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  • Washington Post Real Estate - How to restore a brick wall marred by ivy
    2/9/2016 @ 7:31 AM - I’ve got a real mess on my hands. I removed ivy from my brick home and the brick is now splotchy. The brick has a slight sanded texture and a light color — except where the ivy was growing. When I removed the ivy, the sand came off and exposed a darker red color of […]
  • RE Journals - Multifamily development soaring in Detroit, Minneapolis and Chicago - but affordability remains a challenge
    2/9/2016 @ 6:57 AM - The Residences at the David Whitney Building in Detroit. Multifamily development remains hot across the Midwest. For proof of this, look to the key Midwest cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Chicago and Detroit. These four cities all saw significant new apartment projects in 2015, projects that added, in some cases, thousands of new apartment units to these metropolitan...
  • Gant Daily - New Hampshire primary: 5 things to watch
    2/9/2016 @ 6:15 AM - New Hampshire, its your moment. Voters in the first-in-the nation primary are getting the chance to cast judgment on the presidential field in a vote sure to shake the race to the White House. Here are five things to watch in the Granite State on Tuesday: 1. Trumps biggest test ...
  • Salon - David Brooks has lost all control: This is how the far right stole the GOP - and they are not giving it back
    2/9/2016 @ 6:00 AM - Chaos and carnage are upon us as American voters make war on 'the establishment.' On the Republican side, the hoary National Review has declared in a dramatic purple-covered issue it is 'Against Trump,' while conservative intellectual David Brooks pines for 'gray men in suits'  to shut down both Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. On the Democratic side,...
  • Salon - Can Marco Rubio be saved? Conservative media tries to clean up his massive blunder, but he's been exposed as robotic establishment stooge
    2/9/2016 @ 5:59 AM - It didn't take long for the excuse-making to begin. Marco Rubio had one of those debate moments Saturday night that was so brutal it overwhelmed everything else in the debate, when, cornered by Chris Christie with thinly veiled accusations that he's an empty suit, Rubio responded by rolling out a speech he had clearly memorized for just such...
  • Quartz - Quartz Daily Brief-Americas edition-Global stock fears, New Hampshire primary, the German Thomas Edison
    2/9/2016 @ 5:55 AM - What to watch for today How will stocks react today? With US stocks approaching a bear market , everyone wants to know if they have further to fall. In Asia, Japans Nikkei fell by 5.6%, its worst day since 2013 , while Australias S&P/ASX 200 was down by 2.9%. Stock markets in mainland...
  • Washington Post Real Estate - New fireplace lets you customize the flame color
    2/9/2016 @ 5:31 AM - While most people find that a fire on a cold winter's day can cheer up a dreary February, some homeowners are taking coziness to the next level with a smartphone app that changes the heat and even the colors in their gas fireplace. Researchers at Napoleon Fireplaces found that today's homeowners are looking for accessories […]
  • Inman News - Could agent 'insights' offer industry websites an edge?
    2/9/2016 @ 4:15 AM - For years, Alex Perriello, CEO of real estate franchising giant Realogy, has been encouraging real estate brokers working under the company's various brands, including Century 21, to leverage their agents' local knowledge on their websites to "counter the superior engineering" of large national websites, according to Edward Berenbaum, president of Washington, D.C.-based Century 21 Redwood Realty ...
  • Salon - Robert Reich: Democrats can't give in to defeatism
    2/9/2016 @ 3:45 AM - Instead of 'Yes we can,' many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: 'We shouldn't even try.' We shouldn't try for single-payer system, they say. We'll be lucky if we prevent Republicans from repealing Obamacare. We shouldn't try for a $15 an hour minimum wage. The best we can do is $12 an hour. We shouldn't try to...
  • Luxury Daily - Yoox Net-A-Porter, Belstaff, Trump and Mr Porter – Live news
    2/9/2016 @ 2:40 AM - Marni capsule for Net-A-Porter Luxury Dailys live news from Feb. 8: Trump Hotels schedules Washington opening for campaign season Trump Hotels' Washington property is slated to open this September, two years ahead of schedule. Click here to read the entire article Yoox Net-A-Porter saw 27.1M average...
  • Capital - Cuomo downplays slow state action at Hoosick Falls
    2/9/2016 @ 1:20 AM - ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his administration was aggressive in its handling of the Hoosick Falls water crisis and said he wanted more facts about the extent of the pollution before he visited the rural village in Rensselaer County. On Monday, Cuomo downplayed the year-long delay by the state health department in notifying Hoosick Falls...
  • Capital - Cuomo dowplays slow state action at Hoosick Falls
    2/9/2016 @ 12:52 AM - ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his administration was aggressive in its handling of the Hoosick Falls water crisis and said he wanted more facts about the extent of the pollution before he visited the rural village in Rensselaer County. On Monday, Cuomo downplayed the year-long delay by the state health department in notifying Hoosick Falls...
  • Salon - Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death
    2/8/2016 @ 10:24 PM - WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's death, the Justice Department says. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also known as Umm Sayyaf, admitted after her capture last...
  • Gant Daily - Alleged ISIS sympathizer arrested in U.S.
    2/8/2016 @ 8:30 PM - The Joint Terrorism Task Force in Seattle arrested Daniel Seth Franey during a raid at his home in Montesano, Washington, on Saturday and charged him with unlawful possession of guns, including machine guns. Franey landed on law enforcements radar in April 2015 when a witness went to police to alert them Franey regularly talked about his support for ISIL...
  • Mashable - Michael Bloomberg teases White House run
    2/8/2016 @ 6:26 PM - WASHINGTON Michael Bloomberg isn't ruling out a White House run, and says he is "looking at all the options," his first public comments on a potential third-party presidential challenge. The billionaire former New York City mayor told the Financial Times that America deserved "a lot better" than the current political discourse, fanning the flames...
  • Housing Wire - 1st Portfolio Lending changes name to WashingtonFirst Mortgage
    2/8/2016 @ 6:13 PM - WashingtonFirst Bankshares, the parent company of WashingtonFirst Bank, announced Monday that it is rebranding its wholly-owned residential mortgage lending subsidiary, 1st Portfolio Lending, as WashingtonFirst Mortgage.
  • Luxury Daily - Trump Hotels schedules Washington opening for campaign season
    2/8/2016 @ 4:21 PM - Trump International Hotel, Washington Trump Hotels' Washington property is slated to open this September, two years ahead of schedule. Housed in the Old Post Office building, this project is the result of an agreement with the U.S. government's General Services Administration, which owns the building and had set a deadline for the projects completion in August 2018, but...
  • Realty Biz News - Your Real Estate Investment Business Online Presence
    2/8/2016 @ 4:14 PM - If you are in the real estate investment business, you must have a strong internet presence. If you dont have a website, you will not succeed as a real estate investor. If you dont have a strong presence, you will not go to the head of the class. Here is some of what your website needs to be doing...
  • Salon - The real threat to Wall Street is not Bernie Sanders -  it's Donald Trump
    2/8/2016 @ 3:21 PM - A little less than a week ago, Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein told the fine people of CNBC's 'Squawk Box' about something that been worrying him as of late. It wasn't the threat of climate change, ISIS, or another global recession . It was Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' historic - and unapologetically populist - campaign for...
  • Curbed - A Recent NYC Transplant Finds a Creative (and Literal) Home in Bed-Stuy
    2/8/2016 @ 2:54 PM - Welcome to House Calls , a recurring feature in which Curbed tours New Yorkers' lovely, offbeat, or otherwise awesome homes. Think your space should be featured next? Drop us a line . http://ny.curbed.com/uploads/160204_17-48-36_5DSR2413-2-thumb.jpg" class="bigpic" /> [Pasha Nowrouzi at his lofted one-bedroom apartment in Bed-Stuy. All photos by Max Touhey for Curbed] ...
  • Redfin Blog - New Ranking of Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit
    2/8/2016 @ 2:45 PM - Today were announcing a new ranking of the best cities in the United States for public transit. Weve calculated the Transit Score for 316 cities and almost 7,000 neighborhoods to help home shoppers and apartment hunters find places to live with better commutes and more transportation choices. Where Can You Live Car-Free? Here are the...
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  • Quartz - Today is the New Hampshire primary-but whats the point?
    2/9/2016 @ 7:22 AM - Gripes about New Hampshires first-in-the-nation presidential primary are nothing new, but this years version raises a new question, beyond the debate about the states outsize influence: does retail politics even matter anymore in a presidential primary? Every four years, the political and chattering classes return to one of the smallest states in the US to watch presidential candidates subject...
  • Inman News - Miami Association of Realtors add 4,200 agents in 6 months
    2/9/2016 @ 7:00 AM - Last year the state of Florida saw a spike in the number of new real estate agents. One reason: the hot Miami-Dade market. Spanning July 2015 to February 2016 the Miami Association of Realtors' (MIAMI) primary, active membership expanded from 37,328 to 41, ...
  • Gant Daily - New Hampshire primary: 5 things to watch
    2/9/2016 @ 6:15 AM - New Hampshire, its your moment. Voters in the first-in-the nation primary are getting the chance to cast judgment on the presidential field in a vote sure to shake the race to the White House. Here are five things to watch in the Granite State on Tuesday: 1. Trumps biggest test ...
  • Gant Daily - Decision day in New Hampshire
    2/9/2016 @ 6:15 AM - New Hampshire voters will make their choice for president in the first-in-the-nation primary contest that polls suggest could deliver victory to a pair of outsider candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders. Polls will open across most of the Granite state at 8 a.m. ET, though a trickle of voters made it to the polls in the traditional...
  • Inman News - Dodge Data & Analytics report ranks NYC, Miami, Dallas at top
    2/9/2016 @ 4:01 AM - A new Dodge Data & Analytics report took a look at the top U.S. metros for commercial and multifamily building starts shows the Big Apple posted the big numbers. And, the report said that an important trend in this sector has continued: for the sixth straight year, multifamily housing construction across the nation as a whole has seen double-digit increases...
  • Luxury Daily - Aston Martin, Elegant Resorts pave scenic routes for travelers
    2/9/2016 @ 3:30 AM - Aston Martin Vanquish British automaker Aston Martin is offering adventurous consumers a taste of elegance. Alongside travel retailer Elegant Resorts, the automaker is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour Scotland, England and Italy in one of its sports cars. Such offerings are gaining popularity within the automotive sector because they introduce the brand to travelers and create...
  • Realty Biz News - RE Console launches Facebook-style intelligence feed for real estate investors
    2/9/2016 @ 12:01 AM - Knowledge is everything for real estate investors, who need to keep up to the minute with all the latest market activity in order to realize their investments true potential. With that in mind, RE Console announced the launch of its new 'personalized intelligence feed' earlier this month, with the goal of shaking up the...
  • Mashable - Man accused of hurling alligator through Wendy's drive-thru window
    2/8/2016 @ 11:46 PM - Wendy's: the home of spicy chicken nuggets, creamy baked potatoes and terrifying Florida alligators. In October, a man, believed to be 23-year-old Joshua James, pulled up to a Wendy's drive-thru window in Jupiter, Florida. But instead of asking for more napkins or extra ketchup, he did the unthinkable: he threw a living alligator through the drive-thru window, ...
  • Gant Daily - Trumps flashy Granite State ground game
    2/8/2016 @ 7:45 PM - When the results pour in on Tuesday night, Donald Trump may notch his first real victory of the 2016 election cycle. But it wont be because of his ground game. In the absence of a sophisticated field operation built on data and voter targeting, Trump is relying on showmanship and momentum to carry him to a first place...
  • Gant Daily - Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders? Some voters cant decide
    2/8/2016 @ 6:45 PM - Bernie Sanders isnt only competing for supporters with Hillary Clinton in the heated final days of the New Hampshire presidential primary race. His campaign is also going after some voters weighing a candidate not even running for the Democratic nomination: Donald Trump. Because independents can register as undeclared” in New Hampshire and then vote in either partys primary, the...
  • Gant Daily - Poll: Trump, Sanders lead ahead of New Hampshires vote
    2/8/2016 @ 6:15 PM - Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican race in New Hampshire on the eve of the vote, the final CNN/WMUR tracking poll finds. On the Democratic side of the race, it remains Bernie Sanders primary to lose, with the Vermont senator holding a 26-point lead over Hillary Clinton. The field of candidates vying for a second place...
  • Gant Daily - Poll: Trump leads ahead of New Hampshires vote
    2/8/2016 @ 5:00 PM - The final CNN/WMUR tracking poll finds Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican race in New Hampshire on the eve of the vote. The field of candidates vying for a second place finish behind him is finally beginning to separate, according to the survey. Trump holds 31%, down two points from the February 3-6 release, but within...
  • Gant Daily - Trump calls out Bush over eminent domain
    2/8/2016 @ 4:45 PM - After being attacked by Jeb Bush for his use of eminent domain in past real estate dealings, Donald Trump on Monday called the Bush family hypocrites, citing former President George W. Bushs wielding of the law to help acquire land for a new baseball stadium in Texas. In 1991, Bush and his business partners created what ESPN called a...
  • Realty Biz News - Are Things Getting Better for Underwater Homeowners?
    2/8/2016 @ 4:08 PM - An article in realtor.com is calling underwater homeowners the invisible victims of the housing crisis. Millions of people have spent nearly 10 years keeping up with mortgage payments on homes worth less than their loans. This is known as being underwater or in negative equity on a mortgage and while many people were never in danger of...
  • Bedford + Bowery - Four Killer Shows Happening This Week
    2/8/2016 @ 3:15 PM - Hiroshi Hasegawa (Photo via End Tymes Fesitval/ halfnormal) Hiroshi Hasegawa, Dromez, Dessicant, Dead Wolf Friday, Feb. 12, 8 pm at The Silent Barn : $8 When it comes to power electronics, Japanese musician Hiroshi Hasegawa has been around the block a few thousand times– busting ears and...
  • Redfin Blog - New Ranking of Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit
    2/8/2016 @ 2:45 PM - Today were announcing a new ranking of the best cities in the United States for public transit. Weve calculated the Transit Score for 316 cities and almost 7,000 neighborhoods to help home shoppers and apartment hunters find places to live with better commutes and more transportation choices. Where Can You Live Car-Free? Here are the...
  • Gant Daily - Jeb Bush would eliminate Citizens United
    2/8/2016 @ 2:30 PM - Despite being backed by the monumental Right to Rise super PAC, Jeb Bush said Monday he would eliminate” the Supreme Court decision that paved the way for super PACs. If I could do it all again Id eliminate the Supreme Court ruling” Citizens United, Bush told CNNs Dana Bash. This is a ridiculous system we have now where you...
  • Gant Daily - Donald Trump: Jeb Bush is an embarrassment to his family
    2/8/2016 @ 2:30 PM - Responding to a volley of critical tweets and comments from Jeb Bush, Donald Trump on Monday called his rival the son of one president and brother of another an embarrassment to his family.” Moments earlier, Bush told CNNs Dana Bash he was a joyful warrior,” who wouldnt sit back and watch someone try to hijack a party...
  • Business Insider - Oprah just bought another Southern California home for nearly $29 million
    2/8/2016 @ 2:05 PM - Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is apparently doubling down on her real estate empire. She recently picked up a $28.85 million 23-acre property in the heart of Montecito, a ritzy seaside town just south of Santa Barbara, California. She already happens to own an $85 million estate a few miles away. The new property — called Seamair Farm...
  • Gant Daily - Joyful warrior Bush laces into Trump, Rubio
    2/8/2016 @ 1:30 PM - Facing a key test in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Jeb Bush called himself a joyful warrior” and took some shots at the people standing in his in way in the first-in-the-nation primary: Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. Bush said Monday that everyone else runs away from the bully,” but that he would keep fighting Trump. Im a...
  • Gant Daily - Frantic campaigning on eve of New Hampshire vote
    2/8/2016 @ 12:30 PM - Presidential candidates are seizing a last chance to woo undecided New Hampshire voters on the eve of a contest that could redraw the dimensions of the increasingly fractious White House race. Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is frantically trying to bounce back from a rocky debate performance and billionaire businessman Donald Trump is trying to turn a large lead...
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  • Property Wire - Call for relaxation of mortgage affordability rules in UK
    2/9/2016 @ 5:47 AM - A relaxation of mortgage affordability rules in the UK could help more lifetime mortgage customers take up the option to make interest repayments initially before switching to a roll-up arrangement, it is claimed. Such a move for residential rather than lifetime lending could benefit consumers and encourage innovation, according to the Equity Release Council which has asked the Financial...
  • BuzzFeed - 12 Photos That Reveal The British Class System In The 1970s And 1980s
    2/9/2016 @ 5:24 AM - Homer Sykes has documented Britain's social structure over the past 40 years. From cheese fondue parties in London, to miners showering in Yorkshire, Sykes reveals the breadth of class backgrounds in the 1970s and '80s. Here the photographer talks BuzzFeed through some of his favourite historical pictures, featured in his book England the Way We Were ....
  • Property Wire - Aberdeen property market showing signs of moving again
    2/9/2016 @ 4:55 AM - The property market in and around Aberdeen, which has been hit by the fall in oil price, is showing encouraging signs of activity according to latest figures from an independent property consultancy. The report from CKD Galbraith reveals that its regional office in Cults has been successful in bringing more properties to the market in Aberdeenshire as well as...
  • EV Grieve - The retail-wine bar possibilities for the former Chase space on Avenue A and East 2nd Street
    2/9/2016 @ 4:25 AM - As you probably know, the Chase branch on Avenue A at East Second Street closed last Nov. 12 (along with the Chase on Second Avenue and St. Mark's Place ). While the space had been for rent going back to last summer , when we spotted a smallish sign above the storefront... there's now a...
  • San Jose Mercury News - San Mateo: Controversial Ascension Heights subdivision to go before supervisors
    2/9/2016 @ 3:57 AM - The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will take on a developer's controversial proposal to construct 19 homes atop a steep hill in unincorporated San Mateo.
  • Property Wire - Concerns voiced about lack of flood awareness among UK home owners
    2/9/2016 @ 3:28 AM - With the UK in the middle of yet another storm with high winds there are calls for a new approach to home building on flood plains and an increase in awareness for home owners. Land agent Aston Mead believes that the country needs to get rid of the notion that sand bags can prevent homes from being flooded and...
  • Capital - De Blasio surveys, and hears from, the homeless
    2/9/2016 @ 12:51 AM - Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at the gymnasium at P.S. 116, the Mary Lindley Murray school, at 11:32 p.m. on Monday evening, to speak to a room of about 150 volunteers who were preparing to fan out across the city for the annual HOPE Count, the city's once-a-year census of the number of homeless people living unsheltered on the city's...
  • Fortune - Major CEO Shakeup At Zenefits Over Regulatory Problems
    2/8/2016 @ 8:36 PM - Parker Conrad, the co-founder and CEO of HR software startup Zenefits, has stepped down from his role, the company said on Monday. Zenefits COO David Sachs has been appointed as his replacement. Zenefits, a three-year-old San Francisco startup that provides businesses with free human resources software as a lure to become their insurance broker, has faced significant legal challenges...
  • Wired - Airbnb Hosts Glut the Market, Miss Out on Super Bowl Score
    2/8/2016 @ 7:24 PM - Airbnb hosts hoping to gouge Super Bowl fans in the Bay Area get a lesson in Economics 101 . The post Airbnb Hosts Glut the Market, Miss Out on Super Bowl Score appeared first on WIRED .
  • Sacramento Appraisal - 3 ways price per sq ft is valuable in real estate (even for appraisers)
    2/8/2016 @ 5:20 PM - My name is Ryan and I use price per sq ft in real estate. There it is. My confession. Are you surprised? I know youve heard me talk about how price per sq ft is one of the most abused metrics out there . I still believe that. Yet there are several ways price per sq ft is actually...
  • The Real Deal - VIDEO: The streetcar may be resurrected, and real estate developers are thrilled
    2/8/2016 @ 4:46 PM - During his State of the City Address last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his proposal for a San Fransisco-style streetcar system that would run between Astoria and Sunset Park. Because of its proximity to new developments along the East River, a number of major real estate players are supporting the proposal, which is estimated to cost $2.5 billion. Watch the...
  • Realty Biz News - Your Real Estate Investment Business Online Presence
    2/8/2016 @ 4:14 PM - If you are in the real estate investment business, you must have a strong internet presence. If you dont have a website, you will not succeed as a real estate investor. If you dont have a strong presence, you will not go to the head of the class. Here is some of what your website needs to be doing...
  • Fortune - These Were the Best and Worst Super Bowl 50 Ads
    2/8/2016 @ 4:01 PM - Sunday's Denver-Carolina showdown, which aired on CBS, delivered the second highest overnight rating on the record for the Super Bowl -- behind only last year. Based on Nielsen's metered markets, the game averaged a 49.0 rating, meaning that 49% of U.S. homes with TV sets had the game turned on, compared with the previous years 49.7%. With such a...
  • Mashable - See the $50 million Airbnb home Beyoncé used during the Super Bowl
    2/8/2016 @ 3:51 PM - Like any savvy traveler, Beyoncé took to Airbnb to find a place to stay this past weekend in San Francisco Bey opted for a Los Altos Hills 12-acre mansion approximately 30 miles from Levi's Stadium, where she performed during the Super Bowl halftime show which boasts five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, sweeping...
  • Curbed - Marshawn Lynch's Bay Area Mansion Is the Most Lavish NFL Player House
    2/8/2016 @ 3:37 PM - The people have spoken : Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is the NFL player who owns the most over-the-top mansion . His 7,000-square-foot waterfront retreat triumphed over Tom Brady's former French villa-inspired estate to be named the champion of the first ever real estate Super Bowl . Check out the...
  • Housing Wire - California real estate agent busted with 250 pounds of marijuana
    2/8/2016 @ 3:06 PM - A California real estate agent is under arrest in Arkansas after state police found more than 250 pounds of "high grade" marijuana hidden in a trailer attached to the truck she was driving last week.
  • 6sqft - Moody Nest Is a Cuddly Wrap-Up Sofa Perfect for Hibernation
    2/8/2016 @ 3:03 PM - Not looking forward to this weeks predicted wintery weather? Make the icy temps and slush-covered streets a little more bearable by coming home and cozying up with your sofa (this is also a great option if youll be spending Valentines Day solo). Moody Nest is Frankfurt-based designer Hannah Ernsting s pouf with a blanket that...
  • Time - Beyonce Thanked Airbnb for a 'Super' Super Bowl Weekend
    2/8/2016 @ 3:02 PM - Want to travel in style like Beyonce? It looks like the star of the Super Bowl 50 halftime show stayed at a house near San Francisco that is listed on Airbnb, the short-term rentals site. Fueling the rumors was a Facebook photo posted by her verified account that shows the pop star sitting on a couch...
  • Calculated Risk - Update: The Inland Empire Bust and Recovery
    2/8/2016 @ 2:50 PM - Way back in 2006 I disagreed with some analysts on the outlook for the Inland Empire in California. I wrote : As the housing bubble unwinds, housing related employment will fall; and fall dramatically in areas like the Inland Empire. The more an area is dependent on housing, the larger the negative impact on the local...
  • Gant Daily - The shrill smear against Hillary Clinton
    2/8/2016 @ 2:45 PM - When I heard the legendary journalist Bob Woodwards analysis of Hillary Clintons performance, I was taken back to a moment in my career many years ago when a top CNN executive (who no longer works there) explained that for on-air delivery to resonate as authoritative and credible it should come in a low tone. In other words, only a mans...
  • Redfin Blog - New Ranking of Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit
    2/8/2016 @ 2:45 PM - Today were announcing a new ranking of the best cities in the United States for public transit. Weve calculated the Transit Score for 316 cities and almost 7,000 neighborhoods to help home shoppers and apartment hunters find places to live with better commutes and more transportation choices. Where Can You Live Car-Free? Here are the...
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  • Crain's New York Business - Major affordable-housing lender is back, returns to its roots
    2/9/2016 @ 12:01 AM - A major New York affordable-housing financier that strayed from its original mission by placing huge bets on condominium projects before the real estate downturn announced last week it has officially... To view the full story, click the title link.

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  • Bowery Boogie - Newest LES Hotel Reveals Itself on Broome Street
    2/9/2016 @ 5:13 AM - ?263 Broome Street has been born again hard as a trendy boutique hotel. Over the weekend, workers finally removed the mess of nets and ironwork from the seven-story superstructure. Its gone commando, and further pimped by a tacky yellow spotlight scheme for nighttime hours. There it is… The as-yet-unnamed lodge occupies seven floors and boast […]
  • Real Trends - Trends in Real Estate Brokerage Valuations, Mergers and Acquisitions
    2/9/2016 @ 5:49 AM - Why is 2016 looking like a busy year for mergers and acquisitions? Not only are the two big national firms growing through acquiring others, but many regional firms are jumping in, as well. On the sales side, it is not just the Baby Boomer generation that is thinking of selling, but several upcoming transactions include firms headed by Gen-X owners....

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  • San Jose Mercury News - Beyonce chills at Los Altos mansion for Super Bowl weekend
    2/9/2016 @ 3:30 AM - Beyonce reportedly spent $10,000 a night for a Los Altos Hills mansion that sports an infinity pool and a rooftop veggie garden.

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  • Capital - As Preet Bharara visits, Albany goes about its business
    2/9/2016 @ 12:36 AM - ALBANY - Around noon, Preet Bharara, scourge of the state officialdom, entered a Capitol Hill hotel through a back door, ducking into a ballroom to tell the state's mayors they had a 'right to not be ripped off' by the legislators who were convening just blocks away. He repeated his point about the 'culture of corruption' ...

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  • NREI - Building Housing for Grandma and the Generations
    2/9/2016 @ 3:00 AM - Multi-generational housing developments are becoming more popular. read more
  • Luxury Daily - Aston Martin, Elegant Resorts pave scenic routes for travelers
    2/9/2016 @ 3:30 AM - Aston Martin Vanquish British automaker Aston Martin is offering adventurous consumers a taste of elegance. Alongside travel retailer Elegant Resorts, the automaker is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour Scotland, England and Italy in one of its sports cars. Such offerings are gaining popularity within the automotive sector because they introduce the brand to travelers and create...

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  • Inman News - 9 ways to practice offline face-to-face marketing
    2/9/2016 @ 7:15 AM - A few weeks ago, I watched a reality show featuring a woman looking for love. Before you move on though, humor me for just a minute and keep reading. I promise you this post will give you some serious food for thought on the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone, evaluating your activities and changing your mindset to...

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  • Inman News - 10 rules of conduct that will help agents raise the bar
    2/9/2016 @ 5:01 AM - In every industry, there are unwritten rules on how to advance to the top of your profession. In real estate sales, in addition to closing deals, you will want to gain the respect of your fellow agents as well as your buyer and seller clients ...

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  • Inman News - Miami Association of Realtors add 4,200 agents in 6 months
    2/9/2016 @ 7:00 AM - Last year the state of Florida saw a spike in the number of new real estate agents. One reason: the hot Miami-Dade market. Spanning July 2015 to February 2016 the Miami Association of Realtors' (MIAMI) primary, active membership expanded from 37,328 to 41, ...
  • Gant Daily - National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day converge
    2/9/2016 @ 7:00 AM - No matter how you slice (or bite) it, February 9 is destined to be delicious, because its both National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day. Theres always room for pizza and bagels. Respondents to a January Harris Poll ranked pizza as their No. 1 comfort food: 15% chose pizza over chocolate (7%), ice cream (7%), mac and cheese...
  • Gant Daily - Decision day in New Hampshire
    2/9/2016 @ 6:15 AM - New Hampshire voters will make their choice for president in the first-in-the-nation primary contest that polls suggest could deliver victory to a pair of outsider candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders. Polls will open across most of the Granite state at 8 a.m. ET, though a trickle of voters made it to the polls in the traditional...
  • Gant Daily - New Hampshire primary: 5 things to watch
    2/9/2016 @ 6:15 AM - New Hampshire, its your moment. Voters in the first-in-the nation primary are getting the chance to cast judgment on the presidential field in a vote sure to shake the race to the White House. Here are five things to watch in the Granite State on Tuesday: 1. Trumps biggest test ...
  • Salon - David Brooks has lost all control: This is how the far right stole the GOP - and they are not giving it back
    2/9/2016 @ 6:00 AM - Chaos and carnage are upon us as American voters make war on 'the establishment.' On the Republican side, the hoary National Review has declared in a dramatic purple-covered issue it is 'Against Trump,' while conservative intellectual David Brooks pines for 'gray men in suits'  to shut down both Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. On the Democratic side,...
  • Salon - Can Marco Rubio be saved? Conservative media tries to clean up his massive blunder, but he's been exposed as robotic establishment stooge
    2/9/2016 @ 5:59 AM - It didn't take long for the excuse-making to begin. Marco Rubio had one of those debate moments Saturday night that was so brutal it overwhelmed everything else in the debate, when, cornered by Chris Christie with thinly veiled accusations that he's an empty suit, Rubio responded by rolling out a speech he had clearly memorized for just such...
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Brokerage Tidbits

  • Inman News - Miami Association of Realtors add 4,200 agents in 6 months
    2/9/2016 @ 7:00 AM - Last year the state of Florida saw a spike in the number of new real estate agents. One reason: the hot Miami-Dade market. Spanning July 2015 to February 2016 the Miami Association of Realtors' (MIAMI) primary, active membership expanded from 37,328 to 41, ...
  • Realtor.com News - Party On! 6 New Orleans Homes on Mardi Gras Parade Routes
    2/9/2016 @ 6:01 AM - realtor.com Fat Tuesday is here. The poles have been greased...
  • Real Trends - Trends in Real Estate Brokerage Valuations, Mergers and Acquisitions
    2/9/2016 @ 5:49 AM - Why is 2016 looking like a busy year for mergers and acquisitions? Not only are the two big national firms growing through acquiring others, but many regional firms are jumping in, as well. On the sales side, it is not just the Baby Boomer generation that is thinking of selling, but several upcoming transactions include firms headed by Gen-X owners....
  • Inman News - What can agents learn from listing the Playboy Mansion?
    2/9/2016 @ 5:16 AM - How did Mauricio Umansky land what could be the most talked-about celebrity listing of 2016 -- the illustrious Playboy Mansion? He replied to Hugh Hefner's request for proposal by having the entire team at The Agency participate in the end result. ...
  • EV Grieve - The retail-wine bar possibilities for the former Chase space on Avenue A and East 2nd Street
    2/9/2016 @ 4:25 AM - As you probably know, the Chase branch on Avenue A at East Second Street closed last Nov. 12 (along with the Chase on Second Avenue and St. Mark's Place ). While the space had been for rent going back to last summer , when we spotted a smallish sign above the storefront... there's now a...
  • Inman News - Could agent 'insights' offer industry websites an edge?
    2/9/2016 @ 4:15 AM - For years, Alex Perriello, CEO of real estate franchising giant Realogy, has been encouraging real estate brokers working under the company's various brands, including Century 21, to leverage their agents' local knowledge on their websites to "counter the superior engineering" of large national websites, according to Edward Berenbaum, president of Washington, D.C.-based Century 21 Redwood Realty ...
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Mortgage and Markets

  • The Real Deal - Most popular stories on The Real Deal
    2/9/2016 @ 7:30 AM - Current reader favorites: 1. Plans for mile-high skyscraper unveiled in Japan 2. Lenders losing interest in financing high-end condo projects 3. Queens developer files for 79-story LIC resi tower 4. Luxury rental unit boom, but whither the renter? 5. Design team creates attractive $20K homes that could change the housing market
  • The Guardian - Bank of England's deputy governor monitoring credit growth
    2/9/2016 @ 6:44 AM - If credit began again to grow faster than GDP, regulators would act 'sooner rather than later', says Sir Jon Cunliffe The Bank of England should move quick to quash any rapid growth in credit, one of its deputy governors said on Tuesday. Sir Jon Cunliffe told an audience of property developers that credit was now growing...
  • Quartz - Quartz Daily Brief-Americas edition-Global stock fears, New Hampshire primary, the German Thomas Edison
    2/9/2016 @ 5:55 AM - What to watch for today How will stocks react today? With US stocks approaching a bear market , everyone wants to know if they have further to fall. In Asia, Japans Nikkei fell by 5.6%, its worst day since 2013 , while Australias S&P/ASX 200 was down by 2.9%. Stock markets in mainland...
  • Hallmark Abstract LLC - Investor Fear: The Treasury Bond Chart In This Article Is Worth 1,000 Words!
    2/9/2016 @ 5:47 AM - In mid-December 2015, and for the first-time in about eight years, the Janet Yellen-led Federal Reserve raised short-term rates .25%! In a normal financial, political and economic environment one would therefore assume that the economy is in strong enough to warrant a rate hike and that inflation is at or very close to the Feds target rate. […]
  • Inman News - 10 reasons why mortgage investors are rejecting TRID loans
    2/9/2016 @ 5:15 AM - The other shoe has dropped: With thousands of loans closed under the new regulatory regime now making their way to the secondary market, investors are refusing to buy them due to compliance problems and loan document errors ...
  • Salon - Robert Reich: Democrats can't give in to defeatism
    2/9/2016 @ 3:45 AM - Instead of 'Yes we can,' many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: 'We shouldn't even try.' We shouldn't try for single-payer system, they say. We'll be lucky if we prevent Republicans from repealing Obamacare. We shouldn't try for a $15 an hour minimum wage. The best we can do is $12 an hour. We shouldn't try to...
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Tips, Tricks & Ideas

  • Washington Post Real Estate - How to restore a brick wall marred by ivy
    2/9/2016 @ 7:31 AM - I’ve got a real mess on my hands. I removed ivy from my brick home and the brick is now splotchy. The brick has a slight sanded texture and a light color — except where the ivy was growing. When I removed the ivy, the sand came off and exposed a darker red color of […]
  • Quartz - Today is the New Hampshire primary-but whats the point?
    2/9/2016 @ 7:22 AM - Gripes about New Hampshires first-in-the-nation presidential primary are nothing new, but this years version raises a new question, beyond the debate about the states outsize influence: does retail politics even matter anymore in a presidential primary? Every four years, the political and chattering classes return to one of the smallest states in the US to watch presidential candidates subject...
  • Inman News - 9 ways to practice offline face-to-face marketing
    2/9/2016 @ 7:15 AM - A few weeks ago, I watched a reality show featuring a woman looking for love. Before you move on though, humor me for just a minute and keep reading. I promise you this post will give you some serious food for thought on the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone, evaluating your activities and changing your mindset to...
  • Inman News - How to build a better alternative to niche sites
    2/9/2016 @ 7:00 AM - As an SEO adviser to real estate agents, I get questions about niche sites a lot. And my advice is always the same: avoid them at all costs. You might be thinking, Well, Josh if niche sites are so ...
  • Gant Daily - National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day converge
    2/9/2016 @ 7:00 AM - No matter how you slice (or bite) it, February 9 is destined to be delicious, because its both National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day. Theres always room for pizza and bagels. Respondents to a January Harris Poll ranked pizza as their No. 1 comfort food: 15% chose pizza over chocolate (7%), ice cream (7%), mac and cheese...
  • RE Journals - Multifamily development soaring in Detroit, Minneapolis and Chicago - but affordability remains a challenge
    2/9/2016 @ 6:57 AM - The Residences at the David Whitney Building in Detroit. Multifamily development remains hot across the Midwest. For proof of this, look to the key Midwest cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Chicago and Detroit. These four cities all saw significant new apartment projects in 2015, projects that added, in some cases, thousands of new apartment units to these metropolitan...
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