San Jose Sharks say downtown projects may force SAP Center exit
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks on Thursday raised concerns about being forced out of the SAP Center in the city’s downtown because of plans for massive development projects near the sports complex and Diridon train station.“We definitely do not want to leave,” Jonathan Becher, president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, said in an interview with this news organization Thursday. “This is our home. This is where we want to be. Leaving is the last resort. But it could come to that if the arena becomes unviable.”The Sharks, in an open letter to fans and supporters on Thursday, said it has ...
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Real estate Q&A: What can a landlord do after tenant used security deposit as last month's rent and damaged property?
Q: What can I do if my tenant used their security deposit as their last month’s rent and then left the property damaged? — BrendaA: The security deposit is supposed to be used to offset potential damage to your rental property and should not be used as rent.Many landlords will collect both a security deposit and the last month’s rent when beginning a new lease to avoid this problem. The landlord must keep these deposits in a separate bank account and tell their tenant where the money is held.When the time comes, the property owner may transfer the advance rent from that account to their “opera...
Home sellers are trying personal pitches. Realtors aren't sold on the idea.
PHILADELPHIA — When putting their mansion on the market in August, musicians Robert Prester and Adriana Samargia decided to think outside the box. COVID-19 was making house tours tricky, so they got creative and produced a YouTube video tour. So far, it’s gotten more than 19,000 views.“COVID made us a little uneasy about having a bunch of open houses, and it’s a big house — over 6,000 square feet — and we wanted a way other than pictures for people to feel like they’ve seen the home,” said Samargia, a professional vocalist.They created a roughly 10-minute video tour of the house, located in th...
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Miami's biggest condo developer is focusing on apartment rentals now. Here's why
MIAMI — The pivot quietly began five years ago.Back then, construction cranes dotted the downtown Miami skyline like the towering alien invaders in Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds.” The real estate industry had recovered from the 2009 recession and was bouncing back hard. Thousands of condos — many of them priced way beyond the reach of local residents — were being delivered or built, completing Brickell’s transformation from office district to dense residential neighborhood.But Steve Patterson, president and CEO of Related Development, the multifamily rental arm of the Related Group, sa...
Auto review: 2021 GMC Yukon Denali SUV scales new heights of luxury
DETROIT — The new Cadillac Escalade better be good. That was my first thought after a day driving the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali large SUV, which takes GMC’s premium sub-brand to new levels of luxury. The ’21 Escalade, GM’s ultimate luxury flagship, will have to improve its interior design and materials significantly to top Yukon Denali.General Motors executives hate it when auto writers think like that. They remind us Cadillac and GMC brands have very different images and customers. The brands rarely compete for the same buyer.Well, I hate it that GM still makes blind spot alert an extra cost opti...
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Real estate Q&A: How can buyers protect themselves in a seller's market?
Q: We are house hunting, and our real estate agent warned us it is a “seller’s market,” and we need to decide quickly. This makes me nervous. What can we do to protect ourselves and still find a home for our family? — GinaA: Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, or maybe because of it, many areas are experiencing a hot real estate market.I have experienced several cycles of buyer and seller markets and have learned there are good and bad deals to be found in any market.The basics of real estate do not change. First, remember that you are buying only one home, not the entire market. Keep looking until...
Creative placemaking could be the key to catalyzing real estate development on Chicago's South Side. One success story is garnering international acclaim
CHICAGO — It’s no secret that some of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods have suffered from a certain level of financial disinvestment, often systemic and spread out over decades.But one Chicagoan’s efforts to inject new enthusiasm and a sense of community, anchored by artistic and cultural endeavors, are attracting global attention — and similar efforts might be the key to stimulating more equitable real estate development on Chicago’s South Side, a new report suggests.The report reflects three years of studying creative placemaking and the impact it has on communities. It comes from the Urban Land I...
Paul Sullivan: The architects. The albatrosses. Even the Twitter gaffes. White Sox and Cubs rebuilds have a lot in common.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs and White Sox rebuilds were completely different in many ways — and eerily alike in others.With the Sox clinching their first postseason berth since 2008 and battling for the top seed in the American League, and the survivors of the Cubs championship season trying to stage one last hurrah, here’s a tale of two successful rebuilds.———— The architectsDuring Year 3 of Cubs President Theo Epstein’s rebuild, the team’s social media department sent out a tweet saying they’d lost a game to the Rays. The problem was the Cubs had yet to hit in the bottom of the ninth, making ...
As homes become offices, gyms and more, COVID-19 has upended how we think our living spaces should work
CHICAGO — Your home is working overtime during the pandemic. For many, what was once just a dwelling has become classroom, office, restaurant, gym, movie theater and more. COVID-19 has not only kept most of us confined to our quarters for the past six months — it has also altered the very definition of home.As homebuyers increasingly seek out pandemic-friendly features like home offices and expansive outdoor space, Chicago-area real estate developers, designers and agents are helping them find the features they need to live in this new normal.In a survey of 1,000 respondents who have bought a ...
Bryce Miller: MMA fighter … Business owner … Real estate agent … Phil Davis answers to them all
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Sandwiches are flying at Hungry Hank’s Deli, a local strip-mall staple slathering mustard shoulder to shoulder with a nail salon and Vietnamese restaurant. A laundromat and shoe repair shop sit near enough to breathe in the aromatic goodness.One of the more interesting people you’re likely to meet, co-owner Phil Davis, ambles in. He’s an accomplished mixed-martial artist. He’s also a licensed real estate agent. He has officiated two weddings, including one in Guam. He’s bouncing into his business after spending much of the day home-schooling two children.The man tests the...
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