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  • Construction of new homes hits eight-month high in July
    Construction of new homes hits eight-month high in July

    New-home construction in the U.S. surged to an eight-month high in July, lifting the stock market and prospects for a broader economic recovery.

  • L.A. commercial property landlord Evoq is sold for $357.4 million

    Los Angeles commercial property landlord Evoq Properties Inc. has agreed to be sold for $357.4 million to a group of investors led by Atlas Capital Group of New York.

  • Home builder confidence ticks up again in August
    Home builder confidence ticks up again in August

    Home builders are feeling better about their prospects these days.

  • Lawsuit puts scrutiny on title insurance kickbacks
    Lawsuit puts scrutiny on title insurance kickbacks

    A new federal court suit alleging kickback violations by one of the country's top-producing real estate sales teams raises an unsettling question for home buyers: Could your agent or broker be pocketing under the table large chunks of what you pay for title insurance?

  • Cumulative voting is designed to protect minority owners

    Question: We recently bought a home in a large development with a homeowner association and are new to the concept of boards and this type of living environment. We're told the same directors have been on the board and controlling the association for over 13 years. The directors said...

  • Know risks of buying in-laws' home
    Know risks of buying in-laws' home

    Dear Liz: My in-laws just informed us that they have gone through their retirement fund and soon won't be able to pay their mortgage. They borrowed against the house they've lived in for 30 years and currently owe $325,000. They are devastated, so I am trying to figure out the best...

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Wild edible plants pose liability risks to homeowner association

Question: Some areas of our very mature development have creeks, streams, trees and dense vegetation similar to forested areas where wild edible delicacies are usually foraged. None of these delicacies were planted by the association, and because of their unique flavors, they're considered...

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