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Up to 10,000 attend rally demanding end to housing crisis

Up to 10,000 attend rally demanding end to housing crisis

The housing and homelessness crises are now affecting “everyone” and could become “the new water charges” in terms of mobiling protesters, those at a rally demanding action on the issue said on Wednesday. Up to 10,000 people, from all age groups, sectors and parts of the country, took part in the #RaiseTheRoof protest outside Leinster House in Dublin.
Construction Tech Firm Katerra Goes Shopping with SoftBank’s Money

Construction Tech Firm Katerra Goes Shopping with SoftBank’s Money

I know, I know. “Another SoftBank article?” While SoftBank and its portfolio of companies are far from the only major players in the PropTech space, it is important to understand its direction as the Japan-based investor is well-funded enough to move the needle with the stroke of a pen.
Martins Beach: U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal of billionaire Vinod Khosla

Martins Beach: U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal of billionaire Vinod Khosla

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla to weigh in on the long-running battle over Martins Beach in San Mateo County, turning down a case that could have rewritten coastal access laws in California and across the United States. Khosla, in his petition for the nation’s highest court, had argued that the California Coastal Commission violated his property rights by requiring him to obtain a permit before he could legally padlock the gates to a private road to the beach south of Half Moon Bay.
Why the housing industry should fear Amazon

Why the housing industry should fear Amazon

For an e-commerce giant, Amazon has sprawling roots in the commercial real estate, with its massive warehouses, Whole Foods footprint and splashy cashierless and 4-Star stores. Now, Amazon (AMZN) is making its foray into residential real estate. Last week, the Alexa Fund, which invests in companies harnessing voice technology, participated in a $6.7 million round of funding to back Plant Prefab, a Southern California-based smart home builder.
'A never-ending commitment': The high cost of preserving vulnerable beaches

'A never-ending commitment': The high cost of preserving vulnerable beaches

As lawmakers consider disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Florence, projects to rebuild North Carolina's shrunken shorelines are likely to get a healthy chunk of government money.
Home sellers slash prices, especially in California

Home sellers slash prices, especially in California

After three years of soaring home prices, the heat is coming off the U.S. housing market. Home sellers are slashing prices at the highest rate in at least eight years, especially in the West, where the price gains were hottest.
Sale-leaseback platform EasyKnock secures funding

Sale-leaseback platform EasyKnock secures funding

Real estate tech companies continue to draw huge amounts of financing. EasyKnock, touted as the first institutionalized sale leaseback residential platform, closed $3.5 million seed financing. The round, announced Wednesday, came in addition to new debt financing of $100 million.
Apartment listing platform Zumper raises $46 million, plans to hire 50 in San Francisco

Apartment listing platform Zumper raises $46 million, plans to hire 50 in San Francisco

Apartment rental listing platform Zumper plans to hire 50 or more employees in the San Francisco Bay Area over the next six months, with a $46 million in a Series C funding round led by media giant Axel Springer, the company announced Tuesday.
Only 10 percent have flood insurance on hard-hit Carolina coast

Only 10 percent have flood insurance on hard-hit Carolina coast

As Americans in North and South Carolina make it out of the Florence floodwaters, they face another daunting task: figuring out whether they can afford to rebuild. Few have flood insurance in the areas with the worst destruction. Home insurance does not typically cover flooding,
Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions: What We Know

Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions: What We Know

LAWRENCE (CBS) – Large sections of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a series of gas explosions and fires. Here is the latest:
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