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In our post about the AirBNB “guest” who decided to make himself at home and squat in a desert condo after he had stayed for a month, we noted that at last the condo in question was a vacation home, not her regular home. No, that actually happened...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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by Nicole Dieker I want to start the discussion of Helaine Olen’s Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry with a true story. When I finally got a job that paid over $50,000 a year, I started doing all the right things....
From: The Billfold | By: Nicole Dieker | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The governor of New York created an independent commission to root out corruption in Albany, but he blocked investigations of his own office behind the scenes....
From: New York Times | By: THE EDITORIAL BOARD | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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A modernist house was rough around the edges, but the price and provenance were right....
From: New York Times | By: RIMA SUQI | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The S&P 500 climbed higher on Wednesday, finishing the session up 0.18%. On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, the trading panel analyzed corporate earnings.  Dan Nathan, co-founder and editor of riskreversal.com, said Facebook...
From: TheStreet | By: Bret Kenwell | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The North Palm Beach-based law firm, the Hoffman Law Group, allegedly bilked homeowners nationwide out of more than $5 million in a years-long “illicit mortgage relief scheme.” According to hundreds of pages of court documents unsealed today, the...
From: Palm Beach Post | By: Kimberly Miller | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Property giant Ray White Group has thrown its support behind a group of real estate agents that have appointed a media buyer to negotiate digital advertising rates for them, largely in response to price hikes at marketing website realestate.com.au....
From: Sydney Morning Herald | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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A landscape painting above Penny Boston's living room entryway depicts astronauts exploring Mars. Penelope Boston is a speleo-biologist at New Mexico Tech, where she is also Director of Cave and Karst Science. Her work examines subterranean lifeforms,...
From: BLDGBLOG | By: Geoff Manaugh | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Federal agencies and 15 states have announced a wave of litigation against law firms, attorneys, affiliated companies and others that claimed to perform work on behalf of homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages. California attorney Stephen Siringoringo,...
From: ABA Journal | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Doomsday Preppers Season 4 returns on Thursday night. The new season of the hit NatGeo preparedness series will feature a “Back to Basics” theme. National Geographic has urged the nation to tune in to watch “everyday Americans as they bug out,...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Tara Dodrill | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's clear the earlier you start saving, the more your money grows, a combination of compound interest (the rate of money growing over time as long as it stays invested), and the longer-term ability to be aggressive with investments...
From: TheStreet | By: Brian O'Connell | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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On Friday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is widely considered a possible challenger to 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, spoke about her “11 commandments” for progressives. Because progressives need one more commandment than God,...
From: Big Government | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A murder-suicide in a home is not a material defect that must be disclosed to the buyer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled. The court ruled (PDF) on Monday in a suit by the buyer, Janet Milliken, alleging common law fraud, negligent misrepresentation...
From: ABA Journal | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Global financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald has hired Randall Miles as senior managing director and chief operating officer for its investment banking group. Previously, Miles worked at Riparian Partners, a division of Oppenheimer & Co., where...
From: PE Hub | By: Iris Dorbian | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Good day traders! What an interesting time in the stock market. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average keep reaching all-time highs -- but Tuesday the S&P failed to close higher, ending the day at the July 3...
From: TheStreet | By: Aaron Burt | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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ACT Police has launched an investigation into an ACT real estate scam where a Canberra property was sold by overseas fraudsters while the owner was living in South Africa....
From: Sydney Morning Herald | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Amazon's first smartphone, the Fire phone, hits stores June 25, and comes bundled with a free year of Amazon Prime, which includes free shipping on thousands of items as well as a growing selection of free movies, books, and music. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos...
From: Business Insider | By: Jillian D'Onfro | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Classified images support the likelihood a surface-to-air missile fired from rebel-held Ukraine brought down MH17. Today two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down by pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine. One child has been killed in Gaza every hour for...
From: The Morning News | By: themorningnews.org | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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President Obama may be purchasing a $4.25 million estate in California. The White House denies the rumor, but local real estate agents say it’s true. The Russian-backed forces in Ukraine have turned over the train cars full of bodies from the downed...
From: Reason | By: Zenon Evans | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Sherlock Holmes writes: I’m gonna go with … America. Another gets more specific: Outskirts or small old town enveloped by Pittsburgh. Another questions our motives: Okay, you know you set me up. Sports Authority and Home Depot in the same center...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Affirm, Max Levchin’s new consumer lending company, just scooped up a new head of legal compliance to make sure its lending business is in for smooth sailing. We wouldn’t normally cover a new legal executive appointment, but in this case, it shows...
From: VentureBeat | By: Kia Kokalitcheva | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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In a stunning illustration if the ever-widening inequality gap, the richest man in China is currently building tiny apartments in Hong Kong for those city dwellers who can’t afford housing in the world’s most unaffordable city. Clocking in at just...
From: Inhabitat | By: Kristine Lofgren | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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By Nneka Orji A slight raising of the eyebrows expressing doubt, a subtle gesture which others may not necessarily have noticed but you have, and you start to doubt your ability to contribute to group discussions effectively. It happens again and again,...
From: Glass Hammer | By: No Byline | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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June 2014 by J.R. Lind June was a solid month for real estate overall. The area saw a 9.3 percent bump in sales over the same month in 2013, ending… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]...
From: Nashville Scene | By: J.R. Lind | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Is this a great story or what?  Listen to the video and read below about his past, pretty grizzly so he’s off his rocker to begin with.  He earned his money the old fashioned way, he inherited it.  He was recognized as a regular patron at the store.  ...
From: The Medical Quack | By: Medical Quack | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Recently, Pan Shiyi, the board director of Chinese real estate company SOHO China, has been working a 15-million-U.S.-dollar gift agreement with Harvard University.
From: China.org.cn | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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This month marks forty-five years since men first left planet earth and set foot on another world. The last man to walk on the moon did so in December, 1972, over four decades ago. It's a good moment to ponder what we haven't done since. There were six...
From: New Geography | By: Rand Simberg | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Developer Don Chiofaro bowled over some members of a key advisory committee yesterday with newly unveiled renderings of his proposed $1 billion, twin-towered office and hotel-condo complex on the site of his Harbor Garage, but he also attracted stiff...
From: Boston Herald | By: By Richard Weir | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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A $1.1 billion plan to expand the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center cleared one of the last major hurdles yesterday after the state Senate passed the bill, sending it to the governor’s desk.“It will allow more events, both national and international,...
From: Boston Herald | By: By Jordan Graham | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The second quarter of the year saw a modest increase in property deals in the Hamptons and the North Fork, according to Douglas Elliman’s second quarter Hamptons and North Fork sales report. “You’re seeing growth,” said Elliman President and...
From: The Real Deal | By: Claire Moses | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Once again it’s the networks that have poured big money into blanketing downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in promo materials, with a few exceptions. Here’s what’s greeting Comic-Congoers on the ground as Wednesday’s Preview Night kicks into...
From: Deadline Hollywood Daily | By: The Deadline Team | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Tips to finding a real estate hidden treasure in a neighborhood you thought you couldn't afford.
From: ABC News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Break out the Dom Perignon. Better yet, make the butler do it. An Orange County burg has snagged a spot on a list of the Top 10 snobbiest small cities in the U.S, courtesy of real estate website Movoto. Laguna Niguel came in at No. 10. The city...
From: Orange County Register | By: BY MARILYN KALFUS | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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China is accelerating the drafting of a property registration regulation originally scheduled to be issued by June, the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) said on Wednesday.
From: China.org.cn | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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From: Arizona Republic | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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This way, the wealthy Manhattan residents don’t have to dirty themselves by breathing the same air as those who rent their apartments and aren’t worthy of sharing their space. Extell came under fire last year when it introduced plans for a 33-story...
From: Liberaland | By: Alan | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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I like mirroring principles in business a lot. My two favorite ones in business are Conway’s Law (product structure follows organizational structure) and Chandler’s Law (structure follows strategy). In conversations about business in recent years,...
From: Ribbon Farm | By: Venkat | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Wins praise for appearing in un-retouched bikini photo. Last night we stumbled upon (OK we’ve actually already watched two three five episodes) one of those trashy reality real estate flip shows, featuring a husband and wife team, and it struck me...
From: Lawyers Guns and Money | By: Paul Campos | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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SL Green Realty announced the sale of three Manhattan properties in a deal that will generate $240 million in net cash proceeds for the real estate investment trust . SL Green has already closed on the sale of a development property at 985-987 Third...
From: The Real Deal | By: Julie Strickland | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Rumor had it that President Barack Obama and his family were about to drop $4.25 million on a contemporary California mansion. Relax. According to TMZ, it's not happening. Earlier this morning, the LA Times and local real estate agents - who "spoke on...
From: Coutorture | By: Emily Bibb | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Pinnacle Report for Wellesley MA Real Estate 7/07/2014 – 7/21/2014 In the two weeks since our last report, fourteen single family properties in Wellesley MA came on the market and eleven sold, four of which were over $2M.  A total … Continue reading...
From: Talk of our Towns | By: edrasser | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Large office property sales soared in the first half of the year, during which time New York-based commercial brokerage Eastdil Secured remained the sector’s top broker. Some $37.8 billion worth of office properties changed hands during the first six...
From: The Real Deal | By: Julie Strickland | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Mega projects and investor confidence behind strong transaction volumes
From: Khaleej Times | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Real estate mogul Donald Trump says his new hotel in the Old Post Office building in downtown Washington "will be one of
From: Taiwan News | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The last year has been a good one for Seattle-based Socrata, which provides technology to help governments open access to data. The company finished 2013 on a rapid growth pace—more than doubling revenue and employees—and continued that momentum...
From: Xconomy | By: Benjamin Romano | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Developer The Chiofaro Company unveiled an updated design concept for the proposed Harbor Garage Project towers Wednesday afternoon. And, if the project, Harbor Square, becomes a reality, in the future, the Boston Waterfront – and the...
From: BostInnovation | By: Nate Boroyan | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Owning the irrationality of sports fandom.
From: The Big Lead | By: Ryan Glasspiegel | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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by Bill Pearis Melted Toys San Francisco's Melted Toys are currently on tour supporting their new album, Melted Toys 2, which came out a couple weeks ago on Underwater Peoples. Like their debut, the album falls somewhere between psych and...
From: Brooklyn Vegan | By: brooklynvegan | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The commission...
From: The Raw Story | By: Reuters | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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