• Real Estate

    Burned by the hot housing market, some buyers back off

    The first house was in Midvale, Utah — a three-bedroom, just over 2,100 square feet, listed for $479,000. Rob Ettaro and his girlfriend, Kaliana Veros, who had moved from western New York to Salt Lake City, drawn by career opportunities and the stunning scenery of the Wasatch Range, decided to make an offer. This was back in the wintertime, when the young couple had a modest wish list that included room for family to visit. Their hearts still raced at the idea of being homeowners. Ettaro and Veros offered $6,000 over the asking price. The house sold for $60,000 over. Wised up, on the next house they offered $60,000 over…

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  • Real Estate

    ‘Should We Sell?’ After Collapse, Hot Florida Market Faces Uncertainty.

    Fernanda Siqueira, who lives in a two-bedroom unit just a few blocks from what was Champlain Towers South, said her building, built less than two decades ago, is in need of significant repairs, some of which are currently underway. Nine years after purchasing her condo in 2009, she was assessed a $20,000 fee — $350 a month. “It’s the hidden costs of buying into a condo,” she said. And there are other complications: Soon after last month’s collapse, a number of insurance providers sent letters to condo owners demanding that they submit proof that their buildings had passed inspections, The Miami Herald reported. Insurance on buildings and individual units had…

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  • Living Room Decoration

    Hot Wheels Unleashed hands-on preview: Beat That

    Hot Wheels is one of the cornerstone names in the world of children’s toys and collectibles. Entertaining generations, Mattel’s brand of toy cars continues to be quite popular to this day. Hot Wheels has also had no shortage of video game adaptations, with several developers taking a crack at the license over the years. A new iteration is on the way, as Hot Wheels Unleashed is in development at Milestone. I had the chance to play an early build of Hot Wheels Unleashed and was pretty hopeful after what I saw. Keep the fire alive Hot Wheels Unleashed is an arcade racer, with speed boosts, terrain…

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  • Living Room Decoration

    Hot Property: This Home in New Ken Has Window Eyebrows, Ornate Decor

    PHOTOS BY LIZ GEIBEL REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHY Jack and Patty Buck found love in more ways than one. The couple met in 1991, married in ’92 and started looking for a home to share. After more than a year of searching, they stumbled upon 399 Oakwood Drive in New Kensington — and fell hard for it.   Located on a private cul-de-sac with only eight other homes, the all-brick, century-old home features an eyebrow detail above the second-floor windows, craftsman-style pillars and a terra-cotta tile floor on the front porch. The carved oak door has beveled glass sidelight windows. Above this, a six-foot-long transom of stained glass in greens and yellows…

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  • Home Design

    7 home design trends that could go from hot to dated in a few years

    Grass-green shag carpet evokes the Nixon era on the lower level of my family’s turn-of-the-century farmhouse. The wall-to-wall floor cover, like a teddy bear underfoot, was all the rage in 1974, when my grandparents left urban life to retire at the homestead. Most trends — appliances in harvest gold and avocado, reflective brass fixtures, open floor plans and ultrahigh ceilings — date homes to a particular time in history. My grandmother’s green shag selection is no different. Although no designer has a crystal ball, some styling choices are sure to date your home to 2021. Here, three experts offer alternatives to today’s trends that may fade. Modern farmhouse White board-and-batten…

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  • Bedroom Decoration

    Man gets 40-year term in Hot Springs fatal beating

    HOT SPRINGS — A man who beat another man to death with a baseball bat last year has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in Garland County Circuit Court. Terry Eugene Hughes, 56, who has remained in custody in lieu of a $150,000 bond since his arrest, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder, punishable by up to life in prison, for the April 14, 2020, death of Joshua David Buck, 43, who was found dead inside his apartment at 307 Oakcliff St. Hughes was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 25 years suspended, and will have to serve 70{28ab41d673507bfe0daf970418d2e81f9476b3e139564442359ad7402c370b16}, or 10.5 years, before he is eligible for parole…

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