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Barack Obama lands in familiar Rancho Mirage as Donald Trump enters White House

As new commander-in-chief Donald Trump settles into the White House, former resident and President Barack Obama has touched down in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. Obama and his wife, Michelle, on Friday arrived at Thunderbird Heights in Rancho Mirage, an affluent community near Palm Springs,...

Australian founders of Juwai.com sell their stake in the business

Queenslanders Andrew Taylor and Simon Henry, declined to comment on how much they received for their 20 per cent stake in the business, but the Australian Financial Review reports the deal valued the company at about $50 million and the shares were sold to existing investors

Matterport brings virtual-reality app for 3-D home tours to iPhones

Prospective homebuyers can now use their iPhones in combination with headsets to saunter about 3-D home tours in virtual reality (VR). Matterport — which provides 3-D home tours viewable on desktop and smartphone screens, as well as in VR — has brought a VR app...

Real estate agent arrested in Omaha hit-and-run homicide case

Omaha, Nebraska-based real estate agent Dirk Blume has been charged with second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony after he ran over Seth Hansen, a 40-year-old clerk at Speedee Mart, a local gas station...

Developer behind Ace and Soho Warehouse says it will open budget hotel in Silver Lake

And near Los Angeles State Historic Park BLVD745, the real estate developer that helped bring the Ace Hotel to Downtown Los Angeles, is planning to open a new chain of “budget” hotels with it first locations near Los Angeles State Historic...Show More Summary

Watch lightning strike Sutro Tower repeatedly

Whoa! Sutro Tower, the city’s preferred tower, had to put up with a lot before being beloved by so many. (Like San Francisco’s very own ying-yang symbol, today it’s the muse for countless tattoos.) It took many a local to get used to...Show More Summary

This irregularly-shaped home perches on a single concrete pillar

It sits on a hill in Prague surrounded by trees Now this home in Czech Republic is certainly unique. Designed by Jan Šépka, a co-founder of HŠH Architects, the aptly named House in an Orchard is located on an inclined plot in Prague surrounded by trees. Show More Summary

Furniture startup Greycork now sells pegboard storage, desk accessories

But only if they’re crowdfunded first Remember Greycork, the startup offering design-minded, easy-to-assemble modern furniture for the post-Ikea set? After relaunching with an upgraded and expanded collection last summer, the Providence,...Show More Summary

Midcentury Eichler in Russian Hill, with its own house of mirrors, wants $6.8 million

Bonkers high-rise home features a mirror-covered bathroom and a sauna with million-dollar views Some days a home comes along that takes reason, logic, and one’s breath away. Today is that day. Perched high on Russian Hill inside theShow More Summary

ProfitDash, a real estate agent tax app, now allows filing from phone

In August last year, finance-tracking app Hurdlr released a real estate-specific version of its product for real estate agents; it partnered with Keller Williams to create ProfitDash. "Thousands of Keller Williams agents have been using the app," said Raj Bhaskar, CEO at Hurdlr, "and we've been taking their feedback."...

Tour Steven Holl's quirky, geometric house in upstate NY

Inside the “Ex of IN House” We first took notice of the Ex of IN house, by architect Steven Holl, last October, and were immediately intrigued by its quirkily geometric forms and abandonment of right angles in favor of curves, cut-outs,...Show More Summary

For $1.485M, an airy midcentury with a pool in Sherman Oaks

Designed by Edward Fickett, the home is newly updated Built in 1954, this modern home in Sherman Oaks is looking quite contemporary, after a recent flip. Last sold in June for $1.382 million, the house is already back on the market with...Show More Summary

San Francisco now accepting bids to redesign “unwelcoming” Civic Center

Mayor’s administration tired of plaza’s current look, suggests “thoughtful design” replace it On Saturday, Civic Center Plaza hosted 70,000-100,000 people in one of the largest public demonstrations in city history. But other days it’s...Show More Summary

NerdWallet: January, February prime months to purchase a home

New year, new home? The NerdWallet team says January and February are the prime months to purchase a home, thanks to lessened competition, lower home prices and higher mortgage rates looming ahead...

In Pasadena, a Craftsman that mixes midcentury modern and preppy

A creative couple buys their first house and, serendipitously, their style aligns: “It’s like if the Kennedy’s went camping.” Our House Calls feature takes you into homes with great style, big personality, and ineffable soul. Today we...Show More Summary

Flooding and street closures from this weekend’s Bay Area storm

Rain causes rock slides, felled trees, and soaked streets While the weekend’s storm didn’t ravish the Bay Area in the same way it did Southern California—major sections of area freeways closed while flash flood warnings hit LA County,...Show More Summary

OMA-designed Qatar Foundation unveiled in new photos

The main building is made of two “stacked” volumes Though there are few details on OMA’s design for the new headquarters for the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in Doha, Dezeen brings us photographsShow More Summary

Homesnap + Broker Public Portal: The Unofficial Why and How (and the case for more PR)

I’ve been seeing a lot of questions about the direction and makeup of the Broker Public Portal and its relationship with Homesnap. I have no direct influence or investment in either group, but plenty of interest. Let’s clear the table...Show More Summary

Chinese bike-share startup Bluegogo plans soft rollout while placating City Hall

San Francisco’s newest transit tech endeavor plays nice Bluegogo, the app-based bike-sharing company based in China, was supposed to launch in San Francisco today. But after running afoul of lawmakers’ ire last week, they have sinceShow More Summary

HUD halts MIP reduction: What does the real estate industry think?

Real estate professionals who had delayed closings to take advantage of the Federal Housing Administration's annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) cuts have to tell clients, "Just kidding."...

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