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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Wild World of L.A.’s 9-Figure Gargantumansions

The Wild World of L.A.’s 9-Figure Gargantumansions: It’s a wild world at the highest end of residential real estate right now, especially in Los Angeles — so far beyond the scope of what usually passes for luxury that it practically demands a new vocabulary.

In this world, developers and agents throw out the traditional real estate rulebook because the only way to sell one of these gargantumansions is to hang an absurd nine-figure price tag from it.

TriBeCa: Not for Starving Artists - The New York Times

TriBeCa: Not for Starving Artists - The New York Times

How to Host “Friendsgiving”

How to Host “Friendsgiving”: The idea of Friendsgiving is simple: Thanksgiving Dinner shared with your friends instead of family. It can happen on Thanksgiving Day, but most people host them a few weeks before so they can enjoy both.

House Hunting in ... Spain - The New York Times

House Hunting in ... Spain - The New York Times: This three-bedroom three-bath renovated apartment is on the fourth floor of a 115-year-old elevator building in Justicia, one of Madrid’s most expensive neighborhoods. The area is home to art galleries, designer boutiques and small restaurants, making it popular with young families and professionals, agents say.

“It is sort of a SoHo Madrid,” said Alberto Costillo, head of prime residential in Madrid for Knight Frank, the real estate company listing the apartment, referring to the trendy New York neighborhood.

Which city has the best housing deals?

Which city has the best housing deals?: Along with the housing recovery has come a steep climb in home values and ever-weakening affordability.

Tight supply in markets across the nation has only exacerbated the price pinch. There are, however, plenty of housing markets that offer both affordability and lavish living. As more jobs become flexible in where they need to be located, affordable markets could become more attractive and better investments.

Bad News for Bulls in USDA Numbers | Agweb.com

Bad News for Bulls in USDA Numbers | Agweb.com: USDA's�November World Agricultural Supply and Demand�Estimates�and�Crop Production�numbers�came in even more negative than analysts�expected,�with USDA pushing its projections for soybean yield and production to new records.

“It did not offer anything for the bulls,” said Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities in Augusta, Kan. “The bulls all got castrated.”

'Worst Case' Scenario as USDA Boosts Production, Drops Demand | Agweb.com

'Worst Case' Scenario as USDA Boosts Production, Drops Demand | Agweb.com: “This was a whammy we didn’t want to see,” said Gulke, in a special Farm Journal Radio report after USDA boosted production for corn and lowered demand. “This was one of the worst case scenarios that we saw coming, where you raise production and you don’t find a corresponding increase in demand to eat up that production” and reduce the carryover.

Does real estate take a holiday?

Does real estate take a holiday?: Most people are aware that the spring and summer months are considered the “high season” for real estate sales. In most areas of the country, sales peak in April and May and remain brisk well into the summer months. The scenario isn’t much different here in Las Cruces. Warm weather, summer vacation and income tax refunds combine to make spring and summer a great time for buyers and sellers to make their moves.

Crowdfunding opens up investing to the masses; real estate investment entrepreneur talks innovation - ABC15 Arizona

Crowdfunding opens up investing to the masses; real estate investment entrepreneur talks innovation - ABC15 Arizona: Crowdfunding is opening up investing to anyone with a little extra cash these days as regulations change and entrepreneurs take advantage of the expanding marketplace.

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new rules �that will allow businesses to offer investors a piece of their company by legally selling stock online.�

USDA Supply/Demand: U.S. Soybeans And Products- Nov 10 - NASDAQ.com

USDA Supply/Demand: U.S. Soybeans And Products- Nov 10 - NASDAQ.com: U.S. Soybeans and Products Supply and Use (Domestic Measure)

U.S. raises outlook for soybean and corn production, stocks | Reuters

U.S. raises outlook for soybean and corn production, stocks | Reuters: The U.S. government on Tuesday raised its outlook for 2015 domestic soybean production and yield to record levels, with harvested acreage remaining huge despite heavy flooding in the spring.

The U.S. Agriculture Department's increased forecasts of both soy production and yield topped the high end of market forecasts. The government also raised its outlook for corn production and yield, with the figures topping the average of analysts' estimates.

The bumper harvests will boost ending stocks of both commodities, as the outlook for soybean supplies comes in at the biggest level in nine years. The corn end stocks view received an additional bump from cuts to exports, as well as domestic and ethanol usage, and came in above the high end of forecasts.

From Texas to Florida, these nine courses offer plenty of sea breeze | Golf Advisor

From Texas to Florida, these nine courses offer plenty of sea breeze | Golf Advisor: Because of environmental concerns and the cost of coastal real estate, sticking a golf course on the beach or the rocks overlooking the ocean is usually an expensive proposition. So for that reason, U.S. courses with ocean views are actually pretty rare, when you consider how many golf courses there are in America.

More Than $80 Million for New Restoration Projects on the Gulf Coast Announced by NFWF

More Than $80 Million for New Restoration Projects on the Gulf Coast Announced by NFWF: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the award of more than $80 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) to 22 projects in the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. The projects, developed in consultation with state and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy harm and reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Today's announcement represents the third obligation of funds available to support projects in each state from the payments received thus far by the GEBF. To date, the fund has received $850 million dollars, and has obligated more than $480 million, or more than 56 percent of available funds.
NFWF created the GEBF two and a half years ago as the vehicle to receive and administer funds resulting from remedial orders in the plea agreements between the U.S. Department of Justice and BP and Transocean. The plea agreements resolved certain criminal charges against both companies relating to the 2010 oil spill. Provisions within the agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to NFWF over a five-year period to be used to support projects that remedy harm to natural resources in the Gulf States.

Bengaluru is top destination for real estate investments - The Economic Times

Bengaluru is top destination for real estate investments - The Economic Times: The IT capital has surpassed both the commercial and political capitals of India as the top investment destination in the property market.

Nearly 13 per cent of over $6.7 billion Rs 44,450 crore) that PEs have invested (.in India's property market from 2013 through the first half of 2015 has gone to Bengaluru.

Hong Kong banks cutting property valuations – PropGoLuxury - Property News

Hong Kong banks cutting property valuations – PropGoLuxury - Property News: Banks are slashing valuations for residential properties, in yet another sign of an approaching bear market in the city's real estate market.

"Lenders are increasingly setting property values below transaction prices," said mortgage broker mReferral's analyst Sharmaine Lau Yuen-yuen, adding that it indicates banks expect prices to slide in the secondary market.

Building Advice for the Tiny Home Enthusiast

Building Advice for the Tiny Home Enthusiast: Tiny homes are one of the trending, minimalist movements of the year. If you're thinking about jumping on the trailer and have considered all the reasons tiny homes may or may not suit your lifestyle, you're ready to talk to the pros.

Here are some building insights from professional tiny home builders regarding, size, timeline, complexity, maintenance — you name it.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets�are quiet as trade waits for the November Supply and Demand Report later this morning. Outside markets are a bit firmer as US Dollar regains some of Monday’s losses.

The strength of the US Dollar fueled by expectations that Fed will increase interest rates in Dec has heightened concerns over US competitiveness in export markets.

Outlook: Corrections Stimulate Demand | Agweb.com

Outlook: Corrections Stimulate Demand | Agweb.com: For the most part, corn and soybean harvest is done for another year. On-farm bins are full. Tillage tools have been working overtime, and many fields are in good shape for next year. I assume the flat price and basis of most of the stored crop is unpriced, and most farmers won’t start thinking about marketing until after the first of the year.�

The stage is now set for a game of chicken. Who will flinch first—the producer or the end user? At this time, the South American supply appears to be on schedule.