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Startup Satire: Over the weekend, fliers went up...

Over the weekend, fliers went up around the Mission announcing an open casting call for 94110, a drama about six tech execs "living, learning, and loving together in San Francisco's Mission District." A few cues—notably, no preference for novice actors'...

Adaptive Reuse: Victorian-Era Sea Forts in England Reborn as Rad Luxury Hotels

All photos via AmaZing Venues In the late 1800s, England built a series of sea forts in the Solent strait to defend its southern coast against French invasion. In recent years, though, these structures erected on large chunks of granite...

An Alternative to BPP: A Fund for Consumer Startups

As you probably know by know, I question whether the National Broker Public Portal stands a chance to compete against the established portals (see articles here). I’ve yet to hear a good argument as to how it plans to become a top 3-5 portal — and it doesn’t seem like a good use of time and money if it doesn’t get there. Show More Summary

Rules clarify how lenders should provide housing counseling information to consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released its final interpretation of a regulation that outlines mortgage lenders' duty to provide mortgage applicants with housing counselor information...

Curbed National: 5 Design Superstars Who Should Have Made the TIME 100

Sadly, neither David Adjaye (left) nor Jeanne Gang made this year's TIME 100 list. All photo mockups by Curbed Staff Yesterday, TIME magazine released its annual list of 100 influencers: movers, shakers, and "icons" (a category that this year included...

George Lucas Is Building Affordable Housing Either to Piss Off His Neighbors or Because He's Nice

George Lucas has faced opposition from his wealthy, ornery Marin County neighbors every time he's tried to build on his massive estate. First, plans to expand his production company studios were squashed, and then plans to sell some land...

ICANN teams up with trade group for first ever top-level domain tied to a member database

ICANN, the governing body over all top-level domains (.com,.gov,.edu) has partnered with the National Association of Realtors which has obtained the.REALTOR top-level domain, and only members can obtain one. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat

Final Defendant Sentenced to Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Real Estate Scheme

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Ronald Benjamin, 49, Los Angeles, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel to serve 14 months in federal prison for wire fraud and aiding and abetting in providing materially false information to lenders to procure loans. Show More Summary

What Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s Fee Changes Mean To You

Here's what you need to know about Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's changes to the fees they charge to back mortgages.

How to stack your activities for maximum results

It's a troubling fact that many real estate professionals never fulfill their true potential. Why? Because they fail to focus their efforts or leverage their business in order to achieve the success that they’re capable....

Sold Stuff: Come Again? Sea Cliff Fixer-Upper Sells for $11M, a Bonkers $4.7M Over Asking

When the oceanfront fixer-upper at 178 Sea Cliff Avenue hit the market last month asking $6.298 million, we marveled at the big price for a house that needs some major renovations to be revived. However, it turns out that the...

ReconstructionWatch: Geoff Palmer's Burned Da Vinci Apartments Will be Back in Under a Year

Early last December, part of the giant fauxtalian housing complex Downtown known as Da Vinci was swept up in a massive inferno that left it nothing but smoldering rubble. (The fire was not an accident and many were not...

Hoarding: In Nation of Hoarders, Self-Storage Spots Outnumber McDonald's

Photo via Creative Commons The stratospheric growth of the self-storage industry has been a relatively quiet commercial real estate success story. To put it in perspective, the industry has 48,500 locations across the country, more than triple the number of...

Antitrust Approval for Merger of Immowelt and Immonet

The German Federal Cartel Office and the Austrian Federal Competition Authority have approved the merger of Immowelt and Immonet.

Man Admits Role in Real Estate Investment Scam

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Kenneth Manuel Martin, 66, formerly of Modesto, California, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in connection with a Guatemalan real estate scheme wherein he told investors that their money would be used to fund loans and would be secured by promissory notes recorded against the property. Show More Summary

AM Linkage: Noe Valley's Building Boomlet; George Lucas to Fund Affordable Housing in Marin

AW! #goatchella A photo posted by Ferry Building Marketplace (@ferrybuilding) on Apr 18, 2015 at 10:31am PDT · Building boom transforming Noe's 24th St. corridor · George Lucas will pay $150 million to build affordable housing in Marin ·...

Pocket listing marketplace out to supplement MLS, but will it?

Two real estate agents are set to launch a central repository for unlisted for-sale properties, marking the latest attempt to capitalize on tendencies to market homes off the multiple listing service (MLS). Denver-based Prevali will capture listings “upstream” of MLSs and other...

Loan Officer Charged with Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Mark F. Friend, 60, Stockton, California, was indicted by a federal grand jury on six counts of bank fraud relating to a mortgage fraud scheme wherein he allegedly submitted false and fraudulent loan applications...Show More Summary

Curbed Hamptons: $14M Buys a Southampton Midcentury with a Conservation Pit

Over in Southampton, a prime example of mid-century modern architecture has hit the market for a $14M. The 1950s house, which features two bedroom suites, preserves many original features of the era, including woodblock flooring, conversation pit by the...

After Community Backlash, Tennessee Sex Dungeon Will Become 'Church'

A proposed swingers club in Nashville, Tennessee drew so much outrage from the community that its owners have relented and agreed to develop the building into a "church" instead—"church" being in square quotes because the floorplan is exactly the...

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