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Money laundering laws expanding to real estate sector

The real estate industry is gearing up for when it is covered by anti-money laundering laws.<p>The sector comes under the scope of the legislation at …

Real Estate

This Housing Price Spike Is Different

In cities nationwide, home prices are at or above their pre-recession levels. But it’s no bubble.<p>Housing prices are cooking. Across the nation, the price of homes is rising faster than the rate of inflation—in some places by a factor of three. That’s true of high-cost cities such as Seattle and San …

Housing

Newport Beach couple plead not guilty to stealing $5.9 million in real estate fraud scheme

A Newport Beach couple pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony charges stemming from allegations that they stole more than $5.9 million in a real estate fraud scheme and laundered the money to buy a luxury car and invest in a winery.<p>Ronald Cedric Touchard, 59, faces 54 counts of money laundering, …

Corruption

Our 6 Must Reads For Creating and Accelerating Trust on Teams

Over the years, we’ve dug into some complex topics, from technical infrastructure to growth equations. We’ve even covered complexity itself. But …

Leadership

9 Smart Ways to Save Money at Costco Every Time You Shop

Booze, coupons, and the breakeven math for Gold Star Executive memberships.<p>Costco has a staggering 93 million members around the world. They all …

Personal Finance

I'm 28 and I've saved over $240,000 — here's what I've learned about money from tracking my net worth for the past 2 years

They say you learn something about yourself when you keep a journal.<p>If that's true, then I think just graduated to a PhD in Me Studies. Because for the past two years, I've kept a very detailed (and very public) online diary .<p>It's a unique type of diary though. In it, you won't find any juicy …

Personal Finance

Old Greyhound bus converted into gorgeous tiny house on wheels

For most people traveling on a Greyhound bus, the journey usually involves squeezing into cracked polyurethane seating for uncomfortably long periods …

Washing Machines

Why Being Passive Aggressive Is Really Bad For Your Relationship

Passive-aggression might be hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. The dictionary says that being passive-aggressive is “a personality type or behavior marked by the expression of negative emotions in passive, indirect ways, as through manipulation or noncooperation.” It’s hard to …

Anger Management

The Odds in Sherman Oaks Were Definitely in Elizabeth Banks’ Favor

Elizabeth Banks just upgraded her Los Angeles residence in a big way. The <i>Hunger Games</i> and <i>Pitch Perfect</i> actress finally closed on a 6,218-square-foot …

Home listing prices are flat or falling in these 10 cities — has the market reached its peak?

In cities like Tacoma and San Jose, the median home listing price has skyrocketed over the past year as the housing boom rolls on. But in other …

People have stopped paying their mobile-home loans, and it's a warning sign for the economy

The mobile-home market is showing signs of stress.<p>The delinquency rate on mobile-home loans has increased by 200 basis points, or 2 percentage points, over the past year, according to research cited by UBS. The 30-day-plus delinquency level is now about 5%, the highest level since 2005.<p>The increase …

Loans

Mastering the Art of Emotional Customer Experience

Forrester Research predicts that by 2020, 80 percent of the buying process will occur without any direct human-to-human interactions. Continue …

Customer Experience

Google spent years studying effective teams — and one trait stood out

The best companies are made up of great teams . You see, even a company full of A-players won't succeed if those individuals don't have the ability to work well together .<p>That's why not too long ago, Google set out on a quest to figure out what makes a team successful. They code-named the study …

Emotional Intelligence

6 Signs Of An Emotionally Intelligent Team

There are few things that hold a team back more than emotionally unintelligent team members, or what I like to refer to as “social hand grenades.” These are the people who you would send to a party if you wanted the party to end.<p>While decades of research highlights emotional intelligence as a …

Leadership

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson traded to Yankees

First Giancarlo Stanton, now Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson.<p>The New York Yankees acquired Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers for future considerations, the club announced Wednesday.<p>Wilson is expected to be in Major League camp in March and will participate in …

Baseball

Microsoft Regains Tech-Monster Status, Surface Phone Rumors Rage

Not waiting for the new year to set in, leaks of Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Phone have recently come to light. CEO Satya Nadella …

Microsoft's Ultimate Surface Phone Is Doomed To Fail As Windows Phone (MSFT)

The next smartphone you buy could be just as powerful as your home computer. There isn’t a company out there that is more aware of this than …

Learn how to block robocalls on your iPhone, Android and Windows phone

Everyone’s picked up a phone call from an unknown number only to hear “Congratulations! You’ve won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas!” at …

Apps

Solar-powered tiny houses take the spotlight in California competition

Some 20,000 people showed up to tour these designs<p>For over a decade, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition has challenged college students around the world to build the most energy-efficient solar-powered house. The biennial event is impressive for sure (just look at last …

A Data Scientist Has Mapped The Ultimate National Parks Road Trip

Just in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary!<p>We already know the most efficient and sight-packed route to drive to see all the continental states, but what if you only wanted to focus on seeing the most beautiful nature in America? A map for that exists now too.<p>Randy Olson, senior …

Scientists Have Determined The Exact Composition of Your Poo

A whole lot of skin cells and bacteria.<p>The mere mention of a 'faecal transplant' might be something that makes a lot of us squirm, but the truth is …

8 groundbreaking Buckminster Fuller semifinalist designs that are changing the world

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) just announced 19 semi-finalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge - and each one is creating meaningful change …

Google Map's new multistop directions are already my favorite

I'm already in love with a new Google Maps feature that the company announced this week: the ability to add extra stops along your route, and reorder them around.<p>It's simple enough: once you add your starting point and destination, a trip to the menu button and a tap on "add a stop" pops up another …

The sun has ‘gone blank’ for the second time this month. Here’s what that means.

The sun is blank for the second time in less than a month — not a single dark sunspot mars its surface. It’s a sign our star is entering a new period of decreased activity — one that will continue to last for about five years. But, despite the overall decline, history has proven that some of the …

Astronomy

Drought-Hit California Has a Bonanza of Water—Underground

Part of the solution to California’s demand for water in the face of the state’s crippling drought may lie 10,000 feet beneath the surface of the …

7 surprises that shrink your Social Security check

When Social Security payments form the backbone of your monthly budget — as they do for many retirees — it would be nice to accurately anticipate how …

Homeowners can finance energy improvements through new mortgage programs

Want to put solar panels on your roof — owning them outright rather than leasing from some third-party company? A new program that has just hit the market could help make that happen. And because it uses long-term mortgage money, the interest rates are similar to those on a regular home loan — …