Glass fire 95% contained after burning nearly 800 homes in California’s Napa, Sonoma counties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Glass fire, a destructive wildfire that burned close to 800 homes in California’s North Bay area and forced tens of thousands to evacuate after sparking in extreme wind late last month, is almost fully contained.



a person that is lit up at night: Thomas Lo, a member of a San Jose Fire Strike Team keeps watch from the roof of an outbuilding as a slow burning section of the Glass Fire burns near a home in St. Helena, CA, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.


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Thomas Lo, a member of a San Jose Fire Strike Team keeps watch from the roof of an outbuilding as a slow burning section of the Glass Fire burns near a home in St. Helena, CA, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.

With temperatures cooler, humidity higher and winds calmer, crews have made great progress in recent days, boosting containment to 95% on the nearly 67,500-acre fire, Cal Fire said in a Monday morning update.



a couple of people that are on fire: A firefighter removes items from a garage as they battle a fire at a home along Tucker Road in Calistoga, CA, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The Glass Fire, already the fifth largest of the 23 major fires burning in the state, has engulfed 58,880 acres in the North Bay and damaged or destroyed nearly 400 buildings.


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A firefighter removes items from a garage as they battle a fire at a home along Tucker Road in Calistoga, CA, on Friday, Oct. 2,

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4 Anker Nebula projectors are on sale at all-time-low prices, starting at $245


Got a wall that’s sitting around doing nothing? Point a projector at it and presto: big-screen TV goodness. How big and how good? That depends on the projector, of course. Anker’s Nebula lineup includes a variety of options, and right now four popular models are on sale for historic low prices. (And it’s not even Prime Day yet!)


Most of these models are entirely self-contained, with built-in speakers and batteries for cordless portability. Most also have onboard Android so you can stock up on streaming apps, though in my experience you’re usually better off using a Roku or Fire TV streamer (which you can do, thanks to HDMI inputs).


Read more: Home theater projectors: 6 things to know before you buy

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This little guy would be suitable for a sleepover or some kind of impromptu movie night, where simply turning a wall into a movie

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Unforeseen Housing Boom Could Keep Boosting Real Estate ETFs

Social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic certainly changed the landscape of real estate. While more businesses are utilizing their offices less with employees working from home, an unforeseen boom in housing is helping to boost the sector and real estate-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

“Just six months ago, the idea of a housing boom would have seemed ridiculous as millions of Americans were losing their jobs,” an Investor’s Business Daily article noted. “But low interest rates and the work-from-home trend are stoking real estate stocks and home sales in smaller housing markets. The flip side is that once-sky-high markets have come crashing down, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. But overall, both new and existing-home sales have reached levels last seen before the Great Recession.”

This is helping to boost homebuilder confidence, which is helping to fuel funds like the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) , which is up

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South Florida real estate market shifts from focusing on condos to single family homes

Not long ago, condos were the hot item in the South Florida housing market.

These days the bidding wars are being waged elsewhere.

“You live in a high rise because you like the area, and when the area businesses are shut down, there’s not much to do,” said Oscar Soberon.

A surge in people re-evaluating the urban lifestyle months after COVID-19 changed the landscape.

Soberon just moved to South Florida from Downtown Dallas, where he realized he was spending over $1,000 a month on condo fees for amenities he couldn’t use.

“I’ve heard there are a lot of people doing what I’m doing; migrating from north or bigger cities,” he said.

Tori Simkovic is looking to relocate from the happening Edgewater neighborhood to Southwest Miami-Dade but is finding she’s not alone.

“We picked our condo because it was close to Wynwood, and so we wanted to be near the bars

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A Big Montecito Estate Sells for Little Over Half Its Original $125 Million Asking Price

One of the largest residential properties in Montecito, Calif., a popular haven for wealthy, has sold for $63.25 million, about half of its original $125 million asking price, property records show.

The roughly 240-acre property initially came on the market in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Known as Rancho San Carlos, the estate includes a roughly 30,000-square-foot Monterey Colonial-style house with 12 bedrooms, 10 cottages, a small office building, equestrian facilities and about 100 acres of citrus and avocado orchards.

The property is the latest major transaction to close in the Montecito area as Angelenos head to Santa Barbara County amid the pandemic. Actor Rob Lowe and his wife Sheryl Lowe recently sold their Montecito home for $45.5 million, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Rancho San Carlos has enormous scale and a host of quirky amenities. Built around an interior courtyard, the main house has an English-style pub accessed

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‘We’re just kicking the can down the road.’ Landlord expects foreclosures after CDC halts evictions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A local landlord said there will likely be foreclosures down the road unless unemployed renters get monetary help to pay rent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has halted evictions for people who can’t pay rent to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Since property owners are left paying mortgages, experts are forecasting a waterfall of evictions, and an influx of foreclosures. “We’re just kicking the can down the road, just pushing the issue that it doesn’t negate the rental lost income, the resident is still responsible for that after the moratorium ends, and in a lot of situations they’re going to be a worse state financially with all those back fees and things like that.”

Elliott Hallum is the President of the non-profit Real Estate Investors of Nashville, and he’s a residential real estate agent who has several rental properties. “I think they’re going

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South Florida Developers Donate To Trump, Other Candidates

From left: Jorge Pérez, Stuart Miller, Craig Robins, Louise Sunshine, and Russell Galbut,(Credit: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

From left: Jorge Pérez, Stuart Miller, Craig Robins, Louise Sunshine, and Russell Galbut,(Credit: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

As the presidential election nears, The Real Deal examined top South Florida real estate players’ political donations this year, and found they largely skewed in one direction.

A number of developers supported Republican candidates and causes, including Craig Robins, Stuart Miller and Russell Galbut.

Related Group developer Jorge Pérez and real estate adviser Louise Sunshine were among the few to donate to former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, according to TRD’s analysis of filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Here is a look at some of the political donations real estate developers and brokers made in 2020:

Craig Robins

The Miami Design District developer has written checks totaling $25,000 this year. Robins, president and CEO of Dacra, gave $12,500 to the Gimenez Victory Committee, $5,600 to Carlos Gimenez for Congress, $5,000

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Casoro Group CIO Earns Top Commercial Real Estate Award

GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum Names Casoro’s Chief Investment Officer, Chi Hathiramani in Fifty Under 40 in the Commercial Real Estate Industry

Casoro Group CIO, Chi Hathiramani, earns top commercial real estate award
Casoro Group CIO, Chi Hathiramani, earns top commercial real estate award
Casoro Group CIO, Chi Hathiramani, earns top commercial real estate award

Austin, Texas, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Casoro Group’s Chief Investment Officer, Chi Hathiramani has been recognized nationally as a remarkable leader within commercial real estate in GlobeSt Real Estate Forum’s Fifty Under 40 in 2020.

The criteria sought out talented, young professionals who have solid track record of noteworthy transaction volume and significant contributions to their company’s overall success. Hathiramani, who recently was named Casoro Group’s CIO in December, leads the firm’s investment strategy, acquisitions, asset management, capital raising, and investor relations teams. Over the last 15 years, he has participated in $2+ billion in multifamily, office, student housing, and retail transactions. Most recently, Hathiramani

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A PSA That The Holy Grail Of Chrysler Minivans Is For Sale In North Carolina For Only $2,500

Illustration for article titled A PSA That The Holy Grail Of Chrysler Minivans Is For Sale In North Carolina For Only $2,500

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Part of my obligation as a Jalopnik writer is to help readers score the vehicles of their dreams. At least, that’s how I’ll justify writing this post about the perfect 1990 Chrysler minivan—a turbocharged manual Dodge Caravan with a red interior!

This Plymouth Voyager “needs a lot of love” according to its owner, who says on Facebook Marketplace that the 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four makes low oil pressure and powers the pulley of a broken power steering pump. In all likelihood, this Voyager needs a motor rebuild (or maybe a new oil pump or new oil pressure sender—who knows?) and a power steering pump. Plus that missing piece at the base of the windshield, and whatever the seller is referring to when he says “Needs some other things.” It’s a tall-ish order, sure, but the project seems manageable for a few grand.

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Fountains CC real estate developer vows to ‘make things better’ amid dust issue

The company preparing a Fountains Country Club golf course for a residential development has promised to better protect the health of residents from unacceptable levels of dust.  



a group of people in a garden: Ridgewood Real Estate Partners is developing six to seven acres that used to be a golf course behind Fountains Country Club west of Lake Worth Beach, Florida on September 9, 2020. [GREG LOVETT/The Palm Beach Post]


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Ridgewood Real Estate Partners is developing six to seven acres that used to be a golf course behind Fountains Country Club west of Lake Worth Beach, Florida on September 9, 2020. [GREG LOVETT/The Palm Beach Post]

“If we can make things better, we will,” said Jonathan Grebow, president of New Jersey-based Ridgewood Real Estate Partners, a company that specializes in golf-course conversions. 

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Ridgewood needs to remediate the soil at the shuttered golf course to bring arsenic levels to acceptable levels before apartments and townhouses can be built on what was once fairways.

At issue is the amount of dust being generated. Some residents say they are experiencing respiratory problems.

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