Is buying a home in a better school district worth it?

When Stephanie Adams, 42, was moving from Bend, Ore., to Longview, Texas, she and her husband faced a challenge familiar to parents everywhere — finding the right home in the right school district. 

“There was one school district for the entire city of Bend, which was around 80,000 people,” said Adams, a mother of two. “And then we moved to Longview, which is roughly the same size, and there are three or four school districts.”

According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), more than half of homebuyers with children under 18 cited the school district as an influencing factor in where they chose to buy. However, quality schools tend to come with a price tag. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that every dollar increase per pupil-of-state aid correlates with a $20 increase in home values. 

Recognizing that quality schools tend to come with

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Penticton condo complex fire victims identified, donations pour in for survivors

The two victims of a devastating condo complex fire in Penticton, B.C., have been identified as William Taylor and his wife, Margaret.



Rick Porras et al. posing for the camera: William Taylor and his wife Margaret Taylor are believed to have died in a devastating condo complex fire where they lived in Penticton, B.C.


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William Taylor and his wife Margaret Taylor are believed to have died in a devastating condo complex fire where they lived in Penticton, B.C.

The Kettle Valley Memorial funeral home says the pair died suddenly on Oct. 27.

“The family would like to thank everyone for their caring thoughts and prayers during this time,” it says in the death notification.

An obituary will be released soon and the funeral home says in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the displaced fire victims through the Red Cross or the BC SPCA.

Read more: ‘It was surreal’: Residents of fatal Penticton condo fire still reeling

“A wonderful, friendly couple is what I can say,” fire evacuee Crystal Coulombe said of the

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Opinion | The Economy Is Down. Why Are Home Prices Up?

Going back at least to the 1970s, housing had always slumped during recessions, both in the United States and worldwide. People lose jobs and stop dreaming of bigger homes. But in the second quarter this year, amid the worst global recession since the 1940s, housing prices were up a robust 4 percent worldwide, and that was before the boom really took off. Since May, new-home sales in the United States have climbed by 67 percent, and prices by 15 percent. The median price of existing homes in the United States recently passed $300,000 for the first time.

This surreal “boom in the gloom” is a government creation. As central banks flooded money into the credit markets, rates on 30-year mortgages, which had been falling for years, plummeted to record lows — under 3 percent in the United States and under 2 percent in Europe. If you are dreaming of riding

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Trump admin funds plasma company based in owner’s condo

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Trump admin awards emergency coronavirus funds to plasma company based in owner’s luxury condo: AP Investigation

When the Trump administration gave a well-connected Republican donor seed money to test a possible COVID-19-fighting blood plasma technology, it noted the company’s “manufacturing facilities” in Charleston, South Carolina.

Plasma Technologies LLC is indeed based in the stately waterfront city. But there are no manufacturing facilities. Instead, the company exists within the luxury condo of its majority owner, Eugene Zurlo.

Zurlo’s company may be in line for as much as $65 million in taxpayer dollars; enough to start building an actual production plant, according to internal government records and other documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The story of how a tiny business that exists only on paper has managed to snare attention from the highest reaches of the U.S. military and government is emblematic of the Trump administration’s frenetic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s also another in a series of contracts awarded to people with close political ties

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Official: Residents are missing out on equity profits by selling their homes at low prices


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    ATLANTA (WLOS ) — Atlanta City Council members will discuss curbing predatory real estate sells tactics during its Monday council meeting.

The legislation will “prohibit commercial harassment by investors seeking to intimidate and pressure Atlanta homeowners into selling their properties for prices far below the estimated market value.”

According to city officials, Atlanta has seen increases in home values, however, legacy residents are missing out on those profits by selling their home at artificially low prices.

Officials noted Fulton County property records show that predatory tactics are prevalent in predominantly Black communities such as Pittsburgh, Venetian Hills, Grove Park, and Sylvan Hills.

In those areas, “more than one in four occupied homes were sold at less than half the estimated fair market value”, according to a city official.

Under the proposed ordinance, it will be illegal for an investor to contact an Atlanta

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Official: Residents are missing out on equity profits by selling their homes at low prices |

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    ATLANTA (WGCL) — Atlanta City Council members will discuss curbing predatory real estate sells tactics during its Monday council meeting.

The legislation will “prohibit commercial harassment by investors seeking to intimidate and pressure Atlanta homeowners into selling their properties for prices far below the estimated market value.”

According to city officials, Atlanta has seen increases in home values, however, legacy residents are missing out on those profits by selling their home at artificially low prices.

Officials noted Fulton County property records show that predatory tactics are prevalent in predominantly Black communities such as Pittsburgh, Venetian Hills, Grove Park, and Sylvan Hills.

In those areas, “more than one in four occupied homes were sold at less than half the estimated fair market value”, according to a city official.

Under the proposed ordinance, it will be illegal for an investor to contact an Atlanta homeowner

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Trump administration funds plasma company based in owner’s condo

WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration gave a well-connected Republican donor seed money to test a possible COVID-19-fighting blood plasma technology, it noted the company’s “manufacturing facilities” in Charleston, South Carolina.

Plasma Technologies LLC is indeed based in the stately waterfront city. But there are no manufacturing facilities. Instead, the company exists within the luxury condo of its majority owner, Eugene Zurlo.

Zurlo’s company may be in line for as much as $65 million in taxpayer dollars; enough to start building an actual production plant, according to internal government records and other documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The story of how a tiny business that exists only on paper has managed to snare attention from the highest reaches of the U.S. military and government is emblematic of the Trump administration’s frenetic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s also another in a series of contracts awarded to people with close

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D-backs decline options for three pitchers, including Leake

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks have declined options for the 2021 season for right-handed pitchers Mike Leake, Hector Rondón and Junior Guerra.

Leake and Rondón become eligible for free agency, and Guerra for salary arbitration in February.

The 32-year-old Leake went 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 starts for the D-backs in 2019 after being traded from the Mariners. He opted out of the 2020 season because of concerns with the coronavirus.

His contract included an $18 million club option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout.

Rondón, 32, had a disappointing season in 2020, finishing with a 7.65 ERA in 23 appearances. The reliever gets a $500,000 buyout instead of next year’s $4 million salary.

Guerra, 35, pitched well in 2020 with a 3.04 ERA in 25 appearances. He receives a $100,000 buyout instead of a $3.5 million salary. The team faces a Dec. 2 deadline to offer

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Landlord headache: Bedok condo tenants allegedly owe $60k in rent, refuse to move out, Singapore News

It’s never pleasant when a guest overstays their welcome. What more when they’re tenants who simply refuse to leave.

One landlord’s attempt to evict his tenants on Tuesday morning (Oct 27) turned nasty when they called the cops on him, accusing him of assault and harassment. The police confirmed the incident, adding that investigations are ongoing.

The landlord and his cousin had been trying to saw open the front gate of the unit, located in Bedok Court, when the tenants allegedly doused him with water and called the police for assistance, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

The tenants, who were not identified, allegedly owe over $60,000 in rent and have refused to move out or pay up, the landlord — a 60-year-old businessman — told the Chinese daily.

“Before they moved in, they paid one month’s rent. But every time I ask for money from them, they give all sorts of reasons

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