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Coronavirus: Don’t Flush Disposable Masks Down the Toilet
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Image: ShutterstockDisposable face masks are an efficient way of protecting yourself and others during the coronavirus pandemic—as long as you dispose of them correctly. Don’t toss a used mask into the road or onto the sidewalk. (I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a lot of little blue masks littering in public spaces here…

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Coronavirus: Germany’s Coronavirus-Tracking App Set to Release This Week as Nation Reopens
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Travelers wear face masks at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport.Photo: Thomas Lohnes (Getty Images)Germany will soon roll out its coronavirus-tracking smartphone app, the country’s health minister, Jens Spahn, announced Sunday.“It’s coming this week,” Spahn told ARD television, though he declined to confirm several local reports about a possible Tuesday release date, per Reuters. Developed in cooperation with…

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A Guided Meditation for Happiness
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With all of the anger, strife, and anxiety in the world today, it can be difficult to find the joy in life, but that is where meditation for happiness can help. With so much suffering and conflict, sometimes it might seem like the world has no joy to offer. You might ask yourself, “How can we be…

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Berkadia Provides $32M Freddie Mac Loan on Luxe Orlando Rental Community
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Miami-based real estate investor Westside Capital Group has nabbed $31.5 million in Freddie Mac-backed acquisition debt from Berkadia to fund its purchase of a luxury mixed-use rental community in Orlando, Fla., the lender announced. The 10-year, fixed-rate loan, which was underwritten with a 70 percent loan-to-value, facilitated Westside’s $45 million acquisition of The Residences at…

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Rookie Podcast 12: What Works (and Doesn’t) in a Recession & the Untold Story of J Scott’s Messy First Flip
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BiggerPockets legend J Scott was once a rookie, and he’s got the stories (and scars) to prove it!Today J stops by to give us a primer on economic cycles and how they impact real estate investors. You’ll learn what to expect when housing prices soften and which strategies work best in each economic phase. Plus,…

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Council approves six sites for affordable housing
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By Jennifer PagliaroCity Hall BureauThu., May 28, 2020timer2 min. readCouncil has approved six city-owned sites for future affordable housing development.The decision to expedite the second phase of Mayor John Tory’s signature housing program, Housing Now, was made during a day-long virtual meeting on Thursday, the second of the pandemic.Staff will now proceed with declaring those…

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Buyers could be subjected to ‘health screenings’ from estate agents over the phone for Covid-19
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Home seekers could soon be subjected to ‘health screenings’ by estate agents on the phone before viewing a property in person, a leading property website claims.Aside from this development in the property market, Rightmove says there are strong signs that buyers are poised and ready to move. Visits from potential buyers to the websites are…

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Total Bellas: Artem Chigvintsev picks out emerald-cut ring as he prepares to propose to Nikki Bella
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Nikki Bella’s boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev picked out a ring and got ready to propose to her on Thursday’s episode of Total Bellas.The dancer, 37, finally chose an emerald-cut diamond and invited his parents to be present for the proposal in Burgundy, France, where he and Nikki, 36, would be traveling that week.She and her twin…

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Liberals look at buying distressed buildings to save stock of affordable housing
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By Jordan PressThe Canadian PressSun., June 14, 2020timer3 min. readOTTAWA—A new analysis of the country’s stock of affordable housing suggests the Liberals’ decade-long strategy to provide more of it is starting in a deeper hole than previously thought, and may be further behind once the COVID-19 pandemic passes.But the pandemic could also mean an opportunity…

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Sizing The Commercial Real Estate Bust
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Submitted by Chris Whalen of The Institutional Risk Analyst “You pass the Helmsley Palace, the shell of old New York transparently veiling the hideous erection of a real estate baron…” Jay MacInerney Bright Lights, Big City (1984) So how big is the impending commercial real estate bust in the US? Bigger than the residential mortgage…

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Coronavirus: Google, Facebook, and Twitter to produce monthly reports on coronavirus disinformation for the EU
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The EU is stepping up efforts to combat online disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, requesting that US tech giants produce monthly reports containing “detailed data” on how they are combatting fake news about COVID-19 on their platforms. Google, Facebook, and Twitter are the prime targets of this campaign, and the three companies told The Verge…

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