Suburban contractor pleads guilty to theft

A suburban contractor accused of everything from skipping rent to botched building projects and bouncing checks pled guilty to one felony count of theft related to the only case he was charged in.

Christopher Everett pled guilty to taking more than $50,000 to build a garage in Oak Brook that he did not complete. He has agreed to pay back that money and participate in the DuPage County sheriff’s work program.

“They gave him two weeks ‘hard labor’ picking-up garbage, kids could steal a pack of cigarettes and get more time than that,” said Terry Newsome, who scoured court records to find several other people who also claim they were victimized by Everett.

“We all came together as victims, citizens, to protect other citizens,” said Everett’s aunt Barb

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Mattamy Homes to Enter Dallas-Fort Worth Market

Definitive Agreement Reached on the Acquisition of the Homebuilding Operations of Dallas-Based New Synergy Homes and Ownership and Control of More Than 3,400 Homesites

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 29, 2020 /CNW/ – Mattamy Homes, the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, today announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the homebuilding operations of New Synergy Homes in Dallas, Texas, the second largest housing market in the United States.  The acquisition of New Synergy, a homebuilding operation of Dallas-based developer and homebuilder Centurion American Development Group, is anticipated to close on November 2, 2020. As a result of the transaction, Mattamy will own and control more than 3,400 homesites in 26 future communities.  In connection with the acquisition, Mattamy will offer employment opportunities to all employees of New Synergy. Mattamy will not acquire the land development operations of Centurion American Development Group, which will

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Fair housing groups: Redfin ‘redlines’ minority communities

 |  Associated Press

SEATTLE — Several fair housing organizations accused Redfin of systematic racial discrimination in a lawsuit Thursday, saying the online real estate broker offers fewer services to homebuyers and sellers in minority communities — a type of digital redlining that has depressed home values and exacerbated historic injustice in the housing market.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the organizations said that during a two-year investigation they documented the effect of Redfin’s “minimum price policy,” which requires homes to be listed for certain prices to reap the benefits of Redfin’s services.

The company was vastly less likely to offer realtor services, professional photos, virtual tours, online promotion or commission rebates for homes listed in overwhelmingly minority neighborhoods than it was in overwhelmingly white ones, the investigation found.

That meant homes in minority neighborhoods were likely to stay on the market longer and

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An Apartment in Brooklyn or a House Upstate? She Had the Budget for One

For six years, Ashleigh Kaneski rented a sunny studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The bare-bones kitchen had a mini-fridge; above it was the only counter space. She used the blender on the floor because the cord wouldn’t reach.

“Cooking was like Tetris,” she said. “I had to do it in phases.” The rent was $1,820 a month.

Ms. Kaneski, 37, often hiked with friends in the Catskills, and had become friendly with an Airbnb owner there who lived in Brooklyn and ran the Airbnb from a distance. “Why does everyone else have all the fun?” she asked herself. “Why don’t I try to do that?”

She figured she couldn’t afford to buy in the city, but she could keep her tiny rental and invest in a house upstate, renting it when she wasn’t there. So a year ago, she started hunting for a house in the Catskills, with a budget

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Flash Sale: Get Red Dead Redemption 2 On PS4 For Cheap

While all eyes are on Amazon Prime Day 2020, the giant retailer isn’t the only one having a sale. Other retailers of note have competing anti-Prime Day sales going on right now, and including GameStop. Right now, they have Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 available at a steep discount.

As part of GameStop’s special 1UP Sale, pre-owned versions of the physical PS4 release of Red Dead Redemption 2 are available for just $20. The standard price is $60, so this is a pretty significant cut from its full price. The overall 1UP Sale expected to end midnight tonight, but this particular flash sale for Red Dead 2 will end in less 3 hours, so act fast.

Every four hours, GameStop will cycle in new flash sales for some noteworthy games. In addition to the flash sales, there’s also other discounts on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for $30, which

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Incredibly expensive homes shrouded in scandal

The beauty of architecture is often in the eye of the beholder, as these controversial cribs prove. Whether they’ve led to fierce legal battles, or been condemned to the wrecking ball, these controversial homes are sure to leave an impression. From the one-of-a-kind house dubbed America’s ugliest to an opulent 27-storey mansion built on the cusp of Mumbai’s biggest slum, these eye-catching abodes are notorious and notable in equal measure. Click or scroll on for more…

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September home sales fall as high prices erase benefit of low rates

Potential homebuyers may be hitting the limit of what they can afford. Pending home sales, a measure of signed contracts on existing homes, fell 2.2 percent in September compared with August, according to the National Association of Realtors.

It was the first monthly decline in 4 months. Analysts had expected a small monthly gain. Pending sales were 20.5 percent higher annually.

The Northeast, which is seeing distinct urban flight from New York City amid the coronavirus pandemic, was the only region to post a gain. Sales were up 2 percent for the month and 27.7 percent annually.

In the Midwest, pending sales fell 3.2 percent monthly but were up 18.5 percent from September 2019.

Pending home sales in the South decreased 3 percent monthly and increased 19.6 percent annually. In the West, sales fell 2.6 percent monthly and were up 19.3 percent from a year ago.

“With persistent low mortgage

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While we were staying home, Amazon amassed $96.1 billion in sales

This success has helped further Amazon’s rapid expansion. The company announced that it has hired 100,000 permanent workers in North America as well as is in the process of hiring another 100,000 seasonal employees. As part of its ongoing COVID response, Amazon expects its testing capacity to reach 50,000 tests per day, “across 650 sites by November.”

“Our Q3 results largely reflect continuation of demand trends we saw when we exited the second quarter,” Brian Olsavsky, Amazon CFO, said during a earnings call Thursday. “We also continue to see strong Prime member engagement by members who continue to shop with greater frequency, and across more categories, than before the pandemic began.”

“Internationally, the number of Prime members who stream Prime Video grew by more than 80 percent year over year in the third quarter, and international customers more than doubled the hours of content they watched compared to last year,”

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TovoData Launches; Offers the Largest, Multi-Sourced Real Estate, Mortgage and Property Ownership Database for SaaS & App Innovators

Newport Beach, CA, October 29, 2020 –( )– TovoData officially launched today, with the relentless pursuit of providing current, complete and accurate data on 100% of U.S. residential properties in the U.S. through its unique acquisition of multiple real estate, mortgage and property ownership data sets. This multi-source approach and extensive AI-driven quality checks ensure the acquisition of public record property truth is proven from more than one source. With complete nationwide coverage of assessor, county recorder, property valuation, foreclosure and other derived data, TovoData’s entire real estate database can be licensed in full or in subsets.

“TovoData is the most advanced technology and data company in the industry. We take the biggest, best public record datasets, and run these through our proprietary AI engine to check the data before we use it in our own sister business, and make it available to our customers, at very flexible pricing

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Brokerage log-ins for sale on dark web, Robinhood sees highest prices

As a new generation of investors flock to the stock market, criminals are looking for ways to exploit them. 

Hackers have turned to the dark web, where log-ins for accounts at major brokerage firms are listed for sale, according to security analysts and listings seen by CNBC. 

For just a few dollars, criminals are selling credentials for customers of E*Trade, Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Robinhood and others, according to New York-based security firm Intsights. The demand has only increased during the pandemic, according to the firm’s chief security officer Etay Maor.

“You have more people wanting to do more online from home, and on the other hand the attackers who are actively looking and seeking to take advantage of this situation,” Maor told CNBC. “What you end up with is a lot of credentials, and a lot of information being bought and sold on the criminal underground.”

The list of

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