By Jeff Collins | Southern California News Group PUBLISHED: March 19, 2019 at 5:02 am | UPDATED: March 19, 2019 at 7:38 am Travis Page, owner of Clover’s Lawn Service, rakes leaves at an Opendoor house on Joltaire Way in Winchester in December. Opendoor became the fourth iBuyer to start operating in Southern California. Although iBuyers have been active since 2014, the online home-buying model didn’t reach Southern California until 2017. (Photo by Frank Bellino, contributing photographer) Southern California is relatively new to the iBuyer trend, which prefers markets with large expanses of cookie cutter tract housing to make it easier to accurately price houses. While iBuying has been in full swing in places like Phoenix for several years, the first iBuyers started working in Southrn California in 2017. In the past six months, RedfinNow expanded from the Inland Empire into Orange and Los Angeles counties. Opendoor and Zillow Offers recently announced plans to expand … [Read more...] about What’s an iBuyer? These companies will buy your home quicker, but at what cost?
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Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from "ballistic attack-resistant" doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry's campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled. That changed last February when a former student shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Publicly, the rampage reignited the U.S. gun-control debate. Privately, it propelled industry efforts to sell school fortification as the answer to the mass killing of American kids. Since that attack, security firms and nonprofit groups linked to the industry have persuaded lawmakers to elevate the often-costly "hardening" of schools over other measures that researchers and educators say are proven to reduce violence, an Associated Press investigation shows. The industry helped Congress draft a law that committed $350 million to equipment and other school security over the next decade. Nearly 20 states have … [Read more...] about Lawmakers Buy Industry Fix to Stop Mass School Shootings
Reese Dunklin and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Updated 10:06 am CDT, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 This May 29, 2008, photo shows a bullet-resistant lock installed by NetTalon Security Systems on the door of a classroom at McKinley Middle Magnet School in Baton Rouge, La. The company has struggled to sell versions of the comprehensive security package it installed at the school. (Richard Alan Hannon/The Advocate via AP) less This May 29, 2008, photo shows a bullet-resistant lock installed by NetTalon Security Systems on the door of a classroom at McKinley Middle Magnet School in Baton Rouge, La. The company has struggled to sell ... more Photo: Richard Alan Hannon, AP In this May 29, 2008 photo, Baton Rouge Police Department SWAT team members walk down a McKinley Middle Magnet School hallway past a fire academy member playing the role of a victim during a simulated hostage situation in Baton Rouge, La. … [Read more...] about AP: Lawmakers buy industry fix to secure schools from gunmen
By Erin Griffith Published 2:54 pm PDT, Saturday, September 29, 2018 Inside the headquarters of Opendoor, a San Francisco startup that flips homes and has been valued at more than $2 billion. Inside the headquarters of Opendoor, a San Francisco startup that flips homes and has been valued at more than $2 billion. Photo: Aaron Wojack / New York Times Eric Wu is the founder and chief executive of San Francisco’s Opendoor. Wu says the company’s goal is to make moving as simple as the click of a button. Eric Wu is the founder and chief executive of San Francisco’s Opendoor. Wu says the company’s goal is to make moving as simple as the click of a button. Photo: Christie Hemm Klok / New York Times 2017 Opendoor has raised more than $1 billion from investors, including SoftBank, Khosla Ventures and GGV Capital. Opendoor has … [Read more...] about The hot property that’s next on tech’s agenda: real estate
Viet Nam News By Mai Hiên HÀ NỘI — For years, social housing has been a hot issue in Việt Nam. Living in decent, affordable housing in a reasonable location is one of the most important goals for all Vietnamese people. It is undeniable social housing can help provide for basic housing needs, especially for those with low incomes. But experts say it can have adverse effects on society if it is not planned and executed properly. Hoàng Thị Loan, a resident of Viglacera Corporation’s Đặng Xá social housing project, said she is satisfied with her apartment. “Thanks to a preferential loan from the government’s housing stimulus package, I can own an apartment for just VNĐ350 million ($15,000),” she told Việt Nam News. She added that buying a house was out of reach on her monthly salary of VNĐ5 million. Loan also said social housing was a practical option for young couples and those with low … [Read more...] about Exploring solutions to the affordable housing crisis