31 March 2017

779 Palma Street, El Granada, CA

$889,000, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, 1,030 Sq. Ft., MLS #: ML81644850 Make this home your own living in lower El Granada. This home is on a large lot with fruit trees and a great bonus room to get creative with. Home has hardwood floors throughout and is close to beach, schools and the new Spanglers […]

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31 March 2017

No More Teacher’s Dirty Looks, Albion Schoolhouse Is an A-Plus Conversion

realtor.com Sharpen your No. 2 pencil, because we’re testing your ability to spot a bargain. The restored and remodeled Albion Schoolhouse in California’s Mendocino County isn’t just a cool place to live; it also comes with a county permit allowing the owner to rent it out for events. Given its reputation for hosting area parties—weddings, receptions, bar mitzvahs—those events could cover […]

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31 March 2017

Morgan Stanley passes $300 million in consumer relief in mortgage bond settlement

Morgan Stanley handed out nearly $200 million in consumer relief over the last few months, pushing the company past the 75% mark in its $400 million consumer relief obligation that is part of the $3.2 billion mortgage bond settlement it reached last year. Source: Housing Wire News

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31 March 2017

How to Clean a Lawn Mower: An Essential Step to Getting Your Backyard Spring-Ready

M_a_y_a/iStock Homeowners, start your engines! It’s time to clean your lawn mower for the spring season. Lawn mowing time is fast approaching! If your spring-cleaning checklist is a mile long, don’t fret. Prepping your mower doesn’t require a ton of time and effort. Just a few minutes of mower love, and $20 to $30 in supplies, will […]

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31 March 2017

Ballard Spahr: Here are some questions for the House to ask CFPB Director Cordray

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray hasn’t gone on record a lot in regards to his stance on the future of the bureau, along with his own future, despite the escalating uncertainty of both. Since the House Financial Services Committee will hold its semi-annual hearing on the CFPB on April 5, Ballard Spahr came […]

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31 March 2017

Realtors name February’s fastest housing markets

As the market gears up for what many economists are predicting will be one of the strongest spring home-buying seasons in recent memory, the National Association of Realtors created an infographic that shows the top five fastest markets in February. Spoiler alert: the fastest market saw homes sold in an average of just 23 days. […]

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31 March 2017

So you've heard about blockchain, but what is it?

Fintech is abuzz about blockchain, but what is it exactly? Factom CEO and co-founder Peter Kirby explains the intricacies of blockchain, along with how it applies to the mortgage industry. This is especially important since its design should help streamline the mortgage process. Source: Housing Wire News

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31 March 2017

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Is Blasting Out of Studio City

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage With “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ready to be released in May, you’d think director and writer James Gunn wouldn’t have a spare moment to sell his home in Studio City, let alone move out of it. However, given the (almost) sure-fire success of his sequel to the beloved comic-book movie, Gunn’s ready to make a move. […]

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31 March 2017

Joanna Gaines of ‘Fixer Upper’ Is on Her Own! Here’s a Sneak Peek

HGTV Tears were shed earlier this week over the Season 4 finale of “Fixer Upper”—how will we survive without our regular fix of Chip and Joanna Gaines? Well, it turns out we may not have to go into full-on home decor withdrawal, and here’s why: Joanna has her own spinoff, “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design.” God bless America! While there’s […]

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31 March 2017

Consumer optimism surges due to lowered standards

Consumers grew even more optimistic despite the increasing partisan divide. However, this growing optimism could be due, in part, to a change in evaluative criteria. As for the partisan divide, economists continue to predict it will soften in the months to come. Source: Housing Wire News

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31 March 2017

Small Garden? These Shrubs Won’t Crowd You Out

Spring Meadow Nursery It’s the dream of many a homeowner: a property full of mature trees, endless flower beds overflowing with English-Country-Garden abandon and tall lilac bushes scenting the spring air. The horticultural reality? Skimpy townhouse terraces, grudging high-rise balconies and shrinking suburban yards. To the rescue of the chlorophyll-craving masses: the plant industry. Recognizing […]

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31 March 2017

Democrats rally together to support CFPB in case against PHH

Congressional Democrats filed an amicus brief on Friday with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the bureau’s independent structure and constitutionality. “In creating the Bureau, lawmakers determined that it needed two key attributes to fulfill its mission: independence, and the ability to act promptly and decisively in response to new threats to […]

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