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Solano County legalized home food pop-ups. But 6 months later, chefs still can’t sell

When Solano County approved a new California law that would legalize home-based kitchen operations in April, it seemed like Cheska Kistner’s plans to open a restaurant in her Benicia home would finally come to fruition. The measure, California’s AB626, allows for what are known as microenterprise food businesses, which Alameda County also made inroads toward legalizing Monday. But no Bay Area county has yet fully implemented the 2018 law, leaving entrepreneurs like Kistner in limbo.

Under AB626, cooks can legally sell up to 30 meals a day or 60 per week from their homes when their counties opt in and they have received a permit; their annual gross sales are capped at $50,000. The law has been implemented in only one county so far, Riverside. In Alameda County, many home kitchen operations have proliferated during the pandemic without the option to get proper permitting, leading to the health department cracking

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Solano County legalized home food popups. But chefs still can’t sell

When Solano County approved a new California law that would legalize home-based kitchen operations in April, it seemed like Cheska Kistner’s plans to open a restaurant in her Benicia home would finally come to fruition. The measure, California’s AB626, allows for what are known as microenterprise food businesses, which Alameda County also made inroads toward legalizing yesterday. But no Bay Area county has yet fully implemented the 2018 law, leaving entrepreneurs like Kistner in limbo.

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Should You Sell Your Home and Buy Another?

Putting money in your pocket only makes sense if you’re going to be able to hold on to those funds.

2020 is one for the record books. The unemployment rate hit record highs, while interest rates hit record lows. The stock market rose to record highs, while the hospitality industry struggled through record-low demand.

You might expect that the uncertainty and recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic would have spurred the worst year ever for the housing market. However, the combination of limited numbers of homes for sale and low mortgage rates have pushed home prices up. According to Redfin, the median four-week home sales price on Sept. 13 was up 13% from 2019. If home prices in your area have surged, you may be tempted to cash in. Before you call a realtor, make sure selling is the right thing to do.

When selling makes sense

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Do You Really Need A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home Right Now?

Andrew Fortune is the owner and managing broker of Great Colorado Homes, a digital real estate brokerage in Colorado Springs, CO.

Right now, many real estate markets around the country are experiencing a lack of inventory. In some cases, the supply of homes for sale simply cannot keep up with the demand from homebuyers.

For example, in Colorado where I’m based, there was a 51% decrease in available single-family homes on the market this August, compared to the same time last year. That kind of shortage can cause panic-buying and quick sales.

If you’re in a market where homes are selling within minutes, you may be asking yourself if you really need a real estate agent to sell your home. It’s a question that needs to be asked from time to time. Why can’t you put your own home online and sell it without an agent? Maybe you

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Saving Home: Group works to sell historic site

The community is in danger of losing one of its historic buildings.

One group remains determined to save it.

Located at 915 N. Oak St., the John Nelson Deming House waits for occupants. The home erected in 1898 has sat empty for more than a decade and landed on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2020 list of “places in peril.”

Vickie Everitte, a volunteer with the Valdosta Heritage Foundation, is part of a group working to find a home for this house.

What makes the two-story house unique, she said, is two things: this being one of three local homes with a Carolina porch and being built by John Nelson Deming.

A Carolina porch, also known as a rain porch, is where columns for the porch roof are not attached to the porch floor. This allows for the roof to extend out farther and keep water off

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Kitchen Upgrades Can Help You Sell Your Home at a Higher Price

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Colorado’s real estate market has been red hot throughout the summer, breaking records despite economic disruptions. In recent weeks, homebuyers have purchased more than 10,000 single-family properties at a median price of $443,925, which represents an all-time high.

As sellers look to take advantage of the historic demand for housing, they are looking for ways to upgrade their homes to justify higher asking prices. Much of these timely home improvements are taking place in kitchens, and rightfully so. As the heart and soul of a home, kitchens can make or break a sale. Fortunately, some quick, cost-effective improvements can drastically enhance the look and feel of a home, while setting it apart from similar inventory in the area.

“When it comes to enhancing a kitchen, a full-scale remodel isn’t always necessary,” said Zach Morrow of Rock Solid Custom Granite, a leading custom cabinet and countertop company in Denver. “Some new

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