Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Andy Rosen Globe Staff July 19, 2018 What if, instead of taking out a home equity loan from a bank, you could ask Wall Street to invest in your house?You’d get cash upfront, and if the value of your home went up, the investors would get their money back, plus a profit. If the value of your home fell, the investors would earn less or maybe even absorb a loss.That’s the idea behind a new crop of venture-backed startups hoping to make money by betting real estate values will continue to climb in selected markets around the country. It’s called “equity sharing,” and the entrepreneurs behind these companies say it serves an unmet need for homeowners who want to capitalize on their biggest asset — without selling or taking on monthly loan payments. Advertisement “They’ve got this value, but they can’t touch … [Read more...] about These startups want to buy a share of your house. Is that a good idea?
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THE BIG IDEA: Get ready for Macron-mania. Donald Trump was the first president since Calvin Coolidge, a century ago, not to welcome a foreign leader for a state visit during his first year in office. Fifteen months into his presidency, Trump is finally rolling out the red carpet for French President Emmanuel Macron. The country’s tricolor flag is flying all over downtown, and three days of events are planned in the capital city. After Macron lands this afternoon, the presidents and their wives will take a helicopter to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, for a sunset dinner on the terrace overlooking the Potomac. Trump and Macron will meet one-on-one tomorrow morning in the Oval Office. Vice President Pence will host a lunch for Macron at the State Department, and he will tour Arlington National Cemetery. The state dinner is Tuesday evening. “In a break with tradition, Trump invited no Democratic members of Congress or journalists,” the AP reports. … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Macron wants to be Trump’s buddy. Can it last? Five flashpoints to watch.
A survivor of the 2013 chemical weapons attack in Syria wants to share a beer with President Trump. Kassem Eid went on CNN, talking about what it’s like to live under the Assad regime. Eid said quote, “I just want to tell Mr. Trump directly. I’m a Syrian refugee who survived chemical weapons attacks, who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government. I would love to, like, buy you a beer, and just sit in front of you and tell you how bad it is in Syria.” Eid also wanted to tell Trump that the airstrikes the President authorized proved once again that he has a big heart. The U.S. along with France and the United Kingdom launched coordinated air strikes on chemical weapons facilities in Syria. It was in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack. An attack the West has accused the Assad regime of committing. Trump on Twitter called the strikes perfectly executed writing mission accomplished. More from … [Read more...] about Syrian chemical attack survivor wants to buy President Trump a beer and talk with him
Matar is in the middle of a parkour event in his new home Gothenburg when The Local calls. It's rare that a day goes by without him training – so high are the demands put on his body. "You have to keep practicing all the time, otherwise you lose your conditioning. Your body can't pull it off. I’m always training, every day. If I have to stop for two weeks or so because of an injury to my foot for example I'll just do training that doesn't involve my feet. I never stop," he explained. Parkour has completely transformed the 22-year-old's life. He first discovered the free-running sport back in 2005 and hasn't looked back since. "I started parkour in 2005 back in Gaza with a team called PK Gaza. We created a small group, training outside in the streets. We didn't have a gym, so we started to develop ourselves by watching videos on the internet and being inspired by them." The realities of living in Gaza meant an unorthodox approach to learning for the youngsters – … [Read more...] about ‘Every day since I came to Sweden feels like a dream’: From Gaza to Gothenburg through parkour
Omaha Public Power District customers will soon be able to support the local production and use of solar power — at a cost.OPPD as early as next year will start selling shares of solar power to customers interested in using more renewable power, including those who lack the means to buy or lease their own solar panels.A residential customer who buys five shares of solar power, for example, could bring enough solar power onto the OPPD grid to offset about half of a home’s monthly electricity usage. The utility designed each share of solar power to represent roughly 10 percent of the electricity that an average residential customer uses each month. More than two-thirds of OPPD customers contacted for recent market research said they would consider the program, and support stayed strong even when higher prices were tested. Sign-ups in other cities have trailed public interest before the programs were unveiled.An OPPD estimate showed that residential solar program participants … [Read more...] about OPPD customers will soon be able to buy shares of solar power