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When pandemic reality hits reality real estate shows

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Stuck at home? HGTV and the ever-expanding universe of renovation and real estate shows are happy to accommodate -- by serving up even more home time.

Since the novel coronavirus disrupted lives -- and production schedules -- the network has been forced to get creative to keep Americans tuned in to their favorite aspirational programs.

HGTV ...Read more

Home-flipping giant Opendoor says it's time to resume buying

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The SoftBank-backed startup that used mountains of cash to reinvent the practice of flipping houses is betting that it's safe to start shopping again.

Opendoor, which halted purchases in March and laid off more than a third of its staff as the coronavirus kept U.S. homebuyers indoors, will resume operations in Phoenix this week, with plans to ...Read more

Is Elon Musk really trying to sell his L.A. homes? Himself? On Zillow?

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On Friday, Tesla CEO and occasional troll Elon Musk made waves on Twitter once again, declaring that he was selling almost all his physical possessions -- including his luxury real estate portfolio.

The billionaire appeared to double down on the promise over the weekend, listing two of his Bel-Air homes for sale on Zillow for a combined $39.5 ...Read more

5 time-saving tricks for home maintenance

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Spring and summer are the time to enjoy your home, not sweat and toil over it. But it's important not to ignore home maintenance completely, regardless of the season.

The good news is that there are a lot of ways to reduce the amount of time and effort you pour into home without exposing it to serious damage or repairs. Here are five time-...Read more

Social Graces: How should you break up with someone while sheltering in place?

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Q: How should you break up with someone while sheltering in place?

A: We are in a time of deep intimacy in relationships. There's nowhere to hide, no choice except vulnerability. Some couples are seeing clearer compatibility, and others more dissonance.

If you know it's time to end the relationship, that is being shown to you now for a ...Read more

Hot Property: PK Subban and Lindsey Vonn say 'I do' to new LA home

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LOS ANGELES -- NHL star P.K. Subban and former Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, who got engaged last year, appear to have taken the next step in their relationship: cohabitation. The couple were the buyers of a Beverly Hills Post Office-area home that sold earlier this month for $6.75 million.

Set on more than half an acre, the gated house has been ...Read more

You can skip mortgage payments for 6 months. But many fear what comes after that

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In March, like millions of others, Thomas Taylor saw his income plummet.

The global pandemic left the 42-year old furloughed from his two bartending jobs and staring down a $2,600 monthly mortgage payment on his condo in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Taylor reached out to his mortgage company for help but hit a wall. He wouldn't have to pay for six ...Read more

You can skip mortgage payments for 6 months. But many fear what comes after that

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In March, like millions of others, Thomas Taylor saw his income plummet.

The global pandemic left the 42-year old furloughed from his two bartending jobs and staring down a $2,600 monthly mortgage payment on his condo in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Taylor reached out to his mortgage company for help but hit a wall. He wouldn't have to pay for six ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: How are people buying and selling houses during the coronavirus pandemic?

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Q: Since we are all staying at home to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, how are people buying and selling houses? -- Dan

A: Even with stay-at-home orders in place, there are still plenty of people buying and selling their homes, all while complying with the rules and safety protocols.

Real estate agents are marketing homes with video tours, and ...Read more

Mortgage chaos threatens to worsen once it's time for repayments

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The mortgage market has been disrupted by millions of borrowers postponing payments because of coronavirus. But lenders and veterans of the 2008 financial crisis warn the real chaos won't start until the pandemic passes.

The problem is confusion over what will happen when borrowers have to make up those payments. Federal agencies that back most...Read more

Mortgage chaos threatens to worsen once it's time for repayments

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The mortgage market has been disrupted by millions of borrowers postponing payments because of coronavirus. But lenders and veterans of the 2008 financial crisis warn the real chaos won't start until the pandemic passes.

The problem is confusion over what will happen when borrowers have to make up those payments. Federal agencies that back most...Read more

Brick up your home office with Lego Bundle of the Week

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It's hard in Central Florida for the real theme park fans right now, knowing that those rides and games are just sitting there with no lines. But some of the parks are still helping their devotees bring a little bit of the thrill into their homes.

Legoland's gift shop is still open online and they are putting together weekly deals. For a ...Read more

Save $35 on Purple Carrot subscription meals

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Quarantine is making a lot of people better cooks but what about when you want to expand your culinary palate and you're tired of making everything yourself?

Purple Carrot is a vegan meal delivery service that can provide two or three dinners a week, depending on how many mouths you have to feed. They feature a $20 discount on first orders, but...Read more

Sea rise won't sink all of Florida's real estate market, experts say. Just parts of it

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Florida's first-ever -- and short-lived -- climate change czar set a clear priority for the state: Protect the real estate market.

Before she left for a White House job, Chief Resilience Officer Julia Nesheiwat drafted a report to Gov. Ron DeSantis about what steps Florida should take to deal with rising seas and temperatures by 2030. The ...Read more

Philly garden activists are shipping millions of seeds to a nation fretting over food access during coronavirus pandemic

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PHILADELPHIA -- One afternoon last week, at a table in the back of West Philadelphia's Making Worlds bookstore, Kate Illes shook aji pepper seeds into hand-labeled envelopes. In a comfortable chair near a section on prisons and oppression, Nathan Kleinman bundled Brussels sprout seeds. And, over by the front desk, Trika Parasimo meted out melon ...Read more

Social Graces: How to turn down Zoom invites and chain emails during the coronavirus pandemic

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Q: During shelter in place, you've received a lot of chain letters and Zoom invites. You don't want to participate, so should you decline the invite or just ignore it?

A: As someone who received no fewer than four quarantine recipe exchange emails in two days, I can certainly relate. They all say exactly the same thing, word for word, ...Read more

5 ways to keep your roof in good shape

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The roof is your home's first line of defense against the elements. Take care of it and it will take care of you.

Nipping problems in the bud can also save you big bucks in the cost of emergency repairs - which average $1,000, for things like leaks and ice dams. And in a worst-case scenario where you're forced to replace the roof prematurely...Read more

Through coronavirus pandemic and two world wars, this nursery keeps people planting and believing

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SEATTLE -- These are not war times, but they are something like it, with people fretful about loved ones and money and security and how life will look once the enemy virus retreats.

One thing you can count on: If you plant a seed in soil, soak it with water and sun, it will grow. If you dig into the earth, it will somehow ground you, distract ...Read more

LA hunkered down. But it hasn't stopped building mansions, stadiums and apartments

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LOS ANGELES -- The sounds of electric saws and hammering filled a narrow street in Pacific Palisades on a recent morning.

Crews wearing protective masks worked on the roof and patio of a sprawling home under construction on the corner. Building permits show it will be about 17,000 square feet and include a sport court, swimming pool and a 1,500...Read more

Hot Property: Lakers star hangs $8 million price tag on Southern California home

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent later this year, has put his home in the North Ranch area of Westlake Village up for sale for $7.995 million.

The contemporary Mediterranean mansion sits behind gates with a guesthouse and a $1 million infinity-edge swimming pool complete ...Read more