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City gets another lakefront B&B request

City gets another lakefront B&B request | La Quinta Real Estate | Scoop.it
Plans are in the works for a third bed and breakfast establishment on Evanston's lakefront -- and this time the owner isn't Col. Jennifer Pritzker.
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DIY PROJECT: MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE STARBURST COCKTAIL GLASSES - Palm Springs Style

DIY PROJECT: MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE STARBURST COCKTAIL GLASSES - Palm Springs Style | La Quinta Real Estate | Scoop.it
PALM SPRINGS DIY PROJECT: MID-CENTURY MODERN COCKTAIL GLASSES - PALM SPRINGS STYLE

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Move hit with cease-and-desist letter over 'AgentMatch' tool

Move hit with cease-and-desist letter over 'AgentMatch' tool | La Quinta Real Estate | Scoop.it

American Home Realty Network Inc., which operates real estate listing portal and agent ratings website NeighborCity.com, has sent realtor.com operator Move Inc. a cease-and-desist letter alleging Move’s “AgentMatch” tool infringes on NeighborCity’s trademark registration of the term “Agent Match” and that the tool itself potentially infringes on a patent application filed by NeighborCity in 2010.

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10 Things that Turn Off Home Buyers

10 Things that Turn Off Home Buyers | La Quinta Real Estate | Scoop.it
Is there something about your house that repulses would-be buyers?

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Michael Stuart's curator insight, October 26, 2013 3:57 AM

Yes, sellers have the upper hand in a lot of places. But that doesn't mean that home sellers should be complacent and expect buyers to make offers, no matter how smelly and cluttered the house is.


To talk about homebuyer turnoffs, we assembled a coast-to-coast team of experts: an expert in realeEstate from Austin, Texas, Salem, Ore and East Aurora, N.Y. One wrote the The Complete Idiot's Guide to Staging Your Home to Sell.


They suggest 10 turnoffs that sellers should avoid:


  • Dirt, grime and filth
  • Odors from food, pets and smoking
  • Outdated fixtures and appliances
  • No Wallpaper
  • Popcorn acoustic ceilings
  • Lots of personal items
  • Sellers who hang around the house
  • Misrepresenting a home
  • Poor curb appeal
  • Messy Clutter
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A Net-Zero Energy Campus in the Desert Creates Renewable Clean Energy

A Net-Zero Energy Campus in the Desert Creates Renewable Clean Energy | La Quinta Real Estate | Scoop.it

Communities located in harsh climates – such as Palm Springs, one of the driest spots in North America – are often criticized for the enormous resources that are expended to make the climate fit for humans.


A plan for a new college campus in the arid region, however, may change that perception. The firm of GA Architects and Engineers has recently unveiled Phase One of its plans for the new West Valley Campus at the College of the Desert in Palm Springs. According to HGA, despite the harsh climate, the new 119-acre site will become one of the most energy-efficient campuses in the United States and will actually produce more energy than it will consume.

 

“This project has forward-thinking goals that go beyond net-zero energy to embrace a ‘zero-plus plan’ that creates renewable clean energy rather than simply uses less energy,” said Patrick Thibaudeau, vice president of sustainable design at HGA.


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Barlay Industries, Andrew Barlay's curator insight, June 16, 2013 11:58 AM

Something from nothing is allways the most desirable choice in a Sustainable Mode.

Dawn Mullen's comment, June 17, 2013 8:22 AM
This is what I am talking about. A great deal of the technology is already available today to utilize a forward thinking project like this one. I hope for the sake on the earth, and Grandchildren that this type of building becomes the NORMAL thing to do not the EXCEPTION.
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Jumbo mortgages now carry cheaper rates than traditional loans

Jumbo mortgages now carry cheaper rates than traditional loans | La Quinta Real Estate | Scoop.it
Lenders are offering jumbo mortgages that carry lower interest rates than traditional loans backed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae.
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Nov. 13: Mortgage rates last topped 18% on this day in 1981

Nov. 13: Mortgage rates last topped 18% on this day in 1981 | La Quinta Real Estate | Scoop.it
Today, interest rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage are hovering at around 4.16 percent. That’s super cheap, especially compared with the rates 32 years ago.
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Ben Bensen's curator insight, November 14, 2013 2:14 PM

This really puts things in perspective. We are still at historic lows! If you are thinking of buying or selling, now really is an great time. But don't wait, 5% is the projected rate for this time next year. That could result in $1000's more to pay off each year!

For more information on your local market, I can connect you with a great real estate consultant in your area. Email me: bensenrealestate@outlook.com