Police suspect man of scamming elderly Spokane residents in charade as contractor

Spokane police suspect a man of defrauding elderly local residents by claiming to be a contractor, damaging their homes and requesting more and more money to finish jobs.

Officers from SPD’s Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT) booked Perceleono “Percy” Lopez, 40, for several felony charges Friday after an investigation led them to believe he was targeting elderly citizens in Spokane and damaged at least three homes while doing work he was not licensed to do, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.

One historically registered home had $15,000 worth of damage after his work on it.

The investigation started after officers learned Lopez had approached three separate elderly citizens in the Spokane area offering his painting services.

A check of Lopez showed he’d been cited twice in 2019 by the Department of Labor and Industries for failing to register as a contractor, the release said.

In several instances, Lopez allegedly

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Check Out The Benson On Madison Ave. With Condos On Sale From $12.5M (PHOTOS)

The Benson building located on 1045 Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side condominium and measures 19-stories high has a range of condos with three to seven bedrooms on sale starting at $12.5 million.

Considered the go-to architect and designer of the neighborhood, architect Peter Pennoyer recently unveiled the first ground-up new condominium development on Madison Avenue in over 20 years.

The building is made of hand-laid limestone, distinctive mullioned windows, and a series of set-back terraces detailed with intricate ironwork. Described as offering a nod to the past while rebelling against the glass boxes that have dominated New York over the past two decades, the modern apartments dazzle the New York skyline.

This is a return to beautiful, classical architecture. Nearly 100 years after the roaring twenties, developers and architects are bringing back the classic architecture, bespoke detailing and art deco style of the era in today’s new boutique

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Home Prices: An Unseasonal Summer Spike

home pricesThe newly released national Case-Shiller Index shows that August housing market trends saw a huge shift from previous years. 

The demand for homes in August was high and price growth soared in most cities. Although sales volumes typically slow down towards the end of summer, the data shows that sales volumes and buying demand picked up speed in August.

An in-depth analysis from CoreLogic gives more insight into just how much housing trends defied the odds in August. The national Case-Shiller Index reached a new high by increasing 5.71% in August, which is the fastest growth rate reported since July of 2018. The month-to-month index increased by 1.06% from July, which is the fastest rate of growth since the spring of 2017. 

The demand for homes has remained high since mid-May, staying well above what the demand was around the same time in 2019. This year is likely to become

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N.J.’s medical marijuana chief douses senator’s pipe dream of legal weed for sale immediately after the election

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Not long after state Sen. Nick Scutari claimed on Tuesday legislators and regulators may “be able to flip the switch and people might be able to get marijuana, legally, right after the vote,” the head of the state medical cannabis program doused that pipe dream with a bucket of cold water.

“(Some dispensaries) literally do not even have the space to accommodate the level of demand that personal-use sales would bring,” said Jeff Brown, who helms the Department of Health’s Medicinal Marijuana Program. “I could say unequivocally that opening up sales even a few months after the election would be a disaster and would really hurt access for patients who need this as medicine. My number one priority is to ensure that the

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U.S. Home Prices Increased Again in August, Despite Pandemic

U.S. home prices continued to increase at a modest rate in August, rising 1.0% on a seasonally adjusted basis compared with July, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index.

The index’s 10-city and 20-city composites, measuring home price growth in the largest U.S. cities, posted month-over-month increases of 0.5% each.

Year over year, home prices were up 5.7%.

“Housing prices were strong in August,” says Craig J. Lazzara, managing director and global head of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices, in a statement. “The national composite index gained 5.7 percent relative to its level a year ago, well ahead of July’s 4.8 percent increase.

“The 10- and 20-city composites – up 4.7 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively – also rose at an accelerating pace in August,” Lazzara says. “The strength of the housing market was consistent nationally – all 19 cities for which

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Tails Up shuts down: Owner cites daunting independent contractor regulations | Business

After three years of providing pet care for four-legged customers, Tails Up! Napa Valley is closing its doors.

Melodie Durham, owner and founder of Tails Up, said that unlike some small businesses, hers did not close primarily due to COVID-19 impacts.

Instead, her business suffered under the requirements of a new law regarding the use of independent contractors.

The in-home pet sitting services offered

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South Hills real estate transactions for the week of Oct. 25

Baldwin Borough

Robin T Lopes Ritchey sold property at 5622 Fifth St. to Joseph Meyer for $169,900.

Michael Del Re sold property at 5029 Bernadette Drive to Surendra Basnet for $199,900.

Estate of Lawrence Lakomy sold property at 5199 Blossom Road to Richard Siel for $203,000.

Lalit Mishra sold property at 1628 Carmella Drive to Terrance Scott Nugent for $154,000.

Thomas Werkmeister sold property at 1533 Cathell Road to Tyler Baer for $162,000.

David Schleicher sold property at 534 Elaine Drive to Alexander Herstine and Nicole Barone for $212,000.

Tony Anthony sold property at 413 Jenne Drive to Donald Reed and Breanna Elliott for $120,000.

Ketur Shah sold property at 115 Palace Ct to Nacey Schaaf Investments LLC for $129,000.

Baldwin Township

Andrew Coholic sold property at 718 Rose Ln to

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Home prices jumped 5.7% in August as real estate extends hot streak

Home prices nationally rose 5.7% annually in August, up from the 4.8% annual increase in July, according to an update of the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index Tuesday, as the real estate market remains hot.

Phoenix, Seattle, and San Diego reported the highest year-over-year gains, with Phoenix showing a nearly 10% increase, marking the 15th consecutive month in which Phoenix home prices rose more than those of any other city.

The report covers 19 cities throughout the country. All of the cities reported year-over-year price increases in August.

“Housing prices were strong in August,” said Craig Lazzara, global head of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The last time that prices increased 5.7% year-over-year was in July of 2018. Prices were strongest in the West and Southeast regions. Seattle saw a year-over-year gain of 8.5%. Prices in San Diego jumped 7.6%.

“It’s a measure

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Despite September decline, new home sales up for year | Business

Sales of new homes fell by 3.5% in September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 959,000 million units, the Commerce Department said Monday, as the housing market’s hot summer buying season cooled.

The Commerce Department said Monday that despite the modest decrease, sales of new homes are up 32.1% from a year earlier. However, the pandemic may start to weigh on the market as the colder winter months arrive and with coronavirus cases spiking across much of the U.S.

“While strong demand and low mortgage rates are supportive of home sales, the resurgence in COVID-19 cases, a recovery that may be shifting into reverse and a weak labor market pose downside risks,” said Nancy Vanden Houten with Oxford Economics, in an email.

The housing market, like most of the economy, came to a near standstill in March and in April, causing the typical spring summer buying season to be delayed

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U.S. pending home sales retreat for first time in five months

The drop in the index might represent a pause in the housing surge as lean inventory causes prices to soar. For most of the year, Americans have been snapping up larger, suburban houses that double as their remote workplaces. The decline in September contract signings is consistent with a retreat in mortgage applications in recent weeks.

More homebuyers are at risk of being priced out of the market if the volume of available properties remains limited and causes bidding wars. While the borrowing costs are ultra-low, higher asking prices can make it more difficult for buyers to come up with down payments.

By region, pending home sales fell in three of four regions, including a 3.2% drop in the Midwest. Contract signings also declined 3% in the South and 2.6% in the West.

The government’s first estimate of third-quarter gross domestic product underscored the recent strength in housing. Residential investment 

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