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  • ArchDaily - BIG Returns to the National Building Museum with 'HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation'
    12/20/2014 @ 6:00 AM - On the heels of its summer blockbuster indoor maze , which attracted more than 50,000 visitors, the international design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)  returns to the National Building Museum  this January with a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process. The exhibition,  HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation , takes visitors from the...
  • Realtor.com News - Fed Stays Patient, but Mortgage Rates Already Moving
    12/19/2014 @ 6:23 PM - The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C. Credit: www.futureatlas.com It's been a dramatic week in global economic and financial market news, but the net effect has been good for the U.S. economy. The price of oil fell beneath $60 a barrel and triggered sharp declines in the ruble, the Russian currency. Meanwhile, the stock market reacted negatively...
  • The Atlantic - Mapping the Paths Most Traveled
    12/19/2014 @ 4:46 PM - Garrett Miller/Eric Fischer at Mapbox D.C. is a great city for runners. On my long runs this fall, I'd measure the distance in landmarks: half a mile to Union Station, another half to the Capitol, about 1.5 miles across the National Mall to the base of the Washington Monument, and another half to...
  • The Real Deal - The week in renderings: 204 Forsyth, 87 Wythe
    12/19/2014 @ 3:35 PM - Developer Charles Saulsons new 11-story Lower East Side condominium building and Cayuga Capital Managements 12-story Williamsburg office property are among the latest projects to receive a new batch of renderings in the past week. - Mark Maurer
  • Curbed - SPONSORED POST: Corcoran Open House Roundup
    12/19/2014 @ 2:54 PM - Corcoran.com has an exclusive Open House Planner , perfect for weekends. Below, a roundup of some choice picks. Weekend Sales 69 Eldert St. , 3 Units, 3 Floors, $1.395M [The Corcoran Group] 251 West 19th St. , 2BR, 2.5BA, $2.4M [The Corcoran Group] 393...
  • CP Executive - Live Chat with Kevin Thorpe
    12/19/2014 @ 2:44 PM - Join us on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. (EST) for  CPE 's live Twitter chat with Cassidy Turley's Chief Economist Kevin Thorpe as he discusses 2015 economic forecasts. Thorpe is responsible for overseeing the Research Department in Cassidy Turley's major regional offices as well as focusing on national trends and forecasts in the CRE industry. He...
  • New York Observer - D.C. Area Office Portfolio Transferred to Special Servicing
    12/19/2014 @ 2:02 PM - A securitized loan on a portfolio of Washington metropolitan area office buildings totaling $203 million was moved to special serving this week for reasons labeled 'other,' Mortgage Observer has learned. The portfolio, known as Lafayette Property Trust , makes up 7 percent of the CMBS deal JPMCC 2007-LDPX , which has a current balance of...
  • Curbed - Curbed Features: Bleecker Street's Evolution From Sleepy Suburb to America's Left Bank
    12/19/2014 @ 1:55 PM - James Nevius is the author of three books about New York City, the most recent of which is Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers . [LeRoy Place. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.] Every generation has defined Greenwich Village differently-sleepy suburb, elite residential enclave, America's...
  • Reuters - Surprised U.S. lobbyists push quick 2015 terrorism insurance renewal
    12/19/2014 @ 1:48 PM - WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Lobbyists for insurers, real estate financiers and businesses launched into action this week to urge quick renewal of a terrorism insurance program in 2015 after U.S....
  • EV Grieve - EV Grieve Etc.: Mourning Edition
    12/19/2014 @ 12:02 PM - [ East 7th Street the other day via Derek Berg ] Ideas to #SaveNYC ( Jeremiah's Vanishing New York ) A visit to the Halal Guys on East 14th Street ( The New York Times ) East Village Terroir closing Jan. 31 ( Eater ) A look at Dee Dee Ramone's work at the Hotel Chelsea...
  • Quartz - Will American companies spoil Europes party in Cuba?
    12/19/2014 @ 11:28 AM - Earlier this year, the European Union opened a new round of diplomatic negotiations with Cuba, aiming to strengthen the sometimes testy relationship between Brussels and Havana. Reaction to this potential deal was considerably more muted than the hoopla that accompanied the  US announcement  this week, for good reason. Although the EU, led by Spain, is currently the communist island...
  • Capital - Capital Data-Story Tracker: December 19, 2014
    12/19/2014 @ 11:27 AM - Welcome to Capital Data-Story Tracker, a weekly post highlighting data journalism and research with a New York focus. Mapping the new casinos The state announced its selection of three casino proposals, with one in the Finger Lakes region, one in the Capital Region, and one in the Catskills/Hudson Valley. Capital created an interactive map showing the new casinos...
  • CP Executive - Skanska to Build Boeing Paint Facility in Charleston
    12/19/2014 @ 10:37 AM - By Keith Loria, Contributing Editor Skanska USA is developing an $82 million, 375,000-square-foot decorative paint facility in Charleston, S.C., for aerospace giant Boeing. The facility will be used by Boeing to paint its 787 aircraft, and will include two paint bays, office towers, and mechanical and electrical rooms. The facility will also contain an extensive MEP system...
  • Venture Beat - New open-water streaming Shark Cam turns every day into Shark Week
    12/19/2014 @ 9:16 AM - Want to watch sharks patrolling the deep in real-time without putting on a wet suit? A set of new live cameras installed off North Carolina's Cape Fear makes any week shark week. Part of a network of 75 live-cams installed around the world by Explore.org, the so-called ' Shark Cams ' provide an unfiltered view of the animals'...
  • Realty Biz News - Subject to Deals - Answering Seller's Questions
    12/19/2014 @ 8:54 AM - When you make a subject to existing financing offer to purchase a home, its important to make sure the seller understands how this type of deal works. First, the seller needs to understand that his or her mortgage is going to remain in place but youll be taking over the payments. Youll also be making a monthly payment directly to...
  • Washington Post Real Estate - Virginia open houses Dec. 20-21
    12/19/2014 @ 8:01 AM - Here's a list of open houses taking place Dec. 20-21 in Virginia. We've divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale, click on the link underneath the address, which will take you to the listing. As always, feel free to search a listing of properties for sale in the Washington […]
  • Redfin Blog - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Redfin Arrives in Detroit, Richmond and San Antonio
    12/19/2014 @ 8:00 AM - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Redfin Arrives in Detroit, Richmond and San Antonio Just in time for the holidays, Redfin is bringing its customer-first real estate brokerage to three new markets! People in Detroit , Richmond and San Antonio can now work with their local Redfin agents to...
  • Washington Post Real Estate - D.C. open houses Dec. 20-21
    12/19/2014 @ 7:56 AM - Here's a list of open houses taking place Dec. 20-21 in the District. We've divided the list by quadrants. To learn more about the properties for sale, click on the link underneath the address, which will take you to the listing. As always, feel free to search a listing of properties for sale in the […]
  • Washington Post Real Estate - Maryland open houses Dec. 20-21
    12/19/2014 @ 7:50 AM - Here's a list of open houses taking place Dec. 20-21 in Maryland. We've divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale, click on the link underneath the address, which will take you to the listing. As always, feel free to search a listing of properties for sale in the Washington […]
  • Washington Post Real Estate - House of the Week | Robert Gurney-designed Spring Valley house for $4.99M
    12/19/2014 @ 5:30 AM - Yves Balcer and his family spent two years living in this 1954 house in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest Washington before he came to the conclusion it needed to be updated. After discussing the project with several architects, he initially planned to tear it down and build an entirely new house. The economic downturn […]
  • Capital - Capital Playbook: Mayor dines with Bill Clinton in Harlem
    12/19/2014 @ 2:44 AM - Welcome to Capital Playbook! Sign up for our newsletters here. DE BLASIO interview with Daily News' Juan Gonzalez: 'He vowed to soon visit the stables where the city's carriage horses are kept to check out the conditions and talk to the drivers, but he said his commitment to banning the industry is unwavering.' http://goo.gl/TkYDq8 ...
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  • Calculated Risk - Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 401 Institutions
    12/20/2014 @ 8:07 AM - This is an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources. Here is the unofficial problem bank list for Dec 19, 2014. Changes and comments from surferdude808: The OCC released an update on its latest enforcement action activity that contributed to many changes to the Unofficial Problem Bank List...
  • Hot Property - LA Times - Matt Damon sells Miami Beach home for $15.4 million
    12/20/2014 @ 7:00 AM - Academy Award-winning actor Matt Damon has sold his waterfront home in Miami Beach, Fla.
  • AOL Real Estate - Rare Chance to Own 40 Acres in Florida Keys: Asking $19 Million
    12/20/2014 @ 1:25 AM - Filed under: Buying , Selling , Inside Look Sotheby's International Realty The undeveloped Parmelee estate property covers 40 acres. The parcel could be subdivided or become a mega-estate. Celebrities, real estate developers and privacy-seekers who want their own island have the rare opportunity to own 40 acres in the...
  • New York Observer - Residential Building at 425 West 205th Street Sells for $12.6M
    12/19/2014 @ 5:02 PM - 425 West 205th Street A residential building at 425 West 205th Street has been bought by a family office with a strong presence in Upper Manhattan for $12.6 million, Commercial Observer has learned According to Peter Von Der Ahe , one of the exclusive agents on this deal, the 72-unit, 77,967-square-foot...
  • Realtor.com News - Matt Damon Sells in Miami Beach
    12/19/2014 @ 4:40 PM - Actor Matt Damon has sold his roughly 12,700-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in Miami Beach to mortgage company CEO Patrick Markert, according to public records and listing agents Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg. It was listed for $18.999 million, down from $20 million in 2013 . The 1-acre property includes a main home, a guesthouse and a pool house with...
  • The Real Deal - South Florida homes valued at $717B total: study
    12/19/2014 @ 3:06 PM - South Florida homes valued at $717B. From the South Florida website: The total value of homes in the South Florida market topped $717 billion in November. Thats up close to 10 percent from the same period a year ago. The gain in November far outpaced the 6.7 percent increase in the total value of...
  • Sotheby's International Realty - Significant Sales Volume 9 2014
    12/19/2014 @ 3:01 PM - The latest issue of  Significant Sales  features top sales from around the world including a masterpiece 'House-On-Hill' in California. Also featured is a private seaside cottage compound in Massachusetts, a historic ranch in Wyoming and over twenty more significant properties. $22,800,000 USD | California, USA | Today Sotheby's International Realty California-  The...
  • Calculated Risk - Lawler Update: Read on November Existing Home Sales, Distressed Sales and Cash buyers for Selected Cities
    12/19/2014 @ 2:54 PM - CR Note: The consensus is that on Monday, the NAR will report 5.20 million existing home sales for November, on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis (SAAR). Housing economist Tom Lawler isn't always correct, but usually he is much closer than the consensus - so I expect a consensus miss on Monday. From Tom Lawler: "Based on...
  • Realtor.com News - Closer to Cuba? 7 Cool Homes in Key West
    12/19/2014 @ 2:21 PM - With the news of diplomatic relations being renewed with Cuba, plenty of Americans are wondering when they can make a trip to our long-isolated southern neighbors. If proximity counts for anything, the residents of Key West, FL , might be some of the initial beneficiaries of the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. Just 90 miles from the shores...
  • Realtor.com News - Home Heating Oil Is Now Cheap, but Natural Gas Is Even Cheaper
    12/19/2014 @ 1:53 PM - Even though prices are way down, oil can't catch a break from homeowners who remain willing to spend thousands of dollars converting their heating systems to natural gas. Heating oil has been losing market share to natural gas, electricity and other heat sources for years. Only 6% of U.S. homes used oil heat in 2012, government data show. But...
  • Zillow - How Much Home Can You Get for $400,000?
    12/19/2014 @ 1:35 PM - Although $400,000 falls below the median home value in some places (Boston, Miami and San Diego), its more than twice the national median of $177,600, according to the Zillow Home Value Index . That means $400,000 will get you better-than-average digs in many areas. Heres a sampling of whats possible based on current listings. Columbus, OH ...
  • Multi-Housing News - TODAYS DEALS: Equus Sells Florida Apartments to Bluerock for $14.3M
    12/19/2014 @ 1:22 PM - Deland, Fla.-Equus Capital Partners Ltd. has sold a 224-unit apartment community to Bluerock Partners for $14.3 million. The community, known as Madison Carrington Place, is located 30 miles north of Orlando in the city of Deland, Fla. At the time of sale the asset was 94 percent leased. Investor demand for this well-maintained and professionally-managed community proved strong as...
  • NYT Real Estate - Big Deal: New York City Prices in Miami
    12/19/2014 @ 12:53 PM - Developers, and subsequently buyers, try to turn Miami into New York's sixth borough.
  • Sotheby's International Realty - Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in December 2014
    12/19/2014 @ 12:01 PM - Highlights from this week's top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home. $65,000,000 USD| Aspen, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sothebys International Realty In a survey conducted earlier this year, 64% of wealthy Americans said they were likely to buy a legacy home to keep in the family, according...
  • Zillow - UPDATE: Matt Damon Finds Buyer for His Miami Home
    12/19/2014 @ 11:37 AM - Source: IMDb UPDATE:  Real estate agent Jill Hertzberg said this home, which had been on the market since April 2013, has sold. ORIGINAL POST 11/19/2013: The Miami area has consistently been home to a number of A-listers, ranging from Rosie ODonnell and Billy Joel to Cher and Ricky Martin. However,...
  • Quartz - Will American companies spoil Europes party in Cuba?
    12/19/2014 @ 11:28 AM - Earlier this year, the European Union opened a new round of diplomatic negotiations with Cuba, aiming to strengthen the sometimes testy relationship between Brussels and Havana. Reaction to this potential deal was considerably more muted than the hoopla that accompanied the  US announcement  this week, for good reason. Although the EU, led by Spain, is currently the communist island...
  • CP Executive - Skanska to Build Boeing Paint Facility in Charleston
    12/19/2014 @ 10:37 AM - By Keith Loria, Contributing Editor Skanska USA is developing an $82 million, 375,000-square-foot decorative paint facility in Charleston, S.C., for aerospace giant Boeing. The facility will be used by Boeing to paint its 787 aircraft, and will include two paint bays, office towers, and mechanical and electrical rooms. The facility will also contain an extensive MEP system...
  • ArchDaily - 32 'Discarded' Guggenheim Proposals You Should Know About
    12/19/2014 @ 9:30 AM - The search for a design for Helsinki's new Guggenheim Museum  is well under way. Over a thousand entrants submitted anonymous proposals for the harbor-side museum, and though six finalists have now been chosen, the incredible wealth of talent and effort present in the submissions is hard to ignore. We celebrate that talent here, showcasing 32 great designs-that-could-have-been for the...
  • Curbed - Linkage: Gershwin Hotel Renovation Update; Adrien Brody House Hunts
    12/19/2014 @ 9:27 AM - Photo by Maurizio Cavallucci/Curbed Flickr pool ] · The Journal thinks 670 sq. ft. is 'tiny' for an apartment [WSJ] · New building for 79 Clay Street is not the prettiest [NYY] · New Flushing building is 'something out of Miami Vice' [Q'Stoner] · ...
  • Blue Matter - Artful Living: 7 Real Estate Masterpieces
    12/19/2014 @ 9:01 AM - Most art enthusiasts look to find a piece of art to add to their home. But, as real estate enthusiasts, we see it slightly differently. At Coldwell Banker, wed look to find the perfect home for a piece of art. So, weve paired 7 pieces featured at Art Basel Miami with Coldwell Banker homes across the...
  • Realty Biz News - All Bets on Boomers as Millenials Struggle to Buy
    12/18/2014 @ 10:25 PM - While younger people increasingly delay home ownership, baby boomers are stepping in to fill the void. For new-home builders, everybodys best-selling projects are those catering to elder buyers,” John Burns, a housing consultant, told Bloomberg News. Its really going to happen all across the country.” New single-family home sales are expected to surge...
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  • ArchDaily - House Pegasus / Frédéric Saint-Cricq
    12/20/2014 @ 1:00 PM - Architects: Frédéric Saint-Cricq Location: Toulouse , France Area: 150.0 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Patrice Menconi From...
  • The Atlantic - Confronting Climate Change in an Alaskan Village: Best #Cityreads of the Week
    12/20/2014 @ 12:08 PM - An abandoned house at the west end of Shishmaref, Alaska, sits on the beach after sliding off during a fall storm in 2005. (AP Photo/Diana Haecker) Tweet us your favorites with #cityreads. " Climate Change Takes a Village ," Kate Sheppard, The Huffington Post It's...
  • The Real Deal - Peek inside Faye Dunaway's duplex
    12/20/2014 @ 9:22 AM - From LLNYC:   For the last 15 years, Oscar winning 'Bonnie and Clyde' actress Faye Dunaway has occupied a West Hollywood duplex. Now that home is on the market for $1.55 million. Here is a looking inside the four bed, three bath, via Elle Decor.  [more]
  • AOL Real Estate - Seth Rogen Buys Ranch Escape in Hollywood Hills
    12/20/2014 @ 9:18 AM - Filed under: Buying , Celebrity Homes , Selling Associated Press Seth Rogen, right, has purchased a Hollywood retreat for $8 million in the midst of an international controversy. Who could blame "The Interview" actor/co-writer Seth Rogen for wanting to get away from it all? Rogen just bought a 10-acre ranch in...
  • Hot Property - LA Times - John Legend sells his laid-back home in Hollywood Hills
    12/20/2014 @ 9:00 AM - Singer-songwriter John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, have sold their Hollywood Hills home for $2 million.
  • Realty Biz News - Mallorca fincas: A Europe investment focus
    12/20/2014 @ 8:37 AM - News Hollywood actor Michael Douglas Mallorca finca (country estate) may demand as much as €50 million euro at an upcoming Sothebys auction, it speaks of at least one bull Mediterranean market. Spains Balearic Islands deserve a closer look for the coming New Year. Puerto Portals in Mallorca © Piroska Hildebrandt Fincas (estates)...
  • Calculated Risk - Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 401 Institutions
    12/20/2014 @ 8:07 AM - This is an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources. Here is the unofficial problem bank list for Dec 19, 2014. Changes and comments from surferdude808: The OCC released an update on its latest enforcement action activity that contributed to many changes to the Unofficial Problem Bank List...
  • Remodelista - Current Obsessions: Holiday Countdown
    12/20/2014 @ 5:00 AM - We're in full festive mode. Take a look at what's on our radar right now. Above: Proof that a bit of greenery can bring just the right amount of holiday spirit . Photograph by Melissa Oholendt . An...
  • Hot Property - LA Times - Minnie Driver pulls up stakes in Hollywood Hills
    12/20/2014 @ 5:00 AM - Minnie Driver, who starred in the TV miniseries 'The Red Tent,' has pulled up stakes, selling her Hollywood Hills home for $1.5 million.
  • ArchDaily - On the Shores of Lake Snagov / DOOI Studio
    12/20/2014 @ 2:01 AM - Architects: DOOI Studio Location: Snagov 077165, Romania Design Team: Danel Ciocazanu , Adrian Timaru , Adrian Comarzan Area: 2600.0 ft2 Year: 2014 Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir ...
  • Realtor.com News - Behind the Sale: How Minecraft Creator Beat Out Jay-Z
    12/19/2014 @ 9:15 PM - The story of how the man who created Minecraft aced out Jay-Z and Beyonce for an ultra-luxe Beverly Hills, CA mansion makes for great headlines and easy jokes about a nerd vanquishing the glitterati. Its also pretty easy to list off the amazing amenities packed into the 23,000-square-foot SoCal home-the candy...
  • SFGate - Price Point: $1.25 million in Moss Beach
    12/19/2014 @ 8:04 PM - Stained hardwood frames the windows, accents the walls, decorates the ceilings and lines the floors of this home erected in 1978.A covered wooden patio looks out at the water and cypress trees, and walls of floor-to-ceiling windows create the same effect in the sunken living room.Parquet flooring and floor-to-ceiling built-ins lend charm and practicality to the office.The home includes multiple...
  • SFGate - Just Approved: Unpaid maternity leave complicates family's shot at buying a home
    12/19/2014 @ 8:04 PM - Unpaid maternity leave complicates family's shot at buying a homeMortgage adviser:Single-family home in Sheffield Village, Oakland.Purchase price: $653,000.First loan amount: $450,000.The couple had a sizable down payment thanks to savings and agift from the client's father.Before beginning their home search, the client approached her employer's credit union to begin the home finance process and obtain a preapproval letter.Because of the...
  • Inman News - Real estate's fear doctors
    12/19/2014 @ 6:50 PM - Andrea Quyn, an agent at Roseville, California-based Suncal Real Estate Group, recently wondered aloud to her real estate coach why she has trouble acquiring listings. The reason was her 'fear of the unknown,' explained her coach, Julie Harris, who runs ...
  • Zillow - Faith Hill, Tim McGraw Relist Tennessee Estate for $18.5M
    12/19/2014 @ 6:40 PM - Photo: Wikimedia Commons Country-music superstar couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw can finally just breathe a bit. Theyve sold a sliver of the 753-acre estate outside Nashville that they put on the market last year for $20 million, and are relisting the remaining 623 acres as two separate parcels for a total of $18.5 million....
  • The Real Deal - Coldwell Banker dumps Bellmarc
    12/19/2014 @ 5:29 PM - From left: Bellmarc CEO Neil Binder and Coldwell Banker CEO Budge Huskey UPDATED, Dec. 19, 6:11 p.m.:  National brokerage Coldwell Banker terminated its franchise agreement with the embattled Bellmarc Group today amid claims that the Manhattan firm failed to pay thousands of dollars in fees, both companies told  The Real Deal . Bellmarc and the San Francisco-based...
  • Zillow - Minecraft Creator Outbids Beyoncé and Jay Z for $70M Mansion
    12/19/2014 @ 4:54 PM - Weeks after reports circulated about Beyoncé and Jay Z obviously winning ” a bidding war for a 22,300-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion, theyve been bested by Swedish billionaire Markus Notch” Persson. He bid $70 million, same as they reportedly did, but his bid was cash and without contingencies. The sale, which closed in just six days, is the most ever paid...
  • The Real Deal - Minecraft creator picks up $70M Los Angeles mansion
    12/19/2014 @ 4:46 PM - Markus Perssons Beverly Hills, Calif., spec house (via Curbed) (inset: Markus Persson) Markus Persson, Swedish developer of the video game Minecraft, didn't buy a block - just the biggest house on it. Persson, whose game involves building blocks, paid $70 million for a 23,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The spec home hit the market...
  • San Jose Mercury News - Who sold what, published Dec. 20, 2014
    12/19/2014 @ 4:42 PM - Residential transactions in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, published Dec. 20, 2014.
  • Realtor.com News - Matt Damon Sells in Miami Beach
    12/19/2014 @ 4:40 PM - Actor Matt Damon has sold his roughly 12,700-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in Miami Beach to mortgage company CEO Patrick Markert, according to public records and listing agents Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg. It was listed for $18.999 million, down from $20 million in 2013 . The 1-acre property includes a main home, a guesthouse and a pool house with...
  • Hot Property - LA Times - Peter Billingsley stars in pre-Christmas home sale story
    12/19/2014 @ 4:24 PM - Just in time for Christmas, Peter Billingsley of 'A Christmas Story' fame has sold his Hollywood Hills home for $1.375 million.
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  • ArchDaily - BAG Transforms Wooden Pallets into Temporary Space Observatory
    12/20/2014 @ 6:00 PM - Rome-based firm Beyond Architecture Group (BAG)  has designed 'experimental furniture' – dubbed Looking (C)up – for the Frammenti Music Festival at the Archaeological Park in Tusculum, Italy . The firm, known for building houses with bales of straw, chose to craft an astronomical observatory with wooden pallets. ...
  • designboom - hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
    12/20/2014 @ 3:00 PM - the timber christmas tree for 2014 exemplifies a charitable architecture for the community that will be dismantled and donated to families in need in january. The post hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
  • Curbed - Linkage: Permits Filed in East Harlem; Guide to Miracle on 34th Street
    12/20/2014 @ 2:35 PM - [Via Curtis Gibbs/Curbed Photo Pool ] · Permits filed for nine-story building in East Harlem [YIMBY] · The history of The Commodore hotel [ENY] · There's a selfie kiosk at 1 WTC [6sqft · The Fung Wah bus will probably be returning...
  • The Real Deal - Greek islands are increasingly up for grabs
    12/20/2014 @ 2:00 PM - Skorpios From Luxury Listings NYC:   Traditionally, the islands of Greece have been passed down from one generation to the next. But Greece's private-island property market is taking off thanks to growing interest from foreign investors, a drop in prices and changes to Greek tax laws, according to the Wall Street Journal.  [more]
  • Venture Beat - Qunar or Alitrip: Which will be China's travel Taobao?
    12/20/2014 @ 1:31 PM - In yet another expansion into new markets, Alibaba launched Alitrip , or Qua (??) in Chinese, in late October. Like the e-commerce giants other marketplaces, Alitrip is a platform for travel agencies big and small to set up online storefronts. Vendors on Alitrip have the same resources as Taobao and Tmall retailers, such as Alipay payment options and Alibabas...
  • Web Urbanist - Iceberg Homes: London Boroughs Curb Luxury 'Super-Basements'
    12/20/2014 @ 1:01 PM - [ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential . ] It is increasingly common to find London properties that have more subterranean interior space than above-ground square footage, a byproduct of the wealthy desiring to build additions without tripping over surface-oriented building codes. New...
  • ArchDaily - House Pegasus / Frédéric Saint-Cricq
    12/20/2014 @ 1:00 PM - Architects: Frédéric Saint-Cricq Location: Toulouse , France Area: 150.0 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Patrice Menconi From...
  • BBC - VIDEO: Estate kept as affordable housing
    12/20/2014 @ 12:49 PM - People living on an estate in Hoxton, east London, have said they are overjoyed its future for them has been saved.
  • The Atlantic - Confronting Climate Change in an Alaskan Village: Best #Cityreads of the Week
    12/20/2014 @ 12:08 PM - An abandoned house at the west end of Shishmaref, Alaska, sits on the beach after sliding off during a fall storm in 2005. (AP Photo/Diana Haecker) Tweet us your favorites with #cityreads. " Climate Change Takes a Village ," Kate Sheppard, The Huffington Post It's...
  • The Real Deal - These 7 cities are the new 'Urban Wonders' of the world
    12/20/2014 @ 12:00 PM - A global campaign to name various new Seven Wonders of the World has announced the results of its Cities competition. The New7Wonders project was created by Bernard Weber in order to highlight some of the greatest natural and man-made wonders of the world not covered in the original list. The Cities project is the third of Webers...
  • Quartz - The US is going to get a new, capitalist Cuba-and it might not like it
    12/20/2014 @ 10:55 AM - Cuba is already far from being the place it used to be. The once proudly tattered mansions of central Havana sport fresh paint jobs and modern fittings. Those magnificent old American gas guzzlers not reduced to rust or scrap have largely been turned into tourist limos . Air-conditioned buses speed travelers across the island, there are hotels that are neither exorbitant nor terrible,...
  • ArchDaily - Video: Wilkinson Eyre on Architectural Practice Today
    12/20/2014 @ 9:30 AM - What does the practice of architecture mean for professionals in the age of computing? How can architecture move beyond form to demonstrate a building's inner workings? These are just a couple of the questions answered by two of the UK 's leading architects, Chris Wilkinson  and Jim Eyre in this video from Crane.tv . Discussing their work...
  • AOL Real Estate - Seth Rogen Buys Ranch Escape in Hollywood Hills
    12/20/2014 @ 9:18 AM - Filed under: Buying , Celebrity Homes , Selling Associated Press Seth Rogen, right, has purchased a Hollywood retreat for $8 million in the midst of an international controversy. Who could blame "The Interview" actor/co-writer Seth Rogen for wanting to get away from it all? Rogen just bought a 10-acre ranch in...
  • ArchDaily - Casa no Restelo / Antonio Costa Lima Arquitectos
    12/20/2014 @ 9:01 AM - Architects: Antonio Costa Lima Arquitectos Location: Restelo, 1400-069 Lisbon , Portugal Design Team: Tiago Meireles, Rita Lino Area: 200.0 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG ...
  • Forbes - 10 Hot Markets To Watch In 2015
    12/20/2014 @ 9:00 AM - With the final days of 2014 approaching, it's time to start thinking about the new year. You could be like me and resolve to experience lots of new things, like taking improv classes, getting a pet, and visiting Australia ... or you could be looking to make a big life [...]
  • Quartz - What BMWs China sales really say about the countrys slowing economy
    12/20/2014 @ 8:07 AM - Targets are great motivational tools-to both deceive as well as achieve. In China, the governments promotion system sees local officials overstate their provincial outputs to the tune of  a few trillion yuan , for example. Its not just Communist Party cadres with a knack for embellishment, though. Bloomberg just busted Wal-Mart China for rampant accounting and inventory shenanigans dating back to 2009. And now its...
  • The Epoch Times - Full-Floor Residences Only: Upper East Sides the Charles Sets Luxury Development Trend
    12/20/2014 @ 6:27 AM - NEW YORK-Gracious four-bedroom, four-bathroom residences with opulent living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, exquisite finishes and hardware, and panoramic city views are among the hallmarks of elegance at The Charles-a new condominium on the Upper East Side. But the defining feature of 32-story building is its composition: it is entirely full floor and multi-floor residences, something unheard of before The Charles....
  • ArchDaily - BIG Returns to the National Building Museum with 'HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation'
    12/20/2014 @ 6:00 AM - On the heels of its summer blockbuster indoor maze , which attracted more than 50,000 visitors, the international design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)  returns to the National Building Museum  this January with a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process. The exhibition,  HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation , takes visitors from the...
  • designboom - AS architecture-studio composes auditorium for paris maison de la radio
    12/20/2014 @ 5:15 AM - the transformation project involves the construction of a 1461-seat auditorium, which provides the city with an internationally recognized symphony hall. The post AS architecture-studio composes auditorium for paris maison de la radio appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine .
  • ArchDaily - Nelson Mandela School / AR+TE Architectes
    12/20/2014 @ 5:00 AM - Architects: AR+TE Architectes Location: Vigneux-sur-Seine, France Area: 3550.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Carlos Barba, Courtesy of AR+TE Architectes , Christophe Morisseau Architect Contractor:...
  • Remodelista - Current Obsessions: Holiday Countdown
    12/20/2014 @ 5:00 AM - We're in full festive mode. Take a look at what's on our radar right now. Above: Proof that a bit of greenery can bring just the right amount of holiday spirit . Photograph by Melissa Oholendt . An...
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Popular Stories

  • The Real Deal - Peek inside Faye Dunaway's duplex
    12/20/2014 @ 9:22 AM - From LLNYC:   For the last 15 years, Oscar winning 'Bonnie and Clyde' actress Faye Dunaway has occupied a West Hollywood duplex. Now that home is on the market for $1.55 million. Here is a looking inside the four bed, three bath, via Elle Decor.  [more]

    Tagged in:    California   Celebrity

  • Daily Finance - The 4 Easiest Ways to Budget: Which Helps You Most?
    12/20/2014 @ 1:00 AM - Filed under: Budgeting Alamy Budgeting strikes fear (or annoyance, or disgust) into the hearts of many people, because we tend to see budgeting as something that is tedious, is complicated and keeps us from having any form. But budgeting doesn't have to be a dirty word. Here are four ways to make...

    Tagged in:    Mortgages / Markets   Tips and Tricks

  • Hot Property - LA Times - John Legend sells his laid-back home in Hollywood Hills
    12/20/2014 @ 9:00 AM - Singer-songwriter John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, have sold their Hollywood Hills home for $2 million.

    Tagged in:    California   Celebrity

  • BBC - VIDEO: Estate kept as affordable housing
    12/20/2014 @ 12:49 PM - People living on an estate in Hoxton, east London, have said they are overjoyed its future for them has been saved.

    Tagged in:    International

  • Hot Property - LA Times - Minnie Driver pulls up stakes in Hollywood Hills
    12/20/2014 @ 5:00 AM - Minnie Driver, who starred in the TV miniseries 'The Red Tent,' has pulled up stakes, selling her Hollywood Hills home for $1.5 million.

    Tagged in:    California   Celebrity

  • Curbed - It Happened One Weekend: The Pan Am Building Fight; Buying a Gramercy Fixer-Upper
    12/20/2014 @ 12:35 PM - Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section... 1) History Lessons : wherein we explore our city's past, from Bronx to Battery. This week, Christopher Gray takes us back to the early 1960s kerfuffle over the construction...

    Tagged in:    New York

  • ArchDaily - Could Smart Cities Slowly Destroy Democracy?
    12/20/2014 @ 2:00 PM - Has the concept of the smart city  ”crystallised into an image of the city as a vast, efficient robot?” In the age of the Internet of Things,” where does the citizen fit in? In this article from The Guardian, journalist Steven Poole takes a critical stance against the purported utopian ideals of smart cities . Poole delves into...
  • Curbed - Open House Weekend Warriors: Weekend Open House Tour: Prospect Heights
    12/20/2014 @ 10:35 AM - This weekend on the Open House Tour, we're checking out the market in Prospect Heights . There are a couple of nice townhouses, including one at 268 Prospect Place and 398 Sterling Place, plus a few more affordable co-op apartments in the area, such as a one-bedroom on Butler Place asking $410,000. ...

    Tagged in:    New York

  • Houzz - How to Make a Festive Paper-Cut Ornament (15 photos)
    12/20/2014 @ 7:00 AM - Create your own tree decoration this year with a design cut out of paper and tucked inside a clear glass ball. You could personalize it with a word, name or phrase, go simple or choose a more intricate design like the one below. This decoration is made with white paper, but it could equally be in another...

    Tagged in:    Tips and Tricks

  • AOL Real Estate - Seth Rogen Buys Ranch Escape in Hollywood Hills
    12/20/2014 @ 9:18 AM - Filed under: Buying , Celebrity Homes , Selling Associated Press Seth Rogen, right, has purchased a Hollywood retreat for $8 million in the midst of an international controversy. Who could blame "The Interview" actor/co-writer Seth Rogen for wanting to get away from it all? Rogen just bought a 10-acre ranch in...

    Tagged in:    California   Celebrity   International

  • Real Trends - REAL Trends Tech Touch: Online House Shopping is Addictive
    12/19/2014 @ 5:32 PM - December 16, 2014 Welcome to the REAL Trends TechTouch , your weekly source for technology and marketing information just for real estate professionals. ...

    Tagged in:    Brokerage Tidbits   Mortgages / Markets   Tips and Tricks

  • CP Executive - Skanska to Build Boeing Paint Facility in Charleston
    12/19/2014 @ 10:37 AM - By Keith Loria, Contributing Editor Skanska USA is developing an $82 million, 375,000-square-foot decorative paint facility in Charleston, S.C., for aerospace giant Boeing. The facility will be used by Boeing to paint its 787 aircraft, and will include two paint bays, office towers, and mechanical and electrical rooms. The facility will also contain an extensive MEP system...

    Tagged in:    DC Metro   Florida

  • Curbed - CurbedWire: 515 East 72nd's PH Sells for $19M; The Bergen Trades Hands
    12/19/2014 @ 6:00 PM - UPPER EAST SIDE— The 5,419-square-foot penthouse of the formerly-troubled 515 East 72nd Street has sold for $19 million , $500,000 over its ask. The 5,419-square-foot pad has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, and two large terraces. The 329-apartment building identifies itself as a spa-condo, touting amenities like a 6,000-square-foot full-service spa , a glass-enclosed...

    Tagged in:    Brokerage Tidbits   New York

  • ArchDaily - OMA Tops Out on Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec
    12/19/2014 @ 4:00 PM - Architects: OMA Location: Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham, 835 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC G1R 5H8, Canada Architect In Charge: Shohei Shigematsu Year: 2016 Photographs: MNBAQ, Idra Labrie, OMA / Luxigon, Provencher-Roy, OMA ...

    Tagged in:    International   New York

  • EV Grieve - Make millions on the East 7th Street townhouse
    12/19/2014 @ 5:06 AM - The circa-1860s townhouse at 189 E. 7th St., on one of our favorite blocks here between Avenue B and Avenue C, returns to the market. RE/MAX Midtown has the listing, though you need to register on their site to browse the properties. So here's the thumbnail description via Streeteasy : This townhouse is the lowest price...

    Tagged in:    Brokerage Tidbits   New York

  • Times Union - Pricing game is a tough sell
    12/19/2014 @ 2:05 AM - New York Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low." A growing number of retailers are using software that changes online prices based on demand, competition, inventory and other factors. The main goal is to...

    Tagged in:    New York

  • RE Journals - ElmTree Net Lease Fund II buys key investment properties in Indiana, Minnesota
    12/19/2014 @ 5:17 AM - St. Louis-based ElmTree Net Lease Fund II recently purchased five single-tenant net lease investment properties including one in Minnesota and another in Indiana totaling $105.2 million. All properties are currently occupied under, or have commitments for, 10- to 15-year lease agreements. Among the acquisitions were three build-to-suit properties, including a 306,406-square-foot, build-to-suit industrial facility in Lafayette, Ind....
  • CT Homes - 10 Ways To Improve Your Real Estate Career In 2015
    12/19/2014 @ 11:00 AM - Want to take your real estate career to the next level in 2015? Whether you are a San Diego real estate agent, real estate assistant in New Haven, CT, home staging expert, investor, California mortgage broker, or offshore freelancer providing support services to U.S. real estate companies, the following 10 tips will keep you growing in the right direction:...

    Tagged in:    California   Mortgages / Markets   Tips and Tricks

  • Inman News - Urban Compass founders discuss how to build next-generation brokerage at Connect NYC 2015
    12/19/2014 @ 6:00 AM - Since opening its doors less than two years ago, real estate startup Urban Compass has grown to become the ninth-largest brokerage by dollar volume in New York City, boasting just under $495 million in listings as of November 2014, according ...

    Tagged in:    Brokerage Tidbits   New York   Tips and Tricks

  • Gant Daily - A Star Wars-themed light show and other people who take Christmas to a new level
    12/19/2014 @ 12:00 PM - A California music teachers insanely elaborate Star Wars” themed Christmas lights show is dazzling the Internet with its light sabers and some 100,000 lights choreographed to songs from the movies. Tom BetGeorge, whose display was featured on a recent episode of ABCs The Great Christmas Light Fight,” even made massive instruments that play real notes, according to his...

    Tagged in:    California   International   New York   Tips and Tricks

Celebrity Real Estate

  • Bigger Pockets - How I Saved $20,000 in 2014 and Used it to Invest in Lifestyle Design
    12/20/2014 @ 2:01 PM - I'm 24 years old, and I'll admit that I'm a little immature. I was a Frat Bro and Captain of the Rugby Team in college, and honestly, I probably haven't changed all that much in a year and a half. I have an expensive social life, and in the last 3 months, Ive spent thousands of dollars on things like ski...
  • ArchDaily - House Pegasus / Frédéric Saint-Cricq
    12/20/2014 @ 1:00 PM - Architects: Frédéric Saint-Cricq Location: Toulouse , France Area: 150.0 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Patrice Menconi From...
  • ArchDaily - Artist Uses Gehry's Concert Hall as Canvas in LA Philharmonic Concert Series
    12/20/2014 @ 12:01 PM - The first week of December marked the beginning of the LA  Philharmonic's in/SIGHT concert series. The multimedia series will incorporate video images playing in sync with the performance, creating an immersive new way to experience the music for concert-goers. The first of these performances was the collaborative work of conductor Esa-pekka Salonen and artist Refik...
  • Curbed - Week in Review: Tipping Your Building Staff; The History of Bleecker Street
    12/20/2014 @ 9:35 AM - No One Wants This $7M Fraudster-Owned Gramercy Park Pad , Meredith Vieira Buys El Dorado Penthouse Listed for $8.55M , What $3,000/Month Can Rent You in New York City , All-White West Village Loft Has a Shower You'll Frequent , How Much to Give Your Building Staff: The Annual Guide , How Much to Give...
  • The Real Deal - Peek inside Faye Dunaway's duplex
    12/20/2014 @ 9:22 AM - From LLNYC:   For the last 15 years, Oscar winning 'Bonnie and Clyde' actress Faye Dunaway has occupied a West Hollywood duplex. Now that home is on the market for $1.55 million. Here is a looking inside the four bed, three bath, via Elle Decor.  [more]
  • AOL Real Estate - Seth Rogen Buys Ranch Escape in Hollywood Hills
    12/20/2014 @ 9:18 AM - Filed under: Buying , Celebrity Homes , Selling Associated Press Seth Rogen, right, has purchased a Hollywood retreat for $8 million in the midst of an international controversy. Who could blame "The Interview" actor/co-writer Seth Rogen for wanting to get away from it all? Rogen just bought a 10-acre ranch in...
  • Hot Property - LA Times - John Legend sells his laid-back home in Hollywood Hills
    12/20/2014 @ 9:00 AM - Singer-songwriter John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, have sold their Hollywood Hills home for $2 million.
  More Celebrity Real Estate News

Brokerage Tidbits

  • The Real Deal - From the archives: Zell on avoiding 'la-la' land
    12/20/2014 @ 1:00 PM - Sam Zell Sam Zell is the chairman of Equity Group Investments, the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. EGI's investment portfolio spans multiple continents and industries, including real estate, hospitality, energy, transportation, media and health care. The Real Deal's Avihu Kadosh caught up with him in our July 2010 issue. Click...
  • Calculated Risk - Schedule for Week of December 21st
    12/20/2014 @ 12:20 PM - The key reports this week are November Existing Home Sales on Monday, November Personal Income and Outlays on Tuesday, November New Home Sales on Tuesday, and the third estimate of Q3 GDP also on Tuesday. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All! ----- Monday, December 22nd ----- 8:30 AM ET: Chicago Fed National...
  • The Real Deal - Douglas Elliman makes Aspen push
    12/20/2014 @ 11:01 AM - Aspen and Howard Lorber (inset) Douglas Elliman is getting ready to hit the slopes, with the acquisition of one of Aspen's major realty firms. In a deal announced late Thursday, Douglas Elliman acquired Joshua & Co., led by longtime broker Joshua Saslove, according to the Aspen Times. 'It's definitely going to change...
  • Realty Biz News - Mallorca fincas: A Europe investment focus
    12/20/2014 @ 8:37 AM - News Hollywood actor Michael Douglas Mallorca finca (country estate) may demand as much as €50 million euro at an upcoming Sothebys auction, it speaks of at least one bull Mediterranean market. Spains Balearic Islands deserve a closer look for the coming New Year. Puerto Portals in Mallorca © Piroska Hildebrandt Fincas (estates)...
  • ArchDaily - Interior Renders of Robert AM Stern's 520 Park Avenue, NYC's Most Expensive Apartment Building
    12/20/2014 @ 8:01 AM - This news article was originally published by 6sqft . Robert A.M. Stern 's  520 Park Avenue  has already been called 'the next  15 Central Park West ,' and like its Stern predecessor, 520 is an ultra-luxury development with a stately façade wrapped in stone. Set to be completed in 2016, it will rise 51 stories high,...
  • The Epoch Times - Full-Floor Residences Only: Upper East Sides the Charles Sets Luxury Development Trend
    12/20/2014 @ 6:27 AM - NEW YORK-Gracious four-bedroom, four-bathroom residences with opulent living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, exquisite finishes and hardware, and panoramic city views are among the hallmarks of elegance at The Charles-a new condominium on the Upper East Side. But the defining feature of 32-story building is its composition: it is entirely full floor and multi-floor residences, something unheard of before The Charles....
  • Frugal Rules - Does A Candy Bar Make You Work Harder?
    12/20/2014 @ 6:01 AM - Some stories are so outlandish it seems impossible for them to be true. Theyre the kind that make you want to wince, laugh, cry or a combination of all three. This is one of those stories. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting there, on the phone, in my former day job as a...
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Mortgage and Markets

  • The Real Deal - Tips for keeping closing costs low
    12/20/2014 @ 4:00 PM - From Luxury Listing NYC:  Standing between a buyer and their dream home is a mountain of costs, including agent commissions, attorney fees, lender fees, mortgage insurance, a title search, recording fees, real-estate taxes, survey costs and an appraisal. Here are a few tips to help lower those costs via the Wall Street Journal.  [more]
  • NPR - Decorated Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward Dies At 95
    12/20/2014 @ 2:38 PM - He flew nearly 150 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, but after the war, Steward returned home and was denied a mortgage because of his skin color. » E-Mail This
  • Bigger Pockets - How I Saved $20,000 in 2014 and Used it to Invest in Lifestyle Design
    12/20/2014 @ 2:01 PM - I'm 24 years old, and I'll admit that I'm a little immature. I was a Frat Bro and Captain of the Rugby Team in college, and honestly, I probably haven't changed all that much in a year and a half. I have an expensive social life, and in the last 3 months, Ive spent thousands of dollars on things like ski...
  • Calculated Risk - Schedule for Week of December 21st
    12/20/2014 @ 12:20 PM - The key reports this week are November Existing Home Sales on Monday, November Personal Income and Outlays on Tuesday, November New Home Sales on Tuesday, and the third estimate of Q3 GDP also on Tuesday. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All! ----- Monday, December 22nd ----- 8:30 AM ET: Chicago Fed National...
  • The Atlantic - Confronting Climate Change in an Alaskan Village: Best #Cityreads of the Week
    12/20/2014 @ 12:08 PM - An abandoned house at the west end of Shishmaref, Alaska, sits on the beach after sliding off during a fall storm in 2005. (AP Photo/Diana Haecker) Tweet us your favorites with #cityreads. " Climate Change Takes a Village ," Kate Sheppard, The Huffington Post It's...
  • Quartz - What BMWs China sales really say about the countrys slowing economy
    12/20/2014 @ 8:07 AM - Targets are great motivational tools-to both deceive as well as achieve. In China, the governments promotion system sees local officials overstate their provincial outputs to the tune of  a few trillion yuan , for example. Its not just Communist Party cadres with a knack for embellishment, though. Bloomberg just busted Wal-Mart China for rampant accounting and inventory shenanigans dating back to 2009. And now its...
  • Daily Finance - The 4 Easiest Ways to Budget: Which Helps You Most?
    12/20/2014 @ 1:00 AM - Filed under: Budgeting Alamy Budgeting strikes fear (or annoyance, or disgust) into the hearts of many people, because we tend to see budgeting as something that is tedious, is complicated and keeps us from having any form. But budgeting doesn't have to be a dirty word. Here are four ways to make...
  More Mortgage and Market News

Tips, Tricks & Ideas

  • Motley Fool - Turnkey Investing 101: What to Avoid and How to Know if It's Right for You
    12/20/2014 @ 7:05 PM - Turnkey real estate is something that a lot of investors look to get into. Learn common mistakes to avoid and whether you should pursue this investment.
  • The Real Deal - Tips for keeping closing costs low
    12/20/2014 @ 4:00 PM - From Luxury Listing NYC:  Standing between a buyer and their dream home is a mountain of costs, including agent commissions, attorney fees, lender fees, mortgage insurance, a title search, recording fees, real-estate taxes, survey costs and an appraisal. Here are a few tips to help lower those costs via the Wall Street Journal.  [more]
  • Houzz - Last-Minute Christmas: 3 Easy DIY Gift and Wrapping Ideas (14 photos)
    12/20/2014 @ 3:00 PM - If you find yourself out of wrapping paper, need an activity for your kids, are looking for a last-minute gift for your neighbor or simply want to add a few handmade items to the gifts under your tree, here are three simple and cost-friendly ideas.
  • The Real Deal - Fraudster's Gramercy Park mansion flounders on the market
    12/20/2014 @ 2:50 PM - The apartment at 50 Gramercy Park North and Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson Despite spending a year on the market and seeing several pricechops, no one is biting on a fraudsters Gramercy Park mansion. Something wrong with 50 Gramercy Park? Huge price drop, almost unwarranted considering what it sold for originally and how strong the market is...
  • Bigger Pockets - How I Saved $20,000 in 2014 and Used it to Invest in Lifestyle Design
    12/20/2014 @ 2:01 PM - I'm 24 years old, and I'll admit that I'm a little immature. I was a Frat Bro and Captain of the Rugby Team in college, and honestly, I probably haven't changed all that much in a year and a half. I have an expensive social life, and in the last 3 months, Ive spent thousands of dollars on things like ski...
  • Venture Beat - Qunar or Alitrip: Which will be China's travel Taobao?
    12/20/2014 @ 1:31 PM - In yet another expansion into new markets, Alibaba launched Alitrip , or Qua (??) in Chinese, in late October. Like the e-commerce giants other marketplaces, Alitrip is a platform for travel agencies big and small to set up online storefronts. Vendors on Alitrip have the same resources as Taobao and Tmall retailers, such as Alipay payment options and Alibabas...
  • ArchDaily - House Pegasus / Frédéric Saint-Cricq
    12/20/2014 @ 1:00 PM - Architects: Frédéric Saint-Cricq Location: Toulouse , France Area: 150.0 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Patrice Menconi From...
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