By Jeff Collins | Southern California News Group PUBLISHED: March 19, 2019 at 5:02 am | UPDATED: March 19, 2019 at 7:38 am Travis Page, owner of Clover’s Lawn Service, rakes leaves at an Opendoor house on Joltaire Way in Winchester in December. Opendoor became the fourth iBuyer to start operating in Southern California. Although iBuyers have been active since 2014, the online home-buying model didn’t reach Southern California until 2017. (Photo by Frank Bellino, contributing photographer) Southern California is relatively new to the iBuyer trend, which prefers markets with large expanses of cookie cutter tract housing to make it easier to accurately price houses. While iBuying has been in full swing in places like Phoenix for several years, the first iBuyers started working in Southrn California in 2017. In the past six months, RedfinNow expanded from the Inland Empire into Orange and Los Angeles counties. Opendoor and Zillow Offers recently announced plans to expand … [Read more...] about What’s an iBuyer? These companies will buy your home quicker, but at what cost?
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Their names are Vince Marie and Priscilla Costa. She’s an artist, wedding-gown designer and business owner. He runs a creative production agency called High Heels and Bananas. Vince is a widower. He lost Janine, his wife of 27 years, to an aneurysm the day before the Eagles won the Super Bowl in February 2018. When those memories surface, he wipes away some of his tears, and Priscilla helps with the rest. Priscilla, who came to this country from her native Brazil in the early 2000s, is recently divorced. Fueled by a creative spirit, she’s quick to laugh and hasn’t lost much of her homeland’s accent or joie de vivre.Neither one of them has time for people who choose to tear others down. It's a theme revisited countless times during a conversation Monday that lasted a couple of hours. Snuggled on a couch in the Maple Glen, Montgomery County home they’re trying to sell, they finish each other’s sentences like people who have been together for decades. … [Read more...] about An intimate chat with the couple selling the ’50 Shades of Maple Glen’ home
When Jim Berger arrived in Colorado Springs in 1958 to start a career in real estate, he had $400 to his name and knew nothing about real estate.But he persuaded local banking legend Chase Stone to lend him money to open a real estate office and learned on the job, often the hard way, by making mistakes. In less than 10 years, he headed the local Board of Realtors and a few years after that began developing the Vista Grande area in northeast Colorado Springs.Berger, 84, will be honored with the 11th annual Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs College of Business at a May luncheon. He also has been a key volunteer for UCCS, helping the school acquire parcels along Nevada Avenue and Austin Bluffs Parkway that have become the gateway to the 12,500-student campus.Steve Schuck, a Colorado Springs developer who has known Berger for decades, said Berger was “always one step ahead of the market. He had the greatest instinct for what the … [Read more...] about Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award winner Jim Berger learned real estate on the job
At 21 years old, The 700 is finally of age to buy its first drink, but it may soon be selling its last in Philadelphia. The bar at the corner of Second and Fairmount streets, a dance club and soccer haunt that helped define the transformation of Northern Liberties, was listed for sale in late November. A dollar for every sweaty memory — or one for every mistake forgotten — would be plenty to snap it up for $1.35 million. Owners Tracy Stanton and Kurt Wunder made the difficult decision to sell as a result of Wunder's recent cancer diagnosis. Their relationship dates back to the days of Old City's former Khyber Pass venue, where they worked together as sound engineer and bartender during that bar's early 90 heyday. "I literally saw a tumbleweed in Northern Liberties in 1997," Stanton, 47, said of the year his bar opened. The building, though it had a hole in the roof, was a steal for just $35,000 at the time. Its previous occupant was a wholesale butter and egg store.Josh … [Read more...] about For sale in Northern Liberties, The 700 club is a treasure of its era
By Rene Wisely Free Press special writer Published 6:15 AM EST Nov 5, 2018 A hip barber shop in Hazel Park, handmade furniture in Ferndale and El Salvador flavors in Oak Park are among what’s new or coming soon to southeast Oakland County. Berkley Zalman's Treasures, has purchased and renovated the former Curves at 3895 12 Mile Road and will relocate its jewelry store from Oak Park in November, doubling the space and expanding its inventory, particularly its estate presence, said owner Brian Zifkin. The new digs mean the store will have a separate showroom for bridal, which often acts as a classroom for those wanting to learn about diamonds. Zalman’s Treasures also offers a large collection of upscale sterling silver jewelry that has the look of precious metal. Zifkin, who designs his own pieces, using his background as an engineer to create, said a jeweler will be on site to complete repairs in house, something the store … [Read more...] about New shops and restaurants coming, going in southeast Oakland Co.