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Border-adjustment tax would add nearly $2B to cost of California property insurance

<b>WASHINGTON (July 13, 2017)</b> – As the nation’s most populous state, among the wealthiest states and a state that is vulnerable to the catastrophic …

Insurance

Can I Sell My Home If It Is in Foreclosure?

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesForeclosure is a long and heartbreaking process for a homeowner. But, it’s not hopeless. When looking for a solution to …

Mortgages

Planning for extra costs when buying a home

When it comes to buying a home, the mortgage may be just the beginning of your costs. From insurance to inspections and beyond, get to know all of …

Lawsuits highlight growing rancor in timeshare industry

Sharon Morrison and her husband, Donald, say they are horrified by what they did on their last vacation to a Wyndham Resort in Orlando.They paid …

Orlando

Los Angeles home comparisons: What $725K buys you around LA

It’s enough for a three-bedroom in Altadena—tiki bar included<p><i>Welcome to</i> <i>Curbed Comparisons</i><i>, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various LA 'hoods. We've found five homes or condos within $10,000 of today’s price: $725,000.</i><p>↑ This charming little two-bedroom home …

Los Angeles

Time To Add Housing To The Bubble List? – InvestmentWatch

Housing is hot again, but lately it’s been overshadowed by flashier bubbles in government debt, tech stocks and possibly cryptocurrencies.<p>Still, the …

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's - and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention lately when it comes to solar roofs, but start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof …

Tickproof Your Yard Without Spraying

This year is expected to be one of the worst on record for ticks, and not just in the Northeast. At least one variety of disease-transmitting tick …

3 Californian homes that are a dream!

Are you ready enjoy a little California dreaming? We hope so, as we have three utterly astounding homes to show you today, all of which are found in …

‘A persistent and growing underclass’ in Orange County, report shows

Parents holding down two or three jobs each.<p>Families doubled and tripled up in cramped apartments.<p>Underachieving students.<p>Poor health and nutrition.<p>A …

Buying an HOA property in a liquefaction zone is not for the faint of heart

<b>Question:</b> My family is interested in purchasing a townhome or condominium by a marina so we can dock our boat. Someone we know is moving from the marina because of rising homeowner association dues and too many special assessments, so we made an offer to purchase at a steep discount.<p>The seller …

Real Estate

This Silicon Valley ‘Teardown’ Just Sold for $2.6 Million

Another day, another postcard from the increasingly alternative universe that is Silicon Valley.<p>This time, it's the eye-popping story of a 908-square-foot, lovely-seeming home in Palo Alto, California, that hit the market in February for an asking price of $1,927,000.<p>Not only did the Stanford …

Silicon Valley

$84,000 a year now qualifies as low income in high-cost Orange County

A family of four with an annual income of $84,450 or less now qualifies as low income in Orange County.<p>A single person living alone qualifies as low …

Most U.S. Homes Are Worth Less Than Before the Crash (Bloomberg)

Open this storyin Apple News.<p>For the best reading experience, open this story on a device with<p>Apple News. It may also be available on the publisher's …

Homeowner's House Burns Down, He Tries To Rebuild... But Facing Copyright Threats From Original Builder

It seems that this spring really is the time for obscure copyright disputes with odd connections to the US's weak-kneed compliance with the Berne …

The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content)

Shared via Kindle. Description: This eBook includes the full text of the book plus an exclusive additional chapter from Chip and Joanna that is not …

Despite split, Tarek and Christina El Moussa get 20 new ‘Flip or Flop’ episodes

The original HGTV hit “Flip or Flop” starring Orange County’s Tarek and Christina El Moussa, who are going through a divorce, will get 20 new …

Orange County condo prices hit all-time high as buyers are priced out of house market

Central Park West, a 42-acre master-planned, urban community consisting of about 1,380 condos in low-rise buildings. The median price of an existing …

Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood house is for sale for $6.9M

It’s a luscious property with citrus trees<p>This will blow your skirt up: The ravishing Spanish-style home in Brentwood once owned by Marilyn Monroe is returning to the market for $6.9 million.<p>The actress owned the rambling property—which holds citrus trees, a main house with two bedrooms, a guest …

Real Estate

Michigan lender settles allegations it overcharged California borrowers

Mortgage lender and servicer United Shore Financial Services has agreed to pay at least $1.4 million to settle allegations it overcharged California borrowers for interest, a state regulator announced Monday.<p>The firm has already refunded more than $293,000 to thousands of borrowers and will dole …

Corruption

Erin Brockovich coming to Christchurch to talk to earthquake insurance claimants

Erin Brockovich will visit Christchurch on April 10 to meet with residents impacted by the 2011 earthquake.<p>International consumer rights advocate …

Neutra’s Clark Residence hits market for $4.25M in Pasadena

The spiffy 1957 modern was restored by Marmol Radziner<p>After seeing Richard Neutra deliver a lecture in 1955, John and DeVee Clark—a musician and a teacher—commissioned the brilliant architect to design a home for them and their two children in Pasadena’s Linda Vista neighborhood. One of two Neutras …

Architecture

China Home Sales Surge 23% in First Two Months, Defying Curbs - Bloomberg

China home sales remained resilient in the first two months of the year, signaling policy makers are struggling to check the booming housing …

Curving House Facade Wrapped Around An Olive Tree

Casa Kwantes is definitely not the type of house that would blend in, especially in a traditional setting which is pretty much how you could describe …

Architecture

Historic Browning House, iconic Tudor Revival in Old Town Tustin, is on the market

The 3,600-square-foot house is set beyond a gated driveway on a half acre in Old Town Tustin. (Photo by Greg Rys)<p>The home has steeply pitched and …

Thinking of Rigging Your Home With Smart Devices? Start Here

<i>Shopping for consumer electronics can be overwhelming. The staff of the The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, product review websites owned by The New York Times Company, do the hard work of narrowing down the options. We spoke with Grant Clauser,</i> <i>smart home</i> <i>editor at The Wirecutter, about how to sort</i> …

Here's a Better Way to Calculate the True Rent vs. Buy Costs

In my last commentary, I wrote about the misleading math behind the rent vs. buy calculation. My main point was that focusing on the direct, total …

Make your home smarter by replacing your light switches with Brilliant Controls

Brilliant Controls replace your existing light switches to add smart home control capabilities to your rooms. The Brilliant Control features a color …

‘Chateau Montagel’ to be sold at auction

<b>NORTH SHELBY</b> – One of Alabama’s largest homes will be sold at auction and could go for less than half of its listed price.<p>It will still cost the …