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The Perfect Place for Their Second Home Is Right Around the Corner (WSJ Repost)

Heartwarming story about a couple who loved their longtime summer cottage on Deer Isle, Maine so much that they decided that during their retirement they wanted to live full time on the Island . So nearing the age of 70, they built a 2600 square foot energy-efficient winter house with solar panels on the roof that provides heat and hot water for the house.  Now, they live on the Island year round.

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Living Large in a Scandinavian Suburb

A couple from Oslo pays $2.1 million in 2013 for a 1970s prefab house outside the Norwegian capital and then spends $1.5 million making it over including adding air conditioning and an outdoor pool. Now, the only thing old at the property is their 1963 Jaguar E-Type car which sits in the driveway.

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Tough Times Ahead for Housing (WSJ Repost)

Article points to rising mortgage interest rates, shortage of construction labor, and increased cost of materials like concrete and labor, raising builder costs for new home starts. But perhaps the resale home market will benefit from the lower supply of new homes being built? And local markets affected by hurricane damage like in North Carolina will likely require extension rebuilding of homes and temporary housing for those displaced from their homes. What do you think?

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The Rise of the Fashionable Concrete Home (WSJ)

"The chameleon of construction" according to Amy Gammerman,  author of the WSJ article.  Building a reinforced concrete home may cost more, but they are energy efficient (in summer and winter) and more disaster resistant.  Who knew?  Famous 20th Century Architects Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph and Louis Kahn all experimented with concrete in their designs.  For sure, their designs were way ahead of their times! 

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NY UCC Governs Contract Claim for Goods Delivered and Accepted; Lost Profit Counterclaim Dismissed For Lack of Contemplation By Parties and Alleged Damages Speculative

The Law Offices has obtained summary judgment on behalf of a New York women's clothing company that filed suit in 2016 against a national retailer for breach of contract and account stated for failure to pay for purchase order goods delivered and accepted by the retailer.  Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Andrew S. Borrok also dismissed the retailers' counterclaims. hashtag#supremecourt hashtag#breachofcontract hashtag#purchaseorders

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New York to Litigants: Let’s Settle Those Lawsuits (WSJ)

As both an experienced litigatior and AAA-trained mediator, I support this pilot program in Manhattan Supreme Court offering commercial contract disputing parties with claims under $500,000 to mediate their dispute early in the litigation process. ...  The succsss rate for mediation is significant:   In nine months from May 2017 through January, 145 cases were referred to mediation through the pilot program, according to court data.  Of the 99 cases that have completed mediation, 50 were settled.

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Quieting the High-Tech Luxury Home (WSJ Repost)

In my construction law practice, I've worked with acoustical engineers to soundproof noisy central air conditioning equipment concealed inside the wall of a client's residential apartment... But this is the first I've heard of hiring a noise consulantt to quiet the sound from electronic gadgets throughout the hi-tech home!

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Home Builder Sees ‘Solid Fundamentals’ Lifting Operations, Housing Market (WSJ Repost)

"Concerns about rising interest rates and construction costs have been offset by low unemployment and increasing wages, combined with short supply based on years of underproduction of new homes,” according to Lennar Corp. Executive Chairman Stuart Miller.

U.S. Commerce Department  data released Monday appears to confirm new home construction business outlook is improving:  May purchases of newly built single-family homes rose 6.7% from a month earlier, or 14.1% from a year ago.


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