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9 months ago

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Adds Celebrated San Diego Brokerage, McMillin Realty, to Franchise Network.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. and MADISON, N.J., Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --Better Homes and Gardens[sup.] Real Estate announced today the additionof San Diego's largest independent residential real estate company,McMillin Realty (, to its franchise network. Thenewly named Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate McMillin Realty isowned and operated by Vince Gottuso, and will continue to serve theSouth Bay, metro and coastal communities of San Diego.

"We see an enormous opportunity in uniting these two brands, both of which families across California have trusted for decades," said Sherry Chris, president and CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC. "The McM

9 months ago

More improvement forecast for Colorado Springs real estate in 2016

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Colorado Springs' residential and commercial real estate markets continue to rebound from the recession, although some market segments are improving at a faster clip than others.

Single-family home sales set a record high in 2015 and should increase again this year. Apartment rents also hit new highs last year, and might do the same in 2016.

The commercial side of the market, however, hasn't recovered as fast. Still, it should see some modest gains this year.

Those were among the market overviews laid out Thursday b

9 months ago

Wells Fargo Real Estate Investment Corporation Declares Dividend on Series A Preferred Stock

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wells Fargo Real Estate Investment Corporation (NYSE: WFE Pr A) announced today that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend on its 6.375% cumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series A. The dividend is equal to $0.3984375 per share of Series A preferred stock.

The dividend is payable on Dec. 31, 2015, to holders of record as of the close of business on Dec. 15, 2015. Wells Fargo Real Estate Investment Corporation is an indirect subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company and is qualified as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo& Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortunes 2015 rankings of Americas largest corporations. Wells Fargos vision is to satisfy our customers financial needs and help them succeed financially.

9 months ago

Guru gets two years jail for Arizona sweat lodge deaths | Reuters

PRESCOTT, Ariz A judge sentenced self-help guru James Ray on Friday to two years in jail for the deaths of three people following a sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona two years ago.

Ray was sentenced to three two-year terms for the deaths of James Shore, Liz Neuman and Kirby Brown, who died after attending a personal growth seminar he led near Sedona, Arizona, in 2009. The terms were to run concurrently.

"There is a factor of deterrence that is very prominent in this case," Yavapai County Superior Court judge Warren R. Darrow said. "I find the aggravating circumstance is so strong that probation is simply not warranted in this case."

The fatal sweat lodge ceremony cut short Ray's dazzling rise in the personal development industry, peddling a "harmonic wealth" philosophy that promised to "unlock the secret to true wealth and fulfillment" in clients' lives.

Career high points included appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN's Larry King Live, according to his website.

A jury in June found Ray guilty on three counts of negligent homicide. He faced a maximum sentence of three years in jail on each count.

"I want to convey my deepest sorrow to the families of Liz, James and Kirby," Ray, weeping, told the families packed into the court before sentencing. "I'm sorry for the pain and anguish ... I brought to your lives."

"If there was the 67 steps anything I could do to turn back the clock I would, but I can't," he added. "I'm so sorry."

Ray's attorneys said they would appeal the sentence.


The dead were among 56 participants who paid nearly $10,000 each to take part in Ray's "spiritual warrior" retreat, and were crammed into a four-foot tall sweat lodge, packed with superheated rocks, at the ceremony.

Shore, 40, and Brown, 38, were pronounced dead at the scene, while Neuman, 49, died several days later at a hospital in Flagstaff.

Addressing the court prior to steps to be an entrepreneur the sentencing, Neuman's cousin, Lily Clark, said Ray had manipulated and exploited his clients.

"There was nothing, nothing, you could teach Liz, Kirby and James about honor and integrity," she said, speaking directly to Ray, who avoided her gaze.

"They were born spiritual warriors, you are not worthy to spit shine their combat boots."

Ray avoided her gaze, looking straight ahead of him.

The day after the deaths, television news images of the sweat dome showed a low, windowless structure, covered in black roofing material, a far cry from the aura of glamour and wealth portrayed by the lucrative personal development industry.

Sweat or medicine lodges -- smaller domed or oblong structures warmed with heated stones -- have traditionally been used in ceremonies by some Native American cultures.

In addition to the jail terms, Ray was also ordered to pay restitution of $57,514.12 to the victims' families.

George Brown, the father of Kirby Brown, described how his family had been devastated by their loss and urged Darrow to hold Ray "accountable to the fullest measure of the law.

"I've woken up numerous times, feeling the bed just gently moving to the sobs of my wife, dreaming again about the death of her daughter," Brown said.

"I and my family have been given a life sentence of grief and sorrow," he added.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

9 months ago

BrightStar Care Founder Shelly Sun Lobbies Congress to Overturn NLRB’s Joint-Employer Ruling

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--When it comes to the recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) joint-employer ruling, there is a clear line drawn in the sand. On one side, those that believe the franchisor should be held liable for routine business decisions of individual franchisees and on the other, those that believe that this type of ruling could abolish the independent business model all together.

Those that oppose the ruling, including many franchisors that are advocating on behalf of small

10 months ago

Is the party over for real estate investing?

America's Dean Graziosi central bank is actually signaling which it's going to raise curiosity rates, likely sometime later on this year. That They create their money a lot like any landlord will -- simply by collecting rent. This year is shaping up to become a tough one. normally they're buying bonds to obtain that income, however the yields on bonds are already extremely reduced -- think 2% for you to 2.5% about U.S.

10 months ago

Real Estate Investors Aren't Just About Rentals | Scott Yancey

It can be considered a lot simpler for you to sell rental units along with spend money on some other assets which could be managed from afar.

But, there are other reasons for liquidating rental properties. . With some point the worth of the particular rental home could reach a new point exactly where it's just great business perception to sell.

This article is created for both your public and also real-estate investors. However, the reality is the actual fact that for most factors investors opt to liquidate his or her holding

11 months ago

The best and worst films of 2009

The Coen brothers' "A Serious Man" topped Tom Charity's list of 2009's best films.


Coen brothers' "A Serious Man" is best film of the year, Tom Charity says

Also in top 10: "Ponyo," "Inglourious Basterds," "Hurt Locker"

Year was mostly dismal, says Charity, with many mindless blockbusters

Hollywood is suffering from lack of mid-level films that used to be bread and butter, he says

(CNN) -- Over the past week, "Avatar" and "Sherlock Holmes" sealed another record-breaking box-office year for Hollywood, with a little help from a trio of singing chipmunks.

The economy may not be back on its feet yet, but at least the movie busine

11 months ago

Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Is 'Insanity'

It would certainly have required multiple days in the space to read the bargain prior to he elected on it.

The deal is so bad considering that of the reality they do not cover currency control, Trump added.Its the number-one tool relied on by foreign countries to harm the Usa and take away tasks.

Throughout the job interview, Trump asked exactly how lots of web pages remain in the bargain. So the powerbrokers and the special passions are assisting it, and specific politicians are supporting it due to the fact that theyre totally controlled by the powerbrokers and also the unique passions.

12 months ago

Watson CTO: Personal Robots Will Come in Peace - Digits

The robots with regards to to create the look of them in our everyday life are usually more inclined to help us just take an item off the food store shelf we cant reach, as opposed to pose an existential threat to always be able to humanity, as a few have got warned.

We began using punch cardsthats a new one-dimensional. Its even now fundamentally a two-dimensional experience, he says.

IBM continues to end up being able to be equipping robots with its Watson supercomputer artificial-intelligence software to help these learn concerning human behavior simply by mirroring peoples body language as well as facial expressions. These kinds of robots will understand not only what we sh