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AM Linkage: Oakland Project Nixes McMansions; Uber Flouting CA Law

Photo via Sergio Ruiz · Golden Gate Bridge barrier leads to rampant speeding · Big Oakland housing proposal revived, sans McMansions · Uber suspends drivers who properly register cars · BART board urges nixing $70K fine on 2014 protesters ·...

Zillow Pro for Brokers Exceeds 5,000 Partners

Zillow has announced that the Zillow® Pro for Brokers program has enrolled more than 5,000 partners nationwide and more than doubled its size since July 2014.

Zillow, Trulia share prices jump on talk FTC has approved merger

Share prices in Zillow and Trulia have posted double-digit gains today, suggesting investors have gotten wind that the Federal Trade Commission intends to sign off on the companies’ proposed merger. Trading in Zillow and Trulia has been heavy, with twice...

News from Nippon: Minimalist Japanese Home is Rich in 'Arched Apertures'

Photo by Container Design via Design Boom This detached extension to a home in Yamaguchi, Japan definitely steals the show from the main property. Located in a central courtyard, the snow-white duplex extension has blonde wood interiors and arched doors...

Millennial Forecasting: Millennials Still Chasing That Suburban Dream/Nightmare

Where the millennials at? And where do they want to be, with all that discretionary income of theirs? Marketing professionals everywhere want to know if this anti-suburban sentiment in "the culture" these days has made an impact on these...

Revivals : Finnish Brand is Reviving Alvar Aalto's Furniture From the '30s

Photo via Dezeen Last year proved to be a huge year for reintroductions of retro furnishing classics, notably Ikea's massive revival of its midcentury collections. And it looks like Artek, the furniture company co-founded in 1935 by Finnish modernist architect...

Houses of the Holy: These Glittering Mirror Mosaics in Mosques are Stunning

Photo by David Holt via Flickr Mirror mosaics are a traditional Persian art form, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the resplendent Shah Cheragh mosque—the third most important pilgrimage site in Iran—and the smaller Ali Ibn Hamza shrine....

Linkage: Buy a 'Fifty Shades' Condo; '50s Glass Box Asks $745K; More!

Photo by Ball & Albanese via Dwell · $240K condo feels like a converted farmhouse. · These NYC digs will give you apartment envy. · Is Atlanta's skyline "Vancouverizing"? · $1.25M for a condo in the Fifty Shades of Grey...

Andreas Geyr Appointed Axel Springer’s Chief Marketing Officer

Andreas Geyr, \currently CEO Europe of French agency network Havas Worldwide, will take the reins at Axel Springer Media Impact as Axel Springer’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Preprinted real estate contracts could get you fined

It's a seemingly innocuous practice, but many real estate agents are steering their brokerages toward enormous fines and unwanted attention from state and federal regulators — and they don't even realize it...

Duke Fan: ‘Our vision is to build the ultimate platform for matching buyers to homes’

"Setting a product vision, I've found, helps harness the talent and drive of a product development team," says the vice president of product at RealScout...

How many apps did it take to find the house for sale next door?

Being in the real estate video technology and marketing business for the past seven years has been quite an eye-opening experience for me. And one thing became apparent to me recently: the real estate industry is its own worst enemy when it comes to forward progress...

Video Interlude: Enraged Santa Monica Woman Films Loud Sex and Every Other Noise at Palihouse Hotel

Irate neighbor Laura Wilson has been feuding with the Palihouse Santa Monica hotel for well over a year now and the battle keeps getting weirder. Wilson hates the hotel because she says it's a noisy nuisance destroying her quiet...

National broker portal initiative raising seed money

A group of multiple listing services, franchisors and brokers is on the hunt for seed money to build the first national MLS consumer-facing listing portal. The initiative is being called the “National Broker Portal Project,” although it has no official...

This showing may be recorded for client satisfaction purposes

Should real estate agents just assume that they’re on camera anytime they walk into a listing these days? For anyone who missed out on the media frenzy when two real estate agents were allegedly caught on camera using a client’s...

Rendering Reveal: Here's the Reason La Brea's Art Deco Mole-Richardson Building Was Torn Down

Images via Shubin + Donaldson Architects When a lovely Art Deco building at La Brea and Willoughby was razed without much warning last summer, there was mostly outrage, but there had to have been a little bit of curiosity...

Graffito Justice: After Long Absence, Banksy's Rat Is Back in San Francisco

When Banksy's "Haight Street Rat" first appeared on the side of the Haight bed-and-breakfast the Red Victorian back in 2010, the building's owners planned to repaint the side of their building, eliminating the famous graffiti artist's anti-establishment rodent. Prior...

Cool Map Thing: Predicting Who Will Be Living in Los Angeles in 2030

The image above depicts what Los Angeles could look like in 2030 in a remote, but still possible situation·according to this awesome tool from the Urban Institute, LA's population could drop more than seven percent from 2010 to 2030...

Sepia Tones: A Look Back at the Heyday of the Troubled Southwest Museum

When the Southwest Museum opened its doors in Mount Washington in 1914, it was "the Getty of its day," as the LA Times's Hector Tobar once wrote—a big, showy building, placed like a beacon on a hilltop, that demonstrated...

Curbed I Spy: I Spy: Awkward Historic Nursery-Rhyme Wallpaper Edition

Images via Historic New England Historic New England's online collection of vintage wallpaper is amazing, in part because of the craftsmanship that went into the over 6,000 designs they've digitized, but mostly because nineteenth-century Americans saw fit to display folktales...

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