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What is the difference between a ´Second Home´ and a home in ´Second Life´? There is a world of difference.
Palm Beach Gardens real estate is some of the finest in the country. Golf courses dot the landscape and estate homes are nestled among the perfectly manicured fairways and greens. Wading birds patrolling the edge of lakes complete this scene. If golf is not your thing, we have condos along the water on Singer Island or in Jupiter and Juno Beach, both just 10 minutes from Palm Beach Gardens. You could pick out a great second home in either of these environments. So what is this home in ´Second Life´ about?
´Second Life´ is the virtual world where millions of people are spending their time in an imaginary world, including buying and selling real estate with ´Linden Dollars´. You can do anything you want in this digital world, from buying real estate to having an affair. You think I’m kidding? This is serious business.
People are buying ´Linden Dollars´ with real money and then use these Linden dollars to purchase homes in Second Life. Or to buy furnishings, paint, textures and window coverings. Conversely, you can buy and sell with Linden dollars then convert them back to currency and make money. And if you think playing around in a digital world is just for kids, think again. IBM is into Second Life in a big way!
They have created their own virtual world where sales teams meet in their digital personas, called avatars. Sam Palmisano, Chairman and CEO, has two avatars, one in casual dress and the other in a dark suit with starched white shirt. And these global sales teams have never met in person; they co-mingle in a digital world. And when you get hired, they train you in how to exist in this new world and how to fly your avatar around without running into walls.
So if the tough economy is making it hard to own a second home, maybe you would consider a home in Second Life. Oh, if you want to look for a digital home here, you will have to find an avatar real estate agent, not me.