Yancy Jean Baptiste

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Where House Flippers Can Get Financing

Until recently, home flippers—investors who buy houses to improve and resell for a quick profit—had few options for financing. Now, traditional lenders and crowdfunding firms are increasingly willing to put up the money.<p>Luxury-home flips can be lucrative, but risky. “With one flip, you could make …

Real Estate

Landscape Architect Visit: The California Life, Outdoor Living Room Included

When it came time to retire, Steven and Dee Dee Kim knew just what they wanted. They would leave their home in Tiburon, California near San …

Landscaping

16 Daily Habits That Will Instantly Make You a Happier Person

Motivation is what gets you started, good habits keep you going<p>If you want to improve your life, and you want to improve it right now!<p>You have to to be to develop good habits.<p>These good habits need to be positive, accumulative and directive.<p>Change rarely comes without extensive effort over time, …

Self-improvement

Demand for U.S. Homes Soars

Redfin Housing Demand Index shows strong December<p>Real estate company Redfin recorded the highest demand for U.S. homes in four years in December, it …

Real Estate

Be Afraid and Do It Anyways: Why Failing is the Key to Success

Getting Over the Fear of Failure Is Crucial To Success<p><b>It Makes You Appreciate The Wins</b><p>There are no great highs without great lows. Failing, even on a small level, truly makes the good and great days taste even sweeter. It also makes you appreciate those around you who support you even during the …

Business Strategy

15 Ways to Boost Your Property's Value

The goal of any property investment is to increase the value; you want it to be worth more than when you bought it. There are low-cost ways to add …

Home Improvement

This 30-something started with $1,000 in savings and now owns 90 rental properties — here's his No. 1 tip for building wealth when you're young

In fact, the former Clemson University football player graduated college in 2003 with just $1,000 in the bank, he said on a recent episode of the Mad Fientist podcast, (thanks to his football scholarship, he carried no student debt).<p>After spending the next year scouting properties for seasoned …

Real Estate

Born in the USA: The best new architecture by American firms

A total of 23 winning projects have been selected from around 700 submissions. The winners are a varied bunch, including low-cost housing, museums, …

Frank Gehry's $1-billion downtown project could finally be a go after a Chinese builder's $290-million investment

For more than a decade, the prospect that another<p>Frank Gehrydevelopment might rise across from the architect’s signatureWalt Disney Concert Hallhas tantalized downtown Los Angeles.<p>Now, the elaborate commercial and residential development designed by Gehry could finally get off the ground after a …

Skyscrapers

Mission Accomplished: A Modern Mosaic Garden in SF, by Monica Viarengo

Italian landscape designer Monica Viarengo thinks constantly about g<i>enius loci</i>, the spirit of place. After a couple with three young girls asked for …

Landscaping