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Apartments With Privacy, Home Offices And Outdoor Space Command Higher Prices In New York City

After largely spending the last several months at home, New Yorkers who are still in the real estate market have certainly had time to narrow down their priorities. And they are prioritizing privacy and home offices as much as outdoor space, a new report shows. 

The report from real estate market data firm UrbanDigs, commissioned by Forbes, shows that homes in New York that were described in listings using words and phrases such as “privacy,” or that had home office or outdoor space, saw much less price flexibility, and also saw much higher median sale prices.

For example, the median sale price of units with listings that include the word “privacy” nearly doubled, from $1.58 million in April 2019

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Weakened home affordability could impact urban flight





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How Chicken Salad Chick became a fast-growing franchise

  • Stacy Brown was a recently divorced mother of three when she came up with an idea for a business making chicken salad at home and selling it door to door.
  • In an interview with Guy Raz’s “How I Built This” podcast, Brown told the emotional story of how close she came to losing everything, and how she put the company on a path to grow.
  • The brand now has more than 170 locations in 17 states and made more than $153 million in sales last year, the company told Business Insider.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Stacy Brown was a stay-at-home mother of three when the emotional and financial turmoil of a divorce pushed her to look for a way to provide for her kids.

As she explained in an interview with Guy Raz’s “How I Built This” podcast, she needed about $500 per month to support her

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Here’s how to watch Google’s big virtual event from home

It’s been a busy month, and next on the agenda for virtual phone announcement events is Google with its Sept. 30 “Launch Night In.” Google previously unveiled the Pixel 4A budget phone in August, confirming on the same day the existence of its next flagship, the Pixel 5, and the upcoming Pixel 4A 5G, both of which will have support for 5G. The invitation for Google’s September event confirmed that “new Pixel phones” would be among the products unveiled, along with a new Chromecast and a new Nest-branded smart speaker.



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The Pixel 5, like Google’s previous flagship phones, has been poorly protected from leaks (or perhaps, as CNET’s Lynn La suspects, the

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Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Accelerate the Most Since 2018

(Bloomberg) — Home prices in 20 U.S. cities gained in July, pushed higher by demand for housing that has been fueled by low mortgage rates.



a view of a city: Single-family homes with rooftop solar panels and backyard pools are seen in this aerial photograph taken over a Lennar Corp. development in San Diego, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. U.S. sales of previously owned homes surged by the most on record in July as lower mortgage rates continued to power a residential real estate market that’s proving a key source of strength for the economic recovery.


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Single-family homes with rooftop solar panels and backyard pools are seen in this aerial photograph taken over a Lennar Corp. development in San Diego, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. U.S. sales of previously owned homes surged by the most on record in July as lower mortgage rates continued to power a residential real estate market that’s proving a key source of strength for the economic recovery.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index of property values increased 3.9% from 2019, beating the estimate of 3.6%. It was the biggest year-over-year increase since December 2018.

The housing market has been an unexpected bright spot for the U.S. economy, with Americans eager to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. A shortage of inventory has helped

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Home price growth in the US accelerates

U.S. home price growth accelerated in July as the nation continued to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Standard & Poor’s said Tuesday that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index posted a 4.8% annual gain in July, up from 4.3% in June. The 20-City Composite posted a 3.9% annual gain, up from 3.5% the previous month — beating analysts’ expectations of 3.6%, according to Bloomberg. The results for the first time in five months, now include Wayne County, Mich.

“The National Composite Index gained 4.8% relative to its level a year ago,” said Craig J. Lazzara, managing director and global head of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices, in a press statement. “The strength of the housing market was consistent nationally – all 19 cities for which we have July data rose, with 16 of them outpacing their June gains.”

For the 14th straight month,

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Some of Hong Kong’s poor finally feel at home in 290 sq ft modules

HONG KONG (Reuters) – When Lau Kai Fai, his wife and teenage son moved into a new Hong Kong flat last month, he thought the 290 square feet (27 square metres) of space in his “module home” felt like “winning the lottery.”

Among the first Hong Kongers to move into such prefabricated dwellings, built as a transition for people awaiting public housing, Lau’s family more than tripled the space they had squeezed into. Now they sit together for meals, rather than eating in turns.

While tiny by the standards of many cities in rich countries, the new home represents a big step up – even if temporary – for Lau, 70, in one of the most crowded urban areas in the world.

“It feels like a home,” Lau said. “The previous flat was only a place to sleep.”

Lau is the beneficiary of Hong Kong’s latest initiative to ease a

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A Marine veteran’s military medals were stolen from his home. Detectives on the case replaced them



a man holding a blue umbrella: Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas Faleskie holds a box containing the medals next to Det. Frank Corona, who helped organize the plan to replace them.


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Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas Faleskie holds a box containing the medals next to Det. Frank Corona, who helped organize the plan to replace them.

For nearly 25 years, Thomas Faleskie served in the United States Marine Corps before retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During that time he served in Vietnam and was awarded with several medals, including the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.

But a burglary at the veteran’s home last year resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of items — including his military medals, ribbons and pilot’s wings, according to the sheriff’s office in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

The loss hit home with Det. Frank Corona, who worked on the case, because he also served in the Marines. Corona quickly identified suspects in the burglary cases and recovered several of the stolen items at

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The Home Depot is selling a new Google Chromecast that hasn’t been announced

Google’s Pixel 5 event is scheduled for this Wednesday, but some of the company’s other new gadgets are already appearing on store shelves. That includes its all-new Chromecast, which some savvy buyers have been able to purchase directly in-store from retailers like Walmart and The Home Depot over the course of the last week.

The Verge has purchased one such device from The Home Depot and can confirm the retailer is not stopping customers from checking out and taking the pre-release product home.

Not all stores appear to be selling the item; we tried two and only found the new Chromecast at a second location. And inputting the universal product code listed on the receipt into the retailer’s website returns no results, so it would appear you can only purchase it early in person.

The receipt doesn’t even say Chromecast

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The Best Home Security Systems In 2020, From Ring To SimpliSafe

According to the FBI, there’s a burglary about once every 30 seconds somewhere in the United States, which is no doubt why so many people equip their homes with a security system. In the past, getting a security system was an elaborate process that often involved an in-home consultation from a security company like ADT or Brinks, followed by a visit from professional installers. These days, the best home security systems — often called DIY home security systems because you can install them yourself — are inexpensive and easy to set up.

While the most popular security systems are of the DIY variety these days, that doesn’t mean that your actual home monitoring needs to be DIY. Yes, you can self-monitor many modern security kits for free — you are alerted to break-ins via notifications on your phone, and you get to decide how to respond. But most of these

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