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Ask the HOA Expert: Procedure For Voting In Person And Voting By Proxy 23 Feb 2017 21:27:22 +0000
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Answer: Theoretically, it sounds okay but brainstorming generally leads to decision making. And the board needs to be careful about perception. If these sessions happen too often, it will appear that they are merely being called something other than a meeting to circumvent being open to members.

Question: At a recent board meeting, the president tried to pressure the management company to quit. He accused the manager of stealing and worse. None of this was announced to the other directors before hand who were caught by surprise. Does the president have the authority to fire the manager?

Answer: No. Something as important as hiring and firing a management company should be decided by the entire board, possibly with input from the owners. It appears that your president is somewhat of a tyrant and not given to communicating or cooperation. I doubt much will change until there is a change in president.

Question: We have just formed a number of committees, some ad hoc (short term) and some standing (long term). One of the standing committees we have not yet activated is called "Governing Documents Committee". We are rethinking the wisdom of this committee as some members have "agendas" that they will likely try to impose to change the declaration, bylaws and rules.

Answer: All committees should have specific marching orders from the board. Otherwise, you'll probably get something you didn't want. Governing documents are complex and must adhere to state statutes. While it's fine to make recommendations, it's up to the board to decide if they are worthy and, if so, it's up the HOA's attorney to determine if they're legal.

For more innovative homeowner association management strategies, see http://www.Regenesis.net">Ask the HOA Expert: Procedure For Voting In Person And Voting By Proxy

Ask the HOA Expert: Procedure For Voting In Person And Voting By Proxy 23 Feb 2017 21:27:22 +0000
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Answer: Theoretically, it sounds okay but brainstorming generally leads to decision making. And the board needs to be careful about perception. If these sessions happen too often, it will appear that they are merely being called something other than a meeting to circumvent being open to members.

Question: At a recent board meeting, the president tried to pressure the management company to quit. He accused the manager of stealing and worse. None of this was announced to the other directors before hand who were caught by surprise. Does the president have the authority to fire the manager?

Answer: No. Something as important as hiring and firing a management company should be decided by the entire board, possibly with input from the owners. It appears that your president is somewhat of a tyrant and not given to communicating or cooperation. I doubt much will change until there is a change in president.

Question: We have just formed a number of committees, some ad hoc (short term) and some standing (long term). One of the standing committees we have not yet activated is called "Governing Documents Committee". We are rethinking the wisdom of this committee as some members have "agendas" that they will likely try to impose to change the declaration, bylaws and rules.

Answer: All committees should have specific marching orders from the board. Otherwise, you'll probably get something you didn't want. Governing documents are complex and must adhere to state statutes. While it's fine to make recommendations, it's up to the board to decide if they are worthy and, if so, it's up the HOA's attorney to determine if they're legal.

For more innovative homeowner association management strategies, see http://www.Regenesis.net">Ask the HOA Expert: Procedure For Voting In Person And Voting By Proxy

Historic Homes: What To Know Before You Buy 22 Feb 2017 21:19:26 +0000
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You may already have some ideas of things you want to do to your new home, but before you make any changes to the structure itself, do a little research and make sure you have the answers to these three questions:

1. Is your home designated as historic - part of a state or federal historical building or neighborhood registry? If so, you may have to adhere to a number of regulations and be subject to some historical preservation oversight in order to update the home.

2. How extensive do you want the updates to be? Do you plan to "take it back to the studs," or simply do some cosmetic work like refinishing floors?

3. How authentic do you want the renovations to be? The more accurate the details, such as spindle bannisters and egg and dart moldings, the higher the cost in materials and labor.

Your home and its state of repair may dictate which course of action you choose. For example if your home has serious structural damage or decay, then preservation may not be possible. However, you'll still be able to reconstruct and renovate.

Not sure if you should preserve, restore or renovate? Here are a few definitions that may help you form a plan:

Preservation means restoring and using the building for its original purpose, with as much of the original features and décor saved as possible.

Restoration means tearing out improvements made over time that don't reflect the original age and style of the home, and then repairing those areas to closely match the original size, shape, color, etc.

Reconstruction means making major changes to the floor plan such as adding new rooms and dramatically altering and repurposing parts of the home.

Renovation or remodeling freshens the look of the home using modern materials such as updating an older kitchen with custom cabinetry, farm sinks and granite countertops.

Before you begin, find out if there are any local or state subsidies for historic preservation for homes in your area. You could get tax breaks and special home improvement loans or other assistance. Contact your local tax assessor-collector for more information, or your local housing authority.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has some excellent resources for homeowners of older or historic homes. Also, check out historicproperties.com and thisoldhouse.com for more information.">Historic Homes: What To Know Before You Buy

Hey, Gen X and Baby Boomer Agent: Get to Snapchat Right Now 22 Feb 2017 21:15:04 +0000
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And then you'll likely hear a bunch of stuff about how it's only for millennials.

You might also hear a comment or two about how it's only for sexting - a common misinterpretation because of how Snapchat was initially rolled out. "The platform originated as a way to send messages that would disappear once opened. Initially Snapchat got a bad rap, becoming infamous for sexting inappropriate images. I personally have not experienced anything inappropriate on Snapchat," said Kala Laos, broker/owner of Arizona-based Real Estate Sauce.

These objections were noted this week when leading California real estate agent and advocate Elgin Walker, of the Elgin and Pilar Walker Team at Keller Williams, put out a call to his followers on Facebook - many of whom are agents themselves - and asked their opinion on using Snapchat. The overwhelming response was that Snapchat was only for younger people, and therefore irrelevant or unimportant to older and/or more established agents.

To be fair, Snapchat does skew young. Their most recent data shows that 37 percent of their users are 18–24, followed by the 25–34 age group at about 26 percent. Twelve percent are 35–54, with only two percent at 55+.

But, as Walker pointed out, a changing industry is an opportunity. And there's no barrier to learning something new that can embolden or grow your business, if you so choose. The larger issue is about communicating with clients and potential clients in the manner in which they are comfortable, which only serves to strengthen the bond with them.

"This is my 30th year in business. I have seen A LOT of changes in the industry," he said. "To provide the best service to clients you need to keep up and reach out in manners they are responsive too. Whether it's text, email, or social media, you give the customers what they want, the way they want!"

Snapchat's impressive numbers

More than 158 million people use Snapchat every day and more than 300 million monthly. The app passed Twitter's daily user numbers back in June of 2016, with Snapchatters watching over 10 billion videos per day, which is more than a 350% increase in the last year alone - data that was used to support the app's valuation of between $20-23 billion for its IPO, which is set for March 1.

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Yes, Snapchat is going public in the largest tech-related offering since Alibaba in 2014. Should that be important to real estate agents? Of course. Snapchat's growth and market penetration should be on your mind if your own growth is important. And/or if you want to increase engagement with existing and potential clients.

If you're still not sure why it's relevant for you, or how it can help expand your business, take a look at a few people who are doing it right. Laos compiled a list of the "Top 10 people dominating the real estate industry on Snapchat." It includes agents, top-producing brokers, mortgage professionals, and property management company founders, and they're not all 22 years old.

Among those featured is Dustin Brohm, a REALTOR® and founder of Search Salt Lake. His article for Inman tiled "Why I'm jumping on Snapchat in 2016 - and why you should, too," is a good intro to the ‘who, what, when, where, why" of incorporating Snapchat into your business. His key takeaways: Engagement and interaction from your followers are all that matter. Snapchat has higher engagement than any social network on the planet right now."

Side benefits

Engaging directly with clients is the obvious top reason for learning and using Snapchat, but there's another important benefit for real estate agents looking to increase their brand reach. Backchannel has a great story about "Alex Wang: suburban dad of three, Silicon Valley real estate agent, a steady ace at selling houses in Silicon Valley's frenetic housing market," whose early adoption and mastery of Snapchat - even as a decidedly non-millennial - has reaped great rewards in some surprising ways.

There are those Snapchat stories that can have "tangible financial rewards," like when Wang "asked his Snapchat followers for referrals for a client who needed to find a good agent in Salt Lake City" and was sent numerous recommendations, lining up a potential referral fee for him at closing. But mostly, Wang is "playing the long game of building influence among his peers," they said.

He's formed the SnapPack, a group of seven "REALTORS across the country  -  only one of whom falls into the Millennial age bracket " - who "regularly trade Snapchat tips." And, ‘So far, he's ‘snap-coaching' one agent in Texas who asked for advice. He oversees and coaches ten agents at the brokerage where he works, Sereno Group, and noticed that they would approach him for advice on how to better use Facebook or better negotiate  -  both Wang's strong suits. So on Snapchat stories, Wang decided not to target more customers, but to pass on tips to other agents in a profession where he says the barrier to entry is way too low (you take three courses and an exam) and, as a result, is rife with amateurish high jinks."

Want more information about how to use Snapchat? The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has a Field Guide for Realtors with basics and links to articles and videos that can help.

Or you can just ask your child/grandchild/babysitter/neighbor's kids/nephew. That's what I did.">Hey, Gen X and Baby Boomer Agent: Get to Snapchat Right Now

3 Steps To Saving For Your Dream Home 21 Feb 2017 20:52:56 +0000
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Millennials, in particular, are waiting longer to get married, start families and purchase their first home. But this is not necessarily bad news for the housing market. In fact, it could mean that the millennial generation has something to teach us all about saving consistently towards a big life goal such as owning your own home!
In this article, learn three important steps to take when you start saving for your dream home.
Step 1: Pay down your debt to clean up your credit.
Your credit score is a tricky business when it comes to saving for your first home. You have no history of carrying a mortgage, so you can't make any real impact there. What you can do is to clean up your overall credit report so your general credit score is as healthy as possible before you apply for your mortgage loan.
According to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), a surprising number of Americans think they have "above average" (60 percent) to "very good" (41 percent) credit, although a full 48 percent have not seen their credit score in the past three years or ever.
So clearly, this is where you need to start. The best way to differentiate yourself from your competition (other people who are trying to convince a direct lender to give them a mortgage loan) is to pay down your debt, clear up any disputes on your credit report and, in so doing, boost your credit score so you can qualify for the best mortgage at the lowest interest rates.
Step 2: Separate and automate your savings.
Saving money is never going to be the easiest goal you attempt. In fact, according to The Atlantic, one of the chief reasons that nearly half of all Americans have little or no emergency savings to fall back on is taking on too much mortgage debt.
So here is a clear area where you should proceed with caution. First, save. Then, buy a home. The best approach to make saving as painless as possible for you is to automate your savings. You can do this by setting up direct deposit on your paycheck and then regular auto-drafts into a savings account reserved just for dream home savings. This way, you never even touch those funds and feel tempted to spend them instead.
Step 3: Downsize to upsize.
Finally, one effective change many adults today are making to save more towards their dream home is to downsize while they save. This can mean anything from moving to a smaller apartment to getting rid of your cable television subscription. Also, you must continually remind yourself why you have downsized in order for this step to work well.
But the key to making downsizing work to serve your greater goals is to make sure you deposit every cent of what you save into your dream home fund. Referring back to Step 2 here, the easiest way to do this is to calculate for yourself exactly what you are saving by paying less rent, giving up cable, etc., and then setting up a monthly auto draft in that amount to deposit directly into your dream home savings account.
By following these three steps, you can make tangible financial progress in saving to buy your dream home. If you can save 20 percent towards a downpayment, you can avoid paying expensive Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) and you may even qualify for a lower interest rate. Scrimping and saving is never fun or easy, but it will be worth it when your realtor hands you that brand-new set of house keys!">3 Steps To Saving For Your Dream Home

Condo 101: The Governing Documents 21 Feb 2017 20:50:45 +0000
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The package includes such things as the condominium governing documents,, the current budget, any pending lawsuits involving the association, insurance information and an audit report from an independent CPA. You should carefully review the financials to make sure the association is financially sound and has sufficient reserves for that rainy day.
To create a condominium, there must be a law enacted by the state legislature (or the DC City Council). All of the Washington metropolitan jurisdictions have a Condominium Act; in fact, some local counties -- such as Montgomery -- have their own laws that also impact condominiums.
In general, the Condo Act has legal priority, and overrides any conflicting legal documents. Although there are some provisions in these laws that are carved in stone -- such as percentage interests cannot be changed without unanimous consent from all owners -- the drafters of the legislation recognized that times and circumstances change. Accordingly, the various condominium laws permit associations to amend their legal documents from time to time as needed.
The governing condo documents start with the Declaration. This document literally "declares" the complex to be a condominium. It provides an explanation of the three components of the condo, namely "units", "common elements" and "limited common elements". It also spells out the ownership percentage of each unit (which must total 100 percent) on which voting and condo payments are based. It should be noted that although a few associations have one-unit-one-vote, the majority of condominiums base voting and assessments on percentage interests. Each unit's percentage interest is shown at the end of the Declaration.
The "bible" of a condominium is the Bylaws. It sets forth the way board members are elected and what they can -- and cannot -- do; it contains restrictions on such issues as pets, parking, leasing and payment of condo fees. While I always strongly urge potential buyers to read all of the condo documents, at the very least one must carefully read the Bylaws to make sure this is where you want to live. You should, of course, also review the financial status of the association; you don't want to buy into a place where there are too many delinquencies, where the reserves are too low, or major repairs are upcoming with no funds available to pay for them.
There often are Rules which are adopted by the Board of Directors. They deal with a host of issues, often interpreting or expanding on provisions contained in the Bylaws. For example, if the Bylaws permit dogs, the Rules may spell out that dogs must be on a leash while on common grounds, or that owners must pick up their dog waste. On the other hand, if the Bylaws prohibit dogs, the Board cannot override that by enacting a Rule.
Another document is the Plat and Plans. This is often called the "condo map". It is an architectural drawing -- recorded among the land records in the jurisdiction where the condo is located -- that is a floor plan of each unit, showing what is a general common as compared to a limited common element. General common elements are for everyone's use, such as elevators or hallways. Limited common elements are reserved for less than all unit owners. Limited common elements can include a balcony, deck, patio, storage space and even parking spaces.
If you are buying in the District of Columbia, the Plat and Plans must be included in the resale package. They are not required in Maryland or Virginia, but if you are buying in those states, I would ask to get a copy before you decide to buy.
I use the concept of hierarchy -- priority of legal condominium documents. The condo law in your jurisdiction trumps everything. If state law says you need a super-majority vote in order to amend the Bylaws, that requirement can only be amended by the legislative body.
Next in priority is the Declaration. Referring again to pets, if the Declaration says "no pets", that is the law. The Board cannot allow pets unless the Declaration is amended, and that will take a 66-2/3 vote or higher of the membership, depending on what the Declaration states.
The Bylaws fall in place under the Declaration and then, in last place -- but still very important -- are the Rules and Regulations.
Buying a condo unit requires lots of reading, consulting with current owners, management, your lawyer, and financial advisors. This may be the biggest investment you will ever make; do your homework, with a good place to start being the condo documents, since they will govern you if you purchase.">Condo 101: The Governing Documents

Clean Out Your Closet And Help A Charity 20 Feb 2017 17:54:23 +0000
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Each year, Clothesline, a national Canadian program, raises more than $10 million and diverts more than 100 million pounds of clothing and household items from landfill sites across the nation, something else donors feel good about.
The CDA started the program in 1985 as an innovative way to raise funds while making a positive impact on the community, says Janelle Robertson, general manager of Clothesline, one of the longest running programs of its type in North America.
In addition to clothing, the donations accepted for pick-up include towels, draperies, shoes, dishes, cloth items, post secondary textbooks, kitchenware and toys. The not-accepted list includes large appliances, sofa beds, newspapers and food.
Clothesline has more than 110 trucks that pick up at 1.7 million households each year across Canada, Robertson says.
The organization also has more than 3,000 clothing donation boxes, as well as 30 offices or donation centres where items can be dropped off.
Clothesline solicits donations, picks them up and delivers them to Value Village stores. Value Village pays for the volume of goods delivered. The two organizations have enjoyed an exclusive mutually beneficial partnership since Clothesline's inception. By having a business arrangement with Value Village, the CDA receives much-needed funds to support its programs and supplement the monetary donations it receives directly from the public.
"Our relationship with Value Village is longstanding and we would not be able to raise $10 million annually to support those living with, or at risk of diabetes, without their support," says Robertson. "We grew the Clothesline program quite quickly because we recognized this partnership as an opportunity to generate revenue though a social enterprise. Our growth followed Value Village."
Donors can drop off reusable items at a Clothesline Donation centre or donations box, or by scheduling a free household pickup online or by calling toll free at 1-800-505-5525).
"By donating directly to Clothesline, CDA receives proceeds from Value Village. It does not benefit from items dropped off directly at Value Village," says Robertson.
In addition to support from individuals, the Clothesline program needs help from corporations, local businesses, schools and communities.
"You can help by becoming a drop box host, sponsoring a community clothing drive, becoming an apartment/condominium building pickup co-ordinator or arranging for your business or school to conduct a clothing drive on our behalf," CDA says.
Through the In The Bag program, schools, clubs and communities across Canada can raise funds for trips, equipment or other projects. Clothesline pays for each garbage bag (67L) of clothing collected.
Clothesline will provide step-by-step guidelines, a list of acceptable items, a checklist and tips to make your In The Bag event a success.
Furniture is accepted at only specific locations, so if it is not collected in your area, there are other options. Furniture can be donated to other charities, such as the national organization, Furniture Bank.
Another option is the Salvation Army Thrift Store. It accepts "gently used" clothing and household items and in some locations it offers a pick up service for larger items. The organization says that for sanitary, health and safety concerns, it is unable to accept donations of used mattresses and box springs, used carpets, hazardous materials (such as paints), propane tanks, barbecues, infant equipment (such as car seats, cribs and strollers), tires and auto parts. 
The Salvation Army supports many programs and services including food banks, shelters, children's camps, addiction treatment facilities and other community programs. It says it is Canada's largest non-governmental provider of social programs. Visit https://thriftstore.ca/ for the closest location.
Some Canadian cities, such as Calgary, offer a municipal textile recycling service. City landfill facilities there have Throw ‘N' and Go areas where residents can dispose of used clothing and textiles, even if they are damaged.
"If the item isn't reusable, it can still be recycled," says the City of Calgary website. "Textile recyclers turn old clothing, shoes and fabrics into new products. Materials are sorted, cleaned and can be turned into wiping rags or shredded down for upholstery stuffing or fibre recycling."
All proceeds from the revenue of the recycled textiles support the charity Haiti Arise.">Clean Out Your Closet And Help A Charity

California Broker-Owned Escrows Need To Submit Activity Reports 20 Feb 2017 17:53:34 +0000
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Not every California Broker has an escrow division. Many own escrow companies that operate under the Department of Business Oversight (DBO). Many others simply have no ownership interest in any escrow operation. Then, there are those who operate a "broker controlled escrow", pursuant to their real estate broker's license. These escrows are restricted to transactions in which the relevant brokerage must be a party or an agent in connection with the escrow and performing services requiring a real estate license.
Broker-controlled escrows are, then, significantly restricted as to their potential market when compared to the more common escrow company operating under the DBO. Nonetheless, broker escrows require less capitalization and can still bring a decent profit into a brokerage.
In October of 2011, Senate Bill 53 (Calderon) was signed into law adding section 10141.6 to the Business and Professions Code. It set forth filing requirements for broker-controlled escrows. If such operations conduct escrow activities for five or more transactions in a calendar year, or whose activities equal or exceed one million dollars in a calendar year, it is required that a report be filed within sixty days following the completion of the calendar year. Except for leap years, the deadline is March 1. As I said, there's not much time left.
The report is submitted on the Bureau's form RE 890. It is neither particularly burdensome nor time-consuming to complete. In addition to asking about the number and dollar volume of escrow transactions, it requests the location of escrow offices and basic information regarding the escrow officers and escrow trust accounts. If anyone has difficulty with the form, they may contact the CalBRE Mortgage Loan Activities section at (916) 263-8941.
It has been a source of particular annoyance to the Bureau and its Commissioner that, so far, there appears to be a serious lack of compliance with Business and Professions Code 10141.6.
In the first year the requirement went into effect, for calendar year 2013, 206 real estate brokers reported broker escrow activities totaling $8.63 billion. In the next year, for calendar year 2014, 161 real estate brokers reported broker escrow activities totaling $5.52 billion. For calendar year 2015, 143 brokers reported broker escrow activities totaling $8.45 billion. That is, in the first three years the number of brokerages reporting actually declined.
At the Commissioner's recent forum in Indian Wells, it was reported that, last year, 170 brokers submitted reports showing total activity of $10.3 billion. While 170 reports is an improvement over the initial response to the reporting requirements, it still remains woefully inadequate. The Bureau estimates that more than 700 brokerages should be submitting reports.
Fines for failing to submit a timely report can run up to $10,000. There can also be non-monetary penalties as well as the often-substantial cost of a BRE audit. The Bureau's Audit section is actively pursuing brokers to determine if they have met their reporting requirements, if any. Brokers who have escrows that meet the relevant activity levels are advised to file with the BRE if they have not already done so.
Bob Hunt is a director of the California Association of Realtors®. He is the author of Real Estate the Ethical Way. His email address is scbhunt@aol.com.">California Broker-Owned Escrows Need To Submit Activity Reports

6 Show-Stopping Ways To Use Blue In Your Home 19 Feb 2017 15:13:22 +0000
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If you're looking to incorporate the color into your home, you can't go wrong with any (or all!) of these tips.
Bring it into your kitchen
Blue is a great option for kitchen cabinets if you want something other than white. A powdery blue allows you to stay neutral-ish, and easily accommodate adventurous finishes like patterned floor tiles and black counters, if you so wish.
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Or, take it deeper - waaaaaaay deeper - to create a space that will wow. Cobalt or navy can make a kitchen look incredible, regardless of the size. But if you want to make sure it keeps an airy feel instead of feeling closed in, go for marble slabs and forgo the upper cabinets, like in this gorgeous room.
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Use its peaceful quality to your advantage in the bathroom
Because blue is known to be a calming color, it's a smart choice for a bathroom if your goal is to impart a spa feel. But that doesn't mean your choices have to be sedate. Here, a standout tile brings the wow factor to an otherwise neutral bathroom.
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There's nothing boring about this bathroom, where the deep hue and ultra-glam finishes create a knockout space.
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Swap out your furniture
Because blue is a hot color right now, there are numerous options if you want to bring the color into your furniture or furnishings - and you don't have to look too hard to find something great. We love Rooms To Gos's Monaco Court Indigo series, with its saturated color, tufting, and naiheads. The set is surprisingly inexpensive ($1,655 for five pieces, or you can split it up), and it's part of the store's Sofia Vergara Collection, which probably explains why it's so chic.
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Hang it on the wall
Art can move us in so many ways, and a piece that allows you to sink into it, like this Shawn McNulty piece, does more than just look pretty on a wall.
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Go blue on blue on blue
Who says you need to add contrast to achieve design greatness? This bedroom with varying shades of blue manages to be dramatic and serene at the same time.
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Add a bright pop
As vibrant as it is, a bright pop of turquoise can fit in almost anywhere, no matter the style or color scheme. In this otherwise Earth-toned space, the turquoise side table is as eye-catching as it is functional.
www.hgtv.com">6 Show-Stopping Ways To Use Blue In Your Home

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Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health care

23 Feb 2017 21:27:38 -0500

Vice President Mike Pence dismissed concerns Thursday about the pace of Republican plans to repeal and replace the health care law passed by Democrats under President Barack Obama, promising an “orderly transition” to a new system. It was the only comment by Pence in a 20-minute speech that went beyond boilerplate rhetoric and touched on challenges facing the new administration.

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Tesla Reports Loss for Q4, Looks to 2017 For Growth

22 Feb 2017 21:54:08 -0500

A merger with Solar City, expansion into the energy storage market, and roll out of Model 3 and solar roof makes for a busy 2017.

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Live from CPAC, it’s Bannon and Priebus

23 Feb 2017 16:05:41 -0500

Polished White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and pugnacious chief presidential strategist Steve Bannon took their strained buddy routine to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, reminiscing about Donald Trump’s election victory, promising revolutionary change in Washington, denying their ongoing West Wing power struggle and — naturally — bashing the news media. Bannon, the rumpled adviser who never tires of calling reporters “the opposition party,” lasted not quite three and a half minutes after their awkward opening handshake before making sure everyone in the room knew that he was the scrappy one and the former Republican National Committee chairman was the softy. Priebus had just dismissed news reports about their rivalry as all just a big “misconception” and had embarked on a chummy description of their work day just a stumble away from the Oval Office — “we share an office suite together, we’re basically together from 6:30 in the morning until about 11 o’clock at night” — when Bannon cut in.

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Woman who drove with man body on windshield gets 25 to life

23 Feb 2017 21:09:17 -0500

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California substance-abuse counselor who hit a man with her car and drove two miles with his body embedded in her windshield was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison.

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South Africa's Zuma condemns violence against foreigners

24 Feb 2017 01:55:51 -0500

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has condemned acts of violence between citizens and non-nationals, his office said on Friday. Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from citizens and getting involved in crime. Citizens in Pretoria are set to march against foreigners on Friday and domestic media are reporting vandalism and acts of violence in the Atteridgeville area west of the capital.

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Hard landing as plane skids on Dutch runway in raging winds

23 Feb 2017 13:50:46 -0500

A passenger plane skidded along a runway at Amsterdam's busy airport Thursday as its landing gear collapsed on hitting the ground during heavy winds, but no passengers were injured, officials told AFP. Video images of the Flybe plane carrying 59 passengers and crew from Edinburgh showed the plane struggling to stay on course as it came in to land at Schiphol airport, with The Netherlands buffeted by a strong winter storm. Airport officials said they were still investigating the cause of the incident.

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Philippines: If China builds on shoal, it would strain ties

23 Feb 2017 09:20:19 -0500

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday any move by China to transform a Manila-claimed shoal into an island would be a "game-changer" in blossoming relations, although he added that Beijing has pledged not to undertake any construction in the strategically located area of the South China Sea.

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Where does the Trump saga end?

23 Feb 2017 05:00:07 -0500

Which is strange, because normally you wouldn’t be idly speculating about the end of a presidency barely a month after the inauguration. Certainly, in parts of the country that voted overwhelmingly for Trump, the sense is he’s just getting started.

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2016 Honda Pilot

22 Feb 2017 14:22:00 -0500

Is the Pilot an SUV or a minivan? We spent 40,000 miles trying to sort the answer.

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‘Truly heartbroken’: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66

23 Feb 2017 12:57:58 -0500

Fox News host Sean Hannity paid tribute to his longtime friend and colleague Alan Colmes on Thursday after the liberal commentator’s death at 66. According to a statement released by his family, Colmes passed away Thursday morning after a brief illness and leaves behind his wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley. Hannity and Colmes rose to national prominence as co-hosts of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes,” which ran from 1996 until 2009.

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