Great story, do have a look.. GIFT article... https://wapo.st/41m4ci5
Storm-Resistant Housing Gains Foothold in U.S. Hurricane Zones
The Cool Hunter : Penthouse Apartment by Framework Studios, Amsterdam, the Netherlands https://thecoolhunter.net/penthouse-apartment-by-framework-studios-amsterdam-the-netherlands/ #Architecture #Homes
The Cool Hunter : Liminal House, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada https://thecoolhunter.net/liminal-house-west-vancouver-british-columbia-canada/ #Architecture #Homes
The Cool Hunter : Austrian House by Rem Koolhaas, Zeller See, Austria https://thecoolhunter.net/austrian-house-by-rem-koolhaas-zeller-see-austria/ #Architecture #Homes
Interni : In Milan, a tailor-made house for a copywriter https://www.internimagazine.com/interior/a-milano-una-casa-su-misura-per-una-copywriter/ #trends2023-en #Interior #Homes
Palestinian woman desperate for news of family in Gaza | Al Jazeera Newsfeed
Interni : Living with a cat: 5 furnishing tips https://www.internimagazine.com/interior/prepararsi-allarrivo-di-un-gatto-cinque-consigli-di-arredamento/ #trends2023-en #Interior #Homes
A 2022 ProPublica investigation about RealPage’s rent-setting software led to federal lawsuits asserting inflated #apartment prices.
Interni : In Paris, a total white apartment https://www.internimagazine.com/interior/homes/a-parigi-un-appartamento-in-total-white/ #Interior #Homes
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#Calling a random #civilian and charging them with #evacuating #HOMES that you are about to #bomb should be specifically designated as a #CrimeAgainstHumanity.
I cannot imagine the #tortured logic under which this is OK. It's #conscripting a person and forcing them to be responsible for #lives that someone else is going to take.
#Bombing #apartments is a very #Russian tactic, but I guess it's "better" that one random person gets a #warning? I guess?
Russian forces murder 9 family members in occupied #Volnovakha
Russian soldiers approached the home several days before & demanded the residents vacate so that they could reside there
They returned on Oct. 27, the Prosecutor’s Office said, and shot all nine members of the family while they slept.
Global News BC: Vancouver developer’s comments on Kelowna’s building approval process countered https://globalnews.ca/news/10057212/vancouver-developers-comments-on-kelownas-building-approval-process-countered/ #globalnews #britishcolumbia #news #application #Developer #Vancouver #Building #Business #Economy #Kelowna #Permit #Homes #Rent
I have to get home by Nov 15 to Colorado to care for my sister/friend who has had a bad #stroke and lives in a very remote place
I live in eastern #WestVirginia and have no one to take care of them, no plans on coming back here and no way to bring them with me
Cracked tiles, wonky gutters, leaning walls – why are Britain’s new houses so rubbish?
Buying a brand new property these days is often less of a dream home, more a living nightmare.
With housebuilders – and their shareholders – making huge profits, how come so many new builds aren’t up to scratch?
Millions of #Homes Still Being Kept #Vacant as #Housing Costs Surge, Report Finds
The nation's 50 largest metro areas have millions of homes that aren't being used. There are under 500,000 unhoused people in the entire country. #Census data on the nation’s 50 largest #metropolitan areas and found there are 5.47 million vacant #housingunits, with an average vacancy rate of 7.22%! https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkam9v/millions-of-homes-still-being-kept-vacant-as-housing-costs-surge-report-finds
Quite apart from paying for private schools, the wealthy (and well-off #middleclass) skew the availability of places at state schools by bidding up the prices of #homes in the catchment areas of 'good' schools.
This is hardly new but is in many ways a more serious issue than a marginal increase in private fees!
What the solution is, is another question
The problem is certainly partly an issue of supply, but not the supply of developer-planned #homes.
Rather, a key element in the housing crisis is the collapse in #socialhousing... without action on this, Labour's plans are partial at best & at worst will compound other problems
Studying home #HVAC -replacement options and #IRA incentive$ in #California. Does anyone truly current (swidt) on #CAenergy initiatives think #HOMES and #HEEHRA rebates on #energyefficiency residential upgrades *won't* be available in 2024? (I am aware of – thx Mastodonians – the up to $2,000 federal tax credits already available for qualified heat pumps.) Boosts appreciated.
Victims of New Mexico’s Biggest #Wildfire Wait for Checks From the Federal Government to Rebuild
#Congress set aside $4 billion to compensate victims after the U.S. Forest Service accidentally set the largest wildfire in state history.
The vast majority of victims haven’t been paid, and many can’t rebuild until they are.
"First Street estimates that 39 million #US #homes are insured at artificially suppressed prices compared with the risk they actually face. Of those, nearly 6.8 million homes are covered by state-backed “insurer of last resort” policies.
But as the number of disasters and the related damages keep rising, they predict, the #insurance market will undergo a major adjustment and rates will surge, popping what the nonprofit calls a #ClimateInsuranceBubble."
So Why Are 2,300 Units Vacant?
«Empty properties in #Paris, #France, incur an annual surcharge of 160% of the standard property rates. In #Vancouver, #Canada, vacant #homes are taxed at 3% of the property’s taxable value and failure to pay can result in fines. In #Ireland, the empty house tax is three times the property’s existing base local property tax. And in #Melbourne and #Sydney, house buyers who leave a property unused for six months face an annual charge of at least A$5,500 (NZ$5,978)»
#Homeowners enrolled in Nevada’s mortgage assistance program have received foreclosure notices when the money fails to make its way from the federal government to the loan providers on time.
"There’s a generational divide, with younger people more attuned to #ClimateRisks while oldsters are still willing to pay a premium for drafty, inefficient #homes provided they tick the rest of the buyer’s boxes.
There are financial benefits to including climate in a property buying decision, whether that’s keeping insurance premiums and heating costs down, avoiding costly repairs or maintaining resale value. "
John Hewson - Markets have failed on #housing. As someone who has long advocated for relying on market forces whenever possible, it pains me to recognise that market failure has been a major feature of the emerging #housingcrisis. It is now imperative governments re-embrace #socialhousing strategies as probably the most effective way of beginning to make #homes more affordable and prevent more people falling into #homelessness.
Hundreds of homes and shops demolished in India’s Haryana | Al Jazeera Newsfeed
Fierce fighting at Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon | AJ #shorts
Homeowners Trying to Get Out of “We Buy Ugly Houses” Deals Find Little Relief in State, Federal Laws
Story by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, July 27, 2023
"A wildfire that started in #Klickitat County, Washington, on Friday afternoon destroyed more than 30,000 acres in less than a day and continues to grow as it feeds on brush, grass and forest vegetation.
"Fire crews are working to extinguish the #NewellRoadWildfire near #Bickleton, which has resulted in the evacuation of residents in the rural area, and is threatening #farms, #livestock, #homes and #wind and #SolarFarms, reported KOMO News.
"'It's very difficult terrain to fight fire,' said Allen Lebovitz, a spokesperson for the state's Department of Natural Resources, as Reuters reported. 'We are under a red flag warning. That's a #firefighter's worst nightmare because the #humidity is dropping precipitously. The winds are picking up. And so the fire carries extremely fast.'
"Lebovitz said the fire was heading in the direction of the #Yakama Indian Reservation."
Hotel ads, booking sites and guest reviews. Tourists staying in rooms meant for low-cost housing. Yet the city’s Housing Department has cited few landlords for violating the residential #hotel law.
How One Woman Narrowly Avoided a Bad Deal With a “We Buy Ugly Houses” Franchise
Royanne McNair believed she had canceled her contract with a “We Buy Ugly Houses” franchise, so she pursued another offer on her house — this one for $100,000 more.
Then an anonymous envelope froze the deal.
LA Promised to Preserve Low-Cost #Housing. These Tenants’ Homes Were Turned Into Hotel Rooms Anyway.
When the American Hotel converted into a tourist hotel, its long-term residents lost not just their affordable housing but the creative #community that long thrived in the iconic building.
Senators Call for Further Oversight, Consumer Protections in Contract for Deed Real Estate Transactions
Following a ProPublica-Sahan Journal report on fast-tracked home financing deals that left Somali families in Minnesota financially devastated, federal lawmakers met to discuss what could be done to shield buyers.
The problem is not refugees arriving on boats.
70% of central London properties sold this year bought with cash – Savills
Report fuels fear that rich overseas buyers are buying properties at expense of working Londoners
"The programs, which largely will be carried out by the state’s investor-owned utilities and regional groups, will offer #incentives for residents to make their #homes more #EnergyEfficient, #electrify their dwellings and install smart appliances and battery storage. Money will be set aside for programs to target underserved or disadvantaged communities, the commission said."
HomeVestors Said It Had Kicked Out a Top Franchisee Who Broke the Law.
New Evidence Suggests It Didn’t.
The "We Buy Ugly Houses" company said it had cut ties with Cory Evans, the former co-owner of Patriot Holdings LLC, “a number of years” ago.
But texts, emails and interviews indicate he was still engaged in the business as recently as March.
“We Buy Ugly Houses” CEO Steps Down Following ProPublica Investigation
David Hicks, CEO of HomeVestors of America, said in a letter announcing his retirement that recent press coverage of the company’s homebuying practices has taken a “personal toll on me.”
Senators, Regulator Call for More Scrutiny of “We Buy Ugly Houses” Company
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said the #DOJ and state attorneys general should be made aware of predatory house-flipping practices, following ProPublica reporting on HomeVestors of America.
I made my first account on #homesocial because I wanted a place to talk about #housing, #architecture and #design, #furniture, #gardening, #history, #interiordecor, #setdesign and all the highs/lows of the housing market.
Looking to Sell Your Home for Cash? Read This First.
Cash home buyers like the “We Buy Ugly Houses” company may offer a quick and convenient sale to homeowners.
Here’s what experts say you should know about interacting with these companies.
Five Stories of Lives Upended After Dealing With the “We Buy Ugly Houses” Company
Pennee was convinced to sell the family trailer she'd inherited for 1/5 of its market value.
She's just one of several people who shared their stories of finding themselves in unwanted deals with a cash home buyer.
The Ugly Truth Behind “We Buy Ugly Houses”
A ProPublica investigation — based on court documents, #property records, company training materials and interviews with 48 former franchise owners and dozens of #homeowners — found HomeVestors franchisees that used #deception and targeted the #elderly, infirm and those so close to #poverty that they feared homelessness would be a consequence of selling.
I ❤ this! This is more or less what I did with my apartment but with less fancier furniture.
Most of my furniture is from my old apartment, my parents' castoffs or bought second hand.
I believe in the wisdom of reclaiming old places and making it beautiful, rather than move to a fancy condominium tower with all the shiny facilities.
At least 11,772 instances of damp and mould were reported in social housing in Scotland in 2021-22.
The number of complaints has increased by 18% since 2019-20, before the pandemic hit, according to #FOI figures.