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US homes are now more valuable than ever

A home is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, and apparently, that tab just hit its highest level in history. The median value of all homes in the United States in June surpassed $200,000, up 7 percent from a year ago, according to Zillow, a real estate listing company. Valuing homes nationally is a tricky business ... Read More »

Character building: making our 50s house a home

In with the old: the dining room, with rustic table and Graham and Green ruler. Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer Anyone who has stayed at one of the Artist Residence hotels would be intrigued by the 50s-built terraced house where the couple who run the eclectic company live. “Given our love of historical buildings, it’s not at all similar,” says Charlie ... Read More »

A home that straddles 2 countries: Unique house for sale

BEEBE PLAIN, Vt. — Brian DeMoulin inherited a home 30 years ago and is reluctantly putting it on the market. “Have a look at my stone house,” he told CBS News. “There’s the border post.” He also showed us what makes the residence so special. “This is the stairway that leads to the Canadian apartments,” DeMoulin said. You heard him right. ... Read More »

Police find suspect dead after three slain in southern Indiana home

A man that Indiana State Police investigators were searching for in connection to the deaths of three people in Washington County has been found dead in his truck. Shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department got a tip at 47-year-old Richard Lee Burton Jr. was parked at the Blackwell Horse Camp near Ind. 446. When police approached the ... Read More »

Families could see up to half the value of their home put at risk under ‘dementia tax’

Ministers refused yesterday to rule out that the cap could be as high as £200,000 or £300,000 Families could see up to half the value of their home put at risk under the Conservative’s plans for a cap on their controversial “dementia tax”, according to Liberal Democrat research. Theresa May is under pressure to spell out exactly how much pensioners ... Read More »

Closed Ferry care home was an ‘excellent place’

Relatives of patients moved from a recently closed Broughty Ferry care home insist the facility offered patients “excellent” care. Brae Cottage, located on the town’s Queen Street, closed two weeks ago, after being unable to admit more patients. A Care Inspectorate embargo on new admissions led to “financial meltdown” for manager Linda Weir and her business partner Chris Robertson. The embargo ... Read More »

Do Millennial Men Want Stay-at-Home Wives?

Millennials, generally defined as people born between 1982 and 2000, were supposed to be the generation that forged what has been called “a new national consensus” in favor of gender equality. Indeed, in February the prominent Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs labeled the 2016 election, where an extremely qualified female candidate lost to a man with a history of disrespecting women, ... Read More »

Before Fatal Fire, Trouble Abounded at Guatemala Children’s Home

Family members waited for information after a fire at the Virgen de la Asunción home on the outskirts of Guatemala City. CreditSaul Martinez/Reuters GUATEMALA CITY — Long before Wednesday’s devastating fire claimed the lives of at least 21 young people, the Virgen de la Asunción home for children was hardly a sanctuary. It was instead known for further damaging the ... Read More »