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Monday, April 30, 2018

Palm Beach real estate: House on Ridgeview Drive sells for $7M

Palm Beach real estate: House on Ridgeview Drive sells for $7M: The longtime home of the late Sarah S. Murphy, who lived in Palm Beach for 45 years, has sold for just under $7 million, according to a deed recorded late last week.

The Cautiously Confident Real Estate Market of 2018 – Commercial Observer

The Cautiously Confident Real Estate Market of 2018 – Commercial Observer: Michael A. Tortorici, co-founder and executive vice president at Ariel Property Advisors, a New York City investment real estate services and advisory company, shares his valuable insight about the current state of the commercial market and what it means for the year ahead.

5 Things About Money You Don't Know That Can Hurt You

5 Things About Money You Don't Know That Can Hurt You: Two days ago, I tripped on a step and fell — hard.

I'm a bit banged up, but I’m lucky that the damage is not worse.

Walking from dinner with friends to catch an Uber, I didn't notice the half-step in front of me. When I tripped, I launched forward and solidly landed on brick stairs.


I was dazed. I sat on the ground for a bit, and my friends helped me stand up. Their eyes were as large as saucers. By the looks on their faces, I realized this could have been a "Million Dollar Baby" fall. (If you haven't seen the movie, be sure to put it on your list.)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Las Vegas real estate company has option to buy Harrah's New Orleans Casino; agreement unknown to state legislators | Legislature | theadvocate.com

Las Vegas real estate company has option to buy Harrah's New Orleans Casino; agreement unknown to state legislators | Legislature | theadvocate.com: A Las Vegas-based real estate company has an option to acquire Harrah’s New Orleans Casino —�a potential transaction that was unknown to key state legislators who are considering major legislation sought by the casino’s owners and that also raises new questions about whether the state is getting the best deal possible.

Vici Properties, a real estate investment trust, has the right to purchase the casino and its 450-room hotel and parking garage, according to an October agreement filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.

Under the complex deal, Vici would lease the casino complex back to Harrah’s owner, Caesars Entertainment, to operate it.

Melbourne real estate feng shui: Buyers and sellers swayed by positive energy flows

Melbourne real estate feng shui: Buyers and sellers swayed by positive energy flows: HOUSES with “really good feng shui” are earning up to 15 per cent premiums in parts of Melbourne, real estate agents say.

Finding homes with positive energy flows has become a strong focus of a segment of the market, particularly buyers of Asian background, according to property industry experts.

Ray White Glen Waverley agent Julie Waileng Karl said she’d seen “really good feng shui” add 10-15 per cent to the value of properties in the leafy southeast, while Barry Plant Doncaster East managing director Spiro Drossos said feng shui positive features were earning 5-10 per cent premiums in the Manningham and Whitehorse areas.

Our Strong Real Estate Market | Winthrop Transcript – Winthrop Massachusetts Newspaper

Our Strong Real Estate Market | Winthrop Transcript – Winthrop Massachusetts Newspaper: It seems that throughout Massachusetts and in the country in general, we may be in a once-in-a-generation seller’s market in which inventory is exceptionally low and demand is exceptionally high.

In addition to the short supply of homes for sale, no doubt there are other factors influencing the real estate market, including rising mortgage rates, which are causing some people to purchase a home while rates still are in the low 4 percent range.

How to save enough money for a summer vacation, starting now

How to save enough money for a summer vacation, starting now: “This week is stressing me out. Time for a vacation.”

If you’ve been saying that to yourself lately, it’s probably true. Vacations aren’t just about letting loose and having a good time — they’re actually necessary for your health.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Survey says: San Francisco is tops for real-estate pros | news/arlington | insidenova.com

Survey says: San Francisco is tops for real-estate pros | news/arlington | insidenova.com: San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose are the best places in the nation to be a real-estate agent, according to a survey of data from Wallethub.com.

Analysts compared more than 170 U.S. cities across 18 key indicators of a healthy housing market, ranging from sales per agent to annual median wage for real-estate agents to housing-market health, in coming up with the ranking.

Finishing up the top five markets were two California communities, Fremont and Oakland. The rest of the top 10 was New York City, Santa Rosa (Calif.), Denver, Nashville and Vancouver.

Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for April 28, 2018 | News OK

Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for April 28, 2018 | News OK

Perth real estate market sales hits 25-year low | PerthNow

Perth real estate market sales hits 25-year low | PerthNow: PROPERTY experts are calling the “low-water mark” of Perth’s real estate market after 2017 saw the lowest number of dwelling sales in the metropolitan area in more than 25 years.

Real Estate Institute of WA figures show just 26,223 sales of houses and units in Perth last year — the lowest number since 27,601 dwellings changed hands in 1990 during Paul Keating’s “recession we had to have”.

The figures show that while transactions have dropped significantly, prices have been more resilient since the resources boom ended in 2014, when the median Perth house price peaked at $555,000.

Real Estate Confidential: �The Peaceful Beauty of Makonikey � - The Martha's Vineyard Times

Real Estate Confidential: �The Peaceful Beauty of Makonikey � - The Martha's Vineyard Times: Every week real estate agents on the Vineyard get out to see new listings to the market, and of course socialize and network. I was pleasantly surprised by three well-priced homes. I began to wonder about apparently excellent values for waterfront and waterview properties in Makonikey and why it remains so undiscovered, undervalued and underappreciated. �

Houston Real Estate: Weekend Open House Listings | Houston, TX Patch

Houston Real Estate: Weekend Open House Listings | Houston, TX Patch: If you are house hunting in Houston,and he pickings look slim, chnage your tactics and checkout the open house listings this weekend.

You cand find all the listings from realtor.com in the Houston Patch Real Estate Guide.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Canadian Farmland Values Increase 8% | Agweb.com

Canadian Farmland Values Increase 8% | Agweb.com: A strong and stable agricultural economy is boosting farmland values in Canada. The average value of Canadian farmland increased 8.4% in 2017, following gains of 7.9% in 2016 and 10.1% in 2015, according to the 2017 FCC Farmland Values Report by Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

How Blackstone Became China’s Real Estate Connection - Bloomberg

How Blackstone Became China’s Real Estate Connection - Bloomberg: In February 2017, Stephen Schwarzman toasted Wang Jian, co-chairman of HNA Group, at a charity event at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory. Wang lauded the billionaire Schwarzman as a “god of fortune” and a man with the “key to opening up the chest of treasures.”

Cover Story: Residential real estate roundtable - Pacific Business News

Cover Story: Residential real estate roundtable - Pacific Business News: The residential real estate market in Hawaii has been having a good run, with higher numbers of sales and price gains.

Investors struggle to make money in overheated real estate market, Cushman & Wakefield economist says - San Francisco Business Times

Investors struggle to make money in overheated real estate market, Cushman & Wakefield economist says - San Francisco Business Times: The hot real estate market is now in “extra innings," experts said, which has investors worried.

Developers and investors have been raking in large profits on deals in the years since the market bottomed out about a decade ago amid the Great Recession.

Now, the big questions are how long can the hot market continue and how can investors keep making money, said Kenneth McCarthy, principal economist with Cushman & Wakefield, who spoke on a panel Thursday during the Eisner Amper West Coast real estate summit in San Francisco.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Rising farmland prices puts agriculture at risk - Manitoba Co-operator

Rising farmland prices puts agriculture at risk - Manitoba Co-operator: Higher farmland prices make it harder for young farmers to get into farming and or expand, but they have options, says J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada’s vice-president and chief agricultural economist.

“I do believe now there are more options for young producers in terms of getting involved in different supply chains that don’t necessarily require a large scale to be competitive,” Gervais told reporters April 18 during a briefing on FCC’s 2017 Farmland Values Report.


Gervais was responding to questions stemming from the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry’s report concluding rising farmland prices jeopardize Canadian agriculture.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Giant Floating Bog? - Atlas Obscura

How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Giant Floating Bog? - Atlas Obscura: FLOATING ISLANDS HAVE FASCINATED HUMAN beings for thousands of years. They appear in Greek, Native American, and Polynesian mythology, not to mention fantasy novels and dessert menus. But the residents of Crow Wing County, Minnesota have had about enough of their floating island.

“The wild beast of North Long Lake,” as one person described it to a local TV news crew, broke loose from the shoreline last fall. Heedless of property lines and proper decorum, it caromed around the lake for about three weeks before coming to rest, leaving behind crumpled docks and mangled boat lifts.

Location, Location, Location: Best Cities for Real Estate Agents - DSNews

Location, Location, Location: Best Cities for Real Estate Agents - DSNews: Real estate agents rely heavily on their area of operations, so their location is just as important to them as it is to their clients. In a recent study, WalletHub tried to determine which cities were best for real estate agents. The site examined over 170 U.S. cities using 18 indicators to determine where the market was healthiest for agents due to demand, prices, and a number of other factors.

Ranked overall best for real estate agents was San Francisco. San Francisco ranked second in job opportunity and competition, and ninth in real estate market health, and also ranks highest for median home price. Seattle is a close second, ranked fifth in job opportunity and competition and first in real estate market health.

How the Experience Economy is Affecting Commercial Real Estate

How the Experience Economy is Affecting Commercial Real Estate: The commercial real estate market is extremely competitive and enticing major brands to select one development over another requires more than just “location, location, location.” With everything getting “smarter,” from devices to cities, the expectation for brands is that real estate property will keep pace with evolving technical standards. Up until now, branding considerations in property design have taken a backseat in terms of developers’ top priorities, but they will become increasingly important as the experience economy continues to mature.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New Orleans homes for under $250K - Curbed New Orleans

New Orleans homes for under $250K - Curbed New Orleans: This home in Treme with a huge backyard just landed on the market. Priced at $92/square foot, it’s functional, but needs some TLC (and rightfully so at this price). Highlights include its 10-foot ceilings and airy layout. Measuring at 1,800 square feet, this home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. If you’re up for the renovation task, this home asks $169,000.

Live in this charming cottage near the Mississippi River for $375K - Curbed New Orleans

Live in this charming cottage near the Mississippi River for $375K - Curbed New Orleans: Less than four blocks from the Mississippi River, you’ll find this charming Victorian cottage at 420 Pacific Avenue in Algiers Point. Built in 1895, we’ve fallen in love with this home’s impressive columns, swinging bench, and its two sizable porches.

It just hit the market at $374,900.

Surprise: San Francisco is named the best market for real estate agents - San Francisco Business Times

Surprise: San Francisco is named the best market for real estate agents - San Francisco Business Times: It’s become clich� to describe San Francisco’s real estate market as “red-hot” in a kind of shorthand that captures the lightning-fast closing times for homes and a median home price that drifts north of $1.3 million.

But still even as some experts continue to predict a downturn around the corner – at least for the time being – the market doesn’t seem to be slowing down much.�

Farmland values rising in Ontario - My Stratford Now

Farmland values rising in Ontario - My Stratford Now: It’s a good time to own farmland in our area.

According to Farm Credit Canada, average farmland values increased by 9.4 per cent last year, coming on the heels of gains 4.4 per cent in 2016 and 6.6 per cent in 2015 and making the province one of the leaders for average increases compared to the rest of the country.

Farm Credit Canada Senior Appraiser Dale Litt says there a number of reasons for the increase.

Wednesday webinar to focus on farmland values, economic trends

Wednesday webinar to focus on farmland values, economic trends: Ag producers interested in land value trends and the overall farm economy are encouraged to be part of a special webinar Wednesday morning.


Dr. Mykel Taylor, an ag economics professor at Kansas State University, will present her analysis of Kansas land values, including current trends and an overview of the state's farm economy.

Trade Deficit NYC Real Estate | Chinese Buyers NYC

Trade Deficit NYC Real Estate | Chinese Buyers NYC: Last Tuesday, in between tweets about James Comey, his poll numbers and California, President Trump was at one of his favorite pastimes again: complaining about the U.S. trade deficit.

“Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates,” he tweeted. “Not acceptable!”

Three Lessons From The Rodeo For Real Estate Investors

Three Lessons From The Rodeo For Real Estate Investors: I started investing in real estate at a young age; I was just turning 22 when I purchased my first home. Within two years, I had purchased another and could see the tremendous benefits of real estate investing. I felt sure at that young age that real estate was my ticket. Fifteen years later, having participated in thousands of deals and helping hundreds of people — all while building wealth and growing a business — I know I was right. Experiences both within and outside of my work in real estate have taught me much about how to be a successful investor.

Knotel: The Airbnb Of Commercial Real Estate | PYMNTS.com

Knotel: The Airbnb Of Commercial Real Estate | PYMNTS.com: Knotel co-founder and CEO Amol Sarva has�had�a full life in tech. Apart from his current venture, Sarva is also the co-founder of Halo Neuroscience, Peek and Virgin Mobile USA – and those are just his better-known�ventures.�He founded his first firm when he was still a philosophy student at Columbia University, a web development firm called Netatomic.

In�the course of founding all of those businesses, one of the many frustrations he faced was finding decent office space�that could flex with his ventures’ growth and changing workspace needs.

“The�constant need of�a�start-up�is to be able to grow, shrink, grow again – move and pivot,” Sarva told Karen Webster for this week’s edition of The Matchmaker Is In. “But that’s�very hard to find in the�current office space�market. We�perpetually found ourselves either sharing someone else’s space, or having other firms sharing ours.”

Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Group Urges NAR to Support Equality Act

Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Group Urges NAR to Support Equality Act: The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) is calling on the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to join the organization in supporting federal legislation that would amend existing civil rights laws — including the Fair Housing Act — to prohibit discrimination or segregation based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Fight Grows Over Who Owns Real Estate Drowned by Climate Change - Bloomberg

Fight Grows Over Who Owns Real Estate Drowned by Climate Change - Bloomberg: One April morning in 2016, Daryl Carpenter, a charter boat captain out of Grand�Isle, La., took some clients to catch redfish on a marsh pond that didn’t use�to exist. Coastal erosion and rising seas are submerging a football field’s worth of Louisiana land every hour, creating and expanding ponds and lakes such as the one onto which Carpenter had piloted his 24-foot vessel.

Cincinnati real estate: Housing market stays hot

Cincinnati real estate: Housing market stays hot: Merchandise is moving fast.

Inventories are running low.

But you won't find any 20 percent-off deals during this spring sale.

The housing market is heating up with the weather, and experts say home buyers should be prepared to face one of the�most competitive spring and summer selling seasons in years.

Demand will be intense, they say, despite rising home prices, mortgage rates and�changes in the tax law that limit mortgage deductions.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sandusky Register | Tomatoes towering high at Mucci Farms

Sandusky Register | Tomatoes towering high at Mucci Farms: It’s quite a tall order to start growing 250,000 plants, let their vines reach 55 feet high and harvest them all within a two-month time frame.

But executives supervising a $70 million privately funded, groundbreaking agriculture venture in Huron remain confident they can produce and achieve this desired outcome.

Green vegetation consumes a 25-acre greenhouse run by Mucci Farms, the Canada-headquartered company overseeing all operations.

Up to 250,000 individual tomatoes are growing from inside there.�Since workers seeded several types of tomatoes — cluster, beefsteak, cocktail, roma, cherry and more — on March 15, they continue to sprout and develop into flavorful fruits.

These NYC Farms Are Growing More Than Food | New York City, NY Patch

These NYC Farms Are Growing More Than Food | New York City, NY Patch: Paul Philpott works inside a shipping container tucked in a parking lot across from the Marcy Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Inside, dozens of white plastic columns hide a bounty of radishes, kale, lettuce, beets and tatsoi, an Asian cabbage similar to bok choy, all lit by bright pink lights. It's humid and warm, a respite from an unseasonably cold April afternoon.

The vertical hydroponic farm that Philpott took over in late 2016 yields an average of 35 pounds of produce a week. He sells about half to restaurants, caterers and personal chefs through his business, Gateway Greens.

The futuristic farm is a far cry from the community garden he helped his grandmother tend as a boy in East Harlem's Lexington Houses, the public housing complex where he grew up and still lives.

How much you have to save to buy a house in 25 major cities - Business Insider

How much you have to save to buy a house in 25 major cities - Business Insider: A new report by SmartAsset reveals that, in some cities, the average home outweighs the average income by so much that it can take nearly a decade to save for a 20% down payment.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's One-Year American Community Survey, SmartAsset calculated how long it takes to afford a 20% down payment on the median home in 50 of America's largest cities if workers earning the median income saved 20% of their salary a year. They then divided the estimated down payment by the annual estimated savings to get the estimated years of saving needed to afford a down payment.

Turns out, California buyers face a long road to home — six of the top ten cities where Americans need to save the longest for a house are in The Golden State.

The real estate market in Spain

The real estate market in Spain: The decision to purchase a property is probably one of the most important decisions in anyone’s life, since we often have to balance our happiness and that of our family’s in what is a very significant decision for most of us.

The Blockchain For Real Estate, Explained

The Blockchain For Real Estate, Explained: There is a lot being written about blockchains, bitcoin and related technologies, and for many real estate professionals, this is part of a brave, new, confusing world of technology. Like the original internet, the blockchain is a revolution in technology that will touch all people and all businesses. So people are paying attention, but many still don’t understand what the blockchain is.

Is Australia’s Real Estate Market Turning? - NuWireInvestor

Is Australia’s Real Estate Market Turning? - NuWireInvestor: Last year’s December quarter gave rise to speculation that Australia’s real estate boom was over, with experts predicting property price weakness in 2018 as prices fell in capital cities, causing significant drag on the headline growth figures.

Now that the first quarter of the year has come to a close, how are the experts’ predictions shaping up? We take a closer look at what the experts expected would happen this year and what we can tell so far about Australia’s property market performance for Q1 of 2018.

Chinese buyers attracted to Hungarian real estate | The Budapest Business Journal on the web | bbj.hu

Chinese buyers attracted to Hungarian real estate | The Budapest Business Journal on the web | bbj.hu: Annually about 150,000 real estate purchase contracts are signed in Hungary. Of these, some 3,200 required permission from authorities last year, which is a 10% increase compared to 2016. Permission is required for non-EU citizens, vg.hu notes.

Within this group, purchases by Chinese buyers were 20% higher last year; however, the rise was not from a significant base, as the increase was from 1,213 to 1,573 homes purchased. Second-ranked are Russians, with real estate bought mainly in H�v�z, known as a thermal bath resort, and in parts of central Budapest, especially in Districts 6 and 7.

Spring's 2018 Real Estate Market Is A Good News Bad News Story

Spring's 2018 Real Estate Market Is A Good News Bad News Story: Ellen Paris , CONTRIBUTOR
I write real estate news you can use
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Shutterstock: Arch Mortgage Capital MI’s Spring 2018 Report predicts potential 17% increase in monthly mortgage payments by year-end for Tampa, Florida

The Spring 2018 real estate market is a good news bad news story. A recently released report from Arch Capital MI��points to affordability slipping, inventory declining while interest rates and housing prices rise.��Key findings from the Arch Capital MI’s Housing and Mortgage Market Review Spring 2018 Report�predict this year to be one of the worst for housing affordability with a current decline of 5%.

High Value Real Estate Stocks To Buy – Simply Wall St News

High Value Real Estate Stocks To Buy – Simply Wall St News: The real estate sector performs relatively in-line with the wider economy. Prosperous periods bring about high growth and inflation, leading to strong returns in real estate investments. Pioneer Global Group and Hopefluent Group Holdings are real estate stocks on my list that are potentially undervalued, which means their current share prices are trading well-below what the companies are actually worth. Investors can determine how much a cyclical company is worth based on how much money they are expected to make in the future, or compared to the value of their peers. The list I’ve put together below are of stocks that compare favourably on all criteria, which potentially makes them good investments if you believe the price should eventually reflect the stock’s actual value.

Financially Sound Real Estate Stocks Selling At A Discount – Simply Wall St News

Financially Sound Real Estate Stocks Selling At A Discount – Simply Wall St News: The real estate sector performs relatively in-line with the wider economy. Prosperous periods bring about high growth and inflation, leading to strong returns in real estate investments. Debao Property Development and CWG International are real estate stocks on my list that are potentially undervalued, which means their current share prices are trading well-below what the companies are actually worth. Investors can determine how much a cyclical company is worth based on how much money they are expected to make in the future, or compared to the value of their peers. The list I’ve put together below are of stocks that compare favourably on all criteria, which potentially makes them good investments if you believe the price should eventually reflect the stock’s actual value.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Western Arizona eyed as water source for major metro areas - Herald-Whig -

Western Arizona eyed as water source for major metro areas - Herald-Whig -: A week into her appointment last fall as a Mohave County supervisor in western Arizona, Lois Wakimoto heard the words that would consume her since: We have a water problem.

The entity that sends Colorado River water throughout Arizona wants to buy farmland in her district that includes Mohave Valley, pay farmers to fallow it and redirect the water to the state's most populous areas where housing developments are booming.

The program would be the first in the state to move water from agricultural users along the river to central and southern Arizona, and local residents are opposing it.

"As they want to take what they say is excess because we're not using it and store it for their future growth, we look at that and say, 'what about our future growth?'" Wakimoto said.

Energy-Efficient Innovations in Commercial Real Estate – Innovation Excellence

Energy-Efficient Innovations in Commercial Real Estate – Innovation Excellence: Millennials, now the largest consumer demographic, have redefined how businesses serve their customers, from retail to real estate. With this demographic illustrating a very different set of consumer demands and expectations than the older Baby Boomer generation, the relationships that exist between utility companies, property managers, and manufacturers of household appliances; and the Millennials who use their services, has been redefined. This demographic, according to the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, is eager to take advantage of energy-saving innovations, ranging from alternative energy and solar, to smart appliances and smart home concepts. As a result, what was once considered alternative, has become mainstream.

Natural gas billionaire said to be buyer of $110M Carbon Beach pad

Carbon Beach | Peter Morton: A name has been put to the buyer on a record-breaking $110 million sale on Malibu’s Carbon Beach.

The luxury real estate blog Yolanda’s Little Black Book has identified natural gas billionaire Michael S. Smith and his wife Iris as the buyers of Hard Rock Caf� founder Peter Morton’s beachfront home.

If the rumored sale price is accurate, it would be by far the most expensive sale in all of Los Angeles. Fitting for an uber exclusive beachfront neighborhood often called Billionaire’s Beach.

Real Estate 2018 | Urban Land Institute

Real Estate 2018 | Urban Land Institute: The country’s industrial sector is expected to perform the strongest, with availability rates this year hitting 7.4 percent, according to figures from ULI’s Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate cited in National Mortgage Professional. That’s well below the 20-year average of 10.1 percent.

Real Estate Matters: Best stratedgy for long move depends on many factors - Entertainment & Life - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH

Real Estate Matters: Best stratedgy for long move depends on many factors - Entertainment & Life - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH

Real Estate IRAs More Coveted as Supply Dwindles Against Demand | STL.News

Real Estate IRAs More Coveted as Supply Dwindles Against Demand | STL.News: The basic laws of supply and demand still apply in investments of all types. This is clearly evident in the world of real estate, where dwindling supply as measured against demand continues to push up land value. Now, many investors may turn to Real Estate IRAs to grow their portfolio’s value, especially with the 2018 stock market’s uncertain beginning.

WALKER: 5 things I wish everyone knew about the real estate industry - InfoNews - Penticton

WALKER: 5 things I wish everyone knew about the real estate industry - InfoNews - Penticton: As you’ll know, the real estate industry has been in the news a lot lately. As someone with over twenty years of experience in the real estate sector, it got me thinking about the things that I wish everyone knew about my profession and British Columbia’s largest industry

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Impressive open houses in New Orleans this weekend - Curbed New Orleans






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Impressive open houses in New Orleans this weekend - Curbed New Orleans: In the Bywater, you can buy this open-concept home that was renovated in 2007 for $289,900. Measuring at 1,077 square feet, this home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. We’re impressed by its deep floorplan, crown molding, and airy kitchen. At the rear of this home you’ll find a private and landscaped courtyard with a fountain. HOA dues are $300/month. It’s open Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student loan debt can make buying a home almost impossible

Student loan debt can make buying a home almost impossible: In the late 1990s, Ed McKinley fell in love with a $65,000 house by a lake in New Hampshire.

The owners let him move in early and pay rent until the buying process was completed.

Inside his new home, McKinley installed a modern stove, painted the walls and began to redo the floors.

The Listings of the Week: An Estate in Bath, England, a Mansion in New Orleans and More - Mansion Global

The Listings of the Week: An Estate in Bath, England, a Mansion in New Orleans and More - Mansion Global: A video tour of homes�in San Francisco; Bath, England; New Orleans; Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and Los Cabos, Mexico.

Denver's poshest real estate rentals, revealed | Hoodline

Denver's poshest real estate rentals, revealed | Hoodline: It's true: the priciest listing in today's Denver rental market is going for $7,500 / month. As absurd as it may seem, it's not the only luxury listing in the city. But just how high-grade are the features one might find at these humongous price points?

We took a peek at local listings in Denver via rental website Zumper to pinpoint the city's most posh listings.�(Note: prices and availability are subject to change.)

Read on to see the select listings currently on the market.�

Hilton Head's abandoned real estate buildings attract vagrants | Island Packet

Hilton Head's abandoned real estate buildings attract vagrants | Island Packet: A homeless man is curled up in his yellow sleeping bag at the old Beachwalk Hotel, a deserted Hilton Head Island property.

Its windows are boarded up. The pool is empty. No one is supposed to be there. But Corey Cook didn't have a home, and he was desperate for a place to sleep.

One block away on Pope Avenue, it's a different world. Happy vacationers bike to Coligny Beach, the island's top tourist spot. Other visitors are dropping $300-plus for rooms at a beachside resort. Swaying palmetto trees and million-dollar homes make an impressive backdrop for their vacation photos.

Homes for sale in D.C. April 21-22 - The Washington Post

Homes for sale in D.C. April 21-22 - The Washington Post

Two Bay Area houses underline the housing crisis - San Francisco Chronicle

Two Bay Area houses underline the housing crisis - San Francisco Chronicle: A fire-blackened home in San Jose is up for sale at $800,000. Now a Fremont house that’s condemned due to a leaky roof and mildew just sold for $1.23 million, $230,000 over the asking price. This pair of knockdowns are telling us what we don’t want to hear. The housing crisis is getting worse to an absurd degree.

Climate Change is Having a Big Impact on Real Estate Prices

Climate Change is Having a Big Impact on Real Estate Prices | Fortune: New research shows that real estate properties in areas affected by extreme weather and sea level rise are losing value relative to less exposed properties. The effects are already substantial, but they may point to a looming collapse as climate change makes coastal communities untenable.

Work by Harvard researchers published last week and highlighted by the Wall Street Journal finds that, after accounting for an array of other factors, home prices have appreciated more slowly in lower-lying areas of Miami-Dade County, particularly Miami Beach. A broader study using data from Zillow, still under peer review, found that properties exposed to rising sea levels sell at a 7% discount to comparable properties not subject to climate-related risk.

KDA Prepares to Oversee Industrial Hemp in Kansas - KOAM TV 7

KDA Prepares to Oversee Industrial Hemp in Kansas - KOAM TV 7: Today (April 20th, 2018)�Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. signed Senate Bill 263, which enacts the Alternative Crop Research Act allowing the Kansas Department of Agriculture to oversee the cultivation of industrial hemp in a research program. KDA has begun the process of developing rules and regulations to guide the Alternative Crop Research Act, which will include an open dialogue and information exchange at a public forum in May.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Land values inch up despite low crop prices

Land values inch up despite low crop prices: The farmland market across Iowa remains stable to slightly stronger this spring, depending on geography and farm specifics. The recently released Realtors Land Institute survey shows Iowa farmland values trending stronger by 2.9% since the September report, and nearly 5% stronger over the past 12 months.

Farm Bill Clears House Committee on Partisan Vote | Ag Professional

Farm Bill Clears House Committee on Partisan Vote | Ag Professional: “"Mr. Chairman, this is a flawed bill,” Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) said in his opening salvo of the hearing in comments directed at Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) “This is the fault of a bad and non-transparent process. When I was chairman, we marked the bill up in subcommittee. We didn't do that this time. I oppose it and I�urge my colleagues on my committee to oppose it as well."

Democratic dissent on the farm bill proposal centers on work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Peterson told AgriTalk Radio earlier this week that he would offer no amendments to the bill and would simply oppose the entire bill.

Republicans on the committee moved a package of 15 amendments to the farm bill during the hearing on topics ranging from crop insurance to biotechnology to broadband. The amendments include a provision put forward by Rodney Davis (R-IL) that would not allow producers to enroll in both the Agriculture Risk Coverage program and the Margin Protection Plan.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Barn roofs collapse under snow on Wisconsin dairy farms, killing cows

Barn roofs collapse under snow on Wisconsin dairy farms, killing cows: Barn roofs in northeastern Wisconsin have collapsed this week under the weight of heavy snow, killing cows and disrupting milking operations.

One of the largest barns held 1,100 cows. But all of them got out safely before the roof fell in, said J.J. Pagel with Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee.

“It’s pretty much a total loss. Over two-thirds of that roof collapsed,” Pagel said.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Farmers’ Rights vs. Eminent Domain | Successful Farming

Farmers’ Rights vs. Eminent Domain | Successful Farming: Ethan Boender is a young man of few words. But when the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline affected precious farmland in his community, he found the words to voice his concern.�

Monday, April 16, 2018

Urban Millennials Go to Farmer School

Urban Millennials Go to Farmer School: Doug Fabbioli is concerned about the future of the rural economy, as urban sprawl expands from metropolitan areas into farm fields and pastureland. The Virginia winery owner decided to be part of the solution and founded The New AG School, the school's mission is raising the next generation of farmers.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Low sales prices, diminished demand souring future of dairy farms | Business | observer-reporter.com

Low sales prices, diminished demand souring future of dairy farms | Business | observer-reporter.com: The Minors and Grices became family dairy farmers at about the same time in Washington County – the mid-1970s.

Bev and Sam Minor grew up on area farms in the 1940s and ‘50s, and met as teens while showing cows at the Greene County Fair.

“Her dream was to marry a dairy farmer,” Sam said, chortling at the memory. He had other professional aspirations, though, and earned a bachelor’s degree at Penn State University while captaining the wrestling team.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Consultant urges rethink of forestry on Tasman district's fragile soils | Stuff.co.nz

Consultant urges rethink of forestry on Tasman district's fragile soils | Stuff.co.nz: As the call grows for tougher controls on forestry, consultant Roger May adds his voice. Cherie Sivignon reports.

Forestry consultant Roger May feels a sense of deja vu.

In the 1990s, as part of Eco-Net, he was calling for improved forestry practices on fragile Separation Point granite (SPG) soils in the Tasman district along with more stringent council rules accompanied by increased�monitoring and enforcement.

Now, as many residents of the district clean up the damage wrought in February by�ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita, May finds himself raising those�same issues again.

Friday, April 13, 2018

House Agriculture Committee Announces the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 | Congressman Glenn Thompson

House Agriculture Committee Announces the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 | Congressman Glenn Thompson: U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today joined with Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and members of the House Agriculture Committee to introduce a new Farm Bill, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.

Rep. Thompson is Vice Chair of the committee and Chairman of the Nutrition Subcommittee, which oversees federal nutrition programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which was formerly called food stamps. Today’s legislation works to address the economic challenges facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers, while making historic investments toward opportunities for SNAP recipients.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Which European Countries Have the Most Expensive Farmland? | Agweb.com

Which European Countries Have the Most Expensive Farmland? | Agweb.com: Think Iowa farmland is pricey? Cast your eyes to Europe for a little perspective. Here are the countries with the highest farmland prices in European Union member states, according to a new report (featuring 2016 data) from Eurostat.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Climate Change Will Disrupt the Way Big Agriculture Is Done - Bloomberg

Climate Change Will Disrupt the Way Big Agriculture Is Done - Bloomberg: Weather volatility is going to throw the sector for a loop, bringing more frequent droughts, flooding and storms, according to a report from BMI Research on agriculture megatrends. As water becomes more scare and global temperatures rise, regulations for agriculture -- the world’s largest contributor to non-carbon dioxide emissions -- are likely to become stricter and farmers will demand more environmentally friendly equipment and farming techniques.

Monday, April 09, 2018

New tool for big farmland challenge | WDAZ

New tool for big farmland challenge | WDAZ: Finding farmland to buy or rent is a major challenge for young farmers — and older ones, too. Now, the National Young Farmers Coalition is offering a new tool that aims to make the task a little easier.

The Finding Farmland Calculator is designed to help farmers understand farm financing options, determine what they can afford and prepare to work with a loan officer. It was created with input from young farmers and farm service providers, according to the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Modernising Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector — Leadership Nigeria Newspapers

Modernising Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector — Leadership Nigeria Newspapers: Nigeria is on the verge of diversification, enhancing the agricultural sector as one of the key drivers. In this report Addullahi Olesin from Ilorin writes, calling on government and agricultural developers for proper pricing of farm produce which will in turn aid the way to modernisation of Agriculture in Nigeria.

Budget Friendly South Florida With Kids: Miami, Everglades, & Key Largo! - The Frugal South

Budget Friendly South Florida With Kids: Miami, Everglades, & Key Largo! - The Frugal South: I love visiting South Florida in the winter to get a dose of sunshine and warmth.�In this post, I’ll show you how to take an affordable family vacation to Miami, the Everglades, and Key Largo that your kids will love!

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Two historic north-east farms go on the market - The Courier

Two historic north-east farms go on the market - The Courier: Promoted by CarsDirect

Interest is expected from far and wide for two significant Aberdeenshire farms totalling more than 600 acres which have come on the market.

Cairnfechel Farm at Udny has a range of modern farm buildings and productive farmland extending to 194Ha (480 acres). It also includes a six-bedroom
farmhouse and five farm cottages and is available for sale as a whole or in two lots.

The farm itself has an asking price of offers over �2.3 million and a second lot of land at North Coullie is available for offers over �620,000. As a whole, the asking price exceeds �2.9m.

Friday, April 06, 2018

More than 1,000 farmers record 121 bird species during Big Farmland Bird Count - Farming UK News

More than 1,000 farmers record 121 bird species during Big Farmland Bird Count - Farming UK News: The record-breaking number of farmers took part in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)-led count between 9 and 18 February.
A total of 25 red-listed species were recorded, with five appearing in the 25 most commonly seen species list.
These include fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, song thrushes and yellowhammers. The most plentiful of these were fieldfares and starlings, which were seen on nearly 40% of the farms taking part.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Texas agriculture officials worry as tariff proposals add up | Business | wacotrib.com

Texas agriculture officials worry as tariff proposals add up | Business | wacotrib.com: The Waco-based Texas Farm Bureau is seeing its fears come to pass, as China responded to President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum by announcing levies Monday on 128 items, including fruits, nuts, wine and pork.

By Tuesday, the Trump administration announced a new proposal for 25 percent tariffs on 1,300 Chinese products that represent $50 billion in imports, according to the Associated Press.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Iowa Farmland Values Post 3% 6-Month Gain | Agweb.com

Iowa Farmland Values Post 3% 6-Month Gain | Agweb.com: The average value of an acre of Iowa farmland is $6,951, which is a 2.9% increase for the six-month period ending March 1. That’s according to the twice-yearly survey conducted by the Iowa Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute (RLI).�

Monday, April 02, 2018

Farmland Values Rise in the Midwest for the First Time Since 2014 | Successful Farming

Farmland Values Rise in the Midwest for the First Time Since 2014 | Successful Farming: The longest decline in farmland values in the Midwest since the agricultural crisis of the mid-1980s is over. Ag bankers surveyed by the Chicago Fed report a 1% rise in “good” farmland values in 2017, the first annual increase in values in three years. During the ag crisis, Midwest land values also fell for three years, from 1984 to 1986.