Aaron Zapata

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These 10 Sketches Show Frank Lloyd Wright's Bold Vision

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). Gordon Strong Automobile Objective and Planetarium, Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryla<p>... VIEW MORE<p>The Frank Lloyd …

Home Design Winner

We had some amazing Home Design entries from the kids who attended our open house–but one design stood out above the rest.<p>The winner of the 2017 …

‘REITs May Be a Good Place To Hide,’ Says CFRA

By<p>Updated June 8, 2017 4:09 p.m. ET<p>Independent research firm <b>CFRA</b> makes a case for real estate investment trusts (REITs) in a June 8 report. Valuation …

Investing

The Unintended Consequence of Austin's Housing Boom

James Bond meets Midcentury Modern. Italianate villa—with a sky bridge. A white stucco and steel home primarily designed for cars.<p>These are some of the luxury home styles you’ll find in Austin, Texas, where the transformation of the city from laid-back college town to high-tech magnet is rapidly …

Real Estate

8 Rookie Mistakes That Keep People From Selling Their Home

If your home is struggling to catch the eye of a buyer, it could be for an entirely valid reason. Maybe you're stuck in a sluggish market or have the …

Next Asset Bubble Cracks: It's So Big Even The Fed Is Fretting

<b>Commercial Real Estate's boom-and-bust cycle heads south</b><p>Commercial real estate's eight-year boom reached such breathtaking levels that even the Fed …

Real Estate

Buying a Home in 2017? Here's What You Need to Know

Buying a home is a lifelong dream for many Americans, and it takes commitment and dedication to make it happen. With conditions in the housing market always changing, would-be homebuyers need to stay up to date on the key aspects involved in buying a home. Below, we'll look at several must-know …

Retirement

Church has more martyrs today than in first centuries, Pope Francis says

Despite the chronicle of horrific deaths suffered by early Christians during the vaunted "Age of Martyrs" Pope Francis said Monday that the church has more martyrs today than the early church did.<p>In remarks Monday to thousands of pilgrims who had gathered in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, to …

How Shark Tank's Daymond John Built Fubu While Working at Red Lobster

It’s hard to imagine that Daymond John was ever anything but a high-flying entrepreneur and investor. But for four years of his life, he worked …

Chinese investors were defrauded by Orange County lawyer, SEC says

Instead of using Chinese investors’ cash to open coffee shops, assisted living facilities and other businesses, an Orange County attorney spent millions on a yacht and other personal expenses, according to a civil fraud suit filed Tuesday by the<p>Securities and Exchange Commission.<p>The SEC alleges …

Orange County

Is the U.S. in the Midst of a Housing Bubble?

Bloomberg Intelligence’s Yelena Shulyatyeva discusses U.S. home prices and the impact of an increase in mortgage rates on housing demand. She speaks …

Here's One Way Smartphones Are Sabotaging Our Relationships

Great.<p>To "phub" is to snub someone in favor of a phone—specifically, a smartphone. This term is actually important, as it is currently "ruining" relationships, according to James A. Roberts of Baylor University, who wrote about his recent research on "phubbing" in <i>Quartz</i> Monday.<p>Roberts conducted a …

Relationships

Southern California home prices keep rising, and sales jump

Southern California home prices and sales rose in November compared with a year earlier, according to a report released Tuesday.<p>The six-county region's median price reached $465,000 last month, up 5.9% from November 2015, real estate data firm CoreLogic said. Sales soared 24.1%.<p>The strong sales …

Real Estate

As the Cost of Living in Silicon Valley Explodes, Startups Look to Phoenix | Inc.com

Much of the tech work force still considers San Francisco the place to be to work with billion-dollar companies. But that may be beginning to change.<p>A recent piece for <i>The New York Times</i> indicates that while Phoenix may not surpass San Francisco in terms of the number of venture capitalists or …

Silicon Valley

Hot Property: Old money, new money and everything in between

Los Angeles

Your 10-Point Checklist for Buying a House

Here's your game plan to ace the homebuying process<p>If you’re new to the homebuying process, or if it’s just been a while, then the thought of …

Realtors Reveal: 5 Home Buyers From Hell -- and How You Can Avoid Being One

As most people beyond kindergarten age come to realize, you can learn just as much from seriously bad behavior as you can from good. What better way to familiarize yourself with the fine points of not being a complete jerk than to see one in action?<p>So we started wondering if that same kind of …

35+ Interior Designers Reveal Their Favorite Kitchen Paint Colors

From deep greens to cheerful yellows, experts explain their go-to paint colors for the kitchen.<p>A simple color change can update your kitchen in a major way. The right shade of grey, for example, can turn the room from drab to sleek and sophisticated. Finessing the right hue of red, meanwhile, can …

7 Trees That Will Wreck Your Yard and Ruin Your Life

Trees are a prized addition to any property, providing shade, beauty, fruit or nuts to nosh on, a spot under which to ponder humans' place in the …

U.S. stocks have their weakest year since 2008

U.S. stock markets had their worst year since 2008. Equities finished the volatile year slightly lower than where they started, reducing expectations for 2016.<p>The Dow Jones industrial average ended the year down 2.2 percent and the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fell 0.7 percent. It marked the …

Stock Markets

Here's how much the richest Americans make

It pays to be at the top.<p>The top 400 richest taxpayers raked in $265 million, on average, in adjusted gross income in 2013, according to the Internal Revenue Service. In total, they earned $106 billion, or roughly 1.2% of the nation's income. Just getting into the top 400 took a pretty penny ... or …

Demographics

Long-term US mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.40 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, benefiting potential homebuyers with the spring buying season underway.<p>Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages dipped to 4.40 percent from 4.44 percent last week. The benchmark stood at an …

Bay Area Real Estate Ends 2015 on a Hot Note

• Posted in Market Conditions<p>Like in previous months, more than half of the nation’s most in-demand real estate markets are located in California as …

Real Estate

18 of the Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous Houses for Sale in 2015

From midcentury modern gems to Victorian stunners, from the woodlands of upstate New York to the deserts of Arizona, incredible homes of many styles and locales have made it onto Curbed's House of the Day column in 2015. What they all have in common, though, is strong <b>architectural appeal</b> and well, …

Podcast: How to bounce back from real estate burnout

Feeling tired, overwhelmed, maybe a bit burned out? No way — not you!<p>OK, quick reality check: It’s normal this time of year to feel a bit burned out, …

5 mistakes agents should avoid when running Facebook ads

If you haven’t begun testing Facebook advertising to promote your open houses or featured listings, you’re missing out. Sending potential clients to …

AdWords

Why I can’t afford to buy a house

This week the CCPA released a report asking: what happens if the housing bubble bursts? The answer, as you might expect, is not pretty. The report …

Housing

Map: 10 Most and Least Expensive Real Estate Markets in PA - Curbed Philly

Good 'ole Pennsylvania: The average listing price of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in any real estate market in the state doesn't top more than $750,000. According to the <b>2015 Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report</b>, the average price of a home in Pennsylvania is $269,732. That's significantly lower …

Mumbai realty shocker: Mere four projects in 10 years; builders driven to bankruptcy & despair

For all the talk about boom in Mumbai's premium real estate market, a mere four big-budget projects have seen the light of the day in the island city …

Real Estate

Survey: Realtors feel Phoenix real estate market moving up

PHOENIX — The Phoenix real estate market is on solid ground, an Arizona State University survey of commercial brokers said.<p>Every participant in the …